Bangalore v Delhi, IPL, Bangalore

Can Daredevils avoid fifth straight loss?

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April 15, 2013

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Match facts

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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Big Picture

Four matches played, four matches lost. Blink. A fourth of their season is already over, and Delhi Daredevils have drawn a blank. An IPL side plays a 20-over match roughly every three days. In between, they have to get around a huge country like India, factor in time for sponsor events and also squeeze in time for training. It is possible to get into a rut with all the stuff that goes on and off the field. Before you know it, the season is drawing to a close. Various IPL sides have gone through such periods where nothing seems to go right, Daredevils being the latest.

They have been outclassed in a couple of games, fought but failed to come back in one, and lost one which they had no business losing. The absence of Jesse Ryder and Kevin Pietersen is being felt more and more with every loss. Top-order batsmen will tell you that 20 overs only seem short, but you actually have a lot of time. Mahela Jayawardene might be wondering that three hours is too little to turn around his misfiring side.

Daredevils' opponents and the venue of Tuesday's game will make their task still harder. Royal Challengers Bangalore have won all three home games this season at Chinnaswamy Stadium. It is the two that got away that will make them even more dangerous against Daredevils. A Super-Over loss in Hyderabad followed by RP Singh's last-ball incredible meltdown in Chennai only reinforce what many have come to expect from Royal Challengers over the years. That for all the big names in their side, their bowlers will regularly fall apart at the death, and their fearsome batsmen will do the same in crunch matches. The IPL is into its sixth season, and Royal Challengers are yet to shake off that reputation.

Form guide

Delhi Daredevils: LLLL
Royal Challengers Bangalore: LWWLW

Watch out for

Virender Sehwag finally played his first match of the season amid much expectation against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He lasted only ten deliveries, but looked alright before he ran one to wide slip. Not many batsmen would have opened the face with slip that wide, but Sehwag being Sehwag, he took on the fielder. As always, expectations will be high on Tuesday.

Chris Gayle's home run this season is 92*, 13 and 85*. His strike-rate at Chinnaswamy also jumps, from an overall 154.29 to 175.53. Unless Daredevils get him early, they run the risk of a fifth straight loss.

Stats and trivia

  • Daredevils are behind only Mumbai Indians with an away win-loss ratio of 1.06 in the IPL
  • Sehwag has hit the most sixes for a Daredevils batsman, 79 in 67 innings. Gayle has hit 143 in 47

Quotes

"I am not really worried. We are playing some good cricket. A couple of good games have not gone our way. We have to keep improving."
Daredevils captain Mahela Jayawardene plays down Daredevils' poor showing so far

"We are under pressure to win every game. Hope this pressure will lead us to better results. The guys have got to be positive and have to work hard for tomorrow's game. That's all we can do."
Coach Eric Simons, though, is more worried

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (April 16, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Now it seriously would be pathetic if they don't still select Agarkar. Yes, he hasn't been that successful in IPL as other bowlers but he can make up for that by his slog skills and big match play. He has been captain of Mumbai side and knows how to handle the pressure. Irfan/Umesh was nice combination but now that Umesh is getting hammered its important that Agarkar plays....

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (April 16, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

J Mendis and Rahul are totally different bowlers. Rahul is flattish spinner while Jeewan is a flight-bowler. Gayle being a backfoot player would relish a flat delivery but he he has to come come downt the track to hit jeewan which is not his strength. Also Jeewan bowls a lot of googly meaning tough for gayle to hit across the line.

V Merve is good but batting SENSIBLY is what DD needs now not slogging plus Jeewan got more shots like Reverse sweep, lofted on-drives, etc which is more useful than targeting the midwicket boundary.

See the difference between my logic and your....logic. :p

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (April 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

DD need Sehwag to play to his potential. Mahela is a class act but right now he is playing like that useless Mathews guy. At least 3 Sri Lankans are proving to be a burden to their respective teams - Mahela, Sanga and that Mathews guy. RR is safe. Kusal is not the Captain of RR. But still, these failing Sri Lankan Captains can do a Vettori of last year and drop themselves out. PWI was lucky that the match was played in Chennai and got rid-off that dead-weight Mathews guy. Hope Mahela bats well and justifies his overseas slot. If Mahela fails today, DD will do better to have an Indian Captain so that the valuable overseas slot can open-up some options for DD.

Posted by goindiago2012 on (April 16, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Is Zaheer Khan and/or Cheteshwar Pujara back?

Posted by ThilankaK on (April 16, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

My Team :- 1.Waner 2.Viru 3.Chand 4.Mahela 5.Jadhev 6.Ojha 7.Van der marwe 8.Irfan 9.Agakar 10.Morkell 11.Nadeem

Posted by   on (April 16, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

i guess the only way DD win today if hey play as a team...which they are not..they still feel that t20 is like a one man show..mahela played the first one pretty well and then the fire power was gone..and people though sehwag can help out but no use.bowlers like irfan and nehra dont tend use their experience in death overs . so a complete change over has to be done for the team which includes a good strategy. mahela is a good captain he should prove to be one by selecting the good playing 11. P.S: the managmenet please buy a good team next season..

Posted by Kailash_7 on (April 16, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

RCB like DD have a poor lower order batting unit, which was exposed in the previous game when Rampaul batted at 6!! It is surprising to see them try a new guy every second game rather than persist with one (KK Nair, L Rahul etc).Tiwari has not yet been given a chance. Ideally they should be playing a vettori at 7 who can get some quick runs & bowl some quality overs. Also, some of their decisions like playing dan christian over Moises henriques look shocking. Chosing the right 11 would help them avoid close games and hopefully we have zak & pujara back in playing 11 soon!!

Posted by   on (April 16, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

RCB should do away with Arun Kartik. He's not a complete keeper and to boot, a mediocre batsman. When they can utilize the services of AB for a keeper, they should go with him. Instead, they should go for KL Rahul who's a regular batsman in good form and also a terrific fielder as we saw in the last couple of matches. My 11 for today's game: Mayank, Gayle, Virat, AB, Henriques, Rahul, Vinay, Murali Kartik, Unadkat, RP Singh & Murali.

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