The Mumbai show…
Bangalore was given a wake up call by Mumbai as Mumbai trashed Bangalore by 57 runs two nights ago.
Bangalore was given a wake up call by Mumbai as Mumbai trashed Bangalore by 57 runs two nights ago [SCORECARD]. Bangalore is almost in, unless KKR can make a miracle like scoring 284 runs in a ball. Bangalore is certain to meet Mumbai in the semis, but if Saturday's match is anything to go by, Mumbai truly hold the edge. The match on Saturday was marred as a two low intensity blast took place outside the stadium in the generator room, causing an inevitable delay. The match started and Mumbai played simply amazingly, helped by some very sloppy fielding and poor bowling. Raydu scored 46 while out of form Duminy showed magnificent touch as he raced to 42 of just 19 balls. Bangalore started the chase disastrously, losing Kallis and Pandey with just 31 on the board. Things only went from bad to worse as RCB lost 6 wickets before even reaching 100, with only Kohli as a reputed batsmen left. In the end, RCB lost by 57 runs and the NRR took a nose dive.
The bowling was disastrous barring Steyn. Steyn bowled a lovely line and asked plenty of questions, while all others including Kumble bowled some very ordinary deliveries that was deposited into the stands. Pankaj Singh was taken over 50 in his 4. This is surely a warning bell, and RC must do some serious tinkering with their bowling to get it up to the mark in the semis.
The feilding was woeful with 3 catches being dropped. The ground fielding was pathetic and worse was the catching as sitters were dropped.
The batting was under tremendous pressure and wilted under some very intelligent and tight bowling by the Mumbai bowlers. With the run rate ever climbing and some tight bowling, only increased the pressure. The batting was done and in the end, it was a very unforgettable day.
It was a rare day when everything that one does goes wrong but hopefully, the semis will be contrary to the display witnessed on Saturday.