Management Funda by N. Raghuraman
Last over last ball. Seven to win. Since it is impossible, the team has to try for a six so that the score can go for a tie and push the team to a super-over contest. The responsibility was on Maxwell of Kings XI Punjab, the batsman on the crease who swings and connects that ball. It goes high up in the air and it seems like it is a six. For those ten seconds everybody was holding their breath. But the ball finally bounced millimetres before the ropes. The team gets four runs and loses by two runs to its opponent, KKR in this Saturday IPL match at Abu Dhabi. KKR have pulled off another come-from-behind win in the tournament. They have beaten KXIP by the smallest of margins from absolutely nowhere. These wins work wonders for their team, just like their owner Shah Rukh Khan comes and at the end and takes on the villain to win for his heart throb on the silver screen!
Phew, what a match. KXIP have themselves to blame as they lose a game which was under their grip for 18 overs of the chase. Rahul and Mayank put on a big partnership and after Agarwal’s departure, it just went downhill for Punjab. You feel for them but they know it’s their fault.
When two teams owned by Bollywood superstars clash, you know you are in for an entertaining evening. And Saturday was no different as Shah Rukh Khan witnessed some edge-of-the-seat action with his team, Kolkata Knight Riders, pulling off a narrow two-run win over the Preity Zinta co-owned KXIP. Yes the hero won but the heroine was not happy.
Remember, earlier, things looked promising for KXIP with openers Rahul and Mayank Agarwal forging a 115-run partnership. But they did not score at the speed that they needed to score. In such kind of matches, not losing wickets is no passport to victory. It’s a run that takes you there. Piling up runs of 10 per over in the last four overs with a ‘over-confidence’ that you have plenty of wickets in hand is always risky and KXIP has learnt this bitter lesson hard way.
Then came Sunday. The game was played on the same pitch used for Saturday’s KKR and KXIP, so stroke play wasn’t really easy. Incidentally the target score was also the same. The first team scored 162 and the second team needs 163 to win.
Mumbai Indian’s boys were calculative with their game plan and held their nerves right through to complete a five-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals with two balls to spare. The win helped the four-time champions leapfrog the Capitals to the top spot in the standings. Mumbai Indians have a superior net run rate than the Capitals although both teams have 10 points each. Remember, the chase was never easy for MI despite their power-packed batting line-up, yet they batted smartly to ease the pressure.
The difference between KXIP and MI was the number of runs to be scored in the last two over. The former needed 20 runs in 12 balls and the latter needed 11 runs in 15 balls. The reason for this difference is procrastination or an attitude called “ho- jayega” in the earlier overs.
Funda is that if you really want to have the last laugh, never procrastinate, and don’t be over confident that you will cover at the last minute