Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Kotla May 16, 2012

Bangalore look to stay alive

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Match facts

Thursday, May 17, Delhi
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

How rapidly prospects change in the IPL. Two days ago, Royal Challengers Bangalore were on a three-match winning streak, with healthy chances of making the playoffs. Then they lost to Mumbai Indians, one of their competitors for a top-four finish, and later that day another competitor, Chennai Super Kings, beat Kolkata Knight Riders, whose position is far healthier than that of Royal Challengers. Now Royal Challengers need to win their last two games, both away from home, to have a realistic chance of qualifying, but even that may not be enough if it comes down to net run-rates.

It gets harder. The first of Royal Challengers' two must-win games is against Delhi Daredevils, league leaders and the first team to secure a playoff berth. It's at the Feroz Shah Kotla, where the pitch and conditions seem customised for the home side's hard-hitting batsmen and battery of fast bowlers. Daredevils also have two games remaining and one victory will guarantee a top spot, which will give them a second chance of making the grand final should they slip up in the first.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Delhi Daredevils: WLWLW
Royal Challengers Bangalore: LWWWL

Watch out for

Daredevils' team composition: There are several voices asking for Andre Russell to be included at Ross Taylor's expense. But Daredevils don't need a seam bowling allrounder because they already have Irfan Pathan and the strongest pace attack in the IPL. What they need is an in-form overseas batsman to act as ballast in a top-heavy batting line-up, which is why they are persisting with Taylor, desperate for him to shun the form that has brought only 107 runs at a strike rate of 87 in nine innings. Taylor made a duck in his previous innings, against Kings XI Punjab, and Daredevils have to decide between persisting with him and giving Aaron Finch, the only overseas batsman on the bench, a run before the playoffs.

Royal Challengers' misfiring bowlers: They have the longest tail in the IPL because they play five specialist bowlers - Vinay Kumar batted at No. 7 in the previous game. Yet their bowling attack, despite having Zaheer Khan and Muttiah Muralitharan, is the second most expensive of the tournament, after Deccan Chargers who are at the bottom of the league. That is largely because Royal Challengers' home venue, the Chinnaswamy Stadium, has the best batting surfaces and some of the smaller boundaries in the tournament. However, even away from home, Royal Challengers have conceded 8.19 runs per over. Again, only Chargers fare worse. Perhaps the more helpful pitches at the Kotla will strengthen Royal Challengers' weakest link.

Stats and trivia

  • In 13 matches, Royal Challengers have taken only 12 wickets in the first six overs, when the fielding restrictions are in place. Their average of 50 per wicket and economy rate of 7.69 during this period both the worst in the tournament. Daredevils, on the other hand, have taken 21 at an average of 29 and economy of 7.33.
  • Daredevils' batsmen have the best run-rate in the first six overs this season - 664 runs at 7.90. Royal Challengers score at 7.00 in this period, but Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have usually made up for that later in the innings.
  • The head to head between these sides after nine matches is 5-4 in Daredevils' favour. They lost the first match this season, in Bangalore, by 20 runs.

Quotes

"Obviously before playing RCB, we will make our strategies and plans. We need to get him [Gayle] out early. Our plan would be to restrict their scoring and bowl them out as soon as possible … Pressure would be slightly less but we will look for wins in remaining fixtures."
Umesh Yadav, Daredevils fast bowler

"It gives me immense pleasure to announce that RCB is the first sports team in the world to officially become carbon neutral, without the purchase of carbon credits but through fan driven initiatives."
Sidhartha Mallya, Royal Challengers Bangalore owner

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 17, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    I think DD should let Taylor open and give him free license to go for it. if he gets a few in the middle it may give him the confidence he needs and since the field is in he may get lucky with few mishits which he desperately needs, some luck going his way.

  • Analyst_c on May 17, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    The decision by Sehwag to persist with Taylor is really puzzling. Taylor is woefully out of form. Not only is he out of form and gets out with low scores, he takes forever to make those low scores. Unlike, say Kohli, who also keeps getting out cheaply, but at least Kohli looks fluent while he is in the middle while Taylor is wasting balls trying to find his form. As Sehwag is not playing, they should drop Taylor and play both Finch/Russel.

  • on May 17, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    yEs BanGloRe oNe TenSiOn Is OvEr ThaT PuNjaB wIn NoW tHeY HavE 2 FoCuS oN tHe GamE BanGloRe CoMe oN ShoW yoUr GamE i ThiNk PiTcH iS SuiTabLe FoR BoWlerS So VeTtOrI shOulD coMe In PlacE oF DiLsHaN...

  • fatier on May 17, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Everyone talking about Finch/Russel but where the hell is Doug Bracewell,is a good bowler and handy with bat

  • NisPunter on May 17, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Ross Taylor should have given the chance. DD to win this IPL firepower at end of the inning is needed, that could be provided by non other than the Newzeland captain itself. Instead for todays match warner or mahela get rested and give chances to russel and finch. As if DD losses its two matches still will be safely placed at 2nd position.. ALL THE BEST DD>>>>

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 17, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    rcb is a one man team.dd will thrash rcb to the cleaners.they never play as a team they rely on individuals whereas delhi is peaking at the right time.rcb bowling is the weakest one in this ipl.you can score 200 easily against rcb.so dd win the toss and bowl first.u will win this match

  • on May 17, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    lot of ppl r calling for dropping of ross tayler....agreed he is in awful run...bt whom do we replace him with? maxwell/flinch/russel?...trust me...u need a batsman lower down the order who cn play spin well...n tayler is d best of the lot in the DD squad...n thats why he shud be played @3 in coming matches to help him find his form..once that happens..DD would be unbeatable..

  • raghu1122000 on May 17, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I dont know why RCB is not giving enough chances to asad pathan. They just played him in one match and they took him off. he is a hard hitter capable of scoring 150+ sr and they need to give him an other chance.

  • raghu1122000 on May 17, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    CSK has its NRR at +.21 and RCB has its NRR at -.07. if CSK loses this first match then the NRR will come down realistically to maybe +0.15. RCB now will have 2 matches to make up this NRR. Its not that hard to cover a difference of +.2 NRR in 2 matches.

    MI anyway has lesser NRR. They will need to win the last match. Their task becomes much more difficult if RCB wins their last 2 matches.

    The litmus test for RCB is today. If they win today, in all probablity they will be going through to semis as their next match is against deccan, the less said the better`

  • on May 17, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Bathinda11, dude.... Mahela still hasn't found his touch, seriously? have u been watching tha matches? A player is out of touch when u see them playing like Ross Taylor does right now but just because a batsman isn't among runs consistently, you cannot say he is out of touch.. An out of touch batsman cannot punish a quality baller like Lasith Malinga with a strike rate of 200+ while playing beautiful cricket shots!!

  • on May 17, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    I think DD should let Taylor open and give him free license to go for it. if he gets a few in the middle it may give him the confidence he needs and since the field is in he may get lucky with few mishits which he desperately needs, some luck going his way.

  • Analyst_c on May 17, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    The decision by Sehwag to persist with Taylor is really puzzling. Taylor is woefully out of form. Not only is he out of form and gets out with low scores, he takes forever to make those low scores. Unlike, say Kohli, who also keeps getting out cheaply, but at least Kohli looks fluent while he is in the middle while Taylor is wasting balls trying to find his form. As Sehwag is not playing, they should drop Taylor and play both Finch/Russel.

  • on May 17, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    yEs BanGloRe oNe TenSiOn Is OvEr ThaT PuNjaB wIn NoW tHeY HavE 2 FoCuS oN tHe GamE BanGloRe CoMe oN ShoW yoUr GamE i ThiNk PiTcH iS SuiTabLe FoR BoWlerS So VeTtOrI shOulD coMe In PlacE oF DiLsHaN...

  • fatier on May 17, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Everyone talking about Finch/Russel but where the hell is Doug Bracewell,is a good bowler and handy with bat

  • NisPunter on May 17, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Ross Taylor should have given the chance. DD to win this IPL firepower at end of the inning is needed, that could be provided by non other than the Newzeland captain itself. Instead for todays match warner or mahela get rested and give chances to russel and finch. As if DD losses its two matches still will be safely placed at 2nd position.. ALL THE BEST DD>>>>

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 17, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    rcb is a one man team.dd will thrash rcb to the cleaners.they never play as a team they rely on individuals whereas delhi is peaking at the right time.rcb bowling is the weakest one in this ipl.you can score 200 easily against rcb.so dd win the toss and bowl first.u will win this match

  • on May 17, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    lot of ppl r calling for dropping of ross tayler....agreed he is in awful run...bt whom do we replace him with? maxwell/flinch/russel?...trust me...u need a batsman lower down the order who cn play spin well...n tayler is d best of the lot in the DD squad...n thats why he shud be played @3 in coming matches to help him find his form..once that happens..DD would be unbeatable..

  • raghu1122000 on May 17, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I dont know why RCB is not giving enough chances to asad pathan. They just played him in one match and they took him off. he is a hard hitter capable of scoring 150+ sr and they need to give him an other chance.

