Can Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) or do RCB have the arsenal to throw the kitchen sink at everything to pull off a desperate win against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) on Sunday?

That’s the burning question that the Virat Kohli-led side, down and totally out if not knocked out, are left with specially on the back of losing all their opening five matches that have now seen the Bangalore outfit at the bottom of the eight-team table. (ALSO READ: The eight balls of Andre Russell mayhem that had Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed)

RCB seemed to have come out of the slump in their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Despite AB de Villiers and Kohli smashing half-centuries RCB bowlers failed to restrict KKR, who were powered by Andre Russell‘s explosive knock as the two-time champions chased the 206-run target with five balls to spare. (ALSO READ: Last four overs from us were just unacceptable: Virat Kohli)

Kohli’s captaincy has come the under the scanner following RCB’s dismal defeat to KKR at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore – venue for their make or break encounter against Delhi Capitals. It was surprising to see Moeen Ali, the England allrounder, not being used on a spin-friendly wicket.

Delhi, occupying the fifth place after two wins from their five matches, are also aiming to get back to winning ways after succumbing to a five-wicket defeat to last year’s finalists – Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at home. DC’s batting left a lot to be desired after they were restricted to 129/8 in their last match with only captain Shreyas Iyer registering noteworthy score of 43. (ALSO READ: One over in T20s can change momentum, so I never give up: Andre Russell)

The likes of the South African duo of Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris would look to impose themselves more against RCB while Shikhar Dhawan, Iyer, Pant and Prithvi Shaw will aim to make light of RCB’s poor bowling attack. Let’s wait and watch to see which team gets the better of their opponents. It’s the first of Super Sunday’s double header!

What: Match 20, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals

When: April 7 (Sunday)

Where: M Chinnaswamy Bangalore

Time: 4 pm IST

Weather: Sunny with a maximum high of 35 degrees Celsius

On TV: Star Network (in India)

You can also follow LIVE coverage of the match on CricketCountry (Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals: SCORECARD)

Teams

Royal Challengers Bangalore

More than the batting, it’s RCB’s bowling department that has let them down this season. Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi, all other bowlers have not been among the wickets and conceded far too many runs. Against KKR, they leaked 66 runs in the last four overs. New Zealand pacer Tim Southee, playing his first match this year, went for 61 runs in his four overs, but can be given another shot. Navdeep Saini, comparatively, was the most economical among the pacers with 34 runs in his four overs which may have saved him from the axe. RCB will not do much to tinker their batting order which looks settled at the top.

Probable XI: 1. Virat Kohli (captain), 2. Parthiv Patel, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Marcus Stoinis, 5. Moeen Ali, 6. Akshdeep Nath, 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Tim Southee, 9. Navdeep Saini, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, 11. Mohammed Siraj

Delhi Capitals

Delhi too 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. Rishabh Pant, who played a superb knock of 78 against Mumbai in their first match, has failed to get going since with bad shot selection costing the young glovesman his wickets. Keeping in mind the turn that was there on offer during the RCB-KRR match, with their batting order pretty much settled, Delhi may opt to bring in legspinner Amit Mishra for Rahul Tewatia, who has not looked threatening this season. Young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has also performed well so far for Delhi.

Probable XI: 1. Prithvi Shaw, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Shreyas Iyer (captain), 4. Rishabh Pant, 5. Rahul Tewatia/Amit Mishra, 6. Colin Ingram, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Axar Patel, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Ishant Sharma, 11. Sandeep Lamichhane

Head-to-head

Number of matches played: 22

RCB wins: 15

Delhi wins: 6

No result: 1

Tie: 0

Quotes

“If you can’t defend 75 in the last four overs, then I don’t know if you can defend 100. We can have a bit of chat about what went wrong, apart from that nothing much you can say. I don’t think talking enough helps all the time. You need to give the guys some space and come back stronger in the next game. It’s been a disappointing season so far, but we are still optimistic about our chances.” Virat Kohli

“Our bowlers are mentally strong at the moment. That is really good to see from a captain’s point of view.” Shreyas Iyer