The Bangalore Royal Challengers are determined to change things around quickly after the Mumbai Indians beat them in their first home game of the 2011 IPL.
After they easily dispatched the Kochi Tuskers Kerala in their opening match, the Challengers stumbled to a nine-wicket defeat against Mumbai on Tuesday. The batsmen never got going and they could only muster 140 for four, with Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scoring with 59 not out from 52 balls. The Indians had no problems chasing it down as Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Riyudu eased them home with half-centuries.
Bangalore captain Daniel Vettori felt the players let the fans down and warned they need to bounce back quickly as the games will be coming thick and fast over the next few days.
“I think particularly for lot of us who have lost our first game in front of Bangalore crowd, so we felt that we have let them down with that performance,” he said.
“It is kind of sinking game of season but we are going to pick up ourselves pretty quickly.
“We have got couple of quick games in row and it is important that we play well because Mumbai obviously is one of the favourites and Chennai next. So it is keep going on and you just have to pick up every time.”
Vettori said the players felt 140 was a good score as the track was on the slow side.
“We came off the field thinking it was a difficult wicket, but we didn’t bowl particularly well, and the injury to [Dirk] Nannes (side strain) hampered our plans,” he added. Cricket365