It is homecoming for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League 2019 in the match #46 on Sunday. It will be Delhi Capitals (DC), though, who will get all the crowd backing in this vital match.
DC have seven wins from 11 matches and are on the verge of booking their playoff spot. RCB, on the other hand, are clinging dearly to their hopes. They need to win each of their remaining matches to have any chance of qualification.
The Capitals side have been the surprise package of the season. Thanks largely to Shikhar Dhawan’s inspired form at the top, DC have been able to build their scores. Rishabh Pant has been blowing hot and cold, but has found his rhythm at the right time.
There are no such problems with the ball, as Kagiso Rabada (23 wickets) kept picking up wickets at the right times. Ishant Sharma has been impressive as well. There are doubts over the spin department, but DC have the right tools to march ahead.
Most of their own fans would have written RCB out after their run of six losses. However, Virat Kohli’s men have turned their season and look good to upset more. With AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel also chipping in, RCB look covered in the batting department.
There are doubts over their bowling, which remains their weak point. Dale Steyn’s injury has come at the wrong moment. It remains to be seen if the other players can step up in his absence and deliver.
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Rishabh Pant has had problems with adjusting to his ‘World Cup snub’. However, he seems to have got back to his groove and is now looking to make up for lost time.
Parthiv Patel has been a silent performer with consistent scores at the top. He looks set to deliver another start for the RCB with his punchy knock.
Shikhar Dhawan has been another impressive performer of the season. His knocks have been primarily responsible for DC’s quick starts and he is ready to deliver another.
DC: 1 Prithvi Shaw 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Shreyas Iyer (C) 4 Rishabh Pant (WK) 5 Colin Ingram 6 Chris Morris 7 Axar Patel 8 Kagiso Rabada 9 Sandeep Lamichhane 10 Amit Mishra 11 Ishant Sharma
RCB: 1 Parthiv Patel (WK) 2 Virat Kohli (C) 3 AB de Villiers 4 Marcus Stoinis 5 Shimron Hetmyer 6 Akshdeep Nath 7 Washington Sundar 8 Tim Southee 9 Umesh Yadav 10 Yuzvendra Chahal 11 Navdeep Saini
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