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The 16th match of the IPL will see Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 22nd April.

The match between the two is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST. Star Sports network will broadcast the match on TV, and it’s live streaming will also be available on Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Jio TV app.

Preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), 16th IPL Match

After defeating KKR in their last game at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Royal Challengers Bangalore is all set to take on Rajasthan Royals on Thursday. In their last clash, RCB went on to post a humongous total of 204 runs on the board, all thanks to AB de Villiers’ spell-bounding knock of 76 runs off just 34 balls. For RCB, Glenn Maxwell also aggregated 78 runs at a strike rate of 159.18. In reply, Eoin Morgan and Co. failed to chase the total and lost the game by 38 runs. For RCB, Varun Chakravarthy scalped 2 wickets with Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishna accounting for 1 wicket each.

Their opposition, Rajasthan Royals came into the game on the back of a victory against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium. In their last match, RR won the toss and opted to bowl first. Batting in the first half, Delhi Capitals posted a total of 147 runs of the board, owing to Rishabh Pant’s decent knock of 51 runs of 32 balls. In reply, Rajasthan Royals managed to chase the target and won the game by 3 wickets. For RR, David Miller was phenomenal as he scored 62 runs at a strike rate of 144.19. Also, Chris Morris contributed 36 runs with his bat. Speaking of their bowling lineup, Jaydev Unadkat scalped 3 wickets whereas Mustafizur Rahman took 2 wickets at an economy rate of 7.25.

Pitch Report

The pitch at the venue here has always been a wonderland for the batsmen, and it will likely be the same in the upcoming game. The side winning the toss should be looking to bowl first here.

Weather Report

The skies will be clear at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. The temperature will be looming around the 31 degrees Celsius mark during the gameplay.

Average First Innings Score

The average first innings score at the venue here is 180.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Probable XI

RCB Probable XI

Washington Sundar, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Royal Challengers Bangalore Complete Squad

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Joshua Phillipe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rajat Patidar, Kona Srikar Bharat, Mohammed Azharudeen, Suyash Prabhudesai.

RR Probable XI

Ben Stokes, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya

Rajasthan Royals Complete Squad

Sanju Samson, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Stokes, Christopher Morris, Shivam Dube, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Liam Livingstone, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh, Kuldip Yadav, K.C Cariappa

  • Wicketkeeper: AB de Villiers, Sanju Samson
  • Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, David Miller, Manan Vohra
  • All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris
  • Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayadev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman

Man of the Match Prediction

AB de Villiers is in great form and could be the man of the match in the upcoming clash.

Winner Prediction

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals have met in 23 IPL games so far, of which both the sides have 10 victories each to their name. Speaking of their last two encounters in IPL 2020, RCB won both the games. Both RCB and RR will be keen to register a victory in the next game, but considering the IPL 2021 stats, it’s likely that Virat Kohli and Co will win the upcoming match.

Our Predictions

  • Who will win the toss? Rajasthan Royals
  • Who will win? Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Top Batsman (Runs scored): AB de Villiers
  • Top Bowler (Wickets taken): Jayadev Unadkat
  • Most Sixes: Glenn Maxwell
  • Man of the Match: AB de Villiers
  • Team Scores Batting first: Under 200 Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Last Updated on April 20, 2021

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