RCB vs RR: Virat Kohli’s RCB will clash with Steve Smith’s Rajasthan Royals at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today.
RCB vs RR- Rajasthan Royals (RR) and RCB (RCB) will face off in the first match today (IPL), not dew but bright sunshine will be the main challenge. Ipl will be played for only 10 days with 2-2 matches starting with this match. This will also give the rest of the teams a chance to learn and understand the challenges of playing during the day.
RCB need to improve their fielding and death overs bowling. Navdeep Saini bowled tight in the super over against Mumbai Indians, which enabled his team to raise 2 points but in the match RCB plundered 79 runs in the last 4 overs which is a matter of concern for Virat Kohli’s team. RCB had placed Isuru Udana, Adam Zampa and Gurkeerat Mann in the last match and are likely to remain in their playing XI.
The stakes in the bowling from Washington Sundar went on in the last match. He took one wicket for only 12 runs in 4 overs while the match was more than 400 runs. AB de Villiers brilliant form will make the team happy while Shivam Dubey too had a good sample of his skills of playing long shots in the previous match. Kohli will also try to play big innings. He has scored just 18 runs in 3 games so far.
RCB potential playing XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Shivam Dubey, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa.
RCB’s entire team:
Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dubey, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Adam Zampa, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Isuru Udana, Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahamad, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande.
Rajasthan Royals had their first 2 matches playing on the relatively small ground in Sharjah where they registered a dramatic victory but failed to reconcile their players with changed conditions against Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai and suffered defeat. The Abu Dhabi arena is too big and the Royals would like to take advantage of Dubai’s experience here. This will also be RCB’s first match on the ground.
The Rajasthan Royals batsman had shown their sharp frown at Sharjah but the target of 175 runs against KKR also became a mountain for them. The team is made of perfect combination with foreign players and it is expected that they can replace pacer Ankit Rajput with Varun Aaron in the floating XI.
Young opener Batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal is also in demand to take over the squad but playing in Jos Buttler’s top order will give him a chance in the middle order. Both Rajasthan Royals and RCB have won 2 out of 3 matches so far.
Rajasthan Royals likely playing XI:
Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Steve Smith (captain), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajput, Jaydev Unadkat.
Rajasthan Royals’ entire team:
Steven Smith, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ben Stokes, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Robin Uthappa, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Anuj Rawat, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Akash Singh, Andrew Tye, Aniruddha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markande, Oshane Thomas, Rahul Tewatia, Varun Aaron.
Toss time: 3 pm Indian time today
Match start hours: 3:30 PM Indian time today
Ground: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi