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Consolation win for England, Series victory for India!

Sat, 6th, Sep 2014
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Suresh Raina was adjudged the Man of the Series for his exemplary allround performance of 160 runs at 53.33 and his series haul of 4 wickets.

For England, captain Alastair Cook looked like he was ready to play a long innings although the top-order barely stayed with him to put up a fight. Once Cook was gone for 46, the burden fell on Joe Root and Jos Buttler to forge a match-saving partnership. Root, who scored a patient 44 in Birmingham, capitalized on his good form to record his second ODI century. Their partnership was vital to England putting up a healthy first innings score of 294. Ben Stokes’ late cameo of 33* helped England hover near the 300-run mark.

India did not start well as they lost Ajinkya Rahane to James Anderson for a duck. RCB’s Virat Kohli, unfortunately, couldn't stay long at the crease, as he too perished after he committed the same mistake he made in the Test matches – nicking the ball to the slips. It’s vital for Kohli to be more aware of his off-stump and work on this aspect of his game in order to not look suspect at the crease. Having said that, Kohli is arguably India's best batsman and it shouldn't take too long for the RCBian to get his groove back.

Ambati Rayudu continued his good form with the bat with a patient 53. Suresh Raina didn't contribute much, however, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja’s 6th wicket partnership of 41 looked like it would take the game away from England. Sadly for India, Dhoni looked out of sorts and once the Indian captain departed for 29, the responsibility took a toll on Jadeja, who despite falling short of partners, mustered a memorable counter-attacking innings of 87. Eventually India succumbed in the penultimate over for 253.

India may not have ended the series on a bright note but they can easily put aside their poor showing in the Tests owing to their memorable 3-1 ODI series victory. The defending champions will be at ease as they continue their preparations ahead of the 2015 FIFA World Cup.
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Bolt and Yuvi battle it out at the Chinnaswamy

Thu, 4th, Sep 2014
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The world’s fastest man and RCB’s prolific southpaw took on each other at the Chinnaswamy last Tuesday. They got together to play a 4-over cricket match and run a hundred metre race against each other.

In a surprising turn of events, Team Bolt managed to upstage Team Yuvi after winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Led by Yuvraj’s quick 24, Team Yuvi managed to set the target at a staggering 59 in 4 overs. A major contribution came from Aditya Tare who scored a blistering 30.

In response, Bolt led the batting efforts of his team by scoring a match-winning knock of 45 runs that included five huge hits out of the ground. The fans held their breath as the match went down to the wire. Bolt hit the last ball for a huge, soaring six to lead his side to a victory.

The event culminated with the final challenge – a hundred metre dash between Yuvi and Bolt, where Yuvraj emerged victorious.

Whatever the results, the people of Bengaluru were treated to an exhilarating display of athleticism by two of the most eccentric and loved sportsmen that there are. An exciting day for Bengaluru – after all it’s not every day that you see the world’s fastest man come close to being one of the fastest run scorer there is.
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The series is ours!

Wed, 3rd, Sep 2014
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With this victory, not only did the visitors record a rare commanding series victory abroad, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the most successful Indian captain in ODI history, overtaking Mohammad Azharuddin’s erstwhile record of 90 wins.

Early on in the match, India’s own sultan of swing Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a peach of an inswinger to castle England opener Alex Hales. It was a day when the pendulum swung firmly in India’s way as the seamers made early inroads for India to capitalise. It was a heartening sign to see the seamers get the majority share of the wickets. Mohammed Shami claimed bowling honours with figures of 3/28. Dhaval Kulkarni, unfortunately, went wicketless in his maiden ODI.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan’s 70-run partnership did little to threaten India’s spinners as they dried out the runs in the middle overs. Moeen Ali was the sole shining light for England with a quickfire 67, but even he couldn’t do much for the hapless hosts as they were eventually bowled out for a miserable 206 in 49.3 overs.

Yesterday was one such day when even Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan struck form with an eye-catching 97 and stayed till the end to see India to victory. The star of the show however was Ajinkya Rahane who recorded his maiden century in ODI cricket. The opening stand of 183 made sure it was nothing but a mere cakewalk for India. Dhawan’s unbeaten knock is an encouraging sign with the World Cup just around the corner while the diminutive Rahane continues to impress with his mesmerising strokeplay. RCB’s Virat Kohli, who remained unbeaten on 1 after the fall of Rahane, didn’t have much to do as the openers shouldered the responsibility for a change.

India have a great chance to provide youngsters such as Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma with an opportunity to impress come the 5th ODI at Leeds. For now, the players have worked hard enough to kick back and enjoy the English weather.
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India look to clinch series with third consecutive ODI win

Tue, 2nd, Sep 2014
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Zimbabwe toppled Australia down to fourth place in the ODI rankings after their historic win on Sunday. This combined with India’s two consecutive ODI wins over England has the Men in Blue beaming at the top of this table. Today’s match will give India another chance to justify their position as the number one ODI team. But more than that, it will be a chance to convincingly defeat England after being ploughed by them in a very forgettable Test series.

Coming out of two wins, Team India definitely will be in a better mental state than they were at the start of the series. And with the pressure of losing this series now out of the way, the morale, confidence and atmosphere in the dressing room must be healthier than before. However, India can barely afford to relax now. After displaying a dream start in the Lord’s Test, things anti-climaxed for India and they lost the Test series 1-3. To save face, a draw in the ODI series isn’t an option. Only a win is.

Though England’s pacers not only troubled but harassed Indian batsmen in the Tests, they haven’t been as effective in the ODIs. The Indian top order has learnt a few lessons in dealing with them. However England’s pacers have the capability on any given day to produce beautiful deliveries and tease the Indians. India’s top order has not been as effective as one would expect and it will be a big positive if they come out firing today. Rohit Sharma’s absence could hurt and with Dhawan’s patchy form, the top order is definitely missing something.

Raina’s unparalleled form at number five has been a source of huge respite for the Indian fans. Rahane and Rayudu also look top-notch in their batting and a lot will be expected from them. RCB’s Virat Kohli too seems to be getting into form again – always a good sign for India. He scored a well-compiled 40 off 50 at number three and helped India pile up the score needed to win. It was a signature Kohli innings - rich in stroke play and oozing with aggression and intent. One more good inning is all he needs to get back to being the confident and dependable player that we’ve come to know him as.

There’s no denying that the spinners have been the key in this 5-ODI series for India. The England batsmen have not only struggled but have been left stumped by the spinners. Ashwin and Jadeja have been absolutely brilliant and even part-timers like Raine and Rayudu have done well turning the ball. In fact, it was Raina who produced the breakthrough that India needed with the ball in the last match. The seamers, especially Bhuvneshwar Kumar, have to strike in the early overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been swinging deliveries, but just not getting them in the right places. Mohit Sharma and Shami need to up their game too. It’s not too wise to just depend on spinners and expect them to strike gold each match. Introducing spin early is also an option that Dhoni could look at.
India’s fielding has been world-class this tournament. Mohit Sharma’s direct throw from the boundary to get rid of Bell was plenty of proof for it. So was Raina’s stunning catch in the slips to send Stokes walking.

Even though England scored a mere 227 in the last match, what’s interesting is that 3 of their batsmen scored more than 40 runs. But none of them could convert this start into a big total. Cook looks uncomfortable at the crease but still has managed to scrape some runs. However, with the likes of Hales, Bell, Root and Buttler in the batting line up, this team’s batting cannot ever be underestimated. Perhaps the key to building a good innings for England would be to attack the seamers from the start itself. And not wait to score in the middle overs when spin bowling is introduced.

