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A dear loss for Team RC

Fielding, batting failed Team Royal Challengers today against South Australian Redbacks, who romped home with 8 wickets and almost two overs to spare.

The loss was felt dearly, as it was the first loss on South African soil this season for RC. It was dear, because the team was virtually shouldered by the three batsmen - Taylor (46off 28), Dillon Du Preez (46 off 25) and Cameron White (25 off 29). All the others couldn't even reach double figures!

Fielding, batting failed Team Royal Challengers today against South Australian Redbacks, who romped home with 8 wickets and almost two overs to spare.

The loss was felt dearly, as it was the first loss on South African soil this season for RC. It was dear, because the team was virtually shouldered by the three batsmen - Taylor (46off 28), Dillon Du Preez (46 off 25) and Cameron White (25 off 29). All the others couldn't even reach double figures!

The loss was dearer, as the batting completely failed. The scoreline should have read 180 plus instead of 150 plus, which eventually made the difference in the match.

The loss was heartfelt, as the fielding was, to the best sloppy. Young guns like Manish Pandey, Virat Kohli were seen fumbling. The bowling lacked penetration and depth.

The loss would reverberate more, as none of the Indian batsmen clicked on this day on a wicket which surely was helping the bowlers, but didnt have any demons for the batsmen too.

The loss became unbearable, as Team RC, being one of the pre-tournament favourites, threw the advantage as early as the first few overs of the innings and then later, while fielding. Redbacks never came into the tournament with any big pre-fixes, but played basic cricket as a unit, as a team. Their game emanated unity, even though individual brilliance do have their rightful place in cricket. But a unified team, playing for a long time, perhaps stands better chance to win than a team which gets assembled a few days before a tournament. Perhaps, that was the difference today.

But if it was anything that was lost today, it would have been the confidence of Team RC. It got a severe beating for sure. Team RC sorely missed the services of Jacques Kallis, who was out with a sore back.

Having said all that, and dealt with all the negatives, we still remember that this team is playing their fifth tournament together. This team knows how to pick up the pieces and strike back when it is required the most. Perhaps a drubbing was required to shed the complacency tag. Redbacks, with three wins, becomes the first team to enter the semi-finals of Airtel CLT20. Team RC's next two games against Mumbai Indians and the Lions. Convincing wins against them would perhaps balance out the loss.

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perfect 1 for RCB against MI:
Uttappa,Kallis,RD,Ross the boss,Du Preez,Pandey, PK, Dale Styn, Doshi,Akhil, Kumble.
Eight on 19 Sep 2010, 09:49 PM
yeah keep pandey out for a match...we want akhil,kallis back ...change in team is a must for comming fiction...mumbai ko dho daalo...
Sahan-Amanna on 19 Sep 2010, 04:39 AM
I guess not having the practice facilities at the same ground could have made a difference. Apart from Ross, Dillon and Cameron every single batsman struggled. That's ok Kumble and co. I have full confidence in the abilities of you guys. Chuck de RCB!
Krishna-K on 19 Sep 2010, 03:01 AM
We are Game For More and we'll show wat we are in the next match against mumbai..
sudhanvaah on 19 Sep 2010, 02:11 AM
everything went wrong wid rcb
i wish the come good against mi......
plz rcb win the next match!!!!
& prove that v r strong not only on paper but also the field
srishti-gajare on 19 Sep 2010, 12:27 AM
WE MISS KALLIS BOTH IN BATTING AND BOWLING ..........................
THE BOWLING WAS an ORDINARY ONE AND IN TERMS OF RUNS I GUESS 20-25 RUNS WER SHORT....... BT THAT DOESNT MATTER WE R ALWAYS TER TO SUPPORT RCB TEAM TER IS A VERY BIG TALENT IN PLAYERS ... WE SHULD WIN THE OTHER 2 MATCHES....................
jammie on 18 Sep 2010, 11:47 PM
No Problem we can still qualify for the semis. We should not loose hope & momentum
utsav-chirimar on 18 Sep 2010, 10:14 PM
By now...ppl must hav understood the importance of kallis in the team...
Jammu on 18 Sep 2010, 09:40 PM
The batting performance cud hav changed so much had there been Kallis. dupreez, his replacement did gr8 hitting in th end but even ross or white cud have done that had a foundation set by Kallis n co. but redbacks deserved to win. even had we scored 180, they wud hav chased. bowling was too average
HOLMES on 18 Sep 2010, 08:05 PM
Bowling too was ordinary and lacked punch - Steyn bowled a good first over and then lost his steam and gave away easy deliveries on the batsmen's strength on offside. Absence of Kallis made a big difference, though his replacement Du Preez helped the team to cross 150 with his contribution.
jamboo on 18 Sep 2010, 12:03 PM
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