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RCB's 10th edition with the bat saw regular batting collapses become a talking point during the league phase. The collective failure was out of the blue, coming after the gluttony of runs during the 9th edition. Despite the alien conditions both home and away, the class and caliber of the line up produced some top notch innings.
Here are 5 knocks from the entire season which gave us hope and something to cheer for.
1.) AB's 89* vs KXIP at Indore:
It was RCB's third match of the season and AB was making a comeback after missing the first two games owing to a back injury. Batting at number 3, Mr. 360 degrees put his experience on display. While wickets tumbled from the other end, AB kept his calm and the scoreboard ticking. He was kept away from the strike in the middle overs but this didn't deter his concentration to play bold. De Villiers waited for the right opportunity and blasted every bowler who came his way that night.
AB hit KXIP to cleaners and brought the house down in Indore with 9 massive sixes including a few that cleared the Holkar stadium. It was safe to say that AB could roll on the pitch but still manage to clear the fence on his night.
Here's a quick recap of his blistering 46b 89*:
2.) Gayle's 77 vs GL at Rajkot
Criticism and the elusive 10000 run mark in the shortest format was put to rest by the Universe Boss in this one at Rajkot. Gayle featured in RCB's first 2 games, sat out the next 3 and returned again at Rajkot to help RCB churn their second victory of the season. He put on his 10th hundred run stand with skipper Kohli and scored a fifty after 17 long innings.
The big Jamaican went berserk after his half century and raced to 77 off just 38 balls including 7 humongous sixes.
Here's a snippet of his Rajkot rampage:
3.) Head's 75 vs KKR at Bengaluru
On a day when Gayle, Kohli and AB de Villiers mustered only 15 runs batting together, Travis Head and Mandeep Singh joined forces to bail RCB out of a batting collapse. In the first leg, the same opposition had shot RCB for 49 but this time, Trav laid anchor and batted with responsibility.
He had to do it the tough way - run for most part of his knock before he went big hitting 5 sixes.
Head's assault saw RCB amass 43 runs from the final 3 overs.
Watch him play bold in the Green attire:
4.) Kedar's 69 vs DD at Bengaluru
It was RCB's first home-game of the season but the team was minus stalwarts AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli and were coming off the back of a loss in the season opener. Batting first, RCB had crept to 74/3 at the end of 12 overs. But Jadhav shifted gears blasting Delhi for a 37b 69. He counter attacked after a slow start and was ruthless against Amit Mishra in a game-changing 24 run over. After his innings, Kedar spoke on how tennis ball cricket in his early cricketing days helped him improvise and score off good deliveries.
Here's his impeccable Dhoni-esque helicopter shot from that game:
5.) Kohli's 58 vs DD at Delhi
In the last league game of the 2017 edition, Virat Kohli brought back memories of the 2016 edition with some clean striking during his 45b stay at the crease. The right hander did not hurry into things, took time to settle and absorbed the pressure all by himself. He anchored the innings on his home-turf at Delhi and took calculated risks. The ball found the sweet spot of his bat on most occasions and runs were flowing as usual after a lean phase. Kohli's 58 helped RCB put on 161 and successfully defend it to end the season on a good note.
His classic extension of a cover drive sailed over the cover fence for a six and became the talking point of the game.
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