Royal Challengers Bangalore are set to face Rajasthan Royals for a second time on Saturday (October 17) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Coming off a defeat against Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore will like to win the match against RR. They had registered a comfortable win against the Royals in their first meeting. Virat Kohli will want his side to repeat the same performance on Saturday.
Royal Challengers Predicted XI Against Rajasthan Royals:
1. Devdutt Padikkal:
Devdutt Padikkal has taken off the burden from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to score runs. In just the last seven matches, he has registered three-half centuries and maintained a healthy strike rate of 127.94. Overall, he has scored 261 runs. If the youngster remains consistent and always gives a good start to the team, RCB will always have a good score on the board.
2. Aaron Finch:
Aaron Finch has played decent knocks but is yet to play a big knock. He has scored 191 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of 113.69. Against KKR, he had scored 47 runs and gave a good start to the team. Royal Challengers Bangalore will expect from Australia’s white-ball captain to give a similar performance against RR.
3. Virat Kohli (c):
After struggling in the first few matches, Virat Kohli has found his form back. In eight matches, he has scored 304 runs in eight matches at the strike rate of 126.66. Against RR in their first meeting, the skipper scored his first half-century of the IPL 2020 and guided the team to victory. He will like to play a similar knock again in their second meeting.
4. AB de Villiers (wk):
AB de Villiers is a genius and always a difference-maker for RCB. He bamboozles bowlers with his innovative shots. In eight matches, he has scored 230 runs at the strike rate of 179.68. Royal Challengers Bangalore will want him to play a match-winning knock for them against RR.
5. Washington Sundar:
Washington Sundar is bowling exceptionally this season. Against KKR, he snared two wickets while gave away only 20 runs in his four overs spell. He partnered with Yuzvendra Chahal to suffocate the batsman to score runs in middle-overs which guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to an emphatic win. The off-spinner has become the match-winner for RCB.
6. Shivam Dube:
Shivam Dube is the power-hitter of Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has got the ability to hit long sixes and take on the bowlers at death overs. However, the towering allrounder has not got many chances because of the massive contribution from the top-order. He will be looking to capitalize on the opportunity to score good runs for his side against RR.
7. Chirs Morris:
Chris Morris is the key player for Royal Challengers Bangalore. After missing five matches because of injury, the fast bowling allrounder has joined the playing XI. His addition has made RCB’s bowling attack more stronger. In three matches, he has picked up five wickets at the staggering economy rate of 4.43. Morris is going to play a pivotal role to fulfil RCB’s dream to lift the trophy.
8. Isuru Udana:
Isuru Udana has got the knack of picking wickets at crucial stages. The pacer has picked up seven wickets in six matches. Although he has not been economical, he has succeeded in giving breakthroughs to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Navdeep Saini spearhead’s RCB’s bowling attack. The youngster has improved his ability to bowl perfect yorkers and can quite comfortably clock more than 140 kmph on the speed gun. His four overs play a decisive role for RCB.
10. Yuzvendra Chahal:
Yuzvendra Chahal is the game-changer and match-winner for Royal Challengers Bangalore. His mind games bamboozle batsmen while his accuracy helps him to get the wickets easily. The wrist-spinner has picked up 11 wickets in eight matches at the economy rate of 7.53.
11. Mohammed Siraj:
Mohammed Siraj has snared three wickets in the last two matches. He has also got the ability to pick wickets at crunch situations to bring back his side in the game.