Watch cricket highlights - Mohali vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - from IPL 2009
Scoreline: Bangalore 168/9: Jacques Kallis 62, Ross Taylor 35, Jesse Ryder 32 - Abdulla 4-31-4, Irfan Pathan 4-35-3.
Mohali finish with an over to spare: Ravi Bopara 84 (59), Yuvraj Singh 30 (17) - Anil Kumble 4-19-1
Ravi Bopara finally put on a show of his clean-hitting abilities, though he’d do well to get rid of his grafting-tendencies that sometimes brings him down. Dale Steyn missed out today to fit in the Glimmer twins - Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder. Much joy from the two. It was a determined Yuvraj Singh on show today, holding himself back, until right at the end, while Bopara picked up his game with 5 overs and 60 runs to get. No Pie-chucker vs KP today
Much as KP the player is one of the best around, think the Bangalore team will acquire a better balance when he returns for the England-WI series. Bad news however hovers - Dravid will miss some of the later games (becoming daddy beckons) while Kallis is apparently going to be Capn. Well, at least he could amuse his teammates with gems like - How high above sea-level are we (while strolling on a beach with SA teammates).
User, Zeronava’s comments probably make sense - drop Mallya to improve Bangalore’s fortunes.
The IPL has been fun so far. Only dampener is the appearance of Harsha Bhogle on air - Gavaskar is probably the best equipped to handle him. Hope their duet continues.
Pregame: Though Mohali have a game in hand relative to Bangalore, another loss is hardly desired. Also, they’d be hoping to get their first 20 over complete game this season.
Friday, April 24, 2009