Delhi v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Delhi

RCB look to get wobbling campaign back on track

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May 9, 2013

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Match facts

May 10, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)


Virat Kohli drops a catch off David Miller, Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Mohali, May 6, 2013
A top-two finish slipping through Royal Challengers Bangalore's fingers? © BCCI
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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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Posted by 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

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

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

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 10, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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 !!!

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