Vettori's men win fifth straight match - Kochi Tuskers feel sledgehammer
Allround efficiency and record breaking Gayle effort seal a handsome victory for 'men in green on the day'
Another superlative Gayle performance saw
Royal Challengers Bangalore head butt Kochi Tuskers Kerala at home. However,
the foundations were clearly laid by a solid bowling and fielding effort. The
win is the Bengaluru team’s fifth straight one.
Good ground fielding and professional
catching marked the RCB effort after Tuskers captain Jayawardene elected to bat
first. While the dangerous Brendon McCullum and Klinger were dismissed by
Vettori and Chris Gayle, a one handed stunner by Zaheer Khan at backward square
leg started the display of excellent pouching by RCB. Soon, Kaif ran from deep
cover and while calling early where three fielders were converging on the ball
and held onto it with a secure dive. The catch was to be adjudged the best of
the match because it called for overall judgment.
With this sort of effort, it was evident
RCB would do some damage whereas even after the fall of the second wicket
(Klinger) the Tuskers were setting a par score. However, apart from the
catches, Parthiv Patel’s run out had set the Kerala teams woes at five wickets
down for 89 off 13.3 overs and the pressure clearly telling. Nothing like a
late surge was possible by the side which is making its IPL debut this year but
had been on the ascendancy recently. They reached only 125 and the Bengaluru
crowd sensed victory.
Chris Gayle, after Dilshan set about
getting a few boundaries, launched into his own. This time it would be an over
fetching a record 37 runs, a no ball and free hit allowing for scoring more
than a logically possible 36 runs if a batsman hits six sixes. Gayle made 44
off 16 balls before getting bowled by Vinay Kumar’s round arm ball.
Virat Kohli, in the company of Dilshan (57
off 31 balls, 8 fours, 5 sixes) easily saw the Challengers home with 41 balls
remaining. Dan Vettori’s side didn’t need to play out of their skins and were
scarcely pushed on ‘Go Green’ day where they wore green jerseys; the unique theme
was to bring awareness of environmental issues.
RCB now pose a serious challenge to all
oppositions. True retribution will come when they perhaps play the Mumbai
Indians in this form in either the qualifier, the eliminator of the final.
Well, that’s from the true romanticists who want their comprehensive defeat against
the Tendulkar led side avenged. Apart from that they would want to correct
their record too.