Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Average score at venue (1st inns): 161
Win percentage while batting first: 31.82%
- Bowlers of all kinds can be expected to dominate at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, where teams batting first have found it difficult to garner big scores and teams batting second have recorded wins in 4 out of 5 matches so far.
- Rajasthan showed the way through quality swing bowling at the start of the second innings in the last match at this venue, with Trent Boult taking early wickets to set the tone for his team.
- Pacers will be expected to have a good run in the middle with wicket-share percentage of 69.48% giving them the edge over spinners, who have taken the remaining 31.82% of the wickets.
The humidity levels will linger in the late 70% on Saturday night in Mumbai after a bright, sunny and clear day earlier. The players will experience temperatures ranging between 28-29°C during the match hours on Saturday.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD (overall):
Matches played: 26
Delhi won: 10
Bangalore won: 15
No result: 1
Top 3 players from Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Axar Patel
Top 3 players from Bangalore: Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood
Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each):
Top 5 players from Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Axar Patel, Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur
Top 5 players from Bangalore: Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed, V Kohlii
Q & A:
Fantasy tips and tricks: Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium has so far proven to be a challenging surface for the batsmen. In the 5 matches played so far in the Indian T20 Cricket League, teams have not even crossed the 175-run mark even once. While batting remains a challenge in the first half of the game, the dew factor comes into play in the second half which has helped chasing teams win 4 out of 5 matches here. But Rajasthan did the opposite in the last match at this venue, clinching a narrow 3-run win to make the matters interesting. For this contest, it will be important to have a long batting line-up and a strong pace bowling attack.
Fantasy tips: From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?
This is a contest between those two sides that have the firepower and capability in their ranks to be in the top four on a consistent basis, but have not been able to do so in the initial stages. Bangalore are currently ranked 6th in the Indian T20 Cricket League 2022 points table with 3 wins and 2 losses in 5 matches whereas Delhi are at 7th, with 2 victories and as many defeats in 4 matches — there is not a lot at this stage that separates these two teams. For the fantasy cricket playing XI, a right mix of in-form players will be the key.
MORE INFORMATION: Delhi flexed their batting muscle in their previous outing against Kolkata to record a big victory, whereas Bangalore fell short in their bid to chase 216 against Chennai. While most of the top-order Delhi batsmen have been chipping in with runs, the current form of some of the Bangalore batsmen such as their captain Faf du Plessis and former skipper V Kohlii is concerning since both have been inconsistent. It is also expected that Harshal Patel will be back into the side after rushing back home following the unfortunate demise of his sister.
PLAYERS’ FORM: For Delhi, the key batsmen will be Prithvi Shaw and David Warner, followed by their captain Rishabh Pant. These three batsmen did a fine job of accumulating quick runs against Kolkata, setting up a strong platform for their win. The presence of Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav along with Shardul Thakur makes this Delhi batting line-up look longer than several other teams. On the other hand, Bangalore will hope that their big guns fire on Saturday night and the likes of Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik also continue to feature among runs. With the ball, Kuldeep Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed have been the stars for Delhi whereas Wanindu Hasaranga, and if available, Harshal Patel alongwith Josh Hazlewood will be the key bowlers for Bangalore.
Changes in squad (if any): NO
DELHI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rovman Powell, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed
BANGALORE: Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, V Kohlii , Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Suyash Prabhudessai, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, Akash Deep.
FANTASY XI: Prithvi Shaw (c), David Warner (vc), V Kohlii, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed/Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Khaleel Ahmed
Delhi take on Bangalore in mid-table battle
In the Match No 27 of the ongoing Indian T20 Cricket League 2022, former finalists Delhi will take on Bangalore in a mid-table clash with both the teams vying to move up in the points table.
While Bangalore are currently placed at the 6th position with 3 wins and 2 losses in 5 matches giving them 6 points and a Net Run Rate (NRR) of 0.006, Delhi are placed one spot below at the 7th, accumulating 4 points from 2 wins and 2 defeats from 4 matches and a NRR which indeed looks better at 0.476.
Bangalore are coming into this contest on the back of a disappointing 23-run defeat at the hands of the defending champions and arch-rivals Chennai, who pummelled their bowlers to put on 216/4 batting first at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai a few nights ago.
In reply, despite losing Faf du Plessis and V Kohlii for cheap, Bangalore kept fighting right till the end to finish at 193/9, losing the contest by 23 runs. Both these senior batsmen have been inconsistent in the tournament so far, and Bangalore would expect them to come good as they look to move up in the points table.
Bangalore certainly missed their ace fast bowler Harshal Patel against Chennai, and the inclusion of Josh Hazlewood only gives them hope for the journey ahead.
Delhi, on the other hand, will hope for similar returns from the likes of Khaleel Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav, who shared 7 wickets between them to power a 44-run victory over Kolkata in their last outing.
However, that contest was at Brabourne Stadium where getting runs have proven easier than Wankhede Stadium, where teams batting second have succeeded mostly and scores have never been in excess of 175.