Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Poor batting hands RCB another defeat:

161/4 in 20 overs on a flat track- can you believe that? But it is true. Kallis' crawler-knock of 52 from 49 balls followed by unexpectedly slow batting from White and Pietersen lost the match for RCB. Adding more to the list, 16th over from Jakati went without a run (thanks to Kallis and Pietersen). From over no. 15 to 18, RCB managed to score only 17 runs and that turned out to be the lethal blow.

RCB: 161/4
CSK: 166/5

RCB will have to rethink about their batting order. Manish Pandey is not giving the expected start. RCB is not using the powerplay to it's best, scoring only at the runrate of 6-7 RPO. Kallis is doing his job perfectly by staying at the crease till the end, but he should make sure that the batsman at the other end doesn't come under pressure because of slow runrate. Uthappa is going great guns and he deserves the position up the order.

For me, I would prefer this lineup:
1. Kallis
2. Pandey
3. Uthappa(/Dravid- if Kallis gets out early)
4. Dravid
5. Kohli
6. Pietersen/White/Morgan (because he is a good fielder)
7. Boucher
8. Merwe (he deserves a chance considering his contribution in IPL 2)
9. Kumble
10. P. Kumar
11. V. Kumar

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