Delhi v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Delhi May 9, 2013

RCB look to get wobbling campaign back on track

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Match facts

May 10, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

When Royal Challengers Bangalore left the comforts of home about a fortnight ago, they had won six games out of eight, were at the top end of the points table and were considered a shoo-in for the playoffs. In the four matches since, they have lost three times. As a result, they've dropped to the crowded middle of the table and have a growing list of doubters. Delhi is the second-to-last stop on their road trip, before they head to the newest venue on the IPL map, Ranchi, and then it's back home for two games to finish the league stage. They will want to score points in their final two matches on the road, not just to shore up their chances of a playoff spot but to boost their confidence ahead of those big games, none of which will be at the Chinnaswamy.

What should worry Royal Challengers, more than their failure to win away games this season, is their response to David Miller's assault in their previous match. Arguably Miller's 38-ball hundred was one of the finest innings in an IPL chase, but Royal Challengers seemed to lose focus soon after the onslaught began, even before their total of 190 seemed to be seriously under threat. Virat Kohli dropped one, their bowlers fed him length balls regularly, AB de Villiers misfielded …They'll have to deal with many more such pressure situations going into the final stretch of the tournament, and they'll be hoping to cope a lot better than they did on Monday.

Delhi Daredevils are out of the race for the playoffs. For them, it's all about finishing a disappointing campaign on a relative high, and spoiling a few parties on the way.

Form guide

Royal Challengers Bangalore: LWLLW (most recent first)
Delhi Daredevils: LLWWL

Players to watch

Virat Kohli is being groomed for the Indian captaincy. This tournament is his first stint in charge of a senior team, and if this was a yardstick to judge where his leadership skills stand at the moment, he has probably been found wanting in handling the mental side of things until now. He had that ugly spat with India team-mate Gautam Gambhir early in the tournament, he let the Wankhede crowd get to him, he dropped that key catch - was there a touch of complacency as the expert fielder lined up with Miller's skier? - in the Kings XI game and was then seen arguing with umpire about a questionable no-ball in the midst of onslaught. Like his team, Kohli, too, faces the bigger pressure tests as this tournament progresses. He'll need to keep a tight rein on his emotions if he's to come out on top in them.

Mahela Jayawardene has 259 runs at 21.58 in 12 games, with a strike rate of 105.71. As much as his team has not been able to get away in this tournament, neither has Jayawardene. Will he continue to play, or become the latest captain to drop himself? With Daredevils out of contention and Sri Lanka eager to bring some of their out-of-form players home early from the IPL, to allow them to prepare better for the Champions Trophy, Jayawardene cannot be blamed if his focus has shifted a bit already.

Stats and Trivia

  • Royal Challengers and Daredevils have faced off 10 times in the IPL, with Daredevils winning 5 times, Royal Challengers winning 4 times, and 1 tie (their previous encounter this year, in which Royal Challengers won the Super Over). However, Daredevils last beat Royal Challengers in IPL 2010
  • Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli have the second-highest partnership in T20 cricket - an unbeaten 204 - and it came against Daredevils, in Delhi, last year

Quotes

"Twenty20 cricket is about one big score, one big partnership. We have not done that consistently."
Daredevils' coach Eric Simons analyses his team's shortcomings this season

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Abitha on May 10, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Take my word DD are going to win this match by 5 wickets for sure. RCB will score around 150 only Kashinath

  • abhishek.takin on May 10, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @Dalena ->Virat has done good Captaincy till now. INDIA has won WORLD CUP under his Captaincy. .??????????????? ....LOL..... Are you talking about cricket or any other game. ? 1st clear you and knowledge and then post comments here for Kohli. Kohli is good player and a solid contender for future captaincy but he has to learn a lot.....most important how to control his temper. Sachin, Dravid and Dhoni are the best example of super cool players. Yes Kohli is on the success path and may be the future captain...but i still doubt that he can match the standard of Dhoni's captaincy..

  • Dalena on May 10, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Virat has done good Captaincy till now. INDIA has won WORLD CUP under his Captaincy. . its just that RCB dont have good bowling .. if Virat has Bravo,Ashwin,jaddu, or nannes . even he would have won all the matches.. he is up coming INDIAN captain For sure!! comee on Virat!!!!ABD for Captaincy??? his Captaincy record for SA is bad. . no need of SA captain for RCB. . Virat is best that we have. . come on Virat!!!

  • Nampally on May 10, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I do not like to see constant referrals to Kohli being groomed for future Captaincy of India. There are many prospective youngsters more suited to Captaincy of Indian team than Kholi. Gambhir & Kohli are amongst that list but both are a very long way off that goal. Looking at the whole scene in a cool & unbiased manner 3 more balanced characters for future captaincy of India are Pujara, Dhawan & Rohit Sharma. Even Ashwin has a better chance than Kohli. So far Pujara has been unfairly sent into "Low Profile category". Perhaps a change in BCCI leaders may be necessary to get Pujara's profile enhanced. Dhawan is already leading Dehli in Ranji & is soon becoming a leading batsman. I think he has been denied entry due to Sehwag & Gambhir occupying the opening spot. Lastly Rohit Sharma is a talented batsmen yet to develop big match temperament. He is a balanced young man who Captains Mumbai in Ranji. Tiwary is another captaincy candidate who is finding it hard to make the Test XI.

  • on May 10, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Kohli is like rockstar. His batting is extremly positive like singing of rockstar and mind is negative.

  • GRVJPR on May 10, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    @warun_sharma Who is unmukt -- Captain of World cup winning team, that's enough!

  • GRVJPR on May 10, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    How many world cups ABD has won as a captain of any team or part of any team?? Kohli is way ahead. Few people can't disgest the progress of young men.

  • GRVJPR on May 10, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Those who are suggesting that ABD should captain RCB, May I ask you how it will help India? That was the main obejective of IPL.

  • on May 10, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Kholi as the Indian Team Captain sounds scary to say the least. The media tag line would probably be - "Captain Cool is replaced by Captain Hot(head)" Anyways, as far as IPL goes I want RCB to win and hopefully we can get some more Gayle Storms this season. Afterall its all about entertainment.

  • ThilankaK on May 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    now forget the DD, they're already gone !! talk about RCB, 1st they have to change the captaincy , should go to A.B.De Viliers ! virat kolli should not captain, still he is like school boy captain !!!

  • Abitha on May 10, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Take my word DD are going to win this match by 5 wickets for sure. RCB will score around 150 only Kashinath

  • abhishek.takin on May 10, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @Dalena ->Virat has done good Captaincy till now. INDIA has won WORLD CUP under his Captaincy. .??????????????? ....LOL..... Are you talking about cricket or any other game. ? 1st clear you and knowledge and then post comments here for Kohli. Kohli is good player and a solid contender for future captaincy but he has to learn a lot.....most important how to control his temper. Sachin, Dravid and Dhoni are the best example of super cool players. Yes Kohli is on the success path and may be the future captain...but i still doubt that he can match the standard of Dhoni's captaincy..

  • Dalena on May 10, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Virat has done good Captaincy till now. INDIA has won WORLD CUP under his Captaincy. . its just that RCB dont have good bowling .. if Virat has Bravo,Ashwin,jaddu, or nannes . even he would have won all the matches.. he is up coming INDIAN captain For sure!! comee on Virat!!!!ABD for Captaincy??? his Captaincy record for SA is bad. . no need of SA captain for RCB. . Virat is best that we have. . come on Virat!!!

  • Nampally on May 10, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I do not like to see constant referrals to Kohli being groomed for future Captaincy of India. There are many prospective youngsters more suited to Captaincy of Indian team than Kholi. Gambhir & Kohli are amongst that list but both are a very long way off that goal. Looking at the whole scene in a cool & unbiased manner 3 more balanced characters for future captaincy of India are Pujara, Dhawan & Rohit Sharma. Even Ashwin has a better chance than Kohli. So far Pujara has been unfairly sent into "Low Profile category". Perhaps a change in BCCI leaders may be necessary to get Pujara's profile enhanced. Dhawan is already leading Dehli in Ranji & is soon becoming a leading batsman. I think he has been denied entry due to Sehwag & Gambhir occupying the opening spot. Lastly Rohit Sharma is a talented batsmen yet to develop big match temperament. He is a balanced young man who Captains Mumbai in Ranji. Tiwary is another captaincy candidate who is finding it hard to make the Test XI.

  • on May 10, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Kohli is like rockstar. His batting is extremly positive like singing of rockstar and mind is negative.

  • GRVJPR on May 10, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    @warun_sharma Who is unmukt -- Captain of World cup winning team, that's enough!

  • GRVJPR on May 10, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    How many world cups ABD has won as a captain of any team or part of any team?? Kohli is way ahead. Few people can't disgest the progress of young men.

  • GRVJPR on May 10, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Those who are suggesting that ABD should captain RCB, May I ask you how it will help India? That was the main obejective of IPL.

