New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore in the match 45 on Saturday as the face-off between two teams at the bottom of the table remains of consequence to only one, and that too by the slimmest of margins. RCB have to win their remaining four games to have any chance of making the playoffs.
Daredevils, after the loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous match, are for all practical purposes out of the race to the playoffs; there exists one minuscule probability of them progressing.
All eyes will be on the young Rishabh Pant to see if he can continue from where he left off. The 20-year old has a liking for the RCB bowling attack too; he’s made scores of 57, 45 & 85 in his last three innings against them. One should also keep a close watch on Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw – DD’s two other batsmen who have looked good this season.
Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Trent Boult and recently, Amit Mishra have been in good form, but DD still haven’t found the kind of collective performance to kill off games.
According to sources, RCB skipper, Virat Kohli is unwell and did not turn up for the practice session on the eve of the game against Delhi Daredevils. Kohli might miss the game if he fails to recover in time. Virat’s participation in the contest totally depends on his health and the franchise is still sweating on his fitness.
AB de Villiers will be an automatic choice to lead the team. Royal Challengers languish 7th in the table with 3 wins from 10 matches. RCB need to win their remaining four matches to stay in contention and hope other results will fall into place to allow them to progress to the playoffs.
RCB will need the South African to halt his brief run of single-digit scores; in his last 2 innings, de Villiers has been dismissed for 1 & 5.
RCB have the wood on the Delhi Daredevils, particularly in recent times; RCB have a 12-1 win-loss record against DD in the last 14 matches. RCB have emerged victors on each of their last five visits to the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 20, DD won – 6, RCB won – 13, No Result – 1
In Delhi: Matches – 7, DD won – 2, RCB won – 5
DD: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra, Glenn Maxwell, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Shahbaz Nadeem, Naman Ojha, Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Jason Roy, Vijay Shankar, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Abhishek Sharma, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Daniel Christian, Sayan Ghosh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann.
RCB: Virat Kohli(captain), Quinton de Kock(wicket-keeper), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan.
The match starts at 8 PM IST.