In their previous meeting, the Challengers beat the Royals by eight wickets.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) have lost their way, without a doubt, after their initial two victories in Sharjah. At the present point in time, the team, captained by Steve Smith, are languishing at seventh in the points table with six points from eight matches.
They have had their chances against the Delhi Capitals (DC) but ended up losing the match by 13 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In a bid to turn their campaign around, the Royals would next be facing the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday, October 17 in Dubai itself.
Though on the head-to-head count, the Royals are ahead, in their previous face-off, Virat Kohli and Co beat them comprehensively by eight wickets. The Challengers, on the other game, faced defeat against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Sharjah.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Dubai has had everything for both batsmen and the bowlers. The track also tends to get a bit slower in the second half. The sides, batting second, have had to strain in order to get over the line.
The conditions will be warm with the temperature around the 35 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity won’t be on the higher side though. The players will need to stay hydrated to stay fit.
Playing Combinations for RR vs RCB
Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa/Manan Vohra, 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 (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable Top Performers for RR vs RCB
Jos Buttler– Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler has given glimpses of his very best, playing some audacious strokes. But apart from his 70 against the Mumbai Indians (MI), he is yet to find his feet in the tournament.
In seven matches, the right-hander only has 168 runs at an average and strike-rate of 24 and 154.12 respectively. But bearing in mind that the next match is in Sharjah, Jos can be expected to put his best foot forward.
Virat Kohli– Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli started the tournament, scoring 18 runs in his first three outings. But he has started to find his rhythm and currently averaging around 60 with a top score of 90 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
In fact, he got back to form with a half-century against the Royals itself. Being one of the key players for RCB it remains to be seen whether or not he can replicate something similar.
RR vs RCB Head to Head
Played- 22 |RR won- 10 | RCB won- 9 | N/R- 3
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 4 | RR won- 2 | RCB won- 2 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 175 (14 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 2 | Lost- 12
Match timings – 02:00 PM local time, 03:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
The prediction is for the team, batting first to win the match.