Saturday, April 17, 2010

IPL.3. Day.37. Match.53. Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkatta Knight Riders


Jaydev Unadkat's brilliant 4.0.26.3 supported by Ashok Dinda's 4.0.24.2, restricted Rajasthan Royals to a modest 132 for 9 in 20 overs. Kolkatta Knight Riders riding on a fine 111 partnership in 80 balls, between Ganguly and Pujara, made 133 for 2 in 16.1 overs to win by eight wickets.

After a reasonable start by Watson 44 of 26 and N.Ojha 18 of 22, Royals lost wickets at regular intervals to indiscreet shots. The catch by Ganguly running backwards and taking the ball tumbling down, to dismiss Yusuf Pathan was a masterpiece. Finch with 21 of 21 and Faiz Fazal with 13 of 13 were the only other double figure scorers. Shane Bond,Murali Kartik and Lakshmi Shukla shared a wicket each.
Kolkatta Knight Riders lost Gayle and McCullum, taken in the first over of Kamran Khan. Ganguly and Chetan Pujara with an unbroken partnership of 111 of 80 deliveries, took KKR through . Ganguly made 75 of 50 and Pujara 45 of 38.
Rajasthan Royals missed the top four berth. Knight Riders, though won the match are poorly placed in their net run rate. Chennai Super Kings to play against Kings XI, Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils to face each other have a better run rate.
KKR can squeeze through if
1. Deccan Chargers lose by a big margin to Delhi Daredevils.
2. Chennai Super Kings Lose to Kings XI
3. KKR beat Mumbai Indians.
There are too many ifs and buts, but you never know !!

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