In the last game of the group stage of IPL 2021, Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with table-toppers Delhi Capitals at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals 56th Match IPL 2021 on 8th October.
There is a slight, almost improbable, hope for the Royal Challengers to overthrow Chennai Super Kings from second place. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals are assured of a top-two finish and will be looking for a win to gain momentum for their qualifier. It looks like a nail-biting game is on the cards for the fans.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals 56th Match IPL 2021
Team News for RCB
Royal Challengers' hopes of a top-two finish hit a snag after losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad in a last-over thriller. After three unbeaten games, they had everything in control but lost the momentum at a crucial stage.
Royal Challengers should make two changes against Delhi. Kyle Jamieson should come in for George Garton. Garton has taken 3 wickets in the last 3 matches while going at over 9 runs per over. The inclusion of Kyle Jamieson will boost the bowling attack and will work as insurance if Daniel Christian struggles in the death overs. Challengers should also rest Mohammad Siraj, with ICC World T20 up next. The Indian pacer has just 7 wickets in 13 matches, and Navdeep Saini could replace him.
Besides that, Royal Challengers should play KS Bharat in the third position in the batting order. Bharat, who strikes at 118.18, can provide a good base for Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers in case the opening duo fails.
Likely playing 11 of RCB
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Team News for DC
Delhi Capitals are at the top of the points table with 20 points and are going to play the qualifier 1. The Delhi management will look forward to resting their key players before their upcoming qualifier 1 on 10th October.
Shikhar Dhawan should be rested to make place for Steve Smith. Dhawan, who is leading the race for the Orange Cap, has scored 39, 8, 24, and 8 in his last four innings. Rest can come in handy for the Indian international to prepare for the qualifiers. Steve Smith, who played just two games in the second phase, can offer a solid start with Prithwi Shaw, who is struggling with form.
Tom Curran, who recently replaced his brother Sam in the England international squad for the World Cup, could be picked ahead of Kagiso Rabada. Axar Patel could be rested too, with Amit Mishra getting back into the playing eleven.
Likely playing 11 of DC
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ripal Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather will be clear for the match, with a temperature of around 28 degrees. The pitch offers a lot of assistance to the spinners, especially in the first innings. The smaller boundaries and lack of help on offer to the bowlers in the second innings make it easier for the batters to hammer boundaries and sixes.
Betting Predictions for RCB vs DC
Match Result Prediction
Royal Challengers Bangalore should win against Delhi Capitals. The Challengers have registered three victories in their last four games. The only game they lost, they lost by just four runs. The credit goes to the firing top-order comprising skipper Kohli, Devdutt Paddikal, and Glenn Maxwell. In addition to that, their to-go spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has picked 10 wickets in the last five matches at an economy of 5.55. If Delhi rest their key player, Royal Challengers should find it easy to finish the group stage at a high before the playoffs.
Winner: Royal Challengers Bangalore (1.80)
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It won't be a surprise if the team winning the toss chooses to bowl first. The Dubai ground has seen successful chases in the last six games.
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Top Batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli should be the top batsman from the Royal Challengers camp. All-time leading run-scorer of IPL has 159 runs in the last five games, including two fifties. With the T20 World Cup starting soon, Kohli should be looking to put on a solid show. The Indian captain is in great touch, and everyone knows he will be extra pumped as there is a slim chance for his team to finish at the second position.
Top Batsman For Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (3.5)
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