Rajasthan Royals end their innings on 154/6, on the back of Mahipal Lomror (47) and Rahul Tewatia’s (24*) efforts. RR’s top order was dented by Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini and Chahal. The Royals were going all guns blazing but the frequent loss of wickets forced Royals to go into a shell. It all began with Jos Buttler's mini-onslaught who departed after scoring 22 off 12 balls.
Kohli introduced Yuzvendra Chahal in the next over and he delivered immediately, removing dangerous Sanju Samson to further derail the Rajasthan innings. Earlier, Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bat against RCB in Abu Dhabi. RR made one change to their playing XI, with Ankit Rajpoot making way for Mahipal Lomror, while RCB decided to keep the same playing XI for first afternoon game of the season.