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Monday, March 15, 2010

Easy Victories For KKR and DC

Team which won the toss yesterday ended up winning the match convincingly. Ganguly won the toss for KKR and opted to field first because of the slowness of the pitch. Ganguly read the pitch well and who can read better than him as he played most of his cricket at great Eden. Decision justified soon after match started as KKR picked up quick wickets early on and picked up the wickets regularly and didn't allow RCB to score freely. Kallis played sensible innings for RCB from one end but he got little support from other side. Angelo Matthews and Charl Langeveldt were heroes for KKR in bowling as they bowled with a plan and variation. Once you get the opposition out for moderate total its easy to chase the score and that was done by KKR in style as their openers gave them fantastic start by hitting half-centuries. It was good to see Manoj Tiwary playing a good knock because he is a very talented player but didn't play to his potential in whatever opportunities he got for KKR and India. In the end Ganguly did the formality by putting KKR on the doorstep of the victory and got out. Its 2 in 2 for KKR. I think RCB has to pull up their socks immediately and need to focus on improvement and come to winning ways from next match

Coming to South V/s South match DC won the toss on turning track and elected to bat first and as expected Gilchrist gave them great start as he does consistently and also completed 1000 runs in DLF IPL He became the first player to score 1000 runs in DLF IPL. laxman gave him good support but both fell quickly once their team passed 50 run mark. From here on GIbbs and Symonds played responsibly and took them to the safety. Symonds struggled early on but once the ball hit on his sweet spot of the bat it continued till he got out. Rohit Sharma played good hand at the end to put DC in strong position. Chennai started poorly as the lost both their openers cheaply on the track which was turning. Chennai kept losing wickets at regular interval only Dhoni and Albie Morkel showed some resistance but that was not enough for CSK to win the match. Vaas bowled really well and and did not allow CSK to recover by picking up early wickets. I feel in this tournament so far Sri Lankan fast bowlers have bowled well whether it is Malinga, Mattews or Vaas, so good sign for Lankans as they wil go in with formidable attack in T20 World Cup.

Coming to today's encounter, it will be match between two sides which has done consistently well in all editions of IPL and the focus will be on winning the match. For RR this is very important match and they to win it for boosting their confidence but they will be facing formidable batting line-up DD and it will be not that easy for them to overcome such batting line-up. RR will miss Ravindra Jadeja in this tournament badly. Yusuf Pathan will be the key man for RR and Gautam Gambhir will be key for Delhi. So good contest in offering today evening.

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