Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Jaipur April 28, 2013

Fort Jaipur next stop for RCB on road trip

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Match facts

April 29, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

For a team at the top end of the points table, Royal Challengers Bangalore seem to have many doubters at the moment, all of them asking whether the side is capable of winning away from the Chinnaswamy Stadium. They did nothing to dispel the doubts with an utterly sub-par performance against Mumbai Indians on Saturday, and next up they have one of the tougher away assignments in the IPL: Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.

The numbers this season seem to warrant questions, with Royal Challengers winning six out of six at home and losing three of three away. However, as captain Virat Kohli pointed out, in Hyderabad it came down to a Super Over and in Chennai the difference between a win and a loss was "two inches". For relief, Royal Challengers can also look to the results from last year, when they won five of eight away and only three of seven completed games at home. After the Royals game, they have four more games on the road before returning to the Chinnaswamy. They will be keen to silence the detractors sooner rather than later.

To do that in Jaipur, they will have to hand the home team their first defeat at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium this season. Royals have won four out of four here, with particularly dominant showings in their previous two games: they crushed Mumbai Indians by 87 runs on April 17, bowling them out for 92, before reducing Sunrisers Hyderabad to 29 for 6 on Saturday. Sunrisers might have recovered to 144, but Shane Watson proceeded to slam 98 off 53 balls - ending two short of consecutive hundreds - to ensure the home team ended on a big high.

The Jaipur pitch has been assisting the seamers this season, offering bounce and movement, and once again Royals are likely to pack the side with pace bowlers. They would have noticed how Royal Challengers' top order struggled against high-quality pace bowling in Mumbai and will be looking to produce some of the same to keep their batting stars in check.

Form guide

Royal Challengers Bangalore LWWWL (most recent first)
Rajasthan Royals WLLWW

In the spotlight

Tillakaratne Dilshan has 76 runs in five innings at 15.20 in this IPL. More damningly, his strike rate has been 81.72. Against Mumbai Indians, facing fellow Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga, he swung and missed with regularity. He has done so a lot this season. Royal Challengers will have to decide whether the out-of-form Dilshan commands one of the overseas players spots in their XI, especially with the Jaipur pitch promising a stern test for the batsmen facing the new ball.

Fast bowler James Faulkner claimed the first five-for of IPL 2013 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. At the end of the game, he led the tournament's wicket tally. He has conceded less than a run-a-ball so far. In Australia's first-class competition this season, he played a central role in Tasmania's triumph with 39 wickets at 20.33. Last week, he was named in Australia's Ashes squad. Safe to say, he's enjoying a purple patch. Royals will need him to keep firing well into the business end of the tournament.

Stats and Trivia

  • Chris Gayle, with 54.97, is the only player with a batting average over 50 in the IPL (min 1000 runs). Shane Watson is one of only three players averaging in the 40s - his 42.08 is fourth on the list, behind Gayle, Michael Hussey and Shaun Marsh
  • Ajit Chandila's economy rate of 4.66 is the best among bowlers who have bowled 15 overs or more in IPL 2013

Quotes

"Just one off day and people have already started saying we can't win away from home. But the [previous] two [away] games that we lost were not thrashings but last-ball finishes. Had we executed our plans well, we would have had eight wins out of nine."
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli is not panicking after his team's loss to Mumbai Indians

"My main role is to bowl with the new ball and my thinking is to bowl dot balls. The more the dot balls I bowl, the better it is for me - the batsmen try to attack and I get wickets."
Rajasthan Royals offspinner Ajit Chandila defines his role in a team that has been building strategies around pacemen

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 29, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    not AB,dilshan was left out

  • on April 29, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Pujara is injured, guys.

  • ladycricfan on April 29, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Keep slips when Watson bats. Game, set and match for RCB.

  • on April 29, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    1. Drop Dilshan for Henriques, 2. Drop Karthik for Abhinav Mukund(Till Pujara is available). 3 AB to keep wickets. Batting is enforced with additional bowling option

  • HaavinaRaja on April 29, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    If RCB wants to win drop arun kartik,give keeping gloves to ABD, get an extra bowler/batsman/alrounder in place of arun kartik, Drop dilshan and take any murulidharan.

  • matchfixerpkn on April 29, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    drop dilshan ..win match ..simple logic for RCB ..just as sunrisers did ..drop sangakara win matches...

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    just for the sake of him self, kohli not selecting pujara. at least today he has to pick in place of t'dilshan. let us see.

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    RR team for today - Dravid, Rahane, Watson, Binny, Hodge, Faukner, Yagnik, Edwards, Chandelia, Srisant, trivedi,

  • Baconbunnyseal on April 29, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Absolutely no idea why RCB isn't playing Vettori at all. Bowling attack would improve by lots!

  • ZTE11 on April 29, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Guys , 1) Why RCB is playing dilshan even he is out of form 2) Why ABD is not behind the stumps 3) WHY PUJARA is not given a chance

  • on April 29, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    not AB,dilshan was left out

  • on April 29, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Pujara is injured, guys.

  • ladycricfan on April 29, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Keep slips when Watson bats. Game, set and match for RCB.

  • on April 29, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    1. Drop Dilshan for Henriques, 2. Drop Karthik for Abhinav Mukund(Till Pujara is available). 3 AB to keep wickets. Batting is enforced with additional bowling option

  • HaavinaRaja on April 29, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    If RCB wants to win drop arun kartik,give keeping gloves to ABD, get an extra bowler/batsman/alrounder in place of arun kartik, Drop dilshan and take any murulidharan.

  • matchfixerpkn on April 29, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    drop dilshan ..win match ..simple logic for RCB ..just as sunrisers did ..drop sangakara win matches...

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    just for the sake of him self, kohli not selecting pujara. at least today he has to pick in place of t'dilshan. let us see.

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    RR team for today - Dravid, Rahane, Watson, Binny, Hodge, Faukner, Yagnik, Edwards, Chandelia, Srisant, trivedi,

  • Baconbunnyseal on April 29, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Absolutely no idea why RCB isn't playing Vettori at all. Bowling attack would improve by lots!

  • ZTE11 on April 29, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Guys , 1) Why RCB is playing dilshan even he is out of form 2) Why ABD is not behind the stumps 3) WHY PUJARA is not given a chance

  • ZTE11 on April 29, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Can any one tell me why is RCB not playing CA pujara

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Just need to wait and see how it goes. IPL matches cannot be predicted, hopefully RCB win

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    RR should play to their advantage not to the team they are against. Lets for a moment stop thinking Gayle. If I were Dravid I would go with bit of pace considering Tait was wayward Edward is not a bad option. Also this pitch will suit Shree very well , I guess Trivedi has to sit out. The bowling line up should be Edward , Faulkner , Watson , Chandila , Shree and Binny. In batting though its time to bring in Shah and push Sachin baby up in the order.

    There were also few naysayers speaking about how Chadila spins (or not) , let them say whatever they want.. the great kumble also didnt spin a lot .. results are there in front of them !!

  • Suchith007 on April 29, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    exactly "Yasin123Patel" bring on some bowlers who can support Faulkner, Fidel edwards could be a better option in seaming pitches like SMS(Sawai ManSingh)

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    RCB needs to come out of shadow of Gayle and AB,,,,, if these two does not fires,, RCB cant do anything at all. On other hand Royals has balanced team...

    Biggest difference is that,, Royals has skipper who has cool head over his shoulders,,, unlike Virat , Rahul does not looks angry all the time,,

  • Narbavi on April 29, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    @Tal-Botvinnik: ya ya that's why he picked up a hattrick last season and is having a very good economy this season!!

  • Yasin123Patel on April 29, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Well, Its interesting to see how Faulkner 'll bowl against gayle and kohli. In last match vs RCB he did well. But target is too low to defend plus support lacks. He did well vs gayle in recent ODI in OZ and Bigbash. But how well he 'll do in indian pitches. Today watson and Jimmy have to fire. Plus I would like to replace cooper with another WIs Edwards. He is pacy and we need it vs Gayle.

  • Tendoschate on April 29, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    My team for RCB. They should follow if they want to go to finals.

    1. CA Pujara, 2. CH Gayle, 3. V Kohli*, 4. AB de Villiers, 5. MC Henriques, 6. SS Tiwary, 7. KB Arun Karthik†, 8. R Rampaul, 9. M Kartik, 10. R Vinay Kumar, 11. RP Singh, 12. J Syed Mohammad,

  • on April 29, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Mayank Aggarwal is injured. So guys, please stop naming him in your 'RCB team for the day'.

  • sramesh_74 on April 29, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Dilshan needs to go. His strike rate and approach at the top is poor. He has been swinging his bat in hope and he looked in terrible form against MI. Kohli could move up and Henriques/Mcdonald could come in to bolster the middle order. If fit, Murali Kartik should take Syed Mohamed's place. If RCB can restrict Watson and Hodge, they should win this. RR are not as invincible at home as portrayed!!

  • arunkumar_dip07 on April 29, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Expecting Magical Moments from Faulkner and Chris gayle :)

  • Rajeshj on April 29, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    With RCB, I would not say if its a case of home or away record scenario.. Their top order, barring ABD, thrives only on flat pitches and they don't have game changers as far as bowling is concerned. Kohli needs to be more sensible in his off-field remarks.. he can't say that RCBs losses were last ball finishes.. losing in the last ball is still a loss.. CSK had many such losses last year and when they qualified for play-offs courtesy a Deccan Chargers thrashing of RCB, many including Kohli grumbled that CSK didn't deserve it.. now he is eating up his own words.. I don't see much scope in him becoming the next captain of India.. Unless he calms and matures, it would be a risky affair to appoint him a captain..

  • on April 29, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    RR is not a watson show. unlike your gayle show. RR is a full team and they play as a team always. not like one guy always hitting and others just giving him company. do u think thos ewho bowl for big metros like bangalore, chennai, mumbai are good bowlers and thos ewho bowl forrajasthan, sunrisers are mediocre bowler. stop ur comparion. amit misra, faulkner, trivedi, sharma ar efar better than ur rp singh, munaf patel and etc. so see who is gonna bambozled today and dravdi gonna rock today

  • Suchith007 on April 29, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    RR's playing eleven today should be Watson, Rahane, Dravid, Hodge, Binny, Yagnik, SachinBaby, Faulkner, Hogg/Badree, Chandila, Sreesanth/Shukla

  • sweet2hrme on April 29, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    RCB is a very good side. Any team playing against RCB cant take anything lightly. Todays match is b/w Watson vs RCB. If watson gets out early than RR find themselves on a loosing side. On big avdantage RR are playing on their home ground and their ordinary bowlers suddenly become best swining bowler. They make life very difficult for the visiting team.. So it will be interesting match. Will Cris Gyle fire on a smeaming track?? Will watson again single handly put RR on a wining side ?? Will RR upset visiting team again infrönt of their home crowd?? Its a big question only time will tell....

  • on April 29, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Chandil has nothing to offer when it comes to drifting the ball, turning the ball etc..but see his pace variation that is helping a lot...and not to mention that luck can not bring you success against good batsman continuously...

  • parameshblr on April 29, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    My suggestion RCB's Palying XI are Gayle, Mayank, Kohli, ABD, Henriques/Mcdonald, Saurabh Tiwari, Vinay Kumar, Ravi Rampaul, Murali Karthik, Unadkat, Zaheer.. Let ABD Keep & pls drop Dilshan & RP Singh....

  • Suchith007 on April 29, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    RR, why not playing brad hogg in place of cooper, cooper is playing only because of his bowling abilities, and i dont think he is handfull with the bat, brad hogg left arm chinaman deliveries can bamboozle most batsman even today

  • on April 29, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Today defnate RR vill win challange

  • sudarsan on April 29, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    @Perfect Ten : CSK have all their away matches this year and their two losses have come in home matches.Chris Gayle rarely fires away from home and thats the reason they lose away matches.Good away performances shows the quality of the team and RCB are over reliant on Gayle,kohli and ABD.Their bowling is mediocre and lower order batting is even worse..I expect their losing streak in away matches to continue

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 29, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Chandila is mediocre slow meduim bowler and the batsmen are playing as a murali or warne. He doesn't turn the ball at all or drift or skid or anything.You can hit him through the line. THe problem is the batsmen think he turns the ball and attempt to slog him. even his hattrick vs pune all were nothing deliveries. just dance down the track and him him through the line.Even the commentators are amused by the batsmen folly and chandila's luck

  • on April 29, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    rcb plz give one more chance to agarwal he is very talented and he can be the future sehwag.Drop arun karthik make AB to keep the wickets bring agarwal and make him to open d innings with gayle instead of dilshan.where is pujara..... if possible give him oppurtunity, definitely he will utilise it. jaya ho rcb

  • on April 29, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    rcb should drop dilshan nd include christian. my playing 11 is 1.gayle 2.vijay zol 3.virat 4.ab devilliers 5.saurabh tiwary 6.daniel christian 7.arun karthik(wk) 8.ravi rampal 9.vinay kumar 10.muarli karthik 11.r.p.singh/unadkat/zaheer(If fit)

    vijay zol needs a chance he scored a century in his recent outing in syed musthak ali trophy. so try him once.

  • PerfectTen on April 29, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    I feel it was an off-day at work for RCB against MI. Agreed, they are not as effective outside of Bangalore but tell me which team is, when they travel? CSK, RR,KKR are all almost unbeatable at home & most of their losses have come on the road. The three previous encounters at Mumbai, RCB were victorious. This time, it was a combination of complacency and a well prepared opposition that came in their way. Having said that, RCB need to give a serious thought to their multi-tasker positions. Now, its a team of pure batsmen & bowlers and a wicket keeper who can not be counted on with the bat. If they are to keep their critics at bay, they need a few changes - AB should don the keeping gloves relieving Arun Karthik from the 11; Dilshan should make way for Moises; Vijay Zol (hopefully a better fielder) should replace the non-committal Tiwary; if fit, Pujara should be drafted in else, give one more chance to Lokesh Rahul. Also, Vinay should be bowling more often in the first 6 for wickets.

  • palla.avinash on April 29, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Wish u 23rd Happy birth day James Peter Faulkner and i hope u present gift to royals by taking gayle early all the best.

  • Nike_007 on April 29, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    I am still confused that why Batsmen are finding it hard to hit Chandila. From the TV it seems he is giving lollipops to batsmen.

    From the last mtach's playing XI RR should Drop Trivedi and bring Sreesanth, drop Cooper and bring Edwards/Badree but not Tait.

    If dravid can do the keeping then include Shukla/chavan on the place of yagnik. Can also try Owais Shah on the place of Hodge.

  • jay_vkjay on April 29, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    RCB Not home track bullies. As Virat said 2 of their 3 defeats were close contests. Time for Dilshan to warm the bench. He is struggling to get bat on ball. Barnwell/Henriques should be in. RCB Badly needs Pujara. When he is fit, Let him open with Gayle. He will struggle in middle order, as he is not quick between the wickets. R............C............B

  • Qa_ankit on April 29, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Even i am from Rajasthan so RR is in my blood, still i don't know why people are shouting about RCB outside Bangalore outing. Its just a sheer luck. Captain is not the culprit for that. Also Home games are thats why advantages. Even if any team win their all home games, they are almost through to semi's. But most of the teams are not able to do that. Not even chennai. Its really tough. So i will appraise the RCB. But also don't want today them to breach my Fort. Now As always, different teams, different mind sets, different strategies. Open with spin and faulkner with other hand against heavy Gayle. As they recently did. Play Hogg/Edwards & remove cooper. Instead of Srisanth, can do for Rahul. Rest remains same. Dravid, Rahane, Watson, Binny, Hodge, Yagnik, baby, Hogg/Edwards, Chandila, Srisanth/Rahul, Trivedi. @Hogg: I don't know why, but i feel dravid is playing a master game here. Because all semi's and other will be played on spin pitch and no one would have faced him till yet.

  • Avi56 on April 29, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    This is sure going to be a cracker of a match... Both teams on top of the table and also both are in the form of their season...While RCB would like to turnaround their bad result on Sat vs MI ...RR would like to resurrect and defend their record on their fortress... With Shane watson back in form it is going to be a good match...Wish This match again goes to the Final over and a lovely two way contest.Though i am an RCB fan i will love my team to win but I would also like to see good cricket played by RR..Last time was disappointing to win easily over RR and wish it does not have a similar result...Anyways These two teams are favourites along with CSK and RCB to win the Title so All the best for this match and may the better team win.. Though ppl would love to see Godzilla Gayle unleash himself and Virat Blast Through this sureface is best for a Player Like Ab Devilliers..You are goin to see the most amazing game from him today

  • on April 29, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    The problem with Gayle is second batting, In front of big scores if the assault is delayed the required run rate increases and as a result increase pressure on batsman, that's what it has happened in Mumbai. This time win the toss and bat first allowing Gayle to place his innings, GO RCB today RCB WILL WIN

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 29, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Its funny that bowlers like Unadkat were benced all the season in the KKR dugouts and now is turning out to be a sort of spearhead to the RCB bowling. Mukund, Jalaj Saxena, Suryakumar are good t20 players

    AbDv will be the one to watch out.

  • Romenevans on April 29, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Brad Hogg needs to come in for Cooper. We need his wrong one against Gayle and AB. Cooper lost us RCB and CSK game and he was horrible in the last game we played against Sunrisers as well.

  • on April 29, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    RR vs RCB matches are really exciting ! We all know how gayle can devastate on his day. Rahane is due for a big innings , let the better team win- CSK FAN

  • akshaykatyura on April 29, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Hey, where is CD Barnwell, he definitely deserves a chance from RCB.

  • on April 29, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    This is very crucial game for RCB and Virat. Virat should include Pujara in the playing XI if he is fit and play him as opener. Because it is fast pitch and India plays next series with SA(pace and bouncy track). If Virat and Pujara played well, it is good for Team India. Drop Dilshan and include Murali or Henriques or McDonald. Go Virat and Pujara.

  • on April 29, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    I think RR need an extra batsman. Cooper needs to get hi groove back. Sreesanth on Tait - may be useful. Tait ends up batting for the other side with his wides, no balls and bouncers. I think Shah or Hogg may be worthy additions if they drop Cooper.

  • IndCricFan2013 on April 29, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    Come on guys, give RCB a break! Yes, they are Top 3 heavy. Which team is not? CSK look up to Hussey, Dhoni and Raina for batting. RR now looks up to Watson for batting these days. Every team look upto players who are back in form. Can RCB win outside home, is not even a decent question. I back Virat's answers for that. Mumbai bowled extremely well, Can RR do the same? BTW I am CSK Fan, Dravid Fan and Fan of bowlers who can get Gayle out . But there has to be reason to question RCB's credentials outside. I back CSK, MI, RCB and RR to be in the top4 to go to qualifiers and look forward to the contest between these teams. Let them give a good match tomorrow.

  • on April 28, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    T Dilshan is in bad form; drop him and bring Murali back.

  • viru-319-219 on April 28, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Perfect Recipe for RCB after trashing by MI.

    Seam and Bounce........... Best way to put brakes on Gayle

    RR will drop Cooper and bring in Tait Open bowling with Faulkner and Tait, target head of Gayle with Faulkner mixing it up with yorkers. this is the best way to keep Gayle quiet and long boundaries in Jaipur will only help their cause. No Sreesanth to Gayle he can be used as first change, Sree's stock delivery is full length with the ball swinging and Gayle doesn't need any further invitation.

    Gayle's success is mostly in Bangalore with flat pitch and his top edges going over the ropes and real test for him is when they leave their home, like his top edge ending in the hands of rayudu in previous ocassion

  • ROXSPORT on April 28, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    I would have Owais Shah in place of Brad Hodge & Bradley Hogg in place of Kevin Cooper.

  • hm007 on April 28, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    RR, it's time to pay back RCB. Saurabh's comments seems sensible to go with.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 28, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Owais for Hodge and Fidel for Cooper, IMO. May be Sree for Trivedi.

  • r0adrunn3r on April 28, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Virat needs to stay off the interwebz till the IPL is over. He needs to concentrate on his game and stop responding to naysayers. All the hate towards him will dial down in a few months. This is a very crucial period in the competition, playing away from home for many matches at a stretch can be daunting, but will surely test his mettle. No matter who boos you just remember that we here in Bangalore love you, keep your head high. Good luck and hope RCB wins tomorrow.

  • shamsher12345 on April 28, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    i would love to see replacement of Cooper and Trivedi in the next match.. I would like Rahane to be a bit more aggressive in opening 6 overs[if he opens]

    Sreesanth is a good option instead of Trivedi as he might be a good option to bowl to Gayle in the beginning...and i would like shah to be at the lower order instead of Cooper as what i have seen when top order fails there is not good backup behind..

    go fir the kill RR.. watson we need you to deliver again with healthy performance by others...

  • on April 28, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    I wish RCB drops Dilshan and includes Moises or gives Barnwell a chance. But then, that would mean Arun Karthik opening with Gayle which then would mean RCB losing at least a wicket by the end of 3rd over. RCB needs an opening pair that can rotate strikes, take the fight to the opposition and put up at least 40-50 runs by the conclusion of power play overs. There have been no updates on the availability of Pujara, once he gets back, his inclusion can provide solidarity to the middle order. Posterior to the trashing RCB received against MI and the events that ensued, I am thinking RCB and more so Kholi will be desperate to prove a point to the detractors. Hope we get a cracking contest and hope RCB prevails.

  • Cricketfan101 on April 28, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    My RR XI Rahane, Watson , Dravid Binny/Baby,Hogde,Samson, Faulkner,Chandila , Shukla,Tait, Sreesanth. hit Gayle with the Pace of Tait and Shukla early then bring on Chandila after creating pressure

  • on April 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    With the way things've gone till now,RR are the clear favorites.

  • on April 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Cooper needs to be dropped. Both he and Trivedi have lost their line and length as the tournament has progressed. Both are slow medium pacers and are yet bowling wides and short pitch stuff. Binny showed more maturity hitting the good length. I think RR need Sreesanth back in place of Trivedi, and in place of Cooper they need to bring in anyone of the 4 bowlers - Edwards/Badree/Hogg/Tait. Give Gayle raw pace of tait or Edwards at one end and spin of Chandila or Hogg at the other. Btw it wont be a bad idea to bring in Owais Shah. He totally killed RCB last year.

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  • on April 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Cooper needs to be dropped. Both he and Trivedi have lost their line and length as the tournament has progressed. Both are slow medium pacers and are yet bowling wides and short pitch stuff. Binny showed more maturity hitting the good length. I think RR need Sreesanth back in place of Trivedi, and in place of Cooper they need to bring in anyone of the 4 bowlers - Edwards/Badree/Hogg/Tait. Give Gayle raw pace of tait or Edwards at one end and spin of Chandila or Hogg at the other. Btw it wont be a bad idea to bring in Owais Shah. He totally killed RCB last year.

  • on April 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    With the way things've gone till now,RR are the clear favorites.

  • Cricketfan101 on April 28, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    My RR XI Rahane, Watson , Dravid Binny/Baby,Hogde,Samson, Faulkner,Chandila , Shukla,Tait, Sreesanth. hit Gayle with the Pace of Tait and Shukla early then bring on Chandila after creating pressure

  • on April 28, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    I wish RCB drops Dilshan and includes Moises or gives Barnwell a chance. But then, that would mean Arun Karthik opening with Gayle which then would mean RCB losing at least a wicket by the end of 3rd over. RCB needs an opening pair that can rotate strikes, take the fight to the opposition and put up at least 40-50 runs by the conclusion of power play overs. There have been no updates on the availability of Pujara, once he gets back, his inclusion can provide solidarity to the middle order. Posterior to the trashing RCB received against MI and the events that ensued, I am thinking RCB and more so Kholi will be desperate to prove a point to the detractors. Hope we get a cracking contest and hope RCB prevails.

  • shamsher12345 on April 28, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    i would love to see replacement of Cooper and Trivedi in the next match.. I would like Rahane to be a bit more aggressive in opening 6 overs[if he opens]

    Sreesanth is a good option instead of Trivedi as he might be a good option to bowl to Gayle in the beginning...and i would like shah to be at the lower order instead of Cooper as what i have seen when top order fails there is not good backup behind..

    go fir the kill RR.. watson we need you to deliver again with healthy performance by others...

  • r0adrunn3r on April 28, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Virat needs to stay off the interwebz till the IPL is over. He needs to concentrate on his game and stop responding to naysayers. All the hate towards him will dial down in a few months. This is a very crucial period in the competition, playing away from home for many matches at a stretch can be daunting, but will surely test his mettle. No matter who boos you just remember that we here in Bangalore love you, keep your head high. Good luck and hope RCB wins tomorrow.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 28, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Owais for Hodge and Fidel for Cooper, IMO. May be Sree for Trivedi.

  • hm007 on April 28, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    RR, it's time to pay back RCB. Saurabh's comments seems sensible to go with.

  • ROXSPORT on April 28, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    I would have Owais Shah in place of Brad Hodge & Bradley Hogg in place of Kevin Cooper.

  • viru-319-219 on April 28, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Perfect Recipe for RCB after trashing by MI.

    Seam and Bounce........... Best way to put brakes on Gayle

    RR will drop Cooper and bring in Tait Open bowling with Faulkner and Tait, target head of Gayle with Faulkner mixing it up with yorkers. this is the best way to keep Gayle quiet and long boundaries in Jaipur will only help their cause. No Sreesanth to Gayle he can be used as first change, Sree's stock delivery is full length with the ball swinging and Gayle doesn't need any further invitation.

    Gayle's success is mostly in Bangalore with flat pitch and his top edges going over the ropes and real test for him is when they leave their home, like his top edge ending in the hands of rayudu in previous ocassion