While both sides have 14 points (7 wins and 6 loses) each in the ongoing IPL season, both these teams are playing their 14th or last match of the league stage in the ongoing IPL season. In the IPL 2020 points table, Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently in the 2nd position and Delhi Capitals are in the third position.
It is their second meeting this season. They met for the first time this season during the 19th match of this IPL 2020 at Dubai (DSC) on 5th October 2020, where RCB won by 59 runs.
IPL 2020, Match 55: Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (DC vs RCB) – Toss Report
Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to bowl first. Delhi Capitals made three alterations in the playing XI. Ajinkya Rahane, Axar Patel, and Daniel Sams have joined the playing XI as the replacement of Shimron Hetmyer, Harshal Patel and Praveen Dubey,
Iyer said, “We will bowl first. Dew is going to play a massive role. Looking at the previous games the surface was a belter. This track is also looking amazing to bat on. So chasing we would be having a certain total in our mind and we would be having a clear idea on the run rate as well – considering those factors we decided to bowl.
“We have three changes – Rahane, Axar and Sams come in. It’s a complicated situation to be in but IPL is such an amazing tournament to be in, it can surprise you any moment, I personally feel this is a great opportunity for us to get into second place. We will keep those things in mind and go in with that mindset.”
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli also confirmed that they made two changes in the playing XI. Shivam Dube and Shahbaz Ahmed have replaced Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Navdeep Saini.
Kohli said, “We have a couple of changes. Gurkeerat Mann misses out, Dube comes in to provide some fire power in the middle. Shahbaz Ahmed comes in for Saini. His webbing is still not right and he was struggling in the field. It is simple you try and win every game of cricket you play. The conversation never changes and you don’t take any game lightly. But this being a crunch game not a bad thing to be batting first and putting runs on the board, we would have liked to bowl as well. Pressure in big games can be a funny thing. Whatever total you get the other team has to chase it.
“We have to play good cricket, consistently we have done well, we have had a few bad games which is acceptable and in a tournament like this it is competitive, but we still have good spirits as a side and looking forward to this encounter today. We have been in this situation before, the three finals we played before we probably had to go through like this in all those editions.
“The mindset was simple win the game, move ahead and you don’t think of other possibilities. It is basically how you play on the day, the result pans out in a certain manner, and if you have not played well then you don’t deserve to be in a situation where you expect other teams to do something else. It is all up to the two teams today and how they executed their plans.”
IPL 2020, Match 55: Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (DC vs RCB) – Playing XI
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Josh Philippe, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Shahbaz Ahmed, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal