IPL 2: CSK vs RCB : Match 5 review April 21, 2009Posted by Kunal Janu in Indian Premier League (IPL).
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20 April 2009, Port elizabeth, South Africa:Mathew Hayden, The Big New South Wales batsman, also ex-Australian cricketer stepped up to prove his buy for the Chennai Super Kings. In an innings of 65 off 43 balls Hayden murdered the Bangalore Royal challenger bowlers to take CSK to their first victory of the season, almost winning the match single handedly. His power hitting ensured that CSK reached a scre well out of the reach of the opposition as Muralitharan spinned a web around the RCB batsman to seal the deal for the Chennai Super Kings. In an almost one sided affair, Match 5 brought in some entertainment for the crowd.
After winning the first match of the season comprehensively, Bangalore Royal Challengers headed into the next match with the Chennai Super Kings leaving out Jesse Ryder for Jacques Kallis. MS Dhoni announced three changes to his side, Albie Morkel, Muttaih Muralitharan and Laxmipathy Balaji were named in the final XI. The pitch looked good for batting, with rain showers predicted for the rest of the game the toss was always going to be crucial. MS won the toss and decided to bat first. Pietersen also wanted to bat first but was confident that his side will do well chasing too.
After a weekend when the CSK bowlers were hit to all parts of the ground, more relied on batting. Old fox Mathew Hayden and young Parthiv Patel opened the batting for CSK. The Chennai openers staged a display of vintage Twenty20 batting to provide just the start MS Dhoni would have wanted. Hayden was the explosive of the two. He almost man handled all of the RCB bowlers walking-down-the-track to the quick’s. He also displayed a range of cheeky shots and powerful sweeps in his inning of 63. There were also plenty of fireworks from the bat of Parthiv Patel who jit a few boundaries and sixes, but was more keen on handing the strike back to Hayden. Rightly so, Hayden reached his 50 off just 22 balls, Evidence of why he was the best opening batsman Australia ever had.
Kallis, Surprise pick over Jesse Ryder bowled the 4th over of the innings after the opening bowlers were taken to the cleaners. Hayden trashed his first three deliveries to the boundary leaving Pietersen praying for the wicket. Hayden added insult to injury when he trashed the last ball of the Kallis over cover for a six in what turned out to be a 20 run over. Chennai at this point were 56 for 0 at the end of 5 overs. The track was good for batting and Hayden was seen making full use of it, as Kallis bowled another 14 run over leaving Kumble responsible for slowing the scoring down. Hayden was in no mood of slowing down, He trashed the first over for 10 and the second for 8.
Hayden was forced to leave the field and the momentum for the ‘Compulsory’ seven and half minute tactical timeout. The players returned and Pietersen decided to bowl. Even before Parthiv(30) could realize, Pietersen had bowled the ball. Parthiv attempted a big sweep shot instead off just backing off losing his off stump, first ball after the break. Suresh Raina joined Hayden, in an effort to get off the mark he forced Hayden for a quick single which ended as a disaster for CSK. Hayden(65) was out run-out by a direct hit from Dravid fielding at Short third man. What was 106 for no loss at the end of 10th over suddenly turned 106 for 2 in two balls. The timeout working against CSK.
Dhoni moved himself up the order and came out at no.4, Even before the big hitters Albie Morkel and ‘Freddy’ Flintoff. He partnered with Suresh Raina and steadied the ship a bit picking singles, trashing loose deliveries to the boundaries. Pietersen bowled the part timers during this period to compensate the bowlers. Dhoni was out to the bowling of Kumar caught at long off at the end of the 16th over.
He scored 16 off 17 balls, 17 legitimate deliveries that Morkel or Flintoff could have used to get quick runs. Finally Flintoff walked in, and scored cautiously to everyone’s surprise. Probably not wanting to lose his wicket to his teammate in Kevin Pietersen. Raina(28) tried to score some quick runs, but eventually fell to Praveen Kumar caught at Long on by Virat Kohli. Morkel had only five deliveries to show his class, but he could only score 5 runs of the five deliveries before he was out bowled to a fiery yorker from his teammate Dale Steyn. Chennai finished at a score of 179 for 5.
A score of 180 to chase was always going to be difficult. The experiment with Praveen Kumar opening the batting didn’t work as he was out bowled to Goni off the third ball of the first over. Kallis scored some quick runs off good deliveries playing some classical cover drives. He scored 24 off 19 balls before he was out LBW to Albie Morkel trying to flick a ball off his pads to the leg side. Hawk Eye confirmed Simon taufle’s decision with RCB at 40 for 2 off 5.2 overs.
Taylor didn’t last long either as he tried to pull a fast Flintoff bouncer only handing back a caught and bowled opportunity which Flintoff accepted with great pride, specially after he was trashed for 24 runs off a single over by Abhishek Nayar in the first match. Pietersen came in and left, First ball duck. Muralitharan was introduced into the attack, as he bowled a regular off spinner from around the wicket catching Peitersen right in front off the stumps. Pietersen(0) walked off in disarray as he announced edging the ball in the post match press conference. Uttapa could only survive 2 more balls before he was out stumped by Dhoni to a superb Doosra that Uttapa(20) never picked.
With the score at 50 for 5, All the pressure was back on Rahul Dravid as he was again forced to do the clean up job. He partnered along with Virat Kohli to lead them to the timeout. First ball post timeout, Dravid pulled a ball towards sqaure leg catching Umpire Taufel off guard. Taufel saved possible three runs. Kohli (11) then whipped a classic six over square leg off his hips. The inexperience showed as he tried to hit the next ball out of the gorund, only ended skying the ball to Badrinath at point who took a good catch. Wickets tumbled at the other end leaving Dravid waiting at the Non Striker’s end. Bishnoi(0), Vinay Kumar(5), Steyn (0), saw RCB at 78 for 9 in 13.3 overs. Strike only returned to Dravid thanks to Anil Kumble who was more focussed on getting the singles. Dravid(20) played a few shots to the boundaries but eventually fell handing a straight catch to Flintoff at Deep Square leg off Balaji.
Mutaih Muralitharan was given the man of the match for his 3 for 11 off his 4 overs , who believed to spin the magic again if the pitches continued to be spin friendly. MS Dhoni said that the team has a lot more to improve even after their 91 run victory. Pietersen believed the game to be a one-off as he expected his team to pull up their socks as they prepare for the next game.
CSK finally seem to have got the combination right, The batting order could hwever be changed. Likes of Morkel and Flintoff need to top the order. For RCB, Jesse Ryder can replace Kallis or Ross Taylor. For now the team has too many No.3 batsman in Kallis, Pietersen and Dravid. They need to rework their batting order, Van de Merwe needs a look in.
My personal choice would be Ryder, Uthappa, Dravid, Pietersen, Vvan De Merwe, Kohli, Bishnoi, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Steyn, Kumble. I hope somebody in the team realizes the need for the change and hopefully RCB will turn out to be a Real Challenge than just Royal Challenge.
PS: Hayden went past Dravid to get the orange cap for the highest run scorer, while Kumble continued holding on to the purple cap for the highest wickets in the IPL till date.