Chennai v Kochi, IPL 2011, Chennai

Determined Chennai surge to top spot

The Bulletin by Siddhartha Talya

May 18, 2011

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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
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Wriddhiman Saha sweeps during his crucial innings, Chennai Super Kings v Kochi Tuskers Kerala, IPL 2011, Chennai, May 18, 2011
Wriddhiman Saha was an unlikely top-scorer for Chennai Super Kings © AFP
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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.

Match Meter

  • CSK KTK
  • Runs and wickets: Kochi hit back after bursts from Vijay and Raina to make it 41 for 2 at the end of the sixth over
  • CSK KTK
  • Chennai kept in check: Hyssey departs with the score on 96 in the 15th over, but there is ammunition down the order
  • CSK
  • Finishing on a high: Saha's late surge, including 14 off the final over, takes Chennai past 150 on a tricky pitch
  • CSK KTK
  • A similar pattern: Gnaneswara Rao falls in the seventh over with the score on 45, but that brings together McCullum and Hodge
  • CSK
  • Hosts get ahead: When McCullum falls in the 14th over with the score on 85, and there are no fours or sixes in the next three overs, the game is pretty much decided
Advantage Honours even

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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Posted by 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

Posted by 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...

Posted by Bharath_the_Indian on (May 20, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

@Gobu THondaiman very true friend

Posted by 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.....

Posted by   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...

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 18:06 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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 ....

Posted by   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"

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