Chennai v Kolkata, IPL 2010, Chennai April 13, 2010

Mexican waves and cheerful Ntini

Cricinfo presents the Plays fo the Day for the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai

Halting the wave
The home fans were a happy lot when Suresh Raina provided Chennai Super Kings' a turbo-charged start to the chase of a tiny target. Not only was their team headed for a big win, the much-desired big hits were also being frequently dished out by Raina. After several false starts, the crowd got a Mexican wave, but just as it began to roll round the stadium, M Vijay mishit a lofted drive off Ashok Dinda. The wave was forgotten as the spectators waited to see where the swirling ball would land. There was a roar when it dropped beyond Sourav Ganguly at mid-on, and soon the Mexican wave was on its way again.

The Makhaya Ntini sideshow
He may not have got a game so far this season, but he's regularly seen laughing it up with his team-mates in the dug-out. Makhaya Ntini's only job on Tuesday was to carry the drinks around to the outfielders, but he gave the crowd plenty to cheer even in that trivial task. With that ever-present smile on his face, he danced to the music pumping through the stadium, waving to the fans and exchanging jokes with the ball boys as he went around the boundary giving his team-mates some refreshments.

Hayden's gone? Ho-hum
After captain MS Dhoni, Hayden usually gets the loudest cheers from the crowd, and it was no surprise to hear his name being chanted as he strode out to bat. However, he was dismissed off his second ball for a duck, his first in a Twenty20. The fans were silenced by the early blow, but there were no celebrations from the bowler, Chris Gayle. No screaming, no smiling, just a grim stare, and back to the mark for the next delivery.

Sure-fingered Chennai
There have been several eye-popping catches in the tournament so far, but much more common have been the spilled chances. Chennai's fielders, though, were sharp today, backing up their bowlers well to keep Kolkata down. Muttiah Muralitharan held on to Brendon McCullum's sweep at short fine leg tumbling backwards, Vijay sprinted towards the boundary and to his right from long-on to pouch Manoj Tiwary's skier, and Hayden safely held an Angelo Mathews hit that ballooned to mid-off.

It all evens out in the end?
Kolkata's top-order wobble continued when Sourav Ganguly was adjudged lbw by umpire Sanjay Hazare in the fourth over though Doug Bollinger's full delivery struck him outside leg. In the next over, offspinner R Ashwin would have completed a hat-trick when Mathews gloved his first delivery to leg slip. Simon Taufel wasn't convinced, and Mathews went on to make a fighting 48. Ashwin confirmed that Taufel apologised to him after the game: "Sorry, I missed it."

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • kumar on April 14, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    well the game was crusial for both teams and ganguly's comments the other day added some spice to it kkr got they deserved, but for crowd there are some venues which may some of us feel like is the ipl trying to devide india or what? b'use the dj's and announcers trying to lure the crowd in to too much localisism than encouraging them to enjoy good cricket,, any way as csk having 120 points for fair play award from 12 games their crowd also not far behind them, in this case i think mumbai and kolkata will be at last two places.

  • Senthil on April 14, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Ntini is always the cheerful chap. His team, CSK, also are never far behind! This is the most positive team in the IPL, and grim faced teams like RCB should take a leaf from this attitude. Even the Chennai crowd wasn't yelling themselves hoarse when Kolkata lost 4 quick wickets. They kept real quiet and just absorbed the cricket, instead of shoving themselves upon the opposition - respect. What a joy this game was.

  • Nikhil on April 14, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Its really sad that Ashiwn missed hat-trick because of taufel's wrong decision. The boy deserved it. But overall it was a very good performance by chennai, still way to go.

  • Christopher on April 14, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    That was indeed a trashing,,,all the way Super Kings.

  • Harsh on April 13, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I just said Dada was bringing many memories by hitting those (the most pleasing six), by a left hander. Well, I gotta say, Raina is going to take over in my memory, and hopefully will change my mind in future, that no Dada was great but now its Suresh Raina who is hitting the most pleasing 6s.

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