Critics make sport even more special. Entities on the periphery of the game, bestowed with the power to influence player psychology, these critics have unmatched power in the field of sport(or any field for that matter). They play tricks with the psyche of the player, make them question their abilities but despite all the negative aura around them, they foster lay the foundations for comebacks. And that is one thing we must be thankful to them for. One of the purest forms of joy is experienced when a player, vilified by critics comes back to show his worth for all to see.
While the entire stadium erupted when Dhoni hit that four through extra cover to seal an enthralling victory for RPS, Dhoni stood there stone faced, soaking in all the emotion, the joy, the relief.
RPS would be ecstatic that they could pull of this win against the high flying Sunrisers, when they actually looked down and out for most part of the game. Dhoni’s return to form is a a massive boost for their side, and they would love form him to feast on the bowlers from the next game on.
In the evening game the Wankhede, traditioanlly a batsmen’s paradise turned into a night mare for them as only 260 odd runs were scored. First it was Mishra’s trickery that sent Mumbai into hiding, and then it was Mitch McCleneghan who rocked back DD in what seemed like a pretty straight forward chase. Despite Morris and Rabada’s late order heroics, Delhi just couldn’t muster enough spine to chase down Mumbai’s rather meagre total.
Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab
The Lions finally tasted some success in Kolkata, breaching KKRs fortress in emphatic style, thanks to a gritty knock from their skipper, Suresh Raina.
The Kings XI on the other hand were dismantled by the Mumbai Indians in their last outing, despite a monumental effort from Hashim Amla. Their bowling is turning out to be the weak area and they’ll have to somehow strengthen it up with their foreign recruits and Indian reserves.
Let’s get to business now!
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