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Its Sachin v/s Dhoni in IPL 3 final!

April 23rd, 2010 clash of two titans looms ahead, in the final of the IPL, on Sunday.
Sachin Tendulkar is the best cricketer the world has seen, while Indian cricket has scaled to new height under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's astute leadership.

It is hard to differentiate between the two teams as both registered similar victories in their semi-finals.

Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians outplayed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs in the first semi-final on Wednesday, while Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings registered a comprehensive 38-run victory over Deccan Chargers in the second semis, on Thursday.

But Tendulkar's availability is a big question after he injured his right hand, while attempting to take a catch against Bangalore. He split his webbing and had to get five stitches and his availability is a big question mark as of now.

He has scored over 500 runs in the tournament and his absence would reduce Mumbai's chances by half. But then it would not be fair to expect him to play with such an injury, which would not even allow him to hold the bat with his right hand, let alone play shots.

Big-hitter Kieron Pollard also seemed to be struggling with hamstring during that semis and it remains to be seen whether he make it to the playing eleven for the title clash.

With the pitches getting slower with every game, Chennai must be happy that their spinners are peaking at the right moment. R Ashwin has proved to be deadly, bowling with the new ball, while Muttiah Muralitharan showed glimpses of his magical form in the semi-final match.

Overall, it may turn out to be a battle between Mumbai's aggressive batting line-up and Chennai's gritty bowling attack.

But Mumbai have come up trumps against every challenge thrown at them in this tournament and there is no reason why they cannot get over this one final obstacle.

Let's us all pray that Mumbai's biggest Khiladi Tendulkar can recover in time and take the field on Sunday for cricket has never seen a bigger match winner than him.

Go Sachin Go!!

Dhoni Dhamaal takes Chennai to semis

April 19th, 2010 a Super Sunday it turned out to be!

Who would have guessed the two teams who were written off around a week or so could bounce back in style and say “Picture abhi baki hai Mere Doston” to the other teams.

And that is exactly what happened as Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers outclassed their opponents to make it to the semi-finals of the Indian Premier League.

And well there is some good news for the Mumbai fans, with the two semi-finals being shifted to the DY Patil stadium and I am quite sure they will both be HOUSEFUL, sounds similar to a movie releasing in two weeks :)

First, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni at his belligerent best as he single-handedly took Chennai Super Kings into the semi-finals with a cracking knock of 54 from 29 balls.

With 44 needed from the last three overs, many tipped Kings XI Punjab as the winner, but then Dhoni showed his class and his batting prowess.

He ended it in some style by smashing Irfan Pathan for two sixes in a row to take his team home with just two deliveries to spare as the visitors chased down a mammoth 194 for victory.

In the second match of the day, Deccan Chargers got the better of Delhi Daredevils by 11 runs to progress to the last four.

Andrew Symonds turned out to be the saviour with a blazing 54 from 30 balls in an otherwise disappointing batting performance by the defending champions.

But the Deccan bowlers once again turned up the heat, helped by a brilliant display of catching from Rohit Sharma, who took three brilliant catches to account for the three of the first four wickets to fall.

Pragyan Ojha may have been ignored by the Indian selectors for the World Twenty20 tournament but he continues to make them rue their decision. He took two for 16 in his four overs to take his tournament tally to 20 wickets and set up Deccan’s 11-run victory after they were defending a modest 145.

Amazingly, Deccan won five matches in a row to progress to the semis, but Delhi slipped in the latter part of the tournament, winning just one of their last five games.

Mumbai Indians play Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match and unless the Sourav Ganguly can spring a miracle and beat Mumbai by a record margin they can’t stop Royal Challengers Bangalore from making it to the last four.

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