Our bowlers have a tough job of getting Sehwag and Warner out early: Gayle

We need to win our next match, against Delhi, writes Chris Gayle in his column in The Times Of India, adding that playing at the Ferozshah Kotla will be a challenging task but RCB have beaten them in Bangalore and are capable of doing it again.

“They are the best team in the league but if we play to our potential, we can beat them. Our bowlers have a tough job of getting Virender Sehwag and David Warner out early. Both the Delhi batsmen are capable of monumental damage,” says Gayle adding that after beating Mumbai at Wankhede and having them on the back foot in the return leg at Bangalore, we were expecting to win again, but this format is quite unpredictable. “Ambati Rayadu played a brilliant knock and took Mumbai to victory. He got the support of Kieron Pollard, and we all know what damage he can cause if he stays till the end.”

According to an Indian Express report, on a three-match winning streak, Chennai Super Kings will look to seal their play-off berth when they take on an erratic Kings XI Punjab in a crucial preliminary match of the IPL, here on Thursday.

“Chennai, playing their last league match on Thursday, are on the fourth spot after eight wins and six losses that left their points tally at 17. Kings XI Punjab also have an outside chance of making the play-offs provided they win both their remaining matches and some results go their way. Punjab are currently seventh in the list with seven wins and an equal number of losses,” says the report, adding that led by stand-in captain David Hussey, KXIP have the daunting task of beating tough teams such as Chennai and Delhi Daredevils here.

Meanwhile Delhi Daredevils' pacer Umesh Yadav said this IPL edition has been a “lot better” for him than the last season after his man-of-the-match performance helped the host register a five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab and qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament.

“I also think that this is one of my best performances this season. My last IPL wasn't that good but this season has been a lot better. I'll continue my progress and try to come up with even better performance,” said Umesh, who took three wickets on Tuesday, says a report in The Hindu.