Delhi v Bangalore, IPL 2010, Delhi April 4, 2010

Canny Collingwood keeps it simple

Collingwood's ability to rebuild an innings when the opposition bowlers have gained the momentum is a trait that any team would love to have
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Cricket is a mind game more than any sport with the possible exception of golf, the classic masochists' recreation and that is not a dig at Tiger Woods. Paul Collingwood doesn't do flash and flourish has never been his thing. But he knows his game and plays within its limitations, and tonight's match-winning half-century was as much about beating the opposition with mind as it was with strength. He's done this countless times for England but don't expect him to take this IPL game lightly.

Collingwood's ability to rebuild an innings when the opposition bowlers have gained the momentum is a trait that any team would love to have. On both occasions that Collingwood has scored big this season, Delhi Daredevils' top order stumbled and left him with a battle to avoid defeat; tonight it was tougher because there was no centurion to lead the way.

After 11 overs Delhi were 92 for 4 and conditions were just fine for batting. Collingwood was trying to lay a foundation but was losing out on partners. Carefully, he began to accumulate his runs, smartly trying to pinch a run off every ball. His front foot came forward even as the ball left the bowlers' hand and he deflected the ball away. Collingwood had a sense of what ball was going to be bowled, and in that regard Bangalore's attack proved to be ideal.

While Anil Kumble, Kevin Pietersen and KP Appanna bowled tidily to Collingwood, the rest were too one-dimensional. Jacques Kallis was too straight, Vinay Kumar attacked the stumps but didn't get any assistance from the track, Cameron White was terrible, and Abhimanyu Mithun didn't have the variation to set Collingwood off his game.

The over that ultimately proved decisive was the 12th, bowled by White. It cost 19, with Collingwood looting 18, and it gave him much-needed momentum. Until the ball landed in White's hands Collingwood was 15 off 16; at the end of the over he had 33 from 22. The tone of his innings had changed and he hit 42 runs in the next 24 balls faced. The shots that rocketed off his bat were powerful and precise, but they couldn't have flowed had Collingwood not sussed out the bowling earlier and played his natural game.

Compare this to how Kallis and Pietersen batted later in the night. Unlike Collingwood they had more batsmen to follow. Like Collingwood, they were trying to lay a strong foundation but one would have expected some urgency. Instead both withdrew into their shells and the run-scoring was drastically curtailed. Between Pietersen's entrance on the fourth ball of the fourth over and his exit on the second of the tenth, only 27 runs were scored, with 14 dot balls. Only one six was hit, and no fours. Unlike Collingwood, Kallis was unable to compensate towards the end.

The other key to Delhi's win also came down to discipline. Mithun and Kallis bowled three overs each and their consistency left a lot to be desired. Their length was erratic and on a surface that begged for discipline they could have kept the batsmen in check like Rajat Bhatia and Pradeep Sangwan did later in the night. The Bangalore pair bowled five short balls, five half-volleys and three length balls, which got hit for 42 runs. Even in the other 29 legal deliveries that were bowled, there were many drifting down the leg side when they should have been probing on off or middle.

Now look at what Bhatia and Sangwan achieved. They completely avoided the short balls and conceded only 17 runs when they erred in length. In four overs bowling in tandem, the pair allowed just 18 runs, with no boundary and Sangwan dismissed the dangerous Robin Uthappa. Bhatia finished with 1 for 24 in his four overs, and Sangwan ended his with 3 for 22. Their efforts tell a story, and they were successful because their heads were in the right place. That's a trait Collingwood, the most driven of players, knows only too well.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • AJ_1979 on April 6, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Pietersen should be dropped. After he left the team last year, RCB ended up in the finals. He is slow and bad luck. Malya should drop him or send him back to England. Or better, just donate him to another team for "FREE".

    I think the other teams will soon start deliberately dropping catches of Kallis and Pietersen looking at the way they played against Delhi.

    Kumble should bring back the old winning combination except for Taylor, White and Appanna coming in for Boucher, Morgan and V.Kumar.

  • stunningseshu on April 5, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    there is no proper batting order without indian opener, kallis is too slow with 110 strike rate, he never raise his run rate during power plays.. first he should get dropped and bring boucher and let pandey and kholi open innigs, one down dravid followed by all foreign stars.. there is no other quality fast bowler in line up except steyn.... best choice dravid can open innings too, he doesnt waste balls at powerplays...

