3 Apr 2019

RR off the mark whilst RCB stare at a dark tunnel with no end in sight

By cricinsane

In a game between the bottom placed teams, one had to come out victorious to get off the mark. Both teams this season have had contrasting fates, one stranded on a deserted island with No Show from their main men and clueless bowling and one not able to cross the line despite bossing a better half of the three games played. Rajasthan Royals started the game as favourite to take away this tie and they did that in the end with awkwardly paced proceedings though. RCB having lost yet another toss, were put into bat but the toss decision was almost nullified when Kohli in contrast to Rahane said that he wanted to bat anyway. Kohli walked out with PP as RCB went back to the opening pair from the first game and they started decently until Shreyas Gopal with his full of revs wrong’ uns foxed the priced scalps of Kohli and ABD and while that may give the world a lot of hints about how to get Kohli out in the upcoming World cup, RCB tonight needed their main buy in Hetmyer to fire. Shimron Hetmyer looked like a complete newbie to playing leg spins and his terrible season continued. RCB looked like showing the usual show and it was then an unusual man in Parthiv scored rather quickly and cameos in the end from Moeen and Stoinis ensured RCB got to 160 which would have been a par score had due not come in the picture but it was RCB, due was bound to come, that has how there luck has been all the while. While many eyebrows were raised as to why Chahal was not introduced in the powerplay against Butler who weakness against bodyline spin is out for all to see, RR started brilliantly before Chahal actually started dominating the proceedings. Chahal is in the form of his life, unfortunately, no other bowler is even close to what he is doing for the RCB hence RCB stare at a dark road with no end in sight. RCB may have pondered over getting it closer had they converted those chances they got, which Umesh and Moeen didn’t take and were expected to take when they are defending a below par score. Scorecard will suggest, it went down to the last second bowl but victory was clearly Rajasthan’s much before that. Evidence of it was clearly the lack of inspiring energy in the RCB dugout, their body language and dropped shoulders made them give up yet another game. RCB really do not look like they can win, and with KKR waiting for them at their home ground, it is really down to the two men who matter to inspire this team to a place which only MI has achieved in the history of IPL. Rajasthan and Ajinkya Rahane despite having lack of batting depth and managing to cross the line, only just, also have a lot of thinking to do, because not every team will be as generous as RCB was in the field today. For starter, the Royals are off the mark and may look to continue the good result streak from here but they too have a Russell to stop in red hot form coming Sunday. They would want the break to do them a world of good. As it stands, RCB have been thrown into a space of erry disappointments and before it starts getting to the mind of the Indian Skipper, we all hope he inspires a famous series of performances, something he almost produces every time, when needed. For starters, KKR won’t do the RCB loyalties any bad.