Chennai, Apr 12: Royal Challengers Bangalore are keen to put up a good show against Chennai Super Kings in the 13th match of the fifth season of Indian Premier League, to be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai at 4pm today.
Here is a look at the key players of Royal Challengers Bangalore as they are all set to play the most important match against Chennai after their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at Bangalore on Tuesday.
RCB's trump-card, Muttaiah Muralitharan, who was associated with Chennai Super Kings for the first three seasons, is all set to take on his former team. With 40 wickets in the first three seasons, he has been the most dependable bowler and a match-winner for the team. This season, playing for RCB, he claimed 3/16 in the first match against Delhi Daredevils to help the team register their first win in IPL 5. Murali with 5 scalps from 2 games is RCB's trump-card.
RCB's batting solely depends on Chris Gayle and AB deVilliers for the time-being. Though the Jamaican has not hit form this season, unlike the Tsunami threat, Gayle storm might hit soon, as he is expecting to play the entire season for RCB this year. With 608 runs in the fourth season of IPL, the orange-cap holder Gayle played a vital role in RCB's road to the final of the fourth edition of IPL, having played 9 matches, RCB won 8 of them, as he was considered to be the lucky mascot for the team.
His only outing was against KKR this season, when he was out for 2, but he is soon to hit form in the coming matches. If Gayle gets back to his usual best, nobody can stop him from hitting those huge ones to the stands. With 1073 runs off 29 matches, single-handedly took the team to the finals of the fourth edition of IPL.
AB deVilliers, the South African wicket-keeper, has been very impressive this season with 74 runs off 2 matches which includes a highest score of 64* against Delhi Daredevils. Associated with Delhi Daredevils for the first few years, and RCB in the fourth season, the wicket-keeper batsman has scored 1057 runs off 46 matches with an average of 34.09.
Vinay Kumar, the Davangere express has been getting a lot of assistance from the wicket, as he has the ability to get the variations right, hitting hard on the deck and keeping the run-rate under check. Vinay played for RCB for the first three seasons before his one year stint with Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Vinay has got 44 wickets in IPL off 48 matches with one four wicket haul, 4/40 being his best bowling performance.
He has been the key bowler for RCB this season as his economy rate slightly more than 5. His performance against KKR was commendable as he conceded just 18 runs off his 4 overs claiming two wickets to help RCB bounce back.
Apart from these four players, Virat Kohli, Daniel Vettori and Zaheer Khan are considered to be the pillars of RCB. Though they aren't at their best of the forms, right now, considering their previous performances, they can bounce back at any juncture and play a vital role in the team's success.
With a match against Chennai coming up, RCB players will look forward to set things right as batting woes need to be addressed ahead of the match and performances from their key players are a must to win this crucial tie.