Chennai v Bangalore, IPL 2011, Final, Chennai May 28, 2011

Vijay stars in Chennai's successful title defence

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Chennai Super Kings 205 for 5 (Vijay 95, Hussey 63) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 147 for 8 (Ashwin 3-16) by 58 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

What would have been on Chennai Super Kings' wish list before this final? 1) Win toss on a slow pitch. 2) Great start by the openers. 3) Remove Chris Gayle for a duck. PS: While we are it why not knock out AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli cheaply? They got all that. Chennai produced a near-perfect game and mauled Royal Challengers Bangalore to lift their second IPL trophy.

M Vijay has rarely converted his starts this IPL and Michael Hussey hasn't sparkled in the previous few games. So what they do on the day of the big finale? They amass a sizzling 159-run partnership to launch Chennai to a massive total at the Chidambaram Stadium. R Ashwin then derailed the chase by packing off Gayle for a duck in the first over. Game over.

It was the ease with which the runs flowed and the calm manner in which they were accumulated by the Chennai openers that caught the eye. There were several big shots but nearly all of them were in conventional zones. There was just one bad shot in the first 14 overs. Just one. In the 10th over, Vijay had just played a nonchalant flick that sailed just clear of a lunging Luke Pomersbach on the deep-midwicket boundary. He then tried to slog the next ball across the line and edged it to the leg side. The reaction of the players reflected their awareness of the need to keep adrenalin in check: Vijay shadow practiced a straighter arc of the bat and Hussey rushed across to have a long chat.

For the duration of the partnership, which lasted 14.5 overs, they complemented each other with contrasting approaches. Hussey punctuated his bunts, chips and drives with the occasional big hit - the highlight was a monstrous heave off Syed Mohammad that crashed into the roof beyond wide long-on. Vijay went the other way. He punctuated his flamboyant on-the-up hits with quieter punches for singles and twos. They both ran between the wickets hard and fast and the scoring-rate never flagged. Vijay grew increasingly tired but it was Hussey who fell first, swatting a full toss from Mohammad to long-on. By then, they had laid a great platform.

It was Vijay who started the mayhem off the final delivery of the second over with a special shot. It was a short-of-length delivery with little room for maneuvering, or so it seemed, but Vijay wafted it on the up and through the line for a flamboyant six over long-on. Hussey pulled the next delivery, from Zaheer Khan, over the backward square-leg boundary to launch the assault. They repeated that double-dose of sixes again. Hussey swung the final delivery of the fifth over, bowled by Mohammad, over the midwicket boundary and Vijay lifted the next ball, from Chris Gayle, over long-on. Chennai reached 56 for 0 in six overs and kept going from strength to strength.

They started their bowling in the same way. Ashwin just needed three deliveries to remove the chief thorn in their path. The first two turned sharply away from Gayle before the third swerved in from round the stumps and skidded on to collect the edge from an attempted cut. de Villiers reeled off a few big shots but was trapped by Shadab Jakati and Suresh Raina had Kohli lbw to sew up the game for Chennai.

In contrast Bangalore slipped on the little things that matter on this stage. In the Powerplay, there were three instances of fielders succumbing to adrenalin rushes and indulging in needless throws; one, from Saurabh Tiwary, even went to the boundary. Pomersbach could have done a better job in seizing that chance from Vijay in the 10th over, and S Aravind messed up an opportunity to run out Hussey in the 12th over. Vijay, the non-striker, had called Hussey for a risky single and Aravind, the bowler who picked up the ball at short mid-on, flung it wide at the non-striker's end. There was another instance in the 11th over when the bowler, Mohammad, flung himself full stretch to his right but couldn't hang on to a difficult chance offered by Vijay. It was that kind of day. Things just didn't go right for Bangalore and everything went according to script for Chennai.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ARUNCHUNAI on May 31, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Friends, Classic Silent Killer spinned down Chris Storm Killer and again proved that IPL 2011 Cricket Supreme King is Chennai Super KIngs. We are also won IPlL 2011 Fairplay Trophy. So dont envy our cool brave CSK talents and all masterminds. We are 11 silence storms which shocked all other 9 best teams in time. Our normal minds in crucial situations makes us winning any team,any scores with normal players. It is the secret which God Krishna says in the Bagavath Geetha. Work is Worship. So CSK works gives them the Championship. No luck is there as all other teams says. So come on CSK guys .. it is again our celebration time with lot of envy on us without sporting spirit. Winner Winner always is the only CSK.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on May 31, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    RCB was too much dependent on Gayle in batting and Zak,Aravind in bowling. They won 8 matches when Gayle scored magnificently. They lost matches when Gayle failed. In the finals, Vijay& Hussey shone in the batting whereas Ashwin stood as pick of the bowlers. Thats the reason why Chennai won. RCB's chase after Gayle got out was like batting for completing quota of overs rather than attacking CSK bowlers. Through the entire season Badri had been consistent. Vijay,Hussey,Dhoni scored runs whenever team needed. Ashwin,Bollinger had been consistent in the bowling department helped by Jakati,Morkel and Raina. As a combined unit they won matches and the title!!!! Hats off to MSD & CSK...

  • peveve on May 31, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Harbhajan's place in the team for too long a favorite of Ganguly and tendulkar but a person who cannot spin the ball is at stake. he proved he is in the Indian team only because of his "connections". High time he is thrown out. To supporters who claim that he has won many matches, here is the answer any other spinner like Pragyan, Mishra, Chawla, Jakati, Rahul would have done far better in those games which Harbhajan took wickets. It is time to show him the door.

  • insightfulcricketer on May 31, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    For those guys hinting Srikanth of all people with regionalism do not know what they are talking about. Srikanth as a player and as a captain was way above these petty things. Srikkanth got captaincy in Sachin's debut series and the prospect was to play the great Pakistani team of the time at their home.That team came back with honour even while playing on green wickets (and neutral umpires helped).Even Imran attributed the series to great captaincy from Srikanth and Sri went with fresh bowlers from North and a young batsman from West. As a player he always played for the team be it belting fast bowlers and not caring for his personal centuries or standing close (when he was senior too), and taking some brave catches. So please know your cricket before you hit below the belt to somebody like Cheeka.Just for the record I am from Delhi and I respect Srikant who was a team player first and foremost.

  • on May 30, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Doesnt it happen in other sports? The grand slam winner gets an advantage for the next year right. Why cant the Winner atleast decide the location of the final matches? Btw if other teams could have eliminated CSK in the league stage or playoff? two other teams could have been playing in a neutral venue. And if CSK had lost their first qualifier and they would have played back to back games. Y arent the RCB fans grateful enuf at having another chance at the trophy after losing the first qualifier while complaining avout back to back matches? Once the schedule was decided, except mayb for RR which was really hectic, anything could have happened to any team.

  • rahulcricindia on May 30, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    @dineshcc well we do not hate ashwin but do not callhim the best spinner in INDIA or better than bhajji ....ashwin has got lot to prove........there is difference between class and freakishness......and you can not prove class so early and bhajji is proven contender.....made INDIA proud so many times ...probably the reason why ..when whole INDIA kept on yelling for picking ashwin during WC but dhoni has other plans.......now do not say dhoni is jealous of him

  • rasiramesh on May 30, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    CSK deserve to be the champion, bcos the domestic players Ashwin,Vijay and Badri stand and deliver whenever needed. Not like other team depending upon some overseas players. For all those who hate CSK, here is one gentle reminder! 2010 Champions League Twenty20: Golden Bat for the most run getter in the tournament - M Vijay(294 Runs). Golden Wicket for the most wicket taker in the tournament - R Ashwin(13 Wickets). Man of the Series - R Ashwin. That too they have done this not on their home ground chennai, its in South Africa where the pitch is on the slower side. The both domestic players of CSK performed on this unfamiliar pitch and beaten their country T20 Champions Chevrolet Warriors! Most of the people in the other state complaining like kids, CSK played in home so they win, then why MI were unable to win in IPL 2010 final? CSK will win at all occasions, they do not depend upon pitch. Local players stand brave, not depending upon overseas player to perform for their team!

  • mikechand on May 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Dont criticise selection of TN players for the national squad. BADRI, MUKUND, ASHWIN balaji d.kartik yo mahesh vijay are all very good players. They deserve to be picked for INDIA. Selection for the national team should be based on perfomance & not zonal. But N. SRINIVASAN & SRIKANTH has played their part in CSK's victory whether it be during auctions or during matches. The decision that previous winners can decide the final of the nxt tournament is ridiculous!! And one last thing BCCI OFFICIALS should not own or have any relationships with the IPL teams.

  • Diark on May 30, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    @Jaga2011-RCB would have got a few days rest if they had beat Chennai at Mumbai.

  • Jaga2011 on May 30, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Congrats CSK. However, all said and done, N Srinivasan owning CSK and being BCCI secretary/president elect is a major conflict of interest and unfairly casts shadows on CSK players who deserve their wins. Please, Mr.NS, quit the BCCI if you want to own your IPL team. And for sure, It was poor scheduling to make the other team RCB play back to back games at the final stages.

  • ARUNCHUNAI on May 31, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Friends, Classic Silent Killer spinned down Chris Storm Killer and again proved that IPL 2011 Cricket Supreme King is Chennai Super KIngs. We are also won IPlL 2011 Fairplay Trophy. So dont envy our cool brave CSK talents and all masterminds. We are 11 silence storms which shocked all other 9 best teams in time. Our normal minds in crucial situations makes us winning any team,any scores with normal players. It is the secret which God Krishna says in the Bagavath Geetha. Work is Worship. So CSK works gives them the Championship. No luck is there as all other teams says. So come on CSK guys .. it is again our celebration time with lot of envy on us without sporting spirit. Winner Winner always is the only CSK.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on May 31, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    RCB was too much dependent on Gayle in batting and Zak,Aravind in bowling. They won 8 matches when Gayle scored magnificently. They lost matches when Gayle failed. In the finals, Vijay& Hussey shone in the batting whereas Ashwin stood as pick of the bowlers. Thats the reason why Chennai won. RCB's chase after Gayle got out was like batting for completing quota of overs rather than attacking CSK bowlers. Through the entire season Badri had been consistent. Vijay,Hussey,Dhoni scored runs whenever team needed. Ashwin,Bollinger had been consistent in the bowling department helped by Jakati,Morkel and Raina. As a combined unit they won matches and the title!!!! Hats off to MSD & CSK...

  • peveve on May 31, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Harbhajan's place in the team for too long a favorite of Ganguly and tendulkar but a person who cannot spin the ball is at stake. he proved he is in the Indian team only because of his "connections". High time he is thrown out. To supporters who claim that he has won many matches, here is the answer any other spinner like Pragyan, Mishra, Chawla, Jakati, Rahul would have done far better in those games which Harbhajan took wickets. It is time to show him the door.

  • insightfulcricketer on May 31, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    For those guys hinting Srikanth of all people with regionalism do not know what they are talking about. Srikanth as a player and as a captain was way above these petty things. Srikkanth got captaincy in Sachin's debut series and the prospect was to play the great Pakistani team of the time at their home.That team came back with honour even while playing on green wickets (and neutral umpires helped).Even Imran attributed the series to great captaincy from Srikanth and Sri went with fresh bowlers from North and a young batsman from West. As a player he always played for the team be it belting fast bowlers and not caring for his personal centuries or standing close (when he was senior too), and taking some brave catches. So please know your cricket before you hit below the belt to somebody like Cheeka.Just for the record I am from Delhi and I respect Srikant who was a team player first and foremost.

  • on May 30, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Doesnt it happen in other sports? The grand slam winner gets an advantage for the next year right. Why cant the Winner atleast decide the location of the final matches? Btw if other teams could have eliminated CSK in the league stage or playoff? two other teams could have been playing in a neutral venue. And if CSK had lost their first qualifier and they would have played back to back games. Y arent the RCB fans grateful enuf at having another chance at the trophy after losing the first qualifier while complaining avout back to back matches? Once the schedule was decided, except mayb for RR which was really hectic, anything could have happened to any team.

  • rahulcricindia on May 30, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    @dineshcc well we do not hate ashwin but do not callhim the best spinner in INDIA or better than bhajji ....ashwin has got lot to prove........there is difference between class and freakishness......and you can not prove class so early and bhajji is proven contender.....made INDIA proud so many times ...probably the reason why ..when whole INDIA kept on yelling for picking ashwin during WC but dhoni has other plans.......now do not say dhoni is jealous of him

  • rasiramesh on May 30, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    CSK deserve to be the champion, bcos the domestic players Ashwin,Vijay and Badri stand and deliver whenever needed. Not like other team depending upon some overseas players. For all those who hate CSK, here is one gentle reminder! 2010 Champions League Twenty20: Golden Bat for the most run getter in the tournament - M Vijay(294 Runs). Golden Wicket for the most wicket taker in the tournament - R Ashwin(13 Wickets). Man of the Series - R Ashwin. That too they have done this not on their home ground chennai, its in South Africa where the pitch is on the slower side. The both domestic players of CSK performed on this unfamiliar pitch and beaten their country T20 Champions Chevrolet Warriors! Most of the people in the other state complaining like kids, CSK played in home so they win, then why MI were unable to win in IPL 2010 final? CSK will win at all occasions, they do not depend upon pitch. Local players stand brave, not depending upon overseas player to perform for their team!

  • mikechand on May 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Dont criticise selection of TN players for the national squad. BADRI, MUKUND, ASHWIN balaji d.kartik yo mahesh vijay are all very good players. They deserve to be picked for INDIA. Selection for the national team should be based on perfomance & not zonal. But N. SRINIVASAN & SRIKANTH has played their part in CSK's victory whether it be during auctions or during matches. The decision that previous winners can decide the final of the nxt tournament is ridiculous!! And one last thing BCCI OFFICIALS should not own or have any relationships with the IPL teams.

  • Diark on May 30, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    @Jaga2011-RCB would have got a few days rest if they had beat Chennai at Mumbai.

  • Jaga2011 on May 30, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Congrats CSK. However, all said and done, N Srinivasan owning CSK and being BCCI secretary/president elect is a major conflict of interest and unfairly casts shadows on CSK players who deserve their wins. Please, Mr.NS, quit the BCCI if you want to own your IPL team. And for sure, It was poor scheduling to make the other team RCB play back to back games at the final stages.

  • gurussm on May 30, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    it 's irony all the way....

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    CSK rocks!but really sad while reading some comments.Winner gets to host the final and qualifier 2 and the runner up gets to host the qualifier 1 and the eliminator of the next ipl,this is the procedure that is followed from this year so chennai got to host the final.Therefore please understand that the venue for the ipl final was selected even before the ipl had started.And it does not matter where you play the game but how you play the game.When MI got to host the ipl 3 final,who won it? was it MI or CSK?Many people want to select players for the indian team on ipl basis but when selectors had tried,it had resulted in failure,players like gony,dinda,vinay kumar,umesh yadav who were selected due to ipl have all been a failure.So the selectors have realised it and have decided to pick players only on the basis of their performances in indian domestic cricket.Many criticised the selection of badri, if you want to know why he was selected,see his stats and you will decide for yourself

  • uk8581 on May 30, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    First csk somehow with evil intent retained most of the players,then to play final at their venue (chepauk) they went back in time to win 2010 IPL,Coin was somehow loaded in favour of dhoni command even tough it was dan's call ,after batting first heat dryers were put in the pitch(magically when no one was watching) to assist the spinners.yes it was most boring 74 matches,But I just see all of them with curiosity,just to make this comment.And other thing,all other captains are just unlucky... Poor them

  • peveve on May 30, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    .....Tendulkar as captain of India on the WI tour deliberately picked Kuruvilla ahead of Dodda Ganesh a faster and better bowler. Why was Sadanand Vishwanath dropped inspite of being a better keeper and batsman than Kiran More or Farook Engineer picked ahead of Kunderan a better keeper and batsman.The comes the classical case of Sunil Gavaskar & Gangulys animosity against S.Ramesh. In 2003-04 tour of Australia A. Chopra who came into the team on E.Zone's Rohan Gavaskar (ODI) for N.zone's akash Chopra (Tests) deal . Ramesh the best batsman in the tour matches was never given a chance in the tests because Sunil feared Rohan's future in ODI was at stake lest Ramesh firmly cements his place as Sehwag's partner. The list is long and can go on but I am happy the IPL is lost by SRK, Mallya and Mukesh ambani- the corporate mafia. MI will never win since they climbed the Ghat to Tirumala last yearr to pray for a win when no one was supposed to do so at that hour.

  • vind_2801 on May 30, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    @dineshcc yes dude there was so much hatred against the selectionof ashwin for the world cup telling srikant favoured him .....now they started to tell that CSK won becoz of srinivasan ....there is so much hatred against players from tamil nadu ....this attitude shld change ....players like ashwin badri shld prove thir mettle in the international arena and shld make us proud ....not the least ashwin is in his prime form ....currently india's best spinner far better than harbajan who is in the team only becoz of sachin ....

  • hotrod1982 on May 30, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    CSK are the most underrated team in IPL.They dont have the pomp and glamour that other teams have.But still they have been the consistent performer in all the IPLS.This is because of the quality of the players present.CSK because of the absence of glamour and glitz is able to concentrate fully on cricket and win the trophy.Other teams and supporters of other teams should learn this and not keep on complaining like school students.comments like pitch being favorable,playing in home conditions,luck etc are extrmely stupid excuses.learn from the winners.

  • JamesSmithee on May 30, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Most of the people saying credit should go to MSD But I think role of Kapil Dev has been under estimated in here. He won the world cup for India in 83. Also he started a league (ICL) and which lead ICB to start a new league to maintain the control of cricket in India. Finally it produced bundles of good players and it helped India to be a stronger team during past 2,3 years. Kapil Dev is the man for India to get 2 time title in ODI

  • vind_2801 on May 30, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    @dineshcc yes dude there was so much hatred against the selectionof ashwin for the world cup telling srikant favoured him .....now they started to tell that CSK won becoz of srinivasan ....there is so much hatred against players from tamil nadu ....this attitude shld change ....players like ashwin badri shld prove thir mettle in the international arena and shld make us proud ....not the least ashwin is in his prime form ....currently india's best spinner far better than harbajan who is in the team only becoz of sachin ....

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    @DINESHCC well said... hit the nail on the head... when ppl try to find some fault they have all ways to find it... Please dont separate by region..

  • DINESHCC on May 30, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    RAHULCRICINDIA: We never hate north, east, west players. We treat all players as Indian Players. But you see the comments posted on the indian teal selection for WI tour. Almost 90% of the comments are against the inclusion of Badri, Vijay and Mukund. They feel satisfied about the remaining 12 players selected. For any team selection they are spitting venom against TN players. Even if TN players are not selected they comment that Srikkanth is selecting only CSK players. For the world cup selection almost 99% of people said Uthappa and Irfan are more deserving than Ashwin. They could not digest the only player selected from Tamil Nadu for the world cup. But what about these two players in the IPL IV. Or what is the performance of Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, C.Pujara in IPL IV. People should suppot the players based on the talent and not based on the region / state.

  • furkhanhaq on May 30, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    CSK deserved to win the title again. they have a very good and proven captain and a team that has played together in the past IPL'S. This is a team game and needs contribution from atleast 7-8 player to perform to win and teams depending on 2-3 players will end on the loosing side.

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    continued....the teams who performed as a unit, had won those editions i.e., Rajasthan and Hyderabad. It is of utmost importance to learn from mistakes and that is exactly what CSK did and I don't know why certain teams like MI, RCB and Delhi are still refusing to learn from their past mistakes. Even Mr. Sachin who is regarded as the GOD of cricket couldn't learn from his blunders and thereby failing to lead his team to victory despite remaining at the top of the league table for almost the entire season. The team which utilized MI's weakness greatly was Rajasthan which beat them twice. And one thing which I didn't liked seeing on the comments are the comments posted by immature persons. i read someone saying that final should have been on a neutral venue, well, if some team instead of CSK qualified to the playoffs then Chennai is a neutral venue, and all the venues are decided well before the tournament started; people must note that first. Now I need to finish my comment. CSK rules!

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    CSK proved they are an "CHAMPION" side last year itself in both ipl cph lege. so ultimately they won this year also.Because they have good and very talented players in their side so they won.so don't waste your energy. Talent makes an opportunity. so better luck next time...

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    I feel really sad for the real players in the RCB team. Players like Mr. S Aravind, Mr. A Mithun, Mr. de Villiers have to live in the shadow of Mr. Gayle. Knowing they are the second best to Mr. Gayle would hinder their overall performance and it really did. And CSK wanted to defend their title so they didn't give Mr. Mukund a chance to play as they had found a stable team earlier. But they did nurture unknown players like Mr. Ashwin, Mr. Saha, Mr. Gony, Mr Joginder Sharma, Mr. Tyagi and Mr. Jakati and all of these players had won the match for CSK on many occasions. Yes, we need to celebrate individual performances, but on the next game the focus should be back on team performance and not on individual performance. I need to mention that CSK were doing this mistake in the first two editions of the IPL, depending on individuals like Mr. Hayden(as a Tamil and an ardent fan of CSK I did miss Mr. Hayden this IPL), Mr. Hussey and of course Mr. Dhoni, and ...to be continued

  • on May 29, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Im quite sure if KKR or MI had won this ipl there not be this many negative comments

  • Trevor_G on May 29, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    I watched many of the IPL contests. But to be honest, I have IPL burnout. In the end, I didn't even watch the final, even though I (a South African) am an RCB fan. As a 57 year old, I was brought up on test cricket with all the nuances that today's young fans (and players) cannot even contemplate, let alone understand. I'm tired of DLF maximums; let's get back to our roots.

  • on May 29, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    chennai super kings was too amazing in the final .. straight after gayle's dismissal, everything started falling into pieces .. i simply love the CSK's equation of winning the game ---> Get Gayle Out, CSK Wins :)

  • on May 29, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Flash News: IPL Council has decided to Ban CSK from IPL5...

  • J.Inbaraj on May 29, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    very good comment from 'gobu thondaiman' dude you shut everyone's unnecessary complains.. It's like what sachin adviced bathri, "only a tree with many fruits will be thrown with stones by all".. All are jealous on csk. CSK Rocks.. :) Especially ashwin(my fav) and also the cool captain proves to all again that it's not fluke and it's all about team work and team performance..!

  • on May 29, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    IPL will not do any good to indian cricket. It will just produce players for just T20 games and we will not find the players with the required skill to play test cricket in future

  • frozeninusa on May 29, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Congrats to CSK for the repeat championship. Every team has some good international players but it is the local talent of the likes of Dhoni, Ashwin, Raina, and Vijay that made the decisive difference for Chennai. Chennai has done a good job of maintaining the core and the identity of the team even with all the changes going around. I think the other teams need to learn from that. Change is the nature of club sports but it will only do good with a solid foundation. Not every player can play for hie native city or state but the likes of Yuvraj playing for Pune and Dravid playing for RCB does not seem right.

  • Rage468 on May 29, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    schedule for ipl was way too long...... it was equivalent to two WC being held... CSK win was largely due to dhoni's captaincy.. amazing captain and cricketer as welll....

  • BV19 on May 29, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Come on guys, give CSK their due and think about the following.

    To all the people claiming that N Srinivasan was 'responsible' for CSK win. Do you really think that heavy weights like Vijay Mallaya, Ambani, Shahrukh Kahan, and Sahara would have been sucking their thumbs and watching NS fix the matches? Think please.

  • AllwinJ on May 29, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    I think a lot of people played their part in CSK's win. Dhoni of course is the most important person in the team. Srini did the smart thing by appointing people with cricket brain to pick players at the auction. And the best part of the team is that there is not much difference between the money and attention each player earned. In KKR, two players together earned as much the other 18 players earned. That divides the team right there.

  • on May 29, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    I was glad that M.S.Dhoni proved me wrong and established that he is the best among the captains of all International teams. Whereas he told his strategy of giving Chris Gale "Chin music" he started his attack with Ashwin! Gale's body language exposed his deep thoughtfulness (or shall we call it nervousness?) not uncommon with so much pressure and great expectations from all around.It was indeed very nice to see that two Chennai boys Murli Vijay and Ashwin brought glory to CSK a franchise from Chennai. These two took upon themselves to shoulder the responsibility when it mattered most.I hasten to add Badrinath played with a lot of character throughout the tournament but did not get an opportunity in the Final unfortunately(?)

