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  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 18, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Are Gayle, Patel & Kohli competing to see who can bat the slowest? Patel eked out 10 off 14 - SR 71.42, Gayle ponderously accumulated 46 off 50 - SR 92, & Kohli dazzled with 27 off 29 - SR 93.1, &. The top 3 & Rana made 84 off 95 balls, or 60% off 80% of available balls, leaving the REAL batsmen 25 balls to make 55 runs, or 40% of the runs off 20% of the available balls. Those figures are so different its like they were playing in different formats!

    Before the match, I wrote that either Gayle & Kohli would lose it for RCB, or AB & Yuvi would win it for RCB. I was almost right, but I forgot Mr. Extras - he scavenged 9 off balls missed by batsmen, & 4 off wides that did not cost a ball! Yep, Yuvi made 13 at SR 144, AB 28 at SR 200, Ahmed 4 at SR 400 … but Mr Extas made 13 at SR ∞ (infinity)

    RCB's Mr. Extras should have been the player of the match! He made 7 more than CSK's Mr. Extras, at a match saving SR ∞. He was the difference that gave RCB the win. Mr. Extras - Whaddaplaya!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 18, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    gale the superb inning and virat the chase

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 18, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    congratulations brendon

  • POSTED BY on | May 18, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Dropping Kholi is no solution probably at best he can be relieved of captaincy and given to AB and Kholi asked to play more freely to bring the best out of him.Present IPL teams like MI with Rohit as captain SRH with Shikar as captain are absolutely clueless.Kholi is unable to take captaincy pressure so relieve him off it will work wonders

  • POSTED BY psychicsaint on | May 18, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Expecting a repeat of 2011 IPL final... RCB is the most over-rated team with most inconsistent players besides ABD and Virat.. Gayle seems to have handed over his entertainment show to MaxMiller combo this season..

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 18, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    @Snambidi I guess then Yuvraj deserves to be in the final 4, not RCB :P But even so, I believe, individual brilliance should not be the criteria to make the final 4. Whichever team plays the best from now on should take that last spot. Also, Yuvi had a pretty bad IPL till the last two knocks. Agreed, they were good, but again, they were in Bangalore, on a good batting pitch against less than perfect bowling attacks. I do wish that he continues this form all the way to the WC if he can, but we'll wait and see for that. However, I will be supporting RCB and SRH today because should they both win, it will become an extremely interesting race to the playoffs.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 18, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    To me RR or Punjab is going to win this time as they are the only teams who have manged to win from tough situations consistantly.

  • POSTED BY on | May 18, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    RCB PLAYING XI Should be: Patel, Gayle, Zol, Kohli, Villiers, Yuvraj, Morkel, Starc, Harshal patel, chahal & jakati.

    Chennai's XI Should be: Smith, Bmac, Raina, Baba Aparajith, Du plessis,Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, Hilfenhaus, & Pandey.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 18, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    I agree with the comment of Mr.JK posted at 5.42 GMTon 18th may 2014 that none of the three teams SRH,KKR& RCB DESERVES TO BE IN THE last 4 line up because of their far below performance in the entire tournament so far. But the way. In which Yuvaraj performed to lift RCB under odd circumstances deserves a special Berth, In fact Yuvaraj Singh is the Best all rounder. In this IPL..that's why he is the Best Paid Indian. In the final of World Cup T20 too he performed badly. But can we forget the 6 Sixes in a single over against Broad of Eng & the 9 glorious Sixes he despatched over the fence in the last match he played? Every cricketer has ups& Downs. So let us choose Yuvaraj to be the lucky winner of the TeamRCB to reach the final Four. There after it is a matter of the day' performance of team as a whole for every team. Any ways, T20 Indian League is becoming interesting.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 18, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @Snambidi I wouldn't say they are the most deserving based on how they barely performed. That would make themt he least deserving. But the other two in contention, SRH and KKR haven't done much either, so no one "deserves" to be in the final 4. Its simply a matter of who plays the best out of these 3 teams now.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 18, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    no need of dropping Kohli. he will defnitly combak. he is one of great player in world cricket. if Ind want to win 2015 WC . bcoz of only this man kohli. don't believe in IPL performers. ex y pathan and rohit. kohli the man one who performed well in the wt20. we should say hatss of to UV for is will power and confidence. dhoni can win matches in Ind only not in overseas..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 18, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    I seriously can't understand the call to drop virat by one of u... he is currently India's best batsman...has been in rich form even doing well at overseas.. just a bad patch for him probably which can be attributed to fatigue and captaincy pressures... when yuvi can make a comeback no reason y virat shouldn't... and this captaincy job is his litmus test for the bigger Indian role... it won't be long before he is handed the test role... he is young and fierce... he will come good...

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 18, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    @ravin_cricluv Good Analysis but I'd like to make a correction. Their bowling is not moderate, I'd say its on par with CSK's. They were hammered a bit but Punjab have played on good batting tracks mostly, where their own batsmen have gone berserk, so you can;t judge them. And, technically, they outbowled SRH (arguably the best bowling line-up).

    Your solution is a bit flawed too. Just because 60% of your XI is a batsman doesn't mean you will get 200 anyday.If you count Jadeja as a batsman, they currently have a 60% batting line-up. 200 scores are achieved when 2 or 3 of your batsmen play really well. You don't necessarily need an army of batsmen. Besides, CSK's problem against KXIP isn't batting, its bowling. They already made 205 and 187 against KXIP and still lost. They lost because Punjab worked out and thrashed CSK's best bowlers. So instead of improving their batting, CSK would do well to look into their bowling.

    PS. out of those 9 bowlers, who can actually threaten KXIP?

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 18, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    @Greatest_Game Ok fine. Kohli is not in good form, and is not doing much as a captain. But if he is dropped, like you say, who will replace him?

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 18, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    RCB has a long list of left handers in their batting, so Aparajit should be tried.

  • POSTED BY ThePacifist10 on | May 18, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    @Greatest_Game

    That's silly. Why would you drop Kohli? He's going through his first bad patch in 3 years and suddenly you want him out. He's better than anyone right now, bar ABDV. And his captaincy has been fine. The bowling changes have been sensible but the bowlers have been brainless. Not a whole lot you can do about that.

    AB was not a very good captain as he didn't win anything useful. Virat won an U-19 World Cup, helped win a Caribbean Tri-series and whitewashed Zim at home. He gave the team a competent performance in the Asia Cup but batsmen like Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik were useless. We had way too many close finishes in that tourney, and that was because Virat was in charge. He fought but some team mates didn't step up i.e. Shami and Karthik. Not his fault.

    If you want to drop Kohli, who will you bring in to replace him? Rossouw? Yeah right. Stop this biased hatred against Kohli. Support him when he's down and then you can support him when he's fine. Otherwise just zip it.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 17, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    In the 3 seekers for finding a place in the last 4 namely RCB,KKR,SRH,the most deserving Team is RCB.notwithstanding the fact that they have 3 big hitters Yuvraj,Gayle,& DeVilliers who are capable of making big score,the inability of RCB to shine the way they should have was the lack of form Of Chris Gayle& Virat Kohli. If these two players work wonders today with extra vigor RCB could hope for advancement. Yuvraj had obne man show to lift the Team to remain still with hope.DeVilliers gave able support to Yuvaraj..we can no t blame then any more even if they fail. Especially what Yuvraj did needs special mention because he did the rescue act not only with Bat but Ball as well. He is one of the Best all rounders India had ever produced. His confidence & will Power are not merely in Cricket .in life too where strong defense is necessary he had shined & survived to make a come back. He deserves some special Award for his courage,ability,confidence& Willpower. All the best to YUVRAJ SINGH

