The KP show
Bangalore are virtually in the semifinals now. They have one firm foot inside after their win against Rajasthan a night ago.
Bangalore are virtually in the semifinals now. They have one firm foot inside after their win against Rajasthan a night ago [SCORECARD]. The game started with Warne electing to bat first, and things went horribly wrong for him as a couple of run outs and bad shot selections had the Royals reeling at 21 for 3. Things got worse as Watson and Pathan departed soon after with the scoreboard at 72 for 6. With a good rear guard action by Voges and Raut saw the team to 130. RCB started badly, with inform batsmen, Kallis departing for a golden duck, but Kevin Pietersen shattered any hopes of victory RR had with Kallis' wicket as he smashed the bowlers all over the park. Robin Uthappa joined him and he became the batsmen with most sixes this IPL season. In the end, RCB romped home with a 5 wicket victory.
The bowling was spot on, and it is seen on the scoreboard. Steyn has finally found his touch in T20 and has been in fine form. Pankaj Singh, playing his first match of this year's IPL showed some wonderful basic bowling discipline and Vinay Kumar keeps on justifying his World Cup selection. Kumble is bowling as well as he has ever been. Kallis has been on and off, but he still manages to get those breaks and the bowling unit looks much stronger and meaner now. They have been able to execute their plans well and I'm sure this is a team for the finals.
The fielding is simply astounding and surely RCB save some 15-20 runs on the field.
The batting is a little worrisome, with Kallis going into a shell in the past few matches and Manish Pandey not striking the ball all that well. Good news is that Dravid, Uthappa, and Pietersen are in good form, while Ross and Kohli haven't had much time in the middle. Seeing the depth and power of the batting, it mustn't be a problem. Kevin Pietersen's assault on the Royals shows just how valuable a player he is and with Kevin at 3, the team looks all the more powerful.
Surely RCB is a team for the finals, and anything less would be highly disappointing.