The battle of royalty - tonight at 8.
We take on Rajasthan Royals tonight, in a very crucial game that has all the bearings of pushing the IPL in the top gear.
When we talk about Royal Challengers Vs Rajasthan Royals, the 18th day of the month, augurs well for us. It is a day which is bound to bring out magical performances from two Kannadigas representing our team.
If you are still not able to get the drift, let's go back to the 18th of April, 2009. The setting was the magnificent Capetown and the lush green outfield beckoned the two teams, one a defending champion and the other team was at the bottom of the table in the first edition of the IPL. The defendants were looking for a winning start to their campaign whereas the challengers were playing for redeeming their pride.
The horrible start of 0 runs for the loss of two wickets was the worst that RC could have dreamt of, but, in walked the greatest of them all, also known as 'The Wall'. His 66 run knock proved the value of a technically sound strokeplayer in the settings of the T20 clashes. The score of 133 wasn't ample by any means of imagination, but, good enough to be given a try.
Little could have been expected of what came up next. Praveen Kumar and Jesse Ryder gave us the best possible start that could have been expected while defending a low score. Once their opening burst was over, Jumbo took the ball in his hands. Though, he had just four overs to roll his arm over, he did the kind of damage that you won't probably see in a T20 game which is so heavily loaded in favour of the willowmen.
He started by removing the dangerman Yousuf Pathan on individual score of 11 (RR at 6/47) and at the same individual score, he snapped up Ravindra Jadeja (RR at 7/47). Anil's greatest rival in the bowling domain, Shane Warne walked out to try and save his team's pride and the match. Try he did, but, AK was too good for anyone to play. Uthappa effected a smart stumping (8/53) and then Kumble mopped up the tail by removing Munaf Patel (9/53) and Kamran Khan (10/58). Needless to say, Anil's returns of(3.1 overs-1 maiden-5 runs and 5 wickets) are the best bowling figures in IPL and will probably remain the best for a long long time.
Rajasthan Royals score of 58 was the lowest in the history of IPL and it gave RC the kind of start that inspires fairy tales on cricket grounds. This time the setting is the 'Red and Gold painted Chinnaswamy Stadium in Namma Bengaluru' and the need of the hour is to once again prove that the Challengers are the true Royals.
All the best warriors. I am waiting eagerly in the proud Red and Gold colours, to witness another majestic win superceding the performance of Tuesday.