  • on May 29, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Good team always wins.., i would say it is the victory for Indian cricket.., without IPL you would have not known, iqbal abdulla, paul valthaty, S aravind, manish pandey, Ashwin and many more..., PLEASE DO NOT CREATE DISPARITIES AMONG TEAM, THIS YEAR CHENNAI WON, NEXT YEAR MAY BE ANOTHER TEAM...,

  • shrastogi on May 29, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    I think it is unfair to call CSK lucky. Luck smiles only on those who have ability. It is true that one doesnt know how good a score RCB would have amassed if they had won the toss. It is not just the toss RCB didnt bowl well at all. The final reminded me of the world cup final in 2003 where poor bowling by Indians just pur them out of match. The cricket fatigue was such that this is the only IPL4 match that I watched fully. Kudos to CSK team management who have put together a team where majority of players were used to each other for about 4 years. It is difficult job of team building in two months and I expect better performances from realtively newer squads in future. Newer squads were formed forced by non performance (KKR) and higher aim (RCB) but if someone told Shahrukh Khan that Gayle is going to play this well he would have retained him in his team.

  • Deepakrox on May 29, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    All the guys are jealous of tamilnadu and the chennai boys. Go CSK:)

  • bobbo2 on May 29, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Finally the IPL is over. We can get on with some real cricket now

  • Lakpj on May 29, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    I don't think this IPL was a success. It was just after the WC, where many had fed up with too much cricket and the tournament was way too long. There were too many one sided games. The main reason for that is there are too many teams. Therefore the quality aspect has gone down. Future tournaments should not be lengthy as this. but take nothing away from CSK, they have the best team and they won once again.

  • on May 29, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    I completely agree with Gobu Thondaiman.

  • cricfan4life on May 29, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @ Siva Raman and Nirmal R. chris made 107 and took 3/21 in the same match like i said he isnt Indian so it must be under pressure how about his first match he was injured and didn't play since the world cup and made a hundred and to a amazing catch plzz he needs to be indian

  • on May 29, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Grow up people i cannot belive so many of u dont like the csk win the bottam line is they r the true champion .They play as a team and win as a team.A true csk fan from canada.

  • on May 29, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    the whole difference to CSK winning and any other team losing is coz of the captaincy factor. It MSD's under whom, CSK is playing freely and with faith while others are playing with fear.

  • mhd.rassim on May 29, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    suresh raina roqs under the course

  • mikechand on May 29, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    why was the ipl final decided to be played at chennai??? why was a neutral venue not chosen? plz dont say people wont come!! it was all well planned!! stop this dirty game!! man of the match & man of the series will be shared by K.SRIKANTH & N.SRINIVASAN.....

  • sugumarrising on May 29, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    @ Rakesh K Tiwari, you have made all the comments which i was thinking, so nothing to write, but wonderful comments my friend, certain people are very angry about csk win, the greatest thing in any sport is to admit if any team plays nicely, csk has been playing well consistently for 4 years but still certain people are not admitting it, very sad!

  • princemoses on May 29, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    @Gobu Thondaiman:Awesome dude. Damn! there is no 'like' :-) Chennai rocks!

  • on May 29, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    finally the ipl is over .....didnt feel like watching matches this time and this has a reason......being a die hard cricket fan i thought we got everything on 2nd april when we won the world cup...but instead of celebrating it what we found that the same guys are against each other in just a week...the cup was pinnacle and any thing i mean anything after that in cricket field was of no intrest for few months....and i just feel for sorry for gambhir...the man who won final for whole nation was suddenly the most hated one ...questions regarding his commitment towards nation is useless...cos in my heart i know they are more dedicated than those who questions there commitments...i have seen him playing with a injurd arm in s.a and he saved the match for us.

  • SHEKSHEKSHEK on May 29, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    I know know why the RCB fans are crying... the match was CSK vs Gayle... Gayle cannot play all the match with century. Well done CSK ..

  • on May 29, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    INDIAN officials please recognize Vijay,Ashwin and Badri. Vijay is not in the one day side surprising.

  • on May 29, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    really super perfomance our team chennai super kings & dhoni groups.unbeliveble

  • Jim1207 on May 29, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    It was Dhoni's ancestors who were the first to discover the gold on Earth. In fact, they did not find any gold, they just touched the coal and it all turned to Gold.

  • on May 29, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    First of all congrats to CSK for defending their title. Second what went wrong if they win again?. This is clearly indication that they are the best team of IPL. Blaming pitch and SN and SK is totally worthless and senseless. Pitch issue in regards of test match is understandable , but for T20 what u are expecting? If player like Pollard, Symonds, Gayle can not play how anyone can blame CSK. If Oz win Wc 4 time we say they are the best, if Brazil can win 5 times among 32 team, if Roger Federer and NAdal win back to back grand slam , we say they are legend , so what is wrong with CSK? This is nothing just rubbish talking. I am sure if other 9 team not try to learn from this , CSK will win again in 2012 ipl, keep this in mind. If cks's domestic and international player played well this is how they managed their resources efficiently. Ppl are irritated just bcoz Mi is not able to win ipl so this kind of stuff is here but they will not win with Sachin as a captain. Sach need to quit!

  • Jim1207 on May 29, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    @Sekar, It's a myth that Chennai pitch favors batting first. Chennai chased 149 with loss of two wickets in same pitch against RR. In that match, RR were 86/0 in first 10 overs, but chennai pulled back to reduce their score to 147 and chased it easily.The problem with chennai pitch is opposition teams do not have a single clue about how to use the pitch to take wickets. They have to take the pace off the ball, vary the pace and use the spin bowling effectively. If they do it, batting first or second, they can win against chennai but everyone else is just afraid of playing CSK when they lose the toss. Nothing wrong with the pitch or batting second, it's just the opposition players need more time to understand the conditions (also chennai climate is the worst to play even in night time due to high humidity which showed on Vijay's and Hussey's tiredness during the final). But if you let opposition score morethan 160, it's tough to chase so the key is to bowl well using the pitch well.

  • on May 29, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    As per few people"CSK played final in their Home, so it was favored CSK. Yes u r right, Don't stop.. go on saying "CSK defeated Mumbai in MUMBAI" because "Mumbai was under pressure, they were playing in front of their home crowd". CSK won against RCB in Mumbai, say "MumbaI & ChennaI" ending with Letter "I" so it is favored CSK. CSK did it same thing in Champions League SF to RCB, Say that "Chennai close to Indian ocean so as South Africa, so climate favored them".

    The Conclusion is Whether match is conducted in Somalia or Masai Mara in Kenya, there will be one only Winner…THAT IS "ROARING LION"..

    YOU CANNOT TOUCH OUR LION'S MANE….MIND IT….

  • donmoras on May 29, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    CSK has two of the most intelligent cricketers of modern era.... Fleming and Dhoni. they are well backed by Srikkanth and Srinivasan.....

  • on May 29, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    To all the CSK haters.. Stop giving reasons for losing n stop arguing/crying against CSK.. If u ppl deserve to be a champion, you should beat the defending champions at any given conditions.. We defeated RCB twice in the trot.. Stop blaming NS, KS n the pitch for ur loss.. n for ppl arguing about the pitch, mumbai was a neutral pitch.. we defeated u ppl there itself.. when u r not able to win at a neutral pitch, how can u expect to win at lion's den..

  • on May 29, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    @Vivek Krishnu: I said gilly's century was better than Paul's coz Punjab not only had to win but had to win with a great margin to improve their net run rate and that too against the gayle force which certainly was done by piling up such a huge total. Gayle would always do well chasing anything less than 200. The only two times he chased above 200, he went for a duck. Paul's was a great effort too but Gilly's a bit more significant and when it was mandatory for them.

  • donmoras on May 29, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Chennai's most of the away wins were influenced by N Sreenivasan........so he is the man of the series for CSK.

  • V.Rajaa on May 29, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Hi,donno y my prev comment not posted.As 4 as csk benefited frm bala's over n got 2nd place in table,rcb hd got an extra point wn rr match abandoned due to rain.RR was a potent force @ that time and RCB were awefull,most probably RR wd hv hd won that match at that point time,so RCB wd hv finished 3rd or 4th or even cud nt hv made the playoffs.In that case csk cud hv topped d table.And for RCB played 2 days back 2 back just bcoz they lost 2 csk in 1st playoffs.Thye cud hv played better in that match and like csk they cud hv played finals starightaway,but poor RCB came 2 nd best there and in finals too. What to do?Even,RCB fans pulled csk fan's legs before 1st playoff,coz they thought last league match was an indicator of RCB win.Poor guys.

