Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021 comes at an interesting point in the tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore has won three out of the three matches that they have played. Rajasthan Royals have had a much tougher start to their IPL 2021 season and have just one win to their name so far. The tournament has just started but the fact that these two teams sit on opposite ends of the table must be taken into account. This is the first match that Bangalore is going to play at the Wankhede and the change of conditions could be a tough one. Rajasthan is going to have a slight advantage as it has played a number of games at Mumbai already.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
Bangalore has a very strong batting lineup. Its middle order has more power and brilliance than most of the other teams. Current form and confidence are also something that is going to propel Bangalore forward in the tournament. As far as the weakness goes, the spin options available for Bangalore are not the best. The bowling was decent in difficult batting conditions but it may be found out at the batting paradise in Mumbai.
Rajasthan Royals have a strong lineup as well even though some of its best players are not firing. The all-round talent in the side is also something that must be taken seriously. The weakness is a lack of experience in the team that seems to result in crucial mistakes. Also, the bowling attack has been quite expensive in the matches it has played so far.
Players in form
You cannot look further than Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers when you are looking at the players in form. They both played a brilliant inning in the previous match and are certainly in a good frame of mind. The bowling form of Mohammad Siraj deserves a mention. He has bowled well at all stages of the game and seems to have improved greatly.
Sanju Samson is falling away after a brilliant century to start IPL 2021. He has a good record against Bangalore in the past and we think this could a make or break game for him. He may not have got the big scores needed but he is still a player in good form.
Mumbai is providing great wickets to bat on and that is why we are seeing quite high-scoring games. We have seen the bowlers get some help here as well and the Chennai spinners showed that the wicket may be changing a little. The scores may not be as high as we saw in the earlier parts of the tournament. Dew has been a big factor in Mumbai as teams bowling second have complained of not being able to grip the ball.
- There have been 20 matches played between these two teams with each one winning ten encounters
- AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are the highest run-scorers in matches between Bangalore and Rajasthan
- Sanju Samson's score of 92 not out is the second-highest score ever recorded in a match between Rajasthan and Bangalore
It is fairly obvious that with three wins in a row, Bangalore is the favorite in this match. Rajasthan has not played good cricket in recent matches but that does not make it a bad team. We have seen in the past leading players from Rajasthan raise their game when they come up against Bangalore. In addition, Rajasthan has also been playing its matches in Mumbai and is well-versed with what to expect. Virat Kohli and his men are going to take some time to get used to the conditions. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021 seems to be one where an upset is likely.
Winner: Rajasthan Royals