Indian Super League 2021 Match 16
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals – April 22nd
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Bangalore are on fire with three successive wins, defending pre-tournament sanguinity that this could, ultimately, be their year. Worryingly for their competitors, they could get better. So formidable have they been that they have not continually used their full share of overseas players. This gives them the elasticity to make enhancements.
Is it time to end the experimentation of Virat Kohli opening for instance? Kohli has been slow and put his team in difficulty two times. Finn Allen or Josh Phillipe could come in? Or they could find space for Dan Christian to add even more batting depth, Daniel Sam’s left-arm bullets or Kane Richardson’s power.
Possible playing XI: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed/Navdeep Saini.
Their one victory over Delhi Capitals is possibly papering over the gaps. With Ben Stokes out of the tournament and Jofra Archer still missing, they have substantial matters working out their top XI. However, Liam Livingstone’s retraction is a hammer blow.
His accessibility resolved the dilemma of snail-like Shivam Dube at number four and would have permitted them to drop Mustafizur Rahman for a local speedster like Kartik Tyagi. Mana Vohra also hasn’t been complementing enough putting the excess burden on Jos Buttler.
Possible playing XI: Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal/Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, David Miller, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Sanju Samson (c), Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
Barring a couple of matches, Wankhede has chiefly played host to high-scoring clashes in IPL 2021. Although there isn’t much spin on offer for the spin bowlers, the speedsters are bound to get some seam movement and swing off the wicket.
The first six overs are going to be vital to either side’s fates, with wickets in hand being vital. Although the wicket shouldn’t change much during the match, dew could play a part in the second half.
Both sides will look to chase upon winning the toss, given the batting-pleasant conditions in Mumbai. 185-196 should be a good total at the venue.
Bangalore is at the odds of 1.58 whereas Rajasthan Royals is trailing at the odds of 2.25. If RCB bat first then we’re looking at even better odds on them at the innings break, so it would be foolishness to begin getting involved pre-toss.
The best plan is to expect the Royals to bat first and gather something useful. We believe Bangalore to be able to chase everything – and we mean everything – against the most horrible bowling attack in the season. Going after 180-190 should be uncomplicated for them. But, in actuality, we’d be taking modest numbers about something larger.
RCB should welcome moving to the flat wicket of Mumbai after Chennai. Long-term, we should be able to assess whether they have really solved their bowling concerns.