Newsfile IPL 2012 May 26, 2012

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Feel like it is our time again - du Plessis : Faf du Plessis, the Chennai Super Kings batsman, has said the side's leadership and experience of having won titles are the reasons they perform strongly in crunch games
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Feel like it is our time again - du Plessis: Faf du Plessis, the Chennai Super Kings batsman, has said the side's leadership and experience of having won titles are the reasons they perform strongly in crunch games. Super Kings crushed Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils comfortably in the playoffs to make their third straight IPL final, and their fourth in five seasons of the tournament.

"I think it comes from the leadership; [Stephen] Fleming [the coach] is good with the big games and also MS [Dhoni]," du Plessis told iplt20.com. "MS has played in a lot of big tournaments and has won the World Cup. So, he is pretty cool when it comes to that and most of the players now have the same feeling. Most of the guys in CSK have been here for a couple of years and we have won those trophies, so when we get to this stage of the competition, we have got this sense of calmness and maybe the other teams feel a bit of pressure that we have won silverware.

"I was the first one to say that we are lucky to make it to the semi-finals. We shouldn't have been here. But since we are here, the team's confidence has grown massively. It's starting to feel like it is our time again for us to do three in a row. You definitely need luck in all sports and we have had a lot of luck, but now we are playing our best cricket and that is most important."

Gambhir the hardest to bowl at - Morne Morkel: Gautam Gambhir has been the most difficult batsman to bowl at in IPL 2012, according to Morne Morkel, the leading wicket-taker so far this season. "He has always been a quality player and went into this tournament with an excellent plan," Morkel told the Times of India. "He has mixed caution with aggression quite beautifully and that has worked well for him." Chris Gayle, the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman, is by far the highest run-getter this season, but Gambhir has been instrumental in leading Kolkata Knight Riders to the final with six half-centuries on his way to 588 runs at a strike-rate of 144.47.

Morne Morkel to cheer for Super Kings: Now that Delhi Daredevils are out of the IPL after losing to Chennai Super Kings, Morkel said that he would be supporting the latter in the final against Knight Riders. "One reason for supporting CSK will be Albie [Morne's brother, who plays for Super Kings]," Morkel told iplt20.com. Also, we lost to KKR in Pune [in the first qualifier], so I am supporting CSK all the way, and I am hoping they lift the trophy."

Gambhir gave me the confidence - Yusuf: There is more praise coming Gambhir's way, this time from a team-mate. Yusuf Pathan has credited Gambhir, his Knight Riders captain, for supporting him during his string of low scores earlier this season. Yusuf had just one knock above 25 in 14 innings but came good in the first qualifier match against Delhi Daredevils, his unbeaten 40 off 21 deliveries taking Knight Riders to their maiden IPL final. "I was batting well in the nets," Yusuf told the Indian Express. "But the runs were not coming. It can happen in this format of the game. I was never under any pressure as Gautam always gave me the confidence. He told me I was just one innings away from returning to form. He has been fantastic as a leader and I am happy that I could justify the faith he showed in me."

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  • chithin on May 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    dhoni uses his brains thats why they came to finals

  • shahul on May 27, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @Anish Konar Mind that RCB and CSK had equal points. If chennai had won the match against mumbai it would be in a well deserved place to the playoffs. Its not that chennai doesnt deserve the title. whatever be the league status, first two teams have two chances and they need to win just one to make it to the final. But chennai being placed at 4th, it had to beat two top teams. this itself shows the quality of the team.

    The purpose of league match is to find four teams for playoffs. Chennai did it. The purpose of playoffs is to beat opponent to move to finals. If other teams cannot do it against a team which is placed below then in league, how can they be better?

  • anil on May 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @Yusuf comment - I Guess Gambhir does not have a choice. It is the Owner SRK choice. So enjoy it. Does not matter even if you perform in 1 game throughout the toutney. If Gambhir wants to keep his job, he better shower praises on you when ever he can. LOL!

  • Prabhakar on May 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    What Morne is trying to say is that he didn't mind the trashing against CSK bcoz he was nor part of the playing 11!!!

  • sundaresan on May 27, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    what do you mean lucky, csk but 17 points on the board and mumbai 19 points. luck is 1% and the rest is 99%. the two big wins is enough to show csk is not made up of luck but a top quality teams. the teams who have won in last over are all lucky only. stop this talk of luck time and again acknowledge that csk is a good team. let the best team on that day win.

  • Noor on May 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    all talking about csk's luck but forget about cummulative performance result which is csk performed well than rcb or rr or kxip

  • pravin on May 27, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    I dont want KKR to win and ok with anyone who wins apart from KKR. Because, I want Shahrukh not to win IPL. He is good with moives should remain like that...

  • Murali on May 27, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    CSK got enough points for qualifying for the playoff's, didn't they? CSK didn't design the schedule, so they had to hope three results went their way to make the playoffs. Kings XI Punjab just weren't good enough to beat Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore weren't good enough to beat bottom-placed Deccan Chargers. What's luck got to do with it? If it was luck they would have lost in the eliminator's but they thrashed MI and DD was floored. CSK will lift the cup the third time. Wait, watch and applaud the champions.

  • Ikram on May 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @ Anish >> Luck might have favored them to enter the playoffs.. true.. but was it pure luck again that took them to finals? It was their sheer brilliance!! No team plays better than CSK when it comes to crunch games. They're destined to win IPL!

  • GURU on May 27, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Today is CSK day...CSK will make hat-trick this time and this record cannot be beaten by any team in IPL history.

  • chithin on May 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    dhoni uses his brains thats why they came to finals

  • shahul on May 27, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @Anish Konar Mind that RCB and CSK had equal points. If chennai had won the match against mumbai it would be in a well deserved place to the playoffs. Its not that chennai doesnt deserve the title. whatever be the league status, first two teams have two chances and they need to win just one to make it to the final. But chennai being placed at 4th, it had to beat two top teams. this itself shows the quality of the team.

    The purpose of league match is to find four teams for playoffs. Chennai did it. The purpose of playoffs is to beat opponent to move to finals. If other teams cannot do it against a team which is placed below then in league, how can they be better?

  • anil on May 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @Yusuf comment - I Guess Gambhir does not have a choice. It is the Owner SRK choice. So enjoy it. Does not matter even if you perform in 1 game throughout the toutney. If Gambhir wants to keep his job, he better shower praises on you when ever he can. LOL!

  • Prabhakar on May 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    What Morne is trying to say is that he didn't mind the trashing against CSK bcoz he was nor part of the playing 11!!!

  • sundaresan on May 27, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    what do you mean lucky, csk but 17 points on the board and mumbai 19 points. luck is 1% and the rest is 99%. the two big wins is enough to show csk is not made up of luck but a top quality teams. the teams who have won in last over are all lucky only. stop this talk of luck time and again acknowledge that csk is a good team. let the best team on that day win.

  • Noor on May 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    all talking about csk's luck but forget about cummulative performance result which is csk performed well than rcb or rr or kxip

  • pravin on May 27, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    I dont want KKR to win and ok with anyone who wins apart from KKR. Because, I want Shahrukh not to win IPL. He is good with moives should remain like that...

  • Murali on May 27, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    CSK got enough points for qualifying for the playoff's, didn't they? CSK didn't design the schedule, so they had to hope three results went their way to make the playoffs. Kings XI Punjab just weren't good enough to beat Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore weren't good enough to beat bottom-placed Deccan Chargers. What's luck got to do with it? If it was luck they would have lost in the eliminator's but they thrashed MI and DD was floored. CSK will lift the cup the third time. Wait, watch and applaud the champions.

  • Ikram on May 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @ Anish >> Luck might have favored them to enter the playoffs.. true.. but was it pure luck again that took them to finals? It was their sheer brilliance!! No team plays better than CSK when it comes to crunch games. They're destined to win IPL!

  • GURU on May 27, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Today is CSK day...CSK will make hat-trick this time and this record cannot be beaten by any team in IPL history.

  • Rohit on May 27, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    If final is already fixed then KKR will lift the IPL5 trophy :)

  • SM on May 27, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    It may be that KKR is the most consistent team in IPL 2012. But CSK is going to win it for sure...CSK may be lucky to reach Playoffs,but they aren't lucky to reach to finals. They deserve it. MSD is going to do it again. I wish :)

  • shoeb khan on May 27, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    MR...dhoni day same again to beat k k r (ghambir)in finals .c s k deserve the ipl again .lucky man dhoni with cool mind .i like to see hussey and raina blasting the bowlers.

  • Sam on May 26, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Cant help with ppl being jealous of CSKs success... Each team played equal no of matches.. and in the end chennai qualified due to better run rate.. instead of saying luck, why not say inability of other teams to wil on pressure games.. Luck wont happen all the time... that too for 5 seasons.. grow up dude

  • Sajal P. Choudhury on May 26, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    KKR is a much more superior team in all aspects. Luck only favors those who strive hardest.

