RCB vs CSK: Of cocktail masala idlis and massive sixes
Fans gorged on tongue twister dishes and unlimited fermented malted barley in the P4 stand as Robin Uthappa blitzed the Chennai Super Kings for RCB's fourth win on the trot at IPL-3.
Robin Uthappa. He's in the process of authoring a new book called 'Cricket's biggest sixes', and as part of the book launch, is traveling from stadium to stadium displaying his wares. Tonight was no less. 68 scorching runs in just 38 balls, and the second of three sixes hit in Balaji's last over just missing out on the Chennai Super Kings bus in the parking lot. Pity.
At nets last evening, the agenda had been set. Players were to run in a zig zag line picking up six balls on the way, turning and hitting a third of a stump.
The net behind the stump got pummelled but the practise paid off, Rahul Dravid beating the Mongoose to the crease and quashing chances of a Delhi encore from Hayden.
Fan Group of the Day
Eight RCB nuts (Row 1 from bottom: R-L: Vicky, Ravi, Feroze, Amulya. Row 2 (R-L): Krishna, Lavnita, K.C., Manjunath) returning to the Chinnaswamy, last having watched RCB lose to the Cape Cobras in the CLT20. They'd hooted and danced from the G stand only to be disappointed in October, but this time around, with unlimited food and beverages on hand, they ate, drank and made merry in the Pavilion stand (P4) as a win beckoned.
Aside, Amulya spoke about how normal conversation might not be possible if she met Manish Pandey (Ladies, do you concur?) and Krishna secretly confessed how the G stand was still more fun.
With the entertainment on display, I don't think they left with any complaints this time around.
Being the South Indian affair that it was, the food on offer was, like a friend says, "Not only spicy, but also tongue-twisting". For snacks, the Kodi Varuval puffs (Baked puffs of black pepper Chicken) sat alongside the Dakshin Yera (Prawns marinated in spicy masala)with the exotic Cocktail masala idli (Steamed idilis tossed with podi) for company.
But the dish that actually got everyone scampering back to their Kingfishers was the dangerous sounding Poosenkai More Kozambhu (White pumpkin prepared with tempering of cumin seeds, curry leaf, mustard seeds, and red chillis finished with coconut milk!)
And for good reason.
An excellent fightback by RCB, tempered with a return to humidity-free weather, and IPL entertainment standards that Bangalore is raising the bar on, represented a fun evening out. A