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Match Turning Performances
Having played 8 games in IPL 7 so far, RCB has won 3 and lost 5. It is fair to say that they have had a rough start to the tournament, but as we have often seen, there is always scope for a comeback. RCB have done it in the past and definitely have the mettle to do it again. Lets have a look at 3 of their many comebacks from the past:
1) RCB vs DC - 3rd May, 2008:
The first season of the IPL. and audiences were already witnessing some high adrenaline drama unfold on the field. RCB took on DC at M Chinnaswamy Stadium and posted a decent 156 on the board thanks to some handy cameos by the batsmen. DC however looked all set to chase down the score after VVS Laxman and Rohit Sharma got stuck into the bowlers. Both these batsmen scored half centuries after fall of some early wickets. They almost took their side across the line until RCB struck again to dismiss Rohit. Afridi, Laxman and Styris all followed suit and in the end, DC lost the match by 3 runs. RCB won the match courtesy some good death bowling by Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan.
2) RCB vs MI - 4th April, 2013:
RCB and MI have always had close-run high intensity matches, and this match just proved to be the pinnacle of it all. Batting first, RCB put up 156 thanks to a blistering 96*(58) from Chris Gayle. Mumbai had a good start but started losing their way with some quick strikes to dismiss Tendulkar, Ponting and Rohit Sharma. Things started looking bleak for MI, but Dinesh Karthik had other plans. He hit 60(37) before being dismissed in the last over by Vinay Kumar. With Rayudu also looking set, things were not lost but Vinay Kumar dismissed him too in the very next ball. It ensured that RCB won the match by the narrowest margins of 2 runs.
3) RCB vs SRH - 4th May, 2014:
We take you to the not so distant past - a match from this very season of the IPL. RCB were playing their first home game of the season when they squared off against SRH. Having to chase 156, RCB made some heavy weather of a par total. Having a terrible start, RCB were reduced to a mere 38/3 in 6.4 overs. AB de Villiers was the man who had to take centre stage for RCB to win the game, and it is exactly what he did. With a little bit of support from Rossouw and Yuvraj in the start, AB managed to get himself set. Then came the time to finally explode and AB de Villiers did so by scoring heavily off Dale Steyn - hitting 23 off his last over to virtually seal the match. RCB won the game with AB scoring 89*(41) - an innings which comprised of 6 fours and 8 sixes.
These matches are enough proof that RCB have it in them to stage yet another comeback in the ongoing IPL season. Hopefully, it is just round the corner and the team will be back on its winning ways.