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IPL 2021: The UAE Government Would Allow 60 Percent Attendance For 2nd Phase Of IPL 2021 At UAE

IPL 2021 received a big boost when the UAE government decided to allow 60 percent attendance at the stadiums for the second phase of the IPL 2021. This decision was taken after thorough consultations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), as per the reports in the Telegraph.

Earlier, when the BCCI hosted the IPL 2021 in India before it got indefinitely postponed due to a bio-bubble breach, where no crowds were allowed at the venues, keeping the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

The Emirates Cricket Board are closely working the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.
The Emirates Cricket Board is closely working with the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: The UAE Government’s Decision To Allow 60 Percent Attendance Will Come As A Massive Boost For Players Playing IPL 2021

Likewise, no spectators were allowed to watch the games live during IPL 2020, when the entire tournament was played in the UAE. With 60 percent of the audience turning up at the stadiums, it will be a massive boost for the players while playing the IPL matches.

The BCCI had announced the entire schedule of the remainder of IPL 2021 last month. According to it, in the span of over 27 days, a total of 31 matches will be played.  Amit Mishra(DC), Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy(KKR), and Wriddhiman Saha(SRH) contracted the virus. Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey and bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji had also contracted the virus in India which led to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)

The second phase of IPL 2021 will commence on September 19 with a game between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai. A total of 31 games, including the playoffs, will be played in this phase of the tournament. It will come to a close with the final on October 15. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah are the three venues shortlisted to host the remaining IPL 2021 matches.

CSK and MI Are The First 2 Teams To Reach The UAE

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL

Before the IPL 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to rising COVID-19 cases within the franchises, the Delhi Capitals (DC) were at the top of the table with 12 points (six wins in eight matches). CSK and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were second and third with five wins from seven games, while MI was fourth with four wins in seven matches.

The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Punjab Kings (PBKS) have won three games each out of seven and eight matches, respectively. Kolkata Knight Riders won just two games out of seven, while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) got over the line only once in seven appearances and is at the bottom of the points table.

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Rajasthan Royals. Image Credit: IPL.
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IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals – RR Predicted XI

Rajasthan Royals have got the self-belief after chasing mammoth totals in the last two matches — and will want to put up a strong challenge against Kolkata Knight Riders, who are on the edge of their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 journey.

Rajasthan Royals are currently lying in the fifth position in the points table with 12 points and a run rate of -0.377. To seal the spot in the playoffs, they need to grab two points against KKR and need some luck in their favour.

Here, let’s take a look at how Rajasthan Royals playing XI can shape in for the last league match:

1. Robin Uthappa:

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Robin Uthappa. Image Credit: IPL.

Playing as an opener Robin Uthappa has been more effective for Rajasthan Royals. In the last match, he amassed 30 runs off 23 balls and hit two giant sixes to show his mettle with the bat. However, he is still to play a big knock. He would be hoping to leave the team in a good position against KKR.

2. Ben Stokes:

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Ben Stokes. Image Credit: IPL.

After going a lot of criticism, Ben Stokes has managed to set the stage on fire. The allrounder demolished MI’s attack with his aggressive batting, scoring the maiden hundred of IPL 2020. Likewise, in the last match, he scored a half-century off 26 balls at the strike rate of 192.00.

3. Sanju Samson:

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. Image Credit: IPL.

Sanju Samson has impressed with his half-century and also for stitching a match-winning partnership with Ben Stokes to guide the team to unbelievable victory against MI. The wicketkeeper-batsman repeated the same stint against KXIP as he struck 48 runs off 25 balls, hitting three sixes and four fours.

4. Steve Smith (c):

Steven Smith
Steven Smith. Image Credit: IPL.

Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith finished the job for his side against KXIP, scoring 31 runs off 20 balls at the strike rate of 155. 00. He will look to play a good knock against KKR to keep their chances alive for playoffs.

5. Jos Buttler:

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. Image Credit: IPL.

Jos Buttler didn’t get the opportunity to bat against MI because Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes finished the job for the team. But in the last match against KXIP, he got the opportunity and fired the boundaries all over the ground as he smashed 22 runs off 11 balls.

6. Rahul Tewatia:

Rahul Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia. Image Credit: IPL.

Rahul Tewatia has impressed with his all-round performance. He is the only biggest positive for the team in the last matches. The allrounder is a hard-hitting batsman while has got the knack of picking wickets and also an excellent fielder. He is a vital cog for Rajasthan Royals this season. So, his position in the playing XI is unquestionable.

7.Riyan Parag:

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Riyan Parag. Image Credit: Twitter.

Riyan Parag proved his mettle with the bat against SRH by stitching up a match-winning partnership with Rahul Tewatia. The youngster played a sensible knock and took the team across the line to seal the win for Rajasthan Royals.

8. Jofra Archer:

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Image Credit: BCCI/IPL

Jofra Archer is playing as the allrounder for the team. He has got the runs for the team with his power-hitting while he is the master with the ball. The pacer is the leading wicket-taker for them, picking 19 wickets in 13 matches at the economy rate of 6.69. With the bat, he has scored 107 runs at the staggering strike rate of 198.14.

9. Shreyas Gopal:

Shreyas Gopal
Shreyas Gopal. Image Credit: IPL.

Against MI, the spinner got the two crucial wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard. However, it could not halt MI to get on the nerve of the Rajasthan Royals. In the last match, he bowled only one over while leaked 10 runs. He will look to bounce back stronger in the last league match.

10. Kartik Tyagi:

Kartik Tyagi
Kartik Tyagi. Image Credit: IPL.

The 19-year-old pacer has impressed with his performance. He has snared seven wickets in the last nine matches, including the prize wicket of Virat Kohli. The fast bowler is having a good season, and the Rajasthan Royals will expect him to continue giving them breakthroughs.

11. Jaydev Undakat:

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Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Javdev Unadkat is probably the weak link of the Rajasthan Royals. He is an expensive bowler, but the franchise has not many options to replace him in the playing XI. In seven matches, he has picked up four wickets at the poor economy rate of 9.91.

Rajasthan Royals. Image Credit: IPL.
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IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals – RR Predicted XI

The Rajasthan Royals (RR had started off their IPL 2020 campaign with two back-to-back victories, but have since lost three consecutive matches. The batting order looks in turmoil with inconsistency, and getting runs on the board has been hard for the team. Captain Steve Smith and Sanju Samson had a blasting start this season but in the last three matches have lost their wicket early on in the start.

Royals are set to face Delhi Capitals next on October 9, who until now have the best record in the tournament this year with four wins in five matches. The Rajasthan camp had a sigh of relief when Ben Stokes travelled to the UAE last week to join the Jaipur-based franchise. He is in quarantine at the moment and will be available to play in their match against SRH on October 11.

IPL 2020: What Is The Point Of Playing So Many Bowlers? Aakash Chopra After Rajasthan Royals' Defeat
Rajasthan Royals. Image Credit: IPL.

Here’s our predicted XI for Rajasthan Royals

1. Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler had a slow start to IPL 2020 but looks to have found his flow back. Buttler scored an emphatic 70 runs in Rajasthan Royals’ failed chase of 194 runs, against Mumbai Indians. The wicket-keeper batsman has scored 114 runs total in four matches played this term.

Jos Buttler
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2. Steve Smith

Rajasthan gave a second opportunity to their new 18-year-old signing Yashasvi Jaiswal in their match against Mumbai. He again failed to deliver and was dismissed for 0. Rajasthan Royals might drop him again and play Steve Smith at the top with Jos Buttler, considering the fierce pace bowling of Delhi Capitals.

The skipper scored two fifties in the first two matches but has since lost his momentum. He will look to add some runs against DC for the team.

Steve Smith.
Steve Smith. Image Credit: IPL.

3. Sanju Samson

The 25-year-old batsman had a thumping start to the IPL 2020 with two Man of the Match performances, but just like captain Smith, he has failed to deliver ever since. With the match against Delhi being played in Sharjah, Samson may take advantage of the smaller ground to score a knock and get his confidence back.

IPL 2020: Surprised That Sanju Samson Is Not Playing All forms Of Cricket For India: Shane Warne
Sanju Samson. Image Credit: IPL.

4. Mahipal Lomror

The 20-year-old made his debut for Rajasthan Royals in their match against RCB and scored 47 off 39 balls and helped them recover for the early losses in the match. In their match against KKR, he scored 11 off 13. Lomror looks promising in the middle order and is likely to start against DC.

Mahipal Lomror, IPL 2020, IPL
Mahipal Lomror. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

5. Rahul Tewatia

Tewatia didn’t have the best outing against MI, scoring only five runs, but he looks to have cemented his place in the Rajasthan middle order. He has been economical with the ball too and has four wickets to his name. In five matches he has scored 106 runs for the team.

Rahul Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia (Image Credit: IPL)

6. Riyan Parag

The 18-year-old can be fielded again on the pitch against DC, with Yashasvi Jaiswal failing to perform yet again. A shuffle can be seen for Jaiswal and Parag with the latter resting in the last match and paving way for Jaiswal who failed to make a mark.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag. Credits: IPL

7. Tom Curran

Curran has been expensive bowling for Rajasthan and not too good with the bat either. With his compatriot Ben Stokes looking to make a return in their match against SRH, Curran could play his last game of IPL 2020 for RR against DC, making way for his fellow countryman.

Tom Curran
Tom Curran (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

8. Jofra Archer

The England speedster has been RR’s most consistent player in IPL 2020. He has 5 wickets to his name, bowling with a decent economy of 7.1, and has scored 86 runs in 3 innings for the Royals at a mammoth strike rate of 238.88. He will surely be seen in the starting XI of RR for the whole campaign.

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Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

9. Shreyas Gopal

Gopal bagged two wickets against MI and only gave away 28 runs. He is an important piece of the Rajasthan bowling attack and will retain his place for their match against Delhi Capitals at the Sharjah cricket stadium.

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10. Kartik Tyagi

The 20-year-old, right-arm pacer was bought for a whopping INR 1.3 crores by RR in the December 2019 auction, after an impressive spell in the U-19 World Cup 2020 for India. He was given his debut against MI, benching veteran Jaydev Unadkat.

Tyagi bagged a wicket but gave away 36 runs in his four-overs spell. He will be a starter again for their next match as Rajasthan Royals look to experiment with their bowling options.

Kartik Tyagi
Image credits: Twitter

11. Varun Aaron

The 30-year-old veteran pacer can be started in the place of Ankit Rajpoot, who came in very expensive for Rajasthan Royals in their match against MI. Varun Aaron hasn’t played a single match for RR in the IPL 2020.

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Varun Aaron. image credit: BCCI/ IPL.
Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler
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IPL 2020: Our Top Order Has Failed To Perform – RR Opener Jos Buttler

Rajasthan Royals’ opening batsman Jos Buttler has opined that their top order has failed to deliver for the team in the last three matches and that has cost them much in this season. Buttler scored an emphatic 70 runs in Rajasthan Royals’ failed chase of 194 runs, set by Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Mumbai had won the toss and chosen to bat first. An unbeaten knock of 79 runs from Suryakumar Yadav powered Mumbai to a massive target of 194 for the Royals. MI’s bowling attack was too much to handle for the Rajasthan batsmen except Jos Buttler.

Jasprit Bumrah ended the match with an impressive four-wicket haul, giving away only 20 runs in his four overs. RR were all out for 136 in the start of 19th over and MI won by 57 runs.

Jos Buttler
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Jos Buttler admits Rajasthan Royals’ top order has failed to deliver

The 31-year-old England batsman has admitted that the RR top-order in the last three games have not managed to deliver and which has cost the team important points. Jos Buttler maintained that the powerplay is to be taken advantage of but they have failed to do so.

“We have not managed to come off as a top-order in the last three games. We have lost three wickets in the power-play a few times and in T20 cricket you never win too many games from that position,” Jos Buttler said in the post match conference.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler, Image credits: Twitter

“Of course, the power-play is a time you have to take advantage due to the field restrictions, but as players, we have not performed but that can happen in T20 cricket. We lost wickets. Mumbai bowled really well and we never got into our innings.

“As a batsman, you are always vulnerable early on in your innings and as a top-order, we didn’t manage to counteract the opening bowling well enough to get through that period,” he added.

Jos Buttler aims to take confidence from his knock against Mumbai for the rest of the tournament

Buttler lauded Suryakumar Yadav for his match-winning innings against RR. He stated he was not feeling his best in the middle, but spending time was good for him to find his flow at the end of the innings.

The T20 specialist batsman said he aims to take confidence from his knock against Mumbai for the rest of the tournament.

He (Suryakumar) played a fantastic innings. We could not quite tie (him) down. He used the angles and his crease really well and he is a fantastic player. We could not execute our plans to him but full credit to him. He played a very good innings.”

Suryakumar Yadav MI vs RR
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

“I have not been feeling my best in the middle. It was good for me to spend time in the middle, find a bit of fluency further on in the innings. I struggled initially, but hopefully, I can take some confidence from today and use that for the rest of the tournament,” Jos  Buttler said.

