Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jayasuriya blasts Chennai Super Kings

Pundits who continue to call T20 a young man’s game need to rethink. Sanath Jayasuriya, a veteran approaching his 39th birthday left the Wankhede crowd delirious and the Chennai Super Kings dejected and in shock. Nine wickets was the margin as the Indians chased down 157 and notch up their fourth win on the trot.
It will remain a mystery on how bowlers around the world fail to sort out a select few batsmen irrespective of the numerous technological aides they have at their disposal. Jaysuriya’s breathtaking 114 off 48 balls (9x4, 11x6) hurried Mumbai home with 37 balls to spare, a huge number in this format.
It was a murderous assault by Jayasuriya that made it a no-contest. The Chennai bowlers were guilty with their plans, lines and lengths. Albie Morkel pitched it full to encourage the flick while Manpreet Gony dug in short to invite the cut over point.
A half a dozen sixes flowed from Jayasuriya while Sachin picked one as Mumbai raced to 78 in their first six overs. Chennai had managed 28 in their first six. The match was well and truly decided in that phase. The Mumbai Indians lived by the power play while the Super Kings died by it.
Dhoni paid the price for reposing faith on Morkel and Gony with an extra over when the field restrictions were on. As many as 41 runs leaked in thosee two overs. The lone success Chennai enjoyed was when Sachin played over a close delivery from Joginder Sharma who had come in for Amarnath.

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