Delhi Capitals topped the table after overcoming Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah with an 18-run victory on Saturday. Delhi Capitals, who have six points from winning three games, will face Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are behind them in the points table. Hence, Shreyas Iyer’s men will aim to establish their stronghold by securing another two points.
Delhi Capitals also have one of the most settled sides in IPL 2020 and seemed to have cracked their best eleven. Apart from their eleven, the franchise also has a strong bench strength, capable of replacing in case of injuries. It should be a highly exciting battle between the top two teams in Dubai between supremely competitive sides.
We take a look at Delhi Capitals’ predicted XI ahead of their IPL 2020 game against Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Shikhar Dhawan’s outputs have been indifferent in IPL 2020 so far; however, has remained capable of delivering brisk starts to the Delhi Capitals. Against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah, Shikhar Dhawan was once again in the scheme of things, slamming 26 off 16 deliveries as Capitals’ opening stand was worth 56 in less than six overs.
Prithvi Shaw has been in a red-hot form this season, having scored two fifties this season already. Prithvi Shaw was the second-highest run-scorer for Delhi Capitals against the Knight Riders with 66 off 41 balls with four boundaries and clearing the fence as many times during his whirlwind innings. However, he would have loved to carry on further.
Shreyas Iyer (c):
Shreyas Iyer was the top run-scorer for Delhi Capitals against the Knight Riders on Saturday with an unbeaten 88 off 38 balls with six sixes. Unfortunately, the right-handed batsman could not get the strike in the last over to increase his chances of getting a hundred. However, it was integral in securing a victory and a man of the match award.
Rishabh Pant (c):
Rishabh Pant batted at his usual position on Saturday against the Knight Riders and made the best use of the small boundaries in Sharjah. Rishabh Pant’s 17-ball 38, containing five fours and a solitary six was integral in Delhi reaching an imposing 228, the highest team total so far this season. He also affected the dismissal of Shubman Gill behind the stumps.
Marcus Stoinis managed only one run with the bat as he failed to do the job as a finisher for Delhi Capitals. However, Marcus Stoinis held his nerve to deliver a brilliant last over to defend 22 runs. The 20th over also yielded the wicket of Rahul Tripathi, who threatened to take the game away from the Delhi Capitals.
Shimron Hetmyer faced only five balls at the back end of Delhi Capitals’ innings on Saturday, scoring a six and taking one run. Shimron Hetmyer tried hard against Andre Russell to smash him for more boundaries; however, could not do so. The West Indian also took a crucial catch of Eoin Morgan, who threatened to take the Knight Riders over the line.
Ravichandran Ashwin played his first match since Delhi Capitals’ opening game against Kings XI Punjab. Ravichandran Ashwin, who replaced Axar Patel and came back from a shoulder injury, could manage only two overs, conceding 26 runs. In Dubai, the 34-year old off-spinner will have an integral role to play.
Kagiso Rabada was the most expensive bowler for the Delhi Capitals on Saturday against the Knight Riders, conceding 51 runs off four overs. Eoin Morgan took him for 23 runs at the backend, threatening yet another dramatic turnaround in Sharjah. However, he also picked the wicket of the dangerous Andre Russell quite early.
Anrich Nortje was the pick of the bowlers for Delhi Capitals against the Knight Riders on Saturday. Anrich Nortje picked three crucial wickets of Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, and Anrich Nortje in three passages of play to dent their chase. He finished with figures of 4-0-33-3.
Amit Mishra sustained an injury to his finger while attempting a catch off his own bowling due to which he could bowl only two overs. In his first over itself, the 37-year old removed Shubman Gill for 28 and could have had the wicket of Nitish Rana too. In two overs, he conceded 14 runs for one scalp.
Harshal Patel, who replaced the veteran seamer Ishant Sharma, played the first match of IPL 2020 and did immensely well. Harshal Patel did go a tad expensive initially; however, claimed the wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana. Eventually, his figures looked a lot better, reading 4-0-34-2.