Royal Challengers v Super Kings, IPL 2012, Bangalore

Washout puts Bangalore, Chennai in top four

The Report by George Binoy

April 25, 2012

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Match abandoned Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings

Fans wait for the rain to stop. It did not, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Bangalore, April 25, 2012
Fans waited for the rain to stop. It did not. © AFP

Quintessential Bangalore rain - rarely heavy but frustratingly incessant - did not allow the game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings to start after the toss had taken place at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The teams shared a point each, which moved Super Kings from fifth to third, and Royal Challengers from seventh to fourth in the league.

The toss was delayed by the drizzle for a little more than an hour, and when it finally took place, it was Virat Kohli and not Daniel Vettori who came out as captain of the home side. Kohli said Vettori had a niggle, and he decided to bowl after MS Dhoni called incorrectly.

Royal Challengers had replaced Vettori with Australian allrounder Andrew McDonald, who was almost a like for like substitution. It was the only change to the XI that beat Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.

Super Kings had made two changes, leaving out Doug Bollinger and Shadab Jakati and bringing in Albie Morkel, who returned from South Africa, and Yo Mahesh.

Shortly before the game was due to begin, though, it began to rain again. Through the evening its intensity lessened at times, giving the spectators hope, before it picked up again. The match was eventually abandoned at 11 pm local time. It was still raining. The cut-off for a five-over match was 11.20 pm.

It was the second washout of IPL 2012, after the game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers had met a similar fate at Eden Gardens last night.

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Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

sourav is the best indian team captain not dhoni......stop comparing dada with dhoni

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (April 27, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Comments from RCB and CSK fans are more funny than the game :). But damn rain. I missed Sir Ravinder Jadeja's action. Damn Damn.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

@Iyer I like your idea, why not increase the number of overs and days say to a maximum of 5 days and have two innings to double the excitement, now that would be a test.

Posted by ilovusenthil on (April 26, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Hellooooo RCB fans see you if your team qualifies for the knock out stage...either rain or gayle saves RCB every time :)))

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Whoever says that CSK were spared by luck should go and watch Cartoon network. Any person with some kind of brain would say that CSK is easily the most TeamWork - oriented team. Unlike other teams dependent on 2-3 players. MI - SRT, Malinga. RCB - GAYLE (huge dependence), AB De V. CSK would have given a ROYAL SUPER thrashing to RCB. CSK ROX! You guys think that Winning the IPL 2 times + CLT20 is a big joke. RCB is still yet to recover from that great chase by CSK. CSk = IPL x 3! ROAR!

Posted by Jishnu.v.v on (April 26, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

@Siddharth Gupta, "All talking abt MSD as a Messiah, seem to have forgotten the brilliant tours we had to England and Australia! If a captain gets the credit for victories (like he gets for the World Cup, IPL, CL), he should be responsible for defeat as well."

Yes Dhoni will be held responsible for defeats, but i guess we need to understand that no one performed during those tours excepting Dravid in England and Kohli in Australia...

Yes, Dhoni's captaincy in tests isnt good.. Accepted but at the moment who else can captain India in tests? Not kohli for sure.. maybe Gambhir but he gets tensed a lot which we can see from how he handles pressure during this IPL itself...

Sehwag has attitude issues as we all know... Sorry to say that to All Sehwag fans though. really did not like him washing the linen in public in Australia...

We need a level heeded guy as a captain... and yes there needs to be a change in captaincy in tests after the 8-0 bashing overseas...

Posted by Iyer on (April 26, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

If it is rained out, the game should be played the next day. If not next day, fit in some other day during the league phase. It is stupid to play reduced overs / share points. The result in T20 game has become so unpredictable like the toss of a coin, as the game is played in just 120 balls, with still 10 wickets. If the game is reduced to 5 overs each due to rain, it would be stupid. 30 balls for a team with 10 wickets in hand. Also duckworth lewis should be banned in T20. Teams should be allowed to play their full quota of innings, even if it means playing the next day or later. Yesterday's decision to share the points between bengaluru and madras was not fair to either both the teams or rest of the teams in the pool.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

To all RCB fans stop saying CSK is lucky. we are the only team consistent through out the IPL edition. As every one said with out gayle you would not have played the finals last year and this year also if gayle or AB did not play well in the rest of the tournament you will be shaking hands with deccan chargers in the bottom of the table...

