Royals Challengers Bangalore will and Delhi Capitals both will have a mission to accomplish when they will step out on the cricket field in the evening in Abu Dhabi. Not only a place in top 2 is on stake, team losing this game might also have a threat of getting eliminated from the championship despite doing so well for the most part. In this article, we talk about few things every fan should look forward to in this game.
Impact on the Playoff race
With MI already securing the top spot and no other team coming close to 16 points, the winner of this contest will ensure the second place in the points table with 16 points. The loser though, will have two options. Either to not lose by too big a margin, or to then pray for Sunrisers Hyderabad to lose to Mumbai Indians in the last league game.
For RCB, if the target is around 161, they can afford to lose by 22 runs or they can afford to lose with 14 balls remaining if they set a target of 162 and it would make sure they will qualify for the playoffs irrespective of what happens in MI vs SRH Match.
For DC, this margin is 18 runs and 9 balls for a target of 161. However, this margin increases by the increase in target and decreases by the decrease in the target. In any other circumstances, the losing team must hope that MI beats SRH on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli vs R Ashwin
Once again, this old rivalry between two of India’s finest cricketers will come alive where Ashwin will try to get Kohli for the first time. He has never dismissed Kohli in IPL thus far and there is first time for everything. Both Kohli and Ashwin will be mindful of this fact. Kohli has scored 159 runs against him in 121 balls without getting out and it would be an interesting player battle to look forward to knowing how much these two players thrive on outplaying their opponents even though the bigger picture would still be the team’s win.
Marcus Stoinis vs Navdeep Saini
This one is a fresh, newborn rivalry and it was created in this season itself when in the earlier match, Saini had unintentionally bowled a beamer to Stoinis and he hadn’t even apologized which had rattled Stoinis a bit. They both had a go at each other. Talking from the cricketing perspective, Stoinis had collected 22 runs in just 9 balls off him after getting on his nerves. These two will have a go at each other again in the second round and it’s another battle one should look forward to.
Moeen Ali vs Delhi Middle Order
Going by the talks of RCB camp, they might think of playing Moeen Ali instead of Isuru Udana considering DC has 3 left handed batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer in their batting. Make it 4 if Axar Patel plays the game. Moeen Ali as a right hand off spinner gives them more confidence to bowl at these lefties.
Not only in his bowling, he is also going to be handy while batting. RCB do face issues in the middle overs against spinners where even Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have struggled. Moeen is a fantastic batsman against spin and this is another reason why RCB camp could be tempted to play with Ali in this game.
Head to Head :
RCB has a 14-9 advantage over DC in head to head records thus far but that matters very little once the game begins. One interesting fact is that ever since the Delhi based franchise changed its name from Delhi Daredevils to Delhi Capitals, it has never lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore.