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3rd defeat in a row: Time to rejuvenate

5th over. Mike Hussey on an humble 8! A dolly was missed by Mohd Kaif at long off. Eventually, that drop cost Team Royal Challengers the match. Hussey stroked to a matchwinning unbeaten 83 and the Chennai Super Kings score to 184, to which Team RC fell short by 21 reply in reply and slumped to their third defeat in a row.

5th over. Mike Hussey on an humble 8! A dolly was missed by Mohd Kaif at long off. Eventually, that drop cost Team Royal Challengers the match. Hussey stroked to a matchwinning unbeaten 83 and the Chennai Super Kings score to 184, to which Team RC fell short by 21 reply in reply and slumped to their third defeat in a row.

Even if one assumes that dropping catches could be a part of the game, it was another mistake to with-hold the best batsman of the team (in this IPL), AB de Villiers, till the fifth over. By then, Team RC was already 3 wickets down with only 31 runs on board and the pressure trebled. Even Virat Kohli, another dependable was made to bat at number 4 which perhaps unsettled the order in the mind more than on the ground.

Team RC floundered in these two crucial areas today which could have been avoided. The disciplined start in bowling was undone by some sloppy fielding which also led to some extra runs to the CSK kitty. In turn, those runs returned as demons as fielding proved to be a big differentiator in the match as CSK save quiet a few being electric on the field. The burgeoning pressure meant more risks to be taken and thus providing more opportunity to the opposition. Kohli fell prey to the pressure and eventually de Villiers, who was having a brilliant run, was left without any stable partner. He was waging a lone battle and if only he had a support at the other end, the outcome of the match could have been different.

Team RC now faces the daunting task of winning quiet a few matches in the first round itself to go up the ladder. Its an uphill task but not at all an impossible one. In previous IPL, Team RC had lost four matches on the trot before reaching the finals. If it could be done earlier, it can surely be done this time too. The team needs a face lift, an impetus, a favourable wave which will glide them through the rough waters and to the shore. Rough waters like three spots in the bowling department. The think tank is surely missing the services of Dirk Nannes, who is still nursing his side strain. Zaheer, without a partner in the middle, is left stranded alone in the pace department, only to be supported by skipper Daniel Vettori at the other end. But the rest 12 overs are bleeding profusely, which is surely emerging as a big worry.

The other worry may be the form of Dilshan. His solidity at the start is necessary for the team to get that impetus. However, it takes one good innings from players like Dilshan to get into the groove and continue with it. Team RC may just be hoping for that.

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NANES get well soon.........atleast for the sake of RCB
steven on 20 Apr 2011, 11:49 PM
Mr Anil Kumble please play again for rcb we needs your services
abhinav-sahu on 20 Apr 2011, 11:58 AM
give chance to pujara instead of mayank at the top .and please sellect one or two important pacers or spinners from domestic who are better than Ryan Ninan.
abhinav-sahu on 20 Apr 2011, 11:57 AM
please play with charl langeveldt insted of wander wath because he (wander wath) cant bat ,cant bowl.
Virat is abetter bowler than him.
abhinav-sahu on 20 Apr 2011, 11:51 AM
our bowling needed to be improved.
we should pick up local talents.
sheamus on 20 Apr 2011, 04:13 AM
There will be no 4th defeat in row coz its raining badly, points will be shared.
luvdeepu on 20 Apr 2011, 03:22 AM
have some relaxation off ground, that will improve the performance.....
anand-seshadri on 20 Apr 2011, 03:01 AM
it`s time to gear up guys,come on lets show the world that RCB rocks...all the best :o)
SANDY666 on 19 Apr 2011, 10:05 PM
I don't want to see the headline saying 4th defeat in a row.... Please make sure u people play as a unit... Field well and restrcit opponents for reasonable score.... and Bat well.. All the best
jumborocks on 19 Apr 2011, 08:58 PM
I believe we can take heart from what KTK and DD have done after losing the first two matches. They put their heads down, and chased some stiff targets. This could not have been done without some rethinking and making some adjustments. I'm sure RCB is capable of it. Let's get the best batsmen upfront. Dilshan and Agarwal need to give us better starts. Let's get AB at one drop, Kohli at No.4. Vettori himself is a capable batsmen and can come in next. Pathan can follow Vettori. I guess that is leaving Pujara or Tiwary to No.7, but that's where they've been.

Its time to give Langeveldt a chance. Agreed he's 36, but he's very effective. He's also a handy lower order bat. We need to do that at least till Nannes is fit again. Zak is an automatic choice. Since Vettori bowls left arm spin, we could use Ninan as the second spinner. Depending on the wicket we can then opt for either a 3rd medium pacer or 3rd spinner.

I'm no expert, but this is the kind of combination that most teams have. I do believe that RCB does not have any dearth of talent. It is just a matter of execution when the time comes.

Thank you so much for reading, since this is a very long one. Go RCB! You can do it!
Krishna-K on 19 Apr 2011, 07:14 PM
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