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  • POSTED BY aakshatsinha on | April 30, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    So Starc took an excellent diving catch of Maxwell. In the process of getting up he took the support of the hand in which he was holding the ball. The ball was touching the ground. So why wasnt anybody interested even in checking if the spectacular catch had been grassed! The catch is only complete when the fielder is in complete control of the ball. Like they throw up the ball after catching. I remember an instance when a catch was taken in the slip and the fielder started to throw the ball up in celebration. The ball slipped out of his hand & limply fell to the ground. the catch was NOT given. Here maybe Starc had his fingers under the ball, but I struggle to understand why wouldn't they even check to make sure it was taken cleanly. I think that was too short a time for the ball to have been dead as he was still in the process of completing his slide & gaining control of his movement. Its like he had taken the same catch at the boundary & simply touched the ropes while getting up. 6?

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 29, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Ab had a chance at no 4 but he ruined it.....catching practice to maxwell!

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    @Greatest_Game-Absolutely.Its a 20 over Game.And we agree on this theory that,the best batsmen should bat most of the overs.Kohli bats at 3 for India & RCB,but often a wicket falls soon and he almost always comes within the 1st 5 overs.Why cant AB bat at 4?He and Virat make batting look so easy and can build their innings at good pace as others are struggling and AB cant just go Full throttle at the end(High Risk and not always high reward).Also the conditions are slow,low and spin friendly,which is not always easy to hit when you have just come in.

    AB batting lower would always demand Virat to set platforms for you. And Yuv batting at 4 would add that pressure. You know what I mean.Being Too much Stat oriented has ruined England.Regardless of the stats,AB has to realize he is among the best & bat up the order because the order is ruining RCB's chances.The Pressure alone on the fielding team when Virat and AB are batting together would be Immense & a treat to watch for the true fans

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 29, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    @ CricLover3. I agree with your opinion that IAB "and Kohli should bat at 3 and 4. Even if they can bat atleast 10 overs together,RCB would get big scores." I have been arguing for that for several years.

    AB needs to get over this stats myth. Bat long enough at 8 and stats will show you bat best at 8!. AB is a batsman. He must perform as a batsman. He must be told to go out there and bat, not slog. I think Virat would be a good influence on him if they bat together.

    If AB does not want to bat at 4 - which I doubt - or does not start playing like he should, like a real batsman, drop him. He & Kohli are the best batsmen in the world right now. If they work together, build good, solid partnerships and then finish like we know they can, they would be more reliable & formidable than Maxwell & Miller.

    That is what RCB should by trying to build. Real batting partnerships, & a stable batting order - a solid TEAM!

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Oops I meant AB has NOT been in to form since WT20. So,it would be only logical for him to spend time on the crease and not just be a slogger. Stats show many things. That often leads to your team getting harmed rather than benefited. Some passengers on the RCB team. Cant change much,but Rampaul has to come in for Morkel,that is if he is fit.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game- You said it. AB is a batmsan,not a slogger. Correct. Then,Why he is played that way by SA and now in RCB ? Just because stats show. Stats show And you"ll have to agree that he has been in top form since WT20. Last 2 games he had all the time in the world to set himself in. But couldn't. His stats show that. I think him and Kohli should bat at 3 and 4. Even if they can bat atleast 10 overs together,RCB would get big scores.Or Gayle has to fire which is 50-50 most of the times. I dont like this theory of Domingo,and obviously Donald and AB are sticking to it,as the stats suggest. This was big downfall for SA in WT20. After RCB lost to KKR,the writing was on the wall, that he should bat at 4.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    @Greatest_Game- Dont get me wrong.I love AB,I am not only blaming him.But the demand of the situation is that he bats up the order.I think this has been mentioned often,also mentioned during the world T20 in comm that he said he bats during the last 5-10 overs because he thinks he is more effective that way.Domingo has defended this move.Domingo said:"AB is an impact player and the stats show-not just for South Africa but also in the IPL-that he's more dangerous when the game has been set up for him.He doesn't have the same game as Virat Kohli."

    "He's batted [at] three with limited success.But it's not about the number he bats,it's about the situation when he comes in. If he walks out in the first over,I don't think that's a great time for him to bat.But if there's been a good start,then that's a great time for him to bat."Frm-Cricket365. So he thrives on set platforms.But he should bat at 4. As good as he is,Do you expect everytime for Kohli to set platforms ? Too much onus on kohli.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 29, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster asks " Why is Albie Morkel being picked repeatedly in spite of such poor performances."

    This Saffa agrees wholeheartedly. Albie just swing wildly & gets out. I was stunned when SA picked him for the World T20I. He has lost it, is picked on reputation alone, & will drag RCB down. His bowling is of little value.

    How about this: much maligned "old man Kallis" has the 8th most runs & 5th highest score this year. At SR 125 he's not poking around. In 1 LESS innings he has scored more than, in listed order, Vijay, Yuvrag, Sewag, Patel (RCB) Pujara, Kohli Raina, KD Karthik, Dhoni, de Villiers…. In 4 innings/13 overs, he's taken 3 wickets at econ 7.38. Albie has taken 3 at econ 8.66!

    Kallis, 8 years older, a few hundred thousand more miles of cricket on him, is a pro - focussed, thinking, succeeding. Albie just slogs mindlessly, but has lost the hand/eye coordination to middle the ball.

    Drop him. Give a youngster, burning with ambition, the chance. He can't do any worse!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 29, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    @ CricLover316 wrote "AB ... refuses to come ahead to bat at 4,because he likes batting only the last 10 Overs,his own statement."

    Where do you see these statements? I am genuinely interested. I know the statisticians claim he performs better after the 10th, but that is because he has been kept down the order so much, that naturally his best innings have come after the 10th, if he bats there most of the time.

    SA's coach claims that his IPL record backs up this "after the 10th" claim. However, he has almost always batted at 5 for RCB - and naturally come in mostly after the 10th. I can't figure out if AB himself is saying this, & if he is saying this, is it because he has been brainwashed by statisticians? He was kept at 5 in the SA test team because Kallis was ahead of him. He did better at 5 than when he opened, but he opened at the beginning of his career, when he was still establishing himself, & had not matured.

    He should bat at 4. Statistically, in T20I, he is best by far at 4!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 29, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    @ criclover16 states " I wonder why he (AB) doesnt want to bat at 4 ? He has stated that he like to bat last 5-10 overs."

    Do you know where/when AB stated that? His longest spell of success in T20 was batting at number 4 for SA. He had a period when he batted at 4 every match, and averaged 27.8. He averages 14.71 at 5!

    That was before Gary Kirsten experimented with the "floating" batting order & destroyed SA's short format teams. AB's form in T20 dropped considerably. I know SA's coaches claim that he plays better coming in after the 10th over, but there are so many holes in that bogus statistical argument that it is worthless.

    AB does best when he has a regular spot up the order, and is not pressured to hit out before he has his eye in & the feel & rhythm of the pitch. That is how Virat succeeds. He does not do well if he tries to hit out immediately. AB should bat at 4. If he complains, bench him! He is a batsman, not a slogger. He must bat.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 29, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    @AltafPatel Maxwell had some weird bowling changes today because he could afford to. Since KXIP is leading the points table, he can experiment a bit. He knows he might need Maxwell's offspin in India, so he wanted him to have some good match practice. Besides, he showed confidence in Maxi as he had bowled quite well. He was unlucky to not have Gayle out (thrice) int he first over. Sandeep's full quota was not used because Dhawan and Balaji were doing well and he wanted them to develop more confidence, something Sandy had probably done after taking 3 wickets. Plus, Sandeep is a new ball bowler. Bailey can probably have him bowl out in the first 8 overs. He also brought back Akshar after a bad first over to raise his morale. Also, to everyone complaining about Kohli's decision, it was quite close from Billy's POV. Warner's decision was much more clear and Sehwag's dismissal was just wrong. The keeper knew it and that was just bad spirit, something Kohli can look to improve in his team.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    RCB is too much dependent on Kohli,thats not a good thing. Kohli scores big,team wins. The moment Kohli got out so early(By a horrendous decision of Bowden),RCB was dead in its tracks. Cant expect much from other batsmen. Yuvraj is way past his prime. AB has played 1 good innings in the WT20 has been struggling since. I wonder why he doesnt want to bat at 4 ? He has stated that he like to bat last 5-10 overs. Thats bad news for RCB and he doesnt want to adapt. Like Kohli often opened for India. Bad Picks at the Auciton,relying too much on Kohli for RCB's batting,injured gayle and AB not "wanting" to bat at 4 harming RCB. Dondalds the coach, wonder the plays a big role in RCB batting order.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | April 29, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Though KIIP won, captaincy of Bailey still raises doubts particularly managing bowlers. He was unable when Aus toured India last year for ODI series where India could chased 350 total twice. It seems he remains concern for batting only, not for bowlers. Yesterday, when Maxwell (39/0 in 3 overs) gave 20 runs in very first over, still he kept giving him ball and putting furious Sandip (17/3 in 3 overs) short of full quota, that allowed RCB past 100. Also, don't know why batting order changed to bring Saha at No.3 that did nothing more than increasing pressure on batsman being cheaply out for 2. If Bailey keeps making mistakes, they may slip any moment of time.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Some of the comments are hilarious. RCB lost because of Kolhi's Captaincy ? How about RCB lost because of Dreadful batting ? (70AO and 124) RCB has a batsmen worth 14 Crores who is way past his prime,Dinda,Morkel who hasn't dont much as a bowler in T20s and AB(who refuses to come ahead to bat at 4,because he likes batting only the last 10 Overs,his own statement)And Kohli,who is here being criticized,gr8. If you take out Kohli,RCB becomes worse than DD. Not to forget that its KX1Pun Indian bowlers have done it for them(And Maxwell riding well on his luck for 3 games). If being cool and nice was the mantra for success,MI would be topping hte the table. Have people missed the inspiring performances of Chahal,Starc,Aaron ?RCB are still a very good team,when they were winning,it was all fine. The moments they lose,the sword is always on Kohli.And start judging him as a captain.Even saw some comments criticizing him as batsmen.Geez.AB has been in bad form since T20WC,doesnt want to bat at 4

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    @srinivasreddy- Cant compare Bailey and Kohli,the former has been Aus Cap since couple of Years now. And Kohli has had a taste. And I think Bailey is a decent captain,but has no clue when things dont his way. WT20 for example. His All Bang-Bang strategy backfired on Aus. On the other hand, I like Virat's aggressive strategies, his field placements and bowling changes. Also, believing in uncapped players and not just banking on tried and tested players. 125 was a way below par score,with Dinda and Morkel struggling as always,Kohli did a great job with his captaincy. Wonder how many teams could have defended that small a total against a team filled with big hitters. Regarding starc,he stated that he loved to Kohli's captaincy and was happy to be a part of RCB. The same starc that went to the cleaners in WT20. I cant criticize Kohli's aggression(Thats natural and I think that drives him to be the best) His pure passion fir the game is amzing and inspiring.I wish more people would see it.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Its cute really that people love to criticize Kohli for his behavior or pick n point at him,as if he's the bad guy. Because thats the only thing left,right ? You cant criticize him as a batsman now because he has given top notch performances all over the world. Lets see, he got a horrendous decision from Billy-Reason why Billy isn't in the ElitePanel,the cameras were really focused on Kohli to see his reaction(expecting it to be angry). Guess what,he didnt utter a word to Ump & walked away disappointingly(Rightfully so). Did you see the way Maxwell was taunting kohli after he got that decision ?People didnt see how maxwell was shouting when he went for 20 off gayle.What did he expect? Its galye.Not pointing Maxwell alone,we've seen far worse behaviors from some of the very good players in the world.In the end he shook Billy's hands,we've seen players walking away after being in a spat. What do u want,a hug? Virat has come a long way since 2008 with regards to behavior.Stop nitpicking.

  • POSTED BY srinivasreddy on | April 29, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    On the other hand, Bailey hardly, or should I say never gets angry. He is always so calm on the field, and that has really allowed his team to perform freely, especially the younger players.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 29, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Winning or losing is a part and parcel of the game . But , given the result of the last 3 games , Rcb can do a lot better provided with the stars included in the team . All the best Rcb ... :-)

  • POSTED BY srinivasreddy on | April 29, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    The difference in Kohli and Bailey's captaincy yesterday was quite big. As attacking as Kohli was with his captaincy (which was a good thing about his captaincy), he was at the same time too expressive, and often got agitated by his bowlers, if they bowled a bad ball, or by his fielders if they misfielded. And that has had an impact on his players. I've never seen Starc for example, so agitated in a game.

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | April 29, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    The difference in Kohli and Bailey's captaincy yesterday was quite big. As attacking as Kohli was with his captaincy (which was a good thing about his captaincy), he was at the same time too expressive, and often got agitated by his bowlers, if they bowled a bad ball, or by his fielders if they misfielded. And that has had an impact on his players. I've never seen Starc for example, so agitated in a game.

    On the other hand, Bailey hardly, or should I say never gets angry. He is always so calm on the field, and that has really allowed his team to perform freely, especially the younger players.

    He also nurtures a lot of the younger players during the game, by promoting some of them up the batting order or in the case of Patel yesterday, letting him bowl his spin in the 16th over to allow him to regain his confidence after being smacked in his first over. It's these little things he does as captain that has allowed his team to be successful in the IPL so far.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Virat will never be a good captain...mark my words. he'll be the best batsman in coming days, but captaincy is a different art all together.

  • POSTED BY EDude on | April 29, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    RCB needs a captain who can inspire its players. Unfortunately Kohli doesnt have that. You can tell that from the body language of the rest of the players and Kohli himself in the last few games. Look at Bailey, he remains cool and level-headed in field, trusts and respects his teammates, puts himself last, and see the difference he has made to their success. Mallya, on Kohli's wish, bought Yuvi at large price, and shockingly avoided local players - the Ranji champs. Games can't be won by popular decisions and individual heroes, but by thought-out professional decisions and teamwork. Make ABD as the captain, then things will fall in line, but I doubt Mallya will do that.

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | April 29, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    RCB needs to look seriously at their fielding strategy, among other things. It was horrifying to see Yuvi and Morkel struggling from the outfield, not being able to attack the ball and prevent ones from being converted to twos. CSK was wise to drop Albie Morkel since he is a non-performer (except one rare innings) who gives ample opportunity to opponents for punishing his bowling. RCB cannot afford to have sloppy and slow players in T20. Chahal is a bonus, and they need to find good wicket taking bowlers around Chahal to put pressure on the opponents. Their batsmen need to concentrate and watch where the fielders are. It was surprising to see AB playing a shot in the air when Maxwell was hovering around point region almost all through the innings. Virat needs to keep his cool to take the side through to qualification stage.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 29, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Since IPL as has been proclaimed by so many is not a sport but entertainment, then everything goes. I feel whole of Bangalore should make it as difficult as possible for RCB to win by either encouraging opposition to win or booing RCB or not turning up for matches in Bangalore.

  • POSTED BY cric_lover_1991 on | April 29, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    please change the capt kohli's maturity not enough for captaincy he is so arrogant. I bet give capt to ABD/Yuvi see the diff the fate will change there are two exp and matured captains in their team why they giving capt to kohli he is unimpressive with his captaincy and his batting also too bad in UAE. 1st game 2drops in same over of parnel, 2nd game also, 3rd game zaheer 2nd ball, 4th game tambe short ball, 5th game long stride forward not needed shot that

  • POSTED BY Die_Hard_Indian_Cricket_Lover on | April 29, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Once again Yuaraj Sing ruined the match. I wonder why he should play any more cricket.

  • POSTED BY cric_lover_1991 on | April 29, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    with kohli's unmatured attitude ABD, Yuvi, Morkel, Parthiv, Starc loss their patience and starc makes sledge on viru, parthiv as a senior he cant appeal like that and ABD calmness also disturbed with kohli's behaviour ABD every time in field laugh joy but see lost game

  • POSTED BY naren1983 on | April 29, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Seems George Bailey following Dhoni's way. He is giving chances to his batsmen and making himself to No.6th position and acting as a finisher. Always the balanced team in IPL win most matches and become Champion. Sanjay Bangar & franchise has done the very decent to get a balanced team like KXIP. As of now, KXIP and CSK are looking better teams & dangerous. RR can come hard and rest are all not looking good. May be RCB can come good if Gayle & AB delivers. Others are mere bad.

  • POSTED BY cric_lover_1991 on | April 29, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    with these 3 losses kohli build pressure on players with his attitude really kohli attitude not acceptable when they are in win or loss positions he is too un matured manner pls learnt from seniors. you may be a younger capt of IPL but your atitude makes affect on other players he is too angry when loss this creats fear and uncomfort to players see ABD first 3 games so calm and laugh where as last he loss his patience thats why he played rash shot. attitude makes diff remember that.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    RCB as a whole team is crumbling and it is happening since last 3 matches when they lost to KKR. Its not only Yuvi but AB and Kohli are also not performing and there biggest asset there batting is not working at all. Maybe captaincy issues, lack of confidence OR any other reason but still on paper they look one of the toughest team and they have to prove there worth now in India at least.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    The Team combination of RCB is totally wrong. The entire batting is relying on Kohli, AB and Yuvraj (Gayle is not fit and played only this match). Looks like AB and Yuvraj could not make the score board moving in the UAE and probably this could change once they go back to India. They also lack quality spinners in their side. I think they should bring Jakati in to the team. Also bring Murali in place of Albie Morkel. If Gayle is not fit then bring in Ravi Rampal. At least you could improve your bowling strength. Takavale is not good at this type of stages so instead bring in Vijay Zol in his place. We could also try other pacers instead of Dinda who was lost. The team management has to re-think their available options and come out with a XI which could give opposition run for their money.

