Match 57(1st Semi Final) – Kieron Pollard’s all round show ensured that Bangalore Royal Challengers didn’t reach their 2nd consecutive IPL Final and instead MI sailed through the finals and hence qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 to be held in September. RCB were in control for most part of Mumbai’s innings only to see Pollard play yet another delightful cameo to lift the Mumbai Indians to an impressive 184-5. It was always going to be a tough chase and this being a semi final only made it harder. Bangalore’s batting powerhouse stumbled yet again and never threatened to get close to the target. Even a limping Kieron Pollard was good enough to take 3 wickets and was rightfully awarded the man of the match.
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
Desperate 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
Royal Challengers registered their first win thanks to a wonderfully paced innings from Kallis(Current Orange Cap holder), whirlwind 51 from Robin and a cameo from Manish. Both the teams had lost their opening matches and one of them would end up slumping to their 2nd loss at the end of the game and sadly for Priety Zinta it was her team who despite making 203 were not able to defend it. RCB were out thought, outwitted and outplayed in their first game and had to come back strongly and Boy what a game it turned out to be. It was a home game for RCB and Punjab were looking to breach Bangalore’s fortress if you can call that since RCB has lost 6 of their 7 home matches in IPL1. RCB bowlers were sent on a leather hunt. It was the second instance that the opposition managed to score a 100 against them without losing a wicket. The bowling looked ordinary but thankfully for the RCB their batting which looked out of sorts against KKR came good against Kings XI. PHOTOS