Both the teams are coming on the back of a win. Two of the stronger sides of this season will be facing each other on Monday.
Let’s have a look at some key battles for the match.
King Kohli finally got going against Rajasthan Royals and batted decently while chasing a mere 155. He started off casually, slowly opened his arms, played his trademark shots, and scored a 72 off 53. RCB looks a stronger side this time and with Kohli joining the party, it will be tough to beat this side. Anrich Nortje, the tall South African bowler came into IPL as a replacement. He has walked straight into the playing 11 and had an impacting performance. Bowling in the middle overs and death, he has complemented his counterpart Rabada very well. He has taken 5 wickets so far, but his line and length don’t allow the opposition to score much. He would want to scalp the big fish Virat Kohli on Monday.
De Villiers has scored 146 runs so far with a strike rate of 178.04 and has hit 2 half-centuries. ABD looks to have another amazing season for RCB and with the strong team they have, probably he will be aiming to bag the cup home. RCB’s success rate rises exponentially with ABD’s performance and they would want that graph to keep growing. Rabada, the second-highest wicket-taker so far has been as lethal as he can. He has taken 8 wickets so far and having an economy of less than 8. Rabada has taken wickets of key players of the opposition and has restricted them for a lower score. It will be a great battle between these two South Africans and the winner of this battle will surely decide the fate of the match.
Iyer finally let his aggressive side come out against KKR when he scored a 38 ball 88, hitting 7 boundaries and 6 sixes. He took the advantage of the great start given by the openers and the shorter Sharjah boundaries. He smashed all around the park and if he continues with the same form then DC will probably rule the entire tournament. It is his first year in IPL and the left-arm fast bowler from Sri Lanka has already made his name with his performances. Udana has taken 4 wickets in 2 matches. He has not been quite economical but with his variations and knuckle deliveries, he has provided crucial breakthroughs. He would plan to trouble the DC skipper as well and get his wicket early in the inning.
The explosive Pant has had a great season so far. With a change in his approach whereas he looks to settle down and start smashing once his eyes are set, Pant has become more effective than ever. He has scored 134 runs in the 4 matches. He is getting good starts, and its time to convert those starts into a big inning. Chahal, the current purple cap holder has bowled magnificently well this season. The lead bowler of the RCB line up knows his strengths quite well and has bowled accordingly. He has taken 8 wickets in 4 matches so far with an economy of mere 7.18. If he continues with a similar form, then RCB can win matches with much ease. This battle between Pant and Chahal would be great to watch as both are aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.