Rajasthan Royals had suffered a massive blow when they lost Jos Buttler at the start of 4th over. The English batsman is their main man with the bat alongside Sanju Samson.
However, he was dismissed early after a sensational catch from Devdutt Padikkal. On the other hand, Navdeep Saini stuck gold with his very first ball of the innings. The young fast bowler is making ripples across the world with his impressive bowling skills.
After an impressive bowling efforts against Mumbai Indians, Saini has once again provided the much needed break through for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The timing of the wicket is also impressive as Buttler is looking in complete control of his batting.
In fact, he was scoring boundaries for fun in the previous over against Isuru Udana. He was dismissed for a well made 22 runs from just 12 balls.
Coming to the dismissal, Buttler tried to drive a full length delivery but the pace of Saini got the better of him on this occasion. Devdutt Padikkal was equally impressive as he took a very good low catch to his right. Although, the umpires went to third umpire for the decision, Buttler was sure he was dismissed and went back to pavilion.
Here is Jos Buttler’s wicket
Both Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have won two matches so far. A win in this match, will take them to the top of the points table. The head to head between the two sides have also been pretty even so far. Rajasthan Royals won 8 matches, while RCB managed to win 10.
Considering the slowness of wickets in Abu Dhabi, Steve Smith decided to bat first. However, Virat Kohli’s captaincy inside the power play has impressed so far. RCB went in with the same XI they played against Mumbai Indians.
Rajasthan Royals have brought in Mahipal Lomror in place of Aniket Rajpoot for this match. It will interesting to see how the wicket will behave in the second innings as it is already showing signs of slowness. Virat Kohli will be keen to win this match after such a splendid start.
RCB have not been able to stamp their authority on the matches in this IPL despite winning. They brought the matches way too close to their comfort. However, they will be hoping to win this match with considerable ease to consolidate their position in the top half.