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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.
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It was a match where both the teams wanted a win badly to revive their hopes in IPL but someone had to lose and it had to be Royal Challengers losing by 16 runs to Mumbai Indians. In an earlier encounter the Royals had beaten them convincingly by 9 wickets but they couldn’t repeat it today. Set 158 for target the Royals didn’t have any momentum in their innings as they kept losing wickets regularly. Kallis and Kohli got starts but couldn’t continue for long. At the end of 10 overs they reached 58/4 with Kallis Kohli Uthappa and Dravid back in the hut. Dravid was brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Malinga. It was left to Boucher who was waging a lone battle as he was losing partners on the other side.. 40 were required of the last 2 but Boucher and Kumble could only manage 23 with 16 coming of the last over of Malinga.
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They say catches win matches but what I witnessed today was something that contradicted that notion. Super Kings dropped 4 and still won the game. It was super kings day. Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a good start with Hayden and vijay stroking the ball well and they reached 50 in 5 overs. Finally Chargers had something to cheer when they got Hayden. Dhoni promoted himself and he didn’t look the struggling Dhoni we have been seeing until now. He began stroking the ball well especially at the end of the innings. It was a captains innings which helped the team to get to a formidable 178 in 20 overs.
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Bad fielding, Bad Umpiring or just Bad Luck, Nothing seems to be going KKR way. Yet again they got the game close but were not good enough to be on the right side. Set a modest 154 to chase kings the kings got off to a bad start with Sangakkara skying one and was wonderfully caught by the wicketkeeper for a golden duck. But that was the only bit of fielding which KKR would be happy about .
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