Who says T20 is only about batsman and batting, today’s match between CSK v/s DD was classic example where bowlers dominated proceedings from both sides and never allowed batters to break free as a result only one six hit in entire match and that was also by bowler and run-rate remained below six runs an over for entire match. CSK won the toss and elected to bat first but there top order badly shattered by superb bowling of DD. Nehra and Nannes dominated the opening spell and didn’t allow CSK innings to blossom. Dhoni made a mistake by promoting himself at No.3 in place in-form Raina and I feel that proved costly for CSK. Once strike bowlers did the job, part-timers Dilshan and Sehwag capitalised on the opening spell and shattered the middle order of CSK and DD bowled out CSK for just 112 runs. Looking at batting line-up of DD this was a very easy total for chasing but DD repeated their mistakes again in this match and threw their wickets. Bollinger and Ashwin again bowled superb opening spell. DD lost 4 quick wickets inside 40 runs and it looked like they will lose tonight again but timely captain’s knock from Gambhir who hit brilliant half-century won the match for DD. Mithun Manhas supported Gambhir very well and both did superb partnership and sealed the victory for DD by six wickets. I feel DD have to take clue from Gambhir and Mithun’s innings and have to re-work their strategy means their top-order have to bat responsibly.
Now DD joined RCB on 14 points and CSK have to win their next match and have to pray that DC lose their tomorrow’s match against KXIP.
DC will take on KXIP tomorrow in crucial encounter which will decide whether DC will go through semis or not. For KXIP nothing to lose and they will play freely for pride and try to win the match. But for DC it is a do or die match if they lose tomorrow, more or less they will be out of the semis. Big job ahead for Gilchrist. Good news for DC is that they have momentum with them because of past few victories and this inspire them to win this match. Gilchrist have to fire from the top.