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A Royal Mauling At The Chepauk

April 3, 2010

As the players walked off after the match ended, Murali Vijay shook hands with his team mates and one guy, I think it was Aniruddha Srikkanth who said to him “You the man”

Truer words were never spoken.

Murali Vijay’s onslaught was a work of art and flat pitch or not, he deserved his 127 off 56. Morkel was finally promoted ahead of  the strike hogging Badrinath and hit a superb supportive half century as CSK plundered 157 runs off the last 10 overs of their innings. RR’s outrage against Gambhir earlier this week, which the serious man lashed out against after being reprimanded by Lait Modi added to the context of the match and RR’s display.

Bollinger killed it for CSK with some excellent bowling to dismiss Watson who was running away with a match and a superb catch at the boundary to take out RR’s big gun Pathan. Watson reminded everyone just why he was Man of the Tournament in 2008 with 3 dismissals and a 60 off 25. Naman Ojha had a torrid time putting bat to ball but managed a 94 not out nevertheless.

CSK and RR switched positions on the points table but RR’s effort at the chase meant that CSK just about managed to get their NRR out of the red.

This leaves the tournament still wide open with DC, DD, RR, KKR and CSK all in contention for a semis spot. KXIP are out while MI and RCB have all but sealed their semis spot. The mid season reinforcements everyone was cribbing about have arrived now and there are really no more excuses to hide behind.

I’m laying my bets on DD and CSK to make it through with KKR as the dark horses. Shame about the rest, don’t think they cut it.

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