In an earlier post i had said that vijay looked out of his depth in the T20 format. I don't know what he has been having lately but he has been absolutely scintillating. He always looked a gorgeous strokemaker but struggled in the earlier matches. The revival happened in the first match against the Rajasthan royals. He would have won CSK the match had he not been run out. In the next two matches however he has been amazing. I have a sneaking feeling he surprised himself. In his last two innings what has stood out is the clean hitting without compromising on the eye candy nature of his batting. He almost seems incapable of playing a shot in anger. Two shots stood out today. One was the lofted drive against warney, reminiscent of sachin in his prime. The second shot was the one that got him to his century. It was a kind of wristy flicked straight drive, reminding VVS. That is too much class on display in a single innings. But it would have all been in vain had it not been for the best display of fast bowling in the IPL. Bollinger was immense. An economy rate of 3.75 in a T20 game is outstanding. In a game which saw more than 460 runs that is just unbelievable. He hit the deck hard and more often than not it was ball hitting bat. The chants of "bollinger" ringing across the Chidambaram stadium was an amazing albeit strange experience. I bet Bollinger doesn't hear it even at his state matches.
Mumbai have got most things right this season. They have a varied bowling attack, some good hitters, Sach and arguably the best fielder in all of India in R.Satish. He is electric anywhere in the park and hits the stumps regularly. In the match against deccan, he dived full length to stop a ball travelling rather fast (struck by Symmo, so understandable), picked up the ball and fired a rocket throw straight into the keeper's gloves. I got the two results I wanted for today which increases the chances of CSK making the semis. If only Punjab had not messed up yesterday, it would have been even better. Hope Haydos gets going and CSK storms into the semis.