What’s wrong with Kolkata? That’s the question almost every Kolkata fan has in their mind.
It has been an upsetting season and even this time the Knight Riders couldn’t script a victory, for that matter a close finish.
From now they need a miracle to enter the semi finals and a disappointed Kolkata would only expect a decent send off. Ashwin’s arm did the magic and Chennai were roaring as Kolkata were 21/4.
There were compensations made by the umpires as Ganguly was not out but was given out and Mathews was out, but was denied.
Mathews taking full chance of the chance rose to the occasion and went to paddle Kolkata to post a decent total.
Tiwary impressed with his batting as he stood tall in a pressure situation, but could only stand, not deliver. No bowler was expensive except for Murali as Mathews didn’t spare his countryman.
Runs in the final over are bound to come from any part of the bat, and the Knight Riders were able to post 139 on board.
With the pitch turning, Gayle did the turn around by cleaning Hayden, but Suresh Raina was not in a mood to go.
What a batsmen the Indian team has got. A gem one can say at the number three position. With almost zero errors he belted the bowlers all round the park.
He comes in a very crucial juncture, soaks the pressure and delivers to the fullest. He continued his assault over the bowlers and played the inside out shots over covers fantastically.
Vijay on the other end was itching to get on strike, but every ball that Raina hit almost ran for the boundary. He was terrific with his pull and created room of Dinda to punch him off the back foot.
Stand and deliver and that’s what Raina was doing. He went to bring his fifty in a fashion, by whacking Abdullah over mid wicket for a huge six and there by almost sealing the win for Chennai.
Vijay cashed in quickly and this time it was Hussey to face the leather. The home crowd wanted their local hero to fire, and Vijay didn’t upset them. The Chepauk was lighted all in yellow and Dhoni was a happy man in the dug out.
His bowlers did the job and now the batsmen. Vijay was inexorable as he lifted Hussey straight into the stands and then for two text book boundaries. The cricket ball was soaring high and high as Vijay lifted Shukla out of the field. Youngsters tend to finish things in style and Raina with a swashbuckling six, sealed the win with 9 wickets in hand. The 137 run partnership between Raina and Vijay has been out standing so far in the IPL and Ganguly has loads of questions in his mind.
SRK may be the King Of Bollywood, but certainly not on the cricket field. Tweets will come for a healthy recovery, but it’s too late.
One of the most successful captain is leading the side, but still the results are not there. But, for the moment Suresh Raina and R. Ashwin have bid Nightmare for Kolkata and Good Night for Chennai.