RCB are the hot favourites to win at 1.5, and they win ultimately, though SRH compete well till the 9th over of the RCB batting.
SRH won the toss and batted first. Considered to be a weak batting side, and good bowling side, they proved themselves to be opposite in this match. They scored well in the 10-20 overs bracket, disappointing towards the end, especially in the last over, for session manipulation.
Why should Perera have played such a shot at that juncture to get out? Couldn't White hit the ball, he got out to, for a six, instead of straight to fielder, had he desired so?
Inspite of being a very good bowling side, and having proved themselves so in the first two matches, one of those against same team, and having had Gayle in 6.1 overs, they couldn't even compete defending a good total of 161. At odds of 1.9 then, the punters would have found it attractive to back them, and would have lost. One of their key bowlers flopped miserably. Amit Mishra had figures of 4-0-42-0, spinners on the other side having done well. Of course, all this can happen in natural cricket also.
Does the reversal in scripting pattern start now? Hardly any partnerships in the matches so far. Does the White-Perera partnership indicate worthwhile partnerships now onwards? Next matches will tell.