Well, now we have seen everything.. only one Sri Lankan has been smiling today and his smile just got wider! Murali draws Shalika out of the crease in a manner that would have done the pied piper proud. Dhoni does the rest. Game over.
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.
slower ball, beautifully bowled outside off, 118 kph and the No. 11's almighty hoick makes no contact.
goes for the yorker and nearly cleans him up. Was just marginally wide of off stump, and the batsman was no where near it.. once again.
short again, but this one is on the leg stump line and he taps it down to square leg for one
another short ball, and Shalika moves away to the leg side looking for a cross-batted carve over covers... no contact.
bouncer wasted, he is not even close to getting close to the ball and just staggers away
length ball, would have been better driving, went for the pull and made no contact
another straighter one to finish a wonderful spell, Ashwin take a bow! Carrying on his IPL form here for Chennai.
seeya later Mr. Mendis! Ashwin draws him out with a flighter offering, Mendis is sucked in, does not make the pitch of the ball and misses. Dhoni is the king of minimalism behind the stumps. Collects and flicks away the bails with minimal fuss, with Mendis out of the crease.
short from ashwin and deft from Mendis. Goes back on the crease and late-cuts it delicately past Haydos at short third man
carrom ball, breaks away, but Shalika has probably faced it in the nets, from Herath. Plays it expertly, against the spin to square leg
straighter, works it with the spin to midwicket. Thinks of a single and changes his mind
offie to start with, pushes Shalika back into the crease. Defends to cover
Boy, when T20s get one-sided they get REALLY one-sided eh.. Five more overs to go! Ashwin comes on.
Normal service resumes.. Bolly bangs it in short and Mendis plays his own version of the pull - the ungainly version - and misses
and now he makes contact, well done too.. Length from Bolly, Mendis prefers it to the shorter stuff, sets himself up and mows it straight over mid off
very short bouncer, gets big on Mendis who thinks of upper-cutting and play atleast a foot under the ball.. It was a nasty lifter this one
short ball, angling across and he swings with gay abandon. Not even close to connecting
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..
another regulation length ball, Mendis is moving around the crease, but can't do much with this except defend back down the track
Hits the length that tail-enders don't like.. pushes him back and he does well to run it down to third man for one
Bolly comes on.
Whoop! A measure of revenge, Mendis sets himself up and swings Murali with the spin into the midwicket stands