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RR vs RCB: Deja Vu. Almost.

A distraught Jaipur crowd watches as a disciplined bowling performance and a whirlwind 62 from KP helps RCB beat RR in a similar manner as they did a month ago.

 



Royal Challengers Bangalore 132 for 5 (Pietersen 62) beat Rajasthan Royals 130 for 6 by 5 wickets




RCB Team Strategy


 


The minute the toss was lost, the message was clear. Only a repeat of the last encounter would do. And there were surprises in store. Pankaj Singh had been kept warm in the nets over the last month, and was unleashed on his home ground. Overjoyed at the opportunity, he promptly began with a wicket maiden. And bounced the Royals to good effect, ending with 2-27 from his four over spell. 


 


 



 


 


Photograph courtesy Chief Photographer Ashish Parmar


 


 


Key Performer


 


Kevin Pietersen. Classy flicks were coupled with muscled heaves and elegant drives en route to a match winning 62 off just 29 balls. Plus a sharp catch to get rid of the dangerous Shane Watson. Just a week prior, he'd spoken passionately about how playing for RCB in Bangalore would be one of the highlights of his career. He certainly did his chances a world of good for the home game against Mumbai Indians. 




Turning Point




Although it was more of a culmination, Dale Steyn's scorcher to a back-foot-rooted Yusuf Pathan provided the TKO from which the Royals never returned. 




Entertainment


 


Bollywood music mostly but the local crowd didn't have much to cheer about. The only thing that stood out was the "Halla Bol" chant that, when played, echoed across the stadium in a spooky way. Brrr.




Viewing experience


 


It was a bit like being at the races, with an open-to-the-sky stadium and the presence of cognoscenti. The terrace stands seemed like fun, providing a view that people utilised in the old days- sitting on the top floor of high rise buildings adjacent to the stadium for an India ODI. All in all, though, it was evident why the Royals chose to play a majority of their home games in Ahmedabad.


 


Grade sheet


 


A comprehensive victory to seal a semifinal berth in a relatively small arena. The chase could have been faster, though. A-


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@ Aneesh
I have one more question for you in semis which place is going to face which one? In some websites it is given as "1st vs 2nd" and "3rd vs 4th"..
Is it true?
In official website of IPL nothing is given regarding place...

Pls do respond to my query..
JamWall on 17 Apr 2010, 10:51 PM
Thanks dude
JamWall on 17 Apr 2010, 10:46 PM
@Jamwall: Will do. As far KP and Virat are concerned, they're good friends off the field so they dealt with it after the match. Were sitting next to each other on the flight home and had a good time :) You can read some more on it in my article in the news section which will be put up in a bit.
aneeshsurender on 17 Apr 2010, 10:32 PM
Hey Anessh,
You are seemed to be shorter and shorter with your blogs..
Be more elaborative,lot to know from your your experiences and any inside stories..
For instance,you havent touched the incident of KP and Virat..We all know about it but still as you are covering a match you should be more into it..
JamWall on 16 Apr 2010, 10:18 PM
hey aneesh whr's the answrs for qstns which v askd robbie ???
ymahesh on 16 Apr 2010, 09:27 AM
Kohli!!! made it bad....RUNOUT
sahan-nischal on 16 Apr 2010, 08:34 AM