Royal Challengers Bangalore are taking on a better prepared Rajasthan Royals in the first of the 10 IPL double-headers on Saturday.
Having played their first two games at Sharjah, the smallest of the three venues, Royals got their strategy wrong in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai.
The ground here too is on the bigger side and Royals' experience of playing in Dubai will help them take more informed decisions. RCB will also be making their first appearance at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
The Royals have now understood the perils of playing on bigger grounds and their leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal accepted the fear of unknown.
Both Royals and the RCB go into Saturday's afternoon match with two wins in three games.
RCB: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, 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.
RR: 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.
Rajasthan Royals' Steve Smith wins the toss, elects to bat.
Rajasthan Royals on Saturday won the toss and opted to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Royals made one change to their side as they brought in Mahipal Lomror in place of Ankit Rajpoot while RCB are unchanged from their previous match.
Rajasthan Royals XI: J Buttler, S Smith, S Samson, R Uthappa, R Parag, R Tewatia, M Lomror, T Curran, S Gopal, J Archer, J Unadkat
Royal Challengers Bangalore XI: D Padikkal, A Finch, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, S Dube, GM Singh, W Sundar, I Udana, N Saini, A Zampa, Y Chahal
No dew but heat a factor
While dew will not be a factor in the afternoon game, intense heat of Abu Dhabi will definitely be a factor in the game
Openers take strike
Skipper Steve Smith and Jos Butler take the strike. Isuru Udana opens the bowling for RCB.
Score after 5 overs: RR (33-3)
Rajasthan Royals have lost both the openers and Sanju Samson within 5 overs. Out of form Robin Uthappa and youngster Mahipal Lomror are at the strike. Saini, Chahal and Udana have take one wicket each.
Score after 10 overs: RR (70/3)
Uthappa and Lomror keep off RCB bowlers at bay, deny wicket. Lomror batting at 22 off 19, Uthappa at 17 off 21.
Score after 15 overs: 99/4
Parag and Lomror look to take Royals to a respectable score as only 30 balls left in the innings
The chase begins!
Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch are at the crease. Padikkal is on strike. Jofra Archer will open the attack for Rajasthan Royals.
Score after 5 overs: RCB (45-1)
A decent start for RCB. Despite Aaron Finch's dismissal, there is no cause for concern as the batting line-up still has quality hitters including the skipper, Virat Kohli.
Score after 10 overs: RCB (77-1)
Devdutt Padikkal and skipper Virat Kohli have settled in at the crease. The pair are scoring consistent boundaries and the chase does not seem like a tough task.
Score after 15 overs: RCB (118-1)
Both Padikkal and Kohli have completed their respective half-centuries. Now, RCB needs 37 in 30 balls. Seems easy given how the batsmen are doing their job. Not to mention the fact that AB de Villiers is yet to bat.
Royal Challengers Bangalore defeats Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets!
Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets an Indian Premier League match on Saturday as skipper Virat Kohli struck an unbeaten half century to send a warning signal to other teams.
After RR opted to bat, all-rounder Mahipal Lomror top-scored for the team with 47 off 39 balls, hitting three sixes and a four in his knock.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the most successful bowler for RCB, returning impressive figures of 3/24 in four overs.
Chasing the target, skipper Kohli made unbeaten 72 (53 balls), while Devdutt Padikkal scored 63 (45 balls) as RCB reached home comfortably with five balls to spare.