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | May 17, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    common royal bangalore, bang like buldozer against csk, show some short of cricketing guts and show the csk the real power what you gyes have!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 17, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    since csk is now in the driver's seat they should start experimenting a bit... probably bring abt a few changes... henry and hastings are worth giving a try.. u don't get players for free... y waste them?? but as every 1 says aprajith should be given a chance... he is currently the best among tat crop of u19 team tat won in 2012... very technical batsman... can slog well... could easily replace manhas...he was very good in the ranji and Irani trophy... def needs a chance...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 17, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    my playing xi parthiv,gayle,virat,yuvi,de villiers,vijay zol,starc,chahal,an ahmed,aaron,rampaul/muralitharan

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 17, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    RCB should drop Kohli, but they won't. There is no good reason to keep him in the X1. His captaincy is not outstanding, & does not justify his position as a delivery consuming passenger. He "might" come good, just like SA "might" win the next World Cup. Both have the potential - who is betting on it?

    Every time he goes out and fails, Virat drags town team confidence and self belief. RCB will be praying that Gayle does not refuse singles/any running, hog the strike, & fall after a slow 20, and that Virat makes just a few runs so that he is not in his worst mood, again. Taking the field knowing it is likely that Virat's inner monster will emerge, is not an appetizing prospect!

    When they take the field, CSK will be brimming with confidence. It is not a "must win" match for them, their skipper will finish the job if needed, and the opposition has only 2 batsmen they fear - AB & Yuvi.

    Either AB & Yuvi win it, or Virat & Gayle lose it. CSK will bet on the latter, with good reason!

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 17, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    For CSK

    ONLY MYSTRY TO SOLVE -beating punjab twice inside Playoff

    CSK POSITIVES

    1.outstanding fielding 2.bats deeply and best chasers 3.mohit and jaddu's bowling

    CSK WEAKNESS -

    1.other than MC&smith, CSK needs to improve its batting (in many matches ,a terrific start has somewhat ended in a last over thriller)

    2.DHONI's last over hit strategy evidently is not designed for 200+ run chase

    PUNJAB'S STRENGTH

    1.More MAXWELLS now in team (saha,bailey,miller etc) 2.SEHWAG can become double Maxwell on any time now.

    HINT- no respect for bowling.teams with best bowlers(mallinga , steyn,starc,narine)are yet to find a playoff slot.

    WINNING FORMULA -

    1.moderate bowling 2.outstanding fielding 3.batting deeply with all rounders

    SOLUTION FOR CSK:

    1.D.HUSSY and BABA in

    SQUAD:

    MC,SMITH,RAINA,FAF,D.HUSSY,BABA,DHONI,JADU,ASHWIN,MOHIT,P

    1.60 % of this squad contributing with bat gives 200 anyday 2.9 are bowlers .other 2 (Mc&dhoni) too can bowl

    RESULT:

    Cracking revenge final.CSK win

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 17, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    @FACEBOOK USER - the reason for all to support Aparajith is bcoz of his ability. He was one of the stars in the U-19 side. Its sad tht he is part of a well established CSK team - if he was in a team like RR - he def wud have got a chance to play. No offense to the CSK management but they hesitate to bring out batting geniuses and I dont blame them bcoz they have a well settled batting unit.

    Aparajith is a someone for the future. He played well in the bouncy tracks in Australia, picked up crucial wickets and was instrumental in the U-19 WC win. He is not a domestic talent who has been blindly favored by ppl, I am sure those who are mentioning him here wud have followed his performances. He was praised so much by Ian Chappel, he was very impressed with him more than he was with Unmukt Chand. He is a good allrounder and am sure will soon find a place in the national side. But someone needs to give him the platform to perform - hope he gets a game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 17, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Murali should play against CSK n Kohli should open with Gayle.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 17, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    CSK:- Smith , McCullum,Raina,Dhoni,Hussey,Jadeja,Vijay,Aswin,Henry,Mohit,Iswar

  • POSTED BY fiddlerv90 on | May 17, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    If maxwell can do it against CSK then AB can easily do it... People should forget about virat kohli coz he's definately in the bad space at de moment. He is tightly leashed with de captaincy.. Chris gayle is not a good hitter of the ball but a gud hitter of six.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    I dont understand why people are going crazy about inclusion of Baba Aparajith. When you have proven domestic player like mithun manhas it only makes sense when you go with him. Besides,when established bowlers like ashwin is taken apart i dont get what makes people to think that aparajith would give us four good overs. Stop favouring domestic players unduly!

