The two teams that have performed so well so far in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Capitals, will face the tactical moves of veteran Virat Kohli in front of the skilful captaincy of Shreyas Iyer when they meet here on Monday. Both RCB and Delhi teams look strong now and both have won three matches in three matches. Now both of them will aim to continue their impressive performances.
While Iyer showed good form in all four matches of the team, Kohli returned to form with a half-century against Rajasthan Royals. Iyer again showed his skills on Saturday and scored 88 runs off 38 balls. Apart from him, Prithvi Sauv smashed a 66-run knock, which Delhi beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 18 runs. Kohli returned to form by scoring an unbeaten 72 off 53 balls in an easy eight-wicket win over RCB’s Royals.
IPL 2020: Yuvraj Singh gives Devdutt Padiikkal a challenge, let’s see who puts more big shots, got a good answer
Now these two captains will like to lead on Monday and will leave no stone unturned to leave each other behind. In such a situation, this match is likely to be exciting. Delhi’s top order is in good form, but Shikhar Dhawan’s form will be a matter of concern for Iyer. The good thing for Delhi is that Rishabh Pant has shown his aggression against KKR by scoring 38 runs off 17 balls. Not only this, aggressive batsmen like Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer are also in his team.
Kagiso Rabada has handled Delhi’s bowling well, although he did not play against KKR. South African fast bowler Enrich Norje has played a superb role for Delhi in the opening and death overs. He bowled tight in the 19th over against KKR. Harshal Patel, who was elected in place of Ishant Sharma, also took two wickets for 34 runs in four overs, but Ravichandran Ashwin and Stoinis, who returned to the team after being fit, could not leave the impact.
IPL 2020: Devdutt Padikkal created history, became the first player in IPL history to do so
For RCB, young Devadatta Padikkal has done well in the top order. He has scored 174 runs in four matches with the help of three half-centuries. If Aaron Finch also manages to play a big innings, then it will not be easy to stop RCB’s opening pair. RCB would have been relieved by Kohli’s return to form. This will reduce the pressure on AB de Villiers and Shivam Dubey and Gurkeerat Singh, running in excellent form.
Isuru Udana has impressed after joining RCB’s bowling department with Navdeep Saini and both spinners Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal playing a good role. Adam Jampa of Australia, however, has not been able to adjust to the circumstances so far. RCB will also be expecting Chris Maurice to be fit soon. This South African all-rounder is troubled by a muscle strain before the tournament begins.
The teams are as follows:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Aaron Finch, Josh Philip, Chris Morris, Moin Ali, Mohammad Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devadatta Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dubey , Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pawan Deshpande, Adam Zampa.
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Sauv, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Akshar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Chemo Paul, Daniel Symes, Mohit Sharma, Enrique Narje , Alex Carey, Avesh Khan, Tusshar Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav.
The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.