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  • POSTED BY cricket_ahan on | April 16, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    Massive game on many fronts. Hard to believe Virat's star can shine any brighter at the moment from a personal form point of view, but it will be interesting how he manages this team, in particular Yuvraj. In terms of Yuvraj himself, I hope he finds some form and confidence. Though I still believe his time in the national team set up is over, it's difficult to see such a great player go out on such a low note as what happened in the T20WC final. He is still a champion, and deserves to go out like one. Last but not least, THAT batting line up - could potentially be the highlight of the tournament if it fires on all cylinders. I'm excited! Go RCB!

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 17, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    @know_ur_game - Thats called BLIND FAITH in a has been. Please enlighten everyone what others batsmen did and what decisions dhoni made of sending an out of form.struggling Yuv who almost cost games against SA,WI and played in a dead rubber with no pressure against Aus ahead of Raina who had a SR of 170+ in the WT20 ? Kohli faced 4 balls in the last 4 overs. Watch Yuv innings he did not even "Try" to hit a ball until he wasted 15+ balls.Kohli had all the momentum & Yuv could have tried to score instead of being selfish to stay there. India lost 3 Wickets+ 1 runout off last ball. If other players played at a SR of Kohli india could've scored almost 160. And check before you comment Rohit 29 off 26. Yuv has lost his physical ability after cancer which is clearly evident. Cant even properly. Clearly Yuv playing on past performances will damage india even more. If I was the opposition I would love Yuv to be in the Indian team.Stupid of some fans getting emotional everytime & backing him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    IPL is not about Indian cricketers ...no fresh emerging cricketer is getting benefit but international.. yes its Now International Premiere League....

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    we need zaheer khan in indian tyeam for the upcoming world cup 2015

  • POSTED BY know_ur_game on | April 17, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Thank you, Gautam Lal. At last I heard somebody saying the true fact for WT20 loss. It was not the innings by Yuvi made the difference. It was actually the teams attitude in the final made the difference. These days everybody praise anything V Kohli done or not done because its just like Sachin's early days for him. But a true introspection will show that Kohli himself had wasted the initial PP overs against bowlers like Mathews for nothing and put undue pressure on Rohit on the other end who duly perished while trying to hit out. BUT WE NEED A SCAPEGOAT FOR EACH LOSS..... AND YUVI WE FEEL SORRY FOR YOU. But many people like me admire & love you for the true weight of matches, tournaments & cups won for the country.

    YOU ARE THE TRU CHAMP......& WE KNOW THIS PHOENIX WILL ONCE AGAIN FLY HIGH IN WC 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Good to see a statement that yuvraj is done. Write him off at your own peril. I still feel there is one last phase. Maybe 2015. World cup. Let's keep our fingers crossed

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | April 17, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    My Teams:

    RCB XI: (Kohli should open, use the 5 batting dynamites upfront) 1 Gayle 2 Kohli (C) 3 De Villiers 4 Yuvraj 5 A Morkel 6 Zol 7 P Patel 8 Jakati 9 Starc 10 Aaron 11 Dinda.

    DD XI: (KP is a huge miss) 1 De Kock 2 Vijay 3 Duminy 4 M Tiwary 5 R Taylor 6 D Karthik (C+WK) 7 Neesham 8 Shami 9 Unadkat 10 Rahul Sharma 11 Nadeem.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    The key to Daredevils success is how high the position they bat Rosco. Best is in at 3.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Yuvraj lost his strength after CANCER , i think he must stop trying to prove himself and go out as a hero , not a struggler..

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    go dheli we are going to rock.i wish taylor and de knock will blow the fans away

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | April 17, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    "Dinesh Karthik's international career has unfortunately coincided with Dhoni's, which means the opportunity to play comes rarely even though he has been around for so long."

    He averages under 28 in 71 ODIs and 23 tests. He's had plenty of opportunity, but has failed. His ODI record is almost as bad as Kieron Pollard. As a keeper he is poor- he always seems to drop the ball

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 17, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Its going to be RCB for sure KP or no KP .The bowling lineup does not look too good for either side and the batting of RCB is better that of any team.I expect a 180 score if RCB bat first .Although that may not be the case .RR CSK KKR and KXIP will go to playoffs in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    its high time ross taylor should move to the ocassion in the absence of kp!! if he clicks i dun think it makes so much difference whether kp plays or not..

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | April 17, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    the match b/w rcb vs mohali will be purely batting competion both have less bowlers interesting..............

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | April 17, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    1.gayle 2.parthiv 3.kohli 4.yuvraj 5.ABD 6.morkel 7.muralidharan 8.aaron 9. jakati 10.dinda 11.Anechim

    1.vijay 2.karthik 3.Mtiwari4.duminy 5.Rtaylor6.Stiwari 7.Jneesham 8. coulternile 9.shami 10.nadeem 11.Rsharma

    these are the best 11's for both teams

  • POSTED BY YsaKaru on | April 17, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    HAPPY B'DAY MURALI!!!!!!!!!!! hopefully you will play today.......

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Love to see Yuvi six Sixes in this IPL ... GOodluck Bro

  • POSTED BY cricinfovijay on | April 17, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Delhi xi: 1de cock 2 M vijay 3 JP duminy 4 D Kartik 5 R Taylor 6 M Tiwary 7 W Parnell 8 Nadeem 9 unadkat 10 M shami 11R sharma All the best delhi... go with this u ll won the match

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | April 17, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    RCB look firm favorites vs this KP less DD side. But you never know, the pressure will be on RCB as Delhi start as underdogs. I hope Roscoe repeats 2009-10.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    In the WC T20 Final YUVI was not only the defaulter. Even Rehane made 3in 8 balls. Dhoni 4 in 7 balls. Initially Kohli also 10 in 15 balls. Bowlers like Mishra and Mohit were also much expensive. Even Gayle was struggling in the semi final.Yesterday Hussy and Gauti was also struggling.That has gone now. I am sure Yuvi will show his class. Good luck to all teams.

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | April 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    "The head-to-head record between these teams stands at 5-5, with one game tied" Does this stat have any relevance in IPL with same players shifting from one franchise to other every year? But with Virat, AB, Gyale, UV, Murli and co RCB looks like a monster team to beat. What they miss is the likes of Narine and Malinga.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Your team declaration ( playing eleven ) in international matches has been awesome. Hope you will continue it also in ipl matches.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Go to domestic matches and under series select India T20 league and then select the game for scores.

  • POSTED BY konde007 on | April 17, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    My Best Team of RCB is 1.Gayle 2.Patel 3.Kohli 4.De villiers 5.Yuvraj 6.Zol 7.Albie 8.Starc 9.Dinda 10.Jakati 11.Aaron. Best of Luck to RCB from suresh

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 17, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Where is the bowling for RCB? Who are the bowlers? This team looks clearly capable of chasing any score and not defending any score!

  • POSTED BY anton_ego on | April 17, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    I was so confused earlier whom to support since I am a big RCB fan but I am an even more crazy KP fan. But now that he is not playing, it makes my job easier. The most interesting thing in this match is the RCB batting lineup. How they use the 4 biggies is going to be the crucial decision in this IPL. Go RCB!!

  • POSTED BY Shahed.Akhtar on | April 17, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    There are utility players and there are impact players: Gauti showed yesterday on how to utilize impact players - Morkel and Narine. Rohit showed yesterday on how not to utilize impact players - himself, Pollard. RCB's success will depend on how they utilize AB DeVilliers - definitely the most creative, dangerous player that they possess. Can Kohli do a Gauti today or will he do a Rohit?

  • POSTED BY Nitin2208 on | April 17, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Can anyone pls let me know where can I find social scorecard page link on the cricinfo homepage. I am a big fan of soical commentary feature but not able to find the link for the same. If anyone can pls let me know I would be so grateful Thanks !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    all eyes on yuvi.........

  • POSTED BY SidsIPLTeam on | April 17, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    A massive game for Delhi without their captain Pietersen against the might of RCB. It will really test their bench strength and give us an insight of what they might be able to achieve in this IPL. The only positive is that no one will expect them to win & I dare say even RCB might be tempted to think likewise. I think DD's best chance would be to bowl first, restrict the RCB & chase down the score utilizing RCB's comparatively weaker bowling lineup. Otherwise, RCB is so good at chasing no total may be enough & DD's batting without Pietersen might be exposed. My RCB XI: Gayle, Patel, Kohli, De Villiers, Yuvraj,V Zol, Starc/Rampaul, Aaron, Jakati, Muralitharan, Dinda My DD XI: M Agarwal, Vijay, Karthik, Taylor, Duminy, M Tiwary, Neesham, Parnell, Unadkat, Nadeem, Shami

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 17, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    DD XI: Vijay, Karthik(c), Manoj tiwary, Duminy, Jadhav, STiwary, Neesham, Parnell, Coulter Nile, R sharma, Nadeem, Shami... DD has balanced batting line up and balanced bowling line up, its a domestic tournament and they have the right mix of domestic players. Parnell, coulter nile, Duminy, Shami, karthik, vijay, manoj Tiwary are must in the team, coulter nile and parnell was in world cup squad of their respective team.

  • POSTED BY ravikini on | April 17, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Yuvraj is a big liability in the context of RCB XI. Albie Morkel should take his place. Just because YS is an expensive player, his present form may cost RCB the match. Let the guy warm the bench and get inspired by the likes of Gayle, DEvilliers, Kohli. Best solution for him is collect the cool 14 crores he will get in this season of IPL and fade out of Cricketing arena. I was his die hard fan but for losing a world cup...one has to be held accountable. All greats have USE By date...and YS is not an exception.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    osted by shah_nawaj on (April 17, 2014, 4:35 GMT) DD XI for today: 1.Vijay 2.De Kock 3.Karthik(C) 4.Duminy 5.Taylor 6.Manoj 7.Neesham/Coulternile 8.Nadeem 9.Shami 10.Rahul 11.Unadkat RCB: 1.Gayle 2.Parthiv 3.Kohli 4.Yuvi 5.AB 6.Zol 7.Morkel 8.Starc 9.Jakati 10.Dinda 11.Aaron

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 17, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    DD are the favourites. In fact, I feel this season DD will go very far.

  • POSTED BY godshand on | April 17, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Last chance for GG, VS, YS...Else its curtains for them !!!

  • POSTED BY bramville on | April 17, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Pietersen's absence should not be much of an issue for DD. The guy hasn't played International cricket in a long time and is currently hogging the limelight for all the wrong reasons. With such high expectations from him, he shouldn't turn out to be like Yuvraj case, where so much was expected from him at the WCT20 which eventually fizzled out for him.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    Both teams looks good. But RCB batting line-up surely have the upper hand beyond any other IPL teams, especially Fantastic-4 (Virat,Gayle, AB, Yuvi). But when coming to the bowlin this team looks had the weakest of all. So it will be interesting to see the strategy of the RCB. Hoping a good close game..

  • POSTED BY Shridharan.S on | April 17, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    My RCB XI vs DD: 1.Chris Gayle 2.Parthiv Patel (wk) 3.Virat Kohli 4. AB de Villiers 5.Yuvraj Singh 6.Vijay Zol 7.Mitchell Starc 8.Shadab Jakati 9.Varun Aaron 10. Ashoke Dinda 11.Muttiah Muralitharan. I think playing Murali in place of Albie would be a brave and good move. RCB already have enough firepower in their batting right from 1 to 6. Then they will have five specialist bowlers with Kohli,Gayle and Yuvi as part-time options.Murali being a spinner has the experience which would surely come in handy in such a pressure game like this. Besides Albie is not that consistent in bowling which makes me take this gamble.It would sort out their Achilles Heal which is their bowling.

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | April 17, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    some of the guys here really think starc or morkel should play ahead of murali in dubai pitches ??r u guys really serious ??

  • POSTED BY SaifS on | April 17, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    I wish UV and Sehwag should find form in IPL, they are great and gifted players with less time on their side for cricket, and therefore they should be back to international cricket almost immediately, looks like this edition of IPL is one last chance for them. I wish both of them good luck!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 17, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Ahhh, it's you again ! Well don't you worry. AB and Gayle are both itching to wear the Red and Gold of RCB. RCB should be favourites to win against DD. Still, DD is a dangerous team. As an RCB fan, I am anxious.

  • POSTED BY shah_nawaj on | April 17, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    DD XI for today: 1.Vijay 2.De Kock 3.Karthik(C) 4.Duminy 5.Taylor 6.Manoj 7.Neesham/Coulternile 8.Nadeem 9.Shami 10.Rahul 11.Unadkat

    RCB: 1.Gayle 2.Parthiv 3.Kohli 4.Yuvi 5.AB 6.Zol 7.Morkel 8.Starc 9.Jakati 10.Dinda 11.Aaron

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    don't trust more on rcb because yuraj will change winning team to loser.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 17, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    @ Posted by BigINDFan asks "Is KP really injured or does he not want to face RCB?"

    What is there about RCB he would NOT want to face? RCB's bowling? Ha ha ha ha ha. Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, 9 Shadab Jakati, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Aaron, & Ashok Dinda - all give KP sleepless nights. Oh, and Yuvi's ruthless spin too!! He has endless nightmares about Yuvi's bowling.

    If there is a team KP WANTS to bat against it is RCB!

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | April 17, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    So new stadium the both teams are going to play, but spin plays a major role. If DD misses KP, then vijay and DK should take the responsibility to accelerate the score to good target. The fearful '3' of RCB which has gayle, ABD and VK will be key to RCB, so DD should target the bowlers, thats the only option to beat RCB.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | April 17, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Parnell should play, he can surely trouble Gayle, Yuvi and he's a decent bat.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    DK is a good captain which has never been showcased with no opportunities given to him. we will see today.

  • POSTED BY Avi56 on | April 17, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Well i think the match will be in RCB's favour considering the kind of impact players they have... Virat, gayle and abd are far most the impact players of the game...and if yuvi clicks along with morkel it makes 5 impact players.. Delhi's main impact players are only KP and Ross Taylor...though they have quite a good mix of domestic players they do not have players who go for the kill.. Im an RCB fan and i feel they can play well but should not take delhi lightly... I would really like Ross Taylor to play well as he is one of the most underrated players in IPL

  • POSTED BY mahesh_k_s on | April 17, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    probable team for rcb is patel,gayle,kohli,ab d,yuvi,a morkel(murali),v zol,m starc,v aron,dinda,jakati,

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    I want to mention one thing here. I was Mentioned it before too. The thing is Neesham is more impact player for DD for this season. And He will be the more impact player than Anderson. If we compare both these NZ players. But unfotunately NEesham don't get more limelight than Anderson. I said it before. Now Time to action.

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | April 16, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    In the match RCB versus Double D. DD are favourites to win even without KP.

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | April 16, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    RCB is highly over rated and considered joint favourites. RCB does not have batsmen other then big four AB, Gayle, Virat, Yuvi. Bowling is nothing to write home about, with Dinda, Aaron, Murli a shadow of his prime. Team wins with eleven balanced players, like RR proved in 2008. RCB had been playing with big three batsmen last two years also but failed to make play offs. They will again fail to make play offs this season.

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | April 16, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    Pietersen is an injured man he is not fit in ENG or SA ,why did DD call as a Captain .DK can not handle the burden of cap'ship .No body thinks ....D.KOCK will fit in .....good luck

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 16, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    If the pitch is going to offer seemer something like the first game then RCB should play Rampaul and DD should play Parnell.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    probable for DD- vijay,de cock, kartik, duminy,taylor,tiwary,parnell,jadhav, shami , rahul sharma , nadeem

  • POSTED BY Jimmyvida on | April 16, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    I would love to see India drop the over scoring Kohli for Yuvraj for the upcoming tour of England. This will give a man who is doing badly an opportunity to improve his game. 90 % of the people in India will be happy. So would any English fan.

  • POSTED BY cricindia4life on | April 16, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    What's going on with the branding? Indian T20 League? Delhi? Jaipur? Mohali vs. Hyderbad? What happened to "IPL", "Delhi Daredevils", "Rajasthan Royals", "KXIP vs. Hyderbad Sunrisers"?!

  • POSTED BY RGee on | April 16, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    I think that DD captain should be dinesh karthik...

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | April 16, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    @ AkhilAgrawa ; here is probable XI - < RCB> - 1)Chris Gayle, 2)Parthiv Patel, 3)Vijay Zol, 4)Virat Kohli (c), 5)AB de Villiers, 6)Yuvraj Singh, 7)Albie Morkel, 8)Shadab Jakati, 9)Abu Nechim, 10)Varun Aaron, 11)Muttiah Muralitharan

    <DEHLI> - 1)Quinton de Kock, 2)Murali Vijay, 3)Jean-Paul Duminy, 4)Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5)Manoj Tiwary, 6)Saurabh Tiwary, 7)Jimmy Neesham, 8)Wayne Parnell, 9)Shahbaz Nadeem, 10)Mohammed Shami, 11)Jaydev Unadkat

  • POSTED BY HarrowXI on | April 16, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    1)de cock 2 m vijay 3 Dk 4 m tiwari 5 S Tiwari 6. Duminy 7. Neesham 8. Nathan coulter 9. Rahul. Sharma 10. Shami 11.nadeem

  • POSTED BY JRP100 on | April 16, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    pietersons injury should allow them to try an extra overseas batsman to see if de kock really is just a fast track bully. vijay, de kock, dk, taylor, duminy, jadhav/tiwary, neesham, shami, unadkat, nadeem, sharma and @ madmaxkn, saurabh tiwary actually played in group A in ranji on sporting pitches and still managed 850 runs at an average of 65, while jadhav bullied the group c teams on the flat track in pune and hardly had that great a technique on the better pitches leading to the final. He has maybe 2 more years in him at the most before he starts failing while saurabh may have a future in the indian ODI team aged just 24.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 16, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    yaa here the toss is result...chasing team is the winner...if u have any doubts ? watch tomorrow

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Presume, Virat will prove his leadership prowess and it is hoped his Franchise will be taken to the play offs by the Triumvirate of Virat, de Villiers & Gayle.

    KP, as his kown for his being prone to frequent physical niggles need to be circumspect, even before the real crunch games and during the stiff fights, so that it is trusted he will be able to play [except may be the first 2 games, which is disheartening in the first place !] the entire tournament without any hiccups !

    He should do justice to the DD Franchise, which has presented a totally new look team and reposed unique faith on ur leadership, as the DD in ts earlier editions could not deliver, despite being in the Driver's seat.

    This happened during the captaincy of Viru, due to the uni!aginative shuffling of his batting order ie as per the whims & fancy of personal instinct, which spelt the doom of DD. Best Wishes for DD to come back with a bang !

  • POSTED BY cricketwatchdog on | April 16, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Sure uv will b warming the bench after a couple of matches, he is a goner and so is gayle sad a team that has been performing well with the bat in earlier seasons lacks balance in that too now. Mr, kohli will have to wait 4 next season due to bad purchases.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | April 16, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    If AB or gayle not playing tomorrow, I am sure even Indian fans wont watch this game. IPL is running because of international players.

  • POSTED BY ullasjp on | April 16, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    my playing xi gayle partiv kholi abd yuvi morkel starc dinda aaron jakati chahal/rana/zol. vijay kock/kp duminy dk manoj taylor saurab/shukla counter-nile shami sharma nadeem

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Don't understand why Dinesh Karthik is always sympathized with for playing the same era as Dhoni. He got his chances playing with Dhoni during the Champions Trophy in England, which India won. He is just not good enough to secure a batting spot in the international XI, that's it. DD are a strong team, but not sure how they'll fair under Karthik's captaincy.

  • POSTED BY FRpunk on | April 16, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    The IPL Opener was a Dull and Boring Match . This Match should be Good though . RCB have the most star Studded Batting Line up and plus they Have Starc and Aaron . . and as for Karthik , he has been given Enough Chances and he has proved that he is not Good Enough in the International Arena . Please Ignore Karthik`s IPL form . he was poor in his last outing for India .

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | April 16, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Is KP really injured or does he not want to face RCB? So he had all the time in the world to prepare for IPL, got selected as captain and now gets a finger injury? Doing what - batting or fielding? I know it makes room for Neesham but KP is a good opener and can give an explosive start to match Gayle. However RCB are strong favorites given their batting line up and they are in decent form.

  • POSTED BY AkhilAgrawal on | April 16, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    why not putting probable XI? Not so confident?

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 16, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Okay tht might look bad news to some fans bt I wld say it is a blessing in disguise for dd as no one will expect thm to win ..it will also allow both all rounders neesham n duminy to play..

    1. Vijay 2. Dk wk 3. Manoj or kedar 4. Duminy 5. Ross 6. Saurabh or manoj or kedhar 7. Neesham 8. Coulter nile 9. Rahul 10. Shami 11. Nadeem

  • POSTED BY MadMaxKN on | April 16, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Lot of reporters and fans missing the name of Kedar Jadhav from Delhi's team. He is probably the best batsman at the moment in domestic circuit and should be selected in playing 11 ahead of both Tiwarys. He scopred 1200 + runs in First class at a strike rate of 87, including a century in Finals.

