Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012 April 16, 2012

Lack of quality fifth bowler worries Vettori

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, has said the lack of a quality fifth bowler was an important factor in his team's 59-run defeat to Rajasthan Royals at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Royals chose to bat and scored 195 for 2, with Ajinkya Rahane scoring 103 and Owais Shah 60.

They scored 70 in the 12 overs bowled by Zaheer Khan, Daniel Vettori and Muttiah Muralitharan, and 120 in the remaining eight overs. Chris Gayle conceded 21 in one over, Vinay Kumar 51 in four and S Aravind 48 in three overs.

"The problem is that we could not get through the overs from our fifth bowler. It is something we must rectify as it has hurt us in every game," Vettori said. "We need to work hard on that fifth bowler, as teams are being very aggressive and we are not getting the results that we need to compete."

In their previous game in Chennai, Virat Kohli conceded 28 in the penultimate over and Royal Challengers failed to defend 205. They are presently second last in the league, having lost three out of four games.

Vettori also said he was disappointed with his middle-order batsmen. "There's a lot of expectation on the top four but they can't do it every time, so they guys in the middle need to step up. We must find a solution quickly as we play Pune [Warriors] in a day and we need to get back to winning ways."

Royals batsman, Shah, whose 60 came off 26 balls, credited Rahane for the win and praised his batting style. "There is a calmness about him that shows he's always in control," Shah said. "He plays the ball very late and times the ball beautifully. He's got a bright future ahead of him."

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  • Sudheer on April 18, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Drop Tiwary.. it should solve all your problems !!!

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    @FatBoysCanBat ...I am wondering about your comment..Daniel Vittori argubly the best T20 bowler in the world..So why he can not dominate the local indian batsmen...and if he is the best best what about Steyn,Malinga & Ajmal...The biggest mistake done by RCB is continue the captaincy with Vittori...He is bowling in the middle overs and use the 5th bowler in the depth overs..Dilshan is much better alrounder than Vittori..If not Vittori captain..he should be droped for Dilshan..The second mistake is RCB plays big names ....Though they are performed or not continue with them.....

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    It is nt the quality of the vth bowler rather quality of captaincy hurting the team. U hv Chrish Gayle who is effective against left handeds only. Arvind should b given the 2nd over to bowl and if does well then give him 3 overs in the powerplay. Keep Zaheer's 2 overs and Vinay's 2 overs for 14 to 20, 2 of the last six to be bowled by Vettori and Murli. Dont allow the vth bowler in the death overs. Betn 2 strategic time out the batsmen try to keep wickets. 3 overs by bowlers other than Zak, Kumar, vetori, murli must finish in that span with 2 or 3 frm the 2 top class spinners.

  • Satish on April 17, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Options for RCB : Indians - H Patel, Aravind, Syed Mohammed, Mithun, Bhatkal.. Syed- Can u accomodate 3 spine attack? Aravind and Bhatkal already smacked to the core, Mithun expected to do the same.. H Patel was ok but needlessly dropped.. One best thing to do would be is to drop the captain himself.. Pick Nannes/Langeveldt for him.. Include Syed for Vettori to fill up the second spinner.. Murali can head the spin dept.. Nannes and Zak can bowl in death with relatively small guys bowling around the Master spinner in middle overs.. This should be the best option for RCB!!

  • Samyam on April 17, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    maybe try out syed mohhamad as the fifth bowler for rcb....& give dilshan a go instead of gayle..

  • lankan on April 17, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    is vinay kumar the best bowler in the world?

  • Satish on April 17, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Patel was decent.. The problem with RCB is, they have two spinners who rarely bowls in powerplay as well as in death.. Take it as first 6 and last 4 overs.. They prefer to bowl in the middle overs - 10 between 7 to 16.. The best time for your weaklink to bowl is immediately after a wicket in that period.. Dhoni uses them in that stage and Pollard usually comes around 9-10 mark.. Atleast 2 overs from 8-14 will serve better.. Vettori should bowl a couple overs in powerplay and allow fifth bowler to get through his couple in middle overs.. Tactically it is bad to hold back the fifth bowler till end or bowling them at settled batsmen..

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    My question is where is Syed Mohammed? Wasn't he exceptionally good in the last season? You can bring him without compromising the 4 international players!! Come on Kumble bring Syed in!!

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    If it's IPL then player should be only indians. If it's global league then there should be at least 6/7 foreign players, what a joke of this league, there are 50% indian players who will play only IPL and rest of the time sleeping in home.

    For those who thinks that IPL is for indian players only, dare to filed all indian players in the IPL and see who the hell will watch your matches, no body will be intrested in ipl. We watch IPL for Chris Gyle, Levi, Muralitharan, Vettori, Watson, not for agarkar, shukla,

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Virat should be the captain and McDonald must be in playing 11 instead of Vettori. drop tiwary and give chance for new comer.

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