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  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 4, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    go rcb....come on gayle....

  • POSTED BY apusumit on | May 4, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    160+ and some good bowling will ensure SRH win. ABD may be best of the lot ;but yest to be consistent in IPL so does Virat.The form Virat carries for India in ODI has yet to be shown for RCB.Early wicket of Gayle & Virat will ensure SRH victory.Similarly early wicket of 2 Aussies will give easy win for RCB.Hope to have a cracker tonight

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Come on SRH, but Dhawan shud play down the order at number 5 or 4 . Gayle is still not 100%fit

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    SRH is a very good T20 team but they r being wasted.... Finch and Warner should be openers.....Sammy must be the captain.....Dhawan can be in the middle order or rested for while as experiment.

  • POSTED BY jee1 on | May 4, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Go RCB!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    well said munegowda koralur...rcb lost their local fans club...my fv kkr( karnataka knight raliders) m against rcb..

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Good to see local players coming to the fore and playing a hand! Very impressed with the way KL Rahul has been performing for the SRH! Disappointed to see Bangalore sticking to their big names and not giving chances for their local players!

  • POSTED BY abhiyog on | May 4, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Come on Rahul, True Bangaloreans are with u smash the the so called RCB in this game. great to see karnataka players doing well in IPL.I am at chinaswamy to cheer against RCB sorry need to remove B from it.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    one of the main purpose of IPL was to give an opportunity to uncapped players to perform in international standard match (in this case IPL.) after winning all the cups for the year 13-14 by karnataka team none had a place in RCB team. I am a kannadiga and it did hurt me to so much as no kannadigas were a part of team RCB. I stopped supporting RCB and I am interested to watch matches of KKR and RR and other teams in which karnataka players are doing fantastic. shame to you mallya, shame to the team management. if you don't value the minds of local cricket fans and only winning is all you wanted then race course will be a better option. please don't repeat the mistake in future IPL seasons. you could have at least won the heart of kannidigas by supporting local players.

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | May 4, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH today My Favourite Player VIRAT KOHLI will Score 50 or 100....Best of Luck RCB and KOHLi....

  • POSTED BY johnq1 on | May 4, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    SRH can do good. But from the way Gayle looked last game. He might take the game alone all by himself. Its upto Steyn and Bhuvi to restrict the storm before it causes damage. good contest on the cards considering both the teams. They got the firepower, just gotta click .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    its good to see all karnataka players doin well in ths season..robin,pandey,gowtam,karun nair,binny,k l rahul,vinay shown their ability n talent.. hope shryas and sharat wil get their oportunity soon this ipl.. guys its right time to teach rcb franchaise n captain hw desrved players u guys are..shame on malya..

  • POSTED BY David_Boon on | May 4, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    If Dharwan wants to win a game he needs to drop himself down the order and let David Warner open. Warner is a miles better batsman and is in better form, too. Obviously he won't do this and they'll lose yet again.

  • POSTED BY prakashatDubai on | May 4, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    This is a great contest, a banglorean but dispapointed with RCB's team make up. Look at the Karnataka players who were there but not chosen- Karun Nair, Gowtham, Rahul, Uthappa, pandey. Mr Mallya chose style / Big names over substance & like his airline has had bumpy ride & RCB may have to have emergency landing soon.

  • POSTED BY abdulvahabdoha on | May 4, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    SRH wanto to learn from RR, They are using wisely their bench strenght inspite giving all on big guns sholder, Parves rasool is good campaighner in Ranji, they can use his spin and batting power also

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 4, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    First of several (or perhaps all this season) defeats to Royal Challengers will be today in Bangalore - A True and Original BAngalorean

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 4, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Unless captaincy of SRH is handed over to Sammy, they will get nowhere.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | May 4, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    And RCB will be back to its fortress , amidst the sea of RED , there will be no stopping.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    the rib have Gayle from westindies, ab from africa, Kholi, yuvaraj, and yet they rarely represents Bangalore. ipl is for money and not to dig out the young talents

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Both RCB&SRH ON EQUAL TERMS NOW.Both have played 5 games & won 2 of them.RCB however,ahead in run rate.Tonight crucial for both.If Gayle play's& really plays with 6s&4s from his bat,then RCB could hope for prospects in front of them.if they are beaten today RCB will have to work out a lot of arithematics later on .it is more difficult than playing.So better they play.same views applicable to SRH also Sreedharan Mundanat

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | May 4, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    SRH can win the IPL 2014. They needed a young Indian batsman to perform and now Rahul looks like that man. Finch, Warner, Dhawan and Sammy can produce some monster totals. Irfan Pathan's form in the last match is a great sign and he can produce a quick fire 20/30 on his day. As many have said (and many have also disagreed with too) they do have the best bowling attack in the IPL. If SRH can win at the Bangalore fortress then they should string together a few wins in a row and qualify. Whilst Chennai and KIP have started best history shows that the form teams in the groups often do not lift the trophy. Some have said SRH batting top heavy but disagree- in T20 you want your best batters in the top three then a finisher around 5 and Sammy is as good as any now. Love to see top 3 all fire today!!!

  • POSTED BY Shahed.Akhtar on | May 4, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Batting giants fits, but on paper. Consider this - having played one match more, KXIP and CSK hav scored 500 and 350 more runs in aggregate than RCB. So, who have been the batting giants? Definitely, not RCB. They have been misfiring after the start they had. Its time that Kohli swallows the bitter Yuvi pill and drops him. RCB need to look at Zol. Look at the way RR, MI and KKR have treated the likes of Samson, Nair, Gautam and Suryakumar Yadav, and how these players are flourishing there. Also, Albie Morkel should be rested for Ravi Rampaul. Rampaul may give away 30 in 4, pick 2 wickets and maybe not score anything. Morkel's likely to score 15 but give 25 in 2 overs without picking any wickets More importantly, for the batsmen before him, he has proved to be a false hope of a batsman in the dugout. Is that worth it? Serious introspection needed for RCB. They need to win at least 7 of the remaining 9 games to be sure of making the knockouts. Hardly any time to get their act together!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    As long as srh dont lose in a blowout and put up a decent fight then i will be ok. Even though people say theyre one of the best bowling sides in ipl they arent doing that great. Even MI who was struggling to score past 140-150 nearly score 170 runs so RCB has a good chance to get out of its rut next game. SRH batsmen need to step up, I dont understand why they get bogged down at the start, like theyre playing with lead weights on. Feel they have lost their mental aggressiveness to hit the ball.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    rcb is very good team and can fire many runs. if srh goes with mishra and ishant then match will be in hands of rcb only!! good luck rcb!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Totally agree with Rachna. If SRH do win this match, their confidence will be boosted. They are not a weak side; they have power hitters and destructive bowling unit. If they start the Indian phase of this season with a win, come home games, they will be un beatable. The form of Shikhar and Mishra is not a worrying factor, 'cause both of them are very dominating in their respective departments, while playing in the Subcontinent. We are going to see an entirely different Mishra today. With Steyn breathing fire, Bhuvi and Irfan swinging and Karn bowling a tight L&L, Mishra will send shivers down the spines of RCB batsmen. If either Warner or Finch explode, I dont see why SRH can't crush RCB today.

    Good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY ramli on | May 4, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Amit Misra will be back at his best in Indian conditions ... may not be in Bengaluru but certainly in other grounds

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 4, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Sunriser's Hyderabad with a star Karnataka player (Rahul) and backed by Steyn and host of others are going to grind Royal Challengers (I have deliberately left out B of RCB as the team do not represent Bangalore) - A True and Original Bangalorean

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | May 4, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    If you have look at RCB squad, there is no quality Indian batsmen on International standard except Virat Kohli. They are heavily depend on Gayle and ABD. This is their weakness. You may question then what about Yuvraj? He is below bar street cricketer in his form now. No fielding, batting dead slow, bowling like just learning. I bet that I will play much better than him as an all-rounder :-). RCB just pay me 20000$ enough. You could save your 12 crores. Otherwise in bowling department they had enough bowlers. RCB should play with ABD, Gayle, Starc, Rampaul.

