Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals
IPL 2022: Delhi’s Mustafizur Rahman eyes to end his wicket drought
The Delhi Capitals managed to win two of their first four encounters in the ongoing Indian Premier League season. On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore have clinched three out of their first five fixtures. At the moment, Bangalore and Delhi are in the middle of the points table. Therefore, the game is crucial for both sides in order to move up the IPL 2022 points table. Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman has been struggling to pick up wickets after a brilliant start to the campaign. Mustafizur will be hoping to end his wicket drought in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Team News With six points after five games, Royal Challengers Bangalore are presently in the sixth position in the IPL 2022 points table. Oppositely, the Delhi Capitals are in the eighth position with four points. As the fifteenth season of the Indian Premier League is moving closer to its halfway stage, the teams are all set to push for top-four finishes. Therefore, the remainder of the league phase will be crucial for franchisees in their quest for a playoff berth. Let’s take a look at the match preview between the Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Read Imran Khan: The Greatest Pakistani Cricketer Delhi Capitals The Delhi Capitals have one of the best opening pairs in the ongoing season. The Delhi side finds the right combination with Prithvi Shaw and David Warner in the opening positions. Their middle orders are also solid, where skipper Rishabh Pant is responsible for taking charge of the team. Delhi’s bowling has a variation too. Mustafizur Rahman is one of their most economical bowlers. Besides, Khaleel Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav have picked up wickets for the Capitals. The cutter-master Mustafizur Rahman has been outstanding with his bowling variations, which have made an impact at the start of the innings. However, Mustafizur hasn’t picked up a wicket since his three-wicket haul against Gujarat Titans. The left-arm pacer will be hoping to take a wicket or two in order to make even more of an impact in the match for his side. Also Read: Root quits as England test cricket captain after 5 years Predicted Playing XI (DC) Top Order: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Middle-Orders: Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper and Captain), Lalit Yadav, Sarfaraz Khan, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Lower-Order: Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed Royal Challengers Bangalore On paper, Royal Challengers Bangalore have a strong batting unit. However, neither of their batters has made the top ten list of most run scorers. However, this record will definitely change in the coming matches, as newly appointed Captain Faf du Plessis, Kohli, and Maxwell are all capable enough batters to find their own rhythm at any time during the season. Read ICC Cricket World Cup Super League: Bangladesh's Current Standings, Forthcoming Fixtures Bangalore’s bowling line-up has real variations. So far, Lankan spinner Hasaranga is among the top five most successful bowlers this season. He will be their main weapon in this fixture, along with Hazlewood and Siraj. Predicted Playing XI (RCB) Top Order: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Middle-Orders: Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai, Dinesh Karthik (Wicket-Keeper), Wanindu Hasaranga, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood. Read Andrew McDonald named head coach of Australian cricket team Match Time (DC vs RCB): Saturday (April 16) at 8 pm (Bangladesh Standard Time) | Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Head-to-Head: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals Both sides have met each other on 28 occasions. In a head-to-head encounter, Royal Challengers Bangalore have a significant lead over the Delhi Capitals. The RCB have won 17 out of 28 matches. In contrast, the Delhi Capitals have won 10 games. Read SA vs BAN 2022: Bangladesh’s Top Five Performers From South Africa Tour Verdict Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their latest match against Chennai Super Kings, while Delhi Capitals registered a dominating victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous match. It will be a tight battle as both sides are in the same kind of form in this ongoing IPL 2022 season. Whoever plays with full potential on the day will have a better chance of clinching the match. Royal Challengers Bangalore can take some inspiration from their overall IPL record against the Delhi Capitals. On the other hand, Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman could be a very effective weapon for the Delhi side. His bowling variations have had an impact on the batters in order to stop the run flow. The left-hand pacer needs to snatch wickets on a regular basis in order to improve his overall bowling figures in the tournament. Also Read: Is Mominul Haque the right man to lead Bangladesh's Test team?