Last couple of days we have witnessed the IPL in its most entertaining form, the nail biting finishes, super overs, hat tricks; they say it can’t get better than this, but yes it will definitely get better and it will be more exciting and there will be lot more tense moments both for the players and for the fans as the IPL progresses. Because that is what IPL is all about. Except for the last game between the Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians which became a one sided affair, the three matches played before did speed up the heart beat of millions of fans across the cricketing community as the games were fought very closely and keenly that no one could predict who will come on top.
It was the 11th hat-trick registered in all the IPL seasons so far and the second one for this year’s. Sunil Narine who continues to head the bowlers table for the most wickets in IPL 2013 is the first one to take a hat-trick of this season, but KKR failed to win that game. The second hat-trick by Amit Mishra saw to that Sunrisers have defended a total that is considered below par in this format of the game. Amit Mishra along with Yuvraj Singh have taken hat-trick wickets twice so far in IPLs. He now surpasses the same and becomes the only one to take 3 hat-tricks in the IPL since it started in 2008.
In the KKR Vs KXIP match, Punjab scored a competitive total after the late heroics of Manpreet Singh Goni. Where was this guy all these days? Punjab will be more than happy to find a hope in form of Goni if he continues to bat like this as its batsmen not firing except for David Hussey. It looked as though Kolkata will chase down the target barring an over or two until when a fluent Gautam Gambhir was caught behind off a Jaffa of a delivery from Goni. When Eoin Morgan got out, wickets started falling as their middle order collapsed with out putting up any fight.
Just when Punjab started feeling that they have an upper hand, Rajat Bhatia changed the fortune towards their side, hitting Parvinder Awana for two big sixes and changing the equation. But it lasted only for too little time as he dragged the last delivery of the penultimate over on to his stumps. The totally out of sorts Yusuf Pathan again failed to make an impression and Kolkata finished 4 short of the required 11 runs of the last over bowled well by Praveen Kumar. Later in the post match presentation, Gambhir mentioned that “One can never think that the game is in their control” which is but true looking at the next couple of matches.
The Delhi Daredevils played a confident RCB in the next match that went to super over after the DD wicket keeper fumbled while collecting he last delivery and conceded a bye. RCB requiring 12 runs of the last over bowled by Irfan Pathan found a hero in Ravi Rampaul who not only managed to make it a draw but also bowled well in the super over that restricted Delhi. Umesh Yadav started off the DD super over with 4 good Yorker length deliveries giving away only 3 runs. But he lost his rhythm and bowled 2 length deliveries to ABD who smoked them into the crowds. Delhi came back into the game after picking up the wickets of Virat Kohli and ABD DeViliiers who had a solid partnership which threatened DD to take the game away from them. Surprisingly Virender Sehwag did not come out to bat in the super over for reasons unknown, Delhi needs to fire as a unit in all departments and need to win games consistently from now on to get back into the competition.
Pune warriors are to blame themselves for not being able to win the game chasing a below par total in their own backyard. Atleast not after Pune reaching a score of 101-4 to get 18 runs from 3 overs with 6 wickets in hand. No one would have expected the Sunrisers Hyderabad to win this game after failing again to put up a decent total on board who were 17-4 at one stage. The Sunrisers have one of the best bowling units in this tournament. They really bowled well in almost all their games. Pune did everything correct until Amit Mishra came either to bat or bowl. First he scored runs and made sure that Hyderabad has got some total on the board to defend, even if it was below par. And then when they came out to defend, Mishra just conceded 19 runs of his allocated 4 overs quota taking the last 4 vital wickets that included a hat-trick.
When Gambhir and Eoin Morgan were batting, when Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were batting and when Mathews and Mitchell Marsh were batting, in all these games the situation was the same, everyone thought these guys would take their sides to victory. But things change in T-20 matches so drastically. Everyone thought it was all over when these guys were batting the way they did. But its over only when it is actually over. While KKR and Pune saw adverse results, RCB pulled things back in their second chance in the super over. So the IPL is not over till its over, until then lets all have fun and enjoy these close encounters.
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