Chennai v Kochi, IPL 2011, Chennai May 18, 2011

Determined Chennai surge to top spot

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Chennai Super Kings 152 for 5 (Saha 46, Hussey 32) beat Kochi Tuskers Kerala 141 for 5 (Hodge 51*, McCullum 33) by 11 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The MA Chidambaram Stadium continued to be a fortress that couldn't be breached, as Chennai sealed a seventh straight win at home to end Kochi Tuskers Kerala's maiden IPL campaign on a disappointing note. The win for the hosts was the only constant on an otherwise unusual day in Chennai. To begin with, it was not oppressively hot on a summer's day; the pitch played slow and low and Kochi bowled with discipline to limit a power-packed batting line-up to a gettable total. The home side found an unlikely hero in Wriddhiman Saha, who seized on a promotion and an early let-off to play a decisive cameo. Lapses by Parthiv Patel, the replacement captain, with the gloves, and Kochi's struggles to step it up in the chase, meant Chennai's score of 152 was more than adequate.

For those who witnessed Adam Gilchrist's ruthless onslaught against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday, this was a slightly laborious affair. The Kochi bowlers varied their lengths well and did not offer too many scoring opportunities; the seamers refrained from doling out length deliveries, while Muttiah Muralitharan prompted caution. Each time the hosts tried to improvise and go on the attack, they were pegged back by a wicket, earned by Kochi rather than handed out.

M Vijay smashed RP Singh for three boundaries in the third over, but was cleaned up by a perfectly-aimed yorker off the final ball. Suresh Raina was dropped by Parthiv first ball, and Sreesanth, the frustrated party, was made to rue that lapse with two huge sixes over long-on. But the bowler hit back in the same over, when Raina miscued a full toss. S Badrinath smashed a six over midwicket, but was caught brilliantly off the next ball when RP dived full length in the deep to pluck a catch inches from the ground. Saha, though, bucked the trend.

In a contrast to his senior partner Michael Hussey, who was tied down by the steady fall of wickets and his own struggle to push on, Saha infused some urgency in the Chennai innings after surviving a missed stumping by Parthiv. In a clear sign of intent following the second time-out at the end of the 13th over - the scoring rate was fractionally over six at that stage - Saha swept Ravindra Jadeja for six over square leg. In addition to aggressive running between the wickets and an adeptness in rotating the strike, Saha, picked for the Indian tour of West Indies, also indulged in some powerplay. He charged out to Muralitharan to loft him out of the ground and pulled RP into the stands behind deep midwicket to end the Chennai innings on a high.

Kochi needed a big win to keep themselves mathematically alive in this competition, but even the usually dominating Brendon McCullum was forced to exercise restraint against some determined bowling. R Ashwin kept one end locked up with his variations in turn, flight and pace, and sent back Parthiv in his second over. McCullum and Gnaneswara Rao picked up a couple of boundaries each but the innings appeared to stagnate soon after Rao's dismissal. McCullum and Brad Hodge could do little during their stand to get on par with the climbing required-rate. Chennai didn't concede a single boundary in the three overs that followed McCullum's exit at 85 in the 14th over.

Kochi did manage a belated surge with Jadeja and Hodge trying to salvage what they could out of an impending defeat, reducing the margin of the loss to 11 runs - incidentally, the difference in Parthiv's expected target at the toss.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jorock on May 21, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    KTK UR ONE OF THE GUD TEAMS IN IPL WHO IMPRESSED WITH MUCH OF A STAR PLAYESR IN THE TEAM.WHENEVER THEY TAKE THE FIELD WE CAN SEE THE URGE TO WIN.I THINK THEY ARE MISSING A PLAYER WITH FIRE POWER DOWN THE ORDER. I THINK THEY CAN GO AND GET MR.CHITNIS FROM KINGS PUNJAB 11 WHERE HE IS NOT GETTING ANY CHANCE AND MR.NAPIER CAN BE HATCHED FOR THE NEXT SEASON BECAUSE HE COULD GIVE THE HITTING POWER AS WELL AS BOWLING OPTION.MY TEAM FOR NEXT SEASON MCULLUM,PATEL,JAYA,HODGE,JADEJA,CHITINIS,JADEV,NAPIER,VINAY,SREE,R.P

  • Wesle on May 20, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Well said... well said... @Thondaiman... there is a group which always hate CSK's performance at all time...

  • Bharath_the_Indian on May 20, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    @Gobu THondaiman very true friend

  • perungudipuligal on May 20, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    guys...chk the consistency..first time finalists...2nd time finished second spot in table...third time winners..CSK ROCKS.....

