Seeing the loss of their earlier recreation as a blip, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) must be at their greatest to beat a formidable Delhi Capitals unit within the IPL in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. While RCB will have to shrug off their 69-runs thrashing at the hands of Chennai Super Kings of their final recreation and begin afresh, Delhi’s confidence would be boosted by their thrilling ‘Super Over’ win against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday evening.
Up towards Delhi Capitals, RCB might want to tackle their middle-order issues, to return to profitable methods, in what could possibly be touted as a battle of equals.
For RCB, it is going to be essential that the openers- the in-form Devdutt Padikkal (171 runs) and Kohli (151 runs)- proceed to offer a stable begin on the Narendra Modi stadium.
But the opening duo would wish the much-needed help from the middle-order, which crumbled towards CSK. The likes of Glenn Maxwell (198 runs), Ab de Villiers (129 runs), and the misfiring all-rounder Washington Sundar (25 runs), must carry out in unison towards a powerful Delhi assault.
Australian Maxwell did justify his excessive price ticket within the first few matches and can be raring to go as soon as once more.
The RCB bowlers must overlook the hammering acquired by the hands of the CSK batters, particularly league’s main wicket-taker Harshal Patel, who was taken apart by Ravindra Jadeja, as he conceded 37 runs in his final over.
Pacers Mohammed Siraj and Kyle Jamieson must step up and ship whereas spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, will even should bowl tightly to include a powerful DC batting-line, stuffed with hard-hitters.
RCB is also tempted to play left-arm tweaker Shahbaz Ahmed rather than both Navdeep Saini or Dan Christian, because the monitor could possibly be conducive for the spinners.
For Delhi, their opener and match’s main run-scorer Shikhar Dhawan (259 runs), can be keen to hold ahead his high quality kind, whereas his opening accomplice Prithvi Shaw (166 runs), can be trying to get extra runs underneath his belt.
DC boast of a powerful middle-order comprising skipper Rishabh Pant (125 runs), Australians Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis, and Shimron Hetmyer, who will be extremely damaging on their day. In case the openers fail, the onus shall be on Pant and Smith to steer the innings.
Delhi will miss the companies of ace off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin, who has left the staff to help his household within the struggle towards COVID-19.
In his absence, left-arm spinner Axar Patel and skilled leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who had ripped by Mumbai Indians batting line-up, might want to shoulder larger accountability.
Delhi is unlikely to tinker with their tempo assault, as Avesh Khan, with 11 wickets from 5 video games has been spectacular and South African Kagiso Rabada can do the injury early.
The staff administration can play Lalit Yadav, who bowls off-spin and may bat, rather than Ashwin, as a substitute of stepping into for a pacer.
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (capt/wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Shams Mulani, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Aniruddha Joshi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, MS Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, Ok S Bharat, Finn Allen.
Match begins at 7.30 PM IST.
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