Royal Challengers v Royals, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 11, 2014

Smith and Faulkner stun RCB

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Rajasthan Royals 191 for 5 (Nair 56, Smith 48*, Faulkner 41*, Yuvraj 4-35) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 190 for 5 (Yuvraj 83, de Villiers 58) by five wickets
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Untill the 14th over of the Rajasthan Royals chase, it was the Yuvraj Singh show. He had shrugged off poor form with a pulverizing 83 off 38 to revive his side to 190 for 5 from 40 for 3. He had then taken four wickets to leave Rajasthan Royals reeling on 106 for 5. Royals needed 65 from the last four overs, but Steven Smith and James Faulkner catapulted them home with an over and a delivery to spare. Mitchell Starc went for 21 in the 17th over, Ashok Dinda for 23 in the 18th, and Varun Aaron for 21 in the 19th. Smith blitzed 48 off 21 deliveries, while Faulkner ended with a 17-ball 41.

Yuvraj's fourth wicket had been Karun Nair, whose 56 off 39 had given Royals a fine start, but his innings ended just as the team were beginning to lose steam. Aaron leaked 14 in the next over as Smith pulled, lofted and flicked him for boundaries. Still, Royal Challengers seemed to be ending the possibilities of any scares as legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal completed his spell by giving away only four runs in the 16th over.

What followed was so unexpected for them, Virat Kohli could only grit his teeth in helpless frustration as every bowler disappeared for plenty. Starc bowled some length balls in the 17th, and Faulkner drove and swung him for four and six before an outside-edged slog brought a third boundary in the over. Dinda began the 18th with two full deliveries that were taken for four and six. Dinda went wider now, and Smith responded by steering him to the deep-point boundary. Just as it seemed nothing could go wrong further for Royal Challengers, Dinda overstepped and bowled under the bat to be carted for a straight six. Smith could not get anything off the free-hit, but Faulkner took charge in the penultimate over with 21 needed.

Only a single came off the first ball before Aaron sent one down the leg side allowing the batsmen also to scamper for a bye. Royal Challengers continued to crack as Aaron delivered a length ball which was powered for six over long-on. A high full toss followed a wide full toss. Faulkner hit the first to the deep-cover rope and sent the second into the stunned Chinnaswamy crowd over deep square leg. He then ran towards Smith, jumped into an embrace and took his fellow Australian down on the ground.

Royal Challengers have now lost six of their previous seven games, and this one will take some time to forget. Their desperation to win was evident when they chose to bat after having bowled first six out of six times earlier this season, and when Kohli came out to open alongside Chris Gayle instead of batting at No 3. The pair were tied down, however, by some tight swing bowling from Kane Richardson and Shane Watson.

Kohli soon thick-edged a swipe to third man off Richardson while Gayle was tied down further by Rahul Tewatia's googlies and eventuelly caught behind off the other legspinner Pravin Tambe for a slow 19. India Under-19 captain Vijay Zol succumbed to Tewatia's seventh googly on the trot after hitting a few spunky fours, and Royal Challengers were going at under five an over when Yuvraj walked in.

Eleven overs later, Yuvraj walked back, having carted seven sixes and as many fours. His hitting was so severe and dominating, even AB de Villiers' 58 off 32 was overshadowed. The pair put on Royal Challengers' highest fourth-wicket partnership, scoring 132 runs in 10.5 overs.

Yuvraj got going with a series of sweeps against the legspinners. Batting with his back leg outside off stump, he found the combination of power and timing that makes him so destructive when he is in touch. Soon he was flicking the fast bowlers casually for six over the leg side. De Villiers hit five sixes and went at a strike-rate of 181.25 but it was hard even for him to take attention off Yuvraj.

Ajinkya Rahane and Nair put on 54 in seven overs for Royals but Chahal removed Rahane with his first delivery. In the next over, Yuvraj bowled Watson with an arm ball. Three balls later, Stuart Binny charged at Yuvraj and mishit to sweeper cover. Yuvraj kept striking, having Sanju Samson pop one back before taking out Nair, but his quota ran out eventually, and Smith and Faulkner brought the curtains down on his show.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 13, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Most of the persons commenting here are bashing RCB instead of praising RR. Be mature and give credit to deserved. If RCB did mistake then it was RR batsmen who ruined their plan and forced them for that. Hope RR play same way today with CSK too.

  • Cric-fan-hk on May 13, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    why don't they add a team from J & K in IPL?

  • Greatest_Game on May 13, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    @ Posted by Ms.Cricket commented "Cannot believe Kohli could be India's next captain. His batting and fielding may be brilliant but he is not able to control his temper and keep his head when it matters."

    He scored 4 runs and dropped a sitter. If that is brilliant batting and fielding, your criticism of his captaincy is as harsh as you can muster.

    All cricket playing countries are hoping he is India's next skipper. Virat - the gift that keeps on giving.

  • on May 13, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    those who are saying that bringing ravi rampaul is a solution...they are saying this bullshit bcz of last match performance....but mind that ravi was playing that match in which miller scored 100 runs in just 5 overs ...lol...rampaul is nowhere to starc...

  • GrindAR on May 12, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Kohli need to learn a lot as Captain here. This is a small example of the best captains excell in the pressure situations... Probably he talking to Kumble and Dravid is necessary in terms of his prospects to Captain the national team(s). It is good that IPL serve as a real-time simulation platform for both players and captains and their ability materials.... I would love to see Kohli being a strategic brain without preconceived notions... which is his setback at this time.... he has to shrugg that aside... I would say... for now other than Dhoni, if anybody can take the skipper role for India and win matches and critical moments is either Raina or Jadeja ( may not be exciting as Dhoni but very critical thinkers of the game for the team)

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 12, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    @Facebook User Yeah, Dhoni had to chase 231, not 190...

  • on May 12, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    dhoni should take a leaf out of royals book..had they also not given them chance after watson or karun's dismissal then the result would have been completely diffrent.royals always back themselves in these situations and thats why they win these close encounters,unlike dhoni with his weird shut the chase policy.

  • on May 12, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Eng_MDKhan your analysis is spot on but let me just point out a few things with Starc Aaron Dinda bowling with pace had that happened earlier and Kholi reserved spin for later Rahane Karun sanju would have scored more runs it was in the quest of chasing a huge target of 10 an over from start that they had to attack spinners and fell.Spinners bowled well and took wickets and stalled momentum had pace been operating early in the small ground runs would have easily flowed and spinners could just be milked and match finished earlier problem both teams faced was not bowling yorkers slow ball bouncer and a better line both are guilty of it.

  • eng_mdkhan on May 12, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    @Kashi........You seem to be getting carried away a wee bit, local talent is being unearthed but specifically your point that the team should carry state players respective to their names is not mandatory. The IPL is on a national level thats why you have Uthappa playing for KKR with the same zeal as he would have had playing for your beloved Bangalore. On a larger scale the talent is being unearthed perhaps for the likes of you who take the names as a right to play for the team they should move and rename Royal Challengers to some other city and then we would not have to hear you whining and mind you they can do that so much for the name.

  • on May 12, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    RCB destroyed on home turf. Absolutely slapped. Take that Mallya. After failing to make the playoffs for 3 or 4 years in a row now, you should know that splurging money and stacking your team with t20 superstars cannot buy you wins. Wins come with tactics and spirit, of which the Rajasthan Royals have plenty. Lets go Royals - 2 more wins for our 2nd consecutive playoff spot. #againstallodds

  • on May 13, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Most of the persons commenting here are bashing RCB instead of praising RR. Be mature and give credit to deserved. If RCB did mistake then it was RR batsmen who ruined their plan and forced them for that. Hope RR play same way today with CSK too.

  • Cric-fan-hk on May 13, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    why don't they add a team from J & K in IPL?

  • Greatest_Game on May 13, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    @ Posted by Ms.Cricket commented "Cannot believe Kohli could be India's next captain. His batting and fielding may be brilliant but he is not able to control his temper and keep his head when it matters."

    He scored 4 runs and dropped a sitter. If that is brilliant batting and fielding, your criticism of his captaincy is as harsh as you can muster.

    All cricket playing countries are hoping he is India's next skipper. Virat - the gift that keeps on giving.

  • on May 13, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    those who are saying that bringing ravi rampaul is a solution...they are saying this bullshit bcz of last match performance....but mind that ravi was playing that match in which miller scored 100 runs in just 5 overs ...lol...rampaul is nowhere to starc...

  • GrindAR on May 12, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Kohli need to learn a lot as Captain here. This is a small example of the best captains excell in the pressure situations... Probably he talking to Kumble and Dravid is necessary in terms of his prospects to Captain the national team(s). It is good that IPL serve as a real-time simulation platform for both players and captains and their ability materials.... I would love to see Kohli being a strategic brain without preconceived notions... which is his setback at this time.... he has to shrugg that aside... I would say... for now other than Dhoni, if anybody can take the skipper role for India and win matches and critical moments is either Raina or Jadeja ( may not be exciting as Dhoni but very critical thinkers of the game for the team)

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 12, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    @Facebook User Yeah, Dhoni had to chase 231, not 190...

  • on May 12, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    dhoni should take a leaf out of royals book..had they also not given them chance after watson or karun's dismissal then the result would have been completely diffrent.royals always back themselves in these situations and thats why they win these close encounters,unlike dhoni with his weird shut the chase policy.

  • on May 12, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Eng_MDKhan your analysis is spot on but let me just point out a few things with Starc Aaron Dinda bowling with pace had that happened earlier and Kholi reserved spin for later Rahane Karun sanju would have scored more runs it was in the quest of chasing a huge target of 10 an over from start that they had to attack spinners and fell.Spinners bowled well and took wickets and stalled momentum had pace been operating early in the small ground runs would have easily flowed and spinners could just be milked and match finished earlier problem both teams faced was not bowling yorkers slow ball bouncer and a better line both are guilty of it.

  • eng_mdkhan on May 12, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    @Kashi........You seem to be getting carried away a wee bit, local talent is being unearthed but specifically your point that the team should carry state players respective to their names is not mandatory. The IPL is on a national level thats why you have Uthappa playing for KKR with the same zeal as he would have had playing for your beloved Bangalore. On a larger scale the talent is being unearthed perhaps for the likes of you who take the names as a right to play for the team they should move and rename Royal Challengers to some other city and then we would not have to hear you whining and mind you they can do that so much for the name.

  • on May 12, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    RCB destroyed on home turf. Absolutely slapped. Take that Mallya. After failing to make the playoffs for 3 or 4 years in a row now, you should know that splurging money and stacking your team with t20 superstars cannot buy you wins. Wins come with tactics and spirit, of which the Rajasthan Royals have plenty. Lets go Royals - 2 more wins for our 2nd consecutive playoff spot. #againstallodds

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 12, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    @Ananth83 I agree with you on Dinda but Aaron has shown some serious improvement this IPL. Today was really his first bad game, and it tends to happen, but he has bowled with great control without compromising his pace. @Kashi0127 Calm down. Yes, its good when you have local players, but Mallya dug himself into a hole with Yuvraj so he couldn't afford Karnataka players. It wasn't that he didn't want them, he just didn't strategize well at the auction. Also, the IPL is still unearthing local talents. Vijay Zol played quite well and even though he is from Maharashtra, he got that recognition. Nair played for RR instead of RCB, but at least he got to show his talent. The IPL is delivering on the unearthing new players front, as for the local representation, RCB is really the only team to not have any and that too only happened this year.

  • Ananth83 on May 12, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    How and why Dinda plays for any team is beyond me. He is the worst bowler I have ever seen in the national circuit. If he is considered to be the spearhead of Bengal, it is a sad state of affairs which shows the lack of quality fast bowlers in India. Varun Aaron has pace. Agreed. And what does he do with that, just run fast and blindly bowl without any control. Still can't get over the fact that Dinda was selected for India and has played a few games. Dinda / Aaron / Awana / Vinay Kumar etc. should never be part of the Indian squad unless there are some drastic changes to the way they bowl. I would really stop watching cricket if Dinda plays for India ever again.

  • Kashi0127 on May 12, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    @ENG_MDKHAN Some time in the future if the money is good for the BCCI they could field players from Ethiopia, Somalia, Canada and Ukraine to play India Team against likes of Australia , England etc. just to make sure we are not in "Stone Ages"

  • Kashi0127 on May 12, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    @ENG_MDKHAN If the teams are not state representatives then why call the names like Punjab/ Chennai/ Bangalore? Let them be called Team A, Team B , Team C or Team Red, Yellow or Green!!!

  • Kashi0127 on May 12, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    And let me tell you @ENG_MDKHAN I agree T20 is not ODI and Test and at the same time IPL is not any of the above (cricket!)

  • DontMessWithZohan on May 12, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Just repeating what somebody already said to Kohli in past comments: Get a coach for captaincy. Kohli is a great batsman but I don't like his attitude as a captain. I don't think he can bring best out the team - but rather demoralizes the team on failures.

  • Kashi0127 on May 12, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    @ENG_MDKHAN Then the teams have no business to call themselves with state or city names. More importantly one of the things touted by IPL organizers is that they can "unearth" local talent from from remote places. Do you know how many talented youngsters are there in places like Tumkur, Hubli, Davangere etc. I am sure there are good players from small towns in other states too. In all likelihood you probably have not even heard of these places. If the state or city represented team is not on the look out for such players which other team will. Do you think Punjab or Kolkatta would know of Davangere? And this is not stone age but ensuring small town players also get a chance! Yes people like me lurk around to ensure not just the the Bollywood types and TRP types get chances!!!

  • on May 12, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    I support to any team for playing good cricket but any way home teams are also important at least 1 player not in the team Karnataka's players in k team the franchise wants only enjoy not the good cricket that's y all the gentleman cricketers playing all teams in the IPL &leading is the RR. team by rahul d

  • eng_mdkhan on May 12, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    @Kashi.....please don't suggest going back to the stone age. All teams are mere franchises being governed by their owners not state teams. The team names do not auto imply a state representation well within the rules and regulations of IPL. Its funny that people like you are still lurking around.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 12, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    To everyone crying about the MOM award, as someone already stated before, the award goes to the person that wins his team the match, not everyone who does well. AB did really well to, and he should deserve the award, right? No, he did not win them the match. Faulkner won it for RR. He came back well in his last over after being hit for two sixes, and kept the total to 190 and then provided the late hits that won RR the match. Look at it this way, RCB lost despite Yuvi while RR would have lost had it not been for Faulkner.

  • chris54 on May 12, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    How come Yuvi did not get MOM. Let´s imagine he got to his 100 and took another wicket. Would he still have missed out on MOM? Where do they draw the line?

  • shrastogi on May 12, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Is this the first occasion of 3 consequetive overs going for over 20 runs in the IPL ?

  • Kashi0127 on May 12, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @RAJESHNAIK Agree with you. I watch every match where Bangalore/ Karnataka players are in the team, never mind if RC (no B) is playing or not. I remember way back in 1971 the test match held in Delhi was boycotted as Bishen Bedi was dropped from India team. Something similar need to be done in next IPL if Malya goes without Karnataka players. In fact start picketing and not allow any games to be held in Bangalore.

  • eng_mdkhan on May 12, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    I have been regularly posting how we cannot and should not compare T20 to tests and ODIs. Necessity is the mother of all inventions, T20 is that invention in cricket and should be embraced in its entirety. It brings cricketing action at a frenetic pace which at times is not advisable to be watched by the weak hearted. It not only brings joy to its followers within the time they can afford but also compensates all involved in making especially IPL T20 tournament such a huge success. The ODIs and Tests should and will continue to prosper in parallel but there is no need for unnecessary comparisons being drawing between the different formats. Finally if you do not like to watch T20 cricket or whatever goes on in there no body is going to force you to do it.

  • eng_mdkhan on May 12, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @Kieth Miller.... totally agree with you if it was not for Yuvraj's allround display the match would not have been as dramatic as it was. It was his runs and wickets that compelled Smith and Faulkner's heroics.

  • on May 12, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    why many are saying that Bangalore pitch is not good for cricket,when Maxwell play then they will appreciate but the same kind of hitting done by Faulkner and smith.

  • eng_mdkhan on May 12, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    After seeing RCB's finish and Watson's drooping shoulders I turned off the TV presuming an RCB win. However, when I checked in to see the final result I was more confused than surprised. The total was more than defendable, I went through the commentary to see what unfolded. Not taking anything away from Faulkner and Smith's heroics I noted some points that Virat and others can ponder over -Starc (the strike bowler upfront) bowled 1 over only upfront -Aaron bowls the 14th over and goes for 14 clearly not bowling his best -The spinners are bowling best but are used up by the 16th over, no more spin options -17th over first ball runout chance of Faulkner missed! over cost 21; clearly batsman are using the pace to their advantage -18th over, critical phase where perhaps Kohli himself could have chanced his arm but Dinda bowls, goes for 23 -19th over given to Aaron instead of Starc or Albe Morkel, RR steal game;not a single slower ball in the last 2 overs Virat should have reacted better.

  • Mervo on May 12, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    I only hope that this slogging does not destroy Smith's good technique in first class cricket

  • on May 12, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    This season RCB need to sideline Dinda for the rest of the campaign. He is nothing but a gift bowler for the opposition. A complete liability, and he isn't even alone. Next season they must learn by this years mistakes even if they somehow make the play offs. RCB need to invest in their bowling. It doesn't matter how good the batting line up is on paper, if the bowling is so useless.

  • Wakenaam1103 on May 12, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    RCB has good batting but no good death bowlers. How much longer will they have Ravi Rampaul warming up the benches? Kohli will never learn.

  • on May 12, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    The most unpleasant seen in the field is kholi's behavior. Whether his team is winning or losing he is performing a real foolish act. He never accepts when he got out. He is staring on umpires. When taking wickets he is insulting on batsman. When bowlers are hammering he is shouting at them. He do miss field but all other fielders are thrashing. It's Obnoxious to see.

  • on May 12, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    ajmaldomintesswan: I actually think it will be South Africa and Australia who will together dominate the rest of the world, but when they come to face each other we get a scintillating contest that goes the distance. New Zealand and England will probably switch around in 3rd and 4th place. India may also have a good run at 3rd/4th position depending on how well their rising stars perform outside of India and most probably outside their comfort zone.

  • Redmakka on May 12, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Whilst it is great to see finishes like this, I think bowlers are getting treated unfairly. Cricket is becoming a batsman friendly sport. Bigger bats, smaller boundaries, decisions favouring the batsman. In my opinion something needs to be done to level things up for the bowler otherwise cricket is going to be a sport of smash, bang, wallop. Overtime it will become boring.

  • on May 12, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    ridiculous!!! i am not a rcb fan but guy yuvi deserved to be the MoM......

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 12, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    @Appu Dasa And there we have it. There has to be at least one person criticizing the T20 format and the new players. Can't people just accept that the game is evolving. This match was played in Bangalore, a pitch which has historically produced a lot of runs throughout formats, so what did you expect? You play at Eden, and you will get a match dominated by bowlers. I really don't see the problem with the "bat brutalizing the ball" when the pitch promotes it. The batting today was also quite intelligent. Yes, there were slogs but mostly, the batsmen tried to find the gaps and put pressure on the bowlers. There is a reason why T20 is more popular, because it is much more entertaining. Test cricket is still the highest level and the true test for a cricketer, but in today's age, who has the time to watch 8 hours a day for 5 days? It is a matter of convenience and the sooner people realize this and move on, the better it will be.

  • on May 12, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    I am still smiling about this awesome win one day later. what a game so proud of the Royals.

  • on May 12, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Do we really call this cricket? A bat is brutalizing the ball and we say great stuff. What have we really done to the mindset of cricket audience, using all ploys to bring out the side that love brutality. Imagine what the likes of Bradman, Peter May, Cowdry, O'Neil and Benaud will think of this circus. Slowly but surely attendance at test matches are dwindling because now they have three choices to make decision and for T20 it is like 80% are there except in England and Australia.

  • ajmaldomintesswann on May 12, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    i am pakistani but always loved the AUSTRALIANISM.they are a class apart from rest of world.I am seeing another long domination by australia .Even their number 8 faulkner is going to be a legend

  • GamessOn on May 12, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Feel very sorry for UV. Plays out of his skin with all-round match winning performance, but ends up on the losing side.

    Another example of luck not in favor of UV :(

  • on May 12, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    @Facebook User MOM is given to player who turns the game in his team's favor Jimmy and Smithy turned a hopeless scenario into a matching winning one hence Jimmy was given one yuvi played a good innings but Jimmy's innings was special so he deserved it. @Sumit1982 agree with you that 8 out of 10 times this wont happen but remember chinnaswamy is a small ground even a mishit/outside edge will fly to boundary bad bowling by both teams good batting too

  • on May 12, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Bad bowling is a captains failure. He has to let his bowlers know where he wants them to bowl and keep the field accordingly. He should know his bowlers limits. You can not ask them to bowl Yorkers all the time. Also change plan if bowlers are getting hit, boy it's 20 / 20 . When fast bowlers are getting hit try something different. Maybe he could try a bowler like say 'Kohli' . Big Kohli fan but just can not see his batting crumble like this with captaincy pressure. Plus he needs to train himself on captaincy. Get a coach for captaincy.

  • ladycricfan on May 12, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Bangaluru is a batting paradise. As Kholi said only Yorkers can stop the batsman from scoring. Any other balls will fly out of the park. It is not good that Ipl finals is moved to Bangaruru. A salivating prospect for Maxwell and co but Nightmare for the bowlers. Finals need a good contest between bat and ball.

  • unyk on May 12, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    One thing is clear, kohli needs to go, at least as captain.

  • mjrvasu on May 12, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    India's near future medium pace bowling trio will be Bhuvi, Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma, with Ishwar Pandey back up. Rest of them can go home.

  • on May 12, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    uv will do far rob what kamran akmal did for Pakistan. performance in 1 match that team was losing and then failure in all tournament

  • on May 12, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    after falling Rajasthan royal s every wicket just look at the behavior of kohli towards batsman . I think smith & Faulkner give him good treat.

  • on May 12, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    I always get a great lot of pleasure when the underdogs win. And this game was one such. Hats off to RR, though I believe Yuvi deserved the MoM award.

  • on May 12, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    kohli should be given marching orders for his captaincy.also does not know how to behave on the feild

  • on May 12, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    I sort of find it funny when people say yuvi is back he should play for india again be in test teams huh come on guys this is a mere one off match where he clicked RR legies fed him with wrong un's and he was able to clear the small grounds had the line of attack been different he would have suffered if he can repeat this feat elsewhere in bigger grounds I will accept your claim.Indian players like rohit virat are clueless about captaincy and all franchises who get bowlers like dinda aron unadkat are bound to loose no doubt

  • on May 12, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Actually matter of fact is RCB overlooked local Karnataka players and they took most players who represent India at international level. They don't experiment as royals are doing . See the royals squad , out of 7 Indian players only one player have represented India at highest level. (Rahane). Still they are 3 rd in ipl.

  • RajeshNaik on May 12, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    It was good watching RCB lose! The moment I saw Mallya refusing every Karnataka players name that came up for sale during auction, they lost a fan in me. For general RCB fans it does not matter whether a local player is in the team or not, because rarely do they follow domestic cricket and they do not even know the names of local players. So their fan base is intact. But these Karnataka players are giving it back to RCB. Karun Nair laid the foundation for the chase and in an earlier match Vinay Kumar stole the match that was RCB's. In the remaining matches Uthappa, Pandey, Agarwal and K L Rahul come good against RCB, that will make a satisfactory viewing for me. Wish you bad luck, RCB.

  • sumit1982 on May 12, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    More than batting by two Aus of RR. It is dreadful blowing by fast blower of RCB. Out of 10 times 8 times match won by the team who set a target of 190.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 12, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    It was a bad day for Aaron, but he has done really well throughout the tournament. The same goes for Starc and I think RCB got just a bit too complacent. Kohli really gets rattled as a captain as soon as the opposition puts pressure on his team which is surprising considering that he is one of the most level headed batsmen India has had over the past couple of years. The role of captaincy has just got to his head I think and the management needs to have a talk with him. he needs to calm down as a leader and needs to be more supportive of his bowlers. I have honestly never seen him run up to his men to lift their spirits after a bad over. This is needed to boost morale and keep the confidence up. You see Bailey, Dhoni and Watson do this all the time and look where those teams are.

  • ramz30380 on May 12, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    @KASHI0127 - I agree partially - but there were some clean hits by both Yuvi and AB which wud have cleared anyways. I can understand ur anger at not having a single Karnataka player in the squad! But remember the IPL rules had changed this time around & everyone was in the auction pool.

    This is the diff of having an Indian mentoring the team and a foriegner. I am sure Vettori must not have had first hand info abt these players and RCB didnt do their home work. Dravid and Sanjay Bangar ensured tht they bought smartly.

    CSK simply went abt retaining their earlier squad and bunch of young TN players in it. You can see the results for itself!

  • on May 12, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    RCB should play Murali for Albie whose bowling is not great anyway. Or play Rampaul and play Jakati in place of Dinda. Very few Indian fast bowlers are good enough for international cricket. Also Gayle is not bowling. So it was a bonus to get wickets from Yuvraj. RCB has good batting but they always get their bowlers wrong. They just needed one more over of spin. RR fights as usual but they were lucky with poor tactics from Kohli. On perfect batting strips in India, you must always have spinners and slow bowlers. Aaron, Dinda, and even Starc were ideal pace bowlers for hitting. AB dos it against steyn. The same mistake here.

  • Kashi0127 on May 12, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    @RAMZ30380 If it was a bigger size ground, Royal Challengers would not have reached even 150. For all you know Yuvraj would have gotten out much sooner. It is not as if RC were having Uthappa or KL Rahul or Manish Pandey , Gautham (of Bangaore now in MI) in their ranks!!

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 12, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    The worst Indian death bowlers, and there are plenty of them, are the high speed, good rated ones such as Umesh Yadav, Ishath Sharma, Varun Aaron, Md Shami, Dinda, Zaheer Khan etc. The reasonably OK ones are ironically the lower rated, relatively slower ones such as Balaji, Nehra, Vinay Kumar. The only exception to this is Bhuvaneshwar who is good in both ends. Mohit Sharma can become one- but not yet.

  • kurups on May 12, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    An almost perfect match for some one like me who wants KingsXI, CSK, RR & RCB in the play offs with Yuvi & Sehwag to do well!!; the script here was turning out well but RCB loss didnt help the cause, though. Virat got the choice of bowlers wrong...Aaron for the penultimate instead of Starc was a blunder!!If you cannot defend or capitalise in the penultimate over, the logic is that you surely cannot do that in the last!!! So put your best bowler for the 19th (IMO) and try to seal the game!!

  • Yousufahmed1 on May 12, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Its funny some people are questioning only Indian bowlers who are not even regular in Indian team but what about starc who is the best AUS bowler along with Johnson who is also looking like a club bowler in this IPL. I am pretty sure these fans are from a team whose players went unsold coz they have been free loaders for so long and now franchisees have become smart. LOL. Good thing is IPL is still growing even with all the hate from not so talented cricket nation.

  • ramz30380 on May 12, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    @CRKFAN - U cant compare Cuttack with B'Lore. In Cuttack the ground was bigger and the score was 230 - in B'lore even 230 is chase-able if u strategise! Not taking anything away from Smithy and Jimmy but they wudnt have come up trumphs on a bigger ground when they had 65+ runs to be chased in 4 overs!

    Not defending MSD's strategy coz I still thought he shud have come ahead in the batting order - but once he knew there was only one direction the game was going - he did wht was reqd. CSK's match the other day was not a crucial one for them to qualify for the play-offs on the other hand for RR and RCB this match was crucial to stay in the hunt - tht says it all!

  • PerfectTen on May 12, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Agree 100% with @Kashi0127. I have been voicing this for sometime now on cricinfo. Without the local flavor, RCB is only Mallya's team. Every match this season, I'm looking for Karnataka players to perform. More so, when RCB is involved and I become elated when the real 'local' guys play a role in demolishing RCB. Bravo Karun for saying so at the end! Come on Karnataka boys...beat RCB hollow!!!

  • ramz30380 on May 12, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Indian bowlers were Faulknered once again!!! Only consolation is tht Starc too was out of sorts with Smithy and Jimmy batting! First Ishant Sharma, then England, now Dinda - Faulkner has found a way of making this a habit - INCREDIBLE!

    A pulse question though - Why these Aussies are not able to perform when they are playing as a team for their T20 side?! There is so much of individual brilliance - just not coming good collectively! May be Indians give them a free leash to perform or there is too much of ego clashes within the national side?! Cant really find an answer!

  • on May 12, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Get in balachandran akhil .Outstanding all rounder

  • on May 12, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    yuvi won't play the same knock again. it was just the one off. he will not perform in the next 5 matches

  • Kashi0127 on May 12, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    This IPL season is a write off for Royal Challengers. Malya needs to start thinking of next year and what has gone wrong. Biggest and glaring thing is not having any local players - see how Uthappa, Karun, Pandey, Lokesh, Gautham and Vinay Kumar are performing for ther teams. And there are lot more on the bench who have not been selected for any team. Shreyas could become a genuine leg spinner of BS Chandrashekar variety and Sharath and Mithun had great domestic season with pace bowling. Apart from getting credit for encouraging local youngsters, sponsors would realize there is more passion by locals for their team than borrowed players. For the organizers, it is high time they put in a minimum # of state players in each team unless they can justify for lack of availability. From Royal Challengers (RC) point of view, they can regain the name RCB if they do it!

  • Marcel_Ci on May 12, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    kohli can't perform while he is captaining the side... he is best player internationally too but lets keep him away from captaincy to perform... he is under same state of mind in which sachin used to be in late 90s when he was made captain of Indian side. Selectors or clubs should keep in mind that best players should not captain the side... Its not ricky ponting type of fate where team is full of wonderful batsmen & bowlers at the same time.

  • on May 12, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    it was a great match but RCB death bowlers needed more variations in their approach, they were too predictable which costed them the game, nonetheless we were entertained. thanks to Yuvi, AB, James and Steve. it is a very short format of game so we can say a lot of things but difficult to march troops and win so let us give credit to young Kohli and the rest for entertaining us.

  • on May 12, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Ha ha ha unbelievable... never thought its a game for RR after that show from yuvi & abd.. dinda what a bowler..... this is a weak zone for RCB never mind the target against RCB if u make it 70 odd runs in last 5 with ur batsmen there ... u will definitely win that match..... first DD then MI now RCB thus KKR or SRH.... has a chance ..... so playoffs is totally in control for 5 teams.... if KKR or SRH will decides the 4 tha spot.......

  • anver777 on May 12, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    What an incredible win for RR !!!! two Australians really stunned not only RCB but also the Bangalore crowd with some unbelievable power hitting !!!! Yuvi's effort was superb last night. Though RCB lost, the good news is Yuvi is back to his old form !!!

  • on May 12, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    that was some stupendous hitting from piggy and faulkner.yuvi has delivered a fine performance.virat seems to be a little bit rusty and so let it be ad he can perform better for india.

  • JustIPL on May 12, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Toothless bowling attacks help batsmen feast in both the innings anyway lot of fun for public. In addition to the bowling flat track looked similarly helpful for a hit out and it did.

  • Ultimate_Fanboy on May 12, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Yuvraj performs once in a blue moon and his die-hard fans are over the moon. Those fans crying over Yuvraj not winning MOM award needs to understand that James Faulkner won the match for his team from the jaws of defeat as he had done various times before. James Faulkner likes to perform under extreme pressure. He is an under-rated player. A player like him who performs when the team needs him the most is worth more than 100 Yuvraj Singhs who only plays for himself.

  • TRAM on May 12, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Yuvraj's timing of the shots were fantastic. But most balls bowled to Yuvraj were leg stump or outside leg stump. People can verify in the replays. I dont know if this was a poor plan or bad mistake by bowlers. He was never tested with off stump deliveries or yorkers or good bouncers.

  • alipk52 on May 12, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Faulkner blitz last night was half of his skills he showed, even with that half skill he smashed 17-ball 41, I still remember how he smashed indian bowlers out of the park at will and hitting sixes like he's facing indian club bowlers and just like last night, Dhoni & co were looked helpless, he's clearly one of the most destructive finisher I must say

  • sramesh_74 on May 12, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    It was frustrating to watch Dinda and Aaron bowl without a semblance of a plan. No yorkers, slow bouncers or variations in line & length. They just ran in and dished out trash which Smith and Faulker happily dispatched to all parts of the stadium. My 8 year old, a staunch RCB fan was so frustrated that he said he could done a better job than Dinda...I was tempted to agree!!!

  • Damian123 on May 12, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    It's high time for Kohli to step aside, like Sanga & Mahela did last year!

  • on May 12, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    which ever teAm dinda played it ends up in bottom....dinda magic...see history

  • on May 12, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Aussies have missed a trick by not including Smith in limited overs cricket .He should be there for WC 2015 .Solid batsman can hit it a long way .

  • bobjinder on May 12, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    The thing with kohli is he hates loosing and when ur a captain u have to stay calm when ur in a tough spot kohli has lots of aggression which is good but he needs to balance that with calmness like the great DAda sourav GAnguly. If he does that in the coming years he will certainly be a more successful captain then MSD

  • Htc-Android on May 12, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    As a Sri lankan fan I am quite happy that Yuvi got his form back. He is our national hero. At Least his home will be safe for the next two weeks.

  • on May 12, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Field placements were quite ordinary. If bowlers are bowling majority balls outside off then.they should have atleast point and third-man back along with Long off.

