Ensuring a play-off spot, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to recover quickly from their loss in the previous game and finish the league stage on a high when they take on table-toppers Delhi Capitals in their final. IPL Round robin match here on Friday. While Capitals (20 points from 13 matches) have ensured a place in the top two, a defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday night has reduced RCB’s chances of finishing second in the points table.
With 16 points and a lousy net run-rate from second-placed Chennai Super Kings, RCB’s hopes of a place in the top-two after losing to SRH have been dented.
What: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals
When: 8 October 2021 (Friday)
where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Time: 7:30 PM IS
Despite having a formidable batting line-up including AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal apart from Kohli, RCB could not chase down 141-7 against SRH and would have to settle their batting before entering. knockout stage.
Maxwell has been in great form for RCB after a moderate run in 2020 and can single-handedly turn things around like de Villiers. The Australian power-hitter has 447 runs with five 50s and would like to continue his good run, while de Villiers didn’t have the impact he would have liked.
If Kohli can get off to a strong start at the top with an impressive Padikkal, the mighty middle order can do a lot of damage. RCB’s bowling unit has also done well with fast bowlers like Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel and George Garten.
In the spin department, Yuzvendra Chahal has overcome his past struggles this season with some pretty impressive spells, while Shahbaz Ahmed has also kept things under control for his team.
On the other hand, the Rishabh Pant-led Delhi side are in terrific form with wins in four out of the last five matches and will look to end things on a high in the league stage before moving into the qualifiers. Captain Pant has come under criticism for being overly aggressive and it remains to be seen if he shows a sense of restraint and makes a big contribution.
Despite Prithvi Shaw’s inconsistency, DC have a strong batting line-up that often seems hot and cold while Shikhar Dhawan (501 runs from 13 innings) has shown his value at the top. Shreyas Iyer and Pant have also saved the team several times but they will look for more consistency.
Delhi has a strong bowling attack. While South African pacer Enrique Nortje has been a breath of fire and a constant threat, his compatriots Kagiso Rabada and Avesh Khan (second in the list of wicket-takers with 22 scalps) have been among the batsmen of all time. The spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel (14 wickets) were also not easy to get out.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chamira, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Baby, Vanindu Hasranga, George Garten, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal , Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers.
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripple Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimrom Hetmyar, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrique Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala , Praveen Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.
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