|Match Date:||28th April, Sunday|
|Match Timing:||4:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||40,000|
|Match Venue:||Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi|
The Match 46 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Delhi Capitals welcome in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. With Kotla’s flat pitch, the intensifying race for the playoff places and both the team’s high-flying batting attack, the fixture has all the elements to be a classic IPL contest.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL match:
|Key Players in form||DC – Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada
RCB – AB de Villiers, Umesh Yadav
|Weather Conditions||42℃, 26% Humidity, Winds up to 10 km/hr.|
|Toss Advantage||The team batting first has won five of the seven times last season at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Thus, the winner of the toss should choose to bat first.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, mostly Batting-Friendly. The uneven surface provides an edge to spinners.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 170
Highest Total (2018): 219/4 (DC)
Last Match: KXIP 163/7 | 166/5 DC
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 82 m|
|Injury Updates||DC – Jagadeesha Suchith has been roped in to replace an injured Harshal Patel.
RCB – RCB have been dealt with the massive blow in their bid for the playoffs with pacer Dale Steyn injured and out for the rest of the season. As 7 matches have already been played (by the team), the Challengers cannot sign another replacement for him.
|Home Advantage||Delhi Capitals|
|Head-to-Head||DC 7 – 15 RCB|
|Form||DC– W W L W W
RCB – W L W W W
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Wk), Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada.
Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis, Colin de Grandhomme/ Shimron Hetmyer, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee.
|Impact Players||Rishabh Pant, AB de Villiers|
DC vs RCB Dream11 Prediction
Delhi Capitals‘ dream run in the 2019 IPL was cut short by a disappointing 40-run defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians. That marked DC’s third home defeat in four matches. Unsurprisingly, all the focus went back towards the infamous Kotla pitch.
The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium has never really been a desirable venue for the home team to play at, right from season one. Traditionally, the likes Morne Morkel, Ajit Agarkar, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, and Umesh Yadav among others have struggled to perform well here. This season was no different.
The unpredictable nature again failed the team in the match against MI. While Rohit Sharma cleverly read the pitch conditions and fielded to specialist spinners – Jayant Jadhav and Rahul Chahar. The latter went on to scalp three wickets.
Learning from the mistake, Shreyas Iyer rightfully played Sandeep Lamichhane alongside Axar Patel and Amit Mishra. The results were instant. The Nepali spinner scalped 3 wickets with Patel bagging another two. Having restricted KXIP to 163 on a slow pitch like Kotla, the hosts were never going to have a problem in the chase. They won by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
Playing a similar bowling attack would be the key for Delhi Capitals. Although they are expected to make it to the playoffs, DC will still have to win at least one of the remaining three.
Playing against all odds, Royal Challengers Bangalore produced one of most hard earned win – an 1-run victory over the defending champions and table toppers Chennai Super Kings. While the first half of the 2019 IPL season has been no less than a tormenting, nightmarish event, the second is proving to be a fairy tale for RCB. While batsmen like Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers have all found their lost form, pacers like Umesh Yadav (last match’s man of the match) and Navdeep Saini too have come of age.
#RCB are not out of the running for place in play-offs. It could get claustrophobically close in the points table if they win their next three matches, starting tonite. On the other hand, lose any of these and its kaput.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 24, 2019
However, their dream run in the league may, unfortunately, be short lived. Two of the teams star performers in the recent while – Moeen Ali and Dale Steyn – will not be around in the most crucial moment for the Challengers. While the Englishman is absent owing to national duties, Steyn, on the other hand, has suffered a serious shoulder injury. It is, thus, not clear how the season would not turn out to be for the optimistic RCB team.
Although RCB have shown incredible fighting spirit in the recent matches, Delhi Capitals will be too hot to handle at Kotla. We, thus, put our money on DC.
As Delhi Capital’s bowling coach Samuel Badree rightfully pointed out, spinners will have a crucial role to play in Saturday’s match considering the slow nature of Kotla. Thus, choose as many as you can. As was evident in the match between DC and MI, the middle order batsmen are bound to struggle as this is when spinners come out. Thus, choosing batsman who either open or come towards the end of innings.
DC vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane.
DC vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, S Rutherford, Marcus Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane.