In the match between the Deccan Chargers and the Chennai Super Kings at Durban, the Chennai Super Kings might have lost out on the match but not on the hunger to win. The Chennai Super Kings were on the hunt until the Deccan Chargers scored their last winning run of the match. It was not an easy task to chase down the target of 169 imposed by the Chennai Super Kings. The target was however not an ordinary one. But, if one took a close look at the way the openers Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs, it was as though the match would be over with as many as five overs to spare.
But, whenever a team loses, it is completely owing to some or rather most of the bad decisions that the losing captain has taken in the match. And this time, the Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni despite not losing out on the hunger to make things difficult for the opposition batsmen, also made some mistake by having Parthiv Patel opening the batting despite failing miserably in all of the previous games that the Chennai Super Kings played. And just imagine when someone like Rohith Sharma who is less known with the ball was found taking a wicket as to what sort of batting the CSK displayed.
The target could have been even more challenging had Mathew Hayden not mistaken the Ohja delivery and all this despite a drop chance when the batsman was on 17. Anyways, such things keep happening and it is not Dhoni's fault either. But, I wish Manpreeth Gony should have been given another chance rather taking him off just one bad over that cost the Chennai Super Kings 20 costly runs. Just take a look at the batsman whom Gony bowled at. This would have been the case irrespective of the bowler who was bowling for that was the caliber of Adam Gilchrist. Perhaps, the result might have been even more embarrassing for other bowlers for they might have gone in for more than 20 runs.
But, all it took the Chennai Super Kings to get back into the game was the wicket of Adam Gilchrist. The opening pair added 60 runs in just 4 overs and I wish one can get the picture had the rest of the batsmen followed in the foot steps of Adam Gilchrist or had Gilchrist not been out. If the CSK bowlers are to be blamed for the match debacle, then the match should have got over in just 10-15 overs and not until the last over. If one argues that the situation never demanded a hurry from the Deccan Chargers' batsmen, then the scoreboard suggests that the remaining batsmen went for quick runs and in the process threw their wickets. It was all because of Gibbs' presense that the Deccan Chargers were able to convert the solid start into a smooth finish.