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They say catches win matches but what I witnessed today was something that contradicted that notion. Super Kings dropped 4 and still won the game. It was super kings day. Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a good start with Hayden and vijay stroking the ball well and they reached 50 in 5 overs. Finally Chargers had something to cheer when they got Hayden. Dhoni promoted himself and he didn’t look the struggling Dhoni we have been seeing until now. He began stroking the ball well especially at the end of the innings. It was a captains innings which helped the team to get to a formidable 178 in 20 overs.
To chase 178 you need good start and that is what the chargers didn’t get. They got of to a dreadful start with Morkel trapping Gilly of the first ball and the young Tyagi getting Gibbs of the next over and the very next over Morkel got Laxman. All the three batsmen got out for ducks and the scorecard read 1/3 in 2 overs. Dwayne smith came in and he too could have got out early but for the Chennai fielding who dropped 2 catches of him in consecutive balls. Smith made them pay heavily for that. He was hitting 6’s at will and the best of the lot was a typical WestIndian flick which reminds me of the Vivian Richards batting era. It was great going from him and rohit sharma got into the act too with some lusty blows. They raced to 70 in 8 overs..It was truly a tremendous comeback but then wickets fell like nine pins .Last 7 wickets going down for just 30 runs. The innings folded up at 100 exactly with 60 of those runs coming of boundaires and sixes.All the batsmen got out playing attacking shots except smith who got out tamely. The young Jakati again got 4 wickets courtesy Deccan charger batsmen. He has some talent. With 8 wickets in 2 matches he is surely on the right track. I mentioned 4 dropped catches but I cant stop laughing about the run out that they missed. Smith knocked the ball to the offside and took a run comfortably and the throw from the deep comes in and the bowler misses and smith sets of to take advantage of that but Suman does not react and he is stranded on the middle of the pitch. The ball comes back to the bowler and he throws at the stumps and misses it. Smith had no hope of returning but when he saw that the bowler didn’t collect the ball properly he reached home safely but this time the super Kings didn’t have to pay heavily and got him in that over. With this win the Super Kings go to the top of the table and have won 3 in a row and chargers have lost 3 in a row. Some work to do for the chargers before the next match. ClickHere for the scorecard
Man of the Match: Dhoni
Today’s Matches: Kings 11 Vs Rajasthan Royals, Knight Riders Vs DareDevils