Sunday, 3 May 2009

Smallest Total But The Biggest of Challenges

Despite the Mumbai Indians' opener Sanath Jayasuriya getting out for a golden duck, the scoreboard read the score of 1-1 with a run being conceded by an extra. For, not every team in the second edition of the IPL is as lucky as the Royal Challengers Bangalore are, who under all circumstances are found to witness the scoreboard reading 0-1 be it the Royal Challengers themselves or the opposition they are facing, 1-0 is a common gesture for them. Anyway, getting into the match between the Mumbai Indians and the Kings XI Punjab, this was one such match where Mumbai Indians neither lost wickets not put up a winning partnership.

Sanath Jayasuriya once again reminded us that he holds the record for scoring most ducks in one day international cricket of all times. This I guess till date is the lowest total defended in atleast the second edition of the Indian Premier League. Both the teams namely the Mumbai Indians and the Kings XI Punjab used as many as 7 bowlers to tackle the opposition batsmen. When the pitch was so bowler friendly one, it was just not understandable as to why the bowlers didn't make much of the pitch. Why did both the captains try out lesser known bowlers like Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin for Mumbai Indians and Goel & Mota for the KXIP.

Despite bowling a comparitivey tight spell, Sanath Jayasuriya was given just one over, with Bravo bowling three overs giving runs at 8.0 a piece. Wilkin Mota-though not being able to take a wicket, bowled economically giving away just runs but was given just 1 over. If it was too late by the captains to judge their bowlers' ability, then I ask as to what sort of captains are they? It was amazing to see Yuvraj Singh himself not willing to take charge as a bowler when his part time left arm spin has at times found to benefit the team. And when the Mumbai Indians have a match winning all rounder in Shaun Pollock, it is just not acceptable that all he is found doing is just warm the banches.

The Mumbai Indians' batsmen went in for more offensive shots rather than chase the small target the way it should have been done. There was absolutely no reason for Dwayne Bravo to go in for that lofted shot off Piyush Chawla when Mumbai Indians had the match well in their kitty. Rather than sending in Tiwary, Lasith Malinga would have done a better job, for it is still in my memories when Lasith Malinga in the world cup 2007 lofted blindly the bowlers from England and Australia that saw them beat England and go past 200 against Australia. Hmmm...this was the match that saw Harbhajan's IPL dreams end when he slapped Sreesanth in the first edition.

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