The Telegraph
Saturday , April 26 , 2014
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RCB aiming to bounce back

Abu Dhabi: Having suffered back-to-back defeats, Rajasthan Royals (RR) will have to sort out their issues before they clash with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), here, on Saturday.

The Royal Challengers’ rampaging run was brought to a halt as well by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday. So, they too would like to return to winning ways.

After a last over win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their campaign-opener, the Royals suffered two successive defeats against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. It’s imperative captain Shane Watson quickly addresses his team’s batting and bowling concerns.

Precisely, the Royals have to better their all-round showing as their batting and bowling have failed on separate occasions.

If it was Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny who helped them cross the line narrowly in their first match, Watson and Sanju Samson came good in the next match with twin half-centuries to put up an imposing total against Kings XI. But despite taking early wickets, Royals’ bowlers surrendered before Glenn Maxwell and David Miller.

And in their previous match, RR’s batting faltered against a disciplined Super Kings bowling attack.

The 2008 champions have big names in Brad Hodge and Steven Smith along with the promising James Faulkner in their ranks, besides Watson. But barring Watson’s one innings, none of the other star players could set the stage on fire.

RCB, on the other hand, have been rock solid in their batting, barring the occasion on Thursday when they surprised everybody by losing against KKR despite having the game in their pocket.

Captain Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel and the likes have got going and so has the low-profile Yogesh Takawale, who has shown his abilities.

No wonder RCB were a tad unfortunate when the unbelievable catch from Chris Lynn resulted in the dismissal of De Villiers. (AGENCIES)