When you’ve been playing as well as the Royal Challengers Bangalore have this season, sticking to the winning combination is the way ahead. Even though RCB lost a last-ball thriller to Kings XI Punjab, barring the decision to push AB de Villiers down to No. 6, they had most of their boxes ticked.
Virat Kohli is back among the runs and the bowlers are doing fantastically well, as evident in the last game stretching the game into its final over even though victory seemed certain for the opposition. Keeping that in mind, here is the Playing XI Kohli is expected to field against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai.
8 Isuru Udana: Isuru Udana has done a fine job ever since replacing Dale Steyn in the Playing XI. Even though he hasn’t gone big on wickets, the left-arm seamer from Sri Lanka has kept things tight with the ball in the last three matches. Expect him to get another game and prolong Steyn’s wait to return
9 Yuzvendra Chahal: Yuzvendra Chahal has been RCB’s go-to man every time the team has found itself in a spot. With 11 wickets, Chahal is placed fourth in the list of this year’s highest wicket-takers. Chahal took 3/24 the last time he bowled to RR batsmen and will be hoping for an encore.
10 Navdeep Saini: After going for 48 runs, fast bowler Navdeep Saini has had three highly economical games, with figures of 0/18, 1/17 and 0/21 in the last three matches. An automatic retention.
11 Mohammed Siraj: Despite being taken for 44 runs in the last game against KXIP, Siraj is likely to retain his place in the team, since the only other Indian fast option RCB have is Umesh Yadav.