Chargers in pursuit of its first home win
There is little at stake for the two teams — Deccan Chargers at the bottom of the table with four points from 12 games and Bangalore Royal Challengers second from the bottom with six from an equal number of games.
Chargers is still searching for that elusive win at home in order to set right the dubious record of losing five consecutive games on home turf.
The major source of worry for Chargers is the bowlers’ inability to strike when it matters. R.P. Singh with 15 wickets from 12 games and Pragyan Ojha (10 from 12) have done well in patches but they never displayed the ability to win matches.
However, both teams will have to approach the contest with all seriousness. So, when Rahul Dravid, captain of Royal Challengers takes on the rival, he should be in the mood to put everything behind him and look for another pride-restoring win — to follow up with that sensational victory over Chennai Super Kings.
There can be no better sight for Dravid than the old warhorse Anil Kumble troubling the batsmen even at this stage of the championship. And Dravid will bank upon the leading wicket-takers for his team – Zaheer Khan (13 from 11) and Praveen Kumar (11 from 12) — to provide the early breakthroughs. The teams (from): Deccan Chargers: Adam Gilchrist (capt.), Rohit Sharma, Herschelle Gibbs, Scott Styris, Shahid Afridi, Y. Venugopala Rao, Sanjay Bangar, R.P. Singh, N. Arjun Yadav, D. Kalyankrishna, Pragyan Ojha, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, D.B. Ravi Teja, Sarvesh Kumar and P. Vijay Kumar.
Bangalore Royal Challengers: Rahul Dravid (capt.), N.C. Aiyappa, B. Akhil, K.P. Appanna, J. Arun Kumar, Mark Boucher, Cameron White, Bharat Chipli, Abdur Razzak, Shreevats Goswami, Wasim Jaffer, Sunil Joshi, Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Anil Kumble, Misbah-ul-Haq, Devraj Patil, Dale Steyn and Vinay Kumar.