Delhi and RCB’s challenge to reclaim lost ground
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||13||7||6||0||0||14||-0.145|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||14||7||7||0||0||14||-0.214|
|Kings XI Punjab||14||6||8||0||0||12||-0.162|
|Chennai Super Kings||14||6||8||0||0||12||-0.455|
The battle for entry into the playoffs has just become more interesting and in this context this game between the Delhi Capitals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore would be a contest to watch out. Either of the sides winning this game would directly make it to the playoffs while the other would have to fight it out on run rate. The sides have had a similar trajectory in the last few games and look short of confidence.
Delhi Capitals come into this game with four successive losses and they were demolished by the Mumbai Indians in the last game. The Royal Challengers haven’t had it any better either and have lost the last three games with the last loss coming against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. With the stakes in this game being high for both the sides, we expect this one to be a good contest where none of the teams can afford to lose.
From being at the top of the points table to losing the last four games in a row, tables have turned for Shreyas Iyer’s side. Its powerful batting line-up seems to have suddenly hit a roadblock. They went down to Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets in the last game and have to win this game for a guaranteed place in the playoffs. They had defeated RCB earlier and this should serve as a confidence booster for the side.
The side will need a good start from Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. Dhawan’s loss of form has hurt the side’s fortune and he would need to play a strong hand in this game. Rishab Pant and Shreyas Iyer have been consistent in the middle order and they will have to hold the innings together. With Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer to follow in this batting order the side possesses good firepower down the order.
Kagiso Rabada has enjoyed a good season so far and he will be expected to strike early along with Ravichandran Ashwin who finally seems to have struck form. Anrich Nortje has also hit a dead end with his form and needs to recover from it in this game. Harshal Patel and Praveen Dubey have big responsibility on their shoulders against RCB’s strong batting line-up.
Best Batsman – Shikhar Dhawan
Best Bowler – Kagiso Rabada
Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Harshal Patel, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje, Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Daniel Sams, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel
Skipper Virat Kohli would have wanted to avoid keeping their playoff qualification for the last game of the league stage. The side comes into this contest with three defeats in a row and went down against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last game by 5 wickets. They have struggled against Delhi in the last few seasons and Kohli would want his side to get over their poor form and make it to the playoffs with a thumping win.
Their batting form has dropped in the last few games and the side would hope to see a better start from Devdutt Padikkal and Josh Philippe. Kohli has also gone quite in the last few games and this has hurt the side. He will have to hold the innings and allow the likes of AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar and Chris Morris to free their arms. They have good batting prowess and it will be important for the side to apply itself.
Sundar and Morris will need to grab early wickets with the new ball and they have bowled well as a pair in the last few games. Yuzvendra Chahal has been their most consistent bowler and he would need to break the back of Delhi’s batting in this game. Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj have been expensive in recent games and the side would expect tighter lines from them.
Best Batsman – Virat Kohli
Best Bowler – Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli (c), Josh Philippe, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
|A de Villiers||24||24||1||1||100|
Mohammed Siraj, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikal, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Josh Philippe, Virat Kohli, Shivam Dube
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||26||0 mm.||2.69 k/h||From: N||0%|
|03h||26||0 mm.||1.69 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|06h||27||0 mm.||1.74 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|09h||28||0 mm.||2.29 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|12h||29||0 mm.||5.06 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|15h||28||0 mm.||5.16 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|18h||28||0 mm.||5.25 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|21h||28||0 mm.||4.07 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
The skies would be clear over Abu Dhabi on November 02 and the conditions would be warm given the onset of winters. The wicket has become bit slower but it is still good condition for batting as the batsmen can play on the rise. Any score above 170 runs can be defended here with quality bowling.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi’s balances it out between the batsmen and the bowlers. It has been the low scoring venue among the three where the large outfield does create some doubts in the minds of the batsmen when it comes to hitting the ball hard. Fast bowlers need to use their variations to bowl well here while spinners have enjoyed good success at this venue in the past.
In the last five games played at this venue the sides chasing the score have won on four occasions. It has been a long season and the pitches have slowed down which is making it difficult for the sides to set up a winning score on the board. Hence, we see the side winning the toss opting to bowl first in these conditions.
Delhi Capitals are reeling under pressure with four successive losses and it is the scale of these defeats that would hurt the side’s confidence. They need their key players back in form especially with the bat which is the strong area for the side. Royal Challengers Bangalore on the other hand has a very strong batting unit and a spin attack that can make life difficult for the batsmen and this would make them favorites going into the next game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win