Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Captain Kohli's Stunning Catch Against Rising Pune Super Giant

Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:42

We @AIR thought why not try out our luck by predicting these matches. But this was a surface where the ball was gripping.

Kohli, out of action for nearly a month with a shoulder injury he suffered during the third Test against Australia, opened the innings and he got into the groove in no time. Samuel Badree, despite his impressive record - economy rate of under six, has not got as many opportunities as he'd have liked in the IPL; against MI on Friday evening, making his IPL debut for RCB, he bamboozled the MI batsmen and picked up four wickets - which included a hat-trick in the powerplay overs.

Wonder what Rohit Sharma has to say about this.

But Badree's salvo - the 15th hat-trick in IPL history - was eclipsed by Pollard's well-paced innings, his five sixes dragging Mumbai right back into the game. Badreee returned incredible figures of 4-1-9-4. The match-winner was another Trinidadian, Kieron Pollard, who scored a brilliantly calculated 70 off 47 balls and added 93 for the sixth wicket with Krunal Pandya to consign RCB to their third defeat in four games. "Last game was a scenario where AB came in, Watto came in and other two guys were bowling well". The pitch at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium is known as a good mid- high scoring wicket. The number of balls from which he scores from is very limited. Kohli took hardly any time to get going.

The catch: A contender for catch of the tournament? AB de Villiers was at the crease too, and had been dropped on 7 by Jos Buttler at deep midwicket. The South African attempted a trademark inside-out cover-drive over the top of the in-field, only for Rohit to pouch the mishit in one hand while diving full-stretch.

When Pollard came to the crease, Mumbai were 7/4 and unable to cope with Badree.

His 19 off 21 balls in death overs couldn't save the blushes of his team as RCB could only post a modest 142 for five in their last match.

Five off five balls became 11 off the 10th over when Krunal muscled a wide quicker ball from Yuzvendra Chahal over the long-off boundary.

Both teams suffered losses on Friday, with RCB - despite the timely return of their talismanic captain - losing to Mumbai Indians by four wickets while RPS were handed a seven-wicket thrashing by Gujarat Lions. With only four global players allowed in the playing 11 in the IPL, the management opted for the South African along with Shane Watson.

The Mumbai Indians are next in action against the Gujarat Lions at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday. It is only four matches into the season, but RPS have already used up 18 different players, and that illustrates that the team is yet to settle into what they think is their best combination.