PHASE 1 : sheffin shaji 's review for rc's performance
unlike the first 2 seasons we were among the pre tournament favourites ;so expectations were high than ever;; but we had a mixed phase1,,4 wins from 7 certainly below par for a team of our caliber,
*1st amtch aganist KKR
we didnt have a good start,we were looking for the right playing 11 for ipl 3,but messed up with our batting against KKR,,probably not the right batting order,kallis was the only batsmen who could face more than 20 balls!!;our bowling or fielding was not good either,we clearly had to do some thinking
4 straight wins!!......
next 4 matches we were on a role,,4 handsome wins!!!
*chasing 200+ aganist KX1,
*bowling out RR for a mere 92,chasing down easily,
*defeated MI in mumbai comfortably,(11 MI players+above40000 crowd)
*trashing CSK at chinnaswamy
our top order was the key in these matches,,we got our batting order right,a legend of modern cricket dravid at no.7 speaks a volume of our depth,consistant kallis at top,,aggressive uthappa at finish made a huge difference,uthappas knock against KX1 and CSK were truely special;all other batters manish,virat,dravid,morgan, played thier role to prefection as well
our bowlers also did thier job,express pace of steyn,accuracy of kumble,consistant vinay,,not the least hat trick of praveen against RR,,and that superb catch of our ageless dravid is worth mentioning
everything went according to the script in these 4 matches
then came the big match aganist DD,,we didnt bowl well,our top 2 pacers went for more than 10 an over,which tells the story,young kedar jhadav played a crucial role in thier 183,chasing 184 ,with full stadium backing us ,was always possible till our batting order collapsed from 120/4 to 166/9,only virat played his part
7th game against CSK ,
day match ,won toss,,batted first,,slow start ,once again not utilizing power plays to the fullest,no real momentum in middle overs,,regular loss of wickets,we were restricted to 162 which was below par,,
our bowling were not good enough for murali vijay,who played a superb knock well supported by raina,,even though we got 2 or 3 quick wickets,,it was too late
*consistent kallis at top
*aggresive uthapa at finish
*young manish,virat were in good form
*express pace of steyn
*accuracy of kumble
*hattrick of praveen
*regular wickets for vinay,in this phase he was on the race for purple cap
*good startegy ,like bowling short balls to young indians like yousuf,raina,it did really work,,good job by coaching staff
*good team spirit
*batting collapsed against KKR,DD
*not utilizing powerplays to fullest
*our opening bowlers went for too many in all 3 matches we lost
*lacked a part time option,fully depending main 5 bowlers
we were very much in the race for semis in this phase
@haree ,,kk i agree gud captancy and startergy
but we had the best squad
i thnk we r favourites to win champions league as well,,,,,
bcz we have the players who could suit south african conditionsss
+crowd support bcz of ur SA players
guys,,,how was our homeground RED chinnaswamy
fanz were really superb
batting wer top clas,expect we couldnt capatilize on power plays
we desrved to be in finalssss
dont forgrt ur coaching staffs
statargies were top class,,also captancy,,
brining steyn or kallis too have go at young indians like yusuf r raina,,,it worked for us
thankfully all were injury free as well
i thnk we could hav used virat more often wth the ball,,
frankly speking we had no other part time option till KP arrivd
everyone talks abt consistant kallis at top,,u shld also understand how crucial was his 4 overs
guyys WE DIDNT HAD A PART TIME BOWLER like yusuf,yuvi or raina,,
we were very dependent on our main 5 bowlers
thats true...i thnk boucher is a true team man,,,prbly couldnt contribute much this time
but taking all 3 season,he is done a fair job
why noone talks abt boucher
vinay also played a crucial role guysss
i agree@vineee uthapa should have open,to utilize powerplays
lets b fair to morgan,he didnt get many chances,a gud prospect for future
@krish morgan didnt get many chance to prove himself,,,most of the games his job was too see his teammates taking the team home
see u didnt talk about morgan,,,who was a big dissappoinment
nw playing well for england in t20 wc
@vineee i think manish was initialy in form,,i do think he should have been replaced by uthapa,virat or dravid at top of the order in later group stages
i agree with 90% of ur views
gud one,,i think opening with uthapa would hav been a nice option,,he could have utilized powerplays better
great review man.....every aspects of ipl is well summarized....this is so far the best review out there
Thanks mate...yours is better i am sure you'll win
I mean read this http://www.royalchallengers.com/ipl-2010-review/nikhil-ravishankar
Read mine please http://www.royalchallengers.com/ipl-2010-review/application
Well done bro.. U've emphasized on the right things..
gud one,very well summarized
gud one,,short and exact description;
PHASE 2 : sheffin shaji 's review for rc's performance
4 WINS,,3 LOSSES
Extremely disappointing as we had the full strength squad with KP,Taylor,White back in "REDS"
MUCH NEEDED VICTORY
After two looses,we were eager for a win,we fielded the best possible x1; but our bowling were pretty ordinary after the early wicket of shaun marsh as KX1 cruised to 183.
But our batters kept their nerves after the early loss of inform Kallis.KP anchored the innings and took the team home,but the man of the moment was Uthappa with a splendid 22 of 8;Brett lee one the quickest in the world was not given any respect,as uthappa smashed 25 runs in his over,which really turned in thr tides in our favour
WIN TOSS WIN MATCH
This was exactly what happened.Chasing even 150+ at Fierozsha Kotla under lights is nearly impossible,we were forced to include Appana for the inform Steyn in the turning kotla wicket.We didn't bowl well,we gave away extra 20-30 runs.
Chasing 180+,we needed a good start;56/2 at 10 overs did not do anything good in our course,we left it too late,expecting Uthappa or Taylor to play out of their skins and take us home,it doesn't happen always,even though Taylor tried his best;had him stayed till the end...........who knows!!!
DECCAN FULLY CHARGED
Batting first,we lacked momentum in the early phase of the innings,68/4 in 10 overs;but striked well in the late phase scoring 70+ in last 5 overs..Kohli and Kallis main contributers for our course;;
chasing 180+,chargers were always in the match,,unbeaten 91 run partnership from Suman and Symonds sealed the match for them.we couldnt repeat the last over miracle as RR did
RCB ON THE RIDE
KKR started very well with the bat,first 100 came in 11th over;then collapsed dramatically giving RCB 161 to chase.Vinay was star with the ball taking 3 wickets.
We batted sensibly, Dravid stabilized the innings with his first 50 in this season(didnt get many chance to prove himself),Uthappa played a blinder,52 off 22 to take us home with 13 balls to spare
DEADLY 19th OVER
We started off brilliantly with the ball,DC top order had no answer to express pace of Steyn,they were struggling at 14/3,Rohit Sharma played well to take them to a respectable score of 151.
We started off slowly with manish out for a duck,but were well in the game,uthapa smashed 21 runs in the 17th over,, we were just 4 hits away from win,, 19th over turned the tides;we needed 19 from 12 with Uthappa on the crease;we were expecting nothing less than a win but Harmit Singh had another plan,he bowled beautifully giving away just one runs and took two crucial wickets,we felt short by 13 runs.
COMPLETE ROYAL CHALLENGE
Shane Warne won the toss surprisingly elected to bat,batsmen followed one by one to the pavellion proving the skipper wrong finally ending up at 130.
RCB's replay was also full of dramas,lost operners early,KP played extremely well for his 62 off 29 before finally getting out after a terrible misunderstanding with Virat,KP was in a hurry to finish the match ,remember run rate did matter,,finally we could chase down the target with four overs remaining.
Bangalore witnessed blast both inside and outside the 22yards;MI exploded to thrash RCB in the field,we started off well with the ball,with MI scoring only 29 in first five with the LITTLE MASTER back in pavelion but lost our way in the middle. Raidu who was dropped by vinay went to make a blisttering 46 off 27,then came pollard,then came sixes not one but 3 in one pankaj singh over,duminy 42 played his part taking MI to a massive 191
Again a slow start with bat,not utilising the power plays,we were struggling to reach anywhere near the target,none of the batsman played sensibly ,once we were 78/5 in 12 overs;;virat was not able to do much than to decrease the margin of loss,,finally felt short by 57 runs.
This was a terrible loss,it took us down to the fourth place in points table,which means we had to face MI in the semi final.
*struggling kallis and manish at top(slow starts)
*not utilizing power plays
*expecting too much from uthappa(everytime not possible)
*while chasing,,leaving it too late expecting uthapa or taylor to blast and take us home
*dropping KP for 3 matches
*bowlers could not defend targets,,LOST ALL MATCH BATTING 1ST
*praveen and vinay were expensive
*no real part time option
*KP in good form
*aggressive uthappa at finish(he took us home in 2 matches
*express steyn in full rhythm
*squad full of talents,,one or another could explode anytime
i thnk kallis should have played more agreesively,,his slow game cost us 2 r 3 matches
spclly aganist DC where we lost by 13 runs,,his strike rate was wayy below 100
i dont agree,,,virat being player also KP was in a gud nick shouls have sacrifised his wicket,,
for the team,,ihad KP stayed we would have won the match faster
@ vinee,,i agree virat should alone not be complained,,
basically it was KP's mistake
praveen was disappointing in this phase
vinay was expnsive
why did we left it too late for uthapa or taylor while chasing
start was the problem
@nihal,,i dont agree,,why should virat sacrifice,,there was no run there,,kp jun ran not looking at virat
uthappa should have opened ,,,for using powerplays
manish should have been dropped
bowling were ordinary in many matches
aganist RR,,virat should havE sacrificed his wicket for KP,KP could have finished the match early,,,better run rae always an asset
good tittle for mumbai match,,,"bombay bomb" ,,truely we were outplayed in all departments
losing toss caused the match against DD,,,well said we should have captalized the powerplays,,
PHASE 3 : sheffin shaji 's review for rc's performance
SEMI FINALS ,,no run rates,no mathematics, just had to play 40 overs of good cricket and go ahead;
even though we had a mixed results in group stages,,we were always a team to beat,
SEMIFINAL :against MUMBAI
we started of well with the ball,little master managed to score only 9 runs
## 2'free hits' of KUMBLE:
kumble might never have bowled two no balls in an over before this,it not only cost us 7 runs,but the match possibily even the 'TITLE'';it may be rude but true,,17 run kumble over turned the match 'head to toe';MI going at 7.75 runs an over scored 57 runs in next 18 balls,,this KUMBLE over provided the perfect runway for MI TO FLY OFF
## RUTHLESS POLLARD at finish:
he might have faced only 13 balls,,but his mission was completed,his fiery 32 runs + 4 wickets with the ball sealed MI a place in finals;i sincerely thought we should have dropped raidu's cathch,so that pollard wouldnt have batted;tiwary also made a blisttering 52 off 31,MI scored 90 runs in last 5 overs!
## SLOW START:
RCB made the right move by promoting dravid for the struggling manish at the top;but result,the same;slow start,scoring just 44 off powerplays,adding to the agony,regular loss of wickets,lost kallis early,bhajji getting the better of KP,Dravid missing out,uthapa played a little cammio,26 off 13,,certainly not enough;;dravid and uthappa getting out in consecutive balls turned the tides in MI's favour
## ROSS TAYLOR:what were you doing?????
we needed 102 from last 10 with rossy,one of the hardest hitters at the crease,,we expected nothing less than a win,but instead of smashing ,he was struggling to connect the ball,his 31 off 30 neither do anything good for the team or his reputation of being a good finisher,,
we fall short by 35 runs
LOOSERS FINAL: against DECCAN CHARGERS
we were desppirate to settle some score with DC,we finished second to them twice in last 10 days;
we made 3 changes to playing X1;with doshi,akhil getting thier first chance ;;we started off brilliantly with the ball with DC batsmen marching back one by one back to the pavellion ,finally finishing it up at 82 with anurudh singh scoring half of thier runs;
#CHASING,just a formality:
we needed just 83 runs to seal our place in the champions league,kallis went early,eventhough runrate didnt mattered,,KP was in a hurry to finish things off and did it in style with a huge six over wide long on;dravid remaining unbeaten on 38
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE,,, here we come........ to conquer,,BEWAREE!!!!!
I like your review and the way you put it. But just for the sake it check out some of the spelling mistakes too, like desppirate and BEWAREE.
really,,,we should have dropped raidu,,,so pollard still siit @dreesing room
ross taylor,should have gone for it,,,no excuses for him
dont balme kumble alone,,,none of bowler bowled well in semis
i thought you wouldnt b wrirting