CHANDIGARH, India (Mon, May 14) – Two matches were played the other night in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2012) on the 40th day of the tournament.
The second match of the day was played between Deccan Chargers (DC) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), which proved to be a real thriller in contrast to first match of the day.
Chasing a big target of 191, Punjab did not get off to a great start. They lost the openers cheaply and the required run rate kept on mounting. However,(31 off 20) and (65 off 35) steadied their innings. Gurkeerat Singh (29* off 12) chipped in with an amazing little cameo towards the end to get past the target on the very last ball of the match. The Deccan bowlers, except , lost their nerve and bowled too many full tosses towards the end.
David Hussey was named man of the match for his spirited batting and quality leadership.
In the first match, Rajasthan Royals (RR) beat Pune Warriors India (PWI) in a rather one-sided match, missing the thrill and excitement normally associated with T20 matches. Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bat first and piled up 170/4 in allotted 20 overs. Ajinkya Rahane (61 off 47) and(58 off 31) were the main contributors for Rajasthan Royals.
In reply, Pune just managed 125/9 in their 20 overs batting. Top order batsmen fell cheaply against the superb bowling by Rajasthan bowlers. Pune’s top four batsmen fell prey to young Ajit Chandila, including a hat-trick. He was also named man of the match for his extraordinary bowling spell. Shane Watson and Johan Botha also claimed 2 wickets each for Rajasthan.
Punjab is on the 7th spot on points table right now, but they have still kept their chances of qualifying for the play-offs. Rajasthan Royals is spotted on 6th and fancy their chances for play-offs. Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai are still holding top three positions respectively.
Detailed and updated points table and respective team positions are given above.