The match that was billed by many as the 'blockbuster of the tournament', turned out to be a damn squib, thanks to some excellent bowling by Chennai Super Kings. As I predicted in the match preview between CSK and KKR, Oram came good with his ball. He was surely the star of the match, taking the key wickets of McCullum and Ponting of successive deliveries and was rightly awarded 'Man of the Match' trophy. Murali and Co. made sure that Kolkata Knight never came back from that set back.
- Bowler's Win: Great thing about this win is that bowlers were behind it. After receiving a mauling from the opposition batsmen in the last two matches, this win should surely give a boost to their confidence.
- Bowling with Purpose: In the last match review, I wrote about how each batsman understood the situation and batted accordingly. This time around, each bowler bowled with a purpose. They had a plan in the mind on how to bowl and where to bowl. For e.g. Oram's Plan - “My plan was to keep it tight and choke them so that they will make mistakes”
- Murali: This man never stops amazing me. He knows he is the major strike bowler for the team. He understands that the team's prospects are dependent on him. And he responded wonderfully in this match. Murali is going to be our biggest (foreign) asset since he is going to play all the matches.
There are not much negatives to write about since we had such a perfect outing. But I somehow feel that Parthiv Patel as an opener is like a fish out of water. He does not suit the role. With Hayden, Hussey and Oram leaving the squad after the next match, I just hope that Parthiv is restored to a middle order position and an opener (Vidyut/Anirudha) is brought into the eleven.