Saturday, March 13, 2010


Match - 1

Super Yusuf steals show, Mumbai the contest :

Yusuf Pathan is a great show stealer. He slammed the second-fastest ton in T20 history, blized his way to a 100 in 37 balls ( 9*4, 8*6 ) to take the Rajasthan Royals to the brink of victory against Mumbai on the Day-2 of IPL THREE.

Mumbai Indians started in a decent way with two legends, Sachin and Jayasuriya , after winning toss at Brabourne Stadium. But it was Ambati Rayudu ( 55 in 33 balls ) and Saurabh Tiwari ( 53 in 33 balls ) who had powered MI to post a winning score of 212 for 6 in 20 overs.

Yusuf , who walked in at a hopeless 40 for 3 in 6.3 overs, slammed the 2nd fastest century in T20 matches. But he was run out, after scoring century by the good effort of R Satheesh, with the Royals needing 40 in 17 balls. Paras Dogra brought the target to 19 off 12 balls.

But MI clinched a tense four-run win.

Mumbai Indians 212 for 6 (Rayudu 55, Tiwary 53, Mascarenhas 2-34) beat Rajasthan Royals 208 for 7 (Yusuf 100, Dogra 41, Malinga 2-22) by 4 runs.

Player of the match YK Pathan (Rajasthan Royals)

Match - 2

Gautam Ghambir plays a captain's knock

Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir was all praise for his bowlers after winning their first game of IPL-3 against home team Punjab Kings XI here on Saturday.

However, the southpaw did not hesitate to admit they missed the services of their star bowler Ashish Nehra who was ruled out of the game due to an injury.

In his first match as IPL captain, Gautam Gambhir followed up inspired moves in the field with an old-fashioned innings full of sensible strokeplay and saved a glittering batting line-up the blushes in a straightforward chase of 143 on a flat pitch. It was thanks to disconcerting bowling from Dirk Nannes and timely big wickets for Farveez Maharoof that Delhi were chasing a paltry total, but Gambhir had to counter the regularly falling wickets and rising required rate to take his team home.

Sreesanth, who somehow nudged and edged nine runs in the final over to give himself something to bowl at, made the most of the extra few runs at Kings XI Punjab's disposal. He swung the ball beautifully, taking out Virender Sehwag and Tillakaratne Dilshan in his first over, and gave away just 15 in his first spell of three overs.

In the end Delhi Daredevils won by 5 wickets with 1 ball remaining in their first match of IPL THREE.

Delhi Daredevils 146 for 5 (Gambhir 72, Manhas 30*, Sreesanth 2-24) beat Kings XI Punjab 142 for 9 (Bopara 56, Nannes 2-12, Maharoof 2-37) by five wickets

Player of the match G Gambhir (Delhi Daredevils)

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