Chennai Super Kings steamroll Royal Challengers Bangalore
When these two play, there is hype. The rest of India may wonder why two Madrasi teams hate each other but they won’t understand this enmity. It’s not a Pakistan vs India kind of rivalry but it’s intense nonetheless. Which is why yesterday’s match turned out to be a dampener.
Michael Hussey, not even cooled down from his ODI ton against Bangladesh returned to the squad opened with Murali Vijay while Bollinger was benched, to be eased into playing. Hussey was welcomed affectionately even by the RCB players and they dropped a large number of catches to keep him in the middle. Mohammad Kaif was one of the offenders, announcing his continues participation in the IPL lest anyone forgot. The rest of the batsmen played little cameos as big partnerships failed to materialize. Daniel Vettori was the most challenging bowler to face and he too got tonked for runs towards the end of his spell. Hussey switched gears well towards the end, was calculative and clinical with his execution and powered CSK to 183/5.
Dilshan fell very early, is it too early to call it a slump? Then Dan the man continued his pinch hitter experiments, sending in Asad Pathan who took care of himself with a ridiculous effort which left all the stumps exposed. Does NZC really need John Buchanan? Daniel Vettori seems to be quite the wacko himself.
Commendably, the fielding was tight and it helped as the pressure got to Mayank Agarwal. RAshwin, Jakati and Randhiv did a great job, starving the batsmen of room and space to free their arms. Kohli and de Villiers strung up a partnership but the latter’s lack of intent helped CSK keep the asking rate high. Kohli, Tiwary and Pujara all perished trying to accelerate the chase and it was too late by the time ABD finally started swinging. Johan van der Wath, puzzlingly playing ahead of Charl Langeveldt, tried to prove otherwise, hitting a few boundaries but it was too late for RCB by then.
They didn’t play to potential despite keeping CSK down to a manageable total and that took away some of the excitement from the game. Especially considering what Paul Valthaty had managed to do earlier in the week. Which brings me to the
Paul Valthaty Update:
Borivali’s other bright shining star, Kings XI Punjab’s Shaun Marsh of 2011, Paul Valthaty continued his series of assaults on the IPL’s best in KXIP’s match against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad. Valthaty first took 4 wickets, derailing their innings and keeping it down to 165 and then slammed 75 runs off 47 balls to take KXIP home comfortably against the best bowling attack in the IPL. As my trump player, he earned me a whopping 620 points with his 4 wickets for an economy rate of just 7.25, his 47 ball 75 with 8 fours and 5 sixes and his man of the match award. AND he tied with Sachin Tendulkar as the highest run getter in the tournament. This guy. Legend.