Rajasthan Royals will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday noon. The match will be held at the Dubai International Stadium. While RR are placed sixth in the table, RCB are currently placed third.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has sailed well till now and we are in the second half of the tournament. Match 33 of the tournament will be held at the Dubai International Stadium between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
RR have seen a couple of ups and downs, while RCB has been consistent in its winning this season.
Both the teams have quite balanced sides with them. With half the IPL season already gone, they have tried various combinations of players who can deliver well for the team.
RCB are in terrific form, while RR have slogged in the tournament. Each team has played eight matches, of which RCB have won five, while RR have won three. In their first clash this season, RCB made an easy win by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi. Currently, RCB are at the third position, while RR are at seventh in the points table.
The teams have clashed a total of 22 times, of which RR have won ten times, while RCB have won nine times. The rest three matches concluded with no results.
Weather and match report
The temperature will be on a higher side, around 35 degrees. The pitch in Dubai has things to offer both for the batsman (first innings) and the bowler (second innings). The track also tends to get a bit slower in the second-half. As a result, any score above 160 will be competitive.
RR: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa/Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi.
RCB: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Dream 11 players
Batsmen: Devdutt Padikal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), Steve Smith- Padikkal and Finch can open well and put some score on the board. Finch and Kohli can provide the momentum later and smash the ball when required. Kohli continuing good form makes him the captain.
All-rounders: Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Ben Stokes- The all-rounders have a way both with the bat and the ball. The three can provide the breakthroughs when necessary and can hammer the big shots.
Wicketkeepers: AB De Villiers, Sanju Samson- The wicketkeeper-batsman are expercined players, who can consolidate in almost every situation. They can provide support in almost all situations.
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Jofra Archer (vc)- Spinner Chahal and seamer Archer are qualified enough to restrict the opposition to a low score and can scalp the wickets regularly. Archer’s dominant form makes him the vice-captain.
Players to watch out for
Ben Stokes: After much wait, the English all-rounder joined the franchise, recently. However, he has not been able to put up an adequate show with the bat or the ball. Fans are awaiting his big performance.
Sanju Samson: Samson was in terrific form at the beginning of the tournament, but his performance has dwindled over time. With almost half the matches gone, he will have to prove himself and bring some wins for the team, along with the other players.
Last Updated 16, Oct 2020, 8:20 PM