IPL 2020 Match 33 Preview: RR vs RCB - Kohli & co shouldn't try to fix what ain't broken against Rajasthan
Royal Challengers Bangalore were going on their merry way with five victories from seven matches but a defeat against Kings XI Punjab has raised several questions over their strange tactics.
Demoting ABD a tactical blunder from RCB
It was baffling that RCB decided not to send in AB de Villiers at number four in the match against Punjab despite Mr 360 having scored 73 runs off just 33 balls in the last game.
Bangalore were well-placed when openers Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch added 38 runs for the first wicket. Virat Kohli then came to bat after the dismissal of Padikkal and creamed a couple of breathtaking shots. However, his timing did not last and he wasn't able to connect the ball well despite several attempts to power it over the boundary.
When Finch was dismissed on the third ball of the seventh over with RCB at 62 for two, they were in a good position and everyone expected AB de Villiers to walk out to bat. However, in a bid to maintain the left and right hand combination, RCB experimented with Washington Sundar at number four.
The move did not pay off with Sundar scoring 13 off 14 deliveries. Even after Sundar dismissal, de Villiers was not in sight and Shivam Dube came out to bat at number five. Dube too could not make a big impact and departed with 23 off 19 deliveries.
With just four overs to go, de Villiers had no option but to try and find the boundary from the outset and perished in the process for just two runs from five balls.
Morris, the finisher
It was credit to Chris Morris who plundered 25 off just 8 balls to take Royal Challengers Bangalore's score past 170, which was just about par on the surface.
Sundar should take the new ball
Another strange tactic from them was to not give Washington Sundar the ball in the powerplay, who has been doing a great job. The reasoning behind this was that both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are Indian batsmen who are adept at playing spin and both are in good form.
However, they should have at least tried the offie out for one over. The result was that they gave the ball to Yuzvendra Chahal who also went for plenty. The move to not bowl out Chahal and instead give Mohammad Siraj his third over when he had already been expensive in his first spell also belied cricketing logic.
Slow going for RR
RCB will have a chance to correct these errors when facing Rajasthan Royals, who are not having a great tournament with just three wins from eight matches.
Uthappa should open
Rajasthan should consider batting Robin Uthappa at the top of the order as Stokes will provide them some stability in the middle. Their bowling attack, led by Jofra Archer, is doing a good job.
Match Analytics and Odds
The form of RCB would suggest your cricket betting on this match should be with RCB to win.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler(wk), Robin Uthappa, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj/Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
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