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Incredible loss & a second chance on 27th

Incredible loss & a second chance on 27th

An incredible defeat, or to be fairly optimistic, an incredible victory!

21 runs off the penultimate over saw a dream being demolished from the doorsteps of reality. Aravind may be a shattered man now, but funny things do happen in cricket. What Raina and Albie Morkel did was hard to believe, but it also gave a startling revelation of a game fiercely played on the ground. The team which were better at cooling nerves under pressure won. Aravind may have panicked under pressure from one of the best finishers of Indian cricket now - Suresh Raina. Albie Morkel, too have a strong reputation as a hitter. But with Zaheer and Chris Gayle done with their 4 overs, it had to be either Aravind or Mithun. Skipper Danielle Vettori had to take the gamble of bowling himself ahead of Aravind in the 19th over with 33 runs to defend. He chose Aravind.

An incredible defeat, or to be fairly optimistic, an incredible victory!

21 runs off the penultimate over saw a dream being demolished from the doorsteps of reality. Aravind may be a shattered man now, but funny things do happen in cricket. What Raina and Albie Morkel did was hard to believe, but it also gave a startling revelation of a game fiercely played on the ground. The team which were better at cooling nerves under pressure won. Aravind may have panicked under pressure from one of the best finishers of Indian cricket now - Suresh Raina. Albie Morkel, too have a strong reputation as a hitter. But with Zaheer and Chris Gayle done with their 4 overs, it had to be either Aravind or Mithun. Skipper Danielle Vettori had to take the gamble of bowling himself ahead of Aravind in the 19th over with 33 runs to defend. He chose Aravind.

It was Team Royal Challengers for 38 overs in the game. But with Raina playing like being possessed, one can't just do anything than sit back and admire his brevity. Vettori acknowledged the same in the post match interview too. "That innings from Suresh took it away." Indeed it did!

But as Vettori retorted immediately, "We can focus on the loss, or look at the good things. Unfortunately we didn't defend it, but a few guys bowled well too." Looking at the good things, Team RC silenced many of the critics who were writing off the team as a one-man team. That the team batted well through the middle order as Chris Gayle failed for once with the bat. Virat Kohli rose to the occasion to be the aggressive anchor of the batting. A cautious but a brisk 70 off 44balls and little cameos by Mayank Aggarwal (34 in 33b) and Luke Pomersbach (29 off 18b) helped Team RC to a challenging 175 on a perfect batting strip.

Another positive was Zaheer and Gayle's bowling. Aravind was also decent till the fateful over. These positives will definitely help the team to have another crack at reaching the finals. Team RC meets the winners of Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders on the 27th May in Chennai to decide the second finalists.

So all is not lost at all!

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1.Mayank Agarwal (batsmen)
2.Chris Gayle (all rounder)
3.Virat Kohli (all rounder)
4.Luke Pomersbach (batsmen)
5.AB de Villiers (batsmen)
6.Asad Pathan (all rounder)
7.Saurabh Tiwary (batsmen)
8.Daniel Vettori (all rounder)
9.Raju Bhatkal (all rounder)
10.Zaheer Khan (bowler)
11.Sreenath Aravind (bowler)
shreyass on 28 May 2011, 02:44 AM
My player pick for today's game
1. Mayank Agarwal
2. Christorm gayle
3. A Be Devilliers
4. Virat Kohli
5. Saurabh Tiwary
6. Asad Pathan
7. Daniel Vettori
8. Charls Langeveldt
9. Zaheer Khan
10. Sreenath Aravind
11. Syed

This team looks to be dashing we can bat till 7 and we have got 7 bowlers
shashi-kumar2 on 28 May 2011, 01:29 AM
yes we must win today...
ALL THE BEST GUYS..
sanregmi on 28 May 2011, 01:20 AM
Ek baar de pukaar challengers ko hai intezaar khamosh labh hai kyun bechain dil pe kyun...
shashi-kumar2 on 28 May 2011, 12:40 AM
you guys have to win today.... i hope you will bounce back today...
reetika-kadian on 28 May 2011, 12:21 AM
Come on boys its our bangalore please dont let us down... blast the their dreams with bat and ball
shashi-kumar2 on 27 May 2011, 11:18 PM
Go RCB you can do it....:-)
Venky18 on 27 May 2011, 10:40 PM
please win this match as harish told mithun is not a reliable bowler as he is having international expierience he is not playing to his standards this is so sad find some other ranji bowler or play with syed that is best option
shashi-kumar2 on 27 May 2011, 10:31 PM
why still playing mithun you can play with syed he is good spinner and batsman too
harish-shenoy on 27 May 2011, 10:23 PM
RCB rocks alwayss.... Game game Game for more
Avakash on 27 May 2011, 10:07 PM
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