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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bowlers wrote the victory script for RCB against RR

Bowlers wrote the victory script for RCB against RR at Jaipur. RR was unbeaten at home before last match but MI beat them and with this their record of no loss at home broke and it further dented today by RCB as they thrashed RR convincingly. RR after winning the toss elected to bat first but they never got momentum in their innings and lost wicket at regular intervals till the time Raut and Voges did small partnership and gave them some score to defend yet score was only 130 and looking at batting of RCB it looked like cake walk chase. RCB bowled beautifully and all their bowlers came to the party especially Pankaj Singh bowled superbly in his first game of this season. Anil Kumble did fantastic bowling changes which restricted RR to small total. It was also important for RCB to win this match convincingly to keep their run-rate up to qualify for semis. RCB started poorly as they lost their in-form batsman Kallis very early. Kamran Khan gave initial burst to RR but Manish Pandey and especially Kevin Pietersen took the game away from RR. Little hiccup faced by RCB as they lost few wickets in the middle but they won the match convincingly in the end. Kevin Pietersen played superb knock which helped RCB to win match convincingly. Now RCB are in semis and RR have to win their last match against KKR convincingly to keep their hopes alive for semis.

Tomorrow jubilant CSK take on depleted DD. This is also a crucial game for both teams and team which win will get to the semis . Right now both teams are on same points and only difference is run-rate where CSK is having upper-hand so it will be important for DD to lift themselves from the losses and rise to the occasion if they want to go through the semis. CSK is now having great momentum with them and it will not going to be easy for DD to beat them although still I feel on paper DD is the best team in this tournament but they are not applying for themselves. So it is crucial encounter for both teams and whoever win will go into semis.

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