The curious case of the Uppal 'square' at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad gave the home team massive headaches as Chennai Super Kings scored a whopping 223/3 in their 20 overs on Wednesday night. With scores of - 126, 130, 123, 129 and 80 - been posted by teams batting first in Hyderabad, prior to Wednesday's match, the decision to opt for a new pitch quite seemingly backfired for the hosts.
Hyderabad, hitherto unbeaten at home, eventually lost by 77 runs but the seeds of the outcome, many felt, had been sowed much before. Giving Chennai power-hitters a 'batsman's paradise' and then also putting them into bat after winning the toss, was literally suicidal by the Hyderabad think-tank.
NDTV expert Dean Jones criticised the home team for not bowling enough short balls to Chennai batsmen, especially Suresh Raina.