Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2012, Bangalore May 2, 2012

Punjab win despite late panic

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Kings XI Punjab 163 for 6 (Saini 50, Hussey 45, Mandeep 43) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 158 for 5 (Gayle 71, Kohli 45, Mahmood 3-20) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kings XI Punjab, slow starters in this IPL, broke through into the top half of the points table with what should have been a comfortable win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, who fell significantly short of the formidable target they looked good to set. Kings XI scaled down 159 amid some late panic that produced three run-outs, taking the game to the penultimate ball when it deserved a swifter ending.

The platform for a successful chase was laid by youngsters Mandeep Singh and Nitin Saini, who batted assuredly, and stand-in captain David Hussey took them close with a fiery cameo. In the end, Piyush Chawla's match-sealing six apart, Kings XI's bowlers made the difference, with Praveen Kumar's excellent opening spell and Azhar Mahmood's economy at the death combining to undermine another Chris Gayle special and Virat Kohli's return to form.

Kings XI had no business losing with 13 needed off the last four overs. Not even after Saini fell trying to finish things off, miscuing a catch after scoring a half-century. Just one run came off the 17th over, and Mahmood was caught short in the next by an accurate throw from KP Appanna in the deep. Hussey followed when six were needed off nine, his dive to complete a second run beaten by AB de Villiers' superb collection of a throw on the half-volley. Abhishek Nayar went next ball, trying an impossible run.

Vinay Kumar brought it down to five off four in the final over, and the game was on a knife's edge with two needed off two. Then came a length ball, allowing Chawla to free his arms, and he thrashed Vinay over deep midwicket. It brought up Kings XI's fourth away win of the season, they've won five in all.

The manic end almost undid an impressive show by Kings XI's two upcoming talents. Mandeep was occasionally scratchy but delivered the start his team needed, timing the ball beautifully and even displaying some spunk against the accomplished bowling of Zaheer Khan. He pulled over midwicket and whipped over square leg for six, and slashed Vinay through point. He took the lead in the chase, over the more experienced Shaun Marsh, and Saini consolidated the good start.

Saini was less attacking but batted with maturity, picking off the singles and twos comfortably, interspersed with some lovely strokeplay of his own. He drove Andrew McDonald beautifully down the ground, cut well against medium pace and spin, and marched close to his half-century with a confident pull off Zaheer. Saini didn't feel the urgency to open up, his job made easier by Hussey, who smashed the left-arm spin of Appanna for two massive sixes before delivering the same treatment to Asad Pathan. By then, the pair had added 73 in 43 balls and the game was as good as over. Or so we thought.

The batting backed up a superior show with the ball by Kings XI. Praveen, who conceded just eight off his four overs, the most economical spell this season, was the beneficiary of some early swing after his team chose to field. Though he went wicketless, the batsmen had few answers against his exploitation of the conditions, which included good bounce. Praveen beat the bat often, squaring up Gayle, troubling Kohli with outswing, forcing the batsmen to look for an opening at the other end while playing him with caution.

Having conceded just 48 off the first nine overs, Kings XI were ahead but the introduction of spin and stark decline in the quality of bowling sparked a turn in the tide. Gayle and Kohli feasted on Piyush Chawla's long hops, collecting 11 off his first over, and then launching him for a six each in his next. Gayle - who was dropped on 39 - then targeted an erratic Parvinder Awana, taking 19 in an over that included a powerful, flat six over long-on. The pair tore into length balls from Abhishek Nayar the next over, dispatching them over the fence, and five overs had suddenly yielded 68 runs. Just as Royal Challengers looked set for a commanding score, the momentum changed hands again.

Gayle holed out in the deep against Mahmood, Kohli was done in by a skidder from Chawla - the two had added 119 - and the batsmen who followed weren't able to bat as freely. Andrew McDonald and de Villiers targeted Awana for 14 in an over but fell in a space off three deliveries in the final over from Mahmood, who conceded only four off it. He varied his pace, surprised the batsmen with the short ball and was on target with his yorkers, ensuring Kings XI walked back satisfied with the hope of chasing a gettable total.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • joseyesu on May 4, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Need to restructure the team, Gayle, Kohli,Tiwary, ABD, McDonald, ..,..,Zak, Vinay, Murali, Aravind. But still it is a weak battting line and not worht bowlers apart from Murali

  • muski on May 3, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @Riderstorm-Its one thing to captain 10 people most of whom are not of International Standard and its another to captain a team which has couple of International Superstars. Vettori should take a leaf out of Sanga's book and opt out of the team to give the team a better balance. Unless RCB win atleast 4 of there remaining 6 matches, they are not going to make the Semis.

  • PerfectTen on May 3, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Is it the end of the road for RCB? Horrendous running between the wickets by KXIP made it an interesting match which, otherwise was with them right from the half-way stage. It's acceptable to show confidence by not chopping n changing for every match, as long as the team is consistently playing well. The recent performances call for some drastic changes - 1. Time for Vettori to sit out, giving the baton to AB & not Virat Kohli. If Appanna is doing the job for you, look for variety by including Murali. 2. Understand you have paid millions to rope in Sourav Tiwary. Doesn't mean you have to extract every penny by playing him everytime when he's awfully out of touch. Keeping him in the eleven would cost you more. 3. Good to see Asad Pathan getting a chance. Time to rest Mayank - talent without temperament. Would love to see Vijay Zol replacing him in the next match. They are not your dug-out cheerleaders!

  • on May 3, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    want to see tamim playing for PWI

  • Mayan820 on May 3, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Kohli dropped??? You must be joking. Ok, his SR so far this tournament has not been good, but if you dismiss him, the million dollar question is immediately . . . Who will replace him?? There is no one, so he must stay. Rather, I think, Vettori is RCB's biggest problem. He should go and McDonald should replace him. My pick of the international contingent of 4 is . . . De Villiers, Gayle, McDonald and Murali. De Villiers or Kohli should be captain. RCB will also have to find another decent bowler, yesterday, to bowl Vettori's 4 overs for less than 30 runs on average. If they get all of the above right, I can see them winning, otherwise not.

  • vickytheboss on May 3, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Kohli will fire only in Last league match like in australia and asia cup.

  • vickytheboss on May 3, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Kohli will fire only in Last league match if rcb should win that match to enter semis, like in australia and asia cup.

  • prakhar24 on May 3, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    RCB has a strongest team in IPL but RCB is not performing well because after Dravid migration to RR fans of Bengluru are not with RCB with heart.

  • Farce-Follower on May 3, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    RCB lost because of a flop called Virat Kohli. To think that Mallya sacrificed Dravid / Ross Taylor and Uthappa for this guy. RCB will definitely not make it to the semi's as one cannot expect Gayle and AB to perform all the time while Kohli, Agarwal and Tiwary snooze.

  • furkhanhaq on May 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Poor Team Selection by RCB. Vettori must drop himself and kholi / AB must lead. the four foreign players must be Gayle, AB, Murli and Nannes. This will strenghten the bowling as RCB bowling is presently very weak. Also Tiwari and vinay must be dropped and the strong bench strength must be utilised.

  • joseyesu on May 4, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Need to restructure the team, Gayle, Kohli,Tiwary, ABD, McDonald, ..,..,Zak, Vinay, Murali, Aravind. But still it is a weak battting line and not worht bowlers apart from Murali

  • muski on May 3, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @Riderstorm-Its one thing to captain 10 people most of whom are not of International Standard and its another to captain a team which has couple of International Superstars. Vettori should take a leaf out of Sanga's book and opt out of the team to give the team a better balance. Unless RCB win atleast 4 of there remaining 6 matches, they are not going to make the Semis.

