Royal Challengers Bangalore seems to be losing ground after their spectacular start into the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. They have a chance to arrest the slide when they take on Delhi Capitals in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad tomorrow.
Last year when these two teams met, Delhi Capitals had the much superior team as they did a double over the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Delhi franchise won the first match convincingly for 59 runs of some excellent batting and bowling performances. The second match was also much of the same, as Delhi chased down the target with 6 wickets to spare.
Will Delhi continue its recent dominance and complete a win? Or will Royal Challengers Bangalore stand to prove their last defeat was a one-off?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Head to Head
Matches Played: 25, DC 10, RCB: 14
Conditions seem to be fit for a full game of cricket with bright and sunny skies forecasted. The temperatures are predicted to hover around the region 42-35 degrees celsius, making the conditions very hot for the players with humidity touching the 23% mark, with no chances of rainfall.
The strip at Ahmedabad leans more towards the spin-friendly pitches, but all depending on the soil and conditions. While on red soil, spinners have found joy the most, while black soil has suited the pacers more. If the recently played India England white-ball tournaments are any indication, it should be a high-scoring game with a little something for everyone.
The Delhi Capitals have recorded three back-to-back wins, consolidating their position in the top parts of the table. The latest news to come out of the camp is that of Ravichander Ashwin who has gone to be with his family, during these times of covid crisis but promised to be back if the conditions improve.
Royal Challengers Bangalore also has players who left the camp, with Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa returning to Australia citing personal reasons according to an official statement from the Bangalore franchise. No replacements have been named yet and should be something to look out for in the coming days
Probable playing XI
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (C & Wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav/Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Washington Sundar, AB de Villiers (Wk), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini
Devdutt Padikkal seems to have found his groove as he is scoring runs with ease as he opens the innings. Shikhar Dhawan is also someone you can't afford to keep out, as he battles for top honors. Glenn Maxwell and Rishabh Pant are our other must-picks.
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