Somehow or other the Delhi Daredevils have managed to slump to the bottom of the table in yet another year of disappointment so far. RCB are also having troubles of their own, despite some brilliant individual efforts it hasn’t been reflective of their tournament progress currently sitting 7th (just above Delhi).
Royal Challengers Bangalore V Delhi Daredevils – Key Battles
Virat Kohli vs Rahul Tewatia
A matchup that may seem fairly-lopsided to many, I think that you’ll find Virat Kohli’s ability to dominate the seam bowlers really does minimize their chances of picking up RCB’s most consistent performer. In the three IPL innings Kohli has been dismissed in this year, the victorious bowlers have been Nitish Rana, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Shreyas Gopal who all happen to be spinners. I’m not saying for one second that Virat has a problem against slow bowlers, more to the point that they’ve been the successors in taking down India’s best modern day batsman with the quicks struggling to gain control. Up next for Kohli is leggy Rahul Tewatia who has been impressive, particularly in his past two matches for the Daredevils collecting five wickets. The skipper’s unbeaten 92 against Mumbai may have that theory shot to pieces, but it only takes one good ball from Tewatia to win the battle, hopefully sooner rather than later in his case.
Umesh Yadav vs Glenn Maxwell
Pace is Maxwell’s best friend when it comes to scoring at an astonishing rate in the IPL, he’s the type of batsman who can dispatch both pace & spin bowling making him arguably the biggest threat in the Daredevils outfit. So why is Umesh Yadav so important in this game? Well, as good a bowler as Yadav is, his best and worst is so far apart it’s ridiculous. Thankfully for RCB, Yadav has been at his best in 2018 with seven wickets from his four matches, but his 0/59 against Rajasthan was an example of what can happen when the fast bowler loses confidence. If he dishes that up to Maxwell, the result could be an ugly one for RCB, but on the flip side a fiery-tight little spell could have the Aussie all-rounder second-guessing which he can occasionally get caught up In from time to time.
AB de Villiers vs Trent Boult
There’s simply no bowling matchup in the world that can subdue the influence of AB de Villiers, the man is an absolute batting genius. The South African superstar batsman started the 2018 IPL in typical-AB fashion with 44 & 57 in back-to-back games, but he’s since fallen off the pace with only 21 runs coming off the bat from his past two outings. A form slump simply doesn’t exist in de Villiers world, he’s probably got one of the best technique’s going around which probably explains the amount of success he’s had for so many years. Delhi’s Trent Boult is a possible candidate to send AB’s stumps flying, his searing pace can get through just about anyone’s defence if he hits a good length with the new ball. The Kiwi quick also generates swing which can trouble even the best of batsmen in the world, this is a battle I’m looking forward immensely tomorrow night.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Royal Challengers Bangalore | 19th match | Bengaluru
- Virat Kohli
- AB de Villiers
- Umesh Yadav
- Mandeep Singh
- Yuzvendra Chahal
Wildcard pick – Corey Anderson
Top 5 fantasy picks | Delhi Daredevils | 19th match | Bengaluru
- Rishabh Pant
- Trent Boult
- Jason Roy
- Glenn Maxwell
- Rahul Tewatia
Wildcard pick – Shreyas Iyer
Royal Challengers Bangalore
With so much batting firepower in their squad, the Royal Challengers haven’t been able to utilize that asset as of yet, they were quick to leave out Brendon McCullum after his third match in an attempt to strengthen the middle order and provide an extra bowling option in the process. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock could be left out for Parthiv Patel if RCB feels the need to bring back the destructive McCullum, they can’t keep playing an overseas player who isn’t showing signs of improvement. Changes to the bowling attack could also be employed, both Washington Sundar who has been held wicketless in his past two games and Chris Woakes who may need a rest could potentially be benched in Bengaluru.
Three losses in four matches warrants changes, and we could see a handful made by the Delhi Daredevils who travel to Bengaluru for tomorrow night’s clash against RCB. Jason Roy’s electric innings against Mumbai couldn’t be backed up as he scored just one run in the loss to Kolkata, there’s every chance Delhi could bring back Colin Munro but it seems extremely unlikely. Veteran spinner Amit Mishra is a chance to return after he was dropped from Delhi’s squad after the first game, they might be regretting that decision which sees him recalled. Vijay Shankar hasn’t really contributed anything to the Daredevils middle order in IPL 11, Gurkeerat Singh Mann would almost be a like-for-like replacement in the XI. South African all-rounder Chris Morris was once again expensive with the ball but still claimed two wickets, it appears both he and Dan Christian are going to be rotating that position throughout the tournament for Delhi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (possible) – 1. Virat Kohli © 2. Parthiv Patel (wk) 3. Brendon McCullum 4. AB de Villiers 5. Mandeep Singh 6. Corey Anderson 7. Chris Woakes/Colin de Grandhomme 8. Washington Sundar/Pawan Negi 9. Umesh Yadav 10. Mohammed Siraj 11. Yuzvendra Chahal.
Delhi Daredevils (possible) – 1. Gautam Gambhir © 2. Jason Roy 3. Rishabh Pant (wk) 4. Shreyas Iyer 5. Glenn Maxwell 6. Vijay Shankar/Gurkeerat Singh Mann 7. Chris Morris/Dan Christian 8. Rahul Tewatia 9. Mohammed Shami 10. Shahbaz Nadeem/Amit Mishra 11. Trent Boult.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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