Match Preview

Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Delhi Capitals in the Match 56 of IPL 2021 on 8 October at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both DC and RCB have qualified for the IPL play-offs and so the match is only of academic relevance. RCB, led by Virat Kohli, will end 3rd on the table regardless of the outcome, while Delhi, headed by Rishabh Pant, has a chance to finish first in the league stage, a source of pride and of course, a spot in Qualifier 1.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35 °C


Total matches                                      61

Matches won batting first                  34

Matches won bowling first                26

Average 1st Inns scores                   144

Average 2nd Inns scores                  122

Highest total recorded                       211/6 (20 Ov) by IRE vs SCO

Lowest total recorded                        71/10 (13.2 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Highest score chased                        183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE

Lowest score defended                     134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) AB de Villiers – With his wide range of strokes on either side of the wicket, de Villiers can dismantle any bowling assault. His innovation often left bowlers agape as his orthodoxy is compact and aesthetically beautiful.

Matches – 338

Runs – 9387

Average – 37.39

2) Rishabh Pant – The skill set of this left-handed batsman and the expertise demanded by the IPL are perfectly aligned. He’s a hard hitter who can land a variety of punches and easily cross the ropes.

Matches – 129

Runs – 3472

Average – 32.75

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Shikhar Dhawan – Dhawan, a naturally attacking left-handed opener, has been a mainstay of Delhi’s line-up for years and leads an unbeatable top-order. Because of his side-on stance and minimal trigger movement, he is strong on the off-side with his cuts and drives.

Matches – 300

Runs – 8689

Average – 32.54

2) Virat Kohli  – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive hard hitter  player who has shown that he can lead his team with an impressive growth in this IPL. He is in great form and can be trusted to give good fantasy points.

Matches – 317

Runs – 10093

Average – 41.36                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               3) Prithvi Shaw – Shaw has a god-given prowess at timing the cricket ball, with a low grip and a highly bottom-handed approach to go along with a spectacular bat-swing. His excellent stroke play, deft footwork, and steadfast consistency solidified his place on the squad.

Matches – 64

Runs – 1553

Average – 24.26

4) Devdutt Padikal – He is a young left handed batsman who is a vital component of RCB as he has played excellent innings for them in the past. He has slowly laddered up the ranks to establish himself as an exceptional batter.

Matchess – 47

Runs – 1699

Average – 40.45

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Yuzvendra Chahal – The leg break googly bowler is an attacking spinner and leading wicket taker from his team. He is in good form and a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 213

Wickets – 238

Economy – 7.57

2) Kagiso Rabada – The young tearaway pacers, such as Rabada, are usually the ones who dominate the headlines for their terrifying bounce and savage speed. He’s the closest thing we have to a ‘perfect combination.’ Rabada can swing the ball conventionally, but he loves to utilise scrambled seam deliveries to give the impression that the ball is off the wicket.

Matches – 127

Wickets – 170

Economy – 7.88

3) Mohammed Siraj – He rose as a seamer and with a remarkably swift bowling style. He has a deceptive run up that dazzles even the most experienced batsman and has bowled deadly spells for RCB in the past.

Matches – 80

Wickets – 97

Economy – 8.24

4) Anrich Nortje – Anrich is a pacer who can be regarded as a tearaway. He’s tall, brisk, and always out in the sticks, not to mention moving at an alarming pace. He is the ideal white ball cricketer because of his propensity for bowling yorkers.

Matches – 57

Wickets – 69

Economy – 7.38

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Ravichandran Ashwin – In the IPL, Ashwin exploded onto the limelight with his street-smart exploits, opening the bowling at death and coming on when wickets were needed. He is a key pick for the forthcoming games and a valuable member of his squad.

Matches – 257

Runs – 795

Average – 13.47

Wickets – 253

Economy – 6.94

2) Glenn Maxwell – Maxwell reinvented the contemporary limited-overs game by allowing his instincts to drive his replies to the ball, thanks to his athleticism and rapid reactions. He is a must pick for the next match.

Matches – 319

Runs – 7121

Average – 27.60

Wickets – 113

Economy – 7.71

Predicted Playing 11

Delhi Capitals

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain, wicketkeeper), Ripal Patel, R Ashwin, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (captain), Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian/Wanindu Hasaranga, George Garton/Dushmantha Chameera, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj


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