He was bought for $800,000 in 2008 auction with the hope that he could demolish the opposition but he couldn’t live up to that reputation in the inaugural version when he played for Mumbai Indians .However this year playing for Bangalore Royal Challengers he has played some amazing innings using his ability to find the boundary with brute power as well as crafty innovation while managing to shift roles when plans have had to be altered. Yes I am talking about Robin Uthappa whose bludgeoning innings of 68 from just 38 balls inspired Royal Challengers Bangalore to an emphatic 36-run victory over Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings Innings
Chennai were rocked early when Parthiv Patel edged one to Boucher off kumar. Matthew Hayden and George bailey couldn’t break free as Royals bowled to a plan and never allowed them to get away. Haydens experiment with the Mongoose bat didn’t work today as Dravid’s direct hit ended his stay for 32. Raina and Vijay got out trying to accelerate. Chennai needed 95 from 42 balls. Badrinath was the only one who looked to take on the opposition and was successful too in his brief stay at the wicket making 31 from 17. In the end 172 proved to be too much for the Kings today who didn’t look like chasing this score at any point of time. PHOTOS
Bangalore Royal Challengers
Raina won the toss and decided to field. His bowlers responded well as the Challengers didn’t get many in their first few overs. Kallis who has been in awesome form got out for the first time when he was bowled by Balaji for 19. Dravid was promoted to No 3 and rightly so as you need all your batsmen to spend some time in the middle when it comes to crucial games. But he couldn’t do much as he was foxed by the wily Murali for mere 14. Muralitharan struck again in his 2nd over as Pandey tried to slog him and was caught by Raina for 28 ball 20. It was 67/3 at half way mark when Uthappa and Kohli got together. It could have been No 3 for Murali had Ashwin held on to the catch which would have sent Robin back to the pavilion but it was not to be. However Virat Kohli was stumped for 24 to give Murali his 3rd wicket. Challengers would have been hoping to get to 150 as they could only manage 130 in their 18 overs. But Uthappa had different plans. Balaji’s 19th over cost 24 runs which included a hat trick of 6’s from Uthappa who got to his 50 in style. Ashwin was then taken for 2 maximums by Robin who ended up with 68 runs from 38 balls and the Challengers reached 171. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Robin Uthappa