When Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) takes on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the first game of the weekend double-header in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, the game between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith will start again. Almost all of 2019 was spent in this mystery – which one of them is a better batsman. While that’s always a question, the main show would be who returns from RCB and RR with two points. The Bengaluru outfit is in a happier frame of mind since their Super Over victory over Mumbai Indians, while Rajasthan Royals would be a bit humbled by the big loss to Kolkata Knight Riders.
RCB has two wins and a three game loss, a much better situation than last year, and Kohli would be happy with the way they got rid of Mumbai Indians and then he was on hand with bat to end the match. Super over.
Navdeep Saini was a real star for the crash of a beautiful Super Over, which made the job much easier for Kohli and AB de Villiers. Saini was at the forefront of the RCB attack, with Isuru Udana as surprise foil, while armies Yuzvendra Chahal and Adam Zampa were forced by Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard.
As for hitting, Devdutt Padikkal was quite a bonus at the top of the order while Aaron Finch does what he does best. Kohli aside, the other top four in the lineup, including De Villiers and Shivam Dube, were pretty efficient.
As for Rajasthan Royals, they were at a great height in the first two games but were knocked down by KKR.
Jofra Archer was sensational with the ball and the KKR total of 174 was not unattainable, but the at bats just collapsed for accurate bowling.
It can be called an aberration as a line-up that includes Smith, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa is unlikely to fail very often. But they did it on the day and paid the price.
So it becomes inevitable that RR will come back with a bang, which would make these batsmen vital if they face RCB on Saturday.
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