Rajasthan is placed at the second last spot on the points table with two wins and three losses. They are set to face table-toppers Delhi Capitals on October 9 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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Ben Stokes has a take on mankading. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.
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IPL 2020: Ben Stokes To Undergo First COVID Test Today

Ben Stokes reached UAE from New Zealand last night to join the Rajasthan Royals squad in the IPL and is in the mandatory six-day quarantine. It comes as a huge boost for RR with their middle-order woes, which would finally be not an issue with Stokes’ addition to the team. Ben Stokes was back home in New Zealand to see his ailing father who is battling brain cancer. Stokes left the England Test series against Pakistan midway, as he headed back home.

The star all-rounder has played 34 IPL matches so far and scored 635 runs at an average of 22.67. He also has 26 wickets to his name in the IPL.

Ben Stokes, Rajasthan Royals
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Ben Stokes most likely to available to play against SRH on October 11

An RR official has confirmed Ben Stokes who is in quarantine will have his first COVID test today, i.e October 4. His quarantine ends on October 9 and he will join the team training at October 10 and is likely to play against SunRisers Hyderabad on the 11th, confirmed the RR official.

“He has started his quarantine phase as soon as he reached the hotel. He will have his first test today and with the 6-day period ending the day we play against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah, we are looking at him playing against SRH. It will also help him get back into the groove as he has been off the field for some time,” An RR official told ANI.

“His quarantine period ends that day. So, he comes out and joins the team the next day which is October 10.” he added

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Rajasthan Royals lose their second consecutive match of IPL 2020

The RR upper order crashed quickly against RCB  at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The Rajasthan side had won the toss and chose to bat, but Yuzvendra Chahal and Isuru Udana’s impressive bowling dismissed the star studded batsmen of RR. They were halted for a low score of 154 which RCB achieved with ease and won the match by 8 wickets and 5 balls remaining.

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RCB skipper Virat Kohli played a match-winning knock of 72 runs, partnered by 20-year-old Devdutt Padikkal who made 63 runs off 45 balls. Mahipal Lomror was the highest run-getter for RR scoring 47 runs.

Rajasthan Royals will next face Mumbai Indians on October 6 at the same stadium of Abu Dhabi. They sit at the 6th spot on the IPL table with 2 wins and 2 losses to their name.

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Ben Stokes (Image Credit: PA)
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IPL 2020: Ben Stokes Heading To UAE To Join The Rajasthan Royals Camp

A huge boost for Rajasthan Royals as star England all-rounder Ben Stokes is finally headed to UAE to join with his RR squad for the rest of the IPL. The RR team have been struggling with their middle-order woes, which would finally be not an issue with Stokes’ addition to the team. Ben Stokes was back home in New Zealand to see his ailing father who is battling brain cancer. Stokes left the England Test series against Pakistan midway, as he headed back home.

The star all-rounder has played 34 IPL matches so far and scored 635 runs at an average of 22.67. He also has 26 wickets to his name in the IPL.

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Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Ben Stokes finally set to join RR for IPL 2020

Stokes has left New Zealand today for UAE. He took to Instagram to post pictures with his family at the airport, captioning it as ‘Goodbye’s never get easier’. 

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Ben Stokes had been working on his return by training at Sydenham Cricket Club, which is the first cricket club he played at back in New Zealand. Stokes will directly go into a seven-day quarantine on reaching the UAE. After that, he would begin his training with the RR squad and will aim to play for them in their match against Delhi Capitals on October 14th.

Rajasthan Royals to face Royal Challengers Bangalore in their fourth match of IPL 2020

The Royals had a thunderous start to the IPL 2020, winning both their opening matches, scoring in the excess of 200 runs. Sanju Samson and skipper Steve Smith played tremendous knocks in both the innings. However, their last match against KKR showed their weakness in the middle order after losing their upper order quick in the match, they lost the game by 37 runs.

IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals - RR Predicted XI
Rajasthan Royals. Image Credit: IPL.

Rajasthan Royals now sit third on the IPL table with two victories and one loss to their name. They will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore on October 3rd at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. RCB come into the match with a recent victory and will be more confident.

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Shane Warne (Image Credit: Google)
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IPL 2020: Shane Warne Gives An Update On Ben Stokes’ Availability For Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals team mentor Shane Warne has given an update on the availability of Ben Stokes in the IPL 2020 for RR. Ben Stokes is back home in New Zealand to see his ailing father who is battling brain cancer. Stokes left the England Test series against Pakistan midway, as he headed back home.

