Royal Challengers Bangalore looked like a different side compared to the previous edition with the additions from the auction. The team made some amendments after learning from the previous mistakes and strengthened their bowling line-up which looks sorted in the current edition. They even started getting good results with seven wins from 10 games. However, the team has lost its track in the previous two games and are staring at a possibility of hattrick defeats in IPL 2020.
After the defeat against Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore were up against Mumbai Indians in their 12th match of the season. However, the middle-order collapse made Royal Challengers settle for a modest of the total against a strong Mumbai outfit. Mumbai Indians registered a five-wicket victory at Dubai International Stadium which has slightly increased the pressure on Virat Kohli and Co.
The middle-order looks feeble for Royal Challengers Bangalore and if AB de Villiers departs, there is no player who can blast the opposition with ease. On the other hand, the likes of Shivam Dube and Gurkeerat Singh Mann are under-utilized in the league and they aren’t used in bowling even when one of the bowlers is going for runs. Virat Kohli has to figure it out before they clash with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second fixture of the day.
Here are the top three picks for Royal Challengers Bangalore when they face a stern test at Sharjah Cricket Ground on Saturday:
#1) Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli once again failed to score big after playing 13 deliveries against Mumbai Indians. Trying to play a big shot against Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli perished after he was caught out. Despite his poor and slow strike rate, Virat Kohli finds himself in the list of top 5 highest run scorers in Indian Premier League 2020 which would certainly be a boost for the team and captain.
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After the trolls against the player for not selecting Suryakumar Yadav, Virat Kohli will be a rattled snake that would be thirsty enough to hunt down any opposition. The captain will be one of the top three picks for RCB against SRH on Saturday.
#2) Chris Morris
The South African fast bowler has been a great addition for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2020 who has not only sorted out the death bowling issues of Royal Challengers Bangalore but also has provided depth for the team. Chris Morris will be one of the top three picks for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In a small ground like Sharjah, Morris impressed in the previous game played against KKR. The team will hope for a similar kind of performance on Saturday and book their place in the playoffs.
#3) Joshua Philippe
Filling big boots is not easy for any place. And if the big boots are of Aaron Finch, it will make much more difficult for the player. But Josh Philippe has outdone all these criticism and provided a great start for RCB against Mumbai Indians the other day. The player was unlucky to not get a fifty after he missed his balance and was stumped by QdK.
Against SRH bowling line-up, which has found difficult to adjust in the absence of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Josh Philippe will look to exploit the ground conditions to his strength. The wicket-keeper batsman will be one of the top three picks for RCB on Saturday.