Royal Challengers Bamgalore vs Rajastham Royals IPL 2020 encounter will face two current stalwarts of the game in Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. The IPL 2020 match will be played on Saturday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and is the first day match of this season. RCB bounced back in style from their embarrassing defeat to Kings XI Punjab to defeat the defending champions Mumbai Indians in a Super Over thriller. Rajasthan Royals, meanwhile, came into play after their first loss in IPL 2020 and will try to get back to winning ways. After stunning batting displays in their first two games, Rajasthan batsmen had a day to forget against KKR and will try to correct the mistakes in the game against RCB.
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AB de Villiers: The South African veteran has proven once again that age is of little importance if you are fit enough. De Villiers was the star for RCB and took responsibility with Virat Kohli failing to make his mark in the first three games. The RCB star scored 134 runs in three games with an average of 67 and a strike rate of 186.11.
Virat Kohli: It is rare for the world cricket superstar to miss out, and even more rarely for him to fail in three back-to-back matches. But that’s the story of Virat Kohli’s IPL 2020 so far. But the law of averages has to catch up some time or another. The RCB captain is ready for a big one and this could be the match when he finally gets to the party.
Yuzvendra Chahal: Again, RCB bowling has left a lot to be desired, but in all of that, a certain Yuzvendra Chahal has stepped up and performed brilliantly. But one man can only do so much. The leg spinner has taken five wickets in the three matches he has played at an economy rate of 7.58. RCB hopes Chahal will continue in the same way, but gets some support from others.
Sanju Samson: It’s hard to look past Sanju Samson when Rajasthan Royals are playing. The wicket-keeper-batsman has once again shown his talent with the bat in hand, scoring 167 runs in three matches, including two half centuries, averaging 55.66. The stylish right-hander has scored big runs in double quick time, as evidenced by his incredible 201.20 strike rate.
Steve Smith: There were many question marks about the Australian’s participation in the tournament and Steve Smith answered them all with great confidence. The Australian superstar has taken on the role of opening the innings for Rajasthan Royals and has thrived. Smith scored 122 runs in three games with an average of 40.66, including two half centuries, and a success rate of 150.61.
Jofra Archer: The ardent English pacesetter has yet to make his mark this season and will be ready to take on some of the best batsmen in the world in the RCB line-up. Archer has played all three games for RR so far, with three wickets at an economic rate of 7.50.
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