Dubai: The RCB team, who have lost due to some wrong decisions against Kings XI Punjab, will want to take the field with the right strategy in the IPL 2020 (IPL 2020) match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) this afternoon.
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Rajasthan Royals is struggling with the team’s batsmen’s failure and the contribution of lower-order batsmen has been significant in the 3 matches they have won so far. Royals is at number 7 in the point table. This team has strong batting but captain Steve Smith and Sanju Samson are struggling to score runs after performing brilliantly in the first 2 matches. Jose Butler has not been able to convert his good start into a big score. He has scored only one half-century in 7 innings.
Ben Stokes showed his color by scoring 41 runs in the last match against Delhi Capitals. They will expect a good score for the team. The Royals won against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad due to Rahul Tewatia’s brilliant performance, but his bat could not play against Delhi.
Jofra Archer leads Rajasthan Royals bowling, with spinner Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal constantly getting him along. Archer said on the eve of the match, “We have done something good this year, we need to do well together in the upcoming matches.”
He said, ‘We have been in this situation before and we have come back from it, so we are not too worried about it, we know it can be done and I trust this team.’
Rajasthan Royals probable playing XI: Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith (captain), Ryan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curren, Rahul Teotia, Joffra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat.
Rajasthan Royals team: Jose Butler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Andrew Tye, Karthik Tyagi, Steven Smith (captain), Ankit Rajput, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Osane Thomas, Ryan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat , Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curren, Robin Uthappa, Anirudh Joshi, Jofra Archer.
Virat Kohli-led RCB have won 5 out of 8 matches so far with their all-round performance but during the eight-wicket defeat against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday, they made some mistakes that eventually overshadowed them. RCB’s 5 wins also included a Super Over win against Mumbai Indians at the Dubai International Stadium.
RCB’s decision to send AB de Villiers in the best form of RCB against Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah, below Washington Sundar (13) and Shivam Dubey (23), proved to be wrong. This South African batsman was able to score only 2 runs.
Not only this, when RCB was defending their score, Kohli later handed the ball to Sundar, who is in good form, to curb Chris Gayle. His strategy did not work as well and the Caribbean batsman hit 4 sixes on Sundar.
Now Kohli and his team would like to forget this defeat and get on the field with the right strategy. Kohli said after the match, ‘We had a conversation and we wanted to be with the right-left-handed player because he had 2 leg-spinners. Sometimes things are not right. We were happy with our decision but it did not work.
RCB Possible Playing XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dubey, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Full team of RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Aaron Finch, Josh Philip, Chris Morris, Moin Ali, Mohammad Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdas Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dubey , Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pawan Deshpande, Adam Jampa.
Toss Time: Indian time today at 3:00 pm
Match Start Time: Indian time today at 3:30 pm
field: Dubai International Stadium