Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings, IPL , Bangalore March 23, 2010

Bangalore hold aces against southern rivals

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Match facts

Tuesday, March 23
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big picture

Bangalore and Chennai are capital cities sharing a traditional rivalry but when extended to the third edition of the IPL, there is little debate over which team is better placed going into Tuesday's match-up. Bangalore are top of the IPL table while Chennai are bruising physically and mentally.

Both teams suffered blips in their respective starts to the tournament before winning the next two games. However, Chennai's Super Over defeat at home to Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, when they failed to chase 137, the fitness problems of two crucial players, MS Dhoni and Justin Kemp, and repeated failures in their experiments with the fifth-bowler slot are serious causes for concern. Manpreet Gony, who struggled against Punjab with both bat and ball, Joginder Sharma and Sudeep Tyagi have all been tried with poor results.

Contrast that to Bangalore's resurgence. There has been stability in their attack with the five frontline bowlers retained in their three successive wins; targets high, low and tricky have been chased ruthlessly with Jacques Kallis unbeaten in this IPL, and with three fifties in four games; and backing up a formidable opening pair of Kallis and Manish Pandey is a line-up with considerable international exposure, which Chennai's bowlers, barring Muttiah Muralitharan, may struggle to contain.

The absence of Dhoni hurt Chennai in their failed chase against Punjab; his recovery from an injury to his arm has been gradual, and coach Stephen Fleming had said he could take the field in the game against Mumbai Indians on March 25. Chennai, who could slip down further from their current fourth position in the event of a loss on Tuesday, need an urgent recovery with their star player missing.

Team talk

Bangalore will be tempted to retain the combination that has won them the last three games. Eoin Morgan, though, thanks to the success of the openers, hasn't had much time in the middle and Bangalore will be keen to witness him perform.

Chennai could leave out Gony after his disappointing turn-out against Punjab. Chennai will have prepared a contingency measure for Kemp, who hurt his back, bowling just one ball and not coming out to bat. In the event of his absence, Sri Lankan allrounder Thissara Perera remains an option, so does Makhaya Ntini, should Chennai aim to strengthen their bowling. C Ganapathy, a fast-bowling allrounder, who is a crucial member of the Tamil Nadu set-up, could fill in if Gony's left out.

Previously…

Bangalore 3 Chennai 2

The teams shared honours in the first edition, with Chennai beating Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium by 13 runs, and Bangalore prevailing at Chepauk by 14 runs. The league stages in South Africa followed a similar pattern as Chennai triumphed in Port Elizabeth by 92 runs, followed by Bangalore surviving by two wickets in Durban. However, Bangalore had the last laugh, sealing an easy win in the semi-final by six wickets, with Pandey and Rahul Dravid seeing them through.

In the spotlight

Murali v Bangalore top order: Kallis and Pandey have been dominant while opening. While Kallis, with all his experience, has the wherewithal to combat Murali, Pandey has only faced the offspinner once. He proved adept against Shane Warne in Bangalore's ten-wicket win, showing solidity in defence and picking the variations to find the boundary. While Murali generally doesn't prefer bowling within the first six overs, Chennai may adopt a different strategy to halt Bangalore's success at the top.

Matthew Hayden v Dale Steyn: Steyn has clocked close to 150 kmph this tournament and has been economical, working well with his opening partner Praveen Kumar. He is foremost in Anil Kumble's plan of bouncing out Indian batsmen. While the ploy may be designed more to target someone like Suresh Raina, who was found out in the World Twenty20, Hayden's naturally audacious approach presents a different challenge.

Prime numbers

Anil Kumble has bowled 45 dot balls in this IPL, Steyn too has 45 and Praveen Kumar has 43. They are part of a list of six players with the most dot balls in the competition; Murali has 46 to his name.

Bangalore have conceded 180 runs in the Powerplay in this IPL, at 7.19 an over. They are third in the list of most economical teams in the first six overs, with Deccan Chargers leading with 5.95, followed by Kolkata Knight Riders at 6.92. Chennai, with 7.68, are in fifth place.

The chatter

"We wanted Kallis to bat for the 20 overs and he has been doing that. He has been anchoring one end and when required he has been taking on the bowlers. He is a great player and with his ability to bowl he is a great asset. We hope that this continues."
Anil Kumble, the Bangalore captain, sums up Kallis' role, which he has lived up to with much success thus far.

