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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pathan Power Snatched Victory From Chargers

Superb and timely innings by Yusuf Pathan confirmed the victory for RR over DC in Ahmedabad yesterday. This  was the second match in this tournament after first match against Mumbai where Pathan showcased his power of big hitting and again hit 8 sixes. DC start was very bad as they lost their captain Gilchrist very early and kept losing wickets at regular intervals which never allowed them to recover and get big score. To an extent Rohit Sharma batted nicely but he did not get enough support from other end and DC got out to moderate score.Hats off to RR bowlers and fielders as they kept their bowling tight and did excellent fielding to reduce the DC for modest score. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala was the real live wire who did some breath taking fielding and played integral part for RR in fielding. After dismissing cheaply to DC, RR started very well and man responsible for that was Michael Lumb who gave them superb start and which helped Pathan to come in and throw his bat and that resulted into easy victory for RR and match ended in just 15 overs. Now RR are in top four on the points table and they are now force. Shane Watson is yet to join them and when he comes in RR will become even bigger force. Also hats off to Shane Warne who has captained this less talented players side very well and brought the best out of limited capacity players.

Today it will be a do or die match for KXIP. If they lose today they will almost lose the hopes of making further progress in the tournament and their matches will become just a formality. So its very important for KXIP to win today's match. Their task also got easier as they are playing KKR today which is also at bottom of the table after losing 3 consecutive matches. KKR started well in this tournament by beating champions and runners-up of last year but some how they lost their way and lost the momentum which they gained from the first two victories. But as we all know Saurav Ganguly, he is a like 'phoenix which can rise from ashes and conquers' and thats what make KKR a very mercurial side. Its very important match for both the teams and whichever team wins will gain some momentum and that will help them in their coming matches. At the end, I feel  KKR is making some error in picking up team. I think they must include Charl Langeveldt in their playing eleven, he is very good bowler with lot of variation. So must win situation for both teams.

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