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Docile pitch, yet a memorable match

Previous test matches in Chepauk MAC stadium have been a real test of skill for both batsmen and bowlers. Think back to the tied test against Australia in 1986 or the agonising loss to Pakistan in 1999. But this time around, the pitch has been a feather bed till now, late into the 4th day. There has been nothing for the bowlers so far.

Yet this match will be remembered for the highest test score by an Indian batsman. It was in this same stadium that Gavaskar scored his 236 n.o. against West Indies, which was the highest score by an Indian for a long time. It took a great effort from Laxman in 2001 to go past that and Sehwag upped it in Multan in 2004. After seven years, the record has come back to Chepauk.

Do you still think a result is possible in this match?

Do Chennai Super Kings have a chance?

India Cements Limited, which owns the IPL team from Chennai named it ‘Chennai Super Kings’ and unveiled a logo on February 20. Former Indian cricket captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth will be the brand ambassador of the team. “Fearless Entertainers who will play to win” is the accompanying tag that the team gets.

Tomorrow eight teams will assemble for a player auction in which over 80 international players, including 13 Australian players, will take part.

The eight teams are: Mumbai team (Mukesh Ambani), Bangalore (Vijay Mallya), Kolkata (Shah Rukh Khan), Chandigarh (Preity Zinta), Jaipur (Emerging Media), Hyderabad (Deccan Chronicle), Chennai (India Cements) and Delhi (GMR Group).

I see the name of the other owners and think that Chennai may not have that much of a chance. A question to the cricket experts, which is nearly everybody. Does the Chennai IPL team have a chance?

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