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IPL 2020: Delhi, Bangalore name playing XI

IPL 2020: The loser of today’s game could still end up making the play-offs but it will be then at the mercy of other teams.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 3, 2020 9:01:11 am
DC vs RCB IPL 2020, DC vs RCB LIVE: Delhi and Bangalore have a chance to reclaim their lost momentum. (BCCI/IPL)

With a target on one playoff spot, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are locking horns today in the Match 55 of the Indian Premier League in Abu Dhabi. Both started off well in the T20 tournament to strengthen their playoff prospects but Delhi’s four and RCB’s three successive defeats now have disturbed their calculations.

At stake is a top-two finish which provides a couple of attempts to make it to the final. The loser of today’s game could still end up making the play-offs but it will be then at the mercy of other teams.

Live Blog
19:06 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI):

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

19:05 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI):

Josh Philippe, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Shahbaz Ahmed, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

19:05 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Toss Update:

Delhi Capitals have won the toss and have opted to field

18:16 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have delivered for RCB many times in the past and they will be eager to do it one more time in a crunch tie against DC. The two have close to 800 runs between them this IPL season, including 7 fifty-plus scores, and if the duo turn it on, RCB are certain to find a place in the playoffs.

17:35 (IST)02 Nov 2020
All set
17:28 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Stats to remember

DC at this venue: Played 4, Won 1, Lost 3
RCB at this venue: Played 4, Won 2, Lost 2

17:02 (IST)02 Nov 2020
RCB Probable XI:

Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted Playing XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Gurkeerat Singh/Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana/Moeen Ali, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini

16:32 (IST)02 Nov 2020
DC Probable XI:

Delhi Capitals Predicted Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Pravin Dubey/Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje

15:38 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Rishabh Pant at a milestone

Rishabh Pant crossed 2000 IPL runs in the last match against MI. He now chases 3000 T20 runs and is only 51 runs behind it. The southpaw has been one of the highest scorers in the IPL since 2018 and will hope he completes this milestone in this edition. Pant hasn’t fired yet this season and the whole of Dilli will pray his innings, which is due, comes sooner.

15:24 (IST)02 Nov 2020
RCB's trump card: Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal has been the biggest discovery for RCB this season. The southpaw, in only his debut IPL season, has already formed the fulcrum of RCB's top order. His impressive batting statistics so far, along with his acrobatics on the field, shows just how important he will be for us in the longer run. His early steadying starts have been vital for the team. Come Monday, RCB will want him to continue his rich vein run of form against DC today. Matches: 13 | Runs: 422 | Avg: 32.46

15:06 (IST)02 Nov 2020
DC vs RCB: A clash of titans

Winner of today's match will rise to 16 points and will secure the top-two finish which means the team will get two chances of reaching the finals. The team which loses here can still reach the playoffs but need to take care of their net run rate. A heavy defeat may cause a dent to their playoff prospects. Here's an updated list of team standings in the points tally

14:19 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Will Kohli-de Villiers pair work again?

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have delivered for RCB many times in the past and they will be eager to do it one more time in a crunch tie against DC. The two have close to 800 runs between them this IPL season, including 7 fifty-plus scores, and if the duo turn it on, RCB are certain to find a place in the playoffs.

13:46 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Can Rabada change DC's fortunes?

He has gone wicketless in DC’s last two games. But the fine bowler that he is, Kagiso Rabada will be itching to return to form in some style. If the right-arm pacer manages to put up a fine show with the ball against the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, it will help DC’s fortunes.

13:19 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Head to Head

Both Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have played each other in 25 IPL games. Out of these many games, RCB have won 15 and DC have managed to win only 9. However, DC beat RCB in the last game by 59 runs.

13:09 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Delhi Capitals pin hopes on Shikhar Dhawan

With 471 runs in his kitty, Delhi Capitals' Gabbar is one of the biggest hopes against RCB. After four successive fifty-plus scores, including two consecutive hundreds, the oppositions have managed to keep Dhawan under check. But the left-hander, who is DC’s leading run-getter this season, fires at the top, DC will be in with a chance to beat RCB.

12:04 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Kings ‘Xi’t from the IPL

Chennai Super Kings have not only ended their worst campaign on a bright note — winning their last three games — but have also terminated Kings XI Punjab’s frantic season. Tidy bowling restricted Punjab to 153/7 before methodical batting from Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad saw them surpass the score sans fuss.[Read More]

11:55 (IST)02 Nov 2020
KKR jump into top four after devouring RR

Led by their irrepressible captain Eoin Morgan and superstar Australian pacer Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders stayed alive in the IPL with an emphatic 60-run win over Rajasthan Royals. They have still not made sure of a playoff berth, but it’s a remarkable turnaround for a team that had nothing going for them for the better part of this season. For all the glitter and promise, Royals finish in eighth spot. [Read More]

11:18 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Dew comes into play in UAE

As the weather gets cooler in the UAE, dew is proving to be a major factor in the game. Considering the prevailing conditions, teams are opting to field with dew making batting much easier in the second half of the game. It was something that was acknowledged by Kohli after RCB’s loss to SRH.

11:08 (IST)02 Nov 2020
RCB all set to take on Delhi

RCB are smarting from a string of losses, most recently against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. The three losses on the trot has reignited the debate on the team’s dependency on its star players — Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Both Kohli and De Villiers didnt fire in the last two games, resulting in heavy defeats. Josh Phillipe has shown promise at the top of the order after replacing Aaron Finch but needs to convert starts into substantial outings.

10:37 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Milestones awaited

Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan require 86 and 29 runs respectively to complete 500 runs in IPL 2020.

Harshal Patel needs 4 wickets to complete 50 IPL wickets.

Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal need 69 and 74 runs respectively to complete 500 runs in IPL 2020.

AB de Villiers requires 61 runs to complete 500 runs in IPL against Delhi Capitals