RCB take on DD    AFP
RCB take on DD AFP

Currently occupying the last two places in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 points table, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) in Match 19. The match will be played at RCB s fortress, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. DD have been poor travelers so far, having lost 3 out of 4 games. Head-to-head RCB hold a massive advantage over DD, winning 11 out of 18 T20.

Problem Areas

Despite having the likes of Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson, Bangalore’s batting has just not ticked. They have been guilty of throwing their wicket away to nothing shots at crucial moments.

ABD started well, but now has seen a slump of form. QDK has not been consistent too. is yet to get off the mark. Virat Kohli is singlehandedly providing resistance for his side, which has wafer-thin lower middle-order. The likes of Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan are running out of opportunities.

DD, too have their batting to sort out. Apart from Gautam Gambhir, no Indian recruit has been amongst the runs. Rishabh Pant has showed sparks, but overt aggression has got the better of him. Shreyas Iyer and Vijay Shankar have not fired so far. Apart from Jason Roy and Trent Boult, no other foreign players have made any impact.

Opportunities

Both RCB and DD have players, who want to win matches for their franchises. Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Tewatia have been top performers for respective franchise.

Chinnaswamy being a high scoring ground, batsmen have all the chance in the world to come back in form and make a name for them.

Likely 11s

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Quinton de Kock(wk), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Corey Anderson, Sarfaraz Khan, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj.

Delhi Daredevils: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult

Predictions

RCB will hope that they notch a win to get the money of the back. Kohli-led side has better chances of gaining a win. Gambhir s Delhi has played 4 away games, making this match crucial to their hopes of qualifying to the playoffs stage.