Royal Challengers v Daredevils, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 12, 2014

RCB, Daredevils seek last gasps

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Match facts

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

There won't be much to choose between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils when the two meet in Bangalore on Tuesday. But unlike a top-of-the-table clash between two formidable teams putting up their best defences against each other, this is really a contest between two sinking ships to see which one holds out for longer. Both have lost six out of their last seven matches, both have had their marquee players reduced to mere spectators, both have appeared lost in their strategies, both have taken hits at home despite playing more home games than others and barring a mathematical miracle, both are out of the league, three weeks before the final. Still, the match gives one team a chance to survive a little longer.

Royal Challengers are playing their third straight game before the doting Bangalore fans but it can only be counted an advantage if you win. The dream batting order, which includes four top internationals, has only flickered sporadically and the news of Chris Gayle's shoulder injury which may keep him out only aggravates their problems. Their bowling didn't look part of the problem earlier in the tournament but the manner in which they have buckled in the last three games points to further cracks.

Their opponents aren't in a happy place either. Kevin Pietersen pushed himself to the top of the order, just like Virat Kohli did the other day, and managed some feel-good runs but it is his team's stubbornness in holding back two of their best players - JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav - that has been hurting them. Their bowling attack looks disconnected, rather than a unit. They played four straight games in Delhi and lost all four as their bowlers failed to defend the totals every single time.

Form guide

Royal Challengers Bangalore: LLLWL (most recent first)
Delhi Daredevils: LLLLW

Where they stand

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Seventh, with three wins in nine games
Delhi Daredevils: Eighth (last), with two wins in eight games

Previous encounter

They opened the tournament against each other in Sharjah, a match in which Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 49 and Yuvraj Singh scored a half-century to set up a comfortable eight-wicket win for Royal Challengers.

Watch out for

Royal Challengers have been inflexible with their team selections, opting for a seamer-centric bowling attack on a Bangalore pitch that has offered something to the spinners. Other teams have played an extra spinner (and won matches), but Royal Challengers have not budged. After the mauling at the hands of Steven Smith and James Faulkner, maybe there is a case for Shadab Jakati over Ashok Dinda.

Daredevils made three changes to their side in their previous match and had Pietersen opening the batting, marking a big change in approach. That didn't translate into Duminy coming up the order though. Duminy arrived at the crease in the 17th over. Daredevils are at that stage where a little bit of experimentation won't hurt, but will they?

Stats and trivia

  • JP Duminy is the only Daredevils batsman to feature in the top-10 run-getters this season. None of their bowlers appear in the top ten
  • 10.76 - Ashok Dinda's economy when he comes to bowl in the last four overs of an innings. It's the second-worst economy for a bowler (minimum 30 innings) in the last four overs, behind Munaf Patel's 10.97 and marginally better than Ishant Sharma's 10.64. He has also been hit for 30 sixes in these overs, third on the list of bowlers to concede most sixes in this period, behind Vinay Kumar and L Balaji.

Quotes

"If you keep losing, you've got to change a few things here and there."
Daniel Vettori, the Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Z.Majid on May 13, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    RCB need to bring in roussow as opener for yuvraj and keep albie in the team

  • on May 13, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    there is no place for dd or rcb in the playoffs....doesnt matter who will win it....

  • on May 13, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Fantasy leagues changes should be allowed till actual start... 8 Pm cut off is very wrong

  • on May 13, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    No hopes of dd

  • Kashi0127 on May 13, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Looks like even Gods are not happy with Malya - while its bone dry where I live (about 8 KM away from Stadium) its raining there!

  • on May 13, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Get Abu Nechim into play.. Dinda is total useless !

  • on May 13, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    RCB will definitely be out of play-offs since they have 2 matches against the mighty CSK...

  • on May 13, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Ideal 11 for rcb ZOL,RUSSOW, KOHLI, YUVI, AB D, PATEL, RAMPAUL, STARC, ARON,harshal, CHAHAL

    For DD DK,COCK,KP,TAYLOR,DUMINY,JADAV, laxmi, KAUL, NADEEM,JAYDEV,shami Get duminy bowl

  • on May 13, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    After reading this I am shocked that Vettori says we need a change and still clinges on to Dinda to create a miracle,the hopes lasted for 9 matches and looking at the present scene,there is no point in changing now.All they can do is rewind and really start thinking more of skilled players than popular player on the field. Appreciation should be given to Yuvi for his splendid performance, we would love to see you do it again! A serious suggestion to RCB,Dinda is over,get a few more spinners to control the game or give importance to a player like Morkel.

