Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are both expected to go all out against each other on Monday in Abu Dhabi to arrest their rapid slide in the Indian Premier League and, more importantly, secure a top-two finish in the points table.
DC and RCB go into the all-important clash, having lost four and three games on the trot respectively, showing that things can change rather quickly in the highly-competitive IPL.
At stake is a top-two finish which provides a couple of attempts to make it to the final. The loser of Monday’s game could still end up making the playoffs but as long as the margin of defeat is not significant (or Sunrisers lose their final match).
DC, who were bossing most teams in the first half of the tournament, have had a dramatic fall with their last win coming two weeks ago. Their batsmen have come a cropper since then and the bowling doesn’t look as potent as it was in the first half.
Problems started with DC unable to find a stable combination at the top of the order. Both Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane have been paired up with Shikhar Dhawan but neither of them has provided the much-needed consistency.
In fact, Dhawan, who was flying high with back-to-back hundreds, has managed 6, 0, 0 in the last three games. The Delhi-based team had banked on the big-hitting from Rishabh Pant in the middle-order but with 274 runs at a strike-rate of 112.29, he has been far from his best.
DC's results in IPL 2020
|DC vs KXIP||20 Sep, Sun (1930)||Dubai||DC won Super Over after match was tied||2|
|CSK vs DC||25 Sep, Fri (1930)||Dubai||DC won by 44 runs||4|
|DC vs SRH||29 Sep, Tue (1930)||Abu Dhabi||DC lost by 15 runs||4|
|DC vs KKR||3 Oct, Sat (1930)||Sharjah||DC won by 18 runs||6|
|RCB vs DC||5 Oct, Mon (1930)||Dubai||DC won by 59 runs||8|
|RR vs DC||9 Oct, Fri (1930)||Sharjah||DC won by 46 runs||10|
|MI vs DC||11 Oct, Sun (1930)||Abu Dhabi||DC lost by 5 wickets||10|
|DC vs RR||14 Oct, Wed (1930)||Dubai||DC won by 13 runs||12|
|DC vs CSK||17 Oct, Sat (1930)||Sharjah||DC won by 5 wickets||14|
|KXIP vs DC||20 Oct, Tue (1930)||Dubai||DC lost by 5 wickets||14|
|KKR vs DC||24 Oct, Sat (1530)||Abu Dhabi||DC lost by 59 runs||14|
|SRH vs DC||27 Oct, Tue (1930)||Dubai||DC lost by 88 runs||14|
|DC vs MI||31 Oct, Sat (1530)||Dubai||DC lost by 9 wickets||14|
RCB's results in IPL 2020
|Match||Day/Date/Time||Venue||Result||Total points for season|
|SRH vs RCB||21 Sep, Mon (1930)||Dubai||RCB won by 10 runs||2|
|KXIP vs RCB||24 Sep, Thu (1930)||Dubai||RCB lost by 97 runs||2|
|RCB vs MI||28 Sep, Mon (1930)||Dubai||RCB won Super Over after a tied match||4|
|RCB vs RR||3 Oct, Sat (1530)||Abu Dhabi||RCB won by 8 wickets||6|
|RCB vs DC||5 Oct, Mon (1930)||Dubai||RCB lost by 59 runs||6|
|CSK vs RCB||10 Oct, Sat (1930)||Dubai||RCB won by 37 runs||8|
|RCB vs KKR||12 Oct, Mon (1930)||Sharjah||RCB won by 82 runs||10|
|RCB vs KXIP||15 Oct, Thu (1930)||Sharjah||RCB lost by 8 wickets||10|
|RR vs RCB||17 Oct, Sat (1530)||Dubai||RCB won by 7 wickets||12|
|KKR vs RCB||21 Oct, Wed (1930)||Abu Dhabi||RCB won by 8 wickets||14|
|RCB vs CSK||25 Oct, Sun (1530)||Dubai||RCB lost by 8 wickets||14|
|MI vs RCB||28 Oct, Wed (1930)||Abu Dhabi||RCB lost by 5 wickets||14|
|RCB vs SRH||31 Oct, Sun (1930)||Sharjah||RCB lost by 5 wickets||14|
After a nine-wicket hammering against Mumbai Indians on Saturday, skipper Shreyas Iyer spoke on the need for a fearless approach.
“We’ll have to think about it (changes to the line-up) and be fearless in our approach. We’ll keep things simple and will not try to think much,” he had said.
RCB too are smarting from a string of losses, most recently against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. The three losses on the trot have reignited the debate on the team’s dependency on star players Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Both Kohli and de Villiers didn’t fire in the last two games, resulting in heavy defeats. Josh Phillippe has shown promise at the top of the order after replacing Aaron Finch but needs to convert starts into substantial scores.
As the weather gets cooler in the UAE, dew is proving to be a major factor. Considering the prevailing conditions, teams are opting to field with dew making batting much easier in the second half of the game. It was something that was acknowledged by Kohli after RCB’s loss to SRH. And it could play a significant part in the blockbuster clash on Monday.
|Mat||DC wins||RCB wins||NR|
|DC vs RCB||24||9||14||1|
|Shreyas Iyer||Ishant Sharma||Axar Patel||Rishabh Pant|
|Prithvi Shaw||Amit Mishra||Harshal Patel||Alex Carey|
|Shikhar Dhawan||Avesh Khan||R Ashwin|
|Ajinkya Rahane||Sandeep Lamichhane||Lalit Yadav|
|Shimron Hetmyer||Kagiso Rabada||Marcus Stoinis|
|Keemo Paul||Daniel Sams|
|Virat Kohli||Yuzvendra Chahal||Moeen Ali||Parthiv Patel|
|AB de Villiers||Mohammed Siraj||Pawan Negi||Shahbaz Ahmed|
|Gurkeerat Mann||Umesh Yadav||Shivam Dube||Joshua Philippe|
|Devdutt Padikkal||Navdeep Saini||Washington Sundar|
|Aaron Finch||Adam Zampa||Christopher Morris|
|Dale Steyn||Isuru Udana|
Match starts at 7.30 pm IST and will be broadcast on the Star Sports network and Disney+Hotstar
With PTI inputs