Again a match, Chennai's
bowlers spinners won for the team. Murali was obviously missed. But Randiv more or less made up for him, But what worried me is the team's relaxed attitude. I still remember the IPL Season 4 - when the team was focused to press on the early advantage they had - by winning all the four matches.
1. Raina: Raina proves that he has not lost the touch of death-over bowling. His 3 run-over tilted the scales firmly towards Chennai
2. Ashwin: Ashwin once again proves his brilliance. His wicket of Kallis was the turn-around moment of match. Seeing the confident Ashwin on the field, I believe there is a captain hiding inside him.
3. Anirudha: Though Anirudha made use of the opportunity provided to him, let us not fool ourself of his talent. He was a batsman of limited shot selections available. If he had paced his innings properly, the team would have batted Kolkata Knight Riders out of the game. I thought that it was a poorly paced innings played by a player who still has a lot of way to go. I have no doubts in my mind that Hussey should open the innings (once he joins the team).
4. Tim Southee: Bowling yorkers in a high-pressure situation is never easy. Great to see Tim Southee do it with perfection. We have surely found a gem of a bowler here.
1. Vijay: Vijay got out meekly. Hope he gets back to form in the next match.
Fan's Man of the Match: Raina. (2 wickets (Eoin Morgan & Gambhir) + 3 runs in an over)