After having watched a 200 plus score overhauled the other day it was boring to see a match which lasted only 30.2 overs. It was an early night for the Bangalore crowd. Rajasthan Royals were thrashed royally by the Bangalore Royal Challengers as they were beaten comprehensively by 10 wickets to crash to their 3rd successive defeat in this season. Rajasthan’s batting order collapsed to a paltry 92 thanks to a superlative bowling performance by the men in red not to forget the hatrick by Praveen Kumar which apparently is the first of the season. The openers chased it down with 56 balls to spare to give RCB one of the most comprehensive victories in IPL.
92 was never going to be enough especially when the opposite team had chased down a mammoth score of 204 only 2 days back on the very same ground. Pandey and Kallis took advantage of the erratic bowling from Rajasthan and sent the ball past the boundary ropes 7 times each. Going by the recent form of the openers even a double hat trick wouldn’t have ensured a win for the men in blue. The only time Rajasthan looked like taking a wicket was when Pandey sliced the ball to mid-off, and replays couldn’t confirm if the lanky Morne Morkel took the catch cleanly but it has to be said that technology sometimes is overused. The bowlers were completely clueless as they dished out wide deliveries inviting the batsmen to be smashed. It was the second-most comprehensive victory in terms of ball to spare. PHOTOS
Rajasthan Royals Innings
The Rajasthan squad had as many as four changes to their injury-prone squad (Graeme Smith and Dmitri Mascarenhas). Bangalore went with an unchanged squad for obvious reasons. Kumble won the toss and decided to field. It was a steady start from the Royals getting to 27/0 after 5 overs. It was looking like as if the Bangalore boys would go wicketless for 10 overs as was the case in their first 2 games but that was not to be. The pressure of scoring quick runs finally got to the heads of Rajasthan batsmen as they tried to play some bizarre looking shots. The bowlers stuck to a plan of bowling quick, short deliveries, which contributed to the downfall of the batsmen. Rajasthan never found rhythm and laboured throughout their innings. There was some hope when Yusuf was batting but once he was brilliantly runout by virat kohli it was all over. Praveen kumar then hogged the limelight with the first hat-trick of IPL 2010 taking 3 in the 16th over. Anil Kumble was all over Rajasthan. It was a special moment for him as he bowled Warne. PHOTOS
After having watched this game we are left with no choice but to wonder if this is the same team which won IPL’s first edition in 2008??? 3rd straight defeat…Where is Royal’s Royalty? Departed with Shilpa’s wedding?” Interesting deduction that! 😀
Player of the Match: Jacques Kallis