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The Royal Challengers Bangalore undertake their first trip to North India as they square up against Kings XI Punjab in Match 25 of DLF IPL 2012. Both teams are in the bottom half of the table, both having won just two of their five matches. They will look to make a move up the ladder.
Kings XI Punjab struggled in their previous match against the Kolkata Knight Riders; after opting to bat first, they lost direction after their skipper Adam Gilchrist was forced to retire hurt, and only managed to post 124 for seven. They ended up losing that match by eight wickets.
Meanwhile, RCB will be buoyed by their last-ball victory over the Pune Warriors India in their previous match. After Chris Gayle had set the platform for the run-chase, AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary combined well to see them home.
In their last three outings, RCB have conceded totals of 206, 195 and 182, and they will know that is an area they have to fix in a hurry. When
Friday, April 20, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Kings XI Punjab will be aware that they have a few problems to fix. These problems start at the top of the innings; Adam Gilchrist has looked far from the destructive player he is known to be. The KXIP skipper injured his hamstring in the previous match, and given that he will be sitting out of the RCB match, his team will have their work cut out.
The KXIP will need support from stand-in David Hussey and Shaun Marsh. The former is the second highest run-getter in T20 cricket, and he will need to start pulling his weight in the team. Marsh occupies the crucial No.3 position, and has looked good in two of his four innings this season. The southpaw has an outstanding record against the Royal Challengers Bangalore; he will hope to build on that.
For RCB, the focus will once again be on that West Indian – Chris Gayle. The Jamaican hasn’t been at his attacking best just yet; in both his significant innings in the competition, he has spent some time at the crease before doing what he does best – hitting bowlers out of the park.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sunil Narine and Pune Warriors India’s Rahul Sharma had very good outings against KXIP. While RCB benched Muttiah Muralitharan to make room for Tillakaratne Dilshan in the previous match, they might contemplate getting the Sri Lankan off-spinner back in their XI to tackle KXIP.
Honours are split at four apiece between Kings XI Punjab and the Royal Challengres Bangalore in eight previous meetings between them. While KXIP won the first three contests, RCB clinched the next four.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams, KXIP handed their opponents a sound 111-run thrashing at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Gayle is now the leading six-hitter in the IPL; he’s so far hit 85 sixes in the 32 matches he’s played.
Only one Kings XI Punjab has posted a score in excess of 50 in IPL 2012.
This match will feature two of the standout performers in the IPL. KXIP’s Shaun Marsh holds the record for the highest contribution to a team cause – he’s contributed 26.31 percent of his team’s runs. Second to him in the list is Chris Gayle, who has contributed 25.42 percent of the runs scored by the RCB in the matches he has played.
Kings XI Punjab will head to India’s financial capital, Mumbai, to take on the Mumbai Indians on April 22. Royal Challengers Bangalore will be seen in action next Monday (April 23) when they take on the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
David Hussey to captain Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore
By IPL Staff
Mohali 19 April 2012
Kings XI Punjab captain, Adam Gilchrist, has been ruled out of his team’s next IPL 2012 game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore to be played at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on April 20. Gilchrist had suffered an injury while completing a run during the game against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday night. The injury had forced Gilchrist to retire hurt during the sixth over of his team’s innings, when he was batting on 28. However, he did come out to bat at the fall of the sixth wicket, after which the Australian top-scored with an unbeaten 30-ball 40 in KXIP’s score of 124.
“I won’t be playing tomorrow. I’ve got a slight tear in my hamstring, so that’s going to rule me out for tomorrow. I’ll work with the physiotherapist and we’ll monitor it from there,” Gilchrist told the media ahead of the team’s match against RCB tomorrow.
“I had a scan this morning. We’re waiting on further results, a bit more detailed. It’s a bit vague at the moment. The clarity is that I’ll definitely not be available tomorrow. I’ll obviously update if we find out more news. It’s not a case of hiding anything,” he said.
Gilchrist confirmed at the press conference that David Hussey would lead the franchise on the field in his absence. The Australian also said KXIP had enough firepower to make do without his presence in the side.
“Obviously, any injury to any player, who is in your first eleven, can be frustrating. It is disappointing in that regard. But it does create an opportunity for someone else. We’ve still got many talented players. We’ve got a guy who is rated the best batsman in IPL history in Shaun Marsh. There’s plenty of talent,” Gilchrist said.
Gilchrist’s injury means Azhar Mahmood’s chances of figuring in the playing eleven should increase dramatically. Mahmood had joined the KXIP side before their game against Kolkata, but did not end up featuring in that match. Speaking on the all-rounder’s chances of finally making it to the playing XI, Gilchrist said, “He’s certainly in contention. There is no doubt about it. He’s one of the few options that we could go with. He’s a very well-performed international cricketer, particularly lately in T20. He’ll come under heavy consideration.”
Gilchrist also threw his weight behind the young Indian batsmen in his team, who have come under fire for not performing in the tournament so far.
“They are certainly a talented bunch. It’s a young group. Mandeep [Singh]; Paras Dogra is a guy who is new to this environment by way of actually being on the field. We’re just working hard to getting them to understand that the skills that they have got are more than enough to be successful at this level. That’s the beauty of the IPL – that a little window of opportunity opens up for players and they take it and run with it.”
When asked about KXIP exploiting any particular weakness in RCB’s armoury in tomorrow’s game, Gilchrist said that his team would prefer focusing on their own strengths. “They are a strong all-round team; there is no doubt about that. I don’t think I can sit here and say that there is one area of weakness that we will exploit. They are a very competent team. Our challenge is to just make sure that we do what we can do well. Then we have a chance,” he said.