RCB lose to Warriors in a last-ball thriller
RCB got of to a bad start in the clt20 due to a narrow 3-wicket loss to the Warriors from South Africa. Winning the toss and and opting to bowl, the Warriors got of to a good start as Lowano Tsotsobe took out Mayank Agarwal (0) early. Then Gayle thought it was time to remind the Warriors about who was the Orange Cap holder in IPL 2011 and began hitting the bowlers around the park. However, that cameo did not last long as a slower one from Wayne Parnell and a fantastic catch from Johan Botha forced the West Indian to return to the dug out. Then came a 52-run partnership between 2 batsmen who used to share the No.2 ranking in ODI cricket for batsmen, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Kohli departed shorthl after his cameo of 34. de Villiers continued, with several fantastic hits, but tried to play one too many and was caught of a top edge. Villiers’ departure bought in the hard hitter Saurabh Tiwari and Mohammed Kaif who made a handy partnership, but Tiwari fell to a Nicky Boje delivers which he was trying to clear but only found the fielder, Kreusch, who made no mistake. Kaif continued for a whie with the skipper Daniel Vettori. However Vettori did not last long as he tried to flick one to the boundary but only found Ashwell Prince. Kaif still continued, hitting a few sixes but fell to Juan Theron later on. Thanks to a bit of cheeky running between the stumps tn the 20th over by Syed Mohammed and Aarvind, RCB put up 172 for 8 in their 20 overs. Juan Theron was the Warriors’ most succesful bowler with figures of 4/29 of his 3 overs. Warriors got of to a good start with the bat, scoring 30 of the first 3 overs. It took several overs from Dirk Nannes to keep the run rate down. RCB got their first breakthrough as Sreenath Aarvind took out J.J Smutts. Colin Ingram was looking dangerous when Vettori came into the attack and Ingram holed out to Mithun. The Vettori-Syed spell was very good for RCB as not many runs were scored and a few wickets fell. Syed Mohammed seems to have developed a taste for dismissing legends, and he trapped Mark Boucher plum lbw. Ashwell Prince, however, has still looking dangerous. J Kreush, the Warriors No.5 did not last long as he to fell trying to clear Vettori. Prince was then joined by skipper Johan Botha who played a fabulous innings of 42 before beng dissmised by Aarvind in the 20th over. Prince’s glorious story cae to an end as he mistimed a Mithun delivery and hit it straight to Nannes. Sadly for RCB, a glorious first-ball six from Nicky Boje and a four from Wayne Parnell left the game at 2 to win from 1 ball. A bit of cheeky running saw to it that Warriors won the game with 3 wickets to spare. Aarvind was RCB’s most succesful bowler with 2/32 of his 4 overs.