Friday, 8 May 2009

East London Prefers The CSK Over Deccan Chargers

There was a time in the start of the second edition of the Indian Premier League where the Deccan Chargers along with the Delhi Daredevils were at the top of the points table having beaten almost all the teams out there convincingly. However, as time passed by, both these teams started losing games in the very same manner as they used to win previously. It all started with the Delhi Daredevils losing their first match to the Chennai Super Kings and the Deccan Chargers losing out at the hands of Delhi Daredevils. Now, it is rather doubtful whether the Deccan Chargers would make it to the last four or not.

Owing to the fact that the Royal Challengers Bangalore have realized to start winning matches before all becomes lost for them. The only team at the moment who are yet to make a come back are the Kolkata Knight Riders, regarding whom the discussion for the moment is just a waste of time. Let us leave the discussion of the KKR to the team owner himself. Otherwise, the remaining teams are faring better than they used to in the beginning of the tournament. The other exception being the Mumbai Indians. But, I don't think that all is lost for them as well for the moment.

When fate doesn't want something to happen, all effort goes fruitless. This was what happened to the Deccan Chargers at East London. Explosive openers namely Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs who set up the match in the first encounter against the same CSK were found getting out for a golden duck at East London. Of course, VVS Laxman is new to this format of the game and is suitable for only test cricket. I wish to ask the DC captain-Adam Gilchrist a concrete reason for the inclusion of VVS LAxman who is not believed to even be included in the ODI squad for the past four years.

Despite giving the Deccan Chargers lives after lives by the CSK the Deccan Chargers' score never went past 100. Just imagine had these chances not been wasted the the CSK fieldsman? Anyway, ifs and buts can change the entire story. One has to salute the way the Deccan Chargers' batsmen Rohith Sharma and Dwayne Smith put on a 50 run partnership after losing the first three wickets for just 3 runs on the board at the end of the second over. One must indeed appreciate the guts that Dwayne Smith showed when he pulled off 19 runs from the over bowled by Albie Morkel and maintained a strike of 213 when he got out. The 50 run partnership mentioned above took just 21 balls.

This is no joke, for the pressure that mounts with the initial loss of wickets cannot be overcome by many. And such a thing to have been done by the two deserves much applause. The knock shows the class of the Deccan Chargers, which will help the team in a match or two.

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