Preview: DC-RCB Face Each Other in a Quest to Seal Top-two Spot
Both Delhi & Bangalore are coming off losses in their last few games, to face each other in a virtual knockout.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) face off against Delhi Capitals (DC) to ensure a top-two finish at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in their last league match at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, UAE, on Monday, 2 November.
The two sides have 14 points each, with RCB placed second due to their superior net run rate (NRR).
The winner will comfortably seal a playoff berth. However, it will not be the end of the road for the loser in technical terms, as the other permutations and combinations could push them through.
DC have suffered four defeats on the trot and have looked out of sorts in the latter half of the season after winning seven of their first nine games.
Their top order, consisting of Prithvi Shaw or Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and Iyer, has failed to lay the foundation of a massive total.
The middle-order, led by Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer, has struggled to handle the extra pressure that comes on them due to the failure of the top-order batsmen.
Marcus Stoinis has also failed to make an impact with the bat or the ball after getting off to a flying start this season.
Fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have also failed to match up to their lofty standards of late, although they had a paltry total of 111 to defend in their previous match against Mumbai Indians.
DC also made the puzzling decision of dropping Axar Patel who has been a reliable hand with both bat and ball in that match.
RCB also come into the game on the back of three back to back defeats.
The Kohli-led side's strength lies in their batting, and in their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the top-order failed to click which led to them falling to a five-wicket loss.
Kohli and AB de Villiers are the team's backbone in the middle-order after the openers Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch. As did DC, RCB also have made the decison of leaving the puzzling Finch out altogether as opposed to slotting him lower down the order.
Josh Philippe, however, has provided a good account of himself in the two matches he has played in place of Finch.
When it comes to their bowling, Yuzvendra Chahal has been their go-to-man while pacers Navdeep Saini, Isuru Udana, Mohammad Siraj have struggled to keep up with the wrist spinner. Chahal almost single-handedly gave RCB a glimmer of hope against SRH while defending a paltry target of 121.
The last time the two sides met earlier in the season, DC thrashed Kohli's men by a massive 59-run margin.
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Tushar Deshpande, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Harshal Patel, Keemo Paul, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Pravin Dubey
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Parthiv Patel, Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa
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