He hasn’t joined the IPL camp in the UAE yet and Rajasthan Royals have missed him a lot in their middle order which is struggling. If he decides to play, Stokes will be seen in the Rajasthan Royals colours for the third year this season. The star all-rounder has played 34 IPL matches so far and scored 635 runs at an average of 22.67. He also has 26 wickets to his name in the IPL.

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Shane Warne feels there is still a chance for Ben Stokes to play in this IPL

Warne did not let out an exact date for his Stokes to join the RR team in UAE, but he is hopeful that he will play a part this year. He said the team that won against KXIP would have looked a great side if Stokes was there.

“Hopefully, Ben Stokes would play a part this year, he’s a big loss and our thoughts are with him, but you know, add Ben to the team that played the other night and it looks a very, very good side,” Shane Warne had told PTI ahead of their game against KKR on Wednesday, which they lost.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Shane Warne likes the Steve Smith opening for RR

The former RR spinner is happy with Smith opening the innings for RR. Smith had scored two important knocks in their opening two matches of 69 and 50. Warne is of the opinion that the best players should face the most number of balls and hence he supports Jos Buttler, Smith and Sanju Samson at the one, two and three spots, respectively for the Royals.

“I liked it, him (Smith) coming to open the innings. I am always a big believer in your best player having the opportunity to face the most amount of deliveries, so for me you know Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and Sanju are one, two and three, respectively,” Warne said.

Steve Smith and Sanju Samson
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“Steve Smith and Andrew McDonald might have different ideas but I would always want my best players facing the maximum number of balls. We’ve got so many good players who could play so many different roles, but I personally like Steve Smith at the top,”  he added.

Rajasthan Royals now sit third on the IPL table with two victories and one loss to their name. They will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore on October 3rd at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

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IPL 2020: Didn’t Adapt To Bigger Ground Dimensions, Conditions In Dubai – Steve Smith

Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Steve Smith has stated that the team could not adapt to the bigger ground dimensions of the Dubai International stadium. RR had won both their opening matches of the IPL 2020 playing both the matches at Sharjah cricket stadium which is comparatively smaller to the Dubai International stadium.

Rajasthan Royals had the won the toss and chosen to field. KKR went on to score 174 from 20 overs with important knocks from Shubman Gill (47 runs) and Eoin Morgan (34 runs). The Royals could not bear the wrath of KKR bowlers and could only get 137 runs on the board in 20 overs. KKR won the match by 37 runs.

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That happens in T20 cricket sometimes, we have a few areas to improve on and keep moving forward: Steve Smith on loss to KKR

The RR skipper stated that their plan didn’t go right and that is normal to happen in T20 sometimes. He also mentioned they need to improve considering certain areas in their team. Smith said that the ground felt a lot different to Sharjah and they couldn’t adapt to the dimensions and the pitch.

“Didn’t quite go to plan. That happens in T20 cricket sometimes, we have a few areas to improve on, and keep moving forward. You could go one way or another (with the toss). KKR like to chase, so we planned to put their death bowling under pressure but obviously couldn’t do that as we lost too many wickets upfront,” Smith said in the post match conference.

“Few of us still thought we were playing in Sharjah. It did (feel a lot different), the far side is a very big side and we didn’t see too many balls going there and the other side is slightly shorter.

We probably didn’t adapt to the dimensions and the wicket, also dropped a few catches which cost us. It is about forming whatever XI is best for the conditions we are facing; we will wait and see. Disappointing tonight but we need to keep moving forward.” he added.

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Steve Smith opened up on his banter with Pat Cummins:

Australian teammates Smith and Cummins were on the opposite sides last night, and Cumming got the better of Smith, sending the in-form batsman back to pavilion for just three runs. After the wicket, they both shared a quick amusing chat.

“It wasn’t a great battle (with Cummins), he won easily… Spoke to him now and he said you smack those in the nets, sometimes you just get a good one,” Steve Smith said.

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Steve Smith and Pat Cummins. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rajasthan Royals now sit third on the IPL table with 2 victories and one loss to their name. They will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore on October 3rd at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

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Brad Hogg (Image Credit: Twitter)
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IPL 2020: Pat Cummins Will Be Too Hot To Handle For Steve Smith – Brad Hogg

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has stated that KKR pacer Pat Cummins will be hard for RR skipper Steve Smith to face. Cummins had a hard start to his IPL 2020 campaign after he gave away 49 runs in three overs in KKR’s IPL opener against MI. He was heavily criticised for his performance, and for the sum, KKR paid for him. The Knight Riders secured Pat Cummins’ signing for a whopping INR 15.5 crores.

