Two teams from South opened their account of victory yesterday after losing their opening matches. Both won convincingly and both played positively. As far as RC are concerned they looked little rusty in their bowling and allowed KXIP to score more than 200 runs. Ravi Bopara and Manvinder Bisla gave terrific start to them but Yuvraj again failed with the bat but Jayawardene ensured score in excess of 200 for them with good hitting. It looked uphill task for RC but Pandey and Kallis had different ideas and they gave good and sedate start to RC and later on Utthappa ensured RC’s victory by scoring 48 runs in 15 balls and finally RC won the match by 8 wickets. Kallis played anchor role once again for RC and he looks one player who is in great form right now and playing his role to the perfection.
Coming other match KKR lost their first match at home in this edition of IPL. Mistake made by KKR was they changed their winning combination by replacing Langeveldt to Bond. Another mistake they made was they didn’t gave bowling Brad Hodge in death overs because it was quite evident from condition of the pitch that it was supporting spinners and it was hard to score of slow bowlers. KKR paid big price for this mistake because after controlling match for 14 overs they allowed CSK to score 164 runs which was difficult target on the pitch which was holding up. After poor bowling in last six overs it was necessary for KKR to bat well and they relied on their openers to give them great start but both fell quickly by playing bad shot and this lead to the collapse of KKR wickets as none of their batsman were able to stay on the wicket and score runs as they lost wicket regularly and cheaply. So after winning first 2 matches KKR looked confident side but after this loss they have to think on their combination and have to play well. As far as CSK is concerned they have Dhoni in command who is great captain and leading from the front. I feel yesterday he read the KKR batters mind perfectly and placed fielders exactly on the positions where KKR played shots and got out.
Today’s encounter between MI and DD will be interesting. It is the battle between Master and his student, its Sachin V/s Sehwag. I feel DD is the best side in this tournament and they look great in their last two matches. As far as MI are concerned they will be joined by their two key players Pollard and Bravo which make their middle-order solid and also give them option to dominate the proceedings. If both Bravo and Pollard play in this contest than I feel this will be even contest. As far as DD are concerned they have to replace AB Devilliers with David Warner as AB looks bit out of form. As far as bowling is concerned both teams are having even. So it will be going to be a Paisa Vasool match.