Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2017, Bengaluru April 24, 2017

Washout diminishes RCB's playoff chance

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Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad: Match abandoned without toss
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Virat Kohli and RCB might have to win all their remaining six games to make the playoffs © BCCI

On the heels of collapsing for the lowest total in IPL history, Royal Challengers Bangalore had to endure a washout at home, putting their hopes of making the playoffs in jeopardy.

They have only two wins from eight matches so far and might have to win each of their next six games to be among the top four on the points table. Should they pull off such a streak, they will have 17 points. Only four times in the IPL's past nine years have teams got through to the final four with less than 16 points.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, are already at third place, might well have enjoyed having an extra night off during a tournament so hectic. The weather soured approximately an hour and a half before the toss and though it was only a drizzle for the most part, it was persistent. The umpires finally called the game off at 11 pm, which meant David Warner's men continue searching for their first win away from home in 2017.

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  • Karthi_2K11 on April 26, 2017, 13:21 GMT

    Despite the upgraded drainage facilities at the Chinnaswamy stadium, (thanks to SubAir/Great Sports Infra/KSCA), the persistent precipitation yesterday washed out the RCB v. SRH match, leaving RCB "high & dry." It needs to win all 6 remaining games with a reasonable chance of reaching the IPL play-offs. It cost INR 42.5 million (approx. US$ 710,000) to setup, & at first glance, it seems that this is worth the cure for the INR 80-100 million (US$ 12-15 million) lost per wash-out. However, prevention is better than cure. Had KSCA invested in an all-weather indoor/ outdoor stadium with a retractable roof, would RCB have faced such a situation ? Consider Melbourne's Docklands Stadium, which is the only Cricket facility that boasts of a retractable roof. It takes 8 mins. to close, & comes with a price tag of US$ 460 million ! The BCCI is asking for its share (US$ 570 million) out of ICC's US$ 2.7 billion revenue btw '15-'23, which means it has the wherewithal for a retractable roof stadium.

  • Gokul Nath on April 26, 2017, 13:06 GMT

    Well. It is very difficult for them. But they did it last time. They can do it this time as well. Watson's lack of form with both bat and ball is hurting them. They should change their batting order. All the big 3 coming in at the top makes it tough for the middle order. Best RCB XI: Gayle Binny Kohli ABD Jadhav Head Baby/Mandeep/Vinod Abdullah/Negi Harshal Patel/Aravind Mills Chahal

    This is a much more balanced team, with 4 proper bowlers in Mills, Patel, Chahal, Abdullah and spin options in Head, Jadhav and Gayle and seam from Binny. Also opening with Binny could be a masterstroke, like Narine for KKR. He has looked in touch can play the big shots while the Boss takes his time. Travis Head at 6 means they have good batting till 6 & possibly at 7 as well.

    They are really missing Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan and their absence has affected the team balance.

    Hope they can pull off a few wins and show their real strength. Go RCB! Light up the IPL 10!! Nything can happen!! From an MI Fan!!

  • ramli on April 26, 2017, 12:34 GMT

    @JAVEEDKARI ... I agree with you ... another ignominy averted ... Good bye RCB .... see you next year

  • the_silent_observer on April 26, 2017, 12:32 GMT

    Saw this joke on the net (no offence to RCB): a judge is offering a small kid a place to stay and the places are, 1) with parents 2) with uncles 3) with aunts OR 4) with grandparents. the kid refuses each of the offers with the reason that they all will beat him. When finally asked as to with whom he would like to stay, the kid's response is RCB, because they never beat anybody!

  • javeedKadri on April 26, 2017, 9:53 GMT

    It appears that the Rain Gods have mercifully saved RCB from another lowest score.

  • cricfan9910943627 on April 26, 2017, 9:08 GMT

    Kohli go play in English county & prepare yourself for outside SC tests.

  • mjrvasu on April 26, 2017, 8:58 GMT

    Agree with Pitch. Big names like ABD or CG falter when chasing even moderate scores. The true worth of a fighting batsman comes always in the second innings, not when you can smash all over the park without a care or a target to chase.

  • cric_surgeon on April 26, 2017, 8:54 GMT

    Chonkpur cheetahs are better than this team. Qualifying for playoffs is a good joke. A team with star batsmen which scored 49 in a T20 game doesn't deserve anymore honor in this season. May be in 2018 hopefully!

  •   Cricinfouser on April 26, 2017, 8:48 GMT

    We cannot blame Kohli as player or as a Captain of RCB. All players will be thinking of winning of each game and that is what Kohli is also doing but as pointed out by someone here the bowling team he got is not capable of taking RCB to the winning position. They have a good batting line up but they are vulnerable to class bowling. This is what we saw in their last match with KKR. None of their batsmen were able to score double digits. The top scorer was Jadhav who made only 9 runs. Everyone including Kohli & Co thought that chasing 131 is an easy task. It could have been an easy task to some of the other IPL team but not with KKR who has got some class bowlers. Who is there in RCB to bowl like that? Their top bowler is Badree and Chahal who will do some good bowling once in a blue moon. Tymal Mills cannot be considered as class bowler other than his speed variation but a good batsman on the other end can deal with him variations. Is Arvind considered as a top bowler. I feel pity.

  • Cricketlover#17 on April 26, 2017, 8:29 GMT

    @VishalVirat, u cant compare RPS's bowling of last year to RCB's current. Atleast Chahal, Badree, Mills/Milne play together. Whereas last year which recognized bowler did Pune have apart from Ashwin? So stop comparing kohli's failure to dhoni bec the situation is way different. Also dont ignore the batting level differnce too. RPS was hit with too many injuries

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