Bangalore: Strong contenders Royal Challengers Bangalore face a woefully out-of-form Delhi Daredevils as they resume their IPL campaign on Tuesday following a heart-breaking defeat against Chennai Super Kings. (Agencies)
A big no-ball by R P Singh in dying minutes of the match had deprived Bangalore from an exciting win. It was second close defeat for Bangalore, having lost another thriller via Super Over to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Hosts Bangalore are expected to face some good resistance from Delhi since the visitors are the only side to not have won a single game this season and would do everything to get on board.
Having lost all four games, Delhi have no option but to go all out as one more defeat would make their journey tougher, so they will throw anything and everything they have against Bangalore.
Skipper Virat Kohli and explosive Chris Gayle have done extremely well for the side so far but Bangalore need other batsmen to fire and bowlers need to be more efficient.
Over-reliance on top-order may hurt them. Building partnerships is the way forward for Bangalore so they need Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair to bat well in the middle order.
They also need their other foreign recruits such as Tillakratne Dilshan and Daniel Christian to stand up and counted.
As far Bangalore's bowling is concerned, they have bowled well as a unit but struggled in death overs. This was quite evident in the match against CSK where Vinay Kumar, Ravi Rampaul and R P Singh bowled far too many length balls and in process conceded 53 runs in last five overs.
The team may consider making some changes and pick from among Abhimanyu Mithun, Abhinav Mukund, Andrew McDonald, Christopher Barnwell, Daniel Vettori, Harshal Patel, K P Appanna, Pankaj Singh and P Prasanth, who have warmed the bench so far.
It would be crucial for Bangalore Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan gets hi mojo back and Murali Kartik better his performance.
Placed right at the bottom of points table, Delhi will look to end their losing streak.
The Daredevils have failed to put up a total to make a match out of it and for this to happen, their top order needs to fire.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Abhimanyu Mithun, Abhinav Mukund, Andrew McDonald, Chateshwar Pujara, Christopher Barnwell, Daniel Vettori, Harshal Patel, KP Appanna, Moises Henriques, Chris Gayle, Tilkaratne Dilshan, Mayank Agarwal, Daniel Christian, Karun Nair, Arun Karthik, J Unadkat, Vinay Kumar, Muttiah Muralitharan, Murali Kartik, Pankaj Singh and P Prasanth.
Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (C), Ajit Agarkar, Andre Russell, Arisht Singhvi, Ashish Nehra, C M Gautam, David Warner,Gulam Bodi, Irfan Pathan, Jeevan Mendis, Johan Botha, Kedar Jadhav, Manpreet Juneja, Naman Ojha, Pawan Negi, Roelof van-der Morwe, Royston Dias, Siddharth Kaul, Sujit Nayak, Shahbaz Nadeem Umesh Yadav, Unmukt Chand, Venugopal Rao, Virender Sehwag and Yogesh Nagar.
Bangalore: Strong contenders Royal Challengers Bangalore face a woefully out-of-form Delhi Daredevils as they resume their IPL campaign on Tuesday following a heart-breaking defeat against Chennai Super Kings.