Daily Archives: 3 May 2008

Chennai lose steam in the heat, New Zealanders home(IPL)sick

The Delhi opening juggernaut powered on as they overpowered a depleted Chennai Superkings. While Sehwag and Gambhir certainly stole the game away in the first 10 overs of their innings, I think the game may have been lost due to some tactical mistakes that Dhoni may have made. Delhi does have a competent pace lineup including the incredible McGrath but Dhoni batting order reshuffles may well have contributed to their downfall. 170 was always going to be a gettable target on a fantastic Chepauk wicket. Chennai should have been looking at setting a target more in the vicinity of 200. Suresh Raina demotion in the order and the ignorance of the presence of Badrinath in the side could have been avoided. Dhoni is an astute captain, no doubt, but he does seem to have likes and dislikes. Badrinath for a strange reason has not won too many favors from his captain. While Vidyuth scored runs, he may have been fortunate in doing so. Raina and Badrinath ahead of Vidyuth and certainly that of Morkel could have been a better way to go. Having said that, Chennai had to lose a game (atleast if law of averages has anything to do with it). They are better of doing so at this stage of the competition than later on. I still feel they are strong favorites for the title with Delhi and Rajasthan being next likely.

Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Jacob Oram are now in England braving the english weather and playing in front of hundreds of spectators and already missing the fame, glory and cash that go along with playing in the IPL. Their statements in this article in cricinfo certainly justify the undisputed success of the IPL, a good sign in my opinion.

Looking forward to another exciting weekend of IPL,