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PHASE 1 : Rahul Bhagchandani 's review for rc's performance
All I could say is that RCB was handsomely charged into the build-up of the tournament and they had all reasons to be charged up! While other teams struggled to get the overseas players and injured blokes in place, RCB had most of its players available and more importantly none of the key players were injured. Apart, some good buys in Eoin Morgan and the domestic form of the young guns in Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey was always backing the south-paws to clinch the cup. Against the run of all this fanfare, RCB's start just wasn't the perfect one with their first game going haywire. Yeah, it was haywire and the team selection was something to blame for. Apart, the mingled batting order made things mistier for the Bangalore boys. The team wrapped their 20 overs, batting first for just a score around 135 and all Kolkata had to do was play out the allotted 20 overs. Bangalore looked hurt and they always had to be; there was no point in selecting Goswami if Robbie was too good with the gloves. And then even if you select him, it was utter nonsense to send him up the order. Pressure game, first one, and you have a 20-year old inexperienced bloke taking guard the first ball. Bangalore did badly to them and they had to rise up; and remember, South Indians ain't that short on inner-strength. They did rise up on confidence soon and the games to come by were the proof of that! The next game was against the Punjabi Kings and our bowlers were too short on confidence; hence they gave away as many as 203 runs to KXIP and it was all left to the RCB batters to look after the result. Splendid Jacques Kallis and Robin Uthappa ensured that RCB came to its reputation and did they play well man! Uthappa scored a 21-ball 55 and Kallis scored a blistering unbeaten 55-ball 89. The team had just grown into confidence after chasing the highest score ever in IPL and the games to come by just thickened their confidence. Rajasthan Royals were the next opposition and just go through the scorecards, RCB fans, if you wanna know what our team did. It was an absolute carnage. None Rajasthan batsman was able to face our bowlers easily and their whole side succumbed to 92! Don’t forget the stupendous Praveen Kumar who picked a hat-trick, the first of this season and don’t even forget the time when skipper Anil picked his Rajasthan counter-part Shane Warne. RCB eased to a 10 wicket win that game and the most latest of the dangerous sides was just unveiled! Then came the battle of the top sides, the battle of the table-toppers. Mumbai Indians was all set to take on RCB at their home turf. RCB was coming with a winning streak and so were the Indians. This game was about to declare the real side of this season and was going to test the charisma of both teams. And to people’s sudden surprise, Mumbai, at a stage, was reduced to 76/6, courtesy Vinay Kumar. Some late cameo by Zak took Mumbai to 151 but chasing that was never going to be tough. Bangalore chased the total with absolute ease. They spared themselves 7 wickets and three balls as well. Kallis was again a star with his unbeaten 66; and Pandey and Uthappa played lil cameos to ensure the win! It looked RCB all the way and trying to give the Challengers a brake now came Chennai Super Kings. This match turned out to be a bit different than all prior, as RCB’s top order took a beating. But if a side has been in sublime touch, no one can stop them, can anyone? No. Robin Uthappa came as a saviour and scored a resplendent 33-ball 68! His innings ensured a winnable score for RCB and Chennai took the pressure a lil too much. Super Kings managed only 135/7 and RCB won the game comprehensively by 36 runs! But, in all the glamour of this game, perhaps the side forgot their top order worries which had just begun. In an actual sense it was the top middle order troubling the side; the openers were very well set until now. This top order nuance came bad for the side in the next game then. It was Delhi as the opponent and with the north-Indians scoring 183, RCB had to give all they had. Top order tried, so did the middle order and so did Virat Kohli, but our side was always far behind in the chase. The side lost the game by 17 runs and it really hurt the side manifold. Bowling was certainly one to be blamed for, but with bowling always known to have hard time with this format; batting had to come good, which never happened. Challengers came back to cricket after a six-day break. This break was supposed to be a holiday but our team’s magnet owner, Dr. Vijay Mallaya, cancelled the team’s holiday because the team fared poorly against Delhi! It was Chennai, who they recently beat. Batting first, RCB managed 162 – an around par score but not a winnable one! The overs of 14, 15 were bad as opponent spinners helped them take the upper hand. Chasing 163 was not easy but wasn’t as difficult as chasing a score of 175-180. Murali Vijay came out, did some ‘Slam, Bang, Thank you man’ for 39 balls, scored 78 runs and took away the game. Vice-captain Suresh Raina ensured that the game was in Chennai’s name! Thence, this is how the Phase I for the Royal Challengers Bangalore panned out. They started with a loss and ended with two losses. In seven encounters, they won 4 and missed on three of them. Kallis’ form, the openers’ stands, Uthappa’s finding form and Kumble’s miserness were the major highlights of the Phase I.

 

PHASE 2 : Rahul Bhagchandani 's review for rc's performance
Royal Challengers Bangalore, after a poised phase I, started the Phase II standing on the third position on the points table, and with a positive NRR. Delhi Daredevils and ever-ruling Mumbai Indians occupied the second and the first positions and the all possessed glamor of the Challengers was touch fading away with already two straight losses on the backdrop. All our side needed to do now was some ‘slam, bang, thank you man’ and register around four wins off the next seven to get a confirmed berth to the semis! Game VIII, v KXIP: In the first encounter against Kings, Bangalore chased 203 only to rattle the Kings’ image. It seemed that Punjab had forgotten that RCB chase and decided to bat first. Jumbo might not have found it as a big deal, as we were chasing all fine. Twenty20 isn’t the bowlers’ game and bowlers again went for runs; Steyn, by the way, was pretty good! Kings scored 181 and that was just a par score. Kallis, against his charisma, failed and, Manish didn’t last long. But South African turned English, KP, was majestic and so was young kiddie Virat Kohli, who actually was promoted to number 4. And Uthappa, in the end, with his 8-ball 22, ensured that Kings’ image was not refurbished but only bruised further! Game IX, v DD: Royal Challengers looked good enough and were contending strong for a confirmed semi-berth. But, Daredevils, this game’s opposition had a better off RCB. DD was one such side, RCB was known to falter against and that’s what happened. Delhi won the toss, elected to bat first and was off to a flier. And if this flier wasn’t enough, Collingwood’s 46-ball 75 led DD to a glorious 184. Why I say Glorious is just because DD had their strong bowling under their belt and RCB, even though was chasing all guns blazing, had to play with their heart out! But that heart never came good. Except Kallis and Taylor, no one even managed a 20+ score and all we could manage were 147 runs on the board. Selection was all to blame for; Mithun – a new bloke in a big game; it was always tough to curtail on runs for him. He gave as many as 39 in 18 balls he bowled. And then the batting order; we were playing a touch too many stars. White opened the batting this time and god knows why Pandey was not included. Dravid batted at number 7 and need I say more? Game X, v DC: After losing badly to Delhi, the last year’s finale was all about to revisit as the season 2 runners up RCB took on season 2 champs Deccan Chargers. And just the way we had the ability to stutter against Delhi, Deccan was just one another side amongst those bad feathers of us. DC skipper Gilly put us into bat and Kallis magic again struck big time. Pandey, who was re-included, failed; Dravid, who was promoted to three, scored a solid 26; and Kohli 35-ball 58 along with Kallis’ 44-ball 68 helped RCB 184. Again it was a par score but it was defendable. We, even after striking early with a wicket, had to struggle hard in order to tick the wickets’ column on the scoreboard. In twelfth over, DC were reduced to 95/3 and looked like Bangalore had the upper hand. But no, a handsome 24-ball 53 by Andrew Symonds and his Mongoose along with a very substantial 57-ball 78 by Suman ascertained that RCB had one another loss under their cap and the poor run against DC of ours continued. Game Xi, v KKR: Two straight losses loomed and the probability of not having a semi-final birth was just soaring. A win at this juncture would’ve boosted the confidence for us to qualify, a loss would’ve helped us get an inch closer of being kicked out of the top four. We were so good chasers except against Delhi and winning the toss against Kolkata Knight Riders, Jumbo decided to field first. R Vinay Kumar picked three, Kallis picked a couple and Jumbo as economical as always; KKR was restricted to a very gettable 