After having conquered the Garden city of Bangalore with some of the cleanest and most powerful hitting in the game, Chris Gayle comes to Mumbai. Whether he will be able to do something similar in the city where the 'GOD' of cricket lives, will soon be seen, but one thing is for sure, even if he does it, the cricket lovers of Mumbai won’t mind it one bit and will enjoy it thoroughly.
The beauty of a cosmopolitan city like Mumbai is that there are enough supporters of other teams, so there will not be the one-sided expectations as in some of the other cities where if your team does not do well, there’s silence, while there is raucous applause of even an inside edge for a single if it comes from the blade of their batsmen.
Mumbai has a big heart to accommodate such behaviour for it has seen how most people who have made careers and a profitable living in the metropolis, having come from outside it, still do not have affection for it.
Gayle's was an astonishing assault and while there will be some who will call it blind hitting, it was a perfectly planned one. He went after bowlers who he thought he could hammer and at the same time there were others whom he gave some respect to and did not score too many of them.
Aaron Finch, the Pune skipper, is inexperienced so he can be forgiven bowling himself and another left armer Ali Murtaza whose deliveries turning into the bat were just what Gayle was looking for.
He swung with the spin and the ball was sent into orbit regularly. He also got stuck into Mitchell Marsh whose length and pace were there for the taking, and the six with which he got to his century dented the roof of the Chinnaswamy stadium.
Mumbai will be feeling more confident after the last over win over Kolkata and they will be planning who to bowl first up against the big Jamaican. Rohit Sharma did an impressive job as skipper, and though he didn’t quite stay till the end to see his team through, he had given the rest of the batsmen enough space in which to finish the job.
Rajasthan have had a few days off after the heart wrenching loss to Chennai, and now, back on home territory, they will want to get back to winning ways again. Shane Watson getting back to form is a huge plus, and if they can lift their fielding up a bit, then they can be a formidable unit. It promises to be a super Saturday alright.
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