Sunrisers eye 2nd home win

As Sunrisers successfully defended a small target of 126, it was a collective effort by the bowlers that saw the hosts post their first win.

Published: 07th April 2013 12:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th April 2013 12:26 PM   |  A+A-

It could be the most fascinating face-off of this IPL yet  — Chris Gayle versus Dale Steyn.

A battle royal is on the cards on Sunday, between the world’s number one hard-hitter and the world’s fastest bowler. The gangling swashbuckler, Gayle comes face to face with the fiery Steyn in the Royal Challengers Bangalore versus Sunrisers Hyderabad match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Coming as the duo are into the tie with spectacular performances in their previous matches, Gayle will look to renew his duel with Steyn. The last time the two gladiators met, during the defunct Deccan Chargers’ clash against RCB at the same venue, Steyn had scored over Gayle. The South African had taken the wind out of the West Indian’s sails in one super over.

He believes that Gayle could struggle if the match is played on a wicket similar to the one used two days ago.

On the other hand, Gayle would like to erase that horrible memory, from his last duel with Steyn, in the opponent’s den. Both are match-winners in their own rights. Gayle can destroy any attack with his rampaging willow while Steyn has the ability to blow away any side with his incisive spells. 

As Sunrisers successfully defended a small target of 126, it was a collective effort by the bowlers that saw the hosts post their first win. If Steyn polished off the tail, Thisara Perera and leg-spinner Amit Mishra were instrumental in wrecking the top-order. However, it is the batting that needs to be addressed by the think-tank.

RCB, too, have their own batting woes. It was Gayle who took them out of a tight situation against Mumbai Indians.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp