IPL 5: Day 46 – Deccan’s Play Perfect Spoilers & Mumbai adds icing to the tour…

May 21, 2012 at 12:26 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Last day of League games, tiresome cricket over 6 weeks or so and it all boils down to last two matches of the season, One being very important for 2 teams mainly and other inconsequential game at the end of the day.

Match 71:

Deccan Chargers Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

A Must win game for Bangalore, They have to win this game to enter playoff’s and on the process they will knock CSK out of the league for the first time even without making off to the playoff’s. On the other side, Deccan’s have a chance to better themselves and place themselves at eighth spot rather than being the wooden spooners.

Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to Field first, as he called RCB made early inroads by removing inform opener Dhawan for just 5, and followed Aksath Reddy & Cameron White with troubling much of the score, as DC were 20/3 in 4 overs.  Sanga along with Duminy tried to restore the middle order with some slow paced innings as DC crossed 50 runs in 11 overs.  Duminy played an important hand in the process and gave DC a modest total to defend. Chargers finished with 132/7 in 20 overs.

The way RCB fans look at this score is, it’s just 4 more runs higher than Gayle would score (he scored 128* in 62 balls last match). As always Gayle started off in blistering fashion as he plundered 24 runs in the second over of the match, it almost looked match will be over by the first strategic time, if Gayle can continue his assault. But it wasn’t the case as Steyn this time ruffled Gayle and picked up with a well directed bouncer to inside edge into stumps, 6 balls later he picked up the fellow opener Dilshan to a very straight delivery who swung hard and missed right infront of the stumps. Mishra picked a couple more wickets esp the one of De villers to put pressure back on RCB. At this moment 57/4 in 10 overs. Kohli & Tiwary played from then sensibly found boundaries when ever needed, until Kohli had a mind freeze who slogged to Long off and get caught right after hitting a six. Tiwary tried his level best, but failed to with hold the pressure surmounting. As RCB failed to reach the target by 9 runs, which eventually turned out to be the killer knock for them.  This win also means that Deccan will not finish at the bottom of the table as they will go past Pune and hold eighth position now.

RCB out of the tournament which means CSK is into Playoff’s, having to see three matches to go their way and now they are into Playoff’s. Certainly Dhoni is a lucky fellow. Chennai will owe a lot to Deccan’s they have won two games out of no where. Thanks has to be presented to Amit Mishra & I can’t miss the person who breathe fire in bowling Dale Steyn. Only these gentlemen made this happen.

Deccan Chargers won the game by 9 Runs…

Match 72:

Rajasthan Royals Vs Mumbai Indians

Not much of a hype around this game, as its not going to make any difference for anyone. Though Mumbai want to win the game and keep the momentum going their way, Royals will like to finish one more to feature in the W column of the table.

Dravid won the toss and decided to Bat first, Not a great start though as both openers walked when score was 31 in 5 overs. Binny & Watson played sensible cricket, but both had to depart when they tried to up the runrate. Shah & Menaria played few important shot and finally Rajasthan finished with 162 runs on the board.

Mumbai know they have to win this one strongly to take the confidence into Playoff’s. As it said Sachin & Smith started doing it in style but with some luck added to it. None of the edges carried to the fielder always falling on the no man’s land. Even if one carried where Watson dropped it, That was the kind of day Royals had in field, their bowling looked very much clumsy, fielding was more shabbier than ever. Trivedi had picked up the wicket of Smith just after he crossed his fifty but to his agony it was a no ball. Nothing stopped them as they sped past the winning runs with 12 balls to spare.

Mumbai Indians won the match by 10 wickets with 12 balls to spare…

Final League Standings of IPL season 5:

Four  Teams (Metros) who will play out for the cup is Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians & Chennai Super Kings…

Interesting facts as on Day 46:

–          Dwayne Smith scored his Maiden fifty in his IPL career.

–          Dhwan Kulkarni bowled the 27th Maiden of this season.

–          Mumbai have utilised eight opening pairs for this season, highest ever by any team, on the contrary Rajasthan Royals used only one opening pair (Dravid & Rahane throughout the tournament)

–          This is the first 10 wicket victory for this season of IPL.

–          163 runs between Sachin Tendulkar & Dwayne Smith for the first wicket is the highest ever in IPL history, bettering 159 runs between Michael Hussey & Murali Vijay against RCB in last edition.

–          This is the first time out of 18 occasions Rajasthan have failed to defend a target of 160+.

–          Deccan Chargers won their third game in their home ground in Hyderabad. Out of three victories two have come against RCB and one was against Rajasthan Royals.

–          Sachin Tendulkar scored his second IPL fifty of this season, first was against CSK, where again both these men Dwayne Smith & Sachin stole the victory from the jaws of defeat.

At the end of DAY 46:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 3

Total no. of Boundaries – 1784

Total no. of Sixes – 682

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 111,109,106,106 &106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (73) followed by R.Dravid (63)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (59) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (733) followed by S.Dhawan (569)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (25) followed by S.Narine (22) & L.Malinga (22)



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