2 days; 2 highly contrasting matches according to the league table; 2 highly contrasting results; but my word were both matches competitive.
Gujrat taking on Delhi at their new home of Kanpur was a match where none of the teams would be going to the next round and were just playing for their pride. Batting first Gujrat put up quite a competitive score of 195 in their 20 overs. Aaron finch came up with a great knock of 69 alongwith some handy knocks coming from Dinesh Karthik and Ishan Kishan as well. Delhi coming to chase had a strong in form young batting line up who had recently come from a successful chase of 200 runs. But within the first 2 overs they saw their shatter as 2 of the last matches heroes were dismissed in just one over. Both Samson and Pant back to the pavilion; Shreyas Iyer the other youngster and Karun Nair started to build up the innings. They took up a good partnership through the powerplay overs, but from then wickets kept falling. With Shreyas Iyer hitting from one end they kept their run rate flowing, and finally at the dying moment of the game with 7 runs of 5 balls to win, he got out at 96runs. 4 balls 7 runs and the all accurate Thampi bowled a good length and a slow fulltoss both of which got through to the rope for a boundary, getting Delhi as the Victorious team.
Mumbai coming up all prepared to their home to get a final win to secure their top 2 place facing Punjab who needs to win all the games to get into the top 4 of the competition. As KXIP came to bat boundaries started to flow. After a big powerplay hitting start by Guptill, Maxwell came and continued the hitting taking the team to a 131/2 when he got out at the end of 11 overs. Punjab kept the hitting on, as Wriddhiman Saha’s Opening decision came in handy as he went on to score a 93* of 55 balls to take his team’s total to 230 in the 20 overs, highest this IPL. In respond to that Mumbai came out Strongly with a 99 run opening partnership in just 52 balls. They kept on hitting with Pollard and Pandya even after he 2 openers and a lacklustre Rohit Sharma got out. Pandya and Karn Sharma’s quick hitting with Pollard’s Brilliance got them to the last over with 16 runs to defend. Pollard’s Second ball 6 took them to 9 runs of 4 balls; but unlike the last match Mohit Sharma Stuck with the basics and kept bowling the Yorkers to defend the total and concede just 1 run in the next 4 balls, winning his team the crucial match.
Punjab now needs to win their final game against Pune to get the chance to qualify. Mumbai safe at the top might just feel a pressure in their last match against KKR, as losing that might lose them the top Spot.