It's Battle Royale at Bangalore

Apr 20, 2013, 03:10 IST | IANS

In what promises to be a battle royale, hosts RCB have their task cut out to stop the winning-streak of front-runners Rajasthan Royals in the Pepsi Indian Premier League Saturday at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, further fortified in the light of this week's bomb blast.

While the teams will strive to keep their focus on cricket, RCB, who have eight points from six games, will be looking to sustain their unbeaten run at home where they have won all the four matches this season.

Virat Kohli

Of the four wins, two have been touch-and-go with a Super Over scramble against the Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this week when RCB contrived to nearly lose the game from a winning position.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli was spot-on when he blamed the batsmen for not showing “commonsense” while chasing Sunrisers’ total of 152 for five. The hosts ended with 152 for seven after being 129 for two at one stage.

In contrast, the Rahul Dravid-led Royals, who are also on eight, but from five outings, have been in fine fettle and barring the lone defeat in Pune, won their other four games, three of them at home, quite comfortably.

Kohli’s wishlist

. Gayle-storm strikes
. He keeps on scoring runs
. Watson goes early
. Unadkat makes early inroads
. RP Singh bowls tightly

Dravid’s wishlist

. Watson provides a flying start
. Rahane bats well
. Early exit of Chris Gayle
. Kevon Kooper bowls tightly
. Ajit Chandila comes good

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