  • SudeepSharma_Nepal on April 5, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Collingwood is one of the few players who has got a great cricketing brain. He precisely knows where the gaps are n wat he is fetching to achieve. His calculations are great as regards the power on the shot and the placement of the fielder, that is why on nop of ocsaions he ends up playing the littkle chech shots that even yield score in terms of single n twos. And mind he casn hoick the ball a lonmg way. He gets on with the game in a slow fashion but he can cut loose. He can hoick the ball in Razzaq way by getting his front foot away from the line n whacking over the mid-wicket.. He is a lovely player. I wish he plays long for England.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 5, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    How does 54 from 42 SR=128 deliveries, when wickets are falling around you be a knock that makes life difficult for your team. His team all but lost the game when they conceded 180+ on a track that gets more difficult to chase on. He helped to set up a platform for guys like Uthappa and Ross Taylor but they didn't last too long, this is t-20, when you are stuck chasing a big score you need some luck and Taylor and Uthappa just didn't get any, had they each faced 5-10 more deliveries...who knows what could have been, that is just he way the game goes and to reduce your reliance on luck, big hitting and slogging...you have to restrict the opposition.

  • SamRoy on April 5, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Kallis may be the greatest overall player of his generation; but he is also the most selfish player of his generation and in a team it is sometimes (not every time) better not to have those players (especially in limited overs) and play a team player.

  • sweetspot on April 5, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    What most captains will do well to realize is that there are only so many batsmen you can fit into 20 overs. No matter how many wickets you have in hand, it is what the two out there in the middle do that matters. Uthappa showed yesterday what happens when he is not dropped in the outfield. Kallis showed how not to get dropped, even if your team sinks because of your slow approach. Three overs went for 2,3,and 4 runs, with Kallis and KP in the middle. That is not what they are there for, when tailenders can score faster than that - that too with 9 wickets in hand. And Kumble thought the bowlers let them down. God help RCB - their balance is upset now with too much food on the table!

  • on April 5, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Its a shame that Dravid's dismissal is not even a critical moment of the match. How can a batsman batting at 7 be critical to the team. May be RCB should drop him instead of insulting him by making him as the last batsman to come.

  • on April 5, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    RCB didn't do proper decision-making. Cameroon White who last bowled almost 2 yrs was given a bowl, Kevin Pietersen who gave just 3 runs was given just 1 over, and sending White to open. However, some decisions were good - bringing a player like Apanna into playing XI, Kumble opening the bowling and also playing Mithun

  • RASTAFARIN1 on April 5, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    sorry 4 the bangalore challengers but I support them loyally , the defeat was a setback but still a lot of matches remain n m sure they can make it to the semis ..... KP & Kallis were both dissapointing yes , i mean run rate wise n their partnership eventually made the target uphill for the batsmen to follow , still both are class players n tht they are impact players ..... sad to see Dravid at no 7 ,I m sure they can make it to the semis n frm there on its a bit dependent on luck as well, u never know ..... good luck to kumble n his team for the remaining matches ......

  • Rajesh. on April 5, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Bangalore needs to bat Rahul Dravid up the order and give him more responsibility. It's no use playing a classy batsman like Dravid at number 7.......

  • AJ_1979 on April 6, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Pietersen should be dropped. After he left the team last year, RCB ended up in the finals. He is slow and bad luck. Malya should drop him or send him back to England. Or better, just donate him to another team for "FREE".

    I think the other teams will soon start deliberately dropping catches of Kallis and Pietersen looking at the way they played against Delhi.

    Kumble should bring back the old winning combination except for Taylor, White and Appanna coming in for Boucher, Morgan and V.Kumar.

  • stunningseshu on April 5, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    there is no proper batting order without indian opener, kallis is too slow with 110 strike rate, he never raise his run rate during power plays.. first he should get dropped and bring boucher and let pandey and kholi open innigs, one down dravid followed by all foreign stars.. there is no other quality fast bowler in line up except steyn.... best choice dravid can open innings too, he doesnt waste balls at powerplays...

