IPL 2021 – RR vs RCB – Analytical Preview

RR vs RCB (Image source: Twitter)
RR vs RCB (Image source: Twitter)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will play with full confidence as they beat mighty Mumbai Indians in the last game, whereas Rajasthan Royals (RR) will try to change their fortunes to be a winning side as they lost the last two games. In the points table, RCB is at 3rd position with 12 points and RR at 6th position with 8 points. Since 2019, out of 5 games played 3 matches came in favour of RCB, RR have won 1 and 1 game ended in no result.

Before going to the analytical preview, let’s go back to some recent memories that happened between these two teams.

IPL 2021

  • Virat – DDP Partnership

In IPL 2021 phase 1, RR set a target of 178. Partnership between Virat and Padikkal was 181 and RCB won the game by 10 wickets with 21 balls to spare. Devdutt Padikkal scored a brilliant century and captain Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 72 runs.

IPL 2020

  • ABD Show

In IPL 2020, RCB needed 36 runs in 12 balls. RR Captain Steve Smith made a mistake as he chose Jaydev Unadkat over Jofra Archer to bowl in the penultimate over. In the end ABD smashed Jaydev Unadkat in the 19th over where he conceded 25 runs. With 11 to defend for Jofra Archer in the final over, ABD finished the match by hitting a six with 2 balls to spare.

Top 5 Run-Getters and Wicket-Takers

The pillars of RCB, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are top two run-getters against RR with 554 and 484 runs, followed by Chris Gayle with 241 runs. The young talent Devdutt Padikkal scored 199 runs in 3 matches he played. Chahal has taken 16 wickets against RR, where A Kumble and Harshal Patel have taken 9 wickets each.

Former RR Captain Ajinkya Rahane scored 347 runs followed by Shane Watson with 271 runs. RR Captain Sanju Samson scored 241 runs against RCB. The legendary player Rahul Dravid, played for both the franchises. He scored 146 runs for RCB and 177 runs for RR. Shreyas Gopal has taken 14 wickets followed by Trivedi and Shane Watson with 9 wickets each.

Phase-wise Numbers

In this section we can cover the overall performance of RCB and RR in every phase of play (Powerplay, Middle and Death Overs).

From the above analysis RCB has the upper hand in runs scored in powerplay and death overs with 1000 and 846 runs respectively. Both RCB and RR scored almost 1300 runs in middle overs.  From the perspective of dismissals, RCB batsmen has been dismissed 28 times in powerplay, 55 times in middle overs and 43 times in death overs. RR batsmen has been dismissed 38 times in powerplay, 53 times in middle overs and 31 times in death overs. RCB dominates RR in hitting boundaries except in middle overs where RR hits more fours than RCB.

As we saw the overall analysis, let’s dive into some KPIs (Key Performance Indicator) like Runs Per Innings, Strike Rate, Balls Per Boundary and Balls Per Dismissal in every phase.

It is observed that for KPI’s like RPI, Strike Rate and BPB, RCB is way ahead of RR in powerplay and death overs phase. Balls Per Dismissal is high for RR in powerplay with 29 and for RCB its 22 in powerplay. In death overs and middle overs, RCB is slightly higher than RR for Balls Per Dismissals.


  • Sanju Samson Vs RCB Pacers

The strike rate of Sanju Samson against RCB pacers like Kyle Jamieson and Mohammed Siraj is below 50. It will be an eye-watching contest in powerplay and death overs.

  • Virat Kohli Vs Left Arm Pacers

Virat Kohli has been dismissed by Shreyas Gopal a number of times but also, he has a good strike rate around 170. He has strike rate of around 250 on right arm pace bowlers like Chris Morris and Tom Curran. However, he struggles against left arm pace bowlers like Mustafizur Rahman. Also when Jofra Archer bowls to him, his strike rate is just 20.

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