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

Find out team news, TV and streaming information, odds, weather forecasts and much, much more ahead of the next game of the 2021 Indian Premier League season

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What’s the match?

Royal Challengers Bangalore meet Delhi Capitals in the 2021 Indian Premier League.

When is it taking place?

The game is scheduled for 6pm UAE (3pm BST, 7.30pm IST) on Friday, October 8, 2021.

Where is the match being played?

The two sides will meet at the Dubai International Stadium.

Who’s got the form?

Royal Challengers Bangalore have already sealed their spot in the knockout stages, with eight wins and 16 points to their name. They do, however, come into the fixture on the back of an incredibly disappointing defeat to tournament whipping boys Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The economical bowling of youngster Umran Malik and the evergreen Bhuvneshwar Kumar choked RCB, with Devdutt Padikkal in particular looking half the player the world knows he can be. Virat Kohli’s side will be desperate to turn things around after last time.

Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, have been the team to beat before and after the restart. Ricky Ponting’s men have only lost three games in the 2021 edition, and are sitting pretty in first place with 20 points.

Like their opponents, they’ve already confirmed a place in the knockout stages, and are now focused on securing a place in the top two, a feat that would ensure they get two opportunities to reach the final for the second consecutive season.

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What are the odds?

Dafabet have RCB as the favourites to win this match, offering odds of 4/5. Delhi Capitals are available at even money.

Virat Kohli is the favourite to top-score for RCB, with odds of 23/10, while Shikhar Dhawan is at 11/4 to top-score for Delhi Capitals.

Who are the ones to watch?

Glenn Maxwell has been instrumental in RCB’s success this season. On tired, slow pitches, the all-rounder has dominated with the bat, demonstrating the vitality of 360-degree spin-hitters in the modern game.

He has reached 40 in all of his last four matches, and taken home the player of the match award in two of those. The Australian’s dazzling array of sweeps, reverse hits and paddles have stood him in great stead since the restart, and there’s no reason why he can’t fire RCB to victory again against the Capitals.

For Delhi, Anrich Nortje has quietly been the stand-out performer. The South African has picked up a wicket in every game in the UAE, and has only conceded more than 20 runs on one occasion.

Without fanfare, he has become one of the most successful seamers in the tournament, with his extreme pace and ability to hit the deck hard causing all sorts of problems for batters. Alongside Avesh Patel and compatriot Kagiso Rabada, the Capitals’ seam attack is fearsome.

What's the team news?

RCB are still struggling to get the most out of their eight overseas players. Maxwell and De Villiers are locks, but Dan Christian’s use as a No.3 has not born fruit, while young Englishman George Garton has been expensive with the ball. They may consider the likes of Tim David or Wanindu Hasaranga as replacements, with Kiwi Kyle Jamieson also a possibility.

For the Capitals, they will likely go unchanged from the win over CSK. This will mean they line up with only three overseas players, after leaving Australia’s Steve Smith out as a result of poor form. Ripal Patel was the beneficiary last time around and will likely keep his place.

What's the head to head record?

The two teams have played each other 26 times.

Royal Challengers Bangalore wins: 15

Delhi Capitals wins: 10

No result: 1

What's the weather forecast?

Daytime temperatures are expected to hit around 32 degrees Celsius in Dubai when the game gets under way.

Follow the Met Office forecast here.

Are fans allowed in?

Yes, a limited number of fans are allowed to attend games during the IPL's UAE leg.

What’s the prediction?

RCB should just about have the edge here.

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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

What are the squads?

Royal Challengers Bangalore squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga

Delhi Capitals squad: Shreyas 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, Anrich Nortje, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Pravin Dubey, Vishnu Vinod

What are the likely starting XIs?

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB De Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvenda Chahal

Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ripal Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje

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