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It was a Do or Die match for the Royal Challengers if they had to keep their hopes of entering the semifinals alive. Set a modest 135 to chase, they lost Uthappa very early. Kallis and Dravid got together and they had a very good partnership of 70 of 69 balls. Dravid got out 2 overs after the strategic break leaving the Royal Challengers to get 8 runs per over for the rest of the 7 overs.Taylor came in and played a cameo of 25 runs of just 12 balls which included 3 6’s. That brought the rate down and Kallis Boucher got the Royals home with 1 over remaining. In the end it has to be said that Delhi has been experimenting a lot which might prove costly when it matters i.e. in the SemiFinals.
Earlier Delhi won the toss and elected to bat. They again experimented with their combination by dropping Nannes and Dilshan, their 2 star performers this season and decided to go with Vettori and Mcdonald. They got off to a worst start in this IPL with Sehwag and Manhas getting out for golden ducks in the first over from Praveen. Gambhir and AB repaired the innings to a certain extent but right at the end of the Powerplay overs Gambhir tried to hit one over the infield but could only manage to get it to Taylor. It was a superb bowling performance from Kallis who got through his 4 overs giving away only 17 runs and getting the all important wicket of Gambhir. Karthik joined AB and managed to get the score to 62/3 at the end of 10 overs. Strategic break once again proved to be the downfall for the batting team. AB was bowled by Van der Merwe. Delhi could only mange 72 runs in the last 10 overs as they kept loosing regularly.
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Man of the Match: Kallis
Today’s Match: Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai SuperKings Vs Kings 11 Punjab