RCB is keen on the return of Hershel Patel

DC vs RCB Live: The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be hoping to get back on track to face the resurgent Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. After a convincing win against Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi lost to Chennai Super Kings in the absence of RCB Harshal Patel. Faf du Plessis hopes that the purple cap winners of IPL 2021 can return to the game against DC as Rishabh Pant and Co. Aims to keep them awake Follow IPL 2022 live updates on Insidesport.in

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With their winning streak stopped by the defending champions, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hoping that Herschel Patel will return to the playing XI and help bring their campaign back on track when they face the Delhi Capitals in the IPL match here on Saturday.

RCB were flying high with three wins in a row before Chennai Super Kings lost by 23 runs in their last over. It was Herschel’s absence that hit the team as captain Faf du Plessis was out of control to control Shivam Dubey and Robin Uthappa, who took the bowlers to the cleaners as CSK posted a huge score on the board.

Known for his diversity and death bowling skills, Herschel is an important cog at RCB’s wheel and du Plessis admitted that the team missed his service after he left the bio-bubble following the death of his cousin on Sunday.

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“You see the price of Herschel, and what he has to offer. He has the ability to stop the game. Tonight we missed, we had a similar tone of bowling. Our attack lacked the variety we needed. Hopefully, we can get him back soon, “said Du Plessis after the loss to CSK.

The 31-year-old from Haryana, who took 32 wickets in the 2021 edition, has emerged as one of the best T20 bowlers with his diversity, including off-cutter and slow bowler, bowling with variable arm speed.

DC vs RCB Live Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel’s return, DC to keep pace with eye-catching – follow live updates

This season too, Herschel has taken six wickets in four matches at just 5.50 economy and has remained a go-to man for Du Plessis whenever difficult. Among others, Mohammad Siraj and Akash Deep’s pace pair have been taken for runs, Wanindu Hasranga has claimed two wickets but in the last match he scored 35 runs in three overs.

The spin pairing of Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz was also blown away and captain du Plessis will expect a better performance from his bowlers on Saturday.

In batting, du Plessis and young left-hander Anuj Rawat gave the team a good start, while Dinesh Karthik played the role of finisher. Cricketer Shahbaz Ahmed, who turned from an engineer, has also been impressed with his batting so far.

DC vs RCB Live Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel’s return, DC to keep pace with eye-catching – follow live updates

Former skipper Virat Kohli has blown hot and cold with two 40-plus scores but lacks consistency. Capitals, on the other hand, are leading the match after a huge 44-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders.

With two back-to-back half-centuries, opener Prithvi Shaw is in impressive form, while veteran Australian opener David Warner has kept the team at the top for delivering fireworks to set up DC’s huge win against KKR.

The number three spot, however, remains worrisome as none of the batsmen were able to seize the opportunity. Captain Rishabh Pant will also expect more runs from his batting. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav has emerged as their top bowler with 10 wickets so far, and pacer Khalil Ahmed has also taken seven scalps in three matches.

DC vs RCB Live Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel’s return, DC to keep pace with eye-catching – follow live updates

South Africa’s Enrich Nortje, who had rusted in his only outing, also remained an option, while Delhi also has plenty of bowling all-rounders like Akshar Patel, Shardul Tagore and Lalit Yadav. However, Rovman Powell has been looked down upon so far and DC would expect more from him.

The toss at the Wankhede Stadium could be an important factor as the team that batted second in four of the five matches ended up winning.

DC vs RCB Live Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel’s return, DC to keep pace with eye-catching – follow live updates

DC vs RCB Live: Possible XI

DC Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rovman Powell, Rishav Pant, Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Shardul Tagore, Akshar Patel, Enrich Nortje, Khalil Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav

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

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