IPL 2019: 3 Scenarios by which RCB can reach P…

Virat Kohli has a point to prove as a captain in the remaining part of IPL 12

For the fourth successive year, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are languishing at the bottom half of the points table midway through the season. The only difference, when compared to the previous three seasons, is that this year RCB had won only one game out of eight rather than their usual 2-3 wins.

The Virat led side was in a similar position back in 2016 when they had lost 5 of their first seven games and ended up in the playoffs after winning 6 of their last 7.While at the surface level it seems impossible for RCB to make the playoffs this season, but if RCB can win all of their remaining four games they can still reach the playoffs.

Bad captaincy moves and poor death bowling were the reason for their fate so far.

Inspite of losing 6 matches in a row Virat Kohli and his men have made a small comeback by winning 3 of their last four matches.

Though RCB can still qualify for the playoffs if they win four out of four but that will only happen if the results of the matches of other teams end up in their favour. RCB will be hoping for the top of the table teams like CSK and MI to win most of their matches. If everything falls in place then there are certain scenarios which can take the Royal Challengers Bangalore into the playoff without bringing net run rate into the equation.

In 17 upcoming matches, 8-9 matches need to go in a certain manner for the Royal Challengers Bangalore to qualify.

In case of any of the three above mentioned scenarios, RCB’s capsizing boat will sail into the playoffs irrespective of their NRR.

Note: The dashes in the winner column indicate that either of the two possible results of the fixture would have no effect on the scenario. Moreover, these scenarios are not 100 % rigid and minor changes won’t affect the end result.

Yes, it is true that there is only a slim chance that any of these scenarios will come true and RCB will make it through but, remember that funnier things have happened in our wonderful sport. 

IPL 2019: 3 Scenarios by which RCB can reach P…

Virat Kohli has a point to prove as a captain in the remaining part of IPL 12

For the fourth successive year, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are languishing at the bottom half of the points table midway through the season. The only difference, when compared to the previous three seasons, is that this year RCB had won only one game out of eight rather than their usual 2-3 wins.

The Virat led side was in a similar position back in 2016 when they had lost 5 of their first seven games and ended up in the playoffs after winning 6 of their last 7.While at the surface level it seems impossible for RCB to make the playoffs this season, but if RCB can win all of their remaining four games they can still reach the playoffs.

Bad captaincy moves and poor death bowling were the reason for their fate so far.

Inspite of losing 6 matches in a row Virat Kohli and his men have made a small comeback by winning 3 of their last four matches.

Though RCB can still qualify for the playoffs if they win four out of four but that will only happen if the results of the matches of other teams end up in their favour. RCB will be hoping for the top of the table teams like CSK and MI to win most of their matches. If everything falls in place then there are certain scenarios which can take the Royal Challengers Bangalore into the playoff without bringing net run rate into the equation.

In 17 upcoming matches, 8-9 matches need to go in a certain manner for the Royal Challengers Bangalore to qualify.

In case of any of the three above mentioned scenarios, RCB’s capsizing boat will sail into the playoffs irrespective of their NRR.

Note: The dashes in the winner column indicate that either of the two possible results of the fixture would have no effect on the scenario. Moreover, these scenarios are not 100 % rigid and minor changes won’t affect the end result.

Yes, it is true that there is only a slim chance that any of these scenarios will come true and RCB will make it through but, remember that funnier things have happened in our wonderful sport. 

IPL 2019: 3 Scenarios by which RCB can reach P…

Virat Kohli has a point to prove as a captain in the remaining part of IPL 12

For the fourth successive year, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are languishing at the bottom half of the points table midway through the season. The only difference, when compared to the previous three seasons, is that this year RCB had won only one game out of eight rather than their usual 2-3 wins.

The Virat led side was in a similar position back in 2016 when they had lost 5 of their first seven games and ended up in the playoffs after winning 6 of their last 7.While at the surface level it seems impossible for RCB to make the playoffs this season, but if RCB can win all of their remaining four games they can still reach the playoffs.

Bad captaincy moves and poor death bowling were the reason for their fate so far.

Inspite of losing 6 matches in a row Virat Kohli and his men have made a small comeback by winning 3 of their last four matches.

Though RCB can still qualify for the playoffs if they win four out of four but that will only happen if the results of the matches of other teams end up in their favour. RCB will be hoping for the top of the table teams like CSK and MI to win most of their matches. If everything falls in place then there are certain scenarios which can take the Royal Challengers Bangalore into the playoff without bringing net run rate into the equation.

In 17 upcoming matches, 8-9 matches need to go in a certain manner for the Royal Challengers Bangalore to qualify.

In case of any of the three above mentioned scenarios, RCB’s capsizing boat will sail into the playoffs irrespective of their NRR.

Note: The dashes in the winner column indicate that either of the two possible results of the fixture would have no effect on the scenario. Moreover, these scenarios are not 100 % rigid and minor changes won’t affect the end result.

Yes, it is true that there is only a slim chance that any of these scenarios will come true and RCB will make it through but, remember that funnier things have happened in our wonderful sport. 

IPL 2019, RR vs DC: Venue stats, head-to-head …

Delhi Capitals are the dark horses in this season of the IPL (picture courtesy: BCCI/iplt20.com)

After a clinical victory over Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals are set to host the Delhi Capitals in their next league fixture. RR will be determined to continue their winning momentum following a poor start to IPL 2019, while Delhi Capitals will be looking to win this match and seal the top spot in the points table.

Rajasthan Royals have had a topsy-turvy campaign so far in this edition the IPL. Steven Smith has been appointed the new leader for the home side after the former skipper, Ajinkya Rahane stepped down. That move bore immediate fruit as the Aussie led them to their third win of this season against the mighty Mumbai Indians.

On the contrary, Delhi Capitals have been in impressive form so far in this tournament. With six wins and four defeats in their 10 outings, the visitors are sitting comfortably on the third spot in the league standings.

Shreyas Iyer is leading his troops from the front both with his bat and his on-field captaincy. With CSK having dropped points last night, this is a golden chance for Delhi Capitals to jump to the top of the table, at least temporarily, as their net run rate is higher than that of MS Dhoni’s team. 

Match details

Date: Monday, 22 April 2019

Time: 08:00 PM IST

Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

Venue Stats (IPL)

Matches won batting first – 15

Matches won bowling first – 26

Average 1st Inns score – 157

Average 2nd Inns score – 143

Highest total recorded – 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DCG

Lowest total recorded – 92/10 (18.2 Ov) by MI vs RR

Highest score chased – 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DCG

Lowest score defended – 151/7 (20 Ov) by SRH vs RR

Head-to-Head record

Total – 18

Rajasthan Royals – 11

Delhi Capitals – 7

Team news

Rajasthan Royals

Ashton Turner might be left out for this fixture. Liam Livingstone is expected to replace the Aussie.

Delhi Capitals

The visitors are likely to go ahead with the same starting lineup. 

Squads

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (w), Steven Smith ©, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun

Delhi Capitals

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer ©, Rishabh Pant (w), Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Jagadeesha Suchith, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Keemo Paul, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Tewatia, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa

Key players

Rajasthan Royals

– Sanju Samson

– Jofra Archer

– Shreyas Gopal

Delhi Capitals

– Shikhar Dhawan

– Shreyas Iyer

– Kagiso Rabada

Probable playing XI

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith ©, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Ashton Tuner / Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat.

Delhi Capitals

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer ©, Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma.

IPL 2019 Points Table, Orange Cap and Purple C…

Delhi Capital’s Kagiso Rabada is the current holder of the Purple Cap

The weekend IPL fun moved on to Hyderabad where the Sunrisers Hyderabad took on the Kolkata Knight Riders and then to Bengaluru where the Royal Challengers Bangalore contested the Chennai Super Kings.

In Hyderabad, Kane Williamson won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. KKR got to a modest total of 159 in their 20 overs. The pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow had a regular day in office, they came, they scored their half centuries and they took Sunrisers home in just 15 overs.

Bairstow remained unbeaten on 80 as SRH completed a comprehensive win against KKR. Image Courtesy: IPLT20/BCCI

In Bengaluru, a vintage Dale Steyn and a vintage MS Dhoni showed up in a last ball thriller. While chasing 162, CSK were reduced to 28-4. From then on, Dhoni built the innings well, and CSK needed 26 runs in the last over. Dhoni tore Umesh Yadav apart with 3 sixes and a boundary and just 2 runs were needed off the last ball. He missed the ball and Shardul Thakur was run out by Parthiv Patel ensuring a dot ball. RCB won the match by 1 run and Dhoni once again showed why he is regarded as one of the best finishers of the game, although he failed to take his side over the line by a whisker.

The last ball run out which helped RCB win their 3rd game of the season. Image Courtesy: IPLT20/BCCI

Points Table

SRH entered the top 4 after their win against KKR, with 10 points from 9 games and a remarkable NRR of 0.737. KKR, on the other hand, are still stuck at 8 points, having lost 5 matches in a row. KKR’s NRR also took a blow and has come down to -0.013.

RCB won their 3rd game but are still at the bottom of the table with 6 points from 10 games. while CSK still sit pretty at the top with 14 points from their 10 games.

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Orange Cap

Warner became the first batsman to cross the 500-run mark this IPL. He is at the top of the Orange Cap leaderboard with 517 runs. His opening partner Bairstow is in second position with 445 runs. Meanwhile, Dhoni has climbed upto the 11th spot after his heroics against RCB. He is the only batsman from CSK in the top 25 of the Orange Cap leaderboard.

Purple Cap

The Purple Cap is sitting pretty on Kagiso Rabada’s head. Imran Tahir with 16 wickets is in the second spot, followed by another leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, who has 14 wickets to his name. Deepak Chahar continues to take wickets for CSK and is fourth in the list with 13 wickets from 10 games.

ICC World Cup 2019 | Pakistan Looking at Engla…

Pakistan middle-order batsman Haris Sohail has said the team is looking at their tour of England as an opportunity to get used to the conditions in the country, with it being their last assignment before the World Cup commences in England on May 30.

“The World Cup is still a little while away,” Sohail told ICC. “Before that, we have a very important series against England. England is a quality side, the No.1 ODI team. If we win that series, we’ll get a great deal of help in getting used to those conditions. We still have about 10 matches to go before the World Cup if you count all the practice matches. So we’re hopeful of getting acclimatised well and producing good results at the World Cup.”

Sohail, who scored two centuries against Australia in their recently concluded series in the UAE also spoke about his own form and confidence heading into the series against England and the World Cup.

“Since the Australia series, my confidence and form is in a good place,” Haris said. “Over the past few days, I wasn’t feeling too great, but a match situation is different, and in the (practice) match we played, the ball felt great on the bat.”

One of the concerns surrounding the Pakistani batsmen was their inability to score runs at a pace the modern game demands. But Sohail, who scored 291 runs in the series against Australia at an average of 72.75 insisted that it was not going to be an issue for them.

“Cricket is a different game nowadays. Now, when your No.3 or 4 plays a big innings or gets a hundred, batsmen play around him,” he said. “In ODI cricket, a total above 300 is now par. Not in the UAE, where pitches are slower and you need to take more time. But definitely that applies in countries like England. So over there, you’ll see us play more aggressively.”

Babar Azam, who is ranked No. 1 in the ICC T20I rankings for batsmen also said that he is more than capable of hitting big when the situation demands it, even if he is generally more suited to playing traditional cricketing shots.

“If I can be No.1 in the world without power hitting, then I don’t need power hitting,“ he said. "But when I need to, I utilise it well. I don’t just play along the ground. I practice hitting the ball big and when needed, I use it. My role is to play out the full overs. My individual role is to take the innings as deep as I can and perform in a way that benefits the team most of all.”

Pakistan’s series against England will start with a one-off T2OI in Cardiff on May 5, with the all-important ODI series beginning on May 8.