CSK v Sixers, Group B, CLT20, Johannesburg

All-round Henriques sinks Chennai

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

October 14, 2012

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Sydney Sixers 185 for 5 (Henriques 49*, Watson 46) beat Chennai Super Kings 171 for 9 (Du Plessis 43, Raina 57, Henriques 3-23) by 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shane Watson scored 46, Chennai Super Kings v Sydney Sixers, Group B, Champions League Twenty20, Johannesburg, October 14, 2012
Shane Watson's 46 laid the foundation for a strong total © Associated Press

A blistering stand of 75 between Moises Henriques and Steve Smith towards the end of the innings was the difference, as Sydney Sixers' 185 was enough to keep out Chennai Super Kings in a high-scoring contest at the Wanderers. Henriques made telling blows on the field as well, as his three middle-order wickets derailed Super Kings' chase just as the asking rate started reducing. Suresh Raina threatened with an attacking half-century, but the lack of support at the other end hurt Super Kings' chances.

Shane Watson gave the Sixers a rousing start after they were put in to bat, and Chennai's spinners hit back with wickets, but none of the bowlers were spared once the Smith-Henriques pair came together.

Watson was harsh on anything short, and he made R Ashwin and Jadeja pay by cracking sixes over the on side. Only a run-out could have ended Watson's stay and he fell in that manner four short of a fifty. He attempted a risky second run but wasn't quick enough for Ben Hilfenhaus' fiery throw from deep cover, which hit the stumps on the half volley.

The spinners pulled things back for Chennai after Watson's departure. R Ashwin struck twice in an over, removing Brad Haddin and Nic Maddinson as they tried to push the scoring. It wasn't the worst thing to happen to the Sixers, though, as it brought Smith and Henriques together. The pair began by bashing two boundaries down the ground off the part-time leg spin of Faf du Plessis and from that point on, an above-par score looked possible. The bowlers hemorrhaged 61 off the last four overs, which included eight fours and three sixes. Bollinger and Hilfenhaus, who were held back for the final overs, came in for some stick as the pair of Smith and Hilfenhaus muscled boundaries and played some cheeky ramp shots to exploit the infield.

Super Kings got off to a circumspect start, limping to 7 for 1 after three overs. Du Plessis gave the chase a push with a flurry of boundaries through the off side, charging the fast bowlers to unsettle their rhythm, in particular Pat Cummins. Cummins had the last laugh, though, when du Plessis advanced down the track to launch a straight six but couldn't clear long-on.

Sixers captain Brad Haddin risked introducing his spinners when Suresh Raina walked in. Raina targeted his favourite cow-corner region against the left-arm spin of Steve O'Keefe and was also alert to put away the length offerings from the seamers. The bowlers didn't exploit Raina's weakness against the short ball and with every Raina boundary, the game was Sixers' to lose.

Like they had done with the bat, the Henriques-Smith pairing proved decisive, this time in the field. Raina aimed for the long-on boundary off Henriques' medium pace, but Smith took a well-judged catch at the edge of the rope. Henriques struck two balls later with MS Dhoni's wicket and that had all but sealed the game for Sixers, with 44 needed off the last three overs.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 NB/Wides
Sydney Sixers 39 16 7 50/0 66/1 0/8
Chennai Super Kings 46 19 4 46/1 46/5 0/8

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Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

though the bowling was bad for chennai super kings they have a wonderful batting lineup that they didnt use it much except suresh raina the one man to blame for the loss was the wicket of captain dhoni throwing away at the crucial stage of the match

Posted by deadite11 on (October 15, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@JG2704 Those 3 cherries from that team played better than the 11 cherries who were runners of big bash.

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 15, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

the day of australians. all the aussie stars were out doing what they do best, dominating cricket matches.

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 15, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Bad day for Dougie and Hilfy in the end!! but why not bowl dougie in the first 10 as he is good when its moving, Raina has not been used as bowler for a long time, he should be tried at least in these games unless he has injury. And for Dhoni to come after Badri in those circumstances was ridiculous. Dhoni need 5-6 deliveries before he hits..and it would have been ideal to come ahead of Badri and he and raina run very well between wickets. The problem is this CSK team does not have gr8 bench strength, if Dougie dropped for Morkel it would make sense unless Morkel is injured. Kula is good option but he too at times is vulnerable in death bowling. Whom to bowl in those last 4-5 overs will be Dhoni's biggest challenge.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

when dhoni gave T20WC,,WC 2011 to INDIA>>> HE was an indian Hero now,,just few useless matches if he lose he is Zero strange Guys....Good Wishes Dhoni From PAk Fans

Posted by Meety on (October 15, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

@ JG2704 on (October 15 2012, 08:18 AM GMT) - oh & btw, IF Henriques gets selected in a national side, you'll be able to bag Cric Oz for poaching from the mighty Portuguese cricket acadamy! LOL!

Posted by Meety on (October 15, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

@JG2704 on (October 15 2012, 08:18 AM GMT) - assume you are talking about Henriques. He is a top youngish talent that hasn't quite clicked at the top level YET. He could be a contender for National duties by the end of the summer - assuming he keeps his form going. As far as the Champ League, it does get on my nerves that last year, NSW had 3 fairly key players (think it was Haddin, Watto & Bolly) choose an IPL side over their state. It probably has less meaning now we have franchises, but you should have to play for your domestic side before your guest team IMO. I don't begrudge the player for actually choosing the money though - particulalrly Bolly.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@Meety/Chris_P - So is this guy the business then? I wonder if by doing well it might do the side future harm as these IPL sides seem to cherry pick the top overseas players and I guess you don't want your best players playing against your domestic reps in future CLT0s.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Didn't actually watch this game but well played to the Australian side - and I don't mean the side which was playing 3 cherry picked Australians.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@TSJ07 on (October 15 2012, 04:55 AM GMT) Probably wasn't a great bit of management by MI to put MJ in up the order but he helped get his team off to a decent start with the ball - which is what he was there for. Not that this is a MI thread but wasn't there a specialist batsman who scored 16 off 24 (worse score and SR than Mitch) at the top of the inns?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 15, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

peolpe were laughing on Stallions and gave an argument that CL T20 is about quality cricket.Is this is what Quality cricket is lol..I wonder what happened to the best Indian Domestic teams in this Tourney :P Mumbai and CSK both got trashed so badly.Champion teams getting thrashed.Even foreign players couldn't save their team.Its time to buy some more players :P

PS->Lions of own turf..Should go and play in India and again start making pile of runs there

Posted by sachinanddravid on (October 15, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Its again mr.cool when Team needs more than 12rpo he has gone for run a ball 8 (is it called good finisher???????????) where Ashwin tried and gone for 18 at a strike rate of 200.come-on Mr.cool do something or give-up ur role for someone who can do a lot better than u and be away from cricket for a while. I think you need rest for ur mind harldy.

Posted by aujender on (October 15, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

How Dhoni will blame now? Now there is no burden on him to include the senior players who are not so good in fielding? Now Dhoni's days as a Captain seems to be over. He is not even as good as his team. He and Jadeja are good for decreasing the loosing margin. they can win matches when the required run rate is around 6 to 7. When it touches 8 then it goes beyond Dhoniiiiiiiiii

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 15, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

Once again.. Mistakes from Dhoni : 1. Taking off Hilfy whereas he is best ONLY with new ball. And, he was swinging it well. With Watson you never allow your weak link exposed and YoMahesh should have been kept out till Watto is there. 2. Fourth over for Faf was a mistake. Especially when it is going to cost one over less for main bowler in Hilfy. These are very silly mistakes by the captain. If you don't trust Hilfy in end overs, why save him till that? Bowl him out early and use Ashwin in slog overs. The extra 15 runs as mentioned by the captain were donated by the captain himself.

Posted by Meety on (October 15, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

@ landl47 on (October 15 2012, 04:24 AM GMT) - in this T20 era, the trick for Oz it to ensure minimal injuries & adequate time to gorw into themselves. We certainly do have a great depth at the moment although much of that is based on POTENTIAL as opposed to consistantly great feats. Hazlewood was supposed to be a Test player by now & injury has really cruelled him, he is really only just starting to find ryhthm & I would rather him be building up his stamina in FC cricket at the moment. Starc has blossomed, originally I thought he was well behind the other quicks, & that he was too MJ for my liking. He has stepped up since being around the National set up & what appears to be a productive 15min chat with Akram! At the moment Cummins has the most potential of the lot of them, but he is the least experienced & actually his FC stats don't look special. The potential in him, is in the anecdotal evidence of batsmen who have batted against him. Gets some overs under the belt & who knows!

Posted by whitesXI on (October 15, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

@TSJ07 - I'm sorry but are you saying that CSK has better indian seamers in their squad? I'd agree that putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of the indian players of the team is unfair but in all honesty you can't blame aussie quicks by that same token. Truthfully,the sixers played well, give the opposing team some credit and wait to see how the rest of the tournament plays out.

Posted by anver777 on (October 15, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

A good start for allrounder Henriques & Sydney Sixers in this CLT20 !!!!!

Posted by sweetspot on (October 15, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

If there is one thing we should have learned by now about T20 tournaments, it is that not much is predictable, much less by the first performance of any team. Sydney Sixers are a formidable team no doubt, but give CSK time to settle down in these slightly new conditions. This is the fastest pitch in SA, so they didn't do all that badly. Let's give credit to the Sixers and enjoy the other matches too.

Posted by TSJ07 on (October 15, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

To all those who are saying that IPL teams lost coz of Indian players should see the bowling of CSK Aussie bowlers in last 2-3 overs.Its coz of them CSK lost o/w they would have won it easily.MI lost due to poor decisions by captain/team mngmnt like sending MJ at no. which was laughable and leaving out Munaf who is more suited for bowling in SA pitches.Players like Chand and Raina showed that Indian can bat in bouncy pitches.BTW we still have 3 more matches to go for each side so if IPL teams can devise right strategies and choose well balanced sides they still have better chance than other teams.

Posted by srinideva on (October 15, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

Easy guys still there is lot of possibility to enter semi final..Have to beat MI. Please include Albie morkel in place of hilfy..

Posted by landl47 on (October 15, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

It was great to see the three young Australian quicks, Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood, playing together. Add in Pattinson and it might be the best young squad of quick bowlers I've seen- only the West Indians of the 70s would match up. It's a pity we only saw them bowl for 4 overs each in this garbage form of the game, but they are going to be a really formidable force in test cricket if they all stay fit. Australia may have its troubles with batting, but with bowlers like these coming along they won't have to make that many runs to be a very good team indeed. Terrific to watch.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

CSK Will back 2 winning ways they always starts vry slowly in any tournament....

Posted by DSN CRIC CLUB on (October 15, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

Kulasekara should be in for CSK 11

Posted by 9ST9 on (October 15, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

@Binu Joseph - Rain? Duck? are you talking about some nature documentary?

Posted by solankibhavesh on (October 15, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

Its good match and Gerat performance from Moises Henriqes and Smith They Hitted ball all around the ground. and also good 46 runs by Watson only runout made him stop. And in CSK side Well preformance by Raina he hitted some good shots but not enough to make to won the match. Another flop show by Vijay, Badrinath and ofcourse from our hownerable Sir Ravindra JAdeja

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 15, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

Present 'CL' z a gd reflectn of provng that india's domestic teams n playrs(bowlrs+batsmen) R Nt OF "INTRNATIONAL STANDARD"n R NT "GD ENUFF" TO SURVIVE OUTSID INDIA,SO IPL TEAMS R WHOLLY DEPENDNG ON INTRNATNL PLYRS +FOREIGN PLYRS TO BAIL THEM OUT.

Posted by hnlns on (October 15, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

These results were very much along expected lines for the IPL biggies because they found the pace and bounce of Wanderers and top quality pace at international level a bit too spicy for their their liking, this inspite of the fact that most of the green tinge on the pitch had disappeared and the deck had lost most of its viciousness that was seen in the earlier matches. Two blistering knocks from Henriques and McKenzie settled the issue for the non-IPL teams, who are far more accustomed to pace and bounce in their respective countries. Raina though distinguished himself with a gutsy half century in spite of his all too familiar discomfort against chin music. Otherwise, it was all flop show by some of the very big names in today's cricket.

Posted by Meety on (October 15, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

@Chris_P on (October 14 2012, 18:41 PM GMT) - key word in what you said is "Finally"!!!!!

Posted by BG4cricket on (October 15, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

I think this will be a real breakthrough year for Henriques who has performed superbly in all games this summer so far. I think the Sixers have an excellent and well balanced side and they will give this an all mighty shake !

Posted by Nampally on (October 14, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

To start with CSK gave too many runs!. Despite of Gallant effort by Raina, CSK fell short by 14 runs. It was most disappointing batting display by Vijay, Badri, Dhoni & Jadeja. When half the batting does not show up how can a team win? We have lot of overpaid players like Jadeja (signed for $2 Million) who have so little contribution. Vijay scored 2 centuries in the domestic cricket during the past month but was near Zero than a hero today. Badri wants to lay claims to the Indian team despote such poor performance when it really counted.Ashwin is treated as a bowler but he really showed up these 4 guys, by launching a last ditch rally. He deserves to bat ahead of Badri & Jadeja. CSK will be out soon if they repeat such poor show again.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Somebody commented that Rain will be duck in all matches but he played a special innings today in a losing couse

Posted by Winsome on (October 14, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Mozz is in the form of his life. Fantastic stuff, there seems to be no stopping him at the moment regardless of format.

Posted by sparkatoff on (October 14, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

2 average displays from the Indian sides today. The sooner this tournament stops allowing 4 IPL teams the more serious it will be taken, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if only Delhi make the semi-finals of this years bunch.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 14, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

@Meety. Moises is continuing his blistering early season form. Finally, after a long wait he is delivering on his potential. He seems t have jumped from 4 day mode to this without any hiccups.

Posted by niceguy1977 on (October 14, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Kick Dhoni out of the team in all forms of cricket, useless ...............

Posted by vrn59 on (October 14, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Commendable performance from Moises Henriques! He should be fast-tracked to the Australian T20 side. Chennai need to work on their bowling, as their pace attack is their weakness. My CSK XI: M Hussey, Vijay, du Plessis, Raina, Dhoni (C&wk), Badrinath, Jadeja, A Morkel / Kulasekara, Ashwin, Hilfenhaus, Mahesh (no other Indian fast bowler)

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (October 14, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

expected Result,Well done Sydney Sixers :)

Posted by bigwonder on (October 14, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

"Overconfident Dhoni repeats KKR mistakes" should be the title of this article. Despite the fact that KKR had problem chasing, Dhoni should have not said "team batting first will have tough time defending the total". Its just shows how his decision making has gone from bold to over-cautious.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Again Dhoni Losing d Match.,.

Posted by sweetspot on (October 14, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Good performance from CSK, very good from Sydney Sixers! Nice close game, could have swung either way. The CLT20 comes alive! Who would have bet on Moises?

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Good to see CSK lose , lose 3 more and come back home as soon as possible...... so that Ashwin,Dhoni,raina and others can prepare for the most important England tour....the same applies to all IPL teams come back home asap CLT20 is nonsense....

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Dhoni's finishing skills seems to have disappeared after the ODI world cup! But, nice to see that Raina has improved. (I am looking at these matches, keeping India's calender for the next year in mind)

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Titan yesterday & Sixers today proved that they are better than most of the IPL teams!

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

The moment the team lists were announced, I posted ( they didn't publish,though) that Jagati should have been in, in place of Yo Mahesh! That one over made a big difference. Jagati is also a better batsman. And a better fielder than Yo.

Posted by lothario001 on (October 14, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

well done sixers

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Three Chennai boys let Chennai down today -- Vijay, Yo & Badri !

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

IPL teams always struggled with aussies, nobody should be surprised.

Posted by CricShanghai on (October 14, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

If SK going to win the game at this stage...it'll be Raina to bring them home from here, otherwise,..hard to believe lose of anymore wickets will shake the SK up real bad....

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