Thursday, April 25, 2013

KXIP vs SRH: 19/4/13

All the stale ingredients of match-fixing and IPL6 matches were on view. KXIP won the toss and chose to bat. Wickets were lost as per dictates of the script, crashing to 123/9 in 20 overs, after a steady start and promise of a competitive score. Wickets were lost in a heap towards the end of the innings, a peculiarity of many a script for IPL6, the last match batting hero Gony so openly getting himself run out without facing a ball. The session scoring for the first session was manipulated for the session score to be less than the score on offer at any point throughout the session. Gavaskar comments senseless batting and that is it.

Experts back the SRH to score 124 (to win) quite easily. They did score those runs but not without some hiccups. Commentator said that the ball will come well on the bat in first 6 overs, and it will be difficult to score as the ball becomes old. Just the opposite happened. SRH were 33/1 in 6 overs, and started scoring more freely after the 6th over. Another favourite with the script writers of IPL6 - teams allowing the required run rate to mount and then hitting sixes towards end to win - was also incorporated in this match script. And so the absurd umpiring decisions.

One wonders what has happened to Azhar Mahmood in IPL. Probably he completed his quota of doing well with bat and ball both in BPL. 

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