CSK v MI, Group B, CLT20, Johannesburg

Chennai take last-ball win in dead rubber

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

October 20, 2012

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Chennai Super Kings 173 for 8 (du Plessis 52, Malinga 5-32) beat Mumbai Indians 167 for 7 (Karthik 74, Hilfenhaus 2-14) by six runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Lasith Malinga took his third Twenty20 five-for, Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, Group B, Champions League T20, October 20, 2012
Lasith Malinga was taken for 16 runs in his first over; he returned to pick 5-16 in his next three © AFP

Around 5pm on an overcast evening, an enthusiastic crowd at the Wanderers were faced with the prospect of a washout. This, after what was supposed to be the marquee Saturday night match involving teams featuring some of the world's biggest Twenty20 stars turned into a dead rubber as Lions qualified for the semi-finals earlier in the day, knocking out both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. They were glad they stayed behind, though, as the widely predicted thunderstorm stayed away paving the way for a last-ball finish in one of the highest scoring matches of the tournament with Super Kings walking away victors.

It was hard to believe that the match was so closely contested given the stark difference in the starts the two teams had to their innings: Super Kings motored to 86 for 0 in eight overs, while Mumbai had stumbled to 38 for 2 after eight.

The contrast was mainly due to the different stages in which the teams used their best fast bowlers. Lasith Malinga took two key wickets in the 11th over - of the fluent Faf du Plessis and the dangerous Suresh Raina - and two more crucial ones in the 17th - of MS Dhoni, who was showing glimpses of the big-hitting that first made him a star, and of the renowned finisher Albie Morkel. After being caned for 16 in his first over, Malinga took 5 for 16 in his remaining three to rob the second half of Super Kings' innings of momentum.

Super Kings, instead, gave their most potent quicks the new ball. Ben Hilfenhaus and Doug Bollinger justified the strategy of using two of their overseas slots on specialist fast bowlers, as the pair smothered the Mumbai openers. Despite Dinesh Karthik slog-sweeping Ravindra Jadeja for 19 in the 11th over, the Super Kings' bowlers seemed to have done enough early on to secure a comfortable victory.

It certainly seemed that way when Ambati Rayudu swiped a long hop from du Plessis straight to deep square leg in the 14th, but the contest was back on after Karthik and Kieron Pollard lashed 24 in the 18th over, leaving 27 to get in the final two overs. Dhoni stuck to the policy of giving the side's best bowler the 19th over, and Hilfenhaus delivered by removing the rampaging Karthik.

With 19 required for Mumbai in the final over, Super Kings shone again in the one department in which they were clearly ahead of the rest in the IPL - the fielding. While there had been several notable efforts earlier in the innings, the best were saved for the final over. Pollard had pummelled the first ball from Jadeja for six, before he fell to a face-forward diving catch by Raina at long-on. Two balls later, Harbhajan Singh hammered a four through extra cover with as much power as any Pollard shot, before he was dismissed by a well-judged clasp by Wriddhiman Saha, arching his body backwards at deep square leg to hold an overhead chance.

It left Mitchell Johnson needing to hit a six off the final delivery to tie the game, which could only be thumped towards long-off to confirm Super Kings' first victory of the tournament.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 NB/Wides
Chennai Super Kings 47 16 7 66/0 42/4 0/6
Mumbai Indians 55 10 12 25/2 67/3 0/3

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Posted by kristee on (October 22, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

Ashwin criticized. Well, the margin was exactly what he did with the last ball in 1st innings. Maybe he was hit for a bit too many toward the end. It happens. I thought Hilfie was rightly declared MOM. And it's fielders like Raina that sometimes win matches for you. Good match, anyway.

Posted by Haleos on (October 22, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

@crickrtlovrruk - ipl teams have own previous trophy in SA. Look at ur poor tram yorkshire. Struggling in familier conditions. Hail IPL. Hail India.

Posted by crindex on (October 21, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Great Match . Did not feel like a dead rubber. Dinesh Karthik deserved to be the man of the match. He virtually exposed CSK to its vulnerability - spin bowling attack. I am more impressed with MI than CSK for their fight back. I think captaincy of Dhoni is seeing wear and tear now. He is unable to control players like Ashwin who is going the Bhajji way in his form and self belief. Time for a serious overhaul in CSK and India 20/20 team. New players from under 19 should be considered for Internationals.

Posted by phunny_game on (October 21, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

ashwin was the highest wicket taker when super kings won the champions trophy in SA. And not sure if pollard would have ade any difference. He is far less consistent than rayadu...!!!

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Had this match happened 1 moth ago, I would've enjoyed Malinga's 5/32. But he is not my favorite bowler anymore. -Sri Lankan Fan-

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 21, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

@Rajesh india 1990,well not too many people Try to wav too much hype about them, i thnk no playr z bigr than team or The game itself why can't u peopl realiz the examples of inzy,pontng,lara etc

Posted by TSJ07 on (October 21, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

@TRAM on (October 21 2012, 01:48 AM GMT)..How well u have analyzed the fall of Bhajji and now Ashwin.Only someone who have seen the matches live and not seeing just the scorecard on web/newspaper can analyze this way.I had the same feeling about Bhajji and now Ashwin...may be its too much limited over cricket which is killing Indian bowling talent.Ishant got lost only after IPL and then later Mishra followed suit followed by Bhajji.May be Rohit Shrama is also always in hurry coz of too much limited over cricket. BTW its a shame for any Indian fan like me to watch Sachin batting so horribly though this had to happen coz of him not being the team man since ages.I know many will start debate here but I stand by what I said.Dhoni is 2nd after him.No one can come close to what Dravid,Laxman,Ganguly,Kumble,Venky,Srinath,YV and now Kohli contributed as team men.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Why on earth was Raydu sent in before Pollard..............Mumbai Indians deserved to lose thanks to the poor captaining decisions; and escalating run rate and you have the most destructive lower order batsman but you choose Raydu; if Pollard came in earlier Mumbai Indian would have won. Indian selectors however should note that with the exception of Kohli and Raina the rest of the Indian batsman are sorely out of form and no new youngster should that he could step up to the plate. India need to play Harbhajan Singh; Ashwin has proven himself to be less than mediocre outside of India against any player who can play spin. Either that or need to get someone new Ashwin and Ojha are terrible. India better look to fight hard and be willing to struggle to have any chance against oppositions

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 21, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

@wickyroy.paklover yes akmal brothers,hafeez,malik,afridi and all the pakistani mediocres are better than Sachin...isn't it? Lol

Posted by Pams118 on (October 21, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Dhoni has become very stereo-typed. Whatever is the result he doesn't want to change his thinking. This was very evident in England & Australia. Having Umesh Yadav, a genuine quickee in the side Dhoni never used him even in one Test against England despite a humiliating white wash. His leadership by silence is fine when things go well but cannot sustain when the team is battered. The Indian spinners surprisingly were the worst among all the spinners in CLT20. Ashwin really needs to learn how to bowl in different conditions. He is learning the hard way that being successful in all formats in India does not automatically place him in the international league of spinners unless he can perform in demanding conditions. Dhoni may have to quickly decide if he wants to continue as a captain and/or player in all 3 formats or stick to the faster ones, which suits his style better,

Posted by Pams118 on (October 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

A thriller in the end for a dead rubber! It is an irony that MI & CSK were out with still 50% of their league games remaining and 25% for KKR. While MI can give a reason that their game against Yorkshire was rained off and affected their chances KKR and CSK can't give any such excuses as they were well beaten. 3 of 4 IPL teams out of the tournament making the remaining league games meaningless shows their standards are far below in these fast & bouncy conditions. We need to really pray & hope DD will to some extent keep the tarnished image of IPL teams up by at least reaching the semis.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 21, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

@bruisers ,plz let sachin play 4 anothr decade or So since he z stil in his learning phase,lolz

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 21, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

2 IPL teams next tournament would mean approx only 14 indian players would get to play where as AUS and SA have 22 (and add ~2- 4 from ipl teams) players representing. Even 3 IPL teams would mean less number of indian players as compared to AUS and SA. But 4 is an overkill. Suggestion, scrape this tournament for the benefit of indian cricket. This will reduce some bashing as well.

Posted by Mano2004 on (October 21, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Complacency is the biggest threat to Indian players. Dhoni needs to learn to become an attacking captain (like Sourav) rather a defencive one.

Posted by Haleos on (October 21, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

@balajibalaji - rightly put. Have always said Ashwin is overrated as a player. Specially in limited overs. He is a good test bowler. Good not great like bhajji was when he started.

Posted by Haleos on (October 21, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

well done Sachin for scoring 2 off 9. When will u realise limited overs if not for u nemore.

Posted by baghels.a on (October 21, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

BCCI please allow Pakistani players in IPL from next year so India bashers like Wickyroypaklover and rest can be sielenced as there IPL bashing defies all logic, India won t-20 WC back in SA in 2007 ,CSK won the CL in SA in 2009/10,if you watch this CL all Indian batters have done well Except KKR batters where foreign stars have been a letdown,BTW nobody stops other teams from having 4 foreign players ,it is just that ENG,AUS,SA boards have put in rules regarding 2 foreign players per side.Historically Indian batters are known worldwide for there prowess,hoWever our bowlers have been dissapointing in CL.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

This should be a great lesson for Ashwin - he has begun to think of himself as some all time great when all he has is wickets against NZ/WI in Tests and wickets against IPL sides in the shorter form of the game. Better sides and players will have him for breakfast if he continues to live in his hallucinated world.

Posted by Bruisers on (October 21, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Great game.. Vijay, Dhoni and du Plessis setup a tough total for MI to chase.. Karthik played a brilliant innings. Rohit should have batted through after his good start instead of playing shots in the air. Hard luck MI, but well played. Good to see so many Indian batsmen performing well in these conditions... Sachin, better concentrate on Test cricket and take retirement from IPL and CLT20.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Whatever might be the result of this league. I kindly request Mr.Sachin to retire before England tours India, as Laxman did, so a youngster can start his career in home series which will give him more confidence. Sachin has become a liability to team India.

Posted by GSP17 on (October 21, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

@Balaji, It will be childish to replace Ashwin with harbhajan. Atleast Ashwin has guts to bowl on this conditions. Unlike Harbhajan who hidden behind other part timers after bowling only 2 overs.. By present form, Harbahajan has no chance to be part of any intl team.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 21, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Decent finish to the game after a poor start to the MI innings. MI need to either continue with Sachin for commercial success or ditch him for on field success as surely he is only serving to hamper the side. Well played Dinesh/Kieron for making it a close game and well bowled the 2 Ausies at the end to ensure CSK got home

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (October 21, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Great to see Faff in such great form. 10dulkar still playing? good grief!

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Sachin is keeping his critics interested by prolonging his cricket . At 39 you dont expect a miraculous comeback from a player . His reluctant attitude to retire from the team is upsetting the balance of the indian side . This leniency towards one man is heavily costing Team India .

Posted by crindex on (October 21, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Ashwin looks jaded and he is being slammed for sixes by uncapped or "lesser" capped players such as Ghulam Bodi and Dinesh Karthik... time to bring Bhajji back into the Indian team in place of Ashwin.

Posted by crindex on (October 21, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Main reason for CSK's ouster from CLT20 this year is Ashwin. He has become stale and predictable. If Dinesh Karthik and Gulam Bodi can slam him hard over the fence for sixes, that's a serious problem...having said that , CSK looks jaded these days. Its not the same CSK we have come to know in the past. May be its needs some 'super' overhauling .

Posted by PerfectTen on (October 21, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Highlights of the match - Entertaining batting displays from Faf, Dhoni, Karthik & Pollard; nice bowling from Bollinger and Hilfenhaus Lowlights of the match - Lousy batting & leadership from Harbhajan, nervous bowling from Ashwin, grounded 'catch' from Raina which actually turned the match. I dont want to say much abt Sachin as we are getting used to his severe downturn. He is now denying a youngster a place in the MI team also.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

people criticising SRT are really good for nothing..they can only criticise and cant see any positives...these kind of people are always there and better not to watste time by reading their comments..these gentlemen never know or forgets the fact that Sacin was the main scorer for MI .2008.2009.2010 IPL including highest rungetter in IPL 2010..he has 2700 runs with Strike rate of 123 and average unbelievable 38 in T20..he has already stamped his standards and is leading t20 FC run scorer considering no one has yet scored 3000 in t20m FC in world. As Sanjay Manjarekar pointed out, its slight technical fault that happens with aging with every batsmen after 35 has affected sachin and he has performed better than any great batsmen after 35..as per SM, sachin will be correcting this issue with Full length deliveries before Engalnd tour sinc he finds his technical faults before any one and corrects him self with his strong technical skills, I am sure He wil be back strongly

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (October 21, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

@ WickyRoy.paklover - Not really. Did you watch Dinesh Karthik bat against the likes of Bollinger, Hilfy, Morkel, Ashwin ? - all international level bowlers ! He is having a good tournament with bat and gloves both. M. Vijay, Unmkut, Dhoni, Rohit, Bisla - they are all not doing as badly as you are thinking. The fact is a sub-continent batsman obviously needs some time to get use to these fast and bouncy conditions and in this format you hardly get any time. Even IPl teams' overseas players couldn't do much during initial phase of tournament. And don't forget in 2010 it was CSK (an IPL team) that had won the tournament on the same fast, bouncy pitches of SA where M Vijay was the highest run-getter and Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

As a matter of fact, this time it is Ashwin, who should be given (dis) credit for early ouster of CSK!!! That No ball in crucial over was the ball, which facilitated ouster of premature ouster!! He had almost replicated his effort but this time Dhoni did not give him the 4th over!!! Cricket is a great leveler, HERO on one day and ZERO on other. Hope Ashwin takes a lesson and puts up more hard work on variations. Everything becomes stale quickly in the era of computer technology!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Time to say godbye to great sachin Tendulkar.....further why not mumbai try out Levi and thisara for smith and johnson.....Levi would have obtained the home advantage and we all know what Thisara have done for SL in South African conditions.....Big mess up by MI...playing sachin,smith,Rohith up in the order...Playing Pollard down the order....Droping in form Thisara for out of form Johnson......Droping the home favourite levi....Bybye MI.......

Posted by dexionbt on (October 21, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

India must NOT be allowed to send 4 IPL teams to CL T20 , as we are NOT good enough. 2 Teams is the limit that fans can accept , as shown by the EARLY exits of KKR, CSK and MI !! Our so called GOD of cricket , UNCLE SACHIN has once again FLOPPED, AND IS A handicap both in the field and running between the wickets !! His STRIKE RATE is also very BAD. Uncle MUST be dropped from CRICKET .

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 21, 2012, 5:54 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

Um so what? Next year there will be 4 more ipl teams in the league. Truth of the matter is, without the IPL teams, this tournament is not possible so get over it. You can be jealous, you can argue, you can whine, you can complain, it won't change anything. BCCI will continue to dominate cricket whether anyone likes it or not. There would be no cricket without BCCI's money. Even England and Australia can't generate enough revenue to keep the ICC going. Everyone can continue to waste their energy on bashing india and bcci or whatever lol it doesn't make a difference. BCCI rules cricket, face the facts.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Ashwin or harbhajan.. I don't know y people always talk about them. they are average bowlers ok. you can't expect murali's magic or warne's mystery from them. thats y every one called current indian bowling line up is the worst line up in the elite test nations.

Posted by skumar77 on (October 21, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Does Tendulkar deserve a place even in the Mumbai Indians team?

Do not understand what he is doing except begging to be kicked. Why can he not preserve some modicum of dignity and retire?

The worst part is that he knows that the management will not dare drop him, he is actually harming the team by not retiring since he is not performing and not allowing eager yound cricketers who are waiting in the wings to come in.

He is looking increasingly pathetic with every match. The way Harbhajan expressed his frustration when Tendulkar misfielded, he might have as well been as green horn.

Tendulkar, please retire before you lose respect. All the Orders of Australia will not be enough to undo the damage you are doing to yourself.

Posted by Nayanvn on (October 21, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

@davidatlas999: I totally agree... I am an Indian myself, but seriously feel that 4 IPL teams directly qualifying is at least 1 too many. I get that BCCI wanted to get higher Indian viewership but if you are marketing a tournament by saying that you have the champions of all countries playing, then all the champions should be playing - I agree with what Justin has said. And rameses, why is it surprising that people are against 4 teams? Nobody is saying that CSK and MI (winners in the last 2 years) are not good teams, it is just that 4 out of 10 are too many! And when you have many fans (as rightly pointed) being so arrogant that star-studded IPL teams while walk away with the competition, of course people will be happy at their loss. Esp. when things are anyways skewed in their favour (Having 4 international players while others have maximum two, getting direct entries, rules changed to suit them etc.). No wonder I was supporting Lions against Yorkshire y'day! So-called 'underdogs'!!!

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

I wonder what role Sachin had in CT20 other than being one of the main cause for the loss in all agmes?

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Its time 4 sachin to quit now, because i have never seen tendulkar playing confidently he is really a great batsman but currenty he is not scoring runs so he must quit international cricket and should give chances to new & young players.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

That was a Brilliant Catch by Raina...!!! I am proud to be a Raina Fan..!!! Really that catch has Won the Match for CSK yesterday... Raina, MOM..............

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

no body is blaming the poor strategy of Harbhajan singh.. hard to believe the richest club is compromising on this most important aspect of the team.. poor captaincy has always haunted the MI and it was nowhere different yestrday night. Everyone knows the gap was of 2-3 balls and what sense it makes when u need to score around 13-14 runs in an over and u send Raydu ahead of Giant Pollard. can't understand the way MI strategists keep this fellow out of their plans. The guy has shown in the past too what he can do if given a chance a bit early. And those 3 dot balls that harbhajan played in Hilfanhaus's penultimate over turned the game towards CSK. Pathetic captaincy and batting by Harbhajan. just don't know why Sachin & Neeta Ambani blindly supports his non-sense talent as captain.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (October 21, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

@Rameses people is not against ipl here the problem is the four ipl teams direct entry to clt20.where all the indian fan saying that the other teams are not that good to the ipl teams standard.and all this bashing is cause of those comments which ipl fans did here so now they are paying what they say before here.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 21, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

Ashwin please concentrate in tests and odi's..i fear if you play more t20's, what happened to harbhajan is going to happen to you...

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

Apart from using the best fast bowlers at the start, the one strategy that backfired for Mumbai is not living out Sachin. He is losing momentum for the team @ the start. Time to pack ur 20-20 kit Sachin.

Posted by TRAM on (October 21, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

Harbajan started this negative bowling of "off-breaks on the pads going further down the leg side". It resulted in no wickets for him for years and finally he got dropped from the Indian team. Now Ashwin has started this negative tactics, thinking thats a great idea. Ashwin (unlike Harbajan) may have carrom leg breaks, but still I dont think thats going to fetch him anything. Shane Watson showed what he would do with such deliveries, now DKarthik showed what those deliveries deserve - only sixers over square leg. Will Ashwin learn at all before it is too late?

Posted by rameses on (October 21, 2012, 1:19 GMT)

It's really surprising to see the comments from people that 4 IPL teams are too much for this year's CLT20 Championship. No doubt IPL is popular in the context of T20 matches as it attracts lot of overseas players. And remind you that this IPL Team CSK won the CLT20 Championship in the year 2010 ( apart from winning IPL title) in this same SOUTH AFRICA grounds only. When u r winning everybody lavish praises on the team and when the same team loses, you put them into the dustbin. That's not fair enough. Nodoubt Dhoni's men forgot to win crucial matches. But still there's hope that one of IPL Teams, Delhi Daredevils has got chance to make to Semis. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (October 20, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

@Smithie: However hard they may prepare, they are still gonna get hammered. . Talk about overload and bowler's returning home, if they cant bowl for 4 overs a day ( less than an average net session! ), they are unfit for test cricket. The aussie team under S Waugh was the thing of legends. The current team is no where near it. Be happy that they are atleast getting some practice against some quality bowling. I find watson to be the only valid candidate returning home - only cos of his all round efforts and an awesome talent.

Posted by PFEL on (October 20, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

A performance like this really shows you how strange it was that Hilf wasn't leading the Aus attack in the T20 world cup.

Posted by mngc1 on (October 20, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

Sachin looks like he will play on until he is finally DROPPED. Harbajan should be changed as captain as he did not make the necessary batting line up adjustments to win the match. With almost 12 required per over i.e.a SR of 200, Pollard remained in the dugout. This has been ongoing and expect MI to continue losing..

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 22:55 GMT)

Money dictates the IPL has 4 teams, in the CLT20, but really it should only have 2 like Aus and SA. Then WI, SL, NZ and eng could have there best team in the tournament as well. I'm not hating the IPL, but the depth of quality teams is no better than Aus or SA.

Posted by JustIPL on (October 20, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

@Muhammad Zohaib. Yes you are perfectly right. It is unfair to the Indian domestic teams to miss is champions league as IPL show teams represent India. Winner of 2020 competition from Indian state sides should make to the champions league. Also, it does not reflect good on India to field four teams and still struggle to keep presence.

Posted by Smithie on (October 20, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

Good result for Aus with at least a couple of Test players now returning home early to get some red ball preparation for the serious business of a Test series against SA. Would be great if Warner could also escape whilst Haddin and his boys win the money and the title.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 20, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

@Dbatsman. I think you under rate Ashwin a lot. From what I saw of his efforts down here, he gave it everything without reward. Spinners, unless you are Warne, don't go well in SA or Australia. I actually thought he put a lot of thought into his bowling, & he did come in after India's pace men let him down terribly (Yadav aside).

Posted by Chris_P on (October 20, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster. Let's revisit your prediction when they either win or drop out, shall we?

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

I can see many people who are against IPL team are outsiders and jealous of IPL. Its understandable that other countries are not so successful like IPL and they want other team to win badly. IPL team unfortunately played 1 or 2 games which costly their outster. Next time they will learn from this mistake and prove IPL haters wrong.

Posted by Nampally on (October 20, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Brilliant catching in the outfield by Raina, Saha & Vijay was mainly responsible for this match going in favour of CSK. What a match fit enough to be the Final. Both the teams responded well & rose to the occasion. Thanks to both the teams for an excellent fight to the last ball in a dead rubber for both the teams.What an innings from Karthik & Pollard. They really collard the bowlers. In my opinion the 2 balls bowled by Hillfenhause in 19 th over looked wides but not called by the Umpire. They might well have saved the day for CSK.

Posted by Dbatsman on (October 20, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

R. Ahswin is only good on subcontinent pitch. Over all in this tournament he is been the worst baller and even in Australia tour, too. If you give him spinner friendly pitch he will be the best baller

Posted by Akshita29 on (October 20, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

I am not a Sachin Hater by the way . I wish he could play with bit of freedom rather than socking up dot balls after dot balls whatever format may be .

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

What everybody is saying true. under Jayawardene captaincy Delhi daredevils cant win

Posted by yzagee on (October 20, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990 : I understand it's a little embarrassing for himself and his hard core fans whenever he gets out for a low score. But, there's an undeniable reason for the basing he is receiving lately. I'm sure he wants to retire on a high but , to be frank, it's time to realize that it's not easy to perform well against quality bowling with reflexes slowing down at his age. That makes him prone to make errors more often than before. I personally would love to see his aggressive batting before he bows out, at least in IPL/Champions League where one can justify his aggressive approach. But, I guess he doesn't want to embarrass himself by getting out by trying to play aggressively. He might be worried about his reputation too. Anyways, all the best for his remaining part of his career.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

The guys who hates ipl. Delhi daredevils under Jayawardene captaincy. He can only win one out of five finals. Cant even win before Srilankan support. How can we expect Delhi daredevils win under his captaincy.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

Viewers today witnesseth in true "IPL spirit" cricket of the highest order, in the CLT20. It was electrifying indeed! Congratulations MS Dhoni, what a great wicketkeeper-batsman-captain of all time! Tough luck Harbajhan

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 20, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

So all the sachin bashers are once again going to make a round table conference here....

Posted by muneeb2012 on (October 20, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

i also beliv dat d.d can go all d way....but who their main players are??..kp morkel mahela n warner(if he plays)...unfortunately none of these is an indian

Posted by cricketloveruk on (October 20, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

bad year for ipl teams, may because its outside india

Posted by muneeb2012 on (October 20, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

@sweetspot atleast dey won a game...dat too wid no international talent...most of them were playing 1st time in s.a....so dey did well

Posted by Brahams on (October 20, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

A lot of IPL haters....Poor souls!

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

no matter if its dead rubber ... It was very important for CSK to win match having lost 2 in a row .. and in the end they did it. This is the reason why they are called the champion team. Bowling department looks vulnerable though ..Hope Ashwin learns his mistakes quickly

Posted by sweetspot on (October 20, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

@ Muhammad Zohaib - and 1 Pakistani team that never even made it to the main draw. Your point?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 20, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

@Muhammed Zohaib: WRONG ! The ONLY IPL team is going to win this trophy. I know a good team when I see one buddy. DD look a strong outift, just look at their players. Their bowling is also equally good. So yeah, 1 more IPL team is looking good to lift the CLT20 trophy.

Posted by Akshita29 on (October 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Sachin is a dilemma for any coach . He just bats like he is the only good batsman and thinks if he somehow survives for few overs he can win the game . Those days are gone . Sachin should look to entertain the crowd and play some strokes in all the innings that are left in him . He is loved in by us and will always be loved . But now a days he looks like a burden for the team as neither the coach or captain could drop him even if they want to ..................

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 20, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Dhoni's talking in between every ball with the bowler has to stop to this game has gone on for so long it's not chess you can't plan out every ball LOL

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Pollard been given out but the ball dropped out Raina's hand and hits the turf . How fdo three play umpire not see this!!!!!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 20, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

After Sachin's 2 of 9 it was then vital for Sharma to get Smith back on strike as soon as possible instead he played out 7 dot balls then Smith feeling pressure once back on strike went for big one and got out, again if Sharma is going to take so long to get in and not even rotate the strike it's criminal he gets out once making a score of 20 or 30 but it seems to be a familiar story as far as he is concerned. Pollard again put in when it's to late and the game is all but over ! he has to come earlier it's just to little to late even for his incredible hitting.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

3 ipl teams out ... 1 more to go

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