Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hayden's knock boost Chennai's morale

Mathew hayden has won the match single handedly for chennai against the delhi dare devils.The very long worry of hayden's form was on its peak and he gave a fitting reply to all his critics

Hayden’s 43-ball blitz, with his long handle Mongoose bat at his age of 38, left a packed Feroze Shah Kotla awestruck on Friday evening. The innings not only helped Chennai beat Delhi comprehensively, the yellow shirts will not only be favourites against Kings XI but could rise on top of the league table.

Hayden was a revelation. His 24-ball 50 was a record but it was his excellent cricketing shots that changed the complexion of the game. The Aussie was classy during his partnership with stand-in skipper Suresh Raina. The duo produced 50 of only 23 balls for the third wicket. Hayden also proved that there was no devil in the Kotla wicket.

A five-wicket victory against Delhi and their stupendous win over the Kolkata Knight Riders have given Chennai the momentum from which they could only get better with their morale high. By contrast, the morale of Punjab XI is at its lowest and even Tom Moody can’t find ways to lift his professional stars.

Punjab captain Kumar Sangakkara has been in poor form. As skipper, he has done precious little to lift his team. The form of Yuvraj Singh has also been a concern. Among the overseas skippers in the League, only Adam Gilchrist has been successful. At the Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday, Punjab will start as underdogs as Chennai will surely ride their home support.

Chennai’s batting strategies have worked well so far. The top three contributing 150 has been the key and the home team will look for an encore against beleaguered Punjab.

Chennai skipped nets on Saturday but the Kings XI will train under lights. Skipper MS Dhoni is likely to sit out Sunday’s game to rest his injured elbow.

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