IPL 2013: Exciting RCB,KKR contest on cards

RCB will look to stick to winning ways when take on KKR in Bangalore today.

Written by Sahil Malhotra | New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2013 1:07 pm

Led by the dynamic Virat Kohli,RCB crushed Hyderabad by 19 runs on Monday and the RCB skipper will hope that his men don’t lose the plot and stick to the basics.

KKR,on the other hand,will look to get back to the winning habit when they take on a formidable RCB unit. It is important that the team,heavy relying on Sunil Narine’s services,perform well as a unit.

When will they fire?

A question on every lip- when will Yusuf Pathan and Manvinder Bisla fire? Manvinder Bisla,hero of the final last year,has looked all at sea in the middle. The aggressive right-hander is finding it difficult to lay a platform for the middle-order to capitalise on. Yusuf Pathan,on the other hand,is yet to make an impression.

As far as the Royal Challengers Bangalore are concerned,they need to get their act right at the top of the order. The opening combination still remains a worry as they haven’t clicked so far. Chris Gayle,despite a match-winning knock in the RCB’s opening fixture,is not at his destructive best.

Fresh additions:

Brendon McCullum, who postponed his trip to fully recover from a hamstring injury,joined the Kolkata Knight Riders unit on Wednesday and is available for selection for the RCB tie. The right-hander’s inclusion will definitely bolster a misfiring KKR batting.

AB de Villiers was cautious to start with against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. It will be interesting to see how the South African approaches this star-studded fixture against the defending champions. AB,along with Virat Kohli,will have to share the responsibility of holding the middle-order as not much batting follows after that.

Spin twins

A spinning contest awaits as from one dug out it will be the mystery spinner Sunil Narine and veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will roll his arm from the other

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When Virat pleased Sr. Mallya

“Great RCB win over Hyderabad in Bangalore.Sweet revenge.Virat Kohli was simply outstanding and showed his super class.Great team effort too

KKR spinner Iqbal Abdullah

“Off 2 bnglr nw. We will bounce back frm the previous loss. come on @kkriders fans. Luv u all. Keep supporting”

KKR batsman Manoj Tiwary

“Practice session now at chinnaswamy stadium !!! Lookin 4ward 2 a gud practice session”

Numbers check

-Head-to-head 6-5 (KKR-RCB) in 11 matches

-Yusuf Pathan’s strike rate in 44 matches for Knight Riders is 124.68. In 43 matches for Rajasthan Royals,his strike rate was 161.

-Knights Riders have the highest team score of 222 in Bangalore,from the opening match of IPL 2008. Royal Challengers’ highest score on this ground – 205 against the Kings XI Punjab in 2011.

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