IPL 2019 – Match 20: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals – DC Predicted Playing XI
Will the Delhi Capitals use the leg-spin mantra against the RCB?
Updated - Apr 6, 2019 4:58 pm
The Delhi Capitals (DC) have had quite a jittery campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 thus far. In five games, they have only won two and the young side hasn’t been able to hold onto the nerves in pressure situations. Their performance in the last four matches was dismal. Except for the lucky super over win against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), they haven’t had much to boast about.
The batting unit has been performing way below par to their liking. They will be up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for their next game. Both the teams are hungry for a win, with RCB needing it more. However, DC will not throw the towel in as easily and will look to give a tough competition. On the batting track at the Chinnaswamy, the batsmen will hope to put up a better show. Also, there could be a few changes to the eleven.
Here is the Predicted Playing XI for the Delhi Capitals (DC):
Openers (Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw)
Shikhar Dhawan has had a torrid time thus far. Every time he steps on to the field, it seems as if he is in good touch. He starts off well but gets out to a miserable shot. Dhawan seems to be struck between playing aggressive cricket and anchoring the innings. The management needs to have a word with him and should make his role in the eleven clear.
Although it would be early to say it, Prithvi Shaw has been highly inconsistent this season. The youngster takes a lot of pride in his performances and loves to put his team in comfortable positions. What has happened in the last two games is that he tried to play the big shots even before he analysed the pitch conditions. He either misread the bounce or didn’t calculate the amount of spin. Shaw should avoid making such a mistake in the next game.
Middle Order (Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant)
The Delhi Capitals have given enough opportunities to Colin Ingram. The overseas players have got to play much better cricket than what Ingram is doing at the moment. Colin Munro is likely to replace Ingram and bat at number three. He isn’t new to this batting position and likes the ball coming onto the bat. The Chinnaswamy will be ideal for a stroke maker like him and he should fire in all cylinders in the next game.
Having Munro in the line-up will push Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant one position down. This will help stabilise the middle-order as Delhi doesn’t bat deep. Iyer can adjust his came according to the situation. Rishabh Pant, with the way he is playing, isn’t bothering about the team’s needs or the game situation. Keeping this in mind, it would be ideal to send him to bat when there are just a few overs left in the game.
All Rounders (Rahul Tewatia, Axar Patel, Chris Morris)
Rahul Tewatia bowled well in the last game and kept DC in the race. Both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have had their troubles facing leg-spin and picking the googlies. Hence, it’d be a wonderful opportunity for Rahul to test them and he’d be delighted even if he can pick one of them. Moreover, he is also a big hitter with the bat and can score a few quick runs for his team.
Axar Patel looked in discomfort in the last match and there might have been some strain in his rib-cage area. However, that didn’t seem that big an injury that will possibly keep him out of action. He is likely to continue in the eleven along with Chris Morris. The South African is bowling well and is hitting good areas. He needs to perform slightly better with the bat.
Bowlers (Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma)
Despite Jonny Bairstow trying to go after him, Sandeep Lamichhane returned with decent figures in the last match. He will have his task cut out during the upcoming game and will surely eye at the wicket of Virat Kohli. He spins the ball both ways and might pose some problems to the batsmen.
Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma will complete the DC line-up. Rabada has been bowling well while Ishant picked one wicket in the only over that he bowled in the last game. However, it won’t be a huge surprise if DC replaces Ishant with Amit Mishra given the opposition’s troubles facing leg-spin.