Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils had already done it and on Sunday it was the turn of Chennai to Showcase their talent : Not just how to lose a match but lose it after managing to get it to Super Over which KKR and DD couldn’t do :D. They scripted their own loss and maybe next time when Priyadarshan(who had come to watch the match) makes a movie he can have his script written by the Chennai team. It would surely be a Box office hit just like how the TRP ratings must have sky rocketed for sure during this game. Kings XI won their first game of this IPL season and Preity Zinta was on cloud 9. It just goes to show T20 is not about flat wickets and 200 plus scores but even low scoring encounters can turn out to be humdingers and nobody is complaining or is anyone?? PHOTOS
The Mongoose bat made an auspicious debut in the IPL as Hayden bludgeoned the Delhi bowlers for 7 sixes and 9 boundaries making a mockery of the stiff target that Daredevils had set. Hayden’s power packed 93 and stand in captain Raina’s unbeaten 49 meant that Delhi crashed to their 2nd consecutive loss and slipped to 5th place in the points table.
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.
It was the battle of South Giants between Deccan Chargers and Chennai Super Kings but once again it turned out to be a one sided affair as it always has been when these 2 teams have clashed . Before the game started the stats read – DC CSK DC CSK and hence this game was supposed to be DC’s game and it turned out to be that way. Vaas was the hero with the ball and all the big guns of DC fired setting up a huge total of 190.Not to forget the superb display of ground fielding from the Chargers which made the 191 target look like 210.
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It is not often that a world class spinner who has the world record for the most number of wickets is left out of the team. Chennai Super kings didn’t make that blunder again and it paid immediate dividends and Murali picked up the man of the match award. It was one way traffic from ball one…Hayden showed that he has not lost one bit of his batting prowess despite retiring from international cricket. It was a blazing knock from him which set the Bangalore Royal challengers on the back foot and they couldn’t recover from it though they pulled it back a little bit.