Thursday, April 15, 2010

IPL3. Day.35.Match.50. Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Daredevils



Chennai Super Kings 112 for 9 lost to Delhi Daredevils113 for 4 by six wickets in the nineteenth over.

Batting first, in a devil of a wicket where the ball was spinning viciously and keeping low from ball one, Chennai Super Kings made 112 for 9. There was hardly any batting display of note. Badri with 30 of 28 and Bollinger with an unbeaten 16 of 14 , were instrumental in Super Kings crossing the three figure mark.

Even Sehwag and Dilshan's bowling reminded one of Shane Warne or Murali in a wearing wicket. Good starts were given by Nannes 3.0.25.1 & Nehra 4.0.26.3. Mishra bowled for 4.0.13.1, but fielded poorly dropping sitters. Dilshan and Sehwag had magical figures of 4.0.18.2 and 4.0.19.1.

On such a worn wicket, Super Kings strategy of not picking Murali is debatable. Ashwin and Bollinger shared the new ball, and in no time Delhi Daredevils were looking down the barrel at 38 for 4. At this stage on a deadly wicket, it was anybody's game. Kartik fell for 13 of 16. Mithun Manas joined Gambhir and both played sensibly for an unbroken 5th wicket partnership of 75, which saw Delhi Devils score over by six wickets.
Gambhir was at his best scoring 57 of 56 and Manas a patient 25 of 32. There can not be a better player of spin bowling than Gambhir. Ashwin, Bollinger and Jakati shared the wickets. Super Kings definitely felt the absence of Murali. In a low scoring match almost going to the wire, Murali's four overs would have made the difference between defeat and victory for Super Kings.
With 50 of the 58 games completed, we are yet to see the the final combination of the last four. Royal Challengers & Delhi Daredevils seem reasonably safe, but the end games will have their say.

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