Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers, IPL, Hyderabad May 19, 2012

Virtual quarter-final for Royal Challengers

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Match facts

Sunday May 20, 2012
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

The task is straightforward for Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have to win this game to secure a berth in the playoffs. Why it has come down to a last-minute scramble to make the final four for a team that possesses the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Muttiah Muralitharan is a bit baffling. It shows how unpredictable this edition of the league has been. Here, they will be up against the bottom-placed Deccan Chargers, who have nothing to play for except to break a few hearts.

Chargers terminated Rajasthan Royals' chances of progressing with a clinical win in Hyderabad, where they've won just two games in 19 attempts. This will be their chance to end another torrid season on a positive note. Their fielding remains shoddy, and they'll be hoping to lift themselves in that department.

Another team closely following this game will be the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings. Should Royal Challengers lose, both will be locked on 17 points but Super Kings will go through on superior net run-rate.

Form guide


Deccan Chargers: WLLLL (most recent first)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: WLWWW

Players to watch

After stints with Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians, Shikhar Dhawan has justified his billing with Deccan Chargers, compiling 564 runs with five fifties. He's behind only Chris Gayle in the run charts, after having overtaken Ajinkya Rahane in his previous outing. He may not finish at No.2, with Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag closing in on the 500 mark, but Dhawan's done enough to push the national selectors into debating whether he warrants a recall when they pick the team for the World Twenty20.

Daniel Vettori's ordinary bowling form has compelled him to sit out for the sake of the team. Virat Kohli has done a fine job as a stand-in captain, ensuring that Vettori's absence didn't upset the team's fortunes. His 73 against Delhi Daredevils in their most recent match was part of a stand of 204 with Chris Gayle, the second-highest partnership in Twenty20.

Stats and trivia

  • Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers have played each other ten teams, with five victories apiece.
  • Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra are the only two Chargers bowlers who have taken more than ten wickets in this IPL.

    Quotes

    "When you are at the bottom of the table, there is hope to upset some other people's tournament."
    Deccan Chargers captain Cameron White

    "They really support me as captain. As a young captain, you fall short of ideas at times. But they have been very helpful." Virat Kohli on the benefit of having players like AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne to assist him

    Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on May 20, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @ 5:01 pm .. DC going down their familiar path of self destruction.. i guess its time CSK says good bye to this season.. nevertheless.. 3 deserving teams are playing the play offs and i said 3 cuz..i think i speak for most of the fans here.. mumbai sux..brash, arrogant, swelled and loathing with over confidence,,i believe the rest of the 3 teams are well deserving and will be crown jewel in the IPL and will represent this league in the right light..

  • dummy4fb on May 20, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I am one of the fan of CSK supporting from the day first to chennai, I can say very frankly that the CSK performance in this season is very very poor rather than RCB after Virat kohli as a stand in captain he shows all his best effort. Now today after the match with Deccan they will surely qualified for the Playoff. If incase RCB loose this match then all the fans have to think twice that really Mahee have a GOD fate.

  • Sathiyamoorthy82 on May 20, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Its a virtual Pre-quarterfinal for RCB! Probablility to be IPL winner: DD: 3/8, KKR: 3/8, MI: 1/8, RCB: 1/16 and CSK: 1/16. This probablility is based on the assumption (with simplification bias) that RCB and DC have equal probablity to win todays match.

  • mukesh2147 on May 20, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    i will be happy if rcb reach final and i will be more happy when Dravid's idol kohli lift the trophy.he is the man who is going to lead the tigerish Indian team of future and also he will create history.he should get whichever Dravid lose.

  • dummy4fb on May 20, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    The heading should read virtual pre-quarter-finals, as quarters would be the eliminator. Since Bangalore can't be in the top two.

  • omprakash885 on May 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    its virtual per-quarter final, not quarter final for rcb.

  • dummy4fb on May 20, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    RCB has to lose.. Bt given the opposition and their record in the ground, it looks hugely unlikely for them them to lose !!

  • maddy20 on May 20, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    @sobersfan I would count on RCB to knock out Mumbai in the eliminator. Very mean spirited team and their behaviour on the field has made more news than the batting. The sooner they are out of the tournament the better! Despite of being an RCB fan For me the two deserving teams to win the title are Delhi & KKR and I think they will be the ones playing the final.

  • Duplessis720 on May 20, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Common Chargers beat RCB so that CSK can make it to the finals .Chargers have to beat the red guys by using Steyn and other good guys. Gayle has to give up or otherwise he and Kohli will smash or fight back and destroy Chargers. Go Chargerers

  • dummy4fb on May 20, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Dilshan should play today...he scored very good 50 last time against DC...so he should play today

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