Bangalore v Delhi, IPL, Bangalore April 17, 2013

'Collapse tells bad story of RCB batting' - de Villiers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Royal Challengers Bangalore hung on for a win against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday night, in a match they should have cruised to victory in. When AB de Villiers was run out, the hosts needed 24 at a run a ball, with seven wickets in hand and captain Virat Kohli batting on 62 off 43. Then, they imploded, leaving Nos. 8 and 9, Vinay Kumar and Ravi Rampaul, 12 to get off the final over. That collapse, de Villiers said after the game, told "a bad story of our batting line-up".

Rampaul managed to drag it to the Super Over, but even there it was not smooth sailing for Royal Challengers: it took a couple of late sixes from de Villiers to lift them to a defendable 15, which Rampaul just about defended.

That Super Over, de Villiers said, was tough to get through: "It might be entertaining for the viewers but I tell you, it's not very enjoyable when you're out there with so much pressure and only six balls. I was very happy to see the last two balls sail over the boundary, which got us into a good position to win the game."

De Villiers took his share of the blame for the game coming to that - he had hit straight to Morne Morkel at mid-off and set off for a run he was always going to struggle to complete. "I personally have to take a bit of responsibility for that. My run-out started a big collapse and that was unfortunate," he said. "In saying that, we do have some serious batting firepower upfront and hence we should have finished this game in the 20 overs itself. The fact that we collapsed a bit, tells a bad story about our batting line-up."

This was not the first nail-biter in the tournament for Royal Challengers. They won their opening game against Mumbai Indians by two runs, after Vinay bowled a fine over with Mumbai needing 10, then came the unsuccessful Super Over against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings' jailbreak courtesy RP Singh's last-delivery no-ball in their previous match.

The good thing to come out of all this for Royal Challengers, de Villiers said, was they now knew what it was like to deal with extreme pressure: "That's the positive that we will take out - the fact that we won a pressure game. There were a lot of negatives in the way we batted out there, but the fact that we pulled through it means a lot to us all."

Royal Challengers' mainstay Gayle did not have much to contribute with the bat on Tuesday, scoring 13 off 9 in normal time and, more importantly, 2 off 2 in the Super Over. De Villiers said the team must deliver more consistently, even when Gayle fails. "Chris is a fantastic player but one guy cannot perform in every game. Myself, Virat and a few other batsmen in the team understand that we will have to win some games for the team as well. We have a lot of experience in our batting line-up and it's time that we start to take control of the games."

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  • Rajesh on April 18, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    My 11 for RCB 1, pujara/ mukund 2,gayle 3,vijay zol 4 kohli 5 ab 6 harshal patel 7 barnwell 8 ravi rampoul 9 mohamed 10 karthik 11 vinay/ rp/ parameshwaran

  • Srisha on April 18, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    A lucky escape for RCB although they managed to dominate the match for almost 35 overs. Clearly shows that the batting cupboard is empty after Gayle, Virat and AB. It's understandable to try out someone like McDonald ahead of the proven Henriques against DD which is pretty low on morale. But, against teams like RR, CSK & KKR, the teams likely to challenge RCB for a spot in the final four, they should not experiment and instead get their best 11. I do not understand why they are persisting with Arun Karthik whose value to the team is actually nothing. If they want to try youngsters in the not so crucial encounters, now they should go for Vijay Zol & Saurabh Tiwary if he is fit. However, Tiwary is also like RP Singh who never gives his 100% in their core areas and also while fielding. Still, waiting for Karthik to fire is meaningless.

  • Raya on April 18, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Saurabh Tiwary is also recovering from a shoulder injury, Should be expecting soon. So, we have Mayank, Pujara & Saurabh Tiwary are injured. We will have strong bating line up in the second half of this season. Mayank is not sure to play the rest of the season as he is asked to rest for 4 weeks.

  • Raya on April 18, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    Royal Challengers opener Mayank Agarwal is likely to miss the rest of the IPL campaign after he broke his finger while fielding in the match against Super Kings. Attempting to save a four from Ravindra Jadeja in the 16th over, Agarwal threw himself full stretch to his right to save two runs, but in the process dug his little finger on the right hand into the ground. Jennings confirmed Agarwal's broken finger, which was operated on Sunday, and has been advised at least four weeks rest. According to Jennings, the franchise was keenly awaiting the return of Indian top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who has missed the first two weeks of the IPL, recovering from a finger injury he picked up during the final Test of the Australia series in Delhi last month. Pujara's fitness will be assessed on Monday and a call will be taken by the team management soon.

  • S on April 17, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    RCB has three batsmen. The rest are useless.

  • Balaji on April 17, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    I am not sure why Mukund is not tried ahead of Mayank/Rahul. He can fill the shoes of Pujara until he comes back and add a lot of solidity to already explosive Top order with the likes of Gayle, Kohli and ABD...

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    we support csk champion i think if by chance Gayle and AB get injury in the same time for some rest matches RCB would not win any mach

  • o on April 17, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    RCB need to give Barnwell a shot instead of Christian or McDonald, he's a much more dangerous cleaner hitter to have at the end than either of them. He's also more of a bowler and good fielder much better option for RCB and Ii know he'll be hungry to perform !

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Will be that a bad an idea to try Pujara at the top of the order and Sourabh Tiwary at no. 7. Henriques should be the all-rounder batting at no less than 6. Pujara can do the job what Rahane is doing for RR. Four genuine bowlers along with Henriques and Gayle are good enough to fill the quotas. RCB can not rely on 3 men for batting. Pujara will do better than Mayank and K L Rahul.