IPL4: Can DC force a turnaround against RCB?

Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 9:33 [IST]
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Can DC force turnaround against RCB?

Both teams have demonstrated numerous woes with their bowling. The biggest gun for the Challengers - Zaheer Khan - hasn't quite fired as yet, taking one wicket from two matches and going for an economy rate of 8. Coming off a highly successful World Cup, one would expect a better showing from him.

But going by the kind of pathetic support he has, his less-than-impressive performance is not surprising. Fellow pacer Abhimanyu Mithun, has gone for nealy 15 runs an over in the ournament thus far while not picking up a single wicket. Only paceman Dirk Nannes and off-break Daniel Vettori have shown that they can peg back the oposition's scoring rate somewhat.

For the Chargers, apart from Dale Steyn, who has picked up 3 wickets from 2 matches at an economy rate of just over 6 and Amit Mishra who has one scalp at similar economy rate, there isn't much to write home about. Premier off-spinner Pragyan Ojya has been the major disappointment, bowling two barren spells and going for nearly 9.50 an over.

But a bigger concern for the Chargers will be their batting. The side has as yet failed to produce a consistent batsman apart from middle-order man Daniel Christian who made 26 and 25 in his two matches. But the openers who put on a decent 40 against the Royals in their first match, managed just 10 together in the second as both got out for single digits. The top-order's Kumar Sangakkara too is due for some runs having scored 0 and 16.

The Challengers line-up appears to be in better shape. Granted they had a mediocre outing against Mumbai, compiling a total of just 141, but they were up aaginst
the venom of an unstoppable, toe-crushing Lasith Malinga. But Tillakarenta Dilshan who is coming off an unbeaten 59 in that match, A B de Villiers who is averaging 92.00 (!)
and Saurabh Tiwary at 42.00 are looking particularly ominous. However, Virat Kohli has been a bit of a let down, managing just 12 and 23.

So one will have to wait and see if Dale Steyn and Co., will be able to offset the verve of the RCB batting and give their side a better chance of winning.

Oneindia Cricket

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