With the Indians pouncing on the opportunity to take the series away, and England battling it out to win bragging rights over India, this is surely going to be one spectacle of a match. Will England keep their dreams of not losing this series alive? Or will Team India gain something positive to look for in this tour of England?

Find out today at 3 pm IST.
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Knocked out in Nottingham

Sun, 31st, Aug 2014
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Dhoni put England in to bat first and it looked like the openers would take the game away from the Indians. Captain Cook and Alex Hales put on a promising partnership of 82 but the magical arm of Suresh Raina broke the stand and triggered England’s batting collapse. The hosts never recovered from there as they lost wickets at regular intervals and were never able to coin a worthwhile partnership.

Ravichandran Ashwin took the bowling honours with figures of 3/39 while the rest of the spinners including Ambati Rayudu chipped in with a wicket each. Despite a late onslaught from James Tredwell, England were restricted to a low score of 227 in their 50 overs.

India lost the wicket of an out of form Shikhar Dhawan quite early, but RCB’s Virat Kohli showed glimpses of his brilliance with a stoic 40. The entire Indian team will be encouraged by Kohli’s return to form and it was his 50-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane that set the tone for India’s win.

In the latter stages, the in-form Suresh Raina continued to torment the England bowlers with a quickfire 42 while Ambati Rayudu who topscored with 64* dropped anchor and stayed till the very end to see India to victory.

India might have fared poorly in the Investec Test series, but judging by their current ODI form and dominance against England, the road ahead looks promising for the Men in Blue!
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Kohli, Zol win coveted CEAT cricket awards

Wed, 4th, Jun 2014
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"It's good to see an Indian (Kohli) win the main award again and that he has won it for the second time at such a young age should inspire other youngsters also to win the coveted award," said the chief adjudicator of CEAT Cricket Rating and Indian batting legend, Sunil Gavaskar.

There’s even more good news for RCB fans as our upcoming star Vijay Zol won the coveted ‘Young Player of the Year’ award. Zol remarked that it was a memorable experience for him to share the same RCB dressing-room with many great players.

Let’s hope that these two talented stroke-makers keep up the good work and make every single RCBian proud in the coming season!
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Chennai win by 8 wickets to end bittersweet RCB season

Sat, 24th, May 2014
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Chennai’s batsmen led by MS Dhoni crashed RCB’s Go Green game, the team’s last game of the season at the M Chinnaswamy on Sunday, chasing a target of 155 successfully to win by 8 wickets.

Chennai won the toss and decided to put the men in green today in to bat first. The home side rang in four changes as Rilee Rossouw came in for Chris Gayle, Shadab Jakati for Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul for Muttiah Muralitharan and Vijay Zol for Abu Nechim.

The innings did not see the Bangalore side get off to best start, losing Rossouw in the first over as Ashish Nehra broke through his defenses. In came Vijay Zol and looked to take the attack to the CSK bowling. Ashwin was brought into the attack early and he struck with the wicket of Takawale followed by Zol who was bowled trying to heave Mohit Sharma across the line. At the end of the powerplay CSK had restricted RCB to 34/3.

India’s deadly duo of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh started to repair the early damage done and put together a partnership. Yuvraj was the next to return to the dugout though when a slog off Jadeja ended in Raina’s hands at deep midwicket. When Kohli was joined by de Villiers at the crease at the end of 16 overs the score was 110/4.

AB’s stint was also brief as he was yorked trying to take the attack to Ashish Nehra. Captain Kohli’s fine innings came to an end at 73 runs of 49 balls in the last over, Nehra clattering the stumps for a third time. RCB finished on 154/6, setting Chennai Super Kings a target of 155 from 20 overs.

The devastating Dwayne Smith opened the innings for the Chennai franchise and he was in no mood to waste any time, taking on the attack right from the off. He got out to fellow countryman Ravi Rampaul though, mishitting the ball high into the air for Kohli to take an easy catch on the leg side. At the end of the first six overs CSK were already on 63/1.

