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Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Chennai

April 29, 2013

'Sir Jaddu, you are my Laddu'

Sreekesh Krishnan


Manvinder Bisla goes on the attack, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, final, Chennai, May 27, 2012
Manvinder Bisla looked the part until Michael Hussey intervened with a super throw © Associated Press
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Choice of game
I am an ardent Chennai Super Kings fan, and have been attending all CSK games this season. The KKR game, billed as the revenge match following the IPL 2012 final, was on top on my list. Who would want to miss a mouth-watering clash between two IPL champions?

Team supported
I support CSK, not only because I grew up in the city, but also for Thalaivar ('leader' in Tamil) MS Dhoni, and Ravindra Jadeja, who has been in the thick of things for a while now.

Key performer
Even though Mr. Cricket Michael Hussey stole the show, for me Chris Morris was the key performer. He bowled a splendid last over, literally yorking KKR's chances.

Two things I'd have changed about the match
I'd have liked to change the on-field umpires and the Chennai cheerleaders. The Manvinder Bisla run-out that was not given, was greeted by boos from the 'knowledgeable' Chennai crowd. The Chennai cheerleaders seemed quite lazy; they need to practice more, to keep the spirits high.

Accessories
Unfortunately, the security at Chepauk is always very high, and thus, one cannot carry a lot of accessories to the stands. So CSK flags without sticks, and an empty water bottle without the cap were the only things I could get into the ground.

Wow moment
The Hussey direct-hit that got Bisla out. It knocked the wind out of KKR's chase and changed the complexion of the game.

Close encounter
Before the game, the CSK squad practiced near the terrace stands. We were fortunate to witness a miscued Suresh Raina pull shot sail into our stand. We were allowed to bring the ball home.

Shot of the day
The most memorable shot was played by Eoin Morgan. It was a cheeky stroke: he reverse-paddled a delivery that was outside leg stump, and bisected the gap between the wicketkeeper and short third man beautifully.

Crowd meter
Despite the 4 pm start, the stadium was jam-packed before the match, with noise levels on the higher side. A single wave from Dhoni was enough to make the fans go crazy. We also witnessed half a Mexican wave, where the wave didn't complete a full revolution. Instead this one stopped and went in the reverse direction.

Twenty20 v ODIs v Test cricket
As a cricket lover, I have always preferred Test cricket. But T20 is food for entertainment. Like it or not, you just can't ignore it.

Star-spotting
As always, we were joined by Mrs. Sakshi Dhoni, who the city seems to have adopted as its own. During each game, her reactions to the on-field action drive the crowd crazy.

Banner of the day
One banner got my eye before the start of the match. It said "Sir Jaddu, you are my Laddu" - weird, but attention-grabbing. (Laddu is an Indian sweet.)

Marks out of 10
The Chepauk faithfuls were blessed to witness yet another close encounter, even though CSK weren't chasing this time. I would rate the match 9/10.

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Sreekesh Krishnan is an engineering student from Chennai. He is an hardcore Chennai Super Kings fan, and a huge supporter of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. When he is not busy watching cricket, he is busy watching movies. He tweets at @jaga_krish

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Posted by   on (April 30, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

thats a nice one Sreekesh. good job.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

Not bad Sreekesh! keep the update going! esp for a csk fan in the midst of MI supporters !

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