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PHASE 2 : vivekpriya raje 's review for rc's performance
Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) coach Ray Jennings was asked why his side had never crossed the 200-run mark on the eve of the game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Jennings was to the point. The coach said totals and targets hardly mattered. The bottomline, according to the South African-born coach, was that as long as the team wins nothing else matters.Wonder what went through Jennings’ mind when Kings XI Punjab set RCB a mammoth total of 203. Jacques Kallis and Robin Uthappa were very clear about what they had to do. Kallis made an unbeaten and brutish 89 off just 55 balls, while Uthappa hit the second fastest half-century of the Indian Premier League. Manish Pandey made a quickfire 38 and along with Kallis put on 74 in 8.1 overs for the first wicket. RCB promoted Uthappa and Pandey in this game. Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Uthappa batted at No.7 and Pandey at No.3 The move to promoteUthappa up the order paid dividends, while Kallis was once again rock steady. Kallis has learnt to slip into overdrive over the past couple of years. Yet, even when the asking rate is alarming he allows cricketing wisdom to lead the way. The asking rate was over 10 runs an over at the start of the innings. Both Kallis and Pandey looked rather unperturbed. The KXIP bowling attack is at its best when they get an early breakthrough. That did not happen on Tuesday. In the face of pressure the likes of Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Abdulla and S Sreesanth are known to wither. Even after Pandey departed, Kallis and Uthappa didn’t allow the applecart to be toppled. Uthappa was brave. When in form, and on the day when Uthappa decides to bat with a cool head, he is one of the better Twenty20 batsmen. His knock included four fours and as many sixes. Soon it was clear that only one team was winning this game. Sreesanth’s bowling figures were sullied as Uthappa took 25 runs off one over. When Uthappa was dismissed the asking rate was well under control but the game still had to be finished. Kallis played like a general who has come out on the right side of many a bloody battle. Left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma was singled out for special treatment. Kallis hit him for 22 runs in the 18th over of the innings. Earlier, electing to bat, Ravi Bopara and Manvinder Bisla helped the visitors get off to a good start. They added 129 in 14.1 overs. Yuvraj Singh batted at No.3 but he failed to click once again. Bopara along with Mahela Jayawardene added 53 runs for the third wicket. Bopara was instrumental in taking the total over 200. However, his effort was overshadowed by Kallis and Uthappa.

 

PHASE 3 : vivekpriya raje 's review for rc's performance
The league games of the IPL have finished and the stage is set for the first of the two semi-finals that will be played between Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. Originally scheduled to be played at the M Chinnaswamy, the security concerns raised by the two blasts outside the Bangalore stadium made it pertinent to shift the game out. The two sides have played each other in the IPL six times before this game, and both sides have won thrice. Mumbai (3/4 at Boylesports to win the game) has never won in their home town against them, and so, they will need to overcome history to get the better of Bangalore (6/5 at Bet Fred to enter final). Having said that, the Mumbai side were easily the best in the competition throughout the league stage, which makes for an interesting competition. Bangalore has an enviable batting line-up, which they will look to bank upon on a pitch they have yet to play a game in any edition of the tournament. Robin Uthappa’s (11/2 at Sky Bet to be Bangalore’s best batsman) run in the tournament makes him a feared batsman in the middle, whereas the break afforded to Kevin Pietersen (9/2 at Coral to top-score for his side) after his initial half century seems to have done him good. The issue, for me, is at the top of the order. Manish Pandey (5/1 at Sky Bet to be the best batsman for his side) has barely looked like the batsman of 2009, and Jacques Kallis (3/1 at Ladbrokes to top-score for Bangalore), despite being at the second position in the run-getters’ table has had a rather poor strike-rate. One may see captain Anil Kumble changing things around at the opening slot. Mumbai had rested six of its players for the previous encounter and lost the game rather easily. Whether this will have any effect on the momentum remains to be seen, but if one were to track their performance in the last few games, Mumbai have won three matches without too many runs from Sachin Tendulkar (17/8 at Boylesports to top-score for Mumbai). Kieron Pollard’s (8/1 at Boylesports to be Mumbai’s best) return to form, and Dwayne Bravo’s (12/1 at Totesport to top-score for Mumbai) loss of it will make things interesting, but the one man that many fans would be interested in watching would be Saurabh Tiwary (11/2 at Paddy Power to top-score for his side). Tiwary has had a good IPL, but how he handles the pressure of a knock-out game, whilst coming in at a vital number three or four position will be a test for the Under-19 World Cup winning batsman. Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 after routing Deccan Chargers comprehensively by nine wickets in the third-fourth place play-off match of the Indian Premier League. With this win RCB not only secured a place in September's lucrative Champions League Twenty20 but also earned a sweet revenge over Deccan for their defeat in the final of the last edition of the tournament in South Africa. Bangalore picked up the third finisher's prize of Rs 1.75 crore with this victory while Chargers took home Rs 1.25 crore. Rahul Dravid top-scored with a fine unbeaten 35 while Kevin Pietersen remained unconquered on 29 to see their side home in 13.5 overs after RCB, riding on skipper Anil Kumble's four for 16, bowled out Deccan for a paltry 82 in 18.3 overs. Dravid in Jacques Kallis' (19) company first added 36 runs in 7.2 overs for the opening wicket before sharing an unbeaten 50-run stand with Pietersen to seal the convincing win for RCB. Kallis, who faced 32 balls and struck three fours, was the only RCB wicket to fall, caught and bowled by leg spinner Rahul Sharma. Dravid struck five fours during his 30-ball innings while Pietersen decorated his 21-ball stay at the crease with one boundary and two sixes. Earlier sent into bowl, Kumble spun the web around Deccan batting line up, picking up four wickets while Kallis (2/3) and Praveen Kumar (2/18) provided him able support from the other end to bundle out the Hyderabad outfit cheaply. The other wicket takers were Dale Steyn and Nayan Doshi, son of former India Test bowler Dilip Doshi, who got one apiece as five Deccan batsmen failed to open their accounts. Deccan, which slumped to 35 for five at one stage, recovered poised with 43-run sixth wicket stand between Anirudh Singh (40 off 39 balls) and Venugopal Rao (24 off 27 balls) before suffering another collapse. The Deccan top order failed to rise to the occasion with skipper Adam Gilchrist, Rohit Sharma, Monish Mishra and Andrew Symonds, all falling cheaply. Deccan began in a disastrous fashion, losing Gilchrist, who had a terrible tournament with the bat, in the fourth ball of the innings. The left hander hit one Kumble full toss delivery straight to Kallis at deep square-leg. Mishra departed for a first-ball duck at the same score of four in the first ball of the second over when he was trapped plumb in front of the wicket by Praveen. Praveen added another to his kitty when he sent back Rohit Sharma too, also for naught, in his next over to leave Deccan at a sorry score of 15 for three. Things failed to improve for Deccan though left handed Anirudh kept them afloat with some diligent batting as they lost two more wickets cheaply. Andrew Symonds, dropped on one by Steyn, feel to the South African pacer -- undone by the pace and lift of the ball that he edged behind. Deccan plunged further into trouble at 35 for five with Kumble rattling Dwayne Smith's timbers with a googly. New batsman Venugopal Rao, included in place of T Suman, started with a six and tried to rescue the Deccan innings along with Anirudh. The duo, which got together in the ninth over, played sensibly to somewhat resurrect the Deccan innings but just when it was time to accelerate, Kallis broke the partnership in the 16th over by going through the defence of Anirudh. The wicket triggered another collapse with the last four Deccan batsmen departing in the space of 13 balls.

 

 
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