Mandeep Singh revives Royal Challengers Bangalore with composed fifty

Ruben Ruiz
May 8, 2017

Mandeep along with Travis Head (75 not out) consolidated the innings and in the process added just 44 runs in the next seven overs.

Sunil Narine's abilities as a pinch-hitter has been on view on a couple of occasions this IPL season, but nothing could have prepared Royal Challengers Bangalore for his onslaught on Sunday. "I thought we got a good score; about par for this wicket", he said.

He shared an opening stand of 91 with Ishan Kishan and gave the Lions' innings such a rapid start that when he was dismissed in the 12th over, they only needed 70 from 52 balls.

As soon as RCB completed their 100 runs on the board, there was slight drizzle, which must have disappointed the home team. They took the game away from Bangalore in the first six overs itself. It's surprising how experienced players like Kohli look amateur in adapting to conditions at the ground, which has been slower than it has ever been over the last 10 years.

This is how England cricketer reacted watching Narine and Lynn bat against RCB. Gayle, who has been in a poor form this season, continued to have a torrid time as he fell for a first-ball duck in the game being played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

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Head, on the other hand, showed admirable calmness as he kept the scoreboard ticking for RCB.

For the small KXIP contingent nearby that jumped about their two heroes - Axar and Sandeep - the season's just gotten a little more interesting. RCB would do well not to retain Chris Gayle - unless they are more interested in his brand value rather than what he delivers on the field. Mandeep then came up with his half-century and so did Head. Total: (For 4 wickets in 15.1 overs) 159.

Aniket Choudhary (1-19) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Narine caught behind while Pawan Negi (2-21) castled Lynn after he reached his fifty in the next over.

The West Indies left-hander - not previously noted for his run-scoring prowess - shone after global team-mate Chris Gayle had flopped, racing to 50 off just 15 deliveries to mirror the feat of KKR colleague Yusuf Pathan against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014. Yusuf too had slammed a half-century off 15 deliveries against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014.

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