IPL 2021 RR vs RCB Live: Welcome to our live coverage of Match 43 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 where Rajasthan Royals (RR) will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai.
Virat Kohli-led Bangalore unit will look to consolidate its position in the top-four as it takes on a struggling Royals camp. Bangalore are currently at third spot with 12 points from 10 matches and a win over Rajasthan will virtually put them in the play-offs.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, face a stiff challenge in the play-offs race, having suffered consecutive defeats in their last two league games. Skipper, Kohli, who is stepping down from RCB captaincy after this season, would look to continue his good form. On the bowling front, Harshal Patel is the star with six wickets from three matches, including a hat-trick in his last outing. [RR vs RCB Head to Head IPL 2021: Full squads, new signings, player replacement, head to head]
19:33 IST: Garton opened the bowling for Bangalore on his debut IPL appearance. In 17 T20 matches this year, Garton has picked 21 wickets at 19.3 with a strike rate of 14.4.
19:04 IST: CAPTAINS SPEAK…
Samson: Wicket is nice. Lot of people who have batted first and won the game at this venue. As a team we were a bit down. Had a long chat yesterday. Revisited the purpose of playing the game. Lots of supporters back home. Karthik Tyagi comes in place of Jayden Unadkat.
Kohli: Going to bowl first. Feel like the pitch remained good in the last game. If you get off a decent start you can get runs consistently. Feel as a batting unit we’re doing a good job and want to continue that. Want to provide our bowlers with the conditions – it’s a new pitch. We asked for the guys to be brave in crunch moments and they showed that in the last game. I feel like I’m hitting the ball the best I have in a while. Just one change: Garton makes his IPL debut in place of Jamieson.
19:03 IST: Here are the playing XI for the two teams…
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat(w), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
19:03 IST: TOSS UPDATE: Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and opted to bowl against Rajasthan Royals
18:07 IST: In terms of the head-to-head tie, the two teams are neck and neck with RCB winning 11 of the 23 games and losing 10 in the rivalry. However, RCB have won all their last three matches.
17:24: Check out the qualification scenario for the two teams – READ
RR vs RCB, Match Preview: A thumping win over defending champions Mumbai Indians boosting their confidence, Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to build on the momentum when they take on a struggling Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match here on Wednesday.
The Virat Kohli-led RCB are currently at third spot with 12 points from 10 matches and a win over RR will virtually put them in the play-offs. On the other hand, with eight points from 10 matches, it will be a make-or-break outing for RR as a loss on Wednesday can put them in a tight situation in their bid for a last-four berth. [FULL PREVIEW]