At the start of the second IPL season, I thought that Bangalore Royal Challengers would give a performance similar to season one.
They proved me wrong in the very first match by giving a champion performance to beat the defending champion Rajasthan team.
I thought the Bangalore team would give us Bangs-Galore this year round
After losing all four matches the team sits at the bottom of the table.
The match they played today was against the Delhi Daredevils at Port Elizabeth. Once again a performance not up to the mark.
Scoring a mere 149 runs on a flat surface was the the first part of their poor act. Many of the batsmen got starts and gave away their wickets at crucial moments during the innings. Kevin Pietersen himself was the top scorer with a 37 run inning, which ended whenhe tried to switch hit against Vettori and got bowled.
The bowlers did a wonderful job to make the match a fairly close affair, but in the end the Daredevils led by a brilliant knock by Tillakaratne Dilshan, who helped them win by won by six wickets.
The poor fielding, dropped catches, and a run-out not given by the third umpire did not help the RC cause either.
All in all, RC just bowled well and did nothing else. It was particularly embarrassing when Anil Kumble started fielding better than the twenty year old boys.
I would not have written this article if I just had to tell you what happened in the match.
I wrote this to tell you about a huge blunder Pieteresen has made for two matches in a row.
It is the misuse of Anil Kumble.
In both the last match and this match, there came a point when the opposition required over ten runs per over in the last few overs. On both occasions the bowlers leaked runs and let the other team get away with a victory.
The fact is during the last five overs Kumble didn't bowl a ball in either of the matches. Kumble, was done with his quota of overs in a very economical manner.
Just think if Kumble would have had at least an over out of the last five overs in either of the matches what would have happened?
I am sure we all agree, that batsmen cannot attack Kumble the way they can attack any other of the RC bowlers. In any case spinners in general have had a lot of say in this tournament.
Then why not have Kumble at a time when the batsmen are looking to go for the final onslaught and not a middle-over calm play session?
Has not having a Kumble over cost the team a two victories?
This is after seeing the way Vettori bowled in the slog overs.
Today, the team had a left arm spinner K.P. Appanna in the line-up too. He also kept it tight in the middle. Maybe he could have had an over in the end too.
So why is Pietersen not using a certain force called Kumble he has, or for that matter any spinner in the last five, when all other teams have done well doing so.
A few extra runs In the middle can be handled, but not at the Crunch time.