In the 33rd match of the IPL 2020, Steven Smith-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) are playing against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai). It is their second meeting in the ongoing IPL season.
Both teams are playing their ninth match in this IPL season. In the latest IPL 2020 points table, RCB are in the 3rd position with 10 points (5 wins and 3 loses) and Rajasthan Royals are in the 7th position with 6 points (3 wins and 5 loses).
Earlier, in this season, during the 15th match of this tournament (at Abu Dhabi on 3rd October 2020), they faced each other where RCB beat them by 8 wickets.
IPL 2020, Match 33: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RR vs RCB) – Toss Report
Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith won the toss and decided to bat first. They have brought the unchanged playing XI for this match.
Smith said, “We are batting. Day game, better to bat first. Same team for us. We have got a good mix with Stokes back, we did a lot of things right in the last game. The wickets are slowing up, one reason for batting first.”
On the other hand, RCB captain Virat Kohli confirmed that they made two changes in the playing XI. Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Shahbaz Ahmed joined in the playing XI as the replacement of Mohammed Siraj and Shivam Dube.
Kohli said, “This pitch looks a lot better, the surface looks a lot better than what we had in Sharjah. We would have batted first as well. Couple of changes for us – Mann is back for us, he replaces Siraj. Dube misses out, Shahbaz Ahmed gets his first game today. That helps us get the balance back. We have learnt from our losses, that shows the character in the team. It’s been a hectic schedule this week, it’s all about executing our plans.”
IPL 2020, Match 33: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RR vs RCB) – Playing XIs
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal