Rajasthan Royals (RR) will host Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL 2020 clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Rajasthan Royals are languishing in the bottom half of the table with three wins from their eight matches. A win over RCB will help them stay alive in the race to the playoffs.
All-rounder Ben Stokes have added depth to the Rajasthan Royals batting line-up which is highly dependent on their overseas player. Their captain Steve Smith has looked out of touch in this tournament which has prompted murmurs of Jos Buttler taking over as the captain of the side. Sanju Samson will need to find consistency at the top of the order with Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag key in the middle-order. England fast bowler Jofra Archer will be the key in the bowling.
Ben Stokes has matured as a cricketer ever since his involvement in the Bristol Night Club brawl. He had a phenomenal 2019 where he stood out as the hero for England in their World Cup triumph followed by a phenomenal performance in the Headingley Ashes. Stokes arguably continues to be the best all-rounder in the cricketing circuit.
He joined the Rajasthan Royals squad recently which has added depth to the side. Stokes has been asked to open by his captain Steve Smith. The all-rounder was sent packing for five runs in the first match while he came back strongly with a quick-fire 41 in his second game of the IPL 2020.
Jos Buttler is one of the finest batsman in limited-overs. He can play the role of a sheet anchor for Rajasthan Royals and guide them to a big total or help them chase down targets. Buttler will also have the onus to do well for the side as captain Steve Smith has looked out of touch in the previous games.
Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith will open the batting along side Yashasvi Jaiswal to make a perfect left-right combination at the top of the order. Smith looked in fine touch in the inaugural match as he scored 69 runs off 47 deliveries and will look to play in similar fashion in the next game.
Sanju Samson is a match-winner. He has been consistent in this format and proved to be the difference in the inaugural match for Rajasthan Royals. Samson will be expected to carry on his fine run in the next match of the IPL 2020 to help his side clinch back to back victories in IPL 2020
Robin Uthappa is playing his first season for RR. He was played as an opener for KKR on most occasions. In the previous match batting at No.5, Uthappa could only contribute 5 runs. He will however look to comeback stronger and use his experience to the fore in the upcoming match against KXIP.
Rahul Tewatia is an experienced domestic spinner and he made the ball do the talking in the previous match. Tewatia will once again be the darkhorse for Rajasthan Royals as he can pick up crucial wickets for the side with his brilliance.
Young Riyan Parag has the ability to clear the ropes with his batting ability. He had shown the same in the previous edition of the IPL. Parag however could not perform to his best in the previous game but will look to comeback stronger and make it count for his side.
England all-rounder Tom Curran will be an important part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise throughout the tournament. Curran can bat lower-down the order and add crucial runs to the team tally and also return back stronger to pick up early wickets.
England fast bowler Jofra Archer will spearhead the Rajasthan Royals bowling attack. He will be a crucial cog in the side and will be looking to pick up early wickets. Archer will also be important with the bat for RR as he proved in the previous match that he can score some quick fire knocks.
Shreyas Gopal will look to weave his magic with the ball for Rajasthan Royals. He had a good run for the franchise in the previous season but could not replicate the same in the first match for the side. Gopal will however look to comeback stronger and prove himself on the slow pitches in UAE.
Jaydev Unadkat will be one of the fast bowlers for Rajasthan Royals. But his performance for the side has been questionable. Unadkat returned with an economy of 11 runs per over in the previous match and will look to improve himself and pick up valuable wickets for his side.