Sunday, April 25, 2010

IPL.3.Day.44. Match.60.Grand Finals- Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

Chennai Super Kings 168 for five beat Mumbai Indians 146 for 9 by 22 runs to take the DLF IPL Championship 2010, for the first time.
The match had all the ingredients of a grand final. Both the teams retained the winning combination of semi finals. Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. The pitch was totally devoid of grass, and it was not a surprising decision to bat first. The only negative factor could have been the dew for the team fielding second. However there was no trace of any dew, in the two semi finals and batting first was the best choice.

Murali Vijay and Hayden started tentatively against some accurate start overs by Harbhajan, Zaheer and Malinga. Vijay was the first to go, when he mistimed a hook to be taken by Tiwary at deep midwicket of Fernando for 26 of 19. Hayden had two lives, before holing out to Ambatti Rayudu of Pollard for a scratchy 17 of 31. Badri was taken by Malinga of Fernando for 14 of 11. CSK's score stood at 68 for 3 in 12 overs.

Dhoni joined Raina at this stage, and they shared an excellent partnership of 72 runs made in 33 deliveries, before Dhoni was taken by Fernando of Zaheer for a well made 22 of 15. Morkel blasted his way for a 15 of 6 before being run out in the 20th over. Raina remained unbeaten on 57 of 35 along with Anirudh on 6 of 3. Mumbai Indians went for 88 runs of the last seven overs. The Mumbai Indians fielding was scratchy and the bowling at the death was unimaginative, excepting Malinga, who was his usual best. Fernando with, Zaheer and Pollard were amongst the wickets.

When Mumbai Indians batted, Shikar Dhawan was taken by Dhoni of Bollinger for nought. Tendulkar 48 of 45 and Abishek Nayar 27/26. , played cautiously to add 64 runs between them. Tendulkar was at his usual best in spite of an injured webbing in the right hand. Mumbai Indians got their batting order wrong, sending Harbhajan 1 of 2 ahead of inform Tiwary 0 of 2, Rayudu 21 of 14, and Duminy 6 of 7.

When Harbhajan perished, 90 runs were required of seven overs. Pollard was pushed to the last slot of recognised batsmen, and though he scored a blistering 27 of 10, the required asking rate was too much to boot. Perhaps Pollard ahead of Duminy, would have turned the tables. It was not to be and Mumbai Indians folded for 146 for nine at 20 to lose the championship by 22 runs. Chennai Super Kings bowled and fielded brilliantly. The catches of Vijay, Raina, Jakati and Hayden were each worth a Karbon Kamal prize.

Bollinger , Morkel, Jakati , Muralitharan and Raina, were amongst the wickets, and more importantly took them at regular intervals. Mumbai Indians the best team in view during the entire tournament, were humbled in the finals. CSK have been through pressure situations more often and have come out successfully, compared to Mumbai Indians. This was the final difference between success and failure.

Three top teams will now play the Champions League at South Africa. Don't be surprised, if one of them turn out to be the ultimate champions. 44 days, sixty matches, IPL3. was a grand success. All the fears of security were allayed by excellent coordination. From the next IPL, Australians or Englishmen who nominally crib over small issues, will be determined to play with out much ado.

Bye for now & look forward to the WC.T20. to be played at West Indies.

1 comment:

  1. THOUGH WELL REVIEWED, again lbw decesions went in favour of csk both while batting and fieling fro hayden and H Singh respy. The catches dropped due to confusion betweeb Fernando and nayar of zaheer bowling and later by Zaheer himself turned the came for csk. this incident reminded me when a catch was dropped by Gibbs in a s/f w/c match,Steve Waugh mentioned that the lateer dropped the world cup !!.
    Similarly Zaheer dropped the IPL 3 cup !!.
    Looking forward for your comments on W/C
    The promising stars from CSK are Vijay, Badri and Ashwin. Hope they succed.
    A C Govindarajan