Match number 56 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals on Friday. This is the last match of the league stage of IPL 2021 and one would hope to see fireworks on offer. RCB, who will end third in the table, have their plates filled against a top-quality DC outfit. For the second season running, DC have finished in the top two.
RCB have claimed 16 points from 13 matches with 8 wins and five defeats. They were beaten by SRH the other day in a low-scoring affair. RCB will need to come out strong and make sure they offer more impetus against the Capitals, who have 20 points from 13 games with a NRR of +0.526. Both teams would want to end their league stage journey on a high and be upbeat ahead of the playoffs stage.
RCB fell short against SRH after facing some quality bowling by the Orange Army bowlers. Against DC, things will be difficult as well. DC boast of a world-class bowling unit and if RCB batters don’t stand up, they could be in trouble. All eyes will be on the in-form Glenn Maxwell. He is RCB’s best bet in the middle-order.
For DC, a win will be massive going into the playoffs where they will take on CSK in Qualifier 1. To be up against a strong side like CSK, the Capitals, who are yet to win the IPL, will hope to sharpen their armoury by performing well against RCB. DC’s bowling is their strength and the presence of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer in batting can help their cause.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
RCB will be going with the same XI that faced SRH. Harshal Patel has bowled sharply and is running with the Purple Cap. His inputs at the death can be massive. RCB will also look up to the experienced Yuzvendra Chahal, who holds the key in those middle overs. With the bat, the side needs a strong start from Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal. Both players have to compliment each other well and make sure they stay alert and sound against pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Maxwell is their main man in the middle. With AB de Villiers misfiring, Maxi can stake a claim for a crucial score.
For DC, the form of Prithvi Shaw won’t cause much worry as Dhawan, Iyer, and Rishabh Pant have what it takes to get DC to a good score. Not to forget Shimron Hetmyer’s presence in that lower-middle order as a finisher. South African pace duo Nortje and Rabada are the key assets. Axar Patel and R Ashwin can make the inroads with the ball as a sound spin duo. DC have been consistent this season and love playing in the UAE. They will back themselves to come out and deliver a sound performance.
Probable playing XIs: RCB VS DC
RCB probable playing XI:
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
DC probable playing XI:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Devdutt Padikkal, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Y Chahal, R Ashwin
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Devdutt Padikkal, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Shimron Hetmyer
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Y Chahal, A Nortje
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer can be picked. Both players can be significant scorers in that crucial top-order for their respective sides. Showing your temperament in the final league game and playing a match-winning knock is so crucial.
Maxwell is a must in that all-round department. He is RCB’s top scorer and brings value to all three departments.
In the bowling unit, Harshal promises the flurry of wickets. He has been sensational this season. Avesh Khan can be a top pick as well.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Glenn Maxwell: With 447 runs from 13 matches, Maxwell has been a real deal. He has turned on the heat and shown his hitting skills. With 39 fours and 21 sixes, Maxwell has not been all about just hitting though, he has been mature and played as per the demands.
Shikhar Dhawan: With 501 runs from 13 matches, Dhawan can be vital for the Capitals. His sensible approach and ability to bat long can be a powerful aspect of DC’s application. Dhawan will aim for quality runs against RCB.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Harshal is a must. He has been superb with 29 wickets under his belt and promises fireworks. Kohli has handled him well this season. Iyer can be a pick as vice-captain as well. He has a mature head and can produce a substance with the bat.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch in Dubai has something for both batsmen and bowlers. Pacers will be hoping to bowl with a lot of variations and cutters. Spinners will be effective as well. For batters, it’s all about selecting the right choices and being calculative. Another warm and humid evening awaits the teams.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
The previous meeting between the two sides this season saw RCB win by a solitary run in a tight contest.
The two teams have met each other on 26 occasions in the IPL. RCB have won 15, DC have won 10 with one game having no result.
We feel DC will get past the line here and enter the playoffs as the favourites.