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

  • android_user on May 13, 2014, 15:19 GMT

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

  • android_user on May 13, 2014, 15:13 GMT

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

  • android_user 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!

  • android_user on May 13, 2014, 14:42 GMT

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

  • android_user on May 13, 2014, 14:28 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • android_user 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.

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