Royal Challengers v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 23, 2014

CSK want slide to end, RCB want season to end

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Match facts

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

When the two teams met the previous weekend, Chennai Super Kings seemed a well-oiled machine, dropping only two matches against the red-hot Kings XI Punjab in their first ten of the season to be gliding towards a top-two spot. Now, like a distance runner who began sprinting too early in the race, Super Kings are flagging as the finish line nears and three losses in a row have allowed Kolkata Knight Riders to catch up.

That top-two spot is no more a foregone conclusion, and the bowling hasn't been top notch in recent times, but it's not all gloom. They are still guaranteed a playoff place, their mighty batting still scares most oppositions, and their final game is against the already eliminated Royal Challengers Bangalore.

For the third season in a row, Royal Challengers have come up short, failing to make the playoffs. "I am sad and apologise to all amazing RCB fans for the teams poor performance in this IPL. It is heartbreaking that the star line-up failed," their owner Vijay Mallya tweeted. Perhaps the one thing of interest for Royal Challengers fans is that the team will switch from its regular red-and-yellow outfit to a green jersey for this game as part of the franchise's 'Go green' drive.

Form guide

Royal Challengers Bangalore: LLWWL (completed games, most recent first)
Chennai Super Kings: LLLWW

Where they stand

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Seventh, with 10 points after 13 matches
Chennai Super Kings: Second, with 16 points after 13 matches

Previous encounter

In a low-scoring encounter on a ragged spinning track in Ranchi, an AB de Villiers cameo tilted the match Royal Challengers' way when the two teams met last weekend.

Watch out for

One of the troublesome spots for Super Kings has been the quick-bowling partner for Mohit Sharma. The regular has been Ishwar Pandey, who has been tidy but has only five wickets in 11 matches. The other fast bowler they have turned to often is Australia's Ben Hilfenhaus, who has been expensive in his eight games. John Hastings was unimpressive in his first outing on Thursday, while Ashish Nehra also has had only one game. The other options they have are New Zealand's Matt Henry and Karnataka's Ronit More.

Royal Challengers could experiment with their XI in a game of little consequence. There have a fairly small squad (21 players), but they still haven't given a game to some of their lower-profile players. If the likes of Shadab Jakati and Sandeep Warrier aren't given a go in this match, then when?

Stats and trivia

  • Mitchell Starc needs two more scalps to reach 100 Twenty20 wickets. If he gets there on Saturday, he will be the joint-second quickest to get there, in 66 innings, only behind Krishmar Santokie who needed only 54.
  • Only two batsmen have more not-out innings than Dhoni's 60 (out of 164) in T20 cricket - Kieron Pollard (61 in 205) and Albie Morkel (76 in 214)

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Manoj1234 on May 24, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    RCB deserved to lose. Keeping Gayle in the team for so long. Its the intent that matters. the guy was not even trying hard and the losses were not affecting him. He seems to be here just to party. RCB got what they deserved. One more loss coming up. you don;t expect Dhoni to lose 4 in a row.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    LOL-CSK says RCB," we gave you 2 points to start our loosing streak of 3 matches.now we want a that same 2 points from you the start the winning streak of 3 matches to win the cup"

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    its very clear in all 3 last macthes that dhoni is doing the hitting only in last over even if his a capable batsman.so why cant he send aswin or manhas before him and let them cut loose

    atleast at this point Dhoni and management should have realised this and look to use their full batting power.instead if we are goingto see another match where they are happy score the average score and rely on their bowling to help,its a game last in the halfway itself

  • D-Coach on May 24, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    CSK Team: D.Smith, F.DuPlesis, S.Raina, M.Manhas / B.Aparjit, M.Dhoni, R.Jadeja, D.Hussy, R.Ashwin, M.Sharma, M.Hendry / S.Badree, A.Nehra. S.Badree must play if B.Aparjit is not selected. A.Nehra will be much better option to bring some aggression in bowling. CSK might lose some Fair play points but CSK bowling unit is lacking this aggression that has shown by all other IPL teams. He might get smashed or fielded bad but Nehra can get into the batters when demands. Worth to try simply loosing last 3 matches without fight. Need to spice up something. Better performance expected from both teams.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    at this point we can rewrite the saying "csk are best chasers" with "csk are worst when batting first".this is beacuse when they loose even 1 wicket cheaply they go back to defensive play.it might have worked for in previous seasons when they had good middle order and terrific bowling attack.its all lacking this season.