  • POSTED BY Dagur on | April 29, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Have never seen, even in his hey days, Sehwag being so consistent . Batting with unusual calm assurance and responsibility, he has already top scored twice for his team. However, asking a non regular spinner Maxwell to bowl to Gayle who was coming after a long lay off, was a blunder which helped Gayle to come to some sort of form straight away. Express speed of Johnson, swing of Sandeep or the accuracy of Dhawan or even regular spinner Patel would have been a far better option. While LBW decision against Kohli could be a genuine umpiring error, the caught behind decision against Sehwag was an umpiring blunder. Kohli's reaction and body language thereafter was totally unacceptable which could also be a pointer to the state of RCB dressing room under a short tempered skipper. Other than Gayle who was fed dollys by Maxwell, no other batsman could score freely on this pitch. In that context, Yuvraj inning deserves appreciation.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    yuvi's yesterday's inning was slow but tell me who playes faster yesterday??? it was onle yuvi who crossed 30 run mark,,, top scorer for RCB in last match,,, he was looking confident whith his shots,,, u guyz are talking abt yuvi,, but whr is gayle, patel, kohli, abd, morkel ???

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 29, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    @ Antony_Leighton_555 believes that the " AB experiment hasn't worked and he needs to go back down to number 6 or 7. Keeping Yuvraj at 6 ahead of AB (floater) is a good option."

    What AB experiment? Every year AB bats at 5 for RCB. And every year they waste their money.

    You clearly have not taken a good look at AB's T20I record. His average, scores, SR etc were best during a period when he consistently came in at number 4. He is far less effective further down the order, or when he is shunted around from match to match. Gary Kirsten tried this stupid concept of a "floating" batting order, & it completely RUINED SA's short format teams, and AB's batting!

    AB, like most players, does best in a stable batting order, & he does best further up the order. RCB are floating people in at 4, & ignoring the statistical reality that the top test & ODI batsman happens to be their best candidate for that spot. Nothing new - they have done it for years, without realizing his capabilities.

  • POSTED BY Water_Bottle on | April 29, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Many people talking about yuvi that he should retire.. Are these people mad? He scored a 32 ball 35 yesterday. Yuvi scored 121 runs and viru scored 120 runs in 5 matches till now in IPL.. just check what Rohit and Dhawan made in this IPL till now, even MS Dhoni.. Yuvi and viru performed better than these current indian players, they why crucifying only Yuvi ? Viru should be included in test squad..

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | April 29, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Again UV consumed 25% of the balls for just 30 odd runs and got out at the wrong time when around 30 balls were left. It was a great opportunity for him stay late and justify his inclusion and in the end it remained in sufficient for his team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    @Sachin_equal to bradman: chill up dude.. it's very funny when a person (ofcourse it's u) who doesn't know how to handle a cricket bat is criticising a player like Yuvi. gambir is getting oly 2 crores less than Yuvi, just look at his scores 0,0,0,1.. definitely Yuvi played better than him. this season is oly 5 matches old for all teams. just wait and watch, if Yuvi doesn't performed well then comment blah blah blah.. since he getting paid of 14 crores don't expect 6sixes in all the matches.. last but not least learn to hold cricket bat and then comment harsh about players

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 29, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    I like Kohli's captaincy today. He was very brash and angry and not calm at all, but he was attacking throughout that defense of 124. He changed his bowlers well and was hunting for wickets. If he can work on his temperament, he has good cricketing sense to compliment it. However, RCB as a whole were not the fairest today. Sehwag's dismissal was horrible. You could say the same about Kohli's but his was more the Umpire's fault and in all honesty, it looked pretty close. Only by watching in slow-mo was it clear that it wasn't out. Sehwag on the other hand, did not nick the ball at all. He knew it so he stood his ground. But the keeper and bowler put on such a show that the Umpire gave in. Poor spirit. Miller got out in a similar fashion and walked without question. Ultimately it didn't cost KXIP the match so no one will talk about it, but it shouldn't go unnoticed.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | April 29, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    @Temuzin: So as per you, None should crucify YUVI since he WAS a match winner once upon a time and he should not be crucified even if he plays a HIGH CLASS knock that he played in a WORLD CUP FINALS!!! Do you think a 32 ball 35 will win a match for a team which paid 14 CRORES for this guy???? Am not telling yv is a sole reason but he was also a reason. He is under microscope since he is terribly out of form and who asks him to play??? Let him play ranji!!! Why is he not doing? Will you accept a poor performance from your collegue if you get paid some meagre amaount and if yv is paid such huge amount eventhough both do same work??? What spl has he done to deserve that much money(Only based oncurrent form)??? Should none crucify yv for receiving such huge amount without any performance?

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | April 29, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Yuvraj can happily retire now. Accept it and move-on Champ.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 29, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    I think yuvi is getting in some form he didn't look troubled yesterday....ppl don't understand in the context of the game last night yuvi's innings was Decent enough!

  • POSTED BY Jas.Sohd on | April 29, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    You people are talking about the Kohli dismissal which wasn't that bad, how about Viru's dismissal? That was pure disrespect from keeper and bowler. Punjab was the most fair team last year led by Gilly. Even 2day Miller started walking without even looking at the Umpire. I know umpires can make mistakes but I guess we'll never see DRS in IPL. The LED wickets and bails won't be bad either. No doubt it is the biggest T20 tournament in the world but Bowling, Fielding quality and enthusiasm is way worse than BBL except for spin bowling. Improve a few more things and I'll finally say that I love IPL almost as much as test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Something needs to be done seriously about the umpiring. Yesterday it was Warner, today it was Kohli given out to dubious decisions. While the replays are used for boundaries, catches, run-outs, lbw are left at the mercy of the umpire. Either allow the umpires to go to the third umpire or have DRS.

  • POSTED BY Antony_Lucas on | April 28, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Morkel and Starc in the same team at 7 and 8 isn't optimising resources. They are 2 bowling all rounders and both aren't upto it with the bat, Its a luxury RCB think they are entitled to but cannot afford. Starc is still living in the glory of his test-match 99. One of them needs to go and an international batsmen brought in. With Maddinson injured, a great opportunity to purchase a batsmen with correct tecnhique. AB experiment hasn't worked and he needs to go back down to number 6 or 7. Keeping Yuvraj at 6 ahead of AB (floater) is a good option

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 28, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    Kholi's wkt: I watched the replays many times. It seems it would have hit the top of the middle and leg or at least the top of the leg stump. This is not bad a decision. Certainly no umpire can compete with the Warner lbw off Hilfenhause. That was pitched well outside of leg stump line and was going very high. How come the bad decisions happen to top players?

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | April 28, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Guys give yuvraj a brk, fans keep whinning day in day out abt Yuvi, I hope Yuvi avoids media which wud down his confidence even more

  • POSTED BY Silverspell on | April 28, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    I have to agree with Temuzin; Yuvraj did his part more than anyone else in the RCB batting lineup (except perhaps Kohli, who got a poor decision). Where RCB went wrong, though, was in their mindset throughout the chase. 10,15 overs in, they still had a decent run-rate. 6-7 RPO is fine for that point in the game, and then you can escalate it in the last 5 overs. For whatever reason, the bastmen insisted on playing aggressively when it was not the right time.

    In fact, it was something you even saw in Punjab's batting. Rash strokes made a simple chase look more difficult than it should have been (with the batting strength that Punjab has). When they finally realized that two calm batsmen was all they needed, Bailey and Dhawan took them home without any problem.

    Sehwag certainly has looked good in recent matches. I think it's time to include him in the next international squad. Having three openers (Rohit, Dhawan, Sehwag) would allow Dhoni to rotate when one is out of form.

  • POSTED BY Jas.Sohd on | April 28, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Now what did I say yesterday "good luck RCB (cause KX1P don't need it). Now I can only hope that KX1P don't become SA i.e. dominant in tournament and knocked out in semifinals. And thank (whatever you believe in) that there's no D&L

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Rampaul has to be one of the most underrated allrounders in the game. He is much better than Albie Morkel.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 28, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    RCB looking good to end in the middle of the table this season. Yes, this is coming from an RCB fan. I mean, I cannot believe the way our team played today. Why is Albie Morkel being picked repeatedly in spite of such poor performances. How about brining in another overseas player in his place like Rampaul, strengthen that bowling and play another Indian batsman in place of Yuvraj. Sure, Yuvi scored 35 odd but that's not good enough. Clearly he's out of form and ideas. Too bad Mallya wasted 14 crores down the drain. No player is worth that much. I hope we find some good form returning to Bangalore.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 28, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Kings XI seem to finish the games an over early every match!

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | April 28, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Kohli is a marvelous talent and a leader for the future. However he needs to mature a bit in the face of misfortune. The sour-puss face does not do you credit, VK. Its like a spoiled child who is denied a favourite lolly. MSD, by comparison, wouldn't have turned a hair. Keep-a-calm as that ubiquitous and annoying ad goes.

  • POSTED BY recycle-bin-is-empty on | April 28, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    The main problem with RCB lies not with Yuvi, AB or anyone else, it lies with perhaps their best performer but perhaps the worst captain of ipl teams Virat Kohli. I mean the guy is an excellent performer no doubt, but atleast in this ipl season he is certainly not showing any leadership skills that you would expect.

    Infact everyone in the team just look completely uninterested from the game as if their minds are elsewhere. Looking at the way how Kohli is leading, showing emotions at every whim and throwing tantrums, I won't be surprised if he is the main reason. In any team such type of captain is always going to create unnecessary pressure. And I cannot understand why evreyone is giving Yuvi such a hard time, though he also acted pretty much the same when he lead Punjab in early IPL seasons.

    As of KXIP, they are the definitely the team to beat this season. They have excellent top hitters, middle order, a gem of a captain and their bowling also proved today. KXIP at the end 14-0 :-)

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 28, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    RCB, MI and KKR have got a lot of thinking about their batting - never before this was a worry for these strong batting line-ups. Kings XI well done!

    It is such a wonderful sight to see Sehwag among runs and the manner in which he gets them is amazing! He looks to b in better nick than Yuvi at the moment...

    Nice outing Kings XI, they have ended on a high after this UAE leg. Apart from Kings XI and CSK all other teams have worries - two playoff spots already taken - the rest have to fight it out!

  • POSTED BY pritpalpabla on | April 28, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Good win by Punjab today... Sandeep is getting good experience with Mitch... Also in batting, Punjab has depth as well.. Overall very balanced team... Disappoint with Pujara's performance. But still I don't wanna touch the winning combination. May be at later stage of the tournament, I would love to replace him with Mandeep Singh or Vohra as opener... But right now as long as they are winning, no need to panic...

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Punjab is build with great young players with couple seniors players supporting. Bailey captaincy is more than great. They had a great auction and who ever was in charge of advising what players to buy, they did it correctly.

    One thing to remember is this is not one player sport, it is a team sport. Everyone in the team is supporting/backing up. Like Bailey said, "Stick to basic" it is working. Also, he is giving young players to open the bowling to gain them confidence. Its all working out for them.

    With 5 of 5, and 9 games to go, 3-5 wins most likely give them a guaranteed spot in top 4 positions.

    There are still people talking that Punjab has luck. But you cant call everything a luck because if a opponents cant catch and field correctly it is not luck, it is an error. And this is part of every team and sports. If same thing to happen to Chennai or RCB, no one would talk about it and make a big issue. Also players who are are getting second chance, they are capitalizing on it.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    RCB has big Stars but none of them performing. On the other hand, CSK has quality players who play accrdingly n become Stars... Attitude matters

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    losing games early will noot be a problem....still more games are there.. cheer RCB.. Gayle is back..

