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DC vs RCB: The batting gifts it away

Medium paced googlies, traffic jams, and a spectator friendly arena linger in memory as RCB lose a match they shouldn't have against the Deccan Chargers in Nagpur.


RCB Team Strategy


For the first time in three games against the Chargers, Anil Kumble decided not to open the bowling. Dale Steyn saw no reason not to continue on the starts Anil had been providing previously, and promptly took three wickets in two overs. It seemed like it would be a repeat of the game against Rajasthan Royals, but it wasn't to be. The team think tank went in for a solid approach to the chase rather than an aggressive one, and it didn't pay off.


Key Performer

Harmeet Singh Bansal. I'm not sure if he was following Anil Kumble closely in the last four days but he suddenly seemed to have developed a back-of-the-hand googly. Two matches in a row he's conceded less than 6 runs an over, and he finished the game by bowling Robin in the 19th over. Man of the match well deserved.


Turning point 


While Robin Uthappa's wicket was the final blow, scoring only 38 runs in the first six overs of the chase increased the pressure from which RCB never returned, in a big-boundary, slow pitch stadium. 


Viewing experience


The best on tour so far. The newly built stadium has been constructed with some thought, and the cauldron-like setup ensuring the sound stays in; fan friendly seating arrangements and excellent training facilities outside the ground added to the charm of the complex. There's also an easy link from a superb air conditioned media centre to the dressing room for press conferences. Neat. The traffic issues on the highway leading to the stadium desperately need to be sorted out though.   



Bollywood interspersed with some international hits. Plus, people dancing to telugu music in Nagpur! What the fans seemed to enjoy the most though, was a "We Will rock you" inspired thump for a Deccan Chargers war cry. Good fun.  


If I could, I would have..


Loved to see Cameron White bring his form from training into the match and send some balls out of the park to finish the match. Soon, hopefully. 


Grade Sheet


An inept batting performance to let victory out of sight in a spectator friendly, spanking new arena. C+ 


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For today Van Der Merwe could to take an important role on this kind slow pitch of Jaipur..So bring him back in the squad for the place of White.Guys we must have to win today...otherwise we have to give up all the hopes for semis...BEST OF LUCK RCB..MY GOOD WISHES IS ALWAYS WITH YOU....
Subhajit05 on 15 Apr 2010, 12:26 AM
van der merwe for white or kallis
ROELA on 14 Apr 2010, 08:58 PM
Today Pandey & Taylor are the openers against Raj Royals, then we can keep good runrate. KP should be in - drop Kallis.
VeerKampli on 14 Apr 2010, 08:28 PM
This is a much more sane article than the one preceding this.. Being the chief blogger you atleast had the guts to talk about the first six overs.. Otherwise all I see on this site in the admins are pro-admin suckers..
bangaloreboy1 on 14 Apr 2010, 10:55 AM
ymahesh on 14 Apr 2010, 09:06 AM
u still don't get it.all teams who are winning are doing it with two quality spinners and one international spinner is kept on the bench and how do you think we can get the wickets.u should note that all the runs scored are from the bat of domestic players,so we require only one overseas batsman.have a good spinning allrounder and u will have a proper balance.kallis has been very slow.trying too much to be sheet anchor.just remember that he got all the runs when he was agressive initially.dravid should bat thro as he can tackle the spinners.kallis is putting too much pressure on others.if vander merve is included he can even pinch hit.we have been teling this to u guys time and again but to no avail
saju1970 on 14 Apr 2010, 08:33 AM
sad very sad yaar hope they have the determination to win back again we need them to say tomorrow goin to be a sportied fight go go rcb no backing down
PrinceDravid on 14 Apr 2010, 08:33 AM