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All-rounder feels RCB’s do-or-die game is evenly balanced
By IPL Staff
New Delhi 16 May 2012
Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL royalty in the earlier editions, are struggling at No. 5 on the points table this year. However, their star-studded line-up is capable of pulling a rabbit out of the hat as they take on the Delhi Daredevilstomorrow.
Tillakaratne Dilshan addressed the media ahead of the match. Excerpts:
On the must-win game against DD
There is no doubt that we have to win in any situation. We have to play our best cricket to win. Delhi Daredevils are playing good cricket. [...] This is the time where our team [needs] to do everything and win to make it to the semi-finals [playoffs]. At the moment, we are playing good cricket. It is a good challenge for us, [having to] beat Delhi [Daredevils]. On Mayank Agarwal
He is a fantastic youngster in our team. I have already told him that he is one of the best youngsters I have seen. He is hitting well. He’s hitting it cleanly in the last few overs, especially against Lasith Malinga [...]. I think it was a good [move] by RCB to give the youngsters an opportunity [despite having a] good [experienced] batting line-up of AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and myself. He is learning a lot, playing with experienced players. I have seen him last year and he is more mature this year. [...] He can handle playing in any position, which is a good thing [...]. On DD
They are a strong team as compared to other teams. They have a very strong batting line-up and a [good] bowling unit as well. They have a very experienced batting line-up, but we also have one of the best batting line-ups [...]. It will be a good contest tomorrow. I feel both teams are equal and whoever plays better cricket in all three departments [batting, bowling and fielding] will win. On AB de Villiers and his improvisational batting
He played the paddle and reverse paddle [against Deccan Chargers]. He’s playing it really well. If you play like this, it is very difficult for the bowlers to bowl at you; they have to think twice [before bowling]. They have to adjust the field also. [...] He played against one of the best fast bowlers. To hit Dale Steyn for six with a paddle shot is not easy. [...] He is thinking really well in the middle and adjusting really well [to play] that shot [...].
Table-toppers Delhi Daredevils take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 67 of DLF IPL 2012.
For the Delhi Daredevils, this match presents the opportunity to build momentum heading into the playoffs and a chance to win more points; they’ll be looking to finish among the top two teams in the standings. Royal Challengers Bangalore, meanwhile, need to win here to progress to the playoffs; a slip-up here would render their last league fixture, against the Deccan Chargers, meaningless.
Given how much rides on this game for RCB, they will need to lift themselves from the drubbing they received at the hands of Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard in their last match and put up their best bowling performance of the tournament. When
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Given the reputations they carry, Virender Sehwag and David Warner will have to lead Delhi Daredevils’ batting charge. This has been Sehwag’s most successful IPL season ever. With 484 runs, five half-centuries on the trot and three Man-of-the-Match awards, Sehwag has been DD’s best player by a distance.
Warner has had two quiet outings since scoring that century against the Deccan Chargers. Expect him to turn on the heat.
In the RCB line-up, look no further than Chris Gayle. The Jamaican has taken the tournament by storm; despite missing one match, he is the team’s leading run-getter with 578 runs. And unlike in the previous season, he has shown a lot of application and the intention to stay put for longer periods of time.
Keep an eye on RCB’s bowling line-up too. Apart from Muttiah Muralitharan, who has bowled tidily right through the tournament, almost all the other bowlers have come in for stick regularly. For RCB to qualify for the playoffs and progress to the title clash, the bowlers too need to come to the party.
The head-to-head comparison between the Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore stands at five-three in favour of DD.
In the most recent meeting between these two teams – played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru earlier this season – hosts RCB posted 157 for eight and then restricted their opponents to 137 for seven to win by 20 runs. Trivia
• Royal Challengers Bangalore have played better on the road as compared to at home. They’ve won four of their six away matches, but managed to win just three of their eight home fixtures.
• Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils have the two best scoring rates in IPL 2012. While RCB’s overall scoring rate this season is 8.33, Delhi Daredevils are slightly behind with 8.25 runs per over.
On May 19, Delhi Daredevils will be seen in action at Dharamsala when they take on Kings XI Punjab in the last league fixture for both teams. Royal Challengers Bangalore, meanwhile, will travel to Hyderabad on May 20 for their last league game, against the Deccan Chargers.