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CSK exhibits their elite class against disintegrating MI

No wonder CSK are the all time favorites in Pepsi IPL since its commencement and they reiterated this truth by negating MI with a tremendous seven wicket win in match 13 played on April 25, 2014 at Dubai. Mohit Sharma may not have had an up to the mark performancein the ICC WT20 for team India but is was his match all the way. He claimed four wickets of MI to contain them within 141 for seven in their stipulated 20 overs. Rohit Sharma the MI skipper won the toss and selected to give a chance to his players to set up a good total for reputed CSK to chase down. The MI opener Michael Hussey seemed to in a hurry as he left at 1 in the second over itself. Then just as Aditya Tare on 23 was trying to flourish through his smashing strokes Mohit struck to leave MI on 25 for two in 4.4 overs. Corey Anderson and Rohit Sharma commenced the repair work with efficiency bringing up the team 100 in the 15th over. The run out of Anderson on 39 was a set back from which MI did not have time or balls to recover. Hilfenhaus came back to get rid of Rohit Sharma on 50 in the 18th over with the scorecard reading 123 for four. Then in the 19th over of the MI innings, the most favorable for CSK that completely turned things around as Mohit Sharma bowled gaining three wickets from it. The CSK pacer scalped Ambati Rayudu, 1, Kieron Pollard, 12 and Harbhajan Singh, 0. This middle order collapse saw MI lose four wickets for four runs in the space of eight balls. Hilfenhaus claimed two wickets while Ishwar Pandey and Ashwin bowled at a below six economy rate in their four over spells. MI folded up their innings for a modest 141. The CSK chase was led by Brendon McCullum who remained unbeaten on 71 and his indomitable team mates who made short work of the target set up by the defending champions MI. McCullum was ably supported by Dwayne Smith who put up another of his glitzy performance. Dwayne, 29 struck three early sixes to put pressure on the MI bowlers but lost his wicket to a tough running catch off Pragyan Ojha. McCullum continued his streak of brilliance with Faf du Plessis, 20 as they added 53 significant runs. MS Dhoni took guard opposite McCullum upon du Plessis’s departure. It was then that the two CSK batsmen...

KKR win opener but tumble in match against DD

It was due to the smashing performance of Kallis and wicket taking ability of Narine that KKR confidently won over the defending champions MI in IPL 7 opener at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on April 16. After KKR Captain Gambhir departed without scoring while batting first against MI, Kallis had taken up to produce another gem of an innings for Kolkata Knight Riders to make MI look like an ordinary side. KKR’s trump card Sunil Narine delivered well by claiming four MI wickets while giving away just 20 runs to ruffle the Mumbai Indians chase that never quite settled down comfortably. It paid dividends for KKR when they chose to bat after winning the toss as the onslaught by both Kallis, 72 and Manish Pandey, 64 posted a good total of 163 for 5. Mumbai Indians could only scamper to a mere 122 for 7 at the end of their 20 overs. Though Lasith Malinga who has been in tremendous form lately finished with 4 for 23, his efforts went in vain as the MI batsmen let their team down. Ultimately KKR registered an amazing 41 run victory over Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai were off to a sluggish start with Morkel bounding them in fetters. Hussey, Tare, Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard were all under pressure and could not break out from the jinx layed out by KKR. The tournament’s first six went straight over the bowler’s head from Pandey. Kallis was awarded the man of the match award. Kolkata Knight Rider Yusuf Pathan received the good news of his wife having delivered their first baby boy as a bonus to the win. The news also made Yusuf’s brother Irfan Pathan a proud uncle who plays for SRH. A competitive total of 166 set up by KKR in match 6 was overcome in style by DD with special accomplishments from daredevil Duminy who sealed a victory for his team with a maximum. It was JP Duminy who snatched a win from under the noses of KKR with four wickets in hand and three balls to spare. It had seemed that the Knight Riders were cruising to victory when Duminy decided to alter the fate of the match by unleashing a flurry of boundaries, including a match winning six, to craft a famous win for his IPL team DD in the seventh edition of IPL. Earlier Gautam Gambhir had won the toss for KKR and opted to bat. KKR had once again a disastrous start as Kallis and...

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