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Dilshan delivers for the Daredevils – Mendis makes his first appearance at the IPL

Tillakaratne Dilshan who has been in fine batting form since his promotion as opener in Sri Lanka’s ODI side sent the Chennai bowlers on a leather hunt with a 27 ball half century

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Dilshan’s fifty included two sixers and seven boundaries.

He flicked Gony for six over mid wicket (Video) when Gony strayed on to his pads. Very next over Dilshan punished Morkel with 3 consecutive fours (Video). The most memorable of the lot was when Dilshan rocked back and tonked Flintoff – with sweet timing – over square leg for six (Video).

It was a crucial knock for Delhi, openers Sehwag and Gambhir had been dismissed cheaply.

Murali playing for Chennai had a quiet game.

He bowled just 3 overs going for 26. Dhoni opted not to bowl Murali out which was a strange decision considering Murali had only gone for two boundaries in his spell. Dhoni later admitted that the death bowling was not satisfactory – perhaps ruing his decision not to bowl out Murali.

Scorecard: Indian Premier League – 9th match – Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils

Kolkata made a hash of things again. They made the correct decision in playing Ajantha Mendis, and Mendis did show his gratitude by picking up 2/19 in his four (Video). They didn’t, however, research his batting ability.

Ajantha Mendis is a capable batsman. Kolkata just don’t know it.

Mendis’ services with the bat have not been required by Sri Lanka, but a quick look at his first class stats will reveal that he is more accomplished than those Kolkata chose to send in when they had just eight to win in as many balls.

It was an easy victory for KKR had it not been for the unprofessional batting of Yashpal Singh and Ganguly at the end. Sourav Ganguly threw his head back and flayed his bat in the air in anger when Singh chose to ignore Ganguly’s advice. Ganguly had repeatedly walked up to Singh reminding him that they had the game in the bag. They had just seven runs to win the game at the time.

That dismissal triggered a collapse. Ganguly forgot the advice he had just dished out, and slashed at a wide ball trying to win the match with a boundary. It didn’t come off. He edged it to the keeper destroying KKR’s chances of pulling it off.

Scorecard: Indian Premier League – 10th match- Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals

Sri Lanka Army CC- the team for which Ajantha Mendis plays for in Sri Lanka’s domestic league – rely heavily on Mendis’ all round ability to win them matches. He is a clean striker of the ball. It is embarrassing for a coach like Buchanan could not have identified his batting skill at the nets.

In the T20 format only very little separate the opposition. Not knowing the ability of your players may cost teams dearly.

The match ended tied, with both teams ending on 150. It was all left to be decided by six balls each in what is known as the ‘Super Over’. KKR managed 15. Mendis was chosen to bowl the Super Over, and he didn’t start too well. The plan was obvious, to bowl outside of Pathan’s stumps so he wont slog it away on the on-side. Pathan was too good as he smacked Mendis over extra cover for six.

All was not lost for Mendis.

The next ball was skied straight up in the air. It looked an easy catch for long-on – Angelo Mathews – who was on the field for Gayle. But Brad Hodge had other ideas and charged for it from log-on making it a tough catch. He puts it down. Things could have changed for Mendis and the KKR team. It, however, was not to be.

Pathan only needed four balls, Rajasthan finished it off with 18 runs in the over.

Tomorrow’s match will feature Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene when Punjab takes on Bangalore. Oh! And of course! It will also feature IPL chairman Lalit Modi in the stands, on the presentation podium, sipping on cocktails, mingling with players amongst other things.

I reckon in a four hour match Modi is on TV for at least 60% of the air time. I didn’t realise he was the IPL mascot. I was under the impression he was just the commissioner.

Who owns the IPL again? Is it Modi or the Indian people (BCCI)?

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