RCB's top 5 IPL 2014 moments in UAE
The Royal Challengers Bangalore return home after the UAE-leg of the 7th Indian Premier League, anticipating that the Indian leg turns fortune in their favour. Having started the tournament on a high, the winning momentum was lost from the 3rd game onwards and ended the sojourn with 3 consecutive defeats. RCB will be looking for a turnaround in the India leg and hoping to get it as quickly as possible.
Despite the 3 losses, there were plenty of positives for the red, blue and golden army, here’s a look at the highlights from the RCB camp:
It is a rarity when an Indian bowler clocks high up on the speed gun. Aaron bowled with a lot of venom and he consistently hit the 145 kmph mark. His effort has yielded him great results as he picked up 8 wickets in 4 games, just 1 wicket behind the purple cap holder, Sunil Narine. The surprise 145 kmph bouncer to the in form JP Duminy, which caught him off guard was a testimony to his bowling.
Parthiv Patel has been giving good starts to the team upfront and he is 2nd highest run getter from the team. Patel has been filling in the big shoes of Chris Gayle at the top of the order as Gayle was out for the first 4 matches. Patel has been laying the foundation for the star studded middle order and his match winning 57 against MI earned him the man of the match.
Kohli, Gayle, De Villiers and Yuvraj were the talking point before the start of the tournament but the little known Yuzvendra Chahal has certainly been the find of the season. The little leggie has taken everyone by surprise with his brilliant performances. His variety in bowling has been his success mantra and surely bigger things are lined up for the young leg spinner. Chahal has picked up 7 wickets in 5 matches at a delightful economy rate of 5.08.
The left arm fast bowler from Australia was brought by the RCB in this year’s auction to add some teeth to the bowling department. Mitchell Starc has not only bowled well but the 6 feet 5 inches Aussie has been exceptional in the field too. The back-to-back spectacular catches against Punjab could give Lynn’s catch a run for its money to be the best catch of the season.
He may not have contributed with the bat but Rana took two outstanding catches in RCB’s second match. In the limited opportunities he got he showcased his fielding brilliance, his catch to dismiss Pollard at the boundary should receive special mention for it was a vital catch in the context of the game.
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