Kohli test awaits Delhi Capitals; MI face KKR

Kohli test awaits Delhi Capitals; MI face KKR
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli knows the Delhi conditions well. (AFP)

New Delhi - While DC have won their last two games against Kings XI Punjab at home and against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, RCB have won four out of their last five games



By IANS

Published: Sat 27 Apr 2019, 11:26 PM

Last updated: Sun 28 Apr 2019, 1:29 AM

Having finally broken the voodoo at home, Delhi Capitals will start the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore as favourites when the two teams clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in-form Mumbai Indians will look to cement their place in the playoffs by knocking Kolkata Knight Riders out of the competition at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
DC and RCB have both been on a winning streak in recent times, but the home team finally managed to adapt to the wickets at Kotla. It will definitely give them the edge over RCB.
While DC have won their last two games against Kings XI Punjab at home and against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, RCB have won four out of their last five games. In fact, in their last game against KXIP, they were 81/4 at one stage before making a brilliant comeback through AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis.
The spirit is high in the RCB camp. With their captain Virat Kohli playing most of his cricket in Delhi, the batting superstar will definitely share his knowledge with the rest of the team.
In the bowling department, there is coach Ashish Nehra -- a former Delhi Ranji player -- who knows exactly the areas to focus on and how to use the stock ball to fox the opposition batsmen on the low and slow Kotla wicket.
Delhi will be hoping that their strokemakers at the top of the line-up show some restrain and don't try and hit every ball out of the park. Shikhar Dhawan has been brilliant at the top and has ensured that he makes full use of the powerplay overs.
On the other hand, someone like Rishabh Pant has also mixed caution with aggression to guide the batting in the middle overs before unleashing himself on the opposition bowlers at the death.
Bowling is a bit of a worry for both the teams. While Kagiso Rabada has been exceptional for DC through the tournament, the same cannot be said of the other bowlers in the team.
Kohli has already made it clear that the boys are looking to enjoy themselves after six consecutive losses this season and will express themselves freely on the pitch.
DC on the other hand have 14 points from 11 games and look good to qualify for the play-offs.
 


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