Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 06 April 2012 - 04:41pm IST
Preview: Match 5 – RCB v DD
Can RCB keep the upbeat Daredevils down?
Royal Challengers Bangalore launch their IPL 2012 campaign with a home fixture against Delhi Daredevils.
RCB have been one of the most consistent teams in the league; they finished as runners-up in the 2011 season and were losing semi-finalists in IPL 2010. Daniel Vettori’s boys will want to finish this tournament with some silverware to show for their good work. Delhi Daredevils, meanwhile, will want to build on the solid start to the tournament gained by beating Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening fixture.
Saturday, April 7, 2011, 04:00 p.m.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Watch out for the ‘Gayle Storm’, threatening to hit the Delhi Daredevils. The Jamaican has been in devastating form with the bat in the last 24 months; he single-handedly took RCB to the final of IPL 2011 and was RCB’s leading run-getter at CLT20 2011 too.
Look out for a much-improved Virat Kohli too; the Delhi-lad – seen as captain material by the RCB bosses – has been in great form with the bat in all formats of the game in the last 12 months.
A lot rests on Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag’s shoulders, especially since his team will be missing several of their experienced batsmen. Also look out for Morne Morkel who was impressive in DD’s opening match against KKR – especially given the surface they are likely to encounter at Bangalore.
Though this will be an away fixture for Delhi Daredevils, they will be buoyed by the fact that they have an outstanding record against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Of the seven previous meetings between the two teams, DD have won five, while RCB have managed only two victories.
• Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Gayle won the Orange Cap (presented to the leading run-getter in the league) in IPL 2011.
• Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Gayle holds the record for hitting the most sixes in Twenty20 cricket; he’s so far hit 222 sixes in 92 T20 matches.
• Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Dirk Nannes is the most successful bowler in Twenty20 cricket; he’s picked up 178 wickets in 142 matches.
• Virender Sehwag’s strike-rate in run-chases in the IPL is an incredible 184.07.
Both teams will hit the field next in three days’ time. Royal Challengers Bangalore will host Kolkata Knight Riders in the 4 p.m. game on April 10, while Delhi Daredevils will host Chennai Super Kings in the 8 p.m. game on the same day.