Time for guys in the middle to step up: Vettori

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Published: Monday, April 16, 2012, 10:48 [IST]
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Lack of fifth bowler, reason for loss

Bangalore, Apr 16: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori has blamed the middle-order and lack of good fifth bowler for their loss against Rajasthan Royals by 59 runs at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have a relatively good line-up, as their batting has always been their highlight, with Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers in the side, one would expect a rollicking start. The only time RCB got such start was when Chris Gayle scored 68 off 35 balls against Chennai Super Kings in Chennai which was a thriller of a contest and CSK won the battle of nerves after scoring a boundary off the last ball to win the thriller.

Interestingly, Challengers had posted their highest IPL total 205/8 against Chennai, while Virat Kohli's 19th over, turned the match around as Albie Morkel hit 28 off 7 balls to register a win for Chennai.

Apart from that match, Chris Gayle has not fired, while Virat Kohli and others have shown glimpses of form but aren't consistent, which is the root cause of worry for the team management.

RCB have registered their third consecutive loss in four matches. Daniel Vettori, upset after a 59-run loss, blamed the middle-order for not putting up a fight as they faltered yet again in this season's IPL.

"There is lot of expectation from the top four batsmen to do their job but they can't do it every time and guys in the middle need to step up," he told reporters in the post-match press conference here last night.

He also said lack of good fifth bowler was another major reason for the loss as Chris Gayle was hit for 21 runs in an over, while S Aravind, who is back from injury conceded 48 runs off 3 overs which made it easy for the opposition to become aggressive in last five-six overs.

"That probably was the root of the problem. This is something we need to rectify quickly. We have to work very hard and need to bounce back in the next game," he said.

He further stated that the team has struggled to chase in Bangalore.

"Teams batting first have put up decent scores, whereas we have struggled to chase on this strip," he added.


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