Tuesday, 5 May 2009
IPL: Chennai top the tables for now....
Hayden's innings set the foundation for a huge total for the CSK on Monday
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted an imposing total before the Deccan Chargers (DC), so imposing that even a spate of dropped catches couldn't stop them from winning by 78 runs. A solid batting performance by Mathew Hayden in the initial stages and M S Dhoni in the final overs got them to 178.
The chase? You must be kidding...
After losing Gibbs, Gilchrist and Laxman for nought, DC were 3 for 3, when Dwayne Smith skied one, only to find that three fielders running after the ball, each expecting the other to catch it. The next ball Smith send another one high, and this time another fielder dropped a sitter. Smith promptly made 49, while Rohit Sharma anchored with 21, both were dismissed in a single over by the talented left arm spinner Shadab Jakarti. The DC wickets fell in a flourish, the last with the score exactly 100.
The loss sent DC crashing from the top to fourth place. CSK, with the win, holds the top slot, for now.
After having played 14 matches each, the top four go through to the semi-finals, as simple as that.
The top four as on the 5th of May are as follows:
Chennai Super Kings
Kings XI Punjab
MAY 5 FIXTURES
KINGS XI PUNJAB vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS
Presently placed second, Kings XI will look to win and make their semi-final place secure, while a win for the defending champions Rajasthan Royals (presently seventh) will throw the contest wide open.
DELHI DAREDEVILS vs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
The Daredevils will start hot favourites, the Knight Riders do not need a win more badly than now, languishing as they at the bottom of the table with a sole win of their seven matches played so far.