Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, who have often been in the battle for the best batsman of the current generation, will lock horns as Royal Challengers Bangalore face Rajasthan Royals in match number 33 of IPL 2020 at Dubai. RCB are well-placed at number three with five wins and three losses. However, they go into the contest having faltered against Kings XI Punjab in the previous game. Royals, on the other hand, are just above bottom-placed KXIP, with three wins in eight games. They go in having lost to Delhi Capitals twice in a week, the latest being by 13 runs.
DC pacers came back exceptionally well to win the match after being out of it for most part of the innings as they gave away only 25 in the final five overs. Shreyas Iyer injured his shoulder in the fifth over and Dhawan led the team in his absence to a fine victory by 13 runs.
Having stunned Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets following another super show by Rahul Tewatia, Rajasthan Royals will be keen to build on the triumph when they face Delhi Daredevils in the 30th match of IPL 2020 at Dubai. DC themselves suffered a setback when they put up a rather insipid performance to go down to defending champions Mumbai Indians without much of a fight. The last time these two teams met, Delhi had beaten Rajasthan by 46 runs. Steve Smith will thus be keen for a positive result when the sides clash again.
Rajasthan Royals finally ended their losing streak as they came from behind to win a thriller against Sunrisers Hyderabad. 85 runs came off the last 49 balls as Riyan Parag’s 42*(26) and Rahul Tewatia’s 45*(28) sealed the deal for RR.
Ben Stokes’ return to the cricket field bolstered Rajasthan Royals, who are in desperate need of reigniting their campaign. Although there is no guarantee of Stokes playing, RR might well risk him in Sunday’s game considering the grave situation. Having won their first two matches in Sharjah, RR have since registered four losses in a row, the latest one despite returning to Sharjah.
Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel starred with both bat and ball as the Delhi Capitals completed a comprehensive win over the Rajasthan Royals to regain the top spot in the points table. Delhi’s bowlers were disciplined and their fielders backed them by taking some tough catches in the outfield, led by Hetmyer.
Returning to Sharjah, the venue that saw Rajasthan Royals register two crushing wins to kick off their IPL 2020 campaign on a high, Steve Smith’s men would hope they find their luck back as well. Royals’ campaign has gone completely off the track on bigger stadiums at Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with three consecutive losses.
The Mumbai Indians shone in all three departments of the game as they defeated the Rajasthan Royals comfortably by 57 runs. Suryakumar Yadav top scored for Mumbai with 79 and Bumrah picked up 4 wickets as Mumbai topped the points table with 4 wins in 6 matches.
A confident Mumbai Indians will face a floundering Rajasthan Royals in match 20 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Rajasthan began their campaign in wonderful fashion, clinching the first two matches they played in Sharjah on the basis of their batting might. However, they haven’t been able to repeat their magic on slightly more challenging surfaces in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In contrast, Mumbai Indians have recovered well following the Super Over heartbreak against RCB, and now find themselves in the top two of the points table.