2008 – KKR started high by beating Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers, but Super Kings stopped their winning run and then they ended up 6th in the table. Is history going to repeat itself?? It’s too early to say but the script looks the same as of today. Things surely were going according to plan for Kolkata Knight Riders until the final assault from the Chennai duo(Dhoni & Badrinath) spoiled the party for Dada and his million fans. It has only been a month since Dhoni and the Indian team were cheered by the Kolkata fans to equal the series against SA but today Dhoni was on the opposite side but that didn’t deter him one bit. We got to see phenomenal hitting from him which helped Super kings to post a competitive total. KKR who have been on a roll winning their first 2 matches were beaten comprehensively by 50 runs.
A target of 167 in T20 is considered to be competitive but the CSK bowlers made it look like a 200 plus total. You might be the highest scorer in T20 but you always have to start afresh. Hodge was out for a DUCK of the second ball. Gony playing his first game was smashed for 2 4’s of his first 2 balls but he had the last laugh when Tiwary’s middle stump was uprooted. He almost had Saha in that very over but Hayden couldn’t hold on to the catch. Kolkata’s innings was in tatters as they lost half their side with just 55 runs on the board. The Chennai bowlers kept chipping away with wickets. The score was 84 when the 9th wicket fell in the 15th over but Ishant Sharma and Murali Karthik managed to reduce the gap of the loss to 56 runs. PHOTOS
Chennai beaten by Deccan Chargers in their opening match opted for a solitary change, bringing in pacer Manpreet Gony for the struggling Sudeep Tyagi. Kolkata Knight riders were boosted by the inclusion of Shane Bond in place of the injured Charl Langeveldt. Laxmi Ratan Shukla replaced Cheteshwar Pujara. Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat which made both the captains happy as Ganguly wanted to field anyway. CSK got off to a bad start when Ishant Sharma got the big man Hayden to drag one onto his stumps scoring just 1 of 8 balls. Vijay and Raina steadied the ship but the scoring rate never went over 6. Dada was spot on with his bowling changes. He got Vijay with shukla and Raina played down the wrong line of the very first delivery of Hodge, The score was 59/3 at half time. What was looking like a 130 score turned out to be 166 thanks to an unbroken 109-run stand from 65 deliveries between MS Dhoni and S Badrinath. PHOTOS
It wasn’t the traditional Twenty20 innings from them to begin with as the need of the hour was to keep wickets in hand and then go for the hitting. They settled in with dabs and nudges before freeing their arms at the end. It was not until the l5th over when Dhoni hit his first 6. Bond was taken for 17 runs in his last over spoiling his figures as he had only given away 16 in his first 3. 84 runs were scored of the last 6 overs which proved to be the turning point in the match.
Player of the Match: MSD aka Mahi aka Dhoni 😀