Posted by vinayespn on (April 26, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

RCB had a good chance to win after winning the toss on a flat pitch. RCB batsmen are in red hot form and are in a position to chase down any big score.. CSK would consider themselves lucky to get a point..

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Feel sad looking at these kind of comments over IPL! So much regionalism; as if we didnt have enough issues to deal with already!

It's a game and treat it like that! You need some amount of luck to win. So, no point talking abt one team being lucky and winning only becasue of that. they would have done lot of other things right.

All talking abt MSD as a Messiah, seem to have forgotten the brilliant tours we had to England and Australia! If a captain gets the credit for victories (like he gets for the World Cup, IPL, CL), he should be responsible for defeat as well.

PS: What a football game last night...

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Vijay51982 - MSD the best captain in all formats lols...!!!! he is a good captain not the best captain..Graeme smith n Michael clarke r best captains in test matches..dhoni is good oly in ODI not in any other format (batting n captaincy)..Ricky ponting the best ODI captain ever.. else GANGULY comes close... this is IPL just TAKE IT AS ENTERTAINMENT n not as an indo-pak rivalry..

Posted by Jishnu.v.v on (April 26, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

RCB and CSK are almost similar....

I feel RCB have a little bit better team than CSK. But that doesnt mean CSK arent good. To chase 205 isnt a joke... Kohli cannot even compared to Dhoni who has won T20 world cup, 2011 world cup , brought india to No 1 in tests, IPL twice and CL once...

Kohli has a long way to go... yes he has won the under 19 world cup in 2008.

But he has to control his emotions and not show his middle finger in the field like he did in Australia and also how to control himself when he gets to a milestone...

He is still immature i feel and would need to learn a lot from a guy like Dhoni who is almost a legend material...

Guys, also lets not put pressure on kohli.. He is a special talent... it would be good if he captains RCB as it would help him in the long run and also would RCB manage its the inclusion of 4 foreign players in thier playing eleven...

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Simple comparison of IPL 2011: CSK Batsmen: (Difference of hundred runs between Top 5 batsmen) Hussey 492 Raina 438 Vijay 434 Badri 396 Dhoni 392

RCB batsmen: Difference of 400+ runs between Top 5. Team dependent on 2 individuals. Gayle 608 Kohli 557 AB D 312 Dilshan 226 Tiwary 187

CSK wins as a Team. RCB is not a Team just a bunch of individual performances. But this year RCB has improved by buying strong local talent. CSK, while they need an indian fast bowler bought Jadeja for a jaw dropping sum (who is indeed useful). I would like to see CSK have Zak/Praveen Kumar in their ranks next year

Posted by anshu.s on (April 26, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Something is got to be done about rain affected matches,you can't simply give 1 point each to both teams this is so unfair to the team below them,that team below them would have done calculations on basis of 1 team getting 2 points and other team getting none but now both teams get one point to go above them.I fail to understand when you are playing under lights why can't you go an play till 3 a.m why cut-off of 11.30,if you can't play that night reshedule the match few days later.You tell me in which other sports in a league/tournament format you give points without even playing the match,in football matches affected by snow are reshceduled later,in Tennis i we have seen grandslams finish on monday or even in tuesday to finish the matches.Cricket has to get professional and realise there first duty is towards the teams then spectators at the ground and finally towards T.V viewers not other way round.I guess in IPL llogistical issues faced by T.V crew prevents IPL having a rest day.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Rain saved RCB... Kholi is no match for the Lion Dhoni.. RCB keep dreaming

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

you know ...csk already got their cup for 2 times.. so how dhoni is.

