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RCB kick off IPL V campaign against confident Delhi

Last updated on: April 6, 2012 19:18 IST

RCB kick off IPL V campaign against confident Delhi

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Their confidence boosted by a dominating win in the lung-opener, Delhi Daredevils face a tough test when they take on last year's runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore in their second IPL match in Bangalore on Saturday.

For the Daniel Vettori-led Bangalore, it would be their first outing of the season and with an explosive line-up of batsmen, West Indian swashbuckler Chris Gayle being their biggest star, the almost-there team of 2011 would look to go the whole hog this time.

Bangalore would hope that Vettori can carry forward the legacy of Anil Kumble and bring the same zest that he brought to his national team while at the helm of perennial underdogs but proven giant-killers New Zealand.

Besides Gayle, Bangalore would also expect fireworks from the Indian national team's in-form batsman Virat Kohli.


Photographs: Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images

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Delhi would need another sensational innings from Sehwag

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The Delhiite, whose sensational run with the bat in the tour of Australia and the Asia Cup made as many headlines as India's wretched run in both the outings, will look to continue the fine form.

Daredevils, on the other hand, have got the perfect start to their campaign after Irfan Pathan scored a brisk unbeaten 42 to guide them to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain curtailed 12-overs-a-side lung-opener on Thursday night.

Their bowling was the key as Morne Morkel scalped three wickets 3 for 18 runs, while Umesh Yadav and Roelof van der Merwe bagged two apiece to restrict the Knight Riders to 97 for nine.

Chasing the small total, Aaron Finch (30 from 27 balls) and skipper Virender Sehwag (20 off 13) gave the Daredevils a solid start putting on 49 for the opening wicket.

The Daredevils, however, will be without the services of big names like Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen and David Warner in as they are busy playing for their respective countries.

Besides, Kiwi Ross Taylor is also unavailable after he broke his hand during the third Test against South Africa recently.


Photographs: Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images

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Ojha, Rao will have to come to Delhi's rescue

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With key players missing for the first half of the event, Sehwag will have to take the extra load in along with Naman Ojha and Venugopal Rao. A lot of hopes are also pinned on their new signing, West Indies' Andre Russell who would like to make an impact with the bat at the big stage.

The spin line-up, however, looks a bit raw with left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem leading the attack and which will also have Roelf van der Merwe.

Teams (from):
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (c), MayankAgarwal, KP Appanna, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, RajuBhatkal, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, MuralidharenGautam, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Kaif, Abrar Kazi, Zaheer Khan,Virat Kohli, Charl Langeveldt, Andrew McDonald, AbhimanyuMithun, Muttiah Muralitharan, Karun Nair, Dirk Nannes, RyanNinan, Harshal Patel, Asad Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, CheteshwarPujara, Rilee Rossouw, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad, SaurabhTiwary, Vinay Kumar, Vijay Zol
Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (c), Ajit Agarkar,Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Puneet Bisht, Robin Bist, NamanOjha (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, Venugopal Rao, Vikas Mishra, YogeshNagar, Zafir Patel, Sunny Gupta, Tejashwi Yadav, AavishkarSalvi, Kuldeep Raval, Manpreet Juneja, Pawan Negi, PrashantNaik, Aaron Finch, Andre Russell, Doug Bracewell, GlennMaxwell, Gulam Bodi, Morne Morkel, Roelf van der Merwe.




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