Tuesday, May 22, 2012

IPL 2012: Destiny Writes For CSK

Yesterday I heard that some teams are determined to win while some others are with win destiny. CSK under the captaincy of Dhoni belongs to latter class of teams. In the last four years, after the IPL 1, this year again  I was following the IPL. From the match one there were indications for the twists and turns during the tournament.
Look at the some of these twists and turns associated with defending IPL champion CSK on the basis of which they say M S Dhoni is the lucky captain.
1] It was match No. 13 of the tournament though No. 13 is considered as unlucky but this brought luck for the CSK, before this match team was struggling with just one win against the Deccan Chargers, from the three matches they played. [Early days of the tournament] RCB won the toss and elected to bat first, RCB went on to score 205 from their allotted 20 overs.
It was on the cards that CSK is likely to face yet another defeat and till the end of 18 over things were heading in that direction as at that stage of game CSK was struggling with 163 for four, needing 43 runs from last two overs.  This was Virat Kohali who bowled the 19th over of CSK and Albie Morkel who had just walked in, went on score 28 runs from the six balls bowled by Kohali. [4,6,4,6,2,6]
CSK was needing 15 runs from the last over bowled by Vinaykumar, who went on get rid of Morkel on the second ball of the over but fail to defend 2 runs on last ball as Jadeja facing very first ball of his inning dispatched this last ball of match for four and CSK won the match.
2] This was the match No. 26 of tournament played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bat, RR went on to finish their inning at 146 for 4 from their 20overs.
Match was again extended to 2 runs required from last ball and Dhoni scored these runs.
3] Date 14 May, Eaden Gardens Kolkata Match 63 of IPL 2012, Match No. 15 for CSK who were unable to find their winning touch as point tally for them was like 7 win from the 14 games played.
CSK won the toss and invited KKR to bat first who went on to score 158 for 6 from the 20 overs bowled by the CSK bowlers. After a very strong opening stand of 97 runs provided by Hussey and Murli Vijay in just 10.2 overs team was struggling for win in the last over as on the second ball of last over [bowled by Rajat Bhatia] Dhoni was bowled and team was needing 8 runs to win from remaining four balls.
Jadeja scored 3 runs from the first two balls he faced now Bravo was back on the strike and CSK needing 5 runs from 2 balls. Bhatia bowled a dot ball and CSK was left with needing 5 runs from the last ball of the match.
This is never easy for any player to hit a six on the last ball at Eaden Gardens against the home team with several thousand supporting roars for the home team, but when luck is on your side any thing can happen and Bravo hit a skiers towards the long on which landed beyond the Tiwari and boundary line and CSK once again, third time in the tournament went on test win on the last ball of the match.
4] On the 17th Match CSK lost their match to KXIP and finished with 17 points standing at forth position on point tally with 8 wins 7 losses and 1 rain washed match from the 16 games to be played by every team.
At this time RR with 14 points and 2 Matches left and RCB with 15 points and 2 matches left were in the position to move forward and assure a place in final four for the playoff and leaving the CSK disqualified for playoff. This was on the card as RR and RCB both were left with one match against the D C, the weakest team of the tournament.
On the same day, 17th May RCB went on win against the DD and matched with CSK on point tally [both having 17 points] with RCB to play their last game against DC on the 20th May.
5] Match No 68, 18 May, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in a do and die game RR after winning the toss and choosing to bat Rajasthan Royals were managed to score [Batting First] their season’s lowest total 126 for 8 and in the first 8 overs of their inning DC openers Dhawan and Reddy by scoring 62 for no loss has insured a defeat for RR. What a destiny favor (?) for the CSK.
6] Destiny was writing yet another page for CSK as RCB the only team of the tournament which crossed the 200 mark twice, has failed to score just 132 runs scored by the DC. This might be the rush of blood or the destiny of RCB that which forced Virat Kohali the captain of RCB to go wild on the last ball of 16 over [RCB 103 for 5], a over in which RCB batsmen have already scored 14 runs from the five ball and heading towards victory and place in final four for the playoff.
Things went beyond the control of RCB as in the next 4 overs team has scored only 20 runs with loss of 4 more wickets.

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