If anyone was to see the first over bowled in this match by Dimitri for the Royals, where he took the wickets of Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor in quick succession, they would easily say that Bangalore was going to have yet another bad season.
Well at the end of the match the Challengers scored 133 and ousted the Royals for 58 runs. This is the lowest score in the IPL ever. Dravid's resilient knock of 66, even as wickets fell at regular intervals, was a real treat to watch. His strike rate was a good one for a T20 level.
Kumble's five wickets in four overs for five runs was simply elegance of experience in display. It would not be just if I did not mention the genius of Shane Warne, as the former Aussie player showed why he is so great with some amazing field tactics, great deliveries and an amazing catch.
KP's decision to bat first seemed to pay off once Royals began to bat and the top order was done with by the 10th over. No one actually applied or stuck on to play a significant knock. I guess Mallya would definitely be pleased with the proceedings—at least the start.
As the first day of IPL is over and there is so much yet to happen, today was a day of senior players. Tendulkar, Dravid, Kumble and Hayden would be my picks of the day. Simply goes to show that age is no barrier at all to the T20.
Anyways lots more of IPL action in the coming weeks. Let's see how this unfolds.