Sunday, 29 April 2012

End of a Dream Run

The MATCH OF MATCHES was to be played at Eden Gardens on a Super Saturday evening after KXIP had beaten CSK in a thriller..who did well to get close. Danny was back as Sunny Gavaskar announced that he was surprised to see Dan stand at 6'4" which he hadn't noticed till odd I always knew our captain was very tall as he used to tower over most of the captains at the toss including the relatively tall Ravi Shashtri. Danny called heads but it was a tails. Gauti had won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. I had a terrible feeling at this point of time that RCB is not going to do well and it turned out to be true as the match unfolded. Gauti and Brendon were in full flow as KKR got off to a flyer at a jam-packed Eden gardens shouting "KAY KAY AAARRR" as a mockery of the "AAAR CEEE BEEE" chant. Nothing could go wrong for them as there were dropped chances(Two of them) in the third over off Zaheer. I knew this was going to be jinxed for us the moment I realised that Harshal Patel had taken a blinder at third-man off a top-edge but how he managed to pop it out of his hands to push it to the boundary only he knows. Big man Gayle then dropped a tough chance at gully diving to his left, his wrong side off a Gauti cut. NOTHING was going our way and captain Dan struggled too as he failed to provide us with the breakthrough. Gambhir was playing like a dream as KKR raced on to 87 for no loss at the end of 10 overs. We knew RCB was in for a huge score as once the opposition gets the start, RCB bowlers rarely manage to contain them in the later overs. Kallis too came to the party with 41 off just 27 balls as Gambhir was getting useful support around him which doesn't usually happen at RCB in the case of MR.CHRIS GAYLE. KKR's scoreboard read 160 for 1 after 17 overs. 200 was looking imminent but Vinay bowled an excellent 18th over to pull it back to 167 for 1 after 18 and that's when I thought we had a chance to restrict them to 180 max. Zak bowled the 19th over and Kallis tonked him for 2 sixes in the over though Zak pulled back by getting Gauti out off the 4th ball. What a knock Gauti had done an Ajinkye Rahane he had scored 93 off just 51 balls a match-winning innings! Last over and Vinay gets Kallis who tries to paddle sweep it and gets caught at short fine-leg. Next ball what happens?SIX! Disappears from the blade of Pathan for a huge six over mid-wicket. Next 2 balls only go for singles inspite of full-blooded swing of the blades from Tiwary and Pathan. Last ball Pathan on stirke and he gets a high full-toss which he hits high to deep square-leg. End of the innings gentlemen as no NO-BALL is given and KKR folds at 190 for 4, the highest total at Eden gardens I believe which is generally a low-scoring venue with the so-called "SLOW" pitch.

               Now on to the RCB innings Gayle and Dilshan come out to open giving us some hope. We get off to a slow start as a slow bowler in Yusuf Pathan starts off proceedings for KKR. Dilshan gives in and falls into the trap off the last ball off the over as he tries to hit it huge over the field but fails to clear Bhatia at mid-off who takes a simple catch..the celebrations have begun for KKR as Yusuf goes beserk. Kohli came in at no.3 much to my surprise as I thought RCB shud have gone with their recent strategy of sending in Mayank as a back-up at 3 if we lost Dilshan early..I mean that was the reason he was there for!Especially when you are chasing 190 I failed to understand why Mayank wasn't sent in at 3 to go out there and blast like he usually does. Kohli came in and slowed down the rate as he usually takes some time to get his eye in. 3rd over brings some runs though much needed as Kohli gets a four and then Gayle gets his first 6!and then the shocker of shockers..Gayle is dropped by 5 fielders all at once at long-off as they all come in from different directions and pull off in the last minute as Sunil Naraine goes for it and DROPS it!Unbelievable scenes at Eden Gayle going to make them pay for this?Next over Lee again and Kohli gets 2 fours and some momentum for RCB. RCB 31 for 1 4 overs. Then surprise surprise..Narine comes to bowl..the most eventful over. Just 1 run scored and drama off the third ball where Kohli edges one to Mccullum's gloves and the bails come off. The umpires discuss and Asad Rauf speaks to the third umpire as replays show that MC had dropped a catch and then the ball hit the stumps after re-bounding from him. Just 1 run off that over..Narine was making up. Kallis comes in to bowl and gets Kohli in just his second ball!A sharp delivery thudding into Kohli's pads caught playing from the crease..up goes the finger Kohli grumbles and swears before slowly walking off. AB comes in at 4 another wrong move as I thought Saurabh would walk in like in earlier matches. AB is known to play rash shots off the first ball he faces and looks completely stupid. Remember he was tried as opener once and fell off the first ball playing a slog heave? Kallis pulls one short and AB goes for it on the leg-side as it comes on faster than he expects only to top-edge it to to Shukla at mid-on. KKR on a role all thanks to some silly play from RCB and in walks Tiwary, the sight when every RCBian knows that RCB are in some real trouble and the sight of Saurabh Tiwary coming to the crease only worsens that feeling. My worst premonitions were coming true as both the batsmen went into a shell which is bound to happen with the kind of game Tiwary plays..BOGGED DOWN!Kallis was on a hat-trick and who better to fend it off than our very own Saurabh Tiwary?End of Power-play RCB at a pathetic 35 for 3. Self-created situation. 7th over from Yusuf again and only 3 runs scored. 8th over Kallis again and surprise surprise, Saurabh scores a boundary! 8 runs and RCB at 46 for 3 after 8. Pathan bowls out by bowling the 9th over. 3 dot balls on the trot to Gayle and you know something is wrong. A single which brings Saurabh to strike and what happens?Another dot off what should have been a wide but Tiway is Tiwary who tries to pull it to short fine-leg straight to a fielder for no run. Last ball Tiwary changes his grip to reverse sweep but Yusuf pulls out after his delivery stride and Mankads Gayle who was out of his crease. NOT OUT obviously. Just 1 run off the over RCB 47 for 3 after 9. Are we chasing 90 here or 190?Kallis continues as Gayle gets a single and brings Tiwary back to his misery at the crease. Somehow Tiwary gets off strike off the third ball. Gayle then smashes another short one from Kallis to deep square-leg for a four..high time the Big man did as Tiwary was eating up half the balls. RCB 56 for 3 after 10 overs. Rajat Bhatia comes in to bowl Gayle swings and misses and then takes a single. Mr.Tiwary makes some room but it's a slower one from Bhatia so he lets it go at the last moment. Next ball another single to long-on off a yorker. Tiwary is the only one who can dig out yorkers as he is a digger kind of batsmen always digging and nudging away for runs. Yorkers are his strength as he hits them hard for singles down the ground. Gayle takes another single to long-off very uncharacteristic of Gayle and Tiwary taps the last ball to the covers for no run. RCB are 59 for 3 after 11. Narine is back as Gayle continues to be defensive and gets another single off the 2nd ball. Tiwary gets another dot and then another single looks like we have a TEST partnership going:)) Last ball was there to be hit but all Tiwary does with the shorter one is pulls it to deep square for a single. Bhatia continues and Tiwary scores another single, he should be called "Single" Tiwary lol. And then out of nowhere Gayle pulls a short one into the stands for a 6!He gets a single and Tiwary is back on strike. And strike he does this time as he gets a fuller one which he pushes over long-off for a six! But Tiwary goes for one too many for his capacity as he comes out of the crease and slices a slower one into the safe hands of Captain Gautam at point. Tiwary's "knock" comes to an end it reads 19 runs off 22 balls with a strike-rate of 86, unbelievable batting by Tiwary. And then finally comes Mayank looking a total misfit at no.6 as he takes a single. Lee now comes to ball the 14th over and starts with a shorter one which Mayank ducks under. Next ball he cuts it for 4 to fine third-man off a wide delivery from Lee. He then gets a single after a dot. Gayle dabs it away for another single as he is either going to unleash the greatest hitting ever to pull it off for RCB or he has completely lost it which was looking more likely in this case. RCB 85 fior 4 after 14 as their constant 6 an over run-rate and misery continues. Narine bowls the 15th over and just 2 runs are scored can you believe that??Narine is ripping the ball as he beats both the batsmen. 87 for 4 and Lee comes again as the first 4 balls go for only 4 runs and then Gayle hits the flattest 6 ever which hits Brijesh Patel's laptop sitting in the RCB dug-out!Last ball single takes RCB to 98 for 4 we are FINALLY getting a move-on are we?Kallis bowls as Gayle hits 2 fours continuously for 4s to bring up his 50. The Orange cup is not too far away and now I get the GAME-PLAN it was to protect Gayle right till the end so that he can get to the ORANGE CAP!Back to the dot balls again..two dots followed by a 4 down the leg thanks to the keeper. Gayle gets a single off the last ball to keep strike. It's Narine now who continues his brilliant spell by getting Mayank Aggarwal bowled through the gates off a quicker one. Captain Dan walks in who slog sweeps for a single. Gayle however can't figure out his fellow West Indian for yet another dot ball..and then gets a single followed by another single by our Harry Potter:) RCB 115 for 5 after 18 and Narine has bowled out thankfully for RCB!And now Bhatia comes back to bowl the 19th over  as Vettori takes a single and hands it over to Gayle who gets nothing off the second ball but the next 4 balls disappear for 6,4,6,6!Too little too late for RCB as they are 138 for 5 after 19 requiring an impossible 53 from 6. Had it even been 33 from 6 it would have made it interesting if Gayle got all the 6 balls to himself. (Remember he got 37 off 1 over last season?) LR Shukla comes to bowl the final over as Dan takes a single and gives it back to Gayle who needs just 1 more run to get the Orange cap. He gets beaten by a slower one as he misses it onto his one goes for 4 and Gayle gets the ORANGE CAP for the first time in IPL 5:)) Next ball is another dot and then he edges one outside off-stump into the hands of McCullum..Gayle is gone for a very inconsistent 86 off 58. VInay Kumar comes in for the last ball and lets go a short one as no wide is called. It's all over for RCB and I can't help but feel that KKR completely deserved this win due to some stupid cricket from RCB. So now we are officially the chokers of the IPL or were we from before since the days we used to have lots of SA cricketers?I would say we are the "Jokers" as we play extremely silly and funny cricket sometimes. BUCK UP TEAM RCB YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET LUCKY AND HAVE IT EASY EVERYTIME!Captain Dan are you listening??And please don't hesitate to drop yourself as that would bring more balance to the side if we had McDonald at 7 or Murli to get the wickets. CHEERS BEST OF LUCK

1 comment:

  1. Great ! from next tym ll read your report ! its more satisfying !