One of the notable features of Rajasthan Royals this season has been their inability to stitch big partnerships at the start of an innings. While Virat Kohli and Co would be aware of this shortcoming and look to capitalise on it, it would be imperative for the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson to get back into form. Another soft underbelly of RR this season has been their middle order. While Rahul Tewatia has been their saviour in a few games, the Royals wouldn't mind more contributions from Riyan Parag and Robin Uthappa. On the other hand, it has become an established fact that the two strongest pillars of RCB - Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers - struggle to get going against leg spinners. It was the same reason why KXIP played both Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin together, and RR would be banking on Shreyas Gopal for spinning a web around RCB today.
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Venue Details and Pitch Report
17 Oct, 03:30 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Anil Chaudhary (India), Nitin Menon (India), Paul Reiffel (Australia, TV)
The pitch slowed down to such an extent that Rajasthan Royals struggled to get going in the second innings of the clash against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday. While the dew played a minor role that evening, today's day game means that the conditions will be drier and spinners will have a vital role to play. Captain winning the toss should elect to bat first and look to post something around 175 runs on the board.
It would be a hot and humid day, with the temperatures hovering between 33 and 32 degree celsius. We are in for a full 40 overs.