  • on May 19, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    A team which cannot bat semi-decently in a batting pitch (rajasthan) doesnt deserve to get into play-offs much less win the trophy..Such a shame that first time winners had to descend down to this level...

  • on May 19, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    CSK Rock'Z 7/7 in Home(Chennai)

  • sehwaguparcut on May 19, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Rajasthan got seriously robbed in the match against Chennai due to the pitch change and it was the Srinivasan factor

  • SachinLara1 on May 19, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    common guys CSK will win in any tracks..the fact is CSK is a better side... don't complain abt pitches.....remember msd didnt complain abt any pitches...

  • vind_2801 on May 19, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    @Jagabandhu Paul ya dude it is SRINIVASAN factor only ......the best cricket admin ....one who is in this field for more than ten years ....one person who stood behind the team and told "whatever might be the result i'm proud of the team and the players " even in difficult times ....c dhoni's interviews ....one person who can motivate his team .....one who brought t.a sekar , robin singh , venkatesh prasad , into the CSK team .....who are now snatched by MI and RCB .....after t.a sekar's entry only MI reached semis and finals last time , one who runs a team for for pure passion ....not like buying 6 or 7 teams and using it for advertisement .....one person who used his head and spotted talent and bought players in the first season and retained most of them even now .....stop crying srinivasan .....get life ......letc if KKR can win ....

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    CSK is a good intelligent team , there is no doubt on that. this is the only team to reached all the IPL semifinals. we can not say the pitch helped them to win this game. They played some good intelligent cricket and come out as a winning team. We can not blame the pitch because 1. Home captain can not have the prior information about the pitch as the ground staff are not supposed to provide any information so both the captain have to judge the pitch as per their exprience and intellect. 2. Most of the sub continent pitches helped spin bowlers still top team like Australia and SA manage to win matches in this part and same is the case for subcontinent teams won a lot of their matches in Newzealand Australia and England. It is very clear that better team won at the end of the day. 3. The IPL team are consists of Domestic as well as International players with considerable amount of experience to judge and modify their game to win matches. lastly plz make not" catches won the matches"

  • jorock on May 21, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    KTK UR ONE OF THE GUD TEAMS IN IPL WHO IMPRESSED WITH MUCH OF A STAR PLAYESR IN THE TEAM.WHENEVER THEY TAKE THE FIELD WE CAN SEE THE URGE TO WIN.I THINK THEY ARE MISSING A PLAYER WITH FIRE POWER DOWN THE ORDER. I THINK THEY CAN GO AND GET MR.CHITNIS FROM KINGS PUNJAB 11 WHERE HE IS NOT GETTING ANY CHANCE AND MR.NAPIER CAN BE HATCHED FOR THE NEXT SEASON BECAUSE HE COULD GIVE THE HITTING POWER AS WELL AS BOWLING OPTION.MY TEAM FOR NEXT SEASON MCULLUM,PATEL,JAYA,HODGE,JADEJA,CHITINIS,JADEV,NAPIER,VINAY,SREE,R.P

  • Wesle on May 20, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Well said... well said... @Thondaiman... there is a group which always hate CSK's performance at all time...

  • Bharath_the_Indian on May 20, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    @Gobu THondaiman very true friend

  • perungudipuligal on May 20, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    guys...chk the consistency..first time finalists...2nd time finished second spot in table...third time winners..CSK ROCKS.....

  • on May 19, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    A team which cannot bat semi-decently in a batting pitch (rajasthan) doesnt deserve to get into play-offs much less win the trophy..Such a shame that first time winners had to descend down to this level...

  • on May 19, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    CSK Rock'Z 7/7 in Home(Chennai)

  • sehwaguparcut on May 19, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Rajasthan got seriously robbed in the match against Chennai due to the pitch change and it was the Srinivasan factor

  • SachinLara1 on May 19, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    common guys CSK will win in any tracks..the fact is CSK is a better side... don't complain abt pitches.....remember msd didnt complain abt any pitches...

  • vind_2801 on May 19, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    @Jagabandhu Paul ya dude it is SRINIVASAN factor only ......the best cricket admin ....one who is in this field for more than ten years ....one person who stood behind the team and told "whatever might be the result i'm proud of the team and the players " even in difficult times ....c dhoni's interviews ....one person who can motivate his team .....one who brought t.a sekar , robin singh , venkatesh prasad , into the CSK team .....who are now snatched by MI and RCB .....after t.a sekar's entry only MI reached semis and finals last time , one who runs a team for for pure passion ....not like buying 6 or 7 teams and using it for advertisement .....one person who used his head and spotted talent and bought players in the first season and retained most of them even now .....stop crying srinivasan .....get life ......letc if KKR can win ....

