Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors Highlights, IPL 5, 17th April 2012. RCB VS PW cricket highlights IPL season 5. Pune Warriors vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Cricket Highlights IPL 5 2012. Indian Premier League Cricket Highlights 2012 Match 21.
Warriors probably signed Marlon Samuels more for his batting skills, but he has consistently proved useful with his flat and fast offspinners. His quicker delivery was clocked at 127kph against Super Kings. However, It will be interesting to see how he bowls as he has been reported for a suspect action. In the previous match, Royal Challengers had one of their favourite sons, Rahul Dravid, in the opposition. This time, they will be up against another local lad and former Royal Challengers batsman, Robin Uthappa. The $2.1m rated Uthappa has already made a couple of decent contributions with the bat, and he will be looking to score at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to remind his old team what they are missing.
In contrast, Royal Challengers are having a hard time. The fifth bowler has been a particular concern for them – leaking 71 runs in the defeat to Chennai Super Kings, and 69 in the meltdown against Rajasthan Royals. S Aravind had impressed last season in the IPL, but had a horror outing on Sunday. Royal Challengers had also been hamstrung by a shortage of allrounders in their line-up, limiting their bowling options. That could be changed by getting in either Tillakaratne Dilshan or Andrew McDonald, but at the expense of whom? Daniel Vettori is the captain, Gayle and de Villiers are automatic picks, and Muttiah Muralitharan has looked the best of the side’s bowlers so far.
When the squads were assessed before the start of the tournament, Pune Warriors were deemed to be one of the underdogs and Royal Challengers Bangalore, one of the favourites. So far, those assessments have proved totally off the mark. The Royal Challengers’ overseas players may be megastars, but the Warriors’ foreign recruits are multi-faceted cricketers providing the team plenty of options. Jesse Ryder, Marlon Samuels, Steven Smith and Angelo Mathews can all bat and bowl, and can lift the fielding standards as well. The Indian contingent has also delivered so far. Rahul Sharma is starting to prove that last season was no fluke, Ashok Dinda is beginning to win admirers for his ability to consistently bowl it full and Ashish Nehra has been regularly around 140kph mark.
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IP Bangalore vs IP Pune, 21st match
April 17, 2012, IPL 2012, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Umpires: S Asnani (IND) and S Das (IND) Third Umpire: A Rauf (PAK)
Match Referee: G Labrooy (SL)
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