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CSK Needs ‘Bolls’

April 1, 2010

That’s what my friend said on Twitter after CSK lost their fourth consecutive game against the Rajasthan Royals last week. A sequence which began with stick from Uthappa, included a shameful choke against Kings XI Punjab, a grinding assault by Shikhar Dhawan and Sachin Tendulkar and a resigned, comprehensive defeat against the Royals.

Yesterday, CSK halted their slide towards a first round exit. For now, atleast.

Murali Vijay played a match winning knock even as Hayden’s ordinary tournament continued. Suresh Raina didn’t let a mini collapse come in the way of big hitting and finished the match and then sealed it with a 4 run lead over RCB. It’ll affect their net run rate but whether it helps them edge out another team for a spot in the semis we will find out only later.

They have a match against the Rajasthan Royals to go before Doug Bollinger joins the side. Bollinger is expected to put in more than he does for Australia and anything less than that is not gonna be enough for CSK anyway.

Here’s hoping he revives their 2010 campaign.

Dinesh Karthik won Delhi Daredevils the game against Rajasthan Royals later yesterday. He came in with Delhi at 67/4 in the 9th over and stayed till the end of the innings getting out on the last delivery by which time he had bludgeoned 69 off 38 balls. It was a great knock to celebrate his inclusion in the World Twenty20 squad in the Caribbean and set up Delhi’s eventually huge win.

Farveez Maharoof returned to the team after Dirk Nannes’ injury ruled him out for two weeks and took two wickets in the very first over. Amit Mishra took 3 wickets while David Warner chipped in with four catches and a run out. Delhi have picked up their campaign from three straight defeats to get three consecutive wins and they’re doing it without De Villiers and Dilshan in the squad. With them on a roll, the fight for semi finals spot gets tighter. Let’s hope for more upsets?

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