It’s Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils in the 5th match of the IPL. Suneer and I Shruti are ready with their preview and prediction for this one. To listen in, check out the link or you could read excerpts of their discussion below:
Suneer, Royal Challengers Bangalore will feel slightly better in the confines of their home, as they take on the Delhi Daredevils. Quite a bitter first defeat at the hands of the Sunrisers Hyderabad who have now made it 6-4 on head to head against them…where did it all go wrong for RCB?
It’s fair to say that the Royal Challengers Bangalore were out-batted, bowled and fielded by their counterparts in their opener and will need to show immense improvement going into this second match. What would worry Bangalore is that while they were without the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and KL Rahul, sure, but that still doesn’t excuse their bowling and fielding – the absence of that trio did not play a big part in Bangalore conceding 207 and nor did it push them into fielding like absolute novices with dropped catches and misfields galore.
Rustiness could be a reason?
Well, it’s an excuse, not a reason. Both teams were going into the tournament having not played as a unit since the final last year, so that’s barely an acceptable reason. That said, losing all those big-ticket players could have left them a tad rattled and the Sunrisers read the situation well, came out hard at them and Bangalore were left with no answers.
As you mentioned, their bowling and fielding will need to show a marked change but in terms of personnel, do you see any changes?
I suppose they could start with bolstering their bowling attack. The team went in with seven bowling options, eight if you count Gayle but in terms of incisiveness there was Tymal Mills and Yuzvendra Chahal and the rest of them tapered off sharply. Even taking into account the fact that Aniket Choudhary must have been nervous on his debut, the sense I get is that at home, on that flat M Chinnaswamy pitch, RCB will do well to get in an extra bowling option. And as harsh as it sounds, that could be a trade-off between Travis Head and Samuel Badree…which in turn, weakens their batting line-up but as I said, if the Bangalore pitch remains as batting-easy, I wouldn’t mind that.
That’s assuming AB de Villiers still misses out…
…yep, because if he is fit, he will walk right back and take up the captaincy and Head might have to sit out anyway. Which also means Bangalore’s bowling will need to be beefed up by bringing in an Indian bowler in place of, say, Sachin Baby, who did not have much to write home about in the opener.
Your turn now, how will the Royal Challengers Bangalore lift themselves up for their second game against the Delhi Daredevils?
After suffering that loss in their opening game they ARE feeling lost and burdened – they feel they’re not living upto their standards. But for this game against Delhi, they’re at their home ground and this should put them at ease and they should be able to lift themselves. There is a lot more steadiness in their batting – in fact it seems consistent throughout their innings – they will battle tough phases but they should manage to stick it out. Bowling too does well, it has a good start and end – but they could stray in those middle overs a bit. Another huge plus appears to be their fielding – unlike the first game, it’s their fielding that could provide a much needed boost.
If there’s one team that’s probably giving the Royal Challengers Bangalore a run for its money when it comes to fitness woes, it’s the Delhi Daredevils. How are they looking to you?
They are without JP Duminy, who opted out because of personal reasons, then they lost Quinton de Kock to an injury, Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out for a few games to chicken pox, Angelo Mathews might miss a few games as well and their captain Zaheer Khan last played a competitive game in May 2016. Looking at the positive side of the ledger, and they do look like they have a good bowling line-up – Shami should be back to full fitness, and then there’s Kagiso Rabada who will look to get a taste of his first IPL season, there’s Amit Mishra and Chris Morris…all of whom can pick up wickets…
I was just running down their batting line-up, it looks like there are a few holes that the Delhi Daredevils could plug in the top five or six?
Those two absences of de Kock and Duminy have left them with gaping holes to fill and I wonder if the Daredevils have thought of overseas replacements. There are enough players in that list of unsold ones, like Alex Hales, Ross Taylor and Ben Dunk, who can all be brought in as experienced replacements for the Delhi top-order. Looking at the glass as half full, and this gives the likes of Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Rishabh Pant an excellent chance to prove that they belong here – especially Pant, who has been spoken of as a replacement for MS Dhoni when he is done with his international career. Much to look forward to, don’t you think, Shruti…
… yes Suneer it is an excellent opportunity and considering, traditionally, the Delhi Daredevils haven’t done too well in the IPL, and I’ll look at the glass as half-full as well as it will be highly pre-mature to expect them to continue that way this season. According to the cards, it’ll actually be quite refreshing to see them quite confident against Bangalore – There’s is an element of aggression and sensibility in how they approach this one. Although their batting should manage to fight off the opposition, they may be victims of their own silliness! The Delhi bowlers may not have the best start, in fact it could be a painful one, but they should be able to pull things back a tad.
And does that mean that Delhi Daredevils will struggle to beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore in this game like they have over the last nine seasons – with Bangalore having a 11-6 win-loss record against Delhi?
Very possible! One of the major differences between both these teams seems to be their fielding. Bangalore certainly seem to have the edge on that but Delhi are not going to allow Bangalore to bully them either – so this is a tough game to call… but nevertheless, I’ll go with more all round consistency so it’s Tarot Advantage: Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Where do you stand on this, Suneer?
I also trust Bangalore will have a much better second game and it could well be down to their strong batting taking on the potent Delhi bowling, which is what could decide the contest. As for the winner, I will do with you too – Bangalore hold the edge on this one.