  • N.M on May 26, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    @praba: If DD had not been defeated by KKR, we wouldn't have had to face CSK in the first place, so Morne makes sense in his argument.

    @Anish: The deserving team is the one which makes the most of a given situation. It is not worth running the distance if you can't cross the finish line. Go read the Preview. CSK didn't have any luck involved:

    "Super Kings got enough points, didn't they? And they didn't design the schedule, so they had to hope three results went their way to make the playoffs. And Kings XI Punjab just weren't good enough to beat Delhi Daredevils, and Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore weren't good enough to beat bottom-placed Deccan Chargers. What's luck got to do with it?"

  • R.Kandasamy@mullikkulam on May 26, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Raina=130 runs. Ashwin=6wkts. Csk=Cup stole frm kolkata.

  • Ramesh Selvadurai on May 26, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    it may be luck they came playoffs. but since then they showing the class.they are playing good and best cricket. everyplayers enjoying each other's success. plz support csk.

  • vignesan on May 26, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @Anish-plz define the luck factor..k,lemme assume u meant the play-off qualify..common, they had enuf points(17 with rr ahead)...and teams which are not even fit enuf to get those points abv csk with better RR then how that can be a qualified team..so the 17 is the deserving point agree?..for other it ll be jus a one or 2 man shows...KKR..just sunil narien factor ??? wat else man...RCB .,gayle,AB nothing else(worst team)...MI(grt players wit worst sports attitude)..RR-agree may be fair enough team groom...Punjab- good fighters ....now whom do u say the deserving team...when the MI and delhi not able to win the crucial games..how they can be the qualified (deserving may be)..here consistency doesn't matter...when u terribly fail in the final exams(crunch games) and u say that i got better results in unit exams(league) how that make sense...??? though i agree csk did some flop match shows but they came out when they really need..tat too a "team effort" not a one man show's ...

  • Faraaz on May 26, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    @praba, Its perhaps Morne's way of letting out his frustration, because he was droped in the crucial match against CSK, a completely illogical decision on DD's part.

  • VT on May 26, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    i dont like showmanship of KKR owner. I like the Cool character of MSD and low profile approach of CSK owners. Though i would have preferred a new champion for the good of IPL, since it is KKR i want CSK to win.

  • deeshan on May 26, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    The team with the better bowling attack will win. KKR have already beaten CSK in Chennai, lost of the last ball in Eden, and been by far the most consistent team this season. Ashwin, Jakati and co will be cannon fodder for Yousuf Pathan. Finally it would be great to have a new team lift the cup this year ... and KKR deserve to be here.

  • vivek on May 26, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    A team[KKR] that couldn't reach a semi final for 3 seasons are champions??? :)

    CSK are the eternal champions - The Man UTD of IPL. And if u think they are lucky, let me tell you 'Luck favors the brave'

  • TRAM on May 26, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Supporting brother's team is sufficient and natural reason. You dont have to say any other reason (and unnecessarily make more enemies) :-)

  • manibharathi on May 26, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    CSK Vs KKR will be the most intresting finale after the lame knockout games. If chennai can play of sunil narine mystery safely then it will be three in a row. Chennai play positively as you do in knockouts. we will back you always. Proud to be a CSK fan.

  • CSKfan on May 26, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    I'm hoping the most consistent team in IPL history to lift the cup tomorrow. 4 time finalists in 5 years, that is sheer hardwork.. whereas KKR is lucky to be in the final for the first time. CSK should acheive the three peat.. :) :)

  • devis'sbalu on May 26, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    csk is the best team and the powerful helicopter shots of ms.dhoni will be the best to win the finals.

  • R.VISWANATH on May 26, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    With lot of uncertainties in T20 cricket, let us hope for the best team to lift the cup 2morrow. Though an ardent CSK fan, based in Chennai, I have the above feeling.

  • Ananth on May 26, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    CSK have been so lucky to be here. They were so lucky that they scored 17 points in the league phase and had a better run rate than RCB. The other teams with lower points and poorer run rates surely deserved to be in the playoffs more than the lucky CSK. Also CSK were so lucky that Badri and Hussey saved them after being 1 for 2, and that MSD's and Bravo's random swings got them lucky sixes and fours. They were lucky that MI players got out poorly. CSK were also soooo lucky that they beat DD by 86 runs. CSK's only chance in the final tomorrow is if they are lucky and play like they have been playing until now.

  • Anonymous on May 26, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Yusuf must come up the order, at no. 3 or 4, to have more balls to play.

  • balaji on May 26, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    first of all we got the points and the run rate....and finished the league leg 2 days prior....what can we do if RCB.RR and KINGS Punjab don't have to quality to go ahead.....in playoffs we played like champions......i guess we deserve to be were we are....cric is all about performing in the pressure situation...and we got the temperament and skills to do so.....CSK rocks

  • Nadeesh on May 26, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    This time KKR will win the cup...! When compares to MS Dhoni, Gambhir does not have much LUCK, but he has great amount of courage and he was the main reason that India won the world cup as well. Despite Gambhir's great knock, somehow Dhoni managed to capture all the headlines after the world cup final simply because of his LUCK..I hope this will be a good contest to watch...Luck vs Courage!

  • sritharan on May 26, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    CSK is very lucky team and I have no doubt that CSK on for hatric win the Cup.

  • nathan on May 26, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    We won the world cup because of home advantage luck factor, so luck is part and parcel of all games and dont find excuses for your teams deficiencies

  • Prem on May 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I do no understand where the word luck for CSK comes from. They did earn 17 points winning matches and had a better run rate than RCB. If others could not make so many points to make it top four means they did not play well. So stop calling CSK lucky.

  • M.K.Rahman on May 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    It is again the time for chennai to lift the trophy because chennai was about to go out of the tournament after all the 16 matches were played and they have to wait for the result of the rest of the matches. there could be a situation royals and challenger would have come to 3&4 place.luck also played for Chennai to be in top-4. Chennai has realized the mistake of losing the match with MI by giving 14 runs in last 3 balls and they are on fire to make the best usage of it. I wish best of Luck to chennai.

  • Anonymous on May 26, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Surely DD would be regretting now that they did not retain Gambhir. Just see after he was dropped, He became KKR captain and reached in the top 4 in both the seasons

  • pois on May 26, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    @anish konar boss.. csk are not also rans.. if they dint win 8 matches they will not be in the playoffs.. lets see who will win the match...

  • praba on May 26, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @morne.. what do u mean by KKR defeated you in pune so u support CSK.. u guys got thrashed in chennai remember..

  • Anish Konar on May 26, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    I am hoping for sanity to return and the most deserving team to lift the cup tomorrow. CSK have been extremely lucky to reach to this point and you don't want luck to be the differentiator between the champions and the also rans. KKR must achieve what DD or Gayle's RCB couldn't achieve

  • chethan on May 26, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Csk are playing home cricket with a bit of luck . . I hope dey ll Make hattrick dis time

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  • chethan on May 26, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Csk are playing home cricket with a bit of luck . . I hope dey ll Make hattrick dis time

  • Anish Konar on May 26, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    I am hoping for sanity to return and the most deserving team to lift the cup tomorrow. CSK have been extremely lucky to reach to this point and you don't want luck to be the differentiator between the champions and the also rans. KKR must achieve what DD or Gayle's RCB couldn't achieve

  • praba on May 26, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @morne.. what do u mean by KKR defeated you in pune so u support CSK.. u guys got thrashed in chennai remember..

  • pois on May 26, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    @anish konar boss.. csk are not also rans.. if they dint win 8 matches they will not be in the playoffs.. lets see who will win the match...

  • Anonymous on May 26, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Surely DD would be regretting now that they did not retain Gambhir. Just see after he was dropped, He became KKR captain and reached in the top 4 in both the seasons

  • M.K.Rahman on May 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    It is again the time for chennai to lift the trophy because chennai was about to go out of the tournament after all the 16 matches were played and they have to wait for the result of the rest of the matches. there could be a situation royals and challenger would have come to 3&4 place.luck also played for Chennai to be in top-4. Chennai has realized the mistake of losing the match with MI by giving 14 runs in last 3 balls and they are on fire to make the best usage of it. I wish best of Luck to chennai.

  • Prem on May 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I do no understand where the word luck for CSK comes from. They did earn 17 points winning matches and had a better run rate than RCB. If others could not make so many points to make it top four means they did not play well. So stop calling CSK lucky.

  • nathan on May 26, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    We won the world cup because of home advantage luck factor, so luck is part and parcel of all games and dont find excuses for your teams deficiencies

  • sritharan on May 26, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    CSK is very lucky team and I have no doubt that CSK on for hatric win the Cup.

  • Nadeesh on May 26, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    This time KKR will win the cup...! When compares to MS Dhoni, Gambhir does not have much LUCK, but he has great amount of courage and he was the main reason that India won the world cup as well. Despite Gambhir's great knock, somehow Dhoni managed to capture all the headlines after the world cup final simply because of his LUCK..I hope this will be a good contest to watch...Luck vs Courage!