He was definitely the game changer in the second innings as he took the wickets of the two best batsmen- Kohli and de Villiers. Despite McCullum's golden duck, his 40 odd against KKR is an encouraging sign.de Kock's 45 from 34 means that the RCB batting lineup is in red-hot form except for one player, who might just be dropped. Can Sundar and Mandeep turn it around for RCB. Rajasthan are well on their way to victory.
Gayle finally fell in the 12th over when Shane Watson's short delivery found the edge as the left-hander tried to get away but was caught at fine leg. If you can without sabotaging your future plans, though, get de Villiers in. Shreyas Gopal providing the big breakthrough.
They chased 155 with three balls to spare and for a change it was very much a collective effort rather than the individual brilliance of one or two of their star names. But anyone who has followed his career closely knows that it tends to be a little bit feast or starvation with him and he doesn't often follow up a big performance like that with another one. Butler, Tripathi, and Arcy Short need to deliver the goods. Instead, I'm going for the extra budget and extra fielding points in Quinton de Kock.
The Kerala youngster hit 10 sixes and 2 boundaries as RCB bowlers failed to contain the right hander in the final five overs of the match.
De Villiers has traditionally fared well against the Royals, hitting at least 47 in each of his last four appearances, but could only muster 20 on this occasion. Only Yuzvendra Chahal had respectable figures of 2 for 22 in 4 overs. Try to bowl on the stumps. England's Chris Woakes returned 2/47. Earlier, the home team bowlers spearheaded by Umesh Yadav (3-23), showed character and discipline to restrict the visitors.
Chasing 156, opener Brendon McCullum (0) departed in the first over and skipper Virat Kohli (21) also wasted the start and went back in the fifth over. The RCB think-tank, including Gary Kirsten, could give a chance to Corey Anderson, who has the ability to hit long and hard. With the scoreboard reading 32, Mayank and Finch were dismissed in consecutive balls, while Yuvraj was bowled on the last ball by pacer Umesh Yadav. Both milked runs, despite good bowling from Chahal and Washington Sundar.
However, Raina will miss Sunday's clash after being ruled out of the side's next two matches because of a calf injury, which could be a thing of worry for the CSK management.