RCB Captain Vettori wary of the W-threats

Vettori's team's main challenge in the semi-final will be to keep New South Wales' big-hitting opening pair of Shane Watson and David Warner quiet.

updated: October 07, 2011 10:10 IST
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Royal Challengers Bangalore have been one of the most consistent IPL teams over the past three seasons. They are the only team to have reached the Champions League T20 every year so far, reached the finals of the IPL twice, but still have no trophy to show for their efforts. Their captain Daniel Vettori said he hoped the incredible last-ball win over South Australia which helped the Royal Challengers squeak into the semi-finals would be just the boost the team needed to land their first title.

"I think everyone was pretty exhilarated after the game [against South Australia], there was a lot of excitement within the dressing room," Vettori said a day before their semi-final against New South Wales. "RCB has come so close to a title for a number of years now, we're sort of hoping that after a game like that yesterday, we will continue that form and go on and achieve the big one."

The win provided even more of a lift since it was achieved with only a bit-part role from their perennial match-winner Chris Gayle. "It was Virat [Kohli] and [Tillakaratne] Dilshan who did the majority of the work," Vettori said. "I know Chris has been amazing for us, but to see two other guys step up, their partnership was just incredible, and then little cameos all the way along, it was a real team effort. I think that's the thing that probably brings the most confidence to the side."

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