Royal Challengers Bangalore yesterday in front of a full house at Kotla were handed their fourth loss of the season by the home team as they inched closer to a semi-final spot [SCORECARD]. Electing to bat first Delhi made a good start scoring 41 runs for the first wicket, before Sehwag departed soon followed by Gambhir. Warner and Paul Collingwood (75*) notched up a partnership in quick time but Warner departed just in time and Karthik in quick succession. Paul Collingwood and Vettori saw the team through putting up 184 runs for the Bangalorean boys to chase. Bangalore started badly with the experiment of White opening failing badly. Pietersen was sent first down and he along with Kallis played some very interesting cricket that can be termed very well as preposterous as the run rate went high into the sky. With Pietersen dismissed and the asking rate over 10, it called some big hitting and the RC batsmen fell in pursuit of quick runs falling 37 runs short.
The RC bowling was lacking sting without Dale Steyn. The pitch might have been slow, but still I feel the express fast bowler would have done better. Mithun was good in patches and was inconsistent. Kumble bowled well and probably for the first time this IPL was taken lightly by a batsmen as Collinghood hit two sixes of him. Appanna bowled well but without Praveen Kumar and Dale Steyn the bowling lacked venom and in the end conceded some 20 odd extra runs which eventually decided the match.
The batting was horrific as the Challengers chasing 184 with the run rate above 9 scored at a slow pace getting only 55 runs in the first half of the match. The experiment to send White opening failed and Manish Pandey being dropped looked like a bad move. Pietersen than played an innings of utter ineptitude as he made a scratchy 16 of 18 balls. He failed to score in the power plays and only made the run rate go up. Kallis' role was to be an anchor but with Pietersen also not scoring put heavy pressure on the batsmen. Credit must be given to the Delhi bowlers who bowled a brilliant line. In the end it was too much too get and a little too late. Here's the strategy explained by the Chief blogger of RCB - Aneesh Surender.
"Stifle the batsmen by taking off the pace and unleashing the deep batting line-up on the opposition. Dale Steyn left out on a slow pitch to accommodate the spinning all-rounder in Cameron White. Manish Pandey rested as Ross Taylor came into the side, and Praveen Kumar replaced by Abhimanyu Mithun."
One thing I love being a RC fan is that the RC team is willing to get inputs of it's fan and I had quite a wonderful experience reading through this thread where various people analyzed where things went wrong.
To view the thread.
The fielding was a let down and few runs were leaked. All in all Royal Challengers were outplayed in every department and alot must improve. Changing the whole team composition for the inclusion of Taylor wasn't such a good idea. I'm sure they'll bounce back though!