Chennai Super Kings. They represent southern India, where I hail from. And I like MS Dhoni as an inspiring leader.
Once again it was Shadab Jakati, the new "mystery" slow left-arm spinner. Not forgetting Dhoni's crucial knock.
I would have had Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs firing on all cylinders, which would have made for a closer match.
Albie Morkel v Herschelle Gibbs. It was short-lived, and Albie had the last laugh. Also, RP Singh v Dhoni. Dhoni won all the way.
Sivamani, the indefatigable drummer. Always cheerful, never says no if one wants a photograph with him.
Dhoni's six off Pragyan Ojha over long-on left us gasping. It was simply breathtaking. There were a couple of Dwayne Smith moments that were also worthy of some fireworks.
Chennai Super Kings all the way. Their cheerleaders are by far the best I have seen in this edition of the IPL, and they are ably assisted by Sivamani.
Not surprisingly (since it was a Monday) the crowds were thinner. Still, there were more than enough people to raise a racket when the signature horn was played by the DJ. The Super Kings might have felt they were playing in Chennai because of the support visible on the ground. One six hit by Smith over midwicket came near where we were sitting. A little fellow tried desperately to latch on to it in vain.
The local hero I wanted to see on the ground was Makhaya Ntini, who did not play. The others, Gibbs and Morkel, were greeted warmly, but not at the decibel level reserved for JP Duminy on Mayday.
It was a letdown. Two super teams enacting a one-sided show. Chennai's fielding leaves a little bit to be desired. The Chargers: pathetic batting, worse bowling.
Super Kings - batting and bowling: 9, fielding: 6
Chargers - batting and bowling: 5, fielding: 6