Bangalore v Delhi, IPL, Bangalore April 15, 2013

Can Daredevils avoid fifth straight loss?

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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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  • RiznyF on April 15, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Delhi need to play a batting allrounder instead of Botha or Russel. They are a very good team but keep losing due to lack of application and the wrong XI being picked. They should play Jeevan Mendis, he would stabilise the middle order and would also be an useful bowling option. Warner, Mahela and Sehwag being the top 3 batsmen makes the DD batting at one of the best on paper. If one of the three bat for 12-15 overs, Delhi would more likely than not win.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on April 15, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Why in World anyone would leave out Unmukt Chand ? In first match, he got really good ball by Lee. 2nd match he scored quick 23. In 3rd, he again got unlucky when Ponting pulled off an unbelievable catch, that's being termed as the Best Catch of the tournament so far, when he was on ZERO. Mahela should show faith in him. He is in good form, All he need is a bit of luck and Captain's support and he will start scoring runs.

    DD might not find a place in top-4 but they surely will act as 'Party Spoilers' for other teams.

  • 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....

  • 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

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • goindiago2012 on April 16, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Is Zaheer Khan and/or Cheteshwar Pujara back?

  • 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

  • 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..

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • RiznyF on April 15, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Delhi need to play a batting allrounder instead of Botha or Russel. They are a very good team but keep losing due to lack of application and the wrong XI being picked. They should play Jeevan Mendis, he would stabilise the middle order and would also be an useful bowling option. Warner, Mahela and Sehwag being the top 3 batsmen makes the DD batting at one of the best on paper. If one of the three bat for 12-15 overs, Delhi would more likely than not win.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on April 15, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Why in World anyone would leave out Unmukt Chand ? In first match, he got really good ball by Lee. 2nd match he scored quick 23. In 3rd, he again got unlucky when Ponting pulled off an unbelievable catch, that's being termed as the Best Catch of the tournament so far, when he was on ZERO. Mahela should show faith in him. He is in good form, All he need is a bit of luck and Captain's support and he will start scoring runs.

    DD might not find a place in top-4 but they surely will act as 'Party Spoilers' for other teams.

  • 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....

  • 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

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • goindiago2012 on April 16, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Is Zaheer Khan and/or Cheteshwar Pujara back?

  • 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

  • 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..

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • on April 16, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    All the best to bot the teams.Hoping for a good contest today. Why isn't Delhi playing Venugopal Rao??? And RCB should leave out Arun Karthik,Dan Christian,bring in Vettori/McDonald if Henriques is injured,bring KL Rahul as the wicket-keeper batsman.

  • PerfectTen on April 16, 2013, 10:05 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, Mithun/Unadkat, RP Singh & Murali.

  • manekroxx on April 16, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I said it before the match versus Chennai, and I'll say it again. RCB need to desperately strengthen their batting line up. While it's great that on a match day, one or two out of Gayle, Kohli or AB click, I guarantee there will come a day when all three fail and that will be the day RCB takes a hammering.

    I'll say this again too: Bring in Sunny Sohal in place of M Agarwal at the top. See if Saurabh Tiwary has pulled up his socks. And for god sake, don't bench a player if he's doing fine - case in point being, Dan Christian, who has goofed up twice in this tournament. I would be insulted if I were Henriques to see an under perfoming player find a place in the team. If they do want to give Moises a break, then give Andrew McDonald or Vettori a go, but for heaven's sake, please send Dan Christian back to Australia.

  • SurlyCynic on April 16, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Funny to see people comparing Gayle, Kohli, AB to Warner, Mahela and Sehwag and saying they are equal. Take off those Delhi-tinted spectacles people! There is no comparison, Gayle Kohli and AB are the best 3 T20 batsmen in the world.

  • Narbavi on April 16, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @lasitha: Same here, if you don't know about Van der Merwe, do not comment on him, i have seen him play well for RCB in the IPL before, also for his franchise in SA named Titans!! Spinner in the right mould for t20's, amazing fielder and a hard hitting batsman!!

  • on April 16, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    I think Jeevan Mendis is far far better than botha and merve.because these subcontinent tracks knows very well mendis.botha havent showed anything so far for his team.so bring back mendis.

  • Narbavi on April 16, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: LOL are you kidding me? As per your logic, both mendis and Rahul Sharma are leg spinners, Rahul Sharma was hit for 5 sixes in an over by Gayle, so the same applies to Jeevan Mendis too, even your own national team captain doesn't want him to bowl then why should DD allow him to bowl? Compare their stats, pretty similar but Van Der Merwe's stats are better and he has got experience on his side!!

  • ---lasitha--- on April 16, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @Narbavi if you dntknow about mendis just dnt comment on him.,he is a great batting allrounderand far better player than botha and russel who are just bowling allrounders an you need to play a batting allrounder at 6 and 7 like mendis or merve not russel, botha ,pathan

  • Nike_007 on April 16, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    DD is the most consistent team of this IPL-6; they have lost all their games. Other teams have won a few and lost a few but DD is consistent in its performance.

  • Prats_82 on April 16, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    I guess the team for DD should be as below: DA Warner, V Sehwag, U Chand, DPMD Jayawardene*,MC Juneja/ Y Nagar, IK Pathan, RE van der Merwe, NV Ojha†/CM Gautam†, M Morkel, AB Agarkar, UT Yadav

    Van Der Merwe should play. He is a good bowling al-rounder. Can clobber the ball and can vary his pace. Should open bowling with him against Gayle. Agarkar should also get a chnace in place of Nehra. Chand should be persisted with, however should be batting at number 3. Good luck DD. I am sure you guys will win today.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on April 16, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Instead of Mayank who is injured in last game RCB shuld field K.L Rahul or Vijay Zool in top order. Instead of Arun Karthik RCB should field Sheldon Jakson a good wk.

  • on April 16, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    i need Nehra to be played. He can change the game by taking crucial wickets

  • aru2u4 on April 16, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    DD wasted Ojha ... should use him as an opener with warner , lets sehwag come 1st down ......

  • on April 16, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    They need good power play stand by Warner and sehwag nothing else.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 16, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @Narbavi: LOL are you kidding me? As you see he played few games for DD last year and few more ipl games previously,Its easy for the left hander gayle to hit him across the line(rememer rrrahul sharma) and Kohli and AB (who are better players of spin).Its not easy against jewan because he got more turn and a googly. The truth is Jeewan is a better batsmen who playes sensibly and not a hit-miss player and he also has the big shots.

  • on April 16, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Ajit Agarkar can be dangerous for left hand batsmen, including Gayle

  • Narbavi on April 16, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    @Htc-Android: You are right, Jeevan's bowling skills haven't been used by lanka recently, he did play one game this ipl and got out for a duck, deserves atleast two more games but still i would be tempted to give van der merwe a go considering his all round skills, he regularly bowls for his franchise in SA, bats at any position and is one brilliant fielder!!

  • Narbavi on April 16, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Van der merwe given enough chances? Really? he hasn't played even a single game this season, he is tailor made for t20, his bowling and fielding skills are too good in this format, and also a big hitter who can be used at any stage of the innings!!

  • on April 16, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    DD can win if they play my XI. 1. Warner 2. Sehwag 3. chand 4. Mahela 5. Jadhav 6. Botha 7. Irfan 8. Morkel 9. U.Yadav 10. Agarkar 11.Nadeem

    team contain 5 Sp batsman , 2 All rounders ,4 . Sp bowler and in other way GD 7 batsman and GD 2 spinner and 2 fast bowlers and 2 seamers .

  • on April 16, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Why don't the Delhi Dare Devils use Ajit Agarkar, he might be far better than so called Ashish Nehra & company

  • on April 16, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    D.D Give a Chance to Roelof Van Der Merwe..if u need to win any matches..he is superb allrounder.

  • Qa_ankit on April 16, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    I do agree that DD will be having tough times against BIG RCB but believe so they will be. Look at the top three, Gayle, Kohli, AB V/S Sehwag, Warner, Jaywardane. Seems to be good battle. Though there is a big diff. One side is performing and one is having only names. But still i feel its just one match which can change coarse of tournament for DD. and I hope so as a big fan of sehwag. As per the team is concern for them, my picks are: Warner, Rohger, Jaywardane, Morkel. (4 bahargaon player) Sehwag, N.Ojha, Jadhav/ Chand. (Specially chand batting at 4 or 5) Agarkar,Umesh, Pathan, Nadeem. i would love to take agarkar in stead of Nehra or any other bowler. Also to restrict Gayle mafia, i will try with Umesh Yadav straight away with morkel. Its first 3 overs. Take him or get away. For RCB, they really needs to do something about depth bowling. Or they keep loosing those matches in which Gayle is not firing.

  • Htc-Android on April 16, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    @ Narbavi. I dont see any difference between the three players u mentioned here. Mendis, botha , van derwe all of them are in the same caliber. All 3 of them have underperformed when they played for their national teams. The fact is jeevan mendis wasnt properly used when he played for SL. He was hardly given a chance to ball and always asked to bat at NO.7 and 8(Many times he doesnt even get to bat). I cant see botha or van der merwe making a big difference in the game. So its worth to give a game to Jeevan mendis. Either he will perform or fail.

  • on April 16, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Yes its definately tough for dd to over come rcb......i will go with rcb....

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 16, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @Narbavi: Jeewan has a 3 FC double Centuries, and 9, five-fors. Given the fact he is a legspinner (with a sharp googly) he would get some turn from the placid chinnasammy pitch which other two can't. Botha, Russell, merve are given enough chances. Delhi is languishing at the batting not at the bowling.Plus he also has a wide array of shots. Botha is a good bowler but poor batsmen. Same for Vander merve, good bowler but poor batsmen. At the present you a need a good batsmen and a spinner.

    My XI: D Warner, V Sehwag, M Jayawardene, K Jadhav, M Juneja, J Mendis,A Agargar, I Pathan, S Nadeem, U Yadav,M Morkel.

  • Narbavi on April 16, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @dimitri1234: Lol, you expect Jeevan to be played ahead of Botha and even Van der Merwe? No way, they both are better than him and only one among those two can find a place in the 11

  • on April 16, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Y delhi is keeepng merwe out I dunt understand.. He a nice hitter n also can bowl If needed...

  • on April 16, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    I wonder why Ben Rohrer & merwe are warming the bench.4 loses on a streak requires heavy & serious changes.

  • brendon42 on April 16, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Reckon Morne Morkel with his extra pace and bounce will make it tough for Gayle, if Gayle gets going Dehli is stuffed so hopefully Morne can get him out

  • on April 16, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Delhi is suffering loss of KP, foolish move of swapping taylor with nehra ( although taylor is not doing well in pune but he is better middle order than anyone in current delhi team except mahela),team needs some changes in this match. my probable 11 will be and same will be batting order. 1. sehwag 2. warner 3. chand 4. mahela 5. Rohrer 6. K jadhav 7. pathan 8. agarkar 9. morkel 10. nadeem 11. yadav. best of luck DD. 7. 7. merve

  • on April 15, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    1.Warner 2.Sewag 3.Chand 4.Mahela 5.Jadav 6.Mendis 7.Irfan 8.Agarkar 9.Morkel 10.Nadeem 11.Yadav

  • SurlyCynic on April 15, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    As long as I get to watch AB and Gayle batting together again, I don't mind who Delhi select. If Warner explodes Delhi have a chance, when he falls early the game becomes a foregone conclusion.

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 15, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    This will be another Gayle-Kohli show unless Morkel do some magic !

  • dimitri1234 on April 15, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Enough of this Botha and Russel . Or if they play botha , play him as a bowler ,dont send him before Jadhav or even Pathan. Incase they want Batting all rounder , which is badly required , Jeevan mendis is the right option plus he can provide much needed impetus late in the innings . Doing same this again and again and expecting different result is madness . DD has to make changes and mahela should also drop to middle order and let Viru , Warner and Chand play as top 3.

