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He fell in the 20th over, from which 19 runs were required for Delhi. Inconsistency has been a major deal breaker for the DD side that looks pretty much balanced, on the cards at least.

"It was an honor and privilege to have bowled the first ball of this season's IPL".

Watson started off well, hitting Zaheer Khan for two boundaries in the first over. Kohli the batsman and the leader is hard to replace and when RCB take on Delhi Daredevils at home on Saturday night, the 11 players on the field will need to fill in the void by shouldering responsibility and delivering.

Injuries have been a regular affair of this year IPL and DD is no exception there.

Coming into the tournament, Delhi Daredevils were marred by injuries to Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy.

The situation called for a bit of caution, but Rishabh Pant was having none of it, smashing a six over midwicket off Iqbal Abdulla first ball, with that show of aggression putting the pressure right back on RCB, purely because of the small nature of the target they were defending, when 150 is usually struck in 15 overs on this ground. What will please RCB will be the fact that Gayle looked good during his stay at the wicket even though he didn't quite get a big score. Pencil in Amit Mishra's miserly leg-spinners, Shahbaz Nadeem and Jayant Yadav's all-round ability, it does give them hope in what will be a cauldron.

AB de Villiers' unavailability, with a back injury, meant Watson continued to lead Royal Challengers in the absence of Virat Kohli.

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Meanwhile, the Daredevils, who have been the worst performing side in the nine previous IPL seasons, would be desperately looking to get a few wins early on to bolster their fragile confidence.

Yuzvendra Chahal was impressive against Hyderabad, while bowler Aniket Choudhary was seriously punished for his soft deliveries to Yuvraj Singh.

On the prospects of unsafe batter A.B.de Villiers on the team, Mills said the medical team would decide if he had recovered from back pain and was fit to play.

According to our predictions, when comparing both the teams, Delhi Daredevils is a step ahead as they have many big hitters like Corey Anderson, Brathwaite, De Kock on the list. A magnificent innings of 69 off just 37 balls with 5 fours and 5 sixes by Kedar Jadhav took them to 157 for 8 after 20 overs.

It's RCB vs DD at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.

The batsmen-friendly wicket is a belter and graveyard for the bowlers.

Of the 17 matches the two teams have played against each other, Delhi have won six games, four less than Bengalore with one no result.


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