RR vs RCB
April 02, 8.00PM IST
Sawai Mansingh Stadium – Jaipur, India
Both Rajasthan and Royal Challengers Bangalore are without a win in the IPL, and will be aiming for their first points on the board when they clash at Jaipur. While RCB have looked completely out of sorts, with their batting and bowling failing to perform as per expectations, Rajasthan have pitched in with a better performance at least with the bat but have been unable to cross the line.
Both sides are struggling in their bowling department, and on a deck that will have plenty in it for the batters, they could go for aplenty, unless they control their line and lengths. The track is a good one and plays true through the innings, so anything around 185 can be expected.
As far as the playing 11 is concerned, RR have not made any changes to their 11 in the three games, but with Steven Smith looking iffy, bring Ashton Turner for him might not be a bad move. RCB will do well to bring in Tim Southee, but it remains to be seen whether Kohli will weaken his batting to accommodate a bowler.
RR Playing 11 (expected)
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
RCB Playing 11 (expected)
Parthiv Patel (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Prayas Barman/Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Three players in the Dream11 team are must-haves. Buttler, AB de Villiers, and Virat Kohli will be itching to have a go on a beautiful batting track, while Rahane will once again hold the innings together and will want to accompany Buttler to a strong position. Rahul Tripathi is a cheap buy, and he lends balance to the team. He is vastly talented and will want to make a mark in the tournament early on.
Ben Stokes is the team’s highest wicket-taker and almost took RR across the line when he scored 46 from a hopeless position to take the match till the last over. Colin de Grandhomme is chosen over Moeen Ali due to his big-hitting skills, but picking the Englishman is not a bad move either.
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Shreyas Gopal had a good season last year, and picked up 3 wickets against SRH and will want to carry forward his bowling form. Chahal has done well for Team India and has plenty of experience bowling on flat tracks, and he would want to put his experience to good use. Dhawal Kulkarni is a wily bowler, while Saini rounds up my Dream11 team.
Captain and Vice-captain: Buttler, Kohli
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