Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 15 April 2013 - 09:49pm IST
Preview : Match 21 – RCB v DD
DD’s day of reckoning? Odds stacked, shackles can be broken!
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.