  • diehardcricketfan3 on May 29, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    as a chennai fan, i congratz CSK team for defending the ipl title successfully... but as a cricket fan, i must say ipl should be stopped... ipl has more disadvantages than the advantages...

  • on May 29, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    harshalb - i dont understand how a pitch can change that much within 20 overs. When these pitch can hold for 100 overs (one day internationals) with four ball change, dont u think it can hold fair enough to play just 40 overs and i dont think that much injustice could happen to the team batting second. with regard to spin, i hope csk had better spinners in terms of rcb. dan is a quality spinner but more than his spin he is good in line length and pace of the ball.

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 29, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    @harshalb..I am not csk supporter..but this is what happened in RCB VS MI match where RCB batted well for 15 overs and they lost many wickets in the end by making 185..when Mumbai came to bat ,the pitch slowed and turned badly where Mumbai couldn't Chase..And if u say pitch favoured most in final result,then RCB came to final due to the pitch reason..but RCB depends mostly on Gayle.by the way I support Mumbai Indians..

  • xonoxiler on May 29, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @PrabakarKP - veryy well said!!

  • on May 29, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Team building n gelling of the players is the need for any team.. It makes the teams to close out the close games.. None of the captains were able to use the resources effectively.. Even Kochi who were adamant in buying Murali for a million dollars, dint find room to use gim effectively.. Clearer in the strategy and stiffer in execution is what which made CSK as champions.. CSK knows what they wanted n they got what ther deserved!! The championship :-)

  • wnwn on May 29, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Chennai are the Barcelona of IPL.

  • Krrishgoud on May 29, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Bangalore is cursed by all Rahul Dravid fans...ha haaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaa...Well Done CSK...congrats...In Cricket, things always goes Dhoni way....RCB shouldn't have even qualified to the playoffs...without their Gay'le luck; But IPL4 has become very much predictible, i think Delhi and Hyderabad done blunder by picking up much weaker teams compared to their earlier stronger teams(they have qualified to @ least to semifinal twice earlier in 3 IPL's)...The much boasted pick up of RCB also did not done well, but luckily gayle arrived. Pune lacked strategy and execution, Punjab,RR and Kochi done well with their limited resources but doesn't have the depth to qualify for the playoffs.

  • harshalb on May 29, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176 - not sure what is your argument about giving credit where its due...I am not an RCB supporter but according to me the pitch clearly was the biggest factor here. If CSK had chased, they would have lost on this pitch but by a smaller margin because they are a batter side than RCB. Any pitch would slow down a little bit after being played on but this pitch not just slowed down, it began to turn sharply too. Even CSK could not handle it in the last 5 overs. Not sure where MI comes into picture here.

  • on May 29, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Thank god once again, thank team CHENNAI SUPER KINGS and all the supporters. keep whistling especially enaga caption DHONI kku big whislte podu

  • PrabakarKP on May 29, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Wonder where these very same guys who go shouting about the Chennai lobby dominating Indian cricket were, when there were very few TN players in the team throughout the 90's (not born maybe :) ) ??? Sample this - 1995/96 Ranji finals between TN and Kar...Just 3 TN players from the TN squad had a presence in the Indian team - WV Raman who had by then completed his India stint, Robin Singh (never remember him playing tests) and Sadagopan Ramesh who would go on to represent India 4 years later - Sridharan Sharath, WD Balaji Rao, Diwakar Vasu, Sunil Subramaniam, Reuben Paul, Mahesh....none of them were even made the 15-member squad, forget goin on to play....And mind you guys, Badri and Mukund have a stellar Ranji record, that is too good to be ignored...One thing that works in favour is that with too much cricket being played, there is a churn in the squad frequently due to injuries, resulting in larger number of players getting opportunities, unlike in the 90's....

  • on May 29, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    CSK ROCKS............WON IPL AGAIN PROVED AGAIN THEY R THE BEST...........CHAMPIONS '

  • harshacc on May 29, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    RCB can challenge for the title, Mumbai Indians led by the Mighty Indian himself will have a go at it,Knights remain Knights,Kings XI aspire to reign led by a former King, Tuskers/Chargers will charge like a thundering Behemoth/Bull.Daredevils , led by the original daredevil himself, will steal the show occasionally.Warriors will fight the good fight.Royals might be led by the King of leg spin with Hollywood royalty on his arm but eventually they were all hunted down by the LION PRIDE(Pride - Group of Lions for folks who don't know)

    Breaking News ---CSK - Sitting atop the food chain are considering renaming themselves Champion Super Kings.Other teams are not expected to object ;)

  • on May 29, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Man of the series for CSK - N.Srinivasan

  • msankar on May 29, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    What is IPL ? Its a competition where 9 teams will play for the No.2 Spot !!!

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    @harshalb..the same pitch where Mumbai vs RCB match happened..70 % pitch decided for RCB winning.when Mumbai came to bat ,the pitch became slow..RCB also reached final due to 70 % pitch in favour.otherwise Mumbai could hv played againt final by beating RCB..give credits where its due..

  • harshacc on May 29, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    To Sum it up RCB overall score was less than the opening partnership for CSK.CSK has better team players, better big match players, better temperament

    But to be fair to RCB , they were good sports and did not grumble too much abut playing back to back games.BCCI mismanagement again.This could have been played on Sunday after a days' rest

  • harshalb on May 29, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    To be fair to RCB, it should have been mentioned here that the pitch was a perfect batting strip for the first 15 overs and then even CSK lost 6 wickets for last 40 runs in 5 overs. When RCB came out to bat, it was a different pitch all together with the ball turning sharply and pitch becoming slow. CSK deserves kudos for winning and posting a good total but 70% result was decided by pitch.

  • RajeswaranV on May 29, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Chennai. Loved the win. However, on one hand I am disappointed that Abhinav Mukund did not get selected ahead of Saha, although he is a better batsman. On the other hand, I am humble enough to think that MSD is winning and knows more cricket than me :-)

  • peterss on May 29, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Please come up with a better team opposition. Just not good enough

  • on May 29, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Ind tour of WI: Everybody is jealous about the Indian team picked by Srinivasan and Srikantha. Is it Indian team or CSK team? (most of the members are from CSK viz. Murali, Raina, MSD, Saha, Badri, Ashwin and Abinab Mukund)

  • ivanguru on May 29, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Just b4 the arrival of Kris Srikanth, most of the selectors avoided players from TN(Badri is best example). But now because of IPL we got players like Murali and Ashwin for the national side(unavoidable). even they themselves have not got their chances in the first 2 ipl editions. Stop blaming KS as he gave us the world cup winning squad...

  • BULTY on May 29, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    It has to be acknowledged that the better team won in the IPL final. It was only unfortunate that RCB were at the receiving end of a stupid schedule worked out by IPL that the second qualifier and the final will be played back to back.Had only they been given a day's rest, the performance of RCB would have been much better and they would have given CSK a run for their money. Performance wise both the teams were equal only the mental preparedness differed. Well played RCB in the final and congrats to CSK.

  • sweetspot on May 29, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    This win will corrode all the haters into more hatred. Very few of them, particularly RCB supporters, will be able to digest how their team was decimated. They're an angry lot, starting from Kumble. Have you ever seen Kumble be happy? But I'm happy for CSK for another reason - IF RCB had won, we would have to hear all that mumbo jumbo about who brings what to the table, what kind of "process" they have in place, and how well managed they are. I'm glad to simply "podu" one whistle for CSK and leave all the MBA nonsense out of it. If RCB have so many South Africans in their staff, one wonders if they will ever get past "process". What process? It was only a procession last night. No show from RCB, only a show up. Would a smile dehydrate their players? Maybe that is also part of this process? They sure look pretty processed to me right now!

  • on May 29, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    4 times semi finalist 3 times finalist 2 times champions 1 team Chennai super kings csk ku periya whistle podu

  • on May 29, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    now the sore losers will come n say, who cares abt ipl thank god its over blah blah blah... for all u haters change the channel or get a life if u can.. csk csk csk

  • sourodip on May 29, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    the most one sided T20 final...isn't it??....after 73 game you really dont want to see these kind of final....no doubt CSK deserved the title...but i must say IPL should be stopped....it is producing boring games with no outputs....and it is annoying to see those franchises shouting for their teams may be dont have any idea of passion of cricket....they are insulting great player in open auction by not buying big names(lara,ganguly)...people are praising Gayle...but i think this was a slap from Gayle who was unsold in the auction to all those glossy rather than gorgeous franchises who think players in the middle of the pitch is nothing but some paid slaves to them...at least their attitude says that...this is pathetic...if you really love this game cricket...plz stop IPL...this is no cricket....it is worse than predictable Hindi daily-soaps...

