Virat Kohli won his third toss and decided to chase against KKR in Sharjah. Mitchell Starc backed his decision, bowling an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss the Kolkata skipper for his third duck in a row. Albie Morkel then picked up the in-form Manish Pandey.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, SharjahTime: 8 PM ISTOf the 9 T20Is played at this venue, 3 have been won by the team chasing, and 6 by the team defending. Sharjah’s flat batting wicket in the tournament has seen some massive totals being posted and with the batting line ups of the teams in this match, expect no less. The pitch has been made ideal for stroke making, but also gives something for the bowlers to play with – spinners and pacers alike.Head To Head:RCB and KKR have played against each other on 12 occasions and things are all square between the two with 6 wins apiece.
23th April 2014 Intro: Shane Watson has taken over the mantle at Rajasthan Royals in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. He feels captaincy is a superb opportunity for him to grow as a player.
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With two matches already played by RCB, the squad has started gelling and understanding each other better. Virat Kohli has sung praises of his fellow Indian team compatriot, Yuvraj Singh.”Yuvraj is very excited to go out there and perform for RCB this season and like he has been so many times in the past for India, I feel he is going be the X factor for RCB,” said Kohli.Scoring an unbeaten half century in his debut against DD, Yuvraj made sure that he got off to a good start for the franchise.
After a comprehensive win over the Mumbai Indians, Parthiv Patel being the star performer expressed his satisfaction over his partnership with AB de Villiers.Struggling at 17/3 in the run chase, Parthiv and de Villiers showed some great composure and a measured batting approach to stabilize the innings. “I think I couldn’t have asked for any better person to come in at that time. You know AB expectedly is one of the best batsmen in the world
The man in the limelight, Yuzvendra Chahal has revealed that his RCB skipper, Virat Kohli is always very supportive of him.“I did not get to play much with the Mumbai Indians. I was bowling well in the nets and did well in the practice match for RCB, which I feel was the reason to consider me in the playing XI. Plus, Virat has always backed my abilities as a bowler.
20th April 2014 Royals feel the heat in Sharjah Maxwell & Miller steal the show for KXIP as the team wins its second match in Pepsi IPL against RR by 7 wickets Rajasthan Royals 1 Abhishek Nayar, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Sanju Samson (wk), 4 Shane Watson, 5 Stuart Binny, 6 Steve Smith, 7 Rajat Bhatia, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Kane Richardson, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Pravin Tambe Kings XI Punjab 1 Cheteshwar Pujara, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Glenn Maxwell, 4 Akshar Patel, 5 David Miller, 6 Georg