After a 5-days break, Delhi Capitals are set to host Royal Challengers Bangalore at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. In the 46th match od VIVO IPL 2019, DC is looking to seal the playoffs spot with 16 points. Can they break the unbeaten streak of RCB, when Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are in superb form? Let’s find it out on the first match of the doubleheader today.
Teams journey so far
Delhi Capitals’s journey
DC have traveled four cities and have played five matches in 11 days before their vacation. But the team management is little upset as the vacation was in the wrong time. After getting two wins in the first five matches, they have changed the gear and won five matches from last six matches. In their last encounter, they beat Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. After such great momentum, a long vacation may hurt their form. They have to start from the beginning again.
The players of DC are aware that they are on the verge to qualify for the playoffs for the first time after 2012. So they shouldn’t waste such a golden opportunity after a seven years long wait.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s journey
After having six straight losses on their first six matches, Virat Kohli and his teammates have considered every match as a knockout match. They have set their mindset as nothing to lose and fully express themselves on the field. This strategy is working properly for them. As a result, they have got three consecutive wins, and four wins in the last five matches. The chance to make their way to playoffs may be very less, but they have no other option except keep winning the rest matches.
RCB will miss their middle-order batsman and wicket taking off-spinner Moeen Ali as he has departed for his national duties for ICC World Cup 2019. Dale Steyn is also out of this season due to an inflammation on his shoulder. Tim Southee has played some games for RCB, but he has to win the faith of team management to be in playing 11. RCB may include Hetmyer of de Grandhomme to boost their middle order batting.
DC vs RCB Rivalry
Delhi Capitals have played 22 matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But their performances are so poor by winning only seven matches. RCB has won 14 matches. At Feroz Shah Kotla they have met six times, and DC has lost all times.
Players to watch
Shikhar Dhawan is getting aggressive from last few matches. He is setting the tune for DC. Rishab Pant and skipper Shreyas Iyer are catching Dhawan’s tune and playing their natural game. The trio batsmen have done most of the runs for DC on their winning track.
Kagiso Rabada is their bowling power. He is currently the purple cap holder. He is very deadly on death overs.
Parthiv Patel is in top 3 strike rates batsman in power play overs. AB and Virat are in superb form. The opening three batsmen are their axes. Unfortunately, Moeen Ali has departed for the England squad.
Yuzvendra Chahal should enjoy the condition of Kotla’s pitch. He is the leading wicket-taker of RCB.
DC vs RCB Dream 11 Prediction
Here you can get updated probable playing 11 of both teams to make your Dream 11 team.
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Chris Morris, Ishant Sharma
Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Heinrich Klassen, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
VIVO IPL 2019 DC vs RCB
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium
Time: 4:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar