Third day of IPL 2.0. Match between CSK and BRC. CSK beaten by Mumbai Indians in the previous match were under pressure to prove themselves and Bangalore Royal Challengers after beating Rajasthan Royals were on a high, but willing to maintain the winning streak. But the day was marked for something else.
With some clouds hovering above the ground indicating some rain later in the match. Dhoni after winning the toss elected to bat first. Parthiv Patel and Matthew Hayden proved Dhoni’s decision correct and gave a rollicking start to CSK. Till 10th over they were butchering RC’s bowlers like anything. But in 11th over Kevin Pietersen brought some relief to the Bangalore camp. But till then the time was gone. CSK had got the start they would have expected. CSK got a respectable score on the board at the end of the innings. CSK were 179 at the end of the innings.
In the second innings, RC came with a positive approach. But nothing worked for them. No pair could build any substantial partnership. With asking rate climbing up every batsman failed to put something good on the score board. Muttiah Muralidharan in his first game grabbed some wickets and was amazing. CSK was having great commitments on the field while bowling. M. Goni, Muralidharan, Morkel and Freddie showed some excellent bowling art. Kevin Pietersen, Praveen Kumar, Ross Taylor were not able to impress the crowd. They never seemed in the nick of the game. Kallis, Dravid and Uthapa showed some resistance but was not enough to take them to a convincing win.
Overall, the day showed some positive and rolling play of CSK. They showed some mettle in batting and bowling area. And that what was sufficient for them. The pitch was very much on the side of a batsman, but Bangalore Challengers failed to show some resistance and fell like a house of cards. Both the teams now have 1 win and 1 loss each. The coming matches will show who will dominate this season. So stay tuned and keep watching DLF IPL 2009 on Set Max.
Prasad B. Kulkarni