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RCB Lose At Hyderabad, Making It Tough To Qualify For The Playoffs

Tue, 20th, May 2014
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar proved why he is the leading wicket taker so far, setting Parthiv Patel up for a LBW in the first over of the match. Chris Gayle looked uncomfortable again and his misery ended when Karn Sharma struck with the first ball of his spell. At the end of 6 overs, RCB were 25/2 with Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh at the crease.

Yuvraj Singh got lucky not once but thrice as his slog shots did not quite reach the fielder on each occasion. He did play a few shots while Kohli got his eye in properly. Parvez Rasool got his first wicket in SRH colours when Yuvraj holed out straight to Dale Steyn. Kohli and new batsman AB de Villiers started hitting glorious stokes to up the momentum after the 11th over. After hitting 12 off the 15th over and 19 off the 16th over, 170 started looking like an easy target for RCB. By the end of 16 overs, RCB were starting to look dangerous at 124/3.

Virat Kohli was dismissed when he too hit one straight to Steyn off the bowling of Irfan Pathan. His first half century of this year’s IPL was instrumental in getting a decent score on the board. AB de Villiers’ stay at the crease ended when Bhuvneshwar Kumar uprooted his middle stump with the first ball of the 19th over. Sachin Rana improvised but could only score 8 runs in the last over from Steyn, helping RCB finish at a par total of 160/6.

SRH started their pursuit of the target in great style. David Warner was promoted back to the opening slot with Shikhar Dhawan and the ploy worked brilliantly. The 2 left handed openers took the attack straight to the bowlers by hitting boundaries on a regular basis and also rotating the strike well with their running between the wickets. RCB tried out 4 bowlers in the span of the initial 6 overs, at the end of which SRH were in a comfortable position at 51/0.

The next 4 overs were relatively quieter in terms of the runs being scored, but they still managed to keep all their wickets intact. The 11th and 12th over saw SRH accelerating with much more firepower still to come in. The first wicket finally fell in the 13th over as Yuvraj’s throw found Dhawan short of his crease just after he brought up his half century. RCB lost a bowling option when Abu Nechim who bowled the 16th over got in the way of a powerful blow from Warner and injured his bowling hand. He had to be taken off with Yuvraj left to finish off the over. Naman Ojha looked to forge a partnership with Warner and at the end of 16 overs, SRH were comfortably placed at 126/1.

The first ball of the 17th over saw David Warner smashing one straight to Yuvraj Singh at cover after scoring 59. Yuvraj then bowled a tight over giving away just 7 runs in the circumstances and leaving SRH to score 20 runs of the last 2 overs. Varun Aaron took the wicket of Naman Ojha in the next over but also conceded 16 runs. With just 4 runs to play with for Starc in the last over, SRH got over the line with ease in the end.
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An all-round effort by RCB seals tough away win!

Sun, 18th, May 2014
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RCB faced CSK at their new home ground, the JSCA stadium - Ranchi. MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first, having made 2 changes to his side - David Hussey and Mithun Manhas coming on for Faf du Plessis and Vijay Shankar. RCB made just the 1 change with Varun Aaron coming back into the side in place of Vijay Zol.

Brendon McCullum was looking promising in the start, hitting the ball with immense power and timing. But Varun Aaron countered the threat in his 2nd over when he dismissed both the dangerous batsmen - McCullum and Smith, in the span of 3 balls to push CSK on the back foot. With 2 new batsmen at the crease in Suresh Raina and David Hussey, CSK looked to regroup and avoid losing more wickets. RCB continued bowling tight overs to restrict CSK to 39/2 in the powerplay overs.

Things were quiet from the CSK point of view with not many runs scored in the middle overs. David Hussey was looking a bit rusty after his long layoff from competitive cricket, but Suresh Raina got some runs under his belt with some glorious strokes and intelligent maneuvering of the bowlers. CSK were just starting to get set to launch an onslaught, after building a decent platform, but Muralitharan struck by dismissing the Hussmeister. After 16 overs, CSK were 114/3 with a set Suresh Raina and dangerous MS Dhoni at the crease.

Abu Nechim bowled economically and topped it up by dismissing MS Dhoni cheaply for just 7 runs. Some excellent death bowling ensured no boundaries were hit in the last 4 overs. Raina and Jadeja had to make do with just some good running between the wickets to take them to a dicey score of 138/4.

Parthiv Patel started off the chase in brilliant fashion, hitting 2 boundaries off the first over by Mohit Sharma. CSK started tightening the screws from here on by unleashing a spin barrage which put the batsmen in a real fix. Parthiv Patel was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli was the next man in. They were just not getting the bowlers away, either for boundaries or singles. At the end of the powerplay, RCB were struggling at 17/1.

CSK continued to attack with their spinners but RCB did not lose any more wickets. Slowly and steadily, Kohli and Gayle got into their groove. Jadeja managed to get Kohli stumped and almost dismissed AB de Villiers the same way on the very next ball. Gayle ended that over on a positive note hitting a four and a six to get RCB closer. At the end of 16 overs, RCB were 96/2.

Dhoni surprised with his tactics by entrusting his spinners with the job of bowling the death overs. His spinners bowled 18 off the 20 overs in the innings. The 17th over by Ashwin shifted the momentum in favour of the RCBians as they hit 2 sixes. Though Gayle lost his wicket in the effort, RCB were in the driving seat now. Hussey conceded 15 runs in the next over but also picked up the wicket of AB de Villiers. Ravindra Jadeja caused some problems to Yuvraj Singh and 10 runs were needed off the last over.

Dhoni tossed the ball to Hussey and it was upto Yuvraj to Seize the Day. Yuvraj smacked 9 off the first 3 balls but Rana fell on the next ball. Abu Nechim walked in and coolly smacked a boundary off his first ball to get the win for RCB, and keep their hopes alive in the competition.
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