Firstly, I would like to thank RCB fan Suresh Ananth for highlighting, in his comments on my last BLOG, that I did not acknowledge the sterling bowling performance delivered by Vinay Kumar in Pepsi IPL 6. I do read all BLOG comments and must offer my sincere apologies for overlooking Vinay. I certainly agree with Suresh - Vinay bowled beautifully for much of the tournament and realized 23 wickets. He was definitely part of our success on the field.
Zaheer Khan has made his comeback to competitive cricket and how! Zak put in a terrific performance with the ball, as he picked up 4/17 against the Chennai Super Kings in a rain curtailed game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday and helped RCB prolong their quest for the elusive playoff spot in the 2013 IPL.
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.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s name is synonymous with Test cricket. Pujara, who has a batting style similar to the legendary Rahul Dravid, proved that he can adapt to T20 cricket as well during his classy 51 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Kings XI Punjab during an IPL game at Mohali.
Adam Gilchrist and Azhar Mahmood combined to power Kings XI Punjab to a 7 wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday evening. The win prolonged Kings XI’s stay in the tournament, also keeping RCB’s hunt for a spot in the play-offs alive.
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.
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.
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.
One of the highlights of the 2013 IPL has been RCB’s bowling attack. The M Chinnaswamy offers god bounce for bowlers at times but it’s the batsmen who normally have a great time thanks to the quick outfield and short boundaries. But this year, batsmen have been put on the backfoot and the bowling attack has achieved this despite missing Zaheer Khan in action. Vinay Kumar has led the attack well and his efforts have fetched him the purple cap. He spoke to IPLT20.com after the win against Rajasthan Royals, here are the excerpts from his interview:
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals 8 PM M Chinaswamy Stadium, Bangalore The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore will see the clash of the IPL’s royals, the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals on Saturday night.
T20 is a batsman’s game but bowlers aren’t mugs. They come up with their variations, the carrom ball, the slower bouncer, even the intentional half volley hoping for a mishit. Batsmen have to be on the top of their game all the time, figuring out new ways to hit the ball and new parts of the ground to hit them to. And no one does inventive batting in T20 better than AB de Villiers.
Jaydev Unadkat had a good game against the Delhi Daredevils. The lanky left arm paceman took 2/24 to help restrict Delhi to a gettable total but a stumble during Royal Challenger Bangalore’s chase saw them take the match into a Super Over before winning it. Having lost a similar game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad just a week ago, the team was elated at beating Delhi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils 8 PM M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore will be furious heading in their game on Tuesday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium after a game they let slip against Chennai on Saturday. It will help that they face wooden spoon holders Delhi Daredevils, yet to open an account after 4 games.
Royal Challengers Bangalore lost a close game against Chennai Super Kings by 4 wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday night. With 2 runs required off the last ball, RP Singh had Ravindra Jadeja caught at third man boundary but he had overstepped while bowling, conceding a no-ball.
Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 8pm MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings have met each other in a couple of high profile games but nothing has been needed at stake to make it a memorable match between the two sides.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 4PM M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore For the second time in three days, Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Except this time the venue will be Bangalore’s stomping ground and Virat Kohli’s side will be eager to return the favour after Sunday’s Super Over finish.
Royal Challengers Bangalore were beaten by the Sun Risers Hyderabad on Sunday night after a Super Over finish. Sun Risers’ youngsters helped their team level with RCB’s 130 run total to bring up the 2013 Pepsi IPL's first tied game before their imported pros sealed the game in the Super Over.
Sun Risers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 8PM Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad The erstwhile Deccan Chargers bowed out of IPL 5 as party poopers, derailing the campaigns of Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore on their way out. Their replacements the Sun Risers Hyderabad began IPL 6 with a victory in a similar mould.