Monday, May 4

Day 17 - IPL 2

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You know Dhoni means business when his articles say that his batting has been 'pathetic' and 'it's time for him to perform'. True to form, Mahendra Singh Dhoni crafted a composed yet crushing unbeaten 58 after every batsman in the Chennai Super Kings pulled his weight to lead the team to a score in the vicinity of 180.

Another person he criticized was Albie Morkel saying that 'he wasn't pulling his weight'. And as if by captain's orders, Morkel snapped up Gilly and Laxman in the first two overs and could have gotten Dwayne Smith caught twice, but for the fielders who decided not to embarass the Chargers by getting them 4 down for so little. So Dwayne enjoyed himself by flicking, driving, pulling and hoiking like a man possessed till he finally got out on 49. Jakati snapped up 4 for the second game in a row and the dropped catches didn't cost the Super Kings at all.

The team that won today's match would reach the top of the standings and it was Chennai, who after starting from behind have overtaken the rest of the pack. Dhoni's golden (or is it yellow now) touch is back after Andrew's Flinting off. A win by 79 runs does wonders for their Net Run Rate as well, which might just come into play at the end of the league stage given how closely the teams rank.

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