Sachin has so many records to boot that a book can be written on them ! But this (The Rajasthan Royals loosing a match at Jaipur) was achieved with the help of a certain Aditya Dole, as I had said in my previous post that Mumbai Indians are becoming increasingly dependent on him, they showed that again at Jaipur! If Aditya Dole had hung onto the simple catch the target would have been at least 20 runs less and we could have easily chased it! Even Warne called it the turning point in the match! Sid Trivedi had an off day with the ball and Sachin took him for plenty and the match was done and dusted there Unless there was a Pathan or Watson special!
The bowling performance was great at the start with Watson getting us of to a dream start, finally his bowling has come good and should be lethal in the coming matches! Dole again leaked runs but took the crucial wicket of pollard, rest of the bowling was good but nothing special from Warne in this match! As i have mentioned earlier the end overs leaked a bit more than what we would have liked, but still the target within reach and we needed Watson or Pathan to play well.
The team got off to the worst possible start when Naman Ojha, (the leading run scorer for us in this IPL) got out cheaply someone had to take up his role and anchor the innings as we were chasing a big target, but the batsmen had other plans, 3 runouts in the Top 4 and you are never going to win a match with stuff like that happening, it looked like we were giving Delhi daredevils competition for the team with the worst running between the wickets, the runouts hurt us bad and the required rate was climbing up all this time. generally Warne takes sensible and logical decisions, but holding back Yusuf Pathan for so long was a big blunder IMO, the reqd rate was around 12 when he came in and by the team he settles in it was 14! It was too much for the Big man to do! he should have come in after Fazal had got out , so that there was time for him to settle in and smash the bowlers around! The tail wagged and lessened the margin of defeat with Aditya Dole getting some blows in, it was the least he could do after dropping the crucial catch of sachin which let them get 20 runs more, anyhow the margin of loss was BIG (37 runs) and it once again dented our NRR!
Now that CSK and RCB have very good NRR and even DD have a better NRR than us, our only hope to make it to the semis would be to win both the matches and secure 16 points which would assure us of a place in the semis! Today, we play RCB and its imperative we bowl first as RCB has too many clean hitters of the ball ( Uthappa, Taylor, Kohli, White) who can chase down any target in a small ground like Jaipur! We need to restrict them to below 160-165 and chase sensibly. This should give us the best chance of winning!
Here’s hoping RR win this match and make it to the semis !!