A royal trashing
Bangalore Royal Challengers in front of a huge home ground gave their opponents, the Rajasthan Royals a royal thrashing as the RCB won the game by 10 wickets with 56 balls to spare.
Bangalore Royal Challengers in front of a huge home ground gave their opponents, the Rajasthan Royals a royal thrashing as the RCB won the game by 10 wickets with 56 balls to spare [SCORECARD]. Having elected to field first RCB bowled out RR for a miserly 92 runs with Kumble and Praveen Kumar taking 3 wickets a piece. Praveen Kumar's three wickets came in the form as a hat-trick. After Kallis and Manish Pandey saw that the small target was achieved without any fuss as the match ended in just 4 balls after the 10th over.
RCB did all things right and Kumble and Jennings had their plans drawn to the smallest details. Researching and finding your opponents weakness and making plans accordingly is one thing, but executing those plans in the field is completely another matter. RCB did both perfectly.
RCB went into field first after winning the toss, as expected. It is conventional idea to field first if batting is your strength and vice versa, and RCB stuck to that very plan. The team came out quietly confident and started to implant the plans drawn for each batsmen. There was plenty of short-pitched deliveries and these were well directed too. Keeping a player like Yousuf Pathan is extremely difficult and RCB did just that. There was plenty of change of pace, and variety in the line and lengths bowled by the RCB bowlers. Dale Steyn looked an improved player and showed just why he is the world's number one bowler. Kumble came back to his old self as he strangled the RR batting while chipping away at the wickets. But the best was Praveen Kumar's hat-trick.
Royal Challenger's fielding was spot on and is probably the best fielding side in the IPL after Mumbai Indians. Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, and Van der Merwe are brilliant fielders, while Kumble, Dravid and Kallis are the safest hands you'll ever find.
The batting was brilliant yet again, and there's not much to say. Manish Pandey has found his T20 touch and Kallis is determined to make all those who said that he is a test player eat their words. Sadly there wasn't much competition between the two leggies - Warne and Kumble, but I'm not complaining. All in all, RCB look like the perfect team and after Rajasthan's mauling yesterday, Mumbai Indian's better fear tomorrow.