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RCB awaits Harshal Patel’s return


DC vs. RCB LIVE: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they take on resurgent Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. Delhi after a stutter picked up a convincing victory over Kolkata Knight Riders, while RCB suffered defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings in the absence of Harshal Patel. Faf du Plessis will be hoping the winner of the IPL 2021 purple cap can return for the game against DC as Rishabh Pant and Co. aim to continue their juggernaut. Follow the IPL 2022 LIVE updates on Insidesport.in

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DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel’s return, DC plans to keep momentum going – Follow live updates

Their winning streak snapped by the defending champions, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hoping Harshal Patel returns to the XI and helps get their campaign back on track when they face Delhi Capitals in an IPL game here on Saturday.

RCB were flying high with three successive wins before Chennai Super Kings edged them by 23 points in their last outing. It was Harshal’s absence that hurt the team as skipper Faf du Plessis looked for no options to control the rampaging duo of Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa, who took the bowlers to the cleaners as CSK had a huge total on board.

Known for his variations and death bowling skills, Harshal is a vital cog in the wheels of RCB and Du Plessis had admitted the team missed his services after leaving the bio-bubble on Sunday following the death of his cousin .

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“You see the value of Harshal and what he offers. He has the ability to stop the game. We missed that tonight, we had a similar tone in bowling. We lacked the variety we needed in our offense. Hopefully we can have him again soon,” du Plessis said after their loss to CSK.

The 31-year-old from Haryana, who took 32 wickets in the 2021 edition, has established himself as one of the best bowlers in the T20 with his variants, which include off-cutters and slower ones, played with variable arm speed.

DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel’s return, DC plans to keep momentum going – Follow live updates

This season too, Harshal has smashed six wickets in four games saving just 5.50 and remains the go-to man for du Plessis whenever the going gets tough. Among others, the rhythm duo of Mohammad Siraj and Akash Deep were taken for runs, while Wanindu Hasaranga won two wickets but he bled 35 in three overs in the final game.

The Spin duo of Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz were also blown away and skipper Du Plessis will expect a better show from his bowlers on Saturday.

At bat, Du Plessis and young southpaw Anuj Rawat gave the team good starts, while Dinesh Karthik played well as a finisher. Cricketer-turned-engineer Shahbaz Ahmed has also impressed with his stick so far.

DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel’s return, DC plans to keep momentum going – Follow live updates

Former skipper Virat Kohli blew hot and cold with two scores over 40 but lacked consistency. The Capitals, meanwhile, head into the game after a massive 44-point win over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

With two consecutive fifties fly-half Prithvi Shaw has been in sensational form, while veteran Australian fly-half David Warner provided the team’s strength at the top by providing the fireworks to set up the massive win for DC on KKR.

The number three spot, however, remains a concern, with none of the team’s tried hitters having been able to seize their chances. Skipper Rishabh Pant will also be expecting more points from his stick. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav has become their top bowler with 10 wickets so far, while pacer Khaleel Ahmed has also taken seven scalps in three games.

DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel’s return, DC plans to keep momentum going – Follow live updates

South African Anrich Nortje, who looked rusty in his only outing, also remains an option, while Delhi also have plenty of versatile bowlers such as Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur and Lalit Yadav to rely on. However, Rovman Powell has seemed moderate so far and DC would expect more from him.

With four out of five games ending in a win for the team beating second, throwing could also be a key factor at Wankhade Stadium.

DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel’s return, DC plans to keep momentum going – Follow live updates

DC vs RCB LIVE: Likely Playing XIs

DC playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rovman Powell, Rishabh Pant, Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav

RCB Playing XI: Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik Wanindu Hasaranga, Suyash Prabhudessai, Akash Deep/Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood

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