After an enthralling season of intense and intriguing T20 action, the final match of the group stages of the Indian Premier League 2021 is set to take place between the Royal Challengers and the table-toppers Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Stadium, this Friday.
While both the teams would be rather relaxed in their approach as they have already managed to qualify for the play-offs, the match would mean a bit more critical for the Bangalore side as a win here with a handsome margin could help them steal the second spot in the table.
However, given the form of the Delhi Capitals, it would not be an easy task for the Bangalore side. The last time around the two sides faced it was a thriller of an encounter which eventually the RCB managed to win by the narrowest margin of 1 run.
Can RCB sneak into the top of the points table by overhauling the mighty Delhi side? Or will it be the table-toppers who stamp their authority?
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Weather conditions and pitch
Royal Challengers Bangalore look solid in all the departments and the replacement of Kyle Jamieson with Dan Christian has worked well for the Bangalore side. Their batting has been in exceptional touch and they will be hoping Maxwell can keep notching up the runs.
Delhi Capitals have been content with their playing combination and have been bold enough to play with just three foreigners on their side. With Shimron Hetymer playing his role with on point, the former Aussie skipper Steve Smith is likely to warm the bench once again.
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Probable playing Xl
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Delhi Capitals (DC): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ripal Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Glenn Maxwell has definitely been the difference for the Bangalore side this season and we are expecting him to deliver once again. Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw too has been playing the crucial cameos in the powerplay and he could provide some valuable boundary points.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli and DC all-rounder Axar Patel are our other two must-picks for the encounter.
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Captain and Vice-captain picks
Royal Challengers Bangalore look solid, however, the fact that they will be playing for the second spot will be an added pressure on Men in red. On the other side, Delhi Capitals have ensured the top spot and they are likely to come out with an experimental approach for the dead rubber.
Cricwizz predicts Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match and cement their place at the 3rd spot.
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