IPL 2019: Virat Kohli arrives at Kotla as RCB look to dominate DC again

first_img Akshay Ramesh New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 13:04 IST IPL 2019: Virat Kohli has loved batting against the Delhi Capitals in IPL ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB haven’t lost an IPL match at the Feroz Shah Kotla since 2010RCB are heading into Sunday’s match against DC on the back of 3 successive winsDC have managed to win only 2 out of 5 matches at home in IPL 2019Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Virat Kohli’s hometown in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Sunday.There’s a lot at stake for the two teams who are at the opposite ends of the IPL 2019 points table. While Delhi Capitals, who are placed third on the eight-team table, will seal a playoff spot if they win on Sunday, RCB need a win to keep their outside chances of making the last four alive.Despite having won three matches on the bounce, RCB are still rooted at the last spot on the points table. A defeat at Kotla would ruin any chances of what could still prove to be one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the IPL.Competing at the venue he had played in all his life to become the criketing superstar he is today, Virat Kohli will want to prove a point against the Delhi Capitals. Also, RCB will be keen on avenging their early-season defeat to DC.Kohli has amassed 802 runs against Delhi Capitals over the years the most he has scored against any opponent in the IPL. The RCB captain will be raring to lead his team from the front.Kohli hasn’t managed to trouble the scorers much after the match-winning hundred against Kolkata Knight Riders on 19 April. However, the India captain is heading into the Delhi clash on the back of a three-day break that should have helped him regain focus.Watch @Heini22 and @SHetmyer fire up at the net practice session in Delhi. Can’t wait to see these guys #PlayBold tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/w8gtMk2UF5advertisementRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 27, 2019Royal Challengers Bangalore will also be bolstered by their stunning record at the Feroz Shah Kotla. They have not lost a match at the iconic venue since 2010, winning their last six matches against Delhi in Delhi.Last year, usual suspects Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers combined to help RCB gun down a 182-run target against Delhi Capitals at the Kotla. While Kohli struck a 40-ball 70, de Villiers smashed 72 not out from just 37 balls to help RCB complete a successful chase.However, it will be difficult for the two flamboyant batsmen to get going on the Delhi Capitals pitch that has played slow in IPL 2019. Both teams have some big-hitters who love some pace on the ball. However, a little bit of patience and good shot selection are a must on the Kotla track.Delhi Capitals have lost three of their five matches at the Kotla in IPL 2019. Their batsmen have struggled on the sluggish wickets on offer at home. However, Shreyas Iyer’s men can take confidence from the way they beat Kings XI Punjab at home in their previous match at the Kotla.Skipper Shreyas Iyer, who spoke to the media on the eve of the big-ticket clash, said his team now has a fair idea of the Kotla pitch and he is confident of an improved batting show against RCB.”It’s an advantage for us because we get to practice in the afternoon and we have been doing that in the night games. We are now aware of the wickets, how it’s going to play we have a fair idea now,” Iyer said.”In all the coming three games we are playing here, Chennai and then back again and it’s kind of a similar wicket. So it’s a blessing in disguise for us to be going through this condition.”Also Read | From fairy tale beginning to 6 losses in a row: Kolkata Knights Riders’ woes at IPL 2019Also Read | Unadkat credits Steve Smith’s backing for match-winning spell vs SRHAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Feroz Shah Kotla IPL 2019: Virat Kohli arrives at Kotla as RCB look to dominate DC againIPL 2019, DC vs RCB: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore are set for a must-win clash against Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla which has been one of their favourite hunting grounds in the recent pastadvertisementlast_img

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