Some poor bowling by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cost them the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (RCB) what would have been their first win of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. With five losses in the bounce, Virat Kohli’s side may now have to win all their remaining games to make it to the play-off. For a side failing to put one complete package on show in the league, winning the amount of games they need could be an impossible task. They are at home against Delhi Capitals (DC) who after a few bright sparks look like their old self. RCB enjoy the upper hand when it comes to the head to head record against Delhi Capitals who were earlier known as Delhi Daredevils. In 22 games these two teams have played-Bangalore have won 15, Delhi have own 6 while 1 game did not produce any result. Here we take a look back at their last five encounters. RCB vs DC, Match 20 IPL 2019 Preview: Now or Never for Royal Challengers Bangalore Against Delhi Capitals.
DD vs RCB – May 12, 2018 – Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi – RCB won by 5 wickets
Rishabh Pant’s masterclass with the bat where he needed only 34 balls to hit 61 helped Delhi reached 181/4. In reply, RCB chased down the total in 19 overs with AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli forging a match-winning partnership. Both the Bangalore stars hit 70-odd runs to counter a good start by the Delhi bowling.
RCB vs DD – April 21, 2018 – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – RCB won by 6 wickets
The game followed a similar pattern as the one above with Rishabh Pant hitting seven sixes in his innings of 85 coupled with Shreyas Iyer’s 52, Delhi put on 174 on board. AB De Villiers remained not out on 90 which came off just 39 balls to help RCB register a six-wicket win over Delhi. It was an easy win for RCB as they looked control throughout their innings.
DD vs RCB – May 14, 2017 – Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - RCB won by 10 runs
Harshad Patel and Travis Head starred for Bangalore as they successfully defended a target of 162 with the duo picking up 5 wickets between them. Earlier Chris Gayle’s chipped in with 48 and Virat Kohli hit a fifty which resulted in Bangalore finishing with 161/6. Delhi’s chase was erratic and they never looked comfortable but were in the briefly when Pant was going well.
RCB vs DD – April 8, 2017 – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – RCB won by 15 runs
Royal Challengers Bangalore were without some of the key players like AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli and this showed in their batting as they could only manage 157/8 batting first. But an easy chase for Delhi turned out to be a disaster as slow bowlers Iqbal Abdullah and Pavan Negi stifled the life out of them. The duo picked up four wickets and were brilliantly supported by Billy Stanlake who also picked up a brace.
DD vs RCB – May 22, 2016 – VNS Stadium, Raipur – RCB won by 6 wickets
A one-sided game with Bangalore in the ascendency from the onset as Delhi batsmen failed to read the pitch carefully. On a spin friendly track, they should have been more cautious of their shot selection but that was not the case. Only Quinton De Kock tried to get Delhi out of the mess with a 60 but eventually, his team ended with 138/8. RCB won the game by 6 wickets led by Virat Kohli’s 54.
Delhi have not won a single game in the last five meetings with Bangalore but that could change considering how poor RCB have been in IPL 2019.