Monday, May 4, 2009

Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights

Mumbai Batting

Bangalore Batting

Watch cricket highlights - Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore from IPL 2009.

Scoreline: Mumbai 149/4 - Sanath Jayasuriya 52, Dwayne Bravo 50 no - du Preez 3 wickets on debut including a double-wicket maiden
Bangalore finish it in 18.1 overs - Robin Uthappa 66 (42), Jacques Kallis 69

Last season, Bangalore frustrated its home-boys by picking people like Jaffer and Kallis consistently ahead of Taylor and Cameron White. They did the same today going for Jaffer in place of Goswami (not sure if it was insanity or injury) and some guy called Du Preez ahead of Steyn while sticking with the Kallis-Boucher combo ahead of Taylor-Ryder. And it fell into place perfectly on the day. However the pain of seeing Kallis seal his place in the side was offset by one of the best sights in limited-over cricket - Robin Uthappa rediscovering his touch towards the end of play. A couple more of these and he should be back where he belongs - in the Indian ODI/T20 team.

Mumbai appeared to go into shock after the Du Preez debut double-wicket maiden over - even the bowling was insipid today. Bangalore is going super right now, but one can’t help but wonder if these sort of team selections can be successful long-term.

Thus, the impotent selection committee speculated.

Pregame: The first clash between the two sides this season - Anil Kumble against Tendulkar/Jayasuriya - seems the most interesting thing on offer here considering RCB seem adamant about Kallis ahead of Taylor/Ryder