Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Irfan Wins Over Yousuf

Well the match was not only between the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab but also between the two Pathan brothers namely Irfan Pathan and Yousuf Pathan. And finally not only did the Kings XI Punjab win over the Rajasthan Royals but also at the end of the day, Irfan Pathan's show was far better compared to that of Yousuf Pathan. Anyway, coming to the match, the pendulum was found swinging both ways throughout the match. First, the Rajasthan Royals had a taste of good luck when they had the Kings XI Punjab batsmen losing wickets at regular intervals and finally getting out for a score of 139 which was not too competitive.

And the Rajasthan Royals were also found in trouble, when even their batsmen followed suite, when the scoreboard of their batting chart read 27/4 at the end of the 4.3 over. This also meant the loss of four of their top order batsmen in Swapnil Asnodkar, Greame Smith, Quiney and Mascarenhas. nevermind, for there was the backbone of the Rajasthan Royals in Yousuf Pathan upon who the team can rely upon under any circumstances. But, he also disappointed unlike his half brother Irfan who displayed an all round performance. Not much could be expected from Ravindra Jadeja as well after such a batting debacle.

Shane Warne should really be given some applause for trying put something new with his bowlers, for no bowler was found to bowl in succession. Shane Warne bought another bowler just after one of them finished his first one. However, the result says something different. Despite scoring a meagre total of just 139, the Kings XI Punjab never lost more than four wickets is yet another highlight of the show. Because, either a team is found to put up a mammoth total with so much wickets in hand else succumb under pressure of the scoreboard not ticking and continue losing wickets.

It was unbelievable for the Rajasthan Royals not to have got even a single six in their innings. Forget about the first four who made their way back to the pavilion for a partly score. This is something that is expected from the other Royals namely the Royal Challengers Bangalore and not the Rajasthan Royals. This match yet again shows how the Rajasthan Royals are also beatable on their particular day when things just don't seem to favor them. The first time that the Rajasthan Royals didn't make justice for defending the title was in the first encounter when they not only lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore but also lost all the ten wickets for a score of just 58. So, the Rajasthan Royals can be referred to as "CHOKERS" of the IPL.

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