No other word can describe RCB's performance against DC yesterday than the word 'choked'.
No other word can describe RCB's performance against DC yesterday than the word 'choked' [SCORECARD]. The team was well on top during most part of the match and played some very ordinary cricket in the decisive parts handing the Chargers a important victory. RCB started in grand style with Gilchrist departing first ball and Suman the very next all. Gibbs soon departed and Steyn looked like a Olympian god as he got RCB of the ideal start, sadly it wasn't to last as Monish Mishra and Rohit Shrama steadied the ship and with Symonds got to a respectable target of 151 runs. RCB got the chase of to the worst start possible losing Manish Pandey first ball. Dravid and Kallis built a good partnership, but the run rate kept on increasing. Going for quick runs, the RCB team fell apart apart from Robin Uthappa. With 18 runs needed from the last two overs, Harmeet Singh bowled a beautiful over, foxing Robin (which turned out to be turning point) and soon, RCB found itself without two precious points.
Dale Steyn bowled his heart out, and found himself among the wickets. He bowled a lovely line and was fast, furious and damn accurate. It was a pity in the end that he couldn't end up in the winning side. Kumble bowled well, and so did Vinay Kumar, but Kallis and Appanna bowled very ordinarily and let the Charger's reach a respectable total. There are still plenty to be desired from the bowling attack and the shaky screws must be tightened soon.
Chasing 152 runs wasn't going to be difficult, but RCB made it difficult thanks to themselves. Credit must be given to Harmeet Singh and Pragan Ojha. Dravid batted beautifully and so did Robin Uthappa. Kallis for the first time looked out of sorts and not sure of his role. He played a slow innings of 27 from 37 balls, which I feel was the difference. So far, Kallis had scored a run a ball or better, but yesterday he looked completely out of sorts and touch. If Kallis wants to use so many balls, then he must see the team through, which he failed to do. Kumble hit the nail right on the head when he said,
"He [Kallis] has won us a couple of games earlier but today he got stuck," Kumble said after the game. "He should have gone after the bowling in the first six overs but it did not happen today. He should have made a move-on which did not happen today and that put pressure on the guys coming in. You can't expect someone like Robin [Uthappa] to see you through [every time]."
Kallis is a match winner and a great player but yesterday's loss was largely due to his batting. He just didn't get going yesterday. The other batsmen fell going for runs and RCB turned what was to be a comfortable chase to a nightmarish experience. Robin Uthappa was in his zone once again, but unfortunately he couldn't get through this time. I feel that RCB fail to use the Powerplay well and depend on Robin Uthappa too much near the end.
Hopefully RCB will rectify their mistakes and come out all guns blazing against Rajasthan in their next game, which is a must win one for both teams.