Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of IPL 2020, Match 33 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai International Stadium.
RCB 47/1 after 6 overs: Javdev Unadkat is into the attack and Kohli finds his feet with a boundary over mid-on. Sublime wrist work there as he steps out and launches Unadkat into the fence.
RCB 39/1 after 5 overs: Excellent deft touch from Devdutt Padikkal as he pockets two boundaries with soft hands in play with his skipper Virat Kohli in company.
RCB 27/1 after 4 overs: Shreyas Gopal strikes and he removes the dangerous Aaron Finch, who attempts a slog sweep but gets a top-edge and Robin Uthappa taken an excellent skier.
RCB 22/0 after 3 overs: Aaron Finch gets going by smoking Jofra Archer for two sixes – a six off the first and then off the last ball to make it a 13-run over.
RCB 9/0 after 2 overs: Spin introduced early and Shreyas Gopal does a fine job. Just five runs from it.
RCB 4/0 after 1 over: Good start from Jofra Archer and he has been bang on target, hitting the right length and beating Finch with a peach of a delivery.
Right then, we are back for the chase and it will be Aaron Finch along with Devdutt Padikkal.. Sanju Samson has taken over the gloves, which means Jos Buttler won’t be taking the field. Jofra Archer with the new ball with Padikkal on strike.
Well, Robin Uthappa started off very positively and that continued as Steve Smith scored a fine fifty and was back in form along with Jos Buttler who played an important role in helping Rajasthan rebuild and post a competitive 177. Will be back for the chase shortly.
End of Innings: Rajasthan Royals 177/6 after 20 overs.
RR 173/4 after 19 overs: Tewatia gets going as he smacks Udana for a huge six and then finishes the over with a boundary to the fine-leg boundary.
RR 158/4 after 18 overs: Steve Smith is back in form with an excellent half-century and the Rajasthan skipper has hammered Chahal for 17 runs. Chahal, who bowled so well upfront failed to deliver in the death as he finishes with 4-0-34-2.
RR 139/4 after 17 overs: Top stuff from Saini as he concedes just six and ends his quota. 4-0-30-0
RR 133/4 after 16 overs: After being smoked for a maximum, Chris Morris strikes as he removes Jos Buttler, just before Rajasthan was going to attack. Nevertheless, it has Smith and Rahul Tewatia at the crease.
RR 119/3 after 15 overs: Poor bowling from Udana as the bowler digs it short and wide and Smith cashes in with two boundaries. Both Smith and Buttler are well-set, going into the death.
RR 108/3 after 14 overs: Excellent over from Saini as he doesn’t give Buttler and Smith to free their arms as both batsmen bank on singles and twos. Saini has been hitting the deck hard with subtle changes in length and has been economical.
RR 103/3 after 13 overs: The 100 is up for Rajasthan and the partnership between Smith and Buttler is worth 34 off 31 deliveries. Need to up the ante.
RR 96/3 after 12 overs: Cat and mouse game between Chahal and the Rajasthan batsmen as he tosses the ball, invites the batsmen for the drive but both Smith and Buttler negotiate with little chip shots.
RR 91/3 after 11 overs: Jos Buttler releases the pressure by dancing down the track and lofts Shahbaz Ahmed for a maximum over long-off.
RR 80/3 after 10 overs: Another tight over from Chahal and he gives just no room for Smith and Buttler to explode. Good thing for Rajasthan is the run rate is over 8 rpo.
RR 76/3 after 9 overs: Jos Buttler opens his account and collects his first boundary with a push off Shahbaz Ahmed past cover. Rajasthan needs both Smith and Buttler to build-on from here.
RR 69/3 after 8 overs: What a turnaround as Yuzvendra Chahal removes the well-set Uthappa and then gets Samson to dent Rajasthan. He misses the hat-trick but smart bowling from the leg-spinner as he bowled slower through the air, deceived both batsmen with alteration of pace and Bangalore now has some control.
RR 62/1 after 7 overs: Robin Uthappa is in his zone and he collects back-to-back boundaries off Saini and has moved into the fourties. Sanju Samson joins Uthappa.
RR 52/1 after 6 overs: RCB strikes and it’s Morris with the breakthrough. Digs in short and Stokes goes for the pull only to edge it to Ab De Villiers behind the stumps. Stokes is yet to find form.
RR 47/0 after 5 overs: Robin Uthappa has decided to make the most of the PowerPlay and nearly survives as a mis-hit falls short of Kohli. Stokes warming up.
RR 38/0 after 4 overs: Wow! Robin Uthappa is on fire as 17 comes from the Udana over and Uthappa as opener is certainly enjoying it. A boundary over mid-on followed by a six gives Rajasthan the right momentum.
RR 21/0 after 3 overs: Lovely batting from Robin Uthappa as he smacks Washington Sundar for four boundaries and Rajasthan is up and running. Uthappa first drives Sundar through the covers and then employs the sweep to pocket three more. Kind of start that Rajasthan needed.
RR 5/0 after 2 overs: Fine start from Chris Morris as he gives just three from his opening over.
RR 2/0 after 1 over: Excellent start by Washington Sundar as he gives just two runs from his opening over. Both Stokes and Uthappa are off the mark.
The umpires make their way to the middle and the RCB players follow them. Yet another new opening pair as it will be Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes and it will be Washington Sundar with the new ball.
Alright we are all set for a cracker of a game and Bangalore will aim to bounce back from its loss against Punjab. While, Rajasthan would aim to make an impact.
TOSS UPDATE: Steve Smith has won the toss and elected to bat.
Rajasthan Royals: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
RCB suffered a blip and almost pulled off a stunner against Kings XI Punjab. Today, the Virat Kohli-led side has a chance to further strengthen its position as it faces an off-colour Rajasthan Royals. Toss in 30 minutes.
Position on the Points Table:
RCB currently occupies the third position in the 2020 IPL points table with 10 points from eight outings.
IPL 2020 Form guide: (last 5 matches | win:loss)
RCB – The team has three wins in its last five matches (3:2)
RR – The franchise has just one victory from its last five games (1:4)
Last IPL meeting:
RR (154/6 in 20 overs) lost to RCB (158/2 in 19.1 overs) by 8 wickets.
Earlier this season, the sides had squared off in Abu Dhabi on October 3, Saturday. Bangalore beat Rajasthan by eight wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on the back of captain Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 72 and Yuzvendra Chahal’s three-wicket haul.
Head-to-head: (21 matches – RR 10 | RCB 9 | NR 2)
The two teams have faced each other 21 times in the IPL so far, and RR holds a 10-9 head-to-head win/loss record over RCB, with two games washed out.
Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers will face off at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday, with both wanting to forget what happened in their last match. On Thursday night at Sharjah, the decision to send A.B. de Villiers with just four overs remaining proved costly for the Bangalore team against Kings XI Punjab.
Left-handers Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube were sent ahead of the South African genius in the hope that they could upset the rhythm of the two Punjab leg-spinners.
Remember, in the previous match, de Villers had played a stunning knock off 73 not out off 33 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders. Needless to say, the move backfired. RCB’s great march was halted, as it lost by eight wickets.
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye,Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran and Anuj Rawat.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), A.B. de Villiers (Wicket-keeper), Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Josh Philippe, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Parthiv Patel, Pavan Deshpande and Adam Zampa.
Game No. 33: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals.
Venue: Dubai International Stadium.
Date: October 16, Thursday.
Time: 3:30 p.m.
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