Indian Premier League, RCB vs RR, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Face-off: Navdeep Saini vs Jose Butler
IPL 2020, RCB vs RR: Navdeep Saini is shining for the fast bowling of RCB so far.© BCCI / IPL
When Navdeep Saini was sent to bowl in the super over against Mumbai Indians, many eyebrows were raised, raising the eternal threat of Rohit Sharma and the uncontrolled Kirron Pollard. But the youngster was superbly accurate with his yorker and limited MI to just seven runs, as well as dismissing Pollard, making the task easier for RCB batsmen. He will be at the top with his form and confidence and the fight will be lucrative when Jose Butler of Rajasthan Royals dongs his pads. Butler has the ability to collapse any bowling, so is facing another catch on the cards.
Saini has become Virat Kohli’s man in a crisis, mostly since he has been fast and precise. In three matches, Saini has surprisingly taken just two wickets, but has improved leaps and bounds and is definitely a challenge for Rajasthan batsmen, especially the openers.
Overall, the Delhi fast bowler has played 16 matches for 13 wickets in an economy of 8.36.
Butler has taken very little action in IPL 2020 – he has scored 25 runs in two matches with a strike rate of 108.69, but it would be extremely silly to stop writing him at any point.
Overall, he has played 47 matches for 1411 runs at a strike rate of 149.78.
The English will be eager to show their qualification for the Rajasthan Royals, so their competition on Saturday with Saini will be something to look forward to.
Note: All statistics courtesy iplt20.com