AB was not in the playing XI because of a) The return of his staunch opposer in Gambhir and b) A not too pleased Dinesh Karthik. So now you know how happy I was when these two gentlemen were dismissed for binary digits.
Jokes apart ; as hard as it is to admit, bringing in Collingwood for AB was a right move. Anyone who followed the England-RSA series would agree if I said Collingwood is the English variety of the cricket God. What chance does a mere mortal like AB have against a giant like Paul Collingwood, huh? In addition to being an impenetrable blocker and a as-good-as-AB fielder, saint Paul can also roll over his arm for some crucial tight overs. When I first heard about St.Paul’s arrival, I feared for AB but later I assuaged my worries thinking the other AB, McD, would be sacrificed. On further thinking though, it felt more beneficial for DD to have McD instead of AB since the batting was already quite strong.
On a crumbling wicket, winning the toss and batting first was going to be crucial. DD were the fortunate ones and out came Sehwag and Warner, with Sehwag adamant about out-scoring Warner. Sehwag was made to look like a retard by Gayle and soon after my sworn enemies for the day were avenged. With the score at 38/3 after 3, St.Paul joined the rampant Warner and they dutifully held the front till the last over of the innings when David Hussey pulled off an incredible yet-more-amusing-than-awe-inspiring catch. Warner, quite pumped up because of the exclusion of his DD mentor, became the first DD batsman to score a century this edition and St.Paul brought up a fine fifty. Even with a batsman nearing 100 at the crease, the last five went for only 42. That was a testament to the slowness of the track and how chasing 178 would require a super-duper effort.
KKR aren’t known for being the ones to put in the big effort and they hardly threatened as their innings folded up for a meek 137. Bowling on a slow and dying track doesn’t merit much merit for the bowlers, whatever be their bowling figures. Nannes knew that and he also knew that he had to get his name mentioned at least once in the match report. The poor guy injured his bowling hand for the cause.
Next Up: A team with 4 wins on the trot. Ending that run should be fun.