Royal Challengers Bangalore face Delhi Capitals in their last league game in IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi on Monday, November 2. Placed second and third respectively on the points table, whoever wins this game will advance to the playoff and the other team will head home. It is a must-win game for both teams with everything to play for. Both these teams are coming into this game after a string of losses as they have lacked the fizz in the last few matches. Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- Round 2
Royal Challengers Bangalore are coming into this game on the back of three consecutive losses. They lost against CSK, MI and SRH as they have stumbled a bit in the latter half of the tournament. Virat Kohli’s boys have lost a bit of momentum in the latter half of the tournament.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper has scores of 50, 9 and 7 in the three games that they have lost on the bounce. Returns have been poor from the bat of AB de Villiers as well. He has scored 39, 15 and 24 from the last three. The big starts failing in these three games have hurt their chances badly. Despite Devdutt Padikkal contributing at the top, the lack of runs from these two superstars have hurt their chances.
With the ball, Chris Morris and Yuzvendra Chahal have been seen off by opposition batsmen. Heading into the last game, this core group of the team have to perform as a unit if they are to make to the playoffs.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, have lost four on the bounce. In all the games, they have lost, they have been completely outplayed by the opposition. One of the big reasons why Delhi has tapered off is Shikhar Dhawan’s dry tun of form in the games since he scored back to back centuries.
He has scored, 6, 0 and 0 in the three games that he has played since his two back-to-back IPL tons. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, failing to stitch partnerships in the middle-order and Kagiso Rabada going for runs have hurt their campaign. DC’s future in this IPL season hovers around their core players as well, just like Royal Challengers Bangalore’s.
Head to Head
RCB is ahead in the head to head contest with 15 wins in comparison to DC’s 9. However, Delhi have won the last three games between both sides. DC beat RCB in the first leg of IPL 2020.
Pitch & Weather Conditions
The match will be played in Abu Dhabi. The venue has seen high-scoring contests in the latter half of the second half of the season. if the last game between KXIP and RR is anything to go by, another high-scoring contest is on the cards.
With a must-win game on the cards, both teams will be making some crucial decisions in finding a perfect team combination can win them the game on that night.
Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Tushar Deshpande, Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa