Bangalore v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Bangalore April 10, 2013

Misfiring Kolkata seek batting revival

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Match facts

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

It's the start of the second week of the tournament and defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders' engine is yet to fire properly. They are now in Bangalore, facing the Royal Challengers, who despite their Super Over loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad have already started to rev up their machinery with last night's win in the rematch.

Knight Riders have a strong and vibrant bowling attack. Brett Lee has been generating pace, Rajat Bhatia has been difficult to go after and Sunil Narine is back at being mysterious after a comparatively not-so-productive time in international cricket. But it is their batting which has appeared off colour, with only Eoin Morgan managing a half-century. Manvinder Bisla, the hero of the final last year, has been consumed twice by his own aggression, while Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan are yet to show any intent. Gautam Gambhir has had starts, but as he often reiterates, the team needs to fire collectively.

However, they have received a boost ahead of this game. Brendon McCullum, who kicked off the IPL in 2008 with a blazing 158 (still the highest score in IPL cricket), is available for selection.* The New Zealand captain had to postpone his trip, having to wait to recover completely from the hamstring injury he picked during the home series against England last month. He joined the Knight Riders camp on Wednesday.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's batting has an intimidating aura around it. It has also been bolstered with the addition of AB de Villiers and their bowling attack, despite the seesawing fortunes of Vinay Kumar, has shown incisiveness. However, their bottom half of the batting order appears thin, at least on paper, and will be tested if their top falters against Narine and Co.

Players to watch

AB de Villiers is one of those rare batsmen currently around in international cricket who is as dangerous in Tests as he is in Twenty20s. He can play the most soothing of shots and then follow it up with the most outrageous one. Give him the gloves and he transforms to a more than capable wicketkeeper. Add to that his value as an athletic fielder. He joined the team on Tuesday morning and played a match later that evening. On Thursday, he will be fresh.

Eoin Morgan is a player made for the shorter format. He is quick on his feet against the spinners and can hit the ball long. He showed his value on a pacy Jaipur pitch with a well-paced half-century - only his second in 14 matches for the franchise - that kept Knight Riders in the match, and in Bangalore, he is his team's only man in form.

Stats and trivia

  • Knight Riders lead the head-to-head 6-5 in 11 matches between these two teams
  • Yusuf Pathan's strike rate in 44 matches for Knight Riders is 124.68. In 43 matches for Rajasthan Royals, his strike rate was 161. He is yet to score a half-century for Knight Riders.
  • Knights Riders have the highest team score of 222 in Bangalore, from the opening match of IPL 2008. Royal Challengers' highest score on this ground came in 2011, when they scored 205 against Kings XI Punjab.

Quotes

"We should have chased down the score. As champions, you cannot afford to do that. We were not smart at all."
Gautam Gambhir, after Knight Riders' loss to Rajasthan Royals

"We can't say we are not able to win matches if Gayle fails."
Royal Challengers' RP Singh believes the team has enough firepower in batting

*03.30GMT, April 11: The preview has been updated with the Brendon McCullum news

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KK_Cricket on April 11, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    KKR have to replace either Shukla/Bisla with Das and provide him a chance at No. 5.. He is a wonderful prospect and can definitely provide the impetus in the middle/last overs... Gayle or no Gayle, KKR should win this easily if we they show the intensity.. they were casual against the Royals but I expect Gauti to pull up the situation and knock RCB down...

  • vswami on April 11, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    McCullum could have a very productive season this year due to the wickets. He was done in by slow spinning wickets in previous editions, but he should find the faster bouncy tracks to his liking. In his best of days, Kallis can barely manage a run a ball knock. He looks undercooked and along with misfiring Pathan, KKR are carrying two limping players.

  • Paiudupi on April 11, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Without doubt, RCB is the winner. Stat is very simple. In the first match, Mumbai could have easily chased down the target given by RCB and won it, which was not beyond reach. But, the way RCB bowled and fielded, they deserved to win this match. Second Match with Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was a very low scoring target of only 130 runs on board, which RCB defended well and gone to super over and won luckily by Hyderabad. So, RCB is much stronger than KKR and RCB must win this comfortably.

  • TiTAN000 on April 11, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    For me - 1. mCcullum 2.Gambhir 3. Kallis 4. Manoj 5. Morgan 6. Pathan 7. Bhatia 8. Narine 9. Balaji 10. Ikbal 11.S.Ahmed

  • sahir2016 on April 11, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    It's a tricky situation for KKR as they have to decide which of the two players from brett lee, McCullum and Morgan are gonna play. They can not drop morgan as he is the only one who fired in the previous fixture and they should play McCullum to add that gayle-like explosive factor. So unfortunately thay would have to drop Brett lee and play Balaji instead. All the best to the both teams though, KKR should be able to win this if they manage to put runs on the board.

  • ibbani on April 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Hmm, too many Anti RCB comments. Wonder what they did for you all? you guys can't tolerate their win and the way they win. KKR also dont have bowlers who can win matches, KKR does not have batsmen who can win matchs for them as they could not chase against RR. RCB is good as they tied with SRH for 130 while defending.

  • Pinarsh255 on April 11, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I hope they don't drop Morgan to accommodate McCullam. On current form it should be Kallis. It also gives them the option to try a domestic batsman in place of Bisla.

  • cricketanyday on April 11, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    its Ugadi, and fans will be hoping that RCB gives them the new year gift by winning today's match. Iam sure Vinay will go all out to prove he is a match winner on his own.

  • ipl2sux on April 11, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    rcb dont have any match winning bowler except murali.expect a high scoring match.

  • on April 11, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Sachithra Senanayake should be given a chance as he is an all-rounder he can be a good asset. Team should be 1. McCullum 2. Kallis/Lee 3. Gambhir 4.Yusuf 5. Morgan 6. Tiwary 7.D.Das 8. Sachithraa 9.Rajat bhatia 10.Narine 11. Balaji

  • KK_Cricket on April 11, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    KKR have to replace either Shukla/Bisla with Das and provide him a chance at No. 5.. He is a wonderful prospect and can definitely provide the impetus in the middle/last overs... Gayle or no Gayle, KKR should win this easily if we they show the intensity.. they were casual against the Royals but I expect Gauti to pull up the situation and knock RCB down...

  • vswami on April 11, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    McCullum could have a very productive season this year due to the wickets. He was done in by slow spinning wickets in previous editions, but he should find the faster bouncy tracks to his liking. In his best of days, Kallis can barely manage a run a ball knock. He looks undercooked and along with misfiring Pathan, KKR are carrying two limping players.

  • Paiudupi on April 11, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Without doubt, RCB is the winner. Stat is very simple. In the first match, Mumbai could have easily chased down the target given by RCB and won it, which was not beyond reach. But, the way RCB bowled and fielded, they deserved to win this match. Second Match with Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was a very low scoring target of only 130 runs on board, which RCB defended well and gone to super over and won luckily by Hyderabad. So, RCB is much stronger than KKR and RCB must win this comfortably.

  • TiTAN000 on April 11, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    For me - 1. mCcullum 2.Gambhir 3. Kallis 4. Manoj 5. Morgan 6. Pathan 7. Bhatia 8. Narine 9. Balaji 10. Ikbal 11.S.Ahmed

  • sahir2016 on April 11, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    It's a tricky situation for KKR as they have to decide which of the two players from brett lee, McCullum and Morgan are gonna play. They can not drop morgan as he is the only one who fired in the previous fixture and they should play McCullum to add that gayle-like explosive factor. So unfortunately thay would have to drop Brett lee and play Balaji instead. All the best to the both teams though, KKR should be able to win this if they manage to put runs on the board.

  • ibbani on April 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Hmm, too many Anti RCB comments. Wonder what they did for you all? you guys can't tolerate their win and the way they win. KKR also dont have bowlers who can win matches, KKR does not have batsmen who can win matchs for them as they could not chase against RR. RCB is good as they tied with SRH for 130 while defending.

  • Pinarsh255 on April 11, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I hope they don't drop Morgan to accommodate McCullam. On current form it should be Kallis. It also gives them the option to try a domestic batsman in place of Bisla.

  • cricketanyday on April 11, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    its Ugadi, and fans will be hoping that RCB gives them the new year gift by winning today's match. Iam sure Vinay will go all out to prove he is a match winner on his own.

  • ipl2sux on April 11, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    rcb dont have any match winning bowler except murali.expect a high scoring match.

  • on April 11, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Sachithra Senanayake should be given a chance as he is an all-rounder he can be a good asset. Team should be 1. McCullum 2. Kallis/Lee 3. Gambhir 4.Yusuf 5. Morgan 6. Tiwary 7.D.Das 8. Sachithraa 9.Rajat bhatia 10.Narine 11. Balaji

  • on April 11, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    today should be play 1.McCullam 2.Kallis 3.Naraine 4.Sakib ul hassan 5.Gambhir 6.Bisla 7.Pathan 8.Balaji 9.D Das 10.Bhatia 11.S Ahmed

  • Qa_ankit on April 11, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    @Yusuf Pathan: 44 Matches, average don't know but i can imagine that if you haven't score even a single 50, leave strike rate. I have a gut feeling for you that you will not be getting more chances now in KKR. So forgot about Indian Cap. Get back to RR, which may turn your fortunes. Else Big bro is going have to have troubles.

  • Survivor4you on April 11, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    I think Das has potential to carry forward the innings, Manoj Tiwary is best, Shakib should be given try if its spinners wicket instead of Brett Lee, Yusuf should fire he should play according to the overs left rather than his place on board, Laxmi Shukla should be rested. KKR should win this match irrespective of Gayle's performance.

  • jimbond on April 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    On the strength of his skills, Mcullum does not deserve to play in KKR's 11. Narine is their main weapon. Morgan is a far better batsman, and any side would be foolish to refuse a 2 in 1 players like Kallis. The only option is replacing Lee, but then Lee is a bowler and if this replacement is done, one Indian batsman may (who?) may have to be replaced by an Indian bowler. Better to go with the current team.

  • ramli on April 11, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Why KKR is persisting with YP in the XI? He has been a flop ever since he joined KKR. May be KKR management wants him to sweat it out to compensate for the amount they spent on him!!!

  • on April 11, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Though I'd love KKR to do well in IPL VI, unfortunately I guess their chances are pretty low. You need to play 7 Indians in the Eleven and I was shocked to note that they have hardly any Indian batting bench strength at all except for Debabrata Das. I simply didn't understand why KKR packed so many International players in the squad when only four can play. In a long tournament, 1 or 2 Indian batsmen can be off-color at any point and you have no possibility of a replacement. Is there any planning with KKR?

  • on April 11, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    I Think , 2nd batting can make good impact for KKR, and i think they should win too

  • on April 11, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Brendon McCullum IS BACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  • kattadiya on April 11, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    I think RR should Kusal Janith take back again. He has enough power of his hands and quiet confident to face any bowler in world cricket. he can give early kick to team to put up big score to the board....

  • Sandipta on April 11, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Its high time that we drop Y Pathan and pick Debabrata Das in place of him.

  • Sandipta on April 11, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Shukla has been in good form in the domestic circuit this season. so he deserves few more chances.Bret Lee can be dropped to fit in McCullum.Noway Eoin Morgan should be dropped to allocate McCullum.

  • British_North_America on April 11, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Morgan cannot be dropped after last match's performance.Sunil Naraine is there.Now Lee and Kallis left.Either bowling mentor or great man Kallis need to be dropped.

  • on April 11, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Sachithra Senanayake should be given a chance as he is an all-rounder he can be a good asset. Team should be 1. McCullum 2. Kallis/Lee 3. Gambhir 4.Yusuf 5. Morgan 6. Tiwary 7.D.Das 8. Sachithraa 9.Rajat bhatia 10.Narine 11. Balaji

  • on April 11, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    I am quite disappointed with the performance of Yusuf Pathan. He is lacking consistency and he is not in good form. Hope he will win matches for KKR and prove his worth.

  • GMQbrohi on April 11, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Gayle is not in good form its good for kkr are but rcb is in its home ground.

  • Venkiviru on April 11, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    gayle s due fr a big one......

  • GAURAV26 on April 11, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Why shukla and bhatia both in the team in banglore. Drop one and bring a indian batsman or bring maculum in place of lee.and rcb brings dilshan in place of murali. Banglore flat wicket does not help murali too much.gyale and dilshan share four overs together.

  • SHANEDAPPAL on April 11, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    in my concern KKR have to go with Maccullum instead of Bisla and u can bring debendra das instead of Kallis.....and give a chance to pathan in no.3 and we see did anything in his bat...i think pathan being tensed lack of big score let give a chance to bat some more balls....my Playing XI is 1) Maccullum 2) Gambir 3)pathan 4)tiwari 5)morgan 6)shukla 7)debendra das 8)R Bhatia 9) B Lee 10) Narine 11) Balaj. and if looking for more pace u can add shami ahmed instead of shukla/debendrai

  • on April 11, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Gambhir should bat at no .3,according to my predication.

    1. Bisla 2. Kallis 3. Gambhir 4. McCullum 5. Morgan 6. Yusuf 7.D.Das 8. L.R.shukla 9.Rajat bhatia 10.Narine 11. Balaji

    1. Gayle 2. Mayank 3. Kohli 4. A.B.Devillers 5. Tiwary 6.Henriques 7. Arun karthik 8. Vinay kumar 9.R.P.singh 10.Muralidharan 11.Murali kartik

  • WasimDXB on April 11, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Really today will be a litmus test for KKR. They seems strong on paper only but in actual also they have to prove it. This year senarieo seem something very different from other ILP matches. All teams have guts to reach in super four. Nobody can predict at this stage. But we need some of the KKR players to show there real talent like Kalis and properly newly wedded Mr. Pathan. Best wishes for today's match to KKR.

  • GAURAV26 on April 11, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Rcb has a upper hand to kkr. Rcb home ground and flat wicket which suits to the rcb batsman.

  • akela108 on April 11, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    gautam, macculam, manoj,Morgan,path an,db das,bhatiya,balajee,lee.,Abdul/shami Ahmad,naraine.......

  • SathiHussey on April 11, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Pls bring McCullam as wkt keeper instead of Bisla who is hero of last year's final.Do open batting with gautham. Yusuf should be bat at no.3 he need few balls to settle as like giant Gayle. if KKR wants win they have to bat first bec their bowling attack pretty well.

  • MHR_CRIC on April 11, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    I love to see Yusuf Pathan perform but until now I am not happy. I believed soon or later he will be with good perform. Also there one allrounder Shakib Al Hasan form B'desh which KKR need with that kind of situation....why he is not show-up?....why KKR management is not interest at him?.....he is the one good bowler plus good hit's batsman too.....if some guy agree with my opinion than kindly comments.....i feel KKR team management have doubt about the players.

  • sweet2hrme on April 11, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    I think KKR can win this battle as Banglore batting is wonder against quality attack. Cris Gyle is always weak agaist fast short pitch bowling so if Banglore loose C Gyle early they find it difficult. Kkr also hv Narine. Develiers against Narine. Surely we will put money on Narine. Overall Kkr is favorite or little edge. Banglore pitch is always gud 4 batting so it will be gud entertainment!

  • GAURAV26 on April 11, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Both team r to depend upon individual.kkr depends upon gautam and sunil narine and rcb depends upon gayle and kholi.jo chalega wahi jitega.

  • satishchandar on April 11, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    KKR usually snails with bat.. Gauti and Kallis are very good grafters but mostly score at 120-130 only.. Morgan should play.. Usually KKR scores around 140-160 mark and have the brilliant slow bowlers do the job for them headed by Narine. They got a hardcore smasher in Bisla.. If e succeeds, they can raise the score by 20-30 runs.. On a usual note, it would be somewhere around 140-160 mark for KKR and Narine defending it..

    Yusuf is wholly out of gas.. Debarta Das who was wonderful last season is in bench just because Yusuf is paid in millions and the mgmt didn't want to pay for warming bench.. Pity the guy Das..

  • on April 11, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Where is brndon mccullam

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 11, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    KKR really miss Brendon McCullum at the top not sure who;s place he'll take tho with Narine Lee and Kallis almost certain I guess Morgan will make way.

  • on April 11, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Never seen Narine bowling to AB.Will be an interesting battle because AB is usually the best batsmen against spin.Will have to see if Narine can prevent him from playing his range of countless shots.BTW Devashish looks like a big fan of AB,The way he was described in the players to watch section of this article.

  • on April 11, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Guyana guy here, i have to say.. chris gayle over narine any day... jamaica over trinidad ...

    banglore has mature to a great team over the years... need to put some more money to their bowling... made a bad decision to trade dale in an earlier season... but think of it, gyale and styen of the same team...

  • on April 11, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    Is McCullum turning out for the Knight Riders this year?

  • Angry_Bowler on April 10, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Kohli vs Gouti will be interesting for two reasons one is sure to lead the Indian team while the other is struggling to get into the team. Second, both are aggressive in their role of leading their respective teams and will be tested who will come out on top.

  • fah2 on April 10, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    KKR should conform Yousuf that he can't take his place for granted, he should be given chance in 2 or 3 matches and if he fails should be replace with any youngster.He should be used as a bowler also.They should drop Shukla and get D Das as he is a good hitter they don't need Bhatia and Shukla both in the playing XI. Kallis is a class player aand he will come good sooner then later. RCB team can be describe in three words Gayle, AB, Kholi. supporting KKR for tomorrow Best of luck KKR.

  • Shantaveer on April 10, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    We should not comment on KKR strength as they lost just 1 match. Yusuf should open, then he can fire. Dont underestimate him as he failed in 1 game. RCB looking good always. There will be rain of runs today.

  • Nampally on April 10, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    KKR has a good group of Cricketers if they play as a "Team". But when good T20 batsmen like Gambhir & Kallis are not performing what example are they setting for younger guys? Yusuf Pathan is hit & miss as is Bisla. From the rest of the batting M.Tiwary has to stand up & be counted. Too much dependence on Morgan has made this one man batting side. That is where the change has to start with all these guys playing responsibly. Bret Lee is still one of the best Seamers in IPL & is taking wkts. - so is Narine. Let other3 bowlers show up. In a Team sport all XI have to contribute. RCB batting depends heavily upon Gayle, Kohli, AB de velliers. At least one of these guys contributes heavily in each game. By eliminating all 3 cheaply, KKR has a chance to win. I think KKR have to get 180 & bowl well in order to win. RCB is in no mood to lose with their aggressive skipper, Kohli. It promises to be a fine game if both the teams rise to the occasion. Let us Go guys!

  • Porky_PigTheToon on April 10, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    It seems Yusuf has forgotten how to bat. He is not even close to half of what he was once(!). His not bowling either. Either he is low on confidence or KKR think tank not utilizing him properly. He is a Big-Hitter but he too needs some balls to settle just like Gayle and Pollard. Just a waste of talent ! He should bat @ No. 4. This is where he can pick singles first and then go for BIG shots later in the innings.

  • squarepeg on April 10, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    KKR can't advance to semifinals unless Gambhir, Yusuf and Tiwary play to form. Last year, Narine, Gambhir took them to the playoffs, and in the final, Bisla and Kallis played out of their skin. If Yusuf fails this match also, then Abdullah should come in his place, and Das should replace Shukla or Tiwary. RCB is certain to qualify, just too many great batsmen and a solid bowling attack. The teams to beat remain CSK and MI, latter despite Sachin.

  • ThyrSaadam on April 10, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    @phunny_game Couldn't agree with you anymore on Y. Pathan. His probablility of soming off good and winning a game single handedly is close to remote, he might win 1/16 games or perhaps 2. I am suprised he isnt even being used as a bowler. Perhaps Kallis needs to open with GG. I am sure they will get off to a solid if not spectualr start, and then leave it to the likes of Morgan, and Pathan(cough cough) to up the coring rate.

  • Rabin.Neupane on April 10, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I think Kkr should finish in bottom 2 or 3 this year. Not a single good t20 player with misconcepted pathan.

  • on April 10, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    yusuf should open the innings or he should come in 1st down because he is good player of spin so he should bat higher up the order

  • phunny_game on April 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    KKR are persisting with yusuf only because they shelled out a huge amount for him, but i don't think he deserves a place on merit... Instead of him play iqbal abdullah. Even he can score 4-5 runs like yusuf, and would be pretty handy with the ball atleast. . . Also Bisla needs to understand what he did last year was a one off innings.. not everytime can he straightaway start firing. He needs to spend some time, especially since GG plays his shots in the first 6 overs and relieves all the pressure off his partner...

  • vak1997 on April 10, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    @KK_Cricket, Do you reckon Muralitharan, Murali Kartik, Vinay Kumar, RP Singh, Jaidev Unadkat, Zaheer Khan(if he's fit) a bad attack? Also, They've got Pankaj Singh, Ravi Rampaul, Abhimanyu Mithun, all who are unlikely to feature in the first XI. There are all rounders as well. "Bangalore's bowling is really weak and really don't see them going through the next round" - LOL!!

  • on April 10, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Where is brndon mccullam. . Come on gambhir. Im still waiting nd waiting mccullam in kkr batting line up

  • HellCatstar on April 10, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    RCB's bowling is decent. unadkat maintains good economy but has lack of ability to pick wickets. It is their batting that they have to worry. their domestic players in the middle order are not so good. Bangalore pitch offers assistance to pace. Narine shouldn't be much of a problem if RCB batsmen play him sensibly. Gayle did not fired in his last 2 innings. He will be keen to get some runs. All in all its going to be a great contest and RCB has the slight edge of winning the contest as they have become a team to beat in Home.

  • ShahidMalayil on April 10, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I feel that Yusuf Pathan should open and Bisla should come down the Order. Yusuf can clear the in field and get in to form. when he was in RR he had more balls to play because their top order collapse most of time. Thats how is became a star. Give him some balls to spare he will be deadly dangerous.

  • RanjithJoy on April 10, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Bangalore has a very good bowling dept. They were good against MI as well as SRH with the exception of a few overs, which is the same for any team really. What more can you expect? Muralitharan, Murali Karthik, RP Singh and Vinay are all good bowlers. In fact I feel this year we are better than previous years bowling-wise. I don't have to speak about the batting, they speak for themselves! Go RCB!

  • KK_Cricket on April 10, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Bangalore's bowling is really weak and really don't see them going through the next round... Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and to a certain extent Rajasthan (only a quality spinner lacking) have really balanced teams with good Indian players and mix of experienced international stars.. Expect Kolkata, Mumbai and Rajasthan to go through the Top 4.. Chennai may lag behind due to lack of quality Indian bowlers barring Ashwin... Expect Kolkata to win this without a big fuss.. KKR again would be the team to beat.. felt they were casual against the Royals.. need to up the intensity...

  • on April 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    where is brendon mccullum? :(

  • on April 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    where is brendon mccullum? :(

  • KK_Cricket on April 10, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Bangalore's bowling is really weak and really don't see them going through the next round... Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and to a certain extent Rajasthan (only a quality spinner lacking) have really balanced teams with good Indian players and mix of experienced international stars.. Expect Kolkata, Mumbai and Rajasthan to go through the Top 4.. Chennai may lag behind due to lack of quality Indian bowlers barring Ashwin... Expect Kolkata to win this without a big fuss.. KKR again would be the team to beat.. felt they were casual against the Royals.. need to up the intensity...

  • RanjithJoy on April 10, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Bangalore has a very good bowling dept. They were good against MI as well as SRH with the exception of a few overs, which is the same for any team really. What more can you expect? Muralitharan, Murali Karthik, RP Singh and Vinay are all good bowlers. In fact I feel this year we are better than previous years bowling-wise. I don't have to speak about the batting, they speak for themselves! Go RCB!

  • ShahidMalayil on April 10, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I feel that Yusuf Pathan should open and Bisla should come down the Order. Yusuf can clear the in field and get in to form. when he was in RR he had more balls to play because their top order collapse most of time. Thats how is became a star. Give him some balls to spare he will be deadly dangerous.

  • HellCatstar on April 10, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    RCB's bowling is decent. unadkat maintains good economy but has lack of ability to pick wickets. It is their batting that they have to worry. their domestic players in the middle order are not so good. Bangalore pitch offers assistance to pace. Narine shouldn't be much of a problem if RCB batsmen play him sensibly. Gayle did not fired in his last 2 innings. He will be keen to get some runs. All in all its going to be a great contest and RCB has the slight edge of winning the contest as they have become a team to beat in Home.

  • on April 10, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Where is brndon mccullam. . Come on gambhir. Im still waiting nd waiting mccullam in kkr batting line up

  • vak1997 on April 10, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    @KK_Cricket, Do you reckon Muralitharan, Murali Kartik, Vinay Kumar, RP Singh, Jaidev Unadkat, Zaheer Khan(if he's fit) a bad attack? Also, They've got Pankaj Singh, Ravi Rampaul, Abhimanyu Mithun, all who are unlikely to feature in the first XI. There are all rounders as well. "Bangalore's bowling is really weak and really don't see them going through the next round" - LOL!!

  • phunny_game on April 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    KKR are persisting with yusuf only because they shelled out a huge amount for him, but i don't think he deserves a place on merit... Instead of him play iqbal abdullah. Even he can score 4-5 runs like yusuf, and would be pretty handy with the ball atleast. . . Also Bisla needs to understand what he did last year was a one off innings.. not everytime can he straightaway start firing. He needs to spend some time, especially since GG plays his shots in the first 6 overs and relieves all the pressure off his partner...

  • on April 10, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    yusuf should open the innings or he should come in 1st down because he is good player of spin so he should bat higher up the order

  • Rabin.Neupane on April 10, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I think Kkr should finish in bottom 2 or 3 this year. Not a single good t20 player with misconcepted pathan.