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IPL 2020 | Rajasthan Royals choose to first in Dubai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Gurkeerat Mann in for RCB

Steve Smith and Virat Kohli
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Steve Smith and Virat Kohli

Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith opted to bat first on the Dubai Global Stadium on Saturday for the IPL 2020 fit towards Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

Smith admitted that the slowness of the pitch prompt him to go for batting first in Dubai. Rajasthan picked an unchanged XI. 

“We’re batting. Day sport, higher to bat first. Similar staff for us. We’ve got were given a just right combine with Stokes again, we did numerous issues proper within the final sport. The wickets are slowing up, one reason why for batting first,” mentioned Smith. 

Kohli too would have batted first had he gained the toss. RCB have made a few adjustments to carry again steadiness to the lineup, one in every of which incorporates the debut look of Shahbaz Ahmed. 

“This pitch appears significantly better, the skin appears significantly better than what we had in Sharjah. We might have batted first as neatly. Couple of adjustments for us – Mann is again for us, he replaces Siraj. Dube misses out, Shahbaz Ahmed will get his first sport nowadays. That is helping us get the steadiness again. We’ve got learnt from our losses, that presentations the nature within the staff. It is been a busy time table this week, it is all about executing our plans,” mentioned Kohli. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Enjoying XI): Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal

Rajasthan Royals (Enjoying XI): Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi

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