DC break their home turf jinx!
The Deccan Chargers have finally won a game at home as they beat the touring Royal Challengers team by 33 runs.
RCB having won the toss put the chargers into bat and as Zaheer Khan picked up Dhawan, things looked easy for the visitors but that's where the positives stopped for the visitors as they captain Sangakara and Sohail put up a brilliant 50 run stand. With Sangakara falling, RCB had a chance to close the game but Chipli played a magnificent innings powering his team to a high total of 175. Bharat Chipli who for the last three seasons for the most part warmed the Challengers benches in the podcasts showed his former team what they missed in him as he unleashed a flurry of shots. He looks technically strong and plays good cricketing shots. He looks very classy and watching his batsmanship is actually worth your money. A 29 ball 50 is brilliance. Sheer brilliance. I don't know how RCB missed this massive talent but RCB's loss is now DC's gain. RC's bowling was also lacking teeth. I still can't comprehend the decision of playing Ninnan. The bowling was bad for the most part though there were spots of brilliance in parts. The fielding was also a letdown as quite a few misfields resulted.
RCB started the run chase in the worst way possible as they lost Dilshan in the very second over to Ishant Sharma. Zaheer Khan was promoted to first down - another move that is not understandable, and the pinch hitter who was floated up the order lasted for three balls before returning for a duck of Steyn. Soon wickets started falling and by the end of the 6th over, RCB was in deep deep trouble with 3 wickets down and just 30 on the board. AB de Villiers soon departed and the score read 29 for 4. Not the ideal start for a team chasing 176. Saurabh Tiwary and Kohli looked to put up a partnership but the former skied a ball of leggie Mishra to be dismissed. Pujara and Kohli looked good and with some good long hits from Kohli and classy shots from Pujara, a slim outside chance presented itself. But with the required rate over 15 and the pressure of scoring, Pujara and Kohli soon found themselves back in the hut and another loss for the men in red and gold. The positives RCB can take from that disastrous run chase is Kohli's innings and their own mistake of sending Zaheer early. Manpreet Gony was absolutely on fire yesterday as he bowled fast. He clocked 150k! When was the last time an Indian bowled at that speed? He made the RCB batsmen jump and dance to his tune and his reward of three wickets back him up. Here's one bowler for the future.
It's still very early in the tournament but Deccan Chargers with that win do look charged up while RCB look a little uninspired.