IPL 2: DC vs RCB : Match 8 Review April 24, 2009Posted by Kunal Janu in Indian Premier League (IPL).
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April 22 2009, Newlands Capetown: Finally, there was no rain and the match started on time. The Weather was good, and the pitch good for batting. More like the Indian Sub-continent. The day belonged to Adam Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma who scored 123 between them off just 75 deliveries, 88 of them coming in boundaries. A chase of 185 was always going to be tough for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, They however put up a great fight under lights at Newlands courtesy Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli. Bangalore fell short of the target by just 24 runs as Deccan Chargers won two out of two.
The toss was all going to be very important, DC won the toss and decided to bat first. Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs took DC off to a great start scoring 40 runs in the first three overs. RCB Captain Kevin Pietersen struggled to get the right bowlers bowling from the right end, setting the field. Praveen Kumar bowled the first over of the match with a mid on and a Deep Square leg, the only two fielders on the leg side.With a ring of fielders covering the off side field, It was obvious that Praveen had to bowl well outside off. Praveen feeded Gilchrist to his strength as he scored three successive boundaries over the cover area. The second over from Steyn went for another 15 plus runs with almost the same kind off field.
Kallis bowled the third which cost him a few too. DC were off to a flyer, 40 for no loss at the end of three overs. A switch of ends did the trick for Praveen Kumar who picked up Gibbs(13)at the score of 46 out LBW off the fifth ball of the over. Laxman joined Gilchrist and the duo took DC past the 50. Laxman(5) looked uncomfortable at the crease, specially with Gilchrist going he was unable to score singles ultimately perished to Jesse Ryder, caught by Steyn at long-off. In came Rohit Sharma, he scored the singles while Gilchrist scored the boundaries. With the score past 100 in 11 overs, the duo brought up their 50 partnership, It was then Rohit Sharma who started scoring big time as Gilchrist played the secondary role.
Momentum shifted toward the RCB when Gilchrist(71 off 45b) handed a catch to Kohli fielding at covers to a faster, straighter delivery from Pietersen. Rohit Sharma took charge, with help from the remaining DC batsman, DC reached a score of 184 for 6 at the end of their 20 overs. Sharma was out for 52 off 30 balls with the score at 172.
ScoreCard: Match 8
The Chase was always going to be difficult and the start was the mst important. If RCB got off to a flyer like DC did, they could well have been in contention. RCB were denied off any runs what-so-ever as Fidel Edwards picked Jesse Ryder first ball off the innings to a in swinging yorker. Kallis came in, played a few shots but in an effort of increasing the scoring rate fell to Harmeet Singh caught by Rohit Sharma in covers.
Everything seemed to be work as in the plan for DC as RCB had only scored 34 in their 6 power-play overs. The innings never really took off as RCB lost another wicket in the form of Uttapa caught by Ravi Teja who held his nerve under a skyer, opportunity created by Scott Styris. Pietersen fell with score at 62 stumped by Gilchrist off Ojha.
When in trouble, turn to Rahul Dravid. The wall of India, proved that he was no muck with the bat when it comes to the shorter format. In partnership with Virat Kohli, He scored 48 off 27 balls with 5 boundaries and two sixes keeping RCB’s hopes alive. However with the Req. Run rate around 12, it was only one wicket far from victory to the DC. Dravid lost his wicket caught by Venugopal Rao at the long off boundary off Scott Stryis.
Virat Kohli who was scoring run a ball picked up pace and kept the hopes alive. He reached his maiden fifty in the last over of the match. Wickets kept falling at the other end, Praveen Kumar came in and smashed two sixes to get RCB closer. With 28 runs required off the last over the task at hand was improbable but not impossible. RP Singh bowled a decent over picking up Virat Kohli, won the match for DC leaving RCB 24 runs short off target.
In isolation, the innings played by Dravid and Kohli were as good as either Gilchrist’s or Rohit’s, with the hitting just as clean. Adam Gilchrist was given the man of the match for his brilliant 71 helping DC set the highest score of the tournament as yet.