IPL 2014 reaches playoff stage
Toronto – In a completely surprised move, defending champions Mumbai Indians scripted victory for its team by thrashing Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs. The opposition was restricted by Mumbai for 153 for eight. Mumbai that presently lies second from the bottom on points table never gave the breather to Rajasthan in their chase of 179 runs and so won the match comfortably.
The highlight of the match was the fabulous performances of Mumbai’s bowlers – Harbhajan Singh who took two wickets for 13 from four overs, and Pragyan Ojha who clinched two for 30 in his four overs. This victory also keeps Mumbai’s hopes alive for a playoff as they have eight points from 11 matches.
Over the weekend Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets not giving the chance to opposition for longer partnerships. Kolkata Knight Riders reached the 150-run target with two balls to spare thanks to the unbeaten 39 runs by Yusuf Pathan that had two fours and a number of sixes along with a brilliant 35 from Manish Pandey that cruised their team ahead successfully.
In the second thrilling match played over the weekend, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Chennai Super Kings by five wickets though Chennai’s slow bowlers kept Bangalore batsmen in check and did not allow them to hit big. With this win Bangalore has climbed at the fifth position with 10 points but Chennai is virtually in a play-off stage with 16 points and just one step behind Kings IX Punjab.