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End of OVER 4: 9 runs off Nortje’s over. RCB 25/0
OVERS 3.2: FOUR! Padikkal brings his front footfoot forward and lofts the ball gentry towards extra cover region. Lovely shot from the left-hander. RCB 21/0
Bowling change for DC. Anrich Nortje comes into the attack
End of OVER 3: 6 runs off Sams over. RCB 16/0
OVERS 2.2: FOUR! First boundary of the match. Short from Sams. Phillipe stays back and pulls the ball towards mid on. RCB 15/0
Sams starts his second over.
End of OVER 2: Ashwin concedes 6 runs off his first over. RCB 10/0
Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack.
End of OVER 1: Brilliant start for DC. Just 4 runs off Sams’ over. RCB 4/0
Daniel Sams will open the attack for DC. Here we go…!!!
Devdutt Padikkal and Josh Philippe are at the crease.
Delhi Capitals are in a huddle. Shreyas giving a last-minute pep talk to his boys.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Josh Philippe, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Shahbaz Ahmed, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Virat Kohli (RCB):
We have a couple of changes. Gurkeerat Mann misses out, Dube comes in to provide some fire power in the middle. Shahbaz Ahmed comes in for Saini. His webbing is still not right and he was struggling in the field. It is simple you try and win every game of cricket you play. The conversation never changes and you don’t take any game lightly. But this being a crunch game not a bad thing to be batting first and putting runs on the board, we would have liked to bowl as well. Pressure in big games can be a funny thing. Whatever total you get the other team has to chase it. We have to play good cricket, consistently we have done well, we have had a few bad games which is acceptable and in a tournament like this it is competitive, but we still have good spirits as a side and looking forward to this encounter today. We have been in this situation before, the three finals we played before we probably had to go through like this in all those editions. The mindset was simple win the game, move ahead and you don’t think of other possibilities. It is basically how you play on the day, the result pans out in a certain manner, and if you have not played well then you don’t deserve to be in a situation where you expect other teams to do something else. It is all up to the two teams today and how they executed their plans.
Shreyas Iyer (DC):
We will bowl first. Dew is going to play a massive role. Looking at the previous games the surface was a belter. This track is also looking amazing to bat on. So chasing we would be having a certain total in our mind and we would be having a clear idea on the run rate as well – considering those factors we decided to bowl. We have three changes – Rahane, Axar and Sams come in. It’s a complicated situation to be in but IPL is such an amazing tournament to be in, it can surprise you any moment, I personally feel this is a great opportunity for us to get into second place. We will keep those things in mind and go in with that mindset.
TOSS: Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer wins toss and opts to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
PITCH REPORT – By Danny Morrison and JP Duminy:
“We have gorgeous conditions for this crunch encounter. The sun is out, no cloud and the breeze is in. Batters will want to go to the 62 meter boundary, down the ground is 79 and the other side is 74 meters. This is the fourth game on this surface. Delhi have relied on their pace attack in particular Rabada and Nortje whilst RCB relied on their leg spinner Chahal, when it comes to batting here they will be aware of the threats and go about accordingly. Good even covering of grass. Tough encounter and pressure is the situation”.
Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the IPL 2020 match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are both expected to go all out against each other on Monday to arrest their rapid slide in the IPL and, more importantly, secure a top-two finish in the points table.
DC and RCB go into the virtual quarterfinal, having lost four and three games on the trot respectively, showing that things can change rather quickly in the highly-competitive IPL.
At stake is a top-two finish which provides a couple of attempts to make it to the final. The loser of Monday’s game could still end up making the play-offs but it will be then at the mercy of other teams.
DC, who were bossing most teams in the first half of the tournament, has had a dramatic fall from grace with their last win coming two weeks ago. Their batsmen have come a cropper since then and the bowling doesn’t look as potent as it was in the first half.
Problems started with DC unable to find a stable combination at the openers’ slot. Both Prithvi Shaw and Ajikya Rahane have been paired up with Shikhar Dhawan but either of them has not provided the much needed consistency.
In fact, Dhawan, who was flying high with back-to-back hundreds, has managed 0, 0, 6 in the last three games.
The Delhi-based team relies heavily on the big-hitting from Rishabh Pant in the middle-order but with 274 runs at a strike-rate of 112.29, he is yet to find his mojo.
After a nine-wicket hammering against Mumbai Indians on Saturday, skipper Shreyas Iyer spoke on the need for a fearless approach.
“We’ll have to think about it (changes to the line-up) and be fearless in our approach. We’ll keep things simple and will not try to think much,” he said.
RCB too are smarting from a string of losses, most recently against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. The three losses on the trot has reignited the debate on the team’s dependency on its star players — Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Both Kohli and De Villiers didnt fire in the last two games, resulting in heavy defeats. Josh Phillipe has shown promise at the top of the order after replacing Aaron Finch but needs to convert starts into a substantial outings.
As the weather gets cooler in the UAE, dew is proving to be a major factor in the game. Considering the prevailing conditions, teams are opting to field with dew making batting much easier in the second half of the game.
It was something that was acknowledged by Kohli after RCB’s loss to SRH.
The Teams (From):
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Tushar Deshpande, Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa.