Another master-piece from God and one more victory registered by MI and now MI are on top of the table and ruling the rankings with 10 points from 6 matches. If somebody only watched the end than he must have thought what a easy win but it was not actually. MI were tottering at 120 for 7 around 17th over and Harbhajan came into the bat and suddenly MI score zoomed past 170 at the end of 20 overs. Harbhajan’s onslaught provided much needed boost to the MI innings. But I must say innings played by Tendulkar was really classy. Pitch which had little bounce and movement was enough for ordinary batsman to get out but it was genius of Tendulkar who adjusted himself to the conditions and scored brilliant 55 at more than run a ball. Other batsman were just coming and going. That’s why Sachin is God of Cricket. For DC it was very easy till 17th over of MI innings but they lost the momentum because of onslaught from Harbhajan and those extra 50 runs played crucial role in DCs defeat. After scoring 172 MI gave immediate shock to DC by picking up Adam Gilchrist in very first over and again Harbhajan and Tendulkar were involved in that dismissal. After that some resistance came from Rohit Sharma but other batters including Symonds didn’t contribute much and faltered against the superb bowling and fielding of MIs. Here on MIs are more or less certain to qualify for the semis but now 3 teams are on 6 points and still tournament is wide open as any one can progress.
In another encounter RR defeated CSK easily and registered their fourth consecutive win. Superb turn-around for this Shane Warne led team. They lost their first 3 matches and now they are looking sure shot contenders for the semis. RR don't have any superstar except Yusuf Pathan, yet they are competing with best teams easily and winning matches. CSK which was considered one of the strongest team is now lying at bottom of the points table and they are looking completely down and out. They squandered the match to KXIP in super-over after dominating it for more than 30 overs is now proving deadly for them because they are not at all recovered from that shock and now have to wait for Hussey and Bollinger to join them which will help them in getting into winning ways. For RR, a new hero emerge in every match who takes them to the victory and yesterday it was Naman Ozha.
Coming to today’s match between DD and KKR, both teams have same story in tournament. Both teams won their first two matches then lost 3 matches and finally coming into this match by winning their last matches respectively. Hence it will be interesting to see which team will win this match. As far as I am concerned DD are favourites as they are far more formidable than KKR and David Warner is firing from top is advantage for DD. Whoever win today will gain much needed boost to their momentum and that will help them in their coming matches. Ganguly is key for KKR. Gambhir is doubtful for this match as well.