Match 55 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will feature a heated clash as Delhi Capitals will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The match will be the antepenultimate match of the league stage and it still isn’t confirmed that which teams will qualify for the playoffs. This match, therefore, is extremely important for that and especially for that notorious fourth position.
The winner of the match will surely qualify for the playoffs. However, the losing side could be in trouble if their net run rate goes below KKR. Also, if SRH defeats MI, they’ll for sure qualify because of their positive net run rate. Therefore, the loser of this match might even get eliminated if their net run rate goes below KKR’s.
DC is coming off a disappointing loss against the Mumbai Indians. RCB is also coming off a disappointing loss against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB has one of the most stable combinations of all teams this season as well. However, they’ll have to improve their strike rate especially in the earlier overs and make use of the powerplay.
Virat Kohli’s poor form will also be a concern for RCB. Also, their pace bowling has failed to achieve some consistency.
Capitals have had some difficulty in their batting since their last few matches they were at least 10-15 runs short. Rishabh Pant being injured has added some distortion in their team combination. The restriction of playing four foreign players had Shimron Hetmyer out of the playing 11 as well. However, they have equally capable Ajinkya Rahane and Alex Carey replacing them.
However, with the return of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer, they have been struggling as well. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan will have to perform at their best if they want to see DC qualify and then win.
Their bowling, however, can compensate for some fewer runs. Everyone in their bowling attack has been phenomenal.
Fantasy XI team
DEVDUTT PADIKKAL (9.5) (C) – Youngster Padikkal has impressed everyone with his batting this year. He has been extremely consistent. He’ll be our captain.
AB DE VILLIERS (10) (VC) – AB de Villiers has been extremely consistent with this IPL. He’ll be our vice-captain.
SHREYAS IYER (9.5) – Iyer has shown glimpses of form. However, he’ll have to convert his starts into a bigger inning.
PRITHVI SHAW (8.5) – Shaw hasn’t been in great form, however, he can always be dangerous.
JOSH PHILLIPE (8) – Phillipe has been in decent form since the last two innings. He has justified his selection over Aaron Finch.
CHRIS MORRIS (9.5) – Morris has always been among wickets and he can score some runs down the order as well.
KAGISO RABADA (9.5) – Rabada has been the highest wicket-taker of the season so far. He’ll be our captain.
YUZVENDRA CHAHAL (9) – Chahal has been great in this IPL and has been picking wickets at regular intervals.
ANRICH NORTJE (8.5) – Nortje has been continuously clocking over 150 kmph and has always provided wickets.
MOHAMMED SIRAJ (8.5) – Siraj has been in form and can pick wickets with the new ball.
Both RCB and DC are low on confidence. However, RCB still has the basic skeleton of their team intact, they just have to make some minor adjustments. Royal Challengers Bangalore will therefore defeat the Delhi Capitals.
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