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Virat Kohli & co look to get tactics right as they face Rajasthan Royals

By: PTI | Dubai |

Up to date: October 16, 2020 2:52:26 pm

Royal Challengers Bangalore tackle Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. (Supply: IPL)

Royal Challengers Bangalore would intention to get their technique proper after some inexplicable choices throughout the loss to Kings XI Punjab after they tackle an erratic Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match in Dubai on Saturday.

The Virat Kohli-led RCB has gained 5 of its eight video games on the again of all-round performances however seemingly blundered within the eight-wicket defeat to laggards KXIP on Thursday.

However, the Royals’ marketing campaign this season has been marred by quite a few top-order collapses, forcing the decrease half to drag them throughout the end line.

RCB’s 5 wins thus far embrace a Tremendous Over conquer Mumbai Indians right here on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium.

The Royals, however, lie on the seventh spot within the factors desk with simply three wins from eight outings.

Towards KXIP in Sharjah, AB De Villiers, who has been in positive type, was despatched in to bat at quantity six, a baffling resolution by the RCB.

Left-hander Washington Sundar (13) and Shivam Dube (23) have been promoted up the order to accompany skipper Kohli within the center.

READ | What RCB coach Simon Katich stated about AB de Villiers’ batting place in opposition to KXIP?

The experiment didn’t work as all three batsmen struggled with the South African scoring simply two off 5 balls.

So as to add to RCB’s woes, whereas defending the whole, Kohli determined to save lots of the in-form Sundar for the big-hitting Chris Gayle, who got here to bat within the eighth over. That gamble didn’t repay both because the 41-year-old Jamaican smashed the younger off-spinner for 4 sixes.

“We had a chat, a message from exterior about left-right mixture and we needed to go together with it as a result of they’d two leggies. Typically issues don’t come off. We’re fairly pleased with the selections we took, nevertheless it didn’t come off,” Kohli stated after the match.

Nonetheless, Kohli and his males will look to shrug off the defeat.

READ | 5 most enjoyable matches of IPL 2020 thus far

In the meantime, the Royals boast of a powerful batting line-up. However the likes of Steve Smith, and Sanju Samson have failed to attain because the two victories in Sharjah firstly of the event.

Jos Buttler too has been unable to capitalise on his begins, scoring only one half-century in seven innings.

After failing in his first match of the season, Ben Stokes, who has been elevated to the position of an opener, hit 41 earlier than he was run out in opposition to the Delhi Capitals.

The inaugural season champions have relied on Rahul Tewatia to rescue them from precarious positions and the all-rounder managed to do this twice in opposition to KXIP and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. However he failed in opposition to the Capitals when but once more the top-order botched a simple run-chase.

Jofra Archer spearheads the Rajasthan bowling unit, together with the spin duo of Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal, who’ve constantly figured in an XI that has gone via a variety of chopping and altering.


RCB: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa.

RR: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Steven Smith (c), Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Aniruddha Joshi, Jofra Archer.

Match begins 3:30pm IST. 

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