Kochi Tuskers Kerala Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore live score updates IPL 4 2011 | KTK vs RCB live Cricket Updates
Kochi Tuskers Kerala Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore live score: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Royal Challengers Bangalore played 3rd match of IPL 2011 at Nehru Stadium, Kochi on 9th April 2011. KTK vs RCB Match Time was 20:00 local time (14:30 GMT). Kochi Tuskers Kerala will aim to get off to a dream start as they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening match of the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
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Kochi Tuskers Kerala Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore live score updates IPL 4 2011
Kochi will have a tough task on their hands. The Royal Challengers side looks well balanced and the Kochi players will have to be at their best if they are hoping for an upset. Kochi have a great opening pair in Mahela Jayawardene and Brendon McCullum but do not have strength after that. VVS Laxman has a certain class, but has not proved it in this format and has struggled in the previous editions. The lack in batting depth might force Kochi to play a foreign batsman, which could affect the bowling attack. The Royal Challengers look a very strong side from the outset. They managed to retain Virat Kohli, and also managed to scalp Zaheer Khan and Saurabh Tiwary, who were excellent in the last edition for the Mumbai Indians. Zaheer will look to carry his form from the world Cup and his potential partnership with Dirk Nannes is a great prospect. Vettori will play the same role that Kumble played in the previous editions, that of a containing bowler.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore team squad:
Kochi: Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), VVS Laxman, S Sreesanth, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jhadav, Ramesh Powar, Tanmay Srivastava, Rudra Pratap Singh, Vinay Kumar, Deepak Chougle, Parthiv Patel, Vincent Gomez, Sushant Marathe, Brad Hodge, John Hastings, Brendon McCullum, Thisara Perera, Owais Shah, Steven Smith, Steve O’Keefe, Muttiah Muralitharan and Michael Klinger.
Bangalore Daniel Vettori (Captain), AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muralidharen Gautam, Mohammad Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Charl Langeveldt, Abhimanyu Mithun, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Ninan, Asad Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, Nuwan Pradeep, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rilee Rossouw, Saurabh Tiwary, Johan van der Wath, Jonathan Vandiar, Mayank Agarwal, Sreenath Aravind, BN Bharath, Raju Bhatkal, Abrar Kazi and Arun Karthik.
In the spin department, if Bangalore have got the best left-arm spinner in the world in Daniel Vettori then Kochi have spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, who is the highest wicket taker in both ODIs and Tests. Royal Challengers Bangalore look very good on paper and should be favorites to win this game. However, many of the players from the Royal Challengers have been involved in the World Cup and could be fatigued after a long campaign. Kochi have a chance if their bowlers can contain a very powerful Royal Challengers batting attack.