Royal Challengers Bangalore could stop Deccan's charge

Zaheer Khan will be in command of his bowling and he won’t look to miss out on any opportunity © AFP

Tarot reader Shruti Chopra looks into her cards to give CricketCountry.com readers exclusive insights into what lies ahead in the IPL matches. In the below piece, she dwells into the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers game – the first of the of the two IPL matches on Sunday.

 

Deccan Chargers

 

The Chargers will be better planned and like the Page of Wands will look to be steady. The Knight of Wands and Pentacles are a good combination which shows a strong intent, where actions will live up to expectations. The problem arises when it comes to seeing it through to the end. Feeling encouraged with the possibility of a win, they can lose their way and damage their chances. The Five of Swords warns of complacency and urges to not lose the intent.

 

Kumar Sangakkara is looking to step up his batting to steer the team in a stronger direction. He will find this to be tough as he will lack the right focus. His actions will be unclear, which will reflect in his captaincy too. The Knight of Swords and the Page of Cups is a concern as it finds Sangakkara looking for the right team direction. Luckily, he has a few players that will shine and therefore allowing the burden to ease off.


Key Players

 

Dale Steyn will be economical, but with the Hanged Man he will find himself having to play mind games with the batsman to take wickets.

 

Cameron White will be aggressive and be involved in a good partnership. The Ace of Wands reflects a renewed enthusiasm to do well.

 

Parthiv Patel will accumulate runs at a brisk pace and look to do this aggressively.

 

Shikhar Dhawan has the Eight of Pentacles. He will need to work very hard to make runs, which will only be possible if he sticks to his game plan.

 

Amit Mishra will have good focus and command over his bowling spell. He, like the King of Wands will have well directed energy. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

 

The Challengers have all their tools sharpened and ready to take on this last battle with great aggression. They will be a strong unit who, like the Ace of Swords and Wands won’t shy away from any new challenges posed by the opposition. They will be well planned and will do their best to make sure there are no hitches along the way.

 

Virat Kohli will approach his batting with good plans and the desire, like the Seven of Wands to be on top. He will need to be careful of being too nonchalant, as he has a good day with the bat and shouldn’t allow for anything to hinder his chances. Being grounded will be the key. As a captain, he will initially find it a mental challenge and will feel the weight of responsibility. This won’t last long as he will ease into his role well, by being like the Temperance – creating good balance and command over what is expected of him.

Key players

 

Chris Gayle will have a good strong start, but with the Five of Swords, he could find the going tough.

 

AB de Villiers will have a tough start. His hard work and application will see him through this phase, allowing him to be like the Justice card – steady, strong and authoritative.

 

Zaheer Khan will have a good day with the ball. He will be in command of his bowling and like the Four of Cups he won’t look to miss out on any opportunity. He will finish his spell well.

 

Harshal Patel will be well directed and he too will have a good day. He will bring out his potential and receive success for doing so.

 

Muttiah Muralitharan won’t be economical to start with, but will improve his bowling rhythm to be an important wicket taker.

 

Who holds the advantage?

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

 

(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time in Delhi and became an Indian cricket fan. She has remained an unflinching and passionate Indian cricket fan even after moving back to London, setting 3.00 am alarms to watch India play Test matches. It was during the 2011 World Cup that she brought together her passion for cricket with her profession of Tarot Reading, looking at the cards in the hope of spotting an India win coming through – which it did! You can know more about Shruti via FacebookTwitter and her website)