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IPL 2021: Rahul Chahar seen furious after taking Bharat wicket in RCB vs MI
IPL 2021: The thirty-ninth match of this IPL is taking place between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI). Both the teams have had a very slow start into the second phase of the IPL in UAE. However, RCB did have a strong start in the first phase of the IPL in India. But Mumbai Indians are not looking in touch in terms of this edition of the IPL. They were not looking good in the first phase and now the five-time IPL champions have not started very well.
RCB are placed in the third position in the table whereas MI are placed in the sixth position. Both are desperate for a win to further their respective attempts towards playoffs. However, Rohit Sharma won the toss and he decided to bowl first. The Virat Kohli led team has started their innings well. Devdutt Paddikal was gone for cheap in the second over itself. Jasprit Bumrah took the crucial wicket and Devdutt was gone for a duck. But RCB stabilized their innings from thereon.
IPL 2021: Rahul Chahar goes aggressive after taking the crucial wicket of Bharat
However, Rahul Chahar showed no chill after taking the crucial wicket of Bharat. He has seen as aggressive and furious post-taking the wicket. Seems like Rahul took the wicket too seriously. But he should have held his nerves. Another reason could have been the fierce rivalry between the two teams. Both RCB and MI have a long history in the IPL. And adding to that everything is not going well between Rohit and Virat. That too could have been a crucial reason.
But such behavior from Rahul Chahar is going to cost some fair play points for Mumbai Indians. However, RCB are well on course to create a big total with brilliant batting in the middle.
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Working on a few aspects of strike rotation - Shiv Sundar Das
In the aftermath of India's disappointing show in the first ODI against Australia, Shiv Sundar Das, the batting coach, laid out the basic template for the batters in order to achieve the goal of notching up competitive totals.
The former India opener noted that the think-tank has allocated a 'block (of) 10 overs each for each batter'. He also hoped that the left-right-handed combination of Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma would provide the platform at the top of the order, with the middle order carrying forward the momentum. Incidentally, in their last 10 ODI matches, India have gone past the 50-run mark just twice in the first 10 overs.
"We have blocked 10 overs each for each batter," Das said in the presser. "We are looking at a good start to start with and, obviously, in the middle overs we are looking at an average of five runs [per over] and at the end we're looking at six runs per over. Basically, that is our batting plan. In the nets, we have tried a few things. It's about the individual - how they react to the game, especially at the start of the innings.
"We have Shafali Verma and Smriti, so basically we are looking at a good start. Obviously, [in the] last few games we didn't have a good start, [but] I am very positive as the batting coach. They'll put up a good start and once you put up a good start of about 60-70 runs in 10 overs, that momentum you can carry into the middle overs. You will see the difference tomorrow. I had a one-to-one chat with her [Mandhana] and in the last two sessions we have worked hard in the nets. We have addressed a few issues and, as you know, she is a world-class player, and we are backing her ability to get runs for us. Definitely we will see the difference in tomorrow's game," he added.
India's strike rotation in the middle overs has also come under the scanner, with the visitors adding only 81 runs between the 20th and 40th over in the first ODI. On his part, Das observed that India have "a lot of youngsters" coming through the ranks and it will take time for them to come good. He also praised Yastika Bhatia for playing with a mature head on her young shoulders in her debut game.
"We have been working on a few aspects of the rotation of strike. Basically, we're focused on their strengths. Now, because it's in [the middle of] the series, we have identified a few areas. It's a work in progress. Definitely in the future series, they'll definitely come good. If you see our team, we have a lot of youngsters. Yastika [Bhatia] got an opportunity; she batted well. It's definitely a new challenge for them. All these wickets - they are good batting wickets, and I hope they'll perform well tomorrow."
India’s batting may not have clicked in the opening women’s ODI against a rampaging Australia, but batting coach Shiv Sundar Das is hopeful of a better show in the second match at Mackay on Friday. He expressed faith in India’s dashing duo at the top of the order, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma, though neither spent much time in the middle on Tuesday.
“Obviously, (in the) last few games we didn’t have a good start, (but) I am very positive as the batting coach,” he said. “(I hope) they’ll put up a good start... of about 60-70. We can then carry the momentum into the middle overs.” In the first match, India was troubled by the short-pitched balls from Australia’s 18-year-old pacer Darcie Brown, who took four wickets, in only her second ODI. Das said the batters had worked on that in the nets over the last couple of days.