Bangalore v Chennai, IPL 2013, Bangalore May 17, 2013

Royal Challengers in must-win situation

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Match facts

May 18, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Royal Challengers Bangalore would have been glued to their television sets on Friday evening, following the fortunes of Sunrisers Hyderabad. They wouldn't have been feeling too good by the end of it, for Sunrisers' victory has made Royal Challengers' path to the playoffs harder. Royal Challengers are in a must-win situation against Chennai Super Kings at home on Saturday. If they achieve it, it will take them to 18 points and on par with Sunrisers. However, Sunrisers have one more game to play, on Sunday, and a win will take them to 20 and knock Royal Challengers out of the competition. Therefore, for Royal Challengers, they need to win, foremost, and then wait and watch.

For a side that was running on full steam till the start of May, it's bizarre that they find themselves in this situation. Two consecutive defeats, against Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, has turned their quest for the playoffs into a last-minute scramble. If losing to the struggling Knight Riders was disappointing enough, the manner of their defeat to Kings XI at home - their first loss in Bangalore - would have been harder to digest. Should Royal Challengers and Sunrisers be tied on points, the former have the safety net of a superior net run rate.

Super Kings are already through to the playoffs but currently sit behind table-leaders Mumbai Indians. Both teams will play their final league games on Saturday. Having finished in the top two, Super Kings and Mumbai will face each other in the first qualifier. Stephen Fleming, the Super Kings coach, hinted at fielding a few players who haven't been given an opportunity yet, before the playoffs.

Form guide

Royal Challengers Bangalore LLWLW
Chennai Super Kings WLWLW

In the spotlight

A score of 174 against Kings XI should have been good enough to defend, but the Royal Challengers bowlers made a mess of it on Tuesday. That Kings XI chased it down with 11 balls to spare, with seven wickets in hand is an area of concern for the hosts. Bowling was identified as a weakness before this season and the franchise swiftly recruited fast bowlers at the auction. Muttiah Muralitharan went for a truckload of runs against Kings XI (44 off 4 overs) and there was little Vinay Kumar - their best bowler of the season - could do, as he went wicketless. If Royal Challengers are to set a target against Super Kings, anything less than 180 may not be safe enough, given the depth their opponents have.

Stats and trivia

  • Royal Challengers have the better head-to-head record at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, winning two of three completed games
  • Albie Morkel needs only 33 runs to become the second player to score 3000 runs and take 150 wickets in T20s, after Azhar Mahmood
  • Virat Kolhi has scored more runs than any other batsman in matches between these two teams in IPLs. In 14 matches, he has scored 439 runs at 39.90 and a strike rate of 124, with three fifties
  • No batsman has scored a century in matches between these two teams. The highest is M Vijay's 95 in 2011
  • Muttiah Muralitharan has played for both these teams, against the other. Between 2008 and 2010, he played seven matches for Super Kings against Royal Challengers, taking 11 wickets at an economy rate of 5.46. In 2012 he played for Royal Challengers against Super Kings, taking 3 for 21 in four overs

Quotes

It (high-scoring games) has always been the case in Bangalore, hopefully if we could get the top-order wickets early on then we could control the runs and the game."
Super Kings' coach Stephen Fleming

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 18, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    yahooo.. SRH into the final 4.. all the best "SURPRISERS" hyderabad...

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    WTH? How can you say CSK is a disgusting team? I don't get it, how can you say that?

  • hafeezurrahman on May 18, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Royal Challengers Bangalore should play today and must win this match, we wish to see RCB in playoff.... Wish you all the very best RCB..!!

  • Abitha on May 18, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Rain Rain Go Away Come Again another Day Winners (of IPL 6) RCB wants to Play!!!! Kashinath

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    mayb mi n csk are the most disgusting teams as u mentioned ........... but they never lose matches without giving a fight ............. and if srh don't deserve to make it to the playoff's let the matches decide the fate of de teams ........... as simple as that .......

  • ibbani on May 18, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    MI, CSK will not win this IPL. I wish the great Dravid's team win for 2nd time. MI and CSK are the utter disgusting team of IPL. Even if SRH qualifies they qualify by the virtue of RCB's unlucky rain washed game today. other wise they dont deserve the place in the playoffs.

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Ever since dilshan was replaced by henriques everything went wrong for RCB, pujara is too slow to open the batting with Gayle and Gayle starts off slowly so both of them being slow adds pressure to Gayle. Replace henriques with Dilshan, he is a mad batsaman u never know when he will fire

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    after dilshan was replaced by henriques everythinhg went bad for RCB..

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    It is time for Chennai do the favor for Hyderabad... remember the last year match between DC and RCB.. we do this for STEYN..#CSK Sorry bangalore...c u nxt year..

  • couchpundit on May 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @ rocket_rocket - looks like rain will take care of loyalty and SRH getting into playoffs...LOL

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    yahooo.. SRH into the final 4.. all the best "SURPRISERS" hyderabad...

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    WTH? How can you say CSK is a disgusting team? I don't get it, how can you say that?

  • hafeezurrahman on May 18, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Royal Challengers Bangalore should play today and must win this match, we wish to see RCB in playoff.... Wish you all the very best RCB..!!

  • Abitha on May 18, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Rain Rain Go Away Come Again another Day Winners (of IPL 6) RCB wants to Play!!!! Kashinath

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    mayb mi n csk are the most disgusting teams as u mentioned ........... but they never lose matches without giving a fight ............. and if srh don't deserve to make it to the playoff's let the matches decide the fate of de teams ........... as simple as that .......

  • ibbani on May 18, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    MI, CSK will not win this IPL. I wish the great Dravid's team win for 2nd time. MI and CSK are the utter disgusting team of IPL. Even if SRH qualifies they qualify by the virtue of RCB's unlucky rain washed game today. other wise they dont deserve the place in the playoffs.

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Ever since dilshan was replaced by henriques everything went wrong for RCB, pujara is too slow to open the batting with Gayle and Gayle starts off slowly so both of them being slow adds pressure to Gayle. Replace henriques with Dilshan, he is a mad batsaman u never know when he will fire

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    after dilshan was replaced by henriques everythinhg went bad for RCB..

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    It is time for Chennai do the favor for Hyderabad... remember the last year match between DC and RCB.. we do this for STEYN..#CSK Sorry bangalore...c u nxt year..

  • couchpundit on May 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @ rocket_rocket - looks like rain will take care of loyalty and SRH getting into playoffs...LOL

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @vonz Manish pandey scored 40 odd runs in he semi final of ipl2..

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Either CSK or SRH.... winners of IPL 2013

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    My CSK team. 1.Hussey, 2.Vijay, 3.Faf du, 4.Raina, 5.MSD, 6.Sir Jadeja,7.D.Bravo,8.Morris, 9.Ashwin, 10.M.Sharma, 11. Imtiaz

  • vonz on May 18, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    On the point about centuries scored between these teams. What about Manish Pandey's in IPL2 Semis?

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    though I am hardcore RCB fan, I dont think RCB wil make it to playoff!! because of the junkies in batting like pujara giving initial blow by eating too many balls and scoring less and Tiwary (golden buy turned wrought iron) eating balls at death, RCB can not make a decent total... Even if they could post 200 plus on the board its very difficult to defend by Rampaul alone.. coz rest of em are all good at length deliveries which any batsman can hit for the sixers!!! anyway hoping for a gaylestorm as usual!!

  • on May 18, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    its raining here n worst case Generator is bursting like crackers... Match is in doubt...

  • on May 18, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @Tal if no one bats SRH wins ...... hahaha

  • srinideva on May 18, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @gsingh7, your KXI must blame themselves.. why on earth they transferred player like karthik to MI (for money)..they deserve to be out of playoff...see you KXI...good sales..

  • on May 18, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Advantage for RCB as CSK could experiment more tonight. Bravo and Hussey wont be rested as they are in contention for Orange and Purple caps respectively. Faf should come in for Holder. Aparajith and Imtiaz ahmed should be tested. CSK has lack of superfast bowlers thats the concern, the team who wins toss likely to be the winners.

  • rocket_rocket on May 18, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    last season deccan chargers defeated rcb which helped chennai to make it to the play offs....time to show loyalty chennai...hope dhoni delivers today and srh make it to the playoffs.....

  • on May 18, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings squad-MY Dream Squad MS Dhoni*, R Ashwin, DJ Bravo, F du Plessis, BW Hilfenhaus, Imtiaz Ahmed, RA Jadeja, JA Morkel, SK Raina, MM Sharma, M Vijay

  • srinideva on May 18, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    It is time for Chennai do the favor for Hyderabad... remember the last year match between DC and RCB.. we do this for STEYN..#CSK Sorry bangalore...c u nxt year..

