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Getting back on track at Jaipur

Getting back on track at Jaipur

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
4 pm Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur

Royal Challengers Bangalore will face a confident Rajasthan Royals, a team with the strongest home record over all seasons of the IPL, in testing conditions at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday afternoon.

RCB’s match against Mumbai Indians asked uncomfortable questions of the team’s balance; what happens if the bowlers have a bad day and the top 4 get out cheaply?

Virat Kohli has now had 3 poor games with the bat and having been in contention for the Orange Cap earlier, he will want to get back among the runs. Tillakaratne Dilshan has not been able to put up the kind of performances expected from an international player at the top of the order but he will be given another chance to claim his spot. Saurabh Tiwary’s inadequate contribution against Mumbai was no boost to Kohli’s confidence either but the Jharkhand southpaw should get another chance at Jaipur too.

The pitch has helped the Royal’s seamers with James Faulkner turning in a bunch of nerveless performances to restrict oppositions at Jaipur. RCB’s pace quartet of RP Singh, Vinay Kumar, Ravi Rampaul and Jaydev Unadkat too should do well at the venue but will have to watch out for Shane Watson who seems to have struck rich form over the past few matches. Watson adds teeth to the Royals bowling attack as well now that he has started turning his arm over for the franchise.

Chris Gayle will again have to face Ajit Chandila with or without Ankeet Chavan for support as Rajasthan will try to exploit his tentative approach against spin early in his innings. RCB too might want to bring in the experienced Kartik Murali in place of Syed Mohammad who has been too expensive to continue.

Ajinkya Rahane has churned runs regularly even if he has been slower in his scoring this season. Rahul Dravid always performs against the franchise from his hometown and remains a threat along with Stuart Binny, another Karnataka player in the Royals squad.

The loss against Mumbai was a jolt but it gave RCB clear directions on the departments they will have to improve in. With their away leg having just started it is important they don’t let the loss affect them and get back to winning. The Royals are a hard opponent to put away, especially at home but this is exactly the challenge RCB need to overcome on their way to sealing a spot in the play offs. Good luck to them.

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match turned a bit .. didnt expect :(
samarth-r-savanur on 29 Apr 2013, 10:00 PM
The match against MI cemented the fact the Dilshan is unproductive which he has been since IPL5. Not sure why RCB prefer him in the playing XI.I suggest they Drop Dilshan and bring in the in-form Moises in his place. To find an opener to partner Chris it would be wise to drop Arun replacing him with Abhinav Mukund who can open the innings and ABD to don the WK glouse.
ashwin-iyengar on 29 Apr 2013, 04:12 PM
Pujara will play today or not?Bring Pujara in
jaison007 on 29 Apr 2013, 02:22 PM
Let ABD do the keeping and remove Arun, who has been not upto mark both as WK and Batsmen, Arun and Tiwary should be replaced with Rahul, Poojara, or from pool of other domestic batsman
basavaraj-kodgalli on 29 Apr 2013, 01:11 PM
Tiwary and Dilshan diserve bench, Replace Dilshan with Henriques and let Virat open with Gyle
basavaraj-kodgalli on 29 Apr 2013, 01:10 PM
Have appropriate selection and bring variety. Why is Kohli not using Dilshan or gayle in middle innings atleast for 2 overs. Why to be over dependent on Regular bowlers. De villers should play after saurabh tiwary. Bring Barnwell, and agarwal if he is fit.
sunil-pandey on 29 Apr 2013, 11:36 AM
Today RCB will win with 50 runs against RR. AB deviliar will be man of the match. Vijay Kumar will get 3 wickets.
leander on 29 Apr 2013, 11:07 AM
hoping for the first away win today
Ferdelance on 29 Apr 2013, 06:05 AM
RCB should win here
sudhirRCCB on 29 Apr 2013, 01:26 AM
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