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 17, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Baba Aparajith should be given chance since he was instrumental in Ind-U19 win and an alrounder with successful off-spin skill. Ashwin being the only offspinner in csk and whose style is not to spin a lot has made CSK weak in that area. Though Ashwin makes up with his carrom balls, CSK will benefit by trying another off-spinner alrounder.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 17, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    It is a battle of 2 very strong batting sides with bowling deficiencies on both the sides. RCB has a 4 most powerful hitters in the T20 format in Gayle, Kohli, ABd & Yuvraj whilst CSK have in Smith, deFaf, Raina, Dhoni- 4 equally good players. It is the bowling that will be bit "iffy". RCB can rely on Starc, Aaron, Murali & Chahal to give them good overs when they are at their best. The 5th bowler could be Yuvraj, H.Patel or a seamer - Dinda, AN Ahmad. I would go with Patel & Yuvraj to share the duties. On CSK side Dhoni has Mohit, Jadeja, Ashwin & may be Hilfenhaus as the 4 established bowlers. 5th bowler could be shared between Raina & Smith. On a given day the performances of the individuals do count. Which ever side scores 200+ has a better chance of winning, hoping their bowling will show up. In this respect the side which desperately wants to win is RCB with their season on the line. Can they really turn it up a notch to Win remains to be seen. So my bet is on RCB to Win !

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | May 17, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    As article says the best chance for RCB is win by bat. So, they have to win the toss. RCB has best firepower in names Gayle, Kohli, Yuvi, ABD, ALbi..etc. This is what problem for them too. SuperStars never could shine against CSK.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 17, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    @Cricketfan I think you haven't watched either of the 2014 CSK vs KXIP matches.. Go watch them again.. CSK's success comes from their spinners bowling well and great batting.. Ashwin has been worked out by Maxwell pretty well, how can CSK have a chance if Dhoni can't even get his best bowler on cause of the fear of Maxwell taking him for another 20+ run over?

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Hello good morning from the wonderful island of Jamaica Gayle will come good tomorrow and Bengledores will win a close game and make the semifinals respect Chris Gayle a mad thing.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 17, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    CSK needs to win one more match to be sure of a play offs spot. Vijay Shankar had a nervous outing in his first match. Whether Dhoni will persist with him or bring back Manhas, we'll wait and see. As BMac is going to miss two matches BAparajith can be tried and given some match time before giving the opening spot..

    Most probable finalists,

    1) KXIP v CSK

    2) KXIP v RR

    3) CSK v RR

    But other teams except DD still have chances if things go their way.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 17, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I think Baz will be playing this match and he is all set to miss next 2 games, CSK should play Baba Aparajith at 1 Down or 2 Down and give him a batting practice for the next 2 matches to open with D Smith. Else Faf to open with D Smith and Aparajith at No.4. Ideally CSK should be playing like D Smith, Baz, Raina, Aparajith, Faf, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, Ishwar and Hilfy/Badree. When Baz miss the next 2 games Faf to open and David Huseey to slot in Faf's 5th. Basically they need to play Aparajith against top heavy left handers of RCB despite the ground is very small.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 17, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    It would be more of a slug feast...both teams going hammer and tonks..i dont think both teams have the bowling to defend even 180..it would be better to be chasing than worrying about short boundaries while defending...i would play hilfy instead of badree..though badree provides a steady 3 ovrs at a start..it would give more option 2 msd..as far as rcb are concerned they really should play with 5 specialist bowlers...if u dont place your faith on gayle,kholi,abd,uv..there s no point putting a team in the park...best of luck to both the teams..it has been always an exciting contest whenever these teams have met..i hope the game is a cracker...the best south indian derby...

