Bangalore v Punjab, IPL 2013, Bangalore May 13, 2013

RCB eye important win on familiar turf

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Match facts

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

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While it would have disappointed them immensely, Royal Challengers Bangalore's loss to Kolkata Knight Riders hasn't hurt their chances of qualifying for the play-offs much. They are still fourth on the points table, ahead of Sunrisers Hyderabad in terms of net run-rate and are much better placed than them.

Their last two matches are at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, where they've had an enviable record this season. There's an outside chance that Royal Challengers can qualify even if they lose their remaining two matches. But they'll be looking to secure their position in the top four as quickly as possible, with a last game against Chennai Super Kings on May 18*.

Royal Challengers' opponents tomorrow, Kings XI Punjab, still have an outside chance if they win their remaining matches but, at this stage, that seems purely academic. More importantly, they can affect Royal Challengers' chances. The last time these two teams played each other, David Miller struck a whirlwind century to stun Royal Challengers in a big chase.

Having struggled on a slow pitch, Royal Challengers will find the easy pace of the Chinnaswamy track a welcome relief. The bigger problem for the home side, however, is their struggle to shut the opposition out of the match. That defeat to Kings XI aside, Delhi Daredevils ran them close in spite of Royal Challengers having posted 183 on the board. They'll be hoping to shut out Kings XI, else there is a possibility a top four spot could prove elusive.

Form guide

Royal Challengers Bangalore LWLWL (most recent first)
Kings XI Punjab LLWLL

In the spotlight

He may not have picked up as many wickets as Vinay Kumar, but Ravi Rampaul has been effective. In the nine matches he's played this season, he has 12 wickets at an average of 20. He's created the breakthroughs at the top of the order and done that without conceding too many runs - his economy rate of 6.75 is the lowest among Royal Challengers' bowlers this season.

With their tournament almost drawing to a close, the spot of the fourth foreign player is still a conundrum for Kings XI. They've rotated between Azhar Mahmood, Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, David Hussey, David Miller, Dmitri Mascarenhas and Ryan Harris throughout the tournament, and the inconsistent form of some of these players has troubled the team.

Stats and Trivia

  • With 210 T20 games till date, David Hussey is second on the list of players who played the most matches in the format. Albie Morkel leads the list with 222 games.
  • Chris Gayle is one run short of 1000 T20 runs in this calendar year. This is the third successive year that the West Indies batsman has scored 1000 or more runs in T20 cricket in a single calendar year.

Quotes

"Since no one else is going to do us any favours, we need to take care of ourselves."
Royal Challengers' Murali Kartik

*0600 GMT. This has been corrected to reflect the result of last night's game

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 13, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    A contest which is important not only for the playing teams but also for SRH and KKR .

    RCB is back to their favourite venue and their batting line up is too good to fail in the batting paradise of Bangalore. Gayle may be doubly dangerous after getting out with a strike rate of less than 100 in 36 balls against KKR in Ranchi. Considering the Bangalore pitch, the success of chasing teams in this venue, the weak bowling line up of KXI and most importantly, Miller's killing innings in Mohali, It will be a surprise if Kohli opts to bat first winning the toss.

    On the other hand, KXI will be very hard on RCB to win and keep their remote chances of qualifying to the playoffs alive. The only point that KXI can exploit is the vulnerable bowling of RCB. With Gilly, Marsh and Miller in good touch, they should capitalize on this weak link. Azhar Mahmood should be the fourth overseas player as his bowling can be handy in good batting conditions.

    Can KXI break RCB's winning streak at home?

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    The stage is set and its time for Gayle & Killer Miller to get the humongous sixes into play! May the best team win! #CSKian B)

  • Tendoschate on May 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    May be today if Punjab wins there is a chance to Sunrisers Hyd.

  • MeticulouslyMessy on May 14, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Whenever I need help with my fantasy team, I come on here and see the player in your 'spotlight'. That player should never be picked as he seldom plays!

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    KXIP should win 2day.......

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    playing 11 for todays match mayank,gayle,rahul,kohli,de villiers,henriques,murali karthik,rampaul,vinay,unadkhat,syed .

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    today whatever happen that is most imp for rcb bcs after stuning start to the ipl there not consistant so they also keep eye on net run ret also so all the best rcb

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Every season RCB seem to be cruising but lose out at the business end. Complacency is the major cause. Also Virat so young panicks at crucial moments. seniors have to guide him.

  • on May 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    RCB wil hav home advantage, if they lose this match then there next encounter is with CSK situation may come where if win against CSK wil make RCB to Play Offs

  • on May 14, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    gyale will rock today and so devilers

  • on May 13, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    A contest which is important not only for the playing teams but also for SRH and KKR .

    RCB is back to their favourite venue and their batting line up is too good to fail in the batting paradise of Bangalore. Gayle may be doubly dangerous after getting out with a strike rate of less than 100 in 36 balls against KKR in Ranchi. Considering the Bangalore pitch, the success of chasing teams in this venue, the weak bowling line up of KXI and most importantly, Miller's killing innings in Mohali, It will be a surprise if Kohli opts to bat first winning the toss.

    On the other hand, KXI will be very hard on RCB to win and keep their remote chances of qualifying to the playoffs alive. The only point that KXI can exploit is the vulnerable bowling of RCB. With Gilly, Marsh and Miller in good touch, they should capitalize on this weak link. Azhar Mahmood should be the fourth overseas player as his bowling can be handy in good batting conditions.

    Can KXI break RCB's winning streak at home?

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    The stage is set and its time for Gayle & Killer Miller to get the humongous sixes into play! May the best team win! #CSKian B)

  • Tendoschate on May 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    May be today if Punjab wins there is a chance to Sunrisers Hyd.

  • MeticulouslyMessy on May 14, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Whenever I need help with my fantasy team, I come on here and see the player in your 'spotlight'. That player should never be picked as he seldom plays!

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    KXIP should win 2day.......

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    playing 11 for todays match mayank,gayle,rahul,kohli,de villiers,henriques,murali karthik,rampaul,vinay,unadkhat,syed .

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    today whatever happen that is most imp for rcb bcs after stuning start to the ipl there not consistant so they also keep eye on net run ret also so all the best rcb

  • on May 14, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Every season RCB seem to be cruising but lose out at the business end. Complacency is the major cause. Also Virat so young panicks at crucial moments. seniors have to guide him.

  • on May 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    RCB wil hav home advantage, if they lose this match then there next encounter is with CSK situation may come where if win against CSK wil make RCB to Play Offs

  • on May 14, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    gyale will rock today and so devilers

  • on May 14, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Today's weather report for M.Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore. 4pm- clues of Gayle storms 4.20pm to 5.30 pm - Heavy gayle storms. 6.30pm to 7.30pm - little showers from Gilly, hus, and killer miller...

  • Dalena on May 14, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Pujara unfit for T20s dont know why RCB bought him... Mayank shud open with gayle and R.p shud come for Mithun.... Mayank role is important as gayle will waste powerplay ... Only Mayank can play without FEAR in RCB so it will be gr8 to see him instead of PRO test player Pujara.... Virat will rock 2day...

  • r0adrunn3r on May 14, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I don't always pick a team to win before the match but today it is all Bangalore. Punjab might have won the other day because of one good innings but that doesn't happen everyday. RCB have shown time and time again they are incredibly strong at home, with the home support and a must win situation, Punjab don't stand a chance. Goodbye Punjab, thanks for the easy two points.

  • Otuwa on May 14, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    I like to see AB's knock.

  • chetonline on May 14, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    KXIP will win today, I am sure

  • on May 14, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    mayank, gayle, kohli, ab de villiers, tiwary, arun karthik, murali karthik, rampaul, vettori, unadkat, vinay kumar

    best 11 for today

  • Rohit... on May 14, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Punjab does not stand a chance in Bangalore pitch against De-Villiers and Gayle...Kohli will rock them out of the state.

  • on May 14, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Makes sense to play the extra bowler in CSS. Hopefully RCB win the toss and elect to chase than try to defend.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on May 14, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Make Twari Opener again instead of Pujara. Include KL Rahul instead o fMithun. Use Henriques as bowler also. Give opening bowler 1 over each(Start with Rampul, Jaydev, Henriques, and Vinay) When Millar or anyother batsman) started to hit (like previous match) please use Murali Kartik. He is cool bowler at that situation unlike others. ABD should come on or After 15 overs. After 15 overs if ABD and Heriques are there it is plus point to RCB. All the best RCB. Do not trust other team to loose, belive on your strength and execute it very well.

  • on May 14, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    pujara, gayle, kohli, ab divelliars, dilshan, s tiwary, arun karthik, rampaul, murali karthik, vinay kumar, unadkat

  • himal_joshi on May 14, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    if kxip win today. . . its really going to be intresting. . . .almost 80% of peoples including me support punjab. . . go. . . punjab . . . go. . . . punjab xi for today:1.gilcrist 2.manan vohra 3.luke pomy 4.shaun marsh 5.killer miller 6.satish 7.p.k. 8. p c 9.gony 10. awana 11. harmeet . . . . . . . this is best xi for punjab and perfect to beat rcb

  • Romenevans on May 14, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    LOL, i hope Kings won't play Luke Pomerbash or else get ready for front foot defense showcase in a T20 match. Such a torture, Jeez!

  • on May 14, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    punjab should win this game because if they win then srh can easily qualify for playoffs

  • NareshPodi on May 14, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    A few players in RCB team are worthless,They are Pujara,S.Tiwary. Andrew McDonald will definitly help RCB today. and replace Pujara with Mayank or Dilshan. ALL THE BEST RCB!!

  • SherjilIslam on May 14, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    I knew exactly what's going to happen in Ranchi when KKR lost at Bangalore.The attitude of Gambhir is always like "we will see u at home" Now, it's interesting to see how KXIP copes with the batting prowess on RCB.

  • Narabavi on May 14, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Punjab will win if Pomersbach not playing

  • on May 14, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    ""with a last game against table-leaders Chennai Super Kings on May 18.""

    Chennai are no more table readers ......

    RCB ! RCB ! RCB.............

  • on May 14, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    A win for KXI today, means MI,CSK, RR are guaranteed into the top 4 irrespective of all other results, and matches involving these top 3 are only for incentive into the top two spots.A KXI win also means, RCB, KXI, KKR and SRH will be fighting for that last spot, with only the fate of SRH in their own hands (they can enter by winning their last two games and climbing to outright 20 pts). Interesting last week of league games.

    Hope KXI win to keep their own and KKR's chances academically alive. The ideal scenario for organizers would be if KKR needs to beat SRH in the very last league game and by a certain margin to boost their NRR and get to 16 and grab the last remaining spot in the playoffs i.e 4th spot. That would also be some miracle....i.e KKR entering playoffs

  • on May 14, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    RCB's bowling is in horrid shape. Even against Pune, they almost let it slip, when Uthappa started smacking it around. They should have spotted the signs there, and left RP Singh out, but they continued with the same team against KXIP and paid the price. Delhi too ran them close. With this bowling attack, going to the playoffs is a waste of time, as they can't defend even 200.

  • Gssmy on May 14, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    A must win game for RCB. They were on top of the table when they left home and now, they are in must win situation to qualify to the next level. It will be interesting to see the team for tonight. They can win as long as they drop RP. He has been very successful in bowling huge overs (20+ runs) and now is the time to rest him on bench. Only surprise is, why they havnt played KP Appanna in the place of Murli Karthik? Wish they give him a chance today. Good luck RCB.

  • on May 14, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    The team should be 1.Gayle 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.AB 5.Tiwary 6.Arun Karthik 7.Vettori 8.Vinay 9.Murali Karthik 10.Rampaul 11.Unadkat

  • on May 13, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    And some stats: Out of top 15 run getters of the tournament so far,Miller has the best strike rate followed by AB. Ravi rampaul has bowled 4 maidens which is the most in the tournament.While P.Kumar is no.2 with 3 maidens.

  • on May 13, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Hello Rachna, I think you forgot to mention Luke Pomersbach.

  • zaksy on May 13, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    As delhi is already out now I m rooting fr RCB and want badly to win them in remaining matches as its better to qualify by their own not o depend on if nd buts

    Rcb really need to asses their bowling as they r way below par in their pre matches the 5th bowler need to be there go for zaheer if he is fit

    #madkiller PLZ check once wt u hav posted :)

  • kc69 on May 13, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    @madkiller:IPL is not played on paper neither are all results come as expected.Only time will tell which team gets the last laugh.This is probably the most exciting IPL of all times where team's doing bad are doing worse and teams doing good are playing better.One thing for sure - get ready for some party spoilers.

  • Madkiller on May 13, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    well RCB should win cause they are the better team on paper so if they win this game and Sunrisers lose against RR on the 17Th of May they stay on 16 points from 15 and if RCB lose their last game and Sunrisers lose agains KKR on 19th March RCB can still qualify

    RCB 16= 18 SRH=16

  • Madkiller on May 13, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    well RCB should win cause they are the better team on paper so if they win this game and Sunrisers lose against RR on the 17Th of May they stay on 16 points from 15 and if RCB lose their last game and Sunrisers lose agains KKR on 19th March RCB can still qualify

    RCB 16= 18 SRH=16

  • kc69 on May 13, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    @madkiller:IPL is not played on paper neither are all results come as expected.Only time will tell which team gets the last laugh.This is probably the most exciting IPL of all times where team's doing bad are doing worse and teams doing good are playing better.One thing for sure - get ready for some party spoilers.

  • zaksy on May 13, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    As delhi is already out now I m rooting fr RCB and want badly to win them in remaining matches as its better to qualify by their own not o depend on if nd buts

    Rcb really need to asses their bowling as they r way below par in their pre matches the 5th bowler need to be there go for zaheer if he is fit

    #madkiller PLZ check once wt u hav posted :)

  • on May 13, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Hello Rachna, I think you forgot to mention Luke Pomersbach.

  • on May 13, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    And some stats: Out of top 15 run getters of the tournament so far,Miller has the best strike rate followed by AB. Ravi rampaul has bowled 4 maidens which is the most in the tournament.While P.Kumar is no.2 with 3 maidens.

  • on May 14, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    The team should be 1.Gayle 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.AB 5.Tiwary 6.Arun Karthik 7.Vettori 8.Vinay 9.Murali Karthik 10.Rampaul 11.Unadkat

  • Gssmy on May 14, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    A must win game for RCB. They were on top of the table when they left home and now, they are in must win situation to qualify to the next level. It will be interesting to see the team for tonight. They can win as long as they drop RP. He has been very successful in bowling huge overs (20+ runs) and now is the time to rest him on bench. Only surprise is, why they havnt played KP Appanna in the place of Murli Karthik? Wish they give him a chance today. Good luck RCB.

  • on May 14, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    RCB's bowling is in horrid shape. Even against Pune, they almost let it slip, when Uthappa started smacking it around. They should have spotted the signs there, and left RP Singh out, but they continued with the same team against KXIP and paid the price. Delhi too ran them close. With this bowling attack, going to the playoffs is a waste of time, as they can't defend even 200.

  • on May 14, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    A win for KXI today, means MI,CSK, RR are guaranteed into the top 4 irrespective of all other results, and matches involving these top 3 are only for incentive into the top two spots.A KXI win also means, RCB, KXI, KKR and SRH will be fighting for that last spot, with only the fate of SRH in their own hands (they can enter by winning their last two games and climbing to outright 20 pts). Interesting last week of league games.

    Hope KXI win to keep their own and KKR's chances academically alive. The ideal scenario for organizers would be if KKR needs to beat SRH in the very last league game and by a certain margin to boost their NRR and get to 16 and grab the last remaining spot in the playoffs i.e 4th spot. That would also be some miracle....i.e KKR entering playoffs

  • on May 14, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    ""with a last game against table-leaders Chennai Super Kings on May 18.""

    Chennai are no more table readers ......

    RCB ! RCB ! RCB.............