When SRH met RCB yesterday, the clash was bound to be an exciting one and it lived up to the expectaions. The clash saw a lot of drama and witnessed many iconic clashes like Kohli VS Warner and Rashid VS Chahal. At the end of the day it was RCB who triumphed. Let’s discuss the game more.
Result:- RCB beat SRH by 10 runs. Scorecard
SRH:- Warner (2/10), Bairstow (8.5/10), Manish Pandey (7.5/10), Priyam Garg (3/10), Vijay Shankar (1/10), Abhishek Sharma (5/10), Rashid Khan (7/10), Bhuvi (7/10), Sandeep Sharma (5.5/10), Mitchell Marsh (-), Natarajan (7/10)
RCB:- Devdutt (10/10), Finch (4.5/10), Virat Kohli (3/10), ABD (9.5/10), Shivam Dube (7.5/10), Josh Phillipe (3/10), Dale Steyn (3/10), Umesh Yadav (1/10), Chahal (10/10), Navdeep Saini (9/10)
Talking Points from the Match
Unexpected Playing 11 of both sides
It is safe to say that nobody would’ve predicted the correct playing 11 of either of the teams as both the teams came with a few surprises.
Let’s start with SRH. One of the biggest surprises was undoubtedly the exclusion of Mohammad Nabi. Nabi is in terrific form and even Gambhir was full of praise for him,
If Mohammad Nabi was in another franchise, he would have played all the 14 matches in the IPLGambhir on Nabi
SRH put their trust on Mitchell Marsh instead. They also had two youngsters on the team- Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma.
RCB also had their share of unexpected choices. One of them was the exclusion of one of the most talented spinners out there, Adam Zampa. RCB bought Morris for 10 crores but he too wasn’t included in the playing 11 and neither was Moeen Ali. Devdutt Padikkal made his debut, a memorable one too which brings us to our next point.
Devdutt Padikkal’s impressive performance
RCB opening partners were totally different on a professional level. One was the veteran Australian T20 captain, Aaron Finch and on the other side was the young sensation and debutant, Devdutt Padikkal. It was expected that it would be Finch who would take the lead role but the unexpected happened.
Devdutt mesmerized everyone by his smooth strokeplay in the powerplay overs. His sublime hand eye coordination impressed everyone. He played with immense confidence and his half century on debut helped RCB put up a great opening partnership, a department where they have always fell short in the past. Devdutt’s performance is surely a blessing in disguise for RCB.
Brave Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh was one of the very few marquee buys of SRH in the auction so when he was preferred over an in form player like Nabi then there were a lot of expectations on him.
Disaster struck in the 5th over. It was the second ball of the over where he started to show pain soon after his delivery. The physio was out and Marsh tried to continue but soon he had to leave the pitch due to the ankle injury.
In the second innings, when the 8th wicket fell, questions were raised as to who will come on the crease and to everyone’s utter surprise it was Mitchell Marsh who walked in. He was limping and still in pain and yet he had decided to fight. One could clearly sense his discomfort but he was on the crease trying to fight. This piece of courage earned him appreciation from all over. Though he couldn’t win the match for his team, his act of courage earned him full marks.
RCB bowling woes
While the result was in favour of RCB, there was no hiding the fact that RCB still had bowling issues to consider.
One of the main issues was the performance of the fast bowlers. Umesh Yadav had a torrid night yesterday. He ended the match with figures of 4-0-48-0. While bowlers like Navdeep and Chahal were trying to tighten the flow of runs, Umesh Yadav was leaking runs and giving SRH the opportunity to score big. His partner in crime was Dale Steyn who had an economy of 9 in the match.
While Chahal’s brilliant bowling ensured that they won the opening match, they need to ensure that they don’t repeat the mistakes of past years. 1-2 good bowlers can win you 1-2 games but not the tournament.
Vijay Shankar’s horrific performance and comparison with Rayudu
When Ambati Rayudu put in a man of the match worthy performance against MI with a knock of 71(48), everyone became nostalgic of the time when Vijay Shankar was chosen over him in the WC19 squad. So all eyes were on Vijay Shankar when he stepped in to play but at the end of the day, he flopped miserably.
He came in to complete the over of Mitchell Marsh but he had a horrific start as he conceded two consecutive no balls. He did take the much needed wicket of Devdutt but he had an economy of 10.5 in the match.
Now it was time to question him on his batting which was after all the main point of comparison with Rayudu. Vijay came in when the score was a comfortable 121/3 unlike Rayudu who had come in when the score was 6/2. Yet while Rayudu went on to win man of the match, Vijay ended up getting out on his very first ball.
SRH Middle Order Woes
SRH middle order was badly exposed in this match. Bairstow’s knock of 61 and Manish Pandey’s knock of 34 had put SRH in a comfortable position but after they got out, they all fell like a deck of cards.
SRH’s middle order had not even a single player who was a reliable batsman or a finisher. It comprised of a raw Vijay Shankar, two youngsters- Priyam and Abhishek and Mitchell Marsh and this isn’t a middle order you want if you want to win the IPL. SRH would now be looking on a way to accomodate players like Williamson or Nabi.
Questions to answer:-
- Should SRH include Kane Williamson to strengthen to the middle order?
- Who should be preferred- Mitchell Marsh or Mohammad Nabi?
- Was it a right decision to include Joshua Phillipe over the likes of Chris Morris, Moeen Ali or Adam Zampa?
- Will RCB continue to trust Umesh Yadav or will they replace him?
This was a dream start for RCB while one of the favourites SRH would be looking to bounce back up soon. Let’s see how both the teams fare in the upcoming matches.
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