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PHASE 1 : Abhishek Shetty's review for rc's performance
Royal Challengers Bangalore was geared up as the third season of IPL approached. After finishing runners up in the previous tournament (thanks to a disappointing show in the final), RCB was looking to bring the cup home this time. Mar 14th: RCB vs. KKR at Kolkata -. Kolkata won the toss and chose to field at their home ground. Disasters galore. Our young Indians did not have much too show and we were left at 35 for 4. The cameos from Dravid and Uthappa were not good enough to put up a decent score. 136 was the target and the Kolkata openers struck the leather while it was hard. Kolkata won this match with only 4 balls left and we were truly outdone. Besides a half century from Kallis, this was a match for us to forget. Mar 16th: RCB vs. KXIP at Bangalore – The Bangalore crowd wasn’t disheartened after the previous match and had still come to cheer the home side. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat. Another bad show. Who had thought that they would make a huge score of 203? We would have to strike from the first ball to win. And that was exactly what we did. Our openers did a good job to make 60 in 6 overs. There might have been a few groans when Uthappa entered, but he chipped in too with a 19 ball 50. Kallis led the team home with a fine 89. It was an unpredictable win for RCB and a good effort from the top order. Our first win gave us some much needed momentum which turned out to be crucial. Now our bowlers had to find their touch. Mar 18th: RCB vs. RR at Bangalore - RCB finally won the toss (much to the crowd’s joy) and sent Rajasthan to bat. This time, the bowling clicked with Pk leading the way with a hat-trick. The Rajasthan batsmen didn’t have much to show and they fell like tenpins. Our openers knew that they would have to hit hard to give a boost to the net run rate. We made 93 in 64 balls for the loss of no wicket. Both the batting and bowling departments did well to seal this victory. We now reached the second spot in the table. Mar 20th: RCB vs. MI at Mumbai – A clash of the table toppers. The home team won the toss and made us field. Mumbai were getting the boundaries and a few wickets fell. But Vinay Kumar was the real star, getting three wickets, including Sachin’s in a single over. A few moderate innings followed, but Zaheer Khan’s last over beating unsettled our team a bit. There were a few jitters while chasing, but we romped home easily in the end. Kallis showed his skills with another 50 and the batting and bowling were clicking now. RCB reached the top of the table for the first time and we were in full swing. Mar 23rd: RCB vs. CSK at Bangalore–Stand-in captain Raina won the toss and chose to chase the total. Kallis got out for the first time and Dravid got out after playing some good strokes. 120 for 5 after 17 wasn’t good enough. Uthappa was still there and he smashed the bowlers all over Chinnaswamy, raising the total to 171. Chennai lost an early wicket but the mongoose man was still hitting. He shouldn’t have used the mongoose as later he was run out by a stunner from Dravid. Chennai never got the momentum and they made only 135. Vinay Kumar got 4 scalps and now our team looked invincible. Mar 25th: RCB vs. DD at Bangalore –RC won the toss and decided to field first. There were some quick scores from the top order, but the best innings was that of Kedar Jadhav’s, who made a fifty. Bangalore was to chase 184 and the entire innings went about terribly. Kallis was slow, and we lost three other wickets in quick succession. The required run rate was steep and it was just too difficult for Morgan and Kohli. We lost more wickets and soon it was game over for RCB, as we lost by 17 runs. Mar 31st: RCB vs. CSK at Chennai - Kumble won the toss and opted to bat. Bangalore again lost a few wickets but Kallis and Kohli made the amends. They fell in quick succession in the same over and White and Pietersen brought it to a par score of 161. Chennai stepped on the gas pedal. Vijay and Raina played swashbuckling innings and even though wickets were falling Raina ended it in 19 overs. It did get close but Vinay Kumar conceded successive no-balls at the end. Our team was a bit down now, after successive losses. After winning four matches on the trot, RCB looked invincible. But that aura of invincibility came crashing down on us after we fiddled with the winning combination to accommodate the likes of Kp Cameron White into our XI. RCB would have been looking to win some more matches to seal a place for themselves in the semis.
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PHASE 2 : Abhishek Shetty's review for rc's performance
After having mixed fortunes in their first seven matches, RCB was keen to get a win over Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab. Apr 2nd: RCB vs. KXIP at Mohali - The Kings XI team was eager to get out of their rock bottom position in the table. After coming from a match ban Sangakkara won the toss and chose to bat. Shaun Marsh didn’t get off to a start but the captain and Bisla decided to make up for his lack of form. Bisla tried to sweep off Kumble only to find his off stump missing! I think Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ should have been played at that time. Yuvraj came and batted well, probably because he drank that Revital stuff he endorses. A fine innings from Bopara brought the total to 181. A turtle speed start was seen from our openers, but a well built partnership from Kohli and Pietersen brought us closer and closer to the total. Uthappa looted 25 runs from Brett Lee’s over and that took care of the required run rate. After that RCB couldn’t lose unless they were Pakistan and Pietersen was like Misbah-ul-Haq. The catching from Kings XI was just distressing. Young players should never see that match unless they are learning how not to catch. Kumble still didn’t send Dravid to bat even in the 19th over. Good thing we won, or else there would have been a huge uproar among the Dravid fans. Apr 4th: RCB vs. DD at Delhi – A changed RCB side even after winning? Pretty strange of Kumble… Gambhir won the toss and chose to bat. The openers fired but the lanky, Ranji bowler Mithun got Sehwag bowled. Warner continued to play fast, but he sent one down Kohli’s throat off Kumble. Kohli cheekily asked his home crowd to make some noise. They gave him an immediate response with the help of a plastic bottle. After that, we pretty much lost the plot. Collingwood paved Delhi’s way with a 75 to reach 184.The decision to send White to open backfired spectacularly as he ate up 11 balls to add only four runs to the total. KP and Kallis continued in the same fashion and it was too painful to watch. By the time Dravid came to the crease, it was an impossible target on a slowing pitch. Kumble said in the match ceremony it was only one loss. If only… Apr 8th: RCB vs. DC at Bangalore – Back to the normal side for Bangalore. Gilly won the toss and chose to field. I came to the stadium after 2 overs only to see Pandey’s wicket was doing somersaults! I thought maybe I should scramble for the exit, but seeing Dravid make his way to the crease, I pinched myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream and sat down. The stadium went so berserk that if he made 50 they would have gone and congratulated him on the pitch like in a 1980s West Indies match! But he didn’t reach the mark and Robin and Taylor joined him in the dressing room in the eleventh over. Another miracle happened as Kallis finally decided to bat fast and hit fours and sixes along with Kohli. 184 was a good total for an unpredictable team like us. We got a quick wicket but Suman (unknown to most of us) started to hit boundaries. Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma got out in quick succession but in came Symonds who flabbergasted our bowlers and finished the match in 19.2 overs. Watching your team get defeated on tv miles away from the action is one thing, but having to digest that bitter pill inside the stadium is really quite depressing. Apr 10th: RCB vs. KKR at Bangalore- I wasn’t ready to trade in the RCB flag for a white one just yet; I HAD to see a winning match of RCB in the stadium and I was confident we could win this match. On the day of the match I got tickets (courtesy an RCB player whose name I won’t disclose) in the second row of the P1 stand. This time Kumble won the toss and decided to chase. Kolkata were a bit slow to start, which put a smile on my face; but the smile faded as they made 50 in 5 overs. Luckily at this moment Gayle got out and things started looking up for us. The Prince of Kolkata too was dismissed and his team collapsed like an old Bombay building. At last McCullum decided to leave us in peace and the advantage shifted to Bangalore. With no big shots in the end (leaving the six that landed in our stand), Kolkata reached 160, a reachable total. Kallis got out after an edge to first slip, which brought in Dravid. Dravid cut, pulled, drove and edged the ball all over the field and showed Kolkata that he can play fast too. But wait, we have some ‘anchor’ on the other side by the name Sriram. My sister and I were really happy when Dinda decided to show us some mercy and sent him back bringing Uthappa to the crease. Uthappa obliged the crowd’s shouts for sixes and we won easily. I’m going to guess Ganguly said to his bowlers “You are pathetic! First you allow Dravid to hit 50 and then you get the wrong person out! I can’t do all the bowling for you! God save your careers.” Apr 12th: RCB vs. DC at Nagpur – The pitch here was good for bowling and had long boundaries. Kumble won the toss and we decided to chase again. By the third over, three wickets were down and one gloomy DC dugout was seen. Rohit Sharma and MD Mishra repaired the innings with a steady 82 run partnership. Uthappa got Symonds stumped by accident and DC only managed 151. Pandey and Kallis showed that they were in no mood to give up their bad form and laid the onus on Dravid. But Dravid isn’t God (that’s Tendulkar) and he made 49. The middle order spontaneously combusted and they put the onus on Uthappa. A leg cutter from Harmeet Singh got him bowled and a win from there was impossible. I still can’t figure out how we lost the match when victory was in sight. So near, yet so far... Apr 14th: RCB vs. RR at Jaipur – It’s a new day and a different match… not so for Rajasthan. After some confusion at the toss, Warne won it and decided to bat. And it was déjà vu as the Rajasthan team just couldn’t stop themselves from getting out, as if they were tempted to. Steyn got a bouncer-ready Yusuf Pathan bowled. It wouldn’t have been surprising if his bat was near his head to defend at that moment. Voges and Raut stuck till the end and made a 38 run improvement from the last match. It was time for RCB to give a kick to the net run rate again but it was muddled towards the end. Pietersen was hitting off every bowler, but he was run out when Kohli declined to take a single. Pietersen looked as if he would spit out venom right at Kohli’s face but he just glared and walked back. Taylor and Dravid finished the match with no added drama in the 16th over. Bangalore had gotten themselves a definite place in the semis with this win. KP put his arm around Kohli and sort of apologized at the end. But if you ask me, it rather looked like he was saying “Next time you try something like that with me; I am going to strangle you like this mate.” Apr 17th: RCB vs. MI at Bangalore – Our last league match was even more dramatic than the previous one! It started with a blast due to some bombs that someone had stationed in two areas (I suspect it was a die-hard Mumbai fan who did it in order to shift the semi-finals out of Bangalore to Mumbai). The match started late in a dreary, bleak atmosphere and to add to the bleakness Tendulkar got out, which affected some people who had come to see him bat. McLaren and Rayudu built up a sturdy partnership followed by Pollard’s and Duminy’s quick innings to wrap it up. 191 was a huge target mainly due to our wayward bowling and fielding. If you thought RCB couldn’t do worse, think again. This is RCB; even the most impossible things become possible. The top order and middle order was despicable and top scorer was Kohli with 37. A 57 run loss meant our net run rate would spiral downwards. Mumbai got their revenge for our previous win over them. Of course we would still be in the semis but our confidence would take a beating while going into the semis. Undoubtedly this was the worst of all the RCB matches that we played in the league stage. An inconsistent team was what went into the semis. Leaving the Nagpur match and the Jaipur match, our bowlers were too expensive. Add Kallis’s slow batting to that and you get a terrible start. Kallis put the pressure on the rest of the batting order and they just couldn’t handle it. In fact, Kallis was the reason that we lost some matches; he couldn’t even make up for number of runs he gave during his dreadful bowling spells! Sending Dravid late in the order, giving Vinay Kumar only three overs and handing Kallis the ball in the powerplay; these were all mistakes on the part of Kumble. Kumble should have fixed these problems and probably we might have won another match or two. The selection problem haunted us and the players that we played hadn't perform up to expectations. A win in the semi-final was required and these problems had to be faced first.

 

PHASE 3 : Abhishek Shetty's review for rc's performance
Apr 21st: 1st semi final RCB vs. MI at Navi Mumbai: The home team won the toss and decided to set us a total. After Sachin got two boundaries, he risked trying to hit another one, but it landed safe in Taylor’s palms. Later on, Kohli aced a direct hit at the non-striker’s end to force Dhawan to leave the crease. MI struggled some more with Abhishek Nayar and Duminy handing their wickets into RC’s hands. As the successful spinners were about to finish their spells, Kumble handed the ball to Kohli in the 14th over and to Kallis in the 16th over and the momentum shifted to Mumbai’s side. Tiwary and Rayudu played well against these two bowlers before the latter got out. But in came Pollard who played as if he was Jack the Ripper (who also might have been a cricketer). 184 was a formidable total for us to make. Kumble made a good move by placing Dravid at No 2 in the batting line up. Seeing Dravid make runs, Kallis thought that he shouldn’t fall behind and hit a few boundaries before he was back in the dugout. KP couldn’t do much as he was stumped off the Turbanator and Uthappa had to come to save us. After Pollard’s second over, Mumbai could start celebrating as in that over Uthappa fell and Dravid sacrificed his wicket for Taylor. Kohli and Pandey were dismissed quickly as the run rate started taking a hike. The bowlers who were the main culprits didn’t show a Harbhajan-type finishing and Ross Taylor was batting as if he had been just woken up before he came out to bat. This meant that a win for us was unachievable. Kieron Pollard was the Man of the Match after he turned the match on its head with his batting and bowling. A 35 run defeat was never expected (hmmm…or was it?). Apr 24th: 3rd place play off RCB vs. DC at Navi Mumbai: DC won the toss on this slow pitch and decided to bat. Gilchrist continued his bad form after he deposited a full toss of all things into Kallis’ hands. PK was able to get two quick wickets but Steyn dropped Symonds off Praveen due to his lack of judgement. Two balls later Steyn was quick to bag the wicket of the Queenslander himself. Smith was soon bowled by Kumble and it was about time Deccan concentrated on building a partnership instead of hitting every ball. Venugopal Rao and Anirudh Singh had the sense to do this and they lifted Deccan up to 78. Nayan Doshi had been put in this team and he got a lot of turn on this pitch. The fast hitting started from Anirudh and Rao but it was abruptly ended when the all-time expensive Kallis got Anirudh bowled and Rao followed in the next over due to a tossed up ball from Doshi. Deccan faltered towards the end and the last five wickets fell in a space of four runs. It was a bad performance by Deccan, because this pitch wasn’t so hard to bat on. Dravid opened with Kallis and this time Kallis was welcome to bat slowly as it wouldn’t hamper our chase. Dravid played some classy shots while Kallis looked as if he was practicing in the nets. But soon he got out after returning the ball to Rahul Sharma and he had made a painful 19 off 31 deliveries. Pietersen and Dravid couldn’t mess things up and we won easily in 13.5 overs, the match being finished with a six from Kp. Kumble won the man of the match award for taking a four wicket haul and the entire Bangalore team had won free tickets to go to South Africa and also play the Champions League. Gilchrist proved a point in that match: if you make too many changes in your combination you are bound to lose. Kumble made only three changes whereas Gilchrist made five. Well, it was the end of RCB’s IPL journey and three were many memorable moments: when we chased down 200 against Punjab; Praveen’s hat-trick; our win against Mumbai in Mumbai; our downfall after the fifth match; Kumble barking fiercely at anyone who misfielded; Kings XI dropping catches as if they were bombs; making Ganguly say those harsh comments about his Cadbury troops; Uthappa getting out in the penultimate over against Deccan; consecutive losses against Mumbai and the win against Gichrist’s men to enter the CLT20 getting revenge for IPL 2’s loss in the final. Kumble did make some mistakes, like the fielding placements and the bowling order, but overall he was a tactful captain and no one could have filled in the job better. It was a good IPL for us and the team will be looking for more in the CLT20.

 

 
Phases Match Result

Phase 1 from
3rd May to
7th May

RC v/s KKR
(14th March)
Lost
  RC v/s KXI
(16th March)
Won
  RC v/s RR
(18th March)
Won
  RC v/s MI
(20th March)
Won
  RC v/s CSK
(23rd March)
Won
  RC v/s DDD
(25th March)
Lost
  RC v/s CSK
(31th March)
Lost

Phase 2 from
8th May to
12th May
RC v/s KXI
(2nd April)
Won
  RC v/s DDD
(4th April)
Lost
  RC v/s DC
(8th April)
Lost
  RC v/s KKR
(10th April)
Won
  RC v/s DC
(12th April)
Lost
  RC v/s RR
(14th April)
Won
  RC v/s MI
(17th April)
Lost

Phase 3 from
13th May to
17th May
RC v/s MI
(Semifinal)
(21st April)
Lost
  RC v/s DC
(3-4 playoff)
(24th April)
Won