Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 23 May 2014 - 05:37pm IST
Preview: Match 53 – RCB v CSK
Virat and co. will hope to go out on a winning note at home
Match 53 of Pepsi IPL 2014 will feature the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings.
RCB, with five wins from 13 matches, have been eliminated from the race to the Playoffs. In their most recent outing, the bowling attack copped some severe punishment and leaked 195 runs, which were 30 too many for the RCB batsmen to chase down.
Since qualifying for the Playoffs, Chennai Super Kings have finished on the wrong side of the result. They’ve been defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last three matches. In their most recent outing, CSK posted 185 runs on the board, before they were blown away by David Warner and co.
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 4 pm IST
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
In their current avatar, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be seen as one of the best batting line-ups in the IPL. One cannot possibly find many more match-winning batsmen in a single line-up; Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers should walk in to any World XI – at least in T20 cricket. However, they have failed to complement each other, and that has hurt the team. Despite the disappointing season they’ve had, expect them to come good in front of a very noisy home crowd.
Scores in CSK’s recent matches indicate a definite improvement on the batting front. From 138 on a difficult track against RCB, to 154 against Kolkata Knight Riders and 185 most recently against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the batsmen are definitely getting the runs. Suresh Raina, after a slow start to the season, has stamped his presence with half-centuries in two of his last three innings. The other in-form player in the CSK line-up is their overseas opener Dwayne Smith. With over 500 runs so far this season, he is CSK’s top run-getter, and the team will expect him to continue making merry with the willow.
Notes from previous match
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders: KKR’s Robin Uthappa made a very good point after he won the match for his team. He said that the one major change in his approach to batting was that he was always looking to pick up singles after striking a boundary. And that strategy hurt RCB badly, among other things. There were a total of 44 singles in the KKR innings, which indicates there were few occasions of when pressure was piling up on the batsmen. The bowlers added to the woes by bowling fuller lengths too often; close to half the overs bowled were fuller length deliveries, which the KKR batsmen duly scored off at more than two runs per ball. On the batting front, none of the set batsmen batted through the innings like Uthappa did for KKR.
Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad: If CSK look back at the match, they will realise that they possibly paid the price for doing what is generally considered the “right thing” – keeping one batsman on strike for a prolonged period. When David Warner was going berserk, CSK did not concede too many singles and attempt to get him off strike; in the 69-ball partnership between Warner and Dhawan, the former consumed the bulk of the deliveries. The bowlers were also guilty of conceding too many boundaries early on; the SRH opening pair picked up 50 runs through boundaries in the initial six overs.
Despite winning their two most recent matches against the Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore trail 7-8 in the head-to-head between these two sides.
In three of the four matches played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium this season, the team batting first has scored in excess of 180. The overall average first-innings total in IPL matches at Bengaluru is 169.
In 40 IPL matches at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, a total of 497 sixes have been hit – that’s an average of 12 sixes per match.
The curtains will be drawn on Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Pepsi IPL 2014 campaign. However, fans at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru have the chance to soak in some more action when the venue hosts the Pepsi IPL 2014 Final on June 1. Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, progress to the Playoffs, but will not know their opponent or the venue of their first Playoffs match until the remaining regular season matches are played out.