Mumbai Indians worked hard for a 5-wicket win with 7 balls to spare in a low-scoring contest against the lowly placed Pune Warriors at the Subrata Roy Stadium. On a pitch that wasn’t easy to score freely, Pune Warriors could leave a powerful Mumbai batting line-up with just 113 to chase in 20 overs.
The difference in the margin of victory in the match between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday at the Feroz Shah Kotla was only four runs. The result would clearly indicate that it was a close game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore collected their crucial victory against hosts Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The visitors held onto a 4-run win in what was a high-scoring contest. RCB now have 8 wins in 13 matches while the Delhi Daredevils are second from the bottom with 10 defeats in 13 matches.
Thursday was one of the few occasions this season when Pune Warriors were in with a genuine chance of winning a contest. They had Kolkata Knight Riders on the mat early on at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, after Kolkata decided to bat first.
In a format that seems to have been specially invented for batsmen, rarely do bowlers manage to outshine those with the willow in hand, and, not surprisingly, since every aspect of T20 is heavily loaded in favour of the batsmen.
Defending Champions Kolkata Knight Riders collected what is only their fifth win in 13 matches and is all set to crash out of the IPL. Their 46-run win over hosts Pune Warriors was a big one but serves them only as a consolation.