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    CSK is a good intelligent team , there is no doubt on that. this is the only team to reached all the IPL semifinals. we can not say the pitch helped them to win this game. They played some good intelligent cricket and come out as a winning team. We can not blame the pitch because 1. Home captain can not have the prior information about the pitch as the ground staff are not supposed to provide any information so both the captain have to judge the pitch as per their exprience and intellect. 2. Most of the sub continent pitches helped spin bowlers still top team like Australia and SA manage to win matches in this part and same is the case for subcontinent teams won a lot of their matches in Newzealand Australia and England. It is very clear that better team won at the end of the day. 3. The IPL team are consists of Domestic as well as International players with considerable amount of experience to judge and modify their game to win matches. lastly plz make not" catches won the matches"

  • D.Sharma on May 19, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    CSK fans are getting a little arrogant and that's fine because they have been dominating, but they shouldn't go too far with it.

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    @Gobu Thondaiman - Your comments just reflected my thoughts .. Thanks mate !

  • on May 19, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    @Rahul Radhakrishnan, Chennai Pitch is far better than Kochi pitch. In any pitch chennai can win. You can defeat CSK only if rain god comes for your help.Some group always used cry whenever CSK wins. If chennai wins in batting pitch they will say "CSK have powerful batting lineup,so pitch favored them". In slow pitch anti-csk group again will say "pitch favored them, they have quality spinner".You have to understand that whether ground is in sea level at Chennai, or 5000 ft above sea level at daramsala, the result will be same. In good batting pitch we have ability to score 240+, in slow pitch we can score 160+. We have a ability to chase 200, we have a ability to defend 140...MIND IT...

  • harshalb on May 19, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    CSK cannot lose because they have N Srinivasan on their side.

  • on May 19, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    CSK rocks...the most consistent KINGS of IPL

  • on May 19, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    CSK is rocking in this IPL. it is playing like a champion team. unlike other teams they are not completely depending on one side. all batting, bowling and fielding are superb. they are supporting each other very well.

    And most importantly dhoni,, he is wonderful captain world never seen before..... his coolness,freedom given to bowlers, discipline bowling and field placements, strategy is very nice. Thats why he is rocking for india and csk.

  • on May 19, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    @sehwaguparcut: man u r trying to over-emphasis the importance of pitch here, i think u shud rather accept the fact that rajasthan team was simply not good enough on the new pitch and if their recent poor performance is entirely to be blamed on the pitch then either they request the IPL committee to put all their 14 matches in their home and on THAT surface or they simply quit playing.

  • on May 19, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Yes its true that both the team are playing on the same pitch but, there are teams ( both domestic and international) which are suited for particular type of pitches. (Hope others don't need the examples at least they know them in the international circuit.) Team should get the chance to choose the home pitch. I don't know if CSK got all the power to choose the same but, I guess so. And we all know RR didn't get that chance. May be its the $ SRINIVASAN $ factor.

  • on May 19, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    CsK beheades KTK :P no way ktk can win the cup !

  • on May 19, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    @Rahul Radhakrishnan Hello sir. Why r u getting exited about the pitch... Opponent of csk don't know to handle the pressure when some good bowlers like Ashwin and Bollnger bowls. Fans like you can pity for them and can better not to bring politics inside the cricket as a lame excuse for the defeats of their teams.

  • bramville on May 19, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    KTK squandered away a couple of the earlier games which they were close to winning and had they come out winners in those matches, they would not have found themselves in the spot they are in today. But for newcommers, i feel they have performed better than Pune Warriers the other newcommers, inspite of Pune having players like Yuvraj, Uthappa etc. KTK is overly dependant on Mcullun to do the bulk of the scoring and i dont think he realises this, becaue he has often thrown away his wicket and cruicial stages, to squander away the advantage they had. I hope they do better next year and with proper team selection they can come out winners.

  • ganeshraam on May 19, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    This match gave a couple of scenarios in the making... 1. CSK seems to be running away with the record of most valuable team of IPL and even if they loose in the play offs, I would still rate this team as one of the best in the business.

    2. There has been lot of non sense stuff said, that Dhoni is a lucky guy and thats the reason behind the victory. But the truth is, this guy is just brilliance personified. He is brilliant in his field placings, he is always thinking about his next move and still remains grounded. Now this doesnt come under luck factor. Unlike, other IPL teams, CSK is not known for slam bang cricket, yet they play to their plan and keep winning without slightest provocation. Dhoni has won a World T20 Cup, 1st in Test Championship tables, 1 UB Series in Australia, ODI World Cup, 1 IPL Title, 1 Champions League title... I think he has pretty much won everything under his belt at the age of 29. So pondering over the feeling of Dhoni is lucky is a complete joke!

  • Sohin on May 19, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Still feel that Chennai should have played Du Plessis i/o Bravo on a slow wicket which assisted the spinners, and also gave a variety of leg spin. Secondly not sure if Bravo is worth the hype that people create. Albie is more better all rounder than him, and albie who has taken wickets in the tournament, should have bowled ahead of Bravo. Lastly when a player can not be sincere to his country cant expect him to be loyal to his franchise.

  • on May 19, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    I dont know y some ppl whine a lot abt pitches, its same for the both teams and team which better on the day wins so whats the fuss abt. Instead of finding the reason to ur loss ur all giving silly reasons n blaming the pitch. Next they will say the grass was much greener in the outfield we didnt like like and it was unfair to grow green grass against home team wishes thats y we lost. stop whining start winning guys. CSK for life

  • Balu_raj on May 19, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    @rahul Radhakrishnan sorry mate , CSK chased 150 with ease against rajasthan royals so called in the same venue chepauk.. If ktk wasnt a good enough team to chase 150 , wat can the pitch do man ... Common be sensible ... and did you watch DD vs ktk in kochi ??? ha ha .. Wat an pitch .. comedy of a pitch .. So think b4 commenting ...

  • thiruuuuuuuuu on May 19, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    CSK is the most consistent team in IPL. Because of their indian clicked well compared to the other team. CSK Players are not scoring big runs or not picking 4/5 wickets indidually, they play as a team and performing consistently throughout IPL.

  • on May 19, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Wgeb will we see the alrounder Faf Du Plessis in Action for CSK? Its high time we started to bring him into the playing 11 in IPL 2011.

  • on May 19, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    @Ajmer Sing Bains: i hope u did your mathematical calculations before reaching to your conclusion. RCb has 17 points and if Punjab win their next which is their last one they will have 16 points, so even if RCb was to lose its next match to CSk how will RCb make way for Kings XI?? 3rd and 4th place battle is now between MI, KKR and KXI.

  • sehwaguparcut on May 19, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Its unfortunate that Chennai gets to pick the pitch it wants whereas Rajasthan is forced to pick which does not suit it

  • soniya_sharma on May 19, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    its gud to see the unpredictable nature of the ipl. MI who were the frontrunner for the top 2 spots till the 2/3 of the season are now fighting to get into playoffs

  • sukurocking on May 19, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Kochi team management is a complete failure. It exactly portrays the picture of how a good team having good players can be marred by management errors.The errors simply dont end! Packing a team with bowlers in the auction, absence of a quality indian batsman, not playing muralidaran in the squad, picking owais shah in the playing XI towards the end of tournament and the last and the best, making Parthiv Patel captain of the team! Putting pressure on a player, who is already under pressure of performing for his ipl team and being selected for the indian squad, simply doesnt make sense. Hope they come up with better plans next tym around. Gud bye, KTK, u were the giant killers, killed by the team management.

  • SasiGladi on May 19, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Credit also goes to franchise - owner who is quiet similar in gesture to Dhoni cool and calm headed, even i watched auction he was very calm had a clear plan worked so smart....CSK created to win.....

  • vind_2801 on May 19, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    @rahul radhakrishnan : i can understand ur from kerala ...accept defeat .....chennai is not as worst as rajastan wicket ......avg score in IPL is 151 and chennai wicket was able to produce it ....even ktk came close to 140 .......so not a bad wicket ...and stop complaining abt the owners

  • on May 19, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Off course CSK look the stuff, they nervelessly stuff most good teams. When in a crisis Dhoni has shown nerves of steel. His cool demeanor has inspired many a team mate of his to put their hand up at a crucial time. Last night it was the much-maligned Wriddhiman Saha.

    Punjab have an outside chance of entering the last four. One of KKR, RCB, or MI (but not CSK) may have to make way for Punjab. A long shot though.

  • sunder_screen on May 19, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    We need to defeat the RCB on their own soil in the next match

  • on May 19, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    hmmm....everyone here seems to be obsessed with the "nerveless" thing and no talk of young Wridhhiman Saha's performance. I guess Saha chose the wrong day to prove his utility as a wicket-keeper batsman :P

  • InnocentGuy on May 18, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Punjab wins massively in their last game. KKR lose against Pune but win against Mumbai. And Mumbai lose both their remaining games. So Punjab and KKR go through! For all the pre- (and even mid-way into the) tournament hype, how cool will it be for MI to get knocked out before the play-offs? :)

  • on May 18, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    CSK is NON STOP EXPRESS..... made for win

  • Natesan333 on May 18, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    @blade_pakkiri, nerveless has two meaning, one meaning calm (I think that is what the title was suppose to mean), but also means with out any strength, which is what many of people took it as. So you don't have to call anyone idiots.

  • on May 18, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    Chennai's substitute is Kochi's captain... Hahhaha

  • InnocentGuy on May 18, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    Hope to see WI players play for WI... and Indian players play for India... and New Zealand players play for New Zealand...

    'Nerveless' means without any nerves, dimwits. That said, 'nerveless' wouldn't appropriately characterize this win for CSK though. There were some edgy moments and it could have gone either way.

  • on May 18, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    blade_pakkiri They probably think that nerveless = brainless which is pretty apt

  • on May 18, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    wow. . .CSK rocks. . .Tuskers didnt stand a chance. . .

  • blade_pakkiri on May 18, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Idiots who don't understand the meaning of the word nerveless want the title to be changed.

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Thanks for changing the title, now it sounds good,

  • rajeshtheterminator on May 18, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    chennai is the only team that is making consistently into the final four .................... hats offf to M S Dhoni from chennai.............mind it .......................

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    change the title here,

    change the title here

  • maddy20 on May 18, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Well Kochi lost it more than Chennai won it. One catch not given out, 3 stumpings missed(including Saha, Badri and Hussey). Parthiv Patel is the Kamran Akmal of India! I hope he does not actually play any matches in WI!

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    hope to see pakistani players play for pakistan.......

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    how can you say that chennai is nerveless

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    weldone kochi tuskers, u got a gud fight. thank you thankyu fr making us (the keralites) proud. thank yu for everything. u people have elevated this small state's name to alll over the world. u people gave such a feeling that we are also not inferior to anybody. thnk yu and misss yu. we all waiting fr IPL 5 n u be hte champions, coms cheer up guys, kochi tuskers the real giant killers.

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    ya realy a fortress nobody can win here bating 2nd these wkts shld not be used if rajasthan cant use slw wkts it shld be applicable for dhoni too....no spiners can be hit.......bolinger who is a superb bwler is smashed bcoz pitch is very slow......really bad t20 wkt........i hav been seeing for all the matches in chennai..............y rules different for different teams pitch was changed in rajasthan when doni's team was there bcoz one of itz co-owner is from bcci......

  • wisdom350 on May 18, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    hope to see pakistani players in ipl without them it is boring

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  • wisdom350 on May 18, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    hope to see pakistani players in ipl without them it is boring

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    ya realy a fortress nobody can win here bating 2nd these wkts shld not be used if rajasthan cant use slw wkts it shld be applicable for dhoni too....no spiners can be hit.......bolinger who is a superb bwler is smashed bcoz pitch is very slow......really bad t20 wkt........i hav been seeing for all the matches in chennai..............y rules different for different teams pitch was changed in rajasthan when doni's team was there bcoz one of itz co-owner is from bcci......

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    weldone kochi tuskers, u got a gud fight. thank you thankyu fr making us (the keralites) proud. thank yu for everything. u people have elevated this small state's name to alll over the world. u people gave such a feeling that we are also not inferior to anybody. thnk yu and misss yu. we all waiting fr IPL 5 n u be hte champions, coms cheer up guys, kochi tuskers the real giant killers.

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    how can you say that chennai is nerveless

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    hope to see pakistani players play for pakistan.......

  • maddy20 on May 18, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Well Kochi lost it more than Chennai won it. One catch not given out, 3 stumpings missed(including Saha, Badri and Hussey). Parthiv Patel is the Kamran Akmal of India! I hope he does not actually play any matches in WI!

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    change the title here,

    change the title here

  • rajeshtheterminator on May 18, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    chennai is the only team that is making consistently into the final four .................... hats offf to M S Dhoni from chennai.............mind it .......................

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Thanks for changing the title, now it sounds good,

  • blade_pakkiri on May 18, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Idiots who don't understand the meaning of the word nerveless want the title to be changed.