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Daniel Vettori’s men dominated that match against CSK for 38 overs, but were pipped to the post by Albie Morkel’s blitz and some poor bowling. It is going to take some doing for the RCB support staff to wipe out the horrors of that defeat and prepare their team so they go out to battle with a positive frame of mind.
The Rajasthan Royals won their first two home games in style, but have since gone down in both their away matches – first losing to the Mumbai Indians and then to the Kolkata Knight Riders. This fixture will be their third consecutive away game, and Rahul Dravid will want to turn his team’s fortunes around at a venue that was home to him for over 20 years.
Sunday, April 15, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Chris Gayle took some time to warm up to his big-hitting form, but when he did get into that zone he sent several deliveries over the fence with very little effort. The RCB team management and fans will be hoping the Jamaican can continue to pull off those big shots regularly and better his performance from DLF IPL 2011.
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are other key batmen in the RCB line-up. Meanwhile, Muttiah Muralitharan continues to defy his age, and performs with the same level of skill and energy that made him the leading wicket-taker in international cricket.
Apart from Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the innings, the Rajasthan Royals will hope Owais Shah can maintain his good form through the rest of the competition.
The Rajasthan Royals could possibly look at including Shaun Tait in their line-up, given the hard surface they are likely to encounter at the venue. The 29-year-old will have fond memories of the venue; he had picked up five wickets in a 2011 CLT20 match against RCB. Also, by now, RR would have learnt about Gayle’s weakness against quick bowlers, and they would want to exploit that it.
The record stands at one win apiece between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals in their three clashes at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium; with one match getting washed away by rain. Overall though, RCB hold a slight edge, having won four off the eight contests between the two teams.
Shaun Tait’s best bowling figures in Twenty20 cricket (five for 32) were achieved against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In his 16-year international career, Rahul Dravid only made three half-centuries in 22 innings (15 Test innings, 7 ODI innings) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. However, in 12 IPL innings at the venue, he has already scored two half-centuries, and will look to add to his tally.
Rajasthan Royals will be seen in action next on April 17 when they host the Deccan Chargers, who will be searching for their first victory in DLF IPL 2012. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will be seen in action on the same day, when they take the field at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to clash with the Pune Warriors India.
Gautam Gambhir’s team was slow to get off the blocks. They lost their first two matches to the Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. But they have since discovered their form, and have beaten the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals in their return fixture.
Kings XI Punjab’s fortunes haven’t been to dissimilar to KKR; they lost to the Rajasthan Royals and the Pune Warriors India in their first two matches, but won their home fixture against the Pune Warriors India.
Sunday, April 15, 2011, 04:00 p.m.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
KKR’s decision to drop Brendon McCullum has meant the inclusion of Manvinder Bisla and his elevation to the top order. The 27-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has impressed in both his outings so far; he scored 46 against RCB and followed it up with a run-a-ball 29 against RR. In a competition where the turnaround time between matches is next to nothing, it is important that the men in form continue to perform. Hence KKR will be hoping that Bisla continues to score runs.
From what we have seen so far, batsmen have found it next to impossible to decipher the KKR spinner Sunil Narine. The 23-year-old came into the tournament with quite a reputation, and he has certainly shown he is something special in the two matches he’s played so far. With several tricks up his sleeve, and on a spinner-friendly surface, he could run through sides on his day.
There’s a lot of pressure on Adam Gilchrist’s shoulders. Apart from being the wicketkeeper, the Australian is captain-cum-coach of the team, and he’s also the team’s premier batsman. He, along with Shaun Marsh and David Hussey, needs to start scoring big runs if KXIP are to compete. Previous Meetings
In seven previous meetings between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, the former hold a slight edge with four victories. In the three matches at the Eden Gardens too, KKR hold an edge – having won twice, including in the game last season.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have an outstanding record in run chases at the Eden Gardens; they’ve won nine matches out of 11 when they’ve had to chase. What next?
Both teams will square off yet again on April 18 when the Kolkata Knight Riders travel to Mohali for their away fixture.