Axar Patel, a player for Delhi Capitals, tried to hide his disappointment after his team’s close loss to Mumbai Indians in their latest match. However, the reality of their situation is evident when looking at the points table – they have lost all four of their games and have a negative net run rate. It’s not a great position to be in, especially with an upcoming away game to consider. This means they’ll have to adjust to a new venue and the playing style of their opponents. But, playing in Bengaluru might provide some relief for the struggling team.
The upcoming match at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium could potentially be a high-scoring game, and the team that plays more aggressively might come out on top. This could work in favor of the visiting team, who have struggled with their batting speed so far in the tournament. If the team can help their captain, David Warner, play more freely, it would be beneficial. Warner has scored 209 runs this season at a relatively slow strike rate of 114.83. However, in contrast, he has scored 453 runs at a much higher strike rate of 168.40 in eight T20 matches played at this venue in the past. One of those matches also earned him a personal award, so it’s a place where he has performed well in the past.
RCB has had a decent start to their IPL campaign, with good batting performances in two out of three games. It’s especially good news for their key players like Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell to have runs under their belt early on in the season.
However, RCB’s bowling has been a concern, especially in the death overs, and they’ll be eagerly waiting for the return of Wanindu Hasaranga, who missed the last two games where RCB conceded over 200 runs. With two games coming up in three days at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB will need to capitalize on their good starts and familiarity with the ground to avoid playing catch-up for the rest of the season.
The upcoming match is likely to be another high-scoring contest, with no clear idea of what a par score would be. Pay attention to the players’ strike rates and any slow-downs. Spinners might have an important role to play in this match, given that they have performed reasonably well in the two games played at this venue so far. However, Delhi Capitals might struggle to exploit any assistance from the pitch, as their spin bowling record is currently the worst in the league, with only three wickets in four games at an average of 75.33.
Probable XI: Anuj Rawat/Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Faf du Plessis (c), Wanindu Hasaranga
Probable XI: Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Mitchell Marsh, Anrich Nortje, Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Porel (wk), Prithvi Shaw, David Warner (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel
In the current season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Virat Kohli scored 42 runs in the first six overs of a match against LSG, which is the most he has scored in the PowerPlay phase of an IPL game. His strike rate during the first six overs of matches this season is 143.33.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team has been the most economical in the PowerPlay phase, meaning they have given away the fewest runs while taking the most wickets, with an economy rate of 6.28 and 8 wickets in total.
David Warner has scored three half-centuries this season but hasn’t hit a single six yet.