Dubai: The first match in the double header to be held in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) today will be played between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). This match to be held at Dubai International Cricket Stadium will be very important for Rajasthan. At the same time, Bangalore will also try to return to the path of victory in this match.
Bangalore was defeated by Kings XI Punjab in the last match. In this match, Bangalore’s batting went on but the decision to send AB de Villiers down was severely criticized. However, captain Virat Kohli defended the decision after the match. It is not likely that Washington Sundar or Shivam Dubey will be sent again before de Villiers against Rajasthan.
Bangalore’s batting is in form, the team did not seem to be going towards a good score in the last match, but only then Chris Maurice proved his usefulness and told how important he can play even with the bat. He scored an unbeaten 25 off eight balls.
Bangalore bowling however did not work against Punjab. Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal broke their morale in the beginning and later Chris Gayle did not give any chance to the Bangalore bowlers to dominate.
By the way, the bowling of Bangalore has also been good. Before the bat, Maurice has shown his brilliance with the ball. At the same time, it will be difficult for the Rajasthan batsmen to handle Yuzvendra Chahal. Sundar and Isuru Udana are also in form.
Rajasthan’s team, on the other hand, is yet to strike the right balance. In the last match against Delhi Capitals, she was seen winning, but lost due to her mistakes.
Starting the innings with Stokes is also not useful for Rajasthan. Stokes had scored 41 against Delhi but could not reach the team’s threshold of victory. The team management will try or change Stokes as an opener – it will be a matter to be seen in the match.
The batting of Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson is also very important for Rajasthan. Robin Uthappa has not been able to do anything for the team. Rahul Tewatia can do anything at any time, he has told it in two matches. Therefore, Bangalore will not have to take Rajasthan lightly till the end.
In bowling, apart from Jofra Archer, no other bowler has done anything special. Yes, the young Karthik Tyagi has definitely influenced the match and it will be worth seeing how he performs in front of the two legendary batsmen of the world in this match.
RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), Aaron Finch, Devadatta Padikal, AB de Villiers, Josh Phillippe, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dubey, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moin Ali, Pawan Deshpande, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Mohammad Siraj, Chris Maurice, Pawan Negi, Parthiv Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Adam Zampa, Ken Richardson.
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (captain), Ankit Rajput, Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Jose Butler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank McCardey, Rahul Tewatia, Ryan Parag, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat , Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, Karthik Tyagi, David Miller, Oshane Thomas, Anirudh Joshi, Andrew Tye, Tom Kurain, Ben Stokes.