  • on May 10, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Kholi as the Indian Team Captain sounds scary to say the least. The media tag line would probably be - "Captain Cool is replaced by Captain Hot(head)" Anyways, as far as IPL goes I want RCB to win and hopefully we can get some more Gayle Storms this season. Afterall its all about entertainment.

  • ThilankaK on May 10, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    now forget the DD, they're already gone !! talk about RCB, 1st they have to change the captaincy , should go to A.B.De Viliers ! virat kolli should not captain, still he is like school boy captain !!!

  • SherjilIslam on May 10, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Anticipating a delhi win today foe two simple reasons: 1. I am a fan of Delhi, 2.To spice-up the race for play-off qualifications.

  • sameer_warun on May 10, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    ABD should CAPTAIN RCB !!!

  • warun_sharma on May 10, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    If RCB wants to win PLEASE change captaincy to ABD , when a great captain like ABD in the side RCB wasting the opportunity !!!

  • warun_sharma on May 10, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @ viru-319-219 : wheres your 4th overseas player ????? ask to captain Unmukt ?? haa ha haaa !!! 1st unmukt has to get playing XI !! mahela is a bone leader ! If mahela drop him self then captain should go to Irfan . who is unmukt ???

  • on May 10, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    @starincricket: Even if KKR win all their remaining matches & CSK lose all their remaining matches, KKR will be behind CSK by 6 points. What mathematical probability are you referring here?

  • vallavarayar on May 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Kohli will make a good captain. To watch on tv.

  • on May 10, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Kohli would not be a good choice as the next Indian Captain unless he learns to keep his cool.

  • starincricket on May 10, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    @siva_Bala75 : Well,Mathematically, KKR can still be in and CSK can still be out. But scientifically not..:)

  • on May 10, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Virat kohli is a good captain.. Team led by him won U-19 world Cup for India.. He will be under pressure for sure but he is the player who performs much better under pressure.. He will make sure that RCB reaches PlayOff's... On ther oter side DD had bad IPL season .. Their combinations are not working well and there is no individual performance seen in the team except Warner.. If we compare as a Unit, RCB is much better Unit than the DD, and RCB has good coordination among themselves..

  • vishank2009 on May 10, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    to SpeedCricketThrills , people like u blindly supported RCB against punjab , then see what happened to RCB other night , also many will not be surprised if the same happens to rcb tonight , THIS SHOWS THAT RCB SUPPORTERS OVER CONFIDENT like their team . now rcb have to play hard with pressure to make it to playoffs , it is not a easy road for them now. Note it , at play offs first three teams will definitely be CSK , MI & RR . for the 4th place there will be tough competition between SRH, KKR, KXI & RCB. when gayle can have his day definitely sehwag can to have his day , if sehwag clicks RCB is gone. so all the RCB supporters dont count your chickens before they hatch. rcb is in a must win situation today because if they lose today they will be in a uphill task against already qualified giant csk, rr and expected srh. let the best team win today !!!

  • gracegift on May 10, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    @DINESHCC: SIVA_BALA75 is correct. There could be a 5-way tie for 20 points, in which case even CSK can be out on NRR, or in another scenario there could be a 4th place tie on 16 points, so KKR may make it on NRR. Even DD can make it, if results go their way. Unlikely, but possible.

  • cool_brats_on_d_prowl on May 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    I so want DD to win today, just to spice up the fight in among the teams trying hard to get into playoffs...saying that i also want the CSK vs RCB match to be a do or die one for RCB...Hope Warner n Sehwag fire today and DD bowlers rain a series of short deliveries to Gayle....

  • DINESHCC on May 10, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    SIVA_BALA75: I don't understand. When KKR which could secure a maximum of 16 points (assuming that KKR will win all the 3 remaining matches) could make it to the play off, how CSK could not make it when it already secured 20 points.

  • liteonon on May 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Hi all, I would like DD to drop Jayawardene and make unmuk Chand as captain and see if he can turn things around! Good play DD!!

  • KENNETHS on May 10, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Virat Kohli is being groomed for the Indian captaincy. This tournament is his first stint in charge of a senior team, and if this was a yardstick to judge where his leadership skills stand at the moment, he has probably been found wanting in handling the mental side of things until now. He had that ugly spat with India team-mate Gautam Gambhir early in the tournament, he let the Wankhede crowd get to him, he dropped that key catch - was there a touch of complacency as the expert fielder lined up with Miller's skier? - in the Kings XI game and was then seen arguing with umpire about a questionable no-ball in the midst of onslaught. HOW CAN HE THIS TEAM BE 3RD IN THE FAIR PLAY AWARD THEN ???

  • Thyagu5432 on May 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @SpeedCricketThrills: Yes, I am a CSK fan. In any case, why should I be keen to see RCB in the playoffs? Who is RCB to me? All that I was saying there was if Sehwag clicks, that would spell doom to RCB. Anybody who is following Indian Cricket for sometime now will know I am not bluffing. That is the power of Sehwag. What is in RCB's favour, though, is that Sehwag's chances of succeeding have diminished quite alarmingly over the last few years.

    Anybody who is following world cricket since last IPL will know, Gayle does well only in "PL" tournaments where teams are likely to have more domestic class than international class bowlers.

    So you cannot take RCB's win today for granted. Go Sehwag! Get RCB!

  • vimalmutha on May 10, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    No doubbt it is a crucial game for RCB but as i favour Delhi, I wish that today Delhi wins handsdown. All the best for Delhi.

  • on May 10, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    As Praveen said here DD can still reach play offs DD win all,SRH/RCB lose all;PWI defats KKR,MI defeats KXIP Leaving SRH,RCB,KKR,KXIP & DD on 14 pts So they need 13 matches to go in thier way in which they can control 4 of those So dont count out DD still

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 10, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    This is the 58th match or 80% of the matches over. Only 2 (DD and PWI) are out as of now. Mathematically, KKR can still be in and CSK can still be out.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 10, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @Thyagu5432- you sound like a CSK supporter (going by your name) not keen to see RCB make it to playoffs. Which world are you living in to say "DD will revel", "opponent is weak" , "game over for RCB", "chances of Gayle succeeding is remote", "going to be tough for RCB" - we all live on Earth. Descend to Mother Earth, Mr Thyagarajan Rangarajan Chennaiappan - RCB will win today :-)

  • Aks09 on May 10, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    It's time for RP to take a break.Play Unadkat in place of him.RCB lost more than win coz of him

  • on May 10, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Unless Virat holds on to his nerve and maintains good temper, its gonna be difficult. Bowling and fielding department requires a big overhaul especially when bowling second. To begin, drop RP singh first. Then Bowl and field well. Batting hasnt been a concern since RCB is not totally dependent on Gayle anymore. ABD, Virat, Pujara pitch in to fill for Gayle when needed. Bowling remains a concern.

    If they lose today against DD, it might be all over for RCB and will be very difficult to make a comeback against stronger teams.

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 10, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    DD beware. Gayle begins with guile to turn in to a gale.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 10, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    I think DD will revel when the bowling attack of the opponent is weak. In this case, RCB has a weak bowling attack and hence chances are that one of Sehwag, Mahela, Warner will come good. If Sehwag comes good, game over for RCB. On the other hand, DD has a better bowling attack than RCB and RCB's batting relies entirely on Gayle and ABD (towards the end). Chances of Gayle succeeding is remote against a decent bowling attack. So it is going to be tough for RCB unless DD's batting is a flop.

  • JBSA on May 10, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @Balu_raj: Joke of the year. Neither RCB is going to top the table nor its gonna reach Finals

  • ladycricfan on May 10, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @ Indra Prakash. You are correct. Only PWI is definitely out. All other teams have mathematical chances to reach play offs. But no team is definitely in yet. What I pointed out was just one scenario where CSK could not make it. In all probability CSK will make it to the play offs. I am a CSK fan.

  • JBSA on May 10, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    @SC13159: Really a good observation. But too much of one sided thoughts might never come to reality. CSK clearly revealed the weakness of SRH in the last match. Provided that their next 2 matches are in Mumbai and Mohali where it suits the batting, SRH are more likely to lose. And the match in Hyd is with RR who are better players(Rahul, Rahane & Samson) of slow pitches and also Watto, Hodge, Binny for batting pitches. Though MI has a chance to sneak through the last 3 matches, though the might struggle in Hyd spin pitches. RCB on other hand has 2 home games with CSK and KXIP apart from today's game and one in Ranchi. Even if they win, it won't affect much of CSK's chance in Playoffs. CSK will play 3 more games, each in Bangalore, Jaipur and Chennai. The match in chennai with DD alone seems easy but anything can happen in T20s. But whatever may happen CSK's place in playoffs has been sealed

  • Balu_raj on May 10, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    It will be an easy win for RCB... they will trash DD like anything... RCB too good a team to lose so many matches... Final four in ascending order will be RCB CSK MI RR !!! RCB vs MI/CSK finals... Hope fully RCB lifts the cup ... Kohli and Gayle will hit centuries in the semis and finals resp.. Vinay will end up with the Purplr cap... But rcb should drop RP singh immediately... Go RCB.. Trash Everyone from now on!!!

