IPL clash highlight of the day in Bangalore
The Champions League T20 will get an all-Indian treat for the first time when hosts RCB take on Delhi Daredevils here on Saturday.
The contest is likely to be a cracker considering the big names involved in the Super Eights tie.
After the morale-sapping loss to Victoria Bushrangers on Thursday, each match in their group will be crucial for RCB including those not featuring them. For the record, the Victoria-Cape Cobras encounter on the same day, preceding the all-IPL sides' tie, will seal RCB's fate in the 12-team tourney if the Cobras get it past the Aussie team.
RCB skipper Anil Kumble realizes that the things are not all in their hands going into their last League Stage match.
"We now need to win against Delhi with a huge margin. It is tough in this format -- we lose the first game of the tournament, then we qualify for the next round but the other team takes points. It is tough but that is how the format is. You only play two games and it is not easy when the other teams come in with points. It is a must-win against Delhi," said Kumble after the loss against Victoria.
But that task will be easier said than done against a team boasting the likes of explosive Team India batting pair of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, the in-form Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan, the ever surprising Dinesh Karthik, et al.
In their final group encounter, the Daredevils finally gave the ‘break' to one Glenn McGrath (yes, the legendary McGrath!) and the lanky pacer queitly did the job he is so passionate about -- troubling the rival batsmen. The DD coach David Saker even mentioned that the slow nature of the wicket here might suit the Aussie's art perfectly.