  • on May 13, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    DD playing X1 is not clicking. They should open with Karthik and Vijay...bring Tiwary and Taylor in along with Peterson and Duminy. These 6 with Jadhav, Nadeem, Parnell, Shami and Kaul should form the X1. One change can be to play Mayank in place of Vijay and Unadkat in place of Kaul...to make it 4+4+3 combination.

  • Z.Majid on May 13, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    RCB need to bring in roussow as opener for yuvraj and keep albie in the team

  • on May 13, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    there is no place for dd or rcb in the playoffs....doesnt matter who will win it....

  • on May 13, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Fantasy leagues changes should be allowed till actual start... 8 Pm cut off is very wrong

  • on May 13, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    No hopes of dd

  • Kashi0127 on May 13, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Looks like even Gods are not happy with Malya - while its bone dry where I live (about 8 KM away from Stadium) its raining there!

  • on May 13, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Get Abu Nechim into play.. Dinda is total useless !

  • on May 13, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    RCB will definitely be out of play-offs since they have 2 matches against the mighty CSK...

  • on May 13, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Ideal 11 for rcb ZOL,RUSSOW, KOHLI, YUVI, AB D, PATEL, RAMPAUL, STARC, ARON,harshal, CHAHAL

    For DD DK,COCK,KP,TAYLOR,DUMINY,JADAV, laxmi, KAUL, NADEEM,JAYDEV,shami Get duminy bowl

  • on May 13, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    After reading this I am shocked that Vettori says we need a change and still clinges on to Dinda to create a miracle,the hopes lasted for 9 matches and looking at the present scene,there is no point in changing now.All they can do is rewind and really start thinking more of skilled players than popular player on the field. Appreciation should be given to Yuvi for his splendid performance, we would love to see you do it again! A serious suggestion to RCB,Dinda is over,get a few more spinners to control the game or give importance to a player like Morkel.

  • on May 13, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    DD playing X1 is not clicking. They should open with Karthik and Vijay...bring Tiwary and Taylor in along with Peterson and Duminy. These 6 with Jadhav, Nadeem, Parnell, Shami and Kaul should form the X1. One change can be to play Mayank in place of Vijay and Unadkat in place of Kaul...to make it 4+4+3 combination.

  • on May 13, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    It's really sad to see this star studded team lost their way in the middle of league. still they have to play against CSK twice.

  • virgoan81 on May 13, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Wrong team selection is costing RCB.. we all knw vitat does not like spin bowlers but dude grow up u have seen its difficult to hit spinners chahal is ur trump card... play another spinner to support him.. yuvi will not be able to deliver always. .. drop dinda nad varun they are fluke payers. . Pls win today pls we are counting on you. .

  • ThePacifist10 on May 13, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Kohli should not and will not resign as captain. Like Dhoni, he too will learn how to lead a team through the bad times, making him a stronger captain and player. He also has MSD's never-say-die attitude. He won't and shouldn't give up.

    He has done nothing wrong in this tournament captaincy-wise, as he rightfully went to Starc's defence when Pollard threatened him with the bat. Did Rohit try restraining Pollard? No, he just stood by and watched. Kohli got involved and took responsibility, which is commendable. He has given chances to Chahal, Zol, Takawale and Harshal Patel.

    As captain, you'd expect your bowlers to be a bit smart with their lines and lengths while bowling in a high-pressure situation. Aaron was quite consistent until last match. Dinda has been rubbish throughout. Maybe that is his one fault in this tournament.

  • FlashAsh66 on May 13, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Absolutely agree with you Yogi. The most awful IPL season. 1 more thing to add to the pathetic state of affairs is the shoddy umpiring. Franchise's have picked anyone to captain the team & this has resulted in poor thinking on the field. While Kohli & Gambhir might be good players, they surely do not make good captains. The thought of becoming the next Indian captain, after Dhoni, has certainly gone to Kohli's head.

  • on May 13, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    RCB should use spinners rather than 4 fast bowlers. indian pitches are spin supported ...it is so late to realize that -> Kholi.! Starc is consistant some what..! Dinda got all chances and he didnt clicked for RCB..still they are behind him..why thay cant give chance to abu nichem / sandeep warrier.. and use 3 spinner and 2 fast..that will be better..!yuvi & chahal done well ..added to that Gyale or Shadab Jakati or Vjay zol ...can also bowl...why RCB is not looking focused on the team's strength....!! Rather than any other team...RCB only have the capability of doing blast over any other opposition..!! I belive its a lack of focus on the captain Kholi!~ he is worried about his bat form..! mixed emotions makes him away from the game situations~~~~!

    I would say Kholi / Rohit are not a good captains..as of now!! Winning moments they enjoys..but when fails, they are not focused or not calm at all.They are not showing maturity on the field.!! I hope experience will make them like Dhoni!~

  • Kashi0127 on May 13, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    @Philip_0132 None of the modern Indian captains are brave and selfless to do a Mike Braily (England) or Chandimal (Sri Lanka) or Venkataraghavan (India). All the above stepped down from captaincy due to their lack of form in international games.

  • Kashi0127 on May 13, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    This is the last chance for RC to save face as they WILL rest of the games. Delhi might just be kind enough to the Malya team and allow them to win.

  • Marcel_Ci on May 13, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    kohli should step aside to improve his game. bt i think he is too egoistic to take that decision.

  • on May 13, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    common rcb get alex hales if gayle is injured

  • dogandbone on May 13, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    @chunn while I agree with you that changes should be made (and should had been made many games ago) I don't think Neesham is the answer. To play him you need to drop the new SA spinner (which also may not be a bad thing playing where they are and who they are playing) The player they need to bring in is Taylor BUT NOT at 5 or 6. Here is one of the worlds premier batsman and he sits on the bench...unbelievable. No point playing Taylor either if they do decide to bat him at 5/6...waste of time ...he need to be 3 or at worse 4. De Koch while done ok, he hasn't bought the team home and nor has he set the world on fire with a 70/80 in 40 balls which is required at the top of the order. I would play the following Vijay, KP, Taylor,Jedhav, Duminy, (Neesham/ De Koch) then what ever but DD need to try and take the game away from RCB at the top of the order. To do that you have to play your best batsman...very simple.

  • on May 12, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Rossouw must Open if he is going to play because that his standard position. Kohli will play much better if he bats where he normally bats. If Gayle's injury is enough to force him to withdraw, they should replace him with Reeza Hendricks, one beacuse he in form and also because his opening partner Rilee Rossouw is in the team.

  • CricketMakdi on May 12, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Dinda and Varun. Please learn something guys when you guys come back we loose. We all understand its a team game but if your guys go fro runs with your wayward bowling when ever Kohli hands the ball, how can you call this a team responsibility?

  • xylo on May 12, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    How about adding a note about the marquee coach of DDs- Gary Kirsten!

  • on May 12, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    1.Kohli 2.Parthiv 3.uv 4.ABD 5.Albie morkal 6.Rampaul 7.Abu nachim/jakati 8.Varun 9.Vijay zol 10.Chahal 11.Rana Try this team

  • sheru-sher on May 12, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    RCB should give Rampaul a run as he is good for the first 4 overs .If Gayle is injured then he is occupying an important spot and wasting time and overs. He should be dropped.DeVilliers should move to no. 3 in the batting

  • on May 12, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    RCB needs their bowlers to start thinking mature, they bowling like lil kids now learning to bowl .

  • YogifromNY on May 12, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    The standard of cricket in this year's IPL has been awful from the five teams placed #4 down on the points table right now. It is actually the first IPL that will dry out the fans' interest. Misguided team selections, misplaced strategies, poor captaincy, lousy tactics - these five teams have seen all of these together in almost every single game they have played.

    RCB vs DD will be one more of the games involving these five teams where the team that is less awful in all the above departments on the day will win. Yawn

  • on May 12, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    ppl like DK laxmi shukla can bat at 6-7 in the line up DK was an expensive buy comes at 3-4 and plays at run a ball or worse eats up overs and gets out at perfectly wrong time adding pressure on ppl down the order

  • on May 12, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    gayle is injured.. they should pick a good bowler... somelike brett lee..still supporting rcb make it to playoffs...

