Apr 27, 2010

CSK - The champions

CSK won the season 3 by beating MI comfortably. The match has been analysed threadbare by most of the bloggers. So i would like to just limit this to the moments which registered in my mind.

CSK batting
Hayden - He rounded of a miserable season with one more pathetic display. Most probably his last season with CSK. But will not count him out yet for a season more.

Dhoni six - oh what a six of Pollard. That really set the tone for revival.

Dropped catches - For a long time MI will be ruing those 2 catches. They floundered in their fielding when it mattered.

Raina batting - He capitalised on those drops and made sure CSK reached a defendable score.

Malinga death over - That last over could have turned the match for MI if not for the 5 wides followed by a boundary. Those first 4 deliveries were too good for the batsman.

MI batting

Ashwin n Bollinger - A good start with a maiden from ashwin, who continues his impressive form in this year. Followed by the wicket and economical overs from Bollinger. These 4 overs proved to be very important in the final analysis.

Nervous Nayar - Even though he made up for his slow start he was nervous through out the stay and he was fortunate not to run out tendulkar. But eventually he got run out which was always on the cards till he was there.

Mind fart moment - Bhajji as pinch hitter, someone somwhere will be paying the price for this folly.

Catches - CSK were excellent in catching today making up for all the stupidity earlier in the season. Raina took a very good catch but Jakati's catch was really good at the edge of boundary.

Pollard powerhouse - When he hit those 22 runs in Bollinger's over, my heart was in my mouth. But MI took a gamble by keeping him too late and that proved a bigger mistake for them.

Best tactic of the match - The field placement for pollard at the fall of rayudu was a moment of pure genius. Hayden took a good catch and made up for all the things earlier in the match.

Absence of the match - Nita Ambani was not found in the dug out of MI. Is it anything to do with the weightlifting power of Bhajji.

So overall a good win for CSK and a ultimate choke for MI. Tendulkar still searching for that elusive title in a tournament.

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