About the Match
The Delhi Daredevils are energized to make a fresh start this season with a major revamp in the team composition; they will face Royal Challengers Bangalore, in their opening match at Sharjah, an iconic place that’s been regularly hosting international matches for a long time and has a very appreciative crowd. The youthful Royal Challengers team comprises of several talents but doesn’t feature local cricketers; however, the big names have surely got them fired up for IPL7. Both teams have experienced overseas players who have the ability to demolish any challenge and come out with flying colors even from crunch situations; and they will surely lock heads to dominate each other right from the start.
The team has established overseas players like Kevin Pietersen, JP Duminy and Ross Taylor; with a good mix of Indian talents like Mohammad Shami and Murali Vijay, who have proved their capabilities playing for the country and are in tremendous form, the team has got a fresh energetic look. While the services of the flamboyant Sehwag will be missed, the youngsters are ready to shoulder the burden and there are quite a few of them, who have done well in recent months like Mayank, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwari and Quinton. Nathan Coulter-Nile provides stability to the innings and can change the complexion of the game by penetrating the batting line up fiercely; Shami is a key resource and he will surely provide the depth in the bowling department. The younger batsmen need to rotate strike and learn to build partnerships; the skillful captain needs to lead from the front and assess the situation quickly to provide match winning strategies.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The team is bubbling with energy and inspired by their captain Virat Kohli’s astounding performance in the recently concluded World T20; while there’s a lot of expectation from Yuvraj, he failed to deliver in crucial situations in the recent matches but nevertheless, he will be a key asset in the middle order. The team relies on Kohli, Gayle and AB de Viliers and with the experience of the great Muralitharan, they can take wind out of the opponents. Villiers will be difficult to dislodge and has the ability to carry the innings and Kohli has been in great form producing decisive contributions to his team in most of the recent matches. Youngster Varun Aaron’s fast bowling recorded 153kph recently and with the likes of Ashok Dinda, Mitchell Starc and several talented bowlers, the bowling looks good to unsettle the batsmen and restrict them to break the momentum. The younger players will have the opportunity to play alongside cricketing greats, which is good for building their confidence in the long run. Kohli will try to enhance the prospects of the team this season and motivate the younger players to perform.
It’s a great opportunity to showcase their fresh talent and the skills of the established players; both teams are upbeat about their chances here and will work hard to prove their mettle. The teams need to adjust to the new combinations and work cohesively; while Delhi has excellent individual performances to back them up, Royal Challengers have the ability to overcome tough situations and emerge victorious at the end of the day.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.66 @ Bet365