IPL 7 35th match RCB vs RR:Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Rajasthan Royals, Live scores, 11 May, 2014
Match Teams:Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Rajasthan Royals
Match Venue: Played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time:20:00 local time (14:30 GMT) (8:00 PM IST)
Toss:Royal Challengers Bangalore,who chose to bat first
Live Ball by ball updates
Recent Matches results
Royal Challengers Bangalore: L L W L L
Rajasthan Royals: L W W T W
While many consider Yuvraj Singh's lack of form the elephant in the Royal Challengers dressing room, Virat Kohli's failures are likely hurting them more. Before he fell for 0 against Mumbai in Dubai last month, Virat Kohli's last duck in the IPL was in 2008. He has already had three this season and his failures, perhaps, have been made even more significant by the mantle of captaincy.
He's been propelled from the supporting cast of the Kolkata Knight Riders attack to a lead role with Rajasthan Royals and Rajat Bhatia is warming up well to the additional responsibility. With nine wickets in eight games and an economy rate of 7.03, Bhatia has been doing his job of reining in the runs in the middle overs. He's also a handy bat, with 988 runs in 116 T20 games at a strike rate of nearly 119.
Royal Challengers were shot out for 70 against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi, losing four of their top five by the third over. Pravin Tambe picked up 4 for 20 but Royals did not put up the most dominant chase, losing four wickets on their way to the 71-run target.
Their bowling, one of the more settled attacks in the first half of the tournament, has also emerged as a concern. They were alarmingly generous with their lines, conceding 25 extras against Mumbai Indians and then struggled to drag the momentum back against Kings XI Punjab, allowing their batsmen to strike boundaries from the start.
In contrast, the Royals bowling has been far more disciplined and they have stuck to the template of keeping the opposition down to a manageable score while fielding first. The failure to chase a total of 132 would have come as a reality check after four straight wins and they would be keen to shrug the loss off and focus on consolidating their position in the top four.
Of his 139 IPL innings, Virat Kohli has been dismissed for less than 10 runs only 23 times. He also shares the record for most ducks in this IPL - three - with Gautam Gambhir
Harshal Patel holds the record for the most expensive figures by a Royal Challengers bowler in the IPL. He gave away 56 in three overs against Kings XI Punjab
Three - the number of hat-tricks the Royals bowlers have, the most for a team in the IPL
Ajinkya Rahane is the only Royals batsman to have scored a hundred against Royal Challengers. His ton helped Royals put up their best score of 195 for 2 in Bangalore in IPL 2012.