Posted by Vijay51982 on (April 26, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

@Shambuling: hahahaha…. Funny comments. Dhoni time of luck is not over man. He himself moving away and giving his place to others. Hope you have read this message to the BCCI. After 2013, he is not willing to play/concentrate in the test cricket which means the Captain as well as Wicket Keeping place is vacant in Indian Test Cricket Team. Have you seen any captain message like this in the history of cricket? No one is equal to MSD. Anyhow, as per your comments, have you seen your new captain luck buddy? Winning the toss for the dead match without bat & ball hahaha… but Dhoni is different. Loosing the toss and winning the match in style. That's is why currently he is the best captain in the world in all the format of cricket including IPL. Any question dude about MSD? I hope now your eyes are open. First say thanks to God otherwise you will be in same 7th place next to Mumbai Indians. He is the one who saved your side.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

RAIN Has SAVED Royal Challengers Bangalore

Posted by sweetspot on (April 26, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Bengaluru, thank you for your hospitality! I'm sure CSK is lucky to have a batsman who can wallop 28 runs in 6 balls, it is lucky to have won two IPLs in 3 finals, one CLT20, and a captain with the Midas touch. I'm sure it is pure luck that Faf DuPlessis who came in as a replacement for Mike Hussey is nearly at the top of the run scorers list. Of course it is luck that CSK batted first and got 205 in last year's finals, and pure luck that RCB did not get it. The same exact score in the previous match and CSK chased it down, of course due to luck. It must also be luck that CSK know how to get 41 runs in 14 balls and I'm sure it is hospitality that gave the ball to Virat Kohli to make that possible. Please be equally generous to all teams and we can all have a party in the Garden City. Don't get me wrong, we love Kohli and wish him success as much as anybody else, but he is still a kitten, not big enough to replace a lion. Lucky lion? Sure, why not?

Posted by srinideva on (April 26, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Somebody need to fire the anchor ARCHANA from that stupid extraa T20. the reason for the TV rating`s low is the poor handling of the show. this is a cricket tournament not a stupid crazy glamour show.

dressing codes in the show is like Adult channel. stop that extra masala.

comedians coming on that show is simply ridiculous to see. even the show peoples are didn`t laugh for that stupid dialouges. more biased on single player is doesn`t make any sense? you know who i am talking about?

Finally bring some unbiased pure cricket analist for the guest role???

Posted by Vijay51982 on (April 26, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

It is so funny that RCB fans to tell CSK winning by luck. It is your luck to be in the top of the table because of one point otherwise you still have problem in finding the place to come up. CSK is the only team who has got best eleven not like RCB. They always depends on Gayle, Dilshan, AB etc., (without Gayle you cannot win a single match, we have seen in this tournament) but in CSK we have strong 7 local players to work hard. Yesterday there are bounty of comments saying that CSK depends on Hussey last year and Du Plessiss this year. I think RCB supporters never seen Suresh Raina innings in the whole IPL edition. He is the top scorer with the bat till now which means he is above all the foreign players. CSK is the only team who always start the competition with up & down. So stop criticizing and concentrate on the game. FYKI, Hussey & Hilfy is joining the team end of this month. I hope you will get more jealous bcoz CSK is getting more stronger now. Hahaha.. funny RCBeessssss

Posted by Spin_Bully on (April 26, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Let it be luck for CSK, but luck will favour only for those who are smart and work hard. Unlike others who bowl full toss to score the winning runs. We never call that as unlucky, it is called stupidity.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

RCB Fans Forgot about

Last edition IPL semifinal and final match also this edition 205 Run chase RCB is so much lucky to get 1 bonus point

Posted by Shambuling on (April 26, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

Hello all CSK fans, Now dhoni time is over... Here after Virat will be the man for indian cricket, We all RCB fans love him to see as RCB captain....Hope in coming matches we will captain the RCB team.

