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What a tournament this has turned out to be. 2 teams which had finished at the bottom last year will now be fighting it out in the finals this year for the coveted trophy. Before the tournament started Delhi followed by Superkings were tipped to be the favourites but both have been outclassed in the semis. In today’s Semifinal Bangalore proved to be too good for the Superkings who were lacklusture in their performance. The Royal Challengers who were branded as a test team last year have won 6 in a row and look good to with the all important 7th one too.
Kumble won the toss and decided to field first. Hayden was back for the SuperKings but it looked like he had not fully recovered from the injury .He was not at his best today and infact his younger partner Patel was the more aggressive of the two. They cruised to 50 in the 5th over and were looking to bat the Royals out of the game but just then Hayden was dismissed by Vinay Kumar. Only a few runs were added before Patel was trapped Lbw by Kallis . That brought Raina and Dhoni together. The score was 74/2 at the end of 10 overs. The Superkings needed to kick on from here if they had to post a good enough score close to 160 or 170. Everyone was expecting one of the batsmen to take a few risks but the bowlers especially Van der Merwe kept things tight. Raina soon got out to Praveen kumar for 20 and then Dhoni departed for 28. Albie Morkel and Oram hit a six each to get some momentum but it was too late and they ended up with only 146 in their allotted 20 overs. Everyone got starts but none of them really capitalized on the starts they got.
SuperKings needed quick wickets if they had any hope of defending this target given the long batting lineup that the Challengers have. They managed to get Kallis and Van der Merwe cheaply. Pandey continued from where he left off against the Chargers. Confidence is everything and you could see that in the shots that were played by Pandey. Rahul Dravid was at his best playing all the shots in the book. Challengers cruised to 82/2 in 10 overs. SuperKings needed a breakthrough badly which they finally got in the 13th over when Jakati foxed Pandey into playing the shot way too early and the ball crashed into the legstump ending his good innings of 48(35). It was turning out to be to easy for the Challengers with only 37 needed of the last 5. But just then Dravid attempted a sweep of Murali and the ball hit the pads instead. Taufel had not doubt about that and the Hawkey also showed that it would have hit the middle stump. All of a sudden 35 were needed of 24 .Raina came on to bowl his 3rd over and Taylor, Kohli hit a 6 each to bring the rate down to run a ball. Virat Kohli came up with another beauty when he smashed Murali for a straight 6. Taylor hit the winning runs. ClickHere for the scorecard.
Man of the Match: Manish Pandey
Today’s Match: Final -> Deccan Chargers Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers