Battle of Equals: Virat Kohli’s RCB Up Against Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals

Dubai: A back-in-form Virat Kohli’s tactical acumen can be put to check towards Shreyas Iyer’s unassuming however dynamic model of captaincy when the 2 most spectacular groups of the continued IPL — Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals — face one another right here on Monday.

Each DC and RCB have seemed stable thus far and are positioned atop the standings with three wins out of 4 video games every.

Whereas Iyer has proven nice type in his staff’s 4 matches, Kohli lastly acquired his act collectively in RCB’s final sport towards Rajasthan Royals, hanging a fluent half-century.

On Saturday, Iyer (88 not out off 38 balls) once more confirmed his class after Prithvi Shaw’s (66) opening act as Delhi beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs.

Kohli too lastly acquired his contact again after three atypical outings with an unbeaten 72 off 53 balls to information RCB to a snug eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals.

And are available Monday, the 2 skippers would look to steer from the entrance and outwit one another in what guarantees to be an exhilarating contest.

Whereas Shaw has thus far seemed fairly in management on the prime of the order for DC, Shikhar Dhawan’s type can be a explanation for concern for Iyer.

However on the brighter facet, Delhi appear to have lastly acquired Rishabh Pant again in type as he dusted off his rustiness with a quick-fire 17-ball 38 towards KKR.

So as to add to it, there may be Marcus Stonis and Shimron Hetmyer ready within the wings.

On the bowling entrance, Kagiso Rabada is the go-to man for DC though he leaked runs towards KKR the opposite day.

South African pacer Anrich Nortje has been sensible for DC within the opening and slog overs and bowled an excellent penultimate over towards KKR on Saturday.

Harshal Patel, as Ishant Sharma’s alternative, did effectively sufficient to complete with 2 for 34 in four overs however the fit-again Ravichandran Ashwin and Stoinis went for runs.

RCB, however, have been served effectively by the younger Devdutt Padikkal on the prime. The left-hander, thought-about the subsequent massive factor in Indian cricket, is fourth within the run-scorers’ tally with 174 from 4 video games, together with three fifties.

And if Aaron Finch too will get going, it might be troublesome for any facet to cease the marauding Bangalore openers.

Kohli’s return to type is a aid for RCB’s batting unit, which additionally has the likes of the in-form AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube and Gurkeerat Singh amongst others.

Isuru Udana has been a welcome addition in RCB’s bowling line-up alongside facet Navdeep Saini and the spin duo of Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal.

However Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa is but to regulate to the situations.

RCB would even be hoping for Chris Morris to recuperate rapidly after the South African all-rounder picked up a facet pressure earlier than the beginning of the match.


RCB: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa.

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Alex Carey (wk), Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav.

Match begins 7:30pm.


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