  • raghu1122000 on May 17, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    CSK has its NRR at +.21 and RCB has its NRR at -.07. if CSK loses this first match then the NRR will come down realistically to maybe +0.15. RCB now will have 2 matches to make up this NRR. Its not that hard to cover a difference of +.2 NRR in 2 matches.

    MI anyway has lesser NRR. They will need to win the last match. Their task becomes much more difficult if RCB wins their last 2 matches.

    The litmus test for RCB is today. If they win today, in all probablity they will be going through to semis as their next match is against deccan, the less said the better`

  • on May 17, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Bathinda11, dude.... Mahela still hasn't found his touch, seriously? have u been watching tha matches? A player is out of touch when u see them playing like Ross Taylor does right now but just because a batsman isn't among runs consistently, you cannot say he is out of touch.. An out of touch batsman cannot punish a quality baller like Lasith Malinga with a strike rate of 200+ while playing beautiful cricket shots!!

  • raghu1122000 on May 17, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    not sure why people are saying rcbs chances of qualifying is nil. one loss.. just one loss either by csk or mi and rcbs chances are as bright as anyon. maybe people have become blind but MIs nbet runrate is worse than rcb after their drubbing yesterday. so if it ever comes to net rr rcb has a better chance

  • on May 17, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    I think morkel nd Taylor should b rested...Russell and finch should b given a chance...

  • coolboy094 on May 17, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    this should b rcb team--(1)gayle (2)agarwal (3)kohli(capt) (4)ab de villers (5)saurab tiwary (6) arun kartik (7) A. McDonalds (8)vinay kumar (9)zaheer khan (10) murlidharan (11)harshal patel/appana (depending on conditions)...............if required mcdonalds can b replaced by vettori/nannes/another foreign player..........n if mcdonalds is replaced by a batsman than an indian bowler can come in for arun kartik

  • Bathinda11 on May 17, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Ross Taylor is out of form..DD should drop him and play vd merwe ..he is a typical t20 allounder or even maxwell ahead of russel..both are better batsmen than russel who is a sloger..mahela hasn't found his touch but should be persisted as he can play spin better...Morne should be given a rest to get his gas back...Robin Bist who was highest run getter in Ranji should be given a go in place of venugopal....we never know if we can discover a star.....sehwag, warner, mahela, naman ojha, vd merwe/maxwell, robin bist,irfan pathan, Negi/naddem, Morne/Russell, aaron, yadav

  • vrn59 on May 17, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    My teams:

    DD: Warner, Sehwag (c), N Ojha (wk), Jayawardene, Taylor / Finch / van der Merwe, V Rao, I Pathan, M Morkel, U Yadav, Aaron, Nadeem / Negi.

    RCB: Dilshan, Gayle, Kohli (c), de Villiers (wk), S Tiwary, M Agarwal, V Kumar, Z Khan, Muralitharan, Appanna, H Patel

  • on May 17, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    If de villiers and chris gayle get going, all DD can do is pray.

  • veerakannadiga on May 17, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Uphill task for RCB, but not impossible. With exceptional talent like Gayle,ABD, RCB can still do it. Saurabh Tiwari purchased @ 7.5 crores. What a waste. Dr.Mallaya should have kept Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor & Robin Uthappa instead. If Sachin's lost it in batting, Zaheer has lost it in bowling. Zaheer,Tiwari are the main culprits for RCB's sorry status.

  • on May 17, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    The one positive about persisting with a dreadfully out of form Ross Taylor is that he always comes out of slumps with amazing match winning innings as Shoaib Akhtar will remember not so fondly.

  • satish619chandar on May 17, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Given the form of Ross and good form of Russel, i would love to play Russel as a batsman alone.. He can hit it hard as anyone over there..

  • joseyesu on May 17, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    I think today RCB has a better chance as Delhi is no longer a good batting unit apart from sehwag and Warner as like Gayle and Devillers. But when comes to bowling RCB has Murali alone whereas DD has morkel, Yadav, Aoron. My team would be DD to have a safe entry for CSK to the 4th spot

  • pai11 on May 17, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    i think DD have already ensured that they will be placed either 1st or 2nd in playoffs since technically only KKR can go ahead of them & MI can too get 20 points (considering DD will lose both remaining matches & MI & KKR will win their last match). but still DD's NRR is way ahead of MI for MI to be placed ahead of DD..

  • on May 17, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @Xylo:

    The only player who leaves first with first sign of quality bowling is Chris Gayle. Let's see how he does today.