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  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 18, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Are Gayle, Patel & Kohli competing to see who can bat the slowest? Patel eked out 10 off 14 - SR 71.42, Gayle ponderously accumulated 46 off 50 - SR 92, & Kohli dazzled with 27 off 29 - SR 93.1, &. The top 3 & Rana made 84 off 95 balls, or 60% off 80% of available balls, leaving the REAL batsmen 25 balls to make 55 runs, or 40% of the runs off 20% of the available balls. Those figures are so different its like they were playing in different formats!

    Before the match, I wrote that either Gayle & Kohli would lose it for RCB, or AB & Yuvi would win it for RCB. I was almost right, but I forgot Mr. Extras - he scavenged 9 off balls missed by batsmen, & 4 off wides that did not cost a ball! Yep, Yuvi made 13 at SR 144, AB 28 at SR 200, Ahmed 4 at SR 400 … but Mr Extas made 13 at SR ∞ (infinity)

    RCB's Mr. Extras should have been the player of the match! He made 7 more than CSK's Mr. Extras, at a match saving SR ∞. He was the difference that gave RCB the win. Mr. Extras - Whaddaplaya!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 18, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    gale the superb inning and virat the chase

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 18, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    congratulations brendon

  • POSTED BY on | May 18, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Dropping Kholi is no solution probably at best he can be relieved of captaincy and given to AB and Kholi asked to play more freely to bring the best out of him.Present IPL teams like MI with Rohit as captain SRH with Shikar as captain are absolutely clueless.Kholi is unable to take captaincy pressure so relieve him off it will work wonders

  • POSTED BY psychicsaint on | May 18, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Expecting a repeat of 2011 IPL final... RCB is the most over-rated team with most inconsistent players besides ABD and Virat.. Gayle seems to have handed over his entertainment show to MaxMiller combo this season..

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 18, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    @Snambidi I guess then Yuvraj deserves to be in the final 4, not RCB :P But even so, I believe, individual brilliance should not be the criteria to make the final 4. Whichever team plays the best from now on should take that last spot. Also, Yuvi had a pretty bad IPL till the last two knocks. Agreed, they were good, but again, they were in Bangalore, on a good batting pitch against less than perfect bowling attacks. I do wish that he continues this form all the way to the WC if he can, but we'll wait and see for that. However, I will be supporting RCB and SRH today because should they both win, it will become an extremely interesting race to the playoffs.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 18, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    To me RR or Punjab is going to win this time as they are the only teams who have manged to win from tough situations consistantly.

  • POSTED BY on | May 18, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    RCB PLAYING XI Should be: Patel, Gayle, Zol, Kohli, Villiers, Yuvraj, Morkel, Starc, Harshal patel, chahal & jakati.

    Chennai's XI Should be: Smith, Bmac, Raina, Baba Aparajith, Du plessis,Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, Hilfenhaus, & Pandey.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 18, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    I agree with the comment of Mr.JK posted at 5.42 GMTon 18th may 2014 that none of the three teams SRH,KKR& RCB DESERVES TO BE IN THE last 4 line up because of their far below performance in the entire tournament so far. But the way. In which Yuvaraj performed to lift RCB under odd circumstances deserves a special Berth, In fact Yuvaraj Singh is the Best all rounder. In this IPL..that's why he is the Best Paid Indian. In the final of World Cup T20 too he performed badly. But can we forget the 6 Sixes in a single over against Broad of Eng & the 9 glorious Sixes he despatched over the fence in the last match he played? Every cricketer has ups& Downs. So let us choose Yuvaraj to be the lucky winner of the TeamRCB to reach the final Four. There after it is a matter of the day' performance of team as a whole for every team. Any ways, T20 Indian League is becoming interesting.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 18, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @Snambidi I wouldn't say they are the most deserving based on how they barely performed. That would make themt he least deserving. But the other two in contention, SRH and KKR haven't done much either, so no one "deserves" to be in the final 4. Its simply a matter of who plays the best out of these 3 teams now.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 17, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    It would be more of a slug feast...both teams going hammer and tonks..i dont think both teams have the bowling to defend even 180..it would be better to be chasing than worrying about short boundaries while defending...i would play hilfy instead of badree..though badree provides a steady 3 ovrs at a start..it would give more option 2 msd..as far as rcb are concerned they really should play with 5 specialist bowlers...if u dont place your faith on gayle,kholi,abd,uv..there s no point putting a team in the park...best of luck to both the teams..it has been always an exciting contest whenever these teams have met..i hope the game is a cracker...the best south indian derby...

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 17, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I think Baz will be playing this match and he is all set to miss next 2 games, CSK should play Baba Aparajith at 1 Down or 2 Down and give him a batting practice for the next 2 matches to open with D Smith. Else Faf to open with D Smith and Aparajith at No.4. Ideally CSK should be playing like D Smith, Baz, Raina, Aparajith, Faf, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, Ishwar and Hilfy/Badree. When Baz miss the next 2 games Faf to open and David Huseey to slot in Faf's 5th. Basically they need to play Aparajith against top heavy left handers of RCB despite the ground is very small.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 17, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    CSK needs to win one more match to be sure of a play offs spot. Vijay Shankar had a nervous outing in his first match. Whether Dhoni will persist with him or bring back Manhas, we'll wait and see. As BMac is going to miss two matches BAparajith can be tried and given some match time before giving the opening spot..

    Most probable finalists,

    1) KXIP v CSK

    2) KXIP v RR

    3) CSK v RR

    But other teams except DD still have chances if things go their way.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Hello good morning from the wonderful island of Jamaica Gayle will come good tomorrow and Bengledores will win a close game and make the semifinals respect Chris Gayle a mad thing.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 17, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    @Cricketfan I think you haven't watched either of the 2014 CSK vs KXIP matches.. Go watch them again.. CSK's success comes from their spinners bowling well and great batting.. Ashwin has been worked out by Maxwell pretty well, how can CSK have a chance if Dhoni can't even get his best bowler on cause of the fear of Maxwell taking him for another 20+ run over?

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | May 17, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    As article says the best chance for RCB is win by bat. So, they have to win the toss. RCB has best firepower in names Gayle, Kohli, Yuvi, ABD, ALbi..etc. This is what problem for them too. SuperStars never could shine against CSK.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 17, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    It is a battle of 2 very strong batting sides with bowling deficiencies on both the sides. RCB has a 4 most powerful hitters in the T20 format in Gayle, Kohli, ABd & Yuvraj whilst CSK have in Smith, deFaf, Raina, Dhoni- 4 equally good players. It is the bowling that will be bit "iffy". RCB can rely on Starc, Aaron, Murali & Chahal to give them good overs when they are at their best. The 5th bowler could be Yuvraj, H.Patel or a seamer - Dinda, AN Ahmad. I would go with Patel & Yuvraj to share the duties. On CSK side Dhoni has Mohit, Jadeja, Ashwin & may be Hilfenhaus as the 4 established bowlers. 5th bowler could be shared between Raina & Smith. On a given day the performances of the individuals do count. Which ever side scores 200+ has a better chance of winning, hoping their bowling will show up. In this respect the side which desperately wants to win is RCB with their season on the line. Can they really turn it up a notch to Win remains to be seen. So my bet is on RCB to Win !

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 17, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Baba Aparajith should be given chance since he was instrumental in Ind-U19 win and an alrounder with successful off-spin skill. Ashwin being the only offspinner in csk and whose style is not to spin a lot has made CSK weak in that area. Though Ashwin makes up with his carrom balls, CSK will benefit by trying another off-spinner alrounder.

  • POSTED BY on | May 17, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    I dont understand why people are going crazy about inclusion of Baba Aparajith. When you have proven domestic player like mithun manhas it only makes sense when you go with him. Besides,when established bowlers like ashwin is taken apart i dont get what makes people to think that aparajith would give us four good overs. Stop favouring domestic players unduly!

  • POSTED BY fiddlerv90 on | May 17, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    If maxwell can do it against CSK then AB can easily do it... People should forget about virat kohli coz he's definately in the bad space at de moment. He is tightly leashed with de captaincy.. Chris gayle is not a good hitter of the ball but a gud hitter of six.

Super Kings v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Ranchi May 17, 2014

Royal Challengers in battle for survival

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Match facts

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Play 03:28
Hattangadi: RCB better off chasing against CSK

Big Picture

Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore are playing each other for the first time, more than 30 days into the tournament. While Super Kings are all but through to the playoffs - for them to miss out on a spot in the last four, they would have to lose four games in four, and even then they could go through on net run rate - the demands are much harder on Royal Challengers, who cannot afford any slip-ups in their four remaining matches, given their delicate mid-table standing. Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals are primed to take three of the playoff spots, but the remaining spot is expected to be a scramble between Royal Challengers, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Royal Challengers avoided the embarrassment of being trampled upon for three consecutive games at home thanks to Yuvraj Singh, whose blazing fifty gave their campaign fuel. They would have to hit peak form going forward and while the batting looks in better health, the bowling hasn't been up to the mark. In their last four games, Royal Challengers have conceded 170, 191, 198 and 187. They don't have a bowler in the same mould as Sunil Narine, who can consistently bowl four tight overs even if he fails to pick up wickets - perhaps young legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal comes closest. Royal Challengers wouldn't want to be forced into making changes to their bowling every game, certainly not at this stage, so they'll be hoping to finally hit upon the right combination on Sunday.

Super Kings haven't had to make too many changes and a relatively settled unit is partly responsible for their success. David Hussey has been included in the squad but he is likely to come in only once Brendon McCullum flies home for the birth of his baby. Super Kings made heavier weather of their chase against Royals in their last game than they would have liked, but MS Dhoni - with some help from Ravindra Jadeja - calmly saw them through, again.

Form guide

Royal Challengers Bangalore WLLLW (completed games, most recent first)
Chennai Super Kings WWLWW

Where they stand

Chennai Super Kings - Second place, with eight wins in ten games
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Sixth place, with four wins in ten games

Players to watch

Yuvraj Singh has made up for lost time with two consecutive fifties, but big runs continue to desert Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. Both are yet to score fifties, though Gayle has played four fewer games. Given Royal Challengers' bowling weaknesses, it will come down to their batsmen to win them games and a strong top order platform is essential or else the responsibility falls on Yuvraj and AB de Villiers, again.

Super Kings have not got the best out of Mithun Manhas, who has a highest of 13 in five innings. A middle-order batsman, he has been batting at No. 7 and often comes in only towards the end of the innings. For now, it doesn't make much of a difference to the team since it is doing well. But a promotion to give him more of a chance to get runs, and keep his confidence high, might be good, looking at the long-term - he will be needed should their strong top and middle order falter at any stage.

Stats and trivia

  • Super Kings have not been bowled out even once in this tournament. Their specialist bowlers Mohit Sharma and Ishwar Pandey have not been required to bat at all
  • Royal Challengers' Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up 12 wickets in ten games at an impressive economy rate of 6.48 - the best by an uncapped player so far in the tournament (minimum 5 overs)

Quotes

"I have sort of spoken to [Stephen] Fleming and he said that I will be a middle-order player, and with Brendon McCullum due to go home for the birth of his baby, I'll definitely get an opportunity to play."
David Hussey on his role at Super Kings

"I'm definitely staying out of that sort of thing. It's not in my nature to get involved in that sort of stuff. It was a heat-of-the-moment thing."
Royal Challengers pacer Mitchell Starc says he doesn't want to be involved in another incident like the one with Kieron Pollard

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo