Abu Dhabi: Rajasthan Royals (RR) and RCB (RCB) will be the main challenge for them in the first match of IPL on Saturday when the face-to-face will not be dew but strong sun. 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.
The Rajasthan Royals played their first two matches on a relatively small ground in Sharjah where they recorded 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 keep Varun Aaron in the playing eleven in place of fast bowler Ankit Rajput. There is a demand for taking young opener 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.
RCB also started well but they need to improve their fielding and bowling of the death overs. Navdeep Saini bowled well in the Super Over against Mumbai Indians, which helped his team to 2 points but in the match RCB had conceded 79 runs in the last 4 overs which is a 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 was to start bowling from Washington Sundar 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.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 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, Adam Jumpa.
Rajasthan Royals: 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.