IPL Day 2 Overview: A Tale of Two Decisions Made After Winning the Toss?

bidwan baruahContributor IApril 19, 2009

Day 2, I guess was most about making the smart decision after winning the toss in tricky situations. While Sehwag made a good decision of batting first, in hindsight it looks like McCullum got it wrong.

I am sure the decision was prompted by yesterday's second match but it was one decision which was taken against what the conditions had to offer.

It was clear that the ball was going to do a bit in the first innings, but McCullum chose to go by what he saw the night before, and most importantly their batsmen made it look even more murderous, failing to reach even a defendable total.

Delhi Daredevils had a cakewalk in the first match, and it clearly pointed out that when the Rain Gods are playing hide and seek you always need to bat second to get the better of the monstrous Duckworth-Lewis System.

Sehwag didn't disappoint any expectations; rather, he showed why almost everyone playing the Cricinfo Fantasy Cricket has him in their teams. I now regret that I didn't have him as the Trump Player.

The second match was the kind of match I expected after yesterday's clash of RCB vs. the RR. However, KKR lacked the kind of innings that Rahul "The Wall" Dravid played a night earlier.

While I was watching the KKR's innings I remembered the golden words said by one of the most successful coaches of India, John Wright.

He had once stated that to win a limited overs match, you need to take at least four singles in an over when the going is tough, irrespective of whether the remaining two deliveries are dot balls or you can convert them to boundaries.

Neither did KKR's innings have the kind of knock that Dravid produced a night earlier nor were they able to take singles consistently.

So, with all teams playing a match apiece it's only one team, of-course the Delhi Daredevils, which has carried on from where they had left off last year, the rest of the teams proving that this IPL is going to be a story of new teams, new venues and a new tournament!

Until next time,

Cheers!

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