Kochi Tuskers Kerala Crush Chennai Super Kings
Kochi Tuskers Kerala, with help from rain and Ravindra defeated the Chennai Super Kings in Kochi today. I expected Raina to go apeshit on KTK but their ungainly large hands helped them field well and effect run outs more accurately. No such luck for Chennai with aerial shots landing in gaps and stumps being missed by mere micro millimeters and batsmen just grounding their bats. And the rain, that was unlucky too.
Just like in the CL T20 match linked to above, the Duckworth Lewis didn’t help at all tonight, adding just two to the total. Any player will tell you this is bullshit; in a T20 match the planning of the innings changes radically for every over cut short and the DL calculated par score just doesn’t take that into account. I thought the IPL was ready to employ the VJD method for rain curtailed games and I was looking forward to it but that didn’t happen evidently.
Chennai were 65/2 after 9 overs with two new batsmen at the crease when it began raining. Upon resumption, the match was reduced to 17 overs per side and CSK finished at 131/4 with Raina scoring 50. Brendon McCullum, on the third anniversary of his amazing knock in the first ever IPL match made short work of the total, taking on Doug Bollinger, Albie Morkel and Shadab Jakati superbly. He picked up his second Man of the Match award in a row, making some faithful fan very happy in fantasy cricket. He was supported well by all the Kochi batsmen, Mahela, Parthiv, Hodge and Jadeja.
Jadeja has improved terribly in his last two matches, batting and bowling brilliantly which is very frustrating because this could mean a return to team India. Where he may perform amazingly which would be awesome or he may perform like he’s done in his chances so far which would suck like hell. Maybe he performs best under an overseas captain like an ET that sucks on it’s own planet but is the shizz on planet Earth.
But we must leave this depressing match for what is turning out to be the highlight of my posts, today’s
Paul Valthaty Update
In a stunning development, I’ve learnt that Paul Valthaty is not a Malayali as originally thought but in fact Paul Valthaty is actually from Andhra Pradesh. I don’t know what to make of this sensational twist. Who is Paul Valthaty really?