HEAD-TO-HEAD All-time meetings: Royal Challengers Bangalore W11, Delhi Daredevils W6, No result 1
THE TEAM NEWS
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Coach: Daniel Vettori
Captain: Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore were disappointing again after being thrashed by the lowly Mumbai Indians as they conceded 213/6 and never came close to chasing that down as they only managed 167/8.
After making the bold call of Brendon McCullum being dropped, the RCB top order was again wildly inconsistent. Virat Kohli carried his bat with a mighty 92 not out but he lacked support with other batsmen passing 20. This has been a theme for RCB for the tournament with only one batsmen usually making a decent score. Washington Sundar may move up the order to open here.
RCB will have to make a change after such a woeful match. Corey Anderson was called up for his first match of the tournament and failed, going for 47 from his four overs and then falling first ball. Along with Brendon McCullum, internationals Moeen Ali and Colin de Grandhomme are still yet to feature in the tournament and may finally get their chance.
Coach: Ricky Ponting
Captain: Gautam Gambhir
Much like RCB, Delhi were embarrassed by Kolkata in their previous match as after being set 200, Delhi were obliterated by the KKR bowling unit and fell for 129 from just 14 overs in a damaging loss for their net run rate.
After such an impressive batting performance, Delhi fell back into old habits with the bat. Glenn Maxwell and Rishabh Pant made fighting 40’s however no other batsman was able to pass single figures which is a damming statistic in one of the worst batting displays this tournament.
Expect Delhi to make a change or two here as players such as Shreyas Iyer and Vijay Shankar could miss out at the expense of players such as Dan Christian, Chris Morris and Colin Munro. The issue for Delhi however, is the players who are sitting on the sidelines have also been tried in the starting XI and not performed well.
This match is vital for both teams to try and lift themselves off the bottom of the table. RCB were once again inconsistent whilst Delhi were all-round disappointing. Delhi have now lost three matches in convincing fashion and if Ricky Ponting was not worried early in the tournament, he should be now. Both RCB and Delhi have big issues with the bowling attack, conceding big totals in addition to the inconsistency with the batting orders. This one is tough to call and with the issues both teams are having, we will have to sit back and see what happens in what could be a rain-affected match.