IPL 2020 Match 19 Preview: RCB vs DC - Competing for top spot, both teams desperate to continue winning streak
RCB have got on some sort of a roll. With three wins from four games, they are now the joint-highest point holders in IPL 2020. The Virat Kohli-led side will hope to continue their good run.
Before their last fixture against Rajasthan Royals, not many expected Bangalore to win so emphatically, which is what they did, for a change.
RCB bowlers step up
It was their bowlers who set up the victory. Washington Sundar was miserly again, conceding just 20 runs from his four overs. The move of bowling Sundar in the powerplay seems to be working for RCB.
Navdeep Saini is growing in confidence and ability with each passing day and did a good job in the last match as well. Isuru Udana, though expensive, is taking wickets, which really breaks the momentum of the batting site in every format, but especially in T20 cricket for a couple of overs, before they can start going hard again.
Devdutt Padikkal - a gem unearthed
Aaron Finch fired for RCB in their second last match. He couldn't repeat his heroics against Rajasthan but Devdutt Padikkal shone again, notching up his third half-century in four matches. He did it at a good click, batting at a strike rate of 140.
Virat Kohli back among runs
The best news for RCB is the form of Virat Kohli. Kohli had been struggling to get going in the tournament but was close to his is best in the last match, remaining unbeaten on 72 off 53 with 7 fours and 2 sixes to take the team home to a comfortable victory.
RCB would take a lot of confidence from their win against Rajasthan and are expected to come harder and stronger for this game.
Delhi doing most things right
Just like RCB, Delhi Capitals who have historically not been great performers in the tournament, are competing for the top spot at the moment. Capitals have also won 3 out of their 4 natches and are looking quite good under the able leadership of head coach Ricky Ponting and skipper Shreyas Iyer.
Delhi Capitals made full use of the small boundaries and the flat pitch in Sharjah in their last fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders and plundered 228 runs. The main batsmen for them were Prithvi Shaw, who scored 66 off 41 balls and Shreyas Iyer, who remained unbeaten on 88 off just 38 balls.
Nortje and Rabada form great pace pair
If Rabada doesn't get you, Anrich Nortje will. Nortje worked his magic to finish with match-winning figures of 4-0-33-3 against KKR. The move of bringing in Harshal Patel for Ishant Sharma proved to be a good one for Delhi as Patel picked up 2 wickets while conceding just 34 runs, which is a great performance in Sharjah.
Who out of Ashwin, Axar and Mishra?
The only point of consideration for Delhi would be to pick two spinners among Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Amit Mishra. If Mishra has not recovered from his hand injury that he picked up in the last match the decision has been already made for Delhi.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) - Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal
Delhi Capitals (DC) - Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin/Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Harshal Patel
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