IPL 2020 Match 15 Preview: RCB vs RR - Bubbly Bangalore out to make novel team combination work
Royal Challengers Bangalore seemed to have got their combination right in their last match. All the team needs to do now is to stick to their personnel and back them to perform.
RCB may have won their last match against Mumbai Indians via a super over but they will be pleased to have two victories against their name after three matches. Royal Challengers Bangalore were in the driver's seat in their last match for more than half of the time.
Pieces begin to come together for RCB
Aaron Finch finally fired for the side at the top of the order and struck a half-century at a strike rate of close to 150, smacking 7 fours and 1 six. Devdutt Padikkal showed maturity beyond his years to play second fiddle to Finch.
Padikkal soaked the pressure when Virat Kohli was struggling to middle the ball. Once AB de Villiers got going, Padikkal, too, changed gears and struck a half-century at a strike rate of 135.
With a 24-ball 55 from AB de Villiers at a strike rate of close to 230 and some nasty blows from Shivam Dube (27 runs, 10 balls) towards the end, RCB were successful in breaching the 200-run mark.
They were on top of the Mumbai Indians batters to begin with, after reducing them to 39 for three within the first seven overs.
This came about due to a couple of changes to their bowling attack. Umesh Yadav and Dale Steyn, both of whom went for plenty in the first couple of games, were dropped and replaced by Sri Lankan all-rounder Isuru Udana and Australian leg spinner Adam Zampa. While both of them went for runs, they looked more penetrative than Yadav and Steyn.
Closing off games still a concern
Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal also bowled well but what made the difference was Washington Sundar, who conceded just 12 runs off his 4 overs while picking up one wicket.
However, the RCB bowlers let the MI batsmen off the hook in the last 4 overs when they blasted 80 runs and took the match to the super over. With some brilliant bowling from Navdeep Saini, RCB were successful in taking away two points from the match.
RR struggle to adjust away from Sharjah
RCB will meet Rajasthan Royals who won their first two matches in Sharjah but as soon as the team came out of the 'postage stamp' venue, their middle order stood exposed.
Buttler and Archer key for Rajasthan
Royals would expect their opening combination of Steve Smith and Jos Buttler to fire, with the power of Sanju Samson working for them in the middle order.
RR's trump card Jofra Archer would have to be at his best for Rajasthan to make an impact against the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Aaron Finch.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) - 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
Rajasthan Royals (RR) - Steven Smith(c), Jos Buttler(wk), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot
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