Solid Gambhir guides Delhi to a tense win

GambhirIt was not the usual T20 match that you would expect but nevertheless it turned out to be a nerve wracking game. Gambhir playing his first match as an IPL captain was cool as a cucumber as he guided his team to a straightforward chase with an old-fashioned innings full of sensible strokeplay. Delhi were the firm favourites but T20 is so unpredictable that you just can’t take things granted in this format. Had Pathan taken the catch of Manhas at a crucial moment in the match the result might have well been in favour of Preity Zinta who wore a traditional Punjabi dress.

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.

Rajasthan clinch a Humdinger, Royal Challengers clinch a thriller

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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.

Taylor-made win for the Challengers, Mumbai Indians score a comprehensive win against Kings 11

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Nothing is going right for the KKR. For once they posted a good total, their highest in this IPL and they had to end up on the losing side.  KKR again started badly losing Dada and Ghosh under 6 overs and just 21 runs on the board. That brought Mccullum and David Hussey together. Hussey was playing his first match and didnt look rusty at all. But the star of the innings was Mccullum who finally managed to get something going for him. He was striking the ball sweetly and along with Hussey got the knight riders past 100 in the 10th over. But Hussey got out for a quick fire 43 of 27 but Mccullum was going great guns and he stayed there till the end to give knight riders a perfect score to defend.

Yuvraj, Katich heroics in vain as Chennai win,Rajasthan Royals have it easy Vs Royal Challengers

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This has to be the best match of this IPL season. We have had a match involving a super over and so many low scoring close contests but this one was different .It was a high scoring thriller and you could hardly choose between the two teams in the end but as there has to be a looser and a winner in every game,the Super Kings held their nerves in the end and emerged victorious.