With the second round already in progress,the result is somewhat the same as compared to the first stage.If not completely true,it isn't completely false either.Atleast for Kolkata Knight Riders and for Royal Challengers Bangalore none-the-less.With the first clash between the same two teams proving to be a one-sided encounter,with the Kolkata Knight Riders walking away with all credits,courtesy Brendon McCullum's 73 ball 158*.
But this time in the second edition,the Royal Challengers as they usually do not seem to do,were found to give the Kolkata Knight Riders a run for their for their money.The Royal Challengers came so close to beating the Knight Riders that the match was on until the vary last ball.But,as usual,there can be one and only one winner.That alas!turned out to be the Kolkata Knight Riders as usual.
But still some positives that I could find out from the match being that the awesome work done by the bowling department of Zaheer khan and co (not Sunil Joshi and co as I usually quote) to restrict the Knight Riders' batsmen to a partly total of just 129 from 16 overs in a rain hit match was not able to sustain by their batsmen.It looked as though the Royal Challengers were playing an individual game rather than a team sport that is supposed to be played.
The Royal Challengers had 6 wickets in hand but still were found to end up in the losing side.Not hats off to even Cameron White who blasted 15 runs off the 11th over nor to the innings of Mark Boucher-who belted 24 runs of 10 balls after taking 30 deliveries to score 26.To be noted that it is a T20 game that is involved and not a one-day international.
Likewise the Kolkata Knight Riders were found to play better cricket for they were found making use of as much as 7 batsmen.While the Royal Challengers wasted the talent of Vinay kumar and Virat kohli who were supposedly included in the team taking into account their batting ability.And at last not to forget the all round performance by the captain Sourav Ganguly who had his counterpart bowled.