IPL 2021: RCB vs DC – Match 56 : Preview, Playing XI, Pitch Report & Updates

Both teams have already qualified for playoffs

Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant
Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant ( Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Things have fallen at the right place for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The team has exuded their dominance throughout the tournament and is placed at the top of the points table with 20 points to their account. It is absolutely a no-brainer that DC’s lethal bowling unit has been one of the reasons for the team’s good run in this season.

In what was the last over thriller, the Rishabh Pant led side emerged triumphant against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the previous game to achieve the top spot. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), on the other hand, has also blown the trumpet of their dominance by pulling off some impressive wins in this season. Though the team struggled a tad bit against Hyderabad to chase the low total, they will be raring to get back the winning momentum ahead of the play-offs. 

This contest between the two strong contenders of the tournament will be an enthralling one to watch out for the cricket on-lookers. RCB had a tough time in the past when it comes to their bowling in the slog overs. However, the emergence of Harshal Patel has ticked a massive box for the team. DC’s bowlers too have been exceptional in the tournament and it would thus be an intriguing encounter.

Pitch Report:

Scoring runs might not be very easy on this pitch of the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Bowlers are expected to have a good time on this surface.

Playing XI:

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Dan Christian, Srikar Bharat (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Delhi Capitals

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ripal Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c, wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Key Players:

Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell has been exceptional for RCB this season. With his prowess to change the fortunes of the game with both bat and ball, he has been instrumental in winning important games for the team. In the last match against Hyderabad, he played a belligerent knock of 25-ball 40, wherein his wicket turned out to be the turning point of the game. He is currently the highest run-getter for the team with 447 runs to his account.

Axar Patel

Patel comes in handy with his all-rounder abilities. He has displayed his fiefdom by playing quickfire cameos with the bat and also by chiming in with crucial wickets for the team. In the previous game against Chennai, he picked up two crucial wickets to put the team in a commanding position. He will be determined to continue his good run. 

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