Mumbai: Mumbai Indians decimated by Kallis & Pandey of Royal Challengers Banglore: IPL 2010 highlights. Mumbai Indians were decimated by some swashbuckling batting by Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey as the Royal Challengers Banglore beat them by seven wickets in a thrilling and tense encounter of IPL3 on Saturday’s late evening.
When Mumbai Indians were restricted to 151 runs in 20 overs there was an anticipation of same quality of bowling by Mumbai Indians. But even a disciplined bowling was not enough for the MI as the RCB’s batting was simply superb as they made 155 runs in 19.1 overs to go back smiling. It was a ‘test match’ of T20 where the attacking cricket was at its best and even the likes of Vijaya Mallya and Ambanis looked sweating. Neeta Ambani was forced to do clappings when Virat Kohi was run out by prboably by the tenth of a centimere at the death end of the match. And Tendulkar looked helpless.
Jacques Kallis played gem of an innings. He played aggressively at the start and changed his role to that of a finisher. He cracked sixty six runs in 55 balls with four fours.
Virat Kohli chose this occasion to open his hands and what a way to do it. He hit Harbhajan Singh for two consecutive sixes. Poor Bhajji!
Manish Pandey took just 27 runs for his 40 runs with two sixes and three fours. Mallinga took a spectacular catch of Robin Uthappa on the bowling of Zaheer Khan when he was on 23 runs in 15 balls hitting one huge six and two fours.
While the RCB batsmen dominated the bowling from the first over, it was just the opposite when Mumabi Indians batted. The innings of Mumbai Indians showed that cricket was game of bat and ball from the outset. Mumbai batsmen had to labour hard for each and every run. Even Sachin Tendulkar’s greatness came under the scanner who took 22 balls for his 25 runs. Sachin looked pretty ordinary against Vinay Kumar when he was cleaned bowled by him.
RCB’s bowlers were dominant from the start and they were equally backed up by spectacular ground fielding. The one-handed running back catch taken by Rahul Dravid of Rajagopala Satish summed up the spirit of RCB’s fielding. For RCB the last match hat trick man Praveen Kumar took only one wicket but Dale Styen struck thrice which blocked the path of fast scoring for MI. Vinay Kumar too was equal to the task and took three wickets 25 runs in his four overs.
Mumbai Indian’s start was not as desired when Sanath Jayasuriya was caught plumb in front of the wicket and he had to return to the pavilion on his personal score of two. AP Tare struggled hard to make 9 runs on 10 balls and was caught Manish Pndey of the bowling of Jacques Kallis. The last match hero of MI Saurabh Tiwary too had to labour hard for his 25 runs. He was bowled by the wily Anil Kumble. Saurabh hit three hits in his 21 balls stay at the crease. Some lusty late hittings by Zaheer Khan and KA Pollard took Mumbai Indian’s score to pass 150 which looked quite competitive at the end of innings particularly when one takes the tight bowling and fielding into consideration.