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | April 28, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    George Bailey's calmness is a major factor in the Kings XI's success in this IPL. In two of the chases that he has been required to bat in, he has finished off the innings not out, and today was a particularly tricky situation where two wickets had fallen quickly. Also, on the field he was so calm. He's leading them by example in the field as well with his enthusiasm and you can see the players especially the younger players are thriving under his captaincy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    poor umpiring decisions in the last 2 3 games or so!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    yuvi score 37 what others did

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | April 28, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Fans are unbelievable. Yuvraj scored highest for the team which has Gayle, Kohli, AB deviliers, Albie morkel and fans still want him to be crucified. Can't believe that. a 32 ball 35 is not enough for fans yuvraj, and also unless you win they will sully you. poor chap.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 28, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Through the UAE leg, KXIP has come together wonderfully as a team. After two bad games with he ball, they have really come together. The best thing about this attack is that they hunt as a pack, with everyone contributing rather than just relying on one bowler. This way, the pressure is kept up throughout the innings and it results in wickets. All the main KXIP bowlers have taken 4-8 wickets. I really liked how Bailey used KXIP's good position in the table to experiment a little and build more confidence int he players. Maxi bowled well today but was really unlucky. Patel was also brought in after a bad first over to lift his morale again and he bowled a good 2nd over. Bailey made sure that all the bowling options have had good games and that they are high on confidence. I think Maxi will be used a bit more in India and should provide good contrast to Patel's left arm spin.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 28, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    I am pretty sure someone will complain about KXIP's slowish batting but they have to understand that currently, points on the table mean more to KXIP than the NRR. They still have the highest run rate and they were just making sure they won the match and ended the UAE leg on a high. I think the Pujara experiment has gone on long enough. I have been an advocate of this but he is just not clicking and he is not playing his role, holding up one end. KXIP can bring in Vohra or Gurkeerat who are both in good form to open with Sehwag. Sehwag is doing a pretty decent job of holding up one end and is playing some good shots. If KXIP want some stability at the top, Saha can open. He looks in good nick and I think can do better than Pujara. KXIP were also a bit unlucky because Maxi and Saha got out to spectacular catches, so without those, they could've finished much earlier. This is a really good way to go back to India.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | April 28, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    RBC hmm.. Rampaul is looking 10 times the bowler Morkel is right now...

    and in his only Game Rampaul did really, really well with the bat....

    I think Morkel deserves a rest , and Rampaul deserves a chance ....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    it was good cricket

  • POSTED BY yugensacct on | April 28, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Aaron is well rested all right, 4 overs like this and he can get back to more deserved rest time

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    going mindlessly after yuvraj in the auction is gonna cost them heavily this tournament... they've already realized it... sooner or later they r gonna cry over it... they r now in a precarious situation where they can't even replace the underperforming players due to lack of good backup players... feel really sorry for the team...

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | April 28, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    RCB remind me of Real Madrid circa 2003-2008. They buy everyone and have all the stars but somehow they flatter to deceive without fail. I get the impression there is little substance in the franchise with some of the guys not looking to bothered with the final outcomes. They may go on to win this game but surely with that team they should not be putting in such abject batting displays 3 games running.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 28, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    So it was not just a one-off day for RCB in the last game, it is becoming a trend. All are noticing Yuvraj, but sad to see AB failing 5 times in a row now!!!

    Chris Lynn its all on u now! You take one incredible catch and see wht its done to the RCB team!!!!!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 28, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Give yuvi a break what did other players do today ?

  • POSTED BY shaker_elee on | April 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    It is only 3 times showing clear promise towards final 4 for this IPL2014...they are punjab, chennai & Rajasthan, fourth could be any one from rest !!! wishing 4 th team to be in final 4 either delhi or bangalore...but RCB have to fight it out of their skins and with yuvi around.....not going to be easy for them Yuvi is big iron leg in IPL seasons..any teams he is involved will not get into final 4.....so RCB luck factor is taken out this season!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    so sad ...4 rcb

  • POSTED BY shaker_elee on | April 28, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    RCB letting down another time,i can see Punjab gonna have a walkover win, some hardcore Yuvi fans hoping he will play big meaning ful innings to save RCB..but Yuvi is no longer a big time or match winning player......yuvi is within himself lost confidence no doubt about it...he has become like a ghazani post come back..as he forget to play "attacking game with great control at high strike rate" that he used to in Yuvi yester years.....sorry for RCB your only match winning players u rely are kohili + gayle + ABD ( will come good as they progress in this tournment)...hope RCB come back with better show in the coming matches.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | April 28, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Yuvi somehow escapes spell from Mitch.For a change he didnt get W of bunny Yuvraj. With only hope AB out the challenge 1 assumer has fizzed out for Bang.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | April 28, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    rcb now will hope that the aussie slayer yuvraj saving them today against those baileys men .

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | April 28, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Bang look like no challenge today v mighty kings of Punjab. Top 2,nay big 2 -Gale,Koli-gone in 1st 2 overs to lesser bowler-sandeep. Now it gets worse as they have to deal with worlds fastest Mitch. 4 down now and only hope is AB. Need big 1 from him .

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 28, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Great opportunity for Punjab to restrict Rcb for less than 70 runs. Go Punjab Go - best wishes from a true and original Bangalorean

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    ganteel ...how can you miss yuvi.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | April 28, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    3 down rcb ,...kohli can hope the aussie slayer yuvi to blast today and save them today .cos kings 11 has 3 aussies with bailey as their captain.!!!

  • POSTED BY jazz_rango on | April 28, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Look at Bangalore's batting lineup... OMG! Big Guns... Boooooom!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Gayle, Maxwell, Miller, Kohli, De-villiers, Bailey, Morkel all in a game.. well who cares about win or lose.. just enjoy the tussle mate..

