RCB’s bowling woes continue to haunt them as they lose a nail-biter against CSK
RCB’s bowlers fail to defend 205 as de Villiers’ impressive knock goes in vain much to the delight of the large number of CSK fans present at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The expectations were sky high when the two team met at Chinnaswamy Stadium after a gap of 2 years. RCB was put in to bat first after Dhoni won the toss and chose to field. Opening the game with deKock, Kohli gave a steady start before getting caught at mid-on by Jadeja. Then came in A.B.DeVilliers. The South African was at his brutal best and made life difficult for the CSK bowlers. Reading the game in the way only he could, deVilliers reached his half century in 23 deliveries. On the other hand, de Kock was also in full flow scoring a much needed 50 for his side. Bravo removed de kock in 14th over and the momentum started to swing back to CSK.In the process to further accelerate the scoring, De Villiers skied one to Sam Billings of Imran Tahir and the leg spinner dismissed Corey Anderson in the very next ball. Mandeep Singh played yet another crucial cameo and WashingtonSundar’s couple of hits crossing the boundary took RCB past the 200 mark.
For the men in yellow, it was not the start they wanted. A mistimed pull from Watson saw him getting caught in the last delivery of the first over. Knowing that they’ve got a steep task at hand, it was AmbatiRayudu who led the chase for CSK. Rookie off spinner Washington Sundar was put into pressure straight away from Rayudu with a couple of huge sixes. Raina was caught at point of UmeshYadav, Sam Billings and RavindraJadeja too found it difficult to get going as both were sent back to the pavilion by Chahal. The score read 74 for 4 and that’s when skipperDhoni joined AmbatiRayudu in the middle. Dhoni didn’t take much time to get off the mark and launched the second delivery he faced into the Chinnaswamy crowd. Dhoni and Rayudu unleased some clean hitting and all of a sudden, CSK had a glimpse of hope. Nothing much went in their way for the RCB bowlers and with 55 to win of last four overs, it was Siraj – Anderson versus Dhoni – Rayudu. The latter pair cleared the fence at will and the target was very much on the reach. UmeshYadav’sbrilliant direct hit caught Rayudu short of the crease and Bravo was once again in thick of things during a chase. Pressure got the better of Siraj as he bowled three wides in the last delivery of the penultimate over. 16 was needed of the last over and Corey Anderson couldn’t defend it. All that was needed was a four, six, one and another six for CSK to seal the game with two balls to spare.
Same old woes continues for RCB. They were brilliant with the bat but their bowling looked spineless barring UmeshYadav and Chahal. Once their spell was over, the CSK batters didn’t had much difficulty in taking the game under their control in this humongous chase. They were short of a bowler who could take them through those crucial death overs, instead handed over the task to inexperienced Siraj and Anderson against whom Dhoni was severe. It may not be a good decision from RCB’s leadership group to not play both Woakes and Southee, and playing in with two fast bowling all-rounders in de Grandhomme and Corey Anderson. It’s high time that Kohli and co realises these and fill in the gap they are missing for a long time. If not, this might end as another season of wasted knocks of De Villiers and Kohli.
What’s next for RCB?
RCB would very much want to get back on track with a win at their home ground. They take on Dinesh Karthik led KKR on April 29th at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Another cracker of a game on the cards.