RAJ vs BLR MPL Team: Border-Gavaskar Trophy is still a long way away, but we can get to witness the battle between Kohli and Smith in the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals match today. RR’s trajectory graph has been going down ever since their twin victories at Sharjah in the first two games which seems a long while ago. While RCB who seemed to transform into a dangerous unit were humbled by an 8-wicket loss against KXIP, making them the only team to suffer a loss against the bottom-placed KXIP this season that too twice. Rajasthan Royals would want to win this game badly to stay afloat in the league while RCB wouldn’t want to waste the promising start they’ve had so far.
Rumours were floating around yesterday about the stepping down of S Smith as the captain who has been uninspiring both on the field and with the bat. RR lost their last match against DC which they had no business losing after their bowling performance and the start their openers provided. Samson, Smith and Uthappa have been constant failures with the bat and Archer has been carrying the bowling unit all through this tournament. They should draw some inspiration from their last victory at Dubai which was a day game too.
Royal Challengers Bangalore came in for some criticism after the move to shield AB De Villiers from KXIP’s wrist-spinners backfired as he got out without scoring much having been forced to strike from ball one. With the addition of Morris, their bowling attack looks complete. Their troubles are during the middle overs of their batting where they fail to sustain the momentum created by their openers. Slotting in M Ali in place of I Udana could sort out that issue with him capable of taking on the spinners.
Fixture: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 33, IPL 2020
Date & Time: Wednesday, 17th October 2020 at 3:30 pm (IST)
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Venue Stats: The average first innings score at Dubai in the last 3 years has been 145 with 183 being the highest score ever chased. Pacers have been more successful than the spinners at this venue. The teams batting first have won the majority of the matches at this venue.
Pitch Report: The pitches at Dubai have started to slow down despite the usage of 3 strips and the lack of dew. A fresh pitch is expected to be used for this contest but it will mostly play slow due to the match being playing in the evening.
Team news: Rajasthan Royals are more likely to go with the same combination as against Delhi Capitals.
There’s a case for bringing in M Ali in place of I Udana to boost the run-scoring in the middle overs.
Underperformers/risky picks: S Dube has been handy for RCB this season scoring some runs and picking some wickets, but with the pace attack of Archer and Tyagi he stands no chance with his limited batting skills.
M Siraj is a risky pick considering that his position in the playing 11 is not confirmed and also the fact that the likes of Buttler, Stokes, Smith and Samson are good players of fast bowling. The predicted XIs for the RR vs RCB MPL fantasy cricket tips are as follows:
RAJ Playing XI (predicted):
J Buttler (WK)
BLR Playing XI (predicted):
V Kohli (C)
AB De Villiers (WK)
J Buttler – His ramp shot off A Nortje against a delivery bowled at 156kph just shows what sort of a form he’s in. But he hasn’t been able to convert it into a big score. RCB’s bowling attack doesn’t pose a big challenge to the English opener and this could be the match where he goes berserk.
AB De Villiers – He has scored 593 runs with an average of 42.36 against Rajasthan Royals in his IPL career. His demotion in the batting order to shield him away from leg-spin failed and RCB wouldn’t repeat the same tactic but he has to be vary of the Gopal threat who has troubled him a lot in the recent editions of IPL.
J Archer – He’s been bowling with fire this season clocking close to 150ks on the deserts at UAE. Apart from AB De Villiers and V Kohli, all other RCB batsmen are vulnerable towards the short ball or high-end pace which makes him a must pick in RR vs RCB Dream11 today match prediction.
Y Chahal – In RCB’s previous encounter vs RR, he returned figures of 4-0-24-3 and will look to include some more to his already impressive tally of 11 wickets from 8 matches.
D Padikkal – The young opener did score a 45 ball 63 vs the same opponents in their previous encounter despite him having some limitations against the short ball.
S Gopal – He has managed to pick only 5 wickets from 8 games so far this season but he has some great head-to-head against Kohli and AB De Villiers which makes him an X-Factor for this game.