We are heading for a dead-rubber as Zaheer Khan’s Delhi Daredevils side will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore which ended up with the wooden spoon for the first time in IPL 2017 at Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday night (May 14).

While being inconsistent on their part, Daredevils put on some stray performances before regrouping to win four matches out of their last five matches that further has witnessed significant role played by Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer and at the top before Karun Nair, has shown some brilliance with the bat.

As Daredevils are placed at number six with 12 points after claiming six wins and losing another seven they would be further aiming to grab points to end this year’s group stage on a high note after failing to deliver as their bowling department was considered one of the best in the season.

Royal Challengers Bangalore has been dismal both with the bat and a ball as they’ve lost last five matches on the trot and even if we take out the washed out match against Sunrisers Hyderabad out of an equation, the star-studded side has lost six matches on the trot which saw them only point.

In 13 matches, Men in Red has claimed just two wins and lost out on 10 matches while having the poorest net run-rate assisted by five points.

In their previous match, Daredevils claimed a seven-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant which saw Karun Nair scored 45-ball 64 runs followed by 36 runs from Rishabh Pant and 27 by Marlon Samuels.

However, Daredevils bowlers bowled with discipline to contain the visitors and it would be interesting to see whether the team management would like to give

Previous Encounters:

While talking about the overall encounters of both the teams as they share the record since the first edition of Indian Premier League which dates back to 2008.

However, in the first match of this season between both the teams while playing at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Bangalore posted 157 for 8 in 20 overs before visitors were able to score just 142 for nine in 20 overs as they eventually lost the match by 15 runs event after Rishabh Pant’s valiant knock of 57 off 37 balls.

Both teams have played 18 matches so far in which Virat Kohli-led has won 10 matches and lost in six matches.

In six matches at Delhi, Royal Challengers have clearly an upper hand over hosts as they won four matches at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground whereas; Zaheer Khan led side has claimed just two wins.

Moreover, in seven matches in Bengaluru, Daredevils claimed three wins and Royal Challengers won two games as one was washed out and the other one was tied on April 16, 2013, in the sixth edition of IPL.

Recent Form:

DD – W W L W W

RCB – L L L L L

Talking Points:

With nothing to talk about as both, the sides are already out of playoff stage, but Zaheer Khan would be aiming high to give youngsters a chance to showcase themselves at their own backyard.

Mohammed Shami, who is the part of ICC Champions Trophy 15-member squad for Team India, would get good enough break before giving his best in England and Wales.

The right-arm fast bowler, who made a decent comeback after the injury would like to give his best in their final group stage match against quality batting line-up of Royal Challengers which has misfired before their bowlers had little success to their name eventually.

The bowling heavy-side has lost the services of fiery pacer Kagiso Rabada as the side would be relying on Pat Cummins, Zaheer Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Amit Mishra and Mohammed Shami.

They can introduce rookies in the Playing XI also as the side has nothing to lose but the records would definitely matter on the paper.

Even with a win, Delhi would remain in the same position as Kings XI Punjab has already 14 points from their 13 games.

If Kings XI Punjab would lose out against Supergiant, as Delhi may eke out a win against Royal Challengers they will remain at their previous position as Glenn Maxwell led side has a better run-rate than Daredevils.

Delhi Daredevils Predicted XI: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem and skipper Zaheer Khan

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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