Match – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals – 56th match
Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Dubai has been a fairly good one for batting. But the bowlers have also had their say. Going by past records, chasing teams have found it easy to score runs. The track for the upcoming game is expected to be a tad on the slower side. Batting second should be the way forward.
Avg first innings score: 148 (9 matches in the IPL 2021 at Dubai)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 7, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench: Akash Deep, Tim David, Dushmantha Chameera, Pavan Deshpande, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Rajat Patidar, Wanindu Hasaranga
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C & WK), Steve Smith, Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Bench: Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Praveen Dubey, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Vishnu Vinod, Ajinkya Rahane, Marcus Stoinis
Played – 27 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 16 | Delhi Capitals – 10 | N/R – 1
In the UAE
Played – 2 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 0 | Delhi Capitals – 2 | N/R – 0
Probable best batter of the match
Virat Kohli— Royal Challengers Bangalore
Going by his standards, Virat Kohli hasn’t had the best of outings with the bat in hand in IPL 2021. The RCB has only scored 362 runs at an average of 30.16 and a strike rate of 121.47. He has scored three half-centuries in the tournament. Against the Capitals, Virat has incredible numbers as he has scored 909 runs from 23 innings at an average of 56.81 with eight fifties.
Probable best bowler of the match
Avesh Khan– Delhi Capitals
Avesh Khan has been a revelation for the Capitals in the ongoing edition of the T20 tournament. The fast bowler has picked up 22 wickets from 13 matches at an economy rate of 7.14. Khan has bowled in the powerplay, middle overs, and death overs and he hasn’t let his team down. The speedster will be looking to put forth another decent performance with the ball in hand.