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|Colin de Grandhomme||1.0||0||12||0||12.00|
|AB de Villiers||72||37||4||6||194.59|
|Colin de Grandhomme||3||4||0||0||75.00|
We have a bottom of the table clash to look forward to in this match between the Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Delhi Daredevils are the first team to have been knocked out of contention for the playoffs spot and the Royal Challengers Bangalore have a very thin chance of making it themselves. Never the less, there will be plenty to play for as players try and retain their places for future editions. RCB is technically still alive in the tournament and so winning this game will be paramount for Virat Kohli and his men.
It took a supreme effort from Rishab Pant, who played one of the best innings in the history of the IPL, for the Delhi Daredevils to be able to put up a defendable total in their last match. In fact, the total was a formidable one on a pitch that seemed to have some help in it for the bowlers but the ease with which it was chased down would be very disconcerting for the Delhi Daredevils.
Harshal Patel was the only bowler that was able to pick a wicket as all the Delhi Daredevil bowlers failed to find a way past the Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen. Now they will be up against a faltering RCB batting lineup and they would hope to do better.
We don’t think that is going to happen, however. None of the Delhi Daredevil bowlers apart from Trent Boult have given the impression of being able to make an impression on the opposition batsmen. Even Liam Plunkett who began the tournament strong has lost his line and length over the last few matches.
Shahbaz Nadeem has had his worst IPL ever and Amit Mishra is appearing to be a spent force. Hoping for one of these bowlers to have an excellent game and be able to stop the RCB batsmen may be asking for a bit too much.
The only way that the Delhi Daredevils can be competitive in this match is through their batting. The young Indian batsmen in the Delhi Daredevils team have been very impressive. Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishab Pant have the potential to be the future of Indian batting.
Unfortunately for the team management, the overseas players in the side have not really help up their side of the bargain. Colin Munro, Jason Roy, and Glenn Maxwell are all among the top batsmen in T20 cricket but they were unable to have much impact in this tournament. Roy is the only one who managed a match-winning contribution and that is just not good enough in a super competitive tournament like this.
The good thing for Delhi’s batsmen is that the RCB bowling attack is as bad if not worse than theirs. If a few of the Delhi Daredevils batsmen can get on a roll then they could very well put enough pressure on the RCB bowlers to make them crack.
Prithvi Shaw and Rishab Pant are the two batsmen that are in red hot form and have the ability to carry on scoring runs. If they can both get going then the Delhi Daredevils will have something to cheer about. A few early wickets though is almost certainly going to be catastrophic as the depth in their batting lineup is very shallow.
Prithvi Shaw, JJ Roy, Shreyas Iyer, RR Pant, Abhishek Sharma, Harshal Patel, V Shankar, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, TA Boult, Junior Dala.
Seven losses from ten matches are not what you would expect from a team that has the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, and Quinton de Kock on its roster. For some reason, though, RCB just keeps on finding ways to lose from positions it should never have.
The reasons for that happening could be many but their bowling has to bear the brunt of the blame.
Senior bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, and Yuzvendra Chahal have failed to stand up to the pressure when it matters the most. Inconsistency in performance from one match to the other has prevented Virat Kohli from having set plans for every match.
It has also not helped that Kohli has made some captaincy blunders like giving Corey Anderson the responsibility of bowling in the death.
On the days that the RCB bowling unit did manage to do its job convincingly, the batting has been poor. The sudden loss of form by AB de Villiers must be very disconcerting for RCB fans because he started the tournament in absolutely brilliant fashion.
Virat Kohli has been consistent but he has also not been able to finish off matches like he does for India with unbelievable regularity. The RCB batting has not been able to come good even when their team needed it most and now is the last chance for all parts of the RCB puzzle to come together.
We think a small Delhi ground, out for Delhi Daredevil bowlers, and a pitch where plenty of runs have been scored could all combine to bring the RCB batting to the fore. It will be interesting to see what combination of players Virat trusts in this crunch game.
We would love to see McCullum at the top of the order, Virat and AB in the middle, and then de Grandhomme in the lower middle order to provide the power. That is unlikely to happen though as Moeen Ali did a good job in the last match and so should retain his place.
The onus of scoring some damaging runs will be on de Villiers and Kohli. Virat Kohli is a Delhi boy and has played a lot of cricket at the Feroz Shah Kotla. AB de Villiers has also played for the Delhi Daredevils in the past and will be well acquainted with the surface they will encounter.
If one or maybe both of these players can get going then we may be in store for some unbelievable fireworks.
Parthiv Patel, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, M Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, TG Southee, Umesh Yadav, M Siraj, YS Chahal.
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The pitch in the last match played much better than was expected. It took a little turn but did not offer the kind of assistance to the slower bowlers as one could have imagined. The surface also seemed to get better as the match progressed. We think that this match could see some more assistance for the spinners but the overall balance remains in favor of the batsmen. We think a score of 170 should be considered as a good total on this pitch.
The Delhi Daredevils have lost four out of the last five matches they have played against RCB. They will be up against it this time as well as RCB is the team with a lot more to play for. We think that the Delhi Daredevils season has completely veered off course and that is only going to worsen now that they have been knocked out of the running.
We are backing the Royal Challengers Bangalore to continue their winning streak.
Back RCB to win.
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