Monday, 22 April 2013

All-round team effort helps CSK trump RR

Both these teams have always contested in tight games. I can't forget this experience still. Today's game was no different. Both the teams fought tooth & nails with stand-out performances from Hussey, Watson, Ashwin & Faulkner. Fielding standards were generally high - except for the one or two lapses. And it was a pleasure to watch. 

CSK bowlers bowled their hearts-out on a batting pitch and did well to restrict RR to 185 after a solid start by Rajasthan Royals. 180 was a probably a par-score. So letting them score only 185 was not a bad performance by the bowlers. And Hussey & Raina set up a platform for Bravo & Dhoni to take the team home. 

Positives:
1. Ashwin: Ashwin is back to his IPL-best today. 
2. Hussey: Slowly inching himself to the orange cap, Faf would have a tough fight to displace Hussey from the opener slot.  And he saved around 5-10 runs through his fielding only.
3. Raina: Slowly he is getting better - which is the most positive news from today's match
4. Bravo: His ability to deliver in crunch situations has become 'legendary'. 
5. Team Management: Though Albie is 'officially injured', playing Holder instead of Albie was a good decision. Was a gutsy call. Considering the pitch, the team Management did pick the right squad. 

Negatives:
1. Vijay: Would have done him good - if he stayed for a little more time in this batting pitch.
2. Jadeja: Had a poor game with the bat & ball. Proved that he is not Chuck Norris. :) But do expect him to be back for the next match. 

Fan's Man of the Match: Hussey - for his efforts in the field & with the bat.

P.S: CSK now take lead in the table. And Chennai Super Kings face Sunrisers Hyderabad in a battle for the top of the table. 

4 comments:

Danesh said...

Vijay has to be dropped. He seems out of touch and not confident.

Robin Samuel said...

@Danesh,

Who will play in the place of Vijay. Considering his potential and the form he displayed in the recent Test Series, believe he should given atleast 3-4 more opportunities - before he really contemplate about dropping him.

Sharwan-Kuwait said...

Upto me, Murali vijay should be dropped and to be included Anirudh in place of him. Give some rest for vijay which helps him to come back strongly.because of his wicket going in the beginning of the game which may affects the team progress and reisit to score quickly during powerply....All the very best for entire team to retain their winning way...........(True CSk fan ever & Forever)

Magesh Rajamani said...

With Faf being available for selection, should experiment with opening with Hussey and Faf. What a combination it would be if it clicks. We could bring in a bowler like Jakati in place of Holder. With Mohit, Morris, Bravo, Ashwin and Jaddu already there, the 6th bowler is more an insurance for Dhoni and Jakati has also proved his worth in earlier seasons.