3 Oct 2020

Twitter erupts as the SRH Young guns outdo the CSK veterans in a close game.

By cricinsane

Indian Premium League has been a league thus far where talent meets opportunity. In the 13 games thus far, the young talent has risen up the ranks to showcase to the world what a powerhouse Indian cricket has in store. Gill, Samson, Padikkal, Sundar have all performed exceedingly well to take their teams through in games in set up to this South Indian Derby.

For starters, SRH won the toss and chose to bat (finally!). But Deepak Chahar removed Bairstow in the first over and that meant SRH were looking at drubbing when their main men failed. Pandey and Warner then stablised the innings but two wickets in two balls meant CSK were on top with SRH struggling at 69/4 in 12 with Abhishek and Priyam at the helm. For changes, Kane Williamson for once lost his cool having been run out (the same KW who smiled after the WC final loss), such is the game.

Priyam Garg who Just saw Kane run out soon after he walked in and Abhishek Sharma were in some pressure to take SRH to a respectable total but little did we know how the new diamonds would take center stage and shine on the grandest stage. Priyam Garg was specially brilliant with the way he accelarated and took the attack to Sam Curran taking 26 off his over to get the momentum swing his team’s way. Aided by paltry catching in the outfield with even Jadeja dropping a catch (Yeah it’s 2020 after all :p), SRH powered their way to 164, a total which their bowling could eye at defending.

CSK, in response were off to a slow start again and Watson was removed. Rayudu, returning after 2 games, looked scratchy before getting out to Natrajan on a ripper. CSK then lost wickets in quick succession when they were reduced to 42/4 in 8 with MSD and Jadeja at the crease. But the same old taking the game deep and some brilliant bowling by Rashid and Samad saw the NRR climb to reach an unattainable high. They needed 78 off the last 4 and Jadeja bought his 50 up and soon was removed. Having the equation to 45 from the back 2 with a Bhuvi over in play, CSK had no chance but it was all set to change with the injury forcing Bhuvi to retire and Khaleel finishing off his over later. 28 off 6 is a daunting task on any day, and a tired, out of gas MSD couldn’t get it going again as SRH cruised to a 7 run victory whilst CSK looked down the barrel. If not for the unfortunate injury, the game was already over much before it did.

Here are some key takeaways from the game:

  1. Confident SRH setup: SRH had their woes of the middle order before entering this game and looked to be heavily dependent on Warner Bairstow and Manish Pandey. With Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma now showcasing their mettle, SRH would be delighted to have finally sort out the concern issues that were looking them in the eye.
  2. CSK’s failing top Order: CSK’s top order is now coming under scrutiny and they look scratchy and also don’t look to be in any rhythm. A lot of pressure up front means, the middle order has to have the dilemma and arrest the slide and take the game deep.
  3. Scorching heat drains the best: MSD who is otherwise one of the fittest customers on the field looked tired and out of ammunition amid the scorching heat of Dubai. With double headers now coming into the picture, players have to up their fitness game big time to overhaul the tough conditions.
  4. CSK lacking genuine wicket takers in the Middle overs: For CSK, it is absolutely crucial to get back Imran Tahir who has been a wicket taker in the middle overs of the game for them. Even if that means removing Watson or Faf Du Plessis. Watson’s scratchy form and no overs from him means the team can look to bring back Tahir in place of Watson. CSK are losing alot of ground in the middle overs and Tahir’s spell can aid them well in the long run.

Here are some of the best tweets from the game last night:

With the double headers beginning today, we will bring more fun reactions, stats and overview from those games as well. Stay tuned!