  • ssenthil on May 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Overhyped Dhoni may do nothing but CSK might win and reach the top 2 where they will be meeting the team of IPL 7 KXIP. Whoever going to win the toss and choose bowling is going to win. Barring miracle only a first batting team can win here. Since both teams are heavy on batting and both teams lacks a good death over bowler. Anyway this all dead rubbers.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    even if csk picks all its best bowlers in the playing 11,it will have the weakest bowling attack compared to other playoff teams.its a mistake they committed in the auction itself.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    teams like mumbai and kkr are playing like usuall CSK.they lost initail matches,rectified the issues from root and cameback strongly.

    but csk this year ,with openers firing and dhoni saving few matches in the last over ,failed to correct their middle order and bowling weakness.unfortunatley its too late to do any experimentation.

  • D-Coach on May 24, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Do Now or Never to CSK... All the best for both teams..

  • Azizul84 on May 24, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    RCB doesn't bowlers to restrict opposition under control. They have only super stars batsmen and over reliant on them. I think gayle has become a burden for them. Yes he has played some wonderful innings but most of these innings came at league games not at must win situation. In must win give gayle failed to scores. How ever other batmen could have compensate this damage if they had bowler. They have only two bowlers worth of mentioning one starc and other is chahal. All other bowlers were good for nothing. Even don't know how to bowl in good areas. They need couple of good spinners. Murali is past and he has not been playing well. This team doesn't have a all rounder worth mentioning.why csk and kkr are so good? csk has bravo and jadeza to perform both bat and bowl equally. Kkr has kallis and shakib and for this reason they are most balanced side. If any team want to dominate it must have to have two or three top class spinner. Hope next time we will see better team balance in rcb

  • Manoj1234 on May 24, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    RCB deserved to lose. Keeping Gayle in the team for so long. Its the intent that matters. the guy was not even trying hard and the losses were not affecting him. He seems to be here just to party. RCB got what they deserved. One more loss coming up. you don;t expect Dhoni to lose 4 in a row.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    LOL-CSK says RCB," we gave you 2 points to start our loosing streak of 3 matches.now we want a that same 2 points from you the start the winning streak of 3 matches to win the cup"

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    its very clear in all 3 last macthes that dhoni is doing the hitting only in last over even if his a capable batsman.so why cant he send aswin or manhas before him and let them cut loose

    atleast at this point Dhoni and management should have realised this and look to use their full batting power.instead if we are goingto see another match where they are happy score the average score and rely on their bowling to help,its a game last in the halfway itself

  • D-Coach on May 24, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    CSK Team: D.Smith, F.DuPlesis, S.Raina, M.Manhas / B.Aparjit, M.Dhoni, R.Jadeja, D.Hussy, R.Ashwin, M.Sharma, M.Hendry / S.Badree, A.Nehra. S.Badree must play if B.Aparjit is not selected. A.Nehra will be much better option to bring some aggression in bowling. CSK might lose some Fair play points but CSK bowling unit is lacking this aggression that has shown by all other IPL teams. He might get smashed or fielded bad but Nehra can get into the batters when demands. Worth to try simply loosing last 3 matches without fight. Need to spice up something. Better performance expected from both teams.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    at this point we can rewrite the saying "csk are best chasers" with "csk are worst when batting first".this is beacuse when they loose even 1 wicket cheaply they go back to defensive play.it might have worked for in previous seasons when they had good middle order and terrific bowling attack.its all lacking this season.

  • ssenthil on May 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Overhyped Dhoni may do nothing but CSK might win and reach the top 2 where they will be meeting the team of IPL 7 KXIP. Whoever going to win the toss and choose bowling is going to win. Barring miracle only a first batting team can win here. Since both teams are heavy on batting and both teams lacks a good death over bowler. Anyway this all dead rubbers.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    even if csk picks all its best bowlers in the playing 11,it will have the weakest bowling attack compared to other playoff teams.its a mistake they committed in the auction itself.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 24, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    teams like mumbai and kkr are playing like usuall CSK.they lost initail matches,rectified the issues from root and cameback strongly.

    but csk this year ,with openers firing and dhoni saving few matches in the last over ,failed to correct their middle order and bowling weakness.unfortunatley its too late to do any experimentation.

  • D-Coach on May 24, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Do Now or Never to CSK... All the best for both teams..

  • Azizul84 on May 24, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    RCB doesn't bowlers to restrict opposition under control. They have only super stars batsmen and over reliant on them. I think gayle has become a burden for them. Yes he has played some wonderful innings but most of these innings came at league games not at must win situation. In must win give gayle failed to scores. How ever other batmen could have compensate this damage if they had bowler. They have only two bowlers worth of mentioning one starc and other is chahal. All other bowlers were good for nothing. Even don't know how to bowl in good areas. They need couple of good spinners. Murali is past and he has not been playing well. This team doesn't have a all rounder worth mentioning.why csk and kkr are so good? csk has bravo and jadeza to perform both bat and bowl equally. Kkr has kallis and shakib and for this reason they are most balanced side. If any team want to dominate it must have to have two or three top class spinner. Hope next time we will see better team balance in rcb

  • Kashi0127 on May 24, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    What a Great Feeling to See Royal Challengers (no B!) knocked out. Deservedly they are out for not selecting any Karnataka players. It is absolutely delightful to see them play in Bangalore for a inconsequential match against Chennai on 24th. And what is even more satisfying is the final would be in Bangalore and players form Karnataka have a great chance of being seen in the final. I am keeping my fingers crossed to see if both the finalists are loaded with Karnataka players (any two of MI,KKR,RR). Icing on cake would be all sponsors will attend the final which means Malya will be made to watch Karnataka players super performance from other teams!

  • ladycricfan on May 24, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    CSK XI for today: Smith, Faf, Raina, Hussey, Aparajith, Dhoni, Jadeja, Hastings/ Hendry, Ashwin, Mohit, Pandey.

  • ladycricfan on May 24, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    IPL is not Ipl without CSK in the finals.This is practice match for CSK before the finals, which will be held in Bengaluru. BMac will be back for the finals and will remind us all about his first ever ipl innings of 158 in the inaugural ipl2008 in the same chinnasamy stadium. RCB will play without any pressure today. CSK on the other hand is fighting for no2 spot against KKR. Even a loss by small margin will keep CSK in the no2 spot because of their better NRR.

  • Dejected_Indian_Fan on May 24, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    What happened to Asish Nehra? Is he still part of the Super Kings team or he has been cut loose? After the very first team he has not played a single game....

  • on May 24, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Rcb wants Gayle to fire atleast in the last game of there tournament not to blame ab and yuvi poor start giving too much to deliver virat also needed play a match winning innings for atleast one time in the last match. Csk also needed to win to get top two spots and get back winning momentum back. Really expect regular rcb-csk rocker in this dead rubber.

  • on May 24, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Both the teams are wasted their talent this season

  • Greatest_Game on May 24, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    What RCB need is the will to drop players who are not performing, and strong leadership that is respected by the team. Look at Sunrisers. They dropped the underperforming Dhawan as skipper, replaced him with Sammy, and started winning matches. AND, Dhawan immediately ended a prolonged loss of form and started scoring runs.

    When something is not working, it is unlikely to suddenly fix itself. Despite it's power packed lineup, RCB fails every year. Surely it is time to take the blinkers off and admit that Kohli has not been a successful captain, because the simple truth is that he HAS not been a successful captain. The results speak for themselves.

    Kohli came into the tournament in the form of his life. He was being spoken of as the best batsman in the world! As soon as he had the responsibility of leadership, his form went to hell. Is that just coincidence? If you think so, you are fooling yourself, like Vijay Mallya, who seems content to spent millions to stay barely above Delhi!

  • on May 23, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    If RCB don't replace Gayle with Rossouw they are guaranteed to lose. I'm simply bored of seeing Gayle playing over and over again, time for someone new to write a name for himself and perhaps become a star at the next IPL.

  • Ashrit365 on May 23, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    i think csk weaklink was bowling before the tournament it was covered by dwayne wmith and brendon but now it showed up which is showing in their results nowadays

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    dhoni brin baba and henry in place of Hastings and manhas. rcb get ready to loose the game

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    hussey have been doing the role of a hitter and an extra spinner...so no need of badree and Hastings... hilfy is not impressive... mc has returned home...so its the time for giving a chance to the kiwi quickie...and the local boy baba also deserves a chance...so pls tomorrow: Smith,Faf,Raina,Hussey,Dhoni,Jadeja,Baba,Aswin,Henry,Mohith & iswar

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    stop supporting rcb.

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    very bad teams. rcb just want big names in their squad like Gayle kohli abd and uv they doesn't want any Kannada players. rcb deserved to b bottom of d table. what a come bak by mi. channai also lack of depth in their bowling.

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  • on May 23, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    very bad teams. rcb just want big names in their squad like Gayle kohli abd and uv they doesn't want any Kannada players. rcb deserved to b bottom of d table. what a come bak by mi. channai also lack of depth in their bowling.

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    stop supporting rcb.

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    hussey have been doing the role of a hitter and an extra spinner...so no need of badree and Hastings... hilfy is not impressive... mc has returned home...so its the time for giving a chance to the kiwi quickie...and the local boy baba also deserves a chance...so pls tomorrow: Smith,Faf,Raina,Hussey,Dhoni,Jadeja,Baba,Aswin,Henry,Mohith & iswar

  • on May 23, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    dhoni brin baba and henry in place of Hastings and manhas. rcb get ready to loose the game

  • Ashrit365 on May 23, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    i think csk weaklink was bowling before the tournament it was covered by dwayne wmith and brendon but now it showed up which is showing in their results nowadays

  • on May 23, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    If RCB don't replace Gayle with Rossouw they are guaranteed to lose. I'm simply bored of seeing Gayle playing over and over again, time for someone new to write a name for himself and perhaps become a star at the next IPL.

  • Greatest_Game on May 24, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    What RCB need is the will to drop players who are not performing, and strong leadership that is respected by the team. Look at Sunrisers. They dropped the underperforming Dhawan as skipper, replaced him with Sammy, and started winning matches. AND, Dhawan immediately ended a prolonged loss of form and started scoring runs.

    When something is not working, it is unlikely to suddenly fix itself. Despite it's power packed lineup, RCB fails every year. Surely it is time to take the blinkers off and admit that Kohli has not been a successful captain, because the simple truth is that he HAS not been a successful captain. The results speak for themselves.

    Kohli came into the tournament in the form of his life. He was being spoken of as the best batsman in the world! As soon as he had the responsibility of leadership, his form went to hell. Is that just coincidence? If you think so, you are fooling yourself, like Vijay Mallya, who seems content to spent millions to stay barely above Delhi!

  • on May 24, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Both the teams are wasted their talent this season

  • on May 24, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Rcb wants Gayle to fire atleast in the last game of there tournament not to blame ab and yuvi poor start giving too much to deliver virat also needed play a match winning innings for atleast one time in the last match. Csk also needed to win to get top two spots and get back winning momentum back. Really expect regular rcb-csk rocker in this dead rubber.

  • Dejected_Indian_Fan on May 24, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    What happened to Asish Nehra? Is he still part of the Super Kings team or he has been cut loose? After the very first team he has not played a single game....