RCB vs DC, 08 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
The league stage of the IPL comes to an end with today’s double-header, and it’s the first time that the final two league matches of the competition will be played concurrently. Ironic then that both these games will make no real difference in the tournament, except in the points table.
You’d have seen something out of this world if MI were to make it through to the playoffs, or if RCB were to qualify in the top two. DC are assured of a top-two finish.
Devdutt Padikkal | RCB: “It’s another important game leading into the playoffs, always important to win matches before the playoff stage and take the momentum into it. It’s been a bit up and down, I haven’t been as consistent as I’d like to be, but I still want to contribute. Looking to improve with every game I play. It was a great experience, playing for the country is a great dream.
To be able to do it at such an young age is a great achievement for me, hopefully, I’ll continue to do that. Last season was disappointing to out of the tournament at that stage (Eliminator) and it wouldn’t be any easier this time around as well. We have worked hard and have played some good cricket to reach this stage, hopefully we’ll continue with the momentum.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and have opted to field
Kohli: “Going to have a bowl. The pitch does look a little bit dry. They’ve left enough grass in the game to sustain. Later in the second half the pitch settles down a little bit.
It’s been hard work adjusting to all kinds of surfaces, and the teams that have done so have qualified. Some experiments come off, some don’t (Christian up the order). We come into this game feeling balanced about our lineup. Same team.“
Pant: “Pitch looks dry, would’ve looked to bat. Looking to improve each and every day as a batting unit. Right now we’re going fine. Same team.“
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Ripal Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat(w), Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, George Garton, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
RCB choosing to bowl means that there’s no mathematical chance now for them to qualify in the top two.