The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team, who have lost due to some wrong decisions against Kings XI Punjab, will want to take the field with the right strategy in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday against Rajasthan Royals.
Virat Kohli-led RCB have so far won five of the eight matches from their all-round performance but during Thursday’s eight-wicket defeat against Kings XI, they made some mistakes that eventually overshadowed them.
On the other hand, the Royals are struggling with the failure of the top-order batsmen and the lower-order batsmen have contributed significantly to the three matches they have won so far. The Royals rank seventh in the table.
RCB’s five wins also included a Super Over win against Mumbai Indians at the Dubai International Stadium. RCB’s decision to send the reigning AB de Villiers to the sixth position below Washington Sundar (13) and Shivam Dubey (23) against Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah.
This South African batsman was able to score only two runs. Not only this, when RCB were defending their score, Kohli later handed the ball to Sundar, who is in good form, to curb Chris Gayle. His strategy did not work as well and the Caribbean batsman hit four sixes on Sundar. Now Kohli and his team would like to forget this defeat and get on the field with the right strategy.
As far as the Royals are concerned, they have strong batting but captain Steve Smith and Sanju Samson are struggling to score runs after performing brilliantly in the first two games. Jose Butler has not been able to convert his good start into a big score. He has scored only one half-century in seven innings.
Ben Stokes showed his color by scoring 41 runs in the last match against Delhi Capitals. They will be expected to score well for the team. The Royals won against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad due to Rahul Tewatia’s brilliant performance, but his bat could not play against Delhi. Jofra Archer leads Rajasthan Royals bowling, with spinners Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal constantly getting him along.
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Probable Playing 11
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Yashasvi Jaiswal / Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith (captain), Ryan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat / Varun Aaron.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dubey, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: My Dream11 Team
Wicket-keeper: AB de Villiers, Sanju Samson
Batsmen: Devdutt Padikal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (Captain), Steve Smith
All-rounders: Shivam Dubey, Chris Morris, Ben Stokes
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Jofra Archer (Deputy Captain)