Wednesday, April 7, 2010

IPL3. Day.27. Match.38. Kings XI Vs Rajasthan Royals.


Rajasthan Royals 157 for 1 in 15 overs squarely beat Kings XI 153 for 6 by 9 wickets, in a one sided match.

Teams playing just for the heck of it need to be banned. Kings XI did exactly that at Jaipur, playing against Rajasthan Royals. We have to feel sorry for the paying public and the millions of viewers, for such a pathetic and sordid display.

In fact Kings XI started of well by winning the toss and electing to bat. When Bisla left at the fourth over Kings XI were at nine runs per over. Sangakara left immediately after the power play, needlessly playing a foolish shot.

Yuvraj seemed to be getting back to some sort of a form and with Mahela timing sweetly, Kings Xi seemed to be picking up for a reasonable score. Just as sixes and fours were flowing from their blades, Kings XI reverted back to their old ways.

Aditya Dole in his short span of six international matches, will never forget the day and the over, when he got both Yuvraj and Mahela out. From 103 for 2 after 11 overs, Kings XI folded to 153 for 6 in twenty overs. Aditya Dole, whom Warne had backed to the hilt, finished with 4.0.36.2. Watson with 4.0.19.1 and the work horse Siddarth Trivedi with 4.0.22.2.

Rajasthan Royals started in style and finished in style. Michael Lumb and Naman Ojha batted brilliantly for 83 of 43 and 44 not out of 37 respectively. Lumb was taken by Bopara, and in strode Yusuf and completed the formalities with a quickfire 21 of 13. Royals finished the match with 157 for one in fifteen overs.

Sreesanth must have lost his marbles somewhere. A repeated defaulter, after being called for couple of clear no balls, Sreesanth ended the over by sarcastically clapping the batsman Lumb and then the Umpire. If IPL shows some consistency, the punishment should be a fine and a ban. If a player could be reprimanded, for commenting a team is ordinary, Sreesanth definitely deserves a capital punishment.

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