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Monday, March 22, 2010

God powered MI to victory against KKR

MI were favourites today to win and they did it.Since last 2 matches there is serious change in the strategy of KKR as they are preserving wickets and not going for runs. Last match against RR was evident of this when KKR lost that match by 35 runs and 5 wickets were in their hand yet they didn’t increase the run-rate and try to win that match. Again today they looked to preserve wickets and ended up with modest total of 155 and they just lost 3 wickets. Not a good strategy in T20 cricket. Chris Gayle also played very slow in first half of his innings, scoring less than balls he faced but accelerated at the end. KKR made one good change today by sending Ganguly to open the batting. I feel this is the only place where Ganguly have to bat  rather than batting down the order. Important thing to notice for KKR is that from the time they dropped Charl Langeveldt they started losing matches. Bond is not at all looking in good form and going for too many runs, so KKR needs to re-look at their bowling because Langeveldt looked far better bowler than Shane Bond. MI did very well with their strategy as they set straight field and bowled straight according to their field and didn’t allow KKR to accelerate. Sachin looks great with his captaincy  in this edition of IPL and enjoying the stint. No need to say this year Sachin is enjoying batting like anything as another master-piece was on display today from his bat. He was well supported by Shikhar Dhawan who came in the place of Sanath Jayasuriya. I feel dropping Jayasuriya didn’t cost much to MI today. Saurabh Tiwary is also looking good prospect for MI as he has scored runs in all four matches he played and needs to be looked as a prospect to play in next month’s T20 World Cup for India. I think he is good find for India. In the end captain Sachin lead his team to the victory and KKR face their third straight loss in the tournament and now things are getting tougher for KKR and Sharukh Khan. As far as MI are concerned they learnt from the last match loss and gave improved performance in this match and with Sachin-The God performing from the front I feel no team can stop MI. Last but not the least hats-off to Dada who pulled stunner today which can make Jhonty Rhodes proud after Rahul Dravid its another legend who took great catch.

Tomorrow will be the clash of two South teams RCB and CSK. After loosing their last match in super-over against KXIP, I feel CSK will go all out to win this match and I feel they have the team to do that with Matthew Hayden at the top with his Mongoose bat but RCB are looking formidable force in this tournament and they also have Kallis at the top who is still not-out in the tournament and leading the runs table. I feel RCB have better bowling than CSK on the paper so that will be an advantage for RCB and they will start as favourites.

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