  • on May 12, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Poor bowling from RR and RCB. Gud to see Yuvraj firing.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 12, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    I had a sneaking feeling that RR might just pull this off, but I never thought they would actually do it. While both Smith and Faulkner were exceptional, they have done it before and it wasn't too big a surprise. Karun Nair I thought has become an important part of this RR line-up. He has played some sparkling shots and scored pretty fast. Yesterday, he kept RR in the hunt for the first 10 overs. People expect a lot from Samson, but you have to remember that he is just 19. Give him some time to mature, he still gets a bit too excited and gets out early. Nair has a couple of years on him and it shows in his maturity. Smith I think is one of the calmest and grittiest cricketers around. He really never gives up and fights it out. It was good to see Yuvi do well again, though whoever told him to cover his stumps should be commended. Its still one match and he needs to put in some consistent performances like this to prove that he is back in form but RCB will take a lot from this.

  • Kashi0127 on May 12, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    As I had predicted Rajasthan Royals deservedly won! They have 2 Bangalore players and though Smith and Faulkner starred in the end, Karun had a big contribution. Way to go RR. RC deservedly lost ( a few more losses to go before rounding it off) - A true and Original Bangalorean

  • pradave17 on May 12, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    OK guys. Yuvi was excellent. No matter who won the match but his all-round performance was great. But why at least one single word on Faulkner or Smith in these comments? Was it just a luck of RR to win the match? Or RR won because of Yuvi? Or is this the typical Indian way of appreciation of things?

  • on May 12, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    well bowled cahal

  • on May 12, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    superb batting from UV abd Smith faulkner

  • on May 12, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    It's not matter of yuvaraj coming to form. It is RCB failed again despite yuvaraj's and devillers innings . That too they lost to a team which have only one international indian player out of 7. Lets cheer up RCB , RCB until they are out of tournament completely

  • on May 12, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    inspite of yuvraj and ABD's heroics RCB lost the match and that says something.. the man Kohli is not a good captain as opposed to the batsman he is.. and i couldnt fathom with how gullible few fans can be.. i mean .. 1 or 2 good knocks and u declare that person is back on form and will bring down any total.blah..blah... kindly give atleast 5 to 10 matches to value these players' consistency before going gaga over their single knock.. tough luck RCB.. RR u guys sneaked into this one.. although full marks to JF and SS and karun Nair

  • Ms.Cricket on May 12, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Cannot believe Kohli could be India's next captain. His batting and fielding may be brilliant but he is not able to control his temper and keep his head when it matters.

  • YogifromNY on May 12, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    I am an RR fan and I switched off the match's livestreaming at the end of over 16, thinking RR is definitely gone now at 126/5. Day dreaming that the score would be 172/5 with one over to go, I turned it back on and saw 170/5 with TWO overs to go! Still, I left it off as I didn't want to jinx my team. When I turned it on again 5 mins later, the match was over! Wow!!! Great job, RR!

    Still, RR need to find a way to bring in Brad Hodge. He is their champion finisher. Faulkner can't and won't do it every time. If Binny's not bowling, is he in as a specialist batsman? Given the restriction on no more than four foreigners, I would drop Kane Richardson and play Hodge (useful as a bowler too) and get Binny and Hodge to split the four overs Richardson would have bowled.

  • on May 12, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Poor umpiring..need to get the correct definition of wide ball..icc should give proper training to international umpires..one wrong dicision can change the result of the match...

  • on May 12, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Hope Yuvraj is back. India defenitely needs him at 4:)

  • bullsquad on May 12, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    Yuvaraj has played his next 20 innings in this game so that means he is going to be useless in next 20 innings and the blind supporters will referring to this innings over and over again saying how he is back in form till the next one comes.

  • on May 12, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Smith and Faulkner really did it for RRs. I wonder why people have only been talking about Yuvraj, while the other team actually stole the show.

    Yuvi was good last night, but it won't last long, he has lost the spark. Cheers for RR.

  • on May 12, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    RR has the deepest batting line up amongst the IPL Team and they proved why they are a top quality side today.

  • on May 11, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    Whatever RCB did with Yuvraj between now and back then seemd to work pretty well. I guess Ben Cutting's ability to get the ball up near the throat of the batsman could've come in handy, but they didn't play him so he did well. RCB showing up the same problems they had last year, and that is the inability to defend large totals.

  • Karthik78 on May 11, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    Sad for RCB. Even after posting good score, they cant defend it.

  • nichemavfvek on May 11, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    yes but dont forget all our stalwarts came back to life on helpful indian wickets!! plus today yuvraj got the best possible bowlers to get him started..! he thrives on leg spin.. normally he is always on backfoot playing againest quality seamers! not today...

  • on May 11, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    RCB has to change the team, dinda and Aron must be out and they must give chance to new faces like zol,sandeep. You can watch RCB will lose if they didnt change the bowling attack.

  • moscowman on May 11, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    Starc,Dinda,Aaron!None of them use their head to stop,ponder and try to change their bowling,try to use yorkers and strangely none of them bowl to correct line. Even after successive hammering they do not pause and vary their line of attack. Dinda is the worst. He just gets annoyed and sprays the ball around.What a colossal waste after a great come back innings from Yuvi and even greater bowling effort the ball! Kohli should ream their bowlers for their waywardness. Still Parthiv should have continued to open the innings. Can't they use their heads? With this attack they can't defend even 250!!!

  • Captainman on May 11, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Such terrible pace bowlers India has. RR basically needed a rate of over 12 an over and they somehow did it with an over to spare lol also when it comes to International level any team who tours India won't be struggling against India due to IPL experience. Tough times for Indian Cricket coming up home and away :P

  • on May 11, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Steve Smith is most underrated batsmen in the world.He is some talent and arguably the next aussie captain. James Faulker! Geez he is some finisher. How calm he keeps in these situations with the bat and ball. Well played RR??

  • on May 11, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    The old timer Yuvraj back with a bang but ultimately not enough...

  • Provost on May 11, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    Will be happy (Hope) to play Kings IX in the finals. -CSK Fan

  • SPotnis on May 11, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    look at this unfortunate thing. Yuvraj has failed in all the matches prior to this and he goes and plays a blinder in this one and still loses. Yuvraj is past his prime and take this as an indication it is time to get new blood. Yuvraj is way overpaid for one inning performance when compared to AB Devillers who has been more consistent the entire team combined

  • SanjivAwesome on May 11, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Yuvraj has scored a cracker. Aaahhh! Now time to sit back and slack off for the next 20 innings, because fans and media will keep replaying this one!! If only we could bring him back for every 20th - but which is going to be the 20th!!

  • Sgtm1993 on May 11, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Kohli is by far the worst captain I have ever witnessed in my cricket career. I don't understand the fuss about being him the next Indian Captain. His attitude is disrespectful, his field placings don't have any logic, and he takes wrong decisions at the right time for other teams to win the game. I mean seriously, how could he even think of giving an over to ashok dinda when he had the likes of morkel? Not that morkel is the best, but still he could have done somewhat better. And aaron? well, that speaks for itself. Don't understand why RCB have appointed him as their captain since most of the matches Kohli has won in the IPL has been Gayle and AB's show. And yuvraj? form? it looks like a very light word because it was a flat track, small boundaries, and mark my word, he will struggle again. Again I must mention this one because he has been brilliant for a year now-Steve smith who reminds me of Steve Waugh, cool head under pressure. What a gem of an inning that was. Proud of ya smudge

  • Greatest_Game on May 11, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    NO WAY!

