The second game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 marks its significance as India will be renewing its playing at the Sharjah Stadium after a long time of 14 years since the biggest match fixing scandal haven’t played there. The game also will be a big game as the teams with some good batting will be coming out all set to deliver in their first game of this season.

Delhi Daredevils didn’t retain any player brought Dinesh Karthik for high rate, and at the end made Kevin Pietersen their captain picking up some strong T20 players for their batting order and some pacemen. RCB added Yuvraj Singh to already strong batting to make it terrific. However, the bowling strength was decayed further as they left of some quality bowlers.

With these both teams look alike in strengths the clash will be interesting to see who will stand out still.

Match Stats:

Indian Premier League – 2014: Match 2 – Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, at Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah. April 17, 2014, Start time 18:30 (Local Time), 14:30 (GMT)

Head-to-Head in T20’s:

The Head to Head in the IPL between RCB and DD, RCB leads with 6 wins to 5 in the 11 games played. One of the RCB’s victories came in a Super Over after the game ended in Tie. These both faced each other in CLT20 one where RCB was victorious over DD.

Pitch Report: The wicket in the Sharjah usually will be a sporting wicket with some help to the bowlers with ball coming on to the bat. The average T20 scorers at this venue have been recorded just fewer than 140 which have a slow outfield.

Weather Report: The weather is expected to be clear on match day as its starting of summer and the match is schedule in the evening, the temperature will be around 35oC. There will be now due effect here.

Teams News:

Daredevils are yet to seek proper fitness from their appointed captain Pietersen. And he has been expected to be out for first two games. This makes either of Taylor and Duminy to lead the team. Neesham and Counter-Nile may make into the team in overseas quota. It will be interesting with which Indian players they will enter.

Delhi Daredevils’ Possible Playing XI:

Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Pietersen / Ross Taylor (capt), JP Duminy, MK Tiwary, Jimmy Neesham, KD Jadhav, N Counter-Nile, S Nadeem, M Shami, J Unadkat.

RCB main problem is bowling department. They don’t even have proper options to take them in. With Starc and Rampaul in the team they will keep a huge hope on them. Other than the four big stars in batting they don’t have a player with a good international experience, which make the team dependent of individual performances.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Possible Playing XI:

Parthiv Patel (wk), Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (capt), Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, T Mishra, VZ Zol / S Rana, R Rampaul, M Starc, YS Chahal, V Aaron / A Dinda.


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