grim from the start, in contrast with the mood in the stands where people were waiting to cut loose with drummer Sivamani. And there were others in the stands sporting the blue turbans of the Rajasthan Royals.
Kimberley had hosted matches of the 2003 World Cup but never did they come across such a cricket spectacle.
For those interested in stuff other than drums and fancy shirts, there was enough on offer in the form of Matthew Hayden versus Shane Warne. This might have happened in Victoria-Queensland games but for the less privileged, the two were enacting it once more.
The target for Hayden’s team was not steep and the Royals’ attack did not warrant especial care either. By some stroke of luck, it boiled down to a duel between two retired giants. Hayden waited for a while, played back down the pitch and in a flash of pure brilliance stepped out to hit Warne straight out of the ground. Hayden didn't last the distance but did enough to best Warne on the day even as S Badrinath applied the finishing touches to the win. Marius could go home reminding his son that he had seen something very few have.
G Smith st Dhoni b Muralitharan 30 (33b, 2x4), N Ojha b Morkel 0 (2b), S Asnodkar lbw b Muralitharan 26 (25b, 3x4, 1x6), R Jadeja c Raina b Balaji 27 (19b, 3x4, 1x6), Y Pathan c Oram b Jakati 7 (11b, 1x6), L Carseldine run out 9 (8b, 1x4), A Raut st Dhoni b Jakati 7 (5b, 1x6), S Warne not out 21 (11b, 2x4, 1x6), S Harwood not out 6 (7b)
Extras (lb 5, w 1, nb 1) 7.
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 140.
Fall of wkts: 1-1, 2-54, 3-75, 4-92, 5-100, 6-104, 7-111
Bowling: A Morkel 3-0-24-1 (1nb), S Tyagi 2-0-12-0, L Balaji 3-0-13-1, J Oram 1-0-8-0, M Muralitharan 4-0-22-2, S Jakati 4-0-35-2 (1w), S Raina 3-0-21-0.
Chennai Super Kings
M Vijay lbw Trivedi 10 (12b, 1x6), M Hayden st Ojha b Warne 48 (44b, 4x4, 1x6), S Raina c Carseldine b Singh 13 (11b, 1x4, 1x6), S Badrinath not out 59 (41b, 9x4, 1x6), J Oram not out 1 (2b)
Extras: lb-2, w-8) 10.
Total: (for 3 wkts in 18.2 ovs) 141
Fall of wkts: 1-19, 2-37, 3-126
Bowling: Y Pathan 4-0-28-0, A Singh 3-0-25-1, S Trivedi 3-0-23-1, S Harwood 2-0-22-0, S Warne 4-0-27-1, R Jadeja 2.2-0-14-0.
Result: CSK beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets.