It’s Royal Challengers Yet Again
It was all about Royal Challengers yet again yesterday as they floored an injured Chennai Super Kings team with a 36 run victory.
It was all about Royal Challengers yet again yesterday as they floored an injured Chennai Super Kings team with a 36 run victory [SCORECARD]. Royal Challengers were put into bat and things got off slowly with Chennai picking wickets at regular intervals. Kallis was dismissed for the first time in IPL 2010 and things looked drear until Robin Uthappa joined the party smashing 68* runs in just 38 balls. Chennai started the chase badly losing a wicket the very first over and as the run rate climbed, the lions found themselves holing out in the deep, eventually coming 36 runs short.
For the first time after that first match, RCB batting looked vulnerable as the top order was shut tight by some wonderful stump to stump bowling by the CSK pacers and the magic of Muralitharan. Kallis was castled for the first time in the IPL-3 by Balaji. The Dravid-Muralitharan battle was an interesting one, with Dravid timing a crisp shot for four getting onto the backfoot, and the next ball the Sri Lankan wizard had him walking back to the dugout. RCB looked like getting a modest score of about 140 runs, when Robin Uthappa launched himself getting 41 runs in the last two overs. It was brilliant batting, slogging and innovative playing by Robin. Who says you need a 'Mangoose' to hit a six? Robin hit 6 'DLF maximums' in his amazing innings. Lady luck was also with him as he was dropped twice. Robin with a good showing in the IPL will look to reappear into the national selector's radar, and for a spot in the blue team once again. Robin's game play is outstanding and the man nicknamed walking assassin has evolved into a much better player who just isn't a cruel slogger like the older Pathan.
The bowling was brilliant yet again with Praveen striking blood in the first over and Dale steyn scorching the turf with some serious pace. Steyn was unlucky to go wicketless. Anil Kumble was brilliant and bowled a miserly spell giving only 15 runs in his 4 overs while picking up a wicket. Vinay Kumar was belted around the park but still managed to pick up 4 wickets. The bowling looks in great form and I'd say is the best in this IPL season.
Fielding was brilliant as usual with all catches held and the run outs taken. Dravid running out Hayden turned out to quite a turning point of the match.
George Bailey of Chennai played some very below ordinary cricket yesterday, but he stands out as a star because two amazing things he did on the field. Bailey batting hit the ball straight to Steyn and ran, Steyn in turn had a throw at the stumps at the non-striker end but the ball bounced of Bailey's bat and went for a overthrow. Bailey didn't take run and turned down his senior partner's wish to go for a run. He showed amazing sportsmanship and moral principles so often not seen nowadays. Another thing he did was when he nicked a Vinay Kumar delivery to Boucher and there was an instant appeal but umpire Tiffin was unmoved, but Bailey showed brilliant character yet again as he walked off. The two incidents show the amount of respect Bailey has in for the game and just how highly he regards his actions. People may question asking that if it was World Cup final - one extra run to win, won't he then take the overthrow or if it was the last wicket with just a few runs to win, would he have walked? Well I can't answer that and only Bailey can if such an occasion arises, but I can tell that a man who puts respect and morale before a win in any match will always be respected highly. Winning cannot come at all costs and Bailey showed the world that chivalry isn't dead, yet.
Royal Challengers are on a roll with 4 consecutive wins, thanks to Robin's rocket.
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