  • PerfectTen on May 3, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Is it the end of the road for RCB? Horrendous running between the wickets by KXIP made it an interesting match which, otherwise was with them right from the half-way stage. It's acceptable to show confidence by not chopping n changing for every match, as long as the team is consistently playing well. The recent performances call for some drastic changes - 1. Time for Vettori to sit out, giving the baton to AB & not Virat Kohli. If Appanna is doing the job for you, look for variety by including Murali. 2. Understand you have paid millions to rope in Sourav Tiwary. Doesn't mean you have to extract every penny by playing him everytime when he's awfully out of touch. Keeping him in the eleven would cost you more. 3. Good to see Asad Pathan getting a chance. Time to rest Mayank - talent without temperament. Would love to see Vijay Zol replacing him in the next match. They are not your dug-out cheerleaders!

  • on May 3, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    want to see tamim playing for PWI

  • Mayan820 on May 3, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Kohli dropped??? You must be joking. Ok, his SR so far this tournament has not been good, but if you dismiss him, the million dollar question is immediately . . . Who will replace him?? There is no one, so he must stay. Rather, I think, Vettori is RCB's biggest problem. He should go and McDonald should replace him. My pick of the international contingent of 4 is . . . De Villiers, Gayle, McDonald and Murali. De Villiers or Kohli should be captain. RCB will also have to find another decent bowler, yesterday, to bowl Vettori's 4 overs for less than 30 runs on average. If they get all of the above right, I can see them winning, otherwise not.

  • vickytheboss on May 3, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Kohli will fire only in Last league match like in australia and asia cup.

  • vickytheboss on May 3, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Kohli will fire only in Last league match if rcb should win that match to enter semis, like in australia and asia cup.

  • prakhar24 on May 3, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    RCB has a strongest team in IPL but RCB is not performing well because after Dravid migration to RR fans of Bengluru are not with RCB with heart.

  • Farce-Follower on May 3, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    RCB lost because of a flop called Virat Kohli. To think that Mallya sacrificed Dravid / Ross Taylor and Uthappa for this guy. RCB will definitely not make it to the semi's as one cannot expect Gayle and AB to perform all the time while Kohli, Agarwal and Tiwary snooze.

  • furkhanhaq on May 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Poor Team Selection by RCB. Vettori must drop himself and kholi / AB must lead. the four foreign players must be Gayle, AB, Murli and Nannes. This will strenghten the bowling as RCB bowling is presently very weak. Also Tiwari and vinay must be dropped and the strong bench strength must be utilised.

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on May 3, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Oops, Where am I, all are talking about DROP Kohli, DROP Vettori, DROP ---, DROP ---. Arent they worth getting few more chances? Look at their career please.

  • on May 3, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    gayle and kohli's performance are treated as more or less equal. KOHLI RUINED THE RCB'S CHANCES TO GET A GOOD SCORE. 45 of 42? and gayle got 70-odd from 42? are you blind or what? the tide didnt turn with kohli's dismissal...kohli was responsible for the low score through every ball of his innings. really, the bias is always there for the indian players in the ipl reports.

  • mahafuz1983 on May 3, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    I am a KKR fan becoz of the bengali link and I am from Bangladesh....but the giant killing form, the never say die team spirit made Kings XI punjub my 2nd favourite team...well done boys....just a thought that until gilly comes back Azhar Bhai can be used as an opener...in BPL he opened for Dhaka gladiators which won the BPL...and he won several MOM with the bat...and took a game away in many occasion in powerplay....it may also bring more stability in the middle order...the biggest question is who do u drop when gilly returns...i think what they wil do drop ryan harris and nayar or dogra and bring a local bowler maybe bhat or harmeet...im not sure whether that will be a good idea....to be honest last night's team looked very balanced in terms of batting and bowling...if u ask me that gilly must come back then i drop marsh...i know its a big call...but myself being a bowler always like to have a good bowling attack....and azhar, avana, kumar, harris and chawla looks a good attack

  • on May 3, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    At team auction probably..RCB forgot to select bowlers..

  • on May 3, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    RCB has too many big egos in that team and needs a no-nonsense captain to manage those egos and a guy with lots of spark, I say make AB captain and drop Vettori. Last night he looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights when the chips went down and one could see that it was AB's change of the field (to bring in close catchers) that resulted in all those quick run-outs, which almost got RCB home. Bring in Nannes/Muraly for Vettori as his captaining and bowling is below par, RCB shure is a strike bowler short.

  • on May 3, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Poor team selection by RCB. Unfathomable as to why McDonald (who you?) is playing while Muralitharan isn't. Kohli still looks out of form, a run a ball innings is way below par for T-20. AB De Villiers should come in before Kohli so that he gets more balls to face. The definition of madness is not changing anything and expecting different results, which RCB stubbornly continues to do.

  • Riderstorm on May 3, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Vettori on the international scene was a natural captain but with RCB he seems to be out of place. His performances aren't helping either. I suggest RCB to drop him and see if Devilliers/Kohli can do the captaincy. It would also give the option to experiment with overseas combinations.

  • soumyas on May 3, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Kohli doesn't fit to play T20's, his strike rate is poor, yesterday he didn't even get single to give strike to GAYLE who was storming at other end. lately he hit 2 sixes and just managed to score run a ball, again RCB were under 60 in first 10 overs simply becuze of Kohli's slow batting, drop him for 2-3 matches and give more chances to youngsters like Asad pathan,vijay Zol. Juts look at what saini,mandeep did yesterday for KXIP. when RCB lost agarwal early they shud have used McDonald in his place, Kohli came and played like TEST.

  • muski on May 3, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    I keep saying that Vettori is the Sammy of RCB. Though his bowling is economical, he does not have the fire power to pick wickets. He should be dropped and Murali bought in and Virat made captain. Why is Dilshan cooling his backside on the bench. He also should be an automatic choice. Since the bowling of RCB is the weakest in the IPL, I think they should bet on their batting. With Kohli showing some form, it will be fun to see if all the top 4 fire- as per law of averages Gayle is going to fail from now on. VJM will do well to dump Tiwary from the side as he is a dud. I dont know whey millions was paid to this dude who only flatters to deceive.

  • on May 3, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    RCB should bring in Nanes and Muruli to playing eleven. Any way Gayle and Deviliiers are handling batting and with Virat coming in to form and with Tiwari, Mayank around there wont be much problems in their batting. Leaving out Nanes and Muruli is a crime and is costing them dearly.

  • Robin-Hood on May 3, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    I've no idea why Murali is not getting a chance. The last match Murali played, he took 3 wickets for 16 runs. Vetori is blocking Murali to show his class. I think Vetori should get a advice from Sangakar and get a rest and let AB de Viliers lead the next few game with GAYLE, MURALI AND MC DONALD the four foreign players. Any ideas about this RCB FANS?

  • on May 3, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Kings XI just need to strengthen their No 5-6 slots.

    Gilly comes back, Saini must keep wickets as he is a good bat. Drop Nayar from squad, anyways Nayas was asked to go back but RCB game was a last minute chance offered and he blew it away. Play Sunny Singh hard hitting guy.

    Watch out the are slowly getting into the groove and Marsh and GILLY are yet to explode.

  • satish619chandar on May 3, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    RCB just miscalculating again and again.. All they need is more consistency in batting and good bowling.. Gayle and Virat did provide solid platform and almost closed out the game but sadly for them, KXIP came back well in last 6 and restricted to a par score.. RCB was a very good unit when Murali was playing.. I dont think Vettori is that much stronger player like Murali.. They can really afford Murali in place of Dan or McDonald.. Or even, they can pick a pace bowler in Nannes in place of any of these two.. Gayle and ABD are unassailable performers.. KXIP is just peaking well in right time.. The injury to Gilly is working very well to their favor and a good captaincy by DH to finish off PK in single spell as he is not that good in end overs.. Hope Harris stays fit and he will be a game changer for sure..

