Royal Challengers Bangalore will be desperate to get their first win of this 12th edition of the Indian Premier League as they host Delhi Capitals at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have recorded their worst start to a season in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The Virat Kohli-led outfit are still searching for their maiden win after five consecutive defeats in their first five games.
Virat Kohli and Co are in a position where they would have to win almost every remaining game to stand a chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
Delhi Capitals are also heading into the game on the back of two successive defeats against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last two games as they look to bounce back to winning ways. A revamped Delhi Capitals have got off to a mixed start this season with two wins in five games.
Delhi also have their fair share of worries, having lost three matches. After making a positive start with a win against three-time champions Mumbai Indians, their journey has been uncomfortable.
What will be the team which Kohli leads? Umesh Yadav could be slotted back into the side, Siraj could be axed, Washington Sundar could replace Moeen Ali and Shimron Hetmyer could be the fourth overseas player in the squad.
Rishabh Pant, who played a superb knock of 78 against Mumbai in their first match, has been the highest scorer for Delhi, while the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Iyer and Colin Ingram, too, have been among the runs. But consistency has been a major area of concern across their batting order. For Delhi, Pant would like to come good at a venue that could aid his style of batting. Pant’s scores against RCB read: 1, 57, 45, 85 and 61.
Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch favours batsmen and it is likely that both teams would include spinners considering the ball was turning in the RCB vs KKR match on Friday. Overall, batsmen are likely to benefit from the pitch, but spinners can spoil the party.
Royal Challengers Bengalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee.
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Colin Munro, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Ingram, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Tewatia, Rishabh Pant, Ankush Bains, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan Harshal Patel, Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Nathu Singh and Bandaru Ayyappa.