The Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on the Rajasthan Royals in Match 15 of IPL 2020. This will be the first afternoon match in IPL 2020 and will begin at 3:30 PM IST at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 3rd October (Saturday).
The game will be telecasted on Star Sports Network and viewers can also see the live match on Disney+ Hotstar.
Both teams will be playing their first match at Abu Dhabi and it will be interesting to see how RCB and RR adapt to the condition and heat of Abu Dhabi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore after a short break will be keen to continue their winning momentum. The Virat Kohli ked side defeated the Mumbai Indians in a thrilling super over and are sitting at 4 in the points table.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, suffered a massive loss against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The Royals were playing their first match outside Sharjah and their players failed to adapt and were under pressure throughout the match.
However, RR has only lost 1 out of 3 matches in IPL 2020 and will be keen to get back on winning ways when they face a rampant RCB side.
Head To Head
Matches Played: 21
RR Won: 10
RCB Won: 8
No Result: 3
The conditions at Abu Dhabi in the afternoon is all set to drain out the players and be extremely challenging. The conditions are all set to be sunny with temperatures ranging between 35-38 degree Celcius.
The surface at Abu Dhabi has been the most difficult to bat in IPL 2020. With RCB and RR being a day game the captain winning the toss will look to bat first as they pitch might get slower in the second half.
Average First Innings Score
150- 160 in IPL 2020
Injury and Availability News
Chris Morris was executing his skills in the RCB nets and he will likely feature in his first match this season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli ©, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris/Isuru Udana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Navdeep Saini.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (wk), Yashaswi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith ©, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals- Top Fantasy Picks
Ab de Villiers: The legendary batsman is a must in your fantasy team. De Villiers has been in sensational form in IPL so far and has already scored two match-winning fifties in the campaign.
Devdutt Padikkal: The Young opening batsmen has emerged as a real star this season. He also has 2 fifties in 3 matches so far and will be again a key player for RCB in the top order.
Navdeep Saini: The express fast bowler has been the go-to bowler for Virat Kohli in crucial overs. Saini bowled a terrific super over in the last match against MI and starred in RCB’s crucial win.
Yuzvendra Chahal: The leg spinner has so far been at his best in the competition. The pitch at Abu Dhabi will again suit Chahal and he will be again eyeing wickets in the middle overs.
Steve Smith: The Rajasthan Royals apart from the last match has looked in terrific form. With pitch assumed to assist spinners in the afternoon match, Smith will be the most important batsman for his side.
Sanju Samson: The elegant batsman missed out in the last match but he has shown that he is timing the ball better than anybody in IPL. RCB will have to pick the wicket of Samson early if not than the batsman from Kerela will again score loads of runs.
Jos Buttler: This might the match were Jos Buttler stamps his authority and set the stage on fire in IPL 2020. Buttler is a big match player and will be keen to produce a scintillating performance with the bat.
Jofra Archer: The fast bowler has so far bowled with express pace accuracy and has extracted bounce even on slow surfaces in the UAE. His 4 overs will be extremely crucial in the match if he’s able to remove the big stars of RCB batting line-up RR will be in a strong position to clinch the match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Ab de Villiers, Steve Smith
Vice-Captain Options – Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal
RCB and RR Other Top Fantasy Picks
Batsmen: De Villiers, Smith, Buttler, Padikkal, Virat Kohli
All-Rounders: Shivam Dubey, Rahul Tewatia
Spinners: Chahal, Zampa
Keeper: De Villiers/ Buttler
Fast Bowlers: Navdeep Saini, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat
Royal Challengers to win a close match against RR with AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal making major contributions.