  • harshthakor on May 3, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    R.C.B.just did not mantain the tempo and after being 118-1 by the 15th over should have cruised to around 180 runs.Punjab were cruising home and their target seemed a mere walk in the park till a series of runouts.It just shows how unpredictable this format of the game is and the unimaginable twists and turns after the fall of wickets.Infact at 146-3 in 16 overs the Punjab 11 would have even chased down a target of 180.The vulnerability of the middle order of teams is reflected which displays that it is the standard of regional cricket and not International Cricket.

    Anyway a great match for T-20 cricket.

  • dilscoop_uk on May 3, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @ passionate_cricket_follower. FYI azhar mahmood did get many chances but bcos of his far too many poor performances while playing for the national side forced PCB to drop/ignore him. Abdul Razzaq was his successor in national side. And yes technically he is British player now but he is born n bread in Pak. the point is pakistan always produced good bowlers and to make the competition more competitive IPL shd allow Pakistani players . how many bowlers received MOM in this IPL so far ?

  • ddlj26 on May 3, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    @Amad Asif My friend Saini, Mandeep singh, kohli, praveen kumar are all local talent and they performed in this game, i dont know which game you were watching... infact i would say that in all IPL matches we have seen one or the other local talent show up... Who are the top run scorers in the IPL now, aren't they indians... get your facts right first and then please comment in a forum

  • on May 3, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Looking at RCB's line up, it's disgusting seeing them lose to a weak side like KXIP. Other than Gayle and AB, no one else has performed with the bat. Not to mention, their bowling is fairly trash too (no idea why even remove murali).

    RCB really need to step up their game and make it into the play offs before its too late.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 2, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @Amad Asif: it'd really be nice to see Pakistani players in IPL. But fyi, Azhar Mahmood technically isn't a Pakistani anymore. He has a British passport. Ironically he was ignored repeatedly by PCB, and he finally moved to Surrey for good! His performances show, what a world class all rounder he could be for Pakistan.

  • on May 2, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    azhar is the player which punjab was needed u r simply great man

  • on May 2, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Murali needs to be played in the next two matches. The greatest bowler in history might be old, but he's still way better than the others in the side

  • Zahidsaltin on May 2, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    well done, pakistani old horse. You will make them realize what they are missing by not having gul, ajmal, afridi, razaq, Hafeez, Ahmad Shehzad, Imran Nazir and all others

  • montys_muse on May 2, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    I think RCB mgmt must hand over the captaincy to ABD. Hes already the Proteas captain in the shorter versions, and a sure shot player as hes a 'keeper too.

  • montys_muse on May 2, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    I dont understand whats wrong with Foreign players doing better. They are after all the top of the line, world class players and each team is fielding its best 4 foreign players. Also, they are being paid such huge money by their owners, so there is always pressure on them to perform upto that level.

  • on May 2, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @Amad Asif I think Saini was a local player.. was not he???

  • CaptainKool on May 2, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    See the only way RCB can win now is to drop Vettori and give Murali chance and have AB to lead the team.

  • on May 2, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Problem with Royal Challengers Bangalore is KOHLI not playing good ............................poor performance so far.

  • on May 2, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Hussey Baalak, what a blunder you and other 2 people made. Almost lost the game baalak. Better watch out next time. Maaraz aashirvad with you. Tathastu.

  • SanjivAwesome on May 2, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    I like the spunk in Punjab team! Panicky spunk. Despite some posts, I feel it best to support the team not individual players - that is IPL

  • on May 2, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Its good to see Punjab moving up in the points table, i really enjoyed the smile on Priety Zinta's face. And, teams like RCB & CSK who has got so many stalwarts need to perform before it gets too late.

  • on May 2, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood does the job again. Just how much difference does one Pakistani player make to a team who was constantly getting defeated to a consistent side. How long can IPL really keep ignoring pakistani players.

  • on May 2, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Really the locals need to step up their game. This IPL isnt doing much good for the Indians, except maybe trying in time for international duty. India will again be easily disqualified from the T20 world cup.

  • Faizan_Bahadur on May 2, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Another interesting fact:Parveen Kumar,Azhar Mehmood and David Hussey gave 37 runs combined in 10 overs that they bowled.the remaining 10 overs went for 121 runs..phewwww

  • Hayat22 on May 2, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood and the absence of Gilchrist have been the two significant differences that have put KXIP a few notches above other pedigreed teams. But the last overs fiasco was so needless, and should ensure that these aspects are tightened as this teams success would indeed be the underdog story of this tournament. It reaching the playoffs itself would be a huge statement itself!

  • Ibra95 on May 2, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    if all the job doesit gayle, ab, narine, lee, shakib, mahela jayawardene, mahmood, sangakkara, kp, kallis, etc. what does the local players do? what objective has this ''ipl''? mayb ''ipl'' stands for INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE LEAGUE? its tru that in the BPL you can have 5 overseas players but look how gud it went for bangladesh cricket in the asia cup: beat INDIA, SRI LANKA & ALMOST PAKISTAN IN THE FINAL(LOST BY 2 RUNS)!!!!

  • johnathonjosephs on May 2, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    This is what happens when you leave the world's best spinner out of the team. What is Murali doing on the bench? He did nothing wrong in all the matches he played so far. You can't replace Murali with Dilshan and you definitely can't with McDonald. Anybody notice how Bangalore has started doing bad as soon as they took Murali out? I call it the smiling assasin's curse

  • Sadiqahmed on May 2, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    RCBs bowling weakness again was exposed. They have the weakest bowling among all squads and they cannot afford the luxury of sitting their best bowler Murlitharan on the side. Vettori should take a leaf from Sangakara and give his slot to Murlitharan. So weak is the bowling that they cannot defend a total short of 180 plus batting first. With the batting strength they have that should be the target. Sadiq Ahmed

  • DeekshaSpeaks on May 2, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    At last seeing some local talent for the Kings XI Punjab. It was a smooth ride to the semis in season 1 thanks to Marsh, however he hasn't really been the same since then. Good to see Saina and Mandeep coming through... and even better to see RCB find out the hard-way that a one-man show is never going to take them over the line, two seasons in a row. The Kings XI looks to be a settled unit and should be quite a force to reckon with if their form sticks.. RCB however need to decide - Dilshan or MacDonald? As long as they keep switching, they're just going to ruin both these players' mindsets along with the team's stability. And the REALLY need their Indian players to come through... can't expect to see any real changes unless they start playing as a team and not as a 'GAYLE'.

  • on May 2, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    But today, locals performed better than previous games, Praveen, Mandeep Singh and Nitin Saini all performed well. Good to see them improving!

  • on May 2, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    No Dilshan in the team,no win for RCB.It would be just a dream for RCB though they have Gayle in form.

    The captain should be sacked first.He is the real culprit for all the losses suffered so far.RCB should include both Srilankans,ie,TM.Dilshan and Muralitharan who are proven match winners in the world.

    RCB,you can't get the best out of Dilshan just by including him in one match and dropping in the next.He is such a confident player who can turn a match around in a spectacular manner.The way Dilshan is used will not boost his morale.He should be tried continuously and see the results.I don't understand why Vittori can't opt out of the squad for a few matches and select the best eleven giving opportunities to some of the best guys who are heating the bench.

    He should follow the footsteps of Kumar Sangakkara who did the same and came back strongly with the captain knock of 82.That's one of the salient features of a great player .

    Let's hope a change in RCB camp in the next matches.

  • on May 2, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    royal challengers bangalore are in total disarray...they are not finding the winning ways...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 2, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    What a hiccup towards the end. Well done KXIP.

  • pavillion_bradman on May 2, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Kohli SHINES with 42 ball 45 playing alongside GAYLE! And people think that Ganguly 40 ball 45 alongside IPL-NEW Clarke under difficult conditions (Factor in Steyn as well) and 35ball 40 against Morney morkel after 3plus yrs from INTL cricket stinks!99% of the people commenting on cricket don't really understand the game!otherwise how do you explain this?

  • on May 2, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    klpd for bangalore.....condolences man conolences

  • Sriim on May 2, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Interesting Fact: This IPL, 100th and 300th six hit by Sehwag... 200th and 400th hit by Gayle.. No coincidence that they are the second and fourth leading run scorers.. And the first, Ajinkya Rahane has scored the most number of fours this IPL..

  • Lord_Trickster on May 2, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    As usual the international trying to do the job for the team and the local protecting his average. Pathetic.

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  • Lord_Trickster on May 2, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    As usual the international trying to do the job for the team and the local protecting his average. Pathetic.

  • Sriim on May 2, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Interesting Fact: This IPL, 100th and 300th six hit by Sehwag... 200th and 400th hit by Gayle.. No coincidence that they are the second and fourth leading run scorers.. And the first, Ajinkya Rahane has scored the most number of fours this IPL..

  • on May 2, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    klpd for bangalore.....condolences man conolences

  • pavillion_bradman on May 2, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Kohli SHINES with 42 ball 45 playing alongside GAYLE! And people think that Ganguly 40 ball 45 alongside IPL-NEW Clarke under difficult conditions (Factor in Steyn as well) and 35ball 40 against Morney morkel after 3plus yrs from INTL cricket stinks!99% of the people commenting on cricket don't really understand the game!otherwise how do you explain this?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 2, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    What a hiccup towards the end. Well done KXIP.

  • on May 2, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    royal challengers bangalore are in total disarray...they are not finding the winning ways...

  • on May 2, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    No Dilshan in the team,no win for RCB.It would be just a dream for RCB though they have Gayle in form.

    The captain should be sacked first.He is the real culprit for all the losses suffered so far.RCB should include both Srilankans,ie,TM.Dilshan and Muralitharan who are proven match winners in the world.

    RCB,you can't get the best out of Dilshan just by including him in one match and dropping in the next.He is such a confident player who can turn a match around in a spectacular manner.The way Dilshan is used will not boost his morale.He should be tried continuously and see the results.I don't understand why Vittori can't opt out of the squad for a few matches and select the best eleven giving opportunities to some of the best guys who are heating the bench.

    He should follow the footsteps of Kumar Sangakkara who did the same and came back strongly with the captain knock of 82.That's one of the salient features of a great player .

    Let's hope a change in RCB camp in the next matches.

  • on May 2, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    But today, locals performed better than previous games, Praveen, Mandeep Singh and Nitin Saini all performed well. Good to see them improving!

  • DeekshaSpeaks on May 2, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    At last seeing some local talent for the Kings XI Punjab. It was a smooth ride to the semis in season 1 thanks to Marsh, however he hasn't really been the same since then. Good to see Saina and Mandeep coming through... and even better to see RCB find out the hard-way that a one-man show is never going to take them over the line, two seasons in a row. The Kings XI looks to be a settled unit and should be quite a force to reckon with if their form sticks.. RCB however need to decide - Dilshan or MacDonald? As long as they keep switching, they're just going to ruin both these players' mindsets along with the team's stability. And the REALLY need their Indian players to come through... can't expect to see any real changes unless they start playing as a team and not as a 'GAYLE'.

  • Sadiqahmed on May 2, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    RCBs bowling weakness again was exposed. They have the weakest bowling among all squads and they cannot afford the luxury of sitting their best bowler Murlitharan on the side. Vettori should take a leaf from Sangakara and give his slot to Murlitharan. So weak is the bowling that they cannot defend a total short of 180 plus batting first. With the batting strength they have that should be the target. Sadiq Ahmed