RCB Vs DC: The league round of IPL 14 is now moving towards the end. Royal Challengers will face Delhi Capitals in the last match of the league round. Both teams have already made it to the playoffs but RCB will be eyeing a place in the top two by defeating Delhi Capitals.
Delhi has 20 points from 13 matches and is sure to be in the top two. On the other hand, after the defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, it has become difficult for RCB to stay at the second place in the points table. He has 16 points and the net run rate is also less than the second-ranked Chennai Super Kings.
However, the eyes of captain Virat Kohli will be on the match between Chennai and Punjab Kings to be played on Thursday. This match will make it clear what RCB will have to do to stay in second place. It seems impossible at the moment.
RCB could not achieve the target of 142 runs due to batsmen like AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal. Captain Kohli will have to consider this before the knockout stage as batsmen like Maxwell and de Villiers can turn the game on their own.
Delhi Capitals in excellent form
Maxwell has so far scored 447 runs including five half-centuries, while de Villiers has not been seen in his familiar form. RCB’s middle order can wreak havoc if Kohli and Padikkal get a good start. In the last match, the team was under pressure after Kohli’s wicket fell in the very first over.
On the other hand, the Delhi team, captained by Rishabh Pant, has won four out of the last five matches and has a high confidence level after the league stage. Delhi’s batting has remained strong despite Prithvi Shaw not performing consistently well. Shikhar Dhawan has scored 501 runs in 13 matches. Shreyas Iyer and Pant also did well on many occasions but they have to play well.
In fast bowling, the trio of Anrich Norkhia, Kagiso Rabada and Avesh Khan have done wonders. At the same time, playing spinners R Ashwin and Axar Patel has not been easy either.