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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Royals win their matches convincingly at Motera and Brabourne

Convincing victory over KKR puts RR alive in the tournament and this victory will boost  their confidence for the coming matches. It was team performance by RR and they out-performed Shahrukh Knights. But the way match played it looked like Shilpa Shetty asked favour from Shahrukh Khan to help them register their first victory and Shahrukh obliged his  friend nicely.(Jokes apart). For KKR I feel, till the time Ganguly don't perform from the front till that time they will struggle in this tournament. Dada looked completely out of sorts against ordinary bowling, no doubt pitch was slow but Dada had scored runs on such pitches in the past and Dada have to come good in next match to turn things around for KKR. But over all good performance by RR and they turn things around with some good performances from all members of the team who chips in with runs, wickets and good fielding.Their star batsman Yusuf Pathan struggled badly in batting but he played crucial role as bowler and helped Royals to an extent. Hopefully this win will change things for RR. For KKR they have to work hard after second straight loss.

At Brabourne, MI struggled badly against RC. Although MI started favourite in this game but they lost the match. Kallis again played gem of an innings and gave great start to RC with Manish Pandey who looks like great prospect for India the way he is playing. Kallis again remained undefeated in this innings and played his role of anchor perfectly by scoring yet another half century in the tournament and holding the orange cap. What a player he is. Will he get out in any match in this tournament is a big question now? Earlier MI started badly losing wicket of Jayasuriya early who failed once again with the bat  but Tendulkar pulled things back with some gorgeous stroke-play  but Vinay Kumar turned things around of MI by picking up 3 wickets in one over including Tendulkar and dent the MI middle-order badly. Zaheer palyed little cameo in the end and took MI to score of 151. But that score didn't prove enough to stop RC from winning and RC won their 3rd match in a row. I must say the way Anil Kumble captaining and bowling, he has to come out the retirement and play for India. His googlies are coming perfectly out of his hand and he looked top class performer as he was before retirement. Talking about Rahul Dravid he pulled one -handed stunning catch today which was top effort.

Tomorrow 2 matches will be played. CSK V/s KXIP and DC V/s DD. For KXIP, its a must win situation and they have to run things around tomorrow just like RR did today. But they will be playing against one of the toughest team in the tournament, that is CSK. But I must say KXIP have good players in their ranks and they all have to come good together to register their first victory. Sangakkara have to play well tomorrow to ensure victory for CSK.

 Another match will be between defending champions DC and DD. DD lost their last two matches and it was not expected from them just because they have the best players in their team in this tournament. DD will look to win tomorrow and go for kill. DD have to improve their bowling considerably if they have to win tomorrow. On the other side DC are on high after two consecutive wins and they look like a force now with Gilchrist leading them from the front and Symomds came good in last two matches with bat and bowl. Over all both the contest tomorrow will be entertaining as all the 4 teams have some good big hitters. 

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