IPL 2011: Bangalore hope to revive campaign against Rajasthan

first_imgStruggling to keep their campaign on track, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) clash with the inconsistent Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Bangalore on Tuesday, desperately needing a win to revive their fortunes.Three defeats in four matches is not a good record to start their campaign and the Royal Challengers will be seeking to correct it when they take on Rajasthan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.The over-dependency on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to produce match-winning knocks has seen RCB plummet to bottom of the points table. Thus far, only Kohli and de Villiers have been consistent with the bat, notching up 30-plus scores with great poise in the IPL-4.But the failures of Saurabh Tiwary, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mayank Agarwal have accentuated RCB’s misery. The fans are as disappointed as the team owners. From what has been seen of them in the last four matches, RCB’s bowling has been rather unimaginative and has come apart under their opponents’ onslaughts.Their fielding and catching has been pathetic, manifested in the mostly-reliable Mohammed Kaif spilling a feeble offering from Michael Hussey in the previous game against the Chennai Super Kings. Given the reprieve at eight, Hussey went on to make a matchwinning 56-ball 83 not out. To sum it up, it could be said that RCB’s show has been way below par.If they are to raise their level of performance, the entire outfit would have to show great character in pulling up their socks and deliver when it matters most. But unfortunately, this is something that this loosely-knitted outfit has been found wanting in.advertisementOn the other hand, inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals, who have four points in as many games, have also had their share of downs. Rajasthan had a poor day against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday night when they were bowled out for 81. But they have the resources and tenacity to bounce back from such adversity.Shane Watson is one all-rounder who could win the match on his own. Rahul Dravid, who has been hitting the ball sweetly right through the tournament, is another batsman whom RCB would be wary of. Dravid will be eager to settle scores against his former team.As captain and bowler, the visitors have a phenomenon called Shane Warne. The Wizard of Oz has led from the front and bowled his mesmerising bag of spin goodies to great effect. Only if RCB could have a measure of Watson, Dravid and Warne can they expect to break their losing streak.-With PTI inputslast_img