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IPL Season 7: Twenty20 Fever Grips Nation on account of First Semi-Final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders

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IPL Season 7: Twenty20 Fever Grips Nation on account of First Semi-Final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders

May 27
11:37 2014

iplNew Delhi, Tuesday, May 27 – Die-hard cricket fans have keenly been waiting for this day to come as the first qualifier match has been scheduled to take place between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders today at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The playoffs have turned interesting post some of the immaculate performances by the cricketers in the lately played matches for instance Yusuf Pathan’s blitz of 72 runs of 22 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Corey Anderson bombardment of 95 runs in 44 balls against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday that ensured Mumbai Indians are going to book a berth in the semi-finals.

Ambati Rayudu also shone in the MI’s match against RR a couple of days ago. The youngster spellbound audience with his fabulous play on the field by smashing 5 boundaries and a six to blast 30 runs of just 10 balls.  Aditya Tare who hit the required six in 14.3 over would be remembered for a long time as it wasn’t easy at all for the new player to go for a flying shot at a stage when a miss could have made Shane Watson-led Rajasthan Royals to be in the top four.

MI’s journey in the Indian Premier League season 7 has gone through several ups and downs. Post loosing 5 matches one after the other in UAE leg, the ‘men in blue’ landed in India with a hope to pocket victory in the coming matches. They even did so but lost two more matches later on that let them to be dependant on the scores of other contesting squads. However, utilizing their mathematical chance in the best possible ways, the defending champions of 2013 registered an unforgettable win over RR.

There have been more than a few immaculate performances in the new season of Twenty20 game that played imperative role in grabbing attention of the spectators in the remaining matches. Chris Lynn’s unbelievable catch at the vital moment sent Royal Challengers Bangalore at the back foot when they seemed to be at the winning end.

Chennai Super Kings though slipped from no. 2 spot to no. 3 post facing defeat in a few of the league matches. However, it is a team that is popular for winning the contest when situations are not in favor. CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina have the latent to go for gigantic sixes against best bowlers of the world. Stupendous performances by Glenn Maxwell, the brilliant Australian all-rounder, Dwayne Smith, Robin Uthappa and Brendon McCullum can’t be kept aside as their mind-boggling innings had terrific significances that made their teams to be through to the playoffs.

Now, it is the time to watch a splendid match between qualifier 1 and qualifier 2 on Tuesday as both KXIP and KKR are all set to emerge as a winner at the end of the day. Gautam Gambhir’s potential ‘playing 11’ has the chance to repeat the history once again after 2012, while George Bailey’s enthusiastic teammates have got the opportunity to be into the final for the first time after IPL format came into being. It would be interesting to watch who makes the best use of opportunity. Let us wait and watch!

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