IPL 2020 Match 55 Preview: DC vs RCB - Chance for wobbly Delhi and Bangalore to seal Qualifier 1 berth
While Royal Challengers Bangalore have won two of their three IPL 2020 matches in Abu Dhabi, Delhi Capitals have lost all three of their fixtures at the venue.
Rewind a week or ten days and both Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore were flying high. The debate was about who was going to qualify first and by what margin. As fate took a turn, both teams have struggled to find the finish line and even run the risk of not qualifying if they lose their last group match.
Win to set up Qualifier 1 clash against Mumbai Indians
While Delhi have lost all their last four matches, Royal Challengers Bangalore have suffered three consecutive defeats. However, due to the good that they did in the first half of the tournament, a win in this match would ensure a Qualifier 1 clash for either franchise against Mumbai Indians.
Even if they go on to lose this one, they will have a chance of making it to the playoffs if Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their last league match of IPL 2020 against Mumbai Indians and their net run rate is not dented enough by the defeat for them to slip below KKR.
Opening troubles for DC
There are several questions that both the teams have to answer. Delhi's biggest problem is their opening combination. While Prithvi Shaw was brought back in the last match after being dropped for a couple of games and did not fire, Shikhar Dhawan after scoring back to back centuries has also struggled to get a run in his last three games.
Dhawan would be better off to take his time a little bit in the first couple of overs and find his feet after which he can always start taking on the bowlers. The same can be said about Prithvi Shaw, who sometimes plays too many shots to not lose to the probability of skying one up in the air.
If the openers fire, it will then set the base for Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant to fire in the middle order. Pant has been terribly out of sorts and a big one is expected from the wicket-keeper batsman.
Axar likely to be back
Capitals made a strange move of bringing in leg spinner Praveen Dubey in place of left arm spinner Axar Patel. The latter is expected to return for this match given his exciting match-ups against the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the RCB middle order.
Delhi Capitals will have to choose one Indian pacer between Tushar Deshpande and Harshal Patel.
RCB have questions to answer
Several loopholes have been exposed for Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last couple of games. They will consider bringing in Moeen Ali, who can be a handful in Abu Dhabi. He will also bolster RCB's batting line-up.
The onus will again be on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to bind the innings together and up the ante towards the end.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande/Harshal Patel
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe(wk), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
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