Royal Challengers Bangalore Efforts in Vain against Rajasthan Royals after Rain Plays Spoilsport

April 30 11:05 2015

rcb vs. rrNew Delhi, Thursday, April 30 – Nothing could be a nightmare for a team other than to share points after posting a humongous total of 200 runs on the scoreboard. Same happened with Royal Challengers Bangalore when some outstanding performances of the players in match 29 of the Indian Premier League made them hold a strong position.

The crowd support for RCB at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru was huge given that many turned up to cheer for the home team. Here is to mention that Royal Challengers Bangalore did not succeed in putting best foot forward this year whenever played in home conditions. Slowly and steadily, they have started coming back on the winning side. With the motto to beat rivals, the men in red shirts, having some dangerous combination of batsmen, arrived on the field after Rajasthan Royals invited them to bat first.

Chris Gayle started to punish RR bowlers by hitting a four and six. But before he would have turned a threat for the opposite team, Tim Southee sent him back to the pavilion. Virat Kohli, the young captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to come a bit up in the batting order, however, this did not work as Southee gave him a shocker while he was batting at 1. Two quick jolts sent RCB in problematic situation. Thanks to AB de Villiers superb performance on the pitch and good partnership with Mandeep Singh (27 runs in 20 balls; 4 x 4) that made RCB rise from the shock. By this time, Royal Challengers Bangalore reached at a strong position. Then a beautiful delivery was bowled by Stuart Binny, compelling Singh to get his legs before wicket.

His dismissal made wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik to hold the fort. He even did so. Things seemed to change to a certain extent when a hesitation between him and de Villiers made the latter to turn a run out victim. Deepak Hooda showed immense quickness in sending the ball towards the wicketkeeper, leaving no option for the 31-year-old player to accept the disappointment. With 9 boundaries and a six, de Villiers contributed valuable 57 runs in just 45 balls. Karthik expressed his anger by throwing his bat. He tried to compensate de Villiers’ wicket by showing the ball a way towards the boundary. Southee’s efforts once again made his teammates to jump in joy as he run out Karthik at 27 runs in 18 balls (4 x 3 and 6 x 1).

It has rightly been said something good lies in whatever happens in life at different stage. The saying fitted perfectly on Royal Challengers Bangalore in view of the fact that viewers got a treat of witnessing immaculate play with Sarfaraz Khan’s blitz. His unbeaten 45-run knock in 21 balls comprised six 4s and a 6. David Wiese also arrived with some expertise and placed the ball into the gaps twice for four but soon fell short to Dhawal Kulkarni. On the final ball of RCB innings, Harshal Patel failed to be in the crease by a slight margin but did his job by striking a biggie. After 20 overs, 200 runs were accumulated that wasn’t at all an easy target to chase for Rajasthan Royals.

Despite having a deep batting unit, pressure always shifts towards a ‘playing XI’ which is to bat second. Stress to outshine was of course massive on RR that wanted to come on track and forget the two previous defeats by thrashing Royal Challengers Bangalore which was only possible via demonstration of some classy play. Nevertheless, nature had its own plans. Rain lasting for more than two hours left no option for concerned authorities other than to cancel the match. Since showers played spoilsport, both RR and RCB had to share 1 point apiece.  This made Rajasthan Royals to level the points as similar to Chennai Super Kings. Given that CSK earned 12 points in 7 matches, they managed to be at the leading position at least for sometime from now. Changes can be seen if some unexpected results come forward in further scheduled matches.