Monday, Aug 03, 2020 | Last Update : 11:47 PM IST

132nd Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra44122827680915576 Tamil Nadu2632221964834132 Andhra Pradesh166586828861474 Delhi1384821233174004 Karnataka134819577252496 Uttar Pradesh97362533571730 West Bengal75516527301678 Telangana6766048609551 Gujarat63684466892482 Bihar5956736637322 Rajasthan4495531216706 Assam4290532385105 Haryana3629729690433 Odisha3491321955236 Madhya Pradesh3353523550886 Kerala259121446383 Jammu and Kashmir2141613127396 Punjab1785311466423 Jharkhand121884513115 Chhatisgarh9608699158 Uttarakhand7593443786 Goa6530466853 Tripura5248346323 Puducherry3806230952 Manipur283117377 Himachal Pradesh2654150813 Arunachal Pradesh19359693 Nagaland19356484 Chandigarh111769819 Meghalaya8742645 Sikkim6582891 Mizoram4702580
  Sports   Cricket  30 Apr 2019  IPL 2019: It’s Battle Royale at Bengaluru

IPL 2019: It’s Battle Royale at Bengaluru

Published : Apr 30, 2019, 1:34 am IST
Updated : Apr 30, 2019, 1:34 am IST

Steve Smith, Rajasthan Royals skipper was optimistic about his team chances and seemed unfazed about other teams’ progress in the tournament.

Virat Kohli
 Virat Kohli

BENGALURU: Royal Challengers Bangalore are having a forgettable season. Till the previous match against Delhi Capitals, Virat’s men had a chance to make into playoffs but 16-run defeat ended all hopes. Languishing at the bottom of the table, RCB will meet Rajasthan Royals at M. Chinnaswamy on Tuesday who are looking upbeat after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last home game at Jaipur on Saturday.

Despite losing eight matches, RCB still have a chance to make into playoffs if they win their remaining two matches which they are playing at home and hope other results went in their favour. Whereas, Rajasthan would like to keep the proceedings in their own hand by winning their both matches and make their case for playoffs with 14 points.


Steve Smith, Rajasthan Royals skipper was optimistic about his team chances and seemed unfazed about other teams’ progress in the tournament. “We can’t think about others and can focus on how we are playing. Hopefully, boys can kick it over the line tomorrow and win in Delhi as well, and give us a big chance of qualifying,” Smith said.

Smith said IPL helps him prepare for the ICC World Cup. “T20 cricket prepares you well for 50-over cricket. The game has evolved over the last few years, it been a good preparation good for me. It’s about playing and spending time in the middle and things like that with the white ball, against quality opposition and the best players from India and around the world. Preparation-wise, I am really comfortable. I head home and I have three practice matches against New Zealand, a couple of warm-up matches when we get into England. Plenty of time to prepare and ready to play,” Smith added.


Shreyas Gopal has had a remarkable season with both bat and ball. The 25-year-old Karnataka all-rounder had his share of success against big boys of RCB. When they last played, in Jaipur, Shreyas was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his superb bowling where he scalped the wickets of AB de Villiers and Kohli.  

Smith praised the skills and the confidence of Shreyas. “He is a terrific player and every time we have given him the ball he has delivered for us. He has taken wickets and big wickets. He has got big players out, he is confident in his skill set. He has good variations with both pace and different balls, googlies and slider, leg spinners and mixing things up.”


Tags: royal challengers bangalore, ipl 2019, virat kohli