Royal Challengers v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Bangalore May 5, 2012

Bangalore sweat on bowling problems

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Match facts

Sunday, May 6
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

After ten games, Royal Challengers Bangalore are still struggling to make the top four. Last year's runners-up have just two wins at home (and a point from a washout) and they have a chance to improve that record when they take on the bottom-placed Deccan Chargers. The biggest worry for Royal Challengers is their bowling. Their captain, Daniel Vettori, is not striking enough and none of their other strike bowlers are even close to challenging the leading wicket-takers so far. Vettori had even offered to drop himself to accommodate Muttiah Muralitharan, but the Sri Lankan offspinner was against such a move, saying Vettori has a right to play every game as captain. It may not be a bad idea to bring in Murali nevertheless, as he has eight wickets from four games. Royal Challengers have lost two in a row and must come up with a bowling combination to complement their explosive batsmen if they are to script a turnaround.

For Chargers, apart from glossing over defeats, their coach Darren Lehmann must be sick of talking about fielding lapses. Chargers spilled and misfielded against Pune Warriors, but it didn't cost them because their batsmen provided the cushion of runs. The old habits returned against Chennai Super Kings, where they ended up chasing around 20 more than they should have. They're still waiting on JP Duminy to recover from his finger injury. He missed the last game against Super Kings and is a doubtful starter in Bangalore as well.

Form guide

(completed games, most recent first)

Deccan Chargers: LWLWL
Royal Challengers Bangalore: LLWWW

2011 head-to-head

These teams played each other once last year, with Chargers winning by 33 runs in Hyderabad.

Players to watch

Zaheer Khan may be Royal Challengers' leading wicket-taker with nine wickets from ten games, but he's still bowling below his potential. His team needs a match-winning performance or two to shore up the bowling attack.

Cameron White has scored 78, 74 and 77 in his last four innings. He had a disappointing 2011 season but has bounced back with some telling contributions. His partnership with Kumar Sangakkara in Cuttack won Chargers the game, but he lacked adequate support against Super Kings.

Stats and trivia

  • Chris Gayle has bowled just one over in this IPL. He gave away 21 runs.
  • Chargers lead the head-to-head between the two sides with five wins in nine games.

Quotes

"I have seen the pitch. It looks fast. Pace and bounce in it is normal. It is a good wicket as expected."
Darren Lehmann on the Chinnaswamy pitch

"I will opt out if it is needed. I have said from the start that we need to get out four overseas players and we do that every game. If it's right for me to sit down then it's fine with me."
Daniel Vettori on the possibility of dropping himself for Murali

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 6, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    if vettori wants to drop himself, he should bring in nannes for himself and bring in murali for mcdonald. in the kxip game the track was good for seamers so playing an extra seamer may help

  • on May 6, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Time has come Akash Bhandari be included for Amit Mishra as most of the young cricketers are performing well in IPL-5.Fielding is the concerned area also they can try Akshath Reddy .

  • Slesh on May 6, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Then the bowling order of DC should be 1.sharma 2.steyn 3.sharma 4.Abhishek 5.steyn 6.Theron 7.Abhishek 8.Samantray 9.Abhishek 10.Samantray 11.Steyn 12.Reddy 13.Sharma 14.Reddy 15.Sharma 16.Theron 17.Reddy 18.Theron 19.Steyn 20.Theron

  • rsurya on May 6, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    In world T20 westindies will remain as RCB, chances for windies to win thier first t20 worldcup.

  • on May 6, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    DC should take sanga,white,steyn and Theron/harris ....This would surely be the winning team!!....Christian doesnt play in india he only plays well out of the subcontinent so better include the above 4 and get back to winning ways as still there is a chance to mke it to playoffs!....Go chargers Go!!!!!!!

  • on May 6, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    my team for rcb in the samebatting order will be :

    gayle,agarwal, diviliers, kohli, tiwari, pujara, asad pathan, daniel vetori, vinay kumar, zaheer khan, nannes/murali

    u dont need 5 bowlingoptions as even after playing 5 specialsts they are going for plenty......so give a proper bowling to chris gayle and may be virat can role his arm over a bit as well :)

  • on May 6, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    DC please give a chance to local hyd players like akshath reddy, sneha kishore and raviteja instead of prthiv,Amit misra and Jhunjhunwala

  • jonesy2 on May 6, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    hmm so cam white is basically demanding being in the aussie side for the world t20? when a player of his stature is in form you cant not pick him

  • Slesh on May 6, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Sanga..mind u there is still a CHANCE of getting in to top 4....so dnt give up! 1st exclude Christian..he is none all rounder! He give pathetic mood to whole team..he didnt play when DC won both their games!! look @ RR they lost 4 consecutive matches. But yesterday they made lot of changes to their team and made the right combination and won the game simply coz of that!! So why cnt DC do the same? So if Duminy isnt recoverd yet, then include Theron.coz RCBs strength is battings.so u need to stop likes of Gayle, AB and Kholi. its not possible only with steyn!RCBs weak link is bowling. So it dosent matter to have only 2 foriegn batsmen. In any case if u feel another batsmen is needed then include harris.he only played 1 game.and what is A.Mishra doing?he drops a catch in every cruisal game.. exclude him coz im sure Gayle will punish him.. Patel isnt doing enough even when keeping and openning the innigs.Sanga u got to KEEP THE WICKETS..it will help for sure! Let Abhishek.j to open the innings as there will be right hand left hand combination. Veer pratap might not have done much wrong.but as DC need to strengthen there middle order include samantray.but not like earlier,give him a chance to bowl in 1st 10 overs.he will be usefull.and try this combination which u never tried before! I bet this will work. 1.Dhawan 2.Abhishek 3.Sanga 4.White 5.Patel 6.Devdhar 7.Samantray 8.Reddy 9.A.sharma 10.Steyn 11.Theron. Better late than never.. Gd luck Sanga and DC!!!

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    DC have consolidated their position at the bottom of the table....will never rise from their...world class players like sanga and steyn dont deserve such a horrible team, DC anyways was not interested in winning IPL....they are more interested in making money...how can they sell players like ojha and pietersen..indian players are horrible in dc except dhawan...surely will be the first team to finish last twice in 5 ipl seasons....

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    if vettori wants to drop himself, he should bring in nannes for himself and bring in murali for mcdonald. in the kxip game the track was good for seamers so playing an extra seamer may help

  • on May 6, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Time has come Akash Bhandari be included for Amit Mishra as most of the young cricketers are performing well in IPL-5.Fielding is the concerned area also they can try Akshath Reddy .

  • Slesh on May 6, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Then the bowling order of DC should be 1.sharma 2.steyn 3.sharma 4.Abhishek 5.steyn 6.Theron 7.Abhishek 8.Samantray 9.Abhishek 10.Samantray 11.Steyn 12.Reddy 13.Sharma 14.Reddy 15.Sharma 16.Theron 17.Reddy 18.Theron 19.Steyn 20.Theron

  • rsurya on May 6, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    In world T20 westindies will remain as RCB, chances for windies to win thier first t20 worldcup.

  • on May 6, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    DC should take sanga,white,steyn and Theron/harris ....This would surely be the winning team!!....Christian doesnt play in india he only plays well out of the subcontinent so better include the above 4 and get back to winning ways as still there is a chance to mke it to playoffs!....Go chargers Go!!!!!!!

  • on May 6, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    my team for rcb in the samebatting order will be :

    gayle,agarwal, diviliers, kohli, tiwari, pujara, asad pathan, daniel vetori, vinay kumar, zaheer khan, nannes/murali

    u dont need 5 bowlingoptions as even after playing 5 specialsts they are going for plenty......so give a proper bowling to chris gayle and may be virat can role his arm over a bit as well :)

  • on May 6, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    DC please give a chance to local hyd players like akshath reddy, sneha kishore and raviteja instead of prthiv,Amit misra and Jhunjhunwala

  • jonesy2 on May 6, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    hmm so cam white is basically demanding being in the aussie side for the world t20? when a player of his stature is in form you cant not pick him

  • Slesh on May 6, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Sanga..mind u there is still a CHANCE of getting in to top 4....so dnt give up! 1st exclude Christian..he is none all rounder! He give pathetic mood to whole team..he didnt play when DC won both their games!! look @ RR they lost 4 consecutive matches. But yesterday they made lot of changes to their team and made the right combination and won the game simply coz of that!! So why cnt DC do the same? So if Duminy isnt recoverd yet, then include Theron.coz RCBs strength is battings.so u need to stop likes of Gayle, AB and Kholi. its not possible only with steyn!RCBs weak link is bowling. So it dosent matter to have only 2 foriegn batsmen. In any case if u feel another batsmen is needed then include harris.he only played 1 game.and what is A.Mishra doing?he drops a catch in every cruisal game.. exclude him coz im sure Gayle will punish him.. Patel isnt doing enough even when keeping and openning the innigs.Sanga u got to KEEP THE WICKETS..it will help for sure! Let Abhishek.j to open the innings as there will be right hand left hand combination. Veer pratap might not have done much wrong.but as DC need to strengthen there middle order include samantray.but not like earlier,give him a chance to bowl in 1st 10 overs.he will be usefull.and try this combination which u never tried before! I bet this will work. 1.Dhawan 2.Abhishek 3.Sanga 4.White 5.Patel 6.Devdhar 7.Samantray 8.Reddy 9.A.sharma 10.Steyn 11.Theron. Better late than never.. Gd luck Sanga and DC!!!

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    DC have consolidated their position at the bottom of the table....will never rise from their...world class players like sanga and steyn dont deserve such a horrible team, DC anyways was not interested in winning IPL....they are more interested in making money...how can they sell players like ojha and pietersen..indian players are horrible in dc except dhawan...surely will be the first team to finish last twice in 5 ipl seasons....

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 6, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    I don't see why the RCB team does not play 2 overseas spinners (despite it being a fast paced wicket) as Murali can come in place of AB McDonald. If they want 3 pacers, they can drop Appanna for the next game and bring in Mithun, S Aravind or Harshal Patel. Is Mithun injured (if not why hasn't he played any match yet)? Having said that, Murali would have been a much better fit for the Pune Warriors or Deccan Chargers squad this season. Its unfortunate that with all the overseas players that RCB have that he is not getting many chances to play. He has gained some weight but still is bowling well and is a good strike bowler for his team.

    I agree with him though that Vettori should play otherwise it will again be the same issue as Sanga dropping himself for the DC game (a game which they lost anyway). Maybe next year, they could consider Virat Kohli as captain to prevent these kinds of selection issues although Kohli has been out of form this season as well so far. No easy answers.

  • sachin43 on May 6, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Sourabh Tiwary has been given enough chances already by the RCB team management, its time to try Cheteswara Pujara who can atleast hang on and give the middle order some solidity..

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    If Vettori is even half the team man Sanga is, he would have made way for Murali four matches ago. Hopefully his comment today about possibly dropping himself wasn't just a media pleasing tactic, and he does give Murali a couple games to impress. Changing captains isn't ideal, but since most of the players are Indians who haven't had much exposure to Vettori and any special qualities he may bring, it shouldn't be an issue. Besides, AB is a good captain and it's also a great opportunity for Kholi to see how he may fare.

  • darren.14 on May 6, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Best combination of RCB Overseas Players for this match : Gayle De Villiers Dilshan / McDonald and Muttiah Muralitharan. Hopefully this combination works out.

    Best combination of DC Overseas Players for this match : Cameron White Sanga Dale Steyn and Rusty Theron. This combination should work if indian players finallly stand up.

    All the best Teams..

  • nipun027 on May 6, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    I think Gayle should be used more frequently in this season. Yes he was expensive in one match, but he is far better then this...........

  • SurlyCynic on May 6, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Agree with a previous poster that AB comes in too late most of the time. It's just silly only giving him an over or two to bat. Drop Dilshan and bring in Murali, bowling is the problem. Would be nice if Kohli could get back into form too.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on May 5, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    My chargers 11:- 1.Dhawan 2.Devdhar 3.White 4.Sanga 5.Duminy 6.Jhunjhunwala 7.Ashis Reddy 8.Ankit Sharma 9.Steyn 10.Amit Mishra 11.Veer Pratap

    Its high time for DC to give a chance to Devdhar in place of Parhiv. If DC team management go back and check the record from 1st semi final match of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2011/12, they will realise what they are loosing by keeping Devdhar on bench.

  • KK5619 on May 5, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Rcb will win. Mom will be kohli. And gayle's storm will again come.

  • on May 5, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    deccan win the match if team will be 1 dhawan 2 kedhar devdhar 3 sanga 4 white 5 patel 6 christian 7 reddy 8 ankit 9 steyn 10 amit 11 VPS

    DEVDHAR HITINF THE BALL START FIRST BALL TARGET FOR BOUNDRY AND MIDDLE HITTING BALL WHITE CAN WILL THE MATCH I M SURE DC MATCH WILL RCB BATING FLOP IN THIS MATCH DC BAT FIRST AND 175 ABOVE RUN IN 20 OVER

  • MadhavY on May 5, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Vettori and Murali both should play in tomorrow's game. Vettori wasn't excellent but he didn't do too bad either compared to the other RCB bowlers, he is decent. They should only play Gayle and ABD. Their batting is already strong and they don't need Dilshan with Gayle being so circumspect at the top. ABD isn't getting much balls to face so push him up the order and strengthen the bowling unit.

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  • MadhavY on May 5, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Vettori and Murali both should play in tomorrow's game. Vettori wasn't excellent but he didn't do too bad either compared to the other RCB bowlers, he is decent. They should only play Gayle and ABD. Their batting is already strong and they don't need Dilshan with Gayle being so circumspect at the top. ABD isn't getting much balls to face so push him up the order and strengthen the bowling unit.

  • on May 5, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    deccan win the match if team will be 1 dhawan 2 kedhar devdhar 3 sanga 4 white 5 patel 6 christian 7 reddy 8 ankit 9 steyn 10 amit 11 VPS

    DEVDHAR HITINF THE BALL START FIRST BALL TARGET FOR BOUNDRY AND MIDDLE HITTING BALL WHITE CAN WILL THE MATCH I M SURE DC MATCH WILL RCB BATING FLOP IN THIS MATCH DC BAT FIRST AND 175 ABOVE RUN IN 20 OVER

  • KK5619 on May 5, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Rcb will win. Mom will be kohli. And gayle's storm will again come.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on May 5, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    My chargers 11:- 1.Dhawan 2.Devdhar 3.White 4.Sanga 5.Duminy 6.Jhunjhunwala 7.Ashis Reddy 8.Ankit Sharma 9.Steyn 10.Amit Mishra 11.Veer Pratap

    Its high time for DC to give a chance to Devdhar in place of Parhiv. If DC team management go back and check the record from 1st semi final match of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2011/12, they will realise what they are loosing by keeping Devdhar on bench.

  • SurlyCynic on May 6, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Agree with a previous poster that AB comes in too late most of the time. It's just silly only giving him an over or two to bat. Drop Dilshan and bring in Murali, bowling is the problem. Would be nice if Kohli could get back into form too.

  • nipun027 on May 6, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    I think Gayle should be used more frequently in this season. Yes he was expensive in one match, but he is far better then this...........

  • darren.14 on May 6, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Best combination of RCB Overseas Players for this match : Gayle De Villiers Dilshan / McDonald and Muttiah Muralitharan. Hopefully this combination works out.

    Best combination of DC Overseas Players for this match : Cameron White Sanga Dale Steyn and Rusty Theron. This combination should work if indian players finallly stand up.

    All the best Teams..

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    If Vettori is even half the team man Sanga is, he would have made way for Murali four matches ago. Hopefully his comment today about possibly dropping himself wasn't just a media pleasing tactic, and he does give Murali a couple games to impress. Changing captains isn't ideal, but since most of the players are Indians who haven't had much exposure to Vettori and any special qualities he may bring, it shouldn't be an issue. Besides, AB is a good captain and it's also a great opportunity for Kholi to see how he may fare.

  • sachin43 on May 6, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Sourabh Tiwary has been given enough chances already by the RCB team management, its time to try Cheteswara Pujara who can atleast hang on and give the middle order some solidity..

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 6, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    I don't see why the RCB team does not play 2 overseas spinners (despite it being a fast paced wicket) as Murali can come in place of AB McDonald. If they want 3 pacers, they can drop Appanna for the next game and bring in Mithun, S Aravind or Harshal Patel. Is Mithun injured (if not why hasn't he played any match yet)? Having said that, Murali would have been a much better fit for the Pune Warriors or Deccan Chargers squad this season. Its unfortunate that with all the overseas players that RCB have that he is not getting many chances to play. He has gained some weight but still is bowling well and is a good strike bowler for his team.

    I agree with him though that Vettori should play otherwise it will again be the same issue as Sanga dropping himself for the DC game (a game which they lost anyway). Maybe next year, they could consider Virat Kohli as captain to prevent these kinds of selection issues although Kohli has been out of form this season as well so far. No easy answers.