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10 wickets in hand, 71 balls to spare, bundling the opposition for a paltry score of 88 - what a resounding victory this was for RCB at Indore! Virat Kohli's men looked in it to win it right from ball 1 and the intensity with which they played the game made for excellent viewing.
It's unfortunate that we haven't seen too much of this spirit early on in the tournament but now with the bowlers executing their plans well and the whole team looking like a tighter unit, it augurs well for RCB in the 2 upcoming games.
There might be a case where even if RCB gets the 2 wins, they might not qualify for the play-offs. But that would mean bowing out with dignity and their heads held high. We're hoping for the best!
Let's take a look at how the XI players contributed to scripting a complete team performance.
Parthiv Patel: Put down Chris Gayle off Umesh Yadav early on but that was quickly forgotten as the Kings XI slide began. With the bat, he put on a clinical display with captain Virat Kohli and threaded the gaps while playing low risk shots for runs. Was at his elegant best on Monday night where he ended up scoring an unbeaten 40* (22), smashing 7 boundaries!
Virat Kohli: Clearly Virat Kohli wanted to take all the responsibility and do it all himself! He pushed Moeen Ali down the order and looked in a hurry to chase the total down as soon as possible. The captain was in no mood to relent. He played authoritative, determined cricket as he raced to a boundary laden 48* (28) to help RCB chase down 89 in just 8.1 overs!
AB de Villiers: We didn't require the maverick South African's batting services on the day but he was mighty impressive in the field. He almost pulled off a stunner early on against Rahul and later threw a rocket from the deep to get rid of Mohit Sharma, accelerating the fall of their wickets!
Mandeep Singh: Was adept in the field and we didn't need him to bat. His positive spirit and qualities of putting his team above himself are important traits that make him an important member of this RCB XI.
Sarfaraz Khan: Kept his place in the team and after playing a brief cameo against Delhi, would have looked to consolidate his place in the line-up. Didn't require his batting services, though.
Moeen Ali: Mo came on to bowl belatedly but found the top order back in the hut by then. Was greeted to the attack with a six from Finch but the experienced campaigner didn't panic and had his man, just four balls later. Was actively involved in the run-outs of Mohit Sharma and last man Ankit Rajpoot. His bowling continues to inspire confidence.
Colin de Grandhomme: Colin de Grandhomme bowled with good discipline and broke a burgeoning partnership between Agarwal and Finch. Was perhaps fortunate to get the wicket of Agarwal but he lends good balance and provides an additional option to captain Kohli.
Tim Southee: Wasn't required to bowl much on the night and was taken for a few runs off his second over by Gayle and Rahul after bowling a good first over.
Umesh Yadav: Umesh's Man of the Match performance was characterized by early swing, pace and discipline. For a man who can occasionally be wayward, his discipline early on was important as it didn't let the openers get away with things. He hurried both Gayle and Rahul with searing pace and steep bounce to dismiss both. Later came back to send Tye packing as he finished with a mighty impressive 3/23 in his 4 overs!
Mohammed Siraj: Followed up Umesh Yadav's excellent double wicket over as he had Karun Nair edging to slip early and was constantly bowling the nagging lengths to the batsmen at pace, which made it difficult for them to get on with the innings.
Yuzvendra Chahal: Even if the wicket is marginally gripping or has a hint of turn, you'll find Yuzvendra Chahal making an impact in that game. He seems to have found his powers back with the accuracy returning in recent games. Was on the money in the 2 overs he bowled, and perhaps delivered the ball of the 1st innings when his googly yorked Marcus Stoinis, rattling the stumps and sending him back to the pavillion red-faced!