The second match of IPL 2014 will be played between two such sides which look very promising but are yet to deliver on the big stage. The totally new side of Delhi Daredevils will take on one of the strongest IPL side RCB on Thursday. None of the two teams have been able to win the IPL title but both have got the potential to do it this time. The first match for any team in any tournament is very important as the team gets to know their strong and weak points and then work on them to improve them before spending too much of time. Both the teams look for a fresh and good start of the season as a win in the first match will boost the team confidence.
Team Composition: Kevin Pietersen led DD is a totally new squad from the previous year’s IPL. They are taking the services of Gary Kirsten as their head coach and are looking confident before their first IPL match this season. Team has got few good names like Dinesh Karthik, Ross Taylor, Murali Vijay, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell. The balance of the team looks good at the moment but their performances are yet to come.
Young and talented skipper of RCB Virat Kohli has got players like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh in his team who are enough to boost the confidence of any cricket team. Besides these four world-class players the team has also other popular names like Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ravi Rampaul and Parthiv Patel. Batting of the team looks the stronger side of the team but only time will tell which department can do the job for RCB.
Head to Head:
Matched Played: 12
Delhi Daredevils win: 5
Royal Challengers Bangalore win: 7
Last 5 Matches:
Delhi Daredevils: LLLLL
Royal Challengers Bangalore: WLLWL
Timings: Match Scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM IST on 17 April 2014
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah (UAE)