Do or die for Bangalore

Victory over the Delhi Daredevils at the Wanderers is essential if the Royal Challengers Bangalore are to stay in the race for a semi-final spot.

Bangalore have a game in hand over the rest of the teams and will move into fourth position on the table if they were to beat the first-placed Delhi.

That would leave them having to beat the Deccan Charges on Thursday to assure themselves of a place in the play-offs.

Delhi have lived up to the pre-tournament hype, winning nine of their 12 matches, most with a fair degree of comfort and will be formidable opponents.

AB de Villiers has been the pillar of the Dardevils’ batting, while Tilakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Karthik provide the much needed fire power in the middle-order. However, the form of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir remains worrisome.

Bangalore have relied heavily on contributions from Ross Taylor, who has shone with the bat in recent matches – first against the Kolkata Knight Riders, in which he made 81 off 33 balls, and then a more sedate 46 off 50 balls to provide the foundation for their successful chase against the Chennai Super Kings.

Jacques Kallis, Jesse Ryder and Robin Uthappa need to provide more adequate support for the New Zealander.

Taylor and co will have to negotiate the challenge of Delhi’s in form duo of Asish Nehra and Dirk Nannes. Young Pradeep Sangwan has been consistent throughout picking up crucial wickets, while Amit Mishra provides the sting in the Dardevils’ spin department.