IPL 2013: It's Gayle vs Steyn as Bangalore take on Hyderabad

For all the richness of talent from both camps, it's the Steyn vs Gayle showdown that is the most compelling, one capable of deciding which way the balance of power will shift.

updated: April 07, 2013 18:31 IST
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It has all the trappings of a classic confrontation - the irresistible force that Dale Steyn is, against the immovable object in the form of Chris Gayle.

The mouth-watering prospect of easily the best fast bowler in the world taking on the most destructive batsman in Twenty20 history forms the breathtaking backdrop against which Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, both coming off wins in their opening games, square off on Sunday (April 7) in the Pepsi Indian Premier League.

IPL VI truly sprung to life on Thursday when Bangalore edged out Mumbai Indians, formidable and packed with a galaxy of international stars, by two runs in a fascinating contest at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Unsurprisingly, that win was fashioned by the brilliance of Gayle, towering head and shoulders above the rest of the glittering batting talent on view.

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