Kolkata v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Ranchi May 11, 2013

Bangalore look to rise within top four


Match facts

May 12, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

It is likely that Chennai Super Kings will find more support in Ranchi than Kolkata Knight Riders. The last time the JSCA International Stadium Complex hosted a game, the hometown boy MS Dhoni hit the winning runs in an ODI against England in front of a packed house in a city where his popularity possibly rivals Sourav Ganguly's in Kolkata. Dhoni's IPL team, however, won't be playing in Ranchi this year. Instead, the Ranchi crowd, on paper, should be backing a side on a ventilator this season; it won't be a surprise if they end up supporting Royal Challengers Bangalore, a team with greater star power and in the running for a spot in the play-offs, or perhaps they will end up backing both.

Knight Riders won comfortably against Pune Warriors in their previous game, and Royal Challengers beat Delhi Daredevils narrowly. A win for Royal Challengers will take their tally to nine and them to No.2, though having played one game more than the rest in the top four.

Form guide

Kolkata Knight Riders: WLWLL
Royal Challengers Bangalore: WLWLL

Players to watch

Moises Henriques was bought for US$300,000 by Royal Challengers, and he's repaid them with impressive all-round performances this season. Each time Royal Challengers have posted a score in their last few games, Henriques has played an important role in the death overs with cameos. He has also picked up seven wickets at 22.28.

Ryan ten Doeschate had an impact in his first IPL game this season, prompting questions over why Knight Riders hadn't picked him earlier. Though he doesn't rate his own bowling very highly, he remains among the more experienced Twenty20 players, having played in more than 10 countries, and is good enough to qualify as a specialist T20 batsman.

Stats and trivia

  • Sunil Narine has an excellent economy-rate in T20 cricket, but one batsman who's dominated him is Suresh Raina, scoring 47 off 23 balls. Michael Hussey has scored the most runs off him, 54, but that's come off 61 deliveries.
  • Virat Kohli became the 11th batsman to score 99 in a T20 innings. Raina is the other Indian on the list. There's also Salman Butt, who made an unbeaten 99 for Lahore Lions against Quetta Bears in 2008.


"At the moment, the competition is pretty open. We still have a fair chance of reaching the play-offs. For me what matters is the remaining three games and we face RCB on Sunday, which is a must-win game for us. Hopefully, we can try and deliver."
Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir clings on to hope.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    The team which plays with 6 Batsmen & 5 Bowlers can clinch the trophy. Hence, MI (or) RCB will win this year's IPL Trophy.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Some say KKR still has a chance to qualify for play offs . Itz only possible if KKR wins all their 3 matches and equally RCB and SRH to loose their respective matches. RCB's remainingg matches are against tough teams and so as for SRH , Basically i feel KKR still has chances . common KKR you can do it ...........

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    KKR may have theoretical chances of getting into playoffs but in my opinion., they are practically out of IPL 2013....

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    i think todays day s rcb s day

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Good to see so many anti RCB fans , atleast they fear RCB even if their favored team is not playing today. Go RCB its showtime !!.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    RCB has had two major weakness. 1. Opening Partner for Gayle 2. Death Bowling. The first weakness is now solved with Pujara proving to be ideal foil for the rampging Gayle. Jaidev Unadkat has shown promise in Death Bowling which only had the wily Vinay Kumar with no support. Unadkat's bowling today to Pathan &co will show whether his bowling against Delhi Daredevils was just a flash in the pan. All matches featuring RCB have been thrillers. Todays match too shows promises of being a nail biater. RCB should put this across KKR especially since the Batting looks solid and bowling has started to come of age.

  • Uwaisul on May 12, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    How optimistic Gambir is!! In order for KKR to qualify for the play-offs they have to win all their remaining matches with a big margin, and need RCB & SRH to loose all their remaining games, in fact RCB needs to loose with bigger margin too. My word, how fair KKR's chances are?

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    i hate both these teams,must win game for RCB if they lose this match then it will be very difficult for them to qualify for the play-offs..personally i want them to qualify for play-offs so that our team(CSK) gets the chance to smash them....

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    KKR owes this win not just to themselves, but also to KXIP. A loss for KKR and a win here for RCB ends mathematical chances of play-off spot not just for KKR but also for KXIP. A win for KKR will keep both KKR and KXIP afloat for the time being. Having said that, i find KKR the most annoying team of the league, they argue with umpire, they argue with Dravid(Probably Cricket's best-man), they argue among themselves on field and they fight with opposition captain. If thats not enough, their owner fights with ground staff and gets himself banned. I don't like KKR at all but because i'm a RR fan, i'm backing KKR to win this game, coz if they lose, RR will be pushed down to 4th position.

  • srinivasan on May 12, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Someone please remind him, his side chances to playoff all over..dream on both gambhir and KKR fans,,bye bye....mathematical chances are just for theory not in practical...