Chennai Super Kings v Brisbane Heat, CLT20, Ranchi September 28, 2013

Hussey stars as Super Kings cruise into semi-finals

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Chennai Super Kings 140 for 2 (Hussey 57*, Vijay 42) beat Brisbane Heat 137 for 7 (Cutting 42, Hartley 35) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chennai Super Kings sauntered through to the Champions League semi-finals with an effortless eight-wicket win in Ranchi, while scuttling Brisbane Heat's tournament hopes. A stuttering Heat top order laid a mediocre foundation, before the men in the middle ran aground on Super Kings' spin.

R Ashwin was almost indecipherable in the middle overs, but Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina contributed fine spells as well; the trio shared four wickets and conceded just 37 runs in 11 overs collectively. Michael Hussey then stroked an unhurried, unbeaten half century, to help run down the target of 138 in 15.5 overs.

Dom Michael had had quite a road to the Champions League in 2013, but could not manage to make a run in his first Twenty20 match, departing in the first over to Mohit Sharma. James Hopes then promised much during his 14-ball 20, but mis-hit Albie Morkel to mid-off to leave his side at 29 for 2 in the fourth over.

It wasn't until spin arrived after the Powerplay, however, that Heat's evening truly took a nosedive. Ravindra Jadeja had had a poor tournament with the ball until tonight, and perhaps Heat had planned to dominate him early, but Dan Christian's attempt to hit Jadeja's first ball for a straight six, ended with him being caught at long-off for three. Four balls later, Joe Burns edged Jadeja to slip to collect a golden duck.

All this did was set the scene for Ashwin's last three overs, which cost two runs and claimed the wicket of Chris Lynn who underestimated the turn Ashwin generated from a conventional offbreak, and top-edged to short third man. The remaining 17 deliveries were a canny mix of googlies, offbreaks, carrom balls and more big-spinning leggies. Heat's middle order could hardly lay a bat on his deliveries, and soon abandoned any thoughts of hitting him to the fence.

The six overs following the Powerplay cost Heat four wickets for 12 runs, and from 66 for 6, a total below 120 beckoned. Ben Cutting, however, stroked his best Twenty20 innings to elevate his side toward credibility. He was watchful alongside Chris Hartley to begin with, hitting six from his first 14 balls, but adopted violence as the innings drew to a close, hitting five sixes from the last 10 balls he faced to finish on 42 not out from 25.

On a decent batting pitch, and with dew collecting on the outfield, 137 for 7 would rarely have been a base for victory, and at no stage in the chase did it test a purring Super Kings batting order. Hussey and Vijay punished indiscipline, but the pair were largely content to push runs into the outfield when the bowlers found their line.

With Super Kings' bowlers having prospered, Nathan Hauritz's overs shaped as crucial ones for Heat, but he was launched for two sixes in his first over, and was almost as expensive in his two subsequent overs. Vijay departed for 42, breaking a run of three consecutive ducks, but after having helped put on 75 runs for the first wicket in 9.2 overs, the side were well on their way to victory. MS Dhoni finished the match with a six, much to the delight of his home crowd, and Super Kings confirmed themselves as the in-form side of yet another tournament.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on September 30, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    its unfortunate the ipl has control over this tournament. this is a really really nice concept allowing club teams from nations to compete against each other. however, the amount of ipl teams allowed direct entry, and then having one SL team, one pak team etc having to play a qualifier is a disgrace. apart from that perth scorchers and brisbane heat are pretty good teams, yet the ipl has a monopoly on this tournament, where players will be in violation of contract should they play for their real home teams. it makes the two australian teams the whipping boys when their native austrailians cannot play for their home team. it also makes for a not very competitive tournament.

  • on September 30, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @ TheUltimateTruth:

    Just because CSK losing to MI this ipl finals doesn't mean they are a better team, the Knockout CSK's wins are more compared to any other team in the IPL, they have already thrashed MI once in finals. MI are playing the pathetic cricket. The CLT20 points table will give you a clear idea *MI's Semi-Finals berth is still a question mark* . Based on CSK's recent performance I personally feel that Johnsonn's ball will easily get helicoptered!

