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Friday, April 9, 2010

Depleted DC beat RCB in a thriller and kept the hopes alive for semis

Depleted DC attacked RCB like wounded tiger take on its opponent and thrashed RCB in a thriller at their home. RCB started poorly as their most successful opening pair was broken by Ryan Harris when Manish Pandey got out for just 1 run. Rahul Dravid joined Kallis and had little partnership but pressure of scoring rate took the wicket of Rahul Dravid. Soon RCB faced few more set backs as Robin Utthappa and Ross Taylor also got out in quick succession and it looked like RCB will be cleaned up for paltry total but Jacques Kallis who hold his wicket and again played anchor role to the perfection and Young Virat Kohli blasted in last six overs for RCB and took the score to 184 which is winning total in this tournament. Virat Kohli showed great temperament as he first got  used to the conditions and once he got set he took apart the bowling and scored brilliant 58. Kallis also showed his class once again and scored 68 runs and justified his orange cap. In this blitzkrieg Pragyan Ozha bowled brilliantly and took 2 wickets with good economy and in the process he got the purple cap as he become highest wicket-taker in the tournament beating Amit Mishra.  Target set by RCB looked uphill task for DC as they also lost their 1st wicket pretty early in the match when Monish Mishra got out. But today Gilchrist changed his strategy and promoted young T.Suman up the order which proved master-stroke for DC as Suman played superb innings of 78 not out and sealed the victory for DC along with Symonds who also struck quick fire half century. Rohit Sharma disappointed the spectators today as he fell cheaply. Finally Adam Gilchrist played small innings of 32 but he played sensibly compared to previous matches where he threw his wicket and did good partnership with Suman to set up the platform for DC to win. Here on race for semis getting hotter and hotter as 3 teams stuck on 10 points and with today’s victory DC is on 8 points. So all in all interesting phase is starting in IPL and no team can afford to lose from here on. Even the teams on top DD, MI and RR also can’t breathe freely though they have to win only 1 or two games to reach semis.

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