RCB v RR IPL Preview and Predictions: Why Kohli will be the main man in this match

Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals

Date: 22nd of April 2021

Time: 7.30 PM India

Stadium: Wankhede Stadium

What you will find on this preview

RCB stats and form

RR stats and form

RCB v RR prediction

Head to head stats

Trends & Recent Form

The Royal Challengers has started the IPL in hot form, could this finally be the year the Virat Kohli gets to lift the trophy?

Royal Challengers Balgalore form

Position: 1st of 8

  • Played: 3
  • Won: 3
  • Lost: 0
  • Net Run Rate: +0.750
Top players
Top Batsman: Glenn Maxwell
  • Total runs: 176
  • Average: 58.66
  • High score: 78
Top Bowler: Harshal Patel
  • Total wickets: 9
  • Total overs: 12
  • Economy: 5.75
  • Best figures: 5/27

“Royal Challengers look the real deal this year. Maxwell has come in and added an extra dimension to their batting lineup.”

Arjun Reddy
Head of Indian Cricket Content

Latest stats and trends
  • This is RCB’s first match at the Wankhede stadium this year.
  • They have taken an average of 8.33 wickets in their 20 overs of bowling so far.
  • With the bat, they average 171 runs and concede an average of 156 runs.
  • The batting line up of Kohli, AB de V and Maxwell are all producing runs and look a solid unit.
  • Maxwell is toping the tournament sixes with 8 from 3 matches so far.
  • Mohammed Siraj has been interesting to watch with 27 dot balls so far, 4th highest, despite only taking 2 wickets.

Rajasthan Royals form

Position: 6th of 8

  • Played: 3
  • Won: 1
  • Lost: 2
  • Net Run Rate: -0.719
Top players
Top Batsman: Sanju Samson
  • Total runs: 124
  • Average: 41.33
  • High score: 119
Top Bowler: Chetan Sakariya
  • Total wickets: 6
  • Total overs: 12
  • Economy: 8.33
  • Best figures: 3/31

“The Royals have been poor so far, despite a win against DC. This match will be another struggle for them.”

Arjun Reddy
Head of Indian Cricket Content

Latest stats and trends
  • RR are again without Archer and Stokes, both are set to miss the whole tournament.
  • Liam Livinstone has left the Royals to return home due to “bubble fatigue”.
  • The RR bowlers, who have bolwed at least 11 overs, all have an average of over 8. Two of them have an average over 9!
  • Sanju Samson is the top batsman with 124 runs but 119 of them came in one innings. Samson seems the type of player who either gets pout early or makes a big score.

Head to head stats

2020 IPL results

  • Match 15: RCB won by 8 wickets
  • Match 33: RCB won by 7 wickets

Overall record

RCB = 10 wins

RR = 10 wins

No result = 3 matches (the most in IPL history)

Match Prediction & Tips

Match Prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore to win at 8/13*

These odds are lower than we would like to see but we cannot find a reason to back the Royal here. RCB are in excellent form and have a well balanced and experienced team to put out.

The Royals are struggling and missing key players for the tournament through injury. This will be a very difficult match for them to win and the odds of 13/10* for them to win reflect that.

  • Pick 1: Kohli to score a 50 2/1

Virat has been in good form so far and the bowling line up of the Royals is there for the taking for him. He has a great record against them, here’s his strike rate against them

  • Mustafizur 141
  • Morris 131
  • Unadkat 122

It’s clear he does well against these bowlers and we could see him put on a big score. We are also in for a century in the match at 8/1 but only if RCB bats first.

  • Pick 2: Samson under 24.5 runs 5/6

Despite being the top batsman for the team so far Samson has got 4 & 1 in the last 2 matches. This line is too high for us.

*Odds & Responsible gambling

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