Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 05 May 2012 - 10:35pm IST
Preview: Match 50 – RCB v DC
Royal Challengers battle it out with Chargers in Bangalore
Match 50 of DLF IPL 2012 will see the Royal Challengers Bangalore take on the Deccan Chargers.
While DC lie at the ground floor of the table with just two wins from ten fixtures, RCB are locked in a mid-table scramble. Though the points table indicates that the Chargers have only two wins, it does not reflect the fact that they’ve competed hard and have given several opponents a scare.
RCB have a very formidable side, but they’ve somehow failed to click as a unit. They haven’t tasted success in their last three matches now – their home fixture against CSK was rained out, while they were thrashed by the Kolkata Knight Riders in their away fixture and came second-best in a close match against Kings XI Punjab.
Sunday, May 6, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Batting is, without a doubt, RCB’s strength. In Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, they have two in-form batsmen. Though Gayle hasn’t been as devastating as he was in IPL 2011, he continues to score runs and is currently his team’s highest run-getter. Unlike before, when he would go after the bowling from the word go, Gayle has shown the inclination to spend time in the middle, apply himself and then go after bowlers. AB de Villiers has singlehandedly won RCB at least a couple of matches this season; but he hasn’t done anything noteworthy in his last two innings, and he will be keen to contribute to his team’s cause.
Cameron White has been exceptional in what has been an ordinary tournament for his team. The Australian has scored three half-centuries this season – two of those in match-winning causes and one, which set up the match for his team, only for the rest of the batting line-up to mess up the run-chase.
Keep an eye out on Dale Steyn too. The South African speedster has bowled some fiery spells this season and has been his team’s best bowler by a mile; it will be interesting to see if he can keep a lid on the stroke-makers in the RCB line-up.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Deccan Chargers have so far met nine times in the IPL – including the final of IPL 2009 – and the latter hold a slight 5-4 edge in head-to-head comparison.
The last time these two teams met was in Hyderabad in IPL 2011 when the Deccan Chargers registered their only home victory of the season. On that occasion, the hosts posted 175 for five batting first and then restricted RCB to 142 for nine to win by 33 runs.
RCB’s Chris Gayle is the leading six-hitter in the IPL; he’s hit 99 sixes in 36 innings.
Chris Gayle holds the record for scoring the most runs in a calendar year; he scored 1497 runs in 31 Twenty20 matches in 2011.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have the poorest bowling economy-rate among the nine teams in IPL 2012 – 8.59.
RCB’s next encounter will against the Mumbai Indians on May 9, while the Deccan Chargers will head back home after this fixture and prepare to host the Pune Warriors India on May 8.