Royal Challengers Bangalore is playing against Rajasthan Royals in match 15 of IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi. Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat first. The Royals, however, did not have a good start as they lost their big three within the powerplay.
First Steve Smith was dismissed in the third over by Isuru Udan. Navdeep Saini then accounted for Jos Buttler’s wicket in the fourth over. Yuzvendra Chahal then dismissed Sanju Samson in the fifth over to reduce the Royals to 31 for three inside the powerplay.
Yuzvendra Chahal bowled a flighted delivery first up, while Samson drove the ball straight to Chahal, who took a diving catch to his right. It was referred by the on-field umpires, while the soft signal was out.
Yuzvendra Chahal Takes a One-Hander to Dismiss Sanju Samson
The third umpire ruled the decision in favour of Chahal saying that he had no conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field umpire’s decision. Both Samson and Smith have scored two fifties so far in the tournament for the Royals. The dismissals came as a big blow to the team as the duo have been majorly scoring their runs.
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Meanwhile, after winning two games back to back, the Royals lost their first game against KKR in their third. This game against RCB is their fourth of the season and their first in Abu Dhabi.
They have some good news heading into the contest. Their start all-rounder Ben Stokes will join the game by the end of the game tonight. After reaching UAE, he will have to have to undergo a six-day mandatory quarantine before he can join the Royals squad.
A report in ANI suggests that well-placed sources have confirmed that Ben Stokes will land in the UAE later tonight when Rajasthan Royals play Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi.
“He is coming in tonight and will immediately undergo the COVID-19 related procedures before joining the rest of the unit,” the source said.