RCB vs RR: Virat Kohli’s RCB targets 4th victory to push CSK back to No.2 in IPL 2021 points table

RCB vs RR: Virat Kohli's RCB targets 4th victory to push CSK back to No.2 in IPL 2021 points table
RCB vs RR: Virat Kohli's RCB targets 4th victory to push CSK back to No.2 in IPL 2021 points table

RCB vs RR – IPL 2021: MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings has taken top spot in IPL 2021 points table, the place which belonged to Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore. Off to the best possible start with three wins straight wins, a confident RCB will hope to keep the juggernaut rolling and reclaim their top spot in points table by defeating Rajasthan Royals tonite.

RCB vs RR – IPL 2021: Both sides have endured contrasting campaigns so far.

RCB head in to the game after three morale-boosting victories. The Virat Kohli-led side edged past defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener before getting the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.

On the other hand, the Royals have managed to win just one of their three fixtures so far. Sanju Samson and Co lost to Chennai Super Kings and are in the bottom half of the table.

RCB vs RR: Current places in IPL 2021 Points table

After yesterday’s game between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), RCB are placed second with six points in three games. A win today will take them to No.1 spot.

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Meanwhile, Rajasthan are second from the bottom and a loss with possibly take them to the eighth place, due to bad net run-rate.

IPL 2021 Teams Points Table

No. Teams Played Won Lost N/R Points NRR
1 Chennai Super Kings   4 3 1 0 6 +1.142
2 Royal Challengers Bangalore 3 3 0 0 6 +0.750
3 Delhi Capitals 4 3 1 0 6 +0.426
4 Mumbai Indias 2 1 1 0 2 +0.367
5 Sunrisers Hyderabad 4 1 3 0 2 -0.228
6 Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 3 0 2 -0.700
7 Rajasthan Royals 3 1 2 0 2 -0.719
8 Punjab Kings 4 1 3 0 2 -0.824

 

RCB vs RR in IPL 2021 Preview: Rajasthan Royals inconsistency

The Royals have struggled to perform as a cohesive batting unit. While Samson led the team to within touching distance of victory with his sensational century against Punjab Kings, it was the South African duo of David Miller and Chris Morris that pulled off a win against the Delhi Capitals.

Against CSK, opener Jos Buttler looked dangerous but the other batsmen failed to provide any valuable contributions. For the former champions to do well, the side must click as a batting unit with Samson and the Englishman playing key roles.

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The Royals bowling unit has been underwhelming to say the least, apart from the game against Delhi Capitals, the bowlers have leaked runs. Pacer Jaydev Unadkat shone against the Rishabh Pant led-side, registering the impressive figures of 3/15, while young Chetan Sakariya has shown promise.

In the absence of Jofra Archer, more will be expected out of the likes of Chris Morris and Bangladesh speedster Mustafizur Rahman.

RCB vs RR in IPL 2021 Preview: Eyes on Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers

For RCB, Ab de Villiers and new-recruit Glenn Maxwell have been the standout players with the willow. While the South African continues to deliver season after season, the Australian all-rounder is proving to be a valuable addition to the middle order.

Kohli has got decent starts in a couple of games but the talismanic skipper will be itching to play a big innings. Young Devdutt Padikkal, who impressed everyone last season, has also looked rusty and is yet to perform to his full potential. After two failures Rajat Patidar will, too, look to make amends.

RCB vs RR in IPL 2021 Preview: Squads

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahamad, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Dan Christian, KS Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel.

Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.

Whenn is RCB vs RR in IPL 2021?

RCB vs RR in IPL 2021 starts at 7.30 pm IST on Thursday.