    In the 16th, after Chahal conceded 4, & RR needed 65 off 24. RCB had it. The bowlers would have to melt down to lose!

    Starc then conceded 21in an over of wides & "hit me" length balls to Faulkner. 44 needed off 18.

    Dinda's half volleys cost 14 off his 1st 3 balls, then 2 singles, then another half volley went out the park, AND it was a no ball ! 23 off the over. 21 needed off 12.

    Defending 64 off 24, RCB conceded 44 in 12. RR now needed 21 off 12.

    Aaron went for 10 an over, Morkel for10, Starc for 11 & Dinda for 12.33. Four medium-quicks all at the rate RR needed. Chahal & Yuvi bowled out. What to do?

    Gayle's T20 bowl econ is 7.5. If he can't bowl, why is he playing? Murali on the bench, & RCB had 1 spinner & Yuvi!

    Why no choice but to bowl Aaron? Albie is useless, Gayle barely better. Why them, & no spinners?

    Kohli BLAMED THE BOWLERS for not landing yorkers. He & Gayle scored 23 off 33, when BOWLERS were needed - not failed batsmen! Bad selection. Leadership failed.

  • Archana87 on May 11, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Can't really come to terms with the fact that Ashok Dinda is a bowler who played for India, that was the worst bowling I've ever seen in a very long time. Seriously !!

  • on May 11, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    i have not seen a better t20 innings. All uv haters will keep their mouths shut. It was lon time coming and yuvi was at his best with bat and ball. Rcb winning could have the icing on the cake , but they have a lot of positives to take from this game. Starc was not lucky and i am sure rcb will back againt delhi with a stronger and confident approach. And rcb definitely missed gayle in this match(with the ball). yuvi adn chahal bowled really well and gayle could have done the something. tough like rcb but u can always bounce back

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 11, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    As an RCB supporter, this loss HURTS. More so after seeing Yuvi back to form. RCB's bowling was always going to be their downfall. Sorry RCBians, we have NO CHANCE now. Even if we win 5 of our remaining games, we will only have 16 points. That won't be enough for us to get into the top 4 because KKR and SRH already have 8 points and will likely win most of their 5 games. Bye bye RCB, it was fun cheering for you this season. Good luck next year.

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    One thing RCB can teach other teams in the IPL is how to lose matches which a team can win 10 out of 9 times :D

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    What a win. Unbelievable. It is sure. RR has given most excited matches and wins this year's IPL. They don't have many star players but they never give up until last ball. A true team. Go Go RR.

  • khs_shk2000 on May 11, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    @siddalinge Gowda, Yes RCB back in form & no chance to other teams to become number one from bottom . But there is competition between RCB,DD & MI for bottom numereo one.

  • crkfan on May 11, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Dhoni should take a lesson from the last overs of this chase...might well have closed the shop too soon after Jadeja's dismissal in the chase against KXIP

  • Nampally on May 11, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    It was great to see "old vintage Yuvraj" once again. He smashed *3 in 38 balls followed it up with 4 for 35. It is long time since Yuvraj bowled & today he not only batted aggressively but bowled well. Just when most Yuvraj supporters were wondering he revived the faith in him once more. Well done! But Late heroics by Smith & Faulkner turned a definite Loss to a fine win with an over to spare! Who would have expected with 122 for 5 at the end of 15 overs, RR would add 70 runs in the remaining 5 overs. But they confounded one and all with very aggressive batting & Faulkner with 3 Fours & 3 Sixers was rightly the MOM with S/R of >240. A fantastic win for RR sinks RCB even further from the qualifying round with both KKR & SRH above them for the 4th place. This win also puts some distance between 3rd placed RR & other contenders for the 4th place. Congrats. Watson & RR for a come from behind Win.

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Probably they can't stop others to win

  • bgshankar on May 11, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    He scored 83 of 38; took 4 wickets - still ended up in losing side. No MOM too. Its just the LUCK factor. What else it could be? very sad! This IPL 7 is not for RCB and MI.. they just need to play it out like Lakers !!!!

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Hahahahaha.....Virat Kohli and Company needs some motivation now. Hats off to you RR. You will always be the most consistent side in IPL.

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    its gud to c uv in his allround performance, and its gud bating by smith, fulkaner...

    gud to RCB gud & go UV and AB....

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    gem of a match

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    incredible hitting.. the best team won in d end

  • khs_shk2000 on May 11, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Waht a bating, I can not imagine that RR will win but Austrailians are true real fighter, they never quits. Hats off.

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    thats harsh and ridiculous!!yuvraj deserved the MoM ,no matter what the result was!!

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    That finalizes the top three almost.. Then who's gone take the fourth place as KKR, SRH having the better chance.. Hang on Mumbai can even make it.. DD has also a fair chances.. RCB still have good chances though.. But it's going to be a great battle between these teams as they are fighting for that fourth spot...

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    I like Smith he is cheetha hat's of to both of for build nd finished the great innings

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    RR are the Real Royals

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh plays for himself.. he is not accountable to anybody. . thats what makes him do well and thats what allows him to walk around without concern when he doesnt deliver.. his national days are long gone.. the IPL has given his descending career an ultimatum and he is desperate.. I hope, for the sake of Indian cricket he never plays for India again.. but I am sure he will draw crowds for another year or 2 in India as long as he needs the money

  • diehard-indianfan on May 11, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    worst bowling by rcb especially dinda who is pathetic

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    RCB bowlers let the team down by their poor bowling at the end. Oh RCB being CSK fans we supported you like anything, enjoyed ABD YUVI show and thought you already got the match in your pocket. but what a disappointment at the end. Just thinking about the hardcore RCB fans how would have they felt... you people let them down. feeling sorry for them. Virat ferocious but nervous captain as well. His nervousness always affects his team performances. all in all a very good match but disappointed.

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Good thing about this loss for RCB .. people will now realize that Yuvraj isn't the lone cause of concern for RCB..hope they stop cribbing him for the 14 crores and talk about the 14 boundaries he hit .....good to see Yuvraj back in form . He being in form is a huge asset to India while trying to defend the World Cup next year.

  • mokshagundam on May 11, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Why does Dinda continue to play?

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Rcb need to change their captain n bowlers n what a innings by smith n james

  • Selfishkar on May 11, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh is the new Sachin Tendulkar, great personal performance yet the team losses.

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Commiserations buddy, RCB is still below par with Ashoke Dinda as their strike weapon

  • Selfishkar on May 11, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    So far Yuvi made 1 big match losing innings while Maxwell as three match winning ones.

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    what a stunning performance by royal's truely royal victory against rcb great team effort and faulkner and smith did a great job well done royal's keep going "HALLABOL"

  • on May 11, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Nothing as powerful as Australians...

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on May 11, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    It took only two Ausis to win a match against Yuvi with his best all-round shot. Wow what a match.

  • Snambidi on May 11, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Ashli Dinda has a very high reputation of being the most expensive Bowler.he has established record in this regard earlier also. The Victory today by RR against a most difficult score to chase made by Yuvraj& DeVilliers was made easy by Dinda just because of his 18th Over in which he gifted 23 Runs to RR. He spoiled the Knock of most devoted player Yuvraj Singh. Any how,these kind of instances are common in Cricket as the game itself is known to be Game of Glorious Uncertainty

  • on May 11, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    not deserving captain blunder of virat kohli

  • on May 11, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Hahahah RR Rockxxxx Congrats RR great win

  • on May 11, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    blunder of Virat Kohli

  • on May 11, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Faulkner has wickets in hand and this time he will take RR across the finish line

  • on May 11, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Faulkner has wickets in hand and this time he will take RR across the finish line

  • Greatest_Game on May 11, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Before this match, Yuvraj scored more runs, & averaged more than Kohli, so why the screaming for Yuvraj to be dropped? Kohli has made 3 ducks, & twice been out for 4. He failed with the bat today, scoring less than the 5 wides RR sent down, & dropped Rahane on 12. (Thankfully Chahul made up for that!) Its a pity Kohli can't bowl, because right now he can't bat, can't field, & his captaincy has been …. well … uninspiring is the polite way to put it.

    However, Yuvi scored 83 off 38, then in his 2nd over bowled Watson. (When bowling, Watto was so nervous he flung down wides to try to avoid Yuvi.) 3 balls later Yuvraj dismissed Binny, & in his next over got Samson, caught & bowled. In his last he clean bowled RR's only performing batsman, Nair, on 56.

    Yuvraj - 83 runs @ SR 218.42, and 4/35 in 4 overs. Kohli - 4 runs @ SR 44.4 and a dropped catch. With 3 overs to go I'm thinking to myself "Only bad captaincy could deny RCB a win now!" Right?

  • Snambidi on May 11, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Tonight's knock& performance with the Ball alone is enough to prove that he is worth for being the Highest paid Indian in this edition of the IPL for Yuvraj Singh A calm & cool player by nature& dedicated to his duty ,Yuvraj Singh Is loved by many cricket fans all over India. His role in winning the Last World Cup at Wankhedes& the First Edition of T20 World Cup would be remembered for ever. He is also a very useful player in Test Cricket. Perhaps,he is the Best left handed in the Indian Team. There was one mr.Vinod Kambli a very useful LH batsman in the Indian Team who is famous to be known as the classmate& team mate in his school days. But later on he left Cricket as he preferred Politics to Cricket. But could not shine in Politics & missed cricket for ever. After him ,the only noteworthy Left ganders were Sourav Ganguly& Yuvaraj Singh in Indian Cricket. All the Best to the most likely MOM tonight.

  • on May 11, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    first GAMBHEER, NEXT SEHWAG, now YUVRAJ SINGH the former India's best players are back to form

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    RCB is back to form from now no chance to other teams

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    he is back............

  • Snambidi on May 11, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    The best knock I have watched so far in this edition of IPLT20 Season 7 is the one produced by Yuvraj Singh today at Chinnaswamy Stadium.with able support from DeVilliers They virtually lifted RCB from Defeat to a Likely Victory. This knock indicates the confidence of Yuvraj in himself.On many occasions in the past he had done this with Bat as well as ball for lifting India to victory. All might forget the 6 sixes from Yuvaraj in the first edition of T20 World Cup but never Broad the England Bowler.He was never punished so severely by any Batsman before or after that innings. Today if RCB wins the judges need not look for long time to decide the MOM.

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Welcome back Yuvi!

  • ladycricfan on May 11, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    AB..........UV WXYZ well done.

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Yuvi.... ♥ ♥ ♥ vintage Yuvi back in ths match..luv yu v..!!

  • TikkaMasala on May 11, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I wonder by RR keep playing Kane Richardson. He is too expensive. They should give Kevon Cooper a chance.

  • on May 11, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    faulkner and watson despite bowling wide they are not given wide.. poor umpiring

  • raviakhi on May 11, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Yuvi yuvi yuvi.. U need to bat deeper and show to the people who are criticizing you that i am not out of form.. Great to see Yuvraj batting like that...

  • on May 11, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    IPL still run on emotions and hence Yuvraj gets a ton while other talented like a Jadhav or zole wait for ever for their chance under the sun

  • on May 11, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    So they played Zol, but he replaced the wrong guy. They (RCB) certainly have a lot of faith in Yuvraj and it may or may not help his confidence, however it is a bad strategy to hope for an out of form player to come good. If they'd dropped him (which they should've hence why I say they dropped the wrong guy), it would give him some much needed time away from the spotlight. Paying that much on him meant that RCB had big expectations from him and that has proved to be his undoing.

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  • on May 11, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    So they played Zol, but he replaced the wrong guy. They (RCB) certainly have a lot of faith in Yuvraj and it may or may not help his confidence, however it is a bad strategy to hope for an out of form player to come good. If they'd dropped him (which they should've hence why I say they dropped the wrong guy), it would give him some much needed time away from the spotlight. Paying that much on him meant that RCB had big expectations from him and that has proved to be his undoing.

  • on May 11, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    IPL still run on emotions and hence Yuvraj gets a ton while other talented like a Jadhav or zole wait for ever for their chance under the sun

  • raviakhi on May 11, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Yuvi yuvi yuvi.. U need to bat deeper and show to the people who are criticizing you that i am not out of form.. Great to see Yuvraj batting like that...

  • on May 11, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    faulkner and watson despite bowling wide they are not given wide.. poor umpiring

  • TikkaMasala on May 11, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I wonder by RR keep playing Kane Richardson. He is too expensive. They should give Kevon Cooper a chance.

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Yuvi.... ♥ ♥ ♥ vintage Yuvi back in ths match..luv yu v..!!

  • ladycricfan on May 11, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    AB..........UV WXYZ well done.

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Welcome back Yuvi!

  • Snambidi on May 11, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    The best knock I have watched so far in this edition of IPLT20 Season 7 is the one produced by Yuvraj Singh today at Chinnaswamy Stadium.with able support from DeVilliers They virtually lifted RCB from Defeat to a Likely Victory. This knock indicates the confidence of Yuvraj in himself.On many occasions in the past he had done this with Bat as well as ball for lifting India to victory. All might forget the 6 sixes from Yuvaraj in the first edition of T20 World Cup but never Broad the England Bowler.He was never punished so severely by any Batsman before or after that innings. Today if RCB wins the judges need not look for long time to decide the MOM.

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    he is back............