Monday, May 11, 2009

IPL : Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals

This is what i call a Match Winning Performance of the team. As i mentioned in the last blog, Replacing Ryan Harris with Vaas is a very wise decission which paid off at the end. And Dwayne Smith replacing Gibbs was a bold move but defined the match.
Suman, as seen in the previous matches, was very good batting as opener. He did his job well may not be great. He just needs to work out in staying little long and playing bigger innings.
Rohit turned out to be true golden duck and as Gilly mentioned may be he is running for Purple cap rather than orange cup this year.

I would like to see the same line up to continue and keep winning. 

Sunday, May 10, 2009

IPL Match Report: Hyderabad (DC) vs Mohali (KXIP)

With the Australian players available, both teams made sure they included them in their line-up. Punjab, drafted Brett Lee in place of Yusuf Abdulla and Deccan replaced Dwayne Smith with Andrew Symonds.

An excellent start given by Gilchrist didn't last long but T Suman had made it up by keeping up momentum as he took on the bowlers from the moment he arrived. Except for couple of deliveries in his knock of 27 off 17 deliveries, i was very impressed with Suman. His batting was effortless and elegant. Straight six of Chawla in the ninth over was an example of it.
His shots are not of traditional pinch hitter quality, they have true class in them. A very good young talent India can look forward to.

Then came the record partnership between Venugopal rao and Symonds, i would say venugopal rao has played much sensibly this time. He took over the charge of attacking the bowlers intially when symonds is low in confidence and trying to get his touch. And when he is all set blazing, he rotated the strike giving symonds strike. One key over is the 17th, when Rao scored a six and boundary off Mota's final over. Before that Mota had dream figures of one for seven in three overs, which was runied with 17 in the 18th.

One thing that differentiated Punjab is their bowling. Piyush and Mota had expolited the slow pitch very well, which was lacking in Deccan Chargers attack.

Deccan Chargers bowling attack was seen as tooth less with none of them other than Ojha performing well. As the popular Telugu Movie Dialogue goes "I make the rules and I break the rules". Symonds has his own version as "I am the creator and I am the destroyer". He proved this for second time. In the inaugural edition match against Rajasthan Royals, he saved the team while batting with a fantastic century but he gave all the runs required for opponents Win while bowling. Yesterday it was the same, while he batted superbly ensuring team posts a big target, he bowled the 9th over to give away 20 runs. I think the Deccan Chargers have to note this point from next matches, Symonds can do best job in only one either batting or bowling. Especially when he played a superb batting knock, never give him a chance to bowl. :-)

From my perspective, key over was 19th over bowled by Ryan Harris which changed the match. Gilchrist should have opted for his golden duck rohit or venu. Gilchrist should look for better options in subsequent matches as ryan proves to be not so effective. RP Singh's bowling is also very poor, may be he is only good at hard pitches rather than these slow pitches. He has to add this ability to his sleeve, which would make enable him to be a great bowler.

Overall i would say, punjab is not at all effective either in bowling/batting/fielding and its only because of Deccan Chargers poor bowling they won the match.