  • on May 10, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @ SC13159 haha, good analysis, but u tell which is more more unlikely, SRH and RCB winning all the matches or CSK losing all the matches :)

    In that case even KKR and DD are not out of the tournament :P Cheers!

  • Kashi0127 on May 10, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @ Evsm Krishna Sai, Agree with you. Actually having Saurabh Tiwari and Pujara in the same team is a waste. Both are relatively slow scorers and if RCB strength is in top 4-5 batsman, beyond that its a losing battle. I say drop Tiwari and bring in a bowler

  • Kashi0127 on May 10, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Even now, its not too late to change RCB captaincy - look what Punjab and Pune did. They have ABD in their ranks. They can bring in Vittori. Even Viny Kumar might be a better captain - he has captained Karnataka team, who better to lead the RCB team than the local guy?

  • Kashi0127 on May 10, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    As much as I dislike IPL (its more entertainment than cricket), I am glad for it in one way that it has exposed Kohli's leadership skills or lack of it. If he behaves this way in a such a purely local and non consequential tournament, you can imagine India's fate if he is made captain i test and ODIs. He is immature and childish and gets overwhelmed if things are not going his way. He is a great batsman and fielder (apart from dropping sitters). But captain , please god, spare us

  • on May 10, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    rp singh has to be replaced by zaheer who looks fit and a better feilding efforts and also introduce vinay kumar in last 10 overs and would like to see barn well play instead of henriques before going playoffs

  • PerfectTen on May 10, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    This is a must win game for RCB to avoid coming under too much pressure in the remaining matches, which, going by their display of mental strength so far, could mean a lost campaign before the play-offs. The two day gap, I hope, has been well utilized by the team to come up with strategies knowing fully well how Delhi can perform with no pressure of qualification now. Would recommend a few changes to RCB for this crucial match. RP Singh - the chief architect of their losses against CSK and KXIP continues to be reckless and doesn't deserve a place for the rest of the season. Instead, try Mithun or for variety, go for the young Unadkat, or even a half-fit Zaheer. I understand ABD is a superb fielder but not sure that is going to be a huge plus compared to him taking up the WK role to replace Arun Karthik with an additional batsman or even a bowler. Pujara had a decent outing at Mohali and he should be persisted with at the top to be the main anchor with strokemakers rotating around him.

  • on May 10, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Very difficult for RCB to Qualify. They r too much dependent on gayle & AB.

    Worst bowling attack also.

  • on May 10, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    I think the couple of unexpected losses suffered by RCB has virtually knocked them out of contention. Ofcourse RCB being a strong team will qualify to the playoffs, but they would definitely take 3rd or 4th place and would have to win 3 consecutive matches to take the title which is extremely difficult at that stage. CSK almost did it last time beating MI and DD and almost pulling it of against KKR. but its just too difficult. There is a a very slim chance for teams ending up in 3rd or 4th place to win the title.

  • MadhuKallavi on May 10, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    yes for RCB Gayle, Kohli ABD has to faiul. But for DD all the 11 should succeed to win

  • ladycricfan on May 10, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Take this scenario: SRH win all four matches - 22 points RCB win all four matches - 22 points MI win three more matches( other than v SRH) - 22 points. RR win v CSK - 20 points CSK lose all three matches - 20 points

    So it will be the NRR which will decide between CSKand RR.

    CSK is not yet in the play offs.

  • on May 10, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Pujara has to be excluded from the team. He scored 51 (48) in his previous game which is run a ball, instead if he had out early Devilliers & Henriques might have moved the score more than 225 which could be an non-chaseable (unbeaten) target. Pujara played a selfish game. He played like a First Class/Test/ One Day Game. He thought about himself not about RCB...! Jennings & Kohli don't reluctant to omit him if they want their team has to play in Play-Off.

  • on May 10, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    rcb is under pressure because they have 4 games left and need to win all these to be in a good position if they lose atleast 1 the hopes are over so delhi will try to beat them if delhi can get gayle kohli and ab as mumbai did then the game is of dd

  • soumyas on May 10, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Just drop RP SING, RCB will be back in winning ways, Also bring another bowler syed mohammad or aravind in place of arun karthik, let ABD keep wickets.

