Kings XI self-destruct to lose their 7th game

Kevin Pietersen plays a shot.The worst fielding effort in this IPL and a sparkling cameo from Uthappa cost Kings XI the match against Bangalore Royal Challengers. Kings XI were in control for most part of the match but then in T20 you need to keep the opposition down for the entire match and can’t relax even for an over. Kings XI have only to blame themselves for losing their 7th match as Bangalore Challengers got one step closer to that semifinal berth.

Bangalore Royal Challengers Innings

Ganguly stars as Deccan lose 3 in a row

Sourav Ganguly reacts after reaching his fifty.Deccan Chargers were blown away by a superb innings from Dada at his home ground Eden gardens. The 2 captains have had a rough time this season but today Ganguly was better than his counterpart Gilchrist who failed with the bat. Ganguly’s 54 ball 88 powered KKR to a solid total of 181 which the Chargers failed to chase down. This is the 3rd consecutive loss for the chargers after having won 3 in a row.

Deccan Chargers Innings

Karthik’s heroics halts Royals winnings spree

Dinesh Karthik played a solid hand to bring Delhi Daredevils out of a hole. Gautam Gambhir played a fine support role.Rajasthan Royals winning train finally made a halt at Delhi station. Riding on a brilliant innings from Karthik Daredevils registered their biggest victory in the IPL as the Royals fell short by 67 runs chasing 188 runs. After a blow-hot blow-cold season Delhi find themselves in the 2nd spot.

Rajasthan Royals Innings

Chennai back to winning ways

Murali Vijay plays a shotDesperate times call for desperate measures and surely Chennai Super Kings were in need of something special if they had to end their 4 match losing streak which they did today against the 2nd best team RCB. The super kings like Kings XI have been losing games which they should have comfortably won and interestingly it all began against Kings XI when they were beaten in the super over. However today they delivered their best all-round performance to come on top of RCB. Maybe the 6 day break proved to be too long for their own good.

Chennai Super Kings Innings

Malinga stars in a thriller

MalingaThe table toppers Mumbai Indians were clashing with the team at the bottom Kings XI Punjab and with the form that Mumbai is in nobody would have expected a thriller out of this game. Chasing 163, Mumbai Indians won the game with 3 balls to spare. With this win they have won 6 out of their 7 games and Kings XI are at the other end of the tunnel having lost 6 out of their 7. They looked better today but still couldn’t hold on to their nerves in the end.

Mumbai Indians Innings

Warner’s TON powers Delhi to an emphatic win over KKR

David WarnerKolkata Knightriders had no answer to a blistering hundred from Warner as they were beaten comprehensively by 40 runs. The Daredevils by virtue of this emphatic win have moved back into the top 4. Maybe it would be better off if KKR stops taking advice from the whole nation as part of the promotion that they are doing along with Nokia :D. Kolkata’s chase had no life at any stage after Warner powered Delhi to 177

Knight Riders Innings

Turbanator sizzles and spins the game away from Chargers

Harbhajan Singh in action during his smashing innings of 49 not out in just 18 balls.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.

Rajasthan Royals Fortress gets stronger

Rajasthan Royals' batsman Naman Ojha in action during his superb knock against Chennai.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

Kings XI no more Kings at home

Manoj Tiwary takes a diving catch to dismiss Yuvraj SinghIPL 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.

Yusuf Whirlwind blows away Chargers

Yusuf Pathan celebrates his half-century.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.