DC vs RCB 11th IPL 2011 T20 Match Video Highlights
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For both Bangalore and Deccan their face-off today is crucial. It is early days yet in the IPL, but a loss today for either team will put them in an uncomfortable position from which they'll have to make a considerably steep climb to finish in the top four teams of the league. Both are coming off losses in their previous match too, and this would be the ideal time to turn-around their fortunes.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
They won their first match against the Kochi Tuskers fairly comfortably, but were thoroughly outplayed by Mumbai. The performance against Mumbai brought more worries than the win against Kochi did for the Royal Challengers. They were up against a quality bowling attack, and even their strong-on-paper batting line-up had a lot of trouble dealing with it. AB de Villiers and Dilshan may have been the top scorers in that match for Bangalore, but the pace at which they scored and the number of deliveries consumed meant that Bangalore were always struggling to get a move on. For accomplished stroke-players (not to mention costly buys) such as them, they need to ensure that their strike-rates don't fall below the 120 mark. The bigger concern for Bangalore, however, is the injury to Dirk Nannes. Nannes bowled one outstanding over against Mumbai, and then had to go off. If he can't make it to full fitness, it leaves the Bangalore attack looking suddenly thin on resources.
The Deccan Chargers have a revamped side, but that side has not been able to deliver results so far. They have lost both matches played, and another loss will leave them facing a tough ask. The batting has looked like the main sore point, with only captain Sangakkara seeming capable of turning a match around. The Chargers have invested more in Indian bowlers than Indian batsmen, which puts the onus on run-scoring on the foreign imports. However, so far neither of Sangakkara, Duminy or Daniel Christian have really carried an innings on their backs. Duminy and Sangakkara were both in good form in the World Cup, while Christian was amongst the most highly sought after buys at the auction, and the Chargers will be hoping that one of them makes their overdue big score. The bowling with Steyn, Ojha, Mishra and Ishant looks capable - though the Chargers will want Steyn to bowl a game-changing spell and Ojha to show his IPL 2010 form.
The missing icons:
For fans who followed domestic fortunes before the IPL came along, it will be a very weird feeling to see Bangalore go up against Hyderabad with not one of Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble or VVS Laxman taking part. Whether any of the franchises will regret or profit from that is too early to say, but it does make for a different viewing experience.
Deccan Chargers (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Ishank Jaggi, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Daniel Christian, Sunny Sohal, Dale Steyn, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Bharat Chipli, Cameron White, Kedar Devdhar, Manpreet Gony, Harmeet Singh, Michael Lumb, Chris Lynn, Ishan Malhotra, Jaydev Shah, Juan Theron, Arjun Yadav, Akash Bhandari
Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Mayank Agarwal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers(w), Asad Pathan, Saurabh Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara, Daniel Vettori(c), Zaheer Khan, Charl Langeveldt, Johan van der Wath, Abhimanyu Mithun, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, BN Bharath, Raju Bhatkal, Nuwan Pradeep, Muralidharen Gautam, Mohammad Kaif, Abrar Kazi, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Ninan, Luke Pomersbach, Rilee Rossouw, Jonathan Vandiar