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Coach Speak: Mumbai Indians v/s Royal Challengers Bangalore

It was the marquee match of the tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore versus the Mumbai Indians. The setting was perfect and the game lived upto the hype. A full house at Kingsmead welcomed both the teams and the players knew the importance of a win in this match.

Below are words from the Coach Ray Jennings

It was the marquee match of the tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore versus the Mumbai Indians. The setting was perfect and the game lived upto the hype. A full house at Kingsmead welcomed both the teams and the players knew the importance of a win in this match.

Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat. I must mention here the effort put in by both the Kumars with the ball. Praveen and Vinay had a dream spell and kept the leash on the Mumbai batsmen. They choked the flow of runs, got wickets to give the edge to our team. Things went according to the plan as we held back Dale Steyn who won the contest handsomely against Kieron Pollard.

But Bravo, Tiwary and Bhajji plundered a few more runs than we should have let them and that proved crucial. The target though wasn't too big. Rahul and Jacques began in confident fashion and we were right on the course. However, Jacques' wicket put us back and the departures of Robin, Rosco and Whitey changed the course of the game.

It put immense pressure on Rahul who again proved his doubters wrong. He showed that age has got nothing to do with performance even in a format like T20. On the other side was the young Virat Kohli, who grabbed the opportunity with both hands. It was great to watch this partnership flourish as they changed the equation and took the team to the doors of victory.

But sadly, it was not to be. On another day, Virat may have hit that last delivery, which was the same as the previous one, for a boundary. But his was a very mature innings and it must have given him a lot of confidence. It was a heartbreak for him, taking the team so close to the victory yet losing by just 2 runs.

The result however doesn't change anything for us. Despite the win, Mumbai is out of the competition. And we are still very much in the game and a win against Lions in our next match will seal our place in the semis on the basis of a better net run rate. That's the only result that we are looking for now.

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Rahul is d best u r to good keep playing in this fashion
hehehaha on 22 Sep 2010, 02:35 AM
I agree with some of the comments about bringing Robin Uthappa down the order. If he fails at No.3 then the pressure is on the entire team. Please hold him back a bit. Play him after 12 overs or so. Kohli should bat at No.3
ranjeetkk on 22 Sep 2010, 02:10 AM
LUV U RCB
bharath-naidu on 22 Sep 2010, 01:48 AM
CL White & Ross Taylor......Both are responsible for this defeat.............
uday24007 on 22 Sep 2010, 12:32 AM
I am not sure but I think I am turning into a critic from a fan. Pull up the socks RCB. Its do or die match for you champions.
Sannu68Calvin on 21 Sep 2010, 10:20 AM
kallis dravid kohli robin ross dillion bala pk vk dale kumble
theshiningstar on 21 Sep 2010, 09:42 AM
Yeah it truely makes sense to bring Uthappa down the order..!!
czech on 21 Sep 2010, 09:08 AM
kohli just 21 wow life z on man..........
Pari100 on 21 Sep 2010, 06:52 AM
When req rate is 8 runs per over..its Kohli's game..and when it is more than 12 per over its Uthappa's game....
Jammu on 21 Sep 2010, 06:20 AM
Robbie and Kohli are not used properly by RCB...They should swap their positions..Kohli likes to bat up the order and Robbie likes to play down the order..
Robbie is a finisher..send him at the end...
Jammu on 21 Sep 2010, 06:19 AM
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