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

Bravo blasts Chennai Super Kings to victory

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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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  • Rash237 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.

  • Kothandaram 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MadrasCity 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

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:42 GMT

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

  • 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

  • deadite11 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.

  • 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..!..Maybe..it's all luck!

  • anver777 on September 29, 2011, 9:59 GMT

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

  • Rash237 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.

  • Kothandaram 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MadrasCity 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

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:42 GMT

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

  • 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

  • deadite11 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.

  • 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..!..Maybe..it's all luck!

  • anver777 on September 29, 2011, 9:59 GMT

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

  • rama_krish on September 29, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    TnT will beat CSK on Sunday - look for it

  • on September 29, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    TO CSK Fans --

    u ppl said MI can't win without Sachin n now ther r playing with 5 foreigner .. its not fair n all .. blah blah blah ..then what about CSK.. only overseas player like bollinger, hussey, bravo r performing .. they only win because of them only n yeah THEIR OWN ground also .. not a single indian player .. btw big names like dhoni, raina, vijay, badri r not performing .. shame on u .. so just stop criticising MI n other team .. just see what ur team is doing ..

  • puntertakeson on September 29, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Go CSK Go I'm with you. Against MI is just a bad luck.

  • on September 29, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @vivekdhayalan_indian_tamilan... absolutely right machi... Gavaskar and Ravi shastri both want only MI to win, then they shouldnt be commentating but in the MI dug out.. Anyway with Fans like us and such a wonderful team.. CSK has the capabiliy to win any matches and against any team in T20..

  • Crikee on September 29, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    csk - will never give up. that's their best quality. remember the match against kxip in ipl-3 just before the semi-final? dhoni - 2 sixes from last wo balls? and so many countless down-to-the-wire matches? that's why they deserve to win. and real kudos to dwayne - masterful batting under all that pressure and bowling superb variations and tight lines. another thing - they have team spirit. a very friendly and tight team with great composure. one falls, another to break the wall. openers out - middle order comes in. they are also a very well balanced team. go csk - thrash everyone as u rightly deserve to win!!!!!! WHISTLE PODU!

  • justk on September 29, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    people here say that indian players are not contributing..and what about the contributions of foreign players in the english cricket team..LOL..and england would be trashed here..there would be no rains this time..

  • puntertakeson on September 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    @200ondebut You scored duck here Indian coming out of fatigue. Tell me after World cup how many international matches South Africans played? None. They are coming fresh playing without fatigue.

  • on September 29, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    CSK a team f GIFTED OVERSEAS players....

    Wen many franchise was keen on signing players like JACOBS , WHITE , POLLARD , WATTO , GAYLE etc...

    CSK management had faith their own players lik HUSSEY , BOLLINGER MORKEL (retained)..

    c d domestic strength f batting VIJAY , BADRI , RAINA , DHONI

    n underrated SAHA....

    n subs like STYRIS , KULASEKARA , DU PLESSIS , SOUTHEE , HILFENHAUS

    which IPL team has gt such a domestic r decent n consistent foreign player strenth....

    CSK is d best TEAM f nt only IPL....

    BUT d best in d world.......

    CSK rocksss.......

  • on September 29, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    CSK Rocks...:)Luv u Chennai

  • knshanmugan on September 29, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    CSK always deserves this win. The most spirited team in this kind of format. Every player shares their responsibility of the game. Even if if many players fail to apply themselves on a particular day there is always some one to pull it out . That what we are seeing in last couple of years. But this is not the case of most other IPL and other country teams since they heavily depend on the few individuals. I could see the same kind of spirit with T&T. Go champions. keep rocking.

  • on September 29, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Dhoni you have to respect your foreign players . leaving bravo to no7 is absolutely ridiculous. you are asking badrinath to hang on no2 . he is a great test player but not in t20. the more you score the more easier you win. badrinath can start hitting six to 70~80 metres if he stands wasting 5~6 overs . But bravo and morkel can hit 90~100 meters. I want CSK to dominate not to give a good fight !

  • on September 29, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    CHENNAI KEEP UP THE GUD Work

  • rama_krish on September 29, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    On the question of why Bravo and Pollard are not playing for Trinidad. Both players asked the Trinidad Cricket Board to pay them fees that equalled what they would lose by not playing for their IPL teams. As the Board was unable to do so, they declined to play for TnT. There is nothing wrong in that; pride and sentiment neither pays the bills nor ensure a comfortable future.

  • on September 29, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    chennai super kings have won many tight games before and even now.thats why they are the champion team.

  • rhyme47 on September 29, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    CSK has proven that they can win at home even batting last on their home ground. Bravo has proven again y he is one that best allrounder in the world. Just to note Bravo was not choosen forT&T because he did not played in the WI T20 Championship. He had to play for T&T to be qualified. CSK all the way. Great win today. Congrats Dhoni and team.

  • ramkip on September 29, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    I don't want to comment on Bravo or Pollard playing for IPL teams rather than T&T. In fact they ensured that T&T got 400k USD even before the start of the tournament. I hope people agree that this serves better to support the cricket in T&T.

  • on September 29, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Vernacular_Press on September 29, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    @Manoj Kannan....... He is against CSK coz he knows MI will never beat CSK in this tournament if they meet again(I dont think MI will be third or fourth time lucky).. Shastri was very enthusiastic when CSK where down..Add Gavaskar to that list. Vidu Machan

  • on September 29, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    It's mentioned that "the innings ended with the Cobras unable to find a boundary off any of the last 29 deliveries". However, it's not right since Peterson hit a boundary off Bravo in the 19th over of the innings.

  • on September 29, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    WICB and T & T negative attitude AGAIN....... Brave and Polard would have been a bonas for T & T but their r paying agianst their own Country....Shane. Y these guys not even in the WI team

  • johnathonjosephs on September 29, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    In the first game, Hussey sparkled, in the second game Bravo sparkled. See a pattern forming and will predict Morkel/Bollinger to save the next game. That said, Bravo was the sole man against the dominant Cobras and Chennai could have definetely experienced another loss. Dhoni is under some pressure as he is not being the dominant captain that everybody thought him out to be. Why isn't Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, and Jerome Taylor not playing for the current West Indies squad? And people wonder why West INdies cricket is in a hole....

  • bhaloniaz on September 29, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    It seemed spinners had CSK under tight control. I did not understand why Kemp brought back Philander so early when RJ and the other spinners could bowl 2 or 3 more overs or until they were hit by the batsmen. Kemp could still win if Styen was not hit for 23 runs in an over.

  • on September 29, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    Ravi Shastri - even though you don't support the CSK which is an India team in the CL , we wil still rock on... we dont need need ur support... there are millions who support for the CSK... CSK rules T20...

  • dgrant on September 29, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    @immortus: You are in fact wrong. Bravo was not selected for WEST INDIES. He CHOOSE not to represent Trinidad and Tobago, but rather represent CSK. WI and T&T are 2 diff. teams. In other words, he was NOT willing to represent T&T.

  • immortus on September 28, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    @John Dutch. I may be wrong, but from what i know both Bravo and Pollard were willing to represent T&T at the champions league. However they were not selected (which is absurd) and thus opted to play for their respective IPL teams.

  • on September 28, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Bravo played well. I guess he is being ignored by the West Indian selectors because he is probably the trini version of a 'don'. Well done Bravo. Light up the place with your big hitting a splendid bowling! Proud of you.

  • FieryFerg on September 28, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Gotta agree with the commentary - bowl yorkers. Steyn cleaned out India in the World Cup with yorkers at the death. Ok the margin for error is greater but it's harder to hit a 90mph low full toss than a lollipop failed slower ball.

  • on September 28, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    so who wrote the last paragraph?? Tipu Sultan or Moonda??

  • lokphy on September 28, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    this is the difference between gambhir's and dhoni's captaincy. even kolkata having all the flavors, gambhir (many think he will be future india captain) not been able to use them properly. however, dhoni knows how to best use the resources. that's why i say there is nobody at present to replace him as captain...

  • on September 28, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    @anton111. Bravo was offered a central contract by the West Indies board and he refused to sign. He also declared himself unavailable for selection to the current team. Additionally he refused the current Trinidad Tobago Champions League team in favor of The Super Kings. I think you are being somewhat dishonest in your comments.

  • on September 28, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    oh simply an amazing cricket player.. a complete live wire!! fascinating while fielding... dominating while batting and a stunner in bowling... total package of all the material!! well done bravo!! (All rounder= Bravo)

  • on September 28, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Great Job Dear Bravooooooooooo...

  • anton111 on September 28, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    And the West Indian selectors refuse to select him simply because he is not from St Lucia. The President of the WI board is from St Lucia, the CEO of the board is from St Lucia and the captain, Darren Sammy (also a selector) is from St Lucia. And people wonder why WI cricket is in the position it is in.

  • 200ondebut on September 28, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Well played CSK - or should I say well played the overseas players in the CSK side. Haven't seen anything yet in CLT that suggests India will be a different side on home soil. LOL

  • on September 28, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Way to go Johnny Bravo.........

  • on September 28, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    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.

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  • on September 28, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    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.

  • on September 28, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Way to go Johnny Bravo.........

  • 200ondebut on September 28, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Well played CSK - or should I say well played the overseas players in the CSK side. Haven't seen anything yet in CLT that suggests India will be a different side on home soil. LOL

  • anton111 on September 28, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    And the West Indian selectors refuse to select him simply because he is not from St Lucia. The President of the WI board is from St Lucia, the CEO of the board is from St Lucia and the captain, Darren Sammy (also a selector) is from St Lucia. And people wonder why WI cricket is in the position it is in.

  • on September 28, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Great Job Dear Bravooooooooooo...

  • on September 28, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    oh simply an amazing cricket player.. a complete live wire!! fascinating while fielding... dominating while batting and a stunner in bowling... total package of all the material!! well done bravo!! (All rounder= Bravo)

  • on September 28, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    @anton111. Bravo was offered a central contract by the West Indies board and he refused to sign. He also declared himself unavailable for selection to the current team. Additionally he refused the current Trinidad Tobago Champions League team in favor of The Super Kings. I think you are being somewhat dishonest in your comments.

  • lokphy on September 28, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    this is the difference between gambhir's and dhoni's captaincy. even kolkata having all the flavors, gambhir (many think he will be future india captain) not been able to use them properly. however, dhoni knows how to best use the resources. that's why i say there is nobody at present to replace him as captain...

  • on September 28, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    so who wrote the last paragraph?? Tipu Sultan or Moonda??

  • FieryFerg on September 28, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Gotta agree with the commentary - bowl yorkers. Steyn cleaned out India in the World Cup with yorkers at the death. Ok the margin for error is greater but it's harder to hit a 90mph low full toss than a lollipop failed slower ball.