  • CricketAkshay on April 15, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils are struggling without Pietersen. Their middle order is inexperienced, and as a result, they heavily rely on Viru, Warner, and Botha. Hence, I expect RCB to win against Daredevils and perhaps a fifth straight loss for the Delhi Daredevils

  • phunny_game on April 15, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    In the last season, the moment KP left for England, DD looked like a different side. Looking unbeatable for most of the tournament, they suddenly started looking mediocre. It can't be just a coincidence that KP is not available this time, and DD with pretty much the same team, are looking dismal. In fact Kedhar Jadhav is a better pick than Naman Ojha. They look uninspired. Mahela looks clueless sometimes. They are a better side than this. Mahela needs to be the anchor, instead of trying to be the dasher. Chinnaswamy pitch is flat so can't expect their bowlers to run through RCB. Its their batsman who need to do their job... I reckon Warner is the best bet for the fantasy league from DD tomorrow :P

  • on April 15, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    i dont know y they are not picking ajit agarkar instead of umesh pathan ajit is a good allrounder he bowls fast and he can hit the ball very long and he fields well

  • Alexk400 on April 15, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sehwag should not open. If jaywardene can convince sehwag to play 4 , DD will be good enough to win most games. They need muscle in middle order and lower middle order. No russell pls. He failed every damn time.

  • Alexk400 on April 15, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sehwag should not open. If jaywardene can convince sehwag to play 4 , DD will be good enough to win most games. They need muscle in middle order and lower middle order. No russell pls. He failed every damn time.

  • on April 15, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    i dont know y they are not picking ajit agarkar instead of umesh pathan ajit is a good allrounder he bowls fast and he can hit the ball very long and he fields well

  • phunny_game on April 15, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    In the last season, the moment KP left for England, DD looked like a different side. Looking unbeatable for most of the tournament, they suddenly started looking mediocre. It can't be just a coincidence that KP is not available this time, and DD with pretty much the same team, are looking dismal. In fact Kedhar Jadhav is a better pick than Naman Ojha. They look uninspired. Mahela looks clueless sometimes. They are a better side than this. Mahela needs to be the anchor, instead of trying to be the dasher. Chinnaswamy pitch is flat so can't expect their bowlers to run through RCB. Its their batsman who need to do their job... I reckon Warner is the best bet for the fantasy league from DD tomorrow :P

  • CricketAkshay on April 15, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils are struggling without Pietersen. Their middle order is inexperienced, and as a result, they heavily rely on Viru, Warner, and Botha. Hence, I expect RCB to win against Daredevils and perhaps a fifth straight loss for the Delhi Daredevils

  • dimitri1234 on April 15, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Enough of this Botha and Russel . Or if they play botha , play him as a bowler ,dont send him before Jadhav or even Pathan. Incase they want Batting all rounder , which is badly required , Jeevan mendis is the right option plus he can provide much needed impetus late in the innings . Doing same this again and again and expecting different result is madness . DD has to make changes and mahela should also drop to middle order and let Viru , Warner and Chand play as top 3.

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 15, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    This will be another Gayle-Kohli show unless Morkel do some magic !

  • SurlyCynic on April 15, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    As long as I get to watch AB and Gayle batting together again, I don't mind who Delhi select. If Warner explodes Delhi have a chance, when he falls early the game becomes a foregone conclusion.

  • on April 15, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    1.Warner 2.Sewag 3.Chand 4.Mahela 5.Jadav 6.Mendis 7.Irfan 8.Agarkar 9.Morkel 10.Nadeem 11.Yadav

  • on April 16, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Delhi is suffering loss of KP, foolish move of swapping taylor with nehra ( although taylor is not doing well in pune but he is better middle order than anyone in current delhi team except mahela),team needs some changes in this match. my probable 11 will be and same will be batting order. 1. sehwag 2. warner 3. chand 4. mahela 5. Rohrer 6. K jadhav 7. pathan 8. agarkar 9. morkel 10. nadeem 11. yadav. best of luck DD. 7. 7. merve

  • brendon42 on April 16, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Reckon Morne Morkel with his extra pace and bounce will make it tough for Gayle, if Gayle gets going Dehli is stuffed so hopefully Morne can get him out