The Delhi Capitals are all set to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 50th match of this year's IPL. Both teams are riding high on their recent performances, where they defended extremely low scores.
In their previous game, the Capitals secured a crucial win against the Gujarat Titans, defending a meager score of 131 runs. The bowling unit of the Capitals put up an impressive display, but the batting still remains an area of concern that needs to be addressed.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, put up a dominant bowling performance in their last game, and managed to secure a much-needed win.
However, post-game, an unwanted verbal spat broke out between the teams. Despite the win, the focus needs to be on the team's middle-order, which once again failed to perform, with the team only managing to score 126 runs on a challenging pitch.
Out of those runs, 75 were scored by only two batsmen, Kohli and du Plessis. The middle-order needs to step up and take more responsibility if the team wants to perform consistently in the tournament.
We expect Virat Kohli to play an important role for RCB.
The betting tip is...
Virat Kohli to score 29.5 + runs
The Delhi Capitals are riding high on a much-needed victory against the formidable Gujrat Titans. The team is ecstatic after the win and would like to carry forward the momentum.
The Capitals' bowling attack was outstanding, with Ishant Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, and Kuldeep Yadav all delivering excellent spells. The middle-order's run-scoring contributions from Aman Khan and Ripal Patel were also positive signs.
However, the top-order consisting of the front three batsmen failed yet again, which is a concerning issue that needs to be addressed.
It is likely that Rovman Powell will be given a chance in the upcoming match, and Priyam Garg might be replaced in the playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: David Warner (c), Philip Salt (wk) / Rovman Powell, Manish Pandey, Rilee Rossouw, Priyam Garg / Yash Dhull, Axar Patel, Ripal Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) middle-order has been a major cause of concern for the team. The likes of Dinesh Karthik, Mahipal Lomror, Anuj Rawat, and Suyash Prabhudesai have failed to contribute significantly with the bat whenever they have played.
In a bid to address this issue, RCB has brought in Kedar Jadhav as a replacement for David Willey. It is highly likely that Jadhav will be given a chance to bolster the weak middle-order.
On a positive note, Josh Hazlewood returned from injury and picked up two wickets straightaway, which bodes well for the team's bowling attack.
The same team is expected to play.
Predicted Lineup: Faf Du Plessis (c),Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suyash Prabhudessai, Wanindu Hasaranga, Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj
Both teams are heading into the match with confidence, following their recent impressive victories. However, when comparing the current batting form of the players from both sides, Delhi Capitals appear to be the weaker team.
Therefore, it's not surprising that RCB are viewed as the favorites. Despite their lack of consistency, RCB will be determined to secure a win against Delhi Capitals, who will be hoping to build on their success against the table toppers. Ultimately, we anticipate RCB emerging as the victors.