Bangalore's Kohli, De Villiers up against Delhi's Zaheer, Mishra

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Bangalores Kohli, De Villiers up against Delhis Zaheer, Mishra
RCB's Chris Gayle plays football with his teammates during a training session on Saturday.

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Published: Sat 16 Apr 2016, 5:54 PM

Last updated: Sun 17 Apr 2016, 12:42 AM

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will aim to continue their promising start to the season when they take on Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.
RCB had produced an excellent all-round show in their opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at this same venue, putting up 227, courtesy of some healthy contributions from Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan. They romped home by 45 runs, with Shane Watson and Parvez Rasool bowling exceptionally well.
South African veteran AB de Villiers and India star Virat Kohli had produced an awesome batting display to help them to a massive total. Young batsman Sarfaraz Khan, who plundered 35 runs off just 10 balls, is also in excellent form.
The RCB's batting looks more or less settled with Chris Gayle and Kohli opening the batting. The West Indies star could not get going in the first match and will be eager to make amends on Sunday. The opening pair is followed by de Villiers and Shane Watson. The likes of Sarfaraz, Kedar Jadhav and Rasool are also useful with the bat.
Delhi on the other hand, had a poor start as they lost their opening match in Kolkata. But they bounced back on Friday with an eight-wicket thrashing of Kings XI Punjab. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra showcased his class with a haul of 4/11 in three overs while skipper Zaheer Khan returned to form after a poor outing against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The former India pacer gave away just 14 runs in his four over while claiming a wicket.
Quinton de Kock played a starring role in the victory against Punjab with an unbeaten half-century. He will be expected to come up with another useful contribution against RCB. The likes of Carlos Ricardo Brathwaite and Jean-Paul Duminy will also relish the chance to bat on the helpful track here.
With both teams having several power hitters in their ranks, Sunday's game could be a high scoring one. The wicket at the Chinnaswamy Stadium is helpful for batting and scores of 200 or more cannot be ruled out. The Delhi bowlers in particular, will have their task cut out against the likes of Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers and Watson.

Quinton de Kock played a starring role in Delhi’s win over Punjab on Friday.
Quinton de Kock played a starring role in Delhi’s win over Punjab on Friday.

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