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IPL 2018: RCB, DD desperate for a win after a poor start

[caption id="attachment_65812" align="aligncenter" width="580"]India Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Delhi Daredevils tomorrow. Image Source: twitter[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: Home side Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils both will be desperate to win their next game in the Indian Premier League when the two sides will face each other in Bangalore tomorrow.

Both the sides are holding the bottom two positions in the league table with just one win in four games.

Virat Kohli & Co. started their campaign against with a loss against KKR, but came back in the winning ways against Kings XI Punjab in their home game. But due to lack of concentration they lost their next two games against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians.

The RCB team management is a bit concerned about its bowling line up as they gave 200 plus runs in their last two games at home. Ace spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar would be looking to give a better performance tomorrow.

It will be a challenge for them against Delhi who boast world-class batsmen including Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Glenn Maxwell.

On the brighter side, Kohli's return to form with a quickfire 57 and unbeaten 92 against Royals and Mumbai has boosted RCB's confidence.

Kohli, who had opened innings against Mumbai, slammed four sixes and seven fours in his unbeaten knock, but none of his batting colleagues gave him support.

The next best came from his partner Quinton de Kock who made 19 from 12 balls.

South African AB de Villiers, who has scored 122 runs so far, would like to get a big knock under his belt.

Brendon McCullum, who just managed 47 runs in three matches, might lose his place to reputed English batsman Moeen Ali, who can bolster the bowling attack with his off-spin.

On the other hand, Gambhir-led Delhi would like to forget their previous defeat at KKR's hands.

Delhi had lost to Punjab in their opener and then lost to Royals in a rain-hit match, but they bounced back in style against Mumbai with Roy smashing an unbeaten 91.

India speedster Mohammed Shami is all set to join the team after Kolkata Police allowed him to do so following a three-hour interrogation. The speedster is accused of infidelity and domestic violence, by his wife.

Delhi's batsmen also have not come out all guns blazing. Pant has been the highest run-getter for Delhi by scoring 138 with 47 being his highest.

Maxwell, who scored 47 in the last match, would also like to continue with his form.

Roy would like to show his prowess against RCB too as the Englishman had smashed a career best 91 to pull off a tricky last ball victory against Mumbai.

Teams: 

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.

Delhi Daredevils: Gautam Gambhir (c), Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammad Shami, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Daniel Christian, Jason Roy, Naman Ojha, Prithvi Shaw, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Avesh Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Jayant Yadav, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sayan Ghosh.

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