Siddhartha Talya is an editorial assistant at Cricinfo

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  • on March 24, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    CSK is having tough time without Dhoni

  • on March 23, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Lack of dhoni presence is felt by CSK

  • on March 23, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Raina is the key here, I think Chennai should bowl first and dismiss Jacques early and then get the others.

  • schnoggs on March 23, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Kallis - best T20 player at the moment, unreal for someone who was a selfish test batsman.

  • vijay11111 on March 23, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    kallis wont be success this time and his not out strike come to end.. and big hayden today sky the kumble ball to all over the parks.. common hayden success for csk..

  • Turzoo on March 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Kallis is the dangerous one. He is a man, a real cricket God. We saw how the opposites suffer when he stands.

    RCB is not one man team!!! They have others to display!! But Kallis does not give them chance!!

    GREAT AND GREATS!!!

  • on March 23, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    wish rcb wins. but rcb weakness is they do not have a good sixth bowler. if any one bowler has a bad day, then there is nobody to bowl and rcb may well lose the plot.

  • srivatsacertain on March 23, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    well lets consider raina and hayden went up to score 200+ even then RCB is gonna make it... match against KXIP is live infront

    come on RCB... thrash CSK...!!

  • pulikeshi on March 23, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Enjoyed the comment by "Wanderer.Forever" - "Also, RCB needs to be grounded a bit...". Reminded me of the story of crabs in a bucket... It's funny and interesting to analyse how we humans think...

    I read and enjoy reader comments mainly to analyse the human psychology. Rediff is a good case study in its own way though most of it is crap. Cricinfo reader comments are bit more balanced, probably because of the strict moderating. On the flip side, I can see that the latest comment on this article is at 6:33 AM GMT, which is around 11 AM IST. While Cricinfo may not need the Rediff kind of cheap popularity, as it is already quite popular, it is worth a thinking for the editors and management of Cricinfo as to why a web portal allows users to comment on a article, whose life span is probably less than a day, while the moderating in itself takes almost half a day... Any solutions to this without compromising on quality...?

  • ssarju on March 23, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    well i think royal challengers bangalore would like to be optimist against chennai super kings rather then pessimist...

  • on March 24, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    CSK is having tough time without Dhoni

  • on March 23, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Lack of dhoni presence is felt by CSK

  • on March 23, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Raina is the key here, I think Chennai should bowl first and dismiss Jacques early and then get the others.

  • schnoggs on March 23, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Kallis - best T20 player at the moment, unreal for someone who was a selfish test batsman.

  • vijay11111 on March 23, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    kallis wont be success this time and his not out strike come to end.. and big hayden today sky the kumble ball to all over the parks.. common hayden success for csk..

  • Turzoo on March 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Kallis is the dangerous one. He is a man, a real cricket God. We saw how the opposites suffer when he stands.

    RCB is not one man team!!! They have others to display!! But Kallis does not give them chance!!

    GREAT AND GREATS!!!

  • on March 23, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    wish rcb wins. but rcb weakness is they do not have a good sixth bowler. if any one bowler has a bad day, then there is nobody to bowl and rcb may well lose the plot.

  • srivatsacertain on March 23, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    well lets consider raina and hayden went up to score 200+ even then RCB is gonna make it... match against KXIP is live infront

    come on RCB... thrash CSK...!!

  • pulikeshi on March 23, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Enjoyed the comment by "Wanderer.Forever" - "Also, RCB needs to be grounded a bit...". Reminded me of the story of crabs in a bucket... It's funny and interesting to analyse how we humans think...

    I read and enjoy reader comments mainly to analyse the human psychology. Rediff is a good case study in its own way though most of it is crap. Cricinfo reader comments are bit more balanced, probably because of the strict moderating. On the flip side, I can see that the latest comment on this article is at 6:33 AM GMT, which is around 11 AM IST. While Cricinfo may not need the Rediff kind of cheap popularity, as it is already quite popular, it is worth a thinking for the editors and management of Cricinfo as to why a web portal allows users to comment on a article, whose life span is probably less than a day, while the moderating in itself takes almost half a day... Any solutions to this without compromising on quality...?

  • ssarju on March 23, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    well i think royal challengers bangalore would like to be optimist against chennai super kings rather then pessimist...

  • on March 23, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    This is the 3rd season and the 2 earlier season have taught us momentum is a joke in T20 cricket. Yes Bangalore is having momentum and looks strong but that will not be good enough to rule super-kings out of the game.

  • blink_gms_ye on March 23, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    i wonder if anyone from CSK is gonna get Jaque Kallis' wicket........... coz so far nobody's been able to get dis South African out.......... he seems to b on fire...!!!

  • neetinvora on March 23, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Today kallis is due for early exit and if Hyden continues to perform with his mangoose bat then you know what will happen.

  • jasdeep94 on March 23, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    Today Ntini will play and will lead chennai to victory

  • on March 23, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    CSK vs RCB : the rivals meet again. The points table needs a bit of a shuffle. The match will be in favour of CSK. Will definitely get to see scenes like Kallis's wicket in this edition, Praveen being hammered around and Dravid saying it was good cricket.

  • chetanchauhan on March 23, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Bangalore relies on discipline, whereas chennai relies on Raina, Hayden and Dhoni. Bangalore has the depth to bail themselves out of a situation, when a team has Boucher coming in at 7 or 8, that speaks of depth.

  • Jr.Jumbo on March 23, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Most of the Tamilians in Bengaluru and Radio Mirchi RJs from Chennai have admitted on radio that they are supporting RCB after the frustrating defeat of CSK to KXIP.... RJ Rachna spoke to them in Tamil only as few couldn't understand Kannada. They said in Tamil and few in English that last game was supposed to be an easy win and they are frustrated of loosing it and they even sang song "CSK solodu gurantee kanri" in kannada, repeated after RJ Rachna sang those lines, which meant 'CSK will loose for sure'. And at last rachna told in Kannada that "If I was in chennai, I would have said 'Sema Hot Machi'. But since I am in Bengaluru I will say 'Sakkat Hot Maga'...." Courtesy:Radio Mirchi....

  • on March 23, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    kallis is best player of RCB laso

  • lcewarriors on March 23, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    kallis cant play on for ever .... Mark my words .... rcb will lose badly today

  • balajij on March 23, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    If Hyden fires today and RAINA holds one end there is no way RCB could stop the aggression. Also if the bowlers could take the openers . CSK has a better edge over RCB. Have to wait and watch whats the team composition.

  • cricketyogi on March 23, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    This is going to be a good match. The RCB are in good run and CSK will want to prove their mettle. Looking at how both the teams have performed so far, its going to be cracker of a game. No doubt RCB are the favourites to go into the match, but the only thing they are yet to prove is, if Kallis fails, will they have the same solidarity and momentum to put up a good show?....if they can, then they are a strong contender for the cup. On the other hand CSK has tried everything, they have witnessed almost every scenarios in terms of highs and lows.....and if they can keep their nerves and play sensibly, which they are very likely to do so, then this will be the match of the tournament...

  • Super_Chennai on March 23, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    RCB will have to take a walk in the evening pondering their defeat to CSK. Go CSK go and kill those Red Headed Players. CSK would be doing the victory march today at Bengaluru

  • on March 23, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    It is time for csk to avenge the defeat of semi finals last year.rcb's middle order has not been exposed so far , if chennai can get early wickets they can make short work of rcb. csk roars....

  • on March 23, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    come on guys chennai will win today because not playing in chennai

  • TenRajesh on March 23, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    i felt hayden should be given captaincy instead of raina.....ganapathy should be in the squad long time ago....Ashwin should never be allowed to played cricket again, cant even score a single.....all runs he scored was luck.

  • ganeshraam on March 23, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    I know its RCB is rocking at the moment but CSK can pull off if they could make some slight adjustments to their batting and bowling... If I was given a chance to be the selector of Chennai Team, then this would be the order in which I would choose the team... Openers: 01. Hayden* 02. PPatel... no choice as he is the keeper :( Middle Order/All Rounders: 03. Badri 04. Badani... Vijay has been pathetic... Would love to see this guy 05. Raina 06. Morkel* 07. Perera*... Kemp is injured Bowlers: 08. Ashwin 09. Murli* 10. Balaji 11. S Jakati / C Ganapathy... Gony was pathetic all along.. Need a change

    Hope this team gets selected!!!

  • alonedark on March 23, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Rcb looks strong but if kallis fail i dont know what will happen.

  • on March 23, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    CSK will win this clash for sure. Kemp might be replaced by Ntini and gony replaced by Badani. This would give a all round team for the CHENNAI team..they are gonna win this for sure..

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on March 23, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    T.Perera is a chucker!! Its because of him India couldn't win some ODIs in the previous season. Chennai shouldn't have given him acontract in the first place. If he plays tonight, Channai will surely loose!!

  • ABP235 on March 23, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    CSK is not a bad team as they have shown. But their problem is that their key allrounders and dhoni are missing from action. But whoever thinks RCB has only got 2 to 3 players consistent need to know that no other player has got a chance to show their strength due to the Kallis-Pandey-Uthappa show. May be Kohli hasnt hit a 50 yet, but remember, Morgan, Dravid and Boucher have hardly batted. RCB has the right mix of solid and aggressive players - rightly, they are adopting a strategy to keep Kallis on one end, and if he is out, then Dravid will come in. On the other end, the strikers Pandey, Uthappa, Kohli and Morgan will aggressively bat to reduce pressure on Kallis or Dravid. With Kallis's ability to bowl 4 overs, RCB is able to pick 4 full time bowlers and at least 3 of them have proved to be too difficult to face for opponents. Steyn gun has fired and the Indian domestic or international batsmen have faced chin music already. Await for more today CSK.

  • saransrl on March 23, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    I coudn't understand why CSK not playing SRL allrounder Tissara Perera and KKRnot playing Ajantha Mendis. Botha are match winners in T20 format nad young guns. still they npt consider these players i think results will .... sad

  • Ilin on March 23, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    3 factors why csk holds the edge - 1.the mongoose bat and the power of hydos and morkel, 2.balaji and murali's tight line[tamil power], 3.return of ntini under the ambitious Raina.-----------.... now 3 factors why rcb holds the edge - 1.the half great south african team (kallis,boucher,steyn). 2. the old is gold factor (kallis,kumble,boucher,dravid)[i think this old is gold factor is the best strength of any team in IPL3], 3. the young guns (now count- PK, steyn, akhil, virat, pandey, uthappa, etc etc etc.).!!!! Now i, ilin saraswat, is a daredevil fan,but iam very very exited for this great encounter.good luck for good cricket.

  • AsiCricLover on March 23, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    But the only problem Bnagalore has that their middle order is not exposed yet and Uthappa is not that trustworthy. Till now they have won the last matches by chasing. It is interesting how they will fare batting first. On the other hand Chennai attck is toothless without Dhoni and a good fast bowler. Only way to win for them is to put Bangalore to bat first and trying to get Dravid early on after removing Kallis as quickly as possible, restricting them with 150.

  • on March 23, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    csk lack da killer instict without dhoni n kemp...... expect rcb to walkover them easily... look at their bowling its pathetic to say the least... its all for rcb to lose the game than csk winning it... cuz they are essentially a 3ppl army.....n we all know who they are.....

  • Punter_28 on March 23, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    CSK management committed blunders with their over all team selection. They lost Satish to Mumbai Indians and one wondres why they have not picked G.Vignesh, Thiru Kumaran & Tamil Kumaran all of whom were the star performers in ICL and they are all from TN. With these players they would have their local talent base boosted to a great extent. Anyhow, it looks like a forgone cause for CSK for 2010 and I am sure they will not make to the semis. At the moment , Anil Kumble and his team look to be the favourites to lift the title.

  • sweetspot on March 23, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Everything points to RCB except these two little irksome things - the law of averages that is bound to catch up with every team and every player in cricket. It might simply be time for Kallis and RCB to fail - and, the fact that Kumble is an efficient captain, not an imaginative one. If CSK do some devastating hitting, which they are definitely capable of, Kumble may not do anything great under pressure. RCB has no surprises to pull on us, CSK might just be inspired to pull out all stops and thump RCB. Mallya too, has been wearing that smug look on his face, and would be nice to see that change, just for a change.

  • Sukris123 on March 23, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    RCB started the 1st IPL as underdogs with the same team they had now and they and they were the underdogs in the 2nd IPL and there was a clash of the uderdogs in the Final of tat season now this season they started of with the 1st match loss to another underdog team , now they try to catch up with a champion CSK team which has performed consistently well in the previous 2 IPL seasons. Its IRONY at its Best , but give some due respect that a champion team deserves.This CSK team will always hold that esteam which no other teams in all the 3 IPL's has possed. All the teams including Mumbai indians ,RCB,Deccan which are leading now have all fumbled miserably in there previous seasons.

  • mynameisharish on March 23, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    ywah definatly RCB has an EDGE over CSK!!!!!!!!!RCB iS gonna win this game as well>>>>>>>>>>>>>>best of luck to men in RED

  • rahu367 on March 23, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    RCB should win because if RCB LOSE then semifinal teams would be very easy to predict then 1)mumbai 2)RCB 3) deccan 4) chennai and the strong contenders at the start of the tournament delhi would be out and i like sehwag therefore i want RCB to win and delhi to break the semi final jinx and win this year ipl RCB should take white in place of morgan because morgan is predictable with his shots the only shot that fetches him runs is reverse sweep or sweep. otherwise RCB has a gr8 bowling unit and gr8opening players and gr8 follow up players in uthappa (a good hitter that we saw in punjab match chasing 200 odd) dravid ( good rotator and can hit the ball if required because old is gold)kohli(good but not gr8but he can rotate and strike the odd boundary) boucher(gr8 hitter down the order) morgan if plays ( is a good player also but he should replaced by white because white is a gr8 player who can hit the ball a long way and his handy off breaks) and csk relying on hayden and murali only

  • Leading-Guru on March 23, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Though chances are very less that CSK win this game, but if CSK want to give good fight they should make three changes, Badani should replace M Vijay, Parera should replace Kemp, Ganapathy should replace Goni. Some players in CSK team are useless god knows why they are paying to Joginder,

  • Haksi on March 23, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Chennai seriously lack a bowler. Gony, Tyagi and joginder Sharma have flopped badly as bowlers and have done nothing much as batsmen. The loss against punjab was purely courtesy Gony who had an neconomy rate of 10, dropped a catch and couldnt score more than 2.a serious shake up in their squad is required. They need to use Raina more often and try someone else in place of Badrinath

  • TK_kumar on March 23, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Mangoose bat Vs Steyn, no ground is big enough !!!

  • karthik_spunk on March 23, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    hmm..its useless to fight for d teams ..n its better we can get whole IPL Results lists frm L.modi... :)

  • gannyboy on March 23, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    balaji should open the bowling instead of coming 1 change he is in fine form n when he swings it he is better than anyone . has already taken 5 wickets this season

  • stanleysen on March 23, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    RCB is very strong in batting... Top order Kallis, Pandey, Kohli and Uthappa can hit any kind of overs... And middle order Dravid, Morgan and Boucher also a good players with bat(Especially Dravid and Boucher have lots of experience). low order praveen, Steyn and Vinay are all hard hitters.They can change any kind of match to their side.

    From the bowling perspective Steyn, Praveen,KUmble were very good. Vinay and Kallis too....

    But from Chennai perspective, They are mosly depend on Hayden and Raina.. Bowling is not up to the mark.... I would prefer they can go with Perera this time for kemp... He is a hard hitter with bat and good bowler too...

  • karthik_spunk on March 23, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    haha..haha...if chennai relies on Hayden then RCB is build on Kallis :)

  • Sanjeevakki on March 23, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    If Kallis and Manish Pandey goes out cheaply RCB has the depth in batting which will take them home...... But if Hayden and Raina Falls Cheaply... You wont a notable CSK batsmen who can take them home so.... For CSK it all Depends on Three players Hayden, Raina and Murali.... Guess this match will be Like a evening walk in the park for RCB....And All the Best RCB GO and Kill CSK!!!!!!!

  • HK-The_Hero on March 23, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    Chennai Guys.....dhoni has come back from ranchi to be with team.........please give him welcome gift

  • ssenthil on March 23, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    CSK should win this game otherwise they are going to lose their fan base. Their last match CSK jokers choked against KXIP for nothing, if they want to get back to some momentum they have to win this which is a very tough ask considering the absence of MS Dhoni and crap team selection and captaincy by S.Raina, only Hayden magic can save CSK. Anil is a 100 times better captain then this crap S.Raina and with Kallis on his form of like it's going to be a nightmare for CSK. I lost faith with this Crap S.Raina and his joker team.

  • TK_kumar on March 23, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    ganapathy has performed well in last season.perera is in form all rounder for chennai.Today perera and ganapathy will be playing so chennai will have balanaced side.

  • Wanderer.Forever on March 23, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    I wish Chennai comes out of the Kings XI match's blues and wins this one. Chennai is definitely a better team than they showed in that match. Also, RCB needs to be grounded a bit. Go CSK... go!!!

  • Farce-Follower on March 23, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    RCB has one more advantage : the Chinnaswamy crowd. CSK are going to be intimidated big time. And if Hayden falls early, I predict Raina will fold up, what with Steyn and Kallis waiting to give him the 'Treatment'. Yusuf Pathan was a pathetic sight. India has big problems with the T20 WC batting.

  • Notout_Naveen on March 23, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    Kumble should open the bowling and should take on Hayden.Let him use Mongoose or whatever bat. Kumble will always threaten his stumps with his accurate bowling. Go Kumble Go Bengaluru!! Cheers!!

  • manasvi_lingam on March 23, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    I'm rather suprised that neither Thissara Perera or Ganapathy haven't got a match so far. Perera is an ideal T20 player especially with his big hitting. Ganapathy's batting is not that well suited but he is a better bowler than Gony and co. Kallis and Hyaden will be crucial. And the the two legendary spinners, Kumble and Murali will be equally crucial.

  • executioner_vel on March 23, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    yes, the RCB top order is really excellent...the batting line up is of mixed bag of devastating players...but the only thing2 to 3 players are only consistant ..if CSK nowlers come good in intial overs then trouble would arise........But one for sure If Hayden fires and Raina stands no one could stand in their aggression...

    Chak de...CSK....

  • TenRajesh on March 23, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Banglore is looking to be on the top at the moment. Chennai will have to pull up it socks to give challenge to challengers.

  • ColeyT4L on March 23, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    I think that if Kemp is out then Bailey can take his place and might find that he fills the role better also haven't heard about Ntini perhaps he could fill the role of the fifth bowler and get one over on his fellow South African Kallis so he can finally get an average for this year's IPL instead of current being infinity dividing his runs by 0

  • Owls on March 22, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Badani, Ganapathy and NLTC Perera / Ntini should replace Vijay, Gony and Kemp(if unfit). Vijay and Gony are totally out of place. Badani can play some big shots (atleast he used to). Ganapathy can bowl a decent 4 overs. Why not try them? Maybe Badri might as well get the boot but I dont think the others are 20/20 specialists. In fact in the last game the number of times batsman played a shot and missed, you'd think that these guys are playing the game for the first time. It was ugly.

  • pulikeshi on March 22, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Hayden's the key for Chennai... Watch out for Kumble opening the bowling... The rest of Chennai batsmen may find the Royal Challenging Bounce hard to handle, unless Hayden relieves pressure at the other end or the Bangalore bowlers can't maintain their line and length. It would be good for the RCB to find out earlier in the tournament than later, how their middle order would cope with an early top order collapse. After a bit of muddled thinking on the batting order in the first match, hope Kumble has got his plans right. It would be interesting to try and guess where and how Kumble would use Rahul. Some possibilities Kumble might be pondering: 1. Kallis and Rahul are the guys to anchor. Boucher can play this role only if required. 2. Kallis out... Rahul in... 3. Two early wickets with hardly any score on board, in comes Rahul irrespective of Kallis is at crease or not. Arresting a slide would be more important at such a stage. Kohli, Morgan and Boucher to follow would be nice...

  • on March 22, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Chennei should play Thissara Perera, No doubt about it. He is a good bowler and an explosive batsmen and very much unexposed. So the opposition may not have an immediate effective plan against him.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 22, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    Yup, key is Murali vs Kallis and Pandey. I think Pandey has a good technique and he should play Murali just fine. Who knows though? T-20 is strange and despite Chennai having no good quicks, Kallis and Pandey may go b-4 the great spinner enters. Also funny how people think t-20 cuts down on injuries, I've never seen so may injuries in such a short time lol. The game is so accelerated even injuries are accelerated!

  • vjohn on March 22, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Kallis and Hayden are the people who are going to make the difference with bat. Muralitharan and Steyn are key players with the bowl. I would defintely like to see hayden and Kallis batting all 20 overs. Let see what mongoose magic happens tommorrow. Anil kumble has again a lot to do. I see bangalore has a very good batting and bowling structure and chennai is very much relying only on hayden for batting. Hope for the best and guess what, another super over will be exciting if it really happens.

  • daddyanahad on March 22, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    The Bangalore top order looks pretty strong. Kallis hasn't been dismissed this IPL and Pandey is showing good form. The major concern lies in the people who follow. Dravid,Kohli and Morgan have all had only one bat as of now and all three look rusty. If Chennai could pile up a few runs at the Chinnaswamy and put Bangalore under pressure by dismissing the openers , there is chance of a close game. The Mongoose will be giving Kumble's men nightmares as he would hope to continue with his strategy in this game also. It would be interesting to see who chennai pick as their fifth-bowler. This could be crucial to the game's outcome. The pitch has been a run-feast and we can expect a close finish if both teams bat and bowl to their capacity.

  • Chaitu_236 on March 22, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    RCB all the way..! Go RCB...Go...!!!

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  • Chaitu_236 on March 22, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    RCB all the way..! Go RCB...Go...!!!

  • daddyanahad on March 22, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    The Bangalore top order looks pretty strong. Kallis hasn't been dismissed this IPL and Pandey is showing good form. The major concern lies in the people who follow. Dravid,Kohli and Morgan have all had only one bat as of now and all three look rusty. If Chennai could pile up a few runs at the Chinnaswamy and put Bangalore under pressure by dismissing the openers , there is chance of a close game. The Mongoose will be giving Kumble's men nightmares as he would hope to continue with his strategy in this game also. It would be interesting to see who chennai pick as their fifth-bowler. This could be crucial to the game's outcome. The pitch has been a run-feast and we can expect a close finish if both teams bat and bowl to their capacity.

  • vjohn on March 22, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Kallis and Hayden are the people who are going to make the difference with bat. Muralitharan and Steyn are key players with the bowl. I would defintely like to see hayden and Kallis batting all 20 overs. Let see what mongoose magic happens tommorrow. Anil kumble has again a lot to do. I see bangalore has a very good batting and bowling structure and chennai is very much relying only on hayden for batting. Hope for the best and guess what, another super over will be exciting if it really happens.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 22, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    Yup, key is Murali vs Kallis and Pandey. I think Pandey has a good technique and he should play Murali just fine. Who knows though? T-20 is strange and despite Chennai having no good quicks, Kallis and Pandey may go b-4 the great spinner enters. Also funny how people think t-20 cuts down on injuries, I've never seen so may injuries in such a short time lol. The game is so accelerated even injuries are accelerated!

  • on March 22, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Chennei should play Thissara Perera, No doubt about it. He is a good bowler and an explosive batsmen and very much unexposed. So the opposition may not have an immediate effective plan against him.

  • pulikeshi on March 22, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Hayden's the key for Chennai... Watch out for Kumble opening the bowling... The rest of Chennai batsmen may find the Royal Challenging Bounce hard to handle, unless Hayden relieves pressure at the other end or the Bangalore bowlers can't maintain their line and length. It would be good for the RCB to find out earlier in the tournament than later, how their middle order would cope with an early top order collapse. After a bit of muddled thinking on the batting order in the first match, hope Kumble has got his plans right. It would be interesting to try and guess where and how Kumble would use Rahul. Some possibilities Kumble might be pondering: 1. Kallis and Rahul are the guys to anchor. Boucher can play this role only if required. 2. Kallis out... Rahul in... 3. Two early wickets with hardly any score on board, in comes Rahul irrespective of Kallis is at crease or not. Arresting a slide would be more important at such a stage. Kohli, Morgan and Boucher to follow would be nice...

  • Owls on March 22, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Badani, Ganapathy and NLTC Perera / Ntini should replace Vijay, Gony and Kemp(if unfit). Vijay and Gony are totally out of place. Badani can play some big shots (atleast he used to). Ganapathy can bowl a decent 4 overs. Why not try them? Maybe Badri might as well get the boot but I dont think the others are 20/20 specialists. In fact in the last game the number of times batsman played a shot and missed, you'd think that these guys are playing the game for the first time. It was ugly.

  • ColeyT4L on March 23, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    I think that if Kemp is out then Bailey can take his place and might find that he fills the role better also haven't heard about Ntini perhaps he could fill the role of the fifth bowler and get one over on his fellow South African Kallis so he can finally get an average for this year's IPL instead of current being infinity dividing his runs by 0

  • TenRajesh on March 23, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Banglore is looking to be on the top at the moment. Chennai will have to pull up it socks to give challenge to challengers.

  • executioner_vel on March 23, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    yes, the RCB top order is really excellent...the batting line up is of mixed bag of devastating players...but the only thing2 to 3 players are only consistant ..if CSK nowlers come good in intial overs then trouble would arise........But one for sure If Hayden fires and Raina stands no one could stand in their aggression...

    Chak de...CSK....