Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the IPL 2020 match between Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and Steve Smith’s Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi.

PITCH REPORT: It is the first day game in IPL 2020. “It’s 37 degrees out here but feels like 41. But there’s a slight breeze that might put the players at ease,” reckons Daren Ganga. It’s the first day game of the season, and it’s going to be a used pitch. Still looks good, there might be some help for the bowlers according to the experts.

The arrival of Ben Stokes should help Rajasthan shore up its shaky middle-order. He will, in all likelihood, replace Tom Curran in the XI. Bangalore, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold. There have been moments when they’ve been spectacular and then, there have been phases where the slip-ups have been a reminder of past mistakes. Virat Kohli’s poor form will be a big concern…

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