Friday, March 19, 2010


Finally, the Mongoose came out of the kit! And what a way to use it... Matthew Hayden used the loooong handle in a brilliant manner and completely negated the effect of Virendra Sehwag's typically smashing innings earlier in the game.

In the end, Chennai Super Kings were comfortable winners (5 balls to spare is indeed comfortable in this format). So Raina's capatincy debut in IPL got off to a dream start... he even hit the winning six (over the off side, for a change)! MS Dhoni was missed in his captaincy... he might have had a trick up his sleeve to halt Viru's assault (I doubt it!). But eventually CSK was happy in the end.

Dinesh Karthik should not be too disappointed... one can't do a lot when Hayden lets his bat talk (Mongoose or otherwise)! What DK might be worried about is his recent captaincy record while defending strong targets. Not too long back, he was the captain when Yusuf Pathan hit a quick double century to help West Zone defeat DK's South Zone chasing a 500+ target in the Duleep Trophy final. Maybe next time he wins the toss, he should opt to chase rather than set the target!

A word on the current match in progress: DC v KXIP. I noticed the name of Adrian Barath on the team sheet of Kings XI Punjab. I wanted to see both Adrian Barath and Kemar Roach in today's game... I like the Caribbean flair (all the more a reason to support Mumbai Indians)! Well, atleast half my wish is fulfilled!

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