The excitement just doesn't stop in this year's IPL, as Wednesday, 29th September sees another massive game – Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 43rd Match IPL 2021.
This is a huge game as both of these teams find themselves firmly in the playoff picture. RCB, after a difficult start to the second phase of IPL 2021, recorded a much-needed victory over the Mumbai Indians to move into third place, where they have a total of 12 points.
The Royals are one of four teams currently on eight points and find themselves just outside of the playoffs in sixth place. However, it's all to play for as they are level with the Kolkata Knight Riders, who currently occupy the final playoff spot. Depending on other results, this could be an opportunity for the Royals to move into the top four if they can secure a win.
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Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 43rd Match IPL 2021
Team News for Rajasthan Royals
Like most of the teams in this year's tournament, consistency has been a real challenge for the Rajasthan Royals as they have only won four of their ten matches, losing their last two.
Only once have the Royals been able to string successive wins together, and if they are to nab that final playoff spot, the Royals need to go on a winning run. Their playoff chances will hinge on this match. Currently, four points behind RCB, a win for the Royals would take them to 10 points, only two points behind their opponents.
Much will rely on wicket-keeper captain Sanju Samson who has been in great form, scoring 82 and 70 runs in his last two innings.
Likely playing 11 of Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samson, Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
Team News for Royal Challengers Bangalore
Despite all their star power, RCB have had a tough time in this year's IPL. One of the pre-tournament favourites, the Challengers have been nervously looking over their shoulders thanks to three successive defeats that have brought them back to the chasing pack and have left them needing to battle it out to secure a playoff berth.
In need of a victory, RCB looked like their old selves in their last game, running out comfortable victors against the Mumbai Indians. Posting a challenging total of 165, RCB's bowlers then stole the show, bowling the Indians for a measly 111. The combination of Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal did the damage, taking seven wickets between them.
Likely playing 11 of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The match is due to be held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. With the weather set to be perfect, the pitch should offer something for both the batters and bowlers. Traditionally, a score of 160+ plus is a great total, but the average score for IPL games held at the venue is 144. The team that wins the toss has options; they can try and chase or try and put a competitive score on the board as a big total could be defended.
Betting Predictions for Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 43rd Match IPL 2021
Match Result Prediction for Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 43rd Match 2021
As you would expect between two teams situated near the middle of the table, the betting for this match is reasonably tight. RCB are slight favourites at 1.67, and you can back the Royals at 2.20.
The Challengers desperately needed that victory over the Mumbai Indians and could firmly put their mid-season wobble behind them. RCB currently sit four points behind the Super Kings and Capitals, who are joint top, and will have plans to win all their games to challenge these teams at the top. Confidence should be high, and they have to be the favourites against a Royals side who have lost their last two games.
Match Winner: Royal Challengers Bangalore (1.67)
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Toss Prediction for Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 43rd Match IPL 2021
Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that will offer something to both the batsmen and bowlers, this match will be won by the team that plays the best cricket on the day. Look for the team that bats first to post a total of above 150; this would be a total that will be hard to chase.
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Top Batsman for Rajasthan Royals
It's the obvious choice, but in a match that the Royals have to win, it makes sense to side with the batsman in form – Sanju Samson. The captain of the Royals has been in good nick this season, and at odds of 3.60 to be his team's highest-scoring batsman, could be one of the best bets of the match.
Sanju Samson to be Rajasthan Royals top-scoring batsman (3.60)
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