Two mid-table teams will face each other on Saturday as Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals aim to separate themselves from the rest early in the season. Virat Kohli vs Rishabh Pant, Faf du Plessis vs David Warner. How will these matchups pan out? Odds Shark breaks down the Bangalore vs Delhi odds in the IPL below.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals Odds
Royal Challengers Bangalore (-110)
Royal Challengers Bangalore have started the new season with three wins and two defeats, including a fairly sizable loss to rivals Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. It’s important to note, however, that they still don’t have a settled lineup with several ins and outs.
Glenn Maxwell has played just two games after missing the first three matches, while Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood has only been in the starting XI for RCB’s previous match against CSK. RCB’s death bowling specialist, Harshal Patel, missed that game as he was forced out of the bio-bubble due to the death of his sister. To re-enter the bubble, he will have to first go through a three-day quarantine.
RCB’s traditional death-bowling concerns resurfaced after a dismal showing against CSK. At the end of 10 overs, CSK was moving along sluggishly at 60 for 2 before they scored a total of 156 runs in the second half of the innings.
From a batting standpoint, there were several promising highlights, including Dinesh Karthik’s rapidly rising stock as a proven finisher in T20 cricket. This was despite their two most reliable batting options, Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli, failing to reach double figures.
Delhi Capitals (-110)
The Delhi Capitals have split their four matches down the middle with two wins and two losses. Like RCB, they too are finding their best XI. Like RCB, they too have just gotten the services of some of their most important players, including David Warner after he returned from national duty, and Anrich Nortje, who was not at his best in the one game he has played so far.
Delhi seems to have found impressive form for some of their Indian players, including Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav, who have all stepped up to varying levels in different situations to help optimize their output.
Shaw has carried Delhi to a few belligerent starts while Kuldeep Yadav has proved to be a regular wicket-taker this season, putting behind him a few seasons of atypically subpar form.
Delhi will now have to bring their best middle overs form in order to continue putting mammoth totals on the board, just like they did against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Brabourne Stadium in their previous game.
Bangalore vs Delhi Pick Of The Week
Royal Challengers Bangalore (-110)
RCB’s batting misfired in the previous match and they still ran CSK close in a huge chase. With Maxwell floating between No. 4 and 5, it just seems like RCB has answers to some of the middle-order questions. It is still unclear when Harshal Patel will return to the RCB setup but they could bolster their bowling lineup against a Delhi batting core that has already found form this season.
Delhi has one of the best IPL batsmen in David Warner in their lineup coming off a rapid fifty against KKR. Prithvi Shaw has been a bit hot and cold while their lower order looks shaky. That should mean RCB’s death bowlers won’t have as much of a problem as they did against CSK.
Bangalore vs Delhi Best Bet
Highest Score First 6 Overs Delhi Capitals (-112)
This is another market that comes down to probability and strategy. Delhi possesses arguably the most explosive opening batting pair in Shaw and Warner. Shaw isn’t usually one for sighters early in his innings while Warner can also pick up the pace with the fielders in.
RCB, on the other hand, prefers a more concerted approach to the powerplay, which includes seeing out the first couple of covers via captain du Plessis and Anuj Rawat. Just based on this strategy, and the probability that outside factors – such as an early wicket – don’t have a massive impact on this market, you could back Delhi to finish with the higher powerplay score.
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