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IPL 8: RCB eye play-off berth with win against DD

Bengaluru:  After pulling of a thrilling win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous game, an upbeat Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to seal a play-off berth by beating laggards Delhi Daredevils in their last league
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PTI May 17, 2015 15:35 IST

Bengaluru:  After pulling of a thrilling win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous game, an upbeat Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to seal a play-off berth by beating laggards Delhi Daredevils in their last league match of the IPL cricket tournament here on Saturday.

RCB have been inconsistent in the tournament but the Virat Kohli-led side are very much in contention for a play-off berth. They are in second spot in the league table with 15 points from 13 games, behind Chennai Super Kings (16 points from 13 matches).

The home side would not want to depend on the complex permutations and combinations and would simply look to beat the Delhi side tomorrow at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to qualify for the play-off stage.

Delhi, on the other hand, are already out of reckoning with just 10 points from 13 games and they will play for pride only.

RCB's batting trio of captain Virat Kohli, A B De Villiers and Chris Gayle have been among the runs and that aspect makes them the favourites to win tomorrow's match.

Gayle's 35 and Kohli's unbeaten 44 were instrumental in RCB snatching a thrilling six-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad with a ball to spare under Duckworth/Lewis method last night after the target was revised to 81 off six overs in the 11-over-a side match.

De Villers made an unbeaten 133 which helped RCB post a stupendous 235 for one in 20 overs against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium earlier this week. RCB will want one of the trio to score big against Delhi tomorrow.

On the bowling front, RCB will look towards Mitchell Starc to cause damage to opposition batsmen especially early on and dry the flow of runs.

 

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