    Sunrisers got good squad as well. Bcoz they have played against CSK, they had bit lack of confidence but they could pounce back against RCB in case Gayle out early. Risers got excellent bowling squad. They have to play with Aniruddha as they are also heavily depending on foreigner for batting.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | May 4, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Looks like Dhawan is aspiring to follow in Yuvraj's footsteps: mediocre batting unless the conditions are just right, mindless captaincy, and an unwillingness to learn from mistakes.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    to everyone suggesting that Rasool should be brought in, I guess u ppl have not really seen him play a lot. He is not a very aggressive batsman. And u need big hitters at 7 or 8... Secondly in India, anyone would prefer Mishra instead of Rasool.

  • POSTED BY sams235 on | May 4, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Dhawan has been disappointing so far. Hope he clicks in the remaining games. But, its interesting to notice that the top scorers in the UAE leg were all out of the sub-continent. As soon as the games move to Indian pitches the sub-continent palyers started clicking. Goes to prove (again) that these players cant play on other than spin friendly pitches. Indian supporter here, BTW.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    I really thought IPL was about Indian youth coming through...so many exciting youth like Zol, Kuldeep YAdav but not getting a match which is really bad...nice to see Sandeep Sharma do so well..a fine prospect for Team India in future, Bumrah also.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    its match srh bowling v rcb batting i think its difficult for srh to stop virat ab and cg. best of luck for rcb

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    if rcb had bought some karnataka players they would have been in a better position...look at the karnataka players cm gautham kl rahul that rr openor today have done more than enough decent job then what the rcb players have done...shame on u rcb for neglecting ur local players who were the ranji champions...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    def the srh team management needs to choose bw mishra and Karan... they def need to give rasool a run in their xi... poor guy had been on the fringes of the Indian team and a handy all rounder but still not had the platform in the IPL... funny how even the team u play in the IPL changes ur fortune... imagine him playing for Delhi... he might have been their leading spin bowler by now... still not too late here... rasool instead of karan could be a wise move... and def juneja deserves a look in... could be really attacking player who can be used as finisher on the lines of suryakumar yadav...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 3, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    SRH needs all rounders in the XI. Henriques/Sammy, Pathan & Rasool should be the 3 guys coming in after the top 4 in batting. In addition they should be bowling their quota of Overs too. Off the 4 bowlers, only Kumar & Steyn are real "4 Over" bowlers. Mishra & Karn Sharma have been poor at best & need to be either restricted or replaced unless the Indian wkts. are more spin friendly. Mishra & Karn have not bowled economically nor have taken wkts. as in IPL 6. At least one of them has to be rested in favour of a batsman. It does not make sense in having 2 leg spinners when a good off spinner, Rasool, is benched. Dhawan needs to be decisive. Of the top 4, only Rahul appears to be consistent. Dhawan, Finch & Warner need to all perform consistently if SRH has any chance of making it to the playoff stage. Dhawan also needs to be more proactive captain. He has so many bowlers at is disposal & he needs to have a plan of action. SRH is a good team. With good leadership they will be Winners!

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 3, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    If SRH replaces mishra with another person, it was a big mistake. Mishra should ve used in Indian pitch instead of emirates. Spin plays a major role so mishra should be given another chance surely he will be the key.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    manpreet juneja is a good player and he can play in place of ojha

  • POSTED BY champion_india786 on | May 3, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Dear SRH management, I've said this before and I'll say it again. Please drop Mishra for this game and get Parvez Rasool in. It gives the bowling attack more variation with an off-spinner. plus he is a better batsman than Mishra. My advice of playing Pathan payed off last match, keep him there. He is the most valuable all-rounder in India when in-form. Hoping to see Dhawan get some form too. Good luck SRH!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Rasool should be opted in for Amit Mishra, the kashmiri chap deserves a chance as he did wonderful in domestic t20 and that also make the batting attack a Lil stronger given Rasools crafty batting. With Rasool in the team, the SRH will have depth in their batting. Shikhar needs to find some form on the batting pitch at Chinnaswamy. Like previously, Warner should think of anchoring the innings. Sammy needs to face more balls. He hasn't got enough deliveries in the last 5 matches. SRH is a strong opponent considering the disastrous performance of RCB team in last few games. SRH will start as strong favorites.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    A lot relies on the experienced campaigner AB De Villiers. He needs to fire and Get himself back in form..

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  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 4, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    go rcb....come on gayle....

  • POSTED BY apusumit on | May 4, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    160+ and some good bowling will ensure SRH win. ABD may be best of the lot ;but yest to be consistent in IPL so does Virat.The form Virat carries for India in ODI has yet to be shown for RCB.Early wicket of Gayle & Virat will ensure SRH victory.Similarly early wicket of 2 Aussies will give easy win for RCB.Hope to have a cracker tonight

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Come on SRH, but Dhawan shud play down the order at number 5 or 4 . Gayle is still not 100%fit

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    SRH is a very good T20 team but they r being wasted.... Finch and Warner should be openers.....Sammy must be the captain.....Dhawan can be in the middle order or rested for while as experiment.

  • POSTED BY jee1 on | May 4, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Go RCB!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    well said munegowda koralur...rcb lost their local fans club...my fv kkr( karnataka knight raliders) m against rcb..

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Good to see local players coming to the fore and playing a hand! Very impressed with the way KL Rahul has been performing for the SRH! Disappointed to see Bangalore sticking to their big names and not giving chances for their local players!

  • POSTED BY abhiyog on | May 4, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Come on Rahul, True Bangaloreans are with u smash the the so called RCB in this game. great to see karnataka players doing well in IPL.I am at chinaswamy to cheer against RCB sorry need to remove B from it.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    one of the main purpose of IPL was to give an opportunity to uncapped players to perform in international standard match (in this case IPL.) after winning all the cups for the year 13-14 by karnataka team none had a place in RCB team. I am a kannadiga and it did hurt me to so much as no kannadigas were a part of team RCB. I stopped supporting RCB and I am interested to watch matches of KKR and RR and other teams in which karnataka players are doing fantastic. shame to you mallya, shame to the team management. if you don't value the minds of local cricket fans and only winning is all you wanted then race course will be a better option. please don't repeat the mistake in future IPL seasons. you could have at least won the heart of kannidigas by supporting local players.

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | May 4, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH today My Favourite Player VIRAT KOHLI will Score 50 or 100....Best of Luck RCB and KOHLi....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    A lot relies on the experienced campaigner AB De Villiers. He needs to fire and Get himself back in form..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Rasool should be opted in for Amit Mishra, the kashmiri chap deserves a chance as he did wonderful in domestic t20 and that also make the batting attack a Lil stronger given Rasools crafty batting. With Rasool in the team, the SRH will have depth in their batting. Shikhar needs to find some form on the batting pitch at Chinnaswamy. Like previously, Warner should think of anchoring the innings. Sammy needs to face more balls. He hasn't got enough deliveries in the last 5 matches. SRH is a strong opponent considering the disastrous performance of RCB team in last few games. SRH will start as strong favorites.

  • POSTED BY champion_india786 on | May 3, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Dear SRH management, I've said this before and I'll say it again. Please drop Mishra for this game and get Parvez Rasool in. It gives the bowling attack more variation with an off-spinner. plus he is a better batsman than Mishra. My advice of playing Pathan payed off last match, keep him there. He is the most valuable all-rounder in India when in-form. Hoping to see Dhawan get some form too. Good luck SRH!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    manpreet juneja is a good player and he can play in place of ojha

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 3, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    If SRH replaces mishra with another person, it was a big mistake. Mishra should ve used in Indian pitch instead of emirates. Spin plays a major role so mishra should be given another chance surely he will be the key.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 3, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    SRH needs all rounders in the XI. Henriques/Sammy, Pathan & Rasool should be the 3 guys coming in after the top 4 in batting. In addition they should be bowling their quota of Overs too. Off the 4 bowlers, only Kumar & Steyn are real "4 Over" bowlers. Mishra & Karn Sharma have been poor at best & need to be either restricted or replaced unless the Indian wkts. are more spin friendly. Mishra & Karn have not bowled economically nor have taken wkts. as in IPL 6. At least one of them has to be rested in favour of a batsman. It does not make sense in having 2 leg spinners when a good off spinner, Rasool, is benched. Dhawan needs to be decisive. Of the top 4, only Rahul appears to be consistent. Dhawan, Finch & Warner need to all perform consistently if SRH has any chance of making it to the playoff stage. Dhawan also needs to be more proactive captain. He has so many bowlers at is disposal & he needs to have a plan of action. SRH is a good team. With good leadership they will be Winners!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    def the srh team management needs to choose bw mishra and Karan... they def need to give rasool a run in their xi... poor guy had been on the fringes of the Indian team and a handy all rounder but still not had the platform in the IPL... funny how even the team u play in the IPL changes ur fortune... imagine him playing for Delhi... he might have been their leading spin bowler by now... still not too late here... rasool instead of karan could be a wise move... and def juneja deserves a look in... could be really attacking player who can be used as finisher on the lines of suryakumar yadav...

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    if rcb had bought some karnataka players they would have been in a better position...look at the karnataka players cm gautham kl rahul that rr openor today have done more than enough decent job then what the rcb players have done...shame on u rcb for neglecting ur local players who were the ranji champions...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    its match srh bowling v rcb batting i think its difficult for srh to stop virat ab and cg. best of luck for rcb

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    I really thought IPL was about Indian youth coming through...so many exciting youth like Zol, Kuldeep YAdav but not getting a match which is really bad...nice to see Sandeep Sharma do so well..a fine prospect for Team India in future, Bumrah also.

Royal Challengers v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 3, 2014

Bangalore beckons batting giants

The Preview by Rachna Shetty
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Agarkar: RCB back at batting fortress

Match facts

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

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With campaigns that coughed and spluttered about in the UAE, both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad will have one big target from Sunday's game: a momentum-granting win. Both teams are in the bottom half of the points table with similar figures of two wins in five games, although Royal Challengers are ahead on better net run rate.

At this point, Royal Challengers are also the team with more concerns when compared to Sunrisers. The headliners in their batting line-up have not fired as expected and their last two innings - where they were restricted to 70 and 124 - did not allow a competent bowling attack much room.

Royal Challengers also have the problem of their overseas options not firing, with Chris Gayle admittedly not yet 100% and Albie Morkel's lack of impact with the bat and ball. Unless he's injured, Ravi Rampaul may be a better pick in place of Morkel and given the batting-friendly tracks in India, it may not be a bad idea to give the talented Vijay Zol a chance.

David Warner's sprightly 65 aside, one of the biggest gains for Sunrisers in their win against Mumbai Indians was the innings played by KL Rahul. One of the highest run-getters in the Ranji season, his growing ease in the IPL allows Sunrisers the comfort of an anchor. The form of their captain Shikhar Dhawan and their frontline bowler, Amit Mishra, remains a worry for the side.

Form guide (most recent first)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: LLLWW
Sunrisers Hyderabad: WLWLL

Players to watch

Shikhar Dhawan has gone 13 innings without a fifty-plus score in T20s, his last one coming in the Champions League T20 in September last year. There have been a couple of 30s in this IPL, but against one of the most powerful batting sides in the IPL, he needs to make runs upfront to boost Sunrisers chances of overhauling the hosts.

A stat of 73 runs off 76 balls faced in five games is hardly something you'd associate with AB de Villiers in the IPL. Chris Lynn's spectacular catch aside, his dismissals against Royals and Kings XI Punjab have come through bad shots and Royal Challengers will be hoping a change of form ensues a change of scene.

Stats and trivia

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore are third on the list of teams with most 100+ partnerships with 13 stands. Only Chennai Super Kings (17) and Kings XI Punjab (15) are ahead of them.
  • Despite being the leading wicket-taker for Sunrisers, Amit Mishra has had two of his worst bowling performances for the side in this IPL - against Mumbai, he conceded 54 without a wicket, while he gave away 56 runs for 2 wickets against Kings XI.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo