Champions League T20: Royal Challengers Bangalore v South Australia (RCB v SA) Preview, Live, Score, Streaming at Durban
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will play South Australia Redbacks in the 11th match of the Champions League T20 at Kingsmead in Durban. The Bangalore-South Australia game will be played on the fast, bouncy, but high-scoring track of the Kingsmead in Durban. This is a Group B match and you can follow the Bangalore-South Australia live score here.
1530 hours GMT or 9.00 pm IST, September 17, 2010. Highlights of the Bangalore-South Australia game will be shown on Star Cricket.
It is very evident that the Kingsmead in Durban is fast turning out to be a high-scoring, but a bat-first track. Two successive games have seen more than 180 being scored here, and had the Mumbai Indians held all their catches here, there is a good chance that they would have easily defended it. What one has also seen is that the track offers that extra something to the pace bowlers in the first few overs of the first innings; after which it becomes easy to bat on it. This was evident by the way the likes of Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Cameron Borgas and Tom Cooper have batted here.
Bangalore have one win from one game but that was against Guyana. However, by the looks of things, they look like a formidable opponent to most, and should go into the game as favourites. While T20 cricket does throw the favourites tag out of the window, it is worth looking at the Bangalore line-up, which has some of those who can use the conditions with both, the bat and the ball. You can watch the Champions League T20 Live here.
In Robin Uthappa, Bangalore has one of the strongest hitters of the ball, but he is not alone. To back him up, Bangalore has the technique of Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid and the power-hitting of Ross Taylor and Cameron White.
The bowling is in safe hands as well, given the presence of Dale Steyn and Pravenn Kumar – both of whom can make the ball talk and it will interesting to see how the largely successful opening pair of Michael Klinger and Daniel Harris go against them. What was surprising to see in the last game was the exclusion of Vinay Kumar for an extra spinner, Nayan Doshi.
South Australia have two wins off two games and a win here will seal their berth in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20. The good aspect of the tournament for the Aussie side is that they have won both their games against tough oppositions, Mumbai Indians and Highveld Lions and with a game against Guyana to go, they do not have much to worry about.
However, this could be their first true test in the tournament, and the middle-order of Borgas, Cooper and others will be tested here.
Anil Kumble was an unhappy man over the net facilities provided to the Bangalore side, and that could stem from the fact that the side has yet to play at Durban – a disadvantage given that South Australia has already had one game.
Players to look out for:
It is the first six overs of the game that one would be keen to watch and talking from Bangalore’s point of view Steyn and Praveen are the two who should be able to exploit the conditions. For South Australia, Callum Ferguson may be the batsman to watch out for in the middle-order.
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