Making a 'match' of it - Post CSK Match in Chennai
RCB's fortunes can change based on one match
Final Score: Chennai Super Kings 183 for 5 in 20 overs
Royal Challengers Bangalore 162 for 7 in 20 overs
Result: Chennai Super Kings won by 21 runs
Well, RCB may have fallen to the curse of ‘183’ even though it augured well for Team India, being the figure that the West Indies failed to chase in the final of the 1983 World Cup. Earlier IPL matches by various teams in the previous three seasons have also seen this target not being reached. No doubt the historic World Cup 183 was in a 60-over match but people will talk about jinxes!
Saturday was Mike Hussey’s day and his 83, although aided by dropped catches by his opponents saw Chennai Super Kings through eventually.
For RCB, reams are being written about slow play by its batsmen, however, that cannot be justified criticism. As advice it’s fine and sure enough, the team management will build it into their strategy. Fans are restless that RCB win, however they’d be agitated if their heroes ‘didn’t make a match of it.’
Well, we’ve seen that consolidation plays a great part in limited overs matches. It’s amazing that as the game’s pace has quickened and for that matter even reached a frenzy, consolidation, albeit at specific stages has reached a new level of frenzy.
Maiden overs played out are no longer frowned at as they might have been some seven years ago in 50-over cricket. Yes, the game wants players who can score at an accelerated rate, however, wants these men to dig in and stay there. ‘Blasting’ must happen at an appropriate stage.
AB de Villiers knew that he has the ability but also importantly the fibre to resist hitting everything. His 65 off 44 balls that included 2 sixes and 5 fours was unfortunately not enough.
RCB will go back to the drawing board to tweak their strategy. They’ll also try to get that butter off their fingers to hang onto catches. It is also a long tournament and it’s distinctly possible that RCB’s trying out a different strategy at a good stage of sojourn. When not working, one can change it. Ray Jennings’s men know they are a classy side, not to mention that some former greats have build up the brand.
They fly back to Bengaluru on the morrow. Fans will hope for a change in fortunes at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. All it takes is one game to change the tide.
-RCB Web Crew - Vikram Afzulpurkar, Abhishek Shivram, Kalveer Biradar