  • on May 18, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I wonder what kind of analysis people make. Someone says a team with M Hussey, Raina, MSD, Bravo, Albie, Nannes, Morris, Ashwin and even Jadeja is not good in batting or bowling and a team with T20 specialists like D Hussey, Gilly, Miller, Marsh, A Mahmood, and Praveen Kumar, Awana, Chawla is UNDERDOGS. I am not sure what cricketing knowledge these so called analysts have

  • gsingh7 on May 18, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    csk to win by 3o or more runs so kings 11 can finish 5th and push rcb to 6th in table. whistlepodu, kings 11 are behind u. win big and dhoni plz bat like miller this time , want century from u in 38 balls as done previously against strongest rcb bowling lineup.

  • Shumbu on May 18, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    I think CSK should test the bench strength today. My team; Du Plessis, Vijay, Raina (C), Badrinath, Saha (WK), Morkel, Jadeja, Jakati, Nannes, Laughlin, Ahmed

  • on May 18, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    RCB should open Mayank Agarwal with Gayle todays team - M agarwal, Gayle,Kholi,AB D, Mosies Henriques, arun Karthik/ Rahul, Syed Mhd,Rampaul,Vinay k, JAidev Unadkat, Zaheer Khan....... no point in bringing in pujara as he eats many balls at the start .....

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 18, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    @Thiagu Sekar IF CSK bats first then RCB wins, if RCB bats first then CSK wins.

  • on May 18, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    VK must give chance to Vijay Zol or Rahul as opener for today's match along with Gayle storm and they must start hitting from first ball as CSK have very good batting line up and till gayle explode. Today team - ZOL/Rahul, Gayle, VK, ABD, Pujara, Henrique, Rampaul, Vinay, Murali Karthik, Unadkat & Zaheer

  • HuzMaster on May 18, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    3 simple things needed to outstmart RCB for CSK-1. Bowl First 2. Contain either 2 among these 3, VK, CG and AB 3. Restrict the score around 175. 3 simple things needed to outstmart CSK for RCB-1. Bowl First 2. Contain either 2 among these 3, MH, SR and MSD 3. Restrict the score around 175.

  • sudhakjd36945 on May 18, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Being SRH fan, expecting RCB to win today and ask SRH force to win the last match, instead of playing deadrubber match before playoffs, so go RCB go win today, let SRH sweat to win last match, which should provide enough boosting to win 2 more matches in a row to clinch the title in first entry itself.

  • ladycricfan on May 18, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Today's line up: Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, Badri, Jadeja, Bravo, Albie, Morris, Ashwin, Sharma. CSK should play today's game like any other game and try to win and keep the momentum going. They have three days to rest before qualifier 1 and no need to give rest to any players.

  • on May 18, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    this team will play in today csk match ...................... please will give oppurtinity to all csk bench players................................ S Anirudha , F du Plessis , B Aparajith , WP Saha , S Badrinath* , JA Morkel, , CH Morris , Imtiaz Ahmed , RG More, V Shankar, DP Nannes,

  • on May 18, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    @tal_bov whats your prediction today?

  • InsaneInsaan on May 18, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    if u check out gayle stats against csk, he has scored one 50 when rcb had to chase 120. otherwise he has always failed. CSK may not have the strongest batting, bowling, feilding, but they have a captain in msd who can lead almost any team to victory.

    if ipl had a team, MSD+10 under 19 players they will still be favorites

  • on May 18, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Being a huge Dravid fan, I'd like to see RCB in the eliminators against RR coz SRH has an amazing bowling unit and are far more dangerous than RCB whose bowling attack is very weak. Even chasing 130 against SRH is a tough ask while even chasing 170 against RCB is a piece of cake. So wishing RCB a huge win against CSK today and hope SRH lose to KKR.

  • KARTHICK26 on May 18, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    CSK has nothing to loose whereas RCB in in must win situation. CSK can given Aparajith and Shadab Jakati a chance today. Won't be surprised to see Raina/Bravo leading CSK with MSD still playing in the game. He did this before in the last league match in Champions Trophy where Raina lead CSK.......

  • on May 18, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Honestly RCB do not deserve a playoff berth cause the main problem is their temperamental captain he cannot lead by example he is not calm and composed like Dhoni, Dravid or Rohit learn boy learn

  • on May 18, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    csk's line up shuld be : hussey,faf,raina,badri,dhoni,barvo,jadeja,morris,ashwin,mohit,I.Ahmed. Hussey & Faf partnership will be the best.No use giving Holder a chance.

  • MaverickMonk on May 18, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    as a Die hard RCBian, I am still upbeat about the playoffs win the toss and Chase coz with the bowling line up they have, even 200 cannot be defended. If they bowl first and limit CSK under 170, I think they will have pretty good chances.

    Also, lets hope for KKR edging out SRH...which shouldnt be surprise given the form their spinners- Narine and senanayke have shown.

    Ideal RCB Line up Gayle, Kl Rahul,Kohli,AB,Moises,Tiwary/Pujara ,Rampaul,Vinay,Zak,Unadkat,Kartik

    Murali doesnt deserve a Place

  • vallavarayar on May 18, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Csk will win if AB doesnt mess with them.

  • on May 18, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    now csk have been in playoff's they should play this team 1. faf 2.aniruddha 3.raina 4.dhoni(C)(WK) 5.bravo 6.albie 7.baba aprajith 8.r. ashwin 9. ben hilfenhaus 10. mohit sharma 11. shadab jakathi

  • aravabalaji on May 18, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Ideal time to give Badri a go at the top to warm up for the play-offs. It is unfair to use him always at the pressure-cooker situations and always expect him to perform 10 out of 10 times. He is always under-rated whereas the likes of Vijay & Jadeja were over-rated.

  • on May 18, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    CSk Will Beat RCB If They Chase! Else It Will Be A Tough One! They Must Play Hilfenaus & Faf

  • on May 18, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    CSK should experiment now, as they have nothing to lose...CSK unlike others are not party-spoilers also, so whats best is to try different combinations before heading to play-offs.I would like to see faf,Morris,Hussey,Bravo as over-seas.Nannes i knew went for 42 and 50 in last 2 outings, but seems largely he was unfit.He's worth a try now as CSK lacks quality Over-seas pacer.Team should be- 1.M Hussy 2.M Vijay 3.S Raina 4.Faf Duplessis 5.MS Dhoni 6.R Jadeja 7.D Bravo 8.R Ashwin 9.B Aparajith 10.C Morris 11.M Sharma. No point in trying Aniruddha, even if he clicks i'm afraid whether he'll get a go over Play-off specialist M Vijay in play-offs and also give Badri a rest for trying others.

  • on May 18, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    I think csk shall try baba aparajit

  • vishank2009 on May 18, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    CSK will win today , there is no pressure for them also over all they are a stronger team than the RCB. . they will play MI in playoffs and RR will Play SRH in another playoffs . todays match is just to pack RCB home . many by now would have predicted CSK , MI, RR & SRH to make it to playoffs and that will happen for sure. CSK can try different combination against this eliminated and overrated team RCB. For RCB better luck next year!!!!

  • deadite11 on May 18, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    As CSK was strongest team of now, today i sense CSK might not win because CSK doesnt having a good overseas bowler and it might harm if they played with Holder/Laughlin. Today i like to see two changes. Aparajith in for Badrinath, Morris/Faf in for Holder.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 18, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    My XI: C Gayle V Kohli AB de Villiers M Hendriques C Pujara S Tiwary L Rahul V Kumar R Rampaul M Kartik Z Khan

  • on May 18, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    CSK should play their best team and knock Gayle, AB and Virat out for their own safety. Their first game was too close. RCB may be low on points but very dangerous to have in playoffs. Moreover, the owe a game to Hyderabad for the last year.

  • cnksnk on May 18, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    This is one of the first seasons where CSK has given atleast 1 game to all of its overseas players. Faf is an exception and may get a chance today. However can some one indicate if good players like Hilfenhause did come to the IPL or not ( may be injury). There are some key players who have not got any chance at all. Any idea if these players came to India at all viz Ben Hilfenhause ( CSK), Fiedel edwards ( RR), Gulam Bodi ( DD).

    May be Aparajit should also get a look in today.

  • Highflyer_GP on May 18, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    RCB has only themselves to blame for their slow starts and bringing in their best batsman with 2 overs left.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 17, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I would suggest one change for RCB - Henriques out for McDonald .... n Kohli n Gayle should open with Pujara at 3 ... Also, de Viliers should come at 5 .... My Batting order :::: 1. Gayle 2. Kohli 3. Pujara 4. Rahul 5. ABDV 6. McDonald 7. Arun Karthik 8. Vinay 9. Zaheer 10. Murali 11. Unadkat

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 17, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    I expect only one change for Chennai - Laughlin in place of Holder ... Rest would be the same

  • on May 17, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Excited to see FAF in action...it will be a good workout against a tough team before the qualifier against mumbai. ATB :)

  • on May 17, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Come on CSK beat RCB, need my SRH to make the semis without having to win vs KKR. Im already tense & the game hasnt begun!

  • on May 17, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    RCB will score over 200 with Gayle hitting a century. CSK will chase it down with Hussey as sheet anchor and everyone else hitting fast cameos. Dhoni will hit the winning runs in the last over.

  • SurlyCynic on May 17, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Last game AB came in with 8 balls to go and had to go for the boundary from ball one. He hit a six and then got out. Isn't this a waste when you had an opener getting 19 off 20 balls? I think Gayle, Kohli and AB should be the top 3 to give them the maximum chance of coming off. If one of them succeeds you probably win. If two fire then you definitely win.

  • on May 17, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Hyderabad last year knocked out RCB and helped CSK to enter playoffs,now its time for CSK to knock out RCB and return the favor for SRH

  • Shumbu on May 17, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    I think CSK will beat RCB with the reserve players!

  • on May 17, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    I'm a hardcore CSK fan,but beating RCB in banglore is not tat easy.i hope dhoni and fleming wil give chances to faf,anirudh and shankar.if RCB want to win they should pick the wickets of raina n dhoni early.i know hussey or faf(any one will play) will stay as long as possible in the crease but without dhoni and raina he or csk wont able to chase anything above 170.

    NOTE: If RCB couldnt able to get out raina or dhoni early ,even a 200 or a 100 hundred from gayle are not enough to beat LIONS.

  • on May 17, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    I predict RCB will score 165 plus and raina,hussey will chase the score easily and DHONI will be the man for hitting runs in last over

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  • on May 17, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    I predict RCB will score 165 plus and raina,hussey will chase the score easily and DHONI will be the man for hitting runs in last over

  • on May 17, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    I'm a hardcore CSK fan,but beating RCB in banglore is not tat easy.i hope dhoni and fleming wil give chances to faf,anirudh and shankar.if RCB want to win they should pick the wickets of raina n dhoni early.i know hussey or faf(any one will play) will stay as long as possible in the crease but without dhoni and raina he or csk wont able to chase anything above 170.

    NOTE: If RCB couldnt able to get out raina or dhoni early ,even a 200 or a 100 hundred from gayle are not enough to beat LIONS.

  • Shumbu on May 17, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    I think CSK will beat RCB with the reserve players!

  • on May 17, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Hyderabad last year knocked out RCB and helped CSK to enter playoffs,now its time for CSK to knock out RCB and return the favor for SRH

  • SurlyCynic on May 17, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Last game AB came in with 8 balls to go and had to go for the boundary from ball one. He hit a six and then got out. Isn't this a waste when you had an opener getting 19 off 20 balls? I think Gayle, Kohli and AB should be the top 3 to give them the maximum chance of coming off. If one of them succeeds you probably win. If two fire then you definitely win.

  • on May 17, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    RCB will score over 200 with Gayle hitting a century. CSK will chase it down with Hussey as sheet anchor and everyone else hitting fast cameos. Dhoni will hit the winning runs in the last over.

  • on May 17, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Come on CSK beat RCB, need my SRH to make the semis without having to win vs KKR. Im already tense & the game hasnt begun!

  • on May 17, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Excited to see FAF in action...it will be a good workout against a tough team before the qualifier against mumbai. ATB :)

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 17, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    I expect only one change for Chennai - Laughlin in place of Holder ... Rest would be the same

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 17, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I would suggest one change for RCB - Henriques out for McDonald .... n Kohli n Gayle should open with Pujara at 3 ... Also, de Viliers should come at 5 .... My Batting order :::: 1. Gayle 2. Kohli 3. Pujara 4. Rahul 5. ABDV 6. McDonald 7. Arun Karthik 8. Vinay 9. Zaheer 10. Murali 11. Unadkat