Even Abbas-Mastaan can’t make suspense thriller like yesterday’s match which had every ingredient of entertainment and thrill. Fortunes fluctuated throughout the match and the climax was really not expected at the start of the match. RCB won the toss and elected to field first. Decision proved right when Dale Steyn bowled sensational first over and picked up wickets of Adam Gilchrist and T.Suman. Again Steyn in his second over picked up Herchelle Gibbs and it looked all over for DC in this match but Rohit Sharma and Monish Mishra batted sensibly and build a partnership which gave some steadiness to the DC innings. From this partnership it looked like DC will reach to the score of 180 but Monish Mishra got run-out. Symonds came into the bat and he was playing nicely but he was unfortunately got stumped. Till Rohit Sharma was there it looked like DC will reach score of atleast 170 but Sharma got out in 18th over and all hopes of good score vanished with him and finally DC ended on paltry total. Looking at the batting line-up of RCB, score put on by DC looked like a cake-walk for RCB but they also got the taste of their own medicine as they lost Manish Pandey on the first ball of the match who was bowled by Ryan Harris. Dravid joined Kallis and both steadied the innings for RCB. Dravid continued his good form from last match and again played the good innings of 49 which put RCB in commanding position but once Dravid got out things completely went haywire for RCB as they lost wickets at regular interval. Robin Utthappa again played good small innings and kept RCB in hunt till the end and it looked like Robin again win the match they way he was hitting the ball but Harmeet Singh had other ideas he bowled superb penultimate over. He bowled Robin Uthappa with his variation and with this RCB also bowled out of the match and they lost. Now on situation is such that every league match is important for all teams except MI and KXIP. So things are getting hotter and hotter in IPL as it is going towards the climax and RCB have to wait for next match.
Today DD will take on MI. it is important encounter for DD as this match will decide their fate in this tournament and they have to win this encounter if they want to qualify for semis. DD is one such team which I feel is best in the tournament in terms of resources but unfortunately they are not doing justice to their talent. Take example of Viru who virtually threw his wicket in almost all the matches. This is hurting big time to DD. If Viru had played few innings sensibly then DD wouldn’t have been in such poor position today.DD have to understand the basics of the game and have to play according to the situation. T20 is about stroke-making but you have to be selective in your shots.
They can take example of Tendulkar who played sensibly but effectively and result is in front of us as MI has already qualified for the semis. So DD have to think on their strategy and have to play according to the situation. For MI now every game is formality till semi-finals but knowing Tendulkar, he will take all the games seriously and keep his winning momentum. For DD it is must win situation.
Another encounter will be between CSK and KKR. This encounter is most crucial encounter of this IPL as both teams are on same position in terms of points and whoever wins today will keep their hopes alive for semis. Its again a do or die situation for both teams. CSK is playing well now and they have players who are making impact. Although they lost their last match against DC but still they are more formidable than KKR on paper and I feel today CSK will certainly win as I mentioned in earlier posts KKR will not make it to the semis. KKR will not win today because they are completely down in morale and this reflected from the body language and statement of Ganguly in his last Press Conference where he criticised his players openly. So I believe CSK will win today and move ahead and for KKR it is end of road.