IPL 2021: DC, RCB look to outsmart one another in 'battle of equals'
Seeing the loss of their earlier recreation as a blip, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore must be at their finest to beat a formidable Delhi Capitals unit within the IPL on Tuesday.
Whereas RCB must shrug off their 69-runs thrashing by the hands of Chennai Tremendous Kings of their final recreation and begin afresh, Delhi’s confidence could be boosted by their thrilling ‘Tremendous Over’ win in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday evening.
Up in opposition to Delhi Capitals, RCB might want to handle their middle-order woes, to return to successful methods, in what could possibly be touted as a battle of equals.
For the RCB, will probably be necessary that the openers- the in-form Devdutt Padikkal (171 runs) and Kohli (151 runs)- proceed to supply a stable begin on the Narendra Modi stadium.
However the opening duo would wish the much-needed assist from the middle-order, which crumbled in opposition to 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 in opposition to a robust Delhi assault.
Australian Maxwell did justify his excessive price ticket within the first few matches and could be raring to go as soon as once more.
The RCB bowlers must neglect the hammering acquired by the hands of the CSK batters, particularly league’s main wicket-taker Harshal Patel, who was taken aside by Ravindra Jadeja, as he conceded 37 runs in his ultimate over.
Pacers Mohammed Siraj and Kyle Jamieson must step up and ship whereas spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, may also must bowl tightly to include a robust 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 event’s main run-scorer Shikhar Dhawan (259 runs), could be keen to hold ahead his tremendous kind, whereas his opening accomplice Prithvi Shaw (166 runs), could be trying to get extra runs underneath his belt.
DC boast of a robust middle-order comprising skipper Rishabh Pant (125 runs), Australians Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer, who might be extremely harmful on their day.
In case the openers fail, the onus will likely be on Pant and Smith to steer the innings.
Delhi will miss the providers of ace off-spinner R Ashwin, who has left the staff to assist his household within the battle in opposition to COVID-19.
In his absence, left-arm spinner Axar Patel and skilled leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who had wreaked havoc in opposition to Mumbai Indians, might want to shoulder higher 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 also can bat, rather than Ashwin, as a substitute of moving into for a pacer.
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, 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 (C), AB de Villiers (W), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, MS Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Child, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, Ok S Bharat, Finn Allen.
Match begins at 7.30 PM.
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