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After the bizarre defeat in the away fixture against the Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be back in the familiar surrounds of their home conditions when they take on the Delhi Daredevils in Match 21 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
RCB are still comfortably positioned among the top teams in the competition having won three of their five matches. However they will be aware that there are several teams packed closely and will hope to keep their 100% record at home this season intact.
The Delhi Daredevils despite being a very formidable outfit have been parked at the floor of the table after defeats in each of their four matches so far. The team will know better than everyone that the results don’t do justice to the talent and potential in the team.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 8 p.m
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Royal Challengers Bangalore have proved this season that they are no longer a one-man army. While Chris Gayle is certainly the most destructive batsman in their line-up, they also have Virat Kohli, who has risen brilliantly to the challenges of captaincy, and AB de Villiers who ranks among the best batsman in international cricket currently.
For Delhi Daredevils to get going, they need the two men right at the top of the line-up to fire. Virender Sehwag played a few crisp strokes in his return game before one of his trademark slashes found the slip fielder. If he can stay longer at the wicket alongside the destructive David Warner, Daredevils will certainly have a good score on the board.
On the bowling front, RP Singh, after bowling that no ball that cost his team the match against the Chennai Super Kings, will want to redeem himself. Morne Morkel’s battle against Chris Gayle too promises to be a riveting contest.
Where previous matches between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils are concerned, it is the latter who hold a slight edge. The Daredevils have so far won five of their nine matches against RCB. Even in IPL contests between the two teams at Bengaluru, the Daredevils have fared better than the hosts having won two of the three matches.
Quick bowlers have fared better than their spin bowling counterparts in the three matches at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium this season; they’ve accounted for 22 of the 27 batsmen dismissed by bowlers.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will stay put at home for the second of their three back-to-back home fixtures; their next match is against the Rajasthan Royals on April 20. Delhi Daredevils meanwhile head back home to host the Chennai Super Kings on April 18.
DD coach pleased with young Indian players; has faith in team
By IPL Staff
Bengaluru 15 April 2013
In IPL 2012, the Delhi Daredevils stormed into the playoffs and finished table-toppers. This season, however, what they got off to is something they would like to believe a bad dream. Something they would consider a nightmare, four losses in their first four matches.
As they prepare to take on the in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore in their own den, coach, Eric Simons hopes the Daredevils can arrest the losing streak and put their campaign on the radar.
“We’re disappointed with where we are but I’m happy with the attitude towards the position we’re in,” Simons told reporters on the eve of the match in Bangalore. “The guys have stayed positive. It’s all we can do. It’s just a matter of getting that first win under your belt. The morale is good, considering the fact that we have lost four and a lot was expected of us,” Simons said.
A major reason behind DD’s dismal show thus far in IPL 2013 has been them missing star international players. Kevin Pietersen is set to miss out the entire tournament with a knee injury while the team was without the services of Virender Sehwag (back spasm) and Morne Morkel (away playing in South Africa’s domestic T20 competition) for the first couple of matches.
“We lost Kevi, Viru and Morkel for the first two or three games – when you do that, it makes a massive difference. It’s not just that they are big run scorers or wicket-takers, it’s also the nature of their influential personalities and the people they are,” Simons said.
“We’ve also had guys come back from injury. At one stage we literally had a situation where we had seven guys injured. We’ve had bowlers come back from injury – Umesh, Nehra, Irfan and Morne. Last year we started like a house on fire and then tapered off; hopefully it’s the other way around this year,” the coach wistfully hoped.
While ruing the non-availability of the international players, Simons was very pleased with the performance of the young Indian players in the team.
“When the young Indian cricketer is playing among a Pietersen or a Mahela (Jayawardene) they can really blossom and play with freedom. But when they’re expected to be match-winners, it is tough. But Manpreet (Juneja) has come through brilliantly, Unmukt was unlucky to get two first-ballers, Siddharth (Kaul) and (Shahbaz) Nadeem have bowled really well.
The youngsters have done whatever we could expect off them. Only we haven’t landed those finishing blows or we could quite easily be sitting here having won two games and lost two,” Simons said.
The road from here will be a rocky one for the Daredevils as they are up against three of the strongest teams in the league. Simons believes the team has what it takes to turn the tables on them.
“Every game we go into now is going to be a must-win in some shape or form; we accept that. We’ve got RCB, CSK and MI – those are three tough games and we need to come away from them with two wins at least. We understand we’re under pressure but if you don’t enjoy pressure, you shouldn’t be here.”