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Monday, March 22, 2010

Superb victories for DC and KXIP

Nothing going right for DD as they lost 3 consecutive matches in IPL. DC defeated them easily today at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. From the time Gambhir departed from the field, from that time to till date DD lost the games. I feel Gambhir took their luck as well alongwith him and DD missing him and his luck badly because it seems whatever Dinesh Karthik is doing is not at all working for DD.Its very important for DD to win next match and get back in to winning groove as they are the most formidable team in this IPL and if they lose matches then I feel excitement of tournament will reduce to an extent. As far as DC are concerned they are indeed playing like a defending champions and after losing their first match against KKR they never looked back and their key player Symonds is now doing well with both bat and ball which is going fantastic for DC in terms of winning matches as Symonds is match winner and he is playing like a champion. Not to forget Rohit Sharma and T.Suman both youngsters are giving more than useful contributions to the team which gives good balance to DC and it looks like DC will qualify for semi-finals easily if they continue the same performance and Gilchrist keep leading them from the front. For DD Sehwag have to come good and play responsibly till the time Gambhir returns to the team. If Viru play sensibly and hold one end till 10 or 12 overs then I feel DD have more chance of winning matches as DD have enough stroke-makers in their ranks but they need one batman as anchor. Gambhir was one such batsman but since he is injured Sehwag has to do that and I feel that will be the right strategy for them.

Coming to another match between CSK and KXIP. It was really a sensational match with perfectly scripted drama for spectators. Well batting did not click for KXIP once again and their big guns Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Bopara got out  cheaply and that put them on the back-foot. Muralitharan did fantastic job for CSK and supported well by Albie Morkel. Today KXIP experimented with their opening and sent Irfan Pathan to open the batting which almost clicked for them but they lost wickets from another end which did not help them to score big runs and they ended innings with cheap total according to T20 standards. I feel KXIP have to win atleast 8 matches out of their 10 if they want to qualify for the semi-finals. Further loss will shatter their confidence badly. They have to take clue from RC as they lost 4 matches in row last year but ended up as runners-up in last edition of IPL in South Africa and KXIP can take inspiration from that and do well in their coming matches.Hayden and Parthiv gave great start to CSK and Hayden just butchered KXIP bowling with his Mongoose bat and put them in comfortable position before getting out but turning wicket and tight bowling from KXIP made it diffcult for CSK as they lost wickets regularly and match went to the last over and decision went to the super over. Pathan bowled superb over after gving boundary on the frist ball and didn’t allow CSK to win it outright. What a cliffhanger it turned out.? First occasion of super over in this edition of IPL. This match can easily be compared by suspense thriller  of Agatha Christie. CSK set the target of 10 runs for KXIP in super over  I feel this was the best match  till date in this edition of IPL and hoping for some more in coming matches. No words  can describe this match and finally KXIP won this nail-biting encounter as Yuvraj hit winning runs with reverse sweep and finally some how KXIP opened their account of victory. But what a match it was. I feel now this win give confidence to KXIP and they will win more. Good news for Miss. Zinta.

Tomorrow will be the key contest of this tournament. KKR V/s MI. Both team lost their last match and give their everything to win tomorrow’s match. As far as KKR is concerned it is more important match for them than the MI because they lost their last 2 matches and looks like they lost some momentum. KKR is missing one big hitter in their line-up which can be overcome by playing Chris Gayle in tomorrow’s match. If we talk about MI their captain Sachin Tendulkar is in fantastic form and getting support from the youngsters in the team. Bravo and Pollard are good inclusions for MI and they will definitely prove their worth in coming matches so MI don’t have to worry much but they have to play well tomorrow because after losing two match KKR will come hard at them although MI starts as favourites. For KKR, Dada have to inspire his players to do well and as we all know Dada comes good in tough situations most times.

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