Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the IPL 2021 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals in Dubai

As RCB bowls, it will look to improve its numbers in the Powerplay. It has the worst economy rate in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 at 9.05 RPO in the Powerplay, and has just one wicket.

TOSS TIME: Kohli wins the toss and elects to bowl. Both teams go unchanged into the match. Pant says he would have batted first anyway.

Note: The MI vs SRH match will be played in parallel with this game. Follow all the live updates here.

  • The RCB vs DC match is a face-off against Powerplay champions. Delhi Capitals has the highest run rate in IPL 2021 at 8.16 RPO, while RCB is a close second at 8.00.
  • Delhi Capitals also has the best economy rate in the PP, at 6.78.

KEY BATTLES

Dhawan vs Chahal: Inns: 9 Runs: 66 Outs: 3 SR: 115.78

Pant vs Siraj: Inns: 7 Runs: 72 Outs: 3 SR: 189.47

Shreyas vs Chahal: Inns: 7 Runs: 69 Outs: 0 SR: 146.8

Shaw vs Siraj: Inns: 4 Runs: 25 Outs: 2 SR: 166.66

KEY BATTLES

Kohli vs Ashwin: Inns: 19 Runs: 160 Outs: 1 SR: 128.0

Maxwell vs Ashwin: Inns: 7 Runs: 91 Outs: 1 SR: 221.95

Kohli vs Rabada: Inns: 5 Runs: 25 Outs: 2 SR: 113.63

AB de Villiers vs Axar: Inns: 10 Runs: 70 Outs: 1 SR: 107.69

Both the Royal Challengers and the Capitals have maintained a clean slate at Dubai in the second leg of the IPL, with two wins from two matches for each.

Kohli and Pant could be looking to bowl first as the chasing team has had a distinct advantage in the tournament.

Matches played: 10

Batting first team won: 3

Batting second team won: 7

Highest first innings score: 185 (RR) vs PBKS

Lowest first innings score: 115 (SRH) vs KKR

Average first innings score: 150

Highest successful run-chase: 166 (PBKS) vs KKR

PREVIEW

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Capitals (DC) will be keen to iron out any chinks ahead of the playoffs when they meet in Dubai on Friday.

The defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Wednesday means RCB’s chances of a top-two finish are all but over. The result also meant DC was assured of a top-two spot.

The success of Avesh Khan has allowed DC to split the pace duo of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada and target batters through various passages. In T20 cricket, AB de Villiers has scored 77 runs against Axar Patel in 72 balls and has been dismissed once. The Capitals will look to hold their left-arm spinner back for de Villiers.

Among DC batters, Shimron Hetmyer has been explosive. He has been the anchor when wickets have fallen quickly, and the aggressor when the asking rate has gone up.

Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have added heft. The destructive ability of Rishabh Pant makes DC more enterprising.

Fixing the batting order should be high on RCB’s agenda. The move to send Dan Christian at No. 3 against SRH failed.

Bizarre decision

However, more bizarre was the decision to send its best finisher AB de Villiers at 6, below floater Srikar Bharat. In the end, de Villiers faced only 13 deliveries and had six runs to get off the last two balls but couldn’t pull it off. De Villiers shouldn’t be batting lower than No. 5.

Their bowling looks in excellent shape. Harshal Patel has 29 wickets so far this season. Only Dwayne Bravo (32) and Kagiso Rabada (30) have taken more wickets in an IPL season. After a lean first half, Yuzvendra Chahal has rediscovered his guile. This augurs well for RCB.

IPL 2021 SQUADS

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Tim David, AB de Villiers (wk), Pavan Deshpande, George Garton, Yuzvendra Chahal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini,Dushmantha Chameera, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat, Akash Deep.

DELHI CAPITALS

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c), Shimron Hetmyer, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala,Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Ben Dwarshuis, Kulwant Khejroliya.

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