DC vs RCB: The Big Picture
DC vs RCB: Injuries and the absence of key frontline players have harmed both the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Delhi Capitals this season, as they have a few other clubs. It’s led to both teams trying to patch up their flaws with adjustments to their methods, but it hasn’t been enough, and it’s left both teams with bigger questions to answer that could determine their season’s outcome.
The Delhi Capitals have found it more difficult to overcome Mitchell Marsh and Anrich Nortje’s absence due to a lack of suitable substitutes. The former was expected to play a significant role in the top order as well as contribute with overs, but the batting has struggled thus far without him.
The approaching return of Mitchell Marsh, however, should finally bring them their best eleven on the field ahead of the game against RCB, and they’ll be hoping he gets into a groove immediately.
RCB also suffered a setback as Harshal Patel was unable to play due to a bereavement. In his absence, the death overs problem was exacerbated, with RCB’s pacers already averaging 13.33 in this phase. In the absence of Harshal, they attempted to spread Wanindu Hasaranga’s overs across the death overs, but it failed due to unfavorable match-ups. This, along with the form of Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli, remains a vital area.
DC vs RCB: Match details
When: Saturday, April 16th, 19:30 IST
Where: Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium
What to anticipate: In IPL 2022, teams chasing have won four of the five games played at the Wankhede stadium. Pacers have also benefited significantly, particularly early in the first innings.
Head to head: DC 10 vs. RCB 16 in the IPL
DC vs RCB: Team details
David Warner has eight fifties and a century against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Rishabh Pant has four fifties in 11 innings against them. The duo, along with Prithvi Shaw, are shouldering a significant portion of DC’s batting load and will be crucial to the team’s success. Pant and Shaw both have a strike rate of above 150 against Mohammad Siraj, but they have only been successful five times in total.
Probable XI: Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed
Royal Challengers Bangalore
There are a few bouts centered on the spin that could have a significant impact on the outcome of the game. Glenn Maxwell has dismissed Pant twice in as many deliveries, while Faf du Plessis has a poor record against Axar Patel, having fallen to him three times with a strike rate of just 110. These two confrontations could very well determine how the respective teams’ hitting innings go.
Probable XI: Suyash Prabhudesai, Dinesh Karthik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
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DC vs RCB: Trivia
– RCB has given up the most sixes (54), while DC has given up the fewest (24)
– Prithvi Shaw has dominated the Powerplay phase this season like no other hitter, with a strike rate of 167 and an average of 112 hits.