Match 15 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has the Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on 2008 IPL champions Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.
Both RCB and RR have started the season strongly, with two wins in three games each. There is a different vibe around RCB, with the duo of Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal adding much-needed freshness to the team.
The 15th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
This game is scheduled to start at 03:30 PM IST (02:00 PM local time) (10:00 AM UTC). The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali). Also, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
For a change, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have won two out of their first three games this season. After the huge loss against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), they bounced back in the game against the Mumbai Indians (MI). They held their nerve in the Super Over and just about hopped across the line. In their upcoming encounter, they will be playing the Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Also, this will be the first afternoon game of this season and the teams will be thoroughly tested under the heat. The Royals, after two brilliant performances in the first two games, faltered in the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). This will be yet another new venue for them. It is important for them to adapt and play according to the conditions prevailing here.
RCB vs RR Weather Report for Match 15:
Fortunately for both the teams, the temperature won’t be as high as it is on some of the other days. The maximum temperature will be around 34 degrees Celsius and it will be that way for the entire game.
The pitch at Abu Dhabi is a good one to bat on. If the batsmen get their eye in, they can go for some big shots. There is assistance on offer for the bowlers as well if they hit the right areas.
Average first innings score:
170 (Thus far at this venue in the tournament)
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 2, Lost – 3, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News:
Chris Morris was seen batting and bowling during the RCB practice session. However, his participation call will be taken on the match-day.
RCB vs RR Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dale Steyn, Josh Philippe, Umesh Yadav.
Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa/Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat.
Varun Aaron, David Miller, Aniruddha Joshi, Manan Vohra, Andrew Tye, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Robin Uthappa/Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh.
Cricket Match Predictions
RCB vs RR Top Picks for Today’s Dream11 Match:
AB de Villiers is the leading run-scorer for RCB this season with 134 runs in three games at an average of 67 and a strike rate of 186.
Sanju Samson scored 167 runs in three games so far even though he missed out in the last game and has a strike rate of over 200.
Yuzvendra Chahal has accounted for 5 wickets in three games and has got an economy rate of 7.58.
Virat Kohli only scored 18 runs from three games and looks rusty after the forced break. However, he is someone you can’t avoid having in your side for the kind of scores he can get once he gets going.
Steve Smith, the skipper of Rajasthan Royals, engineered his way to 122 runs in three games while maintaining a strike rate of over 150.
Tom Curran picked up three wickets in three games and even registered an unbeaten 54 in the last match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – AB de Villiers, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson
Vice-Captain Options – Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs RR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sanju Samson, AB de Villiers (c)
Batters – Steve Smith (vc), Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal
All-Rounders – Rahul Tewatia, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube
Bowlers – Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Yuzvendra Chahal
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs RR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jos Buttler (c), Sanju Samson, AB de Villiers
Batters – Steve Smith, Virat Kohli (vc), Devdutt Padikkal
All-Rounders – Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube
Bowlers – Ankit Rajpoot, Isuru Udana, Adam Zampa
Sanju Samson is also a really great option as the captain. You can select him as one in any one of your Grand League teams.
Today’s RCB vs RR Probable Winners:
The Rajasthan Royals are predicted to win this encounter.