  • peterss on May 29, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    @Bharath Kumar: Thats not a good sign! I what you say is true regarding the venue of final, then the final will always be played in Chennai!

  • on May 29, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    @the haters: Swallow your bitter pill. How dare you blame NS and cheeka for our team's consistency? Did any of your franchises show any remote interest when we were bidding for our own old players in the auction? Why didn't your teams bid for Jakati or Kulasekara or Randiv or Bravo? your showmen owners were busy on bidding for fancy names like Dan Christian, Aiden Blizzard etc.. Mallya tried cheeky bids for Badri and Ashwin and we were determined to have our boys in our team and paid lil bit over the limits for that. Now that CSK have won and won convincingly, you guys have started spewing crap. Rubbish.. and the guy calling for Jadeja to play for CSK so that he could play for India.. you make me laugh buddy. I think you were the only Indian who was supporting jaddeja when he was playing crap for India.. please be sportive and accept the better team won. It's a sport afterall

  • on May 29, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    all credit goes to ms dhoni & fleming ..... once again fleming proof best coach in the ipl ......no one stop them csk,,,,,,,,,

  • RogerC on May 29, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    MS Dhoni is miles ahead of others in thinking and planning. He can even make an average player like Saha give a MoM performance. Give him the credit and respect and don't get mistaken by his underplay tactics in front of the mike.

  • on May 29, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Everything that Dhoni touches turns to gold..It seems thats the theory behind all the victories Dhoni had within last few years.Great captancy from a great player.Ponting and his team was unstoppable since 2003-2007 time period, Is this Dhoni's golden era?

  • AllwinJ on May 29, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    I think if CSK keeps winning, people in other parts of the country will find IPL boring. Specially considering that they are not willing to learn and are only offering cheap excuses crediting Srini, Srikanth for the success of CSK. Sad.

  • Sathiyanathan on May 29, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Major comment and concern of other team supporters " Dhoni is lucky "... well its accepted once when we won t20 worldcup.... but time in again dhoni has brought cricket into the players, not in the ground as like others captains do. Without playing good cricket you cannot achieve test champions, odi world champions, ipl champions twice and champions of the champion league. Other wise in style of dhoni " Well you can say that, but playing cricket is more important rather searching moles in the body " ha ha ha ....

  • on May 29, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    I am a Bangalorean I wanted RCB to win and at the same time I wanted Dhoni also to win as I like him for his simple approach and his belief in his team. Hence I am not disappointed. Hats off to Chennai super Kings team spirit. They raise upto the occasion and get motivated and acheive their objectives. Dhoni was totally balanced even while lifting the cup and subsequently. He fully deserves the compliments showered on him by Siddhu.

  • on May 29, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Chennai has kept it's best for the final...the opner's did a fantastic work and the wicket of Gayle for a duck sealed the match for chennai

  • rahulcricindia on May 29, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft yes csk won that title and they deserved it .......but do not say tamil players are best in country ...present INDIAN team has 4-5 delhi players and 2-3 punjab players....and tamilis also in india do not behave as if it belong to other country...csk is great team only because of dhoni and most number of run getter raina but they too are north indian...we appreciate south indian players but do not discard other parts as all belong to mighty INDIA..stop being jelous of other parts of INDIA especially north india players will has great pool of indian talant and currentlymany of them representing INDIAN team.....viru,gauti,dhoni,raina,virat,bhajji,yuvi,praveen,mishra,ishant.......and from west the GREAT SRT,zak,manaf and mant fromother parts.....so do not be so region oriented........expand your thinking...

  • sircha on May 29, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    And the juggernaut in yellow rolls on..

  • harshacc on May 29, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Wonder if ppl will call Dhoni lucky even after this? Ashwin to Gayle was a masterstroke.Take a bow Ashwin.Absolutely unruffled bowling to Gayle and he has started bowling the leg break.This guy is awesome.My heart goes out to Pfaf Du Pleiss and Styris.Two all-rounders who would be playing in any other team.Badri,Albie,Raina,Vijay,Hussey,Jakati,Bollinger,Randiv,Bravo,Saha,Aniruddha and Southee have all contributed.RCB have been over reliant on a couple of folks.But their bowling attack seems good.They need one more spinner who turns the ball unlike Vettori,Gayle. To Sum it up RCB overall score was less than the opening partnership for CSK.CSK has better team players, better big match players, better temperament

  • sugumarrising on May 29, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    I have already said that CSK is the team which is the best in the ipl,we are the barcelona or man united team of ipl which ever team you like, they have set the bench mark which the other teams should follow, now i think everyones mouth will be shut, we have got the greatest captain in world cricket at the moment, so take that, for all those sore losers haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • on May 29, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    we proved that we are the champions, we believe in Mahi, and rest of the players...we have the habit of winning, we are a TEAM, which is vital, not a one man army.We want a better opposition next time,please...

  • Varun_Subramanian on May 29, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @siva raman, very plausible explanation :) congrats csk :)

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @Nirmal R:The Choise fr best performance Paul was best choice cos he hit 120 while chasing man tougher to score ton while chasing!!

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    likeintcricket on (May 28 2011, 20:11 PM GMT) Why not play the final on a neutral venue like Eden Gardens? and also why Bangalore has to play two eliminator on consecutive days?. Gayle is not a superman to play two big innings without a break.////

    Schedule was not prepared after each and every match, then it wont be called as schedule,it was prepared in the beginning of the tournament itself i dunno why people are so stupid to realize this... you know what the winning team of previous year IPL have to host the finals, its a rule, hence this year CSK held it, next year also it ll be the same

  • JamesSmithee on May 29, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Mumbai Indians needs a better captain than Tendulkar. Tendulkar captained the best team in the IPL and not able to give the win to the side. Look at their side, all other teams are far away from them Tendulkar, Blizzard, Sharma, Symonds, Pollard, Malinga, Baji, Patel

    Tendulkar gave too much opportunity to Rayudu in opening matches but he couldn't capitalize it on big matches. If the opportunity was given to devastators like Sharma or Symonds they could use it for bigger matches. If Blizzard could gave a good start MI could win if not they were failed. They could at least use Baji or Malinga to hit few if blizzard fell early. But Tendulkar preffered to bat with Rayudu and teach him how to be a good batsmen.

    For me this should be the MI batting order

    Blizzard, Tendulkar, Sharma, Symonds, Pollard, Rayudu, Suman, Baji, Malinga, ...

    Best players needed to be in best form in best matches. Next time I preferred to see Sharma leads the team like Dada, Dravid, Laxman gave up the role

  • AjaySridharan on May 29, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Dhoni can't do anything wrong, can he! what a midas touch he's got. great show by CSK...consistently cool and always exuded the confidence that they can win all through the tournament. Everyone contributed throughout...but can't rule out the Dhoni factor. Team revolves around him and Raina...glad that the local lads also contributed amply though. RCB were caught napping when it mattered unfortunately...no one likes a one sided contest like this finals. Kohli played his heart out the entire tournament...happy for his performance. They had put too much pressure on themselves by their over-reliance on Gayle. The tournament was way too long and was absolutely boring to watch except for the final stages. Time to break it up into conferences, have quick elimination rounds, and get to the top 4 teams.

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Come on guys...... Its a celebration time in Chennai starts with lovely bright sunday. Well played CSK!! You once again proved yourself.... Keep it up

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    One team without individual performance and defending on one players is Chennai Super Kings...... they proved that they are the best in IPL contest once again

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    CSK didn't win a single individual award. Hope other teams learn from this and concentrate on team building rather than celebrating individuals.........!!!!!!! ------>>>>>> RCB goneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee <<<<<--------------CSK ku WHISTLE PODU........... if no gayle fr u not even u hav enterd into PLAYOFFS....One man Army.... RCB wil not com 2 playoff nxt time....coz gayle is no more with themm...tata 2 gayle... CSK IS D CHAMPIONS........me so so so so so so so so so so happy....tamilan rox............

  • heat-seeker on May 29, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Congrats CSK, Murali and Ashwin in particular. But pitches like this will kill the IPL as an entertaining / compelling spectacle. The last 2 matches of the IPL should be the most exciting, but in fact, they were quite boring due to the pitch. How can the odds be so skewed against the side batting 2nd?? 8 out of 9 wins batting 1st on this pitch, i.e., 88% of the time! Sorry, but that's just too skewed to enable a good contest of cricket. No wonder MSD chose to bat first every single time at home. The BCCI and IPL need to address this issue of fair pitches before IPL 5, not just at Chennai, but across all the venues, else the IPL's excitement and viewership will continue to decline further.

  • crickesh on May 29, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Those who are complaining about most of Indian team consists of CSK go see Barca looks all of Spain national team + Messi :)

  • heat-seeker on May 29, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Congrats CSK, Murali and Ashwin in particular. But pitches like this will kill the IPL as an entertaining / compelling spectacle. The last 2 matches of the IPL should be the most exciting, but in fact, they were quite boring due to the pitch. How can the odds be so skewed against the side batting 2nd?? 8 out of 9 wins batting 1st on this pitch, i.e., 88% of the time! Sorry, but that's just too skewed to enable a good contest of cricket. No wonder MSD chose to bat first every single time at home. The BCCI and IPL need to address this issue of fair pitches before IPL 5, not just at Chennai, but across all the venues, else the IPL's excitement and viewership will continue to decline further.

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings rocks

  • blondblackberry on May 29, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    one man can't win a trophy it is proved today also it is the team wins.chennai really played like the australian team,they really mean with their colour.

  • InnocentGuy on May 29, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    I can't believe what people are telling now. If MI wins, it's purely by performance but if CSK wins it's because Srinivasan rigged the competition. For all you haters, I have only 1 thing to say - Chennai rules! CSK Rules! IN YOUR FACE!! Dig that.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 29, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    @insightfulcricketer, I think the ranking India has in Tests though an accomplishment is questionable. Dhoni's best performance so far to me is the 1-1 Test Series draw in SA, Do you know when South Africa commenced their second innings in the 3rd Test and lost wicketes until Boucher came in India was winning the test series after playing so poorly in the 1st Test. Doing well in Tests in SA and Oz i the ultimate cricketing achievement. @cricfan4life. that is not fair; every cricketer is treated with respect here in India. Gayle is so happy. He got the best individual award. And IPL has to be splitted into 3/4 fortnightly/3 weekly legs. A 2 months everyday tournament would bore and this IPL has bored us this time. Diwali, Pongal(Tamil Festival), Summer(the current) and Monsoon legs.

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    from next ipl onwards 9 teams can fight among themselves to face chennai in the final. wud save all the time .

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Well, I should say, RCB did'nt deserve this humiliation... But then again you cannot challenge the Lions in their Den when they are the defending champions, where they have 7-0 record and get away without being royally massacred...! Its the Jallianwala bagh massacre of cricket! Live and deal with it RCB fans...! :P

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    CSK is now officially the Manchester United of the ipl..;)

  • on May 29, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    CSK ku Whistle podu... CSK ku Whistle podu... CSK ku Whistle podu... CSK ku Whistle podu...

  • Kumar_cricket on May 29, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Chennai Supper Kings is the Australia of IPL. Go CSK Go

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 29, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Congrats CSK . For Bangalore : Timid XI , that should be name of RCB . Gave up the match after Gayle gone for duck. I would have loved to see MI vs CSK rather than this one sided match.

  • on May 29, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Wow !!!!!!!!!! Again CSK proved itself as the number 1 contender !!

  • on May 29, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    @cricfan4life : best individual performance in one game ! not a award for series of good performances ! it is the one best performance in any one match of IPL !if you see in this manner.... gayle put two centuries in two matches (both were with no pressure I mean with no pressure of wickets falling in other end ) gilchrist also put century put it is with the help of marsh & poor fielding !sachin century has been put in vain! sehwag century is the probably the best one in this with more pressure...! but unluckily his two catches were dropped by other team fielders thats why they don't give it for sehwag !from the bowling point of view only ishant has 5 wicket haul with all batsmans wickets in a normal pressure game!while munaf 5's in vain ! & all other 5 hauls come in with bowlers wicket! but the man paul valthaty put an century when chasing huge score with no fielding mistake to him by csk & wickets falls in other end! it is for achieving when pressure with no mistake by others !

  • on May 29, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    Great job Chennai "Love u Guys"

  • on May 29, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    For people who complain why the grand finale was played in Chennai- First try to know the rules of IPL, THE GRAND FINALE SHOULD BE HOSTED BY THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS which is CSK and that is why it was hosted in Chennai and IT WILL BE HOSTED IN CHENNAI NEXT YEAR TOOOO....

  • on May 29, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    @cricfan4life: The best individual performance is given on the basis of best performance by a player in a single match. It doesnt matter how many runs they score in the whole tournament. Neway, i still feel their were better performances than that. Gilly's century was my pick

  • on May 29, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    its Dhoni and other members.

    What was the role of Srinivasn and Shrikant besides administration.

    cricket is played in the fround.

    So Dhoni and other members are impressive and consistent.

  • Percy_Fender on May 29, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    As long as M S Dhoni is the captain of CSK they will keep doing well. It has nothing to do with either India Cements or the Coach Steve Fleming.Simply nothing at all.

  • on May 29, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    csk rocks.....again dhoni proved himself that he is the best captain...great win....csk csk csk....

  • on May 29, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Well played CSK!! It was a great consistent performance.

  • on May 29, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    this d fabulous moment 4 csk......chennai also looks someewhat like indian team....u can c dis thru d celeb all ovr d india....dis s d power of tamil.....Chennai should officially change its name to Consistent Super Kings.csk s ever rox......those who said last ipl as a fixin,nw wt u all goin to say abt dis honor 4 csk.....there ll b no finals n semi n ipl witout csk....

  • on May 29, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Tnx chennai for the win the match...

  • V.Rajaa on May 29, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    This is 4 ppl who says csk was lucky n bala helped them,just look @ rcb's wins.i.e also 9.but they wr ended up on 19 points,not bcoz of gayle or kohli,just bcoz of rain.rr wr a potent force,rcb wr awefull,wn they needed 2 meet in bangaloru.s.gayle was in windies while rcb wr saved by rain.if they had lost 2 rr,most likely they cud hv ended up 3rd or 4th.And 4 ppl who questioned y rcb only needed 2 play on consecutive days,correct urself 1st.It was not designed 4 rcb or 2 make advantage 4 chennai.That was designed 4 a team who wins d 2nd eliminator.If csk came through from tht match,then they shd hv played on both days.So,pls stop ur doubts 1st.

  • Swamimalaisiva on May 29, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings is the best. They are the real Champions. Swamimalai Siva, Thanjavur

  • Navi_S on May 28, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    CSK has shown that they are real kings of IPL. Gayle's early wicket was the turning point of the match. R. Ashwin and M.Vijay are the heroes of this final...

  • insightfulcricketer on May 28, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    CSK team looks fairly light in bowling and in batting it looked so-so. But there is something aout Dhoni I have to say now. I held the belief that Dhoni is simply lucky by there has to be something about him. IPL-twice, Champions League, Test Championship, World Champs in ODIs and before that 20/20s . All of this while carrying a wafer thin bowling attack too. This guy has the midas touch and the calmnesss in his demeanor something like Imran the great Pakistani player before -rubs on to his teammates. Congrats CSK fans - your team is special.

  • whomping_willow on May 28, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    @Nicks7am and @LikeIntCricket the venue for final is decided by ipl champion. Last year chennai won the tournament so the final was held at chennai because it was the venue they selected. Previous year DC had selected Mumbai as venue for final . Year before that it was held in SA so no choices there. And next year the final will be held at chennai only ( most probably).

  • on May 28, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    thakyou csk real champions

  • passion4indiancric on May 28, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Srinivasan and Srikanth ensure that Chennai flag is always flying. Not Worth watching or following IPL5 for sure. CSK and MI were the only teams who played with Known Devils in their team. The charm of IPL is lost, not one bit worthy of watching.Indian team also looks soewhat like Chennai, Cheeka I think promised that this will be the least he will do. I wish Jadeja, Pandey, Valthaty, S Aravind, Uthappa played for Tamilnadu and not other States.

  • on May 28, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    CSK r real champions of T20 format..........congrats MS Dhoni nd all fans of CSK

  • on May 28, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    woohoo!!!!! CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK CSK

  • on May 28, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    It was a wonderful win by Chennai. All the best CSK for the Champions League.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 28, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    This is special. This win is accomplished by our own Tamil boys Murali and Ashwin. Badri has been the Pillar of CSK batting this summer. Therefore local boys have contributed significantly. In both bowling and batting. We in Tamilnadu can be proud. Also Bollinger and Bravo showed genuine appreciation; so as Hussey. Our brothers from other states are also happy here. Jakarti looked very happy. Strangely Dhoni and Raina seem to stand at a distance from us but certainly but Dhoni shows his respect through performance. Raina somehow appears a little selfish but he took CSK to this final with that wonderful knock in the demis. All in all Tamilnadu people have made everyone happy at CSK. That is another win for Tamilnadu as it wekcome all. Great Day for Tamils.

  • whomping_willow on May 28, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Chennai should officially change its name to Consistent Super Kings.

  • skyeshwin on May 28, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Congratulations to the CSK for their victory.This was the hat-trick trophy for them. They totally dominated the match similar to how Barcelona did in the champions league final. Today RCB showed why they rely so much on Gayle. I wish MI were in the final(even though they would've lost too but not without a fight). European football-> Barcelona ; IPL-> Chennai Super Kings.....

  • TheGuruji on May 28, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    Congratulations to the CSK!!! They have proved they are the best team around for the 2nd time in a row. To all those wondering why many from the CSK got into the National Team, it is not because of Srikkanth. It is because they win when it matters and they are the best!!! Time to acknowledge the reality, instead of fueling conspiracy theories. The same set of selectors picked the team which got India to #1 in Tests, got the ODI world cup. So, the selectors know what they are doing; at least they should get the benefit of doubt.

  • vykas on May 28, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    RCB is Zero without gayle more than one third of the runs scored by him, when he is out the team has lost!! this one man team is nt worthy of the title, Its team game and not gayle's private party which hpns only when he turns up!!

    One Champions leauge and now Two IPLs...CSK Rules!!

  • Unbeatable-XI on May 28, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    KS,NS and other BCCI heavywaits ensured title to the CSK, even their ex-player Balaji made a big contribution by pushing CSK to the 2nd spot. Well done! mission accomplished

  • on May 28, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    csk roickssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Nicks7am on May 28, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    Outstanding win Chennai. Genius Dhoni said it before and done it before, ie peaking at the right time. Mumbai peaked too early and bangaore should have utilized AB De Villiers better. He was undercooked. Honestly I haven't figured out on what basis the venues are selected for finals? I thought Bangalore finished 1st so they shd hv home ground advantage?

  • on May 28, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Congrats to CSK out played RCB. The match was however very disappointing Bangalore didn't even turn up!

  • rahulcricindia on May 28, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    well good news for INDIA we found the world winner captain really one of the all time best

  • AjitNarayan on May 28, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    And the others, of course!

  • AjitNarayan on May 28, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    It was an excellent win. CSK dominated RCB right from the beginning. A good convincing win too! CSK is a 11 man team, not a one man team. That was the big difference. Well done to Vijay, Hussey and Ash!

  • likeintcricket on May 28, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Why not play the final on a neutral venue like Eden Gardens? and also why Bangalore has to play two eliminator on consecutive days?. Gayle is not a superman to play two big innings without a break.

  • on May 28, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Again same story ......Dhoni team has won...ipl 4

  • hotrod1982 on May 28, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings the ruthless professionals have done it once more.Batting ,fielding,bowling everything once again working like a well oiled machine.Man this is the team to be feeling jealous particularly when you are not a resident of chennai

  • on May 28, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Wow wat a terrific performance from CSK !!! CSK plyd like true IPL Champions :) Poor contest in the end from RCB :( Gayle flopped royally for the RCB !! "What a 12-month phase MS Dhoni is having... IPL 2010, Champions league 2010 WC 2011 and now IPL 2011" Mind-blowing. Don't forget the No. 1 Test team mace to go with those" CHENNAI SUPER KINGS win IPL 2nd time in a row :) :) Whistle podu Chennai !!!!!!!!

  • sweetspot on May 28, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    RCB fans should not be too disappointed. Their dream started and ended with Chris Gayle. The rest of the bunch, barring Kohli and a couple of others, are just not upto scratch. Even if Gayle had got a 40 ball 80 today, it would not have been enough. CSK are a champion side. How many times do the others need to play them to really understand the meaning of that?

  • cricfan4life on May 28, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Paul Valthaty gets an award for the best individual performance in the IPL k really he played 14 matches and got 463 gayle played 12 and got 608 and he contributed with the ball and his team met the final. Anywho they would always give it to an indian player the IPL is a joke. hope Chris or any other non Idian player doesn't play next year or any other there are two other leagues that he will be playing for

  • on May 28, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Ok now..im getting bored of all these wins..all I need is a classic Dravid century.

  • on May 28, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    To all other dear teams...Please try to play some fighting Cricket against US.

  • RogerC on May 28, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Chennai got two team awards that matter most - fairplay and IPL. But they didn't win a single individual award. Hope other teams learn from this and concentrate on team building rather than celebrating individuals. Success in cricket is not about having Tendulkar or Gayle or Sehwag in the team, but the effort of the everyone. Congrats to CSK for another great performance. Their master stroke was to retain the same team in the auctions.

  • on May 28, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    This is what great Clubs are made of! As usual, CSK wipes out a team with yet another team show - this time from the opening pair. Goes to show that you just cannot rely on one or two players to sustain a winning franchise. Each match that CSK won had a different contributor - from Ashwin to Dhoni to Saha to Bollinger to Vijay to Badri to Morkel to Raina.

  • psychicsaint on May 28, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    outstanding performance... what a crushing win to retain title.. great to see chennai boys vijay and ashwin taking the team home... IPL is chennai's territory... MSD ROCKS... whistle podu... periya whistle podu...

  • Gururavi28 on May 28, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Loving it all happening around IPL IV !!! Take a Bow CSK :):):) Simply Stunning Team !!!

  • pan_vtm76 on May 28, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    See Super Kings rule... Great CSK, congrats

  • kingcobra85 on May 28, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    the juggernaut roles on! what a team, what a captain, awesome deserving champions...now its CLT20 2011 double whammy time.No CSK player got any individual award that shows its a team game isnt it

  • on May 28, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Channai - CSk - deserve win

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  • on May 28, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Channai - CSk - deserve win

  • kingcobra85 on May 28, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    the juggernaut roles on! what a team, what a captain, awesome deserving champions...now its CLT20 2011 double whammy time.No CSK player got any individual award that shows its a team game isnt it

  • pan_vtm76 on May 28, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    See Super Kings rule... Great CSK, congrats

  • Gururavi28 on May 28, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Loving it all happening around IPL IV !!! Take a Bow CSK :):):) Simply Stunning Team !!!

  • psychicsaint on May 28, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    outstanding performance... what a crushing win to retain title.. great to see chennai boys vijay and ashwin taking the team home... IPL is chennai's territory... MSD ROCKS... whistle podu... periya whistle podu...

  • on May 28, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    This is what great Clubs are made of! As usual, CSK wipes out a team with yet another team show - this time from the opening pair. Goes to show that you just cannot rely on one or two players to sustain a winning franchise. Each match that CSK won had a different contributor - from Ashwin to Dhoni to Saha to Bollinger to Vijay to Badri to Morkel to Raina.

  • RogerC on May 28, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Chennai got two team awards that matter most - fairplay and IPL. But they didn't win a single individual award. Hope other teams learn from this and concentrate on team building rather than celebrating individuals. Success in cricket is not about having Tendulkar or Gayle or Sehwag in the team, but the effort of the everyone. Congrats to CSK for another great performance. Their master stroke was to retain the same team in the auctions.

  • on May 28, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    To all other dear teams...Please try to play some fighting Cricket against US.

  • on May 28, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Ok now..im getting bored of all these wins..all I need is a classic Dravid century.

  • cricfan4life on May 28, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Paul Valthaty gets an award for the best individual performance in the IPL k really he played 14 matches and got 463 gayle played 12 and got 608 and he contributed with the ball and his team met the final. Anywho they would always give it to an indian player the IPL is a joke. hope Chris or any other non Idian player doesn't play next year or any other there are two other leagues that he will be playing for