When God is leading any team then very seldom that team lose. MI is one such team which is lead by God and it is continuously winning matches. MI beat KXIP in thrilling contest at CCI, Mumbai. MI won the toss and elected to field. KXIP as expected included Shaun Marsh in place of banned Sangkkara and Marsh opened with Bopara. KXIP started badly as they lost Bopara very early. After Bopara, Bisla also got out early and KXIP looked in complete disarray but Mahela and Marsh tried their best to bring the KXIP on track and they were doing good partnership but brilliant run-out saw the way of pavilion to Jayawardene. Yuvraj came into bat but his bad form continued here as well as he got out to the slower ball of Bravo and it looked like KXIP will get out cheaply but Irfan Pathan and Marsh continued their partnership and gave some respite to KXIP but that also didn’t last long too and both Marsh and Pathan got out in Malinga’s over which at the end proved turning point of the match. Piyush Chawla did his bit with the bat and gave respectability to KXIP score. MI started badly as they lost their captain Sachin Tendulkar very early but Shikhar Dhawan played exceptionally well for his 50 and gave solid platform to MI which was encashed by Saurabh Tiwary who helped MI to achieve the target with his great stroke-play. Key thing for MI in this chase was they never allowed run-rate to go beyond 10 runs and in the end match went to the last over but eventually ended in favour of MI. Points table didn’t got affected much as KXIP remained at bottom and MI at top on points table. MI is on roll and now very much in contention of semis and Tendulkar also earned the orange cap by becoming highest run-getter in this tournament.
Today 2 South Teams take on each other in first match. RCB V/s CSK. RCB is second on points table and CSK are at bottom just above KXIP. RCB is coming into this match after losing their last match and CSK also coming into this match after very poor performance.
For CSK it is very important to win today. If they don’t win today then that will not do any good to their morale which is already down. CSK have to lift themselves and they have magical captain in Dhoni who can help them but for that Dhoni have to bat up the order and lead them by example. All is not lost yet for CSK may be one win can turn things around for them as they are formidable side with Matthew Hayden and Muralitharan in their ranks alongwith MS Dhoni. For RCB, well they are on roll and their team looks solid with opening pair doing well and bowling is great as all the bowlers are in form. They also become little strong as Kevin Pietersen have joined them so their batting looks very solid. Anil Kumble is captaining them brilliantly and also bowling well so that is icing on cake for RCB.
Second match will be between resurgent RCB and flamboyant DD. Both team are coming in this match after victory but RR coming after 4 victories on trot and looks like a force without any big name in their side. DD is the side which is possessing most dangerous batsman of the world who can turn the game on their own as we saw how David Warner alone won the match against KKR even though DD lost 3 wickets early. After two consecutive victories and captain Gambhir’s return makes DD a confident side and I feel now they will enhance their reputation. On the other side Shane Warne’s RR looks in great form as they are not relying on any individuals and playing as a unit. They are very much in contention of semis if they continue their good work. I feel its difficult to predict who will win today.