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Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Chennai

A South Indian showdown

A one-sided game between these two rivals? Not a chance

Shriram Narayan

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Ravindra Jadeja celebrates Chennai Super Kings' win, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Chennai, April 12, 2012
Ravindra Jadeja had the last word in the game of the season so far © AFP
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Choice of game
Royal Challengers have always been one of the top teams in the IPL, and Super Kings at home is as good as any. Whenever these teams square off there is always a good chance of a showdown.

Team supported
When I went to the stadium I had an open mind. I wanted to see a good game of cricket. But the atmosphere was such that I was chanting CSKaay, CSKaay, CSKaay the whole match and it was great to cheer for the Super Kings.

Key performer
From Mayank Agarwal, who gave RCB a good start, to Dwayne Bravo, who stayed till the end to see CSK home, everyone played a part. But if I had to pick one guy, it would be Faf du Plessis. To come in chasing a huge total and keep CSK in the hunt was not an easy job, and he did that splendidly.

One thing I'd have changed
Nothing. If I could time travel to 1600 hours, I would want the match to take place in the same way.

Face-off you relished
This was the contest that intrigued me. Ashwin had been successful against Gayle in the past. But Agarwal took charge and helped the injured Gayle ease into the game.

What an entry
4,6,4,6,2,6. Courtesy Albie Morkel off the first six balls he faced.Replacing MS Dhoni and striking 28 runs of the penultimate over is not something you see often.

Wow moment
Ravindra Jadeja faced Vinay Kumar, a battle between expensive auction buys, on the last ball of the match. With two runs to get, Jadeja edged a boundary to take CSK home, one of the biggest moments of the IPL.

Shot of the day
The last ball of the 19th over. Morkel clobbered Kohli over long-on and the ball landed in the upper tier of the stands.

Crowd meter
It was a great game and the stadium was jam packed despite the weather. I was seated right behind the cheerleaders and there was this guy who danced for all 40 overs. He was eventually given a crown made of paper from the crowd.

Entertainment
The DJ was fantastic. You listen to the latest Tamil songs with 15 thousand people and you will know the feeling. It was so difficult to sit and watch. The music made you dance; and the players, well you saw what they did.

Overall
I will go out and say that T20 is the next big thing, the sort of entertainment people would love. It has the thrill, it gives you the chill. It is the entire package and it makes you want to come back again. Nothing can beat the experience of watching the game at a stadium. Period.

Marks out of 10
This game gets 10. It had everything.

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Shriram Narayan is a software engineer who enjoys writing. An ardent Sourav Ganguly fan who supports the idea that Sachin Tendulkar must not retire now. He has followed the game for almost 15 years.

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