RCB’s road to Semis !!
Last year's IPL finalists & my home team Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of the favorites to lift the Trophy this year..
Last year's IPL finalists & my home
team Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of the favorites to lift the
Trophy this year, RCB has one of the most balanced side in the
tournament on par with teams like Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils,
however RCB's ride in this edition of IPL has been on the inconsistent
side, a roller coaster ride to put it in a right way.
RCB started this years IPL campaign on a losing note, they were
quite convincingly beaten by KKR at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata were in
control right from the start,Bangalore's young batting talent failed,
and the visitors were left to thank the experienced Jacques Kallis for
holding the innings together, however, even his battling, an unbeaten 65
on a slowish track, couldn't spare Bangalore the eventual hammering.
In their next encounter RCB played KingsXI Punjab at the Chinnaswamy
stadium, batting first KXIP set a huge target of 204 to be chased by
RCB, In response at the halfway mark it seemed as if Kings XI Punjab had
scored enough, but RCB batsman went after the target with such
vengeance that Punjab were punished for trespassing on private property
with some breathtaking knocks from Kallis & Robin Uthappa with solid
support from opener Manish Pandey and eventually RCB won the match
quite convincingly by 8 wickets. After such a convincing victory against
Punjab, RCB went on to win their next three consecutive matches against
Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians & Chennai Super Kings and looked
like a invincible team.
A superlative bowling performance by RCB, including a hat-trick by
Praveen Kumar, decimated Rajasthan Royals to a paltry 92 and set up a
huge 10 wickets win at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, In their next encounter
RCB thumped table toppers Mumbai Indians quite convincingly by 7 wickets
at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, Vinay Kumar removed Sachin
Tendulkar, Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu in one over to turn what had
been a cat-and-mouse game until then, unmistakably RCB's' way.
RCB then hosted the formidable Chennai super Kings, batting first
RCB made a shaky slow start and headed for a below par total untill
Robin Sixappa (Uthappa) took the match away from CSK by scoring a
38-ball 68 which included 40 plus runs in the last two overs on the
innings, in reply CSK lost wickets at regular intervels and eventually
lost the match by 36 runs with no major contribution from any of their
top order batsman.
after such a great start to the tournament by winning four
consecutive matches, RCB looked like the team to beat but this is when
the slump started for them, they went on to lose their next two matches
against Delhi DareDevils by 17 runs (played at Chinnasamy Stadium,
Bangalore) and Chennai Super Kings (played at Chidambaram Stadium,
Chennai) by 5 wickets which started RCB's roller coaster ride in the
with two straight loses Bangalore had to win their next match
against KingsXI Punjab to keep their semi final hopes alive and they did
it in great style by again chasing down a mammoth 180 plus total set by
the Kings... Kevin Pietersen proved his worth in the side with solid 66
runs and Robin Uthappa destroyed Kings bowling attack in the depth
overs which included a 24 run Bret Lee over.. with this victory RCB
moved to the top of the table and looked certain for a semis spot but
the performance what followed in the next few matches was very
disappointing for a RCB fan and their chances of making it to the semis
after victory against Punjab, RCB lost their next two matches
against Delhi and Deccan Chargers. RCB was quite convincingly defeated
at the Kotla against Delhi by 30 runs. in their next crucial encounter
against the Deccan's at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB batted first set a
par score of 182 after a slump in the early part of the innings, Virat
Kohli and Kallis played crucial innings to set a huge score, however
Deccan managed to chase down the huge target quite easily in the end
with only 4 wickets down.
with two straight defeats behind them the Bangalore team were in a
must win situation against Kolkata at the Chinnaswamy stadium, opting to
bat first KKR were off to a flying start by scoring 100 plus runs in 11
overs but then came a spirited bowling performance by RCB bowlers
including Vinay and Dale Steyn which helped RCB restrict KKR to 160, RCB
batsman were inspired by their bowlers and a delightful half-century
from Rahul Dravid setup a easy seven-wicket win over KKR.
within a span of a week RCB faced off again with the Deccan Chargers
at Nagpur this time, having restricted the DC batsman to a mere 151,
RCB batsman made a mess of their chase, none of the batsman apart from
Dravid and Uthappa could manage decent contribution and eventually RCB
lost the match by 13 runs.
In a all crucial Do or die match against the Rajasthan Royals the
Bangalore team crushed the Royals at their own den by restricting them
to a low score of 130 and chasing down the same in great style with KP
again playing a very important knock, with this victory RCB virtually
confirmed a berth in the semis. RCB played their final league match against Mumbai Indians in Chinnaswamy stadium amidst minor Bomb blasts near the stadium, MI totally outplayed RCB on that particular day winning the match by 57 runs.
We should also notice that RCB bowlers have played a vital role in
the teams performance, Dale Steyn has been consistent not only in his
line but also with his brutal pace, Vinay Kumar has been the pick of the
bowlers by picking 16 wickets in the tournament so far and also getting
selected to the national team for the World T20 in West Indies but one
man who has shown age doesn't matter for any form of cricket is "Jumbo"
Anil Kumble, he has been the most economical bowler in this edition of
the IPL so far.
Being a ardent & loyal RCB fan I wish them all the very best for
the Semis and hope they go one up this time and lift the Trophy.