The match is KKR vs RCB; the scoreboard shows 105/0 in 6 overs. Any other season and it would have been an easy call. Definitely RCB is batting. This season the tables have turned. Sunil Narine is scoring fastest fifties now; Players are coming back from an injury with his form as it was before; And the trio of Kohli, Gayle and Devilliers faltering consistently.
Winning the toss Gambhir, took a surprising decision of chasing, seeing what the Chinnaswami has done to the chasing teams this IPL, you can just imagine that the only motivation might have been their consistent performance chasing over the last few games. Coming to bowl first KKR took the danger man Chris Gayle in just the first ball of the innings. And then within the powerplay he was joined by his team-mates Kohli and Devilliers back in the dugout as the home team went down to 34/3. If it wasn’t for the young Mandeep Singh and Travis Head the home team was looking at another low total down the 20 overs. Mandeep and head took the partnership till the 15th over, the former scoring a hardfought 52. But RCB managed a score of 158 at the end of 20 overs just because of the brilliance of Travis Head. His score of 75 off 47 balls with 5 sixes and 3 fours was absolutely crucial. Umesh yadav bowled a great spell of 3/36, along with the brilliant Sunil Narine 2/29.
For all the people who still had doubts about Gambhir’s Captaincy got a taste of the greatest captaincy move. With Lynn starting at the top of the innings with Gambhir in the first 2 matches and Narine the rest of the games; it was a tough decision on the table. But Gambhir with relative ease send both of them up the order and himself dropped to 1 down. From then along it was just the Lynn-Narine Show. If you think 2 overs 20 runs is a great start; then you gotta come up with a whole new word for 6 overs 105/0. Narine was quite in the first 3 overs with Lynn starting himself with a few clean hits already. But then came the Samuel Badree fourth over and Narine just despatched the first 3 balls over the long off region. He took 25 runs of that over and came back to score 24 runs in the next one, and thus scoring his first ever IPL 50, which also came to be the fastest IPL 50 this year. Chris Lynn couldn’t just stand there, right? He was already in the mood, and seeing his partner hitting 20s; he came on to scoring 20 runs off the Chahal first over. Lynn got the 4 th fastest 50 in this IPL in just 22 balls. But in quick succession Both of them got out, as the powerplay ended. Gambhir kept sending in the hitters and thus promoted Grandhomme ahead of himself. But in the end he had to play a part after Grandhomme also got out, not before scoring a handy 31 runs. KKR packed up the match with 6 wickets and 28 balls in hand.
RCB s miseries has known no bounds this season as they broke their record of highest losing streak of 5 matches, by taking it to 6. Their team looks devastated and their Captain also has not been able to lead from the front.
KKR on the other side now looks stronger than ever with Lynn back. All they need now is Uthappa and Coulter-Nile to be fit before the Playoffs and they would be able to get the best team on the field.
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