RCB yet to find magical form
RCB need to find an inner fire for their future matches. They had another unsuccessful outing in the IPL.
Deccan Chargers 175 for 5 in 20 overs
Royal Challengers Bangalore 142 for 9 in 20 overs
Result: Deccan Chargers won by 33 runs
RCB’s attempt at regaining the momentum in in the away match against Deccan Chargers did not receive success on this occasion. The Chargers played a sure footed game and after a solid 50-run stand between opener Sunny Sohal and skipper Sangakkara were supported by Bharat Chipli’s well made 61 off 35 balls (5 fours, 3 sixes) to post 175.
Chipli and Sangakkara partnered for 43 and then the former was part of the highest partnership in this innings, of 55 with J P Duminy who himself contributed 22 of 15 balls which included 1 six. It raised the ‘tempo’ so that the former champions could finish their innings on a high.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had opted to bowl first after winning the toss, seemingly a preference shift among some teams this season.
When the Challengers chased 175, Tilakaratne Dilshan perished early and was soon followed by the surprise promotion of Zaheer Khan at number 3 when the India left arm quick was bowled by Dale Steyn for no score after three balls. Opener Mayank Agrawal followed next and shortly after, A B de Villiers left for a duck, caught by Sangakkara off the bowling of Manpreet Gony. 29 for 4 off 6.4 overs.
Saurabh Tiwary offered some hope for resurrection by lasting till the start of the 12th over in the company of the mercurial Virat Kohli and adding 27 runs. The pressure to accelerate affected the southpaw who was out to leg spinner Amit Mishra, caught by Sangakkara.
Cheteshwar Pujara joined Kohli and the two added 62, giving RCB fans hope before Pujara fell to the temptation of clearing mid off and was out caught for 25. Unfortunately for RCB Johan Van Der Vath perished to the first ball he faced and at 118 for 6 in 17 overs it looked like the end would be near. With Kohli’s dismissal for 71 of 51 balls (3 sixes, 5 fours) it was all but over.
Ryan Ninan playing his first IPL game scratched around before falling victim and thereafter RBC ran out of balls to attempt their target.
In the first innings, the successful bowlers for RCB were Zaheer Khan with three wickets and Johan Van der Wath and Ryan Ninan with one each. When RCB chased, Deccan Chargers’ wicket takers were Dale Steyn and Manpreet Gony with three each, while Ishant Sharma, Daniel Christian and Amit Mishra took one each.
RCB will be disappointed with the result of the match but the saving grace was the knock from Virat Kohli. They will surely look to make amends in their next match, against the Chennai Super Kings. Fans must realize that a team this strong has much more to offer. It is yet a long tournament.
-RCB Web Crew, Vikram Afzulpurkar, Abhishek Shivram, Kalveer Biradar