Royal Challengers Bangalore’s season is getting from bad to worse with every passing game. Before the recently-concluded game against Chennai Super Kings, the momentum was with them.
Both the teams had entered the contest with contrasting results in their last games. While Royal Challengers successfully defended 167 against Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings were decimated by Kolkata Knight Riders despite scoring a competitive 177. However, the Royal Challengers could not capitalise on the start and could only post 127 for 9.
Asked to bat first, they were off to a disastrous start as Brendon McCullum departed after scoring just 5. However, a 42-run stand between Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli calmed the nerves and steadied the ship. Patel did the bulk of scoring during the stand while Kohli contributed only 8. Ravindra Jadeja then opened the floodgates by castling Kohli.
From thereon, the Royal Challengers batting lineup fell like a pack of cards. The middle-order completely failed to deliver as AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme were out for single digits. At one point, it looked as if the visitors would not even cross the 100-run mark after they were reduced to 89 for 8. However, Tim Southee played a handy knock of 35 to give the bowlers something to bowl at. Patel top-scored for Royal Challengers with 53.
In reply, the Super Kings were comfortably placed at 62 for 1 with Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina looking well set. Both the players were batting with ease and the visitors needed something special to break the stand. Well, the moment of brilliance was provided by Tim Southee. The New Zealand star took a stunning juggling catch near the boundary ropes to get rid of Raina.
The left-handed batsman carted a short ball towards long on. He could not hit the ball well but the ball looked set to clear the boundary ropes. However, Southee had some other plans as he managed to take a stunner. He first took the catch then after seeing himself overbalancing, he threw the ball up and went out before coming back in to complete the catch.
Here is a clip of that catch:
Catch Marvel from Tim Southee https://t.co/V46PZsIsLt
— PRINCE SINGH (@PRINCE3758458) May 5, 2018