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Monday, April 5, 2010

KXIP spoiled KKR party at Edens and DD moved No.2 beating RCB at Kotla

As fear of failure gone out of the mind, KXIP have become more lethal and they have started spoiling party and they will spoil parties of many teams now on.. Today KXIP beat KKR convincingly by chasing mammoth score of 200. What a win for KXIP? KKR was favourite to win and they started on positive note in this match by winning the toss and elected to bat first. Dada and Gayle gave the dream start to KKR and Gayle played the superb innings of 88 and in one over of Ravi Bopara he hit four consecutive sixes which helped KKR in achieving score of 200. After scoring 200 it looked like cake walk win for KKR but there lies twist in a tale. KXIP was already hit by the injury of Shaun Marsh but that didn’t affected to their morale today and they sent Mahela Jayawardene to open the inning with Bisla. Both batters came like Tsunami on KKR attack as they tore apart the bowling of KKR badly, especially Mahela Jayawardene who played like a hurricane and eventually ended with century. Sangakkara and Yuvraj Singh supported Mahela perfectly and KXIP won the match in 19th over itself. Indeed superb victory for KXIP.  I must say KKR bowling was very bad and fielding was worst as they dropped catches and and gave boundaries easily which helped KXIP in playing freely.Murali Karthik dropped sitter of Mahela when he was on 51 and I feel that was the turning point of the match. KKR also lacked in hitting boundaries and sixes in last 3 overs when they were batting. After today’s performance, KKR is in tremendous pressure and now they have to win 4 matches out of 5 in-order to qualify for the semis and they will be playing strong opponents. Indeed, KKR lost golden opportunity today.

DD playedg at home against RCB. Gambhir won the toss for DD and elected to bat. Both openers Viru and Warner gave them flying start but once again both of them couldn’t capitalise on their starts and perished in thirties. In came Kollingwood and took the charge of situation and played blinder of the innings and put DD in commanding position as DD ended their innings in excess of 180 runs which can be considered as winning total. But RCB was having strong batting line-up as they included Ross Taylor in place of Dale Steyn. Some of the changes from RCB was not justified as they dropped in-form Manish Pandey and their main bowler Praveen Kumar and ultimately paid price for that as this helped DD score runs in excess of 180. RCB started poorly as they lost Cameroon White early who came to open the innings with Kallis. Kallis as usual continued his form and played anchor role and hit good 55 runs but none of the top guns fired for RCB except Kallis which led to the loss for RCB. DD bowled very well and they didn’t allow any RCB batsman to go after the bowling and kept very tight line and length. Now with this result DD moved to second spot on points table and they are more or less certain for semis alongwith MI. RCB can still make it if they win their next 3 matches.

Tomorrow will be an important match between RR and DC. Both teams are good and nobody edge out each other in terms of resources. It is more important for DC to win tomorrow. If they lose tomorrow than their chances will become little slim for semis. For RR if they win they will become strong contender for semis and reach semis. So both teams have to play well. Ryan Harris has not made much impact in last match for DC but Shane Watson announced his arrival in IPL with superb innings in last match and probably that can make a difference but both teams have good hitters and whichever team’s hitters click that team will win. You can say it is Yusuf Pathan V/s Andrew Symonds as well because Symonds sledged Pathan in last match and Pathan replied him with his bat.

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