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

Bangalore look to rise within top four

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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.

Quotes

"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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  • .......junk on May 11, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    really dont know why i am still supporting knight riders .. i know if its gayle's day its end of season for kkr .i would rather use naraine up front against gayle and hope he gets out even if naraine is bowled out in 7 overs of the match , i am really a fan of machant de'langa's pace and really wish he had been in final 11 for kkr he had awesome pace with simple action just need to know that in India he need to be full and at times slower neways play shami ahmed just for one over which seam then forget him untill death bowling he is a better bowler when he does not have to think tell him bowl only yorkers and then i hope kkr will chase at least 180 ..all this is fantasy hope this happen..

  • 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.

  • 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 ...........

  • 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....

  • on May 12, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    i think todays day s rcb s day

  • 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 !!.

  • 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.

  • Karnain 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?

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • .......junk on May 11, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    really dont know why i am still supporting knight riders .. i know if its gayle's day its end of season for kkr .i would rather use naraine up front against gayle and hope he gets out even if naraine is bowled out in 7 overs of the match , i am really a fan of machant de'langa's pace and really wish he had been in final 11 for kkr he had awesome pace with simple action just need to know that in India he need to be full and at times slower neways play shami ahmed just for one over which seam then forget him untill death bowling he is a better bowler when he does not have to think tell him bowl only yorkers and then i hope kkr will chase at least 180 ..all this is fantasy hope this happen..

  • 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.

  • 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 ...........

  • 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....

  • on May 12, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    i think todays day s rcb s day

  • 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 !!.

  • 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.

  • Karnain 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?

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • srinideva 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...

  • SaiKrishna-RKR on May 12, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    This article seems more of a match preview between CSK v KKR... Starts with CSK and Dhoni... After reading first 2 lines of the article I checked myself whether am I reading a old/wrong article... :)

  • on May 12, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    I enjoy the brute force from Gayel and innovative shots of kohli and AB but RCB Loosing this much will make SRH closer to the playoffs......hope KKR wins.....

  • Nampally on May 12, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    An eternal optimist is one who dreams of victories in face of defeats with the hope that someday he might win one! Gambhir is an excellent example! He dreams of beating RCB knowing fully well that KKR has no chance. Hope rests eternal in Gambhir. Mr. Gambhir if you beat RCB tomorrow your dreams will be become a reality at least till next match!. But getting into the Playoff is a mirage.

  • on May 11, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I know KKR is out of contention but I am hoping that they spoil RCB's party tomorrow

  • on May 11, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    KKR should save Narine's (and Abdulla's) overs for AB, Henriques and Kohli. Narine hasn't had that much success against left-handers and Chris Gayle might already be familiar with him and might pick him. I think Kallis, Balaji and Bhatia would be the best bet against Gayle. Senanayake could also be used against Gayle. The medium pacers would be murdered by AB. KKR team could be: Bisla, Gambhir, Morgan, Kallis, Tendo, Pathan, Tiwary, Bhatia, Narine, Abdulla, Balaji.

  • on May 11, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    So it is Kohli vs Gambhir part 2. Well Gambhir has a chance to take revenge and spoil Kohli's party. Yusuf Pathan is sending comments and taking pride in being a so-called "impact player." Well, this match could be his one of a few chances remaining. Gambhir should bowl spinners to take Gayle out. Kohli usually gives chances so hold on to those catches. I am rooting for KKR because I want SRH to go through.

  • on May 11, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Good to see Gambhir with some hope still. Merely winning their rest of the matches will definitely not be enough for KKR. They have to win each of their games with extremely handsome run rates. It appears as if it is possible only theoretically. But this is IPL, Anything can happen.

    KKR should look to bat first and put a huge total (atleast 180). That will put Gayle and co under some pressure during the chase. A win for KKR will put tremendous pressure on RCB when they take on the Kings XI. This match is crucial not only for RCB, but also for SRH, MI and RR.

    Feel like seeing a blistering knock form Yousuf Pathan. Also, it will be Interesting to see how Gayle handles Narine.

    Cannot wait for this fantastic contest....

  • on May 11, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    How will RCB take the #2 spot by winning this game? If they bat first and score 180, and then win by 42 runs, only then will they take that spot. Doesn't matter though, I don't care by what margin but just hope that they win! Go RCB!

  • vrameshkumar on May 11, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    For no reason , I am supporting KKR

  • Resultpredictor on May 11, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Bangalore will win this match

  • r0adrunn3r on May 11, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Gambhir stop kidding yourself, there might be a mathematical possibility but realistically you are out of the competition. All you can hope to achieve is spoil it for the other team. RCB need to try and seal the spot with the next two games, their last game against CSK is going to be a tough one and should make sure it is not a "must win" game. Good luck, GO RCB!

  • on May 11, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    o think that it will be a good contest between banglore batsman and kkr spining attack kkr must open with kallis and morgan on ane down due to which it strength their top order

  • on May 11, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    o think that it will be a good contest between banglore batsman and kkr spining attack kkr must open with kallis and morgan on ane down due to which it strength their top order

  • r0adrunn3r on May 11, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Gambhir stop kidding yourself, there might be a mathematical possibility but realistically you are out of the competition. All you can hope to achieve is spoil it for the other team. RCB need to try and seal the spot with the next two games, their last game against CSK is going to be a tough one and should make sure it is not a "must win" game. Good luck, GO RCB!

  • Resultpredictor on May 11, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Bangalore will win this match

  • vrameshkumar on May 11, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    For no reason , I am supporting KKR

  • on May 11, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    How will RCB take the #2 spot by winning this game? If they bat first and score 180, and then win by 42 runs, only then will they take that spot. Doesn't matter though, I don't care by what margin but just hope that they win! Go RCB!

  • on May 11, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Good to see Gambhir with some hope still. Merely winning their rest of the matches will definitely not be enough for KKR. They have to win each of their games with extremely handsome run rates. It appears as if it is possible only theoretically. But this is IPL, Anything can happen.

    KKR should look to bat first and put a huge total (atleast 180). That will put Gayle and co under some pressure during the chase. A win for KKR will put tremendous pressure on RCB when they take on the Kings XI. This match is crucial not only for RCB, but also for SRH, MI and RR.

    Feel like seeing a blistering knock form Yousuf Pathan. Also, it will be Interesting to see how Gayle handles Narine.

    Cannot wait for this fantastic contest....

  • on May 11, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    So it is Kohli vs Gambhir part 2. Well Gambhir has a chance to take revenge and spoil Kohli's party. Yusuf Pathan is sending comments and taking pride in being a so-called "impact player." Well, this match could be his one of a few chances remaining. Gambhir should bowl spinners to take Gayle out. Kohli usually gives chances so hold on to those catches. I am rooting for KKR because I want SRH to go through.

  • on May 11, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    KKR should save Narine's (and Abdulla's) overs for AB, Henriques and Kohli. Narine hasn't had that much success against left-handers and Chris Gayle might already be familiar with him and might pick him. I think Kallis, Balaji and Bhatia would be the best bet against Gayle. Senanayake could also be used against Gayle. The medium pacers would be murdered by AB. KKR team could be: Bisla, Gambhir, Morgan, Kallis, Tendo, Pathan, Tiwary, Bhatia, Narine, Abdulla, Balaji.

  • on May 11, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I know KKR is out of contention but I am hoping that they spoil RCB's party tomorrow

  • Nampally on May 12, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    An eternal optimist is one who dreams of victories in face of defeats with the hope that someday he might win one! Gambhir is an excellent example! He dreams of beating RCB knowing fully well that KKR has no chance. Hope rests eternal in Gambhir. Mr. Gambhir if you beat RCB tomorrow your dreams will be become a reality at least till next match!. But getting into the Playoff is a mirage.