Two groups with contrasting fortunes thus far in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will face off on Thursday when Royal Challengers Bangalore tackle Rajasthan Royals on the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. RCB are the one group but to be crushed this season and are second within the desk, behind Chennai Tremendous Kings solely on Internet Run Price, having performed a recreation lower than the MS Dhoni-led facet. The Royals have suffered two defeats in three matches and are seventh within the league. They’re additionally with out the injured Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.
Nonetheless, will probably be RCB’s first recreation on the Wankhede this season, whereas the Royals will likely be used to the situation, having performed all their video games there thus far.
Listed here are a few of the key gamers for RCB:
AB de Villiers
On a gradual Chennai pitch, the place groups had been struggling collapses and discovering it tough to bat, AB de Villiers placed on an impressed show as he smashed 76 off simply 34 deliveries towards Kolkata Knight Riders.
He was additionally fluent in RCB’s opening win towards Mumbai Indians. Transferring to Mumbai, the place the pitches appear to be barely extra batting-friendly, and taking part in the group towards who he scored a match-winning half-century final season, AB de Villiers will likely be fancying his probabilities of persevering with his high-quality kind.
Glenn Maxwell had not scored a half-century within the IPL since 2016 up till final season. This yr, he has two in three matches. Skipper Virat Kohli mentioned Maxwell has “taken to RCB like duck to water”, and it definitely appears that means.
Maxwell will need to keep on from his back-to-back fifties, which see him within the second place within the race for the Orange Cap this season.
Harshal Patel has emerged as RCB’s dying overs specialist this season, however in Mumbai, Mohammed Siraj could also be a deciding affect on the match. CSK pacer Deepak Chahar’s four-wicket haul towards the identical opposition may have Siraj licking his lips.
If there’s swing on supply with the brand new ball like there was for Chahar, Siraj can wreak havoc within the batting powerplay.