Royal Challengers Bangalore will go on loggerheads with Rajasthan Royals on Saturday in Indian Premier League (IPL). The two teams will be hoping to secure a crucial win in this fixture. It will be expected to be a neck-in-neck contest between these sides that are eager to prove themselves.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bangalore won two games of three in this season and ranked at fourth position in the points table. They are looking like a fine team as Sri Lankan pacer Isuru Udana returned in the team and AB de Villiers is doing keeping gives the team a good balance. Bangalore will be again banking on AB de Villiers for putting a good total on the scoreboard. He smashed two half-centuries till now in three games in this season.
Young opener Devdutt Padikkal slammed two blistering half-centuries in just three games to cement his position in the team. Form of skipper Virat Kohli is a concern for Bangalore but he would be eager to return in form. They would hope that death bowling specialist Chris Morris will become fit. They have vital problems with death bowling. Isuru Udana and Chris Morris can become the solution of their death bowling woes. They will be looking forward to defeating Rajasthan Royals to gain some momentum in the tournament.
Rajasthan Royals suffered their first loss in the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders and fell from the first position to third position in points-table. They would be concerned about the position of Steven Smith and Robin Uthappa in the line-up. Exposing both Jos Butler and Steven Smith against new ball, their two most important batsmen seems suicidal move. So they can move Steven Smith at the one-down position and Robin Uthappa can open for team. Uthappa can give stability to batting order of Rajasthan Royals. They can also try young Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal by dropping veteran Robin Uthappa. Indian batsman Sanju Samson gave some excellent performances till now. Rajasthan will expect some batting cameos from Rahul Tewatia and Jofra Archer too. English pacer Tom Curran also scored fifty in the last game. With Archer in the arsenal, pace attack of Rajasthan looks threatening. They will be looking forward to beating Bangalore in this game to jump up the points-table.
These two teams played each other 15 times in last ten years where Rajasthan Royals won 7 of them and Bangalore won five games with remaining three games were abandoned.
Rajasthan Royals are more likely to win this match as they can exploit the death bowling weakness of Bangalore.
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Date and Time:
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 3.30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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