RCB will be wary of explosive NSW Blues openers: Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori said Royal Challengers Bangalore prefer to chase rather than batting first AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Oct 7, 2011

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori says his side will be wary of the explosive New South Wales Blues openers Shane Watson and David Warner in their semi-final match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

“Watson and Warner are crucial to their side’s success and they have done so well. They are two quality players; we saw what Warner did in the last game, and everyone is aware of how good Watson is. So our main focus going into the game will probably be working out ways of getting into that middle order who are still experienced and good, but not as destructive as their two top guys,” Vettori said.

Vettori said RCB prefer to chase over batting first. “It’s something that we did a lot in the IPL this year. We managed to play exceptionally well against Somerset when we lost the toss and batted first, yes, but it is a preference for us to chase,” he said.

New South Wales Blues captain Simon Katich hopes that his side s unfamiliarity with the semi-final venue will not prove much of a hindrance.

“Look, there’s nothing we can do about that. It’s part of the draw. We knew that and we’re just going to have to deal with it. I hope it won’t have too much of an impact,” Katich told The Hindu.

The first match at the venue on Wednesday was a low scoring one, while in the other, Royal Challengers Bangalore successfully chased down a total of 214.

“I don’t think you can plan too much in this form of the game. I think we saw that in Chennai the other night when David Warner batted the way he did. It just goes to show that you can’t have a pre-conceived idea of what a good total is,” the NSW Blues skipper said.

“It only takes someone to have a blinder of an innings and get going. There’s no point planning to go and get 140 if the wicket might end up being better than that. You just don’t know until you get out there and play on it,” Katich said.

Asked if the ordinary form of the Bangalore bowlers would encourage the NSW Blues batsmen, Katich said, “That’s probably a by-product of the wicket here. There are smaller boundaries and if the dew is a factor then it’s probably been harder for the bowlers to find the right length, with the ball skidding on. You can always look at it both ways.”