Watch cricket highlights - Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab Highlights from IPL 2009
Scoreline: Mohali 139/6: Kumar Sangakkara 60, Irfan Pathan 39 - Kamran Khan 4-15-2
Rajasthan Royals 112/7: Ravindra Jadeja 37, Shane Warne 34 - Abdulla 4-21-3, Irfan Pathan 2 wickets
The clash of the resurgent teams featured similar beginnings in either innings - loss of wickets followed by consolidation in the lower order. Mohali won primarily because Sangakkara-Irfan was better than Jadeja-Warne.
The game also had its own mini-contests. Apart from whether Powar could outdo his entertainment value, there was the Yusuf-Irfan thing to look out for. This is probably the first time Irfan has come out on top in a televised game. With the bat and ball.
After the Rajasthan Royals game vs the Cape Cobras, Kamran Khan who was given only 1 over then, appeared to be someone who’d modeled himself on Irfan Pathan. Later games have shown a marked difference in the final bowling action but this game was interesting cos Kamran came up against Irfan and also got him - there seemed to be a couple of cool mentoring moments between the two. On the subject of action, Kamran’s was a lot better today than during certain crucial deliveries in the game vs KKR - doesn’t seem like a big issue with him that can’t be sorted out. Super stuff from the young bowler who’s had to live with the irony that he now has the things that could have been more meaningful a year or so back, when his mother passed away - an event that apparently could have been avoided with better medical treatment.
Pregame: A super clash between two teams who have only just seriously kickstarted their campaigns this season. So easily the game of the day.
Sunday, April 26, 2009