IPL 2017 : Same Old Story For The Royal Challengers Bangalore :- Bangalore have lost the toss and are made to bat first. This being their home game, marking the return of the maestro – Virat Kohli from his shoulder injury, expectations are high that the Men in Red are going to post a huge total on board with the help of the Terrific trio right at the top and take this game away.
Kohli and Gayle step out and despite some explosions caused by their bats, bowlers of Mumbai Indians let the Run rate remain under control. Comes the first wicket, that of Gayle who falls prey to Pandya’s delivery and it is time to witness fireworks with two of the world’s best standing in the middle – Kohli and AB De Villiers. The duo manages to multiply the runs with a few boundaries.
Meanwhile, Kohli registers a Fifty in his very first match of IPL 10. No sooner than this happens, he is sent back to the pavilion by the MI pacer – Mitchell Mcclenaghan. There the downfall commences and losing AB cheaply, RCB struggle to make it big and are restricted to a total of 142/5.
The wicket turned out to be not a quintessential Chinnaswamy one where 170+ targets would have been a cakewalk. It was on a slower side. Despite this fact the Royals looked to be short of the score which their bowlers could defend owing to the extraordinary efforts of the bowlers of their counterparts.
Mumbai Indians come out to bat. Just when the one sidedness of the game appears to grow, Binny brings along a gift, that of the wicket of Jos Buttler. This was just the beginning. The scoreboard saw a complete turnaround – MI crumbled from 7/1 to 7/4 in no time as Samuel Badree who played his first match of IPL10 went on to claim the very first hattrick of the season dismissing Parthiv Patel, Mitchell Mcclenaghan and the captain himself – Rohit Sharma. There was a wave of energy and excitement in the Sea of Red.
Following the series of dismissals was the entry of the new talent – Nitish Rana and the dynamic West Indian – Kieron Pollard. This partnership went on for a while but before any major damage could be done; Badree chipped in yet another wicket sending Rana back. Krunal Pandya & Pollard had the burden of chasing down the target on their shoulders from here on. About a couple of overs went by and the two worked on building up their partnership.
They went steady and then came the time to explode. The edge that the bowlers had got early on completely went for a toss. Hitting 5 Maximums and 3 Fours, the biggie smashed 70 runs off 47 balls and Pandya Senior playing alongside Pandya Junior remained unbeaten on a score of 37 from 30 balls allowing the latter to finish things off with a Six and 7 balls still remaining.
Royal Challengers Bangalore yet again failed to capitalize and convert their great beginning into a great end.
Mumbai Indians on the other hand made easy things difficult and came back later on, sealing their 3rd victory in a row and jumping to the Number One spot in the Points Table.
Kieron Pollard was awarded as the Man of the Match.
The two teams lock horns again on 1st May 2017 at Wankhede.
– by Akshata Tilwankar