A hat trick hero, a million dollar performance, a West Indian super show and a typical Delhi debacle marked the double header yesterday.
Ben Stokes and MS Dhoni set it all up for the RPS bowlers, who had the required ammunition to take full toll of the two paced pitch in Hyderabad. The fortress was breached and JayDdev Unadkat played a pivotal role in it, dishing out a hattrick(a maiden over too) while defending 13 of the last over.
The Sunrisers would have fancied themselves to chase down 148, but the new Hyderabad wicket played enough tricks to help RPS breach SRH’s fortress.
The evening game was dominated by the West Indian duo of Pollard and Simmons, who cranked up the scoring with their free flowing batting, completely blowing away the potent Delhi bowling unit. A score of 200 plus was put up on the board and the Delhi crowd was expectant, hoping for a repeat of the performance agains the Gujarat Lions. But it was a different bowling line up that this young Indian Delhi lineup was up against, a bowling unit that was far more diverse, far more skilled and far more controlled.
Pant and co. would have backed themselves to chase down a score of 200+ once again, but it all came crashing down, as none of the batsmen could find a way of getting the Mumbai bowlers away, and ended up giving their wickets away while chasing that mammoth, mammoth total.
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Mumbai are the first team to have qualified for the playoffs and Delhi now have to win all their remaining games to have any chance of going one step further. RPS too have solidified their position at the top and SRH suddenly have been forced to do some soul searching if they want to have any chance of making it to the last four.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
The Chinnaswamy track should suit the KKR side more than RCB, as Kuldeep, Narine and PC could cause the already dented RCB a lot of damage tomorrow.
When self confidence takes a hit, even the best fall from the pinnacle, and RCB are in the midst of that ‘wounded self confidence’ storm at the moment.
KKR too are in free fall. Their Narine experiment has ceased to function in the past few games, and the middle order lacks a little bit of spine. If it wasn’t for their bowling, KKR would have succumbed to some very embarrassing losses in the last few games.
Two teams in free fall would love to combat the gravitational force tomorrow, but where do they get that inspiration from?
Let’s get to business now!
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