Rajasthan Royals (RR) has lost its way in IPL 2020, unmistakably, after their first two wins in Sharjah. At the current point, the group, captained by Steve Smith, is moping at seventh in the points table with six points from eight matches.
They have gotten their opportunities against the Delhi Capitals (DC) however wound up losing the match by 13 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In an offer to turn their campaign around, the Royals would next face the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday, October 17 in Dubai itself.
In spite of the fact that on the head-to-head count, the Royals are ahead, in their last faceoff, Virat Kohli and Co beat them extensively by eight wickets.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Dubai has had everything for both batsmen and the bowlers. The track also gets slower in the subsequent half. The sides, batting second, have needed to strain so as to get over the line. The conditions are going to stay warm with the temperature around the 35 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity won’t be on the higher side, however. The players should remain hydrated to remain fit.
Likely XI for both RCB and RR
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (C), Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.
Steve Smith (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat.
Likely top performers for RCB and RR
Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli began the competition, scoring 18 runs in his initial three games this season. Yet, he has begun to discover his class and as of now averaging around 60 with a top score of 90 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Indeed, he returned to shape with a half-century against the Royals itself. Being one of the vital participants for RCB it is not yet clear whether he can reproduce something similar.
Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler has given glimpses of his absolute best, playing some daring strokes in the IPL 2020. In any case, aside from his 70 against the Mumbai Indians (MI), he is yet to discover his feet in the competition.
In seven matches, the right-hander just has 168 runs at a normal and strike-rate of 24 and 154.12 separately. Yet, remember that the following match is in Sharjah, Jos can be required to do his absolute best.