Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals will play the 15th game of the 2020 Indian Premier League ( IPL) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. This game is scheduled to begin at 03:30 PM IST (local time at 02:00 PM) (UTC at 10:00 AM). Star Sports Network (available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Bengali) will telecast the game. On Disney+ Hotstar, live streaming will also be available.
PREVIEW FOR DREAM11 FANTASY:
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won two of their first three games this season, for a change. In the game against the Mumbai Indians (MI), they bounced back after the enormous defeat against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). In the Super Over, they kept their nerve and just about jumped over the line. They will play the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their upcoming encounter.
This will also be this season’s first-afternoon game, and the teams will be thoroughly tested in the sun. In the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Royals, after two brilliant performances in the first two games, faltered. For them, this will be yet another new venue. Adapting and playing according to the conditions prevailing here is critical for them.
Luckily, the temperature will not be as high for both teams as on some of the other days. The highest temperature will be about 34 degrees Celsius and for the entire game it will be like that.
The match will be played in Abu Dhabi. In the previous match here (DC vs SRH), we saw the pitch slow down in the second inning, even though the dew was a major factor. So far, none of the matches here have been really high-scoring and actually 162 in the previous one were a winning total. We think that anything about 170 would be really hard to chase down here.
Expect the spinners to play a major role in this match and others at this venue.
INJURY AND AVAILABILITY NEWS:
There are no availability and injury issues regarding players from both sides.
PROBABLE PLAYING XIs OF ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE:
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dale Steyn, Josh Philippe, Umesh Yadav.
PROBABLE PLAYING XIs OF RAJASTHAN ROYALS:
Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa/Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat.
Varun Aaron, David Miller, Aniruddha Joshi, Manan Vohra, Andrew Tye, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Robin Uthappa/Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh.
CAPTAIN AND VICE CAPTAIN OPTIONS:
1. Captain Options – AB de Villiers, Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson.
2. Vice-Captain Options – Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal.
DREAM 11 TEAM FOR ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE Vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS:
1. Wicket Keeper-Sanju Samson and AB de Villiers (c).
2. Batsmen-Steve Smith (vc), Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal.
3. All-Rounders– Rahul Tewatia, Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube.
4. Bowlers – Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Yuzvendra Chahal
*Disclaimer: A team here is picked based on the perception, analysis, and gut feeling of the author. When you select your team, analyze the points mentioned to arrive at your own decision.*