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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blazing Bhaji - Turbantor with Bat

Had the pleasure of watching the batting of the "Turbanator" - Harbhajan Singh... He was on a different level altogether and seemed to carry the 'midas' touch with him. Every shot he played was either disappearing into the crowd or hitting the advertising boards.

Tendulkar has been having a dream run of form with bat in this IPL so far. And to top it off with his knock today he came up with a captain's masterstroke idea today of bowling Harbhajan first up. My 2 cents..this masterstroke was prompted by couple of reasons
- The adrenaline was flowing for Bhajji after his batting blitz...nothing could be worse than having a charged up bowler bowling at opponent's batsman
- More importantly, the dew would have made the ball soft and Bhajji would not have the proper grip & loose the impact.

AND BEHOLD...2nd ball of the DC innings...guess what Sachin holds the "kamal" catch to c the back of the most dangerous DC batsman - Gilchrist.

I believe the wind was Knocked out of DC by Bhajji's knock but the fall of Gilchrist on 2nd ball of the innings knocked the spirit out of their fight..

With the result of the two games played today, has thrown IPL -3 open. Rajasthan Royals (RR) with their 4th consecutive win have climbed up the ladder. They are now placed 3rd in the points table after having played 7 games. Deccan Chargers (DC) who were riding a success wave are now struggling and are on the 5th position but very likely to be displaced by KKR or DD tomorrow. Look at the Points Table reference

We still have lots of games to go...And we may see some teams making a comeback

Watch the highlights on www.youtube.com/ipl

Sunday, March 21, 2010

IPL3 - Match of the Tournament so far

I have stopped blogging for many days (years).....but watching the match between Chennai Super Kings & King Punjab made me blog again.

Classic match. you could say one team tried its best to loose the match while the other sneaked through an ajar door. there were couple of instances for few players to make a name for themselves and they did not grab it

- parthiv patel had everything going for him. he had to play himself till the last over to take Superkings over the wire
- Irfan Pathan had a golden opportunity to become a hero for Punjab by bowling an over of his lifetime. he had to restrict CSK from getting those 10 runs in the last over

God knows had CSK played their full quota of 6 balls in the Superover...we might still have some more excitement left in the game..

In the end, Chennai Super Kings have themselves to blame as it is said..."THEY SNATCHED DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY".....