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RCB Bank On Home Record Against Rampaging KXIP

Fri, 9th, May 2014
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Back at home, RCB look a totally different side in the way they play their cricket. With the backing of the fans, RCB won 7 of the 8 games played here in the previous season. In this season, RCB has played 1 match at Chinnaswamy so far and won it thanks to the heroics of AB de Villiers. With the short boundaries and an even pitch tailor-made for batting, the conditions suit RCB well. There is also bounce on offer for the bowlers and could help them a lot if they exploit it well.

Head To Head
RCB has played against KXIP on 13 occasions and the latter have the lead with 8 wins to 5 losses - a 61.54% win ratio. RCB haven’t defeated KXIP since IPL 2012 and will look to set the record straight in this match. Both teams boast of a star studded batting line-ups which can tear apart any attack and the battle is expected to be completely dominated by the willow-holders.

In the previous encounter between these 2 sides earlier this season, KXIP emerged victorious with a 5-wicket win with George Bailey and Rishi Dhawan showing composure with the bat after their top order had been tested for the first time in the tournament.

Previous Match:
RCB’s previous match was against MI at Wankhede which proved to be quite the fiery encounter. The tussle between Mitchell Starc and Kieron Pollard took centre stage in what was a brilliant match of cricket. MI won that game by a margin of 19 runs after RCB’s middle order failed to build on a thundering start by the top order.

In their last match, KXIP squared off against fellow top of the table aside, CSK. Batting first, they demolished CSK by setting a target of 232, scoring a whopping 162 runs from their last 10 overs. It was a Maxwell show yet again with captain Bailey adding the finishing touches in the end with a brilliant cameo. They followed it up with crucial wickets at the right times to win the match by a whopping 44 runs.

Preview Of The Teams:
RCB has had a hot and cold start to IPL 7 with 3 wins and 4 losses to their name. The form of the bowlers has been good with Yuzvendra Chahal and Mitchell Starc bagging most of the plaudits. Varun Aaron has also been good but strayed towards the expensive side in the previous match. The area of concern has been the batting which has failed to fire on all cylinders despite the marquee names. Chris Gayle teed off in the previous game but we are yet to witness his true dominance. Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh have not had the best of times either, and AB de Villiers has also played well in just two matches. New import Rilee Rossouw also has failed to make an impact in the 2 matches he has played so far. For RCB to do well, the senior players have to take the initiative and start performing to win the match.

KXIP has arguably been the best team in the competition so far, winning all their matches barring just 1 against MI. Glenn Maxwell has been the powerhouse of the side, scoring runs for fun. He is the leading run scorer of the tournament so far and has already come close to hitting a century 4 times in 7 innings. David Miller has done well too along with George Bailey who comes to the party when needed. Virender Sehwag has not been at his best, but he surely seems to be getting better with time. After a few poor games, the bowling has also found its feet. Mitchell Johnson has found his rhythm back, and Sandeep Sharma has been a revelation with his banana swing. With a strong bench as well, KXIP are the team to beat this season.

Key Players:
Chris Gayle will always remain the talking point for other teams with his intimidating presence and colossal shots enough to slaughter any opposition. Mitchell Starc has taken to IPL like a fish to water and has got RCB the crucial breakthroughs more often than not.

Glenn Maxwell has been the star of IPL 7 with his destructive performances constructing massive wins for KXIP. He is proving why he is regarded as a dangerous T20 player and writing the script for his own destiny. Sandeep Sharma has also delivered the goods after being taken in the team in place of Parvinder Awana. His knack of picking wickets has made him a regular in the side and he is doing full justice to the spot.
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A Fiery Encounter Finishes In An MI Win

Tue, 6th, May 2014
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Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl first at the Mumbai Indians’ home ground, having a formidable batting line-up to chase down the targets. Mumbai got off to a flying start with Ben Dunk and CM Gautam scoring 25 runs off the first 3 overs. With Ben Dunk’s wicket falling in the next over, Mumbai were still in a decent position after 6 overs at 50/1.

