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33rd Match Preview - Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: The Royal Battle

by  Biswajit Majhi  •  Last updated on 2020-10-17 05:17:05


The 33rd Match of the IPL 2020 will be between RCB and RR. The match will be played at Dubai International Stadium and is scheduled to start at 3:30 PM IST.

As the race for the playoffs intensifies, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be up against a rather shaky Rajasthan Royals. RCB came off a loss against KXIP who are presently at the bottom of the table. Ex-RCBians KL Rahul and Chris Gayle pushed Punjab to a win in a last-ball thriller. The move of sending Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar ahead of in-form AB de Villers backfired big time. RR on the other hand have been hit hard by inconsistencies. After pulling off a miracle against SRH, then slumped against a strong DC pace attack after they were unable to score 31 in 24 deliveries with wickets in hand. Therefore, both the teams have areas to work on.

The last time these two teams met earlier in this tournament at Abu Dhabi, RCB comprehensively won the match by 8 wickets. After opting to bat first, Rajasthan could only put up 154 on the board. Mahipal Lomror top-socred with 47 off 39 deliveries. Rahul Tewatia's late cameo of 24 off 12 also came in hand. But it was never going to be easy as Virat Kohli found his form back with an individual score of 72 off 53. He was helped aptly by opener Devdutt Padikkal who scored 63 off 45 before being cleaned up by Jofra Archer.

In head to head comparison, RR are slightly ahead with 10 wins over 9 wins by RCB. It's going to be a royal battle at Dubai.

Probable Playing XI

RR: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi 

: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal