Bangalore v Punjab, IPL 2013, Bangalore

Gilchrist damages RCB's chances

The Report by Sidharth Monga

May 14, 2013

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Kings XI Punjab 176 for 3 (Gilchrist 85*, Mahmood 61) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 174 for 5 (Gayle 77, Kohli 57) by 7 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details


Adam Gilchrist acknowledges the crowd after bringing up his fifty, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Bangalore, May 14, 2013
Adam Gilchrist with the man he believed should have been the Man of the Match: Azhar Mahmood © BCCI
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During one of the matches that Adam Gilchrist sat out of, he complained - not without humour - about how the umpiring mistakes had all been targeting his Kings XI Punjab side. He also said that he might have had a whinge, but his side needed to do better despite umpiring mistakes. It seemed Gilchrist would be left saying something similar tonight after Chris Gayle survived an lbw shout when he was 4 off 11, and went onto help Royal Challengers Bangalore score 122 in the last 10 overs.

Luck turned on the night, though. Gilchrist was plumb at 18 off 16 when he didn't pick a Muttiah Muralitharan doosra. A mix of outside edges, inside edges and some vintage Gilchrist shots, helped by Azhar Mahmood's 61 off 41, stunned Royal Challengers, ending the chase of 175 with 11 balls to spare. Kings XI kept their slim hope alive, and made it difficult for Royal Challengers, who were left fighting Sunrisers Hyderabad for the final playoff place. Sunrisers are level with Royal Challengers, but have a game in hand.

Put in, Royal Challengers needed a huge total on a flat pitch and short outfield, especially given their bowling. For a long period of time, it seemed Royal Challengers wouldn't even get to a fighting total. Kings XI bowled few loose balls in the first half of the innings, and Gayle and Virat Kohli struggled to come to terms with the pace of the pitch.

After their misfortune, Kings XI lost their way towards the end. Once Gayle and Kohli began hitting, the Kings XI bowlers were like rabbits caught in headlights and kept bowling length balls, which kept disappearing. Parvinder Awana, the bowler who had been denied the Gayle wicket earlier, came back to rip Gayle's stump into two in the 19th over. Despite the damage control, Kings XI had been hit hard, and the momentum seemed to have shifted.

However, Royal Challengers bowlers once again had no sting. Theirs is a bit like the typical Indian ODI team under MS Dhoni, with which no total seems safe. Gilchrist was scratching around, and struggling to go at a run a ball when Mahmood joined him. Having bowled two good overs at the death, Mahmood came and smacked three consecutive boundaries in the sixth over to inject some life into the chase.

Gilchrist kept handing over the strike to Mahmood until it was time for both to go. Then Gilchrist got an outside edge for four. Then a four off the inside half of the bat. The best of Gilchrist came against Muralitharan when he charged at him and drove him back over his head for four. He bettered it by charging at the returning Zaheer Khan and sending him back over the sight screen. It all ended in a blur after that, but his driving and sweeping of Murali for consecutive sixes stood out.

Once again Gilchrist called it as he saw it. He pointed out both the lbw mistakes, admitted that he "scratched around like an old chook" in the first half, and that Mahmood deserved the Man-of-the-Match award that he got.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by ranjitkr on (May 16, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

You are Wrong Gilchrist Didn't damages RCB's chances ,Its RCB which Damaged its own Chances!!!Gilchrist Just Played his Normal Cricket !!

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (May 15, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

RCB has only one more match to go that too against CSK. Whereas, SRH has two matches to go and one of them against KKR. Just hoping that RCB will beat CSK and SRH will lose both their matches will not actually make it happen.

Head to head, CSK has a big advantage against RCB. Even from a hopeless situation (like last year when Albie changed the course of the match in 1 over) CSK have won. So history says that RCB will lose against CSK and add to it, they will be playing under tremendous pressure.

On the other hand, SRH snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against MI. Otherwise, they played well and it is only fair to say that they will not let that happen again twice, especially against KKR, who are down & out.

So chances of RCB making it to the playoffs is remote. I hope in the next auction, Kohli goes to some other franchisee so that atleast his batting contributes to the team's winning cause.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

IPL 2013.....RCB...... What do we know???......What have we learnt???? .... :-) RCB have built a reputation of being chokers time and again. Whatever be the reasons for their recent failures, they need to accept that the opposing teams played far better cricket..... With the fortress breached and next match against CSK........RCB have to pray for a miracle to make it through to the play off's!!!

Posted by furkhanhaq on (May 15, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

RCB's bowling for the next match must be Ravi Rampaul , Vinay Kumar , Muralitharan, Murali Karthik & Jaidev Unadkat. Pujara must be dropped and Mayak Agarwal must open with Gayle. AB must Keep so that RCB get a extra batsman. RCB need to bowl first and have some luck if they have to beat CSK to have hopes to qualify for the playoff.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

@my_comments.. Sachin and Smith are better than Hussey and Vijay in a T20 game ? And dinesh Karthik is better than Raina and Rohit Sharma is better than Dhoni ? Really? Your analysis is totally skewed for MI. Batsman to batsman CSK is much better than MI. RCB have a better batting line up compared to MI. Bowling is were MI might be strnger than CSK, that too because of Malinga's presence. So No, MI is not stronger than CSK however way you look at it.

Posted by im.kash on (May 15, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Lol, Sole reason for RCB loosing to 'Surprise' Punjab : 4 "unwanted" changes.. Murali Karthik was made to sit even aftr his good record on Blore picth, heights!! And field setting was looking soo kiddish that we felt fielders are made to stand away from the ball...!!! im a Core RCB fan though, Virat- u need to take a chill pill- discuss with experienced ppl lik ABD, Gayle while on field..

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

When RCB finished their innings.... i thought that punjab will definitely beat RCB.But did not thought that they will finish the game with 1 balls to be spared... credit goes to azhar mahmood.... he inspired gilly and they both banged the RCB bowlers... I don't expect RCB to win against CSK... because from what we r seeing... CSK is unbeatable till now in the ipl 6 edition. Hence.. they should rely much on the victory of the teams that play against SRH. SRH will win atleast 1 game for sure.... to be frank,SRH should have won the match against MI.But perera's over changed the game course and SRH's efforts till the 16th over og the game got wasted

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (May 15, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

Somehow IPL has a knack of being alive till the last match! Assuming this trend to continue, I predict the following results:

RR will beat MI but lose to SRH

RCB will beat CSK

SRH - KKR (Match 72) will decide whether SRH or RCB will be the 4th team

Posted by Avi56 on (May 15, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

Oh well it was Good Playing by KXIP congrats to them.. Yes Bowlers were a letdown but it would have been the opposite result if RCB batted second becos all the teams love batting second on that wicket...as an RCB fan will always support the team till the end...CSK do not have a good record in Bangalore winning only once in the first season...The Toss is everything on that day...A win would definitely push them in...Cos you can expect SRH to win only one of the 2 games remaining but not both...And from a contest point of View it would be interesting to See RCB vs RR/MI/CSK cos it will be a good scoring and close contest...but with SRH would make the contest a little bit boring...Just wishing luck to RCB will always support you'll...Let the better team on any given day win.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

with due respect to pujara this kid aint cut out to just plain hitting and hence finds no place in crunch 20-20 clashes .... RCB now must beat CSK to have any hopes of reaching the play offs and so i guess if henriques plays its better to let him open with gayle with clear instructions to go after the bowling since gayle will always take time to settle .... the momentum can be maintained by virat and abd ..... coz with their mediocre bowling they wud need 180+ on tht wicket against the might of the CSK batters ......

Posted by Ibanezfan on (May 15, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

RCB are a pretty good team saddled with a timid captain who's quick to panic in a pressure situation. I had my doubts about Kohli's attitude as captain and they were confirmed in the previous game against Punjab when he dropped Miller's catch but didn't own up at the post-match presentation and chose to shunt blame on to the entire team. That reeked of cowardice. And when you compare him to a leader like Dhoni who never spares his own mistakes, Kohli looks entirely mediocre as a captain. He needs more time to mature as a leader. As an ex-RCB supporter, I find myself backing the Sunrisers Hyderabad who show much more heart and dignity.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (May 15, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

The umpiring standards in this IPL is very poor. Gyle was but NOT given 1st mistake now Gilchrist was out but Not given 2nd mistake. You are not here to compensate the decisions. Gud match but poor umpiring.. Well for Kholi as a captain he needs to learn many things.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (May 15, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

There are a few impact players who when they score their teams win. Gilly is definitely one of them. Age had curtailed his performance so far and when he is able to defy that and score, there we go, his team wins.

Similarly, there are a few impact teams as well. RCB is one of them, they simply bring out the best from their opponents. DD have been losing comfortably with most others but they almost win against RCB. I don't know if it is their owners or their captain or Gayle who are the reason for this. So their last match against CSK is going to be tough for two reasons vix., RCB being the impact team and CSK as such is expected to win and add to it the RCB impact.

See you next year, RCB!

Posted by my_comments on (May 15, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

@becoollikemanoy - I think MI has a better team than CSK in paper as well as in play. MI has both explosive and quality opener (Smith & Thendulka) has a better No.3 who can consolidate or explode (DK vs Raina) Rohith is a better batsman than MSD (Both Rohith & MSD is good at finishing but MSD is a better finisher) at No.4 Pollard is much better than Bravo as a finisher, though Bravo is a better bowler and Rayadu is better than Badri. Then comes the bowlers, Fast bowlers who has speed, Bounce and swing - Johnson and Malinga (Best depth fast bowler similar to Steyn), Bajji & Ojha as spinners and Kulkarni or some other to finish the line-up and Smith & Pollard also can be effective as bowlers. Batting point of view both teams are much similar but MI has the best bowling line-up.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (May 15, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

RCB needs one of these 2 strategies that partner Gayle. Either score at 140+ or get out (Mayank Agarwal), or b) Strike rate of 100 solely through singles so let Gayle bat at least two-thirds of the strike (Mukund). Pujara does neither; consumes so many balls and by the time he gets out, it is already 7th or 8th over with Gayle that has faced less than 10 balls. Then Gayle takes time to have a good look-in before he launches. Either RCB plays Pujara like Badrinath or drop him to replace with Mukund.

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (May 15, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

There's confusion in the RCB camp. At this stage of the tournament, the team should be settled with just 1 or 2 changes to suit the surface or injury replacements. Look around the league and you'll see v. settled teams like CSK, MI and even SRH. RCB is clearly rattled. Making 4 changes at this stage is insane, and that too the two best bowlers Rampaul and MKartik were dropped. Crazy. They should've dropped Henriques to bring in Muralitharan - who by the way would have had better figures had it not been for poor umpiring. His dismissal of David Miller was superb. But guess what, they'll again screw up in the match against CSK with the wrong team selection. I'm sorry to say this, but Virat Kohli is just not captain material.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

We know our local umpires capability-only during critical times they will play their games!! Poor chap, Virat! Runs needed 75 in 15 balls !!.Opponents will have an assurance of hitting those 75 runs in 12 balls. do u know how? Vinay & RP Singh will bowl well in the initial 2 or 3 overs, but will give runs on platter in the end. This has happened in all the matches we have seen, so far. Just recollect, any RCB bowler has bowled so far attacking the stumps??? See how Azhar Manmood bowled in the end. Opponents knows the weakness with Gayle. Yorker or low kept balls will certainly yield results with Gayle. Be rest assured. in CT league, Bhuvnesh kumar will take his wicket; if Ishant bowls at Gayle, he will be grinded. Finally, we spectators are made foo..ools

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

The "Royal Challengers Bangalore" are challenging SRH to go past them by giving them chance after chance. SRH has a tough task on Friday in RR. Not easy for either SRH or RCB as they both messed up close contests. But it definitely has made IPL very interesting till the last game. Gambhir must be really enjoying Kohli's misery.

Posted by Tribal_Cricket on (May 14, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

Its baffling to see Murali Karthik not being picked in the match. He was the bowler who kept them in the game in the loss to KKR. I don't think inclusion of Ravi Rampaul would have made any difference to the result. The Kings XI punjab batsmen would have loved the ball coming on to the bat. I think RCB were just outplayed today by a team which is very strong but under rated.

I don't see RCB beating CSK in the final match, for the simple reason that RCB historically don't perform well under pressure and needless to to say CSK is a very tough side to beat. On the other hand SRH are more likely to pick a win in one of their home games and take the final spot.

ATB to RCB and other teams too!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

I won't complain at umpiring decisions. I just complain about poor bowling by RCB. With all due respect to Henriques, he's not half the bowler Rampaul is. He was hardly needed to bat. Why was Murali not given a chance till today? Why hasn't Vettori been given a chance? Why was Mithun given one solitary chance and sacked? I'm against chopping and changing too often too, but sticking with the same 11 game after game even after losing was ridiculous. I'd like to see my 11 as follows: Gayle, Pujara, Virat, AB, S Tiwary, Rampaul, A Kartik, Mithun, Zak, Muralidharan, V Kumar, M Kartik. For bouncy pitches, I'd consider replacing M Kartik with another seamer, maybe Panjak Singh. For rank turners, I'd consider replacing Mithun with another spinner, maybe Appanna.

Posted by trilok007 on (May 14, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

I think RCB think tank is on vacation. RCB sure knows how to dig their own grave. They are not in touch with the reality. They leave out their two best bowlers Ravi Rampaul and Murali Karthik for this crucial game. IPL 2013 has shown that batting isnot RCBs problem, but their bowling. Instead of strengthening the bowling, they went with only four specialist bowlers. What a terrible mistake? I hope they salvage thier last game and get out of the tournament with some dignity. My team vs CSK: Gayle, S. Tiwary, Kohli, A.B. D, K.L Rahul,Arun Karthik, Murali Karthik,Daniel Vettori, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Unadkat. I do not think RCB is going to make it to the last four and and can opt for a sensible exit.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

feel sorry for Muralitharan, He finally gets a game and gets trashed by A PITCH WITH NO TURN.....The IPL is wayyyy to batsmen friendly. Even some of the best bowlers look like kids what with these heavy bats and top edges that fly for 6

Posted by mmlj on (May 14, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Yesderday SRH helped RCB to be on the hunt for the 4th spot. Today RCB helped SRH to be in the hunt.

Posted by kc69 on (May 14, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

I see a lot of RCB fan's complaining about Gilly's LBW decision which was turned down.Please try to recollect that Gayle's LBW was also plumb off Awana's bowling(6.1-Awana to Gayle, no run, a huge appeal for lbw after Gayle gets hit by a full ball right in front of the stumps, It looks like it pitched in line with the stumps too, despite Awana bowling from over the wicket. Gayle's lucky. Big break for RCB. That was crashing into middle and leg).And everybody seems to have forgot about it.

Posted by Sadiq1952 on (May 14, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

RCB is predictably moving toward exit. Apart from a generally weak bowling line up, Virat shows remarkably poor captaincy both in team selection and deployment. The replacement of Murali Karthik by Murlitaran and the non-selection of Ravi Rampaul are inexcusable especially when armed with poor bowling options. A bowling attack comprising of Zahir, Ravi, vinay, unadkat and Kartik could have provided a much better platform of defense. Also knowing fully well the bowling weakness, the strategy should have been to score 200 plus. Earlier they could not defend 185 against Punjab. How on earth did they expect to defend a smaller total of 174. Sadiq

Posted by cool_sande on (May 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

I see every RCB fan blaming Muralidharan for the loss.

1.In the auction VJM should have left Muralidharan to CSK where he would have been treated properly,and possibly be provided with spinner friendly pitches.

2.Muralidharan is guy who relies on spin and bounce rather than pace variation like Murali karthik.You select Muralidharan for a pitch that looks like highway,flattest pitch in whole of IPL that doesn't even shows a hint of turn and expect him to strike which he nearly did.(Gayle's Howler)

3.These legends need match practices.Look at Gilly,he costed Punjab a few losses early in the season but wins them matches at crunch situations.So Murali should have played more matches,so that he could have had some match form and He would have won them more matches than he costed.

4.He is one of the most economical bowlers in IPL.Look at first 3 IPL seasons and how MSD utilised him.He nearly played every match for CSK.

Murali deserved a better team than RCB.Its a captancy blunder by VK

Posted by becoollikemanoj on (May 14, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Hey guys, dont ever compare any team wit CSK. CSK is one of de best team which has powerful death batting lineup with amazing fieldsmen and good bowling attack. In short CSK wins on team effort unlike RCB which desperately dependant on Gayle n AB. Its totally unfair to compare any team wit CSK. Kohli has 2 follow Dhoni's foot paths in handling critical n excited situations..look @ my hero dhoni, he is neither too much excited nor too much tensed...just handling all situations wit his coolness...Dhoni rocks always....:) CSK ku Whistle podu :)

Posted by dayada on (May 14, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

why ppl blame team selection of loosing side each an every match....lol... Do they expert on that........ haha.....

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

dn't think too much guys.............just enjoy the game.....may be rcb might be some unlucky.....bec think previous highest score of azhar mahmood was around 30 ....i dont know exact...and today he got the highest one........so cant say any thing ..just enjoy..

Posted by AVRAJAN on (May 14, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

I think RCB is losing because of Pujara. See he has scored 19 of 20 balls with 3 fours.That means he has scored 7 of 17 balls.Think what would have happened if those 17 balls were faced by Gayle or Kohli. If RCB wants to keep an end proteceted then Mukund is the best bet. He can rotate strike easily and also score runs at later stage. And I am surprised to see the exclusion of Tiwary. His talent is ignored certainly both by RCB and Team India.

Posted by ccriccfan on (May 14, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

India has the worst bowling attack ever, thats the bottom line!

Posted by Provost on (May 14, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

everybody seems to say RCB is a better team and got great players and thrash CSK as mediocore bowling and batting but how come they seem to win a lot more matches compared to our RCB friends............

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

From now on Virat Kohli doesn't have any eligibility to be the Captain of RCB. He has to be sacked. Their previous match Murali Kartik had given 4-0-17-1, but today he has been replaced by Muttaiah Muralitharan who has given 4-0-44-1. However Ravi Rampaul replacement was somewhat acceptable. Because, Zaheer Khan has given only 4-0-30-1. Pujara is one of the best Test Player. He is somewhat okay for ODI, but not for T20. Henriques should have been replaced by Tilakaratne Dilshan. Now we may speak. But, RCB will never qualify for Play-Offs this year.

Posted by Abitha on (May 14, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Gayle scored 73 after the reprieve Gilchrist scored 67 after the reprieve. So evenif both were declared out at their scores at the time of the decision the difference is only 6 runs for RCB So Kings XI would have been the winner by 6 RUNS. Kashinath

73.67

Posted by cric_gates on (May 14, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

RCB lost because of their bowling depite briliant spell by Zak who still look better than others RCB-Punjab bowlers. I would say great spell by Zak even after coming from long injury. I think pitch was easy to bat on in the second inning as what we saw the bowl was not coming on the bat in the first inning so easily, specially first 10 overs. and yes playing Murali ahead of Rampual was big mistake.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 14, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

RCB has the worst bowling attack. You don't win matches with batting, be it Test or T20 cricket, its bowlers who win you games.

Posted by Lovetesh on (May 14, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Kohli's team selection is costing RCB games. In Ranchi he picks Mithun and lost the game. Here in Bangalore he drops his best bowler Rampaul. Henriques is not adding much value to the team on ground but only making team look balanced on paper. RCB fate is now not in their hands. They must beat CSK and hope SRH lose atleast one match out of their two.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Everyone has turned into cricketing experts.....this is IPL & enjoy it for its entertainment value & yes..we do have teams to support....If the same RCB team would have won then everybody would have said VK is best skipper & RCB is best... just the fact that they have lost...now they are bad team...their decisions n strategy's are bad....All the IPL teams are here to win but only one will be winner....stop judging n enjoy IPL....Every team has coach n skipper who decides what is best for the team...dont think that u r the best judge because its easier to say than done...

Posted by HuzMaster on (May 14, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

ooooh!!! whata turnaround of events......this IPL6 produced...

Posted by cracker2012 on (May 14, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

RCB didnt deserve to win. The idea of saving wickets and going for it in the last 10 overs or so didnt pay off. Whats the point having 5 wickets if you only could get to 175, rather loose 7 wickets and reach 180/185. If a couple of wickets fell early then the idea of a slow innings is acceptable, this theory is completely flawed.

Posted by muski on (May 14, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

I suggest the folllowing to the RCB Management- if they win the toss, they can proceed further and field and then chase. If they lose the toss and are asked to bat first, they can forfeit the game as they dont have a attack to even defend 200 in any ground in India. What a shame. Before the start of IPL I read a news item that Kohli had asked VJM to pack their bowling- pack the bowling with 3rd grade bowlers?Come on VJM- Buy back Steyn in the next auction. Have atleast one world class bowler in your ranks. Without this, you are going nowhere in the years to come. Eeven a die hard fan like me feels that RCB does not deserve to be in the semis

Posted by SaluteSachin_MSD on (May 14, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

RCB has to blame themself for this loss... worst team selction ever for a DO or DIE situation Match

Posted by FAB_ALI on (May 14, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Left Murali, Played Murali....backfired!! Murali Kartik was bowling well and RCB should have stuck with him.

Posted by Cricket_Is_Oxygen on (May 14, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Its ironic that it always come down to bangalore Vs hyderabad.. Last year it was Deccan Chargers this time it is Sunrisers..they have lose a game and RCB has to win their match against CSK to make it to the play offs..

Posted by APSK on (May 14, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

sending azhar at 3 was a masterstroke because RCB was not expecting it, they had plans for shaun marsh and david miller as they played murali due to these left handers but azhar played a brilliant innings tackled murali easily

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (May 14, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

RCB didnt deserve to win. The idea of saving wickets and going for it in the last 10 overs or so didnt pay off. Whats the point having 5 wickets if you only could get to 175, rather loose 7 wickets and reach 180/185. If a couple of wickets fell early then the idea of a slow innings is acceptable, this theory is completely flawed. This coming from an RCB fan!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Dropping Rampaul was a big mistake. He hasn't bowled badly at all. I see people blaming Kohli again. It's as if the Indians don't appreciate him. You can change nationality to WI Kohli. We appreciate fire and passion.

Posted by vswami on (May 14, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Difference between MSD and Kohli as captains is how they would have treated Pujara. MSD values Badri as an insurance policy, and never as someone to use up the best overs for batting. Pujara cant score better than run a ball and thats not enough on the Bangalore track.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

By losing twice against Punjab, RCB has done their best to bring SRH into play-offs, it time for SRH to take it or leave it…….. It will be exiting to witness SRH Vs RR right at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium…….

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Need of many outweighs the need of few. Six franchises collectively blessed Gilly today after that innings. This RCB loss has dented one team but has benefited 6 franchises at once. This win has kept KKR and KXIP afloat. This win has made it that much easier for SRH to qualify for play-offs. But most of all, it ensures RR, CSK & MI a play-off spot, and they deserve this. It was so unfair to RR, CSK and MI that even after 10 wins each, they were not sure of a play-off spot, but now they are.

Posted by Abitha on (May 14, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

IPL 7 willhave 10 teams as the news goes. How about a under the name "FABULOUS FORTIES". Gilchrist, Ponting, Azhar Mahmood,Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Hussey,Shane Warne,Muthiah Muralidharan, Murali Karthik, Thambe,Johan Botha,VVS Lakshman[he wants to play],Brett Lee, Jacob Oram, Sourav Ganguly, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg and Captain RAHUL DRAVID!!!!!! ? As all the old War Heroes are scoring and the bowlers capturing wickets. Well played Gillie and Azhar Kashinath

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

And not only can Rampaul bowl, he is handy with the bat as well. You cannot be experimenting when every match is like a final. Wonder what was Virat thinking? I also feel that RCB should try AB-Gayle opening combination as at least there will be maximum optimization of PP

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Being a huge RCB fan and supporting RCB in this edition of IPL, I just don't understand what the hell is RCB doing with their bowling unit this season? It seems as if they always need a bowler in their team who can give away runs to the opposition at will. At the beginning they excluded an in form bowler Unadkat and brings in RP Singh. Then they bring Mithun and he makes a complete mess of everything that he was involved in the field.

And here comes the drama. In one of the two must win games against Kings XI, they drops the most economical bowler of their side this season and brings in THE ONCE TESTED AND FAILED Muttiah Muralitharan and he ends up telling the same old story again.

From a very sad RCB fan.

Posted by AJ_1979 on (May 14, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Ideally, a team should have 7 to 8 players in form. RCB has only 3 players who are in form (Gayle, AB and Kohli). These 3 players most of the time have to cover up for the rest, usually putting themselves under a lot of pressure. It's always better to have a strong bowling than a strong batting. With strong bowling even 120 can be defended. But with a weak bowling even 200 may not be enough. A strong bowling always lifts the side up ( SRH and MI). Leaving out Rampaul and Karthik was a big mistake. Team was selected to counter 3 left handed batsmen(Gilly, Marsh and Miller) than on merit. Kohli has a long way to go as a captain.

Posted by Narbavi on (May 14, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik: Dilshan had his chances this ipl and has scored runs at a strike rate of 80 whereas pujara has scored his runs at a strike rate of 92, which sounds better especially since Dilshan is an overseas player and pujara is a local player!!

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (May 14, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

I do not think that it is Pujara or Murali costed RCB this game. It is Virat Kohli. I guess he is not mature enough to lead from the front. He is a good batsman and a good fielder. But neither he nor Gautam are good as captains.

Posted by sweetiepaper on (May 14, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Horrible Team selection. The bowling attack lacked penetration. How can you drop 2 of your best bowlers. I feel for Ravi Rampaul. His contribution is very under-valued Love you Murali, but not if you have to take up that vital 4th overseas spot. Come on RCB, I want to see Gayle in the playoffs and the CL.

Posted by gsingh7 on (May 14, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

lol most expensive spell of match goes to legend murali. he cost them the match when even above 40 gilly can smoke him for sixes on consecutive balls. please drop murali for future matches, rampaul should play last game of ipl

Posted by RajeshNaik on (May 14, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Irrespective of the result of this match, I felt RCB should reconsider the Gayle - Pujara opening combination. Pujara is class act, but he is yet to master the art of playing T20 (Even the legendary Dravid took 5 seasons). Pujara is not going anywhere with his slow starts. And with teams learning how to unlock the Gayle code, he too is preferring to start off slowly. As a result the innings is going nowhere. RCB should try sending KL Rahul up the order. He is an attacking batsmen and can keep wickets as well.

Posted by TESTnT20 on (May 14, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

has anyone noticed MI, CSK and RR through Play Offs due to RCBs defeat!

Posted by Trakkan on (May 14, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

The reasons of RCB potentially going out of play off is due to - 1.Too weak bowling, 2. not getting the right opening partner for Gayle as they should have stuck with Tiwari for opening, 3.preparing too much of a batsman friendly home pitch (which made them struggle to settle in away conditions). Unfortunately Zak was also not available for a long time. VK dropping a catch off Miller was really a turning point

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

looking at the lost column of the points table one sees that RCB bowlers have conceded more runs in the tournament than PWI. They have given away 2369 in 15 games which is worst! With an attack of that cadre their qualification would only degrade the level of cricket in the play-offs, making games one sided and bite-less, as no matter what target they post its gonno be an easy chase for any opposition!

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Its amazing how a single howler can change the entire course of the game. Gilly was plumbed in Murali's very first over but umpire gave a free pass to Gilly. That pretty much summed up the final result. In RCB's innings , Gayle also got a free pass. I think that its the new trend of Cricket. Umpires decide who wins and who loses. Cool..

Posted by RajeshNaik on (May 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Pathetic bowling by RBC. Batsmen put up score match after match and bowlers fail to defend match after match. Good to see Zaheer bowl a decent spell. But other bowlers seemed to have their own agenda. No planning at all. Vinay Kumar goes for runs, but always compensates by taking crucial wickets. Today he did not bowl well and rightly failed to get wickets for the first time in IPL6. Why he bowls short deliveries when the pitch is slow? Gayle's expression with hands on knees when one such 'venom less' short ball went for a boundary said it all. Undakat was off colour today. Muralitharan seems to be past his best. Rampaul's absence was felt. Now is there any hope for this bowling attack against CSK> That will be RCB's last match on 18th. This last qualifier's slot is becoming interesting.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (May 14, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Kohli's Captaincy has been baffling so far. 1. Pujara should be utilized like Badrinath of Chennai, come in when a flurry of wickets has fallen and just to stabilize the innings. 2. Tiwary scored a 50 opening, immediately later he was dropped down the order and vanished 3.Murali Karthick and R Rampaul deserved to play, Though KXIP had a lot of lefties. 4.Hendriques must be dropped, his bowling is under used and his batting is also poor. 5. Dilshan must come in, his 15 of 10 balls is better than pujara's 40 of 42 balls.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Dont blame Pujara for this, the batting had put enough runs on the board. Its the bowling thats worrying, should have picked Rampaul he is very under rated player.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Kohli was impressed with Sandeep Warrier when Sandeep bowled to him in the nets ahead of the England tie.He quickly signed him for RCB,but never gave him a chance though he tested people like Karan Nair,Lohith etc.He gave RP Singh ample chances,but not a single chance to Sandeep whom he himself praised a lot.The same thing applies to Pune who is not testing their bench strength even after ensuring they are out of the tournament.Look at Dravid,who gave chance to everyone who deserved it.Even look at Sunrisers or Kings XI who is backing their local talents.Arrogant Kohli will lose.RCB wont make it to the playoffs.

Posted by SIAP on (May 14, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

What a gr8 show by Mr Gilly. I love to watch Gilly batting like this. Pollard, Gayle are big hitters but not classic players. Gilly is different from this. Bangalore deserve this loss.

Posted by pradave17 on (May 14, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

RCB got what they deserved to have tonight. They dropped their one of the most economical bowlers, Rampaul. They keep testing Pujara as the opener. Both moves are stupid and useless. Pujara will never be a good T20 player. his slow innings was OK. Even Gayle got a slow start. But Pujara was keep Gayle away from the ball in first 5 overs. He is not have Rahane's or Karthik's style. A late cameo from Gilly. But it was fantastic. I think Gilly, Azar and Dravid still can play for a team but sorry to say about Sachin. His smile when he hits two consecutive boundaries says everything on his mind.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Tournament SPLIT WIDE OPEN !... good to see gilly's willow make some talk.. RCB's poor form with bowling continues

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (May 14, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Murali and RCB were robbed he had Gilly plumb lbw ! now people will say Murali was wrong move but had that decision been given it would of been called great tactics !

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Happy to see Punjab winning for two reasons. First, its nice to see Preity Zinta smiling. She is an wonderful human being. Second, the arrogant Virat Kohli bite the dust. He should learn how to be humble.

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (May 14, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

RCB's big mistake of the night: picking Murali over Rampaul, who's excellent with the new ball. Murali's a legend, but he's not what he once was. Will be fair to see RCB getting knocked out. They were only riding on home wins.

Posted by siri12345 on (May 14, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

lol another game lost by rcb due to overrated pujara,s slow batting and virat kohli also should have tried to play for the team instead of playing for himself.after playing 6 games in banglore ,couldnot banglore still find out anything less than 200 is not a safe score in batting paradise of banglore.when just 1 wicket was down virat kohli should have tried to attack more and should have targeted 200.but sadly he didnt(rather couldnt) attack.and overrated pujara once again proved that why he is the most overrated batsman in the world.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

@Kashi0127 I agree. The no of balls Pujara took to get of the mark was way too much. Gayle had only faced 5 balls as compared to Pujara's 18. We are just frittering away the PP. Though I am a RCB fan, i do not think we deseve to be in the playoffs.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

What kind of game is this from the RCB? This is the worst team selection I have ever seen from them. How can a man replace almost an entire bowling attack, including your strike bowler Rampaul. It is clear and simple that Murilitaran time has expired. None of the bowlers except Khan can read and adjust the line and length of a ball. The only team in the competition that can consistently score big totals and cant defend it. Poor pooooor. If it wasn't for RCB batting they can pack. RCB can never ever win this tournament with an attack that even my GRANDMOTHER CAN shred to pieces!!!!!

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 14, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Why doesn't RCB realize Pujara is not suited for IPL? In the last few matches that RCB has lost Pujara has contributed to their loss a big deal by his slow batting

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Good to see Zaheer bhai back in action!!!

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