Delhi Daredevils in the second match of IPL 7 begin their campaign against the ferocious Royal Challengers Bangalore side in the grandeur Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Both DD and RCB boast of some serious batting line-upcoming this IPL 2014.
Delhi Daredevils might feel a tad unlucky with the absence of their regular captain Kevin Pietersen, who has been ruled out of the first tie due to his finger injury. But the last year’s bottom ranked team looks high on confidence under the leadership of stand-in-captain Dinesh Karthik. One should expect flurry of fours and sixes and mammoth totals. The main contest is between the bowlers restricting these explosive batsmen in for less runs. We take a look at the mini battles in the second match between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Chris Gayle vs the Rest of DD bowling attack
Everybody knows pitting one bowler against Chris Gayle would be quite unfair. It would require some courageous and smart bowling from the Delhi Daredevils side to stop this Royal Challengers Bangalore hurricane from blasting them around the park. Well one could be the best bowler, but if Gayle gets going, the course of the match is set. So what DD side and their fans pray for is that one good ball to remove Chris Gayle.
Virat Kohli vs Mohammed Shami
Undoubtedly the Man of the Moment is Virat Kohli who seems to have found the midas touch. With back to back successful tours in form of ICC World T 20 2014 and Asia Cup 2014 as batsman, Virat Kohli is definitely the backbone of Royal Challengers Bangalore. To do the job for Delhi Daredevils is young and equally talented Indian pacer Mohammad Shami, who has also proved the world of his talents. Captain Dinesh Karthik would pin high hopes on Shami to quickly provide the side with this precious wicket of Virat Kohli.
Dinesh Karthik vs Mitchell Starc
In the absence of Kevin Pietersen, the responsibility doubles up for Indian wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik both as captain and as batsman. He is one of the most valuable players in the IPL campaign for any franchise, for his talent of keeping the scoreboard ticking. RCB understanding the importance of this wicket, they would want Australian player Mitchell Starc to get this man out. Starc is the typical Australian pacer with the ability of producing 140 km/h above deliveries on a go.
Well there are many stars in these star studded side with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Albie Morkel for RCB side and Ross Taylor and J P Duminey for the DD side. Well keep your fingers crossed and get ready to watch two of the most exciting team play against each other and lighten up the Sharjah stadium with their fireworks.