RR vs RCB Live: Chahal scalps Samson, Uthappa in two balls

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Change in batting order once again for Rajasthan Royals. Today Ben Stokes and Robin Uthappa have arrived to the middle to start the Royals innings. Washington Sundar has the new ball in hand for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Here we go!
Playing XI for both teams

Rajasthan Royals: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, 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(w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Captains at the toss!
Virat Kohli – This pitch looks a lot better, the surface looks a lot better than what we had in Sharjah. We would have batted first as well. Couple of changes for us – Mann is back for us, he replaces Siraj. Dube misses out, Shahbaz Ahmed gets his first game today. That helps us get the balance back. We have learnt from our losses, that shows the character in the team. It’s been a hectic schedule this week, it’s all about executing our plans.
Steve Smith– We are batting. Day game, better to bat first. Same team for us. We have got a good mix with Stokes back, we did a lot of things right in the last game. The wickets are slowing up, one reason for batting first.

Team news: The Royals go in unchanged. RCB have made a couple of changes. Gurkeerat Mann and Shahbaz Ahmed come in for Mohammad Siraj and Shivam Dube.
Toss news: Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith calls it right, wins the toss and opts to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai.
Pitch report: “We aren’t playing on the centre pitch today and that means one side will be relatively short (at 66m). The other side though will have huge boundaries (at 85m). The dimensions are very deceptive with the straight boundaries as well There is a stiff breeze blowing across, the pitch looks really good, this is only the second day game in Dubai, nothing much for the seamers, but with the ground dimensions, the spinners are going to be the key, reckon Danny Morrison and JP Duminy.
Bangalore camp is all set!

Players form both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the crucial encounter. Just under 30 minutes to go for the toss.

After suffering an 8-wicket defeat against RCB in their previous encounter, its now time for the Royals to settle the score and move up on the points table.

Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of Match 33 of IPL 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai.
Preview
Royal Challengers Bangalore would aim to get their strategy right after some inexplicable decisions during the loss to Kings XI Punjab when they take on an erratic-but-dauntless Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match here on Saturday.
The Virat Kohli-led RCB has won five of its eight games on the back of all-round performances but seemingly blundered in the eight-wicket defeat to laggards KXIP on Thursday.
On the other hand, the Royals’ campaign this season has been marred by numerous top-order collapses, forcing the lower half to pull them across the finish line.
RCB’s five wins so far include a Super Over triumph over Mumbai Indians here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The Royals, on the other hand, lie at the seventh spot in the points table with just three wins from eight outings.
Against KXIP in Sharjah, AB De Villiers, who has been in fine form, was sent in to bat at number six, a baffling decision by the RCB.
Left-hander Washington Sundar (13) and Shivam Dube (23) were promoted up the order to accompany skipper Kohli in the middle.
The experiment didn’t work as all three batsmen struggled with the South African scoring just two off five balls.
To add to RCB’s woes, while defending the total, Kohli decided to save the in-form Sundar for the big-hitting Chris Gayle, who came to bat in the eighth over. That gamble didn’t pay off either as the 41-year-old Jamaican smashed the young off-spinner for four sixes.
“We had a chat, a message from outside about left-right combination and we wanted to go with it because they had two leggies. Sometimes things don’t come off. We’re pretty happy with the decisions we took, but it didn’t come off,” Kohli said after the match.
However, Kohli and his men will look to shrug off the defeat.
Meanwhile, the Royals boast of a strong batting line-up. But the likes of Steve Smith, and Sanju Samson have failed to score since the two victories in Sharjah at the beginning of the tournament.
Jos Buttler too has been unable to capitalise on his starts, scoring just one half-century in seven innings.
After failing in his first match of the season, Ben Stokes, who has been elevated to the role of an opener, hit 41 before he was run out against the Delhi Capitals.
The inaugural season champions have relied on Rahul Tewatia to rescue them from precarious positions and the all-rounder managed to do that twice against KXIP and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. But he failed against the Capitals when yet again the top-order botched an easy run-chase.
Jofra Archer spearheads the Rajasthan bowling unit, along with the spin duo of Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal, who have consistently figured in an XI that has gone through a lot of chopping and changing.
“We’ve had some good performances this year now we just need to get together and do well collectively in the coming games,” Archer said ahead of the match.
“We’ve been in this situation and before and have come back from this, so we’re not panicking about this, we know it can be done and I believe in this team to do it,” he added.
Squads:
RCB: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Steven Smith (c), Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Aniruddha Joshi, Jofra Archer.

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