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It was a clash of Titans and there was going to be only one winner and it was Warne who walked away with the Man of the Match award for leading his side to victory against Mumbai. 3 runs from 6 balls with 3 wickets in hand. Everyone would have put their money on Mumbai Indians for sure but Munaf Patel had different ideas. He bowled a superb last over giving away just 1 run taking 1 wicket and there were 2 run outs effected. The over had all the drama that you would expect in T20 but for Mumbai it was once again a Heartbreak . It had happened last year too when Mumbai Indians lost to Kings 11 of the last ball. Last time it might have been the brilliance of Yuvraj Singh but this time Mumbai Indians had themselves to blame.
Everyone had thought Warne was pretty much out of the tournament with the injury that he had picked up in the last match but he surprised everyone when he came out for the toss s he did not want to miss possibly his only chance to play Sachin Tendulkar. He won the toss and elected to bat. They had a new opening pair in Smith and Quiney who was replacing Lecarsendile and he justified his selection with a very well compiled 51. Smith got to a start but was tricked by Harbhajan. Pathan came in at No 3, it has been quite some time since we saw him bat at this position but he couldn’t do much as he perished after making only 17. Ravinder Jadeja was the mainstay along with Quiney to get the Royals to a decent enough score of 145 but was it going to be enough???
Mumbai Indians shocked everyone when they sent Bravo and Takawale when they had Jayasurya back in the team. The plan backfired badly. 3 quick wickets for just 23 runs in 5.2 overs brought Sachin and Jayasurya together. At this stage of the game Mumbai Indians knew that they had done a tactical mistake but they had a bigger task at hand which was to chase down 146. There was more bad news when Jayasurya got out to the wily Warne when he had him caught by Pathan. That meant more pressure on Sachin. He would have been expecting some support from Duminy but he too disappointed when he was bowled by trivedi for just 4. That brought Nayar to the wicket and Mumbai Indians managed to get past 100 in the 15th over. Then came the moment to savor for Warne. He had Sachin trapped plumb in front which left the Mumbai Indians to get 43 from 27 balls. Abhishek Nayar played a gem of an innings but after he got out the Mumbai Indians committed suicide and gifted a win to the Royals. ClickHere for scorecard.
Man Of the Match: Shane Warne
Earlier the Royal Challengers clinched a thriller ending SuperKings victory run. Set to chase a modest 130 the challengers got off to a bad start with Kallis being adjudged leg before in the very first over before he could open his account. It was a poor decision from Harper. By then end of the 5th over Dravid and Uthappa were back in the hut with just 30 runs on the board. That meant the next pair in Ross Taylor and Virat Kohli had some repair work to do and they did it pretty well with a mix of aggression and caution. It was looking comfortable for the Challengers until they lost Kohli and Boucher in quick succession and it got worse with 2 more wickets falling leaving Bangalore to get 25 from 15 but their trump card Taylor was still there. It was getting tight but Praveen eased it with one big 6 of the first ball of the 19th over and that meant 11 were needed from 11.It was sad that Taylor couldn’t be there when they crossed the line but Bangalore was not complaining as they had won the game and kept their hopes alive to reach the semis
SuperKings got off to a great start by reaching 30 in the first 3 overs. Yet again it was the Bigman Hayden who did the bulk of the scoring and Vijay was just a mere spectator. Kallis struck with his first over removing Vijay and that brought Raina who once again perished playing a big shot way too early in his innings. The whole innings was just a one man show with Hayden plundering the bowlers to all parts of the ground and wickets falling at the other end. In the end they could only manage 129 and all this was due to some disciplined bowling and some excellent catching. Maybe the other teams need to learn something from the Challengers which is obviously Fielding. There were 5 good catches taken which included 2 astonishing ones and 2 good runouts too. ClickHere for scorecard.
Man of the Match: Ross Taylor
Today’s Match: Kings 11 Punjab Vs Delhi Daredevils