  • SudeepSharma_Nepal on April 5, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Collingwood is one of the few players who has got a great cricketing brain. He precisely knows where the gaps are n wat he is fetching to achieve. His calculations are great as regards the power on the shot and the placement of the fielder, that is why on nop of ocsaions he ends up playing the littkle chech shots that even yield score in terms of single n twos. And mind he casn hoick the ball a lonmg way. He gets on with the game in a slow fashion but he can cut loose. He can hoick the ball in Razzaq way by getting his front foot away from the line n whacking over the mid-wicket.. He is a lovely player. I wish he plays long for England.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 5, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    How does 54 from 42 SR=128 deliveries, when wickets are falling around you be a knock that makes life difficult for your team. His team all but lost the game when they conceded 180+ on a track that gets more difficult to chase on. He helped to set up a platform for guys like Uthappa and Ross Taylor but they didn't last too long, this is t-20, when you are stuck chasing a big score you need some luck and Taylor and Uthappa just didn't get any, had they each faced 5-10 more deliveries...who knows what could have been, that is just he way the game goes and to reduce your reliance on luck, big hitting and slogging...you have to restrict the opposition.

  • SamRoy on April 5, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Kallis may be the greatest overall player of his generation; but he is also the most selfish player of his generation and in a team it is sometimes (not every time) better not to have those players (especially in limited overs) and play a team player.

  • sweetspot on April 5, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    What most captains will do well to realize is that there are only so many batsmen you can fit into 20 overs. No matter how many wickets you have in hand, it is what the two out there in the middle do that matters. Uthappa showed yesterday what happens when he is not dropped in the outfield. Kallis showed how not to get dropped, even if your team sinks because of your slow approach. Three overs went for 2,3,and 4 runs, with Kallis and KP in the middle. That is not what they are there for, when tailenders can score faster than that - that too with 9 wickets in hand. And Kumble thought the bowlers let them down. God help RCB - their balance is upset now with too much food on the table!

  • on April 5, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Its a shame that Dravid's dismissal is not even a critical moment of the match. How can a batsman batting at 7 be critical to the team. May be RCB should drop him instead of insulting him by making him as the last batsman to come.

  • on April 5, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    RCB didn't do proper decision-making. Cameroon White who last bowled almost 2 yrs was given a bowl, Kevin Pietersen who gave just 3 runs was given just 1 over, and sending White to open. However, some decisions were good - bringing a player like Apanna into playing XI, Kumble opening the bowling and also playing Mithun

  • RASTAFARIN1 on April 5, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    sorry 4 the bangalore challengers but I support them loyally , the defeat was a setback but still a lot of matches remain n m sure they can make it to the semis ..... KP & Kallis were both dissapointing yes , i mean run rate wise n their partnership eventually made the target uphill for the batsmen to follow , still both are class players n tht they are impact players ..... sad to see Dravid at no 7 ,I m sure they can make it to the semis n frm there on its a bit dependent on luck as well, u never know ..... good luck to kumble n his team for the remaining matches ......

  • Rajesh. on April 5, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Bangalore needs to bat Rahul Dravid up the order and give him more responsibility. It's no use playing a classy batsman like Dravid at number 7.......

  • ashy16in_ on April 5, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    How Piyush Chawla has got the nod ahead of Mishra, Murali Karthik, Jakati, Ojha and Romesh Powar for the World Cup is still a big mystery. He also looks very sluggish on the field. Even Yuvraj Singh is bowling better than him. He has not done anything of merit with the bat as well, if that was the criteria for selecting him ahead of the others.

  • on April 5, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    I think Kumble is getting over obsessed with batsmen like our dear Dhoni. I was surprised to see Manish out of the squad but was not such a bad idea if the plan was to send Robin to open along Kallis. Dravid is wasted why cant kumble understand that dravid can do all that KP does and more. At least ask him to keep. and Boucher should come in ahead of white / KP. Kohli should be swapped by a bowler. well.. I really don mind if kumble doesnt do any of these cause am a hardcore DD guy :D

  • avkris on April 5, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    take a bow colly, take a bow. its so nice to see him bat d way u did yest. fantastic, a real treat to d eyes. if dilshan n de villiers kept colly in d bench last year with their form, its payback time now!! i don care who does d job as long as DD win. its been a fantastic turnaround with 3 losses followed up by 4 wins and their knocking on d doors for d semis!! d real test tho awaits them later as they will luk to finally get past d semis n beyond after two failed attempts. DD hav been d most consistent side over three seasons with d highest no. of matches won and a title-triumph will b d perfect cherry on d top. jus prayin tat viru n warner last 10 overs in d knockout matches!!

  • BondShaneBond on April 5, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Seeing players like Collingwood, Vettori, Warner, DeVilliers, Dilshan playing for Delhi gives me immense pleasure that can not be bound in words. Collingwood is, haah...dont even know what to say here. Dint play in first two IPLs and this time making sure that DD cross the line each time. I wonder if Sehwag and Gambhir starts firing alongside him. Mouth_Watering prospect. Couple of other points * Do not drop people like Umesh Yadav, please, give them a chance to shine, Sangwan, Bhatia can always play when DD secure Semis spot. Umesh Yadav needs more and more playing time.

    * What is Rahul Dravid doing in RCB, batting at no. 6 ? He is far more classy than the likes of Uthapa and Kohlis, why to embarass him when you cant let him bat at nice spot. Stupid captaincy. He should not play if he has to bat at no 6.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 5, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Collingwood is a real street-smart cricketer and really versetile but again Kumble...where is Steyn? He sick? I rather Steyn run in, try to do something and get hit for 12 an over than to watch guys like Cameron White, KP, Mithun and most any other bowler go through the motions and get hit for 10 an over! On pitches like this where you can say "KP bowled decently," (and something is wrong with the pitch if u can say that) you need a bowler who can take the pitch out of the equation, even if it does not pull off every game. If he was rusty like Brett Lee, I understand but Steyn is fit and firing. Sad is the day when the best fast bowler in the world isn't favored over a good but not special batsman like Cameron White...in any form of the game.

  • PNJ70 on April 5, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    The best moment for me was when Gambhir dropped a catch of Vettori's bowling. He could not hide anywhere. Vettori and Collingwood are national captains. Gambhir is T20 captain for Delhi.

    India may not win world T20 and fielding will be a big reason for it. Dropping catches, poor running, missed run outs will be India's bane.

  • manasvi_lingam on April 5, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Kallis cannot score beyond a certain SR and his selfishness does not allow him to take risks. And Pietersen was out of form in this particular match and he was unable to connect with his shots. Paul Collingwood, in ODIs and T20s is a fine player. A versatile batsman who adapts his game, a superb fielder and an underrated and underused bowler is Colly.

  • jimbond on April 5, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Merely confirms what the experts find it hard to acccept- that Paul Collingwood is the best English batsman currently and has been so for a decade- in all forms of the game. Of course for the media, the elegant Vaughan, the talented mr Petersen or the artistic Strauss get more coverage for the few good innigs that they play, but Collingwood is the one who has proved his consistency against all kinds of bowling. Its high time that the English team and the media give him the recognition as England's best batsman in the current team

  • ashy16in_ on April 5, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    Delhi were clinical in their performance and deserved to win the match. Delhi made only one blemish and that is to send Vettori ahead of Maharoof. Vettori is a good batsman but not explosive like Maharoof who has the ability to hit the big shots. They could have have scored in excess of 200 if Maharoof had been sent ahead of Vettori.

    The moment Kumble said that RCB was making three changes, I knew that they were going to be in trouble. They should have stuck with their winning combination with the only change being Ross Taylor coming in for Cameron White. How they could leave out Steyn and Pandey, their in-form players in this crucial encounter is perplexing to say the least.

  • rtom on April 5, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    I thought RCB played this match just to test different combination in the team !!

  • JoseBautista on April 5, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Even though I am a Bangalore supporter, it was a nice and a brave innings from Collingwood and he really deserved the man of the match award. I think Bangalore could've done better if they put Rahul Dravid more up in the batting order since he hasn't had a chance to really shine well yet. I know that Bangalore could win this tournament by playing smarter, and Dravid could also prove that he has the ability to play aggressive. I think Dravid could have done better today if he wasn't under pressure since Bangalore had a slow start, and he only had some deleiveries to face. I think Collingwood's innings might have taught the Bangalore batsmen something.

  • regofpicton on April 4, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    One big advantage Collingwood had, later in his innings especially, was that Vettori kept turning over the strike "like clockwork". Shame about his overs!

  • knowledge_eater on April 4, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    lol @ your first line, you remind me of my English essay writing class, where your first line suppose to be catchy haha I think its time for "us" fans to have obsession of finding bowler who bowls 150k constantly, its great if you can bowl at decent speed and keep bowling where you want to. Because, when you are chasing or want to make big total, any hard beans can become soft in pressure cooker. Thats what we saw happening to RCB.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on April 4, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    After having done what he did in South Africa and in every other continent, he is my present generation 'STEVE WAUGH'. The 2001 ODI against India in Cuttack, he had done the same.

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  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on April 4, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    After having done what he did in South Africa and in every other continent, he is my present generation 'STEVE WAUGH'. The 2001 ODI against India in Cuttack, he had done the same.

  • knowledge_eater on April 4, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    lol @ your first line, you remind me of my English essay writing class, where your first line suppose to be catchy haha I think its time for "us" fans to have obsession of finding bowler who bowls 150k constantly, its great if you can bowl at decent speed and keep bowling where you want to. Because, when you are chasing or want to make big total, any hard beans can become soft in pressure cooker. Thats what we saw happening to RCB.

  • regofpicton on April 4, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    One big advantage Collingwood had, later in his innings especially, was that Vettori kept turning over the strike "like clockwork". Shame about his overs!

  • JoseBautista on April 5, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Even though I am a Bangalore supporter, it was a nice and a brave innings from Collingwood and he really deserved the man of the match award. I think Bangalore could've done better if they put Rahul Dravid more up in the batting order since he hasn't had a chance to really shine well yet. I know that Bangalore could win this tournament by playing smarter, and Dravid could also prove that he has the ability to play aggressive. I think Dravid could have done better today if he wasn't under pressure since Bangalore had a slow start, and he only had some deleiveries to face. I think Collingwood's innings might have taught the Bangalore batsmen something.

  • rtom on April 5, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    I thought RCB played this match just to test different combination in the team !!

  • ashy16in_ on April 5, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    Delhi were clinical in their performance and deserved to win the match. Delhi made only one blemish and that is to send Vettori ahead of Maharoof. Vettori is a good batsman but not explosive like Maharoof who has the ability to hit the big shots. They could have have scored in excess of 200 if Maharoof had been sent ahead of Vettori.

    The moment Kumble said that RCB was making three changes, I knew that they were going to be in trouble. They should have stuck with their winning combination with the only change being Ross Taylor coming in for Cameron White. How they could leave out Steyn and Pandey, their in-form players in this crucial encounter is perplexing to say the least.

  • jimbond on April 5, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Merely confirms what the experts find it hard to acccept- that Paul Collingwood is the best English batsman currently and has been so for a decade- in all forms of the game. Of course for the media, the elegant Vaughan, the talented mr Petersen or the artistic Strauss get more coverage for the few good innigs that they play, but Collingwood is the one who has proved his consistency against all kinds of bowling. Its high time that the English team and the media give him the recognition as England's best batsman in the current team

  • manasvi_lingam on April 5, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Kallis cannot score beyond a certain SR and his selfishness does not allow him to take risks. And Pietersen was out of form in this particular match and he was unable to connect with his shots. Paul Collingwood, in ODIs and T20s is a fine player. A versatile batsman who adapts his game, a superb fielder and an underrated and underused bowler is Colly.

  • PNJ70 on April 5, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    The best moment for me was when Gambhir dropped a catch of Vettori's bowling. He could not hide anywhere. Vettori and Collingwood are national captains. Gambhir is T20 captain for Delhi.

    India may not win world T20 and fielding will be a big reason for it. Dropping catches, poor running, missed run outs will be India's bane.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 5, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Collingwood is a real street-smart cricketer and really versetile but again Kumble...where is Steyn? He sick? I rather Steyn run in, try to do something and get hit for 12 an over than to watch guys like Cameron White, KP, Mithun and most any other bowler go through the motions and get hit for 10 an over! On pitches like this where you can say "KP bowled decently," (and something is wrong with the pitch if u can say that) you need a bowler who can take the pitch out of the equation, even if it does not pull off every game. If he was rusty like Brett Lee, I understand but Steyn is fit and firing. Sad is the day when the best fast bowler in the world isn't favored over a good but not special batsman like Cameron White...in any form of the game.