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Deccan Chargers, Bangalore Royal Challengers In Crucial Battle

By on May 21, 2009

Deccan Chargers vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

A resurgent Bangalore Royal Challengers will clash with Deccan Chargers in a virtual quarter-final on Thursday…

As the race to reach the semi-finals of Indian Premier League nears a thrilling climax, Bangalore and Hyderabad will battle it out in the middle.

Bangalore Royal Challengers, who started IPL’s season-II with an upset win over defending champions Rajasthan Royals, will wind down the league engagement and a victory in the last match will propel them to the last-four stage.

Inconsistency a constant with Bangalore, Hyderabad

What makes this match interesting besides the obvious lure of a last-four berth is that both Bangalore Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers were the bottom placed teams last season and have made a significant progress to press for a semi-final spot this time.

And both teams, with 14 points from 13 matches, would now hope to make all the hard work count.
Deccan, after a dazzling start, had been inconsistent, allowing others to catch up.

The one-run defeat to Mumbai Indians in their last encounter have hurt them a lot. But they need to pull up their socks for one final fling in the most crucial game so far in the tournament.

Inconsistency has also been a constant with the Bangalore Royal Challengers. They have won seven of their 13 matches losing six, the same as Deccan.

But off late, they are in the middle of another purple patch, having dispatched Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in their last three encounters.

Royal Challengers have done well so far under Anil Kumble’s astute leadership. At the same time they have shown a tendency of relying heavily on the batting of Jacques Kallis.

They have some clean hitters in Ross Taylor and Robin Uthappa, but they need to provide Kallis support against a Deccan bowling attack that boasts RP Singh, the tournament’s highest wicket-taker so far with 19 scalps.

Kumble’s guile will be tested against the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs at the top of the order while Andrew Symonds and Rohit Sharma can trouble many with their big hitting in the middle.

With a berth in the semi-finals acting as the incentive, this match could offer plenty of high drama.

Approaching milestones

Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Deccan Chargers

  • Adam Gilchrist (831) requires just five runs to regain the top spot and to overtake Suresh Raina’s tally of 835 in the IPL.
  • Gilchrist (24) needs just one six to become the first batsman to complete 25 sixes in the IPL 2009.
  • With another five runs, Gilchrist (395) would become the fourth to aggregate 400 runs or more in the IPL 2009. The top three are: Matthew Hayden (546), Abraham de Villiers (433) and Suresh Raina (414).

Head to Head

Played Won Lost Tied Winning %
Bangalore Royal Challengers in IPL 27 11 16 Nil 40.74
vs. Deccan Chargers 3 2 1 Nil 66.67
Deccan Chargers in IPL 27 9 18 Nil 33.33
vs. Bangalore Royal Challengers 3 2 1 Nil 33.33

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