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DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel return, DC eye to continue winning momentum – Follow LIVE Updates

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

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DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel return, DC eye to continue winning momentum – Follow LIVE Updates

Their winning streak halted by the defending champions, Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope Harshal Patel returns to the playing XI and contribute in bringing their campaign back on track when they face Delhi Capitals in an IPL match here on Saturday.

RCB were flying high with three successive wins before Chennai Super Kings outwitted them by 23 runs in their last outing. It was absence of Harshal which hurt the team as skipper Faf du Plessis looked out of options to control the rampaging duo of Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa, who took the bowlers to the cleaners as CSK posted a huge total on board.

Known for his variations and death bowling skills, Harshal is a vital cog in RCB’s wheels and Du Plessis had admitted that the team missed his services after he left 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 to the bowling. We lacked the variety we needed in our attack. Hopefully, we can have him soon again,” du Plessis had said after their loss to CSK.

The 31-year-old from Haryana, who had taken 32 wickets in the 2021 edition, has emerged as one of the best T20 bowlers with his variations, which include off-cutters and slower ones, bowled with variable arm speed.

DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel return, DC eye to continue winning momentum – Follow LIVE Updates

This season too, Harshal has snapped six wickets from four games at an economy of just 5.50 and remains the go-to-man for du Plessis whenever the going gets tough. Among others, pace duo of Mohammad Siraj and Akash Deep has been taken for runs, while Wanindu Hasaranga claimed two wickets but he bled 35 in three overs in the last match.

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

In batting, Du Plessis and young left-hander Anuj Rawat have given the team good starts, while Dinesh Karthik has played the role of the finisher well. Engineer-turned cricketer Shahbaz Ahmed too has impressed with his batting so far.

DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel return, DC eye to continue winning momentum – Follow LIVE Updates

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

With two back-to-back fifties, opener Prithvi Shaw has been in sensational form, while seasoned Australian opener David Warner has provided the team solidity at the top as he provided the fireworks to set DC’s massive win over KKR.

The number three spot, however, remains a concern with none of the batter tried by the team able to grab the chance. Skipper Rishabh Pant too will expect more runs from his batting. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav has emerged as their top bowler with 10 wickets so far, while pacer Khaleel Ahmed too has taken seven scalps in three games.

DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel return, DC eye to continue winning momentum – Follow LIVE Updates

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

With four out of five matches ending in a win for the team batting second, toss might also be a key factor at the Wankhade stadium.

DC vs RCB LIVE Score: RCB eager for Harshal Patel return, DC eye to continue winning momentum – Follow LIVE Updates

DC vs RCB LIVE: Probable 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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