DD VS RCB – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 45th match of IPL 2018 between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
It’s now a ‘nothing to loose’ scenario for Delhi Daredevils as they are out of the play offs race following a one-sided defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad. On the other hand, Royal Challengers desperately need to win the remainder of the matches in order to proceed to the play offs.
Virat Kohli reruns to his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla where his Men in Red take on the Delhi Daredevils in the second game of double header weekend on Saturday.
Delhi Daredevils Team News
It was a rather ‘Rishabh Pant show’ in Delhi’s previous fixture against Hyderabad as the left hander smashed a spell-binding 128 off 63 balls. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy fell cheaply, while Harshal Patel played a cameo towards the end before getting run out.
Besides, none of the Delhi bowlers were able to break the jinx once Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson settled in. Yet again, Harshal was the pick of the bowlers having taken the solitary wicket of Alex Hales.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer will be aiming to make the most our of the upcoming game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Playing XI (Last Match): Prithvi Shaw, Jason Roy, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer (capt), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Liam Plunket, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Despite restricting Hyderabad to mere 146, the Kohli-led side still fell short of 5 runs to win the encounter. Tim Southee and Mohammed Siraj bowled brilliantly picking 3 wickets apiece with Chahal and Umesh snapping up one each.
Although the batsmen failed to project a calculated chase, it came down to 12 of the last over which was defended successfully by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. RCB will have to iron out the chinks in the fielding segment as soon as possible to move ahead in the tournament.
All-rounder Moeen Ali was a notable inclusion in the playing XI in place of Brendon McCullum, whereas Manan Vohra also made a comeback by replacing M. Ashwin against SRH.
Playing XI (Last Match): Parthiv Patel (WK), Manan Vohra, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav , Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Top Funtasy Picks
Delhi Daredevils: Rishabh Pant – The southpaw had already made a mark in the tournament in the beginning. Moreover, his incredible knock against SRH makes him a standout pick for the impending clash.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli – The Kotla deck might be tricky to bat on, but just to give you a reminder, Virat Kohli has an astronomical average of 83.8 here.
Punt Pick: Moeen Ali – The England all-rounder has the propensity to win the game single handedly, if at his best.