Royals v Super Kings, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Jaipur October 3, 2013

CSK seek to make it unlucky 13 for Royals

  shares 94

Match facts

Friday, October 4, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Till Wednesday evening, it was almost assumed that Chennai Super Kings would stay back in Delhi for their semi-final clash against Mumbai Indians, who had just qualified for the knockouts in blistering fashion earlier in the day. Super Kings were on top of Group B, undefeated, but as the night wore on, they slipped one notch below after a crushing defeat to Trinidad and Tobago. T&T not only won, but stormed home in just over 15 overs to top the group. It meant that the West Indian side would end up staying back in Delhi, while Super Kings would have to travel to Jaipur to take on Rajasthan Royals. With the Royals sitting on a 12-match winning-streak at home, stretching back to the IPL, you wouldn't expect many teams relishing the prospect of playing them there. It shows that in this format, one bad day can make a difference.

Super Kings suffered a rare batting meltdown against T&T with only three of their batsmen going into double-figures. Their famed finishers failed in unison and the side lost its last five wickets for 16 runs. Super Kings still played their best team, but as they learned even during the IPL final, even the best sides can defy expectations. They arrived in Jaipur late on Thursday and decided not to practice.

Will the Royals' home streak finally end? There were fears of that happening on Tuesday when the Otago Volts fought back to pick up quick middle-order wickets in Royals' chase of a middling 140. Brad Hodge rescued them to script a win with nearly an over to spare, but they knew it shouldn't have been this close. From their point of view, it was good that they were tested ahead of the knockouts.

In the spotlight

Game 1 - 3-0-49-1; Game 2 - 1-0-22-0, Game 3 - 4-0-18-2; Game 4 - 2-0-30-0. Ravindra Jadeja's bowling figures. Those for the third game, against Brisbane Heat, were more than respectable, but aside from that, Jadeja's had a horror of a tournament with the ball, with an overall economy rate of 11.90. He hasn't had many opportunities to bat either, but in his one chance to occupy the crease for a sufficient period, against T&T, he was run out for 3. While he might still keep his place, Super Kings' star allrounder will need to turn it around quickly, at least with the ball.

Rahul Dravid was asked after the Otago game if his Man of the Match, Rahul Shukla, had done enough to get another game. He may have refused to "give away team secrets", but after Shukla's dream performance, no captain would want to bench him. The Jharkhand fast bowler came in as Vikramjeet Malik's replacement and derailed Otago's top order with three wickets in his first over. Those blows stood in Otago's way of pushing for a more competitive total.

Quotes

"Ideally, we would have liked to keep our winning ways and stay here at one place. We would have loved to face Mumbai in the semi-finals but you can't pick and choose and we are now heading to Rajasthan. They are a pretty formidable side at home and we need to be on top of our game."
Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • himanshu.team on October 4, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Some people feel winning at home is to do with having a favorable pitch et. all. The Jaipur pitch has been one of the best pitches in the IPL and now in CLT20. It has consistent bounce, some seam movement early on and even a little assistance for the spinners. Yet because of the true pace and bounce it is a perfect pitch for playing shots. CSK would love to have such a pitch. However, the difference could be in real teamwork. Which set of players will stick to their roles in the two teams? Who in CSK can play the role of sheet anchor in batting? Who can power the RR batting and take them past 180 if they bat first. Which bowler will really be incisive? These are some of the questions; no one can answer for sure. Both teams have players who can play these roles to perfection. Whoever is able to do it successfully will leave as the winner. My gut feel says this is RRs tournament to win. However, one bad day could bring it all to an immediate end. So fingers crossed!

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Mr. Cool Against Mr. Sooper Doooper Cool Alws Fun/Good To See Dhoni n Rahul Dravid As An Opponents Will Witness A Great Semi :)

  • ladycricfan on October 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    @I love my india. I'm alive at the moment. If I am alive for an hour or so I will get to see Dhoni play for CSK. If I am alive for few more years still I will get to see Dhoni play for CSK because Dhoni will never leave CSK whether srini stays or goes.CSK will retain Dhoni as long as he plays cricket.

  • CricketChat on October 4, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    CSK must play Morris and du Plessis in place of Morkel and Holder respectively. They have enough part time bowlers to cover for Holder while Morris can wield the long handle if required.

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    A well thought out plan by CSK to avoid MI in the semis. But RR in jaipur is good and hence CSK should play to its potential to beat them.As things stand a repeat of 2013 IPL final is on the cards.

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Even after such a solid performance in 2013 and impeccable record @ home, wonder why Royals start each match as an 'UNDERDOG'?

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Come on Chennai Super Kings! its semi-final of Champions League T20 - show your aggression against Rajasthan Royals and win this semifinal! .. I think, today's favourite is Chennai Super Kings to win against Rajasthan Royals because CSK has a world-class finisher, captain Like Mahendra Singh Dhoni & a top class Rainaaa and Mr Cricket - Michael Hussey!

  • tahamahadi on October 4, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    CSK is one of the best teams in cricket. It will be a challenge for them to play against RR at Jaipur especially with RR so used to that pitch.

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Great opportunity for RR to show the world their class. Mr. cool (Dhoni) will definitely try to play another final & become champion. CSK may be a stronger team but RR will give them a fight. I think CSK will come first .

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I think it is gonna b watto's Day!!!

  • himanshu.team on October 4, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Some people feel winning at home is to do with having a favorable pitch et. all. The Jaipur pitch has been one of the best pitches in the IPL and now in CLT20. It has consistent bounce, some seam movement early on and even a little assistance for the spinners. Yet because of the true pace and bounce it is a perfect pitch for playing shots. CSK would love to have such a pitch. However, the difference could be in real teamwork. Which set of players will stick to their roles in the two teams? Who in CSK can play the role of sheet anchor in batting? Who can power the RR batting and take them past 180 if they bat first. Which bowler will really be incisive? These are some of the questions; no one can answer for sure. Both teams have players who can play these roles to perfection. Whoever is able to do it successfully will leave as the winner. My gut feel says this is RRs tournament to win. However, one bad day could bring it all to an immediate end. So fingers crossed!

  • on October 4, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Mr. Cool Against Mr. Sooper Doooper Cool Alws Fun/Good To See Dhoni n Rahul Dravid As An Opponents Will Witness A Great Semi :)

  • ladycricfan on October 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    @I love my india. I'm alive at the moment. If I am alive for an hour or so I will get to see Dhoni play for CSK. If I am alive for few more years still I will get to see Dhoni play for CSK because Dhoni will never leave CSK whether srini stays or goes.CSK will retain Dhoni as long as he plays cricket.

  • CricketChat on October 4, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    CSK must play Morris and du Plessis in place of Morkel and Holder respectively. They have enough part time bowlers to cover for Holder while Morris can wield the long handle if required.

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    A well thought out plan by CSK to avoid MI in the semis. But RR in jaipur is good and hence CSK should play to its potential to beat them.As things stand a repeat of 2013 IPL final is on the cards.

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Even after such a solid performance in 2013 and impeccable record @ home, wonder why Royals start each match as an 'UNDERDOG'?

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Come on Chennai Super Kings! its semi-final of Champions League T20 - show your aggression against Rajasthan Royals and win this semifinal! .. I think, today's favourite is Chennai Super Kings to win against Rajasthan Royals because CSK has a world-class finisher, captain Like Mahendra Singh Dhoni & a top class Rainaaa and Mr Cricket - Michael Hussey!

  • tahamahadi on October 4, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    CSK is one of the best teams in cricket. It will be a challenge for them to play against RR at Jaipur especially with RR so used to that pitch.

  • on October 4, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Great opportunity for RR to show the world their class. Mr. cool (Dhoni) will definitely try to play another final & become champion. CSK may be a stronger team but RR will give them a fight. I think CSK will come first .

  • on October 4, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I think it is gonna b watto's Day!!!

  • shayad on October 4, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    R Dravid AM Rahane SV Samson SR Watson STR Binny BJ Hodge JP Faulkner K Cooper VS Malik PV Tambe R Shukla

  • Haleos on October 4, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    @Navski - Look at the number of times he has got bowled or LBW. Thats the reason for my comments about the holes. Also last match he played almost 3 overs for 10 runs which put pressure on the lower order. Such useless strike rate is not suitable in this format. Hodge bailed RR out like he has done numerous times else they would have lost because of snails. However on another note - Go RR. Srini's team should not get any support from neutral fans. Even their own enthusiasts put money against them. LOL.

  • on October 4, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    I think CSK holds the edge, since they have more mentally tough and experienced Players, Guys like Hussey, MSD,Raina& Bravo in Batting, Albie Morkel, Chris Moris, Mohit,Aswin in their bowling lineup. whereas RR having comparatively inexperienced lineup.the positives are Inspirational Captaincy of Dravid, Great teamwork, experienced Hodge at No6, Classy Rahane, Young Sanju Samson. in Bowing, Faulkner being consistent, Tambe also proved handy.Shane Watson have a chance to come up with a subsantial contribution. I would like to keep my fingers crossed to see Rajastan Royals through to the final & Cup since they are My favourite team...

  • Wolverine77 on October 4, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    All you haters of RR will start worshiping them after tonight's match. They will beat CSK easily. RR needs just 1 strategy. Get hussy's wicket early, CSK out of the game. If not for Hussy, CSK wouldn't have come this far... CSK is a one man show where as RR is team work.. and Cricket is all about team work. Too bad RR doesn't have Thisara Perera, so that Dhoni can score 36 in an over...

  • Surajrises on October 4, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals would be aware that CSK r the wounded solders after the last game against T&T & also after the truth that came out of Hussey's book. Dravid knows that CSK would come very hard at them so I hope there wouldn't be any complacency shown by RR on the field today. RR have to win today & Dravid has to pick this cup for one time before he says goodbye to the game... GO RR GO...

  • Navski on October 4, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @Haleos Yet another comment on cricinfo displaying the sheer ignorance of people. IPL 2013 18 matches at 471 runs at a strike rate of 111. Also Dravid made it in the top 10 highest run scorers once again. How about we speak facts over your insipid opinions.

    However on another note. COME ON THE CSK BOYS.

  • Naresh28 on October 4, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    CSK had a bad last game. This might spur them this time around. Feel that Jadeja has lost his touch since the off season. As the commentator's were saying in the last game he needs to slow his pace down a bit. I am sure he will find his rhythm again. For Rajasthan - SHukla's performance might open roads for him in team India just like it did for Mohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma played a real beaut the other night for Mumbai.

  • on October 4, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    am looking forward for the match today.i wish my CSK wins today. But after watching RR's performance in their home, am really scared now.

    Fingers Crossed ! BLEED YELLOW.

  • Haleos on October 4, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @KARNAWAT33 - What about players like Vijayi? He gets chances in ODI based on his CSK performance and fails miserably. Even in tests barring few innings he has been ordinary. Even a club cricketer from Jharkhand would play better than him.

  • Haleos on October 4, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @vxttemp - nope its the wall with holes. Takes up too many balls to score. If he scores a fifty RR will definitely loose. Worst horse for this course. Even Misbah plays better in T20. CSK is stronger on paper but that hardly counts in this format.

  • Haleos on October 4, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    If Dravid lasts over 5 overs RR loose else they win.

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 4, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    I think finally things are falling into place. After Dale Steyn had planned to retire (after facing the embarrassment of SIR being the #1 ODI bowler) Jadeja is now bowling and conceding the amount of runs he should. Players like him and Nehra make people believe that they can be part of the Indian team any given day. How inspiring!

  • maddy20 on October 4, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Rahul Dravid's boys all the way. If you get bowled out for 119 against the first tough opponents you face, then your prospects are really bleak, particularly when they are playing RR in their den. 80-20 in favor of RR. I have read someone talking about ending the careers of two legends. What a joke!

  • on October 4, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    For the sake of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, I would love to see them signing off ( Rahul for his last competitive match and Sachin from 20-20 cricket ) against each other, for which Mumbai should play Rajasthan in the final. The conditions and history favors Rajasthan over Chennai, while Mumbai seem to be striking form just at the right moment..Smith and Sharma were devastating, and Trinidad depend too much on a few guys like their openers, Bravo and Narine. Heres for a Mumbai Rajasthan final

  • on October 4, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    RR is going to win today. Experience of Rahul Dravid and combination of Watson and Hodge with super energatic youngstars will lead tjem to victory. And last but not the least, the Home ground effect.

  • srinideva on October 4, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Csk going to end the t20 carriers of two legends...i thought first sachin and then dravid..but now first dravid in semi final and then sachin in the final..Go csk...good thing is they have one day rest after the semi's..I'm happy because they were thrashed by T and T in league stage rather than knock out stage..Bleed yellow..

  • vxttemp on October 4, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    From a neutral fan, My bet is on CSK for this match but RR also looks very strong. Looks like the difference between the two is Dhoni.

  • joseyesu on October 4, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Am predicitng a tight match between all the 4. Anyway CSK is going to win,,,

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    This is gonna be the match of the tournament!

  • ravi_hari on October 4, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    It is a game at the end of the day. Whether CSK or RR, one Indian team is sure to reach the finals. If MI win it will be an all Indian final. That is the bright aspect of the tournament where Indian teams have not done that well earlier. RR is the only team in the tournament which is unbeaten, though all the games were played at home. So why should they not win one more and make it to the finals. Like the other day CSK has shown vulnerability even at home earlier and there is no reason why RR should not believe they can defeat them. If you take a man to man comparison CSK is way ahead as it is full of stars. However, when it comes to performances only a few have done well for CSK in this CL. Whereas RR has succeeded more on team performances. Every one contributed to victories in the 4 games that they won. Only Watson and Dravid did not show their might yet. Watson is a big match player and you can see him explode against CSK. So a match is on and may the best team win today.

  • Dangerplayer on October 4, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Full overcast here in jaipur seems that it might rain very heavily here if match washout than what will happen ny reserve day or Rr will qualify

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    I think Rajasthan having better chances to win this match

  • Aaranya on October 4, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @Nampally.........Ashwin did not bowl that bad in this tournament as you tried to project....and about replacing Vijay with Saha....well...you must be either joking or not followed up this tournament properly........or you may not be liking in general the players from TN...

  • Srini_Indian on October 4, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    I hope CSK wins the toss and bowl first. Chasing in Jaipur is a big advantage, no wonder RR preferred chase in 3 tosses they won. If CSK wins the toss, I'd say 60-40 in favor of CSK. At the moment, I'd give 55-45 in favor of RR. Go CSK!

  • csmcsk on October 4, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    dhoni's men will win today..

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    if drvd won d tsss RR wins if not its 50-50

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Its goign to be CSK vs T&T fianl on 6th October... GO CSK

  • on October 4, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    CSK is going to meet MI in finals. No doubt about it. Loss against T&T revealed it. Our captain cool's idea to get MI to finals. Pay back time. Game On!!!

  • vijay.dravid on October 4, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Come on RR...You will win this game. Dravid's efforts towards country are gonna paid back this time through CLT20.

  • sasjads on October 4, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    watch out for shane watson he jst couldnt get many runs but as the australians usually do he might have been waiting for d big day to come and here it is!!!!go watto go

  • on October 4, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Today its going to be an close Encounter, CSK is going to win without any changes in the current line up, still they need to think of making changes 1) Morris in place of Holder,2)Du Plessis in Place of Albie to surprise RR, Toss will be crucial, anyway best of Luck CSK....!

  • cricpanther on October 4, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Great Chance for RR to win at semifinal against CSK, all because of no traveling like csk, home advantage conditions, practice a lot, home crowd!! Make sure, to target hussey,vijay,raina and msd. All are hard hitter and specially small ground they can try to hit all around. For hussey, try spinner and stump to stump tight bowling, no room. For Vijay slower bouncer, For Raina good lengh slower, For Dhoni -slower bouncer, hit his leg and try for lbw, inswinger for catch or bowled or give him where he wants to hit and catch out. RR royal should not afraid for CSK or MSD or anything, Play with their normal cricket but like champion way. Playing 11, instead of Ashok Maneria, go with HARMEET SINGH!!

  • jimbond on October 4, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Like all good things, RR's winning run has to end some day, but I guess it will not be today. CSK are too dependent on one or two players (Dhoni and Raina) whereas for RR its mostly a team effort. Even the less known players in RR play their roles very effectively, and more importantly are briefed well about their roles. On the other hand, much better players like Badrinath are a bit lost in the CSK team as their roles are not well defined. I am also curious to know if CSK play Jadeja - because the RR know him well, and this could be more of a pace bowlers' pitch. However from the little we have seen of Dhoni the gambler- I guess he will play Jadeja in the team. Could be an interesting encounter.

  • rajib_bd on October 4, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Today CSK will win. CSK always playedc good cricket against RR. Good luck CSK.

  • azeemparayil on October 4, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    its sanju samson vs MSD

  • on October 4, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    I think faf du plessis should replace albie morkel

  • on October 4, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    @ TopTipper/ @ Leg-Breaker : well said mate.... CSK is gonna beat the hell out of RR today in RR's backyard. God of captains MSD will blow away RD's plans to bits and pieces. Sir RJ will bowl well today as he is a guy who saves the best for the last & fire @ the right moment.

    Sorry RR its CSK all the way....

  • Siva_Bala75 on October 4, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Bring in Faf for Morkel. CSK can chase 180.

  • class9ryan on October 4, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    It might the last game for skipper Rahul Dravid. The conditions suit Rajasthan Royals but still somehow CSK mange to go as favorites into the match due to their blistering performances in the semi-finals which is undoubtedly better than any team in world stage. Unfortunately the Royals need serious luck in their favor to even compete against a team like CSK. It would be sad if the Royals miss out on semis but I think they have proved themselves to lot of people that money is not the thing that necessarily makes champions.

  • Siva_Bala75 on October 4, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    On paper, CSK is a bit stronger while RR has home advantage. To me this is 50-50 with Shane Watson the swing factor. CSK does not have the bowling to stop Watson.

  • satishchandar on October 4, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    @Leg-Breaker: How bad allegation is that - Cricket enthusiast instructed Ashwin to bowl 23 run over to Watson as if Watson never know how to play spin or Ashwin dished out wides and no balls to give away runs.. Come on.. The batsman who hit was Watson.. He can smash anyone around world on his day..

  • mrrescuer on October 4, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    csk shuld come up with either of these 2 changes 1)relace badrinath and jason holder with baba aparajith and ben hilfenhaus or 2)relace badrinath and jason holder with imtiaz ahmed and faf du plesis. badrinath has been given enough opportunities now he should step down for youngsters like aparajith who has been performing well for last 1 yrs. next yr they should leave jason holder too during auction.he is of no use.his bowling is avg.already only 4 overseas players are allowed. csk hv been inconsisten due to some of these reasons.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 4, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    I am normally a neutral when it comes to the IPL teams. However, I always appreciate the efficiency and professionalism of CSK because they know how to win against all odds. But, T&T beat them fair and square. It's really frustrating to see the poor attitude of CSK supporters because they are not willing to acknowledge T&T's brilliance. Instead, we have nonsense tales about conspiracies and other foul play related talk which is SHAMEFUL. CSK don't gain anything by losing to T&T. Please remember that this tournament is carefully monitored by the anti-corruption unit of the BCCI. CSK were simply hammered by a better team. So please accept that and hope for a better show from MS Dhoni and his men in the semis.

  • TRAM on October 4, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Did not realize this during live match, but did when I saw the replay of the last CSK match. Ashwin did not run the seond and getting Badri out because he wanted to keep the strike? It was atrocious! Professional team would take disciplinary action on him.

  • on October 4, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    just have to say... HALLA BOLLL RR............

  • TRAM on October 4, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    CSK must bring in Chris Morris for Albie and Saha for Badri. Albie's batting was unpardonable. How can he not even "try" to hit big shots at the fag end of the innings? And as a bowler he is no threat to even Indian batsmen.

  • pureaurum on October 4, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Wonder if Dravid has shown all his cards by now. The CSK team would come prepared with game plans for all Tambe, Shukla and Malik. It would be a difficult decision for Dravid to drop Tambe given his recent performances but looking at CSK's side Tambe might be taken for a lot of runs. As an RR fan, hoping that Dravid and Upton can get the playing 11 right.

  • on October 3, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    CSK, make it the ghost no. for RR!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 3, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    I have no doubt that RR will win this match. Halla bol halla bol.....

  • on October 3, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Jadeja is in trouble coming up against watson, in the form jaddu is in, it would be dangerous to bowl him when watson is at the crease, shall be interesting to see how MS plays it

  • on October 3, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    If all of you watched how pearth scorchers were batting as if they were eager to get out.Even CSK had nothing to loose attitude while batting,and it seemed that their target was to score not more then 120.(the target which can be achieved within 17.5) overs.

  • GrindAR on October 3, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    If T&T makes it to final... no matter who is the opponent... T&T will lift the trophy... They extremely potent in the games that matters. WI in general very rarely lost the finals whenever they were there. Lets see...

  • GrindAR on October 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    I somehow feel that M.Vijay if play, will make highest total for CSK. I cant say if it is <40 or >70. Lets see... If they (with Hussey) withstand until 7 overs, it could be hard to stop them.

  • GrindAR on October 3, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    CSK have answers for SW, SS & Rahane. They will face tough JF & BH if they both get bat around over 13. If earlier, it will be interesting for CSK to contain them. Tambe and Shukla might make in roads on CSK batting line up.

    The pitch is a neutral one. If CSK play sensibly aggressive they will be hard to stop. I would like RD to have a good finish. But both CSK winning and RD finishing off will not happen together. I some how sense, RD will put his batting together in aggressive mode. If that happens, whoever wins, it will be a memorable encounter.

  • on October 3, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Dhoni may drop jaddu in this 13th match sequnce of RR.

  • on October 3, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    its ironic how all these comments about CSK are about how poorly they played against the west indian side T & T . no one event got a hint that CSK were beaten by a better side...i wonder why is that.

  • on October 3, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    RR manipulated on home ground and won this time RR will loss and will be sendoff for Dravid.Dravid does not seem to be confidant that they will reach finals.

  • I_Love_My_India on October 3, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    @Tanuj, There were so many ifs and buts. If the world ends all of a sudden, there will be no cricket to play. If all the players of the playing eleven died the next moment, it would be even less interesting to watch the matches. So relax and enjoy.

    Also, MSD preferred to be with yellow jersey. As far as Srinivisan remains as the BCCI chief, I believe MSD will prefer to stay with them.

  • gsingh7 on October 3, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    RR is too strong for csk. i want a competitive match not like the one csk played against t and t. they will be demoralised after massive defeat against t and t and now have to play at rr homeground where they are unbeaten in last 12 matches. nobody in their senses will bet against rr in this match. hala bol!!

  • Nampally on October 3, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    IF CSK play as recklessly as they did vs. T & T, they may as well not turn up. RR will fight hard at home where they are unbeaten so far. They have Samson, Rahane, Watson & Hodge in good batting form. Faulkner, Watson, Thambe, Shukla have also bowled well. It is left up to Dravid to handle his team with correct use of bowlers & batting order. My only comment is Binny needs to bat after Hodge. As for CSK, Jadeja appears to have relaxed too much taking his bowling for granted. Even Ashwin has been lax with lot of lose bowling. They both have to make a serious effort to put their best foot forward. CSK has a great batting line up with Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo- each capable of beating the hell out of the leather. Vijay may be replaced with Saha. It is the CSK bowling which is a bit of a suspect. Morkel, Bravo & the 2 spinners are their main bowlers but Raina as a bowler is currently their best spinner. It is going to be close match & the performance on the match day is Critical.

  • on October 3, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    this 1st semifinal of champions league is no less than a final.. royals have hold their fortress strongly 12 opponents have faltered in row to dismantle them at jaipur.. and its also true that if there is any team that can topple royals, its super kings.. at jaipur, chennai can think of making some surprise changes.. they already have mohit, holder, ashwin, bravo all bowling good.. jadeja has been expensive, but they can get 2 overs from raina also from jaddu's quota.. so, they can rest morkel and bring in plessis.. this will make their batting very strong.. hussey and plessis can be a terrific opening pair to be followed by in form raina, dhoni and bravo.. because having morkel is not going to cut the opponents score in much magnitude, so i feel they should make this one change.. for royals, they have only tait in store and it doesnt seem he might play.. as csk play spin quiet well, it would be better if they drop tambe and recall malik..

  • Leg-Breaker on October 3, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    The CSK loss against T&T appears to be strategic. T&T had such low odds of winning that anybody who had bet in favor of T&T would have won by a huge margin similar to T&T.

    Will Ashwin repeat his 23 run over as instructed by the team enthusiast in the last game in Jaipur? wait and Watch as Azhar would say....

  • TopTipper on October 3, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    As an Indian fan I think I can read Dhoni. He is super-cool and provides almost zero leadership in an unimportant game like the last one against T&T. But beware, he is the man who always is focussed on the ultimate goal! His greatest tactic to create an impression of nonchalance and then strike with a destructive force when it matters the most. He gets into a devastating trance then catches you with surprise. Sri Lankans have experienced it on number of occasions. Like a true Champion he is always in control and in a cunning state reading the opponent accurately on or off field. Seriously, good luck to the Royals! They need it!

  • abhiyog on October 3, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    @tinuj birua do u think India Cements is a foolish organization to leave out Dhoni, they worked out a lot of things to build this strong team. Why should they leave everyone in auctions after building this kind of a team...

  • gauravm5 on October 3, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    why Holder and Morris were picked over Nannes & Hilfenhaus. Even on their bad day, Hilfe & nannes are much much better than Holder & Morris.

  • on October 3, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    There is a lot hype over ms dhoni , bt the universal fact is dat the greatest wicket keeper of all time is and will always be ADAM GILCRIST ....

  • Ashen on October 3, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    I think the players in the spotlight for the semi final 1 & 2 should be the two legends, Rahul & Sachin. Both are great players. All are talking about the retirement of these two greats. But so far in this Champions League they have disappointed their loyal fans.

    Also one weak point I see in this CSK team is their two overseas players, Morkel and Holder. Both are very poor and not up to the standards set by other CSK players. I think one of them has to make way for Faf du Plessis. Also the performance of Murali Vijay and Sir Jadeja has been disappointing and not up to the mark set by Dhoni, Raina etc. But I doubt whether there are any players in the squad to replace these two in the side. So I think both of them will get an automatic selection into the team, irrespective of their performance.

    For RR I think Tambe should not play as CSK has some very good players of spin in Dhoni, Raina, Badrinath etc. Instead they could play Vikramjeet Malik. Menaria is not a good bowler too.

  • on October 3, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    guilty tanuj... csk built the team... After playing in csk lot of players emerge in indian squad. Raina, ashwin,badri, vijay,jadeja , faf ,george bailey and bravo become captains

  • on October 3, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    always i am support Rahul Dravid alies Rajastan Royals

  • IndCricFan2013 on October 3, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Great, Happy CSK dug themselves into a hole! Real test for CSK! If they can come out of this, then they will once again prove their mettle and possibly can expect the same for next 3 years. But if they dig themselves further down, I am worried CSK will not be the same any more.

  • on October 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Mumbai without making a is easier to play.On their day CSK won't care against whom and where they are playing.bowling is something which must be taken seriously at this crucial stage.Imtiaz can be tried on these quick wickets.Morris must be given chance right now.Jadeja and badri are needed to be dropped.Both cannot clear large boundaries and most importantly are out of form.Faf can handle these conditions and can chip in with and over or 2. Saha is also a consistent performer whenever he ggets chance. My eleven ..Mike ,Murali,raina,,FAF, ms,saha, morris ,bravo,imtiaz,ashwin,mohit. What can I sayabout RRs,a much settled team.

  • on October 3, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    CSK are more experienced in the knockout stages of tournaments and have many match winners. It is good that CSK saw a top order collapse against T & T, so that now they can further plan how to tackle such a situation and also a change from Delhi to Jaipur where the pitch will suit Chennai more is appropriate for them keeping in mind the fact that they do not have a very impressive record against M.I who played fabulously in Delhi in the previous match. It is all fingers crossed for this match and let us hope CSK can turn things around.

  • on October 3, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    If there is any team who can beat RR in Jaipur, CSK is certainly one of them. The defeat in the last match may work in their favor. I think RR may go with all pace attack considering Tambe may not be as effective against CSK as he was against Overseas teams. Last time when both team played at jaipur one bad over from Ashwin(23 Runs) cost CSK the game. Hope we have a last over finish.

  • on October 3, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    @Tanuj Birua why on earth would they drop MSD?

  • on October 3, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Despite of Shukla's performance I would go with Malik. He was hitting the right length all the time and no bad balls was offered either. So yes , tough on Shukla but still decisions has to be made.

    Otherwise it would be a similar line up. I am looking forward to see Dravid playing a great innings :)

  • VVSR92 on October 3, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    RR vs CSK is going to be a great contest & RR having home advantage and mightier CSK is posing a challenge makes it even more exciting.The team that wins the game would go into finals with more confidence.

  • Kiran.Nalla on October 3, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    RR should be cautious here in semis between CSK. Super Kings have the knack of picking their at the right time and also they come good at crunch times.So they should play real good cricket...

  • king_kenie on October 3, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Have no fear Doni is here.

  • on October 3, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Shane watson will be the key if RR needs to win , he is due for a big innings n this match is sonething that he myt b relishing .....

  • on October 3, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    csk dominance will be over if they drop msd raina jadeja bravo or any of rheir key player.just like australia are today .and one things is msd did not look suitable in yellow jersery he should be playing with mi or rr or any weak ipl team.hoping csk put all their player in auctions

  • rpatil235 on October 3, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    RR will cruise into SEMI's. I think TAIT should be included in place of Cooper as TAIT and Faulkner death bowling would certainly stop run flow in the slog overs..

  • abhiyog on October 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I hope CSK play Chris Morris in place of holder as he can bat as well. It was very good very good wake up call against T&T and CSK are only team capable of breaching Jaipur fortress lead by the Great Wall of India. Hoping for a good farewell knock from dravid and a csk win.

  • kevaldedhia813 on October 3, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Dravid needs this win badly to prove what is great stays great.

  • Narbavi on October 3, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I think the Chennai Super Kings will regret the way they played yesterday, they would have rather played MI at Delhi than playing RR at their own fortress.

  • Narbavi on October 3, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I think the Chennai Super Kings will regret the way they played yesterday, they would have rather played MI at Delhi than playing RR at their own fortress.

  • kevaldedhia813 on October 3, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Dravid needs this win badly to prove what is great stays great.

  • abhiyog on October 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I hope CSK play Chris Morris in place of holder as he can bat as well. It was very good very good wake up call against T&T and CSK are only team capable of breaching Jaipur fortress lead by the Great Wall of India. Hoping for a good farewell knock from dravid and a csk win.

  • rpatil235 on October 3, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    RR will cruise into SEMI's. I think TAIT should be included in place of Cooper as TAIT and Faulkner death bowling would certainly stop run flow in the slog overs..

  • on October 3, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    csk dominance will be over if they drop msd raina jadeja bravo or any of rheir key player.just like australia are today .and one things is msd did not look suitable in yellow jersery he should be playing with mi or rr or any weak ipl team.hoping csk put all their player in auctions

  • on October 3, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Shane watson will be the key if RR needs to win , he is due for a big innings n this match is sonething that he myt b relishing .....

  • king_kenie on October 3, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Have no fear Doni is here.

  • Kiran.Nalla on October 3, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    RR should be cautious here in semis between CSK. Super Kings have the knack of picking their at the right time and also they come good at crunch times.So they should play real good cricket...

  • VVSR92 on October 3, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    RR vs CSK is going to be a great contest & RR having home advantage and mightier CSK is posing a challenge makes it even more exciting.The team that wins the game would go into finals with more confidence.

  • on October 3, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Despite of Shukla's performance I would go with Malik. He was hitting the right length all the time and no bad balls was offered either. So yes , tough on Shukla but still decisions has to be made.

    Otherwise it would be a similar line up. I am looking forward to see Dravid playing a great innings :)