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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

RR clinched cliffhanger from DC

What a breath-taking encounter. RR clinched cliffhanger from DC and stunned the fans. RR won the toss and elected to bat first but they lost wickets at regular intervals and bowled out for 160 runs. Shane Watson played good hand of 58  was largely responsible for the respectable total of RR. I think RR made the mistake of opening up too early in their innings as they asked Faiz Fazal to go after the bowling because they wanted Yusuf Pathan to go in and have a crack but this strategy almost back-fired and Yusuf Pathan got out cheaply. Faiz Fazal and Shane Watson were batting beautifully. It looked like this will be easily chased by DC looking at their batting line-up but they also lost wickets at regular intervals and except Rohit Sharma none of their batters made any impression and they couldn't hold the nerve in last over and lost the match. Shane Warne again showed his class and reminded of his glorious past by picking up four crucial wickets. Siddharth Trivedi emerged hero for RR as he bowled superb last over and picked up two wickets. Here on RR can breathe easy as they are in comfortable position now and DC have to do lot of hard work to get back into winning ways. Adam Gilchrist have to lead by example if DC wants to make some impression in this tournament as they are defending champions.

Today crucial encounter will be played between MI and CSK. For CSK its a must win situation if they wants to qualify for the semis as MI are already topping the table and don't have much difficulty to reach semis. In last match CSK scored highest total of IPL and yet their opponents lost just by 23 runs which puts question-mark on CSK bowling attack. If CSK have to win today then they have to bowl well. Doug Bollinger is good inclusion and he has already shown his class in last match and that will help CSK in lifting the bowling performance as other bowlers will take some inspiration from Bollinger. For MI it is smooth sailing till date in this tournament and they will like to continue their winning streak and will not give an inch to CSK thats for sure. MI have very balanced side and their local youngsters are performing well which is big advantage to them compare to other teams. Looking at last match performance of CSK I think it is difficult to say MI will start favourites.

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