Friday, 30 September 2011

Shame for the RCB

Well one would have not even in their dreams would have thought that the Royal Challengers Bangalore would lose to the Kolkata Knight Riders and that too mu such a huge margin making it a one sided contest. All these happened despite the presence of Chris Gayle though the entire Royal Challengers Bangalore's innings didn't consist of Gayle's contribution to much extent. The RCB struggled to cross past 150 when they ended at 169 with a last moment effort from Daniel Vettori. But, the Kolkata Knight Riders chased down the target losing just 1 wicket of Brad Haddin not before scoring 42.

In most of the cases, a total of 169 is thought to be a match winning score but not yesterday when that was not even considered to be a score. When a team like Kolkata Knight Riders can chase down the target comfortably, one can just think about the caliber of the score. For the 1st time may be that some captain has used his brains in choosing the bowlers who would be bowling their spells out. All the bowlers had decent run ups with Shami Ahmed going in for 10 runs. And Gambhir showed his captaincy skills by removing him after that over.

Though Unadkat went for 11.66 runs an over from his three overs, he was able to capture two wickets. That made sense in using his bowlers which much captains doesn't seem to do quite often. There were 7 bowlers who took the ball in their hands. It was nice to see Kallis, who is more of a one day batsman taking the charge of Kolkata's run chase and emerging successful at the same time. Kallis' efforts deserve praise when he assisted Brad Haddin in his big hitting and then did the same when Gambhir entered the crease after Haddin's dismissal.

This would be a tough job to stand and support the other batsman and for this, it was right in judging Kallis as the man of the match. On the other hand, Vettori's efforts as a captain needs some applause when he stepped in and scored a handy 44 when big guns like Gayle failed at the top. But, later on, Vettori tried everything to contain the Kolkata batsmen by bringing in players like Bhatkal and Kohli to bowl when top bowlers like Nannes and Aravind got belted for 13.00 runs an over. Vettori was the most successful bowler as well returning with figures of 4-0-27-1.

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