Date: October 8, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
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Both Bangalore and Delhi are already certain of a place in the Playoffs. Yet when they would take on each other at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday, they would want to finish the league stage off with a win. A victory would not only finish the round-robin round of the tournament on a high but would give them the confidence and the momentum heading into the business end of the competition. Moreover, the two teams can potentially meet again in the Playoffs and this would be a good time to gain a psychological advantage over the other side by registering a win in this contest.
The last time these two teams were up against each other in Ahmedabad, they produced a thriller. While Bangalore had batted first and scored 171/5, with AB de Villiers scoring 75 off 42, Delhi eventually fell 1 run short despite Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer's unbeaten half-centuries. Expect a similar humdinger of a match on Friday.
Position in the Indian T20 League standings:
Bangalore: Current position: 3rd (16 points in 13 matches)
Delhi: Current position1st: (20 points in 13 matches)
Bangalore: There are no known injury concerns for Bangalore but the only call they need to make is whether some of their players will need to be rested ahead of the Playoff match.
Delhi: For Delhi too, similar situation. They might end up resting their fast bowlers to keep them fresh and give their bodies enough to recover from slight niggles ahead of the business end.
Head to Head (in Indian T20 League)
Matches Played – 26
Delhi – 10
No Result- 1
Avesh Khan: The right-arm pacer from Indore has been one of the most improved cricketers in the Indian domestic circuit. With 22 wickets in 13 matches, Avesh is having a season to remember and he would want to continue in a similar fashion and help his team win their maiden title. Avesh has averaged 15.90 this year and has bowled at an economy rate of 7.14. Such splendid has been his performance, that the likes of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav haven't even got a game.
Glenn Maxwell: What a season this has been for Glenn Maxwell too. This is only the second year after 2014 where he has scored over 400 runs and the Bigshow seems to be in no mood to stop. If not for the runout, Maxwell would have kept Bangalore's dreams of a top-two finish alive. The Aussie is averaging 40.63 this season and even has a strike rate of 146.55. Moreover, he has chipped in with a few wickets- so overall Maxwell has been the key reason behind Bangalore's consistency this year and captain Virat Kohli would hope that he continues the way he has been performing for their remaining matches this season.
Probable Playing XI:
Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton/Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj/Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ripal Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada/Umesh Yadav, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje/Ishant Sharma