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Kumble, Murali and Prasad bowl together at RCB nets in Jaipur
By IPL Staff
Jaipur 23 April 2012
Training under the watchful eyes of Ray Jennings, Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble, the Royal Challengers from Bangalore are ready to pose a formidable challenge to the Royals of Rajasthan.
Riding on the high of their win against Kings XI Punjab in an away game in Mohali earlier in the week, RCB will be keen to carry forth the momentum by beating the home team. Turning up for practice under lights for their late evening game today, the Royal Challengers sweated it out at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
The upbeat mood in the camp was evident as the players went about their business, whether it was playing a good warm-up game of football, fielding, bowling or batting. Having arrived in the city a couple of days before the game, few of the players also visited Ajmer earlier today.
Towards the fag end of the session, KP Appanna practiced bowling under the tutorship of former India player Venkatesh Prasad, who also called upon legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble to give a few tips to the youngster.
Even as the seniors guided the youngsters in the team, they couldn’t resist bowling a few balls themselves. After sharing a few tips with Appanna, Kumble took the ball and sent some deliveries down the pitch. He was joined by another legend of the same era, Muthiah Muralitharan. The two spin greats enjoying bowling in same team colours, was a sight to behold. Not one to be left behind, Prasad too joined in the party.
The mentor, the veteran and the coach; the only one missing the group was RCB skipper, Daniel Vettori, who was at the adjacent nets. A healthy mix of experience and youth, this is one team capable of penetrating the Rajasthan Royals’ fortress.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are on the upswing after convincing wins against the Pune Warriors India and Kings XI Punjab. They clash with the Rajasthan Royals, who were pipped at the post in their previous game against the Chennai Super Kings, in Match 30 of DLF IPL 2012.
The Rajasthan Royals have been steady in the tournament thus far, often performing way above expectations, while Daniel Vettori’s boys are slowly discovering the form that took them to the final of IPL 2011.
The Rajasthan Royals have an outstanding record while playing at home, and it will take a special performance from RCB to finish on the right side of this contest. When
Monday, April 23, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
A lot of the credit for Rajasthan Royals’ success this season goes to their opening pair of Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane, and Owais Shah. While the openers have almost always given the team good starts, Shah has come in and played valuable cameos towards the end.
Chris Gayle – for all his might – hasn’t been at his devastating best. The RCB opener has scored three half-centuries in the competition, and on each of those occasions, he has played the waiting game, sized up the opposition and only then opened up.
The lack of runs from Virat Kohli’s willow will be a reason to worry for the Royal Challengers. The RCB vice-captain has scored just the one half-century in six innings, and he will be aware that his team expects a lot more than he has done so far.
It is four wins apiece between the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the nine times they’ve met previously. The one remaining encounter was washed away by rain.
When these teams met earlier this season, RR caused an upset of sorts when they got the better of RCB in Bangalore. After posting 195 batting first, the Royals bowled out their opponents for 136 to win the encounter by 59 runs.
The Rajasthan Royals have won 15 of their 20 matches at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
The Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore have the poorest economy-rates off the nine teams this season. In IPL 2012, the overall economy-rate of RR is 8.57, while RCB’s economy-rate is 8.15.
The Rajasthan Royals will enjoy a five-day break before their next fixture against the Delhi Daredevils on April 29. Meanwhile, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will head back home after this game to host the Chennai Super Kings on April 25.