7 Apr 2019

Rahul Sarfaraz left it too late, CSK end up with usual fate

By cricinsane

A day game in Chennai can often account for a lot of heat and sweat but that never shows in the crowd that turns with their whistles in the stadium when Chennai take on any opponent. MSD won the coin toss and elected to throw two in the fire ring and not 11 in the scorching heat. Both teams having read the pitch differently, took the field with CSK playing with three spinners and KXIP dropping their main man, Mujeeb to rope in Tye. As they found out, it was again the master tactician in MSD that read the pitch correctly and Tye was taken to cleaners in his very first over. This game, they decided to push Rayudu back in the middle order and Faf du Plessis was the one who on his comeback stood for the Yellow army with a fine fifty. CSK, though lost a lot of steam in the middle overs, with Raina and Rayudu finding themselves stuck in quest of runs but it was late blisterings from MSD and Rayudu collecting a good 40 in the back 3 to take the total to 160 in 20 overs. Many would have thought they were short by 15-20, and it was rightly short. But Harbhajan always finds ways to get the back of Gayle and now has shown what experience brings to the table in any situation. Mayank who couldn’t even open his account too fell trapped by the Turbanator, and KXIP were in trouble straight away before KL Rahul and Sarfaraz took over and steadied the ship. With the pitch now playing turning tricks aiding the slower bowlers, Rahul and Sarfaraz kept nudging them for ones and twos and whenever pacers took charge, they decided to go for full money. Much as they were about to find, they decided not to take any risks against the spinners and decided to back themselves against the CSK’s famous death over that now didn’t even have the DJ to make the opponent dance to his tunes. Rahul and Sarfaraz looked set to take the game deep like the man behind them had been doing for eternity now but as they found out, that task is a strictly “expertive” one and requires cool head like MSD to finish them more often than not. This game very loudly taught everyone the lesson that ‘If Russell can, doesn’t mean they can too’ and also taught everyone to try and finish things in ways they have been and not take it deep in front of someone who weaves magic by his sheer presence. MSD had a chat with Chahar, who did almost a Siraj from last night, put him back to nail perfect Yorkers after his words of wisdom. It was left too late for Miller to come and do the work and an innings that looked a perfect one from both Rahul and Sarfaraz till the 15’th ended up looking selfish, once it ended. KXIP succumbed to one of worst looking defeats in recent times and before they start going on the ways they did last year, it is time for them to actually try and get the basics right and not try to do things, not everyone can perfectly.