Mandeep Singh helped RCB demolish RR
Royal Challengers Bangalore were known to be heavily dependent on their superstars to come best. however, there was a refreshing change with the likes of Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal and Sarfaraz Khan supporting the mega stars in the team.
Today was another example of young wolves RCB come to their rescue as Mandeep, Harshal Patel and Sreenath Aravind sparkled for the team to help beat Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 Eliminator in Pune.
It remains one of the biggest stars need RCB to guide their young players, with AB de Villiers played a superb innings with the bat. The right-hander slammed 66 off 38 and Mandeep Singh (54 * 34) helped RCB overcome a difficult start. The pair added 113-run stand sizzling lift their side out of trouble and help end with an impressive total of 180/4. Defending a strong total, RCB bowlers put in a stress clinic as they took wickets at regular intervals to restrict the inaugural champions at 109 and win by 71 runs. RCB now play Chennai Super Kings for a final place alongside Mumbai Indians.
Sreenath Aravind, who has been taken to this game in place of Ashok Dinda, repaid the faith of his captain as he struck early to dismiss Shane Watson in the second over. He also had James Faulkner on caught and bowled later in the innings to finish with fantastic figures of two for 20 off his four overs.
Harshal Patel, also chipped with important wickets of Sanju Samson and Karun Nair as BCR maintained a tight leash on the score Ajinkya Rahane despite (42) looking in decent touch. Rahane was the fifth wicket down to RR when he top-edged a sweep off Chahal chore taken out in the 14th over. The wicket evaporated RR had little hope of a surprise victory as they went to lose their last five games to 17 races to be seduced by a modest 109.
Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, RCB has made a stable start to their innings with Chris Gayle getting into his stride early. He looked in ominous touch, scoring the first 26 off the team added 38 in the first five overs. However, Dhawal Kulkarni got his team the prized wicket of West Indian bowling with him 27. Kulkarni added another important window to his list as he had Virat Kohli caught and bowled on in his next class. RCB had slipped to 46/2 and looked in danger of being restricted to a low score.
ABD and Mandeep Singh, however, had other ideas. They started slowly, scoring 4 out of the 13 first deliveries they played but Mandeep cut loose soon after. Kulkarni hit a six and a four before James Faulkner went for two fours in the course. Villiers, too, got into the act as he slammed Ankit Sharma for two sixes and four in a course.
The assault continued into the remains of the dead with 16 overs and 17 RCB giving a combined 24 runs. ABD won his fifty in the next over with a top-edge for six and a clean strike over long on its fourth six of the innings. He was executed in the penultimate over the innings, but he had already added 66 off only 38 deliveries.
The wicket did little to block BCR Dinesh Karthik momentum, Sarfaraz Khan and Mandeep combined to hit 21 off the last eight balls to give them 180/4 side. It turned out to be 71 too many for RR tracks.