Watch cricket highlights of the Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings from IPL 2009 played on April 27.
Scoreline: Chennai 165/6: Matthew Hayden 49 (35), Jacob Oram 41 (29)
DC win in 19.3 overs: Herschelle Gibbs 69 (56), Adam Gilchrist 44 (19)
Once again this IPL, the two innings in the game almost mirrored each other. Super starts followed by ordinary middle-order performances. The Chennai stint saw Oram propel the total past 160, while the Chargers mostly relied on the ridiculous start by Gilchrist (in particular) and the fact that Gibbs was there to the end. DC were at one stage 60 in 4 overs before Murali and Raina located the brakes.
Chennai seriously need to think about Parthiv Patel - there is no way possibly the worst keeper in India should be playing in the team as a batsman. Badrinath’s cricket career is getting slaughtered at No 7. He’d be the ideal opener with Hayden - he’s technically very good and has some serious hitting abilities too.
Dhoni’s horrible record vs Pragyan Ojha continued through IPL Season 2. Oddly Ojha bowled only 2 overs for 2 wickets and this could have been a big mistake by Gilly if not for the end result. He did mention this in the post-match interview - first calling it a mistake and then saying it was a deliberate theory that didn’t work. Not sure what was going on there. Laxman can afford to slip by unnoticed in this Chargers team that’s now won 4 games in a row, but a VVS special is much needed sometime this season.
Pregame: Plenty to look out for in this game - VVS Laxman is the only Fab Four name missing from the IPL headlines this season. He’ll probably come up against Murali. Ojha had Dhoni in a spell last season, while Fidel Edwards and RP Singh will have a go at Hayden.