Navdeep Saini vs Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan vs Virat Kohli. It will be a clash of some of the stars from Delhi when Royal Challengers Bangalore touch down at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium to take on Delhi Capitals on April 28. The 46th match will start at 4:00 PM IST. Another clash on the same day will be played miles away in Kolkata between the Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians starting at 8:00 PM IST.
Delhi Capitals have a few reasons to feel confident before the start of this match. They are at the third position on the points table with seven wins from 11 matches. RCB, on the other hand, has won only four of their 11 matches and are at the bottom of the table. In addition to this, Delhi had beaten RCB by seven wickets when the two teams had met in a match in Bengaluru earlier this season.
Delhi is coming into this match after a six-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur last weekend while RCB should not be underconfident after beating Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs at home a few days back.
Delhi has almost secured themselves a spot in the playoffs while RCB needs to win everything and then hope some results go their way to make sure they enter the top four. With league stages almost coming to an end, stakes are higher than ever making each and every match really important.
DC vs RCB Squads
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Jagadeesha Suchith, Manjot Kalra, Keemo Paul, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Akshdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Mohammed Siraj
DC vs RCB Team News
The only choice which DC will have to make is whether they will play Sandeep Lamichhane or Chris Morris. Depending on the surface, Delhi is likely to choose one of the two. Rest of the side is unlikely to change from the last time Delhi played a match.
Predicted 11: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Morris/Sandeep Lamichhane, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Dale Steyn, who was brought in as the replacement of Nathan Coulter Nile, has been ruled out for rest of the tournament with an injury. Moeen Ali has left for England leaving a huge hole in the RCB middle order. Shimron Hetmyer will surely come into the side while Tim Southee should also get another shot.
Predicted 11: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube/Akshdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee
DC vs RCB Pitch Report
The Delhi wicket has been inconsistent as far as run scoring is concerned. It will be interesting to see what kind of surface it has to offer on Sunday but one thing is for sure that the dew won’t come into play.
Rishabh Pant is coming fresh from a match-winning knock in Jaipur. He has scored 336 in this season at a strike rate of 163.
AB de Villiers has 414 runs this year while Virat Kohli has exactly 400 runs. Considering that it’s his home ground, we can expect a big knock from king Kohli. Shikhar Dhawan, another local star, has scored 401 runs this season.
Axar Patel has seven wickets to go with his 81 runs with the bat this year. Marcus Stoinis average close to 60 with the bat and has taken two wickets as well.
Yuzvendra Chahal has 14 wickets this season while Navdeep Saini of RCB, who plays for Delhi in domestic cricket, has eight wickets.
Kagiso Rabada has 23 wickets from just 11 matches and is holding onto the purple cap.