Chennai v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Chennai April 13, 2013

Chennai goes Baila

Plays from the IPL game between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai

The irony
Minutes after Muttiah Muralitharan, a Sri Lankan Tamil, became the first man to officially miss a Chennai game for political reasons (Lasith Malinga officially had a bad back and wouldn't have played anyway), the PA system at MA Chidambaram Stadium blared Surangani, a legendary Sinhalese Baila song. The message was clear: Sri Lankan players not allowed, but music is okay. To add another twist, Surangani, which has been dubbed in innumerable languages, was originally produced by a Sri Lankan Tamil pop star, AE Manoharan, in Sinhalese.

The over
Even when he is not going hell for leather, Chris Gayle - and how bowlers respond to him - is an arresting spectacle in Twenty20s. Dirk Nannes was given the task to bowl to him first up, and he nearly bowled a rare maiden to Gayle. It was almost a perfect over. The first two balls were quick and seamed in and cramped him up and hit him on the pad. The next one was on off, but short of a length, and couldn't be hit. Then came a full and wide near-yorker followed by a sharp bouncer.

The maiden, though, was broken by a leg-side wide, and the compensatory last ball Nannes bowled was a full toss on the pads, which Gayle smashed down the ground for four.

The sportsmanship conundrum
In the 10th over of Royal Challengers Bangalore's innings, Virat Kohli punched one back to the right of Ravindra Jadeja, who bumped into the non-striker AB de Villiers and couldn't field the ball. Kohli began to take the easy single on offer, but de Villiers was not sure if it was sporting enough to do so, for there wouldn't have been any single on offer had de Villiers not been in Jadeja's way. He waited for a couple of seconds, but Kohli - the captain, mind you - was too far down the pitch to be sent back. The single was duly completed.

The Trini needle Dwayne Bravo usually makes it a point to raise his game a notch against fellow Trinidadians in the IPL. It is usually against Kieron Pollard, but today he got to bowl at Ravi Rampaul, and brought out the goods. The brief contest, in the 18th over, featured three plays-and-misses, two wides, and one edge through to the keeper, which brought out special celebrations from Bravo, who broke into a jig.

The no-ball that wasn't
The first ball Daniel Christian, making a comeback into the Bangalore side, bowled was called a no-ball for overstepping. Christian was not happy, and replays showed why: a part of his back heel did indeed land behind the line. He argued with the umpire Asad Rauf, and R Vinay Kumar had to intervene. Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together.

Christian, though, got his own back as he bowled a dot on the free hit.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Mukunthan on April 14, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    @ Baseball sucks - I hope you had watched the previous matches, in which Murali kartick played. Also Muralitharan is an overseas player and Rampaul was played only because Muralitharan couldn't play.

  • Kumaravel on April 14, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    what about bravo's ball where kohli was out

  • venkat on April 14, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @let_me_explain, the other commentator agreed too that there was an edge but he felt it came off the glove not an under-edge as Sivaramakrishnan first thought. Both agreed that Kohli was out but not given.

  • shashank on April 14, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @Surya Narayanan -If we were watching the same telecast then I must say replay was not clear.It was clear only to shivramakrishnan and not to to other commentator.They showed 4-5 replays but couldn't say it for sure.

  • Sarah on April 14, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @Narbavi ; I am not sure if you are aware of that Murali is a spinner n Rampaul is a pacer. lol. Murali Kartik replaced Murali not Rampaul. lol. And Murali Kartik didnt do so well. Get you facts right pal.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    "Umpiring errors",, cric info, u forgot to mention how virat kohli was not given out . replay was clear .

  • rustyryan on April 14, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @KingOwl: Chennai doesn hate SL as such. In fact both TN and SL share lot of common culture. From Food items to usage of words lik Machan, Ayya. The prob is what is happening there currently. Even today, a Tamil Daily called Udhayan has been attacked in SL. There are much more things which are sensitive than jus Cricket. Its not about hate. Its about making a statement so that ppl of other parts of world may get a chance to know what is happening.

  • N on April 14, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @KingOwl: You're right, one never knows what would have happened if Murali had played. One thing we do know is Rampaul wouldn't have gotten a chance and he was the best RCB bowler on the day. So maybe things would have been a lot easier for CSK if Murali had played!

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Dear All,

    Kindly be noted that, IPL doesn't banned Srilankan players it was done by TN govt,. Songs in stadium will be played by IPL/BCCI organizer who are niot against any srilankan players. If IPL or BCCI decied not to include Srilankan's in they would have done. Do not talk like politicians & just enjoy the games.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    This article was written before the match completed !!! That is the reason, it contains news while RCB batting !!

  • No featured comments at the moment.