Bangalore hope for turnaround
26 Apr 2009
Kevin Pietersen and co are hoping their first day fixture against the Delhi Daredevils will result in a win.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have won just one of the three day-night matches they have played thus far, their only victory coming on the opening day of the tournament. They beat the Rajasthan Royals, the
defending IPL Champions by 75 runs, defending a relatively small total of 133 from their 20 overs by bowling out the Royals for 58, the lowest innings total in IPL history.
But after that start the Royal Challengers Bangalore have faltered in losing to the Chennai Super Kings by 92 runs, the Deccan Chargers by 24 runs and, on Friday night in Durban, gave the Kings XI Punjab their first win, losing by seven wickets.
For Pietersen the tournament has been a personal failing in terms of his batting. He has scored just 43 runs from four innings, with two ducks, for an average of 10.75.
The Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, are on a high, having won both their matches, beating the Kings XI Punjab and the Chennai Super Kings. Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, has shown that spinners are an important part of Season 2009 in South Africa despite playing on seam-friendly wickets.
They also have AB de Villiers in splendid form after he scored 105* the first time he was given the chance to bat. It was the first century of the IPL and will have had future opponents, not least the Royal Challengers Bangalore, wondering how they were going to contain him.