Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Somer-Set Gayled by RCB

It is not something new to the viewers of either the IPL or the ongoing champions league T20 tournament regarding the fate of Royal Challengers Bangalore who have smiles on their faces whenever they win (obviously) and more so when Chris Gayle blasts the bowlers from the opposition the way he wants all over the field and at time outside it as well. Yesterday, in the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Somerset, needless to be said, Chris Gayle blasted 86 runs off just 46 deliveries to see the Royal Challengers Bangalore record the highest total in Champions League 2011.

Looking at the scorecard, taking confidence and support from Gayle at the other end, there were batsmen like Dilshan, Kohli, Mayank Agarwal and Saurabh Tiwary who did their part of batting which was not the case in the previous matches that the Royal Challengers played. There was a six from every batsman who had aggregated more than 6 ruins which happens very rarely in any form of cricket. Wickets were registered against those names in the Somerset side who had bowled their complete quota of four overs. This is another point to be noticed from the match not knowing whom to thank.

With Gayle in full bloom, there was nothing much the Somerset bowlers could do when Alfonso Thomas could not take risks with the bowlers. Whatever, the pitch never looked to compromise with the bowlers by any chance when even the Somerset batsmen had an easy going until the 13th over when the run-rate was maintained close to 10.00 runs an over with 7 more batsmen to go. It was after the fall of Buttler that all things started deviating away from Somerset. In the end, it was fascinating to see all batsmen from Somerset getting bowled out with them falling 51 runs short of what the RCB managed achieved.

Another fascinating aspect of the match was that the batsmen who made the game watchable were equally disastrous with the ball in their hand. As all of you know, Chris Gayle had an awesome time with the bat but was equally generous with the ball with his only over gong for 24 runs. That was a "TIT FOR TAT" message that was being delivered to Gayle by the Somerset batsmen. On the other hand, the least successful bowler from Somerset namely Peter Trego who gave away 50 runs from three overs happened to be the most successful batsman in the Somerset side.

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