DC vs RCB: Playoff’s fast approaching. Both teams lock horns in what is a very critical encounter. Perhaps not much for Delhi Capitals, as they have a couple of games more to play and currently sit pretty at the third spot. But they would love to capitalize on the home advantage, seal their playoff spot tomorrow amidst the home fans and also aim to finish in the top 2.
Coming to Bengaluru, they are in the process of doing an unthinkable. But however, are far from the miracle to happen. They have been playing ‘must win’ games from the last three games, and managed to win all. Tomorrow’s game, however, is different. They play the in-form Delhi Capitals in Delhi.
Delhi Capitals reliant on their Indian batting unit have been very successful with either of Dhawan, Shaw, Pant or Shreyas rising up to the occasion and the bowling has clicked when needed led by Kagiso Rabada, the highest wicket-taker in the IPL 2019.
CAN RCB REACH THE TOP 4?
Like always, Royal Challengers Bangalore are finding their rhythm towards the end of the tournament. With 3 successive wins, Royal Challengers would like to extend their run with a win against Delhi and give their playoff hopes an additional push.
Royal Challengers Bangalore currently sit at the bottom of the table and need to not just win this game to be in the contention for a play-off’s spot but also badly need to improve their very poor net run rate which is at -0.683 (worst of all the teams). Big wins are a must. Even with 7 of 7 wins, RCB currently look very much reliant on the results of the other games. And other teams in contention look well poised and have an advantage to seal the 4th spot.
However, if they finish with 7 wins, Virat Kohli and co. would be furious with the poor umpiring call against the Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru which snatched them of a deserved victory.
Will RCB get there? It’s the IPL, and anything can happen!
When: 28th April 2019, Sunday
Where: Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
Kick-Off Time: 4:00 PM IST
This pitch is expected to offer some help to the spinners. And is expected to remain slow.
Maybe not very easy for the batsmen on a dry, sunny evening in Delhi.
TEAM NEWS (PREDICTED XI)
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichchanne, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel, AB De Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Shimron Hetmeyr, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal
Matches Played b/w each other: 23
RCB Win: 15
DC Win: 7
The first encounter between the two teams was won by Delhi Capitals in a comfortable fashion.
- Virat Kohli – The Local Lad.
Of the 8 IPL games played here at Kotla, Virat Kohli has amassed a massive tally of 405 runs at an average of 81.
Also has managed to score 802 runs against the Delhi franchise (highest against any)
The fans would love to welcome the local boy home and cheer for him. But would they cheer for his team? Perhaps no.
- RCB and their record at Kotla
Royal Challengers Bangalore at Delhi have won 6 of the 8 games that they have played there.
Indeed, their favourite.
- Shikhar and Kagiso – Matchwinners
Despite the initial slump, Dhawan did show his class, especially in the last 5 games, wherein he has scored 249 runs.
Kagiso Rabada is having a dream IPL, with 23 wickets from 11 games at a healthy economy of 7.8.
Matchwinners, these both. And Bangalore would love to restrict them.
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAMS FOR DC vs RCB
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Live Streaming – Hotstar
Match Timings – 16:00 IST
The prediction is for the Delhi Capitals to win the match.
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