Chennai Super Kings v Titans, CLT20, Ranchi

Super Kings chase 186 with ease

The Report by Mohammad Isam

September 22, 2013

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Chennai Super Kings 187 for 6 (Hussey 47, Raina 47) beat Titans 185 for 5 (De Villiers 77, Davids 52) by 4 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details


Michael Hussey set up Super Kings' chase, Chennai Super Kings v Titans, Champions League 2013, Group B, Ranchi, September 22, 2013
Michael Hussey made a chase of 186 look simple © BCCI
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Chennai Super Kings did what they set out to do, successfully chasing down a big total after putting Titans in to bat. They made it look easier than it was, certainly when Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey were at the crease. Dwayne Bravo batted breezily as well, ensuring the four-wicket win with seven balls to spare.

Super Kings had to recover from a bad start in pursuit of 186, after M Vijay was bowled by Roelof van der Merwe in the opening over of the chase. The South African side held the momentum at that stage, having already put up an impressive score courtesy of AB de Villiers' brutal innings of 77 and plenty of wayward bowling.

But the Titans' bowlers were more wayward, giving Raina and Hussey the freedom to settle themselves. The two batsmen also had to contend with a 10-minute break due to light failure after the first wicket fell. But once Rowan Richards, Morne Morkel and Marchant de Lange gave away 13, 24 and 14 respectively off the third, fourth and fifth over, it eased the run-rate pressure considerably.

The pair added 89 for the second wicket at over 12 an over before Raina fell to David Wiese in the eighth over. He made 47 off 28 balls with two sixes and five fours, having peppered the open field on the leg-side.

Hussey stayed on for a bit more, but also fell three short of his fifty, in the tenth over. His 47 came off 26 balls, with seven fours and a six. Similar to Raina, his dismissal too was a soft one as Super Kings looked to the next pair to finish the job.

Bravo and S Badrinath added 58 for the fourth wicket, with the West Indies allrounder bringing out his famous lofted shots on the off-side - he struck two inside-out sixes over cover. He fell, and was followed by Dhoni and Jadeja too, but Albie Morkel eased any nerves by picking up the winning runs in the 19th over.

Richards, the left-arm fast bowler, took three wickets, but it came too late for Titans to force the issue.

AB de Villiers was Titans' star with the bat. He was eventually dismissed in the penultimate over, but not before he had satiated himself with seven sixes and three fours in a 36-ball 77. There was hardly a mis-hit from his bat, and the sound it made for two off his sixes over midwicket was scrumptious.

He ran hard during the 76-run second wicket stand with his captain Henry Davids, who himself got 52 off 43 balls. Davids struck two sixes, one each off Jason Holder and R Ashwin. Their partnership also came at a superb rate, 12.32, with de Villiers contributing 43 runs. His fifty came off just 27 balls and his innings bloated Titan's total, with expensive overs in the middle-period: 14, 14, 17 and 18 came off the 11th, 12th, 13th and 19th overs.

But Dwayne Bravo pulled things back with two wickets in the 18th over and next over, when he took the skier offered by de Villiers off Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja might have got the big wicket, but it was a truly forgettable day for him: apart from being spanked for 49 runs in three overs, he picked up a two-ball duck. Hussey and Raina, though, made sure his off day didn't cost Super Kings.

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Posted by siddhartha87 on (September 26, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

@Sathish Babu: No i am interested on Harbhajan .And no i don't hate CSK either. Dhoni and Hussey are my favorite cricketers.Back to Ashwin .Yes he needs doctored pitches to perform. He failed against England miserably even in those doctored pitches.Why? Because he is not skilled enough to outplay skilled batsmen like KP or Cook. He was successful against novice Australian line up as they were not skilled plus highly inexperienced. Regarding comparing Ashwin to Murali,Murali took 48 wkts in 6 matches in England and another 35 in 6 against South Africa. So by this next year we will know if Ashwin is really good enough to be compared to great Murali or not.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

@siddhartha87: What you said about Ashwin is absolute rubbish. It may be your personal hatred to particular players from the CSK. What made you think that he need doctored pitches????Did he ask for those pitches????? Even the Great Murali doesn't have a great record in Australia to boast about. I am sure that you spoke based on the performance by him against Australia in Australia. Even vernon philander took wickets only when he played on green tops. can i say that his career will be over when he starts playing in subcontinent????? And regarding Ashwin's test career yes he may took wickets in India on doctored pitches but he outbowled every other bowler in his last test series so by your logic no other bowler is there to replace him even on the doctored pitches right?????? And if you are talking about harbajan then you are living in fantasy land my friend. Bowling darts and picking wickets in the IPL is nothing. ask him to play first class first and take wickets.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (September 24, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Tactically speaking M.Vaughan is the best captain i have ever seen.The way he captained against Australia and Proteas in 2005-06 is second to none.Other good captains include Fleming of New Zeland and Clarke. Dhoni is pretty good as well. But he becomes clueless and defensive once his slow bowlers start leaking runs.Cook is too defensive. Ponting is statistically best captain of all time. Won 2 WC without losing a single match. Won CT twice. Won Ashes twice. Whitewashed most of the leading teams including South Africa.And yes Lara and Tendulkar were the most horrible captain.

Posted by my_comments on (September 24, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

@ Srini_Chennai: no i don't blame any of the cricketers, they do their best and MSD is the best finisher and a good captain and jadeja is ATM a good allrounder. and IND cricket as a whole is doing great. it is that the IND fans who overate them.

It is a well know/said thing that the captain is good as the team is. Good positive examples are Ponting, MSD they are good captains but they had/have superb teams. on the other hand negative examples are ranathunga and fleming (NZ) they were also considered as good captains but they didnt have a proper team to captain. So silverware does not show the classy of captains it show the efforts of the team as well as the captain who achieved it.

Ask MSD to captain ZIM or Faisalabad Wolves or Kandurata Maroons for a silverware. will he be able to achieve it?

AND who said i am from SA or support SA or oppose IND/IPL, as my login name state it is "my comment".

Posted by siddhartha87 on (September 24, 2013, 0:44 GMT)

@Srini_Chennai Ashwin needs doctored pitches to perform. I wonder if he will get that kind pitch In South Africa, ENgland and New Zeland. I know cricket much better than you. I am not a blind supporter of some players who needs tailor made pitches.I am again saying 2014 is the last year for Ashwin in tests. c

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

That was such a rubbish bowling performance from the Titans!!! I saw the first half of that miserable fielding effort and then switched over as all hope of them regaining any sort of control or grip on the situation had already evaporated!!! What on earth was Morne Morkel bowling? Was it magnetically attracted to the wide lines?

Posted by Army_rangers on (September 23, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Whatever may be the result, but AB u beauty...again n again u r prvng that u r d best cricketer...luv to watch ur batting..

Posted by BigINDFan on (September 23, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Titans can take back Faf rather than warming the bench. Albie should be retained by CSK and MSD needs to give him more bowling and send him up the order. His talent is being wasted. Hussey is a class act and so is Bravo. Raina decided that the only way to go is to show AB he too can enjoy the Ranchi crowd :-)

Posted by Temuzin on (September 23, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

There are so many Jadeja haters over here. One bad day and they all are all over. But remember jadeja will send them for hiding in their holes soon. Jadeja is a top player who could not be deterred by critics.

Posted by phaktaa_tikit on (September 23, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

As usual MoM goes to a batsman. One thing you can notice in every match - bowler's contributions never get the recognition they deserve...disgusting to see.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

i am a great fan of mike husseys batting. thanks CLT20 for giving me this chance

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

How come Raina got that MoM? Inconsistent, ridiculous and biased!

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (September 23, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

@SandipManjrekar: Thanks for your support, it seems some of the Indian fans will root for the overseas team to show their hatred on CSK. Me too, not a fan of MI, but I'd be supporting them against Otago. Go MI! IPL teams all the way!!

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (September 23, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

@my_comments: You maybe right in case of Albie Morkel, but that's Dhoni for you. He backs his players, neither Jadeja nor Dhoni can be blasted for 1 bad game. Dhoni is the best captain in the world, he won CWC 2011, CT 2013, T20 2007, world #1 in tests for almost 2 years, 2 IPLs and 1 CLT20. Ask your SA captain to win a single silverware, then you can comment on Dhoni. ATM, gulf of class exist between India and SA in LOIs.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (September 23, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

I am a big fan of Hussey's but he can't maintain his form if he doesn't play other cricket. It is sad he retired. Contrary to the numbers being made up by some commenters below, Titans bowled 12 actual wide balls and CSK 3, but CSK also batted 7 fewer balls by needing only 18.5 overs. So, net, CSK played only 2 more balls and scored 2 more runs. Wides are not all because of bowlers' indiscipline. They see the batsmen moving and try to counter it by changing their line. Here dew made is hard to control the ball for both teams' bowlers. Raina was MoM because he initiated the hitting and was instrumental in taking the game away from the Titans. I personally would have gone with Bravo or ABD, but Raina was not a bad choice.

Posted by my_comments on (September 23, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

@ avani: it was only 12 wides not 24 wides, even though they gave away 24 runs it was just 2 overs not 4 overs. watch the match or read the whole thing (article, comments, match scorecard) before commenting rubbish.

@ CRLShamalka: you are right Bravo should be MOM.

@ Srini_Chennai: "With the wet ball, what you expect from a spinner?" you are right but as Indians think "the coolest and the Best captain of ODI cricket" MSD expected more from jadeja. Why didnt he give the ball to A.Morkel? and for your information even fast bowlers have to grip the ball properly to bowl it accurately.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (September 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Posted by Tanuj Birua on (September 23, 2013, 9:22 GMT) First of all,Faf didn't play yesterday match and you claiming that they would lose without Faf is not right.Hussey has the right to chose which franchise he want to play for and that's nothing to do with retaining him in playing 11. Infact Faf couldn't play 2013 IPL due to Hussey full time availability and Faf injury.But suggesting they would lose yesterday match without Faf and Albie is ridiculous when they had major contribution from Hussey,raina,bravo and badrinath for the win.It is good to give credit for the winning team rather than giving excuses for the loss.

Posted by my_comments on (September 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

@ SandipManjrekar: even if you are not a CSK fan or any T20 lover, you surely are indian. How can you compare the Titans to the SA full team. how can you compare CSK to the IND class. without the performance of holder, bravo and hussey it would have been a lot harder. Titan had only few international players. but in CSK only mohit has little international exposure. so obviously CSK is far better than the Titans. It's would be OK to compare the Faisalabad Wolves and Kandurata Maroons with the titans but surely not IPL teams.

And SA is a totally different team when it comes to Test matches.

And it is BCCI who left out the India series to SA form the list of upcoming series.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

oh really faf was not playing eleven because of mike hussey .i csk retain him because he know their weakness .and one things that csk did not have a good record againest australia t20 .bad luck to csk

Posted by Baundele on (September 23, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

The title should be 'Titan bowlers sank deVilliers'. Hussey and Raina did what they always do. But the bowlers were like fish out of water, 24 wides!

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (September 23, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Posted by Tanuj Birua on (September 23, 2013, 7:58 GMT), " Otherwise CSK would lose this game " How? Faf was not in the playing 11 and Albie morkel made 4 runs out of 186 where as Hussey,raina,bravo,badrinath contributed remaining 182 runs.So how they will lose the game if you remove these two players? Weird logic to say the least.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (September 23, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

@avani: Either you watch the match and comment or keep quiet. 24 wides doesn't necessarily mean 24 extra balls. There were atleast 3 balls which went for 5 wides each. You can now do your math. Btb, I loved the way Raina thrashed Morne all over, wow!

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (September 23, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

I am not a CSK fan or any T20 lover but I admit the way CSK plays is fabulous to watch. It also shows difference between true IND class & mediocre SA cricketers. The match could easily ended far earlier if CSK didn't use rush of blood. This shows what would happen if SA tour goes on. Perhaps that is why CSA is playing dirty tricks rather than communicating in a good spirit so as to progress the scheduled tour. No guarantee about SA's Test ranking be stable. Well played CSK, Well played Raina!! You proved critics wrong. Best wishes for the tournament!!!!!!!!

Posted by BEST.TEAM.XI on (September 23, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

After watching this match i realised why BCCI is so keen in cancelling the India's tour to Soth Africa they want Indian Team Test rankings and One Day Rankings to be safe. The way AB Devilliers hammered Ravidra Jadeja Rank 1 best Indian bowler in presently i can imagine what would have happened to other bowlers. Playing test matches against team like West Indies just to show how good the Indian team is absolutely a bad idea. If BCCI really wants to show how good the Indian team is they should get the full tour going and they should stop using dirty tricks

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

csk should thank titans because two of their key player are playing for them faf and albie . other wise csk would lose this game easily

Posted by avani on (September 23, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Extras 24!!! that too in wides alone!!! which means you bowled extra 4 overs with 24 additional runs! Ridiculous! Chennai was made to win perhaps! Good that I am not watching these games.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (September 23, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

@Greatest_Game

Have you forgotten about recent tour of South Africa in Sri Lanka and your AB de Villiers' truly show. Oh man, AB scored 137 runs @27.4 with H.S.51 and SA was thrashed 4-1 by Team Sri Lanka. Any team whether is SA or their franchise are not good enough to play in sub-continent. It's not their fault as they are used to play on hard & bouncy pitches. Just accept the defeat against CSK. CSK could have finished in 17 overs had they played sensibly. If you take pot-shots on Ravindra jadeja, then Morkel ,de Lange & Wiese were equally no longer royalty. Yeah, I agree on your one view "Hard to believe Morne Morkel was last year's leading IPL wicket taker!". I am also amazed how!!!!!

Posted by mjrvasu on (September 23, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Overall, Bravo deserved the MOM. Anyways, CSK were fortunate Raina and Hussey found the rhythm straightaway despite lack of practice. Thanks to Murali Vijay for getting out of the way quickly.

Posted by sreehk on (September 23, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

VERY VERY STRANGE! How on same pitch or even adjacent pitch that T&T and Heat both struggled to score ending up with lower totals. It looked more and more to be a bowling pitch, ball gripping and turning for Badree and Naraine. And how after that both CSK and Titans scored heavily suddenly. No turn or bounce for Ashwin, Jadeja?? The pitch had turned a batting one within 30 minutes and had become difficult for far superior bowlers like Morkel and lot of others?? Is this not odd folks?

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (September 23, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

If only number of runs or wickets scored and no. of balls taken are criteria for MOM, ABD should have been the MOM. Raina walked in with the IPL 2013 finals kind of a situation but turned that into an IPL 2011 kind of a situation. The impact that he had no others had including Bravo. Hussey took advantage of the shiver that Raina created on the bowlers. Raina all the way for MOM!

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (September 23, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

@siddhartha87: Your comment is a joke, do you know anything about cricket? Ashwin's test career is relatively young and you might be surprised to know that he is all set to break Kumble's record of fastest Indian to get 100 test wickets. Some of my fellow Indian fans are just embarrassing.

Posted by AltafPatel on (September 23, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

It seems CSK under utilized Albie since he is in team from 2008. Today again, when he bowled fist over well, taken away and not given any more to bowl. In bat, sent at No. 8.

Posted by AltafPatel on (September 23, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Flop show for rockstar Jadeja. First give away runs at 16 runs per over, then scored duck while bat !

Posted by AltafPatel on (September 23, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Raina MOM? Hussey scored same in 2 balls less !

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

I reckon Extras played a major role in CSK win!!! 24 Extras in 18.5 overs...Too much!!!

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 23, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner I think its the impact. Raina started it. But the way both of them played was brilliant. I think teams like kandurata maroons are very lucky to not qualify for this tournament. Teams like CSK or Titans could really have embarrassed Kandurata's mediocre team.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

MOM should have been bravo.....

Posted by siddhartha87 on (September 23, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Jadeja is highly over rated. There was a time when even Mashrafe Morrtaza was ranked number one. Jadeja is rank 1 purely on the basis of no of matches he has played. I will be really surprised if Jadeja and Ashwins test careers survive 2014

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 23, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

Posted by Blade-Runner on (September 22, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

How come Raina is MOM when Hussey scored the same no. runs but at a superior SR ?

Because he is Indian. Check out AB de Villiers knock.

Posted by sweetspot on (September 23, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

@ Jose Puliampatta - What mystery? Dhoni shuffles his bowlers and sometimes doesn't give his frontline bowlers their full quota. So what? He has plenty of options. Ashwin's pause is nothing new, for those paying attention. Dew almost always comes in when the temperature goes down, and the effect of that can be felt after 8 PM, so it's obviously a factor in the night games, and doesn't matter during the 4PM start games.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (September 23, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

What is this about crediting CSK's victory to wides? Is wide an unauthorized way of scoring runs? When a team loses all their 10 wickets, it is like saying if not for those 10 beautiful balls bowled by the opponents, we would have won. If you bowl wide you have bowled wide and the runs are given to the batting team as per cricket rules. Raina was simply brilliant even before all those wides started coming in. In fact, I would credit Raina for forcing the bowlers to bowl those wides. The bowlers probably thought they will save 1 run by giving 5 wides otherwise Raina would have taken 6 of that ball. So get over those wides and give credit where it is due.

Posted by deadite11 on (September 23, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

A very good match, as a respect to opponent, Titans played the championship game. Dew factors affect both the teams otherwise it would ve been a low scoring thriller. AB de villiers - He's not a man. He had a perfect timing and it was a sweet sound when he hits. He has good aggregate against CSK always. Except murali vijay others performed well. Saha will be an ideal replacement for Vijay. He should play next match and Morris/Faf should come in for Holder.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Three mysteries:

1) Anyone knows,why Albie Morkel was given only one over to bowl? 2) Anyone knows, why Ashwin has developed that 'ugly pause' before delivery? 3) Anyone knows,whether the dew factor became so much WORSE by the time the second match started? Or, plain bad bowling by both the sides?

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

I agree with Shamalka.... Everyone here have the same feel...

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

It seems ppl need a punching bag in the Csk team. Earlier was jadeja now is vijay. Dhoni doesn't back players he doesn't believe in and those who get his belief repay him in turn. Dhoni has been astute in backing the correct horses. Thus in Dhoni and by corollary in Vijay I trust!

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (September 23, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

@EverybodylovesSachin: It is really pathetic when you support other teams to show your hatred on CSK. Same holds for others who post against CSK here. Frankly, I dislike MI the most among all IPL teams but I'd rooting for them against Otago. Finally, not everybody loves Sachin. I like Ganguly and Dravid more than Sachin. Honestly, Ganguly's contribution for Indian cricket is more than bucket of runs Sachin scored for India.

Posted by TarunVijay on (September 23, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

A clinical performance by CSK to start the campaign. Despite of a brutal inning by AB the chase turned out to be quite comfortable. Hussey and Raina made light work of a decent score. There are not too many better sights than watching Raina and Huss batting together. Both complemented each other quite well Hussey picked up after a relatively slow start. In the end the match won by vert CSKesque efficiency chasing down a daunting task with ease. Jadeja however had a bad day at office but he is the kind of player who will gather himself and come back stronger after poor performance.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (September 23, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

@ all who says Hussey should be MOM: Raina was the one who started the onslaught after the early wicket of Vijay and wrested back the momentum for CSK. Hussey played second fiddle for most part of his innings to Raina.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (September 23, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

@Greatest_game: With the wet ball, what you expect from a spinner? Have to say Morne Morkel and de Lange looked quite ordinary. All this hype about SA having the best bowling line up is ridiculous. Apart from Steyn, nobody is world class. Can't wait to see Philander getting thrashed in sub-continent. Don't bother about Jadeja, give him a dry ball and slightly helpful pitch, your SA players will be dancing to the tune of him!

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (September 23, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

CSK has 3 wides and Titans has 24 wides so Titans bowled 4 more overs and CSK chased it with ease..do the math...

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

Hussey is amazing in his consistency. Wish he had not retired from test cricket. Aussies would have loved to have Hussey in their tours of India and England. Mr Cricket title suits him perfectly.

Posted by jimbond on (September 23, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

Vijay is not even good enough for CSK. I wonder how he makes it to the national team. But apart from him, CSK's batting is the best in the tournament. Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, and Badrinath- all very clinical, composed and also great stroke makers. If only something could be done about their bowling, they could be then expected to win every match.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (September 23, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

Bowling DJ Bravo 4overs 34runs 2wickets

Batting DJ Bravo 38runs 26balls 4fours 2sixes

Fielding DJ Bravo 1catch 1run-out

Doesn't Bravo deserve the MOM award more than Raina or Hussey who didn't even bowl a single ball, didn't take a single catch or wasn't involved in a running out of an opposition batsman and each batsman just scored mere 9 runs than Bravo?

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

"No team can afford to give their opponent 2 extra overs " The total no. of wides includes the ones that went for four ; so to say that there were two extra overs is incorrect.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

Wat ever be the result. A.B Played really well he is a true legend...Hat off to u A.B DV...SUPERBBBB PLAYER..

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (September 23, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

People (some CSK fans or many haters) that comment on individual players are making a mistake. CSK always plays like a team with different roles for the individuals. Today's under performers Vijay, Jadeja and Dhoni will shine on another day. More importantly, Dhoni and the team know this well.

Posted by Santyment on (September 23, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

Vijay at his best again...lol...

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

Those writing against Jadeja, why is their writing on Sachin???. They were talking after big 5 getting retired Indian Cricket will collapse, however what i fee this is the best side of Indian Cricket.

Posted by hayagriva on (September 23, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

Whistle Podu.... for CSK!!! What a team.. despite the contraversies surrounding its owners, the team is cracking!!!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

Three mysteries:

1) Anyone knows,why Albie Morkel was given only one over to bowl? 2) Anyone knows, why Ashwin has developed that 'ugly pause' before delivery? 3) Anyone knows,whether the dew factor became so much WORSE by the time the second match started? Or, plain bad bowling by both the sides?

Posted by siddhartha87 on (September 23, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

AB's innings was class apart from Hussey or Raina. Titans teams is really strong but as usual proteas needs a little time to get settle in India. I like the way AB treated Jadeja. Showed him how mediocre he is actually.The 24 wides were also vital.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

The procedure for selecting "Player of the Match" should be changed. The distinct hero of this match is clearly AB de Villiers (77 runs off 36 balls), and NOT Suresh Raina (46 off 28). Just because he is on the winning side must not make him player of the match! The title of the award is "Player of the Match", and not "Player of the Match Winners"

Posted by rakon_me on (September 23, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

@greatest_game.....it is silly on your part to critique morkel or jadeja. based on just one off performance...they are proven world class performers and they will surely bounce back in the next games.. They are playing after a long gap as well...

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (September 23, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

Thanks to poor bowing from Titans, it was much easier than it had to be for CSK. But credit to Raina and Hussey. Also Bravo did better with Bat and some crucial overs, probably deserved the man of the match, but for Raina's counter attack own him, even though Hussey used two balls less than Raina for the same score. But one thing CSK has not figured out how to counter ABD. He did the same to CSK in the last IPL season. But CSK still has no plans, they better come with something for players like him, keep ABD from scoring too many at the least. Morkel was under utilized, probably since Titans know him. I guess CSK could bring Faf in place Vijay and and get Imtiaz as another full time bowler. Only one of Morker/Morris/Jason holder could play along with Huss, Bravo and Faf.

Posted by Noel-Kalicharan on (September 23, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

How could Raina be Man of the Match? Dwayne Bravo bowled three overs at the death and picked up 2 for 23 (in those overs) in a high-scoring match. He then scored 38 runs at an important time - only 9 less than Raina. Bravo should easily have been Man of the Match. The adjudicator certainly showed his bias on this one.

Posted by SnowSnake on (September 22, 2013, 23:31 GMT)

I think Mike Hussey is probably the best batsman since Bradman. For me he is better than Ponting and Tendulkar. A retired Hussey still plays better than Tendulkar. Unfortunately, Hussey did not get to play a lot of international cricket in his 20s. It is always an honor to see him play.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 22, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

I didn't see the game but saw the presentation where Raina got man of the match. Do they have a policy where they have to give it to a player from the winning side? Just that I notice AB scored 50%+ more runs at a much higher SR. Also (judging by the scorecard) it's not like Raina was accountable for any catches,run outs or did any bowling and it's not as if he saw the team home - not out at the end

Posted by   on (September 22, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

How many more chances does Murali Vijay need? He needs to make way for Saha in the next game. Or the way Hussey and Raina batted today, those two could even open the innings.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

The Titans oozed complacency in their bowling performance. Full and straight would have probably got it done. But they bowled like they thought they could not lose. It was not a 180+ pitch. The dew did not transform the game that significantly. All that was need was some professionalism. OK, it's vaguely possible that CSK could have won (given the depth of talent) even if the Titan bowlers executed but they really handed it to them on a plate. To be almost out of the game at 10 overs when you are defending 185 is POOR, POOR and POOR. Another thing, is the Chennai team, surely it is clear to the IPL organisers that this team is heads and shoulders above the rest. They have top quality players in almost every slot. If the IPL squads aren't reshuffled at some point this team will dominate for the next 2-3 years minimum.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (September 22, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

AB de Villiers makes me love this game even more every time I watch him, what a player incredible 77 from 36 ! Davids also looked class up top but know one obviously warned him about Ashwins doosra or maybe they did and he just didn't pick it haha. Raina and Hussey up top were too much for the Titans however coupled with far too many extras.Bravo had an all round match winning contribution first the run out and then 2 vital wickets in that 1 over, first of the destructive South African international Behardien and then Wiese who goes at strike rate of 170/180 for a duck then followed up with a good innings of 38 from26 to help see CSL home, Great game !

Posted by   on (September 22, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

to those brilliant people who said 24 wide runs made the difference, even csk gave 9 extras and left with 7 more balls... accept win or loss....

Posted by Greatest_Game on (September 22, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

AB de Villiers truly showed that he has found out Jadega, taking 38 runs of 12 balls of Jadega's limp bowling. After leaking runs like a sieve - 1/49 at 16.33 runs per over, and a 2 ball duck - clean bowled by a dead straight ball - Jadega is no longer royalty, just ridiculous! He gave away more runs than any CSK batsman scored!

Titans showed exactly how to hand the game over to the opposition, bowling 12 wides, enough reaching the boundary to concede 24 runs & 2 EXTRA OVERS! Wet ball or no wet ball, no team can afford to give their opponent 2 extra overs and 24 runs and expect to win a 20/20 match. ABdV put them in a winning position, & the bowlers gave it right back. Pathetic. Hard to believe Morne Morkel was last year's leading IPL wicket taker!

Raina, Hussey de Villiers, Davids & Bravo all played with great composure, their experience of the format evident. No bowlers gave a performance to write home about. Ironic that Albie Morkel hammered the final nail into the Titans' coffin.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (September 22, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Other than the Dhoni factor, Why schedule matches in Ranchi when they knew there would be dew? Dew started during first innings, so it affected both sides. ABd superb as usual. But Raina and Hussey made it too easy for CSK. Well done.

Posted by Rohit... on (September 22, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

All are trying to underrate Jadeja... just because he could not grip the ball in the dew... Still he managed to take AB's wicket who was on a rampage an m and sure that the last over didn't cost much...Guys Jadeja doesn't care about what some critics would say... He didn't ask the people to name him SIR... He didn't ask the players to lose their stump in the CT... He didn't ask the ICC to lead the spinners ranking... He madde it on his own... That's the difference between Jadeja and his haters... Jadeja never asks for great feat... He accomplishes it ... Quite unlike his haters...

Posted by Priyanka_Cricket on (September 22, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Great match.. but the weird thing i found that they gave the MOM to Raina (47 off 28) instead of Mike Hussey (47 off 26).... :/ anyways, De Villiers also played really well.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (September 22, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

How come Raina is MOM when Hussey scored the same no. runs but at a superior SR ?

Posted by sweetspot on (September 22, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

CSK have plenty of spare unused energy left after a big win. That's what makes a great team. Even if two or three players have off days, two or three others can switch it on and taken them home. Titans never looked like they were in the game after the first five overs of CSK batting. That said, this dew is a bowling killer. In a game that is already tilted in favour of batsmen, it just takes the bowlers out of the equation very quickly.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (September 22, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

24 wide balls made the difference

Posted by gsingh7 on (September 22, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

easy win for csk made possible by raina and hussey. raina again showing his class in t20. titans were so hyped by some fans but they had no bowling attack. delange, morkel,merve all average bowlers on flat tracks of india. on these type of tracks fast bowlers need guile and skill of swinging the bowl , not bowling 140 plus darts which are launched into orbit by batsmen. ipl teams are pretty strong and i expect all ipl finals this time around. #whistlepodu

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (September 22, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

This was a great chase by CSK although good bowling would have made it much closer. From my experience bowling cross-seam is the best way to combat dew but it seems these titans bowlers totally forgot about that. Bowling full and wide outside off-stump with a 7-3 field would have more or less guaranteed victory but credit to Raina and Mike Hussey, they seem to strive under pressure and now how to chase big scores. Jadeja had a bad day so i dont see another one for a few more games.

Posted by gsingh7 on (September 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

@joe-- jadeja is best bowler in odi not only best spinner. he is most consistent bowler of team india and his bowling have helped india beat england and others in ct2013 while also reaching number 1 spot in rankings

Posted by Shan156 on (September 22, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

How to chase a big score? CSK giving a perfect demo at Ranchi. Titans have some big names but they are big just on paper. The bowling is quite ordinary. De Lange has no control at all and Morkel has always been a merely good bowler as opposed to a great one that SA fans would like us all to believe. Go CSK.

Posted by GRVJPR on (September 22, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

@ Joe Thompson You don't know anything about bowling with wet ball, Obvious from your comment. Jadeja has done exceptionally well in all forms of cricket and that's why he is number 1.

Posted by bbnn on (September 22, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

@Joe Thomson, he is performing well when it really matters

Posted by   on (September 22, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

v.good batting by titanss.. lets gooo A.b u the man

Posted by   on (September 22, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

poor bowling from jadeja

Posted by   on (September 22, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

Apparently Jadeja is the best spinner in the world according to rankings lol overrated player!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

I think the match will hover between the CSK's strong batting and the Titan's strong bowling. I hope it is going to be entertaining! =)

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