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

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 17, 2013

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AB de Villiers was run out for 39, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Bangalore, April 16, 2013
AB de Villiers rued his run-out, and said the collapse reflected RCB's poor batting © BCCI
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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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Posted by raj877 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

Posted by PerfectTen 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.

Posted by runut9 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.

Posted by runut9 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.

Posted by SevereCritic on (April 17, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

RCB has three batsmen. The rest are useless.

Posted by BKB87 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...

Posted by   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

Posted by BRUTALANALYST 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 !

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Tis man is jus awesome..A.B DEVILLIERS...go on A.B we love uuuuuuu...

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

I believe Moises Henriques,Pujara & Tiwary,all three of them deserve a game in here leaving McDonald,Arun Karthik & Rahul out.Henriques was left out of the side for no reason after doing so well in the two games he played.You must have atleast 6 or 7 match winners in your side,not 3.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

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

Posted by Shivago on (April 17, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

What was the big idea of playing McDonald? Moses Enriques or Chris Barnwell are much better bowling and batting options! Barnwell is as good as Pollard with the bat and better with the ball. He single handedly took Guyana to the final of the Caribbean T20 and knocked out Jamaica with a massive 100 from Gayle, they put up a formidable total and Guyana then lost Chanderpal, Sarwan, etc and were in big trouble. In walks Barnwell and blasts 80+ in 40 Ish balls to win the game! Could McDonald do that?

Posted by sharath01 on (April 17, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

I dont know who is picking the RCB team . They are just not playing enough people who can hold a bat.

Just convince ABD to be the Wicket Keeper . Have 4 bowlers and 1 part timer. everything will fall into place.

Posted by NareshPodi on (April 17, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

As Gayle starts slowly for first few overs, it is better, if he comes at by around 10th over, he will be even more helpful for RCB. try this.

Virat and AB are awesome and Gayle too. But that is not enough, it is better to have 2 more good batsmen who can score quickly. and bowling is really poor. Kohli is helpless. There is no one who can be trusted at death overs. Need good bowlers.

Posted by CricketAkshay on (April 17, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

From this I can understand one thing. RCB will not win the IPL - 6 as after De Villers, it almost looks like a tail. I hope everyone who is reading this article should know this.

Posted by rasiramesh on (April 17, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Fact:

MI & PWI are the only teams in IPL to have not played Super Over Match so far. While RCB has played 2 times and other teams once in IPL History.

Posted by kevepere on (April 17, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

My team for RCB would be 1.Gayle 2. Pujara 3.Kohili 4.ABD 5.Tiwary 6. Henriques 7.Rampal 8.M. Karthik 9.Vinay Kumar 10.Unadkat 11. Syed Mohhamed up to seven can bat. 2 spinners , 4 fast / fast medium

Posted by vijayajith on (April 17, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

give abhinav mukund a chance.. he ll perform well

Posted by RCB4Eva on (April 17, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Give AB the gloves, bring in Mukund for Rahul, Sheldon Jackson for Arun Kartik and Barnwell for McDonald. This way the bowling remains as is (very expensive figures, but understand that this is actually the cream of the team, so there is no one else to replace the current set, maybe Murali Karthik for No-Ball Singh) and the batting is strengthened sufficiently to withstand a top order collapse.

Crhis Barnwell looks like a good talent that is wasting away on the bench, Mukund is any day a better batsman, Sheldon Jackson has proved his worth in the 2012-13 Ranji season. Unfortunately, Pujara and Tiwary are both out injured, many people who have suggested their names here may not be aware of it.

Hopefully, we will see RCB overcom its batting panic attacks and tighten up its death bowling. Please spare us of these last ball finishes and Super Overs. We can only stand so much.

Posted by nu_ni on (April 17, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Dilshan should be given a chance as an opener..If he get his fprm back, it will b very much advantageous for RCB...He is a great player...

1. Gayle 2.Dilshan 3.Kohili 4.ABD 5.Pujra 6.Tiwary 7.Rampal 8.Syed Mohhamed/Karthik 9.Vinay Kumar 10.Unadkat 11. Saheer/Aravind/Mithun

Posted by muski on (April 17, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

AB- You say we have lot of experience in our batting line up- Are you talking of Chris, Virat and you- where is the experience in others?. All the unknown Indian names are making a farce of this IPL. The less said about Death Bowling the better.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

i feel virat should give a chance to pujara, and they already play with abd, gayle n rampal.. so 4th overseas player can be henriques he's better guy than any others in the team and he's in form too.. and abd can keep wickets so instead of arun we can play with agarwal.. so the batting is perfect nw.. remaining 4 plyers can be vinay kumar, muruli karthik, unadkat and syed mohammad.. i think this team would handle pressure in any scenario..

Posted by AlbertPintoGussaHua on (April 17, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

What are people like Rahul, McDonald or Christian doing in this team? What happened to Moises? RCB needs at least one more decent batsmen after Gayle, Kohli and ABD.

Why is RP Singh bowling lenght balls? Why is RP Singh bowling in death overs? Why is RP Singh bowling at all?

Why did he bowl the last over when his ER from the first 3 overs was 10.50 and there were 2 other bowlers with better ER who still had overs remaining. Kohli is learning captaincy the hard way.

Why is Venky still the bowling coach when none of these bowlers can bowl yorkers on demand?

Posted by crillywood on (April 17, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

AB should keep the wickets and pujara has to be brought in the place of arun karthik (who has done nothing with the bat till now except for the last ball six which he hit in the champions legaue)

Posted by Fivewide on (April 17, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Keeping Murali and Vettori out is not a good option . One of them should be in the team. Mcdonald has to be dropped . The way Kohli handled Arun Karthik was pathetic. Abhinav Mukund should be brought into the team . He is better than Rahul as opener. Tiwary or Pujara should play and Ab should be given the gloves. Current batting line up is very pathetic . consistent poor team selection . Over reliance on Ab and Gayle is not good for the team.

Posted by kapilesh23 on (April 17, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

RCB's building is built on only three pillars. There is no guarantee that all this three pillars would always stand, they will all collapse at least once and when they will the whole RCB building will fall.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (April 17, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

@ Shaheer Sohail, FYI this is Indian Domestic Event, ICC has got nothing to do with it. Please be informed.

Posted by MichealT on (April 17, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

RCB and CSK are without any doubt the two best team in IPL by far. With Zaheer, Murali, Vettori and Dilshan they have four greatest players in all format sitting on the bench. All of these players are explosive and reliable batsman too beside being really good fielders. Playing AB as a batsman only is a waste and playing him at four is a waste too. They can play Dilshan as an allrounder and bring in Pujara and Zaheer in the side. Mumbai and Kolkatta have some big names in their side but they are no match against the quality of CSK and RCB in T20 format.

Posted by uncanny on (April 17, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

RCB is thin on indian batting resource, they need to get abhinav mukund in team, a tried and tested batsmen, may not have high strike rate but can be a main stay if famous three fails. Its unfortunate that saurabh and pujara are injured, but they need to find options other than KS rahul. And bring back mosis back if he is not injured. He played well(bowling + batting) in the two games he played, and dont deserve to be replaced by christian or macdonald.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Virat Kholi needs to take a long look at himself. The run out was a complete embarassment that he, seemingly, wasn't too keen to take responsibility for. Then when he got himself out, he embarassed himself further by swinging the bat and storming in to the dug-out. Cricket? No, actually, the IPL is NOT cricket - it's football with bats and pads and the playrs are behaving more like the pampered footballers they hope to be a pound behind.

Posted by rohan024 on (April 17, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Any idea why RCB don't play Abhinav Mukund? He's the only domestic batsman (apart from Kohli) in RCB squad, who's international class. He has played tests for India, and didn't do bad.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (April 17, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

RCB is made of three players , Gayle, Kohli and ABD...Any one of them can win a match on their own

Posted by MaverickMonk on (April 17, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

d much awaited Pujara Return should complete the missing link in dis top heavy batting order...RCB needs someone to play sheet anchor when players like GAYLE,KOHLI and AB are thrashing the bowlers. why not give a try to Vijay zol who looked in good touch or Tiwary who has done well in d past for MI.

also, the selection of macdonald and christian over MOISES is really baffling..thet too when the portuguese has done well with both bat and Ball.

Posted by NP_NY on (April 17, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

Replace McDonald with Henriques, Arun Karthik with Pujara (when he can play) and give the gloves to AB. RCB will be all set.

Posted by her0 on (April 17, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Where is Pujara? Wasn't he supposed to be back in the team by the 5th RCB match

Posted by CaliforniaMysterySpinner on (April 17, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

Part of the reason for RCB's batting collapse issues is that they only go in with 4 specialist batsmen, then the wicket keeper, and then an all rounder. I think RCB would be well served to use Moises Henriques as a batting all rounder. Furthermore, once Cheteshwar Pujara is fully fit again, they can add another reliable bat in place of a scratchy option such as KL Rahul to further improve batting depth.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (April 17, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

A top heavy batting order followed by mediocre and inexperienced middle and lower order has been RCB's problem. With AB, Kohli and Gayle they will surely make it to the knock outs but in pressure game against quality opposition the formula might not work. Also the bowling is weak and can be taken for many runs by teams like CSK and MI who bat long and deep.

Posted by Avi56 on (April 17, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

Ok guys Get a Hold on this.. This is not the only tale of RCB...All other Big Teams as you name it too fell in this IPL. For example, CSK vs Pune...started off weell Fell at the end...KXIP vs KKR....KKR were crusining they lost wickests at the end. Game over...MI vs RCB....Mumbai should have won it easily but kept on losing wickets and breaking partnership...And what is the Funniest thing of All RCB won even after falling whereas CSK,KKR and MI did not...and if you observe No 3 Players of each team has played as consistent as the RCB top 3...MI pondulkar flop, KKR only Gambhir, CSK flash in the pan Vijay and Hussey.. There is no doubt that RCB should have won without the RCb but you got to appreciate the Bowling of DD... They have been the best when it comes to Death bowling watch the match vs SRH and RR the last 4 overs is DD best (barring the match vs MI)

Posted by fanofteamindia on (April 17, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

I think the problem is the selection of third overseas batsman. Instead of Henriques, christian or mc donald, they can go for Dilshan. He is an experienced, proven cricketer who can lend more solidity to the batting.

Posted by Karunk on (April 17, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

AB mentions "We have a lot of experience in our batting line-up"... Apart from Gayle, AB & Virat, there is no experience. I think for Rahul and Karun Nair are playing their first IPL. Mayank is injured. Pujara is yet to come back from injury. Not sure why Henriques is not playing. Is he injured? Can't expect McDonald to perform in his first game. Both Dilshan & Daniel Christian have been failing consistently in batting. Only way out is return of Pujara and AB to take the wicket keeping gloves and get in extra batsman. Arun is a safe keeper but not a batsman who can score quickly after 15th over.

Posted by Gdesai on (April 17, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

Dilshan should be brought in place of a vacant all-rounder position as they desperately needs a good batsman in the middle-order.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (April 17, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

The worlds best batsman, without a shadow of a doubt. Comfortable against both pace and spin!

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

Is KL Rahul better than Abhinav Mukund? Not sure if Mukund is injured.But if he is fit he should play. Hoping for Pujara to get fit soon. He will lend some solidity to the line up.And how about getting Sheldon Jackson in for Arun Kartik? With the current squad the line up should be- Gayle, Mukund, Pujara, Virat, AB, Moises Henriques, Jackson, Vinay, Rampaul, Unadkat, Murali Karthik

Posted by SamRoy on (April 17, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

Dropping Mayank Aggarwal and Moises Henriques were very bad decisions. Both need to come back. And Pujara must play when fit in the middle order at 5. Not retaining CM Goutham was a big mistake. Proper batsman like CM Gautham win more games than sloggers like Arun Karthik or KL Rahul.

Posted by kc69 on (April 17, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

Thanks to AB else RCB would have ended losing..they were reliable on Gayle and now its AB.Apart from Gayle,AB and Kohli there aren't any batsmen in RCB.

Posted by aby401 on (April 17, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

What a fantastic cricketer and a person. I wish he was an Indian..

Posted by hkreddy on (April 17, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Most trusted batsman in any format - AB.. I love watching your game

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

Bangalore has serious problem with their middle order. If the top three fail, god save the team. Unfortunate to be so but they still manage to win matches with this. I really hope they get the right balance with the team starting with benching RP Singh for the rest of the tournament. Clearly he is no where what he claims to be.

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