Saturday, April 3, 2010

IPL3. Day.23. Match.32. Chennai Super Kings Vs Rajasthan Royals

What a match. A belter of a wicket, 469 runs scored over 40 overs, 30 sixers and 40 fours, what more could one ask for. In a high scoring match at Chennai, Chennai Super Kings 246 for 5 beat Rajasthan Royals 223 for 5 by 23 runs.

Batting first on a batting beauty, Chennai Super Kings were given a rousing start. Hayden made a quick 34 of 21. Raina fell early for 13 of 7 again falling to Warne. Thereafter, Royals did not know what hit them. In a whirlwind partnership of 152 in 66 deliveries, Murali Vijay 127 of 56 and Albie Morkel 62 of 32, tore thru Royals attack. Warne used as many as seven bowlers and every one was taken to the cleaners. Watson with 2 for 47, Warne with 1 for 32 and Wagh with 1 for 16 were among the wickets. In the last six overs , 90 runs were plundered.

With a score of 246 staring at them, no one gave the Royals any chance and were expecting an one sided affair. But Lumb, Naman Ojha and Watson had other ideas. Naman Ojha with an unbeaten 94 of 55 and Watson with 60 of 25 nearly took them to the target. Crucial wickets of Watson, followed quickly by the wickets of Faizal and Jhunjhunwala, put an end to Royals trial.
Royals finished at 223 for 5 falling short by 23 runs.

For Super Kings Bollinger bowled superbly and finished with an amazing figures of in a game where nearly 500 runs were scored. Morkel took two and Tyagi one. Murali Vijay was declared the man of the match for his superb 127 of 56. Though, I do not wish to take anything away from Vijay's performance, my choice of Man of the Match would have been Bolinger, for his amazing bowling spell and catch of Yusuf taken Hussey style at the ropes.

Are the Australians practicing such catches. Bolinger's catch was an exact duplicate of the one taken by David Hussey, in KKR's match against Delhi Daredevils.

All the teams in WC T20, Watch out for the Aussies, they seem to have done their homework very well.

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