Bangalore v Mumbai, IPL 2011, 2nd qualifier, Chennai May 27, 2011

Bangalore to go with unchanged side

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori, captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore, has said he will go in to the qualifier against Mumbai Indians with the same team as the one that lost to Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. The match against Chennai went down to the last over and Vettori said his players were still confident and knew they just needed to fine-tune things in the last five overs, particularly in the bowling department.

"I think I will go with the same team tomorrow [Friday]," Vettori said. "The team is in pretty good stead. We realised small things that went wrong in the last five overs. Prior to that, everything went as per plan."

On Tuesday, Bangalore went in with three seamers, with Vettori the lone specialist spinner. Vettori said the groundsman in Chennai had told him the track would be good for batting, so he was planning to stick with the same combination and rely on Chris Gayle to get through four overs of offspin.

"Chris and myself could target the right areas in the eight overs that we will be bowling and it will be hard to score too many runs. The players who have played in the last 15 games for us have performed well.

"We have to look at the wicket tomorrow. I played here quite some time back. The groundsman is saying the wicket will be good to play on tomorrow. Probably, the wicket for the final will turn a lot more; I do not know."

Bangalore managed to set Chennai 176 to win in the first qualifier, but their bowling let them down, leaving them with a knockout game against Mumbai. Vettori said the positive out of the Chennai game was that they had managed a competitive total despite their top performer so far, Chris Gayle, getting dismissed cheaply, but acknowledged the bowling needed some improvement.

"Chris did not score runs but we were able to put up a competing total. Virat Kohli played a superb game and has played well in the whole tournament. Last match was his best innings so far.

"Our batting has been pretty good in the whole tournament and sooner or later we will deliver with the bowling also. In the last two games Zaheer [Khan] has been at his best and has been taking wickets upfront. I am really pleased with the way he has bowled."

The winner of the Bangalore v Mumbai match will have to play the final the very next day, against Chennai.

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  • kumar on May 27, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Whatever happens, CSK are gonna win the title! So, this match is not of much significance for CSK.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    A team which uses their spin department well have an edge on this match. I guess RCB has edge in this match. Hitters will get out soon in chennai pitch. The which has slow and smart run scorers will win.

  • Panneer on May 27, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    @Krishnan- "Let the better captain win?- then i think RCB will win. Game against chennai was great fight. if malinga and Munaf were hammered also MI will be clueless. I tip RCB to win. In that way, on tomorrow will be not a replay of last year final, rather replay of this years 1qualyfying final.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    i love sachin tendulker bhagwan

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    I don't think same, perhaps this would acid test for gayle and others to play against Mallinga And Munaf. Both are in good form and about batting sachin is evergreen and blizzard,rohit is in good form.. Just waiting for this battle..

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Asad Pathan would have been a better choice compared to Mohd Kaif

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    I would say RCB will loose for sure .... because team captain himself says that " Chris and myself could target the right areas in the eight overs that we will be bowling and it will be hard to score too many runs " then what will you do if the batsman smashed boundaries in others overs (like previous match CSK smashed except gayle overs)...?and even he don't believe his all other bowlers!I would suggest that replace mithun with syed because pitch will support slightly spin since it is slower pitch (not spinning pitch)!as far as considering mumbai they should be little careful when wicket fall to prevent next wickets!&sachin should use rohit bowling(2 ov)!it is going to be tough competition!RCB batting is strong & thier bowling is weak with (4th & 5th Bowler)..! RCB batting when chasing little big score will be weakness! MI has failed to find correct batting order which is their weakness which may lead to loss ! for me it is 55% MI vs 45% RCB match!(this difference is due to fielding)!

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    banglore is wel set to make up into finals i am sure they wil bowl well today they have to control in last overs

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Let the better captain win!

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Gayle has to prove that hhe is a Player of big matches by scoring a heavy amount of runs here in Chennai...................He had bowled beautifully in the last match , hope he does perform here as-well !

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