Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Bangalore April 14, 2012

RCB bank on home advantage

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Match facts

Sunday, April 15, Bangalore
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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Both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals have lost two consecutive games. In their last outing, Royal Challengers suffered a freak loss at the hands of Albie Morkel in Chennai, while Royals failed to put enough runs in Kolkata. For both teams, their last defeats have come in away games* and therefore, Royal Challengers playing in Bangalore would hold an edge.

The venue is not the only difference between the teams. Royal Challengers have a far more potent line up of international players - Indian and foreign. Compare that to Royals and they have Ankeet Chavan, Ashok Menaria, Amit Singh and Shreevats Goswami to challenge Daniel Vettori, Saurabh Tiwary, Zaheer Khan and Virat Kohli. Man to man, there is a massive gap in experience. However, the Royals have fought hard, even in their losses and at the helm, they have a relaxed Rahul Dravid who has been a part of a number of upset wins in his career.

In the last game played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Muttiah Muralitharan and Vettori derailed Delhi Daredevils' chase with incisive spells. Royals have used a combination of spinners in their last two games. They might want to keep it that way and not allow any pace to Royal Challengers' ensemble of stroke makers. For the home side, Tillakaratne Dilshan will struggle to find a place in the eleven.

Players to watch

Virat Kohli had a forgettable outing in his last game but he still managed to score 57 runs, not fluent, but still important runs. He is known to be a fierce competitor and he would quickly want to acquit himself from the ignominy of bowling that 28-run over.

If Johan Botha opens the bowling, which he often does, his duel with Chris Gayle could decide the rest of the game. He has bowled with control in the four games, but has managed to pick up only two wickets. Just one big wicket here and his captain wouldn't complain.

2011 head-to-head

Last year, Royal Challengers demolished the Royals in Jaipur by nine wickets, courtesy of a 44-ball 76 from Gayle. The other match in Bangalore was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Stats and trivia

  • Johan Botha has bowled 13 balls to Chris Gayle in IPL and has given away 21 runs. Four off them in overthrows and another four off a dropped catch.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara has played six innings for Royal Challengers and has scored 51 runs.
  • Royal challengers have played Royals seven times and hold a 4-3 advantage.

    Quotes

    " We had about 40 runs [in last two overs]. We thought even if they get 20 runs off Virat, they will have 20 runs to get. Unfortunately that over went for 29 runs (sic. 28), so they had about 15 runs to get [off the last over]."
    Muttiah Muralitharan dissects what went wrong in those last two overs against Chennai Super Kings

    "We are trying to make them [young Indian bowlers] learn as quickly as possible. We have not been outclassed at all. Credit to youngsters who are fighting hard. We just hope to come over the line soon"
    Rahul Dravid has come out in support of his inexperienced attack

    April 14: 13:40 GMT The article earlier stated that RCB won their home game. This has been corrected.

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 15, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 : Spot on.

  • rahulcricket007 on April 15, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @MAYAN MANSILU . INDIAN BOWLERS ARE ORDINAY . IT'S TRUE . BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR SL BOWLERS LIKE WELEGEDRA , LAKMAL , PRASAD WHO ARE EVEN WORST THEN INDIAN BOWLERS . BOTH TEAMS HAVE ONLY ONE GOOD BOWLER FOR INDIA IT IS ZAHEER & FOR SL IT IS MALINGA .

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 15, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    I don't have any clue of why Rahul Dravid is underplaying Shaun Tait & Sreeshant. Tait, if shown confidence on him, can defenitely raise to the occassion. In the last two outings, RR has lost games because of their inability to create a fear in batsman mind. To me Hogg should given way for tait

  • Neeta on April 15, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    @Mayan Mansilu: Before commenting on India's bowling attack, look at ur player's sides bowling attack, all those fast bowlers like Prasad and Randiv , Welegedara all averaging above 40's which is considered good for the batting side not bowling.We might not be having good bowlers but they are definitely better than your SriLankan bowlers

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    RR's wicket keeper is a hopeless batter. Chandimal should play.

