Overcast skies, breeze blowing across the stadium, and Shaun Tait steaming in on a hard and bouncy track…the stage was just perfect for someone from the Royal Challengers Bangalore to rise up to the challenge and play an innings that he would be proud of.
The occasion, more specifically, was tailor-made for Indian youngsters like Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa and Virat Kohli to prove they can handle it.
Instead, the ones rising to the occasion were Ross Taylor and D du Preez even as the Indian youngster succumbed to the challenge without putting up even a semblance of fight. While just one poor performance doesn’t make them a bad player in trying conditions, but they, for sure, let go an opportunity where they could have proved a point or two.
Taylor and du Preez, in for injured Jacques Kallis, showed the stuff they are made of. While Taylor controlled the innings in the first ten overs with a measured 46, du Preez provided the much-required thrust towards the end with a whirlwind 46. It was thanks to their efforts that Bangalore managed to put up a decent 154 on the board.
As for South Australia, they were simply outstanding on the field. In conditions where other teams have failed to catch and field, they took some spectacular catches and made brilliant stops. This team from Australia has been the most impressive so far in the championship and in all likelihood should be the first to qualify ahead.
Brief Score: RCB 154 all out in 19.5 overs ( Taylor 46, Preez 46; Christian 4/23).