After a series of boring and one-sided matches in the IPL Twenty20 league, today's match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils was a close encounter. The match went to the last ball and CSK managed to win with 4 wickets in hand.
I managed to watch the last 5 overs of the match thanks to a TV in our office. Delhi Daredevils paid dearly in the absence of the 5th specialist bowler. It has to rely on Shoaib Malik and Virender Sehwag to complete the 5th bowler's quota and those 4 overs costed Delhi 58 runs!
After a bout of 3 straight losses after the Australians went home, CSK desparately needed a win and Dhoni was under pressure to deliver today. He promoted himself up the order and played sensibly for 33 ball 33 runs. CSK also got a good start from Vidyut and Stephen Flemming. Parthiv Patel was dropped along with Makaya Ntini.
Local Chennai boy and former India Cricketer, Lakshmipathy Balaji made his debut in Twenty20 and has done reasonably well claiming 2 wickets for 35 runs in 4 overs. I didnt see him bowl but heard people saying that he mixed up deliveries very well. Good for Chennai Super Kings!!
With this victory, CSK would be charged up and back in the reckoning for the semifinal berth. I have started to support Chennai Super Kings and Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals is my other favourite team.