160. Kallis was the batting star and so was not the new inclusion Sriram; it was actually the Wall who took the attack to the opposition, batting at three, and scored a chocolaty 35-ball 52. And as Robin Uthappa was passing through the purplest of his patches, he scored an unbeaten 22-ball 50 and he just clobbered the Korbo, Lorbo people! The 161 was chased in meager 17.1 overs and, SRK and his team were forced to bite dust. Royal Challengers had 6 wins under their belt. For a hassle-free berth in the semi-finals, a team was required to win eight out of 14, and to be in contention of a berth, seven wins were asked for. RCB had three more games under their belt and all people were asking for the cleanest of sweeps. But the opponents weren’t as cool as we would’ve demanded… Game Xii, v DC: The sheerly disappointing loss against Deccan wasn’t far behind and one another game against the Chargers was lined-up for the Bangalore boys. Royal Challengers were looking for a win and so were Deccan. In fact, Deccan had to win their last 5 league games in order to qualify for the semis and they already had won two of the first ones! As we were chasified this season, Jumbo again felt like bowling first and man, did we bowl well. Deccan Chargers were crushed to 14-3 in the third over and with Mishra and Rohit Sharma playing some handy innings, all Deccan could score was 151/6. Dale Steyn was fantaboulous as he picked the first three wickets and wrecked Deccan’s top and middle order. But the chase came out to be like a horrendous sin committed by our players. Manish Pandey scored a golden duck; no one except Kallis, Dravid and Uthappa reached the double figures. We were bowled out for 138 and all thanks to Harmeet Bansal Singh of Chargers. Just when Uthappa looked like sealing things back, he came out, bowled a leg-cutter, slowest ball of the millennium and bowled Robbie. All RCB fans could do was wonder and wander about the leg-cutting abilities of Harmeet. But again, our batting too faltered poorly. All batters in Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli and Cameron White – failed to impose a mark. Game Xiii, v RR: The run was as patchy as it could’ve been. Out of five games of this phase, three were lost, two were won. Rajasthan Royals were the opponents for the penultimate league game, and guess what, we pulled it off. Solid all-round team efforts lead Bangalore to a five-wicket win and their chances of getting into the semis only got better! First up, bowlers were pretty organized conceding just 130 runs chasing the same, pom KP’s 62 helped the chase completed. A win in the next game would’ve definitely got them to the semi-finals but a loss would’ve then taken things to the NRR. Game Xiv, v MI: It was the final league game now and it was the table toppers against us. Two rocking blasts outside the stadium in Bangalore did rock things up but it never affected the game. Bangalore again won the toss, and lost this time. It was a day game and some poor bowling by bowlers while the late overs led to the loss. Kallis, Kumble, Kumar – all were expensive and to chase 192, they needed to give out their heart. But the chase faltered like never before. Except Virat Kohli, no one looked dedicated enough to win a game. To mention, Kieron Pollard was just the star of the game! Bangalore ended their Phase II on a low note. Even though they qualified for the semi-finals, they were not able to avoid the very strong Mumbai Indians as their opponents in the semis. In phase II, Bangalore won three of their seven games; their glamour was actually not looking so great. Kallis was back as a normal batter, KP came to his terms and Robin Uthappa just looked losing his touch; bowling had their ups and downs as well, and when compared to Phase I, RCB seemed to have lost their tag of the ‘potential winners’ even after getting a semi-final berth!

 

PHASE 3 : Rahul Bhagchandani 's review for rc's performance
Phase III After not a very good Phase II, Bangalore managed a semi-final berth but they weren’t able to avoid MI in the semis. Mumbai was in their crushing form and Bangalore, on the other hand, not so good in form! --1st Semi-Final: Challengers bite dust after Hurricane Pollard Odds supported Mumbai since the start of the season and so did they in this game. And then the luck also seemed supporting them as they won the toss and elected to bat first. Good part for Bangalore was they were good chasers; but then chasing also was a pressure thing against some strong opponent, like Mumbai. But unlike the toss thing, the start then was absolutely different. Sachin didn’t play a long hand, so didn’t Dhawan, and at 29-2, odds might just would’ve shifted their opinions. Nevertheless, a good team is a good team anyhow. Abhi Nayar and Rayadu took innings to a next level, kept the run-rates and the spirits high and after their respective hands, Saurabh Tiwary, who later went on to win the citi under-23 award, scored a blistering 31-ball 52 and Pollard, in his usual attire scored a 13-ball 33! Bangalore got 184, and they were never going to chase it against the likes of Zak, Malinga, Bhajji, and etcetera. And then it looked like Bangalore already didn’t want to win. They opened with Kallis (that’s fine) and Rahul Dravid. Dravid? Dravid? Yeah, Dravid opened. Okay, he’s our favoritest star (even mine), so does that means you open with him? No, not at all. The top five batters got scores in double figures, rest managed single figures. We never fought hard and played out the 20 overs for just 149. At the end of the day, it looked like an outrageous loss being a RCB fan. *The turning point of the game was perhaps our over-complacency after looking the scoreboard reading 29/2. *The worst decision of the game was to mingle with the order and then open with Dravid. *Nevertheless, if those length balls in the last five overs of Mumbai innings were somehow curtailed, Bangalore wouldn’t have conceded 77 and we then could’ve had a different story today! --3rd place play-off: Brewers demolish Pressmen RCB was done and dusted and so was Deccan Chargers. Again, RCB lost the toss and the opponents elected to bat first. And again the Bangalore fans were hopeful for a good chase but that was just not needed. Man, it was a total different Bangalore I ever saw. They were beating Deccan Chargers. Could you take that? Defeating a Gilly-lead charged DC? I atleast couldn’t believe my eyes. But it was happening. The wickets were falling as quickly as possible, Deccan were looking as down as ever. In 10 overs time, Deccan just managed 43 and lost 5 wickets. Wow-like I felt, watching the game. Then a new bowler in Nayan Doshi, who possessed a good record in county T20, was introduced. For a matter of fact, he is the son of legendary Indian spinner Dilip Doshi. So the son bowled as miserly as possible and wrecked the Deccan Charge. To his betterment, he also managed a wicket. Kumble picked the last two in a span of 3 balls and all Bangalore needed to chase was 83! Was this going to be tough? Oh, forget it. Here again Dravid opened along with Kallis, but it was fine today. Chasing 83 you can experiment, chasing 185, you can’t. Rohit Sharma managed a wicket of Kallis, but RCB was home easily and that in and under 14 overs, with 9 wickets to spare. Bangalore, with the win got a place in the Champions League 2010 and that would’ve surely made Dr. Vijay Mallaya have the last laugh! *The turning point was Gilchrist’s wicket in the first over and Jumbo bowling the first over was itself a turning point. Jumbo finished with stupendous 4/16 and was the MoM indeed! *Deccan seemed in no contention and I guess, they never understood the importance of the play-off. The wickets of Symonds and Sharma would’ve hurt them the most and these wickets were surely responsible for such a show. *At the end of the day, Deccan seemed underprepared and RCB looked all much boosted. RCB was the side with immense charisma that day whereas DC was nil as far as charisma was concerned.
well abt dravid it was a wise decision i mean cos he increased the pace among the openers.....he should have been send 3rd but KP took it so Dravid well was pretty ok cos Kallis was outta form as well
Posted by PrinceDravid

 

 
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