RCB to face crash prone Daredevils
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils 8 PM
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be furious heading in their game on Tuesday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium after a game they let slip against Chennai on Saturday. It will help that they face wooden spoon holders Delhi Daredevils, yet to open an account after 4 games.
Still, defeat in a game they had in their grasp will give them the extra motivation to brush Delhi aside. Delhi’s batsmen have so far not been able to muster a score for their bowlers to defend. Virender Sehwag played a brief role against Sunrisers Hyderabad in his first game of the season and will want to take his chance at Bangalore. He has the enticing opportunity to bat against Muttiah Muralitharan, a bowler he has often dominated in international cricket.
His teammates would not want that though, the young trio of Manan Vohra, Kedar Jadhav and Manprit Juneja have batted commendably but will find the Lankan legend hard to face. Mahela Jayawardene and David Warner have been misfiring at the top, leaving Irfan Pathan and Johan Botha too much to do. RCB’s pacers have been tight at the Chinnaswamy while Murali Kartik has provided solid support to Muralitharan. RP Singh could miss a game while Ravi Rampaul may hold on to his place when Muralitharan returns if Daniel Christian is replaced by KL Rahul, allowing Kohli to play an extra specialist bowler.
Delhi’s bowling attack will rate itself against the Bangalore line up. Morne Morkel, Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav could be the men to trouble Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers but Virat Kohli on current form will be harder to remove. Shahbaz Nadeem has shown the wits to remove the best in the business and could be a dark horse in the game with his slow left arm bowling.
RCB had beaten other top contenders Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders before losing to Chennai Super Kings. The other close loss against Hyderabad was swiftly and emphatically avenged.
Delhi, pre-season favourites till a spate of injuries robbed them off Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder and Virender Sehwag for the first week are languishing with four losses from four games. However it leaves them with utter freedom to go all out on Tuesday and run RCB as hard as possible, a team with nothing to lose.
Nothing less than a comprehensive win will be expected from Kohli’s Royal Challengers. They have shown a tendency to let hard fought games slip, if they are going from challengers to champions then it is a tendency they have to correct.