No, we're not talking about Afghanistan or ME Waugh. The Royal Challengers' song has the line, Khel nahin, yeh jang hai [It's not a game, it's war]. Presumably, they took a leaf out of the Mike Marquesee book, War Minus the Shooting, because their top stars have been firing nothing but blanks all tournament.
In the middle of a terrific opening spell, Sreesanth produced a yorker homing in on middle stump. Misbah-ul-Haq backed away, went on bended knee and carved the ball past point for four. A stunning stroke, but the effect didn't linger long as he stepped on to his stumps soon after.
Misbah will never live down that attempted paddle over short fine leg in the Twenty20 World Cup final. On Monday night, his team-mate, Vinay Kumar, gave it a go, moving well outside off stump to try and scoop the ball fine. He didn't even make contact though, and VRV Singh made a mess of the stumps. Surely a percentage shot left to the Tendulkars of this world.
With local elections round the corner, Mohali is a dry area [no alcohol] on Monday. The few who have followed the Royal Challengers up north would have been justifiably miffed. Watching them play at the moment would drive even a teetotaler to the bottle.
Dale Steyn had conceded 12 in his opening over, and it got worse when Rahul Dravid recalled him for a second chance. The more Steyn strained the sinews, the faster the ball disappeared to the rope. Three fours and a six came from the first four balls, and when he then followed up with a slower one, it was wide down the leg side.