RCB Vs Lions: Must-win game for both sides

Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 12:21 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Royal Challengers Bangalore will clash against Highveld Lions in a must-win game for a semi-final spot in the Champions League T20, 2010 in Johannesburg.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore after an impressive opening match victory over Guyana have suffered two straight defeats against South Australia Redbacks and the Mumbai Indians. But despite the two losses, the Challengers stand a firm chance to make it to the semi-finals with a better run-rate. Their net run-rate is higher than any other team in the group which means if they can defeat Lions, they can surely make it to the semi-finals.

Except for Rahul Dravid, the star studded Royal Challengers batting line up have struggled for consistency, and failed as a unit and that will be a major concern for the team from Bangalore. Kholi was exceptional in the last match and he will be hoping to keep it consistent and play a big innings for his side. Jacques Kallis was superb in the first match but his injury kept him out of the second match against the Redbacks. Dale Steyn was superb in the last match and he would be hoping to continue on with his good show and get some improtant wickets for his side.

Kumble has been exceptional with his bowling and he will be determined to lead his side to the semi-finals.

A loss for RCB would mean they are out of the tournament. Highveld Lions are currently second in the group based on points.

In the Lions camp, captain Alviro Petersen who scored a delightful half century in their last match will be a key player for the home side and they will be keen to knock the team from Bangalore out of the league. They did upset the Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the League and they will surely be up for the challenge against the RCB.

Richard Cameron came to party in the last match with a terrific 78 off 48 balls to knock the Guyana team out of the game.

Their opening bowler O'Reilly took four for 27 in their last outing against Guyana and he will be hoping to repeat the feat against the Royal Challengers. Medium-pacer, Shane Burger impressed in the first game with good tight bowling in the death overs.


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