Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Misfields & Drop Catches Make Their day

It was really unbelievable for most of us for, one could not think as to how come the Rajasthan Royals could manage a win against the Deccan Chargers at the end of the day when the Deccan Chargers held the upper hand for most part of the innings. First by putting a decent total (if not a satisfactory one) of 141 and later by destroying the top order of the Rajasthan Royals' batting by reducing them for 58/5 at the end of the 10th over. Was it the strategic break that comes after every 10 overs responsible for the Royals' comeback? Well not really!!!

If at all anyone has to take the credit for the Rajasthan Royals' win against the Deccan Chargers, it is the Deccan Chargers team itself. For, without the co-operation of the Deccan Chargers' fielders the task would have been just impossible. At the fag end of the Rajasthan Royals' batting, when the team needed 10 runs off an equal number of deliveries, Dwayne Smith fumbled a run out chance. Well it could be said that by bthat time the Rajasthan Royals were well in control with a victory just a stone's throw. The other mis field includes the one by Rohith Sharma who didn't collect the ball and the missed runout off Edwards in the penultimate ball.

Shane Warne was dropped in the second ball of the 11th over after he had hit the previous ball for six and then another maximum one the very next ball after he was dropped. This was more than enough for any team to win a match, when one drop catch in a super six game of the 1999 world cup saw Steve Waugh winning the same. So, one can imagine the result of a match that has had as many as five mis fields and drop catches altogether. However, the fighting spirit of the Rajasthan Royals have to be appreciated here for, normally a team in such a situation would have lost all its wickets for just another 10 to 20 runs after being 57 for the loss of 5 wickets.

However, it looks like after the match against Rajasthan Royals that the Deccan Chargers have got back to where they had left in the first edition of the IPL in 2008, where they finished at the bottom of the points table, spoiling the hard work of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. This time, they might have won the fist four matches of the series but, this loss could never be forgiven though the one earlier to this against the delhi Daredevild could be given a pass, for even the Daredevils have maintained a winning run similar to the Deccan Chargers. So, if it is assumed that the DCs to be favourites, better think again before betting!!!

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