BLR vs RAJ MPL Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals both have an identical win-loss record with 2 wins from 3 games so far and they will be going against each other in the first evening-game of IPL 2020. Rajasthan Royals leads the head-to-head record with 10 wins and 8 losses against Royal Challengers Bangalore. This is the first match at Abu Dhabi for both teams and the one that adapts quickly to the change of conditions will definitely have an upper hand in this match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their nerves to pull off a thrilling win in the Superover against Mumbai Indians with AB De Villiers displaying a batting master-class scoring 55 off 24 balls. Death bowling is still a concern and the strategy of fielding an extra wrist-spinner in A Zampa almost backfired with Pollard taking him to the cleaners.
Rajasthan Royals meanwhile failed to adapt to the conditions in Dubai after winning their first two games in Sharjah. Archer bowled a terrific spell against KKR raising the speedometer to almost 150. Buttler’s form has been patchy so far and if he starts to fire, RR will become a formidable unit.
Fixture: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 15, IPL 2020
Date & Time: Saturday, 3rd October 2020 at 3:30 pm (IST)
Venue: Sheik Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Venue Stats: The average batting score at Abu Dhabi in the last 3 years has been 138 with 166 being the highest score ever chased. Pacers have got more wickets than the spinners. In the 5 matches held at Abu Dhabi so far in IPL 2020, the teams batting first have won the match.
Pitch Report: Even though the dew hasn’t played a big part at Abu Dhabi, there should be no talks of it with this being a day match. The pitch will be slow with the sun out and the fast bowlers will get some old ball swing.
Team news: Morris is likely to be fit for this match and should replace A Zampa while Udana will keep his place with his cutters likely to be handy at Abu Dhabi.
RR’s batting depth is an issue with Tewatia batting as high as No. 6, they would look at bringing back D Miller at the expense of T Curran or could drop an Indian bowler to accommodate Jaiswal/Vohra.
Expected changes: For RCB, Morris in for Zampa and Udana to retain his place in the side.
RR might go unchanged but there’s a slight possibility of Miller coming into the eleven.
Underperformers/risky picks: R Uthappa endured a bad 2019 season and his new batting role in the middle-order for Rajasthan Royals hasn't helped him either with just 15 runs from three games so far.
V Kohli has always been sceptical on bowling W Sundar against right-handers and this will reduce his game time.
The predicted XIs for the BLR vs RAJ MPL fantasy cricket tips are as follows:
BLR Playing XI (predicted):
V Kohli (C)
AB De Villiers
G Singh Mann
RAJ Playing XI (predicted):
S Smith (C)
S Samson (WK)
J Buttler – He hasn’t been able to convert his superb form in the T20I series against Australia where he scored 121 runs at a strike-rate of 145.78. Though, he will fancy his chances against the RCB bowling attack.
AB De Villiers – He has been in good form this season scoring 134 runs from 3 matches and has managed to negate the leg-spin threat so far but RR possess a challenge for him with the presence of S Gopal who has dismissed AB De Villiers thrice.
S Gopal – S Gopal has the numbers over RCB’s two-star players, V Kohli and AB De Villiers. He has dismissed ABD and V Kohli thrice each and the slow nature of Abu Dhabi should assist him.
N Saini – Saini has been the leader of this RCB bowling attack this season and his hit the deck bowling style will suit the decks in Abu Dhabi and he brings the wicket-taking value with his death bowling.
A Rajpoot – There will be some new ball movement at Abu Dhabi considering it’s a day game and Rajpoot has all the skills to exploit it in RCB vs RR today match prediction.
I Udana – His cutters and slow ball variations will become more effective in the surfaces at Abu Dhabi and his death bowling value will fetch him some wickets.