    ;-)

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  • POSTED BY aakshatsinha on | April 30, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    So Starc took an excellent diving catch of Maxwell. In the process of getting up he took the support of the hand in which he was holding the ball. The ball was touching the ground. So why wasnt anybody interested even in checking if the spectacular catch had been grassed! The catch is only complete when the fielder is in complete control of the ball. Like they throw up the ball after catching. I remember an instance when a catch was taken in the slip and the fielder started to throw the ball up in celebration. The ball slipped out of his hand & limply fell to the ground. the catch was NOT given. Here maybe Starc had his fingers under the ball, but I struggle to understand why wouldn't they even check to make sure it was taken cleanly. I think that was too short a time for the ball to have been dead as he was still in the process of completing his slide & gaining control of his movement. Its like he had taken the same catch at the boundary & simply touched the ropes while getting up. 6?

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 29, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Ab had a chance at no 4 but he ruined it.....catching practice to maxwell!

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    @Greatest_Game-Absolutely.Its a 20 over Game.And we agree on this theory that,the best batsmen should bat most of the overs.Kohli bats at 3 for India & RCB,but often a wicket falls soon and he almost always comes within the 1st 5 overs.Why cant AB bat at 4?He and Virat make batting look so easy and can build their innings at good pace as others are struggling and AB cant just go Full throttle at the end(High Risk and not always high reward).Also the conditions are slow,low and spin friendly,which is not always easy to hit when you have just come in.

    AB batting lower would always demand Virat to set platforms for you. And Yuv batting at 4 would add that pressure. You know what I mean.Being Too much Stat oriented has ruined England.Regardless of the stats,AB has to realize he is among the best & bat up the order because the order is ruining RCB's chances.The Pressure alone on the fielding team when Virat and AB are batting together would be Immense & a treat to watch for the true fans

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 29, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    @ CricLover3. I agree with your opinion that IAB "and Kohli should bat at 3 and 4. Even if they can bat atleast 10 overs together,RCB would get big scores." I have been arguing for that for several years.

    AB needs to get over this stats myth. Bat long enough at 8 and stats will show you bat best at 8!. AB is a batsman. He must perform as a batsman. He must be told to go out there and bat, not slog. I think Virat would be a good influence on him if they bat together.

    If AB does not want to bat at 4 - which I doubt - or does not start playing like he should, like a real batsman, drop him. He & Kohli are the best batsmen in the world right now. If they work together, build good, solid partnerships and then finish like we know they can, they would be more reliable & formidable than Maxwell & Miller.

    That is what RCB should by trying to build. Real batting partnerships, & a stable batting order - a solid TEAM!

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Oops I meant AB has NOT been in to form since WT20. So,it would be only logical for him to spend time on the crease and not just be a slogger. Stats show many things. That often leads to your team getting harmed rather than benefited. Some passengers on the RCB team. Cant change much,but Rampaul has to come in for Morkel,that is if he is fit.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game- You said it. AB is a batmsan,not a slogger. Correct. Then,Why he is played that way by SA and now in RCB ? Just because stats show. Stats show And you"ll have to agree that he has been in top form since WT20. Last 2 games he had all the time in the world to set himself in. But couldn't. His stats show that. I think him and Kohli should bat at 3 and 4. Even if they can bat atleast 10 overs together,RCB would get big scores.Or Gayle has to fire which is 50-50 most of the times. I dont like this theory of Domingo,and obviously Donald and AB are sticking to it,as the stats suggest. This was big downfall for SA in WT20. After RCB lost to KKR,the writing was on the wall, that he should bat at 4.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 29, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    @Greatest_Game- Dont get me wrong.I love AB,I am not only blaming him.But the demand of the situation is that he bats up the order.I think this has been mentioned often,also mentioned during the world T20 in comm that he said he bats during the last 5-10 overs because he thinks he is more effective that way.Domingo has defended this move.Domingo said:"AB is an impact player and the stats show-not just for South Africa but also in the IPL-that he's more dangerous when the game has been set up for him.He doesn't have the same game as Virat Kohli."

    "He's batted [at] three with limited success.But it's not about the number he bats,it's about the situation when he comes in. If he walks out in the first over,I don't think that's a great time for him to bat.But if there's been a good start,then that's a great time for him to bat."Frm-Cricket365. So he thrives on set platforms.But he should bat at 4. As good as he is,Do you expect everytime for Kohli to set platforms ? Too much onus on kohli.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 29, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster asks " Why is Albie Morkel being picked repeatedly in spite of such poor performances."

    This Saffa agrees wholeheartedly. Albie just swing wildly & gets out. I was stunned when SA picked him for the World T20I. He has lost it, is picked on reputation alone, & will drag RCB down. His bowling is of little value.

    How about this: much maligned "old man Kallis" has the 8th most runs & 5th highest score this year. At SR 125 he's not poking around. In 1 LESS innings he has scored more than, in listed order, Vijay, Yuvrag, Sewag, Patel (RCB) Pujara, Kohli Raina, KD Karthik, Dhoni, de Villiers…. In 4 innings/13 overs, he's taken 3 wickets at econ 7.38. Albie has taken 3 at econ 8.66!

    Kallis, 8 years older, a few hundred thousand more miles of cricket on him, is a pro - focussed, thinking, succeeding. Albie just slogs mindlessly, but has lost the hand/eye coordination to middle the ball.

    Drop him. Give a youngster, burning with ambition, the chance. He can't do any worse!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 29, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    @ CricLover316 wrote "AB ... refuses to come ahead to bat at 4,because he likes batting only the last 10 Overs,his own statement."

    Where do you see these statements? I am genuinely interested. I know the statisticians claim he performs better after the 10th, but that is because he has been kept down the order so much, that naturally his best innings have come after the 10th, if he bats there most of the time.

    SA's coach claims that his IPL record backs up this "after the 10th" claim. However, he has almost always batted at 5 for RCB - and naturally come in mostly after the 10th. I can't figure out if AB himself is saying this, & if he is saying this, is it because he has been brainwashed by statisticians? He was kept at 5 in the SA test team because Kallis was ahead of him. He did better at 5 than when he opened, but he opened at the beginning of his career, when he was still establishing himself, & had not matured.

    He should bat at 4. Statistically, in T20I, he is best by far at 4!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 29, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    @ criclover16 states " I wonder why he (AB) doesnt want to bat at 4 ? He has stated that he like to bat last 5-10 overs."

