Both teams are at crucial junctures in their campaigns.The winner will move to second in the points table, while the loser could potentially bow out of the IPL despite having occupied a top-four spot for most of the tournament. The reverse fixture between the two outfits earlier in the IPL saw DC beat RCB by a huge margin, and they will be hoping for an encore on Monday. With this being an important game for both teams, we should be in for an entertaining encounter in Abu Dhabi.
Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 55
2nd November 2020, at 3:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
What To Expect:
The pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium is a decent one to bat on, with scores of over 170 being notched up regularly in the last few IPL fixtures here. The bowlers should get some movement off the surface, with the pitch slowing down a touch as the match progresses. Although the ball will come on to the bat fairly well, the batsmen will be wary of changes of pace, which have reaped huge rewards in IPL 2020. With dew playing a huge part in the last few games, both teams will look to chase upon winning the toss with 170 being a highly competitive total at this venue.
Delhi Capitals have lost their last four games despite having a balanced team, with none of their batsmen able to get going against quality bowling attacks. Kagiso Rabada’s dip in form has been greatly detrimental to their fortunes, with the likes of Anrich Nortje and R Ashwin unable to pick up wickets consistently. They will need an improved effort from Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, both of whom have underwhelmed of late in IPL 2020.
DC Predicted Playing XI:
Ajinkya Rahane/Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
RCB have also lost their last three games in the IPL. RCB’s struggles in the middle overs have seen their qualification hopes put in jeopardy, although their fate is still in their hands. With a decent bowling attack in place, RCB would hope for their captain Virat Kohli to come to the fore with a solid knock in what is a do-or-die game for both sides.
RCB Predicted Playing XI:
Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini and Umesh Yadav/Mohammed Siraj