Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2015 Match 26 Preview: Battle of teams with similar fortunes
While Delhi Daredevils have regained their confidence with a victory against Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore got their confidence back with a comprehensive victory over Rajasthan Royals © IANS

The Delhi Daredevils (DD) play host to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday in Match 26. This promises to be an interesting encounter as two teams with similar fortunes are up against each other. On the one hand, you have DD who have regained their confidence with a victory against the Mumbai Indians (MI), and on the other there is RCB, who have also gotten their confidence back with a comprehensive victory over RR. Read: Gary Kirsten believes IPL is intense, leaves him streached out

An important factor in this game is the small ground at the Feroz Shah Kotla. With the playing area being small, the big hitters would come into play and there are some big names on both sides. The last game has also shown that you can put up a big score here if you bat well. Laying a foundation and then attacking may be the way to build an innings here. Chasing may require another approach as MI failed miserably.

Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli batted in the top three in their last game and this strategy could work well for them. Gayle seemed to have regained some touch in the last match as he started off well. Kohli anchored the innings through and de Villiers played sensibly. One may say it was a bit too top heavy, but could be the way forward for RCB. On the other hand, DD have spread their resources well, with youngsters opening the batting and then JP Duminy and Yuvraj Singh coming in. The presence of Angelo Mathews in the middle strengths their batting line-up. Read: Virat Kohli is a very intense person, says Harshal Patel

RCB’s bowling has now been strengthened by the arrival of Mitchell Starc, who is in magnificent form. In the last game, he helped bowl the opposition out and is a crucial factor. RCB now have two spinners in the playing XI in Iqbal Abdulla and Yuzvendra Chahal, which only adds to their bowling. If used well, they can be a handful on the Delhi surface.

DD have the combo of Imrah Tahir and Amit Mishra in the middle as they use their contorting leg-spin to cause the batsmen problems. The pace bowling is led by Nathan Coulter-Nile and Dominic Joseph. Mathews has a presence here, but one feels they are a little dependent on the leggies.

To pick a favourite for this game is a tough one. Unlike the last game, teams here may want to win the toss and bat first. If RCB bat first, they could well be unbeatable.


Delhi Daredevils: JP Duminy (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Yuvraj Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Angelo Mathews, Kedar Jadhav, Imran Tahir, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Zaheer Khan, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Shami, CM Gautam, Gurinder Sandhu, Jayant Yadav, Albie Morkel, Srikar Bharat, Marcus Stoinis, Dominic Joseph Muthuswamy, Shreyas Iyer, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Karapak Jiyas, Travis Head.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Manvinder Bisla, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfaraz Khan, Iqbal Abdulla, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mitchell Starc, Harshal Patel, Varun Aaron, Subramaniam Badrinath, Sean Abbott, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Darren Sammy, Vijay Zol, Jalaj Saxena, David Wiese, Sandeep Warrier, Nic Maddinson, Sreenath Aravind, Shishir Bhavane, Ashok Dinda, Abu Nechim Ahmed.

Time: 20:00 IST | 02:30 GMT

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)