Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (MI) will lock horns with each other in Match No.60 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Sunday, May 14 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
The Challengers, led by Faf du Plessis, are hanging in the middle of the table with 10 points and a net run rate of -0.345 thanks to win in five out of 11 matches. They desperately need a win to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the playoffs. RCB will go into the match after losing to David Warner’s Delhi Capitals (DC) by six wickets on May 9 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
The Royals, on the other hand, are placed third in the table with 12 points and a net run rate of +0.633 courtesy of six wins out of 12 matches. They will go into the game after beating Nitish Rana’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by nine wickets in their previous game on Thursday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Yashasvi Jaiswal hit the fastest IPL fifty off 13 balls and helped the Royals chase down 150 with 41 balls to spare.
RCB vs RR head-to-head record
There is not much to separate the two teams. They have played 29 matches out of which the Challengers have won 14. Barring the 216 and 2017 editions when the Royals were suspended, the teams faced each other in every other season.
Here is a look at how the current RCB vs RR head-to-head record stands:
RCB vs RR IPL match results
Since the 2020 edition of the IPL, RCB have won six out of eight matches against the Royals. It remains to be seen if RR can change their fortunes in their upcoming fixture.
Here is a more detailed look at how this rivalry has unfolded:
|03-Oct-2020||RCB||8 Wickets||Abu Dhabi|
|26-Apr-2014||RR||6 Wickets||Abu Dhabi|
|18-Apr-2009||RCB||75 Runs||Cape Town|
RCB vs RR IPL stats
Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in matches between the two teams. The former RCB skipper has notched 600 runs. AB de Villiers, who retired from IPL cricket in 2021, is second in the list with 488 runs. Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson and Devdutt Padikkal are third, fourth and fifth in the list respectively.
|AB de Villiers||488|
Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker in matches between the two sides. Chahal, who is currently with the Royals, has 21 wickets to his name. Harshal Patel has picked up 17 wickets. Shreyas Gopal, Anil Kumble, and Siddharth Trivedi have 14, 9 and 9 wickets respectively.
Best match in the Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore head-to-head
Back on April 23, the Royals and the Challengers were involved in a closely fought affair. In the end, RCB beat RR by seven runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Here is a look at how the match unfolded:
After being put in to bat first, the Challengers scored 189 for the loss of nine wickets. Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell resurrected the RCB innings after Virat Kohli and Shahbaz Ahmed departed cheaply. Du Plessis and Maxwell put on 127 runs for the third wicket.
Even as Du Plessis scored 62 runs off 39 balls, Maxwell raced his way to 77 off 44 balls with six fours and four sixes. Trent Boult and Sandeep Sharma picked up two wickets apiece for the Royals.
RR lost the early wicket of Jos Buttler, but Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal put on 98 runs for the second wicket to bring their team back into the game.
Later, Sanju Samson and Dhruv Jurel also played cameos of 22 and 34 not out respectively, but their efforts went in vain. RR finished their innings at 182 for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs.