Nokia Champions League Final: Royal Challengers Bangalore is the team to beat

Lightening doesn’t strike twice but on friday it did and how. For the second game in a row involving Royal Challengers Banglore a total in excess of 200 was chased, for the second game in a row a player in spite of scoring a century saw his team loosing, and for the second game in a row Virat Kohli proved that he is heads and shoulders above the other memebers of the youth brigade currently plying their trade in India. Yes he was helped immensely by that Maverick who goes by the name Chris Gayle but Virat made sure that there was no more nail biting although none would have left anyway after the previous match ,when Arun Karthik was required to hit a last ball six, and guided his team with more then an over to spare.

It was an absolute carnage at M. A. Chidambaram stadium. A match where the ball cleared the boundary rope as many as 26 times. Its strange how people start complaining about the standard of a pitch where batsmen find it hard to score while no one seems to bother when the cherry is bludgeoned to all corners of the ground. Double standards ? Or perhaps another aspect governed by economics.

Nonetheless considering the pyrotechnics provided by the long and broad blades of Dilshan Gayle and Kohli, this match again goes on to show that the Banglorean outfit will be the team to beat irrespective of whoever plays them in the finals. They do have some loose ends to plug as far as bowling is concerned but what makes up for that is the belief within that any total can be surpassed. Even in the last match when all big guns had departed Arvind and Karthik dispalyed exemplary skills and temperament to make sure RCB ended on the right side of that thriller displaying the current mood in the team. This has been an astonishing turn around for Daniel Vettori led team who were staring at the barrel after loosing the first two games. They were not just required to win the last two but that too with huge margins to keep the net run rate up. It was a pressure cooker situation but, performing in such situations is what champion teams thrive on.

Royal Challengers Bangalore seem hungry for more. They are yet to win Indian Premier League but they certainly won’t mind placing their hands on Nokia Champions League.

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