The nature of T20 is such that even 1 or 2 overs can change the fortune of a team and today there was only one man who stood in the way of Deccan Chargers from potentially topping the table. Bhaji, the Turbanator first came up trumps with the bat when he fired Mumbai Indians to a defendable total with a quickfire 49 from just 18 balls and then he needed only 2 balls to send back Gilchrist dealing a big blow to the Chargers chase and in the end Mumbai Indians won the match easily by 41 runs. As a result of this win the Indians are sitting pretty at the top of the table with 10 points from 6 games. Harbhajan sizzled with both bat and ball but that didn’t stop the match referee from handing out a $15000 fine for sledging.
Chennai Super Kings slumped to their 4th straight defeat as the Royals beat them by 16 runs to register their 4th straight win. After having made 177 thanks to a brilliant innings from Ojha who hit 80 from 49, the bowlers from the Royals responded well and survived a late onslaught from Chennai Super Kings to register their 10th win out of 11 matches at home. No wonder they call it a fortress.
Chennai Super Kings Innings
IPL 3 has been a roller coaster ride for many teams but for one team it has been a total disaster. No prizes for guessing which team that is. Kings XI Punjab sank to a new low as they lost their 5th game out of 6 games that they have played. Knight Riders outplayed them in every department as they lost their 3rd successive game in their home ground. Maybe they should shift their base like Deccan Chargers: P. To make matters worse Sangakkara has been banned for the next match as his side was found guilty of not completing their overs on time, for the third time in the IPL.
It has been a roller coaster ride for the Rajasthan Royals. After having suffered hat trick of losses in the opening games they have come back strongly to make it 3 wins in a row. Tonight they thrashed the defending champions Deccan Chargers by 8 wickets and also replaced them in points table (3rd). Shane Warne surprised everyone in the first season with his leadership skills and today we could see just why he is rated as one of the better captains if not the best in the tournament. He was brilliant with his choice of bowlers and his men responded superbly in the field by restricting Chargers to a modest 148. Then Pathan took the game away from the chargers as he has always done. His 34 ball 73 knock earned him 4th man of the match award in 5 games that Royals have played the chargers.
When you have GOD in your side you have nothing to worry. Mumbai Indians rose to the top of the IPL standings thanks to the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar splendid innings of 72 in 52 balls who almost carried his bat through to give his side a 5 wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings at their home ground. Dhoni was back but it didn’t make any difference to the Super Kings as they lost their 3rd match in a row.
Mumbai Indians Innings
Royal Challengers who were sitting pretty at the top of the table were surprised by Delhi who finally broke their 3 match losing streak to hand Bangalore their first home loss this season. The key to Delhi winning was simple – David Warner came out with all guns blazing and Kedar Jadhav provided the right finish to help Delhi post a stiff target of 183 and the bowlers did their job quite well to restrict the Challengers to 166/9 in the stipulated 20 overs. Jadhav on debut impressed one an all and was awarded the Man of the Match. He couldn’t have asked for a better gift on his birthday which happens to be tomorrow.
It was a clash between two teams placed at the bottom of the IPL standings and Rajasthan Royals came on top of Kings XI Punjab who were comprehensively beaten by 31 runs thanks to the and disciplined bowling effort from the Royals. By virtue of this win they jumped to joint 4th position whereas Kings XI is at the bottom having lost 4 of their 5 games. Though the margin of defeat indicates a dominating show by Rajasthan, Punjab had their chances but they didn’t take them.
He was bought for $800,000 in 2008 auction with the hope that he could demolish the opposition but he couldn’t live up to that reputation in the inaugural version when he played for Mumbai Indians .However this year playing for Bangalore Royal Challengers he has played some amazing innings using his ability to find the boundary with brute power as well as crafty innovation while managing to shift roles when plans have had to be altered. Yes I am talking about Robin Uthappa whose bludgeoning innings of 68 from just 38 balls inspired Royal Challengers Bangalore to an emphatic 36-run victory over Chennai Super Kings.
Mumbai Indians Zoomed to the top of the IPL Standings for the first time ever in IPL as they dismantled Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets keeping their unbeaten streak against KKR intact after five clashes. Mumbai bowlers did well to restrict the Knight Riders to 155 and then Sachin and Co chased down the score with 9 balls to spare.
Mumbai Indians innings
Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils had already done it and on Sunday it was the turn of Chennai to Showcase their talent : Not just how to lose a match but lose it after managing to get it to Super Over which KKR and DD couldn’t do :D. They scripted their own loss and maybe next time when Priyadarshan(who had come to watch the match) makes a movie he can have his script written by the Chennai team. It would surely be a Box office hit just like how the TRP ratings must have sky rocketed for sure during this game. Kings XI won their first game of this IPL season and Preity Zinta was on cloud 9. It just goes to show T20 is not about flat wickets and 200 plus scores but even low scoring encounters can turn out to be humdingers and nobody is complaining or is anyone?? PHOTOS