Bangalore ride towards target on AB de Villiers' brilliance


Despite boasting of a strong team, Royal Challengers Bangalore find themselves in the seventh position in the IPL 2018 points table, and they take on Delhi Daredevils, the only team with a start worse than them, in their next fixture at home on Saturday night. They have just one win in four matches, just like the Challengers, and the players and the team management have been involved in brainstorming sessions, chalking out plans to counter Virat Kohli's side.

Bangalore and Delhi are now the bottom two sides in the league with just one win under the belt.

Perhaps, the best call Delhi made was to bring in Gautam Gambhir as captain, something which Amre agreed wholeheartedly.

However, it was AB de Villiers who then stepped up with another dominant batting display as he hit the bowlers all over the park en route to his unbeaten 90 off just 39 deliveries.

Umesh has pocketed seven wickets from four games.

Two big-hitting top-orders at a relatively small ground - Chinnaswamy Stadium - means a run-fest in the offing that should put bums on seats on the weekend, but as far as the teams are concerned, the result might come down to which bowling attack commits fewer errors along the way.

Earlier, it was the Rishabh Pant show for Delhi which helped them reach what looked like an above par score on what was a slow and a turning pitch.

Delhi started their innings shakily losing both their openers in the powerplays. The Gautam Gambhir-led side received their first win against Mumbai, thanks to a fine knock by foreigner Jason Roy and Rishabh Pant. While RCB were hammered by Mumbai Indians by 71 runs in their last game, DD had to face defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders.

Nazara Games has partnered with Royal Challengers Bangalore to launch their second mobile game RCB Epic Cricket. The other batters, including skipper Gambhir, have struggled to gather runs. The 24-year-old has also been economical with 7.13 runs per over (rpo).

The IPL is played for around eight weeks, between April-May, with eight teams in the mix and a total of around 60 matches.