IPL 2014: RCB Going Down at Halfway, Despite Gayle factor

Surprising that the team which appeared as one of the first contender for semifinal after first 2 games, appears now just too good to win after 7 matches. Royal Challengers Bangalore is playing with full strength as Gayle joined the team. But they have more losses than wins now as they stand at 4th position at halfway. Their strong unit batting is suffering and the impressive bowling is failing to contain the pressure mounted by their own batting failures. Parthiv Patel in batting, Starc, Aaron and YS Chahal are their consistent performers, while Yuvraj certainly needs a wake up call. Check their complete team, batting and bowling performances.

IPL 2014 Schedule and Results

Summary of Matches
1st Match: The bowlers ensured the batsmen did not get a challenging total against DD. Aaron (1/9), Chahal (1/18), Albie (1/18) were the key destroyers. Dinda (0/51), Starc (1/33) and Yuvraj (0/16) went for runs. But Parthiv (37), Kohli (49*) and Yuvraj (52*) ensured easy with despite failure of Maddinson (4).
2nd Match: Bowlers again dominated, as MI could score only 115/9. Dinda (1/14), Chahal (2/17), Starc (2/21) did not let them breathe. Even Aaron (2/30) and Albie (1/23) were successful. Maddinson (12) failed to convert a good start, and Kohli and Yuvraj fell to Zaheer Khan on duck in the same over as RCB were 17/3 in 4 overs. From there Parthiv (57*) and AB de Villiers (45*) chased the total easily.
3rd Match: Bowlers again did a decent job as KKR was rretricted to 150/7. Aaron (3/16) led supported by Chahal (1/26), Dinda (0/26), although Muralitharan (0/25 in 2 overs), Albie Morkel (1/21 in 2 overs) and Starc (2/33) went for runs. RCB was winning the match easily as Parthiv (21), Takawale (40) started the winning with quick runs. Kohli (31) also played his part. But after that Yuvraj (34-ball 31 runs), AB de Villiers (11 runs in 12 balls) and Albie Morkel (5-ball 6 runs) failed to complete the chase as they lost from a winning position.
4th Match: Worst batting performance by any RCB team till date as they scored IPLs third lowest score of 70 runs. Kohli (21), Starc (18) and Rampaul (13) reached double digits. Starc (2/29) and Chahal (1/17) posed a fight, but score was too little.
5th Match: Gayle was rushed into the team and he started with a blitzkrieg of 7-ball 20 runs. But then others failed. Yuvraj’s (32-ball 35 runs) again did not prove worth as they could score only 124/8, which Kings XI scored in 18.5 overs. Chahal (2/23) and Starc (0/15) fought, but in vain.
6th Match: SRH scored a decent total of 155/6. Only Starc (2/21) bowled below 6 runs per over. Gayle (19-ball 27) failed to stay longer again. Parthiv (3), Kohli (0) went in the same over of B Kumar. Rossouw (14), Yuvraj (14) added to the pressure. But AB de Villiers (41-ball 89*) played a repeat of last edition’s match against SRH as RCB won with a ball to spare.
7th Match: Mumbai at home registered 2nd consecutive win as they scored 187/5 and then RCB could reach only 168/8. Gayle (24-ball 38), Parthiv (19-ball 26), Kohli (28-ball 35) and Rossouw (14-ball 24) fought, but failure of AB (9), Yuvraj (10-ball 6 runs) and tailenders costed them the match.

Match Results

    1. Def DD by 8 wickets.
    2. Def MI by 7 wickets.
    3. Lost to KKR by 2 runs.
    4. Lost to RR by 6 wickets.
    5. Lost to KXIP by 5 wickets.
    6. Def SRH by 4 wickets.
    7. Lost to MI by 19 runs.

Runs Scored and Conceded Every Match

    1. DD 145/4, RCB 146/2 (16.4)
    2. MI 115/9, RCB 116/3 (17.3)
    3. KKR 150/7, RCB 148/5
    4. RCB 70, RR 71/4
    5. RCB 124/8, KXIP 127/5 (18.5)
    6. SRH 155/6, RCB 158/6 (19.5)
    7. MI 187/5, RCB 168/8

Key Batsmen

    171 AB de Villiers
    147 Parthiv Patel
    141 Yuvraj Singh
    140 Virat Kohli

Key Bowlers

    11 Varun Aaron
    9 Starc
    8 Chahal
    4 Dinda
    3 Albie Morkel
    2 Harsha Patel

Player of the Matches

    1. YS Chahal (1/18)
    2. Parthiv Patel (45-ball unbeaten 57 runs with 7 4s)
    3. AB de Villiers (41-ball unbeaten 89 runs with 6 4s 8 6s)

50+ Partnerships

    1. 56 2nd Maddinson, Kohli vs DD
    2. 84* 3rd Kohli, Yuvraj vs DD
    3. 99* 4th Parthiv, AB de Villiers vs MI
    4. 67 1st Parthiv, Takawale vs KKR
    5. 55 3rd Kohli, Yuvraj vs KKR
    6. 57 AB de Villiers, Starc vs SRH
    7. 53 1st Gayle, Parthiv, vs MI

Team Records

    Registered their lowest total vs RR.
    Scored IPLs third lowest total.

Batting Records

    3 50s
    89* by AB de Villiers is the highest.
    35 6s (9 by AB, 8 by Yuvraj)
    81 4s (20 Parthiv Patel, 14 AB)

Bowling Records

    3/16 by Aaron is best bowling performance
    5.96 by Chahal (27 overs) is best economy
    2 Maidens (1 each by Chahal and Aaron)

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