RCB makes a Royal entry into the Finals of CL T 20 - 2011...
Royal Challengers Bangalore made a Royal entry into the finals of Champions League 2011 by defeating New South Wales and chasing down 203 runs yet again.
It was time for the Semi-Finals, RCB were taking on the winners of the 2009 Champions League. This was going to be one of the most challenging match for RCB as their bowlers were up against one of the most dangerous opening pair in 20-20 cricket Warner-Watson. RCB Captain Vettori called it right at the toss and without any second thoughts chose to field first.
J.Syed Mohammad was injured and RCB played 1 bowler short replacing him with a batsman Kaif so Dilshan,Gayle & Kohli were the ones going to fill in for completing quota of 5th bowler. Dilshan opened the bowling as it surprised many and he was bowling for the first time in this tournament. Warner was being tested with Dilshan spins and he was left clueless as life was becoming difficult for him. Dilshan bowled a beauty of a spell not giving room for the batsman to play him well. He ended his 4 overs spell giving away just 10 runs which was indeed a splendid effort from him in a pitch which was made for batsmen. Watson was not able to hit anything of his bat and he got out to a beauty of Dilshan's ball.
In the other end Nannes was just getting his rythm when Warner broke open freely and started going bang bang against him. Captain Vettori came in as 1st change bowler but he went for a bit too many. Gayle,Aravind,Bhatkal all were target of Warner's power hitting and Warner yet again remained unbeaten on 123 if just 68 balls with 11 Sixes & 6 fours. NSW wicket keeper Smith on the other hand was played second fiddle as he too went on to score 62 of 42 balls as NSW went on to make 203.
Just 2 nights ago RCB had chased incredible 214 runs against the South Australia which was a history in the making, with Arun Karthik hitting the last ball Six and they had to do this yet again. Gayle and Dilshan opened the batting and they had to do just what they did yet again in the last outing. Gayle opened freely from the start but Dilshan found it tuff to go on. Dilshan was out for just 4 and Gayle was joined by Virat Kohli. From thereon it was just Gayle & Virat Kohli show and they were facing the opposition as if school boys were bowling to them.
Chris Gayle & Virat Kohli went bang bang as the ball was flying all around the stadium with their mighty fours & sixes. They were playing with only one mind set that to hit the ball out of the park. Run Rate was being maintained throughout and even the best of the bowlers were expensive all way long. RCB were nearing to their target and were again going to chase 200+ for victory. They did just that even as Gayle fell for fantastic 92 runs Virat Kohli hanged on till the end taking up the responsibility in his shoulders and remained unbeaten on 84 of just 49 balls with 10 Fours & 3 Sixes. Tiwary & Mayank fell in quick successions but Kaif remained unbeaten giving company to Virat Kohli and RCB had yet again achieved a brilliant victory & would now be playing in the finals of the Champions League 2011.
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