To book a spot in the Indian Premier League‘s Play-offs, seventh-ranked Royal Challengers Bangalore will face already eliminated Delhi Daredevils on Saturday in New Delhi. With just three wins from a total of 10 games, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore only chance of landing with Play-offs is by winning all their four remaining games, thus making this clash against the Delhi Daredevils a must-win. In their last IPL encounter, RCB lost to 2016 champion Sunrisers Hyderabad by five runs, and Kohli described the loss as ‘simply not good enough’. Kohli, who is RCB’s leading run-scorer for RCB with 396 runs at 49.50, questioned the character of his team after failing to chase a modest 147.
Even though Kohli and AB de Villiers have performed decently in the tournament so far, Mandeep Singh, Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum need to step up. Team Bangalore are doing better with the ball with trio-pacers Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Siraj. Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, had another sad season, as usual, taking an early exit from the competition with just six matches from 11 games played. Nothing seems to work for the battered side including a new captain and Rishabh Pant magic on Thursday against Sunrisers Hyderabad that saw him become the only Indian player to score a century this season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (captain), Quinton de Kock(Wicket-Keeper), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee.
Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala.