Chennai Super Kings v Titans, CLT20, Ranchi September 22, 2013

Super Kings chase 186 with ease


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

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.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • siddhartha 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • siddhartha 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.

  • Amin 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".

  • siddhartha 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

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Vivek 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..

  • Harry 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 :-)

  • uncle bob 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.

  • Shantharam 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.