Super Kings dethroned by Daredevils
Posted by sriram on May 2, 2008
In what has been a clinical and professional performance, Daredevils dethrone Super Kings at their home. Helped by some good bowling and explosive batting, Daredevils reached to the top of the heap, leaving Super Kings at the second spot and maybe to the start of an end. Super Kings missing the australian superstars Hayden and Hussey never looked in control of the game. Their batsmen fell short of their usual magic and they really never gained the momentum and managed to score 169.
That total can only be defended, if they get Sehwag out early, very early. He is the only devastating batsmen in the world cricket who can take the game away from you in minutes and probably the only one left in IPL. He is a match winner. The sixers and fours he hit are just great to watch. It really doesn’t matter how they come when Sehwag is batting. All you purists can watch the re-runs of your favorite test match saying that 20-20 is bad for cricket. But, only 20-20 has the reach to make cricket a truly global sport. Only, batsmen like Sehwag can take it to the masses. He is assisted (for the lack of a better word) by his deputy Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir is one batsman who continues to impress me with his consistency. He knows how to time his innings and how to play with Sehwag. With his innings of 50 he became the highest run scorer of the tournament with 224 runs followed by Sehwag with 207 runs.
I cannot really blame Dhoni or the Super Kings team as they were found wanting. When Hayden, Hussey and Oram leave they leave a gaping hole, which is very hard to fill. Dhoni found that out in this match. It is a tough road ahead for the Super Kings and this is where the tournament is wide open. There is no clear favorite right now, although Daredevils look like they can go all the way. Only problem with Daredevils is their batting is too brittle. If you can get Sehwag and Gambhir out there is no one to win the game for you. Shikar Dhawan might fancy his chance but it is really hard.
Daredevils won by 8 wickets.
People of Chennai and people in MA Chidambaram stadium has witnessed a chanceless innings which can only be played by Sehwag. Gosh, are they lucky. I wish this match was in Bangalore. I wish Rohit Sharma plays an innings like this tomorrow at Bangalore. I wish Rohit Sharma gets the orange cap tomorrow.