  • on May 17, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    DD, whats wrong with the selectors here. Why are we not playing van der Merwe. He is a genuine all rounder and can be more than handy with the bat, he has shown that in Friends Life T20. He ca come in at No 3 and keep the momentum going after sehwag/warner is out. Whats the point in playing Taylor. Look at his average, and more than that, look at his strike rate for a t20. Not to mention roelof is a livewire in the field and any captain would love to have him in the side.

  • mrrd on May 17, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    The delhi team batting order should be shewag,warner,finch,mahela,ojha,nagar,russel,irfan,negi,varun,yadav....this is best delhi team for me...

  • on May 17, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    DD should persist with Ross Taylor and also try out Aaron Finch in place of Warner/Mahela. Morne Morkel could be rested in the next game but may be important for this game against Gayle/Dishan/Kohli/AB.

  • on May 16, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Naman Ojha should come one down. Delhi can play two spinners. So this should be the batting order. 1. Sehwag 2. Warner 3. Naman Ojha 4. Jayawardena 5. Finch/Russel 6. Irfan Pathan 7. Pawan Negi 8. Morkel 9. Nadeem 10. Umesh Yadav 11. Varun Aaron. Either Negi or Nadeem will surely click.

  • maddy20 on May 16, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    @Arthur? Traitor?What are you talking about? Did we complain about Pietersen playing for Delhi? Thats how IPL is my friend. So stop whining!

  • xylo on May 16, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    That was some joke comparing Andre Russel and Irfan Pathan as bowling allrounders! RCB's bowlers have struggled at home conditions, which solely favours batsmen. Delhi's batsmen on the other hand have collapsed whenever there has been a slightest hint of quality in the bowling of the opposition and/or the pitch. With power-hitters like ABdV and Gayle, I would still back RCB to steamroll DD. Not to forget, this is Kohli's home-ground.

  • SurlyCynic on May 16, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    That loss against the mediocre MIs was really painful. Still hope to see RCB in the semis.

  • ayush.dhurka on May 16, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Bring Andrew McDonald in for Dilshan, and Pujara for Harshal/Appanna. Then, there will be a good balance in RCB. But how does it matter? They are virtually out. :(

  • on May 16, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    MCdonald gunned down his old team in the first match he played...he is a traitor to many DDfans now,hopefully he wont play tommorow.

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  • on May 16, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    MCdonald gunned down his old team in the first match he played...he is a traitor to many DDfans now,hopefully he wont play tommorow.

  • ayush.dhurka on May 16, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Bring Andrew McDonald in for Dilshan, and Pujara for Harshal/Appanna. Then, there will be a good balance in RCB. But how does it matter? They are virtually out. :(

  • SurlyCynic on May 16, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    That loss against the mediocre MIs was really painful. Still hope to see RCB in the semis.

  • xylo on May 16, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    That was some joke comparing Andre Russel and Irfan Pathan as bowling allrounders! RCB's bowlers have struggled at home conditions, which solely favours batsmen. Delhi's batsmen on the other hand have collapsed whenever there has been a slightest hint of quality in the bowling of the opposition and/or the pitch. With power-hitters like ABdV and Gayle, I would still back RCB to steamroll DD. Not to forget, this is Kohli's home-ground.

  • maddy20 on May 16, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    @Arthur? Traitor?What are you talking about? Did we complain about Pietersen playing for Delhi? Thats how IPL is my friend. So stop whining!

  • on May 16, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Naman Ojha should come one down. Delhi can play two spinners. So this should be the batting order. 1. Sehwag 2. Warner 3. Naman Ojha 4. Jayawardena 5. Finch/Russel 6. Irfan Pathan 7. Pawan Negi 8. Morkel 9. Nadeem 10. Umesh Yadav 11. Varun Aaron. Either Negi or Nadeem will surely click.

  • on May 17, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    DD should persist with Ross Taylor and also try out Aaron Finch in place of Warner/Mahela. Morne Morkel could be rested in the next game but may be important for this game against Gayle/Dishan/Kohli/AB.

  • mrrd on May 17, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    The delhi team batting order should be shewag,warner,finch,mahela,ojha,nagar,russel,irfan,negi,varun,yadav....this is best delhi team for me...

  • on May 17, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    DD, whats wrong with the selectors here. Why are we not playing van der Merwe. He is a genuine all rounder and can be more than handy with the bat, he has shown that in Friends Life T20. He ca come in at No 3 and keep the momentum going after sehwag/warner is out. Whats the point in playing Taylor. Look at his average, and more than that, look at his strike rate for a t20. Not to mention roelof is a livewire in the field and any captain would love to have him in the side.

  • on May 17, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @Xylo:

    The only player who leaves first with first sign of quality bowling is Chris Gayle. Let's see how he does today.