The Rajasthan Royals have been accustomed to sitting at the bottom of the points table for most IPL seasons. They are in unfamiliar territory at the start of the 2022 IPL season as they have played two games and won both to claim 4 points. The Royals now sit at the top of the points table due to their superior run rate over the other teams who are also tied on 4 points.

The Royals will now face a strong challenge in their third IPL game as they are set to take on the Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 05 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. RCB are currently sitting in 7th place on the IPL points table having played two games with one win and one loss.

The Royals will be keen to get another win under their belt and establish themselves as serious contenders for the 2022 IPL betting championship.


Even though the Rajasthan Royals have won both their games in IPL 2022 and are at the top of the points table, Bet365 has them as the underdogs against RCB. The Royals go in with odds of 2.20 while RCB are the favorites with odds of 1.67.

We understand why the bookies have RCB as the favorites in this game as RCB definitely appears to have a stronger side on paper as they have a number of big names and exciting young players in their squad. RCB could be sitting at 2-0 as they narrowly lost their first game of IPL 2022.

Our experts expect this game to be a very closely fought game that could go either way. If you are taking part in IPL betting, keep reading to see who we think will win this game.

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RR vs RCB Match Prediction

While the head-to-head stats and the team list on paper give RCB a clear edge, our experts are going to back the Rajasthan Royals to win their third consecutive game and beat RCB. If Glenn Maxwell was going to be part of the side, we would have backed RCB but without Maxwell, we think the Rajasthan Royals will end up with the win.

We don’t expect the toss to play a major role in this game as both sides are equally strong in their batting and bowling departments. The three factors that we think will influence the outcome of the game are listed below.

Rajasthan Royals’ Opening Partnership

The Rajasthan Royals bank heavily on Jos Butler scoring big runs and a good strike rate at the top of the order. Butler won the game against the Mumbai Indians by smashing an impressive 100 that enabled the other batters to bat around him and take the Rajasthan Royals to a commanding total of 193.

Keeping Butler company at the crease is Y Jaiswal who will be keen on making a big impression against RCB. If RCB can get both the openers early, it will greatly increase their chances of winning this game.

Royals Challengers Bangalore: Faf and Kohli

RCB have a very talented batting line-up but the two dangerous players that the Royals will likely dismiss early are the current captain Faf du Plessis and former captain, Virat Kohli. Faf had a good opening game scoring 88 but was dismissed for just 5 in the second game.

Faf will look to bat as long as possible and let some of the flashier players take on the bowlers. Kohli has been in poor form in all formats of the game for the last couple of years and will be keen on using the 2022 IPL to turn his fortunes around and push RCB to their first IPL championship win.

RR will have better control of the game if they can dismiss Faf and Kohli cheaply.

RR vs RCB T20: Who Has The Better Bowling Attack?

This game will eventually be decided by the bowlers as both the pacers and spinners will be put to the test at the Wankhede. We are going to give the Royals the edge in this department as we feel they have the better bowling attack, especially with the experienced R Ashwin and Y Chahal.

Rajasthan Royals vs Royals Challengers Bangalore: Best Bets To Take

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RR vs RCB Top Batsman

This could end up being a high-scoring game as both sides have dynamic batters that can hit the ball to all parts of the ground. The three key batters that hold the key for the Rajasthan Royals are J Butler (3.2), S Samson (4.3), and D Padikkal (5). If you are going to back the Rajasthan Royals to win, we suggest you go with J Butler.

The top three batters you need to watch out for team RCB are captain Faf du Plessis (3.2), V Kohli (3.2), and S Rutherford (7.5). G Maxwell is likely to miss this game as well since he is in quarantine.

RR vs RCB Top Bowler

We think the spinners are going to be key for RR to win and hence our picks our Y Chahal (3.5) and R Ashwin (5). However, we cannot leave out a world-class bowler like T Boult (3.6).

If you are going to bet on RCB to win, then the bowlers that you want to watch out for include H Patel (3.4), Sri Lankan W Hasaranga (3.7), and D Willey (5.5). Our picks would be Y Chahal for RR and W Hasaranga for RCB.

RR vs RCB Player of the Match

We are going to pick one batter and one bowler from each side who we think could be the game change and end up with the player of the match award. For the Rajasthan Royals, we are going with J Butler (7) and Y Chahal (11).

The two players that we think can be the player of the match for RCB are Faf du Plessis (8) and W Hasaranga (10).

RR vs RCB Projected Playing XI

We don’t expect the two sides to make big changes for this game. Our projected playing XI are:

Rajasthan Royals: J Butler, Y Jaiswal, D Padikkal, S Samson (C), S Hetmyer, R Parag, R Ashwin, N Saini, T Boult, Y Chahal, P Krishna.

Royals Challengers Bangalore:  Faf du Plessis (C), A Rawat, V Kohli, D Karthik, S Rutherford, D Willey, S Ahmed, WH de Silva, H Patel, M Siraj, and A Deep.

RR vs rcb Head To Head record

RCB have a better record against the Rajasthan Royals but not by much. The two sides have played each other 25 times and RCB have won 13 games with RR winning 10.

What you will find interesting is that the last four times the teams have played, RCB have won all four games. The last time they played was in Sep 2021 when RCB ended up winning convincingly in Dubai by 4 wickets.

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