The Top 3

Now in this IPL we’ve come to the stage where only 3 teams remain in contention for that IPL title. Those 3 teams are the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Delhi Daredevils, and the Chennai Super Kings. DD and KKR have been very consistent throughout the tournament and it was almost the inevitable that they would make it to where they are now. CSK, on the other hand, have not been as consistent. They have been very lucky in some places. For example, they were very lucky that they had a good net run rate that helped them just qualify ahead of the Royal Challengers Bangalore; who had the same amount of points (and surprisingly that was how RCB used to get into the play-offs of most tournaments). RCB could still have qualified, but against the Deccan Chargers it became evident just how much RCB missed Daniel Vettori at number 7 as they tripped over themselves and failed to chase the target of 133 set by DC. Another shine of luck for CSK was that both the Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab faltered in the end and lost their last few games. However, the word went around that CSK got through only by luck and didn’t ‘deserve’ to be where they were. So the men from Tamil Nadu went out to prove them wrong. They got off to a start which would just have earned them more criticism, but Subramaniam Badrinath (43) and Micheal Hussey (49) ably assisted by MS Dhoni (51* in 20) and Dwane Bravo (33* in 14) who pillaged every Mumbai bowler from Lasith Malinga down to James Franklin, and took them to a strong total of 187-5. The MI openers Dwane Smith and Sachin Tendulkar were well aware of the required rate when they walked out to bat, as well as it’s tendency to rise. So Smith took the assault to CSK pacer Ben Hilfenhaus, plundering his first 2 overs for 28. In the process Sachin was playing himself in and striking the ropes a few times as to keep the run rate at 10 per over. Then, unfortunately Sachin was run out as Smith charged towards the strikers end, but Sachin was unaware of the run until Smith was next to him, but was quiet happy to walk out of the crease and let Smith continue batting. Smith, though, fell 2 overs later and after his 38, Lasith Malinga’s 17 was the highest score. So that win will give CSK a lot of confidence. Tomorrow we have DD vs CSK in the 2nd eliminator; and the winner joins KKR in the finals. Adios 😉

MSD’s cannibalistic 51* in 20 balls which (included the largest six of the tournament) single-handedly carried CSK to 187

jp says:

CSK velaiyadi play off kku varallai, RCB thathathala vanthathu.