IPL -2021 – 24th & 25th MATCH  REVIEWS

29th April 2021 the day saw a  double-header as MI & RR locked horns at DELHI(D/N) and KKR and DC at AHMEDABAD( N).

RR taking on the defending champion, MI in the afternoon, started with a bang as the opening pair of Jos Buttler and  Yashasvi Jaiswal pulverised the MI’s bowling attack and scored briskly adding 47 in the powerplay.  Coulter -Nile’s bowling  was put to swords as  his first over cost 14 runs as the young turks from U.P.  Left arm rookie batter Jaiswal cut lose against him.  

The pitch at Kotla seems to be an ideal IPL match as it has good pace and bounce and carry.  Some swing early on and a decent amount of turn.

Jos Buttler, England’s gloveman, who’s not having a great series so far played a cameo knock of 41 runs  at Arun Jaitley stadium, ( formerly Kotla stadium)  DELHI in the D/N encounter perished when he  charged too far from the crease  against the canny leggie, Rahul Chahar  and was deceived by the googly and completely missed the trajectory of the ball and was stumped by QDK by a day light distance.

And RR was losing wickets in a cluster.  Then came the 50 runs partnership between the skipper Samson and Dube.  Then Samson trying to shore up a big score, found his outside edge on to the stumps.

Jasprit Bumrah , the miserly bowler in this format once again bemused RR batters with more dot balls took a dolly from Dube and finished with his quota conceding just 15 runs.

The final over saw some drama.  Coulter-Nile was driven for a boundary by another young turks Parag.  Next ball Parag was reprieved when the MI captain Rohit dropped a sitter.  

His next ball was declared as ‘NO BALL” as the ball pitched outside the strip and the Freehit saw Parag bowled through the gates but they ran a single with David Miller striking a boundary to finish the innings with 171/4.

MI batters started well with Rohit and QDK scoring well over 8 runs per over until Rohit miscued a hit.  QDK who found his mojo was striking well completed his first half century i n this edition and Krunal Pandya promoted up the order played a cameo of 39 runs with 20 runs coming with boundaries.  And Pollard in his inimitable style finished off in style and MI won in the penultimate over losing just 3 wickets and in the second leg of the tournament MI found its winning ways.

And in the second match of the day KKR took on the burgeoning DC at Ahmedabad in the night encounter.

KKR’s batting woes continued as their top order batters struggled, consuming a lot of balls to score off with disciplined bowling by the DC bowlers.  The struggling Opener S. Gill top scored 43 runs off 38 balls.  But for Andre Russell’s late hitting the score would not have touched even 150 runs and KKR finished with a moderate score of 154/ 6 and DC’s spinners , especially the part timer Lalit Yadav scalped a couple of wickets conceding just 12 runs and Axar Patel, the local boy also took 2 wickets.

And DC’s openers made a mockery of this score as they went about ruthless leather hunting.  With just 156 runs to defend, it was intriguing that KKR’s captain Morgan opened the bowling with a young rookie bowler Shivam Mavi against a marauding the diminutive Prithvi Shaw, who was merciless hitting all his legal deliveries into the ropes, setting the stadium on fire.  And it was ironical that P. Shaw had captained the hapless bowler Mavi in the U-19 World cup and he had confided in the post-match presentation that he knew where Mavi would bowl as he was his under study for the past 4 years.    And the orange cap holder, Dhawan played a second fiddle in the chase scoring 42 runs in 132 runs partnership allowing Shaw to dominate the bowling.  

It does not bode well for a World cup winning captain Morgan bereft of ideas to marshal his arsenal in a combat situation like this.  As time and again his handling of bowling resources is much left to be desired. And the consistent and wicket taking bowler Pat Cummins was introduced only in the last over  of the first Power play who could arrest the run flow.  By the time they were well settled and carting every bowler either pace or spin with equanimity.  And the first breakthrough came only in 14th over when Cummins had Dhawan plumb in front of the wicket and Cummins cleaned two more batters of DC including P. Shaw who aimed for  an ambitious pull only found his top edge carried to the fielder at Point and he carried the batting within the striking distance of a win for DC.  And DC middle order batters finished the match in style with 21 balls to spare losing only 3 wickets.

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