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The 1st D/N game in Delhi this season, and the Delhi Capitals will be up against a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore. Delhi have found it really tough playing in their own backyard, but considering the fact that this is a D/N game, it might actually serve them better. RCB have shown signs of revival, but it remains to be seen how long it lasts. One loss could end the tournament, so each and every game is a virtual knockout for them, and they have done well thus far. To make matters worse, the player who changed the fortunes for them is out of the tournament as well. Dale Steyn’s inspirational bowling performances sparked a turnaround, but his absence could see Bangalore going back to what they were. They did win the previous game, but winning all the games without Dale Steyn might be a stretch too far.
Weather Conditions: An extremely hot day is expected, and it will take a toll on the players. The temperature will be as high as 43 degrees.
Pitch Report: A dry pitch aiding the spinners can be expected, as the sun would be baking the pitch. Runs also should be on offer and no swing can be expected.
Probable Playing XIs:
DC – 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Shreyas Iyer (C), 4 Rishabh Pant (Wk), 5 Colin Ingram, 6 Sherfane Rutherford, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Amit Mishra/ Rahul Tewatia, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Sandeep Lamichhane
RCB – 1 Parthiv Patel (Wk), 2 Virat Kohli (C), 3 AB de Villiers, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Akshdeep Nath, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Pawan Negi, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Navdeep Saini
The likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw might like batting against a weakened Bangalore bowling lineup. The fact that it is a D/N game might also have an influence, as the ball won’t do much in the air. It is Virat Kohli’s home ground but it hasn’t really been a happy hunting ground for him. But the genius in him can never be underestimated, and he has AB de Villiers for company. However, Moeen Ali will be unavailable as he has flown back to join the training camp for the World Cup.
Winner prediction: Delhi Capitals