Saturday, October 8, 2011

Preview- CLT20 Final, Bangalore versus Mumbai

Dreams sometimes come true for all, from the men in the street to the fattening middle class, and then the kings in their castles counting their mansions full of riches. This reality realised for the cricket crazy masses of India with the CLT20 Final being between two Indian Teams

That will set up a mouth watering clash between a Team resembling murderers row for its frighteningly powerful batting in Bangalore, and then a more balanced side in Mumbai. That is very bowling strong.

So lets dissect the merits of both

Batting

Bangalore

OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When thinking of bowling to this Team in T20, you would seriously consider feigning a tight hamstring, so as you didn't have to endure the likely slaughter.

In truth, against a weaker bowling Team, you could even see this side being destructive enough to get near 300....

Their frightening batting might is shown by the figures of the Tournament so far. Of the six scores over 200 in this Tournament, Bangalore own 3 including the top score of 215. Then from an individual sense, both Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli occupy places in the top four in runs made. Both with averages over 50 and strike rates well over 155 (Kohli- 157.85 and Chris Gayle-190.90)

Then, these two aren't the batting lone rangers, for they have great support...

Tillakaratna Dilshan: 4 innings, 119 runs, average 29.75, strike rate 127.95

Saurabh Tiwary:: 5 innings, 74 runs, average 14.8, strike rate 132.14

Daniel Vettori: 4 innings, 61 runs, average 15.25, strike rate 169.44

So, even if the main focus on the match will be on Chris Gayle at the top. Even if he falls early, there are plenty of others to insure a Bangalore carnage with bat


Mumbai


The Indians batting are a shadow of Bangalore's with them being a more sedate bunch, rather than Bangalores host of malevolent maulers,


Only Kieron Pollard is the type to give bowlers cold sweats, and even he with a Tournament strike rate of 130.1 has been well down on what he is capable of. As shown in the World Cup, where he was one of the most devastating batsmen in the Competition


The Team will be relying on a player at the top of their line up in Aiden Blizzard to deliver on his devastating reputation with the bat in T20. Who in his 45 career T20 games has a strike rate of  144.58


If he can give the Team a strong start, then the batting can become more formidable with the other players being able to perform with less pressure. Then also it gives the Team an option of fully utilising Pollards potential, and potentially having him come in further up the order. Where he has the pedigree to play a match changing innings


Bowling


Bangalore


As good as the Royal Challengers batting is, there batting is the mirror image in regards to being shockingly bad.


In truth, you can see that the main premise of the Team is the thought that yes their bowling is terrible, but it is irrelevant by the fact that they will back the batting to score more than any side in a chase. Or conversely to devastate with a total if they bat first, that will mentally destroy the opposition.


Good in theory, but in practice even in this incarnation of cricket that is so dominated by bat, the Teams bowling needs a monumental lift.


The lead has to be shown from the teams pacemen in Dirk Nannes and Sreenath Aravind. Firstly on Nannes, for a bowler that has had a proud reputation in T20 cricket, he has been shockingly bad in this tournament. Inaccurate in the extreme and showing little or no threat from a wicket taking perspective. 


Then Aravind......................................... OUCH!


Selected for India's upcoming ODI series against England, but in this Tournament he has shown that this decision must have been made after the selectors had spent a night out on the town drinking heavily....


Point blank........ he needs to lift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


A perfect duo in support are the crafty old spinners in Dan Vettori and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Who have shown in the past in shorter forms of cricket to be able to be economical as well as getting wickets


If the bowling can lift, then Bangalore has a huge chance of winning, but if they stay as they have been all tournament. It is likely Mumbai will win in a canter.


Mumbai


The best bowling Team in the Tournament, which is shown by the by how opposition batting line ups have performed against them in the Tournament.


508 runs scored against them at a average of 126.75 per innings


They are commandeered by the best bowler in the Tournament Lasith Malinga, who has dominated in this Tournament


4 innings, 8 wickets, average 11.75, strike rate 12, economy rate 5.87


Then of the rest of their bowling unit in Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, James Frankly and Abu Nechim. The highest average of the 4 is 26.00 and most expensive strike rate is 7.39.


Making them a ruthlessly difficult bowling unit to score off......


Prediction:


The completeness of Mumbai's Team will see them prevail.....


This by the fact, that its a known fact that Bangalore's batting line up is truly exceptional, but Mumbai have a bowling line up, that can neutralise it. 


Then with their batting kept under control, the thread bare Bangalore bowling will be exposed, and duly victimised ruthlessly by the Indians.

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