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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Superb Victories for CSK and DD

Not a good day for RCB in office as they lost to CSK and this is their second consecutive loss. Now they have to pull their socks by taking these two losses seriously. CSK  again back to winning ways after four consecutive losses and man who took them their was Murali Vijay. RCB started badly as this time their opening partnership didn’t click as much as it clicked in earlier matches when Manish Pandey got out cheaply. Robin Utthappa came in and got the life when he was dropped on 0 but couldn’t make much of that life and eventually got out after making quick fire 28. Jacques Kallis as usual  played the role of anchor and hit good 50 but  he was bit slow on the scoring and which finally affected the final score. Kevin Pietersen and Cameroon White tried their level best to up the scoring but it was difficult on that slow wicket. It was surprising on the part of RCB that they didn’t play left-arm spinner Van Der Merwe knowing that Chennai wicket is assisting the spinners. Both Shadab Jakati and Muralitharan bowled brilliantly on that pitch for CSK. Murali Vijay provided flying start to CSK innings and later on good hand from Suresh Raina helped CSK to win the match convincingly. RCB paid the price of not playing two spinners and lost. In match against KXIP, CSK lost the match from comfortable position because of brilliant spin bowling and RCB failed to read the pitch eventually face the defeat.Now CSK can breathe easy as their few problem will be sorted out as Michael Hussey and Bollinger join them soon and that will help them in winning more matches and help them to qualify for semis.

In another match playing at home, DD beat RR convincingly and stopped the winning streak of RR. DD started poorly and lost 4 important wickets very early including the centurion of last match David Warner. But Gambhir and Dinesh Karthik played sensibly and stop the fall of wickets and build good partnership for DD. Gambhir got out on 43 but till that time DD was in good position compared to the kind of start they got. It was Dinesh Karthik who played gem of an innings for DD and give great boost to the final score of DD and eventually DD ended on 188 which proved winning total later. For achieving this huge total it was important that RR start well but they didn’t start well and lost 2 wickets in first over itself and that didn’t help their cause. Their problem further compounded when Yusuf Pathan got out cheaply and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Amit Mishra and Farveez Maharoof did very well in bowling and David Warner failed in batting but took 4 brilliant catches for DD and that really helped DD to register 3rd consecutive win and that have put them on second spot on points table.

Tomorrow KKR will play important match against DC. KKR is coming into this after a loss and they have to win this to lift their morale. If KKR lose tomorrow than it will not going to help their cause. Its high time for Ganguly to look at playing XI and pick the players who can deliver. He played Mandeep Singh in two matches at crucial No.3 position and Mandeep failed on both occasions. Problem for KKR is that they don’t have kind of big hitter at the top who can tonk the ball from very first over. Chris Gayle is a hitter but he takes time to go after the bowling. I think Ganguly have to promote Ajit Agarkar and give him licence to tonk the ball. In this IPL, KKR is the team which is lowest on power play score compared to other teams which don’t help them in winning matches. So KKR have lot to do for getting back to winning ways. DC lost their first match against KKR but they have come long way in this tournament and not to forget that they are defending champions. They will come very hard at KKR to win tomorrow. Symonds and Rohit Sharma are in form for DC that will make difference this time.

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