Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other in match number 27 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday.

Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other in match number 27 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. The match is being held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. DC come from a superb win over KKR, in which they hammered 216 runs. Meanwhile, RCB failed in a stiff run-chase versus CSK in the previous match.

This is a crucial game for both sides as they seek two valuable points.

Analysis of DC

DC have an explosive opening combo of David Warner and Prithvi Shaw, and they showed what menace can be caused by going berserk versus KKR. With Rishabh Pant in the middle order, there is quality written all over. Not to forget, DC have key personnel in the form of Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, and Shardul Thakur, who can finish strongly. That can put RCB under pressure.

With the ball, Mustafizur Rahman can be a key man for DC. He has all the attributes to start well in the PP overs, besides coming back at the death. Supporting him is a key component in Khaleel Ahmed, who is doing well so far. Then there is Shardul lending a voice as well. It is the spin department of DC that is supreme. Kuldeep Yadav has found his voice back. In Axar and Lalit, you get more composure and experience.

Analysis of RCB

For RCB, the return of Josh Hazlewood is a big plus. He lends character in that bowling unit, boasting the likes of Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga. Harshal missed the last game due to his sister passing away, and he is set to return back. Akash Deep is a valuable force as well. The worrying link in the bowling.

Batting-wise, RCB will look up to openers Anuj Rawat and Faf du Plessis for the fireworks upfront. Virat Kohli has to deliver. He is yet to come to his usual form in the IPL. In Dinesh Karthik and Glenn Maxwell, RCB have two champion performers on offer. Their muscles in the middle-order can be of huge help alongside Shahbaz Ahmed, who can be handy for quick runs. DC have a good bowling attack, and RCB need to show some patience and respect.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met 27 times in the IPL, with RCB leading 16-10. One match ended with no result. Since IPL 2019, DC have a 4-2 win-loss record over RCB.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

DC predicted playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rishabh Pant (c &wk), Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed.

RCB predicted playing XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, Akash Deep.

Which team is the predicted winner?

With what we have seen in terms of performance, both sides will have a shout in terms of a win here. Things are expected to be close in what can be a stern contest. However, DC looks like the side that has the edge over RCB. The bowling is much better all-round, and the variety can be laudable. RCB are good but too dependent on Harshal. Also, too much is often left on DK to do far too often. Therefore, we predict DC to pull off this one.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Wankhede Stadium pitch will assist batters and bowlers alike. Chasing sides have won three of the five games this season here. A balance between bat and ball is expected. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

David Warner has amassed 5,514 runs at 41.45. He needs 15 runs to surpass Suresh Raina’s tally of 5,528 runs. Warner has scored 754 runs versus RCB in the IPL and is aiming to get past 800. Virat Kohli has racked up 913 runs versus DC and is 87 away from 1,000 runs. He also needs 10 more to slap 6,400 runs.

The major bowling stats on offer

Axar Patel (95) can get past Chris Morris (95) and Dale Steyn (97) in terms of wickets. Harshal (84) can get past Albie Morkel (85 scalps). Kuldeep Yadav and Wanindu Hasaranga have 10 wickets each this season and can get past Yuzvendra Chahal (12).

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Virat Kohli

All-rounders: Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell

Bowlers: Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Josh Hazlewood

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Virat Kohli

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell

Bowlers: Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Hasaranga

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

David Warner: The highly experienced Warner showed his big skills versus KKR, and it was nice to see him get a classy fifty. This would have done him a world of good. He is a master of the cash-rich league.

Dinesh Karthik: A sheer versatile player, Karthik has been brilliant so far, being the perfect match-winner. He has come in and struck the ball all over the park. This could be another game where he enjoys himself.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Kuldeep Yadav: He can be a quality offering with the ball. The left-arm spinner has found his confidence and rhythm, and the performance has been telling. He claimed 4 wickets versus KKR in the previous game.

Glenn Maxwell: The Aussie international can have maximum impact and be the desired match-winner. He brings so much to the side, and his experience will be vital. Maxwell can power RCB to good totals.

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