Chennai Superkings captain M.S.Dhoni& Their strike batsman Brendon McCullum NewZealand Captain together played
Magic when they took Sunrisers of Hyderabad at the MAC Stadium Chennai. It all happened this way:
MSDhoni won the toss & elected to bat.
In his prematch Dhoni had said his team was going to make a big score & pose a challenge to the Sunrisers.
And he did what he said.
The openers Smith& McCullum began their innings with a bang.both the batsmen scored freely .DR Smith made 27 runs
From 26 balls containing one4& a six.unfortunately in the 9th over Smith fell when the score was 75 runs. He was
Victim of a run out.
Suresh Raina joined MeCullum in the middle & continued.After Raina joined at the crease both began their their
usual game of scoring steadily .MeCullum was steady as ever & went on hitting 6s & 4s at his will & pleasure.
Raina who seemed more interested in sticking to the wicket played slowly but steadily.He made 14 runs from 12 balls
With just one 4 when he also became the victim of a Runout attempt from Rahul of Sunrisers.This was not a mere run
Out attempt from Rahul.it was rather an Acrobatic effort which hit the bulls eye to remove Raina.
In the last editions & this Edition we had no opportunity to witness such a run out Ttempt.Rahul deserved every
praise for his performance.
Let us continue with the Magic Match.
MS Dhoni joined MeCullum with a determined face to accomplish what he said prior to the beginning of the match.
That is scoring big to challenge Sunrisers.
He did what he said.
MS Dhoni with MeCullum went ahead to take the Score to 198. At this stage Dhoni ,who had temporarily taken over
the scoring pattern ,had hit 4 Sixes& 4 Fours to take his individual score to 53 from 29 balls when he departed
caught by David Warner a ball bowled by Boult.
The score was 198/3 wickets,.
Brendum MeCullum who was stranded at 89 by giving more strike to Dhoni was in doubt of making his ton.
When jadeja Realised that unless he gave strike to MeCullum the long waited Ton from the NewZealand Batsma
would not materialize.it looked as if he was not sure of taking single to hand over strike to MeCullum & decided
to get himself out.He did it.he was out & Brenden took strike
And MeCullum completed his glorious century in the last over.
The statistics of Brenden MeCullum read as 100 runs from 56 balls with 9Sixes& 7 fours.
The total on the board of CSK CHENNAI read 209/4.
Indeed a big score.
The way in which the understanding among Brenden MeCullum,MS Dhoni & Jadeja worked leading to a big total was
something like a Magic which had never happened before in any of the IPL match.
The capability od the Indian Captain controlling the game at his will was something struck me which prompted me to
write this Blog..
The match continued .Sunrisers began their innings to score a target of 210 runs from 20 overs.
The openers David Warner& Shikar Dhavan gave a promising start to the challenge posed Dhoni& his men.
At the stage of 30 for no loss the inevitable damage was done by Mohit Sharma the fast Bowler of Chennai.
He had caught Shikar Dhavan by Jadeja with straight ball
Sunrisers 30 for one wicket in the 4th over.
Rahul ,a promising batsman from Bangalore replace Dhavan to join David Warner.
He was unfortunate to get bowled by Mohit Sharma again.He could make just one 4 in his score of 5.
This brought NVOjha to the crease to continue the fight along with veteran captain David Warner who
Was steady at the other end.
Ojha looked like doing some good batting in the company of Warner.Warner too Was hopeful of doing
Well with Ojha.
But Alas !in the12th over he too fell to a tricky ball from Aswin caught by Sharma.
The scoreboard read 91 runs for 3 wickets in the 12th over.
The time & overs were running out for the Sunrisers.They needed 119 4runs from just 8 overs left.
David Warner was still hopeful of making it.To his calibre nothing was impossible in a 20 overs game.
But here his plans did not work as planned.
Warner too ultimately fell in the 15th over Caught Smith bowled Pandey.Score stood 114/4.
R.S.Bopara who had joined Warner in the Challenge had in the meantime made 22 glorious runs paving way for hoping
over hope in the company of Warner.But Warner's wicket looked like a big blow & a turning point in the game.
Bopara was joined by another striking Batsman Williamson from NewZealand.
Both did a recovery act together but to their bad luck R.S.Bopara was the next victim of Bravo clean bowled for 22
The score card read 136/5.
This was the beginning of their end for Sunrisers.They still needed 74 runs from 4.2 overs
KV Sharma joined Williamson in a futile effort to win.
Williamson showed his class With 26 runs from 18 balls.
So far no such an interesting game was witnessed in any edition of the IPL.
Dhoni deserved every praise besides Brendon MeCullum ,the typical T20hitter.
But that was not enough to force a victory against the mighty CSK with 209 on board.
With the fall of KVSharma at 150 the hopes of Sunrisers faded away.
The inevitable end of Sunrisers came at the end of 20th over when they had just 164/6 on the board Giving a
handsome victory by 45 runs to the CSK.
One could just witness the Blowing away ofthe Sunrisers against the ton of Brendon MeCullum& a calculated 53 from
A match one could never forget as it was executed in a calculated way by Dhoni who had predicted the result in the beginning itself.