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By Bharath Ramaraj
May 9, 2014
In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 game No 31 played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, Punjab’s batsmen made merry on a flat deck by essaying shots throughout the allotted 20 overs of their innings and ended up with a monstrous score of 198 for the loss of eight wickets on the board. Actually, it was Virender Sehwag, who opened up his shoulders by essaying shots all over the park. He was particularly severe square of the wicket on both sides. Once he and Mandeep Singh, the young opener got out in quick succession, Glenn Maxwell went on a rampage. He was severe on Yuvraj Singh’s slow left-arm orthodox by smashing him for 19 runs in a single over.
Maxwell too lost the plot i the end by getting out to Yuzvendra’s Chahal‘s bowling being caught by Mitchell Starc at deep mid-wicket region. Daivd Miller, the left-handed batsman from South Africa then took over from him by playing towering shots down the ground. Miller also went after Starc by bisecting gaps mainly through the off-side to leave fielders motionless. He then took on Harshal Patel, the seamer by clambering him to all corners of the ground and scoring 26 runs off a single over. The shot that hit the roof off Harshal’s bowling was 102 metres. He finally lost his wicket to a fine catch held by Chahal. Chahal, the leg-spinner was the main wicket-taker for Bangalore setup, as he took two wickets in the game with his box of tricks.
Earlier, Bangalore won the toss and elected to bowl. The threat of rain perhaps made Viraat Kohli to think about electing to bowl. The track was flat and one can expect it to stay true for the course of the game. Sehwag and Mandeep opened the batting for Punjab. Bangalore’s opening bowler, Starc, the left-arm swing merchant from Australia found some swing early on to trouble Sehwag outside the off-stump. Sehwag as usual tended to flash at anything outside his off-stump and played and missed a few times against the left-arm swing bowler. It has to be said though, Starc at times found it hard to get his line right from over the wicket. He even tried to bowl from around the wicket.
The likes of Varun Aaron and Albie Morkel too struggled a touch to get it right on the money. Sehwag, who looked relaxed at the crease finally opened up his shoulders by flicking Albie Morkel for a boundary during the second over of the game. Mandeep also essayed a boundary off Starc’s bowling to get things going for Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab 198 for 8 in 20 overs (Virender Sehwag 30, Glenn Maxwell 25, David Miller 66; Yuzvendra Chahal 2 for 23) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)
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