Bottom of the table dwellers, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on the Delhi Daredevils (DD) as both teams look for solutions to their persisting problems. Having finished at the bottom last season, RCB are desperate to have a breakthrough season but the same hold troubles have come back to haunt them.
April 21, 2018
20:00 hours IST
15:30 hours BST
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
They did let go some off their big names like Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, only to replace them with Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock. Even though they have quality international bowlers in Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, none apart from Umesh has really made an impact in the tournament so far.
The batting continues to rely heavily on the performances of the big names and there is very little to talk about once a couple of those big names fail to fire. Given the nature of the tournament and the high stakes of the franchise owners, it is very difficult for teams to back a constant playing XI. However, it might make sense for skipper Virat Kohli to give more responsibility to Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan.
Delhi, on the other hand, have had too many up and down performances already and need to get some sort of stability from at least three or four players, to have any impact on the tournament. So far, Rahul Tewatia and Rishabh Pant have put in consistent performances while the others have had the odd contribution.
The 90 odd scores by Jason Roy seemed to have set the ball rolling for them but that wasn’t the case as they fizzled out of 129 all out in their previous game. The bowling form of Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris and Shahbaz Nadeem have also not done any good to them. Shami in particular, has lacked the discipline which saw him become one of India’s trusted death bowlers in 2015 World Cup.
The tournament still has a long way to go and both teams will be looking to get their noses in front. The result might not change the outlook of the points table drastically, but should do a world of good for the confidence of the winning team!
Expect and unchanged XI from RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Quinton de Kock (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.
Harshal Patel or Avesh Khan could replace Mohammed Shami while Amit Mishra could slot back in for Shahbaz Nadeem.
Delhi Daredevils – Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir(c), Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (wk), Chris Morris, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem/Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami/Harshal Patel/Avesh Khan
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