Almighty battle at Wanderers

The Wanderers will host a titanic clash between two sides desperate to gain momentum in the IPL.

The fast paced T20 format lends itself quite well to change, testimony to which are the evolving fortunes of the teams in the league standings with each passing game. This is perhaps best exemplified by the fortunes of the Royal Challengers Bangalore who with two big wins are now starting to find their feet in Indian Premier League.

How else would you explain the fact that with three wins from seven games Bangalore find themselves in fifth position.

On Sunday, Bangalore will be hoping to reinforce their title credentials when they take on the Mumbai Indians in the late afternoon match. Hoping that at the ground called the Bullring where India won the first

The Wanderers, nicknamed the Bullring for the intense atmosphere that it creates, has been witness to some dramatic matches in the past and it is expected that Sunday will be no exception with both Bangalore and Mumbai having close victories in Durban on Friday night.

What remains to be seen is whether new Bangalore captain Anil Kumble and his team are up for another good fight. Bangalore looked to have been batted out of their match against the Kings XI Punjab, but were brought back in thanks to a strong performance by South African Roelof van der Merwe, who scored 35 off 19 balls, with three sixes and three boundaries.

‘We really backed our bowlers,’ said Kumble after Friday’s victory. ‘Roelof guided us with the bat. We didn’t expect it to be this hard, but our intensity was brilliant in the field.’

Another South African proved to be a star for Mumbai against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday night, with JP Duminy scoring 52 not out on a difficult and slow wicket. Mumbai are practically placed at the number three position in the league standings, just a point behind the leaders and with captain Sachin Tendulkar in sparkling form, they are one of the favourites to reach the final four.

Bangalore though will have ambitions of their own. Thus, at the Bullring come Sunday this match could well prove to be a good battle among equals.