Indian Premier League (IPL) is on its trek, celebrated as “India ka tyohaar”. Fortunately the matches are much better and appealing than the opening ceremony of the league. Today there were two matches.
- Match 4 – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs. SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
CSK won by 45 runs. After winning the toss CSK skipper MSD chose to bat first. SRH had a mammoth target of 210 to chase. Brendon McCullum’s century and skipper MS Dhoni’s 50 made CSK to compile such a big target. Hyderabad was never in the run-chase and the pressure was clearly visible. A much needed opening partnership between Dhawan and Warner appeared to build up by good cricketing shots by both of them, but it came to an end as a result of Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal by Mohit Sharma. Impressive bowling by the CSK bowlers made it even tougher for SRH. Despite of David Warner’s efforts, the target appeared very difficult to chase as expected. CSK clearly showed their clear aim towards registering the title in their name for the third time, after two consecutive wins. SRH’s decision to hold Williamson back till the end and dropping Dale Steyn was questionable. Brendon McCullum was surely the star player and was rewarded by the Man of the Match title.
- Match 5 – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
RCB won the nail-biting match by 3 wickets and 1 over to spare. After winning the toss RCB Captain Virat Kohli chose to bowl first. Batting first, KKR managed a total of 177 at the scoreboard. Striking performance by captain Gambhir, Uthhappa and Andre Russell made it all. It didn’t appear much difficult for RCB batsmen. But the match totally turned after not so impressive performance of star players Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
But the destiny had planned something else. The Gayle storm made it all for RCB. He was run out, by a good fielding effort by Manish Pandey for which he was awarded the Hotstar award. But, it was unfortunately too late. It was quite easy for Harshal Patel and Abu Nechim to drive their team towards an astonishing win. Chris Gayle was rewarded as the Man of the Match.