  • on May 12, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    RCB must play with the followings with their batting order. 1. Kohli 2. Parthik 3. Zol 4. Rossouw 5. de Villers 6. Yuvi 7. Starc 8.Rampaul 9.Nechim 10. Jakati 11. Chahal.

    I assured you that this team will will win rest of the matches and take the title

  • on May 12, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Even on the Delhi Daredevil's fan page on facebook, they refuse to accept what you and I state about their order. I have been saying it, in foresight, since game three. Very disappointing, but believe me when I say Daredevils seem set to refuse to change and not play the winning line-up I have named below and to them. You'd think grown men would understand semantics and that Duminy is not a finisher but merely doing well as one, that KP has no right to say "If it ain't broke don't fix it" when losing and line-up and order are both illogical and we try and inflate our weakness (bowling) instead of our strength (batting)... while KP also does not see that on Kotla and with our line-up (potential), we are a CHASING team:

    1. Vijay 2/ De Kock 3/ KP 4/ DUMINY 5/ Jedhav 6/ Neesham 7/ DK 8/ Tiwary or L. Shukla 9/ R. Shukla 10/ Shami 11/ Unadkat or Kaul

    We would be 5-5 and on ten points. Not hindsight as I have not budged on this team for seven games. Fact. But, as you say, will they wake up?

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  • on May 12, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Even on the Delhi Daredevil's fan page on facebook, they refuse to accept what you and I state about their order. I have been saying it, in foresight, since game three. Very disappointing, but believe me when I say Daredevils seem set to refuse to change and not play the winning line-up I have named below and to them. You'd think grown men would understand semantics and that Duminy is not a finisher but merely doing well as one, that KP has no right to say "If it ain't broke don't fix it" when losing and line-up and order are both illogical and we try and inflate our weakness (bowling) instead of our strength (batting)... while KP also does not see that on Kotla and with our line-up (potential), we are a CHASING team:

    1. Vijay 2/ De Kock 3/ KP 4/ DUMINY 5/ Jedhav 6/ Neesham 7/ DK 8/ Tiwary or L. Shukla 9/ R. Shukla 10/ Shami 11/ Unadkat or Kaul

    We would be 5-5 and on ten points. Not hindsight as I have not budged on this team for seven games. Fact. But, as you say, will they wake up?

  • on May 12, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    RCB must play with the followings with their batting order. 1. Kohli 2. Parthik 3. Zol 4. Rossouw 5. de Villers 6. Yuvi 7. Starc 8.Rampaul 9.Nechim 10. Jakati 11. Chahal.

    I assured you that this team will will win rest of the matches and take the title

  • on May 12, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    gayle is injured.. they should pick a good bowler... somelike brett lee..still supporting rcb make it to playoffs...

  • on May 12, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    ppl like DK laxmi shukla can bat at 6-7 in the line up DK was an expensive buy comes at 3-4 and plays at run a ball or worse eats up overs and gets out at perfectly wrong time adding pressure on ppl down the order

  • YogifromNY on May 12, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    The standard of cricket in this year's IPL has been awful from the five teams placed #4 down on the points table right now. It is actually the first IPL that will dry out the fans' interest. Misguided team selections, misplaced strategies, poor captaincy, lousy tactics - these five teams have seen all of these together in almost every single game they have played.

    RCB vs DD will be one more of the games involving these five teams where the team that is less awful in all the above departments on the day will win. Yawn

  • on May 12, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    RCB needs their bowlers to start thinking mature, they bowling like lil kids now learning to bowl .

  • sheru-sher on May 12, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    RCB should give Rampaul a run as he is good for the first 4 overs .If Gayle is injured then he is occupying an important spot and wasting time and overs. He should be dropped.DeVilliers should move to no. 3 in the batting

  • on May 12, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    1.Kohli 2.Parthiv 3.uv 4.ABD 5.Albie morkal 6.Rampaul 7.Abu nachim/jakati 8.Varun 9.Vijay zol 10.Chahal 11.Rana Try this team

  • xylo on May 12, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    How about adding a note about the marquee coach of DDs- Gary Kirsten!

  • CricketMakdi on May 12, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Dinda and Varun. Please learn something guys when you guys come back we loose. We all understand its a team game but if your guys go fro runs with your wayward bowling when ever Kohli hands the ball, how can you call this a team responsibility?