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IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils, 5 factors of winning

Delhi travel to Bengaluru to take on RCB at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

Top 5 / Top 10 07 Apr 2017, 23:17 IST
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Shane Watson will be the key for RCB

The stage is set for a Saturday night blockbuster as the hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore take on the Delhi Daredevils at the Chinnaswamy stadium. It is the first match of the season at Bengaluru and the fans are expected to throng the stadium for this massive encounter. 

The crowd in the Garden City is known to be passionate about the game and the atmosphere inside the stadium is electrifying as the fans turn the stands into a sea of red in support of the home team. 

The runners-up in the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the boys from Bengaluru will look to make amends and bounce back from their loss in the opening match of the tournament. Delhi, on the other hand, will be playing their first match of the season and will be looking to start the tenth edition of the tournament on a positive note. 

Despite having a star-studded line-up throughout the nine editions of the tournament, both teams have failed to win the coveted trophy and will be looking to turn things around in IPL 2017.

Here’s a look at the five factors of winning for both the teams:

#1 With the bat

The batting department of the Royal Challengers Bangalore is heavily dependent on Chris Gayle and they would want him to provide the firepower at the top of the order. He is a proven match-winner and on his day, he can demolish any opposition all by himself with his sheer power and ability to clear the boundary ropes.

Shane Watson, the stand-in skipper looked rusty in the first match and the management and fans of RCB would hope he comes into his zone as he is one of the most destructive batters in world cricket.

Kedar Jadhav was outstanding for the Indian team in the series against England and his contributions in the middle order are extremely vital for the team. 

The young turks in the batting line up of Delhi Daredevils play a fearless brand of cricket. Rishabh Pant, who made his international T-20I debut against England, has been in sublime form this season.

Karun Nair, who scored a record-breaking triple century, will be looking to continue his fine form with the bat in the upcoming edition. The batting unit will be boosted by the arrival of Carlos Brathwaite and new recruit Corey Anderson who will give the Delhi side a destructive option lower down the order. If they fire, Delhi will be well on course to winning the match.

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