Chennai Super Kings v New South Wales, CLT20, Chennai October 4, 2011

Warner-led NSW crush CSK en route to semi-final

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New South Wales 201 for 2 (Warner 135*, Steven Smith 31) beat Chennai Super Kings 155 (Hussey 37, O'Keefe 3-28) by 46 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

David Warner shook the Chepauk pitch out of its death-like slumber through a mix of clean straight hitting, including a six out of the stadium, and audacious switch-hits, one of them a pull for six over extra cover. On a square on which 135 has often looked like a winning total, Warner alone scored 135 off 69, the highest individual score in Champions league history, his second Twenty20 century, and considering the slow-and-low conditions one of the best T20 centuries. In the process he took New South Wales to the top of Group A, and through to the semi-final.

There was brute hitting involved, but that was only the latter part of the systemic dismantling of the Chennai Super Kings, who too had a chance of making it to the next round at the start of the match. That, though, was only until Warner started bringing the Super Kings down to their knees. After that all they could do was watch befuddled, and perhaps admire. They sure did beeline for Warner, to shake his hand once he was done.

They were not sure which hand to shake, though, for Warner frequently switched hands to bat like a right-hand batsman. With the "other" hand, he scored 22 off six balls. Only once did he miss. At the receiving end of three of those hits was R Ashwin, the Super Kings' ace and one of the best IPL bowlers. The other ace that Warner trumped was his New South Wales state team-mate Doug Bollinger, who went for 48 in his three overs.

With attack the only option left for the Super Kings in their chase, Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina scored 65 off 41 balls between them, but once the wickets started falling, the slowness of the track reappeared, and batting didn't quite look that easy. The Super Kings needed to win in 17 overs to qualify for the semi-final, but that just seemed to mock the defending champions.

Their destruction, though, began with Shane Watson who hit Bollinger for three fours in the second over of the innings. He was not in full control, but it forced the Super Kings to introduce Ashwin in the third over. A Murali-Pietersen moment was about to arrive. Warner changed his stance to the fifth ball from the spinner, switched the grip, got under the ball, and went over what was cover for his original stance. In Ashwin's next over Warner repeated the dose, and at 41 for 0 after five overs the Super Kings didn't seem to have any answers.

Ashwin came back to dismiss Watson for 21 off 19 with a carrom ball, but the Super Kings never recovered. NSW promoted last match's hero Steven Smith, and he and Warner pushed the fielders with canny placement and aggressive running in the initial stages of the innings. Shadab Jakati dropped Warner off the last ball of the 10th over. That was cue enough for Warner to launch from 73 for 1.

Warner was 40 off 29 then, and scored 95 off his last 40. The second assault, too, began with a switch hit. Raina was at the receiving end this time. The coup de grace, though, was even more brutal. Bollinger came back in the 13th over, and met a lovely straight drive for a six and a short-arm pull for four. Warner stood steady in the crease, and swung at whatever length Bollinger bowled.

Jakati's flat non-turners were fair game for some smashing, and he duly went for 15 runs in the 14th. Warner waited for Raina to fire them in in the 15th, and lofted him for a four and six too. Ashwin came back to take his punishment, to be switch-pulled for a six. Well and truly rattled, the Super Kings began misfielding all over the place.

Some more punishment remained, though. This time for Dwayne Bravo, the only man with respectable figures of 3-0-19-0, including a drop off his bowling. As with Bollinger, Warner stayed still with Bravo too. The full balls went for two straight sixes. Almost forgotten was as big a six that Moises Henriques hit. Almost forgotten was that Steven Smith played a handy innings of 31 off 29, keeping Warner on strike as much as possible.

The night, though, was about Warner. He would go on to switch-hit Bravo for a four past what was originally mid-off. For the photo album he would launch Bollinger onto the roof and out of the stadium, and watch in admiration, shielding his eyes with his hand, the way you would when watching a plane in mid-afternoon.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RandyOZ on October 7, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Hughes is better than Warner, by obviousness!

  • hyclass on October 7, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    @zenboomerang.If youre going to compliment me by copying my words,you could also copy my work ethic,observation & research.Not only are his career numbers there in both formats,but his last 12 months as well along with comparative figures for contenders that factually demonstrate why your statement is more hype than substance.Your original blog called Warner a,'gritty player similar to Langer'.Im confident that the last player anyone would associate with Warner,is Justin Langer.The difference in their S/R is substantial.Warner has 2-1st class 100s,406 runs in 1st class cricket in Australia and 737 1st class ever at a S/R of 69.Justin Langer has 28000 runs and 86 1st class 100s.His Test S/R is 54.Your statement on NSW is refuted by the facts.Given his indifferent 1st class form in earlier seasons & poor List A record,NSW were compelled to pick those who were succeeding.Warner scored 47 & 2 in 2010/11 Shield final.Hughes 138 & 93.Your entire premise is built on 2-1st games in Zimbabwe.

  • Dismayed on October 6, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I will take Warner as my opener in all forms going forward, his development has outstripped that of others in the last 12 months plus what I have seen of his leggies looks quite decent. He has shown he is much more than a "hitter" his innings the other day was controlled as has his batting been for the last 12 months or so.

  • zenboomerang on October 6, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @hyclass... Your comment lacks credibility as you didn't look at the last 12 months as my comment stated. Warner said last summer that he was focusing on the longer format. He has changed his batting style and is now a far better batsman. Last 3 matches = 211; 48+82; 152. Warner knows how to handle the short ball. Mick Malthouse is looking for a job in CA, now there is someone who understands players in form and out of form...Ponting and Clarke would have been tossed early last summer and may have proved the selectors wrong with some good Shield performances...or not...

  • Haleos on October 6, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @hyclass - what u said was not choking but getting trashed. isnt there a difference?

  • Haleos on October 6, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    @symsun - look at how RCB won yesterday. Bet if it was a South African team would have collapsed under 100. Both the south africans teams have choked in this tournament. We ahve two Indian, One Aussie and One English team in the semis and still u say Indians are chokers. Choking is when u r absolutely winning and u loose. The important matches which India lost to aussies were one sided. Aussies were at their prime. We never choked unlike u guys who choke at every possible/impossible oppurtunity. Get the defination of choking right.

  • Haleos on October 6, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @symsun - look at how RCB won yesterday. Bet if it was a South African team would have collapsed under 100. Both the south africans teams have choked in this tournament. We ahve two Indian, One Aussie and One English team in the semis and still u say Indians are chokers. Choking is when u r absolutely winning and u loose. The important matches which India lost to aussies were one sided. Aussies were at their prime. We never choked unlike u guys who choke at every possible/impossible oppurtunity. Get the defination of choking right.

  • deadite11 on October 6, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    MSD got mentally blows after England series, so it affect CSK's performance, fatigue and injury are the other concerns, however this league has very shorter games which creates no room for recovery. by chance number of matches would ve changed the fate. Anyways i can say it was a purely one man show. warner who struggled past 3 matches he clicked in the 4th. thats the game, one day if u play worst and the other day it waits for you.. The interesting fact is now Champions of all the nations got eliminated..

    NOW IT WAS A RUNNER UPS LEAGUE!!

  • hyclass on October 6, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    @sawifan...Nice try.I find your,'True blue Aussie'statement particularly unconvincing,especially as no-one ive met in 45 years since i was born here would use those words.While theres a brilliant John Williams song called,True Blue'the term is more an advertising gimmick than existing in the common vernacular.The last VB series v India dates back to 2003.Australia won that final by 208 runs so if youre going to be so ungracious towards@symsun about his facts,youd do well to have yours in order.I believe you mean the Commonwealth Bank Series in 07/8 that India won.Certainly reaching back 4 years for a result hardly creates a compelling case.Were we to delve further into India/Australia cricket history,it would not reflect well on India.Im happy for India to be doing well.Most Australians prefer quality contests to walk overs.Given Indias 4 nil thrashing by England earlier this year,the same England who beat SL and thrashed Australia,Id be a little more circumspect about Indias standing

  • hyclass on October 5, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    @gandabhai.To most Australians,20/20 is barely cricket,so theyre not going to form career defining judgements on what often amounts to chance.While Warner made a 100 that appears to validate his quality,Harris made an equally compelling one for Sth Australia & isnt mentioned in the same breath.The more it occurs,the greater the sense of diluted quality in 20/20.Dhonis record is excellent in ODI.His recent Test form however has slipped to average only 29 in his last 6 series since SA 09.It hardly qualifies as genius.There is also the diminution of his status in international circles over the umpire Harper incident during the WI series. All international captains & players would have been sanctioned,fined &/or suspended for bringing the game into disrepute.Ultimately,the absence of DRS,made that behaviour possible.8 of 9 of Harpers disputed decisions were subsequently proven correct by DRS technology off field.Harpers record is peerless.Dhonis lack of contrition remains a low point.

  • RandyOZ on October 7, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Hughes is better than Warner, by obviousness!

  • hyclass on October 7, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    @zenboomerang.If youre going to compliment me by copying my words,you could also copy my work ethic,observation & research.Not only are his career numbers there in both formats,but his last 12 months as well along with comparative figures for contenders that factually demonstrate why your statement is more hype than substance.Your original blog called Warner a,'gritty player similar to Langer'.Im confident that the last player anyone would associate with Warner,is Justin Langer.The difference in their S/R is substantial.Warner has 2-1st class 100s,406 runs in 1st class cricket in Australia and 737 1st class ever at a S/R of 69.Justin Langer has 28000 runs and 86 1st class 100s.His Test S/R is 54.Your statement on NSW is refuted by the facts.Given his indifferent 1st class form in earlier seasons & poor List A record,NSW were compelled to pick those who were succeeding.Warner scored 47 & 2 in 2010/11 Shield final.Hughes 138 & 93.Your entire premise is built on 2-1st games in Zimbabwe.

  • Dismayed on October 6, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I will take Warner as my opener in all forms going forward, his development has outstripped that of others in the last 12 months plus what I have seen of his leggies looks quite decent. He has shown he is much more than a "hitter" his innings the other day was controlled as has his batting been for the last 12 months or so.

  • zenboomerang on October 6, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @hyclass... Your comment lacks credibility as you didn't look at the last 12 months as my comment stated. Warner said last summer that he was focusing on the longer format. He has changed his batting style and is now a far better batsman. Last 3 matches = 211; 48+82; 152. Warner knows how to handle the short ball. Mick Malthouse is looking for a job in CA, now there is someone who understands players in form and out of form...Ponting and Clarke would have been tossed early last summer and may have proved the selectors wrong with some good Shield performances...or not...

  • Haleos on October 6, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @hyclass - what u said was not choking but getting trashed. isnt there a difference?

  • Haleos on October 6, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    @symsun - look at how RCB won yesterday. Bet if it was a South African team would have collapsed under 100. Both the south africans teams have choked in this tournament. We ahve two Indian, One Aussie and One English team in the semis and still u say Indians are chokers. Choking is when u r absolutely winning and u loose. The important matches which India lost to aussies were one sided. Aussies were at their prime. We never choked unlike u guys who choke at every possible/impossible oppurtunity. Get the defination of choking right.

  • Haleos on October 6, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @symsun - look at how RCB won yesterday. Bet if it was a South African team would have collapsed under 100. Both the south africans teams have choked in this tournament. We ahve two Indian, One Aussie and One English team in the semis and still u say Indians are chokers. Choking is when u r absolutely winning and u loose. The important matches which India lost to aussies were one sided. Aussies were at their prime. We never choked unlike u guys who choke at every possible/impossible oppurtunity. Get the defination of choking right.

  • deadite11 on October 6, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    MSD got mentally blows after England series, so it affect CSK's performance, fatigue and injury are the other concerns, however this league has very shorter games which creates no room for recovery. by chance number of matches would ve changed the fate. Anyways i can say it was a purely one man show. warner who struggled past 3 matches he clicked in the 4th. thats the game, one day if u play worst and the other day it waits for you.. The interesting fact is now Champions of all the nations got eliminated..

    NOW IT WAS A RUNNER UPS LEAGUE!!

  • hyclass on October 6, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    @sawifan...Nice try.I find your,'True blue Aussie'statement particularly unconvincing,especially as no-one ive met in 45 years since i was born here would use those words.While theres a brilliant John Williams song called,True Blue'the term is more an advertising gimmick than existing in the common vernacular.The last VB series v India dates back to 2003.Australia won that final by 208 runs so if youre going to be so ungracious towards@symsun about his facts,youd do well to have yours in order.I believe you mean the Commonwealth Bank Series in 07/8 that India won.Certainly reaching back 4 years for a result hardly creates a compelling case.Were we to delve further into India/Australia cricket history,it would not reflect well on India.Im happy for India to be doing well.Most Australians prefer quality contests to walk overs.Given Indias 4 nil thrashing by England earlier this year,the same England who beat SL and thrashed Australia,Id be a little more circumspect about Indias standing

  • hyclass on October 5, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    @gandabhai.To most Australians,20/20 is barely cricket,so theyre not going to form career defining judgements on what often amounts to chance.While Warner made a 100 that appears to validate his quality,Harris made an equally compelling one for Sth Australia & isnt mentioned in the same breath.The more it occurs,the greater the sense of diluted quality in 20/20.Dhonis record is excellent in ODI.His recent Test form however has slipped to average only 29 in his last 6 series since SA 09.It hardly qualifies as genius.There is also the diminution of his status in international circles over the umpire Harper incident during the WI series. All international captains & players would have been sanctioned,fined &/or suspended for bringing the game into disrepute.Ultimately,the absence of DRS,made that behaviour possible.8 of 9 of Harpers disputed decisions were subsequently proven correct by DRS technology off field.Harpers record is peerless.Dhonis lack of contrition remains a low point.

  • Meety on October 5, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    @zenboomerang - possibly Warner should of played for another state, but when NSW have a squad with more International depth than most countries have, it is rightly difficult to get a crack. A full strength NSW team could have Internationals in the first 5 batting places, leaving Warner in a battle with Smith, O'Keefe, Maddinson, Henriques & Rohrer, with the bowling attack being all internationals, without Lee, Cummins, Starc, Casson or Hazlewood. The stats analysis you did whilst true, doesn't reflect the SMALL sample size of FC games Warner has had.

  • gandabhai on October 5, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    People are saying Dhoni's LUCK is running out ,sad people . They can't see GENIUS even if it smacked them in the face .

  • on October 5, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    GREAT INNINGS BY A GREAT PLAYER.....IM SORRY DOUGI BUT NSW ANY DAY........AS FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA THE LEAST SAID THE BETTER

  • Brumby90 on October 5, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Thank god for NSW. South Aussies are a pack of amateurs who clearly cant bowl a single ball on a decent length. Australian cricket has really gone down hill at state level.

  • on October 5, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    That was one of the most destructive innings I have seen.

  • Romenevans on October 5, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    After Adam Gilchrist, Dave Warner is the only guy who play in all form of the games for Australia and do the same role as Gilly used to do. Cricket Australia should take care of warner and grow him in confidence to develop one more Gilly, Who used to win them matches, in their era and time of glory.

  • hyclass on October 5, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    @zenboomerang. I appreciate Warners form,but your statement lacks credibility.Warner has 2-1st class 100s-ever.He has only 2 List A 100s since debut jan 07.His 1st class season end averages are as follows for NSW; 08/09-42, 09/10-22.25, 10/11-45.83. In the 2010/11 Australian List A season, he averaged 18.57 from 7 games.His big improvement in Zimbabwe?173 runs at 34.60. His List A average is just 28.97 and his ODI career average 15.14. In the same period,Hughes has 17 1st class 100s & over5000 1st class runs,Rogers,28 100s & 8000+ runs.NSW have one of the more professional setups in the country.Their squad is replete with talent.If they didnt select him before,he wasnt good enough.In the last 2 Shield games of the year,Warner totalled 164 runs at 41.In the same games,Hughes made 400 runs at 100. Warner has only 406 1st class runs in Aus at 36.90.The Warner hype is on the back of his 3 Zimbabwe 1st class innings.Hes obviously playing better but needs to continue to do this over time.

  • on October 5, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    certainly not the best of days for dhoni.....luck just doesnt seem to favour him any more....anyway a brilliant ing by warner

  • sawifan on October 5, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @symsun... i guess u really mustn't watch to much cricket. I am a true blue Aussie, but i unfortunately can't remember IND losing too many important matches to us in recent times... ODI WC QF, India win... 1st T20 WC Semi-F... India win... last time India toured Aus... they won the VB Series... get ur facts right... and this isn't international cricket, so ur argument is pretty invalid...

  • JG2704 on October 5, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    I feel people are harsh on Dhoni. Let's not forget that he did lift the ODI WC for India this year and pre summer he was captain of the best test side in the world. Even in the series thrashing , it could have been a whole lot worse had it not been for Dravid and Dhoni. Sometimes I think that when teams with such strong batting line ups they leave it to each other a bit more than teams without so many stars. Great innings by Warner. For such a big score/top strike rate he batted in a very controlled manner

  • CricFreax on October 5, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Its unfair that kulasekaras 4 overs 23 runs is not mentioned

  • zenboomerang on October 5, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Warner without doubt has been held back by NSW and consequently the national team. Should be our Test opener. Has proven in the last 12 months that he is ready for the longer game and is a gritty player similar to Justin Langer. NSW wouldn't play him in Sheffield Shield - he should have moved to Qld, SA or Tas years ago and he would be ready for national selection now... First class Warner 53.35 / Hughes 51.07 / Watson 45.80

  • symsun on October 5, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    CSK lost matches against MI & T&T, which they shud have won comfortably. No point in chasing 200+ runs

  • symsun on October 5, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Its yet another Australia thrashing India in an important game. You call SA as Chokers. What would u call India, when against to important matches against Aus.

  • symsun on October 5, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Thank God! At last, Dhoni gets some rest!

  • on October 5, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    When Dhoni says that the CSK exit is a blessing in disguise you know something is wrong with Indian cricket. The IPL / CL is killing Indian cricket by burning out its best talent yet fans flock to the grounds to see this rubbish. The BCCI has a lot to answer for.

  • CSK-FAN on October 5, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Great show Warner! CSK guys need to prepare well next time! Common CSK we wait for your next season!

  • on October 5, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    In clt20 eveery thing come against CSK.......except D.J.Bravo...... lets expect in next seeson wii come back again their ruling........

  • No_Excuses on October 5, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    I like how you are thinking Roshan Singh. That would spice up the tournament.

    NSW could add Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger and Brad Haddin back in. Only Haddin would be a certainty to get a run as he is much more competent with the bat than Daniel Smith. Patrick Cummins is bowling faster and better than Brett Lee. Bollinger would probably get the nod ahead of Mitchell Starc. I think NSW should swap Stuart Clark for Josh Hazelwood.

  • kayk19 on October 5, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    csk s the best team in ipl,for past 4 years dr wr consistent!!!!!! CSK ROCKZ ll win the next ipl too....

  • on October 5, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Warner is belting the door down for aussie selection at the moment, scoring hundred after hundred and as always scoring quickly. He could play in all 3 formats for Aus but he is certainly needed in the ODI side now that haddin has been moved down the order. Watson and Warner could be a devastating partnership on their day

  • Haleos on October 5, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    people blaming dhoni for the looses should look at thier csk players. Vijay, Badri are overrated overhyped players. Vijay and badri took their own sweet time yesterday. When they asking rate is over 10 an over this guys are barly managing 6. It more like CSK days are over than saying dhoni's. He has won us T20 and world cup so CSK fans take the loss like champions and stop blaming players who are not responsible.

  • Haleos on October 5, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Take warner for Ashes. If he plays till lunch, game set match for the Aussies. Poms would be quacking in their boots.

  • Haleos on October 5, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    A big positive of CSK loss is Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin can rest before the England ODIs.

  • on October 5, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Chepok alwyas been a slow low scoring pitch, but yestarday they made it flat batting pitch simply bcz they needed to up the run rate to qualify for the semifinal. Their tactics backfired....

  • on October 5, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Great Innings by Warner yesterday.As an Indian I feel that if Sehwag can be a Test Opener and make Doubles and Triples in quick fashion,why not Warner?I would also add that though I hate IPL there is no better sight than Sehwag and Warner opening the batting together!

  • unbiasedfan on October 5, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Wonder what BCCI supremo and Chennai Super Kings owner has to say on Dhoni's comment the loss was a blessing in disguise as it gave time to prepare for the upcoming ODI's. As BCCI chief a position in which the incumbent is supposed to be interested in the welfare of the national team will he be happy that the national team captain is freed from playing more meaningless club matches in a meaningless tournament in an even more meaningless format or will he as the chief of his club be outraged at the comments of his club captain (who is under his payroll) for indirectly putting the welfare of the national team over his club team. One wonders!

  • on October 5, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    @Surendiran Gangadaran Dude. CSK didnt make semi's in 1st edition of CLT.. thanks

  • Marcio on October 5, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Great to see Warner continuing to develop. Those switch hits were incredible! Good that the selectors took a gamble on him in the early days. We should give credit to Hilditch and co from time to time! With he and Watson opening the batting it is a scary combination for opponents. Good also to see Steve Smith hitting good form. People need to get off the backs of these young players and give them a chance.

  • Anand_madras on October 5, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    I strongly condemn the comments posted here, where were all of you people hiding when Dhoni had lifted the world cup for india??? When a player performs you people he is the best in the world, and when he has a rough patch the same people say he is mediocre... Shows the true colors of all you people.... Lol..

  • kas_kas on October 5, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    you win some you lose some thats the rule of the game fair deal for me...still love ms dhoni..

  • Hafeez_Malik on October 5, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Just 16 comments??? Com'on it was the match of great CSK..... com;on Indian folks

  • on October 5, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Four foreign players, a international batting order of vijay, hussey, raina, badrinath, dhoni, bravo and morkel, a international bowler order of bowlinger, morkel, bravo, aswinth, jakati and a supposed to be brilliant captain...all could manage a last place in the league? I mean if I had been a captain of this team (especially when the opponent team doesn't enjoy the four foreign players provision), I would have won each and every match hands down.

  • WildAmigo on October 5, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Hahaha this what happens if you don't have domestic players not performing on....Indian sides are lucky that they have international players who made their mark. But most of the domestic players aren't good at all. Hahaha Badrinath and Murli Vijay what a joke. Bollinger and Kulasekra have score more than them.

  • on October 5, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Thanks NSW for releasing our caption for international duty.

  • Mooky on October 5, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    the more the Aussies and the Indians play and star in these T20 bashes, the more they will forget how to play tests. No wonder there both sliding down the test rankings.

  • on October 5, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Now that CSK are out, can Bollinger play for NSW now

  • on October 5, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    no one highlighted kulasekara's bowling

  • Romenevans on October 5, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    LOL this is the real side of Chennai Super Kings and this time their slow tailor made pitch back fired them. Dhoni is all about luck and he is out of luck at the moment. Nothing last forever and his arrogance towards indian team's selection and playing his favorite players, despite their poor forms and no abilities to perform at the international level, finally taken its toll.

  • Meety on October 5, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    @ landl47 - comparisons between Bevan & Warner (apart from being left handers) is pretty flimsy. Bevan was a grafter, that had an alledged weakness against the short ball, (IMO - it wasn't short balls, it was mental adjustment). Warner, like Sehwag are clean hitters, however Sehwag has forgotten that he once had great defensive technique, (a Sachin clone), & now throws the kitchen sink at everything. This is something that Warner is learning NOT to do. Give him another 12mths of FC cricket & he could be a very useful addition to the Test team. @KayyJayy - I think they meant he HAD, the best bowling figures until his 4th over. @katandthat3 - my thoughts exactly. The earliest I'd have him in the Test side is after the 1st Test v India. That depends on him having played VERY well in the Shield. The question is, where would he bat in a Test side(?), given he almost NEVER opens for NSW. Even with Hughes & Watto in the test side, NSW have Jaques, Katich & Maddinson!!!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    dhoni's days are over....seems to be find a new caption..

  • funkybluesman on October 5, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    KayyJayy, I believe the report is saying that at that point Bravo's figures were 3-0-19-0. The fact that it went on to talk about Warner taking him apart in that over, smashing him all over the place is obviously describing a 24 run over that made the difference between 3 overs for 19 and 4 overs for 43.

    Would have been fun to watch though!

  • karlosk on October 5, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    CSK tasted their own Medicine. Remember when Royals made slow wicket and CSK wanted to win that game any how, their connection in BCCI was able to force royals to change their pitch so that CSK can win. CSK always created non sporty and dead pitches thicking they can get away. Now when CL started & they lost two games and against TT they found that they can not chase even 100 on their own wicket becaus the pitch is completely unplayable. So then overnight they decided to play last game on better pitch like Banglore or Mumbai pitch and result is exposed. Their players can only win on their own custom made dirt pitches. Well done TT , Malinga and NSW..You made CSK thik of learning a real cricket. Guys , Wake up. Start making Green Pitches like Englnd in India. Because of India's pitches , Indian can not make genuine pace bowler. Making Batting pradise or some dirt slow and non sporty tracks like Chennai will kill Indian Bowling in future. CSK deserves to loose. Warner you are simply gr8

  • on October 5, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    His 135* is the best in T20! It was Gayle, before 117.

  • on October 5, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    Dhony is a mediocare player who can brutally hit the ball.His wicket keepping is sub-standard and batting has failed.The enormous luck he had so far,right from winning the toss to winning the World Cop,seem to have deserted him now. He could not get Srinivasan, Nokia Tropjy even. In India people are idolised too soon.

  • jonesy2 on October 5, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    landl47 -- haha how does it feel to have dave warner who has never played test cricket yet is better than every english batsman? dont tell me its just t20 because you obviously didnt watch this innings or know what talent this guy has.

  • katandthat3 on October 5, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Great knock by Warner. He certainly needs to be considered for a spot in the ODI team (he's already assured a spot in the T20 national team). Still like to see him score more runs back in Shield in more challenging conditions before Test talk starts. He can struggle against the moving ball with his lack of footwork but he has a great eye. Good to see him keeping still more (particularly his head) as the ball is about to be delivered. Watching with interest.

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I went to bed after following Warner's inthrawling innings. I know you'd anticipate he would (and deservedly so) be the focus of the report and discussion but info on NSW fielding and bowling would be nice

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    hmmm, did someone say the other day Warner was an overrated t20 player?! Solid in the field, and a powerhouse @ no.1-would be in my team for sure!

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    This is the first time in the history of T20 that CSK are out from CTL/ any format of T20 in league stage, without entering the smis / Final.... I still be proud as fan of CSK....

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Dhoni's dream run in England Continues in India too, hope people got the taste of reality and work on their weaknesses

  • straight_drive4 on October 4, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    warner is unbelivable. what a talent.

  • KayyJayy on October 4, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    Umm Kulasekara had the best figures for CSK with 4-0-23-1 not Bravo. He ended up with 4-0-43-0 not 3-0-19-0....Strange

  • on October 4, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    dhoni's luck has ran out ....

  • on October 4, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    David Warner has made it a habit of scrunching his eyes and shielding his eyes when he hits big ones! I remember him doing it against Tassie last year - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZj69xLIyTs ...this was when Brett Geeves and Warner got into the name-calling twitter fight!

  • landl47 on October 4, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Warner is a great hitter. It will be interesting to see whether he can transfer that skill to more challenging forms of the game. It has been done; Viru Sehwag has had a great test career while maintaining his attacking attitude. Others, such as Michael Bevan, had more difficulty. I think Warner should continue to be true to himself. He's going to have some failures, but when he comes off, as he showed here, he can win a game on his own.

  • Smithie on October 4, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Full marks for a quick response editors! Continuing humiliation for Dhoni and Srinivasan indicates how much they have incurred the wrath of the Cricket Gods (and the bulk of fans) - perhaps due to UDRS intransigence? Time for a rethink boys ? Will be fascinating to see how much interest there is if no Indian team makes it to the Champions League Final.

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  • Smithie on October 4, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Full marks for a quick response editors! Continuing humiliation for Dhoni and Srinivasan indicates how much they have incurred the wrath of the Cricket Gods (and the bulk of fans) - perhaps due to UDRS intransigence? Time for a rethink boys ? Will be fascinating to see how much interest there is if no Indian team makes it to the Champions League Final.

  • landl47 on October 4, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Warner is a great hitter. It will be interesting to see whether he can transfer that skill to more challenging forms of the game. It has been done; Viru Sehwag has had a great test career while maintaining his attacking attitude. Others, such as Michael Bevan, had more difficulty. I think Warner should continue to be true to himself. He's going to have some failures, but when he comes off, as he showed here, he can win a game on his own.

  • on October 4, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    David Warner has made it a habit of scrunching his eyes and shielding his eyes when he hits big ones! I remember him doing it against Tassie last year - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZj69xLIyTs ...this was when Brett Geeves and Warner got into the name-calling twitter fight!

  • on October 4, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    dhoni's luck has ran out ....

  • KayyJayy on October 4, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    Umm Kulasekara had the best figures for CSK with 4-0-23-1 not Bravo. He ended up with 4-0-43-0 not 3-0-19-0....Strange

  • straight_drive4 on October 4, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    warner is unbelivable. what a talent.

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Dhoni's dream run in England Continues in India too, hope people got the taste of reality and work on their weaknesses

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    This is the first time in the history of T20 that CSK are out from CTL/ any format of T20 in league stage, without entering the smis / Final.... I still be proud as fan of CSK....

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    hmmm, did someone say the other day Warner was an overrated t20 player?! Solid in the field, and a powerhouse @ no.1-would be in my team for sure!

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I went to bed after following Warner's inthrawling innings. I know you'd anticipate he would (and deservedly so) be the focus of the report and discussion but info on NSW fielding and bowling would be nice