After yet another intriguing day of Indian Premier League (IPL) where we witnessed two brilliant encounters in the mid-week doubleheader clash. We now have the 16th match of the Indian Premier League set to take place between the in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals, this Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Virat Kohli and Co. who are yet to taste defeat in this season in their last three seasons find themselves at the top of the tree with 6 points. The Royals after getting off the mark against Delhi Capitals in their second game were once again on the receiving end against the three-time champions- Chennai Super Kings.
A win here for the Royals would see them jump to the 5th spot. RCB who are yet to see the worst could see themselves cement their place at the spot with a win here. Can the Rajasthan side stop the winning streak of the Challengers? Or will Virat Kohli lead his side to their fourth consecutive win?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Head to Head
Matches Played: 23, RCB: 10, RR: 10, N/R: 3
The conditions possess no threats whatsoever for the game as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day and no chance of rain whatsoever is expected. The temperature is forecasted to be hovering in 32-28 degrees Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 64 percent mark.
The conditions are ideal for the batsmen and we expect the same for this encounter. The teams chasing have tasted success on 80 percent of the occasions and for that reason, the team winning the toss should be looking to bowl first. With the humidity on the higher side, the dew factor could well play an important factor once again. The team batting first should be looking to score anywhere above the 180 mark to fancy their chances of winning.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have the momentum on their side and being undefeated in this season so far, there seems to be no reason to fiddle with their winning combination.
Rajasthan Royals do have a solid and well-balanced side but their batting has been too dependent on the big names. With their opener Manan Vohra struggling to match the expectations, he is likely to be replaced by the young opener- Yashasvi Jaiswal.
The other change that looks likely on the cards is the replacement of the out-of-form Shivam Dube with middle-order batsman- Mahipal Lomror.
Probable Playing Xl
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra/ Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube/ Mahipal Lomror, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Glenn Maxwell has been having a wonderful season and his few good innings away from calling this his best ever. He is the must-have in your line-up. As far as Rajasthan are considered, Sanju Samson could add great value to your line-up. AB de Villiers and Chris Morris too are very good options to have your line-up considering the impeccable form these two are currently in.
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