IPL 7 38th match RCB vs DD:Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Delhi Daredevils, Live scores, 13 May, 2014
Match Teams:Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Delhi Daredevils
Match Venue: Played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time:20:00 local time (14:30 GMT) (8:00 PM IST)
Toss:Delhi Daredevils, who chose to bowl
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Royal Challengers Bangalore: L L L W L
Delhi Daredevils: L L L L W
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.
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?
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.
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.