PREVIEW: DELHI DAREDEVILS V ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE, MAY 17, 2012May 17, 2012
This is the second match of the day where table topper Delhi Daredevils will play against Royal Challengers Bangalore who is presently in the fifth position in the tally table. The match will be played at the home ground of table topper team at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi and it will start at 8.00 PM. This is a very important match for Bangalore because this match can decide the fate of the team in this IPL- a win can lead their way to the qualifying round whereas a loss can knock them out of the playoffs.
Securing their table topper position and their position in the playoffs by playing only 14 matches so far, this match is just a pre-scheduled match for Delhi Daredevils. Among 14 matches played so far, Shewag’s boys have won 10 matches and this season, the team is in an outstanding form to win the much desired title. As there is no such pressure over the team tonight, there is a possibility that Shewag may put down some of his best team mates for this match so that they can have a break before the upcoming important matches in the playoffs. However, as Delhi is in a secured position in the playoffs, the team may not take this match too seriously but Bangalore is a strong opponent for Delhi because in their last match, a month ago, Bangalore defeated Delhi by 20 runs.
This is the penultimate match for Royal Challengers Bangalore before the playoffs and two wins in these two remaining matches can ensure their position in the playoffs. In this season, Bangalore has been in a fabulous form although in their last match against Mumbai Indians, they ended up with a loss which pushed them a bit away from the playoffs. So these two remaining matches are very important for this team. Moreover, the outcome of the first match of the day will also decide upon Bangalore’s date for playoffs. This team has one of the strongest and efficient batting and bowling order. Chris Gayle from Bangalore is the top scorer in this season and his incredible innings tonight can again bring a win for his team. Dilshan and Villers also contribute a lot to the team score whereas Appanna, Zaheer Khan and Muralitharan are fabulous bowlers for this team to show magic with the rival’s wickets. When Shewag will drop some of his efficient players for the day, Kohli will play with his best team to fulfil the dream of being into the playoffs.
Another exciting match to watch tonight when there is a match between Shewag and Gayle- two orange capped. When the match is crucial for Bangalore, the Delhi crowd is ready to enjoy an outstanding innings from Shewag or Gayle or both.
Probable players for Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (c), David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene, Naman Ojha (wk), Ross Taylor, Venugopal Rao, Pawan Negi, Morne Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron.
Probable players for Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mayank Agarwal, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Zaheer Khan, KP Appanna, Harshal Patel, Muttiah Muralitharan.
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