Dinda broke through Rayudu’s defenses in the 8th over and Aaron picked up Gautam in the next over. Anderson seemed to take a liking to Chahal, as he hit him for a six, but Chahal got right back at him by dismissing him on the very next ball. With Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard at the crease, MI finally got the partnership that they were longing for. Playing some smart cricket, Rohit and Pollard brought the stability back to the innings. After 15 overs, MI were sitting at 119/4.

In the 17th over, controversy took centre stage as Starc and Pollard had an altercation. Starc had some words for Pollard after bowling a well directed bouncer. On the next ball, Pollard pulled out just before Starc delivered the ball and Starc threw the ball right at Pollard. Pollard, not one to back down threatened to throw the bat at Starc. Things got really intense before the other players and umpires intervened. Things got back to normal and the game went on again as Rohit smashed Aaron for 19 runs of the 19th over and got his half century. The last over was bowled by Starc and MI finished at a fantastic 187/5 in 20 overs.

RCB started the chase in real style as Parthiv and Gayle exploited the powerplay overs. Pawan Suyal was taken to the cleaners in his 2nd over by Chris Gayle who scored 28 off the over. In the 6th over Harbhajan rattled the stumps to dismiss Parthiv Patel and RCB were poised at 64/1 after 6 overs.

Gayle was cutting loose to do what he does best - score huge runs. But Harbhajan had other ideas as he rattled the woodwork once again to claim Gayle’s wicket. AB de Villiers was promoted but the plan did not quite work out as he lost his stumps while looking to lap sweep Bumrah. Virat Kohli was looking good too until he gave away a catch to Anderson off the bowling of Pawan Suyal. With Yuvraj and Rossouw at the crease, things were starting to get tough for RCB now. After 15 overs, they were in a tough spot at 125/4.

Pollard brought his footballing skills to the fore when he kicked the ball on to the stumps to run Yuvraj Singh out. There was too much to do at this stage for Rilee Rossouw and the tail of the batting order. Malinga dismissed Starc in the 17th over and Bumrah cleaned up Harshal Patel in the next over. Malinga took another wicket when under pressure Rossouw was caught at cover. Pollard bowled a good last over to finish the match. In the end MI kept their calm to survive the initial onslaught and won by a comfortable margin of 19 runs.
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RCB Look To Make It Double Against MI

Tue, 6th, May 2014
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Wankhede Stadium is the home and stronghold of the Mumbai Indians. The red soil pitch here always has something on offer for everyone - consistent bounce for the batsman, pace and carry for the seamers and also some spin for the slower bowlers. The last time RCB played at this ground, they lost by 58 runs.

Head To Head:

RCB and MI have clashed 14 times over the seasons so far and honours are shared between the 2. They have both won 7 matches. However, at the Wankhede, RCB have beaten the hosts 2 out of 3 times. Matches between these teams have often been high scoring affairs with some big hitters of high calibre in both the lineups.

Previous Match:

RCB played against SRH in their previous match and grabbed a win thanks to the heroics of AB de Villiers. He finally got some runs under his belt by scoring an unbeaten 89(41) against a quality bowling attack. Chris Gayle managed to give some momentum to the batting, but Kohli went for a duck. With Mitchell Starc picking 2 crucial wickets and also holding on to 2 catches, he shone on the field yet again for RCB.

MI faced off against the in-form KXIP and registered their first win of the tournament thanks to some calm aggression in the chase by Kieron Pollard and Aditya Tare. They had their plans on the field and executed them well to keep KXIP within reach and then batted well to eventually win the match. However, constant reshuffles in the batting order indicates uncertainty in the camp.

Preview Of The Teams:

With the reinclusion of Chris Gayle in the side and also the return to form for AB de Villiers, RCB look a much better side now. However, their batting still looks to be their achilles heel with Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli looking out of sorts in the tournament so far. Rilee Rossouw, the replacement for injured nic Maddinson also did not impress much in his debut. However, the return to form for AB de Villiers will be heartening to the RCB camp as he blitzed his way through to take RCB across the line. The bowling attack is well spearheaded with Mitchell Starc doing well on his debut season and Varun Aaron performing better than expected. Yuzvendra Chahal has been the dark horse, causing some problems himself with his orthodox leg-break bowling.


Mumbai face problems with their top order too but with Pollard’s form they know they just need a batsman or two to stick around with him. A good opening stand is what they have been lacking till now, just like the past seasons. With too much experimentation in the batting lineup, there lacks the stability which is needed to win matches on a consistent basis. Corey Anderson is yet to prove his worth in the side, but he has started to show some glimpses of what he is actually capable of. Mumbai Indians will be sweating on Zaheer’s fitness because he incurred a shoulder injury in the previous match against KXIP. Replacing him with an overseas player would mean lot of chopping and changing in the lineup and could possibly disrupt the balance too. Lasith Malinga has been lethal as usual, picking 9 wickets in the 6 matches played so far. Harbhajan Singh has also been good, conceding runs at just 6 an over.

Key Players

MI have an interesting Caribbean acquisition in Krishmar Santokie this year. If he plays, he can be very tough to put away as he showed in the World Twenty20 for WI. Harbhajan Singh is another player to watch out for, the off-spinner has been good against left handed batsmen and MI could use him as their opening bowler to counter the threat of Chris Gayle. In Lasith malinga, they have the most consistent T20 bowler. His ability to bowl all his variations perfectly is known by all, yet they can do very little about it.

Chris Gayle has been brilliant for RCB in the past 5 games he has played against MI, scoring 287 runs of which 3 individual scores were above 80. AB de Villiers has shown his true colours in the previous match where he won the match for RCB almost single-handedly. His 89*(41) balls showed how he has the ability to switch gears as per the situation. RCB have also got the services of Yuzvendra Chahal - who used to play for MI till the previous season. With his orthodox leg spin bowling, Chahal has posed questions to the batsmen he bowls to and also taken big wickets. In the previous match against MI this season, Chahal picked up the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard.
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In Form Challengers Clash With Shaky Starting Knights

Thu, 24th, Apr 2014
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Of the 9 T20Is played at this venue, 3 have been won by the team chasing, and 6 by the team defending. Sharjah’s flat batting wicket in the tournament has seen some massive totals being posted and with the batting line ups of the teams in this match, expect no less. The pitch has been made ideal for stroke making, but also gives something for the bowlers to play with - spinners and pacers alike.

Head To Head:
RCB and KKR have played against each other on 12 occasions and things are all square between the two with 6 wins apiece. This stat clearly shows the competitive nature that this fixture has had in the past, but things could turn out to be different with each new season of the IPL. With Kohli and Gambhir leading the respective sides, we have the prospective future captain facing off against the ex-prospective future captain. Things have been known to get heated between the two in the past, and it only adds that extra edge to the fixture.

Previous Result:
RCB won their previous match convincingly with an all round performance against MI. The bowlers managed to keep the total small and within the reach of the batsmen; with Chahal being the star of the attack. Though the batting faced a slump in the initial overs, Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers played intelligently to take them across the line.

KKR lost against DD in their previous outing thanks to the heroics of JP Duminy and stand-in captain Dinesh Karthik. The batsmen put up a middling total and the bowling worked past most Delhi batsmen but could not close the game in the end, resulting in a win for the Daredevils.

Preview Of The Teams:
RCB have managed to win both their matches comprehensively without the services of the talismanic Chris Gayle who is out with a sore back. However, the superstar from the Caribbean could well be set for a return to play against the IPL team he played for earlier. With Parthiv Patel showing composure even in tough situations, the prospects are bright for the RCB top order. AB de Villiers too spent valuable time in the middle in the previous game and was impressive in the way he calmly negated the threats Mumbai’s bowlers posed.

In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal has been the surprise package. The uncapped leg spinner from Haryana has taken the tournament by storm with his economical bowling and discipline with variations. Varun Aaron, Mitchell Starc and Albie Morkel have also looked good to take care of the pace bowling.

