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Sunday May 06 2012

I’m trying to write a big old piece about how hard cricket is to organise these days.

Meanwhile this evening at the IPL, this just happened, to Dale Steyn!!!:

6 2 4 6 4 1

The batsman doing this was AB de Villiers, which explains it.

An earlier over by Steyn was a maiden.  Against Chris Gayle.  Maiden overs are rare in the IPL.

Now Simon Hughes is calling AB de Villiers a genius.  Like he says, Steyn is now the best bowler in the world.  What’s more, AB kept the bowling for the final over, thus making sure his team won.

The second 6 in that Steyn over was particularly amazing.  It was a yorker on middle and leg that would have splattered most batsmen’s stumps.  AB smoked it over extra cover into row … about Z.  Shot of the tournament for me, that I’ve seen.  Steyn just smiled.

In the previous game West Indian Dwayne Smith, playing in his first ever IPL game, had to hit 14 off the last 3 balls to win it.  He did exactly that.  6 4 4.  Off Hilfenhaus, who is also no mug at bowling.  The first three balls of that last over had gone dot wicket dot.

Best day of the IPL yet.

I am not sure how other Chennai fans feel about it but I regard Mumbai as our greatest rivals and winning in the Wankhede as about as good as it gets.  So, after that knock by Raina and that catch by du Plessis and Mumbai fans seemingly giving up hope… you can imagine my disappointment.

I just have to hope that MS has something up his sleeve.  KKR and the Deskjockeys are looking awfully good.

Posted by Patrick Crozier on 07 May 2012

Patrick: You mean you actually support one of these teams?!?  Amazing.  I just can’t make myself pick one.  I watch to see individual deeds of daring do, like this amazing de Villiers innings.

Perhaps I should go to India, look at all the IPL places, and decide which one I like best.

Meanwhile, is it possible to decide who you support, in sport?  My feeling is it just happens to you.  Like falling in love.

Or like what you believe, which you likewise can’t decide to change, just because you’d prefer to believe something else which you actually do not believe.  Working out what you believe is an act of introspection, rather than a decision.  It is a realisation.

So, is sports allegiance like that also?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 07 May 2012

Perhaps I can shed some light on this.  Or perhaps not.

In football, I support Watford.  Watford play in yellow.  So do Chennai.  So, I support Chennai.  So my decision to support Chennai is almost entirely random.

But then again, so was my decision to support Watford.  I did so because I lived there.

But having made the decision to support Chennai I have found it useful.  It gives me a starting point.  I start by learning about my team.  Then, I find out who are rivals are.  Then, I find out who is on their teams.

At some point I may even find out what the rules are and what terms like “long off” and “cover” mean.

Posted by Patrick Crozier on 08 May 2012
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