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RCB vs MI, Battle for Championship, Match Preview

October 9, 2011

Champions League T20 is going to produce a new champions and that too a team that has not been ever able to win any trophy so far. Both of them are from the IPL, thus India is going to retain the CLT20 once again although the defending champions had an early exit. So amazing it is that so many Indian players who keep knocking the door to wear the blue shirt, so many go on to play the world T20 world cup in their dream form, but things somehow don’t come of for them in the big stage. It has been always hard for the Indians to find make a mark in the T20 world cup except the first one that they won.

However, this is should not be the topic to discuss right now since the grand finale of the CLT20 is going to get underway within 20 hours of time. One has to say that it has been a little unexpected to see the teams in the finals. One of them came as clear underdogs into the tournament, had so many key players injured, lost their captain himself for injury, key men in all the departments were missing, even the reserve bench was not properly constructed, initially had to play 5 overseas players for lack of players available. On the other hand the other team had a poor start to their CLT20 campaign as they were defeated twice in a row in their two opening games and came back from nowhere. Suddenly they started believing that they can win everything, they chased down 200 plus scores in back to back games and now they have their top order on the top of their game.

The first team of course are the Mumbai Indians and the other is Royal Challengers Bangalore. So what’s special about the match? We are going to have  a rematch of the IPL 4 semifinals, where MI were thrashed by the Gayle. MI of course would look for the revenge and RCB would be saying themselves that this probably is their best chance of winning a tournament. They will walk in as clear favourites. They do have the power bombs in their side. One man who can take away a game from his opponent very very quickly has been striking the ball furiously. He has already hit the highest number of sixes in the tournament and also the longest six. Could so easily be the holder of the golden bat at the end of the tournament. Kohli has been fantastic in the last couple of matches.

If RCB have Gayle, likes of Malinga and Harbhajan are there too in the MI side. Both of them have troubled him in the past. Looks like the battle is going to be between Mumbai’s bowling and Bangalore’s batting. MI have not played great cricket in order to qualify for the finals, but they had their moments. Two very close finishes to their first two matches that they had won but could have gone either way. They have looked ordinary in the last match just before coming to the top four. Their batting, specially middle order has been struggling to find their way. Top order is looking very much unguided without Tendulkar. Key man Rohit Sharma is missing who can play both way, can hold the key or can switch gear according to the situation. It is almost certain that these gaps are not going to filled anyway.

Still the game is a 20 over match, 2 quick wickets, one partnership or a couple of big hits can change the course of the match. One man who can produce those hits is the most valuable player for the IPL 3. Not only big hits with the bat, he is a livewire in the field. Not only big but also also quick. The diving efforts that he puts in the boundaries may well be the decider if the match goes down to the wire. No team can relax as long as there is a Pollard in the field.

And RCB must watch out for another man who has been writing his own scripts, sometimes with the bat, sometimes with the ball…it has been delightful to  watch Lasith Malinga in this CLT20. He might not have the variation in his bowling, but the way he has been using the combinations of yorker, slower and bouncer is the reason behind why he is the most successful bowler in this format.

Fielding has been the a little worry for both he teams. Both of them have been playing with a part time wicketkeeper. Just didn’t understand why Rayadu today stood way beck, he was put into spot of bother with the bad bounce quite a few times that the ball beat the bat. These little things at the end of the day matters a lot. What could have been a dot ball, if goes for four byes, frustrates the bowler and the captain. Also this may get into the back of the mind of the bowler while coming to ball the next ball effectively making the things difficult for him to think and employ. Almost no time though for them to work on these but surely they’ll have  a chat on it.

RCB bowling has been poor so far, the bowlers have gone for many runs while the MI batting line up seems to be struggling a lot. MI though have been bowling well within their limitations. Dual between Malinga and Gayle can be a factor in the match. If Gayle can stay for 5-6 overs even, he’ll destroy any bowling attack as he did so far, but if Malinga can deliver and MI can get through to the top 3 quickly, RCB then will have to show their character which has been missing from their middle order and so as the case for MI although Sathish did show that tonight.

However, we are going to have an absolute cracker of a final…see you then. Don’t miss, champions play at 8 o’ clock, don’t be late-o-clock!!

  1. Arindam Dutta permalink

    yeah the final will be a cracker……..hope the cup will be retained by us….

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