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The race for the top four intensifies as we see another clash that will play some part in finalizing the final four to compete in the playoffs. It's the "Royal" clash as Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore go head-to-head in a match that's significant for both franchises.

Rajasthan's last game was a loss to the league's bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Bangalore prevailed over the defending champions Mumbai Indians with a great display from the team as a unit but also Harshal Patel in particular as his hat-trick put an end to any chances of a comeback by the Mumbai franchise.

Can Rajasthan Royals get back to winning ways? Or will Kohli's men ascertain their place in the playoffs?

Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)

Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)

Match Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.

Head to Head

Matches Played: 24 RR: 10 RCB: 11, No Result: 3

Weather Conditions and Pitch

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Team News

Both the teams are likely to go ahead with the teams they played their last game. Rajasthan Royals will be closely monitoring Chris Morris' situation.

Probable Playing XI 

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Evin Lewis/David Miller, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris /Tabraiz Shamsi, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Must Picks

Virat Kohli, Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, and Yashasvi Jaiswal are must-picks. Their recent form makes them more likely to perform better in the upcoming games.

We also feel that Glenn Maxwell is a must after he contributed with both the bat and bowl in the last game. Purple Cap holder Harshal Patel is a must-pick too.

Key Stats

#South African hard-hitter David Miller finds himself 41 runs short of the 2000 runs mark. Will, the 32-year old be given an opportunity in the playing Xl? Who do you think is a better fit in the Royals' side among Evin Lewis and David Miller?

#Rajasthan Royals' skipper Sanju Samson has been undoubtedly the best batsman for the franchise in the last couple of years. Samson is just a maximum away from overtaking the former KKR superstar Brendon McCullum's tally of 130 sixes. Can the RR skipper score a hat-trick of fifties? Samson is also on course for the contention for the orange cap as only a difference of 21 runs separate him and the DC opener, Shikhar Dhawan.

#There seems no stopping for the RCB pacer Harshal Patel, who has been picking wickets at will at the IPL 2021. With 23 wickets to his name and the next best being Avesh Khan of DC with 17 wickets, he is very likely to end up with the purple cap this season. Do you think Avesh Khan can catch the RCBian?

#In the last 10 meetings between the two sides, RCB hold the edge with 5 wins against RR's tally of 3. With two matches ending up with no result.

RR vs RCB Fantasy Team 

RR vs RCB fantasy team
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Captain and Vice-captain Picks 

Virat Kohli Sanju Samson RR vs RCB fantasy
Virat Kohli (C) and Sanju Samson (Vc)

Prediction 

Considering the squad and recent form, Kohli and co. look like the favorites. However, IPL is all about unpredictability. Both sides need a win to have a stronger hold on the playoff position.

Cricwizz predicts Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match and cement their place at the 3rd spot. 

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