  • SandipManjrekar on September 29, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner

    "What makes you think that we care if Perera plays for some club team or not ? Its quite hilarious." Exactly. If you don't care about Perera to play for some club team or not, then why are you making hilarious views on this forum quite frequently. If you say that your reserve cricketers are having healthy averages or SR, then your Kandurata Maroons should be in main league. KM couldn't register a single win and your concerns had ended with KM's exit. Since your local Team is not playing in the contest now, why do you make rash about any other cricketers (don't concern with you) in every forum. But personally I like Thisara very much rather than you hate Ishant or Jadeja.

  • TheUltimateTruth on September 29, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    CSK being the best team overall only matters for overall record in a long tournament. In a knockout T20 game anything can happen on any given day. See IPL6 final! Between CSK and MI (a likely semi-final), across the two teams, D.Smith is the best opening hitter, Johnson the best bowler, and Pollard is tied with Dhoni as the best finisher. So, I am not so sure that CSK are favorites. Of course, there are other performance elements to the match, but Smith, Johnson, and Pollard could take the game away from CSK with a fairly high probability.

  • magi6 on September 29, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Though CSK has surfeit of talent, the icing on the cake is Mr Cricket, Mike Hussey. He is such a talented and cool person. He has such an innocent smile on his face when he is playing superlative cricket. This is what makes him all the more adorable. It is said that he has a very positive rub on other players of his team and he patiently guides them to reach perfection. He should be renamed as Mr Man.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on September 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    it's expected, chennai should play fab instead of morkel.

  • on September 29, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Well there are times when all wrongs go right....tonight was that day for Chennai...their two key players and mostout of form players got to form and that too emphatically....Chennai won which is a great thing for them but the way Jaddu and Murali performed....it was the best gift to Dhoni before semis..Vijay seems a lovely player .....an astute batsman who is confident of his game....they needed these 2 guys to be top form for key clashes

  • ImpartialExpert on September 29, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Jadeja had just two bays. But I can see what he did differently in this match. Under pressure he tried to bowl Yorkers. When there is little movement off the pitch it's not a bad option. I think the two bad days will only help him in the long run. It made him think about his game unlike Ishant Sharma who always seems to be in denial. Today's Yorkers from Jadeja are an example. I am sure he will work on flight as well but if he does not get enough revolutions on the ball then trying to flight the call is only like feeding the batsmen. Jadeja cuts the ball rather than spins the ball. Like off break vs off spin. So I doubt if flight is useful to him as ball does not drop on the batsmen. So think he should look to learn ways to get batsmen off strike when he is feeling the pressure.

  • ImpartialExpert on September 29, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I think Perera is a great talent. But his skills are still raw. He does look for movement when he is bowling and relies just on pace. He should work on his seem position. When it comes to batting he should work on adding more scoring shot. If you play only straight and to the leg side good team will eventually choke you. I am not even sure if SL management see his potential. Sunrises have used him better than SL. Probably Tom Moody knows his potential more than the current SL management. He was used well in the 2011 world cup as well

  • Siva_Bala75 on September 29, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Truly Team CSK now. Vijay and Jadeja have joined the party now.

  • on September 30, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    its unfortunate the ipl has control over this tournament. this is a really really nice concept allowing club teams from nations to compete against each other. however, the amount of ipl teams allowed direct entry, and then having one SL team, one pak team etc having to play a qualifier is a disgrace. apart from that perth scorchers and brisbane heat are pretty good teams, yet the ipl has a monopoly on this tournament, where players will be in violation of contract should they play for their real home teams. it makes the two australian teams the whipping boys when their native austrailians cannot play for their home team. it also makes for a not very competitive tournament.

  • on September 30, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @ TheUltimateTruth:

    Just because CSK losing to MI this ipl finals doesn't mean they are a better team, the Knockout CSK's wins are more compared to any other team in the IPL, they have already thrashed MI once in finals. MI are playing the pathetic cricket. The CLT20 points table will give you a clear idea *MI's Semi-Finals berth is still a question mark* . Based on CSK's recent performance I personally feel that Johnsonn's ball will easily get helicoptered!

  • SandipManjrekar on September 29, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner

    "What makes you think that we care if Perera plays for some club team or not ? Its quite hilarious." Exactly. If you don't care about Perera to play for some club team or not, then why are you making hilarious views on this forum quite frequently. If you say that your reserve cricketers are having healthy averages or SR, then your Kandurata Maroons should be in main league. KM couldn't register a single win and your concerns had ended with KM's exit. Since your local Team is not playing in the contest now, why do you make rash about any other cricketers (don't concern with you) in every forum. But personally I like Thisara very much rather than you hate Ishant or Jadeja.

  • TheUltimateTruth on September 29, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    CSK being the best team overall only matters for overall record in a long tournament. In a knockout T20 game anything can happen on any given day. See IPL6 final! Between CSK and MI (a likely semi-final), across the two teams, D.Smith is the best opening hitter, Johnson the best bowler, and Pollard is tied with Dhoni as the best finisher. So, I am not so sure that CSK are favorites. Of course, there are other performance elements to the match, but Smith, Johnson, and Pollard could take the game away from CSK with a fairly high probability.

  • magi6 on September 29, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Though CSK has surfeit of talent, the icing on the cake is Mr Cricket, Mike Hussey. He is such a talented and cool person. He has such an innocent smile on his face when he is playing superlative cricket. This is what makes him all the more adorable. It is said that he has a very positive rub on other players of his team and he patiently guides them to reach perfection. He should be renamed as Mr Man.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on September 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    it's expected, chennai should play fab instead of morkel.

  • on September 29, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Well there are times when all wrongs go right....tonight was that day for Chennai...their two key players and mostout of form players got to form and that too emphatically....Chennai won which is a great thing for them but the way Jaddu and Murali performed....it was the best gift to Dhoni before semis..Vijay seems a lovely player .....an astute batsman who is confident of his game....they needed these 2 guys to be top form for key clashes

  • ImpartialExpert on September 29, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Jadeja had just two bays. But I can see what he did differently in this match. Under pressure he tried to bowl Yorkers. When there is little movement off the pitch it's not a bad option. I think the two bad days will only help him in the long run. It made him think about his game unlike Ishant Sharma who always seems to be in denial. Today's Yorkers from Jadeja are an example. I am sure he will work on flight as well but if he does not get enough revolutions on the ball then trying to flight the call is only like feeding the batsmen. Jadeja cuts the ball rather than spins the ball. Like off break vs off spin. So I doubt if flight is useful to him as ball does not drop on the batsmen. So think he should look to learn ways to get batsmen off strike when he is feeling the pressure.

  • ImpartialExpert on September 29, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I think Perera is a great talent. But his skills are still raw. He does look for movement when he is bowling and relies just on pace. He should work on his seem position. When it comes to batting he should work on adding more scoring shot. If you play only straight and to the leg side good team will eventually choke you. I am not even sure if SL management see his potential. Sunrises have used him better than SL. Probably Tom Moody knows his potential more than the current SL management. He was used well in the 2011 world cup as well

  • Siva_Bala75 on September 29, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Truly Team CSK now. Vijay and Jadeja have joined the party now.

  • sachinisawesome on September 29, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    @ stshekhar I am sorry I didn't mean to demean Dravid. But I don't think a coach or a mentor should be playing in the team. Obviously you are a blind dravid fan as well. I love rahul and sachin both. And I feel RR needs one attacking batsman at the top. My point is if Sachin is a burden for MI then Dravid is also burden for RR coz he is not performing his role as an opener. And if they need someone steady at the top then they should have rahane in the middle order. And if you watch the matches carefully you will realise that both dravid and rahane try to play aerial shots but they are not naturally attacking. So don't say they open to set a platform. PP overs are like gold dust and they should learn from shikhar and parthiv how to utilise them. And anyways dravid and rahane both get out during powerplays only.

  • Maham11 on September 29, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Congratulations for the success achieved by the CSK, Hopefully CSK will be champs this time. Now, this is the time for CSK to give chances to their bench players particularly Imtiyaz to check his potential.

  • on September 29, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    looking forward to seeing CSK matched up with Otago. McCullum against Dhoni and somehow I reckon the boys from ND will breeze past them. CSK have been bowled poorly to and while Dhoni's brutality has been incredible, they will struggle against Otago's consistent lines.

    Really disappointing tournament by the Heat too...

  • IndCricFan2013 on September 29, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    For CSK 3 done in Ranchi. 3 more to go in Delhi. 1st one at Delhi most likely does not matter, just keep NRR, as CSK expected to finish at the top and play semi's in Delhi. RR is most likely finish top in group A and play semi's at Jaipur and go through to Final. 2nd match at Delhi for CSK could be MI or Otago. MI has been beaten badly at Delhi by CSK. Delhi is probably the best one for CSK outside of Chennai. So, RR will face Chennai at Delhi, CSK playing 2 matches at delhi before final and settled down nicely means, "all iz well" for CSK to be a champion again.

  • my_comments on September 29, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Here comes Jadeja and Perera comments all over again. both of them are allrounders. both can come good at times and go bad/really bad at times. because both of them are neither specialist bastman nor specialist bowler. and also they are not among the best allrounders with the likes of Imran Khan, Garry Sobars, Ian Botham, Jacques Kallis or even Andrew Flintoff and Shaun Pollock.

    CSK should win CLT this time (I think with there team they should win all the matches and all the trophies - but as it says they too have bad days). they should bring back Chris Morris - if not injured instead of Albie Morkel. But that said, they have always relied in their batting strength - batting first bat big and bat second chase hard.

  • on September 29, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    With Ben Cutting it, and Joe Burns, not surprised that the Forest vanished. Is that Law-ful, Stuart? The team can't keep on riding on Hopes!

  • TRAM on September 29, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    AMorkel's bowling is the weakest link in CSK. He does not bowl slower ones or yorkers and no good control with line either. I wish he works on more deceptive bowling skills. I like his big hitting batting though, but with so many other good batters ahead of him he wont get batting chance. I wished Dhoni send him at #3 today when the match was safe.

  • stshekhar on September 28, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    @sachinisawesome it seems you are blind sachin fan(as your handle suggest that). But one thing about dravid is that he is main think management behind RR success. Sachin is just like a opener batsmen for MI. Also if you look score card of RR in IPL 2013 , wicket saving with optimal run during power play is their main strategy , which gives platform for likes of binny,watto and hodge to score freely. Also not to mention RCB is lacking in one departement, that is stability in their batting which is still void in absence of dravid. Again dravid in RR is not like a batsman , he is there as a coach,mentor. So please don't compare him with sachin or any other batsman.

  • Blade-Runner on September 28, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @sachinisawesome ; What makes you think that we care if Perera plays for some club team or not ? Its quite hilarious. If you consider that Perera (who averages 26.35 in odi n 26.87 in T20s) can't bowl , what do you say about your bowling spearhead Ishant Sharma who averages 30.02 in odi n 43.50 in T20s ?? lol The funny thing is that Perara isn't even a front line bowler for Sri Lanka but still does way better than your ace bowlers. lol And yeah, Perera is a slogger. We want him to slog. Thats why he comes @ no. 7 and has won countless matches for Sri Lanka with his slogging. So whats the problem?

  • sachinisawesome on September 28, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas Please don't compare CSK with RR. CSK are way better than RR. CSK's captain plays important knocks. And as much as we love dravid we all know he is a burden on RR. Rahane and him play in powerplays and they score at a SR of 100 or less. So if people think sachin is a burden for MI than Dravid is also a burden on RR. Just becoz RR has quality players in middle order who are winning games for them, Dravid is getting away without any criticism. If RR is to win they should the league then they will have to use powerplay overs to score some runs which is beyond dravid's capability.

  • sachinisawesome on September 28, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner But thank god Jadeja is not like parera who can lose the match on his own. Remember 34 runs in one over. That eventually hurt SRH and they are almost out of the tournament. I request SRH to drop useless parera who can not bowl, can not field and can only slog to midwickt. He is playing as a specialist spectator in the team.

  • on September 28, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Hats off to chennai super kings am so proud that am a big fan .....MR.Dhoni ur a good finisher and i liked ur play, that ur played last match and its very helpful to team ,but today u played down before badrinath its wrong and becoz the total is so less and even a optimal batsman can finish the game ... people who hates dhoni says it selfish game ... but still am ur side ...dhoni is not selfish he s always plays for the team .... but my advice give some chance to some players who's not good finishers will be helpful in some part of match in achieving small total....even final ....

  • on September 28, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    @Brahma Reddy: You got to be kidding, right? Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja and Dhoni are the backbone of Indian ODI line up. What do you mean by them not having single quality Indian players? Rubbish, I would say!

  • on September 28, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    it is boring when chennai win if mumbai reaches semis thats the end of chennai wins because chennai dont have single quality indian player not only in csk and for india also they have good aswin and fantastic foreign player hussey thats why they r winning .dhoni in his life time it is his dream to score a test century outside asia

  • on September 28, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    CSK should overcome the death over weakness before semis, and also need clean performance in pace bowling attack in remaining matches it will surely lead csk and dhoni to attain another glory in their cabinet...........

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    CSK seem to be in the zone just like RR. These two teams look really good. While CSK looks excellent both on paper and on the field, RR are in their zone on the field, and seems to be the only team to match up with CSK on the field, though not as formidable as CSK on paper. Good for both of them. For RR to lose a match, Watson, Binny and Hodge, all the three have to fail in the same match, which is highly unlikely. Halla bol halla bol...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    CSK seem to be in the zone just like RR. These two teams look really good. While CSK looks excellent both on paper and on the field, RR are in their zone on the field, and seems to be the only team to match up with CSK on the field, though not as formidable as CSK on paper. Good for both of them. For RR to lose a match, Watson, Binny and Hodge, all the three have to fail in the same match, which is highly unlikely. Halla bol halla bol...

  • sweetspot on September 28, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Pure class on show by Mr. Cricket, and nice to see Vijay amongst the runs with some imperious shots. What's with him getting out so early when he can play like this?

    On display today was as much CSK's legacy as their ability as a team. Looked like Heat had something in their heads about having to be aggressive and fighting against this opponent, a little more than any other team. They were never into a natural rhythm and looked like they pushed a bit too hard while batting, especially their top order.

    Ever seen CSK under the pump? They just play their own game, and just pounce on any opportunity that might come up. This game is one of those occasions when the scoreboard truly reflects the gap in quality, but the Heat are yet to become an experienced side. T20 gives plenty of growth opportunities, and they have the ingredients.

  • anupkeni on September 28, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Let's hope that the Chennai Super Kings do not falter in the final of this tournament as they had in the finals of the last 2 IPLs.

  • ImpartialExpert on September 28, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Here is my explanation of what happened with Brisbane Heat today. Coach said let us play fearless cricket. Captain said fear is only in the mind. Finally they shut out their brains. There was absolutely no method to their batting. Their coach needs to be replaced if this is his method.

  • SandipManjrekar on September 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Pleasant to watch CSK. How good this team is!! They are consistent and performing better with each game. How about Jadeja bashers???? Heart break for them. Now then. So called overhyped, overrated, mediocre bowler had put finger across against them. My Aus friends do remember Mike now more than before. But honestly I feel sorry for them. I wish they could regain their old magic in forthcoming ashes and be once again dominant force in the world.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 28, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx: It's like Gareth Bale playing in La Liga instead of the EPL. Times are changing my friend. Mike Hussey is a pro and he is proud to be part of the CSK as he is has so many times stated. This team knows how to win and that's why the players love to be a part of it. CSK looking good for win # 3.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on September 28, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    where is dany morrison, missing his commentry for dhoni.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 28, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Feels so bad seeing my favourite player (Mike Hussey) play for them. I want him to get out but not get out at the same time. Maybe he does well and the rest of the team stuffs up.

  • BustIPL on September 28, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    CSK India were lucky to pull back courtesy Ashwin and Jadeja and this pair has surprised even the best in the world. As opposed to Dhawan who thought he will be too good for the Titans and will pile up huge score, dhoni learnt from that drubbing of SRH and chosed to follow his strength of being the world's best finisher. Had Mohit contained in the last over then it would have been all good from the Indian bowling after ashwin and jadeja but Heats Australia came back to the same rhythm which they were following before spinner introduction in just the 6th over. CSK India should win it unless Heats Austrailia ground this fantasy batting lineup. Dew will play its role and scoring in the chase will be easy.

  • gaurav.srivastv on September 28, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Amazing game of cricket. Brisbane Heat Vs Chennai Super Kings or can say India(Partially) Vs. Australia in which India in Aussie Color (Yellow) while Aussies in Indian Color (Blue). Fantastic

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  • gaurav.srivastv on September 28, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Amazing game of cricket. Brisbane Heat Vs Chennai Super Kings or can say India(Partially) Vs. Australia in which India in Aussie Color (Yellow) while Aussies in Indian Color (Blue). Fantastic

  • BustIPL on September 28, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    CSK India were lucky to pull back courtesy Ashwin and Jadeja and this pair has surprised even the best in the world. As opposed to Dhawan who thought he will be too good for the Titans and will pile up huge score, dhoni learnt from that drubbing of SRH and chosed to follow his strength of being the world's best finisher. Had Mohit contained in the last over then it would have been all good from the Indian bowling after ashwin and jadeja but Heats Australia came back to the same rhythm which they were following before spinner introduction in just the 6th over. CSK India should win it unless Heats Austrailia ground this fantasy batting lineup. Dew will play its role and scoring in the chase will be easy.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 28, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Feels so bad seeing my favourite player (Mike Hussey) play for them. I want him to get out but not get out at the same time. Maybe he does well and the rest of the team stuffs up.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on September 28, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    where is dany morrison, missing his commentry for dhoni.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 28, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx: It's like Gareth Bale playing in La Liga instead of the EPL. Times are changing my friend. Mike Hussey is a pro and he is proud to be part of the CSK as he is has so many times stated. This team knows how to win and that's why the players love to be a part of it. CSK looking good for win # 3.

  • SandipManjrekar on September 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Pleasant to watch CSK. How good this team is!! They are consistent and performing better with each game. How about Jadeja bashers???? Heart break for them. Now then. So called overhyped, overrated, mediocre bowler had put finger across against them. My Aus friends do remember Mike now more than before. But honestly I feel sorry for them. I wish they could regain their old magic in forthcoming ashes and be once again dominant force in the world.

  • ImpartialExpert on September 28, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Here is my explanation of what happened with Brisbane Heat today. Coach said let us play fearless cricket. Captain said fear is only in the mind. Finally they shut out their brains. There was absolutely no method to their batting. Their coach needs to be replaced if this is his method.

  • anupkeni on September 28, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Let's hope that the Chennai Super Kings do not falter in the final of this tournament as they had in the finals of the last 2 IPLs.

  • sweetspot on September 28, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Pure class on show by Mr. Cricket, and nice to see Vijay amongst the runs with some imperious shots. What's with him getting out so early when he can play like this?

    On display today was as much CSK's legacy as their ability as a team. Looked like Heat had something in their heads about having to be aggressive and fighting against this opponent, a little more than any other team. They were never into a natural rhythm and looked like they pushed a bit too hard while batting, especially their top order.

    Ever seen CSK under the pump? They just play their own game, and just pounce on any opportunity that might come up. This game is one of those occasions when the scoreboard truly reflects the gap in quality, but the Heat are yet to become an experienced side. T20 gives plenty of growth opportunities, and they have the ingredients.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    CSK seem to be in the zone just like RR. These two teams look really good. While CSK looks excellent both on paper and on the field, RR are in their zone on the field, and seems to be the only team to match up with CSK on the field, though not as formidable as CSK on paper. Good for both of them. For RR to lose a match, Watson, Binny and Hodge, all the three have to fail in the same match, which is highly unlikely. Halla bol halla bol...