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Bad fielding, Bad Umpiring or just Bad Luck, Nothing seems to be going KKR way. Yet again they got the game close but were not good enough to be on the right side. Set a modest 154 to chase kings the kings got off to a bad start with Sangakkara skying one and was wonderfully caught by the wicketkeeper for a golden duck. But that was the only bit of fielding which KKR would be happy about .
Newcomer Sunny Sohal lived a charmed life, dropped twice in two deliveries in the second over bowled by Ashok Dinda, Kolkata’s fielding dipped to abysmal standards suddenly as every catch was being floored.
In the next over Chris Gayle, standing in the slips, dropped Simon Katich off a leading edge as the batsman looked to flick Ishant through the leg side.Sohal then made Kolkata pay for their lapses in the field with two consecutive sixes and the bowler was dinda who should have had him an over before that.Lady luck continued to smile on Sohal when he became the beneficiary of a third dropped catch. His miscued shot off Gayle went high towards long-on but Wriddhiman Saha could not hold on to a difficult running catch. And yet again shohal made them pay heavily by hitting a six. But luckily for KKR Agarkar got him of his first ball and this time Dada didn’t make any mistake. Wickets kept falling and runs kept coming and in the end KKR had to pay dearly for their costly misses in the field considering that Kings hit the winning runs of the last ball. Jayawarnde came good for the kings at last with a timely unbeaten half century.
Earlier electing to bat first KKR got of to a slow start with Mccullum and Gayle getting used to the pace of the wicket. Gayle was the first one dismissed when he was caught by Yuvraj of Abdullah. Mcullum does not deserve to be in the playing XI leave alone the captaincy. A strike rate of 60 odd does not do any justice to the talent that he has. But I must say if there is someone who is playing a huge part in the team it is brad Hodge who again hit a wonderful 50 and he remained unbeaten at 70 of just 43 balls.Click here for the scorecard
Man of the Match: Jayawardne
The second match was between Mumbai Indians and Bangalore Royal challengers .Sachin won the toss and decided to bat. They got off to a very bad start. du Preez, the south African bowler who was making his debut in the IPL was all over the batsmen claiming sachin, Rahane and Duminy and that left Bravo and Jayasurya to do the repair job .They did it quite well adding 61 runs for the 4th wicket before Jayasurya was caught trying to heave van der merver for a six. Bravo finished it off well with some powerful hits along with Abhishek Nayar who played a cameo hitting 29 of 20.They ended up with a moderate 149 but the position they were in it was a remarkable recovery.
Bangalore’s chase got off to a great start with Kallis looking in top class form and Jaffer at the end gave him good company for 3 overs before he got out to Zaheer.And then came the moment that i was waiting for all this IPL.Kallis greeted mallinga with a 6 and he hit one more to end the over with 17 runs. All this while he was giving 17 runs of 4 overs and today he gave them all in 1 over but though he bowled a maiden to robin the next over. Kallis and robin got the scoreboard moving along very well and before the Indians could realize the Challengers reached 100 in 14 overs courtesy some powerful hitting by uthappa of sachin who gave away 15 runs in his 2nd over. Kallis too reached his 50 .Uthappa who was looking out of sorts at the starting suddenly got going and hit 20 runs of just 6 balls and reached his 50 of just 36 balls. The challenger’s crusied to a comfortable 9 wicket victory with balls to spare.Clickhere for the complete scorecard.
Man of the Match: Jacque Kallis
Today’s Match: Deccan Chargers Vs Chennai SuperKings