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Playoffs contenders Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab lock horns in Match 63 of the Pepsi IPL 2013. While RCB found the going difficult on a sluggish surface at Ranchi – losing to KKR by five wickets, KXIP let slip their home match against Sunrisers Hyderabad after they failed to chase down 150 and lost by 30 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore certainly start favourites in this match for they will be back in the familiar surrounds of their home ground where they have won all their six matches so far. Since their last outing at home, RCB have won only two of their six matches on the road.
Kings XI Punjab are barely alive in the race for the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs. Even if they win all their remaining matches, they can only get to 16 points. Given there are already five teams with 16 points or more in the standings, KXIP need to get to 16 points and hope for other results to go their way to finish the league among the top four teams.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 4 p.m
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
On perhaps the best surface in the competition the focus will surely be on the batsmen in both teams. If it is Bengaluru and Kings XI Punjab, look out for Chris Gayle. Something gets RCB’s Chris Gayle going almost always when the opponents are KXIP or when the venue is Bengaluru. In five innings against KXIP, the Jamaican has scored 50 or more on four occasions (one of which was a century). In 17 innings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium (in RCB colours), the Jamaican has hit 76 sixes and scored 934 runs at a strike-rate of 176. Also keep an eye out on the RCB skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers who are among the best finishers in the game currently.
With the kind of form he has been in recent times – and given his exploits against RCB when these two teams met the last time around, focus will be on David Miller. Since that match-winning century against RCB, the South African has scored eight and six and he will be itching to get back among the runs. KXIP also need skipper Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh to fire too.
Kings XI Punjab will clearly be feeling confident heading into this match for they have not only won their last two matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore but also hold a 6-5 win-loss record against their opponents.
In the most recent contest between the two teams at Mohali, RCB did well to post 190 for three riding on half-centuries by Cheteshwar Pujara and Chris Gayle before being blown away by David Miller’s 38-ball century.
The average first innings total in matches at Bengaluru this season is 167. In the previous match at Bengaluru, Chris Gayle stormed his way into the record books with an unbeaten 175 and powered his team to 263 – the highest-ever total in T20 cricket.
Chris Gayle needs 32 more runs to score 1000 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. CSK’s Suresh Raina is currently the only player to score more than 1000 runs at one particular venue; he has scored 1158 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will wind up their league fixtures with a home tie against Chennai Super Kings on May 18. Kings XI Punjab will meanwhile head to their adopted home – Dharamsala – to host the Delhi Daredevils on May 16.
Match 64 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will feature two-time champions Chennai Super Kings taking on the Delhi Daredevils.
Chennai Super Kings’ defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals and results from other matches over the last few matches has meant there is still a chance – however miniscule - that CSK could be eliminated from the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs. MS Dhoni and his team have made it past the league stage in every one of the five IPL seasons so far and they will be keen to maintain that record by progressing through the season for the sixth time in a row.
The Delhi Daredevils have the opportunity to enjoy the game and express themselves. Eighth in the standings with just three wins from 13 matches, DD still play an important role in the competition for they could have a say in deciding how and where Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab end the tournament. In their previous match against RCB, the team put up a brave fight in their chase of 184 – eventually finishing four runs short. They will be keen to put in that extra yard and finish on the right side this time around.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 8 p.m
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
The core of the Chennai Super Kings team has been the same since the inception of the IPL and each player knows and understands exactly what is expected of him in given situations. The perfect recipe for CSK would be for Michael Hussey to get runs at the top of the order, for Suresh Raina to control and accelerate from No. 3 and for skipper MS Dhoni to flourish in the death overs. Dwayne Bravo and Mohit Sharma have been brilliant with the ball and they will be expected to be the same yet again. The spotlight will be on R Ashwin who was taken for 23 runs and forced out of the attack after his solitary over against the Rajasthan Royals.
To compete with the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils need runs from their international stars – Virender Sehwag and David Warner. It has been three matches since either Sehwag or Warner scored a half-century and that has had a direct impact on the team.
Chennai Super Kings have a 7-4 win-loss record against the Delhi Daredevils.
In the most recent meeting at Delhi, CSK posted 169 for four and then skittled out the hosts for 83 to win by 86 runs.
Historically, pitches in Chennai have been known to assist spinners. However, this season, of the 72 dismissals by bowlers at the venue, only 20 have been by spinners.
Since his match-winning 83 in a Test match against England in 2008, Virender Sehwag has only managed 34 runs in six innings in Chennai (across all formats).
Chennai Super Kings will play their final league fixture of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 18 (at Bengaluru), while the Delhi Daredevils will head to Dharamsala to take on Kings XI Punjab on May 16.