Cummins showed a great display against SRH in their second match with impressive figures of 19/1. He kept the opening partnership of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow slowed down and took the important wicket of Bairstow. His Australian teammate Steve Smith is also in hot red form scoring two important knocks in the opening two matches and cruising his team to victory.

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Pat Cummins will win the match for KKR against RR: Brad Hogg

Hogg has stated that Pat Cummins has again found his flow in the second game, and the first game’s poor show was because he had just come out of isolation. He feels Cummins will test Smith with short balls and will win the game for KKR.

“KKR have won one and lost one. But the game that they lost, Pat Cummins had just come out of isolation, he did not have enough work under his belt. He was a little short and a little slow.

“But that second game, he found his pace and thus it is Pat Cummins against Steve Smith. I feel Pat Cummins will have too much pace, he will test Smith with the short ball and be successful and win the game for KKR,” Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel.

Brad Hogg, Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant
Brad Hogg (Image Credit: Google)

Brad Hogg feels Rajasthan Royals will come into the game with confidence after having a great start to IPL 2020

RR are unbeaten yet and have been stupendous with their batting, winning both the matches scoring and chasing 200 plus successfully runs on the board. Sanju Samson and skipper Steve Smith have scored big knocks in both the matches and look in quite some form. Hogg believes the RR players will come into their game against KKR with confidence after a good start to IPL 2020.

“The Rajasthan Royals have got their tournament off to a great start. Two good wins straightaway. The good thing about them is that they chased down a huge total as well as defended a total. So batsmen and bowlers will go into this game quietly confident,” Brad Hogg said.

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Rajasthan Royals. Image Credit: IPL.

Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns tonight at the Dubai International stadium. RR are on the top of the IPL table winning both their games while KKR are second last with one win and one loss to their name.

Aakash Chopra
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IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra Expresses Concern Over ‘Non-Existent’ Rajasthan Royals’ Middle-Order

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra feels the Rajasthan Royals batting order is still weak with their middle order of Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia. They are unbeaten yet and have been stupendous with their batting, winning both the matches scoring and chasing 200 plus successfully runs on the board.

Sanju Samson and skipper Steve Smith have scored big knocks in both the matches and look in quite some form. He is the man of the hour with his incredible form. He scored 74 off 32 balls in the first match against CSK and then 85 runs off 52 balls against KXIP, winning the man of the match trophy in both the occasions.

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Rajasthan Royals. Image Credit: IPL.

Rahul Tewatia, Robin Uthappa and Riyan Parag are not the ideal No. 4 to No. 6: Aakash Chopra

The IPL commentator has opined that RR batting still looks slightly weak to him, with a ‘non-existent’ middle order.  He said the upper order looks brilliant with Buttler, Smith and Samson. Chopra also stated that RR might want to play David Miller instead of Tom Curran in Dubai.

“Rajasthan Royals’ batting order is still looking slightly weak to me. Whatever you have done is brilliant, but Buttler along with Smith, Sanju at No.3 but then you are stuck at No.4. So who else you can play, that is the question you need to ask. You may want to play Miller instead of Tom Curran in Dubai because the middle-order otherwise becomes almost non-existent,”Aakash Chopra said on his Youtube Channel

“Rahul Tewatia, Robin Uthappa and Riyan Parag are not the ideal No.4 to No.6. So I feel there is definitely a scope of a change,” he added.

Aakash Chopra, Fab Four, Steven Smith, Joe Root
Aakash Chopra. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Aakash Chopra feels KKR will win against RR

KKR and RR will clash against each other on September 30th and Aakash Chopra feels KKR will win the match. He also stated that the KKR need not to change their lineup for this clash and Sunil Narine who has not fired up yet with the bat will perform anytime soon.

I am going with Kolkata for this one. KKR went into the last match with 7 bowling options. They won that match rather easily, so don’t fix if it ain’t broken. But do the conditions in Dubai inspire you to play with 7 bowlers. That’s the question they have to ask.” said Aakash Chopra.

KKR
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

“Sunil Narine the opener has not fired till now. So you could consider playing him at No.7 and bring another batsman. But I feel Karthik should not change anything, KKR batting is still strong and Narine is going to fire sooner or later.”

Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns tonight at the Dubai International stadium.

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