IPL 7 preview: Bangalore need a blast against Punjab!
One of the top six batsmen needs to score big Royal Challengers want to beat KXIP, says all-rounder Albie Morkel
Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Albie Morkel has said that at least one of their top six batsmen would need to score a big one in today's IPL match if they are keen to get the better of indomitable Kings XI Punjab.
Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Chris Gayle looks dejected after his dismissal against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. Pic/PTI
"Most of our batsmen got good starts. But we didn't convert. The best innings was of AB (de Villiers) who hit 89.
And if you want to win T20 games, out of top 5-6 batsmen, one has to go out and score a big one. 30s and 40s can win you games on occasions. From our batting point of view, we are aiming that somebody should score a big one," Morkel told reporters on the eve of the match.
'It's gonna be tough'
At precisely half-way stage of their 14-match league campaign, RCB have just six points from three wins in contrast to Punjab's 12 after seven games.
RCB would try to take advantage of the home conditions and win three consecutive matches in Bangalore. "It is a blessing in disguise to play three matches (in Bangalore). If you want to qualify, you have to win home matches.
We will go out and try to win all three. We are proud of our record here," said Morkel. "It's going to be tough against Punjab. They have a few dangerous batsmen. But we are taking things game by game. We haven't yet peaked," he added.
Meanwhile, the city has been experiencing intermittent showers that have provided relief from the sweltering heat in the past few days and thundershowers are forecast for today.
> Chris Gayle, who was playing his first game of the season after missing the first four scored 20 off the first over but fell in the next over while attempting to give the same treatment to Sandeep Sharma. That started a slide Royal Challengers never recovered from
> With a flurry of wickets around him, much was expected from Yuvraj Singh, but he pulled a short ball straight to David Miller at deep midwicket. Royal Challengers failed to score a boundary off the last seven overs
> Chasing 127, KXIP had their moments of anxiety at 88-5, but the pair of Rishi Dhawan and George Bailey batted sensibly and completed the chase with seven balls to spare