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It will be a disappointing end to the tournament for theKolkata Knight Riders as they play their final fixture of the IPL this year. The team had been crowned champions last year in an emphatic fashion after a topsy-turvy ride in the years gone by. All dreams of them repeating that magic and defending the title successfully has come to an end as KKR play for pride on Sunday, when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad.
It is an important game for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a win will seal their spot in the Playoffs. KKR might not have much to play for, but their coach Trevor Bayliss said, the team would be looking to end on a high. “It is a must-win game for us. We would like to finish with a win,” Bayliss, who addressed the press here at Hyderabad, said. “It has not been the greatest tournament for us. We did not play as well as we did last year, but we would like to finish off with a positive,” he added. KKR have won just six out of there fifteen matches so far. As a result, they could gather only 12 points which quite obviously was not enough to take the side through to the Playoffs stage. The coach agreed that the team had not been in the best of form, and have been inconsistent this year.
“It has been an up and down kind of a tournament for us. We have played some good matches, but we have played some poor matches as well. Early in the season, it was our batting that held us back, we did not score enough runs at the top and given the opportunity at the middle order, the guys did not score as many as runs as they would have liked. We bowled well early in the tournament but faltered at times towards the end. Last year we were very consistent across all facets of the game for most matches throughout the season. It has been the opposite this year,” Bayliss said.
The coach also added that a win is what the team would be looking for on Sunday. It might be of no consequence for them since they are already knocked out of the tournament, but ending the tournament with a win should keep them in high spirits.
“I have already had talks with the boys to finish on a high and win this last game. We would like to play some good cricket and finish the tournament with our heads held high.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore clash with the Chennai Super Kings in Match 70 of the Pepsi IPL 2013.
Even after the defeat in the match against Kings XI Punjab, RCB are still alive in the race to progress to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs.
Chennai Super Kings meanwhile doesn't need to depend on the result of the match to retain their position among the top two teams in the table.
The match promises to be a cracker of a contest given, RCB have a very good record of playing at home (7 wins in 8 matches), while CSK have been the best travellers this season.
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8 p.m
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Given how RCB have struggled to contain runs with the ball, it is their batsmen who need to win them matches. Orange Cap holder Chris Gayle, skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers need to get runs to give RCB the best chance of overhauling CSK. Murali Vijay could not have timed his return to form any better. Runs from him at the top of the order will reduce the burden on Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni – three of CSK’s key players.
CSK definitely have the edge on the bowling front. Little known prior to the start of the season, Mohit Sharma and Chris Morris have given their team breakthroughs time and again. Also keep an eye on the contest between CSK’s Dwayne Bravo (24 wickets) and RCB’s R Vinay Kumar (22 wickets), both of who are in the race for the Purple Cap.
No two teams have met more often in the IPL than Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. The two teams have so far met on 14 occasions (one of which was washed out). CSK have a definite edge over RCB having won 8 of their 14 matches, while RCB emerged victors in the remaining five.
No team has won more matches on the road this season than the Chennai Super Kings; they have won five of their seven away matches.
Both teams complete their league campaign in Pepsi IPL 2013. While RCB will await to know whether they progress to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs or not, CSK will head to Delhi to compete in the Playoffs.