Rush hour begins for RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers
Saturday, May 6th 8 pm
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will be smarting when they take on the Deccan Chargers at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday night.
They lost a close game to KXIP earlier in the week that they shouldn’t have lost but nearly managed to win. DC on the other hand would have thought they found their touch at a crucial time but are now as good as out of contention. That however still leaves them with a chance to decide the final four and makes them dangerous.
RCB’s bowling problem is apparent. Although it would be unfair on McDonald who has provided good returns, he is the most obvious choice to make way for Muralitharan. Daniel Vettori has provided crucial breakthroughs and stymied rampaging opposition batsmen but as skipper is held to higher standards and must deliver accordingly. The rest of the bowlers, especially India regulars Zaheer Khan and Vinay need to give him that support and the Deccan line up should give them some confidence.
Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t built on his early form, both Parthiv and Sangakkara have been inconsistent, Duminy might sit out with an injury and Christian hasn’t done anything of note this season for DC. Cameron White on the other hand has three fifties and a duck from his last four innings and being a former RCBian will know the pitch at the Chinnaswamy well enough to get a start and let his form guide him from there. It took a freak caught and bowled to dismiss Sangakkara in DC’s previous game and the DC skipper could be dangerous here too.
RCB’s batting has revolved around Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, both have been consistent and have complimented each other, one succeeding when the other failed with de Villiers being the match winner. Virat Kohli has had a hard time finding his timing and his innings of not have been slow. But he has applied himself and tried hard every time, showing a sign of being a hardworking cricketer. He will have to give his best to make sure RCB find their way to the playoffs from here, tight as the equation may be.
It’s the kickoff of a tedious stretch, within 14 RCB will have played 6 games including 5 on the road after this game. Currently at 9 points from 10 games, they need to win at least 4 out of the remaining 6 games to remain in contention for a spot in the playoffs.
They will do well to begin it with a win against the team that is very clearly the holder of the wooden spoon. The game against DC has to be looked at as the opportunity as it is.