Home > News >

IPL 2014: Rajasthan Royals aware of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers threat, says Steven Smith

Pravin-Tambe-Rajasthan-Royals-Kolkata-Knight-Riders-IPL-hat-trick-2
Rajasthan Royals have been one of the better teams in IPL 2014 © IANS

Bangalore: May 10, 2014

Sitting pretty in the points table behind Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, an upbeat Rajasthan Royals are, however, wary of Bangalore’s top order coming out all guns blazing in their Indian Premier League (IPL-7) tie.

“Though Bangalore is in a rough situation, their top order may come out all guns blazing, as they have to win most of the remaining six games to make it to the playoffs. Hopefully, we will maintain our momentum and try to get on top of them,” Rajasthan all-rounder Steven Smith told reporters.

With five wins out of eight games, even as Rajasthan Royals will go all out to stay put in the table, a brusied Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be under tremendous pressure for a must win after two back-to-back defeats against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai and Kings XI Punjab.

With just three wins out of eight matches, RCB has slipped to the sixth position in the table, as they have been struggling to get back into form to reverse their fortunes in the tournament’s seventh edition.

“As we also need to win games to stay on course, it is an important match for us though they (RCB) will be under more pressure to win,” the 25-year-old Australian said ahead of the clash between the two Royals.

Reiterating that T20 was a tricky game in which even top players fail to score on a day but come out all guns blazing another day, Smith admitted that Bangalore had some quality players like Chris Gayle who has scored hundreds a couple of times in the past.

“They got some big match winners like (Virat) Kohli, AB (de Villiers) and Yuvraj (Singh). We will try to contain them and win to make up for our 32-run loss in the last game against Hyderabad Thursday at Ahmedabad,” Smith asserted.

Admitting that their batting too had not been consistent, Smith said though they had won most (five) of the games due to significant contribution by their bowlers, their batsmen were working hard to get their rhythm back.

“At times, the wicket has dictated how many runs we got. For instance, the in the last game (at Ahmedabad) the wicket was pretty slow and it was quite a low-scoring game.

“Though not a big issue, we just need to get more consistent and put up big totals to give a fight,” said Smith, taking a break from a practice session at the nets in the Chinnaswamy stadium.

Asked if his team was working on a specific strategy with Bangalore’s Rahul Dravid as its mentor to pip RCB on its home turf, Smith said the team relied more on processes and executing them than targetting a specific team.

“I think we are doing pretty well. It’s more about having processes in the right place. You are not going to win every game. It is part and parcel of the tournament.

“It is all about having the processess right and executing them to win the matches,” Smith said. While RCB has no local lad in their team, Rajasthan has two Bangalore players — Stuart Binny and Karun Nair.

“It is beneficial to have local players in the team. Stuart and Karun are quality players. We have seen Karun doing really well for us in the last couple of games. And we know that Stuart can hit the ball as far as anyone. We know that a big knock is round the corner from him. Hopefully tomorrow (Sunday) night, he can find some touch and get a few over the fence,” he added.

Click here for IPL 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 4: Central reach 300-run mark

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Abu Dhabi

Don Bradman dismissed twice on the same day

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Robin Bist completes half-century

BCCI may file $42 million lawsuit against WICB for India tour pullout

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Muttiah Muralitharan insists Virat Kohli a huge asset for India

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Robin Bist completes 4,000 First Class runs

Live Streaming: Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Abu Dhabi

Don Bradman dismissed twice on the same day

Virat Kohli’s captaincy opportunities important in context of India’s succession plans

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

Google Tax: Spanish government passes new copyright law forcing Google to pay news sites

Microsoft Office for Mac to release in 2015, new Outlook for Mac now available to Office 365 subscribers

Ranveer Singh and Govinda Pair Together to Star in ‘Kill Dil’

Man promised iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPad 4 and Macbook Pro for Rs 51,000, gets a ‘heavy brick’ instead

Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan or hubby Abhishek Bachchan, who does Aishwarya Rai Bachchan look the best with? Vote!

Beauty Tip #43 — Get fuller-looking lips with home-made sugar scrub

Ayurvedic treatment: 7 types of Ayurvedic massages you should know about

Birthday Special: Priceless moments from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s life- View Pics!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here