IPL 2021 - Delhi Capitals v Royal Challengers Bangalore: Match Preview

Find out team news, TV and streaming information, odds, head-to-head record, weather forecast and much, much more ahead of the 22nd game of the new Indian Premier League season

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What’s the match?

Delhi Capitals take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 22nd match of the 2021 IPL.

When is it taking place?

The game is scheduled for 7.30pm IST (3pm BST) on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Where is the match being played?

Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium is hosting this game.

Who’s got the form?

Delhi Capitals have now won three on the bounce after their super over success over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Both sides made 159 from their 20 overs before Axar Patel won the battle of the spinners against Rashid Khan, as DC chased down the eight they needed for victory with ease.

Earlier in the day, RCB had seen their four-match winning run to start the competition ended by Chennai Super Kings in a battle between two of the contenders for the title.

Ravindra Jadeja produced perhaps the performance of the competition so far, hitting an unbeaten 62, taking 3 for 13 from his four-over allocation and also ran out Dan Christian with a direct hit.

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What are the odds?

Dafabet can't separate the two sides ahead of this clash and are offering odds of 10/11 for either side to come out on top.

There is daylight between the pair in the six-hitting market, with RCB favourites to strike the most maximums at 17/20. DC are meanwhile 13/10.

RCB are also tipped to score the most powerplay runs at 3/4, with Capitals rated at 6/5.

Who are the ones to watch?

Down two overseas players, there will be more pressure on RCB's foreign imports to perform. Dan Christian looked like a sound addition for 4.8 crore in the auction but has failed to fire in any of his three outings. The Aussie has been dismissed for just a single in each match and remains wicketless. He is in danger of losing ground in the men's T20 Player Index where he currently sits in 33rd.

Given his build-up to the competition and that for nearly three weeks he was kept in a medical facility in Mumbai, Axar produced an astonishing display in the win over Sunrisers. After taking 2 for 26 from his allocation, he bowled the super over and restricted SRH to just seven.

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What's the team news?

Ravichandran Ashwin has withdrawn himself from the IPL bubble to spend time with his family as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to swell in India. He will be unavailable for the foreseeable future for Capitals. Given he would need to quarantine for a week before being permitted to re-join his teammates, it seems unlikely that he will feature again.

RCB have seen Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, who had only featured once between them, depart the competition for personal reasons. Both players are nervous about re-entry into Australia, given the severity of the situation in India and have taken the decision to take an early leave.

What's the head to head record?

The two teams have played each other 25 times.

Royal Challengers Bangalore wins: 14

Delhi Capitals wins: 10

No result: 1

What's the weather forecast?

The early evening in Ahmedabad is expected to warm, with temperatures hitting 36 degrees Celcius, while clear skies are also predicted which should lead to a full game.

Are fans allowed in?

No, this match will be played behind closed doors owing to the Covid-19 situation in India.

What’s the prediction?

Capitals have played their way into the tournament and are well placed to take advantage of RCB at their lowest ebb. Last year's runners-up to prevail.

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Where can I watch the game?

Sky Sports have the rights in the United Kingdom.

You can aso stream the tournament using the Disney+ Hotstar digital platform, though the matches are only available for VIP or Premium subscribers.

Star Sports have the television rights in India.

Streaming service YuppTV have acquired digital streaming rights in a host of markets, including Australia, continental Europe, Malaysia, Southeast Asia with the exception of Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives, Central Asia, and Central and South America.

In the USA, the games will be broadcast on Willow TV and the Willow TV website. Fox Sports have the broadcasting rights in Australia, while Supersport will televise the games in South Africa. In the Caribbean, Flow TV have the rights.

The following broadcasters owning the rights for their respective regions:

Bangladesh: Channel 9

Afghanistan: Lemar TV

Malaysia: Measat

MENA/UAE: BeIN Sport

Hong Kong: Now TV

Singapore: SingTel

New Zealand: Sky Sport

Papua New Guinea: EMTV

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What are the squads?

Delhi CapitalsShreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Anrich Nortje, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Pravin Dubey, Vishnu Vinod

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Daniel Sams, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat, Finn Allen

What are the likely starting XIs?

DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c) (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan

RCB: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

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