In a dead rubber, the Royal Challengers Bangalore side won the toss and decided to bat first against Delhi Daredevils on a slow pitch. RCB side made a number of changes as they gave a chance to Harshal Patel and also handed debut cap to Avesh Khan, the former India U19 bowler. Along with that, Vishnu Vinod and Sachin Baby also made a comeback to the side.
On the other hand, Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan surprised everyone as there were no changes in Delhi side, which meant that there was no place for youngsters like Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed nor for a senior player like Ben Hilfenhaus.
This game is a dead rubber for both the sides and it will be a battle to just add two more points in their account as a win or loss will have no impact on their position in the points table.
Here is the playing XI of both the sides –
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), Vishnu Vinod, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav(w), Shane Watson, Sachin Baby, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal
Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Zaheer Khan(c).
Here is what both the captains said at the time of the toss –
Zaheer: We would have batted first as well, looks like a good batting surface, we need to restrict them to a small total. We are motivated and are looking forward to chasing down the target. We are playing an unchanged team.
Kohli: We will bat first. Looks like a pretty dry wicket, there are signs that it might break up. Want to put some runs on the board. Every game is an opportunity to express your skill-set, today is no different. We want to make one final impact, we might not play together again as a group. We are playing only three internationals, some have gone home, some are unfit. The three playing are Gayle, Watson and Head.