Pravin Tambe is one of the first few names that come to our mind when people call the Twenty20 format a youngster’s game. The 42 years old leggie from Mumbai once again showed that the format requires need skill rather than some energy of the youths. Against a strong Challengers batting line up, Tambe accounted for four wickets giving away just 20 runs in his quota of four overs. He picked the important scalps of Kohli, Albie Morkel, Ravi Rampaul and Ashok Dinda.
After the double strike in the very first over of the match, Aussie pacer Kane Richardson picked up two wickets in the third over of the match and setting the platform for Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers to restrict RCB for a partly 70. He conceded just 18 in his four overs and also picked the important wickets of Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers.
The days are gone when the bowlers around the world feared when Yuvraj Singh was at the crease. After consistently failing these days, a lot was expected from RCB’s 14 million man after the team was reduced to 1 for 2 in the very first over. But once again Yuvraj failed to meet the needs of his teams as he was dismissed for 3 when he guided a Kane Richardson delivery straight into the hands of Steve Smith in the second slip.
AB de Villiers
Not so often we will see AB de Villiers failing to get off the mark. But when it needed the most, the South African ODI skipper was dismissed in the very first ball he faced. He chopped on a Richardson delivery from outside the off stump just to see the ball disturbing the woodwork behind him.
When Albie Morkel walked into bat when his team was reeling at 17 for 5, it was a golden opportunity for him to bat for a long time and prove that he can also chip in with some runs with the bat. But he failed to make the full use of the opportunity as he threw his wicket away for 7 when he lofted the leggie Pravin Tambe into the hands of Steve Smith.
Chasing an easiest total of 71, Rajasthan Royals looked set for an easy win. But they lost some wickets that might have given RCB some hope for a fight back. The wickets included the one of talented Kerala batsman Sanju Samson who was run out for 2.