The partnerships that took the Game Away!
There were a couple of Outstanding partnerships from the RCB’ians that took away the match from the Opposition and hope for more to come in this season of IPL edition 5
Indian Premier League - 25th match, played at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh was one of the finest example of how partnership can take the match away from the opposition. This match was played between the Kings XI Punjab and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Earlier RCB won the toss and elected to field first and our bowlers did a fantastic job of getting the wickets early with some magic from Azhar Mehmood who gave a comeback for the King’s XI saw their team scoring 163 for the loss of 6 wickets. It was quite a competetive total for the Royal Challengers and the batting team lost the wicket of Mayank for a run followed by Virat and Tiwary getting out with low scores, but RCB had some faith left in them because the Gayle force was still there, and that was the moment when he joined hands with the South African AB de Villiers, not to forget the team’s score by that time was 3/25 with Awana of Kings XI picking up all the wickets that fell. They both played extremely well handling the pressure and rotated the strike so well and the boundaries and six's just came at the right time that made sure that the target was well with in the hands of Rcb’ian batsmen, they both put on a partnership of 131 for the 4th wicket that took away the match from Kings XI and it was one of the best partnerships I have seen so far this IPL.
Coming back to one more outstanding partnership between AB de Villiers and Dilshan, this just happened yesterday. The match between RCB and Rajasthan Royals, with RR having won their first game with Royal Challengers Bangalore this match was like a perfect pay back match for the RCB. Played at the
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to field, there were some confusions among the fans since Chris Gayle did not open the Innings and it was Virat and Dilshan who were the openers for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and this combination started off well but did not carry for a long time with Virat Losing his wicket early and it was up to the young Mayank Agarwal to carry on with Dilshan, they both found a bit hard to score runs but managed to keep the scoreboard ticking with singles now and then and it was the time when Mayank got out just after the Strategic time out there were some cheer among the fans and it was the Gayle force who has been opening the batting for RCB for such a long time was out of action due to sickness and it proved costly for the visitors, soon Gayle was caught at crease by Brad Hogg and Royal Challengers were really struggling at 3/67 then joined the class act AB de Villiers along with Dilshan till that time RR did everything perfect and once these two started adding runs quickly Dravid had no clue and it was AB de Villiers once again who smashed 5 six’s and 3 four’s in quick time and reached his half century and the second fastest in the tournament and Dilshan too got his first 50 of this tournament, the duo added an unbeaten 122 runs in just 8.2 over’s between them, this really brought the game back to the Royal Challengers scoring a massive 189/3 in 20 overs. Once again this was the partnership that won the game for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Not to forget Appanna’s four wicket haul for 19 runs, he with his bowling made sure the RR batsmen were under pressure and made things look easy.