Man of the Match: YS Chahal
Rajasthan Royals’ challenge to get it right with the ball against RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win
|Kolkata Knight Riders||3||2||1||0||0||4||0.117|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||3||2||1||0||0||4||-1.45|
|Kings XI Punjab||4||1||3||0||0||2||0.521|
|Chennai Super Kings||4||1||3||0||0||2||-0.719|
Royal Challengers Bangalore would clash Rajasthan Royals in the 15th game of the IPL 2020. This contest would be important for both the sides as they have equal number of points after playing their three games. RCB is coming into this game after a thrilling win over the Mumbai Indians in the Super Over while Rajasthan Royals suffered a big loss in their last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Rajasthan Royals have had a poor season with the ball so far and they have conceded more than 600 run in their three games which is one of the worrying factors for the side. The RCB haven’t had it too good with the ball either but their batting has been good and this will boost the confidence in the squad. None of the sides seem to be outright favorites going into this contest and this will make this game very interesting
Virat Kohli’s side comes into this game after a sensational win against the Mumbai Indians which they won in the Super Over. In a game where the balance shifted continuously RCB held on to its nerves when it mattered. The side hasn’t won a game against the Rajasthan Royals in the last two seasons and shall be looking to turn it around in this game. Kohli would be looking for a better show from his bowlers going into this game.
The opening combination of Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch did extremely well in the last game and the side would be expecting a good show from them here in this game. Kohli’s form is the concerning area for the side has he has failed so far in three games. Down the order AB de Villiers and Shivam Dube are playing good role as finishers. Washington Sundar and Gurkeerat Singh also bring good hitting abilities down the order for the side.
Bowling is a concern for the side as they have conceded more than 200 runs in the last two games. Apart from Sundar none of the other bowlers did well in the last game. Isuru Udana will have to do well with the new ball. Yuzvendra Chahal has been their best bowler so far and there would be lot of responsibility on him in this game. The side will also expect better show from Adam Zampa and Navdeep Saini in this game.
Best Batsman – Aaron Finch
Best Bowler – Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal
|A de Villiers||55||24||4||4||229.17|
YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikal, Aaron Finch, Washington Sundar, NA Saini, Isuru Udana, Adam Zampa, Virat Kohli, GR Singh Mann, Shivam Dube
It was a poor show from Steven Smith’s side in the last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders. While the 37-run loss might not sound as a huge gap the side was knocked out of the contest in the 6th over of their chases. Their bowlers just don’t seem to have the right answers at the moment and it would be a huge task for them to recover from this low and win the next game.
Jos Buttler’s poor form at the top is a big concern for the side and he will need to provide a good start along with Steven Smith. Sanju Sampson has looked good so far and along with Rahul Tewatia shall be looking to score quick runs in the middle overs. Tom Curran batted well in the last game but their lower middle order is yet to fire and the side would need a better show from the likes of Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag and Shreyas Gopal in the next game.
Jofra Archer has been sensational so far in the tournament but rest of their bowling attack has been poor. Ankit Rajpoot and Jaydev Unadkat will have to provide him good support with the new ball in the next game. It is however Shreyas Gopal and Curran who will be expected to bowl tighter lines as they have leaked runs in almost every game.
Best Batsman – Sanju Sampson
Best Bowler – Jofra Archer
Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat
Steven Smith, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, RV Uthappa, R Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, S Gopal, Tom Curran, Riyan Parag
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It will be clear skies over Abu Dhabi on October 03 with some dew late in the evening. The track has been a good one to bat on and we have already seen big scores being made here. There isn’t much for the bowlers on this surface. The side that bats first will need a score in excess of 180 runs to feel comfortable here.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is a big ground and we have seen lower scores here compared to the other two venues in this tournament. The pitch is good one to bat on as the ball comes on to the bat nicely. There isn’t much for the fast bowlers here and they have to use their variations well. Spinners have enjoyed good record here as the ball turns and grips on the track.
Most sides have preferred to bowl first at this venue so far in the tournament as the evening dew has made it tough for the spinners to grip the ball. The pitch is a good one to bat on in both the innings. The side that wins the toss in this game is most likely to invite the opponents to bat first.
Rajasthan Royals have a huge mountain to climb in this game. Though the side has managed two wins so far they have been riding on the performance of few players and their bowling attack has looked in disastrous shape so far. The Royal Challengers Bangalore has a stronger batting line-up and they have also bowled better in comparison. Though it is anybody’s game given the kind of form the two sides are in at the moment, RCB has momentum on its side and this will make it favorites in this game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win