Both teams in action tonight are coming off losses and struggling for consistency, but I’m expecting the Royal Challengers Bangalore to get their second win on the road against the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
The Royal Challengers were unlucky to come up against a red hot David Miller in Mohali, whose amazing innings single-handedly snatched victory away from the visitors. Despite the close loss, they are a side I expect to be in the finals in a few weeks. Kohli, Gayle, de Villiers and Dilshan have all played some decent cricket this year and are the key figures behind their top four position.
Delhi continue to underperform and will have to write this season off and begin preparing for next year. I’ve said it before but they’ve been far too reliant on their big three - Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Mahela Jayawardene – who haven’t played to their potential.
They deserve their position near the bottom of the standings and are now playing for pride, which would be a huge disappointment for their passionate fans.
Elsewhere, the Mumbai Indians are looking very dangerous at the right time of year. Chennai remain the standout team of IPL-6, but the Indians have become my dark horse. Any team with the quality of Sachin Tendulkar is going to be a big threat – he continues to bat aggressively and is now the record holder for most fours in the IPL with 289 hits to the boundary.
Throw in Ponting, Malinga, Smith, Pollard and Sharma and you have a team of great players with top level experience. Punter and the Little Master bring an aura and lots of positive energy to the team, but also a calmness that resonates throughout the team.
They have been going about their business quietly but were very impressive in their convincing win against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday. I won’t be at all surprised if they make a serious run for the trophy over the next few weeks.
Professional Management Group