The powerhouse of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the Match 11 of the ongoing IPL 2016 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. RCB, who are indeed known to be one of the big teams in the this league, have been unable to win the title so far despite a balanced unit. However, DD too are one such team who have failed to do the same over the past eight years and would aim for a similar feat as they take on RCB. Ayush Gupta discusses the key battles in this upcoming tie.
Chris Gayle vs Zaheer Khan: The Jamaican powerhouse and explosive hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle is always up for a challenge against any bowlers. However against DD, he ought to be watching out for former Indian fast-bowling sensation Zaheer Khan, whose sheer seam and pace, that were once deadly, can once again give him a tough time on the crease. Also, it could well be the other way around, given Gayle’s enormous ability to hit any bowler all over the park. It is a must watch battle and could be anybody’s play.
Virat Kohli vs Amit Mishra: Almost everybody in the world knows how lethal can Virat Kohli be with the bat, regardless of any format of the game. And it is also well known by his Indian teammate Amit Mishra, with whom he has played a number of matches in the past. The leg spinner will put him in a real taste as he well knows where and what Kohli is weak to, and would try to exploit that area. However, once again, Kohli is a good player of both pace and spin, and it would be of no surprise, if it goes the other way, with Kohli smashing Mishra all over the park, as he has done in many IPLs before. Another interesting battle on the cards.
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Adam Milne vs Quinton de Kock: Adam Milne, the New Zealand fast bowler, has been in good form, especially of what we saw in the recently concluded ICC World T20 2016. However, it will be interesting to see how he delivers in the IPL, especially against the like of South African in form batsman Quinton de Kock. Although Milne could terrorise de Kock with his mortal pace, the South African can miss no opportunity to smack him all over the park at Bengaluru, which indeed would be of no surprise. An interesting combination of Proteas and Kiwi to vouch for.
Parvez Rasool vs JP Duminy: The Indian all-rounder, who is an impactful spinner has been in the headlines of late owing to his good performance in the domestic circuit for Jammu & Kashmir. He could play an important role for RCB, as well as give a stern test to DD’s explosive batsman JP Duminy, who has always been a noxious player in this format of the game. Rasool’s sharp turn could give him a tough time at the crease. However, with the game being held at Bengaluru, Duminy is going to nourish the conditions and claim the advantage in his favour, as well as for this team. This is one such battle that just simply cannot be written off.