RCB then got the in-form Yuvraj Singh took try and he duly obliged with a wicket, getting the dangerous Suresh Raina stumped. The spinners slowed things down for Chennai and by the end of 15 overs CSK reached 121/4.

Dhoni twisted his ankle while taking a run and looked in discomfort, slowing the chase down. Then Yogesh Takawale missed a chance to stump Dhoni off Yuvraj and the Indian captain immediately hit out, hitting two huge sixes off the next two deliveries to release all the pressure off of his team. He along with Faf Du Plessis then finished the game in a hurry with CSK winning with 8 wickets to spare with 2.2 overs in hand.
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RCB look for thumping win against CSK to signoff

Sat, 24th, May 2014
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Playing their last match of the season in front of a home crowd, RCB will look to finish on a high note. The Chinnaswamy stadium has always been renowned for high scoring matches with consistent bounce and shorter boundaries. With big hitters in both sides, expect a high scoring match at this ground.

Head To Head

RCB has faced its South Indian counterpart, CSK on 16 occasions and have won 7 times and lost 8 times. The 1 occasion when there was no result was due to a wash out at Bangalore. The last time these 2 teams faced each other a few days ago, RCB emerged the winners in a low scoring humdinger.

Previous Match:

RCB played their previous match against KKR at the legendary Eden Gardens. In a poor effort with the ball, RCB conceded in excess of 190 runs and did not manage to grab their chances either. After picking a couple of early wickets, they got blown away in the middle overs by a century stand between Uthappa and Shakib. While batting too, there was not much help provided by the dormant Chris Gayle. Virat Kohli and Yogesh Takawale looked promising but the pressure was too high. In the end there was too little time for Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers to make a difference.

CSK lost their 3rd match on the trot when they took on desperate SRH at Ranchi. After a brisk start they lost some quick wickets but David Hussey and MS Dhoni pulled things back to post a good total in the vicinity of 180. However, the bowling attack disappointed with Warner and Dhawan running away with the chase and handing CSK another loss at their home ground. The usually reliable Ashwin and Jadeja did not impress much with their spin and neither did the pace attack have any teeth to it.

Preview Of The Teams:

With RCB out of the running for the playoff spot, they would be playing with no pressure to weigh them down. RCB have punched below their weight in the tournament with a star studded lineup that hasn’t clicked substantially together often enough. Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers had good knocks and Yuzvendra Chahal impressed with the ball at the start of the tournament. Mitchell Starc has been the a consistent overseas operator with his pace, but Chris Gayle has never looked like his usual self and Virat Kohli has looked bogged down at most times. Playing their last match at home, RCB would like to put up one good display to top their rough season with some positivity in the camp.

CSK have already qualified for the playoffs but have lost their bearing in the last few games. Losing 3 consecutive matches, CSK have looked out of sorts which has resulted in them losing all their momentum. With the structure of the playoffs giving an advantage to the top 2 in the league table, CSK will want to snatch a win at Bengaluru. At the top of the order, Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum have provided a good platform more often than not with Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis to build upon it. In MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, CSK have a strong duo to finish off games with a flourish. The bowling department is also well rounded with Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja providing economical spells of spin bowling. With Samuel Badree playing certain matches, this department is only bolstered even more. Mohit Sharma has picked up wickets in plenty but has also given away the most boundaries this IPL. Ben Hilfenhaus was good in the few matches at the start of the tournament but has been costly in India.

Key Players:

RCB would definitely be looking to Yuvraj Singh to make a strong statement in their final match this tournament. He has been a prime performer contributing with both the bat and the ball. AB de Villiers has also been good with the bat which has been highlighted by the fact that he has come in and played some explosive innings right from the outset. Mitchell Starc has spearheaded the bowling attack well but has often fallen short of support. With his feisty nature and wicket taking ability, he is a brilliant competitor for RCB.

