Friday, March 26, 2010
DD and MI tasted sweet victories
Finally DD broke the shackles and defeated the formidable RCB at their home. DD came out with aggressive strategy and dominated the match from the beginning as David Warner executed DD's plan superbly. RCB tried to control the match by picking up wickets but debutant Kedar Jadhav played a hurricane knock which put DD in commanding position. AB DeVilliers supported Kedar Jadhav very well and late hitting from A.McDonald ensured 180 plus score for DD. As usual RCB started well with their opening partnership putting 50 plus on the board but Kallis got out to the googly of Amit Mishra which turned the match in favour of DD. Good bowling and fielding from DD put RCB on the back-foot and they lost the match quite convincingly. RCB also have to blame their batsmen for playing wrong shot at wrong time and running between the wicket was also very poor from RCB. It is a good victory for DD as they needed it badly. I believe this will turn things around for them and they will qualify for semis if they carry the same form in coming matches.Nothing to lose of RCB yet, as they are in most comfortable position right now and one or two loss will not make difference to them. Most importantly Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor joining them soon, so it will make them more formidable.
Well as I said in my earlier posts when GOD is captain of your team and play as opening batsman than very seldom any team lose. Exactly same happened with MI. Sachin-The God again played master-piece and achieved the victory for MI. . He is such a phenomena. MI did gave Chennai a chance by allowing them to score 180 runs. Suresh Raina and Badrinath played fantastic half century knocks to put CSK in commanding position at the end of their innings but score looked very easy when Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan started brilliantly and hitting bowlers to all parts of the ground. Tendulkar played great anchor role and took his team to the doors of victory and Dwayne Bravo finished it off in style. With this MI reached top of the table and now they can think of qualifying for semis and its more or less certain for them because God is captaining them.
Today's battle will be between two great Australian players. This is the one contest where we will see total Australian flavour as resurgent RR take on confident DC. Things went bad for RR in first 3 games but they pulled it back by winning their last two matches and now they looks like the team of confident players who can take on anybody on a given day. On the other side DC are doing well in this tournament and their star players are in superb form. Both team have superb hitters in their team. I feel nobody will start favourite in this match because both teams are coming in to this match after doing well in their last 2 matches. Indeed, it will be a clash of Titans.