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RCB face MI seeking revenge

RCB face MI seeking revenge

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
Monday, May 14th 4 pm
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore meet the Mumbai Indians for the second time in a week at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday night. A win against MI who are just a point ahead will take RCB to 3rd place on the points table.

RCB’s bowlers set up their win against MI at the Wankhede Stadium before Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli sealed a dominant nine wicket win.

RCB overcame a few stutters to seal another all round win over PWI since then, MI rode on the back of a superb ton from Rohit Sharma and disciplined bowling to beat the in-form KKR away.

The pace unit of Zaheer, Vinay and Harshal benefitted from assistance in the pitches at Mumbai and Pune, the return to the M Chinnaswamy pitch will test them and even the spinners severely. They conceded 182/1 in their previous fixture against DC here, with their two openers decided MI are easily capable of posting much larger totals. Appanna and Harshal were both expensive but got wickets, their performance could be the difference against the international pedigree line up of Mumbai’s bowling.

Harbhajan Singh was reluctant to bowl himself against KKR but RCB were cautious against him at Mumbai and rightly so. The offspinner has been economical in the last few games for Mumbai and has a very experienced and able attack at his command. Malinga is lethal with his ability to take the pitch out of the equation. Munaf and Pollard can suffocate batsmen with their tight wicket to wicket lines while Ojha is an established left arm spinner in the IPL.

Mumbai have founded much needed balance in their batting line up after Gibbs came in to partner Sachin Tendulkar at the top. After a rare Sachin failure, Gibbs attacked KKR beautifully and supported Rohit Sharma as the youngster struck a sensational ton. Their bowlers got them early crucial strikes but couldn’t do much to unsettle the later batsmen, their resolve will be tested greater against RCB if Dilshan, Gayle and co get going.

Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik can do a good job of innings building or slogging while Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan as well can give their team a good finish.

Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have cornered the glory in RCB wins but Tillakaratne Dilshan has been the silent bedrock on which they’ve built their innings. This is Dilshan’s chance to play a trademark dazzling innings with the rest complimenting him. Virat Kohli’s on-off season will frustrate him and he will want to carry on from where he left off against them at the Wankhede.

Saurabh Tiwary started slow but gave RCB a respectable finish with his knock at Pune, showing glimpses of what he’s capable of and the youngster will be excited to prove himself again.

Permutations and combinations aside RCB will still be comfortably placed for a place in the play offs only if they win all their games. Mumbai are legitimate contenders and a week can make a big difference in T20s. They will be seeking revenge and beating them will be a huge boost both on the points table and in the mind.

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Dude we thrashed Delhi for ur kind info..so just stay put !! RCB has the strongest batting strenght ..delhi is just sitting there on top temporarily.. !!!! we will win Ultimately ..so bye bye Delhi !!
david-edison1 on 16 May 2012, 02:46 AM
Abe dhaakan...RCB ki Aukaat hai DD ko harane ki...Wait n Watch...RCB's blood shed is not yet over..offcourse they have some more left, however, only to bleed more and more and more...RCB is just not good enough
salil-zarain on 16 May 2012, 02:41 AM
Do your own math.. doesnt matter things will work out for RCB .. let them all keep the points we will keep the cup !!! Keep it simple silly !!! Way to go RCB !!!
david-edison1 on 15 May 2012, 10:04 PM
So the only best hope for RCB will be KKR to win only one match which will keep them at 19 points and will tie with RCB with 19 points presuming RCB win both their matches. But again since we lost 2matches against them our chances are less also our NRR looks pretty low.We hope Mumbai will pave way for us since they have 2 big tough teams to face. So they loose both we are thru if we get 19.So there we can expect a lotta ties and take overs …so the table is still widespread..the fans are hungry for more !!!
david-edison1 on 15 May 2012, 10:01 PM
sure to win one match will fetch them 19 points… which will tie with RCB again if we have 19 points at the end of the show.CSK are left with one easy match with Punjab so they win they get 19 points …they loose they will stay on 17. Chances of them loosing is less. So they will take 3rd for sure.
david-edison1 on 15 May 2012, 09:51 PM
KKR face Mumbai
david-edison1 on 15 May 2012, 09:49 PM
KKR face Mumbai
david-edison1 on 15 May 2012, 09:48 PM
If Mumbai loose against both KKR Rajasthan then they will remain on 18 points …assuming RCB win both their matches make 19 points then we r thru to the playoff’s. So RCB will be thru in this case. If Mumbai wins one they get 20 points as well like delhi.KKR face Mumbai
david-edison1 on 15 May 2012, 09:47 PM
RCB can only look to come 3rd or 4th or it will be a tie with other teams depending on their wins
david-edison1 on 15 May 2012, 09:47 PM
RCB's ProbablesRCB have only 2 matches left.. and their NRR is very low compared to the top 4 in the table… the max points RCB can make if they win their 2 matches is 19. Which they have to to stay in the league.Delhi has 3 matches so the top spot is reserved for them. They still can get an upset if they loose all three of their remaining matches well tats not a fair chance so they r kinda thru !!! They just need one win and they will be at 20 safe points !!! RCB can only look to come 3rd or 4th or it will be a tie with other teams depending on their wins
david-edison1 on 15 May 2012, 09:46 PM
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