Dwayne Smith has been a real difference at the top of the order for CSK. He finds himself amongst the top run scorers for the tournament and he is also a valuable contributor in the field and with the ball if the need arises. Ravindra Jadeja has also been pivotal in CSK’s success this season by bowling economical spells and also picking up wickets. Jadeja is also adept in bowling in the death overs and has repaid the faith that Dhoni has shown in him. With his lightning quick fielding and slog batting, Jadeja has justified his place in the team.
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Royal Challengers aim to brush off hiccup against Royals

Sat, 26th, Apr 2014
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Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 4 PM IST

Of the 9 T20I matches played at this ground, the team batting first has won on 4 occasions, whereas the team chasing down the target has won 5 times. In this IPL season, the matches played at Abu Dhabi have been pretty high scoring, with scores going past 150 in 3 of the 4 matches played here.

Head To Head:
RCB have won 6 of the 11 matches played between these 2 teams. RR on the other hand have won 4, whereas 1 has been washed out. With RCB fielding a power-packed lineup, and RR fielding a feisty side, the matches between these 2 franchises have been intense more often than not.

Previous Result:
RCB had a close encounter in their previous match, having lost against KKR by 2 runs on the last ball. Their bowling looked good to restrict the opposition, barring the partnership between Kallis and Lynn. The batting started off well with Parthiv and Takawale, but they failed to take the momentum into the middle order and the slog overs.

RR were guilty of the opposite in their game against CSK, trying to hit their way to a low target and losing wickets before they could get close. Although the batsmen have looked in good form, Shane Watson will want them to rethink their shot selection and control the adrenaline rush to finish a job instead of just playing impressive cameos.

Earlier their bowlers stuck to a plan perfectly to reduce a strong top order to 74/5 but let the tail get away and nearly double the total.

Preview Of The Teams:
The Chris Gayle omission owing to a sore back has been the talk of the RCB camp. He will be a great boost to the side with his immense charisma enough to intimidate oppositions if his hard hitting is not enough. Yogesh Takawale impressed on his RCB debut, but his position in the batting order would change if Gayle plays. In Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers, they have a strong batting order and they should just keep the previous loss behind themselves. The bowling is strong with Aaron and Chahal taking the limelight. Aussie import Mitchell Starc is also doing well in his debut IPL season.

Rajasthan Royals are a team which relies more on utility players, with 9 of their 11 players capable of bowling if needed. In Sanju Samson, they have found a brilliant uncapped player to come in at 3 and play some sizzling shots. Shane Watson may want to move higher up the order because with 2 run outs in 2 games, RR's opening pair clearly isn't the right one. Changes of pace are the X-factor of the RR bowling attack. Dhawal Kulkarni, Rajat Bhatia and Pravin Tambe have been the standout performers. Kane Richardson and Tim Southee have both done well as the 4th overseas option when picked, bringing another dimension with their express pace.

Key Players:
Having seen his performances in the previous 3 RCB matches, it is clear that Yuzvendra Chahal has become a key member of the side. The 23-year old leg spinner has been right on the money with his control and variations, and even the best of batsmen have found it tough to get him away. He has given away just 1 boundary in this season so far, and has picked up 4 wickets at an economy of 5.08.

The RR bowling attack has looked all the more dangerous with Rajat Bhatia in the ranks. He provides no pace whatsoever to the batsmen which makes it tough on them to hit the big shots. Bhatia has picked up 4 wickets in the 3 matches played. He is also a decent batsman who can provide the occasional boundaries and make a vital difference in the end.
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Pepsi IPL 2014: Phase 1 fixtures announced

Wed, 19th, Mar 2014
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Phase 1 of IPL 7 will include 20 matches that will be played across 3 stadiums, namely the Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi), Sharjah CA Stadium (Sharjah) and Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai).

The opening game will be played between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi April 16. The following day, Royal Challengers Bangalore will kick start their campaign in Match No.2, against Delhi Daredevils at Sharjah.

Here's the full schedule of Phase 1:

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