In the 27th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Delhi Capitals (DC) will be facing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both sides have witnessed somewhat similar outings in the season so far. While RCB has three wins in five games, DC has two wins and as many defeats. Hence, it would be interesting to see how this game pans out. RCB don’t have many loopholes in the team as such, overall they have done well in all departments.
However, the Faf du Plessis-led suffered a 23-run loss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and would be raring to bounce back. Their batting order looks pretty settled as from youngster Anuj Rawat to finisher Dinesh Karthik, all batters have runs under their belt. As far as DC is concerned, the absence of overseas cricketers hurt them big time in their initial games. However, they are coming off a comprehensive 44-run win over a strong Kolkata Knight Riders line-up.
Openers Prithvi Shaw and David Warner have been scoring runs while Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, and Shardul Thakur have been successful in providing some momentum in the slog overs. Although Anrich Nortje has played just one game, Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman has done pretty well fulfilling his duties. Kuldeep Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed have also been successful in taking wickets at regular intervals. The clash will make for some intense player battles, ahead of the epic game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
#1 Wanindu Hasaranga vs Rishabh Pant
Wanindu Hasaranga has been dominant for RCB in the mid-overs stage, as he has been consistently taking wickets from five games. However, the Sri Lankan has a weakness against left-handed batters. His encounter against Rishabh Pant could be quite the contest should the DC skipper find form. Pant has just 110 runs from four games and that would mean he will be eager to take on the Sri Lankan spinner.
#2 Dinesh Karthik vs Shardul Thakur
Dinesh Karthik has been finishing games for RCB quite scintillatingly his season and he hasn’t been dismissed in the first four matches of the tournament. While he strikes in excess of 155 against Shardul Thakur, he has also been dismissed by the Indian medium-pacer in all of their three encounters. It will be a contest of guile and patience when these two face each other in a death-overs battle.
#3 David Warner vs Harshal Patel
David Warner played a fiery knock of s yet to score something big after his 57-ball-88 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in his second game of the season. The veteran opener will be expected to continue the momentum. Harshal Patel has been the second-highest wicket-taker (six) for RCB this season and has been one of their more economical bowlers as well.