About the Match
Team Bangalore once again showed their all-round skills and batting prowess to win their second match against Mumbai; they now top the table with 4 points and will face Kolkata on Apr 24 at Sharjah. It was a sad defeat for Kolkata by 4 wickets against Delhi, especially after setting a target of 166 runs overcoming the initial challenges of early dismissals. They have 2 points from their opening match win against Mumbai and occupy the 2nd position on the table, one place below their upcoming opponents. RCB bolstered by its achievements so far will look to annihilate Kolkata, which on the other hand will try hard to climb up the ladder and give stiff competition to others. It’ll be an interesting contest between the hard-hitting Bangalore batsmen and the tight bowling attack of Kolkata.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
They won emphatically against defending champions Mumbai, exhibiting a superb all-round effort with conviction; while the bowlers Chahal, Starc and Aaron brought all their armour to restrict the opponents to a mere 115 runs, the batsmen led by Parthiv Patel delivered the goods in 17 overs. On a day when Virat and Yuvraj, were out for ducks on a pitch favouring the bowlers, Patel’s unbeaten 57 off 45 deliveries and AB de Villiers’s 45 runs ensured they won the match comfortably. Chahal showed his googly skills with the ball taking 2 wickets and giving away only 17 runs while Starc and Aaron too displayed their talent, claiming 2 wickets each to unsettle the Mumbai batsmen right from the start. The bowling efforts are in good shape and with the strong batting line-up, this team will be difficult to beat. They fielded brilliantly despite a couple of missed catches in the beginning; overall it was a concerted effort that’s taken them to the top and their exuberance will be key in the upcoming match too.
Kolkata Knight Riders
With the openers out for ducks, they struggled at 11-2 in 1.4 overs; however, Manish Pandey took control to score 48 runs and along with Uthappa, posted 64-run partnership to give them a chance against Delhi. Though Uthappa’s 55 from 41 runs and Shakib’s quick 30 runs took the total to a good 166 runs, they failed to defend the score against a determined Duminy. Gambhir and Kallis fell to the pace attack and will need to be more focused in the upcoming match; Narine was superb with the ball, restricting the run-flow and taking a crucial wicket, but the decision to not use him for the last over proved costly. Morne Morkel, Kallis and Chawla picked up important wickets and they bring great variety to the attack; perhaps they need to re-think on how to use the resources in a better way for a greater impact with the ball. 166 runs was sufficient to defend but Delhi was the better team in the end; KKR needs to put this defeat behind and strategize well against the RCB batting line-up.
RCB has always done well in the league matches but staggered in the knock-out stage; however, this time they look much more determined to win the title and so is KKR. While their narrow defeat against Delhi might have hurt a bit, they need to be focused here. Though the match could swing either way, RCB looks super confident to continue on its winning momentum.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.57 @ Bet365