DC vs RCB: Preview
Three aspects to look at for today's game. Your thoughts?
It would have been interesting to overhear the conversation between Anil Kumble and Adam Gilchrist at a brand launch dinner last night. They talked even as a select group of players from RCB and DC sat on stage for a combined photo session.
The camaraderie looked healthy, but with Nagpur burning at 45 degree celsius today, the teams will feel the heat. More so the Chargers in their do-or-die position and here's what I reckon will play a crucial role in the outcome of today's match.
The big boundaries
"You must be loving this ground, no?" quibbed Robin Uthappa as a smiling Pragyan Ojha Walked up to greet him at dinner last night. "Yeah", replied Ojha, "85 yards on the square and 70 yards straight. It's a beauty!". Sure enough, the average of eight sixes/match on this ground pales in comparison to the double digit average across the IPL this year. But on a fast outfield, it also means opportunities for surgically precise fours and the need for well run threes. Dravid and Pandey should be a treat to watch on this one.
RCB batting order
I'll stick my neck out here. If we bat first, I'd go in with Pandey and Kohli, with Dravid, Ross and Robin to follow. A frenetic start with ample time in the middle for Rahul and Ross would be great for the team going forward in the tournament. Jacques can always get his orange cap back if Plan A fails.
Kumble vs Gilchrist
Deccan lose today, they're out. The law of averages suggests Gilchrist will leave the 30s behind and go for a biggie, but Anil's got him the last two matches, and the first over today would be a great time to make it three in three.