Last year, at the same stage both teams were playing in an encounter to qualify for the playoffs and it was a do or die situation. How things changes around in a year, this season both teams are eliminated from being into the playoffs and will only play for namesake. Royal challengers Bangalore was the last season finalist but with only two wins and five points they are at the bottom of the table. And even if they secure a win against Delhi Daredevils they will still remain at the bottom of the table. On the other hand Delhi Daredevils condition is still better, they started their season with hopes but ended up losing at being on number sixth at points table. Royal challengers Bangalore have not registered any win from last seven successive games so they would be desperate to register a win at the end of the season. This could be Zaheer Khan final competitive match even though he haven’t announced anything.
Last time they played: this season, when these two teams met for the first time. Courtesy to Kedar Jadhav innings Bangalore posted a modest total of 157 at the end of 20 overs. They were able to defend this total against Delhi Daredevils and won the match by 15 runs.
Delhi Daredevils: Delhi have made a lot of changes in their playing XI this season. In last match they played with only three overseas players, so Ben Hilfenhaus might get a game in Daredevils dress.
Probable XI: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Corey Anderson, Marlon Samuels, Shahbaz Nadeem, Amit Mishra, Mohd Shami, Zaheer Khan, Pat Cummins/Ben Hilfenhaus.
Royal challengers Bangalore: with the absence of AB De Villiers, an extra overseas bowler can be included in the playing XI. Harpreet Singh or Pawan Negi could get a game to strengthen the batting.
Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Mandeep Singh, Travis Head, Harpreet Singh/Sachin Baby, Kedhar Jadhav, Pawan Negi, Aniket Choudhary, Samuel Badree/Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal mills/Billy Stanlake, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Players in the Spotlight:
Virat Kohli: Kohli‘s bat haven’t fired much in this season of Indian premier league and he will be desperate to score some runs before commencement of the Indian premier league. A rise in his form would be much better for Indian team ahead of champions trophy.
What: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 14th May, 20:00 IST
Where: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
What to expect: pitch is supposed to be adjacent and will be helpful for the batsman, high degree of temperature is sure to greet the players.
Toss Prediction: team winning the toss will choose to bowl first.
Match prediction: Delhi Daredevils have looked better side and are supposed to win.
* A high scoring contest is bound to happen.
* Match odds for the game are 79-80 Delhi Daredevils.