KKR have blown hot and cold in their start - winning the first match and losing the next. The form of captain Gautam Gambhir is easily their biggest concern after he was dismissed for ducks in both matches. Manish Pandey has been doing a sterling job at no.3 and Uthappa has stamped his authority too. Yusuf Pathan must start firing again as soon as possible to get out of the long run of poor form and to repay the faith that KKR have showed in him. In Suryakumar Yadav, KKR have found someone who can come in and start striking from the outset to provide an extravagant flourish to the end of the innings. The bowling looks a bit one dimensional with a lot resting on Sunil Narine. Despite of the presence of bowlers like Morne Morkel, they have not managed to do much.

Key Players:
Virat Kohli is arguably the most in-form player in the modern game. In the first match he showed his technique, but the second match proved to be a bad outing on a personal level. He would be raring to get out there and make amends by scoring some valuable runs for the team. It being the birthday of the legend, Sachin Tendulkar today and also the anniversary of the famous ‘Desert Storm’ knock he played in Sharjah, Kohli will want to emulate the same class that his idol did.

Look no further than the wicket-taking Sunil Narine when talking of the key player for KKR. The mystery spinner rarely fails to deliver with his accurate and miserly bowling. With the variations at his command and a slightly unusual action, Narine is someone who can change the match on his own. If Narine has a good day, then it means trouble for the opposition and vice versa.
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Parthiv Pleased With Partnership With de Villiers

Tue, 22nd, Apr 2014
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Struggling at 17/3 in the run chase, Parthiv and de Villiers showed some great composure and a measured batting approach to stabilize the innings. "I think I couldn't have asked for any better person to come in at that time. You know AB expectedly is one of the best batsmen in the world. He calmed the procedure down," said the Man Of The Match, Parthiv.

Parthiv and AB successfully took the RCB team over the line with an unbeaten 99 run partnership after Maddinson, Kohli and Yuvraj fell early. It clearly brought to the fore the depth of batting that RCB has in its Arsenal.

Parthiv also showered praises on the bowlers in his team. "The bowlers set the game for us on that wicket. Obviously it wasn't easy, but our bowlers did a good job and restricted them to 115," he said.
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Man of the Match Parthiv Patel on his innings against MI

Sun, 20th, Apr 2014
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RCB Keep Up The Momentum With Second Comprehensive Win

Sun, 20th, Apr 2014
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RCB did not get off to the best start dropping two catches in the first two overs of the match. But they were spared the blushes when Albie Morkel cramped Michael Hussey for room and the Australian popped up an easy catch to Yuzvendra Chahal. At the end of the fielding restrictions MI had notched up 49 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.

RCB youngster Yuzvendra Chahal was then introduced into the attack by Virat Kohli and it proved to be a masterstroke as the leggie dismissed the elegant Rohit Sharma and the dangerous Kieron Pollard. By the end of the 15th over RCB had managed to restrict the Mumbai Indians to 92/4.

Mumbai then wilted under some serious pressure losing their heads while running between the wickets and some poorly selected shots. RCB’s bowlers never let go of the advantage they held and ensured they restricted the Mumbai franchise to a low score of 115/9 in 20 overs.

Mumbai dealt RCB two serious early blows with Malinga yorking Nic Maddinson and Zaheer getting the in form Virat Kohli off the second ball he faced. The very next ball, Yuvraj nicked the ball but this time Tare could not complete the catch. Zaheer again showed everyone how good a bowler he is by trapping the stylish left hander plumb in front of the stumps. RCB were limited to 30/3 at the end of the Powerplay.

AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel then began stitching together an important partnership at a run a ball rate for Bangalore. With some good running between the wickets and finding the odd boundaries here and there they repaired the damage done early on in the innings. At the 15 over mark, RCB managed to reach 92/3 without losing any of the set batsmen, leaving them with a very good chance of beating the champions.

Having seen off Mumbai’s seam bowlers in Zaheer and with Malinga having just one over remaining, the pair managed to milk the bowling towards the end with Harbhajan and Ojha looking off-beat. Parthiv Patel put in a #SeizeTheDay performance by completing his 50 and stepping up a notch to finish the game off with 7 wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare.

RCB next play KKR on 24th April at 8 PM IST at Sharjah.
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