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It was a match where both the teams wanted a win badly to revive their hopes in IPL but someone had to lose and it had to be Royal Challengers losing by 16 runs to Mumbai Indians. In an earlier encounter the Royals had beaten them convincingly by 9 wickets but they couldn’t repeat it today. Set 158 for target the Royals didn’t have any momentum in their innings as they kept losing wickets regularly. Kallis and Kohli got starts but couldn’t continue for long. At the end of 10 overs they reached 58/4 with Kallis Kohli Uthappa and Dravid back in the hut. Dravid was brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Malinga. It was left to Boucher who was waging a lone battle as he was losing partners on the other side.. 40 were required of the last 2 but Boucher and Kumble could only manage 23 with 16 coming of the last over of Malinga.
Earlier Sachin won the toss and elected to bat surprisingly on a wicket which was supposed to be good for batting in the second half.. Jayasurya was back and Sachin too as an opener but he got out without opening his account. He has scored only 63 in the last 6 matches compared to 163 of the first 4.Jayasurya and Rahane got a good little partnership going but just when Jayasurya was looking good he got out van der merve. In came Duminy who once again showed why he is such a good batsmen. He along with Rahane ensured that they didnt lose any more wickets and got the Mumbai Indians to a pretty decent score which in the end proved to be too much for the challengers. Click here for the Scorecard
Man of the Match : Duminy
The second Match was between 2 teams which were at opposite ends in the standings. Delhi which has been in top form this IPL and Knight Riders which has had only 1 win in 10 matches. Gambhir won the toss and decided to field as has been the case always. Knight riders got off to a horrible start when Mccullum was adjudged lbw to Nehra. It was a worst decision from Suresh Shastri once again proving the point that the umpiring has been very poor . Everyone is talking about dropped catches and all but noone seems to be talking about the umpires who have been ordinary this season and sometimes have given some pathetic decisions. Mcullum had hit a 6 of the 2nd ball and would have been feeling high about himself but it was all over for him courtesy the umpire. Hodge came in and was sucked into a playing a delivery which was just wide enough to get the edge and AB caught it. In the next over it was Van WYK got out for a duck leaving Kolkata in really bad state at 9/3. Ganguly played some excellent shots and it didn’t look like the fall of wickets had any effect on him as he was timimg his shots sweetly and yashpal too got some shots going. But then it was one shot too many as he tried to heave mishra and was caught by Bhatia on the boundary. It was a clever bowling change from Gauti. Wridhimaan Saha must be kicked on his butt for trying to attempt a shot that he did to get himself out the very next ball leaving the knight riders at 46/5 in 8. Henriques too got out to Mishra trying to go for a big shot and was superbly stumped by karthik. Ganguly and Agarkar got together and tried hard to get the scorecard moving. Agarkar played a cameo which helped the Knight riders to a score of 123 which was never going to be enough atleast for a side like Delhi.
Delhi got of to a flier with 50 on the board in the 7th over. But Gambhir got out trying to slice the ball of Henriques. Warner soon departed when he edged one of Ishant to the wicketkeeper. Dilshan came and went for a score of 1 of the same over. With 3 wickets down the scoring rate dropped but Karthik and AB didn’t have to score at a fast rate anyway. They ensured that Delhi went to the top of the table with 14 points. ClickHere for the scorecard.
Man of the Match: Amit Mishra
Today’s Match: Deccan Chargers Vs Rajasthan Royals