Shahrukh’s Knights faltered again. Daredevils comfortably beat Knightriders at Kotla and gain the much needed momentum. DD won the toss and chose to bat and started on poor note losing 3 quick wickets but they maintained good run-rate of over 12 runs in Powerplay the man who was responsible for this run-rate was sensational David Warner. Warner thrown away Knightriders out of the match by attacking them brutally on pitch which was bit slow and scored brilliant century and remained not-out. Paul Collingwood was replaced by AB Devilliers and change brought much needed boost to the DDs batting as Collingwood held his wicket and helped Warner to explode. Both together put up highest partnership of IPL and gave DD a score which proved winning total. Paul Collingwood was caught by David Hussey sensationally on the boundary in last over after scoring good half century. I must say that is catch of the tournament. Knightriders started badly losing Dada very early to Nannes who bowled superb spell up-front for DD and never allowed KKR to score freely. Knightriders lost wickets at regular intervals and lost the match in the end. Even Chris Gayle couldn’t take advantage of the reprieve he got from Virendra Sehwag when he was on 24. So DD got the much needed momentum after back to back victories and KKR now have to wait for Brandon McCullam to join them and bring some force to their batting at the top. Sportsman Spirit was also put aside by Murali Karthik when he claimed false catch of David Warner but third umpire ruled hi not-out after watching replays. Too bad for gentelman’s game.
Tomorrow MI will take on depleted KXIP. If KXIP lose tomorrow than they will be thrown out of the contention of semis. KXIP will be facing the best team MI tomorrow and it will not going to be easy for them to win. Sangakkara is already banned due to slow over-rate and that will also hurt them as they lost their captain and it will be interesting to see who will captain them Mahela or Yuvraj. Shaun Marsh is almost certain to play tomorrow and it will be interesting to see how he will play because he is also coming out of injury. For MI although they won their last match but they also showed some weakness in their middle-order and if Sachin don’t deliver on the top I think they can also lose, so MI have to take the batting debacle seriously which happened to them in last match. Everyday Harbhajan will not going to pull them back. It’s a must win situation fot KXIP and for MI victory means one more step towards qualifying for semis.