Date: 27 April 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
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The stage is perfectly set for match no. 22 in the Indian Premier League as two in-form teams - Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore lock horns for a mega clash. With four wins in five matches, both the sides have started the tournament on a high and have emerged as top favourites to clinch their first-ever IPL title this season.
Rishabh Pant's side will certainly come into this contest riding high on confidence after clinching a superb win in the super over against Sunrisers Hyderabad. While Kagiso Rabada's form would be a cause of worry in the team camp, they have otherwise looked quite solid in all departments. Ricky Ponting would want his team to keep the intensity up and the winning momentum going into the mid-season to ensure they keep themselves in the race for Top 2.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli's RCB will have a few concerns after they were comprehensively beaten by Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. The death bowling woes were back after Ravindra Jadeja smashed purple-cap holder Harshal Patel for 37 runs in the last over. However, they would want to think of it as a one-off display making this clash more important for them. Often known for losing their way after heavy defeats, it would indeed be really fascinating to see how this new-look Mike Hesson's team will respond on Tuesday.
There will be a change in venue for both the sides as the action has shifted to Ahmedabad. Both teams will definitely want to start their new-venue leg on a positive note and get acclimatized to the change in conditions as early as possible.
Rishabh Pant's side have been handed a major blow after Ravichandran Ashwin left the squad due to personal reasons. The absence of their lead spinner will certainly pose a few questions to Delhi's management with regard to their playing XI for this contest. With Ahmedabad providing some assistance to pacers, there is a possibility of the inclusion of either Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma in the side, provided they are match-fit.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli's side have also been put in a state of bother with respect to their squad depth as Aussie duo of Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa have left the team due to personal reasons. With Navdeep Saini and Dan Christian not having a great outing, it is likely that they might make 1-2 changes, especially after such a heavy defeat. There is a case for inclusion of Daniel Sams or Mohammed Azharuddeen for this contest.
Matches played: 26
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 15
Delhi Capitals: 10
No Result: 1
The Aussie all-rounder has brought a much-needed change in RCB's batting this season as he has counter-attacked the opposition in the middle-phase of the game. Maxwell played vital knocks in the first two wins for his side and his dismissal in the last game triggered a collapse. He is certainly going to be key for RCB if they want to do well against a strong-looking bowling line-up of Delhi.
The veteran leg-spinner has looked in scintillating form in this season, having already taken 5 wickets in 3 matches so far. Amit Mishra is going to lead the spin attack in absence of Ravichandran Ashwin and is going to be key for Delhi Capitals. The leg-spinner's bowling against a lethal RCB batting line-up in middle-overs could be the deciding phase of the contest.
The 30-year-old is currently the leading wicket-taker in this season, with 15 wickets in 5 matches. Although Harshal had a tough outing in the last match, he was still their best bowler till the last over. With him being RCB's main death bowler, all eyes will be on Patel to see how he bounces back from previous game's disappointment.
Probable Playing XI
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Umesh Yadav/Ishant Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Azharuddeen/Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal