Kings XI v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Dubai April 27, 2014

Royal Challengers look for the up elevator

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April 28, 2014
Start time 1830 local (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

Big Picture

A team wanting to make it to the knockout stage of the IPL can only afford a few horror matches in the season. Royal Challengers Bangalore have already had a couple of them, one after the other, early in their season. A campaign that started with encouraging wins now needs to shake off the bad inertia. It can only be a good thing that they face Kings XI Punjab, the strongest team on current form, next; win this and get the anaesthetic you need to numb the wounds from last two losses.

It doesn't sound easy and it's going to be even more difficult in reality. After two good wins, question marks have now been pasted all over on Royal Challengers' batsmen. It now seems that only the inclusion of Chris Gayle can perk the team up. However, there is still no conclusive news on his fitness. Irrespective of Gayle's availability, the rest of the batsmen, especially the middle order, will need to shrug off the uncertainty that has set in. Royal Challengers' bowling is better placed at the moment and they are likely to bring back the impressive Varun Aaron after resting him from the previous game.

Kings XI would have been extremely satisfied with their win against Kolkata Knight Riders. First time in the tournament, their batting came under pressure with the early exits of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, but their bowlers responded with sustained intensity. Mitchell Johnson has said that he is slowly finding his best after missing out on cricket for a month due to a toe infection and that gives the attack a well-rounded look. Johnson fires it quick, Sandeep Sharma likes to nip it around, L Balaji loves bowling those legcutters and Akshar Patel's left-arm spin is gaining traction.

Watch out for

One thing is for sure that the moment Yuvraj Singh steps out, George Bailey is going to unleash Mitchell Johnson on him. Rewind to October 2013 to trace the beginnings of Yuvraj's slide. Johnson served up a 150-plus short ball to send Yuvraj back for 7 in an ODI in Pune. Another short ball in Mohali and Yuvraj edged it to fall for a first-ball duck. In Nagpur, Yuvraj expected the short ball, but left a mighty gap between the pad and the bat to be bowled for a two-ball duck. Life hasn't smiled at Yuvraj since then (except on the IPL auction day) and Johnson is no happy news.

AB de Villiers did score an unbeaten 45 in Royal Challengers' second win but his last two outings are a cause for concern for his team. Against Knight Riders, he, along with Yuvraj, let the game drift away to the last over before being dismissed, albeit to an exceptional catch by Chris Lynn. Against Rajasthan Royals, he walked in early in the third over in a scenario that should have allowed him enough time to build. Instead, he fell for a duck playing a loose shot to an innocuous delivery. His patchy form seems to have extended from the World T20 where he managed a single half-century. With their campaign floundering a bit, Royal Challengers need the cushion of the old de Villiers.

Stats and trivia

  • The batsmen from Kings XI and Royal Challengers, along with Delhi Daredevils, have hit the most centuries - five each. The last of them was a 38-ball 101 by David Miller, against Royal Challengers
  • Virender Sehwag's 37 in the match against Knight Riders was his highest score from his last 13 IPL innings

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Greatest_Game on April 28, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    The best batsmen across all formats are Virat & AB. Test rankings change slowly, but Virat reached the top 10, which AB comfortably leads. They swap the top ODI ranking regularly, just points apart. Virat is 2 in T20I rankings, but AB is nowhere at 37. Gambhir is ranked higher!

    Is AB just no good at t20? In T20Is he faces on ave 14.8 balls per inngs, not out in 16%. His averages: 17.4 at 3; 27.8 at 4; 14.71 at 5; 20 at 6. Half his innings he batted 4th, & there averaged highest, failed least & scored consistently. Why? Almost all were in successive matches. Settled, in rhythm, he could visualize his game & BUILD an inngs - just as Virat does, always batting at 3! Down the order, or moved every match, AB's performance drops. He loses focus. He needs rhythm.

    Virat & AB - the worlds best. Batting together, building partnerships of understanding & trust, they would be simply fearsome. They are BATSMEN, not sloggers, and they ARE the best. Its common sense - let them bat together!

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Bangalore 2 down forvery few and Gayle hardly made any dent. Go Punjab Go - Good Luck from a True and Original Bangalorean!

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    gayle vs maxwell.. hoping for a high scoring game.. bored with low scoring games for past 5-6 matches

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Gayle will get out for less than 10 and Yuvi will eat up overs to make 10. Go Punjab Go , win your 5th game. All the best from true and original Bangalorean!

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Itz Gaylestorm vs MillionDollorBaby

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Without Gayle RCB looks mediocre side and Yuvraj needs to pep up his game or else his international career is far over,he will join the league of sehwags,gambhirs,pathans etc...wake up yuvraj before its all over!

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    @James Sebastain Bangalore does not have a flat track, unlike Mumbai , Kanpur etc. However RCB (the non Bangalore team calling themselves Bangalore) deserve to lose all the matches in Bangalore as they are not representing Bangalore with zero local players.

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Big man Chris gayle back today RCB lose the toss and going to bat first and varun Aaron instead or sachin Rana

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    @Kevorka This is not cribbing, but simple sports logic.

    Either IPL has a sports and competitive purpose or does NOT.

    If it does have a sports purpose then it has to be played fairly and fair selection is important. So when a team calls itself Bangalore, I expect some (if not predominant) representation from Bangalore (or Karnataka). Incidentally Karnataka won most of domestic tournaments this year and certainly the competition was lot tougher than what we see in IPL. If not there was no need for teams to be named Bangalore, Punjab, Chennai etc. The teams could have simply called Team A, Team B etc. Or Red Team, Blue Team or whatever.

    If on the other hand it does NOT have Sports or competitive purpose and it is purely for business (making money) and using entertainment for that purpose then I am fine with though expect a disclaimer to be in place just like various TV reality shows have it.

  • on April 28, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    today kingx11 will be win i hope today

  • Greatest_Game on April 28, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    The best batsmen across all formats are Virat & AB. Test rankings change slowly, but Virat reached the top 10, which AB comfortably leads. They swap the top ODI ranking regularly, just points apart. Virat is 2 in T20I rankings, but AB is nowhere at 37. Gambhir is ranked higher!

    Is AB just no good at t20? In T20Is he faces on ave 14.8 balls per inngs, not out in 16%. His averages: 17.4 at 3; 27.8 at 4; 14.71 at 5; 20 at 6. Half his innings he batted 4th, & there averaged highest, failed least & scored consistently. Why? Almost all were in successive matches. Settled, in rhythm, he could visualize his game & BUILD an inngs - just as Virat does, always batting at 3! Down the order, or moved every match, AB's performance drops. He loses focus. He needs rhythm.

    Virat & AB - the worlds best. Batting together, building partnerships of understanding & trust, they would be simply fearsome. They are BATSMEN, not sloggers, and they ARE the best. Its common sense - let them bat together!

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Bangalore 2 down forvery few and Gayle hardly made any dent. Go Punjab Go - Good Luck from a True and Original Bangalorean!

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    gayle vs maxwell.. hoping for a high scoring game.. bored with low scoring games for past 5-6 matches

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Gayle will get out for less than 10 and Yuvi will eat up overs to make 10. Go Punjab Go , win your 5th game. All the best from true and original Bangalorean!

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Itz Gaylestorm vs MillionDollorBaby

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Without Gayle RCB looks mediocre side and Yuvraj needs to pep up his game or else his international career is far over,he will join the league of sehwags,gambhirs,pathans etc...wake up yuvraj before its all over!

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    @James Sebastain Bangalore does not have a flat track, unlike Mumbai , Kanpur etc. However RCB (the non Bangalore team calling themselves Bangalore) deserve to lose all the matches in Bangalore as they are not representing Bangalore with zero local players.

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Big man Chris gayle back today RCB lose the toss and going to bat first and varun Aaron instead or sachin Rana

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    @Kevorka This is not cribbing, but simple sports logic.

    Either IPL has a sports and competitive purpose or does NOT.

    If it does have a sports purpose then it has to be played fairly and fair selection is important. So when a team calls itself Bangalore, I expect some (if not predominant) representation from Bangalore (or Karnataka). Incidentally Karnataka won most of domestic tournaments this year and certainly the competition was lot tougher than what we see in IPL. If not there was no need for teams to be named Bangalore, Punjab, Chennai etc. The teams could have simply called Team A, Team B etc. Or Red Team, Blue Team or whatever.

    If on the other hand it does NOT have Sports or competitive purpose and it is purely for business (making money) and using entertainment for that purpose then I am fine with though expect a disclaimer to be in place just like various TV reality shows have it.

  • on April 28, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    today kingx11 will be win i hope today

  • on April 28, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    UK summer 2011 for the start of Yuvi's slide... Didn't enjoy the short ball at all on that tour.

  • CricketMaan on April 28, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Yuvi will still go on and make some good scores even if its against a Mitch or Dale for the simple reason that these bowlers dont give the same 100% as they give to thier country and no one can blame them for that. IPL is more of a income, an entertainment and so Yuvi could get away with the fact that fast bowlers won't be dishing out too many good balls as they do in international games.

  • on April 28, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Rcb will win only banglore flat track.gyle playing only bng pitch yu can see his trac records ....4tem only playoff punjab.chennai..rajasthan..kkr...kkr are team gambir drop they are top of the tabale fuchure games robin uttappa open is nessaery fr kkr

  • Nafa_Wats on April 28, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Chris gayle playing today?

  • on April 28, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    its going to be a run machine day ...both teams are ready to massacre other teams bowler !! Only difference is that Mohali are riding high on the heroics of their batsmen and Bangalore will find their batsmen heroism in this match. Go RCB go....!! you are the champ....!!

  • on April 28, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    RCB need to be careful about Viru, he is hungry to perform and if it is today means it is really treat to watch. All real cricket lovers knows about his impact on his day. He came very close to his best against SRH and missed, I hope today will be his day.

  • on April 28, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    smelling sehwag hitting all around the park!!best of luck kxip!!and gudd luck to rcb bowlers........!!!!!

  • JustIPL on April 28, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Gayle has been out of form for so long and I don't see him coming anytime sooner. T20 worldcup happened earlier and auctions were done before that putting money at the wrong place specially in the case of Yuvi. Yuvi has to pull his or end up manufacturing another loss his team.

  • Snambidi on April 28, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    In this season of IdT20League,the best performance so far has come from ,underMohaliT20 Team inspite of buying Yuvaraj at the biggest price for an Indian&even with availability of Gayle,DeVilliers&Virat Kohli it is surprising that no one earmarked RCB as favourites to win. All eyes were on Mumbai&Chennai.Chennai did reasonably well&Mumbai sank to the deepest pit of ZERO,a place from where it is a Herculian Task to rise. RCB disappointed every cricket lover in their last match withjust 70 on board from 20 overs.Both Mumbai&RCB ,in the circumstances need to be regarded as Teams out of the competition. more so about Mumbai. Nevertheless,RCB still has a ray of hope left, as if escape from drowning with the help of a small water plant ,if they could make an all out effort to win all their next games forgetting the reputation they achieved in last match. in order to achieve a top spot all their renowned batsmen mentioned above should shine.Apart from this bowlers should deliver.

  • Kevorka on April 28, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Instead of cribbing over Bangalore not taking local players, i guess you must be happy about them getting a chance to play some significant role in other teams!! And all the above mentioned names have been with RCB at one point of time and they haven's played a significant role in rcb's matches.. So please stop cribbing!!

  • on April 28, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Guys its called the Indian Premier League and not "Regional Premier League". So stop this nonsense. Support whomever u want. U r entitled to it. But not such reasons. RCB for life!! Cheers

  • on April 28, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    rcb tonight..all guns blazing

  • on April 28, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Todays Banglore Will Rocks

  • rahul.. on April 28, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    i thinkkkkk pujara ......will make some noise.....supporting ...kingX11

  • AjjarRavi on April 28, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    The Broad Minded gentleman seems to be confused between a club team and a national team.. Indian team consists of Indian Players and a local team, on the same logic must have a few local players. And to think of it Karnataka is the reigning champions of Ranj Trophy and as well as Irani Trophy and not to forget the limited over edition of this year too. That means there are plenty of youngsters who are capable of representing a team which is termed Bangalore Team, which is a local team......For example a Dinda could have been easily be replaced by a Vinay Kumar, Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa could be an automatic choice...so Mr. Generosity, we are not happy because the talented local players are not treated well by a so called local owner and we oppose that disparity. This without mentioning the dreaded number "14"

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Thanks @Vinayachandra Acharya You are right. One more vote against RCB!

  • class9ryan on April 28, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Albie needs to be given a license for going to the kill today if the RCB are to suceed in this tournament. U can't expect fireworks from AB everyday. And Yuvi, I don't know if to expect from him. SO all depends on Virat today if Gayle doesn't play. I hope that RCB are defeated again because Kings XI deserve 5 in 5 in UAE.

  • on April 28, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    dont blame yuvi ..he played wel in previous matches..when u comment in yuvi think u r self..all uv is the real hero

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    As of today Punjab Kings are doing better. Kohli and Gayle play well today then Bangalore Royal Challengers have an edge over their opponents.

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Hey Guys, Watch out sehwag.. Before last match i said, he is getting back to form slowly and he was the tops scorer in low scoring game.. today he is going to reach his peak.. opponents are under estimating him now and planing over Maxwell and miller.. im sure they gonna pay for ignoring him..

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Today is yuvi's day. Once yuvi enters with the bat, immeadiately Johnson will come with the ball.Johnson against Yuvi, good battle ahead.At all probability yuvi will be winner today.

    Maxwell will be bowled by young chahal.

  • Pinkesh_Agrawal on April 28, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Virat if you can here me "Can you please send yuvraj after LB Morkel to win Match or say him to play aggressive without worrying about his wicket "

  • ladycricfan on April 28, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Kholil should learn a thing or two form Dhoni about captaincy. Dhoni experiments with players in the first two matches and by the time CSK plays its third match they would've found the correct combination and stick to it though out the tournament. CSK always looks a settled side. On the other hand, Kholi changes the players too often, which is unsettling for the players as well as the team.

  • jaike-viru-fan on April 28, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    @Mr.CricketJKNotHussey Exactly my thought!! KXIP have to shuffle their batting order to become more balanced. Bailey should promote himself up the order with maxi nd miller still to come, or atleast ahead of miller. That should give him a good psychological edge to bat pressure free W.Saha is hitting the ball well and is not a pricey wicket, so can be well utilised in the slog overs.Sandeep and balaji is looking good & johnson slowly getting bak to form. Badly want viru to start firing now. He really looked like he was going to , in the last innings but unfortunately fell short. Even though KXIP is sitting comfortobaly on top, the competition would be tough today. Hope Viru & boys bag another one today :-)

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Its really hurting to see that some of the supporters are too much worried about the local players, one says that he support other teams against rcb because it has banglore local players and against csk and rcb he dont cares who wins because no banglore local players in both team. If indian team dont select even one banglore player for 2015 world cup then u wont support indian team or what. It is totally a crap. IPL is just for fun and i am csk fan but mumbai won in the finals it doest hurted me because sachin was in mumbai team and a young captain rohit has lifted the cup, its good to see. Come on only 8 teams are playing so u r lucky that one of the owner bought your city name has banglore, if he prefers to other cities and switch on then there will be no banglore team. If u people are too much worried about local players then u people become a franchise and put crores of money and buy a team then u can have all 11 local banglore players.

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    RCB will surely win 2day...De villiers will b fired 2day....He needs 2 bat at no.4..ahead of yuvi..I think yuvi should bat at no.6 or 7....I am waiting 4 AB's fire 2day....He must do sumthing special 4 da team if needed.....He is a wonder of modern cricket....

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Gayle is back... Waiting for gayle nd maxwell show.

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    everyone blaming yuraj and devillers...sure they will make sweat every punjab bowler today...

  • Rdreddy on April 28, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    having good players in the team, RCB is struggling a bit at the moment. Hope we see a tough fight today!!

  • Bpokhs on April 28, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    My RCB 11 for today

    Gyale, Patel, Kholi, AB, Yuvraj, Takawale,Rampul, Starc, V Aron, Jakati, Chahal

    I reallty hope they give Jakati a chance, andd rather than keeping Morkel they need to put Specialist bowler and specialist batsman, as Morkel doenot get to play much balls, keeping him as a batsman wont help.So better replace him with Rampul

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    You bowl a maximum of 4 overs (though under higher pressure) and you need to be rested? How does that player manage to play a test - nearly 16 - 20 overs in a day? As Boycs say, it's pure rubbish!

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    RCB should let AB bat at no.4. He needs some time in the middle to get his form back. Yuvi has been given enough chances and they should look at other options, such as Vijay Zol. This is my team XI:-

    1. Gayle (if Gayle play)/Muralitharan, 2. Parthiv(wk), 3. Kohli(c), 4. AB, 5. Takawale, 6. Albie Morkel, 7. Starc, 8. Dinda, 9. Chahal, 10. Aaron, 11. Shadab Jakati

  • ArMd on April 28, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Vijay Zol IN Yuviraj OUT, Yuvi was the main reason we lost T20 WC. With all due respect he played well in past, won many games n cups, but that's all past...Now RCB should induce some young blood...

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    I will be really surprised if YUVI can do well today. MJ will be too hot for him to handle. It is unfortunate, but I think Yuvi is done as far as International Cricket is concerned. It will be a hit or miss for him and just as it isfor Shewag now. You can see his (YUVI's) reflexes have slowed down...even in his fielding...he is slower running between wickets. Good news is that India has enough talent so that is not a worry...as far as RCB is concerned VK and ABD have to click..they are of course way better batsmen than Maxwell and Miller though the momentum and form seem to favor Punjab. I am glad to see that RCB bowling coach has helped Varun...he used to bowl trash. Chahal is a great find. May the better team win...I like both the teams and I just want to see some intense cricket.

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Yuvraj will fire today. He can beat whole KXIP on his own on his day.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 28, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Do not give any matches to Perera or Murali. SL beat us in T20 final. Mumbai please drop Malinga.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 28, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    I saw a lot of people complain about the lack of local talent in RCB and how they didn't bid for them. This is not quite true as RCB did try to buy local players, but considering that Karnataka did so well this domestic season, all local players were in high demand and after splurging on Yuvi, RCB really couldn't keep up with the others to buy local players. That said, they put themselves in this position by going after Yuvraj Singh with such passion. He was worth trying to get, agreed, but 14 cr was way too much. They should have stopped bidding after 5/6 cr and even that might have been too much based on current form. They really misjudged during the auction. Luckily, their last minute buys like Chahal are coming good for them, but again, these were more necessity buys rather than thought out acquisitions. I also read someone saying that Yuvi has done better than ABDV. They really need to see how the international circuit is. AB is miles ahead of Yuvi on any day.

  • on April 28, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    if gayle play than open with gayle & patel.

    if gayle not play then open with dvlerys & patel.

  • on April 28, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    hoping to see rcb at bottom by end of IPL and the team name should be RC not RCB anymore

  • D-Coach on April 28, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Being a CSK fan I wish to see the fire in RCB with the wonderful line up. I expected lot from ABD, VK since they where in good form. I do not thing YS. Gayle are not in good form. If something to happen it should happen from ABD and VK mostly. Best wishes for both teams.

  • on April 28, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    @ Dhoni 48.... definitely not boring, actually there was more people watched the matches in UAE than expected...I think you have issue with something else.

  • SamWintson92 on April 28, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    RCB XI: If Gayle's available: 1 Gayle 2 P Patel (WK) 3 Kohli (C) 4 De Villiers 5 Yuvraj 6 A Morkel 7 Takawale 8 Starc 9 Aaron 10 Chahal 11 Dinda. If Gayle"s unavailable: 1 Takawale 2 P Patel (WK) 3 Kohli (C) 4 De Villiers 5 Yuvraj 6 A Morkel 7 Zol 8 Starc 9 Rampaul 10 Aaron 11 Chahal.

    KXIP XI: (Play Saha in the middle, Mad Maxwell at 3) 1 Sehwag 2 Pujara 3 Maxwell 4 Bailey 5 Miller 6 Saha 7 A Patel 8 Johnson 9 R Dhawan 10 Balaji 11 Sandeep.

  • anver777 on April 28, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    RCB need to step up fast & get the momentum back, before its to late.... otherwise they will have to struggle in the business end of the tournament !!!!! If RCB plays to their strength they can topple unbeaten KXI !!!!

  • on April 28, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    someone has written that devillers really fails in t20 cricket including ipl, and should be dropped from rcb and another foreign player should replace him...i agree he doesnot play that well for his country in t20..but seriously does he fails in ipl??? i think he fails...since 2012 in ipl, between 17-20 over he has worst strike rate of 250...i think that is just worst..so drop him from the team

  • sk12 on April 28, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    " the moment Yuvraj Singh steps out, George Bailey is going to unleash Mitchell Johnson on him" - no, dont think so.. on current form, Bailey can bring on any bowler when Yuvi comes in.. maybe get some cheap overs out of the part timers.. probably better not to get him out !

  • Purple-Orange on April 28, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Yeah, its ideal to promote local talent among uncapped players. However, reckon that franchises are struggling to break even and broader goal will have to come in later. As for RCB and its management, we all know how they treated Rahul Dravid calling him and his team as only test team. Look at how he led RR to glory last couple of years.

    That said, IPL is a professional league and owner and management are entitled to their free opinions, whims and fancies. I believe that only Gayle is in and strikes form straightaway, things will be ok. Whats worrying is Virat and AB both not exactly in the pink. They are too classy to remain this way.

  • on April 28, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    uv was given charity by mallaya. in his current form he is good only to sign autographs. that is if anybody wants one from him.....

  • kartcric on April 28, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Boring is the ipl but have no other go.Eagerly waiting for ind-eng test series but have to wait for two months

  • cricketwatchdog on April 28, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Wht al fuss abt uv, he is past his prime and is now a big liability bought at an awesum price, just make him warm the bench and see that rcb will start winning again,

  • Dharm_Guru on April 28, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Only one man stands between RCB and Victory (against any team) and that is Yuvraj Singh.

  • switchmitch on April 28, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    True that...it is bad to see "Bangalore" team without ANY local players, Chennai team with just ONE local player...There has to be local representation...why name them after the city if there is no intention to field locals or develop local cricketers? Just give them fancy names...without the city added and then see the fan base dwindle...

  • virgoan81 on April 28, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    I am big time RCB supporter, looking at current team composition feel like.. RCB should go in with 2 spin bowlers and 3 pace attack. if Gayle is fit to play today, the team should be 1) Gayle 2) Parthiv 3) Virat 4) AB 5) Yuvraj 6) Morkel 7) Tanmay 8) Starc 9) Aaron 10) Jakati 11) Chahal. If gayle is not playing today, the team should be 1) Takawale 2) Parthiv 3) Virat 4) AB 5) Yuvraj 6) Morkel 7) Tanmay 8) Starc 9) Rampaul 10) Jakati 11) Chahal. hope we can sing OOLA LA LA LE O

  • on April 28, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Gayle must start in .... Come on RCB its show time #RCBian

  • on April 28, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Even i am born banglorean .. and i am not foolish like others to state that RCB should contain local players ..!! God ... will support VK where ever he is ..!! If he plays for MI..will support MI (which i dint support even when SRT was playing..)..!! GO VK ..GO RCB..!!

  • on April 28, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    rcb will win 2day becoz Kohli is the key n It will be a great boost if Gayle is fit to plays today, Just his presence will be a motivation for RCB. In bowling, I think RCB are doing ok

  • on April 28, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    MIA: Two lieutenants Kohli might have hoped to have... both of them are missing in action ("MIA")... One is injured and not in the park since this IPL started (Gayle). The other is found in the park, but looks as if he is out to prove, what happened in BD is not an aberration (Yuvi). The "absence" of two key players seems to have affected Kohli too!

  • Shahed.Akhtar on April 28, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Two scenarios for RCB - one with Gayle and one without Gayle. If Gayle plays and Morkel sits out; Gayle shoud open with Parthiv, followed by Kohli, Zol, ABdV, Yuvi, Harshal/Sandeep, Starc, Rampaul, Chahal, Aaron. If Gayle doesn't play: Kohli should open with Parthiv, followed by Zol, ABdV, Yuvi, Morkel, Harshal/Sandeep, Starc, Rampaul, Chahal, Aaron. For KingsXI, a better utilization of Bailey could be for him to partner Sehwag at the top. That'll allow a look in to Gurkeerat / Vohra / Mandeep in the middle order, with Pujara sitting out. Time for experimenting for KingsXI is now, to get more than one combination working out. What a luxury for KingsXI to have a player like Shaun Marsh in reserves!

  • on April 28, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @Kashi0127, SRH play Karnataka's KL Rahul. Should cheer SRH when playing RCB.

  • on April 28, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Being a Banglorean, I feel betrayed by the attitude of RCB owner/think tank/captain in not picking any Karnataka/local players during the auction. Neither the captain nor any RCB players, reflect the true culture of this city (Just have a look at the list of players who represented our country from our city). Every time a local player was put to auction, the owners were not even seen moving or interested to purchase him. It's not just we love the local players blindly, but at least 3 to 4 of them deserved to be in RCB jerseys this season. Now, I support these players whenever they play, even if it is against RCB. Mr. Mallya has to rechristen his team and remove "Bangalore" from RCB. Luv to see RC hammered in each game.

  • Kashi0127 on April 28, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    I am a born Bangalorean and here's how my team support goes: RCB Vs KKR - Want KKR to win - has three Bangalore players RCB Vs MI - want MI to win , has one Bangalore player RCB Vs DD - want DD to win , has one Bangalore player RCB Vs RR - want RR to win, has 2 Bangalore players RCB Vs SRH - Don't Care Who Wins RCB Vs CSK - Don't Care Who wins RCB Vs KXIP - Don't Care Who wins

    So you get the gist. If my wish were to come true and in "Don't Care" section, result is 50-50 then the so called Bangalore team (RCB) can and deserve to win only 3 matches in the entire IPL season. Having already won 2 matches, they now DESERVE to win just one more match in the balance IPL. Moral - There should be a rule on a minimum number of state players in the team it boasts off; just like they have max# of foreign players. After all it is touted that IPL helps youngsters from local small players to show their mettle> if the Home team does not pick local unknown talents/gems who will?

  • on April 28, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    I think Yuvi's struggle was the big factor in a narrow lose to KKR. Against RR he looked all at sea against Richardson & Southee before getting out for a loose shot making just 3 runs. I don't think it will get better from here on in for Yuvraj. He will be up against Johnson & Co. RCB should think beyond Yuvraj now. They Should play youngster Zol in place of Yuvi against KINGS XI & see how it goes. It will be a great boost if Gayle is fit to plays today, Just his presence will be a motivation for RCB. In bowling, I think RCB are doing ok, especially Mitchell Star with the new ball & young leggy Chahal. Today's playing XI should be Gayle(if fit), Patel, Kohli, AB, Zol, Morkel, Rana, Starc, Aaron, Chahal & Dinda.

  • on April 28, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Y are all calling for yuvi's head and saying ABD will come good?? Yuvi has done better than ABD in this IPL....http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2014/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=8827;team=4340;type=tournament...Hope you people are clear....Last match was a one off where RR got lucky!!!! Go RCB, Go Virat, Go YUVI!!!!!!!!!

  • CricFan707 on April 28, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Hope Sehwag gets going and scores at least 50 runs...he's looked good in the previous two games...it is a treat to watch when he's in form...

  • on April 28, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Kings have very good batting line up and now their bowling is aldo clicking. So kings are favourite. Maxy at no. 3 and baily at 4 and sfter that Miller

  • on April 28, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    With Kohli being in his top form RCB need AB and Yuvi to fire if they're to win this match

  • on April 28, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    I still cant figure out why teams hide the length of the injury time of their players. Look at K. Pietersen, C. Gayle, they both were injured before the start of the IPL and the franchises were reluctant to disclose the injury. Coming to today's match, both teams looks good on paper. Everyone is waiting for Gayle to comeback and I am sure he'll play today. My starting 11 for RCB would be: Gayle Parthiv Kohli ABD Yuvraj A. Morkel Zol/Jakati Starc Aaron Chahal Dinda. I still feel that the 6th batsmen is not required as they have got Morkel. If the top 6 cant do it then the 7th batsmen also can't do it. They should play with 2 spinners and 4 quicks including morkel. Kings XI Punjab looks stronger but Bailey should come in place of Saha. He is far better batsmen then Saha and wasting is talent at No:6 like ABD at No. 5. No change required for Punjab.

  • on April 28, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Time has now come to blood Vijay Zol in place of Yuvraj. No need to worry about having a mammoth amount on him. Accept the blunder and move on,instead of making him play every match and lose them. Also should strongly consider sending AB as partner to Parthiv at the start. Will bring back the zing to the RCB.

  • on April 28, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Dont forget. TP Still not in action with Maxwell buddies

  • on April 28, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Yuvi is playing under pressure because he is a costly player of IPL, I think he cant play very comfortably and do justice to RCB.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 28, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    For everyone criticizing KXIP's bowling attack, they have been improving game by game. They had a horrible first game, but that was when Johnson was coming off an injury and Balaji and Awana were spraying it all over the place. Patel was also new and it was his first IPL game. Since then, Johnson seems to be finding his rhythm and Balaji has started bowling with much better control. Sandeep Sharma has added some bite and variation to the attack and Patel has started to get used to the big stage and pulled together some good performances. RCB's bowling has been good over all 4 matches, but right now, I would rate both attacks equally. It is really heartening to see Aaron bowl well I must say. So, they match comes down to the batting and KXIP seem to have an edge here. RCB's line up is dangerous, and they won't have too many bad days, but the same goes for KXIP. So yes, this should be a close match but KXIP is high on confidence whereas RCB is a bit dazed.

  • RCB4Eva on April 28, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Either drop Yuvi or, if the team management is not up to that, send him in at 6 instead of 4. AB and Albie can come in above him and will certainly have a better strike rate than him, thereby ensuring that the innings doesn't stagnate or drift away. Dropping him would send him a message straight away, if he still cares about such things.

    Our bowlers are the surprise of the IPL so far. All the focus on the "mighty" batting line up and these guys sneak in and snatch purple caps! Well done, boys. I hope Varun sticks to what he has been doing well so far, instead of trying to experiment too much.

    We need a win now, so that we can return home to some hope.

  • CrapySaysThat on April 28, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    It is strange that the nation that was wishing and praying for Yuvi to fit and play are now for his injury. His injury means addition of 50+ runs and saving of 3 overs. So astonished to see same arrogant Yuvi even after so many failures. Please give chance to new blood as IPL is ment to stage new talent and not a enjoy ride for failures.

  • Avi56 on April 28, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    The last match with RR was horrible...but the Bowlers showed some promise managing to chip 4 wickets..It was one of the off days for RCB and it has happen to many teams. Infact Chennai were all out for 79 Last year against MI in a League match and ended up reaching the Finals. The big positive is that the Bowling has been quite good in the 4 matches. The key for RCB in todays match is getting maxwell out...Cos KXIP do not have a very good bowling line up (though they played well against KKR & the match vs SRH they batsmen fumbled) Overall it should be match of the equals if maxwell does not fire.

  • Greatest_Game on April 28, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    The author mentions AB's form in the World T20. His one really good innings was when Faf was suspended and AB captained the side. He came in at number 3 in the 10th over and knocked up 69* at SR 246.42 as SA racked up the highest score of the tournament. He was really engaged & on top of the captaincy & his batting.

    His phenomenal, record breaking run of 50s in 13 successive tests came after he took the gloves full time. His averages went up after he started keeping full time. I think he may be one of those players who does better when he has a lot to occupy his mind. One of those people who is either full on, or full off!

    When not keeping, he is not in the middle of the action. At 5 he is not thinking about & planning his innings - he is waiting to see if he will bat or not! Sending him up the order would stimulate him. If Gayle can't play, then open with AB. Might be just the jolt he needs. He has had plenty of experience as an opener, so it is not a gamble!

  • lian_14 on April 28, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    I think KXIP should change their batting order, with Bailey coming in before Miller. The last two innings which Bailey has lost his wicket was due to trying to hit out before he was set. But if Miller comes in after Bailey, then Bailey wouldn't feel that pressure to score runs quickly and can play his way into his innings (since he would be able to face more deliveries) and then explode when he's more settled.

    I think what Bailey has been trying to do is give his top order the licence to smash it and if it doesn't come off, then he will be there to hopefully rescue the innings. It's good for his top order but not for him as a player because it either forces him to come in at a time when the team has lost 4 wickets for not too much or when its the 17th over and he needs to go from the start. Neither situation is ideal for him or for the way he plays.

    Other than that, there's no need to change a winning side.

  • on April 27, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Rcb wants positive attitude. The side is balanced and they can win ipl. Vvirat is a much capable player to lift the tittle. Kohli is match winner but he need a patience. Forget captaincy n play like player. Abd to come up the order. Starc should spark. All the best rcb. Today a must win for u people. Bring back confidence for us.

  • Nampally on April 27, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Kohli needs to send AB De Villier at #4 ahead of Yuvraj if he has an intent of making better use of his batsmen. He should know this very well after the T0 WC loss when Yuvraj 11 off 21 balls. That is the an essential change in batting order. This will also shield Yuvraj facing Johnson early. Johnson always gets "this Yuvraj"- who once hit Broad for 6 Sixers in an over in IPL T20 played in SA. Secondly, if Gayle plays, Kohli has better chance of winning. Punjab is not a great bowling team. It has won its matches mainly because o Maxwell & Millers' Power hitting. Get them early, they can be easily beaten because of absence of good bowling. Johnson will not be as effective on the Asian pitches as in Oz land. So if RCB use right tactics I expect an easy win for them.I m sure Kohli will go all out to win. Good Luck RCB!

  • Jas.Sohd on April 27, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Relax people it doesn't matter if Gayle plays or if Yuvi, Kohli, or AB fire or not just remember what happened last year. I can still memorise every ball of that match. Soho out good luck RCB (cause KX1P don't need it)

  • ramz30380 on April 27, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Will Virat make a strong move and drop Yuvi to make way for Zol who by all means will be the future of RCB if he gets the ball rolling? We need to wait and see how things turn out tomorrow.

    RCB had one bad game! I was reminded of the game tht CSK were 79 all out against MI last season. So, may be it didnt go well - u cant see AB, Virat, Parthiv, Albie - all failing in one match once again. So best thing to do is to put everything aside and start afresh.

    RCB has been bowling well this season, so lets see if Maxie & Co can do it again! RCB anyday is a better batting line-up than KKR, so if Kings get packed for less than 140, RCB will win if they are batting second. If they are batting first, then probably must put on a decent score on the board and defend...

  • jhovee on April 27, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Though its early prediction, hope its gonna happen... CSK & KX1 will be in playoffs MI & SRH out RR, KKR, RCB & DD for next 2 playoff slots.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 27, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Yuvi is past his sell date. He's not the same player he was 2 years ago. He needs to make way for young dynamo Vijay Zol - the future of Indian batting. If Gayle is not in the XI, Takawale should continue with Parthiv at the top. The rest of the team can be the same. I would still go with Rampaul and Starc because they are quality bowlers who can also bat. COME ON RCB !!!!

  • on April 27, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    The team for tomorrow should be Gayle(if he plays),Patel,Kohli,DeVillers,Yuvraj,Takhawale,Morkel,Starc,Aaron,Dinda and Chahal.

    Yuvraj should bat at No.5 since he is better off playing the old ball and the spinners.Hope Yuvi comes good tomorrow and RCB win.

  • on April 27, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    there is no way that RCB is going to beat KXIP they r so high in confidence there bating is always there strenght but with there bowling in good form nd ristrictng other teams below par KXIP will b champios of this IPL 8.with the lights of MAXI MILLER BAILEY ND JHONSON they r just unbeatable

  • paulke on April 27, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    its great time for KXIP, all of their batsmen are in very good form. That sounds hard for other IPL teams this year. MAX Well (Well), Miller and Sehwag came into the form. And at the same time their bowlers got the line on the desert, that's good sign, especially Balaji the second highest wicket taker (upto today) in this IPL 14, Jonsen, A patel and sandeep proved their identity in this IPL. and tomorrow is the greatest match in the IPL 14,

  • on April 27, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    fear the Tripple M (Maxwell Miller Mitch) #BelieveInMaxwell #KillerMiller #DevastatingMitch

  • on April 27, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    I think it is high time now that yuvi gets 'injured' and makes way for Vijay Zol..Zol at least would gain some experience for the next season..yuvi is only growing older..

  • on April 27, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    If Gayle doesn't play tomo then the team shud be parthiv-takawale-kohli-yuvi-abd-zol-albie-starc-rampaul-aaron-chahal and the 12th person shud be "a positive mindset" with this we can bring down the mighty kings xi also

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 27, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    KXIP coming off a great win doesn't need to change its squad, but they can re-jiggle the batting order a bit. Bailey could use some time out in the middle, preferably with the cushion of Maxwell and Miller still to come. He could come in at 3, giving him time to build an innings and bring out the bit hits. He can play freely too knowing that should he fail, both Maxi and Miller are waiting in the dug out. The bowling has been stepping up, but they need to maintain the intensity. The great thing about the last match was the spirit they got to the field. They were out for blood and the fielding was top notch too. If they keep up with this confidence, they can seriously challenge any team. RCB's batting is in a bit of a rut and this is the time to capitalize on it. Their bowling has been really good, but its nothing that can't be taken on. So it should be a good match.

  • YogifromNY on April 27, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Yuvi at the peak of his powers was not very good against quality spin OR quality fast bowling. Please don't insult true champions by calling him a 'champion', even in the past tense. Champion players don't need the conditions stacked in their favor to deliver.

    Today, Yuvi is the stuff opposition fans' dreams and hopes are made of. They surely want him to play every game for RCB, knowing that if he bats, he will put pressure on the others, when he fields, he will let a few extra runs go by, and if he bowls - wait, he doesn't bowl these days, does he?

  • Farce-Follower on April 27, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    ABdV is sheer class. Even better than Kohli. No issues with him. He will step up. Yuvi is the real problem. He has that look of fear and doubt. Lots of edges and tentativeness. Honestly, what were Mallya and Kohli thinking about in the auction?

  • on April 27, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    if rcb hv to do well in the rest of the tournament thn Yuvi and Ab has to get back in form because we all know that these two can change the destiny of any game on their own

  • on April 27, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Gayle has been not up to the form, which he was in during the last ipl.

  • on April 27, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    what happened to gayle,is he in india,i think he will play for tomorrow,he must play to win, He needs some time in the middle to get his form back. Yuvi has been given enough chances and they should look at other option.

  • on April 27, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @AV18 Drop yuvi??? kohli wont drop yuvi even in his dreams. Yuvi has scored more runs than abd ( not comparing yuvi and abd).Uv needs to settle down, and if he does we all know what he can do. if gayle is fit, then he should replace rampaul and vaun aaron should come in place of rana. It is going to be great match and i am looking forward to the contest betwwen yuvi and Johnson. #Seizetheday

  • on April 27, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Maddinson is out of IPL due to fractured finger.

  • on April 27, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    @av18 i agree with 100 percent My team would be

    Maddinson(f Gayle doesnt play),P Patel,Kohl,AB,Takawale,Morkel,Jakati,Starc,Dinda,Aaron,Chahal

    Rcb will beat kxip

  • AayushVarma18 on April 27, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    RCB should let AB bat at no.4. He needs some time in the middle to get his form back. Yuvi has been given enough chances and they should look at other options, such as Vijay Zol. This is my team XI:-

    1. Maddinson(if Gayle won't play), 2. Parthiv(wk), 3. Kohli(c), 4. AB, 5. Zol, 6. Albie Morkel, 7. Starc, 8. Dinda, 9. Chahal, 10. Aaron, 11. Shadab Jakati

  • on April 27, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Gayle coming back will be a high morale boost for rcb. its high time Gayle should join the team. after few matches there is no chance of comeback

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  • on April 27, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Gayle coming back will be a high morale boost for rcb. its high time Gayle should join the team. after few matches there is no chance of comeback

  • AayushVarma18 on April 27, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    RCB should let AB bat at no.4. He needs some time in the middle to get his form back. Yuvi has been given enough chances and they should look at other options, such as Vijay Zol. This is my team XI:-

    1. Maddinson(if Gayle won't play), 2. Parthiv(wk), 3. Kohli(c), 4. AB, 5. Zol, 6. Albie Morkel, 7. Starc, 8. Dinda, 9. Chahal, 10. Aaron, 11. Shadab Jakati

  • on April 27, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    @av18 i agree with 100 percent My team would be

    Maddinson(f Gayle doesnt play),P Patel,Kohl,AB,Takawale,Morkel,Jakati,Starc,Dinda,Aaron,Chahal

    Rcb will beat kxip

  • on April 27, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Maddinson is out of IPL due to fractured finger.

  • on April 27, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @AV18 Drop yuvi??? kohli wont drop yuvi even in his dreams. Yuvi has scored more runs than abd ( not comparing yuvi and abd).Uv needs to settle down, and if he does we all know what he can do. if gayle is fit, then he should replace rampaul and vaun aaron should come in place of rana. It is going to be great match and i am looking forward to the contest betwwen yuvi and Johnson. #Seizetheday

  • on April 27, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    what happened to gayle,is he in india,i think he will play for tomorrow,he must play to win, He needs some time in the middle to get his form back. Yuvi has been given enough chances and they should look at other option.

  • on April 27, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Gayle has been not up to the form, which he was in during the last ipl.

  • on April 27, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    if rcb hv to do well in the rest of the tournament thn Yuvi and Ab has to get back in form because we all know that these two can change the destiny of any game on their own

  • Farce-Follower on April 27, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    ABdV is sheer class. Even better than Kohli. No issues with him. He will step up. Yuvi is the real problem. He has that look of fear and doubt. Lots of edges and tentativeness. Honestly, what were Mallya and Kohli thinking about in the auction?

  • YogifromNY on April 27, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Yuvi at the peak of his powers was not very good against quality spin OR quality fast bowling. Please don't insult true champions by calling him a 'champion', even in the past tense. Champion players don't need the conditions stacked in their favor to deliver.

    Today, Yuvi is the stuff opposition fans' dreams and hopes are made of. They surely want him to play every game for RCB, knowing that if he bats, he will put pressure on the others, when he fields, he will let a few extra runs go by, and if he bowls - wait, he doesn't bowl these days, does he?