Saturday, March 20, 2010

IPL3. Day 9 Match 13. Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkatta Knoght Riders

Rajasthan Royals finally on board. A win is always welcome & if the win is through a totally professional approach, it is all the more satisfying. Royals did exactly that. Playing at the Ahemedabad pitch where the ball was coming very slowly of the pitch, the Royals put up a very decent score of 168 losing 7 wickets. The new players Fazal and Adam Voges scored freely for 31 of 23 and 37 of 22. Young Junjunwala continues to impress me. His display of 45 of 36 was faultless and most of the shots were pure cricketing shots out of the cricketing book. Here is a star in the making. Yousuf Pathan failed again and made 15 of 14 before holing out to Hodge of Dinda.
Dinda bowled his heart out taking 2 for 28 with a first ball LBW of Lumb. Ishant as usual was expensive, but took wickets finishing at 2 for 33. Bond took 2 for 32 and the others ran thru their overs.
KKR was never in them game. Contributions from Pujara 29 of 25, Hodge 36 of 34 and Ganguly 33 of 24 made up the score of 134 for 5 in twenty. Royals won by a comfortable 34 runs. All the Royal bowlers were very disciplined and bowled to a line and length consistently. Pathan bowled a brilliant spell of 4 over taking 2 for 23. Trivedi and Munaf contributed with a wicket each. Tait bowled with fire and fast. Great show Royals. Do not let down the momentum.
In the second match, two top of the board teams Royal Challengers are taking on Mumbai Indians. This will be a closely fought match and will go down the wire.

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