Jaipur | Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat in their Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals here on Sunday.
Du Plessis said the soaring mercury had played a role in his decision to bat first. Wayne Parnell has come in place of Australian quick Josh Hazlewood, while Michael Bracewell has replaced Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga in the RCB playing XI.
For the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals, Australian spinner Adam Zampa comes in place of New Zealand pacer Trent Boult.
The last time the two sides met, RCB defeated RR by seven runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Michael Bracewell, Wayne Parnell, Karn Sharma, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Joe Root, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Sharma, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Captain Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell scored half-centuries to help Royal Challengers Bangalore post a competitive 171 for five against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.
Opting to bat, du Plessis (55 off 44) and Maxwell (54 of 33) stitched a 69-run partnership for the second wicket.
But the middle order once again failed to fire as RCB lost four wickets for just 18 runs.
Spinner Adam Zampa and medium pacer KM Asif picked two wickets apiece for Rajasthan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 171 for 5 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 55, Glenn Maxwell 54; Adam Zampa 2/25; KM Asif 2/42)
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli c Jaiswal b Asif 18
Faf du Plessis c Jaiswal b Asif 55
Glenn Maxwell b Sandeep Sharma 54
Mahipal Lomror c Jurel b Zampa 1
Dinesh Karthik lbw b Zampa 0
Michael Bracewell not out 9
Anuj Rawat not out 29
Extras: (W-5) 5
Total: (For 5 wickets in 20 overs) 171 Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-119, 3-120, 4-120, 5-137 Bowling: Sandeep Sharma 4-0-34-1, Adam Zampa 4-0-25-2, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-37-0, Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-33-0, KM Asif 4-0-42-2