Thursday, 23 April 2009

First Ball Wicket Yet Again

In the last match that the Royal Challengers Bangalore played against the Chennai Super Kings, the opener Praveen Kumar was out for a duck with the scoreboard also reading a duck. This was also the second successive defeat for Kevin Pietersen's men after being mauled by the Chennai Super Kings the other day. So, things are now clear as to why the Royal Challengers don't have the killer instinct in them to conquer the opposition let alone the world. They just allowed two batsmen Rohit Sharma and Adam Gilchrist to dominate the RCB bowlers for most of the time. The duo of Rohith Sharma and Adam Gilchrist played 75 out of the allotted 120 balls scoring 123 runs.

I still remember the catch of Rohith Sharma put down by may be K V Sharma before the batsmen went for a kill. Things would have slowed down appreciably had such catches been held on. For, in most of the T20 games, it is just two to three players-be it the batsmen or the bowlers who prove to be the difference between a win and a defeat at the end of the day. Also a drop catch would be the most dangerous mistake by the fielding team, for that is something which is solely responsible for the match debacles. And that is why the fate of RCB has this to say.

One more thinag that would be the most wisest of all thinking would not to get batsmen like VVS Laxman out in this format of the game. For, the players can only consume deliveries and not produce any exciting stuff whatsoever. Getting rid of a test batsman like Laxman meant the entry of a comparitively explasive batsman in Rohith Sharma who did most of the damage. This might not be the agenda in reality but this is a point worth to be noted. But, some hats off for the Royal Challengers as well, for despite losing the game, their batting display against the Deccan Chargers was comparitively good if their performance in the last match against Chennai Super Kings in considered.

The batsmen never hinted to have put up such a decent batting performance, when their side was found reeling at 62-4 at the end of the 10th over. But, kudos to Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli who never let the team lose their face out this time as well. And for Dravid to showcast such a display was indeed worth some applause for that is not his style of playing. For, he could be considered another VVS Laxman who can spend time out in the middle and not play some scoring shots by lofting the ball haywire. A little bit donation from the rest of the players bought up the remaining 62 runs that included 7 extras. Well at the end of the day the RCB lose by 24 runs.

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