Thursday, 21 May 2009

Same Score But A Different Approach

Approaches are the stepping atones of results one can say. A bad approach would definitely lead to a very bad result and a good one ensures a good result provided good luck prevails or bad luck doesn't overpower. The example for the same was given by the Mumbai Indians in their second encounter against the Kings XI Punjab at Centurion. The Kings XI Punjab team ended their batting innings by scoring exactly the same score that they did in the first encounter against the Mumbai Indians. But, the result was not the same for either teams out there whatsoever. And that too this was not the close encounter that it was on the other day.

The fifth over of the second innings when the Mumbai Indians' side was batting can never be forgotten especially by Sreesanth who once again proved that he is known only for wrong reasons on and off the field and not when the ball is given into his hands. The fifth over of the innings went for 21 runs with Bravo belting Sreesanth for two sixes and a boundary followed with 2 couple and a single. May be this was the over that bought confidence in the Mumbai Indians' batsmen who until then had scored just 14 runs from the first 4 overs. It is a comeback for Sreesanth that the Kings XI team have started going from bad to worse since his introduction.

A hint was given by Sreesanth when he played the first match of the series and giving away 23 runs in the 19th over of the Rajasthan Royals' innings which helped them go past the 200 run mark for the first time ever in the series. There was no Sreesanth in the earlier encounter between these two teams, which the Kings XI team won in a close affair. And another thing that turned out to be costly for the Kings XI team was the dropping of Yousuf Abdullah who was the architect in the Punjab team's victory in the first encounter returning with figures of 2/19 off the allotted 4 overs.

Yuvraj Singh going in for Brett Lee and Sreesanth made things worse for his team. This showed the consequence of disturbing the winning combination and Yuvraj Singh did that exactly at a time when his team required desperately to win incase his team had some chance of making it to the semis. But, even the Mumbai Indians' side have their last chances of making it to the last four of the Indian Premier League and why will, and why should they compromise? In addition to the bowlers' debacle, the batsmen never seemed to provide any sort of support to their bowlers. If not for Sohal's 43 runs at the top, none of the batsmen really stood to the challenge. Yuvraj Singh is still of the mindset that he is a batsman and will probably take time to realize that he is a captain too and would be responsible for his team's progress.

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