  • india666666 on April 15, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    RCB side gayle,mayank,kohli,de villiers,tiwary,mcdonold,kaif,vettori,vinay,zaheer,syed mohammad,arvind

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    to all of them telling to pick sreesanth he is injured for sake of speaking

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    chandimal should not play ipl, law quality domestic tournament wont do any good to him, he need to play tough cricket at international level, playing with ordinary indian pass bowlers wont help

  • on April 15, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I think everybody has forgotten the young Sri Lankan Sensation Dinesh Chandimal who is one of the stars during the commenweath series held in Australia...Do not forget he has scorded half centeries in both matches he played during the champions throphy matches in last year....

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    It'll be interesting to observe Bengaluru crowd when their own son Rahul Dravid comes out to bat against RCB. Similarly, when Ganguly will play against KKR in Kolkata :)

  • on April 15, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 : Spot on.

  • rahulcricket007 on April 15, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @MAYAN MANSILU . INDIAN BOWLERS ARE ORDINAY . IT'S TRUE . BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR SL BOWLERS LIKE WELEGEDRA , LAKMAL , PRASAD WHO ARE EVEN WORST THEN INDIAN BOWLERS . BOTH TEAMS HAVE ONLY ONE GOOD BOWLER FOR INDIA IT IS ZAHEER & FOR SL IT IS MALINGA .

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 15, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    I don't have any clue of why Rahul Dravid is underplaying Shaun Tait & Sreeshant. Tait, if shown confidence on him, can defenitely raise to the occassion. In the last two outings, RR has lost games because of their inability to create a fear in batsman mind. To me Hogg should given way for tait

  • Neeta on April 15, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    @Mayan Mansilu: Before commenting on India's bowling attack, look at ur player's sides bowling attack, all those fast bowlers like Prasad and Randiv , Welegedara all averaging above 40's which is considered good for the batting side not bowling.We might not be having good bowlers but they are definitely better than your SriLankan bowlers

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    RR's wicket keeper is a hopeless batter. Chandimal should play.

  • india666666 on April 15, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    RCB side gayle,mayank,kohli,de villiers,tiwary,mcdonold,kaif,vettori,vinay,zaheer,syed mohammad,arvind

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    to all of them telling to pick sreesanth he is injured for sake of speaking

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    chandimal should not play ipl, law quality domestic tournament wont do any good to him, he need to play tough cricket at international level, playing with ordinary indian pass bowlers wont help

  • on April 15, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I think everybody has forgotten the young Sri Lankan Sensation Dinesh Chandimal who is one of the stars during the commenweath series held in Australia...Do not forget he has scorded half centeries in both matches he played during the champions throphy matches in last year....

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    It'll be interesting to observe Bengaluru crowd when their own son Rahul Dravid comes out to bat against RCB. Similarly, when Ganguly will play against KKR in Kolkata :)

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    4 foreigners should be brad hogg , collingwood, owais shah and shaun tait!!! best all round attack

  • on April 15, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    no chandimal. so royals should loose

  • on April 15, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    shouldnt chandimal get a chance inthe royals line up??? he's a very promising batsmen who is very consistent in scoring.

  • on April 15, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    chris gayle has already found form so the rr bowling attack needs to be strong!

  • ankit363 on April 14, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Botha should definitely be out for tomorrow's match

  • on April 14, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    My rr team - dravid , rahane , hodge , shah , maneria , binny , cooper , hogg , amit , goswami , sreesanth

  • ankit363 on April 14, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    The ideal RR line up for tomorrow's game - Dravid, Rahane, Maneria, Hodge, Owis Shah, Goswami, Cooper, Hogg, Binny, Amit Singh, Sreeshanth

  • on April 14, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    @crownish - RCB lost to KKR a the Eden Gardens, not in Bangalore. :)

  • vishal53 on April 14, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Johan Botha is a useless player. The only reason Rajasthan Royals take him is because they do not want to tire Brad Hogg too much and so the only other option is to give Johan Botha another chance that adds on to the list for the amount of times that Johan Botha has failed for the Rajasthan Royals.

