Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) got off to the best possible start in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as they raced to four victories in a row. However, a crushing defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has served as a reality check for them now as they find themselves having dropped to the third place ahead of today’s clash against second-placed Delhi Capitals (DC) with the top spot at stake.
DC on the other hand, are on a roll at the moment. Their reality check came much earlier with a defeat against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their second match. Since then, they have won three matches in a row and look like a well-oiled team that would be extremely difficult to beat. RCB would have to be at the their best to defeat the Rishabh Pant-led side.
We take a look at how RCB can beat DC today.
IPL 2021: DC vs RCB – Key for RCB #1: Decide on No. 3 spot
RCB have not had a fixed batting option at No. 3. The likes of Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed and Washington Sundar have all played there with limited success. Further, RCB have made it clear that their No. 3 spot would be of such nature where different players would be ‘thrown in’. “We will continue to use guys at 3 because we have Maxi and AB to follow. We will continue to use that depth. We’ll throw in guys there and ask them to change the game for us,” skipper Virat Kohli said after the CSK match.
However, having a fixed option at No. 3 is the way to go and as long as the RCB management decide to back a player instead of changing the batter every match, it shouldn’t be a problem. The key would be for the batsman to deliver.
IPL 2021: DC vs RCB – Key for RCB #2: Harshal Patel must brush aside horror over
Harshal Patel has been one of the impressive bowlers in the tournament so far. He has pulled away in the Purple Cap list and has been relentless in terms of picking up wickets. Designated as the death bowler by RCB, his clever changes of pace have been instrumental in picking up wickets. He picked up 3 wickets in the match against CSK, but then bowled a horror over where he conceded 37 runs to Ravindra Jadeja.
Such an over is bound to have taken a toll on his confidence. However, the key is to brush aside such failures and focus on how well he has done apart from that. If Harshal is back to his best again, DC would find it extremely hard to deal with him.