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Preview: RR vs RCB

Three aspects to look at for today's game. Your thoughts?

 


 



The ITC Rajputana has been warming up quietly to the game, with most players staying in for the day with the exception of the Australians from both sides, who were chilling by the pool in the afternoon.


 


Deliberate or not, the missing crown from the logo of RCB in the rangoli put up in the hotel lobby is a subtle sign of whose fortress it is. Even as Anil Kumble and Shane Warne look at the pitch and have a chat, the crowd begins to swell.  


Here's what I reckon will play a crucial role in the outcome of today's match. 


 


The battle of the openers




Setting up the stage for beefy middle orders are Naman Ojha and Michael Lumb (a mate of Pietersen from Hampshire) who've plundered 621 runs together at a strike rate of 140, whereas Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis have managed 742 runs at just 118 runs/100 balls. 


 


Sure, Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa have proved saviours, but I'd like to believe that the tone of this game will be set in the powerplay, especially for RCB.




 


'Taylor-made' situation


 


Yes, it is the headline Ross Taylor hates most, but I can see why it's popular. Returning to a normal sized ground with pace bowling to his liking, it's the perfect stage for "RCB's No.1 explosive batsman", as mentioned by Ray Jennings, to come good.  We'd love to see a repeat of the innings against the Knight Riders from IPL-2, but beware of Warnie.


 


The lame flower patterns woven into the grass


 


Seriously, what were they thinking? Half the patterns criss cross with the 30 yard circle. Look out for plenty of no-ball calls with less than four fielders in the ring. Not. 



 

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ANIL KUMBLE - Pls. ask Vinay kumar to pad from the start of the innings when RCB goes to bat- because we have seen 90% of the times when he pads up RCB has won...lucky tips - dont ignore
loki2517 on 16 Apr 2010, 09:30 PM
Can you tell me the fixture of semis..?I mean which place faces whom? In some of the websites it given as "1st vs 2nd" and "3rd vs 4th"

http://iplschedule.in/
http://www.premierleaguenews.in/match-schedule/ipl-2010-schedule/
JamWall on 15 Apr 2010, 07:48 PM
since kp is in team the place whr dravid bats has once again become tricky n one more thing is that should we bring in one left hander in place of either dravid/kohli coz our all right handed team is making it easy for opposition bowlers...........
xx4166448 on 15 Apr 2010, 09:57 AM
Don't takes 5 bowlers in of one bowler doesn't bowl properly then RoyalChallengersBangalore in big trouble.Send R Taylor after i5 overs because he played very well after 15 overs
akrose on 15 Apr 2010, 08:06 AM
Yeah! those patters look ridiculous!
HOLMES on 15 Apr 2010, 06:12 AM