Superb victory for CSK over MI have certainly ease their passage to semis. MS Dhoni was not certain to play yesterday’s game but finally he played. CSK won the toss and elected to bat first. Murali Vijay was their star in last few matches got out cheaply to Harbhajan. Raina came in and did small partnership with Hayden but he also got out on 23 runs to Bravo. MS Dhoni and Hayden put up good partnership and it was looked like CSK is going to put big score on the board but Pollard had other ideas. He picked Hayden and Dhoni on consecutive balls which pushed CSK on back-foot. Innovative batting from Badrinath took CSK to the par score of 165. Looking at the batting line-up of MI and dew on the ground it looked like cake walk for MI as they started well putting up 46 runs for the first wicket. Shikhar Dhawan got out to Thushara for 16 but Saurabh Tiwary and Sachin continued their batting till the time Tendulkar got dehydrated and went off the field. Big twist in the story came after Sachin’s retirement as MI middle-order collapsed very badly and they kept losing wickets one after another. CSK bowled very well after Sachin’s departure and never allowed MI comeback into the match. Finally Sachin came back to the batting but till that time match was over. Harbhajan tried his best to repeat his heroics of match against DC but didn’t succeeded in that and finally MI lost the match. However they are still on top of the table and this loss will not affect much to them but this has certainly given them wake-up call and at the right time and they will come improved in coming matches. It was CSKs good luck that Tendulkar retired ill and that allowed CSK to comeback into the match. MI had surely won if Tendulkar stayed their and continued his innings but such is the heat of Chennai, it can take toll of the fittest players.
Today rejuvenated KXIP will take on jubilant RR at pink city Jaipur. For RR this match is worth 2 points if they win which will make them strong contenders for semis. For KXIP its another opportunity to silent its critics over the debacle they had in this tournament. KXIP coming into this match after winning their last match against KKR and that has boost their confidence. Suddenly after that last victory KXIP looks like a team. Shane Warne has done wonders with RR in limited resources and he will not take this match lightly and come hard because he knows the importance of victory in this match Shane Watson has given them extra strength which is helping them immensely and providing good balance to the side. KXIP will be sighting another victory to regain their pride and will try hard to spoil the party of RR.
DD will take on KKR later today and it is very important match for both the teams.If DD win today they will be certain for semis and if they lose then they have to wait for next match. For KKR it is do or die situation if they don’t win today then things will get complex for them. So Ganguly has to forget the last defeat against KXIP and have to inspire his team for victory in this match. It will be going to be a tough match for KKR because DD is the strongest team in terms of batting after RCB. KKR have to bowl straight and with variety to contain the DD batting and if they fail to do so then they will lose all their hopes of making it to the semis and which will create rift with the owners as Shahrukh Khan is very emotional about his team and he wants title this year at any cost.