Sunday, May 24, 2009

Last year's Laggards vyeing to be crowned as the IPL Champion this year

Cricket is a funny game. A real funny game which can turn things upside down. That is the beauty of the game. Its latest avatar Twenty 20 is no exception.

That is why, both Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad and Royal Challengers, Bangalore, who were ranked the last & one before that respectively in 2008, are finding themselves facing each other in the finals of IPL 2009. While DC should thank their captain Adam Gilchrist for his blitzkrieg of an innings in the first semi-finals to beat Delhi to be in the final, it was RCB's all round cricket plus their captain Kumble's good captaincy which helped them easily outplay Cheenai Super Kings in the second semi-finals yesterday.

Whether it is bowling or batting or fielding or catching, RCB clearly outplayed CSK in all departments. CSK continued their swift opening in this match too but subsequently lost their way due to good bowling and tight fielding plus catching by RCB. None of CSK's batsmen got going after a good start. As against this, when RCB replied, both their new-found opener Pandey and veteran Dravid, played a fluent but aggressive and pleasing innings & took RCB to the brink of victory which was sealed by Ross Taylor & Virat Kohli with some aggressive hits towards the end of the innings to help RCB overhaul CSK's score of 146 with 7 balls & 6 wickets to spare.

Today, the teams from Hyderabad and Bangalore are going to compete to determine who is going to be IPL Champion in 2009. Let us pray we get to see an extremely competitive final like last year. Let the better team of the day win & be crowned the IPL Champion.

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