A real test
...would be facing the Strong & In-form Mumbai Indians at their home ground.
Let's not talk about who is at the top of the table until the first half of the tournament is completed. There are no clear winners yet and most of the teams seem well balanced to make their presence felt. I wouldn't even look at the points table until each team plays at least 7 games.
Although RCB won their last 2 games convincingly, they were always expected to do that especially with so-so teams. Let's write off the first game with KKR as an aberration with nerves flying around like crazy around the teams. With KXIP, a poor, below par bowling performance was overridden by a strong, confident chase. Loved it (especially the way Robin took the game away from KXIP and Kallis taking us through). In the RR game, there is nothing really to talk about there. RR now (no players) is a weak team with an ill-captain and no international players to support. According to me that game would not count for anythng.
A real test would be to win an away game against a dominant batting/bowling side and that would be the match against the Mumbai Indians in about 8 hours from now. RCB is yet to win an away game. Anil's captaincy still looks a little iffy. Most of the batting order is still untested and more importantly the bowling has just started to show some competition. I strongly feel the bowling to RR and the win is sending wrong signals across many people thinking that RCB bowling is really good. Please don't forget that RR is a weak team (except YP). Not to take any credit away from brilliant Praveen on that day (all 3 balls were just amazing), we are still weak on the 5th bowler dept.
Kallis and Anil have the habit of going for heavy beating on an off day and I strongly feel they should step up their bowling performance a bit more. Steyn is showing promise and I would like him to continue the same perf. Vinay kumar has not improved a bit (he looked good against RR and no body else).
All in all, a cracker of a contest in store for us. I don't think RCB's bowling has ability to stop resurgent MI's batting but I would wish RCB to trick'em in the field and with the bat. If RCB were to win, we need Manish, Virat, Dravid to make meaty contributions.
Good luck and looking forward to a RCB win!