Posted by GSP17 on (April 26, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

Its funny to see RCB fans commenting CSK lucky... Team not even able to defend 205 is the one which was lucky to get point yesterday..

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

CSK is unlcky to loosea point to puny RCB in this fashion.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Funny comments by RCB fans -"CSK is lucky to get a point" -They are talking as if RCB is on top of the table. Just imagine CSK vs RCB contests in the previous edition of IPL! RCB is lucky to get away with one point!

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Lucky Escape for RCB......................

Posted by satish619chandar on (April 26, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

As a CSK fan, am happy that the match was washed out just because that there was no 5 or 7 over game.. 5 or 7 over game would have been a welcome gift for RCB who have some freak hitters in Gayle, Dilshan and ABD who don't bother to get settled before teeing off.. Whereas, CSK, apart from Morkel and to some extent Raina and Bravo is a team where they build innings and cash on when settled.. Though RCB is a bit weak on bowling, the hitters would have made it very simple in case of reduced overs.. Apart form that, RCB should be lucky that the full game didn't happen!! CSK had a good measure of RCB in last few games easily..

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

R.C.B Fans... U mad ? C.S.K is not Lucky... Everyone Perform Well in C.S.K not like only gayle and Abd.. We have a better bowling and batting side.... And Virat !! Lol U guys Forgot the 28 run over... MSD is Way better than Kohli ..kohli is just a kid who came now..He cant Replace Dhoni.. And Stop Saying Csk is lucky

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

this time rcb is lucky to get one point, chennai would have easily won the match, dhoni is always the king, nobody can replace him as a captain, csk rocks, as always, rain gods saved it for rcb,

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Funny RCBians :D RCB fans ll keep us entertained even after IPL with such funny comments :D

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

RCB fans prayer was heard..God of rain saved RCB a point.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

csk has luck to get 1 point else they cant.. always win or loss rcb d best...... jadeja(9 crore) waste.... dhoni(only doing ball keeper job) or qualify for substitute player

Posted by CricNcode on (April 26, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Dear CSK fans, Bengaluru is known for it hospitality and they just did a favor by giving away a point to CSK...Lucky guys :-) enjoy!!

Posted by CricNcode on (April 26, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

Though, rain played the spoil sport, it was anybody's game. Given the recent wins over RCB, CSK held the edge, but RCB looked better with the recent results. However, people who are whining about RCB dependence on Gayle, should really comeout of dillusion. De Villiers won 2/4 matches RCB has won...Dilshan, McDonald, Murali, Appanna, Vettori, Zaheer have all played they part for their success. There is nothing wrong if you have a superstar like Gayle! **it's not RCB's problem**. Truth is, RCB has been as consistent and awesome as CSK with a bit more flair! They have been a bit unlucky not to win the 2 IPL and a CL final...I am pretty sure it's not too far...There is always some joy, flair and spirit in them. Go RCB go...

Posted by cricket4oxygen on (April 26, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

guys let us not comment on which team got lucky... the fans of both teams & of cricket were unfortunate to miss out on what might have been a close match. yes, i am an RCB fan. mr. blue & yellow, stop provoking ppl. this is a public forum. pls maintain dignity

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

Abandoned matches should never get any points .. does not matter the reasons...

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

RCB was lucky to get 1 point...else CSK had blowed them...

n whos saying Virat is next Ponting ???? Freaky !! Look at his form in this IPL season... nt even a single match winning inning man...

CSK is with the most FAADU batting line up in all teams wd du plesis..dhoni...jaddu...badrinath...n of course the gr8 match finisher Albie...

RCB cant beat them....


Posted by BlueAndYellow on (April 25, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

Dear RCB fans, sorry to break your bubble, but I do not understand what you guys mean by" CSK got lucky". CSK has battered RCB in the last few encounters, the same would have happened today. I heard that Bangalorites were praying for rain for some time, consider that the prayer was heard at the right time.

