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IPL 10, Match 5: RCB v DD: Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted XI

RCB would be hoping to get off the mark in the 10th season of the IPL

Tymal Mills
Tymal Mills. (Photo Source: BCCI)

After losing the first match against the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Royal Challengers Bangalore would be looking to get off the mark in the second in the hopes of going one better this season. But just like the first match they would be missing some important players but would like to make good use of the resources available.

They would definitely like their foreign players, most of which are batsmen, to perform superbly in the match as their bowling attack is a bit on the weaker side. The franchise would also want their captain, Shane Watson to lead from the front and play a captain’s innings in order which would motivate the other players in the squad.

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Chris Gayle is considered one of the finest batsmen in the shortest version of the game and there would be no stopping the Royal Challengers if he gets going. But it is high time the last year’s finalists need to improve in their bowling department as both bowling and batting are equally important in a game of cricket.

So, let us have a look at the predicted XI of the Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Chris Gayle

The Royal Challengers Bangalore in the absence of high profile players like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers looked up to Chris Gayle to deliver in the opening match of the 10th season of the Indian Premier League. Chasing a huge target of 208 runs the big man got off to a brilliant start but could not capitalize on the same.

The Caribbean batsman scored 32 runs off 21 balls in which he managed to hit two fours and three sixes. Considering the fact that the bowling line up of the RCB is not that strong, the big hitting batsman has to rise up to the occasion and deliver.

Gayle will also have the task of giving momentum to the team at the top of the order making the task easier for the middle order.

Mandeep Singh

Mandeep also got off to a good start just like his opening partner Chris Gayle but could not go on to win it for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The opening stand between Mandeep and Chris Gayle of 52 runs looked promising for the RCB franchise but they would have liked both of them to hang on a bit longer.

Mandeep has the capability to hit the big shots as he showed glimpses of what he can do in his short innings of 24 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He hit 5 boundaries en route to his tally of 24 runs but was eventually cleaned up by Rashid Khan.

He would be featuring in the match against the Delhi Daredevils as he is a promising batsman and would look to do justice to his selection in the side.

Travis Head

Travis Head play decent innings coming in after the first Royal Challenger’s Bangalore wicket fell. The Australian cricketer took his time to settle down and reached the 30 run mark in 22 balls before falling to Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

He also bowled an over in the match in which he went for 11 runs. The player can be an important player for the RCB and would be hoping to score big against the Delhi Daredevils.

With AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli pout due to injury, Travis’s selection in the side for the second match is almost confirmed as he deserves a second chance to perform before getting dropped.

Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav who showed excellent form in the One-Day series against England and proved his calibre in the shorter versions of the game played an excellent cameo in the middle order in an effort to see his side past the finish line.

Jadhav scored 31 runs off just 16 balls but unfortunately got run out in the end. Jadhav looked solid throughout his innings and hit four boundaries and a six at a strike rate of 193.75.

So, Jadhav would be a sure shot pick for the franchise as he is a player who has the capability of finishing a game and can take on the bowlers with utmost ease.

Shane Watson

Shane Watson in the first match had the responsibility of leading the side in the absence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. But the Australian all-rounder turned out to be a major disappointment in the first game as he could neither perform with the bat or the ball.

Much to the disappointment of the fans, Watson bowled 3 overs in which he got hit for a huge 41 runs including 2 sixes and 5 boundaries. Watson looked completely out of form and dull as the Sunrisers batsmen picked him comfortably.

Getting out to bat when RCB where in a position of bother Watson struggled to find the fence often. He took 17 deliveries to reach only 22 runs doing no good to his team. But Watson would be leading the RCB in the second game too and would be hoping to put up a leader’s performance setting an example for his players.

Sachin Baby

Sachin Baby would look to justify his place in the side given the additional responsibility with the absence of Kohli, AB de Villiers and KL Rahul in the batting arsenal. The Kerala captain would look to fill in the boots of these players and look to contribute to the RCB side, lower down the order.

Baby has been a pivotal member of the lower middle order for the RCB in the previous edition of the IPL. He scored 119 runs at a strike rate of 150.63 coming in at number six or seven. He would look to make amends after missing out in the first match. Baby is one player to watch out for in today’s match against Delhi Daredevils.

Stuart Binny

Binny has been provided with several opportunities in the past by the RCB management and its time the all-rounder displayed his mettle with both bat and the ball. He can support his captain by two or three economical overs if not the entire quota of his overs. Binny has always been an electric fielder. He would also look to hit some lusty blows lower down the order.

Binny would also hold the key in today’s match against the Daredevils. With the top-order of the RCB line-up providing with the bulk of the scoring, Binny was not facilitated with ample opportunities with the bat. However, with RCB top order looking fragile at the moment, Binny would look to make a statement by performing in the upcoming matches.

Harshal Patel

Dropping Sreenath Arvind after one modest outing with the ball would be unfair to the left-armer would be harsh on the player. But this change is necessary for the RCB bowling line up especially with Aniket Chaudhary and Tymal Mills in ranks. Harshal Patel would be the sensible option to go to, just to provide a variation in the attack.

He can also hit the ball a fair distance with the bat as he proved to be handy in the previous seasons for RCB. A long batting line up, with Harshal at number eight would compensate for the fragile top order of the RCB.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal was yet again neat for the RCB in the tournament opener with figures of 1-22 with an economy of 5.5, picking up the crucial wicket of Henriques who was about to explode before the death overs. In this match as well, he will hold the trump card for the RCB. Chahal has the knack of picking of wickets at vital stages of a match.

Chahal would look to create uncertainties within the Delhi Daredevil’s lineup. In 44 matches in his IPL career, Chahal went on to pick 57 wickets ay an economy of just fewer than 8 runs an over.

Aniket Chaudhary

The RCB think tank would look to provide another opportunity to the left armer after a disappointing match against the Sunrisers. Vettori would hope that the youngster will pick up early wickets much like he did in the first match by taking the priced wicket of David Warner.

The area of much-needed improvement for Aniket Chaudhary, who impressed Kohli as an apt replacement for Mitchell Starc, is bowling in the death overs. The left armer was taken to the cleaners by the likes of Yuvraj, Cutting and Dhawan with fires of 1-55 at appalling economy of 13.75.

Tymal Mills

Tymal Mills will be a certain starter in the line up for Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first home game. He has the ability to bowl very deceptive slower balls which might come in handy on a surface like Chinaswamy. Also, clocking the speeds close to 150 kmph on a frequent basis can be a handy deal too.
He had made an impressive start to his IPL career in the season opener this year against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He had given away just 12 runs in his first two overs while bowling with the new ball in the powerplay against the likes of David Warner. That in itself was quite a statement made by the English pacer. Later in that game, he came strong to get rid of Yuvraj Singh with a brilliant straight delivery.

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