RCB won the toss and decided to bowl first. Virat Kohli, the skipper, made some big changes in the squad, as Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh were dropped from the side making way for Sachin Baby and Adam Milne. All-rounder Stuart Binny was the other addition to the team in place of Aniket Choudhary.
On the other side, the unavailability of Ben Stokes meant that Lockie Ferguson got a chance along with Deepak Chahar, who replaced Shardul Thakur.
RCB has a sleek chance of qualifying for the next round and they need to win all their remaining five games in order to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. They do have an advantage on Saturday, as chasing the total later in the evening will be easy, the jury reckoned.
Here is what both the captain said at the toss –
“We would have bowled first as well. We have won two in two. We haven’t put our whole team performance together. Stokes has not quite fully recovered. Deepak Chahar comes in place of Shardul Thakur. Lockie Ferguson replaces Faf du Plessis.
“We are gonna bowl first. Usually, Pune is a good chasing ground. The wicket tends to play better under lights. Nothing is impossible. Last year we needed four out of four, we did that. Let’s see what happens today. We have made three changes. Gayle, Mandeep and Chaudhary are out. Binny, Baby and Milne come in.”
Here is the playing XI of both the sides –
Rising Pune Supergiant Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Lockie Ferguson, MS Dhoni(w), Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav, Sachin Baby, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Sreenath Aravind, Adam Milne, Yuzvendra Chahal.