  • on May 10, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Its a replay of the happenings in previous IPL. RCB play well in the initial stages and lose towards the end thus narrowly missing semi final berth. its very likely to happen this time. there is competition between SRH and RCB for the 4th slot.

  • on May 10, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    RCB have been over dependent on players like Gayle , ABD and Kohli . Further , they are more concerned about winning than performing to the best of their abilities.Look at CSK and you will find that every player knows his role and they perform to their best , without worrying about the result . You find that the end result is mostly in their favour . Since DD has nothing to loose , they will come down heavily on RCB , at least to redeem their lost reputation .

  • usernames on May 10, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    RCB keep on playing a poor team day in and day out.

    Pujara, Gayle, Kohli, ABDV, Tiwary, Karthik, Rampaul, Unadkat, Muralitharan, Murali Kartik, Vinay Kumar should be the team they should play!

  • jvvino1 on May 10, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @ CricketAkshay : I am also expecting that thing to be happened.

  • aatif456 on May 10, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Gulam bodi should be given a chance today.Jayawardena has been a liability to delhi team and he isnt dropping hmself.Now nothing left in their campaign they should try new faces and foreign player like Gulam Bodi who haven't played a single match.

  • on May 10, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    From now definetly NRR plays a major role.

    with all those close games where srh won marginally with bowlers doing well, the team lost with big margins when they lost. Now they will feel the impact of low and minus NRR.

    They need really BIG WINS from now on which it looks like they are not capable of. and cause of this factor it will be CSK, RR, RCB and MI.

    and again its unlikely that RCB will lose the grip now unless they play very badly.

    Rest of the teams may try vigorously but i do not see any miracles to happen at this stage though all matches will be interesting from Now on.

  • on May 10, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    we need to change the bowling line-up! ..RP must be replaced..bring in barnwell or mcdonald! ...we should get back our spot 2!.. must win today..and if we win today..mark my words...we are in the finals !! ;)

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 10, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    I can't understand why ABDe's misfield has to get so much coverage - it cost RCB just 1 run more! The bigger issues facing RCB are 1) Bowlers holding nerve in death overs 2) Middle order batting (if top order fails) and most importantly, 3) Kohli's leadership. Kohli being aggressive is fine, but not sure if he gives vent to his aggression the right way. Screaming at bowlers and getting angry with them is not going to solve problems. Also, behind his dropped catch (which cost RCB the match) is a sense of disdain at the opponent - he assumed the match is in his pocket and tried to catch the ball as if he was swotting a mosquito. Gavaskar rightly pointed out in Extra Innings that the 'Indian Way' of catching is to hold hands close to the chest in the form of a cup and let the ball get in. Kohli tried to 'imitate' the Pollards of the world by catching it the way he tried to. These are basics that should not be forgotten - at the nets and during the match. Let's hope RCB makes it today :-)

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on May 10, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Please Make ABD or Pujara the Captain of RCB. Virat is good captain but Pujara and ABD are better than Kohli. Kohli is very sentimental and when worst case arises he forget ho to handle in that situation(Because he becomes senti at that period). Look at the scenario when Millar is firing he gave RP. After that He gave Ravi and Vinay. But he does not know it is their last over. He should tried Karthik in that situation. instead of giving Ravi or Vinay. He is also experienced bowler knows how to bowl in worst case. Remember against SRH in Hyderabad he gave penultimate over to Henriques. But Muralidaran told that to give Karthik and Karthik gave only 7 runs in that over. So please change captaincy for rest of the tournament.

  • on May 10, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Delhi daredevils is not out of playoffs yet, If RCB and SRH lost all the matches and KKR and KXI did not win more than 2. and Delhi wins all the match and able to get their runrate more than the other four teams. There can move into playoffs. Even though the percentage chance that the above scenario can happen is 0.012207% but still it can happen.

  • xylo on May 10, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    DD have been the B'desh of this tournament, Sehwag might confirm.

  • on May 10, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    yes of course dd is going to win the match.bangalore just stand with gayle kohli and de villiers if these batsmen fails meeans delhi can fold bangalore to 120 or below.i guess such a playing 11 for dd aginst rcb:1chand 2sehwag 3 juneja 4warner 5jayawardene 6kjadhav 7n ojha or b rohrer or v rao 8pathan 9 u yadav 10m morkel 11 nadeem .nehra and agarkar should be given rest.i ask why dd is not taking gulam bodi who has played very well in clt20.lets see.best of luckdd.

  • Romenevans on May 10, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    @Dhanesh Raju - Really? ...and here comes RR! People tend to forget what RR did in 2008 and this year they are on the same track.

