Indian Premier League, 2018

 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils

The Big Picture

It will be a clash between two teams that are coming off a soul-crushing defeat in their previous game. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on the Delhi Daredevils at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Where: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium

When: 21 April 2018, 8:00 PM

Pitch Conditions:

With short boundaries and high altitudes, the pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium has proved to be a heaven for the batsman, especially in white-ball cricket. However, with the pitch getting relaid in 2016, the past two seasons have witnessed the track to be sluggish, making stroke-play difficult, reminiscent of the disastrous campaign RCB endured last year.

Statistics over the years:

While over the past decade, the average first innings score has ranged from 156 to 140.62 in 2017, a sharp dip as compared to the 2016 season, where average first innings total was 192. 40.2% of the matches have been won by the team batting first (35) while teams batting second have won 54% of the matches (47), four matches have ended as N/R.

Team Preview and Probable XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB’s bowling woes are slightly more pronounced than their opposition’s. Not for the first time, they’ve racked up the worst death-overs numbers [economy of 12.50] and are a team that is there for the taking even if opponents go against the tried and tested formula of fielding first.

Two out of the three losses for RCB have come in chases, even as the ultimate chase-master – Virat Kohli – has already amassed 200-odd runs. On both those occasions, RCB has had to go after targets well in excess of 200, which proved to be out of reach even for the RCB ensemble.

Probable XI: Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Corey Anderson, Washington Sundar, Sarfaraz Khan/Murugan Ashwin, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Head-to-Head

Total – 19

RCB- 11

DD- 6

Tie- 1 (RCB)

N/R- 1

Delhi Daredevils

DD was undone by DLS method calculation in one of their rain-truncated fixtures, but their defeats to have been down to inconsistent bowling performances. Even their victory involved a Jason Roy special in Wankhede after Mumbai Indians put up 200 runs while batting first.

Probable XI: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris, Gurkeerat Singh Mann/Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult

Where to watch  Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils?

The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com