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Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals IPL Tips: No Pant no problem for DC

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Ed Hawkins says the Capitals can take the points in a must-win contest for both sides at Bengaluru on Sunday...

  • Delhi worth a wager

  • Chinnaswamy pitch flat

  • Pant absent for DC

  • Read about Ed's Betfair Exchange strategy below

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals
Sunday 12 May, 15:00
TV: Live on Sky Sports

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals team news

Crucial wickets for Lockie Fegruson against Punjab should ensure that the Kiwi quick keeps Glenn Maxwell out of the team. Vidwath Kaverappa, a right-arm quick, is subbing in for Rajat Patidar. The 25-year-old has strong numbers but from only 14 games.

Probable XI: Kohli, Du Plessis, Jacks, Green, Patidar/Kaverappa (subs), Lomror, Swapnil, Karn, Ferguson, Siraj

All change at the Capitals. Rishabh Pant is suspended for one game for a slow over rate so Axar Patel is skipper. David Warner is fit again so should replace Shai Hope. Jhye Richardson is also touted as a starter.

Possible XI: Fraser-McGurk, Porel, Warner, Kushagra/Yash (subs), Stubbs, Axar, L Yadav, Kuldeep, Richardson, Mukesh, Khaleel

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals pitch report

The Chinnaswamy was road-like for Sunrisers' 287. But otherwise the bowlers have been in the mix. Gujarat managed only 147 last time and the other first-innings scores read: 181, 182 and 176.

Strong bowling efforts by RCB in their last two suggest they have found a method but we're unconvinced that Punjab and Gujarat are great yardsticks. More than ten an over is on the cards so overs 207.5 could be close.

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals match prediction

Bangalore have won their last four and go off at 1.738/11. With Delhi also showing an uptick in form with three wins in four they are tempting at 2.3411/8.

We've consistently said that RCB are a lay at odds-on and at some stage, perhaps now there is expectation, they should return to the mean. But clearly they weren't as bad as a six-game losing sequence suggested. The truth is between the two.

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals Exchange strategy

Delhi Capitals, thanks to Jake Fraser-McGurk are explosive in the powerplay. Expect fireworks. Runs lines and par lines are likely to head north if DC bat first, particularly as the data backs up what our eyes witness.

Delhi are third on the list of strike rates on the powerplay while RCB are the third most expensive with the ball.

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals player bets

Virat Kohli is 11/53.20 for another top bat win for RCB. We have been backing Cameron Green at 10s and 11s recently but the cut to 7/18.00 has less appeal. For Delhi, Tristan Stubbs may have to play the Pant role so the 7/18.00 has interest with the potential to bat higher.

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