Star Wars 2018, RR vs RCB: Sanju Samson vs Umesh Yadav

The battle between Sanju Samson and Umesh Yadav could be decisive when Rajasthan Royals hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.

It's a battle for survival again as former champion Rajasthan Royals (RR) takes on the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday. With both the teams still firmly in contention for the playoffs, another close contest is expected.

For RR, English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler's absence is a blow. Buttler had been in sensational form and had played a crucial role in keeping his side in the hunt for playoffs.

However, RR boasts enough firepower in its arsenal to cover for Buttler's absence. And one man it will look up to is Sanju Samson, who too has been in good form this season. He has scored 391 runs in 13 matches at an average of 32.58, with a highest score of 92, which coincidentally came against RCB in the reverse fixture at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

From RCB's perspective, Samson is the key wicket. And star pacer Umesh Yadav, who has claimed 17 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 23.11, is its biggest weapon to stop Samson. Umesh has the pace and ability to move the ball to discomfort Samson, who has had a tendency to get out to short balls this season.