March 19th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on R.C.BANGALORE BT RR
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It was an exemplary bowling performance by Royal Challengers Bangalore, including a hat-trick by Praveen Kumar, which cleaned up the Rajasthan Royals for a paltry 92 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium,  on Thursday. The batsman of Rajasthan Royals fell like 9 pins and they had no answers to the short and bouncy bowling of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. They struggled to find a chink in the bowling armour which they could not, and were ultimately all out for a paltry 92 runs. Praveen Kumar got the first hat-trick of IPL 2010, and all the other bowlers of RC Bangalore bowled very well. 

The Bangalore bowlers focused on bowling straight  and tucking the batsmen up. The pressure began to tell on Rajasthan, and the necessity to accelerate the score cost them three wickets very quickly. Michael Lumb tried his luck against Anil Kumble by chipping down the track to a slow flighted delivery, but misread the googly and was stumped by yards. 

Even the experienced Damien Martyn looked out of sorts. The rustiness of not having had too much cricket practice since retirement began to show against the bouncers from Kallis. The dismissal of Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, who edged Kallis onto the stumps – brought the arrival of Yusuf Pathan,who was the best man to get them out of this jam. Yusuf Khan, the star batsman of Rajasthan Royals was also struggling for runs and after his departure there was no hope for the team. 

However, the bowlers were made to pay when they bowled fuller, as Yusuf demonstrated with consecutive shots over midwicket. He was sent back to the dug-out with a direct hit by Virat Kohli. 

The paltry total of 92 runs for Rajasthan Royals was mainly contributed by Naman Ojha (16), Damien Martyn (19) and Yusuf Pathan (26). 

Praveen used three different deliveries to get his hat-trick. Martyn struggled to hit some quick runs but in the process lost his middle stump when Praveen returned for a new spell. Praveen followed the yorker with a short delivery to Sumit Narwal, who top-edged it down fine leg’s throat. Paras Dogra faced the hat-trick ball, but had his middle stump was uprooted to a length delivery, trying to swipe him across the line. 

The procession of wickets stamped Bangalore’s authority on the game.  Praveen’s bowling figures were very impressive at 3 for 18 runs. 

The Royal Challangers made 93 for no loss and beat Rajasthan Royals by 10 wickets. For the Royal Challangers Bangalore Kallis made 44* and Pandey scored 42*. 

Jacques Kallis was named the Man of the match.

Ravi Matah

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