Chennai Super Kings v Cape Cobras, CLT20, Chennai September 28, 2011

Bravo blasts Chennai Super Kings to victory


Chennai Super Kings 146 for 6 (Bravo 45*, Duminy 4-20) beat Cape Cobras 145 for 7 (Shah 45, Bravo 2-23) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chennai Super Kings got their title defence back on track with a chase that covered the spectrum from blue to yellow and all the colours in between against Cape Cobras. Michael Hussey got the pursuit of 146 off to a positive start, but JP Duminy's four wickets wrested the advantage back, and put the Cape Cobras in the pound seat. MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo's 43-run partnership helped Chennai recover but Vernon Philander dismissed Dhoni to give the Cobras another sniff. Then, Bravo made a mockery of Dale Steyn, scoring 17 runs off his last over, the 19th of the innings, to paint the Chidamabaram Stadium in the colour of the home team.

With 23 runs required off the last two overs, Chennai needed someone to launch them over the line, and Bravo took it upon himself to do so. First, he mowed a Steyn slower ball which turned into a full toss over midwicket, and carved the next delivery behind point for four, before playing a classy inside-out cover drive to ensure the Super Kings succeeded in a tricky chase on a slow pitch.

Hussey set the tone when he picked up from where he left against the Mumbai Indians with an authoritative knock upfront. In M Vijay's company, he put the Super Kings on the right path before Duminy came on to bowl. He started bowling in the Powerplay and did not hesitate to flight the ball, drawing Hussey forward and giving Dane Vilas enough time to complete the stumping.

Justin Ontong extracted good turn and bounce from his end, and Duminy capitalised on the pressure he was creating. In his second over, Duminy enticed S Badrinath to play a lofted drive straight to short cover. A quiet third over was followed by an eventful fourth in which Duminy got rid of Wriddhiman Saha who swept to deep square leg, and Suresh Raina who played too early and handed a return catch.

MS Dhoni held himself back and came out at No.6, at a time when the Super Kings needed to play catch-up. Dhoni and Bravo played cautiously for three boundary-less overs against Robin Peterson's crafty spin, Philander's slower balls and Justin Kemp's offcutters. Bravo broke the drought when Philander got his line wrong and allowed the pull to fine leg.

Duminy then turned from hero to villain by over-running a Dhoni catch at deep cover, and the Cobras' fortunes worsened from that moment. Bravo unleashed a six over extra cover off a Philander slower ball to keep the asking-rate under control. Even Dhoni's departure did not affect his resolve, and he hauled Chennai to their first win.

The Cobras would have rued not scoring enough runs after being dragged back from a position where they looked set to score over 170. They had a stuttering start, when R Ashwin trapped Richard Levi lbw with his first delivery. Herschelle Gibbs fizzed for a while, but fell after trying to pull a length ball from Doug Bollinger.

Thereafter, Owais Shah's responsible, yet busy knock and his partnership with Duminy troubled Chennai. The pair complemented each other, with Duminy the energiser and Shah the sage. Albie Morkel removed both in the same over to peg the Cobras back just when they looked set to take off.

With the pressure building and the Super Kings deploying a series of slower deliveries, some of which were a touch short, the Cobras became edgy. Bravo's variations proved particularly problematic and the innings ended with the Cobras unable to find a boundary off any of the last 29 deliveries. Bravo's real contribution, however, came much later in the piece.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Rashmi on September 30, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Good work by Dhoni and his men against a powerful Cape Cobras side. This win proves that any CSK fan can have absolute faith in their team. We know that someone in the team will stand up for the night and make sure we emerge victorious. Whether we lose the toss or win it , doesn't matter. We have the team that can give their best at any time and take the game away from the opponents. And Bravo! He is the most complete all-rounder any team can wish to have.Scalping wickets in the first innings and contributing to the score with the bat in the second innings is really great. CSK will continue by playing it's natural game and they will emerge CHAMPIONS again.

  • Sundar on September 30, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Bravo's blast did it for CSK. the Men in Yellow won despite struggling on a sluggish surface. well done bravo, Dhoni. but the presence of Wriddiman Saha is baffling. he continues to remain in the Playing XI despite never doing anything worthwhile. and, the coach defends the tactics by saying he offers a lot as batsman/fielder

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Mumbai Indian rely on Malinga. RCB rely on Chris Gayle. KKR rely on Yosuf Pathan. The one team which is not rely on individuals is CSK. That is why they are consistent performers all among IPL teams.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    CSK finishes CLT20 2011 as champions. It is Dhoni the key maker of the team so called CSK. In the year when IPL started who knows Ashwin and Vijay. It is Dhoni who moulded them to professionals in cricket. Raina is the best in encouraging players. The depleted overseas players like Bollinger, Morkel and Bravo came into light by the Team called CSK- Champion Super Kings.

  • Suresh on September 29, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    @Omkar Patade - I would like to repeat the same comment which you said about CSK, you better look into your team MI. I am happy that CSK didn't win the match like MI where they expected a bowler to slog - luck favored MI in both the matches. More over we played a bit rusty never expected malinga to score. A gentle reminder that MI makes there own rules by playing 5 players. Why is CLT20 board bothered, if MI don't have players then play with whom you have got , recruit Indian players. Even if MI wins they will not gain any respect in my heart, rules should be common. You want to win a match then play it and win it not by changing rules Better you could have tried some other rule like this "If a MI batsmen scores 1 run we will count it as 2 runs and every batsmen will get 2 life's to bat" - this might help!!!!

    CSK needed a close win like this for Dhoni to come out of the fatigue he is into for last 2 months, I wish Dhoni gains his confidence and trashes England when they land in India

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    csk is the best team in clt20 and they are going to win this time also

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    @Omkar Patade dont you have any basic knowledge abt cricket.. MI won just because of luck...take last year performances in clt20...ashwin was man of the series vijay was the top scorer..badri is always solid performer...dnt be overjoyed friend... see MI loose rest of all matches

  • prasad on September 29, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    @omkar pakade

    Maamu, first make ur alambal stopu :D First of all rules should be common to everybody.. The name is different and team is different. Show any single Mumbai players in the 11 member squad.. apart from overseas players, punjab, TN, andhra, gujarat and himachal pradesh players were playing for Mumbai team :D its ridiculous.. except sachin for respect all the mumbai players are adrenaline shakers.. they scared of playing against champions..

    Also one more truth.. There is a slot for bowlers in mumbai team which they should have kulkarni/murtaza in the team but for fear they ve took symonds.. This shows mumbai team which plays only for money and not for spirit.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    looks like Chennai is back...winning off in the last over...breath taking match...Bravo did it for Chennai this tym, just like Malinga did it for Mumbai the other day..!'s all luck!

  • Anver on September 29, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    CSK wins in calypso the courtesy of "Bang Bang Bravo" it was really a match changing 19th over !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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