IPL 3 Preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers, Bangalore
The two teams will meet for the first time since the final last year when Deccan beat Bangalore. Deccan’s been bad since then, crashing out of the Champions League in the first round and losing six out of their nine matches in this IPL, five of them in a row.
Bangalore began this season well but three consecutive losses of late have checked their progress to the semis while the others caught up. RCB, CSK and KKR are all on level with 10 points apiece while RCB has a game in hand. A win would put them ahead of Rajasthan Royals who have 12 points but have played two more games and have a poorer net run rate.
It’s a must win match for DC and what’s worrying is that none of their players have been able to make any significant contributions yet. Scores mostly between 30-40 by their main batsmen and just two 3 wicket hauls in the whole tournament highlight the below average performance they’ve put in this year.
The choke against Rajasthan was terrifyingly reminiscent of the team’s 2008 form. The stars Gilchrist, Gibbs, Rohit, Symonds need to stick around and make sure that they close the game. Ryan Harris’s arrival seems to have sorted their death bowling and RP Singh’s good performance in the last match is another factor that gives their campaign hope.
RCB will have to drop Ross Taylor for Dale Steyn given the options that Kevin Pietersen’s part time off-spin brings to the line up. Cameron White could miss out instead of Taylor given how bad his bowling was against the Delhi Daredevils. Kallis remains a key player at the top and my safe vote for trump player anyday.