The Royal Challengers Bangalore have begun their IPL 2022 journey really well by winning 3 out of 5 games. While their opponents for today have blown hot and cold so far winning 2 out of 4. This is going to be a very exciting contest at the Wankhede given the unpredictable nature of both these sides.
Delhi Capitals will hope for Shaw and Warner to give them another whirlwind start just like they did against KKR. Both the batters are in tremendous form and on their day can destroy the opposition with their attacking stroke play. Their middle order hasn’t quite come to the Party yet with Pant, Powell , Lalit misfiring. In the last game Sarfaraz Khan didn’t even got a chance to bat as DC sent Axar Patel & Shardul Thakur over him. Although in the end it proved to be a right decision as Axar & Shardul finished off the innings very well with their power hitting. On the bowling front Delhi have got a good attack with Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman getting wickets for them consistently. It will be interesting to see if they play Anrich Nortje who just played one match after coming back from injury but looked undercooked in that game. Kuldeep Yadav has picked up 10 wickets while Khaleel Ahmed has 7 wickets so far which shows their wicket taking ability. Mustafizur has been tremendous in the slog overs and we all know Shardul Thakur’s knack of picking up wickets at crucial junctures. So overall DC bowling looks great.
Same is the case with their opponents for tonight i.e.RCB who have got Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akash Deep and Josh Hazlewood in their ranks. But in the absence of Harshal Patel in the last game their bowling looked very thin especially in the slog overs where Harshal Patel has mostly weaved his magic. But him returning tonight will bolster their bowling. Siraj is not looking Siraj of 2020 or 2021 where he became their go to bowler in the death. He is bowling waywardly and giving away lots of runs this time. The story of the RCB batting this season has been the middle and lower order who are consistently performing well with the likes of Shahbaz Ahmed , Dinesh Karthik clicking for them and we saw how good was Suyash Prabhudessai in the last game. Dinesh Karthik is batting like a dream finishing the games for them this season. Faf Du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell haven’t yet fired as such for them. All these players have got starts but haven’t been able to convert it into a significant score.
As I said this will be an even contest as both the teams have got some exciting players in their lineups and Wankhede as we all know is a batting beauty. So expect a high scoring encounter.