Royal Challengers Bangalore would aim to get their campaign in IPL 2017 back on track after losing their opening game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5. Bangalore’s opposition, Delhi Daredevils in the second match of the double header on Saturday are too hit by injuries.
Virat Kohli has been ruled out for the initial stage of the tournament due to a shoulder injury, while AB de Villiers is also a doubtful starter after missing the first game due to a back problem.
In absence of Kohli and de Villiers, interim captain Shane Watson will continue leading Bangalore in their first game on home turf. Bangalore’s injury list doesn’t stop at Kohli and de Villiers with opener KL Rahul being ruled out and talented youngster Sarfaraz Khan most likely unavailable after hurting himself during a practice session. Also read: IPL 2017: Gautam Gambhir wants to give Chris Lynn a longer run in season 10
In the first match, chasing Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 207, Bangalore were bundled out for 172 in 19.4 overs – first time in 23 games they were all out.
Bangalore will again depend on Chris Gayle and Shane Watson against a depleted Delhi side. In the previous game Mandeep Singh put up a 52-run stand for the opening wicket with Gayle and would be expected to better the last match’s performance. Also read: IPL 2017: 19-year-old Rishabh Pant faces intense test of character after bereavement
Kedar Jadhav is another batsman who has the potential to win games single-handedly and his run out in the first game was the turning point. In bowling, Tymal Mills and Yuzvendra Chahal will hold key and would look to improve after bagging a wicket apiece in the last match. Aniket Choudhary and Sreenath Aravind were also not impressive and Watson might opt for Adam Milne or Samuel Badree.
On the other hand, Delhi will struggle to pick the right combination with their key players Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy being ruled out. Shreyas Iyer also has been rule out for at least a week due to chickenpox. Moreover, there are concerns over Angelo Mathews and Mohammad Shami’s fitness.
In bowling, captain Zaheer Khan will be spearheading the attack but it remains to be seen, how the retired India bowler performs. The team management will be taking a final call on Rishabh Pant, who lost his father on April 5. In Carlos Brathwaite and Aussie seamer Pat Cummins, Delhi have international experience.
Delhi have never been contenders for the title in the previos editions, but having Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton in the dugout the team can’t be regarded as a pushover.