Must-win for RCB, DC look to play party poopers

Hyderabad: Boosted by their comprehensive victory over table-toppers Delhi Daredevils in their last match, Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to seal their play-offs berth when they take on Deccan Chargers in their must-win Indian Premier League match here tomorrow.

Opener Chris Gayle has been in explosive form with his unbeaten 128 laced with 13 sixes against the Daredevils but it won`t be an easy task for RCB tomorrow as the Chargers have also beaten Rajasthan Royals in their last match to send the Jaipur-based side out of IPL.

With 17 points from 15 matches, RCB have no other option but to win tomorrow at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium at Uppal to seal a play-off berth.

The Chargers, on the other hand, are already out of the tournament with just seven points from 15 matches so far and they have nothing to lose except spoil RCB`s chances of a play-off berth. Another win tomorrow would also improve upon their dismal record at their home venue ever since they played their first match in the inaugural season in 2008.

RCB would again expect destructive Gayle, the top-run getter of the current IPL season, to fire in all cylinders.

Gayle, who has so far accumulated 706 runs this season, has been consistent having scored seven half-centuries besides hitting the maximum sixes, numbering 57.

Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli (with 322 runs) would also like to carry on his good form after scoring an unbeaten 73 against the Daredevils to ensure that RCB emerge victorious tomorrow.

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