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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  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • class9ryan on May 20, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Would b good if DILSHAN fires today . He's looked in some quality form ... Hope he delivers d goods 2day ??? RCB 2 win dis match would surely look 2 get their bowling going well

  • ms.arjun on May 20, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I am a huge CSK fan. But I should say they simply dont deserve to be at the playoffs , with the way they played this season. Lack of form specially that of Raina and Dhoni, at times their over confidence, too many changes in playing 11, all added to the woes. RCB on the other hand, is showing a lot of promise when it really matters in the tournament. But you know what, personally I think RCB should be at the finals in chennai, for one man, CH Gayle. I speak for many, we simply cant get enough of that man's hitting. We will be routing for you ECB, and hope to see u at chennai.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 20, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    rcb is a boring team.get chris gayle out and you win the match.even after scoring 215 in the last match they still conceded 194 runs against delhi.it should be mi vs dd final.both are exciting team.rcb should be kicked out in the eliminator.

  • supadupamonk on May 20, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Bruisers: I accept that CSK have not played upto their potential in this IPL season, but that doesnt mean they only won the matches due to luck...that is utter non sense. You have to give credit where it is due. I am a CSK fan but i wll be happy if RCB gets through to the play offs because they deserce it but the thing is RCB is extremely dependent on Chris Gayle and AB if those two guys fail its a free fall for them.

  • on May 20, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    This is the game where RCB MUST make the hard decision to drop T. Dilshan and include A. McDonald. On current form the former does not compare to the latter in the batting (whenever Dilshan has scored over 40 runs during this IPL season, his average SR has been something just over 110. This is hopelessly TOO SLOOOOOOOOOOOOW in this kind of T20 competition!! In the bowling department (an area in which RCB is in desperate need of a miracle) A. McDonald is by FAR superior to T. Dilshan, the latter who have bowled approx. 4 odd overs giving away over half a century of runs and not taking a single wicket. This is just about 13 runs to the over. In comparison McDonald's bowling figures (after only 3 matches) read: 10 0 61 5 6.1 which is simply brilliant. I am sorry, I fail to see how Dilshan's contributions can help to win any match. The equation is simple for me . . . Play Dilshan and lose against Deccan; play McDonald and win.

  • on May 20, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @swanoff i see it like this...RCB win today kick CSK out of torney.. so its DD vs KKR in Q1 .... DD win totally humiliating KKR ..DD qualify to the finals RCB humiliates MI in eliminator ...its b'coz MI are so proud of themselves and so their ass gets ripped off by Gayle ... its RCB vs KKR in Q2 and KKR wins there .. Finals DD vs KKR ... DD wins and Viru <Sehwag> lifts the trophy first time

    Go DD...go go VIRU

  • endoftest on May 20, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @RanjithJoy , i fully agree with you .....MI attitude is too much to digest. No matter who wins the tournment MI should not. I would love to see munaf patel getting hits of atleast 60 runs if at all he gets selected to play in next match....best of luck RCB, DD, KKR, CSK who ever gets to win.

  • on May 20, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    DC could beat RCB. Mentioning the story of David and Goliath, the Holy Quran says: "How many times a smaller army defeated a mighty army". So you never know.

  • CricketMaidenNoveldotcom on May 20, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    I'm writing this article to say - Well played Bangalore RCB, in IPL-5. But - RCB won't make the Finals. Team morale is low, after the Luke Pomersbach incident. The regular captain has stepped down. Compare that to the spirit and zest Trevor Bayliss, the KKR Coach, describes in the KKR dressing room. Compare that to the happiness of the Delhi Daredevils. The finalists for me - in IPL5 -- are between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkota Knight Riders. I have excluded Mumbai - because the captain is not as good as Shewag and Gambhir; and I have excluded CSK because the captain seems to be suffering from player fatigue. Not making the CLT 20 will do a world of good for Dhoni - he gets to Rest !!! And will come back a better player. For now folks - say Thank you and we'll see you next year - to Ganguly's Pune, David Hussey's Kings XI, and Dravid's RR. And sit back and get enthralled in the theatre of battle between two Indian grandmasters in 20-20 captaincy -- Gambhir vs Shewag for the Final.

  • sajidrock on May 20, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I think RCB should be fully dependent on Gayle, he is a gr8 player but what if he gets out early, RCB has to be prepared and you see in the whole tournament RCB has won most of the match in which Gayle had played a good inning it means if Gayle get out early they loose almost 50% hope all tough they have a very good side. CSK will definately pray for DC wins so that there chances will be clear in the tournament. Today's match will be really interesting.

  • atanudas on May 20, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    The most intriguing IPL so far.. RCB should be the 4th team in playoff..

  • on May 20, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    My fingers crossed for RCB to win this match. They've been entertaining throughout the tournament especially the big dude Gayle's one-man show in couple of recent matches.

  • barath_narayanan on May 20, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    @Bruisers. Do u even follow this IPL ??

    Am nt a csk fan either, But CSK literally thrashed DD in chennai! doing like that to the tabletoppers in not mere luck! and that too, given the fact that, chepauk is nomore their fortress.. Thrashing DD..

    CSK Can come, Moreover they are the most consistent team in IPL from its starting.. period!

  • on May 20, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    come on Rcb. As I am a Hyderabadi ,the look of team of Dc no batting line up and no fallow up bowlers to support not deserve to give a fight nor have a Right to upset the chances of talented pool.

    Ground is small. Gayle should cross 13 six barrier today it self. mayak agarwal pl show your class once again. kesavkoundinya

  • Balu_raj on May 20, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    All these days CSK have thrashed RCB from winning the title in both IPL and Champ league .. Now its the time for RCB ... RCB enjoy this rare moment of success.. !!!

  • siawashi on May 20, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    There is no doubt RCB has the high profile batsmen in the team not only that but they are there best of form but they surely need some support from bowling department in order to make sure they qualify for top four and games ahead in qualifiers, come on pull ur socks now Zaheer and vinay and murli doesnt need to do that as he is already doing great, so guys one more shot and semi final is waiting for u. RCB RoCkssssssssssssssss.

  • on May 20, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    @jose Jadeja , usual suspect!.. LOL!!! He has already lost us 2 world cups.. wanna make three in a row?.. Coming back to the match I think Poojara should play in place of Dilshan, who has done nothing special this season and Nannes should definitely be given a chance with our bowling really struggling....

  • on May 20, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    CSK: Luck RCB: Hard Work

    So this is the match b/n LUCK vs HARDWORK

    Lets see which wins, LUCK or HARDWORK?

    I Hope HARDWORK Always wins..

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 20, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I Want To See Deccan Win And Csk Qualify ....Though i m Bangladeshi I want 2 See Captain Like MSD in the Playoffs Again

  • on May 20, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    DC has always had the record of upsetting big teams ......i won't be amused if they repeat the same here.....

  • on May 20, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Iam a CSK and Dhoni`s since the start of IPL edition.I love to see CSK in the play off as 4th contender. For this RCB lose to DC,ofr which Steyn and Shikar Dhavan along with Sangakkara & comaroon White should shine and win over RCB. I pray GOD to fulfil CSK fans wish.

  • on May 20, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Come on DD, If you win this game, wooden spoon will go to Pune Warriors & CSK will go through for play offs

  • srinideva on May 20, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    first time in ipl history, i'm gonna support d chargers. The four foreign player for dc -steyn (triump card to knock gayle), white,duminy,throne. They shouldn't rest any one of them. One man army team can go to some distance but not the desired place.

    entire south support you dc ofcourse except bang.

    you have to win it for them..go chargers go. Don't disappoint me this time. Pick gayle and the game is yours.

  • on May 20, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Being a CSK supporter, I want them DC to win. Something tells me that Gayle and Kohli will get out cheaply.

  • on May 20, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Is Dhoni as lucky as most people claim? If Steyn, Mishra and co can pull of a seemingly impossible victory against Gayle, AB and co, Dhoni sure is lucky. To Deccan's credit, they already knocked one team out of play offs but I personally don't think Deccan can pull it off. Gayle also just recently decimated the best fast bowling lineup in IPL 2012. Deccan does have a decent bowling but can it down RCB in their must win game? ps. I want RCB to lose.

  • on May 20, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    The main reason people do not want CSK in the play-offs is not because they believe CSK don't deserve to be there but because they fear CSK may get a hat-trick of cups in the ipl if they get in. True story.

    Beind a CSK fan, I obviously want DC to win today. DC has to win the game if it doesn't want to end up in the bottom of the table. Moreover, I've always wanted the four big Metros in the play-offs at least once. Hope it is this time.

  • on May 20, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    itz real quarterfinal for rcb and virtual for chennai super kings....lol !! #yehiplhaiboss

  • on May 20, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    im from chennai CSK no chance All hail gayle

  • on May 20, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    UNFORTUNATELY THE CHAMPIONS NEED THE HEP FROM BOTTOM PLACED DECCAN CHARGERS !!! GO CHARGERS GO AND KILL RCB !!ITS AGAIN CSK WHO ARE GOING TO WIN THIS TITLE !!!! COMMON CSK !!!

  • on May 20, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Its a stupid title.. Quarter Final huh?? Well I would describe The Eliminator round as the quarter final for any team!! RCBs quarter final will be the match against MI and not with DC. Come on Change the Title damn!!!!

  • on May 20, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Being a CSK fan i don't want DC to win I want RCB to win and Make MI out of Eliminator and face KKR/DD in Q2 and i wish KKR win's the trophy

  • RogerC on May 20, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Even with a below par performance throughout the IPL, CSK is still in the race for qualifier until the last day. Just shows how good they are as a team.

  • on May 20, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Nice to see that DC have additional support in CSK fans this time. Hyd has usually been a high scoring ground. I believe for DC to win they should bat second because their bowling is weak and almost all teams chased their high first inning totals. DC's fielding is the worst with average of three dropped catches per match.

  • on May 20, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    I am a CSK fan but in this edition they don't deserve to be in the play off at all. RCB must win and qualify.

  • on May 20, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Come on Deccan Charges Thrash RCB

  • on May 20, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Going by their lukewarm on-off performance, I don't think CSK deserve to sneak in but being a hard core Chennaite, I would love to see the boys pull one from the hat. Go Chargers go!! Don't know if the Hyderabadis are rooting or not but 5 million Chennaites are behind you!! Lets do this!!!

  • on May 20, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    Oh Kohli...that 28 run over still hurting RCB, else it was all finished up by now sending CSK to 7th. Being a MI fan I should hope DC wins as CSK will be easy opponent, being a cricket lover I would say go RCB, because watching Kohli the next SRT is a good thing and Gayles sixers OMG.. Waiting for a terrific game. On other hand sad to see DC another loss, they are far better than Pune, why not a wash out game lol

  • on May 19, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Come on RCB. You can do it. I live in the US, and have nothing to do with Dilli or Banglore - but I would love to see DD & RCB duke it out in the Final.

  • on May 19, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    @yug20. I fully agree with your choice of the 4 foreign players for DC.

  • india_ipl_fan on May 19, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    I hope RCB doesn't depend on their batting heroics again, its too exposed now that bowling is their weak link, Venky is a useless bowling coach only fit for giving interviews in fake accent.

  • on May 19, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Four Delhi boys ( Sehwag, Gambhir,Kohli, Dhawan) and two Mumbai boys ( Rohit, Rahane) seem to be naturals to demand the selectors attention for the World T-20 batsmens' positions. Even Chennai's Murali Vijay, by regaining form, could be a standby. This is in addition to the usual suspects (like Raina, Jadeja etc), whose forms also are becoming 'usual suspects'. So, India has plenty to chose from , for batting positions. But Bowling positions, the scene seem to be shaky. There is no spinner , say comparable to Sunil Narine. Same is the case with pacers. None shows a form comparable to say, a Steyn or Malinga. Some Indian bowlers had shown occasional sparks, but not consistency. Story is more or less the same with wicket-keeping. In fact, Dhoni's form (and of course the form of his favorites Raina and Jadeja ) is the root cause of CSK's current plight.

  • RanjithJoy on May 19, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    I hope Vettori gets a game tomorrow. It's just insane he's on the bench. Kohli has always batted at No.3, so blaming him is ridiculous. ABDV should probably come in after him followed by Mayank and Saurabh. Should be a good game. I just hope we win and then trash MI. They have been just too arrogant and proud. It's been a long time coming. No matter who enter the play-offs, I just hope MI are humiliated!

  • sawnoff on May 19, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    I would want RCB to win so the play off could be between MI and RCB at B'lore very interesting, no CSK this time in the play offs with such a mediocre performance all thru out except for the match against RCB. the structure i see is like this. KKR beating DD (Q), MI beating RCB (E1), and MI beating DD (E@). KKR and MI finals here i do not know who the winner would be. Gayle has already used his ammunitions little crackers would be seen against DC.

  • vioo on May 19, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @madras-boy..me too thinkin d same..Gayle on fire can DC over come?????? Tomorrow's match wil b so exciting...Can't wait for d result..

  • on May 19, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    RCB Is Going To Beat Deccan Bad Tomorrow,so I guess Chennai should start packing their bags,no back door entry for them.

  • madras_boy on May 19, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    As a CSK fan, I have no choice but to support deccan chargers.... Let me hope steyn ends rcb dreams so that both dc fans and CSK fans enjoy it ... But is that possible with Gayle in his prime form??? Don't think so...heart says dc but mind says rcb... Who gonna win??? Let's see....

  • Bruisers on May 19, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Hmm. So CSK are still in it. Go RCB go, win the match and kick CSK out of the tournament. I was really surprised that a team like CSK, that is pulling off some lucky wins was still a strong contender for the Playoffs. But after their defeat to KXIP, they were put to where they deserved to be.

  • on May 19, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    By the way, it rained here in Hyderabad tonight. Hope the Gods are kind tomorrow so as to not allow RCB (with one point) to go through ahead of the men in yellow! No weather channel has got this right. They all talk about the chance of precipitation being zero!

