IPL 2013: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals – Live IPL Score
It’s been a nervous yet rewarding first couple of weeks for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 6. With four wins – all at home – out of six closely-fought matches so far, the team will look to consolidate their position as they face an in-form Rajasthan Royals at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Saturday.
Led by former RCB captain Rahul Dravid, Royals have been convincing in four out of the five matches they have played so far, losing just once to Pune Warriors.
Their batting success has hinged largely on the combined efforts of Indian performers led by Ajinkya Rahane (196 runs @ 65.33) and Dravid (145 runs @ 36.25) while foreign recruits James Faulkner (7 wickets) and Kevon Cooper (9 wickets) have dealt vital breakthroughs with the ball.
RCB have depended on their top-order led by Chris Gayle (208 runs @ 52), skipper Virat Kohli (321 runs @ 64.20) and AB de Villiers (140 runs @ 46.66) to deliver the goods while paceman R Vinay Kumar has bailed them out a number times with nine wickets. The young Indians in the team, however, are yet to star.
The teams’ progress has been a contrast too. Royals, who scored an 86-run victory at home over Mumbai on Wednesday, have gone about their job quietly and effectively. Like their captain – a man so accomplished there’s little to prove to critics – the former champions appear to be enjoying their cricket as they did in the 2008 campaign.
RCB, still trophyless, have exuded confidence despite carrying the burden of expectation and nerves nearly got the better of them against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday before Ravi Rampaul rescued them in the Super Over.
However, RCB coach Ray Jennings on Friday said he had no issues with how his team was viewed.
“Yes, the news is everything revolves around Gayle, Kohli and de Villiers. Last IPL, everything revolved around Gayle. I don’t mind if it is three players. We might surprise you tomorrow where somebody else comes to the party and it’s not the three big guns.”
Saturday’s day-nighter could be about pacifying doubters and less about throwing new players into the mix and RCB, who have changed their line-up in every game so far, would have collected enough information to put out their best eleven. Rampaul looks a sure starter thanks to his brilliance against CSK and Daredevils while RP Singh may sit out.