To sum up things, Raina thinks "In T20 cricket, anything can happen well," and his captain chips in with a "Well of course!" That brings an end to our coverage of today's action. Hope you enjoyed it - on behalf of my colleagues, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!
MS Dhoni, all smiles as always. "Well of course, difficult ground to defend, so we needed over 180 atleast [boy, does he set the bar high!] and we managed that. Well of course, it is important to have a quick bowler [like Bollinger]. His pace really matters and he sets the pace.. Albie Morkel's spell was equally important, he has the knack of taking wickets. We have to win each and every game, we have to prepare well and execute plans.." Man, he slips into this banter very easily doesn't he!
Mubarak, the Wayamba captain: "We knew we had to play our best to compete with them. There were three-four big overs in the middle and it cost us the game. The wicket remained the same through the game. We lost too many wickets early on,.. when we start chasing 10 an over, it puts additional pressure. We owe it to ourselves and our supporters to make something of our remaining two games."
Suresh Raina is MoM. He repeats 'really well' three times.. "I was batting really well, hitting the ball really well, Vijay played really well." Make that four. "We executed plans really well."
Mohamad does not like the word Madrasi. "Please dont use the word madarasi instead of tamilan." Umm, I did not use it instead of Tamilan, I used it instead of Chennai (both refer to the same city you know) and besides it goes with Mauling!
Ankit wants to spice up the cricket. "I misread Shallika as Shakira wondering what is this queen of belly dancing doing on the cricket pitch.. :)" Nice try mate.
So there, Chennai surge up to join Warriors at the top of Group A, and these two sides have looked the part so far. Chennai have dominated two games, barely breaking into a sweat in both their wins. The IPL champs will take some beating, in this form. And to think, this despite the major problem involving Matthew Hayden's form at the top. Presentations coming up. Meanwhile, here is Sid Monga's report on the Madrasi mauling the Wayamba XIs received today.
Boy, when T20s get one-sided they get REALLY one-sided eh.. Five more overs to go! Ashwin comes on.
RK is not a fan of the alliteration, or is he? "Shalika shellacs - commenatators can spend lifetimes waiting to use these words - bravo" That reminds me.. Bravo bollocks.. Ugh..