  • POSTED BY champ03 on | April 16, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh, hopefully, will get back to his best just like fighters do. fingres crossed

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game....

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    "This season of the Indian T20 league is quite important for Virat Kohli"- Why cant you guys just say IPL? Or don't you guys have permission to use the brand name? :D :D

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    why use petersen ??always injured man ..karthik is nt a capten matrieal...bngolore. will win..

  • POSTED BY cricket_ahan on | April 16, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    Massive game on many fronts. Hard to believe Virat's star can shine any brighter at the moment from a personal form point of view, but it will be interesting how he manages this team, in particular Yuvraj. In terms of Yuvraj himself, I hope he finds some form and confidence. Though I still believe his time in the national team set up is over, it's difficult to see such a great player go out on such a low note as what happened in the T20WC final. He is still a champion, and deserves to go out like one. Last but not least, THAT batting line up - could potentially be the highlight of the tournament if it fires on all cylinders. I'm excited! Go RCB!

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 17, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    @know_ur_game - Thats called BLIND FAITH in a has been. Please enlighten everyone what others batsmen did and what decisions dhoni made of sending an out of form.struggling Yuv who almost cost games against SA,WI and played in a dead rubber with no pressure against Aus ahead of Raina who had a SR of 170+ in the WT20 ? Kohli faced 4 balls in the last 4 overs. Watch Yuv innings he did not even "Try" to hit a ball until he wasted 15+ balls.Kohli had all the momentum & Yuv could have tried to score instead of being selfish to stay there. India lost 3 Wickets+ 1 runout off last ball. If other players played at a SR of Kohli india could've scored almost 160. And check before you comment Rohit 29 off 26. Yuv has lost his physical ability after cancer which is clearly evident. Cant even properly. Clearly Yuv playing on past performances will damage india even more. If I was the opposition I would love Yuv to be in the Indian team.Stupid of some fans getting emotional everytime & backing him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    IPL is not about Indian cricketers ...no fresh emerging cricketer is getting benefit but international.. yes its Now International Premiere League....

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    we need zaheer khan in indian tyeam for the upcoming world cup 2015

  • POSTED BY know_ur_game on | April 17, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Thank you, Gautam Lal. At last I heard somebody saying the true fact for WT20 loss. It was not the innings by Yuvi made the difference. It was actually the teams attitude in the final made the difference. These days everybody praise anything V Kohli done or not done because its just like Sachin's early days for him. But a true introspection will show that Kohli himself had wasted the initial PP overs against bowlers like Mathews for nothing and put undue pressure on Rohit on the other end who duly perished while trying to hit out. BUT WE NEED A SCAPEGOAT FOR EACH LOSS..... AND YUVI WE FEEL SORRY FOR YOU. But many people like me admire & love you for the true weight of matches, tournaments & cups won for the country.

    YOU ARE THE TRU CHAMP......& WE KNOW THIS PHOENIX WILL ONCE AGAIN FLY HIGH IN WC 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Good to see a statement that yuvraj is done. Write him off at your own peril. I still feel there is one last phase. Maybe 2015. World cup. Let's keep our fingers crossed

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | April 17, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    My Teams:

    RCB XI: (Kohli should open, use the 5 batting dynamites upfront) 1 Gayle 2 Kohli (C) 3 De Villiers 4 Yuvraj 5 A Morkel 6 Zol 7 P Patel 8 Jakati 9 Starc 10 Aaron 11 Dinda.

    DD XI: (KP is a huge miss) 1 De Kock 2 Vijay 3 Duminy 4 M Tiwary 5 R Taylor 6 D Karthik (C+WK) 7 Neesham 8 Shami 9 Unadkat 10 Rahul Sharma 11 Nadeem.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    The key to Daredevils success is how high the position they bat Rosco. Best is in at 3.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Yuvraj lost his strength after CANCER , i think he must stop trying to prove himself and go out as a hero , not a struggler..

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    go dheli we are going to rock.i wish taylor and de knock will blow the fans away

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    why use petersen ??always injured man ..karthik is nt a capten matrieal...bngolore. will win..

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    "This season of the Indian T20 league is quite important for Virat Kohli"- Why cant you guys just say IPL? Or don't you guys have permission to use the brand name? :D :D

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game....

  • POSTED BY champ03 on | April 16, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh, hopefully, will get back to his best just like fighters do. fingres crossed

  • POSTED BY MadMaxKN on | April 16, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Lot of reporters and fans missing the name of Kedar Jadhav from Delhi's team. He is probably the best batsman at the moment in domestic circuit and should be selected in playing 11 ahead of both Tiwarys. He scopred 1200 + runs in First class at a strike rate of 87, including a century in Finals.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 16, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Okay tht might look bad news to some fans bt I wld say it is a blessing in disguise for dd as no one will expect thm to win ..it will also allow both all rounders neesham n duminy to play..

    1. Vijay 2. Dk wk 3. Manoj or kedar 4. Duminy 5. Ross 6. Saurabh or manoj or kedhar 7. Neesham 8. Coulter nile 9. Rahul 10. Shami 11. Nadeem

  • POSTED BY AkhilAgrawal on | April 16, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    why not putting probable XI? Not so confident?

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | April 16, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Is KP really injured or does he not want to face RCB? So he had all the time in the world to prepare for IPL, got selected as captain and now gets a finger injury? Doing what - batting or fielding? I know it makes room for Neesham but KP is a good opener and can give an explosive start to match Gayle. However RCB are strong favorites given their batting line up and they are in decent form.

  • POSTED BY FRpunk on | April 16, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    The IPL Opener was a Dull and Boring Match . This Match should be Good though . RCB have the most star Studded Batting Line up and plus they Have Starc and Aaron . . and as for Karthik , he has been given Enough Chances and he has proved that he is not Good Enough in the International Arena . Please Ignore Karthik`s IPL form . he was poor in his last outing for India .

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Don't understand why Dinesh Karthik is always sympathized with for playing the same era as Dhoni. He got his chances playing with Dhoni during the Champions Trophy in England, which India won. He is just not good enough to secure a batting spot in the international XI, that's it. DD are a strong team, but not sure how they'll fair under Karthik's captaincy.

Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 16, 2014

Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game

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Big Picture

This season of the IPL is quite important for Virat Kohli. He is widely expected to take over the leadership of the Indian team when MS Dhoni relinquishes it. Leading his franchise to the title would not do his national prospects any harm at all. Gautam Gambhir's leadership credentials started being talked up after he led Kolkata to the title in 2012. It is a different matter that his batting form did not hold up on the international stage. Kohli has been Bangalore captain for a while now and with the kind of batting riches at his disposal, including Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, it has to be highly disappointing for him that the franchise has not even made the playoffs of the last two editions. As he said recently, this could potentially be the season Bangalore are finally able to break the title drought.

Kevin Pietersen, the Delhi captain, will be leading a franchise in the most lucrative cricket tournament in the world months after having his international career terminated by his own board. It is a development the cricket world will be watching closely. However, it will have to wait because Pietersen has been ruled out of Delhi's opening match with a finger injury. "Kevin is still a few days away so he won't be considered for tomorrow," Delhi assistant coach Eric Simons was quoted as saying in the Guardian. "It is obviously a setback because he's an important player in our set-up and an important player in any team. It is a difficult situation." Pietersen is doubtful for the second game too.

Dinesh Karthik will lead Delhi against Bangalore. As has become somewhat of a permanent feature for Delhi over the years, Karthik will have a battery of fast bowlers to choose from, led by India quick Mohammed Shami, to try and counter the might of the Bangalore batting, which had another big name added at this year's auction in Yuvraj Singh.

Watch out for ...

Yuvraj Singh finds himself out of India's Test and ODI squads and will quickly want to forget his previous T20 match for the country - the World T20 final a couple of weeks ago in Dhaka. Kohli wanted Yuvraj so dearly that he had his franchise owner put in the auction's highest bid for the senior batsman. This is a critical season for Yuvraj on so many fronts.

Dinesh Karthik's international career has unfortunately coincided with Dhoni's, which means the opportunity to play comes rarely even though he has been around for so long. It came in the recent Asia Cup, but Karthik did not really make it count. He was the second costliest buy in the auction after Yuvraj, and will have another season to make his case again.

Stats and trivia

  • The head-to-head record between these teams stands at 5-5, with one game tied

  • Virat Kohli is one of only two batsmen who have been dismissed for 99 in a T20 innings

Quotes

"I feel he is going to be the X-factor for us this season."
Virat Kohli on Yuvraj Singh at the tournament's official website

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo