In the first of the doubleheaders of Sunday, third-placed Delhi Capitals take on bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Feroz Shah Kotla. If Delhi are to win this match, then they will go to the top of the table with 16 points, courtesy of a better net run rate than Chennai. On the other hand, if RCB win then they will tie themselves with SRH, KXIP and RR at 10 points, however, they will still be placed at number seven due to an inferior net run rate.
Delhi Capitals (Probable XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Probable XI): Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Shreyas Iyer vs Yuzvendra Chahal
Arguably the most consistent batsman for Delhi this season, the skipper has amassed 331 runs in 11 games this season with an average of 33.10. He is one of the pillars of the Delhi batting line-up along with Rishabh Pant and is often seen playing the anchor-man role for his team.
He averages 30.98 in 57 matches after having scored 1549 IPL career runs, all at an S/R of 127.07. With 12 fifties to his name, he also has the highest score of 96 that came in the year 2017. With 3 games still remaining for Delhi, one can expect Shreyas Iyer to break the shackles to help his team qualify for the Qualifiers.
The leg-break bowler from Haryana, Yuzvendra Chahal, is the chief go-to bowler of RCB skipper Virat Kohli when he is in search for a wicket. Having already played in 81 IPL matches across 7 seasons, the former Chess player is an experienced campaigner who has had his fair share of success in the International Cricket as well.
With a total of 96 wickets in his 80 IPL innings, Chahal manages to pick up at least 1 wicket per match with an impressive S/R of 18.09, although his economy is a bit in the high range with 7.78. But it is primarily due to him being a leg-break bowler whom batsman try to charge and score runs quickly, and although this may be considered a weakness by many, but this is how he convinces batsmen to go after him and in the process lose the batsmen their wickets after mistiming the shots that are easily caught by the fielders in the deep.
Kagiso Rabada vs Virat Kohli
Already picking up 23 wickets in 11 matches, the South African has staged fire in this edition of the IPL with his superb bowling skills. Rabada’s S/R is astonishing 11.21 in IPL 12. His breath-taking performance this season is one of the primary reasons why Delhi have dominated this season. He has 29 IPL career wickets in 17 matches with an S/R of 13.31. He further has an economy rate of 8.16 and is certainly the go-to bowler for DC skipper, Shreyas Iyer, when in need of wickets.
The best modern-day batsman, and arguably the best batsman ever to have played limited overs cricket, RCB captain Virat Kohli leads the batting-order for RCB. In his 12-year IPL career, Virat has played 174 matches and has participated in 167 innings with an average of 38.20 and a strike-rate of 131.04. He further has 5 centuries to his name along with 36 half-centuries and with 5348 IPL career runs, he is the leading run-getter in IPL history.
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With Feroz Shah Kotla assisting spinners, the team batting first would have an advantage irrespective of the presence of dew. If a team manages to post around 155-165 runs, then they are most certain to win. Seeing the balance of both the teams, RCB are weak in their bowling department, thus Team CricWizz predicts Delhi to win the match move to the top of the table.
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