Rajasthan Royals are at the top of the table after first 2 games of the season. They looked really good in the first two games but their visible weakness of a very short batting lineup will be under the spotlight against a stronger bowling lineup like RCB which is easily better than the previous two bowling attacks they faced in the tournament so far.
Rajasthan Royals played Nathan Coulter-Nile at #7 in their playing 11 in first game which is the right move but the injury prone Nathan Coulter-Nile has once again been injured and was ruled out of the 2nd game against Mumbai Indians. Their lower order weakened even more as they had R Ashwin at #7 which didn’t pose a good picture. It was due to their solid top order performance, they didn’t feel the lack of batting depth in the first two games.
They only played 3 overseas players in the XI inspite of having all their 8 overseas players in the squad against Mumbai Indians. One wise option would be to play Rassie Van der Dussen ahead of either Devdutt Padikkal or Riyan Parag which would make their top 6 even better and can hide their weak lower order issues. The South African was bought for a base price and is a reliable player against pace bowling. This also allows RR to promote Shimron Hetmyer to #3 or #4 depending on the situation and have Rassie Van der Dussen for the finisher’s role. One of their biggest strengths is their spin department and with RCB not strong against spinners, it will be a mouth watering contest.
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