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Venue: DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai Time: 4 PM IST
The highly anticipated match between RCB and DD kicked off with Virat Kohli and stand in skipper Dinesh Karthik coming out for the toss. On winning the toss, RCB elected to field first, with the surprises being the exclusion of Chris Gayle and the inclusion of uncapped leggie, Yuzvendra Chahal.
West Indies had a horrible outing against India in their opening game, but on Tuesday, they managed to hand Bangladesh their second-worst loss in T20Is at the Shere-e-Bangla stadium.
We witnessed the Gaylestorm, we saw the AB innovation and we loved the Kohli aggression. As we now await the seventh IPL season with much anticipation, RCB is all set to experience the magic of three P's – Power, Passion and of course, the Players!
RCB recently had many reasons to celebrate as our players demonstrated their talent and were recognised for their potential around the world. We are proud to celebrate the success of Vijay Zol – one of our young up-and-coming batsmen. Vijay was recently named the captain of the India U-19 cricket team to play against Australia. He is currently down-under delivering good batting performances with 46 in the first match, followed by 128 off only 131 balls in the second and 64 in the third.
After winning the RCB ‘FFC 5’, Mahesh Nambiar’s sketches have become a rage. Nambiar, who has received accolades for his amazing sketches of RCB players was named as the official RCB Sketchstar right before the IPL. You can find his sketches in our Sketchstar gallery. Here are excerpts from an interview with the talented artist.
Pleasing a crowd that braved a 3 hour rain delay, Virat Kohli and Zaheer Khan turned in emphatic displays as the Royal Challengers Bangalore clinched a 24 run win over Chennai Super Kings on Saturday night. RCB are tied with Sunrisers Hyderabad on 18 points apiece. Though SRH have a game against Kolkata left their Net Run Rate is at very poor -0.031 to RCB's +0.457. A loss would bring that number down further and RCB could advance to the playoffs ahead on the basis of a better NRR.
Daniel Vettori is one of the best ever spin bowlers to have graced modern day cricket but the wily spinner will readily tell you that he is incredibly lucky to have Chris Gayle as his teammate at Royal Challengers Bangalore since he does not have to bowl to the burly West Indian opener in an IPL game.
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 8 PM Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai The Royal Challengers Bangalore start an arduous stretch of the team’s IPL 6 campaign, playing 6 consecutive away games beginning with their match against the Mumbai Indians on Saturday night.
Daniel Vettori, one of the finest bowlers in RCB, has returned to training after recovering from an injury. With Muttiah Muralitharan in the side he may not be a regular in RCB’s starting XI but he is an integral part of the team, mentoring the youngsters and giving much needed inputs as ex-skipper. There is no doubt that Vettori will be needed at crucial times in the current season to help the team out.
Virat Kohli was the only Indian who could find a place in ICC’s T20 Team of the Tournament; Suresh Raina was included as the 12th man. Kolhi managed to impress with his consistent performances, his highest score of 78* came against Pakistan. RCBian Chris Gayle too made it to the team. Gayle played a vital role in West Indies’ World Twenty20 campaign. He made 222 runs in 7 matches, his highest score in the tournament was 75*.
The Champions League T20 starts in South Africa this week! I would be lying if I said I was not hurting while writing this newsletter. You will recall that RCB missed out on qualifying for this event by the narrowest of margins. I am sure it hurts you, our loyal fans, just as much as it hurts me. However we took many lessons from IPL5 and look forward to the new season with renewed energy and exciting plans.
The wait is over! All you RCB fans can now redeem cool RCB merchandise with your reward points. We know that you have been waiting long and we have made sure it was worth the wait. This time we have a variety of items up for grabs, from RCB fan jerseys to bumblebee shades. In all there are 13 items and the rewards window will only be open till stocks last. The pricing ranges from 500 to 5500 points. So spend them wisely to make the most of it.
Just like you, we cannot wait for India’s home season to kick off! Russell Adams writes about the exciting month gone by with exploits from Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and especially from the two fastest men at the London Olympics: Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake who expressed their interest in playing T20 cricket.
On behalf of the RCB owners, management and staff, we express our heartfelt RCB passion in wishing all RCB fans well in their Independence Day celebrations. And with August marking international women’s month, we also take this opportunity to wish our many female fans a very special Women’s month.
RCB Auctions 2012 was a one-off chance for fans to bid and own the most precious RCB merchandise, specially autographed by various celebrity guests on Sid Mallya's show, 'No Boundaries.' It was pre-decided that proceeds from the auctions would go to NGOs that the highest bidder of each product chose.