    Do you know where/when AB stated that? His longest spell of success in T20 was batting at number 4 for SA. He had a period when he batted at 4 every match, and averaged 27.8. He averages 14.71 at 5!

    That was before Gary Kirsten experimented with the "floating" batting order & destroyed SA's short format teams. AB's form in T20 dropped considerably. I know SA's coaches claim that he plays better coming in after the 10th over, but there are so many holes in that bogus statistical argument that it is worthless.

    AB does best when he has a regular spot up the order, and is not pressured to hit out before he has his eye in & the feel & rhythm of the pitch. That is how Virat succeeds. He does not do well if he tries to hit out immediately. AB should bat at 4. If he complains, bench him! He is a batsman, not a slogger. He must bat.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Gayle, Maxwell, Miller, Kohli, De-villiers, Bailey, Morkel all in a game.. well who cares about win or lose.. just enjoy the tussle mate..

    ;-)

  • POSTED BY jazz_rango on | April 28, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Look at Bangalore's batting lineup... OMG! Big Guns... Boooooom!

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | April 28, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    3 down rcb ,...kohli can hope the aussie slayer yuvi to blast today and save them today .cos kings 11 has 3 aussies with bailey as their captain.!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    ganteel ...how can you miss yuvi.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 28, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Great opportunity for Punjab to restrict Rcb for less than 70 runs. Go Punjab Go - best wishes from a true and original Bangalorean

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | April 28, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Bang look like no challenge today v mighty kings of Punjab. Top 2,nay big 2 -Gale,Koli-gone in 1st 2 overs to lesser bowler-sandeep. Now it gets worse as they have to deal with worlds fastest Mitch. 4 down now and only hope is AB. Need big 1 from him .

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | April 28, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    rcb now will hope that the aussie slayer yuvraj saving them today against those baileys men .

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | April 28, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Yuvi somehow escapes spell from Mitch.For a change he didnt get W of bunny Yuvraj. With only hope AB out the challenge 1 assumer has fizzed out for Bang.

  • POSTED BY shaker_elee on | April 28, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    RCB letting down another time,i can see Punjab gonna have a walkover win, some hardcore Yuvi fans hoping he will play big meaning ful innings to save RCB..but Yuvi is no longer a big time or match winning player......yuvi is within himself lost confidence no doubt about it...he has become like a ghazani post come back..as he forget to play "attacking game with great control at high strike rate" that he used to in Yuvi yester years.....sorry for RCB your only match winning players u rely are kohili + gayle + ABD ( will come good as they progress in this tournment)...hope RCB come back with better show in the coming matches.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 28, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    so sad ...4 rcb

Kings XI v Royal Challengers, IPL, Dubai April 28, 2014

KXIP sweep UAE leg with fifth win

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran
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Kings XI Punjab 127 for 5 (Sehwag 32) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 124 for 8 (Yuvraj 35, Sandeep 3-15) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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In a game crippled by poor batting, Royal Challengers Bangalore limped to 124 and Kings XI Punjab were in danger of failing to chase that middling total, before they hung on to win by five wickets and leave the UAE with their fifth win in as many games. Chris Gayle, playing his first game of the season, and the rest of his team-mates failed to show up for the second game in a row and Royal Challengers lost seven wickets inside 15 overs. Kings XI also had their moments of anxiety at 88 for 5, but Rishi Dhawan and George Bailey completed the chase with seven balls to spare.

Royal Challengers showed poor game sense from the beginning, starting from Gayle's unusual approach of going ballistic from ball one. Gayle was forced to sit out the first four games due to injury and in the urge to make up for lost time, hammered 20 off the opening over by Glenn Maxwell, though not in the most convincing manner. But when attempting to dish out the same treatment to Sandeep Sharma the following over, he played one impetuous stroke too many and that started a slide Royal Challengers never recovered from.

Sandeep, the right-arm seamer, gets prodigious inswing and that helped in trapping Gayle and Virat Kohli, though he was lucky to get the latter. The swing took the ball past leg stump when the ball struck Kohli's pads but Billy Bowden was convinced it was hitting the stumps. A horrified Kohli trudged back after a pause, and the scowl hardly left his face through the game.

The top order fell to some inspired seam bowling from Sandeep and Mitchell Johnson who pitched the ball up and induced edges. AB de Villiers failed to take charge of the innings as he tamely lobbed the ball to backward point off Dhawan. The responsibility fell on the inconsistent Yuvraj Singh, and though he showed glimpses of his old self with his on-side flicks, he too fell to a poor shot. He pulled a short ball and found David Miller at deep midwicket with pin-point precision. It was a questionable shot, given the circumstances. Yuvraj was the last recognised batsman and Royal Challengers were three short of 100 with more than five overs to play.

The loss of wickets dried up the boundaries. Incredibly, Royal Challengers failed to score a boundary off the last seven overs, with only two instances of the ball crossing the ropes, via leg byes.

With a paltry 124 to defend, Royal Challengers needed quick wickets. Two brilliant catches at fine leg by Mitchell Starc gave them hope. A pick up shot by Wriddhiman Saha nearly cleared the rope but Starc hung on despite covering several yards near the edge of the rope. Maxwell tried the same shot but Starc this time hung on, diving forward. Maxwell's wicket gave Royal Challengers hope but for the second time in as many games, Kings XI managed without him.

Miller and Virender Sehwag kept Kings XI on track with a stand of 45. However, a double-strike by the legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal added a twist. Miller edged a googly, Sehwag was adjudged caught behind as well but replays showed he hadn't nicked it. It left Kings XI at a edgy 88 for 5, but they still held the edge thanks to a comfortable required rate of 5.28 and depth in batting.

Dhawan eased the nerves with a square cut for four off Dinda and a dab to third man off Yuvraj. The captain Bailey played second fiddle and the pair sealed the win in the 19th over. Royal Challengers succumbed to their third loss, and will need a quick turnaround once the tournament returns to India.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo