Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Robin Uthappa: 6 2 6 6 4 1 versus S. Srishant

It was over number 13 in the match of Royal Challenges Bangalore (RCB) versus Kings XI Punjab (Punjab). RCB was 114 for loss of 1 wicket. They needed another 90 runs from only 48 balls.

Task was looking difficult even though they had 9 wickets in hand. Robin Uthappa was to face the 13th over, to be bowled by S. Srishant.

This over started with a SIX,
bang..! M. Kaif consoled Srishant, cheered him up.
Next bowl, Uthappa got forward to drive to left of long-off for couple of runs.

3rd ball, going, going & gone...a huge SIX..! It looked like the ball was just flying and did not want to come down!!!

4th ball, Srishant tried to bowl a yorker but missed the trick completely & bowled a full-toss. Uthappa was ready to hit it out of the park for SIX for 3rd time in the over..! The crowd was loving it... The whole Chinnaswami Stadium was thoroughly enjoying the cameo of local boy- Uthappa!

5th ball, Srishant was under huge pressure, he bowled, and
thwack! Ball was onto the legs of Uthappa who guided it to the square-leg for FOUR.

Meanwhile, commentator commented, "Srishant must be having sense of victory" he continued, "because he was giving runs in SIXES but now he has given
'only' a FOUR..!" Those were the most humiliating comments heard by me on anyone..! And well, Srishant deserved it.

Well, the over was not over yet... After the 5th ball was bowled, Srishant started marching towards his fielding position. That's how you feel when you are getting punished. You want to leave your place!!!

6th ball, Uthappa managed 'only' a single out of it.

The over looked like= 6 2 6 6 4 1 = total of 25 runs scored in it. It changed the equation dramatically. Before the over, Uthappa was batting on 23 from 11 balls, now he went to 47 from just 17 balls. Later he completed his 50 from just 19 balls, very fast by any standards...

Jack Kallis, who played a marvelous innings of 89 not out from 55 ball played handsome knock to finish the game & register their 1st win in IPL-3. Finally, it was Robin Uthappa's innings, according to me, which shifted the momentum in favor of RCB and made their victory look easier and 6 2 6 6 4 1 was the magical over...

Final Result:
Kings XI Punjab 203/3 (20 overs) versus Bangalore 204/2 (18.5 overs)

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
By Abhijeet.

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