Posted by xylo on (April 25, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

I hope more rains arrive in all cities that the matches are played. But then, who knows, commentators could start describing it as 'Aquafina water from the sky'!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

I don't understand why most of the people are coming to judgement that RCB lost a point. CSK has better stats of winning over RCB. Nevertheless, anything is possible in T20. CSK batting line up is as good as RCB or even better. RCB has been winning based on the performances of Gayle and ABD only, no others have contributed in a big away whereas in CSK, we have seen good contributions from Badrinath, Jadeja, Dhoni, Morkel, Bravo and of course Du Plesis.

Posted by MWaqqar on (April 25, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Despite upsets close matches in a long tour like IPL the stronger teams come up in the end. The present top four will be the top foue after 16 matches.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

CSK is lucky to get 1 point...... Dhoni be ready to give the captaincy of Indian Cricket to Virat Kohli....We would love to see Virat captaining Indian Cricket Team in 2012 t20 world cup and i firmly believe that under his captaincy Indian can gain win the world cup, ur lucky days are over mr cool....ha ha ha. RCB should lead by Virat Kohli in remaining matches. I always see Virat Kohli as Indian Ricky Ponting.

are u outta ur sane mind mate????

Posted by BlueAndYellow on (April 25, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Lucky day for RCB.........................

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

thank god that the rain was incessant .. else the spectators would have been robbed off their valuable money for having watched a meaningless, freaky, idiotic 5 over match..

Posted by ssenthil on (April 25, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Wrong start to his senior level Captaincy for Virat. Wash out to start, where he was looking for a revenge to his last match loss mainly due to his one over. He would have been utterly disappointed. Having said that, I m sure both side Home fans also disappointed as this two teams always fights fiercely.... CSK fans though are more happy with the fact that they haven't lost to them in their last 4 meetings.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

That was really sad..!!! I was at the stadium the Rain was simply superb in playing hide and seek game. Really frustrated after seeing rain exactly today evening after 3-4 months of gap in blr...!!!

Posted by K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on (April 25, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

CSK is lucky to get 1 point...... Dhoni be ready to give the captaincy of Indian Cricket to Virat Kohli....We would love to see Virat captaining Indian Cricket Team in 2012 t20 world cup and i firmly believe that under his captaincy Indian can gain win the world cup, ur lucky days are over mr cool....ha ha ha.

RCB should lead by Virat Kohli in remaining matches. I always see Virat Kohli as Indian Ricky Ponting.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (April 25, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

I think CSK got the (slightly) better end of the split points bargain. Bangalore has an imposing line up, this game was in Bangalore, and CSK were batting first -- all pointing to a Bangalore advantage.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (April 25, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

I think CSK got the (slightly) better end of the split points bargain. Bangalore has an imposing line up, this game was in Bangalore, and CSK were batting first -- all pointing to a Bangalore advantage.

Posted by Sigma-Eleven on (April 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Both teams came in top 4 ..

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (April 25, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Good for both the teams. Now, they are in top four half way through and all they need to do, in the next half, is to just maintain that if not better their respective standing in the table.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (April 25, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

I think the top four now, 1.DD, 2.KKR, 3.CSK and 4.RCB will be the final four. I don't bet on MI, unless Malinga is back.

Posted by ravikini on (April 25, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

I am happt that I am spared seeing the long faces and grim faces of CSK players, who have long forgotten to enjoy the game regardless of the result. Look at MI or KXIP or DC. All are champion teams and also they don't lose their smile come what may... The CSK are obsessed with Winning n only winning and look so grim on the field as if their life hangs on a match result. Glad that they saved themselves a few blushes with the rain forcing the RCB to share points with the Chennai Sulking Kings...

Posted by Poda_Pokkai on (April 25, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

why dont we just have the toss decide who wins... or do arm wrestling instead in case of rain, all we care is some fun & cheerleaders...

Posted by bigdhonifan on (April 25, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Virat chose to captain the side or bowl???????????

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