Bravo’s all round show helps WI edge out India

It was one of the days when “nothing really worked” said Dhoni at the post match presentation. He was being too mild in his criticism if i can say that towards team INDIA’s lackluster performance against West Indies. It’s unlike the younger Dhoni who used to speak his mind in his hay days. India by virtue of being the champions in 2007 had been placed in an easier group and didn’t have to sweat it out to reach the super eight stage whereas Wes Indies were in the group of death and managed to beat Australia convincingly to enter the super eights.

Orange rule the roost on Lord’s greens

It was supposed to be the biggest tournament in ICC calendar this year. The start of the T20 World  cup was not as glamorous and entertaining as the IPL was in South Africa but nevertheless after a few hiccups thanks to the weather, the tournament finally got underway and it couldn’t have got a more exciting match than the one we had between the hosts England and Netherlands.

Deccan Chargers – Wooden Spoon last year , Champions this year :)

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Cricket is a team game and today we saw just that. On one side you had Jumbo who led from the front for his team, the Royal Challengers but on the other side you had Gilchrist who scored a duck but in the end he had the final laugh as Deccan Chargers were crowned the IPL champions 2009. It was a spirited performance put in by the Royal Challengers who were definitely in the drivers seat half way into the match but the Chargers had saved the best for the last and came up with an all round show to snatch the title from the Challengers. This is IPL (Indian Premeire Leauge) and it was very apt that the Men in Blue won it. Last time too it was the Men in Blue (Rajasthan Royals) and this time it is Deccan Chargers. So what are we looking at next year..Maybe Mumbai Indians: D

Its Bangalore Vs Hyderabad in the Finals

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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.

Its Delhi Vs Hyderabad and Chennai Vs Bangalore

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Yes we finally know who will play whom in the semi finals and it took the last league match to decide that..What better can you ask for IPL this year.  The Royal Challengers are on a roll winning their 4th consecutive match and will definitely give some headache for Dhoni when they meet in the semi finals on Saturday. The Chargers on the other hand have lost 3 in a row and will definitely will be hoping that there is a change of fortune tomorrow for the all important semifinal match against the Table leaders Delhi..

Complacent Delhi keep Royal Challengers hopes alive

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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.