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The road to the semis

What RCB needs to do to make it to the final four.

It was a tale that twisted between the two live chats at the game.


 


When Deepika Padukone came onto our website to talk about her fun side (read the full interview here), RCB was 178 in 19.5 overs. Cameron White then smashed the next ball for six to finish the innings on a high, and the target seemed defendable.


 


By the time Akhil Balachandra joined in for a live chat with the fans, narrating tales from off field sojourns in South Africa in IPL-2, the game was slowly but surely being taken away. Praveen Kumar's over went for 21 runs and as the chat ended, so did our hopes of a fourth win at home and a significant step towards a semi final slot.


 


We now find ourself in a tricky situation, not unlike RCB fans who've already bought tickets to the semi-finals, and need 3 wins out of the next 4 games to assure ourselves of a berth in the knockout stages. 


 


The key , of course, is in getting the bowling combination to ensure that the number of boundaries raining from the opposition is inversely proportional to the ones being cracked by Uthappa and company. Or thereabouts.


 


In the last 4 matches we've lost, the final four overs have leaked 49, 46, 26 (good chase!) and 49 runs respectively. That's not good enough because other than the kind Kings, nobody's been keen to return the favour.


 


The key for the path ahead still lies in securing the two home wins against KKR and MI, and snatching another at Nagpur or Jaipur. Ideally, we can do with a ruthless three win week coming up and settle the dust, and I wouldn't be surprised if that were to happen too.


 


Coach Ray Jennings has often spoken about peaking at the right time, and it has now arrived. 


 


The combination still might provide headaches, but I'd be glad if the current eleven stays and ups the performance. Our batting is still supreme. In my world I would open with Manish and Virat, followed by Robin and Ross.


 


I'd be happy with a 70-4 in 6 overs if that can be the platform for Jacques and Rahul to consolidate on, with Cameron or Boucher coming in to blast off at no.7 to get to a total of 180.


 


My insistence on the retention of the bowling attack is two fold. One, we need to back a set of bowlers who will win us the tournament, and that needs to be consistent. 


 


Two, the four we played today are the best we have as far as skill and experience are concerned. 


 


A spinner may come in depending on the pitches in Nagpur or Jaipur, but this combination has been arrived at after much thought, and perseverance should pay.


 


Kumble's been committed to the cause, but the next week will call for all of his inspirational powers for the bowlers. And as coach reiterates all the time, with the quality of players on the rolls, if RCB maintains their skill at a consistently high level, there should be no side which can beat them.


 


Our top four chances did take a hit with last night's loss, but only just. As the Fat Boy Slim album goes, There's Still a Long Way to Go, Baby. 


 


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Take my word….....
Robin uthappa
Manish pandey
Jh Kallis
Ross taylor…
Kevin pieterson/Cameroen white
Rahul Dravid
Virat Kohli
Praveen kumar
Vinay Kumar
Kumble
Steyn
anoop-kp on 10 Apr 2010, 07:18 PM
The best balance would be
Dravid
kallis
white/kp
uthappa
kohli
taylor
van der merwe
steyn
praveen kumar
vinay/akhil
kumble
here u have 6 specialist batsmen,three who can use the long handle and 6 bowlers with two specialist spinners .aditionally kp/white can roll their arms in case it is a spinning track.
saju1970 on 10 Apr 2010, 09:05 AM
bunk kevin pieterson from the team......and the rest team is set to win the IPL
anoop-kp on 10 Apr 2010, 05:03 AM
Hey is there any news about the schedules for the semifinals?? I'm lookin to buy tickets for the semifinal in which RCB will be playin(i hope they make it..) After the performance against low placed DC, my guess is we'll end up bein 3rd in the league. So a 2-3 showdown with delhi maybe.ny idea abt the schedule guys???
Varshith on 10 Apr 2010, 03:20 AM
See i told we r going to win the next four, Dada is not coming...........ha ha
RKAgrawal on 10 Apr 2010, 02:45 AM
oh yeah, i forgot..

Manish pandey
Jh Kallis
Robin uthappa(at no 3 or 6)
Ross taylor (shld be at no 4)
Rahul Dravid
Kevin pieterson/Eoin Morgan
Virat Kohli
Praveen kumar
KP Appanna
Kumble
Steyn

this shld go i suppose
raghu-k on 10 Apr 2010, 01:58 AM
@ Anoop, Raghu..we can only have 4 foreign players my friends!
harsha-vardhan on 10 Apr 2010, 01:50 AM
Anoop, I agree with u however a small change

RCB plz look into this n i hope u ll agree to this..

Manish pandey
Jh Kallis
Robin uthappa(at no 3 or 6)
Ross taylor (shld be at no 4)
Rahul Dravid
Kevin pieterson/Eoin Morgan
Virat Kohli
Praveen kumar
Van De Merwe
Kumble
Steyn

This shld be order n RCB ll rock definately...
raghu-k on 10 Apr 2010, 01:35 AM
Take my word........
Robin uthappa
Manish pandey
Jh Kallis
Ross taylor... See More
Kevin pieterson
Rahul Dravid
Virat Kohli
Van De Merwe
Praveen kumar
Kumble
Steyn


The Perfect Batting Order and bowling team members
anoop-kp on 10 Apr 2010, 01:18 AM
dear kumble /ray i have a small suggestion which i hope u will take in the right spirit.in this 20-20 format it is dificult to bat out an opposition.u have to take wickets to win matches. at the moment u are a spinner short.there is no point in playing 7 specialist batsmen in this format .5 batsmen with other pinch hiters can do the job any day .even if u had 7 one or 2 is not going to get a proper chance to bat.so i suggest that u select ur overseas players keeping in mind this aspect.I suggest u pick van der merwe and steyn along with kallis and choose from Kp/ross/white as the fourth .In this way the team will be balanced and van der is no mug with the bat.the other batsmen dravid ,manish ,kohli,uthappa along with kallis and Kp/ross/white can do the job.also ask dravid to be there till the 6th over is finished instead of flashing unnecessarily.quality strokes can get good runs.as per history u are going at nearly 12-15 runs in the last five overs.so an average score of 50-55 in the first 6 plus 60-65 in the next 8 can make it nearly 120 in the 14th over and then take a charge from ther on with wickets in hand
saju1970 on 10 Apr 2010, 12:51 AM
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