IPL shows its dream colors

Wow! This is what all cricketing fans were waiting for in this edition of IPL. But as everyone knows, everything has its own perks and these two days of scintillating performances, first from KKR and then from Mumbai Indians will be a moment of history in the cash rich tournament of India. What exactly can be said of these days?? Assault? Yes exactly, what else can be said of such games? To be precise, a murderous assault from the batsmen!

The whole world witnessed a total bizarre batting where it was only raining six and fours. Complete enjoyment with a mix of anxiety and nervousness. Cliff hangers are spice of IPL and other tournaments but such games especially came at the right time in this edition. Two stalwarts from different franchise from different subcontinents, Yusuf Pathan and Corey Anderson’s outings this year were ordinary until 24th May and 25th May came into foray respectively. Though this is the first IPL for the Kiwi in Mumbai colours, his willow was quiet without any fire which he had fumed cracking the fastest century by any batsman in ODI, breaking BOOM BOOM Afridi’s record.

Knight Riders won their previous 6 matches comprehensively, courtesies- Robin Uthappa’s explosive batting, Gambhir’s tactics working at the cream time for them and discipline bowling from them. But where is that giant who is known for his clean strikes and animal power. Yes, am talking about the Baroda dynamite, Yusuf Pathan whose batting has been lackluster from the onset. Each and every KKR fan, not only the fans, the team and especially the owners were waiting for that Pathan innings which he had played for the Royals couple of years ago! Finally, Pathan unleashed!-incredible innings against Sunrisers helping KKR leapfrog Chennai and grab the second spot. Although his catch was dropped on the very first ball and this dropped catch paved a way for an innings which will be remembered for years to come. An old saying- “catches win matches” and that’s where Sunrisers actually had lost the battle giving Pathan a life. Well, this proved a disaster for them as Pathan power of 72 from 22 deliveries won it for KKR and then saw the Mecca of Cricket Eden Gardens erupt with high current.

As we all know –East or West, India is the best. True that! From the trailer shown by the East of India, let’s move to the West to see the complete picture! The defending champs from Mumbai were fighting for pride few matches ago, and you see them now, smiling or crying by turning their fortunes by booking a berth in top4. Rightly so, they never looked in contention for top 4 as loosing back to back 5 matches had basically ended half their tournament. And it was way tough for them, finishing the total in 14.3 overs and MI had to come all guns blazing against Rajasthan Royals who once found themselves in the safe zone but later their alarm bells were rung. And the total posted by RR was a mammoth 189runs. Heroics was definitely needed from the batsmen and the hero of their rescue finally came, better late than never, Corey Anderson. No spark in this entire tournament and proving to be a total flop, the Kiwi produced unnatural stuff with his bat making the bowlers sweat and cry. The Thor-alike Anderson smashed a 95 of 44 balls clearing boundaries with ease. He looked in song from the first ball and clean hitting was in his book. He took the pacers to the cleaners and proved his worth, providing a sucker punch to the critics. Also, one cannot keep Rayudu’s cameo behind and The Mumbai Boy Aditya Tare’s six guaranteeing them a play-off in style! Wankhede once again looked colourful with Blue dominating all-over.

It was something which was absolutely strange, humongous and clinical. Sheer power was seen in both the matches and I would compliment Mumbai Indians for keeping their belief within them and striking when it most needed. They have done something which was never in the cards and the defending champions now look set to defend their title royally! But, I can’t leave behind Kolkata Knight Riders classical display of cricket who set their sights for their 2nd triumph. Korbo Lodbo Jeetbo is what I can all say and an encounter with table toppers-KXIP promises to be a delicious dish to be tasted. The only worst part which was witnessed yesterday and I was in tears when ‘The Great Wall of India’, Rahul Dravid was seen furious throwing his cap after losing. It was a sad affair for all the true fans of this disciplined game and I hope it never takes place again!

By Rohan Sengupta

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