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PHASE 1 : Ayub Pasha S's review for rc's performance
After a splendid show in season 2 RC's fans had huge expectations in the third season. The first game we were up against KKR who were high on confidence after defeating the season 2 winners Deccan Chargers in the season opener game. I personally felt this match should be a cakewalk for the men in red but we were haphazard. Their performance reminded me of their show in season 1 where they struggled to get the batting order right for most of the season. Batted first and posted a low total, except for Kallis none of our batsmen exuded the "RC" confidence. Bowling was below par. We never showed intent to bounce back in the match.
The second game was our first game at home this season. We were up against Kings 11. Kings 11 batting first had a very good opening partnership and went on posting a mammoth 180+ total. RC opened with the best opening combination in the form of Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis. We had a good opening and Uthappa's whirlwind knock proved vital and we succesfully chased the total thanks to Uthappa, Kallis and ofcourse some poor bowling by Sreesanth.
The Bangalore pitch comes for praise for I personally feel this wicket has good bounce and pace and there's a lot of turn for the spinners as well, the ball comes nicely to the bat add the fast outfield nature of the ground and all it takes is sheer timing of the shot to clear the boundary.
The third game we were playing at home we were up against RR. The royals batted first and had a poor start and their wickets fell on regular intervals. Steyn hit the deck hard and bowled with lethal pace of 150+. RC had a amazing strategy in this game, we exploited the bounce this wicket offered to such an extent that we troubled a batsman like Yusuf Pathan. We opened the batting with Manish and Kallis and none of our wickets fell we successfully chased the target without loss. This gave a boost to our net run rate as we dint take too many our overs to chase a small target of 82. This match also sent out a message that RC is good when they are chasing.
Fourth game was away from home at the Brabourne stadium Mumbai. The hosts were super confident as they had won all the games previous they had played so far in the season. MI batted first and their star player Sachin Tendulkar opened the innings. Vinay Kumar's one over in which he dismissed three of MI's batsmen including Sachin triggered panic in the MI dug out. They posted a total of just above 150. RC had absolutely no problems in chasing this score and they did it in style, with this victory RC ended MI's undefeated run in the tournament and topped the points table. The best moment in this match was a spectacular catch taken by Rahul Dravid at mid on. 4 matches played and Kallis was not dismissed so far in the tournament, his average showed amazing figures of over 100 and Kallis was in the form of his life.
The fifth game was at home against CSK. No doubt the RC camp was high on confidence after winning 3 consecutive games. CSK though had a poor start for the tournament. Since we were playing at home with lots of confidence it was advantage RC. This time RC batted first and dint had as good a start we were used to in the previous games. After 10 overs our scoring rate was just above 6 but we had enough firepower in our middle order that was yet to be unleashed and it came in the form of none other than Robin Uthappa. Another scintillating knock by Robin, he was timing beautifully and the ball was sailing all over the park. His swing of the bat was as good as a golfer in sublime touch. We posted a healthy total of 170+. Steyn started with the new ball and we hit the deck hard. Our bowlers managed to trouble the likes of Hayden and Bailey. In the end Chennai fell short of target and it was our fourth consecutive victory. The crowd was delighted to have witnessed an amazing game and Siddharth Mallya was pumping his fist in the air.
The next game was rescheduled because of the eve of BBMP polls in the city and RC were playing their second game within 48 hours. Our opponents were DD. DD batted first and had a very good start. Steyn's lethal pace and the bounce of the wicket could not stop Warner as he smashed the ball all over the park. They were scoring at a good rate and went on posting a good total of 180+. Our bowlers couldn't do much as the DD batsmen did not spare any bowler. RC had a good start and played well for the first 10 overs. But soon after that Kallis and the other batsmen fell in quick succession and suddenly there was panic in the RC dug out. We had lots of hopes on our middle order but our batsmen dint step up at the right moment and the pressure was increasing with each delivery. In the end it was an uphill task and we couldn't reach close to the total. DD managed to defeat a tired and yet confident RC.
Our next game was away from home and we were against CSK. RC batted first and dint have a good start as Pandey was dismissed early on in his innings. Uthappa tried firing but couldn't do much as he dint spend too much time on the crease. In the end KP and White batted well to guide the team for a total of 161 at the loss of four wickets. Chennai too dint have a good start as they lost Hayden quickly but Vijay played a brilliant knock and they had some good partnerships which helped them chase the total in 19 overs. CSK looked extremely happy with the win as they managed to pull a victory from a formidable and confident RC.
Overall in the first phase RC's performance was good, we maintained a healthy net run rate and were placed second on the points table. RC's new recruit Eoin Morgan couldn't adjust quickly to the Indian conditions and he found it difficult to read the Indian wickets. Kallis was the star batsman as he batted brilliantly in all the games of the first phase. Pandey was not in the best of his form as he had a mixed fortune in the tournament. Steyn and Kumble will be the pick of the bowlers. Steyn destroyed, troubled and sent the opposition in damage control mode with his lethal pace and bounce. Kumble maintained the best economy rate of just over 5. Kumble played a key role as he was vital in stopping the run flow in the middle overs. As our top order was in fantastic form our deep middle order batsmen still dint had a good exposure. Not much of Dravid was on display in the first phase. Kohli and KP were good in forming solid partnerships and helping the team chase big totals. If i could rate RC's performance in the first phase on a scale of 10 I would give 6.5/10.
Well that was Ayub's review of the first phase.
u rock who ever u r..............awesome review man
Posted by Salman-Pasha
awesome....amazing...review...man....nice...bow down to this guy.....................
Posted by Salman-Pasha
Nice..!!
Posted by jammy19
Hi Ayub, Nicely reviewed.
Posted by Wizardprince

 

 
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