  • on May 19, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Small correction. This is actually a virtual pre-quarterfinal. After all, RCB will have to play in Bangalore in the Eliminator (which is more like a quarter final), and then the 1st match in Chennai (which is more like a semi-final). All said & done, hoping that CSK go through! How can the IPL world be deprived of the men in yellow in the play-offs:-) Go Chargers, Go!

  • on May 19, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    @milind in a super over condition points will be distributed to both teams no matter who wins in the super over

  • yug20 on May 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    DC should include Dale Steyn n Rusty Theron both in their bowling attack and go all out 8 overs among them in demolishing RCB batting lineup....thats the only chance they have in beating RCB...... Cameron white/sangakara/steyn/theron...4 overseas players for the final encounter

  • SurlyCynic on May 19, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Hope Kohli actually lets AB bat this game. He's hardly faced a ball in the last 4 games, and even before only had an over or two each innings, so he's probably out of form by now.... what a waste.

  • sankarantpr on May 19, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    RCB minus GAYLE is ordinary team. Devillers may be there. Sometime he is not that much dangerous. DC has nothing to loose but RCB has to play with little tension since the game more important to them than to DC

  • on May 19, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    I have one doubt .. If the match gets tied and any 1 team wins in Superover, how NRR will going to calculate? Or do consider Superover scores only or 20 over score only or addition of both? Please tell.......

  • loki897 on May 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    RCB: Chris Gayle, T Dilshan, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, Ab de villers, Saruabh Tiwary, Asad Pathan, J Syed Mohammad, Zak Khan, Abimnanyu Mithun (Where has he went?), Muttiah Muralitharan/ Vinay Kumar

    DC: Shikar Dhawan, Dwaka Ravi Teja, Cameron White, JP Duminy, Ashish Reddy, AA Reddy, Daniel Christian, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Manpret Gony/ Ankit Sharma, Verr Pratap Singh

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  • loki897 on May 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    RCB: Chris Gayle, T Dilshan, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, Ab de villers, Saruabh Tiwary, Asad Pathan, J Syed Mohammad, Zak Khan, Abimnanyu Mithun (Where has he went?), Muttiah Muralitharan/ Vinay Kumar

    DC: Shikar Dhawan, Dwaka Ravi Teja, Cameron White, JP Duminy, Ashish Reddy, AA Reddy, Daniel Christian, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Manpret Gony/ Ankit Sharma, Verr Pratap Singh

  • on May 19, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    I have one doubt .. If the match gets tied and any 1 team wins in Superover, how NRR will going to calculate? Or do consider Superover scores only or 20 over score only or addition of both? Please tell.......

  • sankarantpr on May 19, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    RCB minus GAYLE is ordinary team. Devillers may be there. Sometime he is not that much dangerous. DC has nothing to loose but RCB has to play with little tension since the game more important to them than to DC

  • SurlyCynic on May 19, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Hope Kohli actually lets AB bat this game. He's hardly faced a ball in the last 4 games, and even before only had an over or two each innings, so he's probably out of form by now.... what a waste.

  • yug20 on May 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    DC should include Dale Steyn n Rusty Theron both in their bowling attack and go all out 8 overs among them in demolishing RCB batting lineup....thats the only chance they have in beating RCB...... Cameron white/sangakara/steyn/theron...4 overseas players for the final encounter

  • on May 19, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    @milind in a super over condition points will be distributed to both teams no matter who wins in the super over

  • on May 19, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Small correction. This is actually a virtual pre-quarterfinal. After all, RCB will have to play in Bangalore in the Eliminator (which is more like a quarter final), and then the 1st match in Chennai (which is more like a semi-final). All said & done, hoping that CSK go through! How can the IPL world be deprived of the men in yellow in the play-offs:-) Go Chargers, Go!

  • on May 19, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    By the way, it rained here in Hyderabad tonight. Hope the Gods are kind tomorrow so as to not allow RCB (with one point) to go through ahead of the men in yellow! No weather channel has got this right. They all talk about the chance of precipitation being zero!

  • Bruisers on May 19, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Hmm. So CSK are still in it. Go RCB go, win the match and kick CSK out of the tournament. I was really surprised that a team like CSK, that is pulling off some lucky wins was still a strong contender for the Playoffs. But after their defeat to KXIP, they were put to where they deserved to be.

  • madras_boy on May 19, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    As a CSK fan, I have no choice but to support deccan chargers.... Let me hope steyn ends rcb dreams so that both dc fans and CSK fans enjoy it ... But is that possible with Gayle in his prime form??? Don't think so...heart says dc but mind says rcb... Who gonna win??? Let's see....