Date: September 29, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
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A resurgent Bangalore lock horns with a faltering Rajasthan in Indian T20 League 2021 on Wednesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. Rajasthan’s chances to make it to the playoffs have become bleak due to their disappointing performance in the last 2 games. This is a must-win game for Rajasthan as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive. On the other hand, Bangalore will aim to win their remaining games to solidify their 3rd position and also try to make a late push for the top-two positions.
The two teams have already met once this season in April and at that time it was the Virat Kohli-led side that emerged victorious in a one-sided contest by 10 wickets. Rajasthan had scored 177/9 thanks to vital contributions from Shivam Dube (46 runs off 32 balls) and Rahul Tewatia (40 runs off 23 balls). However, Virat Kohli (72*) and Devdutt Padikkal (101*) made a mockery of the chase as Bangalore achieved a facile win with more than 3 overs to spare.
Position in the Indian T20 League standings:
Bangalore : Current Position: 3rd (12 points in 10 matches)
Rajasthan: Current Position: 6th (8 points in 10 matches)
Bangalore Full Squad:
IN: Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton, Tim David, Akash Deep | OUT: Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Finn Allen, Washington Sundar
Virat Kohli (Captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chameera, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, George Garton, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers
Rajasthan Full Squad:
IN: Tabraiz Shamsi, Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis | OUT: Andrew Tye, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler
Sanju Samson (Captain), Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahim, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Liam Livingstone, Akash Singh, Glenn Phillips, Tabraiz Shamsi, Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis.
Young pacer Kartik Tyagi is dealing with fitness issues and was therefore rested in the last match.
Head to Head (in Indian T20 League)
Matches Played – 24
Bangalore – 11
Rajasthan – 10
No Result– 3
Sanju Samson is the top run-scorer for Rajasthan with 433 runs at a strike rate of 141. He has struck 41 fours and 15 sixes during a remarkable season. He has looked in good touch of late but he hasn’t been supported by the other batters. In Rajasthan’s last match against Hyderabad, he played a brilliant 82-run knock but his team still lost the match by 7 wickets.
The Indian all-rounder is at the top of his game and has performed consistently for Bangalore this season. Harshal (4-17) starred with the ball for RCB in their last mach against Mumbai. He dismissed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar on three consecutive deliveries in the 17th over of the match to get his first career hat-trick. He has a tendency to keep his cool in pressure situations and always wants to contribute to the team’s cause. It will be interesting to see if he can sustain his brilliant form against Rajasthan.
Rajasthan signed up Chris Morris for a whopping Rs 16.25 crore in the Indian T20 League 2021 auction. The all-rounder was in decent form in the first leg of the season. However, South Africa have left him out of their T20 World Cup squad and Morris seems out of sorts in the second phase of the tournament this season. He has gone wicket-less and has conceded 74 runs in just 7 overs. There will be pressure on the experienced all-rounder to perform against his former team Bangalore, who released Morris earlier this year.
Probable Playing XI
Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rajasthan: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi