Thursday, April 11, 2013

KXIP vs CSK: 10/4/2013

A match I couldn't follow. So not aware how the odds changed, starting odds being around 1.65 in f/o CSK. Seeing the scorecard, it appears CSK must have remained favourites throughout, winning with ease at the end. 

From the scorecard itself, a few things stand out. The dramatic collapse of the Punjab team in slog overs served two purposes simultaneously for the fixers in this match. It made punters lose heavily in the 10-20 overs session betting, as with 106/3 at the end of 14 overs, Hussey and Gurkeerat batting well, with the heavy scoring by MI in the slog overs in the last match fresh in their minds ( and scoring in end in the match before that, even by a weak batting side SRH had been good), the punters couldn't but expect a score above 160, at least well above 150, from KXIP. Also KXIP had done very well in their last match, crushing Pune. So this end innings collapse of Punjab also left punters expecting more than a competitive match, as was very much on the cards, and backing the under-dogs Punjab at that point of time, high and dry. 

And what a contrast in overall performance, especially bowling performance, of Punjab from their performance in the last match only a couple of days ago! Cricket by chance or cricket by fixing/scripting? Use your own grey cells.

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