  • on May 10, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Rcb want to make bowling depth strong so rampoul and vettory play must.and open with gyale and tiwari ,pujara ,ab dilevers,kohali,kartik.and see a result tonight

  • contactmnr on May 10, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Bangalore should Play - Gayle,Mukund,Kohli,AB D,Pujara,Henriques,Saurab,Vinay,Ravi/Murali,M.kartik,J.Unadkat / RP singh.

  • CricketAkshay on May 10, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    @Dhanesh Raju - even I am expecting CSK vs MI finals. But before that I expect CSK and MI to play the first play-off. And RR and RCB to play the eliminator. And qualifier 2 should be between MI and RCB. And the finals CSK and Mumbai.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 10, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    @Nikita Bhasin - Virat Kohli is no longer heir apparent to MSD. Temperamentally and tactically, he's doesn't what it takes to be captain. RCB would be better served with ABD as captain. Pujara or Ashwin are better candidates for India captaincy.

  • r0adrunn3r on May 9, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    The loss against Kings IX should not trouble Bangalore too much. It was their game to win, they probably would have, had Virat taken that catch. It was Miller's day, nothing much Bangalore could've done (except for holding on to catches). Their batting looks stronger than ever with Pujara in (that too with a 50 in in debut this year). Their bowling has been above average except for a couple of matches. They need to look to save their spot at number 2. Good luck, GO RCB.

  • Nampally on May 9, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    DD has a challenge in balancing their side which would be something like: Sehwag, Jayawardene, Warner, Chand, Gautam, Russel, Ojha, Pathan, Morkel, Yadev, Nadeem. It will be hard to contain the top 4 RCB batsmen- Pujara, Gayle, Kohli & de vellieres- all with S/R of around 150, within 180. That will be the first challenge. The second challenge is even if they contain them within 180, scoring those runs with so many guys not producing. Only Warner has scored for DD whilst Sehwag & Mahela have been sub standard for all their past big scores. Can Sehwag & Mahela be Heros or Zeros - that is the big ? It is about time for Sehwag to shoulder some responsibility. DD have spent a lot of money in bringing in Sir Viv for pep up talk- but all to no avail if the guys expected to perform play irresponsibly. Remember it is the players who perform, NOT Richards! I think RCB are too strong for lack lustre & carefree DD.

  • on May 9, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    IPL 6 - Finals CSK Vs Mumbai Indians and the winners would be CSK for the 3 rd time.

  • InsaneInsaan on May 9, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    DD gonna win this. RCB will fold for below 120. im csk fan

  • RAMSPAK666 on May 9, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Pujara,Gayle,Kohli,ABDv,Tiwary,Henriques,Tiwary,V.Kumar,R,Rampaul,RP ingh,M.Kartik,Unadkat will do the job we bowl first concede 160 or less

  • guruuuuu on May 9, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    How about AB DeVilliers opening with Gayle followed by (a) Pujara if a wicket is lost within the first 10 (b) if a wicket is lost after the first 10.

    AB is such a good batsman but ends up playing very few balls. Also, RP should be let go, just don't consider his ever. Forever.

  • on May 9, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    will some please tell me what is the role of arun karthik in RCB?.... when you have ABD why dont u try and strengthen ur bowling or batting instead of this poor guy...

  • viru-319-219 on May 9, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    DD should try young blood now..... they have nothing to loose and older guys have nothing to prove(every one knows what they are capable of)

    Make Chand captain groom him for future like RCB did with Kohli

    DD should go with this XI: 1)Unmukt(cap),2)Ojha,3)Kedar,4)Juneja,5)Rohrer,6)Merwe,7)Irfan,8)Russel,9)Nadeem,10)Kaul,11)Umesh

    This team can seriously win and has good batsmen at 1234 followed by hitters at 5678. Irfan provides balance to the side They should try this for rest of the tournament just to test the young blood and give them chance to enjoy with out pressure of being dropped,this doesn't take any thing away from greats viru and mahela

  • CAsix on May 9, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    I think they should keep RP Singh on the bench - atleast 2-3 matches have been lost due to his amazing talents. Time to try Pankaj Singh, Unadkat or Zak (if he's fit), also considering its a slow pitch and Murali hasnt been in his best forms - Vettori could be given a chance in place of Rampaul? I think the batting looks fine, its the bowling thats a worry.

  • Resultpredictor on May 9, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    RCB is going to win this match comfortable.