  • vishal53 on April 14, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Royal Challengers Bangalore (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 Cheteshwar Pujara, 6 Saurabh Tiwary, 7 Daniel Vettori (capt), 8 Muttiah Muralitharan, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Abhimanyu Mithun

  • vishal53 on April 14, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals (probable): 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rahul Dravid (capt), 3 Brad Hodge, 4 Owais Shah, 5 Ashok Menaria, 6 Johan Botha, 7 Kevon Cooper, 8 Shreevats Goswami (wk), 9 Sreesanth, 10 Stuart Binny, 11 Siddharth Trivedi

  • on April 14, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    WOW, Dravid was not THIS confident under Chappell. Wish he was brave then.

  • on April 14, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    RR should include Stuart Binny intheir team for Anikith Chavan Since Gayle,vettory and tiwary lefthanders and kohli ab divillers ae good players of spin Binny will be a good replacement.For RCB i don't know why they replaced Harshal Patel Owais shah is going to be the key tomorrow. RCB is one bowler

  • on April 14, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    drop tiwary,pujara and raju bhatkal and play kaif,asad pathan and aravind/mithun pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee.........

  • on April 14, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Dravid, Sreesanth in the team can make a lot of difference. We r losing a strong bowler and relying on a weak bowler and letting the opposition break the shekels.. The team should be Rahul Dravid(C), Rahane, Brad Hodge, Shreevats Goswami(WK), Owais Shah, Ashok Maneria, Ankeet Chavan, Shaun Tait, Brad Hogg, Sreesanth, Amit Singh. Shane getting back into the team is a different story..

  • Romenevans on April 14, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Johan Botha is the biggest weak link in RR team. I have no idea why they are keep o playing him. He is just not good enough in indian conditions.

  • on April 14, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Going by the flavour of the tournament so far any captain electing to bowl after winning toss will lose the game fo sure. Jst hope dravid picks sreesanth in place of trivedi and cooper in place of hodge/botha/hogg.

  • on April 14, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    RR will surely cash on Virat Kohli and Bhatkal. Kohli went for 36 runs while Bhatkal went for 35 runs. Hiral Patel bowled great then why Bhatkal ?

  • smbhayi on April 14, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Hey RCB, replace Pujara/Tiwary with Kaif...!!!!!

  • crownish on April 14, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    RCB lost against KKR at home, not away. Both of RR's losses came away though

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  • crownish on April 14, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    RCB lost against KKR at home, not away. Both of RR's losses came away though

  • smbhayi on April 14, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Hey RCB, replace Pujara/Tiwary with Kaif...!!!!!

  • on April 14, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    RR will surely cash on Virat Kohli and Bhatkal. Kohli went for 36 runs while Bhatkal went for 35 runs. Hiral Patel bowled great then why Bhatkal ?

  • on April 14, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Going by the flavour of the tournament so far any captain electing to bowl after winning toss will lose the game fo sure. Jst hope dravid picks sreesanth in place of trivedi and cooper in place of hodge/botha/hogg.

  • Romenevans on April 14, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Johan Botha is the biggest weak link in RR team. I have no idea why they are keep o playing him. He is just not good enough in indian conditions.

  • on April 14, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Dravid, Sreesanth in the team can make a lot of difference. We r losing a strong bowler and relying on a weak bowler and letting the opposition break the shekels.. The team should be Rahul Dravid(C), Rahane, Brad Hodge, Shreevats Goswami(WK), Owais Shah, Ashok Maneria, Ankeet Chavan, Shaun Tait, Brad Hogg, Sreesanth, Amit Singh. Shane getting back into the team is a different story..

  • on April 14, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    drop tiwary,pujara and raju bhatkal and play kaif,asad pathan and aravind/mithun pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee.........

  • on April 14, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    RR should include Stuart Binny intheir team for Anikith Chavan Since Gayle,vettory and tiwary lefthanders and kohli ab divillers ae good players of spin Binny will be a good replacement.For RCB i don't know why they replaced Harshal Patel Owais shah is going to be the key tomorrow. RCB is one bowler

  • on April 14, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    WOW, Dravid was not THIS confident under Chappell. Wish he was brave then.

  • vishal53 on April 14, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals (probable): 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rahul Dravid (capt), 3 Brad Hodge, 4 Owais Shah, 5 Ashok Menaria, 6 Johan Botha, 7 Kevon Cooper, 8 Shreevats Goswami (wk), 9 Sreesanth, 10 Stuart Binny, 11 Siddharth Trivedi