Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, CLT20, Ranchi

Dhoni, Raina power Super Kings to victory

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

September 26, 2013

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Chennai Super Kings 202 for 4 (Raina 84, Dhoni 63*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 190 for 7 (Sammy 50, Dhawan 48) by 12 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details


Suresh Raina lofts a boundary during his 84, Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Group B, Champions League 2013, Ranchi, September 26, 2013
Suresh Raina took Chennai Super Kings to a winning position after the loss of an early wicket for the second time in as many matches © BCCI
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An ebullient finish from MS Dhoni that built on Suresh Raina's consummate half-century set up a 12-run victory for Chennai Super Kings over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Ranchi. Dhoni walloped eight sixes and a four, in a 19-ball maraud that brought him 63 not out, after Raina had hit 84 from 57. Dhoni's bore down most heavily on Thisara Perera, from whose third over was pillaged for a tournament-high 34 runs, with only two of those coming from wides. Sunrisers threatened to chase down Super Kings' 202 for 4 when their openers hit 86 from the first 9 overs, but they lost their way soon after, and were never able to get themselves ahead of the required run rate.

Dhoni's intent was clear, almost as soon as he arrived at the crease, when he blasted the second ball he faced - a flighted offbreak from JP Duminy - back over the bowler's head for six. He then cooled his heels for the next two overs, but with another straight six off a Perera half-volley in the 18th over, he engaged annihilation mode.

Perera continued to miss his length, and Dhoni mauled his four last deliveries with rare savagery. The second six was whipped off the pads over fine leg; the third, carved inside-out square on the off side; the fourth launched 101 metres into the stand behind; and the fifth - a desperate short, wide ball from a bowler bereft of ideas - upper-cut over third man. Predictably, Perera's bowling duties ceased thereafter, with him having collected by far the worst figures for three-overs, in the tournament's history. His economy rate was a scarcely believable 20.

Dhoni was less militant thereafter, but that only meant he scored 20 from his last six deliveries. A square drive off Steyn brought his only four of the innings, before propelling two consecutive Darren Sammy deliveries into the night. His fifty, completed in the final over, came off 16 balls, and was comfortably the quickest of its kind in Champions League cricket, beating Kieron Pollard's fifty off 18.

Though Dhoni provided the late surge, Raina's fine hand had lent Super Kings' innings its substance. He was required in the first over after Murali Vijay had edged a Dale Steyn outswinger to slip, and though Steyn continued to move the ball appreciably, Raina stroked two boundaries to finish the over.

He then set about consolidating cleverly, often only venturing aggression when the ball deserved punishment, or the run rate threatened to stagnate. The middle overs yielded his most lucrative patch - a seven-ball burst in which he made 23 - and effectively set his side on course for a mammoth total. Having watched Dhoni go postal from the other end, Raina attempted a big hit of his own off Steyn in the penultimate over, but was caught on the long on boundary as a third Twenty20 hundred beckoned.

Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel's positivity at the top of the order promised a tight finish, in Sunrisers' response, and they will perhaps feel they ought to have made more of the foundation provided. Both men took educated chances inside the Powerplay, often manufacturing boundaries by moving across or back in the crease to set the chase off at close to its required rate.

A hare-brained run out in the 10th over though, began the slide that effectively scuttled Sunrisers' chances. Patel was still mid-pitch when Raina hit the stumps, to capitalise on the batsmen's miscommunication, and inside two overs Dhawan and JP Duminy had also been dismissed.

Perera could not redeem himself with the bat, and though Sammy batted valiantly, striking a 25-ball 50, most of it after he made himself lame by clobbering a yorker onto his foot, he was always facing steep odds to pull off the heist.

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Posted by UGHKHLJLLKKB on (September 29, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

Dhoni played two typical sanath jayasuriya shots over extra cover when darren sammy was bowling (last over).

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 28, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

@ mark2011 Its actually a skill to score 34 runs in one over and its such a flat track how come sri lankan "LEGENDS" sanga and mahela have never been able to do it. How they are equally incompetent on green tops and flat tracks.

Posted by mark2011 on (September 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Those who bashing for Thisara Perera for his 32 runs to MSD, better remind themselves that THisara scored 34 runs (5 sixes and +boundary) in an ODI match agaisnt SA just one month back in a much difficult batting pitch.It was world 2nd highest scored over. MSD making 32 runs in a flat track bully pitch that made for carnival like CLT20 is no big deal here. Even sammy tooscored 50 runs in 25 balls..this was a just a carnival, few days before Broom also scored like this.. so making concrete pitches like this and degrading bowlers is no good for future of cricket.

Posted by mark2011 on (September 28, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

@ Harmony111 on (Sept 27, 2013, 18:52 GMT); I can see you are all over this forum mate.. Bfore making statement like ; ''These can be safely ignored as they show a clear lack of grasp of the game'', better you demonstrate it . I can see your ignorence and inability to see things objectively instead making statements like that. when SRH was required to score 10.15 rpo, but they scored 9.45 rpo (87 from 9.2 ovrs), so they are below the par and we saw where SRH ended. Had they scored 87 by 6 to 7 overs that wud have been flying start and put more pressure on CSK, but that didnt. This is T20, not ODI, in T20s this is normal as we all know (except you) scoring 8, 9 rpo over is no big deal in this format,but its clear you got confused with ODI. So one can see the level of your grasp on the game, be clear yourself before accusing others.anyway my point was in both case by bating & captaining S. Dhawan has failed for which you have too failed to answer as u dont like it to accept that.

Posted by SL_rockz on (September 28, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

It is about Dhoni ..... Nothing else...... Perera didnot execute a perfect line and length as well. That is true...But above all batting brilliance of MSD comes first.Nobody would have thumped a bowler like that.... And anybody who was at the receiving end would panic as perera did .... COz it was carnage ... feeling of knowing that you are next bowl that u are ready bowl is going for six or 4 is really embarrassing .... Always your concentration of the next ball goes away and kinda of lost mentality comes...Which it again benefits dhoni....Some how it was just the single handed MSD won the match....

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 27, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

@Htc-Android: I have busted your original claim long time back but you still persist with that hoping to find something in it as saving grace. Whatever he hypothesized for Steyn was based on how Steyn had performed in two matches when SRT got 200 & Viru got 300 so he does have a point.

If I assign an adjective A1 to a person P1 then does it mean that I am necessarily assigning the opposite adjective !A1 to some other person P2 who is a rival or contemporary of Person P1??? Your argument for GRVJPR's comments about Steyn & Ishant are along these lines.

As for the 2nd link you gave as proof:

1stly it is the same person GRVJPR while you had initially said you had seen PLENTY OF IND FANS.

2ndly, it is about Anderson & not about Steyn.

3rdly, Anderson indeed becomes a very hopeless bowler the moment the wicket gets unfavorable. He struggled for many sessions & days even at home vs the hopeless Oz in the recent Ashes cos the wicket was not helping him.

Your proof busted again.

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 27, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

@mark2011: If Perera goes for 5 6s in an over then it is not his fault but Dhawan's fault? Incredible reasoning by you !!!

We are talking about Perera's bowling here cos after a SL fan had said he was better than Steyn. Even otherwise Perera would have born the brunt of comments cos he went for 5 6s in an over and 60 runs in 3 overs which is no mean feat.

Just 2 6s more? No big deal scoring 30 runs in an over? SRH scored 87 in 9.2 overs and this is not flying start? I think no one needs to reply to such statements. These can be safely ignored as they show a clear lack of grasp of the game.

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 27, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

@Karabo Lord Kabs Setshotlho:

Pls show me where exactly did GRVJPR infer or imply or suggest that Ishant Sharma is better than Steyn?

If I paraphrase him then he said that he felt that in THAT match Mishra played a greater role than Steyn cos Steyn picked up lower order wickets while Mishra got better batsmen out. Reg Ishant he makes no comment whatsoever suggesting he was better than Steyn.

There was no hint of him saying that Steyn was good enough ONLY for tail-enders except that he said that in THAT match Steyn took tail-ender wickets.. He was talking about what happened in THAT match & not about a general scenario.

Reg GRVJPR's 2nd comment, he made total 4 statements 1st & 3rd of which are facts, 2nd is an easy to see pattern & 4th is a hypothesis.

Even assuming he is wrong in his perception or theory he still never ever says that Ishant is better than Steyn. At worse you could say that GRVJPR said that Ishant could be as good as Steyn if he got the same conditions.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

CSK are the man u /barca of cricket.they have an aura of invincibility about them.While other franchises seem to be a collection of extremely talented individuals,CSK is the only' TEAM ' on view.they have players for all situations and seem to win from nowhere.Iam a chennaiite but diehard fan of MI(just for THE MAN).But now i cannot deny the beauty of CSK s cricket...just like the tiki taka of barca....so consistent.

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 27, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

@Harmony111 U missed a point made by GRVJPR. He stated that Steyn takes wickets in Tailormade and would average 50 if had to bowl in Indian wickets. Meaning Ishant would bowl better than steyn if he gets helpful bowling conditions. If you are still not clear I will give you another comment made by him. This time he compares Ishant with Anderson. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-champions-trophy-2013/content/story/643663.html?comments=all#usrcomment Read the comment Posted by GRVJPR on (June 21, 2013, 4:15 GMT) Cricinfo Publish.

Posted by Jimbroh_1 on (September 27, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Ishant Sharma vs Dale Steyn (Who is better?)

The figures below will tell you this: it doesn't matter where Steyn bowls, not only where wickets are assisting fast bowlers he also excels in the sub-continent, flat track or not, Steyn's average is better than I. Sharma's anywhere in the world!!!!!!

Ishant bowling in India: 22 Matches & avg = 33.46 Ishant bowling in Bangladesh: 3 Matches & avg = 26.00 Ishant bowling in Sri Lanka: 6 Matches & avg = 49.61

Steyn bowling in Sri Lanka: 2 Matches & avg = 36.50 Steyn bowling in Bangladesh: 2 Matches & avg = 12.57 Steyn bowling in India: 5 Matches & avg = 20.23 Steyn bowling in Pakistan: 2 Matches & avg = 24.66

I'm South African, in case you are wondering

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (September 27, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

When it comes to CSK batting - When Vijay fails Raina takes care, When Hussey fails Dhoni takes care. When Raina fails Bravo takes care, when Dhoni fails Morkel takes care and when Morkel and Bravo fail Jadeja takes care. Only when Jadeja also fails with batting CSK lose. Both SRH and Titans got very close, but that is not the point, CSK does not worry about that, it is just about winning even if it is on the last ball. With the inexperienced bowling, CSK can still win because of 7 match winners playing and couple of match winners sitting in the bench. It does not mean if you put together 7 match winners any team can win, but that is the magic with CSK, some one always stands up. Even if CSK got 170 CSK may have own it, because the SRH approach would have been slightly different in chasing, getting 12 runs closer does not mean anything.

Posted by Temuzin on (September 27, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Dhoni is simply unbelievable. When he decides to hit, no bowler can stop him. he should come at one down to face more balls to score centuries.

Posted by Stateside_Steve on (September 27, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

@Nampally, over here your point is usally summarized as .. woulda , coulda, shoulda. There are no moral victories either you win or you lose.

Posted by CricketBirbal on (September 27, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Wonder why Hyderabad are bent upon playing with 9 players ie if you count out the two passengers Hanuma Vihari and Ashish Reddy. Why cant they get better Hyderabad based players to represent them than these two highly overrated players. If only they get 2 players who can perform to atleast 75% of what these two are doing, then Hyderabad will be untouchables in IPL or CL T20. Hope Hyderabad franchise understand this earlier than later.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

@Harmony111_ Although I hesistate to agree with Htc-Android, I must say I'm compelled to agree with him just the same. GRVJPR inferred that Ishant was a better bowler than Steyn and implied that Steyn was only good enough to take lower order wickets. He even went as far as calling Steyn an overrated bowler whose only saving grace was the assistance he got from the helpful pitches he played on. But he did stop there either: he proceeded to state that had Steyn played most of his cricket in the sub-continent he would have an average in the fifty region just as his less talented elk Zaheer and the like.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

@Harmony111_ Although I hesistate to agree with Htc-Android, I must say I'm compelled to agree with him just the same. GRVJPR inferred that Ishant was a better bowler than Steyn and implied that Steyn was only good enough to take lower order wickets. He even went as far as calling Steyn an overrated bowler whose only saving grace was the assistance he got from the helpful pitches he played on. But he did stop there either: he proceeded to state that had Steyn played most of his cricket in the sub-continent he would have an average in the fifty region just as his less talented elk Zaheer and the like.

Posted by Nampally on (September 27, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

@Crcusa: You are right on. Karan Sharma & Mishra are the 2 bowlers which took SRH into a position of the contenders, finishing in top 4. Not utilising their skills is like cutting your own foot. Dhawan has little faith in spinners, sadly. Dhawan himself is good LH wkt. taking spinner! This is where the skills of Captain come into play. I felt Karan could have been used in over 17 & Steyn in overs 18 & 20. Over 19 has still got to be used by one of the 3- Sammy, Perera or Karan. Karan is quicker than Mishra & has flatter trajectory. Mishra needs to be utilised in the earlier overs. Having said that, hind sight is always 20/20. Dhoni is a superlative hitter. He will find a way of launching into Sixers if he is determined to. So Perera's mauling was mostly due to Dhoni's Skills. I agree with you that Ishant Sharma is a very expensive bowler because he always bowls short. He needs to improve his length & direction or be dropped. Dhawan needs to have more confidence in his spinners!

Posted by mark2011 on (September 27, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

@Harmony111; why u trying to pull out Tisara Perera and degrade him,..he was the man of the match for SRH for previous match....Anyone can have bad day at any time...if TP is so bad, having seen him going expensive in previos 2 overs, why Shikar Dhawan gave him 3rd over??... why you cant see that weakness of SRH captain..Shikar Dhawan. that's poor captaining and it really exposed his inexperience...I know you dont like to accept that instead try yo belittle TP. TP himself has scored 35 runs in an ODI match agaisnt SA team one month back under much difficult batting condition. yesterday SRH also made 190, so its reall batting wicket and differece is 2 sixes way, so its no big deal scoring 30+ runs in an over specially T20 carnival like this in a batting paradise.

Posted by mark2011 on (September 27, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

when the real challenge and pressure was there Shikar Dhawan couldnt deliver...he was under pressure and couldnt pull out really.the free flow of runs weren't there... one can score easily when there is not much presure specially chasing lower scores under much favourable batting condition.. so SD was having time like that most of his recent batting innings so far where he scoresd well, but given the mammoth score of 203 to win in 120 balls, he fell for pressure...the SRH operner though batted almost 10 overs, there were unable to have a flying start, but scoring just below the req.rate.. so when wicket start falling its always going to be the same results....so SD needs to learn how to succeed in playing matches in these type of under pressure situations.

Posted by Crcusa on (September 27, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

Hats off to Dhawan, the batsman for putting up a consistent show and providing a great opening platform along with Parthiv for SRH. Thumbs down to Dhawan, the captain of SRH. I believe that SRH could have easily won yesterday had Mishra given his due share of 4 overs. I do not think that Mishra's 3rd over would have gone for 5 sixes. SRH has already played 5 matches under Dhawan's captaincy in this tournament and not even once was Karn Sharma given 4 full overs to bowl. Dhawan has to get rid of the fact in his mind that left hand bowlers are bad for left handed batsmen. Give me a break ! Mishra and Karn were the reasons for SRH's ability to defend and win the low scoring thrillers in the recent IPL. Someone in the SRH think-tank has to sit with Dhawan and explain him these facts.Going forward, if Dhawan can rotate his strike bowlers well and give Karn & Mishra 4 + 4 overs early on, he can see the results.One option is to open the bowling with Karn and opt for A Rajan for Ishanth

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (September 27, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Wow, cracking innings by Dhoni: 32 runs off one over, and a 19 ball 60-odd? A fantastic little knock.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (September 27, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

SRH depended on believable innings from Dhawan, Parthiv and Sami while CSK depended on an unbelievable innings from Dhoni. Dhawan, Parthiv and Sami can repeat their performances more often than not whereas Dhoni cannot repeat his performance more often than not. Another day, another match between these two teams, SRH would have come out trumps. Bad luck!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (September 27, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

A beauty of a pitch and some pretty flat offerings - as Sammy did putting wide half volleys outside off @ 120 kph - helped Dhoni slog some easy runs and also CSK to a big score. AS some comments here the Sunrisers' bowling ,esp at the death was well below par . A Malinga with his crushing yorkers @140+ and superb slower 1s would have cut the final score down by at least 25-30 and allowed a relative easy chase .

Posted by Blade-Runner on (September 27, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Some comments here are really hilarious. Some say that Dhoni has made Malinga. lol Nobody has made Malinga and never will be. Malinga has had a very few bad days but he has got the better of every batsman. Last IPL, Dhoni was able to get only 10 runs outta 11 balls he faced against Malinga. I wonder what happened to those helicopter shots at that time. lol CSK lost that final due to Malinga's brutal bowling. I've seen Malinga sent right thru Dhoni's gate couple of times. Once in a test match, Malinga rocked Dhoni by hitting him in the head by a his jaw breaking bouncer. Malinga had a bad day in the T20 final, but he later went on to knock Samules out flat in the BBL. Fast bowlers (i mean fast bowlers, not medium pacers that India produce) are a rear product in the sub continent and Malinga is a gem of a bowler who has won hearts and minds of the cricket fans all around the world. So get over yourselves. Peace out !!

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 27, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Predictably a few SL fans such as Blade-Runner & Otuwa are trying to hide the hiding Perera got yesterday by instead talking about Jadeja. They are now talking about Perera vs Jadeja. The truth is that Jadeja is a much finer & more polished batsman than Perera.

Jadeja doesn't slog like Perera. In fact, what Perera does is the lowest form of slogging, wildly swinging the bat to fetch the ball from the off side to the on side. His shots are basically the ones we play to tennis balls as they are quite hard to time and can only be hit hard for runs. Remember Richard Levi of SA? Perera is his right hand image.

Talking about Perera & Jadeja's bowling in this match, do the SL fans know that Jadeja is a spinner & Perera is a medium pacer? For a spinner gripping the ball is much more important as he has to turn the ball.

Jadeja bowled the 35th over when there was heavy dew. Perera went for 16 runs as early as the 13th over & ofc for 5 6s to Dhoni. :-)

Posted by my_comments on (September 27, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Just for the record ANYONE can have bad days. even Dhoni even CSK. remember the 49th match in IPL 2013 against mumbai, the same batting line-up of CSK was shot our to 79 runs.

But Dhoni is really awesome, ANY cricket lover will / should take that in.

@ IND fans: BE LIKE DHONI! look what he said at the presentation. " I looked to hit and it worked. I think the credit goes to the wicket. As u see these days, boundaries are not very big in T20s."

Posted by sreehk on (September 27, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

MSD!! Like Alexander the great, he came he saw he conquered! Full credit to SRH, they were just couple of hits from victory. Two biggest drawbacks of SRH are they lack a solid and dominant batsman in the middle order and two they lack in strategy. Also Dhawan quickly needs to learn captaincy is all about believing in the team's capabilities rather than playing to oppositions strengths. He is holding back his key bowlers at key moments. For a team with heavy hitters in the middle order, I would retain Steyn's 3 overs between 16 to 20, sucking momentum. Also the batsmen try to risk before that adds to the pressure. I would bowl out one leg spinner within first 10 overs. I would not bowl consecutive overs from Perera and Sammy as batsman get adjusted to pace and hit in their subsequent overs. All there may be arm-chair comments, but it is hard to see Srikanth and Lakshman playing strategy role.

Posted by -Otuwa- on (September 27, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

That Perera spell is good enough to Indian fans to talk another ten years,Because they have been talking about Malinga's spell since 2012,But unfortunate thing is they don't know their bowlers give away bags of runs at everyday,Just like Jadeja gave away 22 runs for just one over yesterday,It's ridiculous to see the world num1 bowler bowled just a one over in this match.

Posted by my_comments on (September 27, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

@ SandipManjrekar: agree with you . Styne had a bad day in the previous game & today it was perera. Even MSD has bad days, remember the IPL final 2013, where he was criticized for coming low down in the order.

@ surajporeddy: Correct SRH has only 5 international batsman (including 2 allrounders) but CSK has 8 international batsman who can demolish any bowling attack. so the way SRH played yesterday was really nice to see.

@ Posted by on (September 26, 2013, 19:06 GMT): Correct but SL has some talented players they are still coming of age.

@ cricketsunami: even Dhoni has not got total control of Malinga, because in the IPL final 2013 the 19th over (if i remember correctly) Dhoni only scored 7 runs of of Malinga's over.

Posted by -Otuwa- on (September 27, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Steyn is the best,No doubt and no debate,we all know his potential,He is the premier fast bowler in this era,

@Hiderpark-Where are your wolves???LOL,

@Cool Guy-I am also a big fan of Dhoni,Evenly i also enjoyed that inning from Dhoni,But Jadeja is overate :)

Posted by my_comments on (September 27, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

And now that settles who is the best bowler in the world! Perera had a bad/off day. ATM these SL bowlers dont know where to bowl at Dhoni for that matter know one knows. But, I think bowling short of the length asking him (& raina) the horizontal shots will be reasonably effective. It will surely not go for 5 sixes. For me MOM should be Dhoni for his quick fire & Raina (not invincible) was dropped at 58 (41) too. Dhoni really played an innings worth watching.

It is troublesome to see dhawan's captaincy. not fully utilizing Mishra SRH second best bowler. & what is Karn Sharma doing in this team with JP SRH should have another specialist big hitting batsman instead of sharma. Captaincy should be given to sammy who is now become a automatic choice.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (September 27, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

@IndianCoolGuy ; Same thing can be said about Perera too. He is an amazing power hitter and has won many matches for Sri Lanka. In fact he is the "Cricinfo Bowler of the year". He's even got a hat trick under his belt. His bowling averages in limited over games are way better than Jadeja. Perera is a genuine all rounder who in fact won the last match for SRH. The fact is jadeja is an overrated player and now getting hammered on a regular basis. Jadeja is just a specialist fielder now.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (September 27, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Fantastic hitting by Dhoni. Exciting to watch. Badri may not score fast. But CSK used to send him up the order when there was a collapse to steady the innings. They seemed to have changed that strategy in the CLT20. They are sending him up the order to prevent collapse. Sound strategy. Also justice to Badri as well. Although he is a regular member of the team he rarely got chances to bat. Platform laid by Raina and Badri helped Dhoni to go after the bowling from ball one. Badri is like chicken wings, not enough muscle to hit over the rope. When the time is right to accelerate he goes for the shots and invariably gets caught at the boundary.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

What a great leveller this game is ! A couple of days ago perrera blasted the opposition and gave his side a stunning victory. today though, he found himself on the wrong side of the stick. So it takes just a game to turn from hero to zero.Moral of the story: enjoy ur good times. Nevertheles few of the matches have been entertaining for the viewers.

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 27, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

@Htc-Android:

How is this a proof of what you had claimed? Where in that article has GRVJPR claimed that Ishant is better than Steyn?

He has made two comments there and in one of them he talked of pure facts saying that Steyn picked up lower order wickets while Ishant bowled well upfront & in the other comment he talked of another fact that Steyn usually gets to bowl in friendlier conditions while Ishant usually has to bowl on Indian flat tracks.

No where GRVJPR says that Ishant is better than Steyn. The closest he came to say anything like that was when he said that in his eyes, Ishant's performance in that particular match was more valuable than Steyn's.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (September 27, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

@Otuwa: Don't forget that Jadeja is a worlds number one bowler and he has won many matches for us. Don't forget Champions Trophy 2013 in England recently where he got golden ball for his performance. forget about Jadeja, and say something about Parera know... lol poor parera will be scared to bowl Dhoni again. He will never forget last night. 34 runs in a over with 5 sixes? lol. that over cost match for SRH. He neither bowled well and batted well. Though I am hyderabadi, I am happy to see Dhoni's innings. I LOVE Dhoni. what a man he is,, I think there is no "impossible" word in his dictionary. SRH played very well, and they could have won the match. All the best to both the teams...

Posted by ThinkingCricket on (September 27, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

Stateside Steve, you need a sample size larger than 1 over to say that a person is a bad bowler. Bowling with a wet ball against a hitter like Sammy who needs to score is a challenge for any spinner. Add to that two miscued shots, one which could have been caught, and it's nowhere near as bad as it looks.

Posted by -Otuwa- on (September 27, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Yesterday match shows how overate Jadeja is,He is the most overated cricketer in the world in recent past,He is neither bowler nor batsman,I think the most suited name for Jadeja is part time bowler who can slog well,Just enough,

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (September 27, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

Good innings by Dhoni. Reminds me Afridi's century of 37balls.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (September 27, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

@htc-android: GRVJPR talked only about that innings and he has not used a word 'ishant sharma is better than steyn' in any place. In IPL 2013 mishra and ishant performed well than steyn, and steyn picked more tailender's wicket is true. There is nothing wrong. But sl fans saying perera better bowler than steyn.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (September 27, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

Poor capitancy from dhawan. Amit mishra once again did not bowl his full quota. If his captian didnot trust him against raina, dhoni then to whom he let him to bowl? against ashwin? Or holder? Poor!

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (September 27, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

@Nampally, you must be kidding. SRH would have won but for Patel's runout?? Which match were you watching? What about the catch dropped of Dhawan and the 3 non-wickets (2 dropped dollies and one dead ball) of Bravo's last over (CSK's 18th over). SRH were okay today, but they were always behind and it was a very unlikely chase for them. CSK was ahead all through and stayed ahead, fairly comfortably.

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (September 27, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

It is ironical that some SL-Ind fans are busy comparing their players. I can understand the disappointment of SL fans considering the assault of Pereira whom they want to compare with No 1 bowler of the world. (Someone correctly mentioned that if Dale Steyn is no 1 bowler then the next best would be ranked no 4 or 5. He is that good. and comparing Pereira with Steyn...Ha..ha..ha.) However Indian fans should be celebrating considering the performance of Dhoni / Raina / Patail etc. The only worry for SRH would be incompetent captaincy by Dawan who denied full overs to the best bowler Mishra and allowed Dhoni and co to continue the beating.

Posted by IndianEagle on (September 27, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

White ball really spun enough when ashwin bowling his first spell, he did not use those condition well. Some one please tell him not to pause more often before deliviring the ball, not impressive to watch and also not affective bcz when he bowls more often like that batsman predicted and adjusted.

Steadying inninigs doesn not mean scoring less than a ball so badri needs to score to score little quickly. Hope murali vijay will come to form quickly. Prince and thala always great.

Posted by Shan156 on (September 27, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

wow Dhoni. What a player he is? Salute Sir. Wish we (England) had a power hitter like him. Lucky are those who got to witness his 5 6s in Perera's over. The last one was outrageous while the 4th was biiiig. Sammy also got canned in the last over and his smile said it all. Well played CSK. Wish they go all the way and win this tournament. It looks like CSK and RR are the best teams in this CLT20. Got to say that Steyn bowled very well and was the only one to escape the "Dhoni Dhamaka" - he bowled 5 balls at him and gave away only 7 runs. What a fitting venue too! The Ranchi crowd went berserk!

Dhoni is a super player, quite possibly the best LOI batsman in the world today. And, by some distance.

Posted by Army_rangers on (September 26, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

When mahi starts to hit he never care who the bowler is..he didnt spare even steyn in last ipl..during assault time,he is unbelievable,whatever u bowl to him it will be punished..so its not fair to blame perera as he is a part timer though he could have done better..but mahi we are proud of u man,u r d one of the best finisher..

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

Suresh Perera was pretty much taken to an exalted status (after last match winning effort by him) by a few die hard SL fans lessening the role played by the other 10 people in the team.I don't think anyone is undermining the efforts of Suresh Perera. He is a great asset to any team which he plays for. He has his share of good and bad days. Today is a just another bad day. I am sure he is going to come back roaring, just like the rest of the SRH team.

Posted by Nampally on (September 26, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

Just as Perera was the hero of the last match, he single handedly blew the match today conceding 34 runs in a single over to MS Dhoni. SRH were coasting nicely to a victory after giving 141 runs in 17 overs. In comes Dhoni & beats Perera to pulp+ almost repeats it on Sammy - great demo of hitting!. Reminicent of Yuvraj's assault on Broad- 6 sixers in a over. After this mauling, any side would go into an innings break disheartened. But not SRH. They roared back like Lions with an opening stand of 86 off 9 overs until Patel ran himself out inexplicably. Worst was yet to come when Duminy was bowled for a golden Duck & Dhawan lost his cool to give his wkt. away + Perera followed, Even then SRH fought hard & this time it was Sammy who raised the hopes with a brilliant 50 @ S/R of 200. In the end SRH fell short by just 12 runs. CSK is a great team but SRH nearly killed the Giant today. It was a fantastic match & SRH's team work would have paid off but for Patel's runout- a turning Point!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

nice so good

Posted by Interzod on (September 26, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

Wow Dhoni is something else huh? (and this from an England fan!) Unbelievable hitting power and nerves of steel; he seems to do it when it really matters (and irrespective of opposition or conditions).

Now maybe it's time for that fastest ton record............ :)

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (September 26, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Giving Amit Mishra ... just 2 overs does not make any sense at all. This is definitely going to effect his confidence.

Posted by anniyan18 on (September 26, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Request all my fellow Indian fans not to undermine the efforts of Tissara. He was the match winner for SRH in their last match, Any bowler can have a bad day.He bowled OK 2 overs, but last over went bad for him. In fact our hero Ravindra Jadeja went for 22 runs in a single over.We should not judge a player based a single performance. Last but not least..... unbelievable clean hitting by Dhoni!!! Dhoni bhai keep the goodies coming!!!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

CSK is certainly one of the best team in the Champions League plus Dhoni is in super form. Go CSK

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 26, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner No insights about IRON MAN. Too bad he is playing cricket and demolishing pretentious bowlers.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (September 26, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

Raina was class but Dhoni is something else ! Darren Sammy is a serious fighter though what a warrior he has CSK worried for a while even after he got injured ! Great game all round aside form the CSK catching haha.

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 26, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

@ Harmony111. http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2013/content/story/628241.html?comments=all#usrcomment Please read the Comments from GRVJPR.

Posted by sweetspot on (September 26, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

This was the best way for these two sides to match up. The weaker batting side got the benefit of chasing, and the weaker bowling team got to bowl second when things were somewhat tilted in favour of the chasing team. If CSK had to chase, no game on. They would have chipped and run and hit and driven and eased their way to any target.

Happy to see bowlers somewhat into this game compared to the last game in Ranchi. All the above said, CSK have never lost after getting past 200, and this is the 8th time they have done that. No matter how many chinks you may spot in their bowling armour, they have enough to defend 200. But still, extremely well played SRH!

Thanks to both teams for great entertainment.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

people believe that CEO's bowling is fragile. Lack of big names in a bowling unit does not mean they are fragile.today it was the dew and nothing could be done about it. Mohit Sharma , Jason Holder,ChrisOrtiz all are good bowlers. to add to that Bravo was leading wicket taker in IPL 6. This side ain't average. But comparing to the pre 2011 bowling attack , they are pretty low.on.scales

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

donno why dawan is not opting for karan sharma...he was the most economical bowler in last ipl for sunrisers...he could have given atleast one over...

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

it is very good that today Raina played very well and in controlling his aggressive play so he capitalized at the end and very pleased that Dhoni did play as old Dhoni as per the requirement of team.

its a captain inning...

Thanks to Dhoni and Raina

Posted by surajporeddy on (September 26, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

well played SRH love the game CSK u won the game SRH won our Hearts

Posted by surajporeddy on (September 26, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

A team's pride is not in winning games r lifting cups but in the way they fight every match as a battle, giving their best with wat they got, showing respect and getlemanship in field.... Tats y i feel proud of #SRH

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

dhawan should have given the chance to perera to set new ipl record of maximun runs conceded. so insensitive from dhawan's . white in perera out in next game.he was the difference between these two sides.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (September 26, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Dhoni would have made a wonderful major league baseball player n scored lots of home runs.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Otago and Chennai are by far the best teams in this tournament, maybe Rajasthan. I really want the batting prowess of Chennai and Otago to go up against each other. Go CSK!!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

It's quite hard to understand the comments posted by most of the SL fans. Hardly anybody posts comments which make any sense. May be they are in some denial mode, still they think SL team is as good as Ranatunga's 96 champs or for that matter Mahela's almost champs of 2007/11. But the fact is current SL team is pretty mediocre and their star/consistent performers like Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga, Herath are on the cusp of retirement. If SL board doesn't find suitable replacement for these players then the SL team will be nothing more than a club level team, the same situation Pak team is finding itself in currently. And finally if somebody is comparing Perera's balling with Steyn's then I think he does not understand cricket. There's absolutely no comparison. At least Malinga vs Steyn in shorter formats of the game would have been a fair comparison....

Posted by Temuzin on (September 26, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Parera is a good cricketer, I hope he will recover soon from Dhoni's assault and will not go Malinga's way. Ever since Malinga was mauled by Dhoni in the world cup and then by Kohli in Australia, he went down the hill. Pray for Pareira to bounce back.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

@harmony111 : True That/... I was also looking for the same guy.. If not for steyn csk would hvae scored even 250

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

no.comparison between dhoni and parera and ishant v steyn

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

wow dhoni and raina were in invincible mode. some fans had the nerve to compare perera to steyn.dhoni laid those ill fated comparisons to rest. pereta easily crumbles under pressure. jadeja is overrated and csk bowling is fragile. 190 conceded and few day earlier 185 conceded.otago or rr will surely score 200 plus against csk' fragile bowling.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

i would also like to add that all this talk of ishant vs dale steyn is something even ishant would treat as rubbish as i remember him saying during this ipl season how much he's learnt from steyn.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Now Perera is the BEST bowler in CLT20 History 3-0-60-0

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

What a Knock By Perera 60* of just 18 Balls ,,,Based on just last performance SOME peoples are started COMPARING him(Perera) with STYEN Ha ha ha

Posted by Temuzin on (September 26, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

WOW MS and his finishing.Every time this guy decides to hit there is no stopping for him.His superb hitting ultimately proved to the difference between two teams.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

@sachinisawesome i Like the Way U r replied for the @Otuwa and @Blade-runner,,every time i will search for ur comment on IND's Forum's especially in IND vs SL Forum's

Posted by UGHKHLJLLKKB on (September 26, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

change the points table. CSK have won 2 matches and got 6 points?

Posted by bbnn on (September 26, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

@Harmony111 , what i want to post, you done it friend, No indian ever posted Ishant is better than Styne, We Indians know the class between Isanth and Styne , Styne is the best in the current fastbowlers

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 26, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Steyn is in a league of his own and there is absolutely no one in the world who is anywhere close to him. Steyn is so good that the next best bowler, whosoever he may be, has to be ranked #4.

Anybody can have a bad day or a bad over but there was a SL fan who was saying that Thisara Perera is better than Steyn. There is no way a sane person would ever compare Steyn with Perera whether in Tests or ODIs or T20s. That is what gave many people a corpse to hit.

@Htc-Android:

I am challenging you to show me one comment made by any Indian fan on any article of Cricinfo OR on any article on the Internet that says that Ishant Sharma is better than Steyn. You say that you have seen plenty of Ind fans saying so, in that case it should be easy for you to prove your claim.

Posted by bbnn on (September 26, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Yes any bowler have a bad day and today was of Perera but do not downgrade his efforts in the last matches he is a match winner in his day so as Mahendra Sing Dhoni, two days back Raveendra Jadeja given away 49 runs in 3 overs but in his last wicket he took the wicket of ABD that turns the match i believe, if Abd was there in the last over, the target would have been 200

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (September 26, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Any bowler can have a bad day but that doesn't mean he should hunted target for everyone. I had a thought about S. Broad that he might be never seen after whacking by Yuvi in 2007. He is still there and one of the top 5 bowlers in the world now. He is more effective in a Test. Thisara is really promising guy in current SL squad. It is unfair to bash here as he was whacked none other than Dhoni. Steyn look better today after 3-4 games and he is a class act. It is a just carnival cricket that everyone should make fun by watching rather than bashing. There is nothing serious (sad sad sad) here.

Posted by cricpanther on (September 26, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

on other hand, SRH, JpDuminy such comes up with super un worthy player!!! He should be in odi or test match not in T20!!

Posted by cricpanther on (September 26, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

MSD sense the cricket much more than any other. It's the timings when to do what in cricket!!

Posted by Cannondale on (September 26, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Why Karn Sharma is not given a bowl? He was veryeffective bowler for SRH in IPL. Is there some injury or it is due to briliant captaincy from Shikhar Dhawan?

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

This is unbelievable.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 26, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

@ Blade runner Well IRON MAN went for 34 runs in one over. LOL. During preview you said he will be the difference. I guess you were correct he was the difference for Chennai super kings.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Memorable innings from ms dhoni...

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Bad captaincy by Dhawan just 2 overs from mishra. Good hiting by dhoni but when we will see this type of batting in T20Is from dhoni.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Unbelvable finishing of Dhoni.... OMG!!!! what did he do...

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 26, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

@samincolumbia. I have seen plenty of indian fans comparing Steyn and Ishant and said Ishant is better than steyn. Just because one Sri lankan fan said that, dont bash everyone here. There is no fluke in his innings. He has consistently performed well for Sunrisers in IPL and CL.Cricinfo publish.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (September 26, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Steyn, 2/23, econ 5.75. Duminy, 2/27, econ 6.75. Perera, 0/60, econ 20. Sammy, 0/39, econ 13. Sharma, 0/40, econ 10. Mishrs, 0/13, econ 6.75.

Great thinking. Bowl Mishra for 2 overs & concede 13. Bowl Perera & Sammy for 2 of the last 3 overs and concede 53 runs in 2 overs!!!! Not the first time Perera or Sammy have been looted in the last overs. Perera's 34 run over was a masterstroke in incompetent captaincy!

Perera vs Dhoni = slaughter. Sad Sad Sad

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (September 26, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Mohawk MAHI creates mayhem :) !!!!

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 26, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Why was Perera was denied his full quota? He could have been the proud owner of the worst CLT20 bowling figures ever...and something for the SL fans to cheer about!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

And thats MSD for you. Wat an innings.. * monsterous hits..

Posted by Sarangarajan on (September 26, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Some awesome batting- yesterday it was Broom and today it is Mahi- this is unbelievable -what a player.

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 26, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Thisara Periera just got whacked by Dhoni...So much fun to watch. One fluke innings last time by him and SL fans were saying he is better than Steyn...haha.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

Take a bow ms dhoni...best in the world!!!

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