  • on May 9, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    I feel that RCB finally have a settled line up. with Pujara coming out of injury the line up looks a lot better. My ideal XI for RCB would be Pujara-Gayle-Kohli-DeVilliers-Henriques-Tiwary-Rampaul-Vinay Kumar-RP Singh-M Karthik-Unadkat

    With Delhi being on the slower side its possible that Muralitharan might come in for Rampaul but the way he leaked runs in his last game can be a bit worrying. Jayawardene might look to target him

    The strategy to get Watson out against RR was to go at him with the spinners since he had a poor showing against them in the test series but that backfired badly. Hoping Kohli does not make the same mistake again against Warner.

    This season Warner the middle order batsman looks to be doing better than Warner the opener. It will be crucial here to get Sehwag, Jayawardene & Warner out cheaply

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  • on May 9, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    I feel that RCB finally have a settled line up. with Pujara coming out of injury the line up looks a lot better. My ideal XI for RCB would be Pujara-Gayle-Kohli-DeVilliers-Henriques-Tiwary-Rampaul-Vinay Kumar-RP Singh-M Karthik-Unadkat

    With Delhi being on the slower side its possible that Muralitharan might come in for Rampaul but the way he leaked runs in his last game can be a bit worrying. Jayawardene might look to target him

    The strategy to get Watson out against RR was to go at him with the spinners since he had a poor showing against them in the test series but that backfired badly. Hoping Kohli does not make the same mistake again against Warner.

    This season Warner the middle order batsman looks to be doing better than Warner the opener. It will be crucial here to get Sehwag, Jayawardene & Warner out cheaply

  • Resultpredictor on May 9, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    RCB is going to win this match comfortable.

  • CAsix on May 9, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    I think they should keep RP Singh on the bench - atleast 2-3 matches have been lost due to his amazing talents. Time to try Pankaj Singh, Unadkat or Zak (if he's fit), also considering its a slow pitch and Murali hasnt been in his best forms - Vettori could be given a chance in place of Rampaul? I think the batting looks fine, its the bowling thats a worry.

  • viru-319-219 on May 9, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    DD should try young blood now..... they have nothing to loose and older guys have nothing to prove(every one knows what they are capable of)

    Make Chand captain groom him for future like RCB did with Kohli

    DD should go with this XI: 1)Unmukt(cap),2)Ojha,3)Kedar,4)Juneja,5)Rohrer,6)Merwe,7)Irfan,8)Russel,9)Nadeem,10)Kaul,11)Umesh

    This team can seriously win and has good batsmen at 1234 followed by hitters at 5678. Irfan provides balance to the side They should try this for rest of the tournament just to test the young blood and give them chance to enjoy with out pressure of being dropped,this doesn't take any thing away from greats viru and mahela

  • on May 9, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    will some please tell me what is the role of arun karthik in RCB?.... when you have ABD why dont u try and strengthen ur bowling or batting instead of this poor guy...

  • guruuuuu on May 9, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    How about AB DeVilliers opening with Gayle followed by (a) Pujara if a wicket is lost within the first 10 (b) if a wicket is lost after the first 10.

    AB is such a good batsman but ends up playing very few balls. Also, RP should be let go, just don't consider his ever. Forever.

  • RAMSPAK666 on May 9, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Pujara,Gayle,Kohli,ABDv,Tiwary,Henriques,Tiwary,V.Kumar,R,Rampaul,RP ingh,M.Kartik,Unadkat will do the job we bowl first concede 160 or less

  • InsaneInsaan on May 9, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    DD gonna win this. RCB will fold for below 120. im csk fan

  • on May 9, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    IPL 6 - Finals CSK Vs Mumbai Indians and the winners would be CSK for the 3 rd time.

  • Nampally on May 9, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    DD has a challenge in balancing their side which would be something like: Sehwag, Jayawardene, Warner, Chand, Gautam, Russel, Ojha, Pathan, Morkel, Yadev, Nadeem. It will be hard to contain the top 4 RCB batsmen- Pujara, Gayle, Kohli & de vellieres- all with S/R of around 150, within 180. That will be the first challenge. The second challenge is even if they contain them within 180, scoring those runs with so many guys not producing. Only Warner has scored for DD whilst Sehwag & Mahela have been sub standard for all their past big scores. Can Sehwag & Mahela be Heros or Zeros - that is the big ? It is about time for Sehwag to shoulder some responsibility. DD have spent a lot of money in bringing in Sir Viv for pep up talk- but all to no avail if the guys expected to perform play irresponsibly. Remember it is the players who perform, NOT Richards! I think RCB are too strong for lack lustre & carefree DD.