Raipur: As the Indian Premier League (IPL) gears up for its business end, a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with a rejuvenated Delhi Daredevils for a virtual knock-out clash here today.
On a roll after notching three consecutive wins, RCB are at the third spot with 14 points from 13 matches while Delhi have as many points but are placed sixth in the table, lagging behind the Virat Kohli-led side only in net run-rate. It will be a battle between RCB’s strong batting line-up, consisting of the dangerous trio of Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers and Delhi’s bowling led by the seasoned Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra. Bangalore will once again bank on their skipper, who has turned into an epitome of consistency with the willow. Kohli has smashed four tons to score 865 runs from 13 matches.
Considered the team’s weak link, the bowling department has slowly started to improve with the spin-pace duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shane Watson taking 16 wickets each.
On the other hand, coming back from a last ball thrilling win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi will depend heavily on their skipper Zaheer and senior leg-spinner Mishra to counter RCB’s batting prowess. The team’s success will also depend on Chris Morris and Carlos Brathwaite to not only restrict RCB’s fireworks but also wield the willow.
RCB vs DD: Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN & Sony ESPN HD, 20:00