On the 6th of May,The Royal Challengers of Bangalore took on The Kings XI Punjab.
Gilchrist,having won the toss for Punjab, sent the Royal Challengers in to bat first.
Bangalore got off to a wonderful start thanks to Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan.However,a little while later,Dilshan hit McLaren to Praveen Kumar,who made no mistake.Then,just as always,Kohli and Gayle bashed their way to 120-1 in a mere 12 overs,Gayle bringing up his second IPL ton.This is the first time any batsman has hit 2 tons in the history of the DLF IPL.Gayle,who seemed to playing with the bowlers almost like the way Kohli did so against Pune,hit 10 fours and 9 sixes,before smashing Piyush Chawla to Ryan Harris in the deep.That over was very beneficial for Punjab as Virat Kohli was clean bowled a few balls later.Then AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwari steadied RCB’s innings and stitched together a 30-run partnership until Tiwari fell to Ryan Harris.It looked as though they would get around 220-230,but they lost too many wickets towards the end and settled for a powerful 205-6.KXIP got off to a poor start losing Gilchrist,who was run out by a direct hit made by Asad Pathan.in the next over Sreenath Aravind dismissed Abhishek Nayar.A few overs later,Chris Gayle bowled a 4 over spell and took 3/21
and set up another IPL record-scoring a century and taking 3 wickets.The required run rate never came below 10 for Punjab and Aravind’s 414 sent KXIP for 120-9,crushing them by 85 runs.
On May 6th,(today) The Royal Challengers Bangalore,(RCB)
will be playing at M.Chinnaswami Stadium.The Royal Challengers,who are coming fresh from their 26 run victory over the Pune Warriors India,will take 4th place on the points table if they can seal a victory.However,The KIngs XI Punjab are currently sitting on 9th place,and are coming from a worrying 23 run loss against the Mumbai Indians.Both RCB and KXIP currently have more games to spare than the other teams.
Punjab have never defeated Bangalore since IPL 2009 under the leadership of Yuvraj Singh.Gilly will want to break the jinx for Punjab.
Punjab’s Praveen Kumar will be up against his old team,RCB.
Virat Kohli will be looking to move higher in the orange cao standings.
Almost 80% of RCB’s bowling attack are left arm bowlers.
About 85-90% of Punjab’s bowling are right arm bowlers.
Wows and Woes:
Bangalore’s top 5 batsmen score a lot and normally the players at number 6 and 7 don’t have much pressure.
Punjab’s bowling is powerful with names like Ryan Harris,Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla.
Bangalore’s ability to restrict opponents to low totals has come down slightly.
Punjab’s middle order was easily ripped apart by almost all the teams they have played in this IPL.
April 2nd is the day of the Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians game.Both teams will be looking to win and are potentially capable of making advancements.Both teams have lost their previous game and will be hungry for a good comeback.
Symonds and R.Sharma will be playing against their former skipper,Gilchrist.
Gilchrist has never seen a win against Tendulkar’s team since IPL 2009 and will want to break the jinx.
KXIP batsman Abhishek Nayar will be playing against his former team.
Both teams have slight worries in ttheir middle order batting and will have to improve.
Adam Gilchrist:If he can score a bulk of 35-50 runs,Punjab will have something to build on.
Paul Valthaty:His 120 gave KXIP the momentum they needed vs Chennai and he should to try to do the same again
Piyush Chawla:He did not have a very good world cup and he will want to bounce back.Now he has the chance to make his mark.
Sachin Tendulkar:He had a remarkable IPL until the CSK game.Now will be a good time to make a comeback.
Harbhajan Singh:He is having a rather economical IPL,and if he can get an early wicket or 2,Mumbai will get into the driver’s seat.
Lasith Malinga:He has had a wonderful IPL so far.He also has he purple cap.
He will be Mumbai’s key to a good win.
Both teams also have high potential players such as David Hussey(KXIP),Davy Jacobs(MI)Praveen Kumar(KXIP) and James Franklin(MI)
In the initial stages of the IPL,Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians were simply cruising winning 4 out of their first 5 games.But then,they tumbled down to 3rd place after a humiliating 7 wicket loss to the Rajasthan Royals.Now the doubt arises.Will Mumbai win the IPL? Sachin’s performance has dropped since their game versus the Pune Warriors.The rest of their batting order,(Davy Jacobs,James Franklin,R.Sathish)seem to collapse rather easily and greatly depend on the likes of Rohit Sharma,Andrew Symonds,Ambati Rayudu,and Kieron Pollard.Their performance in the bowling department however,has been truly remarkable.
With the Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga,Indian speedster Munaf Patel,and others such as spinner Ali Murtaza,and others,MI will be looking to improve and take back 1st place during their game vs Punjab on May 2nd
Virat Kohli rapid fired a stunning 67 to give him the orange cap and his team their 3rd win in a row by thrashing Pune Warriors by 26 runs. RCB batted just the way they should have.Virat Kohli with 67,Chris Gayle with 49,de Villiers with 26 and Tiwari with 14 built up their stupendous total.RCB will be looking to continue with this performance against Adam Gilchrist’s Kings XI Punjab on May 6th.
On 26th April 2011,Royal Challengers Bangalore overcame their streak of losing to the Delhi Daredevils by defeating them by 3 wickets on Tuesday.RCB,after having never defeated DD since the CLT20(champions league twenty20)in 2009.Delhi,who started off badly losing David Warner,(7)and Virender Sehwag (25) in the first 5-8 overs.
But then,James Hopes who was promoted to number 3 in the daredevils line-up,scored an unbeaten 54,taking the daredevils to 160.
Then RCB got of to a bad start losing Dilshan in the 2nd ball of the innings.Then Kohli’s powerful 56 and Vettori’s 18* guided them to a 3 wicket victory for the first time in 2 years.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have got both the leading world cup players,
Zaheer Khan,(leading wicket taker) and Tillakaratne Dilshan,(leading run scorer).
They also have batsmen Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers,(they share the 2nd ranking in One Day cricket).They also have other players with high potential to back them up like Dirk Nannes,Daniel Vettori,Charl Langedvedt,Nuwan Pradeep,Jonathan Vandiar,Chris Gayle,and others,they are looking like the favourites to win this IPL.
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