Royal Challengers vs Hyderabad Deccan Chargers Video Highlights
Bangalore Royal Challengers (From): Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa(w), Jacques Kallis, Kevin Pietersen(c), Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Balachandra Akhil, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Dale Steyn, Anil Kumble, Abhmanyu Mithun, Bharat Chipli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cameron White, Devraj Patil, Dillon du Preez, Gaurav Dhiman, Ishank Jaggi, Jagadeesh Arunkumar, Jitendra Patil, KP Appanna, Karan Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Mark Boucher, Muralidharen Gautam, Nathan Bracken, Pankaj Singh, Rajesh Bishnoi, Raju Bhatkal, Roelof van der Merwe, Rohit Sabharwal, Ross Taylor, Saurabh Bandekar, Shreevats Goswami, Sreenath Aravind, Sunil Joshi, Tinu Yohannan, Udit Patel, Wasim Jaffer
Deccan Chargers (From): Adam Gilchrist(w/c), Herschelle Gibbs, VVS Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Venugopal Rao, Scott Styris, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Rudra Pratap Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Fidel Edwards, Harmeet Singh, Abhinav Kumar, Arjun Yadav, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Doddapaneni Kalyankrishna, Dwayne Smith, Halhadar Das, Jaskaran Singh, Manvinder Bisla, Nuwan Zoysa, Paidikalva Vijaykumar, Ryan Harris, Sarvesh Kumar, Shoaib Ahmed, Tirumalsetti Suman.
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Ground Reality and Pitch:
This will be the fifth match played at Newlands, and the ground remains a delight for players and spectators alike - provided the rains don't come down. The overcast conditions that have prevailed in South Africa have helped bowlers emerge from their role in the previous IPL, which was roughly that of a mechanized bowling machine, and Newlands has been no exception.
The pitch has something in it for the bowlers, but as many batsmen have shown, with the correct application and technique (or with the outrageous skill of a Sehwag or a Gayle), runs can be made.
Bangalore Royal Challengers: Two matches, one stunning victory followed by one thumping defeat. The Royal Challengers would be hoping the cycle stays true for the next match at least. The decision to drop Ryder in favour of Taylor in the last match was surprising, given that Ryder is handy with the ball, but he should win back his place in the side now. Bangalore have made a tactically sound decision to make Uthappa keep wickets, as this frees a place in the side. But the most heartening thing for their fans would be the performances of old war horses and hometown heroes Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, who have been the best batsman and bowler for their side so far.
Deccan Chargers: After just one match in IPL 2009, the Chargers already look like they would better their sorry performance last year. The best thing they have going for them is that Herschelle Gibbs is in prime form after a lackluster IPL 2008. His electric fielding at point, and his popularity with the South African crowds ensures that there is considerable support for the Chargers. Their bowling options still look thin, although if Fidel Edwards can repeat his performance against Kolkata and Pragyan Ojha continues to impress, they'll have an adequate - if not threatening - attack. However, with at least one quality bowler short, they are looking at 4 potentially expensive overs during some part of their innings.
Players to Watch:
Jesse Ryder: Being dropped for the last match should give him extra determination to do well in this one, if he gets picked as expected. Has shown that he can belt the leather off the ball against the best of bowlers, and he would be looking to cement his reputation here.
Herschelle Gibbs: He will be the man the opposition wants to get out early - even though his opening partner is Gilchrist. Gibbs has looked the more fluent and dangerous of the two.
Adam Gilchrist is the only player to have scored at least 50 in three consecutive World Cup Finals. He made 54 in 1999, 57 in 2003 and a brutal 149* in 2007.
Rohit Sharma's average in Twenty20 internationals is significantly higher than his average in ODIs: 35.66 to 27.20. This holds true for domestic tournaments too (under which category the IPL falls), though the gap is narrower: 39.95 to 34.95