Match 56 IPL 2017 (2017-05-14) @ Delhi (FSK)
Delhi have only won 1 of the last 6 matches between these two sides. Earlier this season RCB batted first at Bangalore and scored 157. Delhi only managed 142 in their reply thanks to a good all round bowling performance from RCB.
That victory was 1 of RCB's only 2 wins all season. Since that match they have played 10 times and won only once. It was their only home win of the season in 6 matches. It is a week since they suffered yet another defeat when KKR chased down their 158 with almost 5 overs to spare.
In 2016 RCB reached the IPL final. This was achieved on the back of 973 runs from Virat Vohli, 687 runs from AB de Villiers, 21 wickers from Yuzvendra Chahal and 20 wickets from Shane Watson. This season Kohli has 250 runs and de Villiers has 216. Chahal has 14 wickets and Watson has only 4 wickets. It is this decrease in performance from key players and no other players filling the gap that has meant RCB has failed so badly in 2017.
By contrast, Delhi have had a reasonable season. They have won 6 matches and lost 7. 4 of those wins have come in their last 5 matches. Their batting finally found some consistency in the back half of the season with their top 4 Indian batsmen finally finding some form.
Delhi have lost Chris Morris and Rabada to South African duties whilst RCB have lost ad De Villiers. Delhi only field 3 overseas players in their win against Pune on Friday. In that match they managed to defend 168 thanks to a good all round bowling performance.
15 of the 24 IPL matches played at Delhi since 2014 have been won the team batting second. However, the last 2 matches have been won by the team batting first. Delhi defended 168 against Pune on Friday and Mumbai defended and massive 212 against Delhi last weekend.
The two teams cannot qualify for the play-offs so this match is purely for pride and to show off skills for next year's auction. Delhi have a Cricsq rating of 84 and RCB are rated a lowly 78. Early odds on Betfair have RCB as favorites at 1.94 with Delhi available at 2.04. It baffles that RCB are favorites yet again given the season they have had. I have backed Delhi to win this match.
Sanju Samson and Karun Nair open the batting for Delhi. Samson is Delhi's top run scorer. He has 386 runs with a strike rate of 142. Nair has 255 runs with a strike rate of 125. He found form against Pune on Friday scoring 64 off 45 balls.
Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer bat at 3 and 4. Pant has 321 runs with a brilliant strike rate of 172. He made 36 off 22 balls on Friday. Iyer has 306 runs with a strike rate of 144. His best innings was 96 off 57 balls to help chase down 195 set by the Lions on Wednesday.
The middle order against Pune was Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson and Pat Cummings. Samuels made his first contribution of the season scoring 27 off 21 balls. He has only played 3 matches. Anderson has had a poor season. He has 139 runs from 10 matches with a strike rate of 121. Cummings has moved up the order since Chris Morris dropped out. He has made quick runs in the last 2 matches.
Delhi have been without Chris Morris for the last few matches. They also lost Rabada for the last 2. They have managed to win without them.
Pat Cummings is Delhi's top wicket taker with 13. He has an economy rate of 8.4. Zaheer Khan and Mohammed Shami were the other 2 seamers who played against Pune. Zaheer has 9 wickets with an economy rate of 7.8. Shami has been expensive going at 9.6 an over. He has 5 wickets from 6 matches.
Amit Mishra is Delhi's top spinner. He has 10 wickets with an economy rate of 8.7 an over. Shahbaz Nadeem has 5 wickets from 6 matches. He has a decent economy rate of 6.9 an over.
Delhi only played 3 overseas players against Pune. They do have Ben Hilfenhaus in the squad to bowl seam if they want to play him.
RCB's batting has been poor this season with their top stars failing to repeat their brilliant performances of 2016.
Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh opened against KKR last weekend. Singh scored 52 off 43 balls. He has 188 runs with a strike rate of 106. Gayle has 152 runs from the season with a strike rate of 122. He has been in and out of the side and has only played 8 innings. He needs a big score here for a chance of future contracts.
Virat Kohli moved himself to 3 from opening. He has 250 runs from 9 innings with a strike rate of 121. He failed again last week scoring just 5 runs off 9 balls. AB de Villiers batted at 4. He is no longer available as he is with South Africa.
Travis Head scored a decent 75 off 47 balls last weekend. He now has 149 from 6 innings with a strike rate of 141.
Kedar Jadhav and Pawan Negi bat in the middle order. Jadhav is RCB's top run scorer with 255 runs. He has a strike rate of 144. Most of his runs came early in the season. Negi has made some contributions down the order. He has 131 runs with a strike rate of 124.
RCB's spinners have been good this season. Yuzvendra Chahal has 14 wickets with an economy rate of 7.7. Pawan Negi has 13 wickets and has gone at 6.2 an over. Samuel Badree has only played 7 matches. He has 9 wickets with an economy rate of 7.5 an over.
The seamers have been less good. Aniket Choudhary and Sreenath Aravind are the Indian seamers who played in the last match. Choudhary has 5 wickets from 5 matches with an economy rate of 8.7. Aravind has 5 wickets from 10 matches and has gone at 9.1 an over.
Tymal Mills has only played 5 matches. He has 5 wickets with an economy rate of 8.7. Adam Milne has been expensive going at 9.6 an over in his 4 matches. Shane Watson has been very disappointing after taking 20 wickets last year. He only has 4 wickets from 7 matches with an economy rate of 10.2.
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