Abu Dhabi: When Rajasthan Royals (RR) and RCB (RCB) face each other in the first match to be held today (IPL), it will be the main challenge for them, but not the dew. In the IPL, there will be 2-2 matches in just 10 days, which will start with this match. With this, other teams will also get an opportunity to know and understand the challenges of playing during the day.
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RCB need to improve their fielding and death overs bowling. Navdeep Saini bowled well in the Super Over against Mumbai Indians, which enabled his team to score 2 points but in the match RCB had conceded 79 runs in the last 4 overs which is a matter of concern for Virat Kohli’s team. RCB kept Isuru Udana, Adam Jampa and Gurkeerat Mann in the team in the last match and they are likely to remain in the playing XI.
The bet to start bowling from Washington Sundar was lost in the last match. He took one wicket for only 12 runs in 4 overs while the match was scored over 400 runs. The team will be happy with AB de Villiers’ brilliant form team, while Shivam Dubey also presented a good example of his skill of playing long shots in the last match. Kohli will also try to play big innings. He has so far scored only 18 runs in 3 matches.
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, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Jampa.
Full team of RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Aaron Finch, Josh Philip, Chris Morris, Moin Ali, Mohammad Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dubey, Umesh Yadav , Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pawan Deshpande, Isuru Udana, Adam Jampa.
The Rajasthan Royals played their first 2 matches on a relatively small ground in Sharjah where they registered a thumping win but their players failed to reconcile and suffered defeat due to the changed conditions against Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai. The Abu Dhabi ground is also big and the Royals would like to take advantage of Dubai’s experience here. This will also be the first match of RCB at this ground.
Rajasthan Royals batsmen showed their sharp attitude in Sharjah but the 175-run target against KKR also became a mountain for him. He has made his right combination with foreign players and in such a situation, he can place Varun Aaron in the playing XI instead of fast bowler Ankit Rajput.
There is a demand for taking young opener batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal into the team, but Jose Butler will be able to play in the top order only. Both Rajasthan Royals and RCB have won 2 out of 3 matches so far.
Rajasthan Royals probable playing XI: Jose Butler (wicketkeeper), Steve Smith (captain), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Ryan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Joffra Archer, Tom Curren, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajput, Jaydev Unadkat.
The entire team of Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Andrew Tye, Karthik Tyagi, Steve Smith (captain), Ankit Rajput, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markandey, 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.
Toss Time: Indian time today at 3 pm
Match Start Time: Indian time today at 3:30 pm
field: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi