Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Anil Kumble rocks

Well this is something which even the table toppers ion this year's Indian Premier Leagure namely the Mumbai Indians couldn't manage to do - getting into the semi finals of the Champions League T20 tournament. Neither could this be done by the champions of this year's IPL namely the Chennai Superkings led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is seen as a captain with silver lining. However, the Chennai Superkings have yet another chance in today's encounter with the Warriors at Port Elizabeth. And, if their past record is considered, the Chennai team has not given a bad performance whatsoever.

Coming to the match, I personally think that the Royal Challengers captain Anil Kumble had a greater share in his team's win, one as a captain of the side and two for bowling the most economical over of the match let alone the Royal Challengers' bowling innings. Headlines suggest Virat Kohli's dual effort, first with the ball and then with the bat to be responsible for the Royal Challengers' victory. Scorecard suggests however that Virat Kohli bowled three overs without grabbing a wicket and giving away runs at 8 an over which was in par with the overall rate of 8.0 by the Warriors.

There were just two bowlers from the Royal Challengers' side who bowled their complete quota of 4 overs, one of them being Anl Kumble and the other one being the South African spearhead Dale Steyn. One fascinating aspect from the game would be the fact that if not for Zander de Bruyn who bowled just one over for the Warriors, the rest of them bowled either 3 or 4 overs which rarely happens in any cricket match. On the contrary, the Warriors saw three of their six bowlers bowling their complete quota over four overs. Well, that is of little importance regarding both the teams out there.

If the scorecard is given a closer look at, the pitch might rather be considered to be favoring the batsmen for, the Royal Challengers didn't have any trouble chasing down the target though a target with the expecting run rate being 8.0 an over is an easy task. The RCB didn't lose more than 4 wickets en route to their successful run chase. And, in case someone is to take the credit for bringing the game into the Royal Challengers' hands, it has to be the bowlers of the side rather than Virat Kohli who was awarded the man of the match first for his wicketless 3 overs and then for his unbeaten 49.

Well, another interesting feat being that Kohli neither got out nor did he get anyone out. Well, that happens more than often.

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