Match – Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – 43rd match
Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Dubai has been a decent one for batting. Shot-making has gotten a little easier. The chasing teams have started winning games. The Royals won’t mind chasing after their previous loss. A fairly high-scoring affair seems to be on the cards.
Avg first innings score: 159 (4 matches in the IPL 2021 at Dubai)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench: Akash Deep, Tim David, Dushmantha Chameera, Pavan Deshpande, George Garton, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga
Played – 24 | Rajasthan Royals – 10 | Royal Challengers Bangalore – 11 | N/R – 3
In the UAE
Played – 3 | Rajasthan Royals – 1 | Royal Challengers Bangalore – 2 | N/R – 0
Probable best batter of the match
Virat Kohli— Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli hasn’t been at his very best in the ongoing edition of the IPL. However, he isn’t ridiculously out of form and has chipped in with vital contributions. In the Challengers’ previous game against the Rohit Sharma-led MI, Kohli scored a half-century. The Royals’ bowling isn’t in the best of form and Virat has a golden chance to get another substantial knock under his belt.
Probable best bowler of the match
Yuzvendra Chahal– Royal Challengers Bangalore
Yuzvendra Chahal has been a pale shadow of his stupendous self in the ongoing edition of the T20 league. He hasn’t been awful, but he hasn’t set the stage on fire either. In 10 matches, the leg-spinner has picked up nine wickets at an economy rate of 7.57. The Royals’ batting has stuttered a wee bit and the Challengers have every chance of getting over the line.