Bangalore v Chennai, 1st qualifier, IPL 2011, Mumbai May 24, 2011

Raina stuns Bangalore to power Chennai into final

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Chennai Super Kings 177 for 4 (Raina 73*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 175 (Kohli 70*, Bollinger 1-20) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

How did Chennai win this? How did Bangalore lose this? Chennai always seemed to be lagging behind but surged like a tidal wave towards the end, with the odd run-filled over now and then, to storm into their third IPL final in four seasons. At the forefront was the feisty Suresh Raina, who pulled out the big shots through the latter half of the chase to set up an improbable win. The defeat makes Bangalore's path to the final - and beyond - tougher. They will have to win the second Qualifier on Saturday, if they are to meet Chennai in the final at the MA Chidambaram stadium, where the hosts have been unbeaten all season.

Bangalore will look back and rue at a few poor overs. There were full tosses and length deliveries galore and Chennai capitalised in some style. Virat Kohli bowled a slew of full tosses in the ninth over to leak 16 runs, and Abhimanyu Mithun kept bowling length deliveries in the 13th over, bleeding 23 runs. It included a fabulously carved six over the covers as Raina went down on a bent knee, to follow his muscled heave over long-off. Even then, the equation - 82 from 42 balls - seemed a tough proposition and it got tighter when it came down to 58 from 24. Chris Gayle had led from front with a parsimonious spell that read 4-0-19-0 as he fired in the skidders and the occasional yorker to pin down Chennai.

But Raina wasn't done yet, and he ramped it up style in the 17th over, from Zaheer Khan, who had been exemplary in his opening three-over spell. Raina's two sixes over midwicket, a thumping pull and a clubbed swing, were sandwiched by a bottom-hand powered six over wide long-on by MS Dhoni, who however fell in the same over. Zaheer went for 20 runs in that over and Chennai had well and truly seized the momentum.

More agony awaited Bangalore in the 19th over, bowled by S Aravind. Albie Morkel crashed a slower ball over long-on and clubbed a full toss over long-off before Raina killed another full toss over the midwicket boundary. That 21-run over left Chennai needing 12 off the final over by Daniel Vettori and Morkel dragged a four to wide long-on, before walloping the fourth ball over midwicket to win the contest.

Until those frenetic end overs, Bangalore were well on their way to becoming the first team to enter the final. The big question before the game was whether Bangalore would deflate like cheap party balloons if Gayle went out early. They answered that in an emphatic manner, as Kohli powered them to a competitive total.

Bangalore were in danger of slipping into free-fall after Gayle fell cheaply, trapped by R Aswhin, but Kohli and Luke Pomersbach ensured they stayed afloat. While Kohli batted with calculated aggression, Pomersbach counterattacked, taking 17 runs in the 15th over, off Dwayne Bravo. A murderous heave to wide long-on, a slash to third man and a flat six over midwicket were the highlights. Kohli, though, was the person who sculpted and shaped Bangalore's innings. Two shots in particular reflected the assurance in his knock. In the 13th over, he sashayed back to a back-of-length delivery from Raina to unfurl a peachy punch to the cover-point boundary. Then, off the final ball of the 16th over, he leaned forward to play a classy lofted whip over wide long-on Ashwin. He went on to produce two more screaming sixes - over long-on and covers - off Morkel in the 19th over, to push Bangalore to a good total but Raina decided to gatecrash the party.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 27, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    I personally believe...it vl be a mumbai vs dhoni final... Dhoni always rises on big occassions... Dhoni, raina, hussey holds d key for ipl 4 win for CSK...

  • on May 27, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    csk rockd man!!!! RCB shud be cryin that nannes got injured . wud have made a huge impact. gayle needs to understand that indian spinners (both bhajji n ashwin ) for his case r difficult to handle for him .SOME SAY HE IS "THE" T20 PLAYER BUT I THINK OTHERWISE CUZ EVEN IN T20 SOME GUD SHOTS R NEEDED NOT ALL SLOGGING. CSK R A MELLOW TEAM WID A VERY MELLOW N COOL CAPTAIN. HAVE U SEEN THE ADS FOR AFTER MATCH PARTIES BY SIGNATURE CSK NOT IN IT. N I HAVENT SEEN CSK PLAYERS IN ANY MUDDLE ON TV.THE SECRET TO SUCESS IS TRY HARD BUT DONT START PARTYIN FOR EVERY SINGLE THING. kudos to csk.

  • arvindhsuperking on May 26, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    @saccs76....u said kkr gonna stamp csk in final and also u told csk can just dream of winning title....ha ha ha...csk not only dreams but achieves too...we r the ipl champions and world champions too....kkr dreams always and only wins title in the dream...saw how mumbai crushed kkr and knocked it out of the tournament....hahaha

  • on May 26, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    morkel is the unsung hero... i can hardly see 1-2 praising him... if it hadnt been for his 28(10)... csk wudnt hav cum this far..

  • harshacc on May 26, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    "How did Chennai win this? How did Bangalore lose this?".I do not agree with the fact that RCB lost from a winning position.RCB had two big overs off Bravo and Albie.CSK had two big overs off Mithun and Zaheer.At the end of 10 overs RCB had scored 10 runs more than CSK.It was neck and neck and Please do not ignore the fact that CSK had Bravo and Saha yet to bat.Overs 17-20 are when CSK turn it on.They play T20 like ODI.Preserve,Consolidate,Flourish.The fact that they had lost two wickets by the end of two overs seemed to make their job harder but that had fought back well enough by over 10

  • on May 26, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    geat csk performance . I expect Gayle to knock out Mumbai Indians although Malinga might have other plans.

  • S.A.VIVEK on May 26, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Csk has luck always ......virat kohli is a wonderful player than raina..murali vijay is waste of all the time..he waste the chances...

  • PrabakarKP on May 26, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    @Valavan - I do agree about the spearhead part....Without McGrath, Aussies were just not too strong on the pace department as the 2003/04 series against India showed....And if Bollinger is taken to the cleaners in the final , it will be tough for CSK to regain composure....But about middling the ball - well, that's just plain good cricket....You play good cricket, middle the ball, score runs and win :) Of course, I too can go on and claim RCB's victory over CSK in the league match was because Gayle middled the ball well, and if he had got out for a 0, RCB would have lost....So would have India too, if only Sachin had not middled the ball well all these years....Regarding Captaincy - Daniel is an excellent captain, but the difference lies in the all-powerful team he controls...possibility of multiple power centers in Gayle, Kohli, AB De, Khan - decision making mite be tough in such cases...Hopefully Dan is through all that though...

  • Jim1207 on May 26, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    @Valavan: We cannot say that CSK has a single spearhead. Ashwin, Bollinger and Morkel all are in top 10 of bowlers' list. If you want to a spearhead, Ashwin would be the one consistently. But in the case of CSK, they always play and win or lose as a team.

  • Valavan on May 25, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    @vivek dhayalan, there is always a spearhead in bowling attack. its not about reliant on 1 player. McGrath was premier bowler in Aussie squad and other bowlers rallied around him well. There is always an anchor role, it was zaheer khan who anchored India in wc2011, rest of bowlers responded well around him. its all about middling the bat, morkel meddled it well and raina too, that won it. if Morkel could have been cleaned up in 0, there would be serious issue if raina could get it single handed. it happens in T20 cricket and gayle is the best T20 player, with no second thought. even after having him cheaply RCB made decent total, just bowlers let them down, it doesnt mean CSK wont be let down, as CSK was shut by RCB for 128. so it happens. Dan is equally good captain like dhoni

  • on May 27, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    I personally believe...it vl be a mumbai vs dhoni final... Dhoni always rises on big occassions... Dhoni, raina, hussey holds d key for ipl 4 win for CSK...

  • on May 27, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    csk rockd man!!!! RCB shud be cryin that nannes got injured . wud have made a huge impact. gayle needs to understand that indian spinners (both bhajji n ashwin ) for his case r difficult to handle for him .SOME SAY HE IS "THE" T20 PLAYER BUT I THINK OTHERWISE CUZ EVEN IN T20 SOME GUD SHOTS R NEEDED NOT ALL SLOGGING. CSK R A MELLOW TEAM WID A VERY MELLOW N COOL CAPTAIN. HAVE U SEEN THE ADS FOR AFTER MATCH PARTIES BY SIGNATURE CSK NOT IN IT. N I HAVENT SEEN CSK PLAYERS IN ANY MUDDLE ON TV.THE SECRET TO SUCESS IS TRY HARD BUT DONT START PARTYIN FOR EVERY SINGLE THING. kudos to csk.

  • arvindhsuperking on May 26, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    @saccs76....u said kkr gonna stamp csk in final and also u told csk can just dream of winning title....ha ha ha...csk not only dreams but achieves too...we r the ipl champions and world champions too....kkr dreams always and only wins title in the dream...saw how mumbai crushed kkr and knocked it out of the tournament....hahaha

  • on May 26, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    morkel is the unsung hero... i can hardly see 1-2 praising him... if it hadnt been for his 28(10)... csk wudnt hav cum this far..

  • harshacc on May 26, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    "How did Chennai win this? How did Bangalore lose this?".I do not agree with the fact that RCB lost from a winning position.RCB had two big overs off Bravo and Albie.CSK had two big overs off Mithun and Zaheer.At the end of 10 overs RCB had scored 10 runs more than CSK.It was neck and neck and Please do not ignore the fact that CSK had Bravo and Saha yet to bat.Overs 17-20 are when CSK turn it on.They play T20 like ODI.Preserve,Consolidate,Flourish.The fact that they had lost two wickets by the end of two overs seemed to make their job harder but that had fought back well enough by over 10

  • on May 26, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    geat csk performance . I expect Gayle to knock out Mumbai Indians although Malinga might have other plans.

  • S.A.VIVEK on May 26, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Csk has luck always ......virat kohli is a wonderful player than raina..murali vijay is waste of all the time..he waste the chances...

  • PrabakarKP on May 26, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    @Valavan - I do agree about the spearhead part....Without McGrath, Aussies were just not too strong on the pace department as the 2003/04 series against India showed....And if Bollinger is taken to the cleaners in the final , it will be tough for CSK to regain composure....But about middling the ball - well, that's just plain good cricket....You play good cricket, middle the ball, score runs and win :) Of course, I too can go on and claim RCB's victory over CSK in the league match was because Gayle middled the ball well, and if he had got out for a 0, RCB would have lost....So would have India too, if only Sachin had not middled the ball well all these years....Regarding Captaincy - Daniel is an excellent captain, but the difference lies in the all-powerful team he controls...possibility of multiple power centers in Gayle, Kohli, AB De, Khan - decision making mite be tough in such cases...Hopefully Dan is through all that though...

  • Jim1207 on May 26, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    @Valavan: We cannot say that CSK has a single spearhead. Ashwin, Bollinger and Morkel all are in top 10 of bowlers' list. If you want to a spearhead, Ashwin would be the one consistently. But in the case of CSK, they always play and win or lose as a team.

  • Valavan on May 25, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    @vivek dhayalan, there is always a spearhead in bowling attack. its not about reliant on 1 player. McGrath was premier bowler in Aussie squad and other bowlers rallied around him well. There is always an anchor role, it was zaheer khan who anchored India in wc2011, rest of bowlers responded well around him. its all about middling the bat, morkel meddled it well and raina too, that won it. if Morkel could have been cleaned up in 0, there would be serious issue if raina could get it single handed. it happens in T20 cricket and gayle is the best T20 player, with no second thought. even after having him cheaply RCB made decent total, just bowlers let them down, it doesnt mean CSK wont be let down, as CSK was shut by RCB for 128. so it happens. Dan is equally good captain like dhoni

  • on May 25, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @Kanchana Not Convinving? What will u expect more? Six Sixes in the Last over to win it... The Best Combination out there is of CSK, the proof is supported by their performance...Go and check if u have short term memory loss

  • on May 25, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    if dhoni is the captain channai will always reach the finall...............this year iam damm sure chennai is going to win the ipl

  • InnocentGuy on May 25, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    What's this fad about a 'fitting' final? What sense does that even make? Why is it that a final has to be a close match for it to be 'fitting'? So everyone can 'enjoy the cricket' and watch the better team win? That's nonsense. If a team is strong, it is strong. They make the match one-sided, then it's the team's power. That doesn't mean that the final is not fitting. It's not the stronger team's problem that the opposition is not a strong enough team to put up a fight.

    You can call it luck, pitch factor, weather factor, home advantage, whatever. Bottom line - CSK is the most consistent team in all IPLs whether or not they win IPL 2011. The proof is out there. No offense to any other team, but that's the truth. Remember that most teams have changed their players and have more or less become better on paper than the first 3 seasons, but CSK is 90% same team and still managed to reach the final AGAIN! Say what you want, but CSK rocks! End of story.

  • Vernacular_Press on May 25, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @Valavan....."No fuss here, when the premier bowler fails it looks always shambles. like if malinga is tonked, MI can forget IPL. so its all about putting it right. CSK or RCB looks equal rather hyping CSK toomuch. imagine if Bollinger fails, what will happen to CSK. Bollinger is leading the bowling attack for CSK as same as Zaheer Khan for RCB, other bowlers are bowling around him. Imagine if malinga gets injured next year, MI will finish bottom of the table. when your spearhead looses rythm it always costs the game."-What are you trying to say?!?!?!.Why if bollinger fails?.We are a champion team.We dont rally around a single player.

  • SachinLara1 on May 25, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    @eomer17u think csk won by mr.seenivasan gud joke..wat can he do in this match...

  • KANCHANA623 on May 25, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    eventhough csk won it was not convincing. it was just mere luck. im a neutral fan and i think that rcb is a much better combination than csk.

  • Jim1207 on May 25, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    ShadySlim, I tend to disaagree still. Dhoni has decided to choose bat in Chennai whenever he wins the toss, but Dhoni always does so - he did in world cup too but when the quarter final and final came up, India chased the targets well. Dhoni always chooses to bat first - not because he would win if he does so but because batting first during league stages would help the team's batting order get into a rhythm, with which they can chase any kind of total if they have to chase in knockout matches. That's Dhoni's philosophy - and it worked against RCB too y'day. As I told you before, Chennai chased 150 in chennai pitch very comfortably against RR. And, many of the IPL league matches are boring because they are favourable to batsmen. You mentioned few thrilling matches in such pitches, but it would be interesting only if both team bats well but if a team struggles chasing a big total, it would get boring which is what happened this IPL. But matches played in chennai were interesting always.

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Self-belief was the only factor that changed the game for chennai..i seriously thought chennai could pull it off..bravo CSK..cheers..

  • PrabakarKP on May 25, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Reasons for the CSK win --> 1. Raina holding one end up, playing the anchor atleast till the last 4-5 overs after which he shifted gears - a la Kohli 2. Three overs on the trot for Khan - maybe 2 overs in the end could have given him time to settle down 3. Hyperactivity of RCB - if that sounds rude, then I would rephrase it as getting "too" charged up, resulting in a camp that appears flustered when the opposition starts making little ground. Ironically, Mr.Cool was the most economical bowler for RCB 4. Never slipping too far behind RCB after the big Mithun over - seized their chances and that carried them through....

  • Jim1207 on May 25, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Muzammil Saeed, you told the answer yourself mate. "Just see the highlights of Test match, it's classic", very true. But Most people could just see highlights of a test or ODI match than sitting for LIVE feed for whole day. Simply they cannot. But, when it comes to T20 cricket, they can watch that excitement LIVE. That's the reason girls turn out in large numbers in India for T20s while it would be a miracle in test matches. This is the reason most people "tend to like T20 cricke more than ODIs and Tests".

  • on May 25, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    If ppl want to give reasons for RCB loss , we can give lots n lots.... but at the end CSK won the match superbly.. If Zaheer khan didn't bowl well means thats RCB problem ,why you give that as reason for RCB loss... Pressure game , senior players should rise to the occasion and Bollinger's bowling was great at the right matcg.. thats what CSK is about , performance under pressure... :)

  • Valavan on May 25, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    No fuss here, when the premier bowler fails it looks always shambles. like if malinga is tonked, MI can forget IPL. so its all about putting it right. CSK or RCB looks equal rather hyping CSK toomuch. imagine if Bollinger fails, what will happen to CSK. Bollinger is leading the bowling attack for CSK as same as Zaheer Khan for RCB, other bowlers are bowling around him. Imagine if malinga gets injured next year, MI will finish bottom of the table. when your spearhead looses rythm it always costs the game.

  • Valavan on May 25, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    There is no stronger or weaker team, it was just CSK played better cricket than RCB. why cant these guys gell into a great T20 International team, if Dhoni being great captain, Raina a powerhouse, Yusuf pathan, t20 specialist. its just IPL is a fortune favors brave Logic. Raina and morkel got it in middle of bat right as gayle got it throughout the tournament. even rayudu did a javed miandad in the last league game, will this rayudu do it in a T20I the same. :)).

  • on May 25, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    This is a real t20 game.MSD is the great and lucky captian ... congratz CSK

  • 30-30-150 on May 25, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Honestly RCB don't deserve to be in the final. MI and KKR have better 'TEAMS'

  • CricketChat on May 25, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Just felt RCB's focus dropped a bit after 12-13 overs while bowling as they might have thought the match was in their bag. No wonder why Chennai is considered the top team for a while now.

  • Notredam on May 25, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Dhoni is legend man..2011 Wc win. 2007 T20 wc win. 2009 Vb series win.Never lost test series home or away. 14:3 record in TEsts,,,best by any captain anywhere in world..65% win record..in ODI,,again best by any indian captain..Also out of 4 IPL ,,reeching playoffs every singl time..3 Final..1 winner,,1 Champions league winner..Average of 49 in ODI..Most dismissals by wicketkeeper bastman in India,,Man let me take breath..this guy is marvellous..

  • on May 25, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    IPL is donkey cricket. I dont know why poeple tend to like T20 cricke more than ODIs and Tests. Just see the highlights of Pakistan vs West Indies tests. Classics. They may not be the cricket forces they once were, but still this test series provided all what needed. We should discourage T20 cricket. They are making money and we wasting money plus time.

  • on May 25, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    For all those fans who opposed CSK and supported RCB should accept the Chennai is stronger team than RCB.

  • on May 25, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    still look MSD while others where celebrating wicket of gayle,he was still egar for winning the match and celebrate victroy. csk ku periya wistle podu

  • CSK_DVRMB on May 25, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @maddy20: COme on CSK fans, get over it. Zaheer Khan does not bowl full toss balls every match and Gayle does not fail in every match. See ya in final!

    Dhoni wont get out cheaply in full tosses all de match and gayle also cant score in all de matches. CSK will win de 2011 IPL ........ all de best RCB for getting into the finals vs CSK. But this time u r coming to chennai keep that in mind and qualify....

  • on May 25, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    @ rahulcricindia i accept ur point and am not discarding any fact bro...... it was the answer forhow many chennaiates are in CSK???? and the mentioned players are talented and they are waiting in the wing coz of specialists like SACHIN DRAVID VVS are still in the team or else Badri would av made his debut way back...i hope u get my point.... i follow players even from Jharkand too :-)

  • on May 25, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Let us not talk rubbish that N Srinivasan is the 12th man!! The team is really a talented team and it does not require anybody support. Don't you all have faith in the players who toil so much to win? Bit surprised when people talk on these lines after having seen the players performing!!

  • maddy20 on May 25, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    COme on CSK fans, get over it. Zaheer Khan does not bowl full toss balls every match and Gayle does not fail in every match. See ya in final!

  • Notredam on May 25, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Dhoni is the best man..What great captain..

  • Vijay_MatchWinner on May 25, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    It was one off day for RCB. 17th and 19th over was the turning point. Bowled many full tosses which cost the match!

    Good to see Kohli and Raina scoring when it mattered, they are our future...

  • sugumarrising on May 25, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    opposition fans of CSK should accept that we are better team than any of the 9 teams in the ipl, if they don't accept that gracefully also we don't care bcoz we have set the bench mark the rest has to follow, and also take that all you overrated MI team!

  • bismoy on May 25, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Very happy for Raina...He is total team man....India team will dominate odi's with stars like raina,kholi and rohit sharma .Hope Rohit try harder in international matches....He looks class apart when he plays well,,,infact his range of shot and grace while playing those looks better that Sachin the greatest cricketer the unverse has seen.

  • sugumarrising on May 25, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    every one says T20 is a lottery, no one can maintain consistency, but for dhoni doing the impossible is always possible, we are the only team to have never failed to reach the semifinals in all the 4 seasons, someone says he has lots of luck thats why we are winning, but the real fact is that luck favours only the brave & talented, luck may go to every one, but the one who has the real talent will succeed, and also guys think honestly, if he reaches the semifinals 1 or 2 times means we can say he is dependent on luck, but he is consistently leading the team to semifinals in all the seasons, finally what i want to say is luck is a factor in every field but with only luck you cannot achieve anything, dhoni has all the qualities, leadership, strategy, self belief, hardworking & lots more along with the share of luck, thats why he is achieving lot, & will achieve a lot in the future, he will become one of the greatest captains to ever play the game of cricket!

  • Raghuraj1 on May 25, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Well done CSK... Great match.. Atleast it proved that RCB is not dependant on Gayle.. Hope to see a repeat of same teams battling it out in Finals....

  • cricket_ftw on May 25, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Albie could have done a lot for the SA ODI team in the world cup. This guy has been playing in all the 3 yrs of the ipl and will surely know the conditions in the subcontinent. SA's trick of playing new players like du plessis dint work out well in the world cup. Anyways CSK are showing immense confidence in albie's talent and he's proving every bit of it.

  • cricket_ftw on May 25, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Ah. Finally a classy match worth the watch in IPL 2011. Most of the league matches were pretty boring. This match is the best entertainer of IPL 2011 so far...

  • on May 25, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Once again csk proved why they r the champion side... No one thaught that csk will this match until msd's arrival... With 2 sixes in zaheer's last over that turn around the match.. At one stage csk were 27/2 in 7 overs.. No other team in the ipl having such a kind of self-confidence that csk is having right now... ALL THE BEST for CSK in the final..

  • CSK-FAN on May 25, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Common CSK fans dont abuse RCB or anyother loosing team. CSK got a chance and they used it better yesterday thats it! Support CSK and spare a thought " You are supporters of Fair play award winners". Iam totally happy for Kohli/Agarwal for their effort but even more happy that CSK MADE IT.

  • arvindhsuperking on May 25, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    chennai gonna win....even if they dont still they are the best team.....csk is the only team of the 10 ipl teams to hav never failed to make it into the top four.!!!!!

  • harryrockz on May 25, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Missed the match yesterday bcoz of a meeting. Could hear the last over commentary over the radio. Was amazed at the way CSK had chased down that target. Go CSK Go... You have proven that you are unbeatable. Welcome to the Lion's DEN... hoping MI or KKR to challenge CSK in the finals... Gayle storm over it's Raina's turn now. Big match player he is :) And love Albie all the way. Badri and Dhoni too chipped in with Bollinger going great guns with the ball. Overall TEAM effort. For those who said CSK minus MSD is nothing, then this game is a eye-opener.Alas, a pat on the back for Kohli for his beautiful innings. 'Raina pats on the back of Kohli after RCB's innings. Think Raina would have told Kohli that "its pay back time mate".'and he paid back the due.

  • ashokkumar_1988 on May 25, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Raina + Morkel + Little bit of Dhoni's luck made impossible win into anything possible victory.CSK shines as always

  • on May 25, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    some foolish said that rcb will walk away,it will be a one sided game,they wont play well in outside chennai,rcb has the momentum bcos thy beat them previously against chennai superkings in the first semi held in mumbai on 24.05.2011. chennai proved why they are champions in this format.kudos chennai keep it up the cup is ours

  • on May 25, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    @sachin gandhi First of all, it was not a humiliating defeat, rather a close one. Secondly, RCB fans are not like you, who must be a traitor to catch the winning team's tail..Mind your words and dare not spread animosity..It's a sport and talk like one.

  • k_biran on May 25, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    all CSK haters TAKE THAT

  • indianzen on May 25, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    It has become a habit for CSK to win under pressure... Go CSK... Gilli da... Chennai super kingsukku Whistle podu...

  • peterss on May 25, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Ashwin the best Indian spinner now, way ahead of Harbhajan. Bhajji is having a disgraceful IPL. And CSK are owning the IPL, all seasons! Is anyone even capable of giving them a challenge? Well RCB tried their best and came out second best!

  • Thyagu5432 on May 25, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Albie showed why he is in the team. More often than not he either doesn't get too many balls to play or gets out quite cheaply. But when he does get those runs he hardly takes any balls to get those. Thrilling stuff! But kudos to Raina, he took a single of the first ball of the last over and gave it to Albie to finish. Thats the confidence they have in each other. But I think Chennai probably need to be prepared to face RCB once again. They look very strong.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on May 25, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    It's not enough if you just know what to do next. You should also know how to handle that. Well mindset and clarity of what is going on in his mind. It's not enough if you just have confidence but you should also have confidence on other players. If not inject confidence into others. You might be wondering who I am speaking about all these. Yes it's Dhoni. Raina performed very well but I am sure that had happened with Dhoni's magic in boosting his confidence.

  • SachinLara1 on May 25, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    hope 2 c MI reach finals...once again CSk vs MI...

  • pranavj on May 25, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    I learn the difference between WIN and VICTORY here, It was a Fantastic Victory by MS and Boys again. I remembered a quote of Raina during post-match presentation in reply to HB's question that "What was going in you mind when you were not able to get the runs and at the same time you had cramp, has it annoyed you". Raina responded that "I was not at all looking at PAIN i have". I admire this "self-belief" why to worry about PAIN, just get focus on the GOAL. As Siddhu said "BELIEVER is better than ACHIEVER". Hates of the team CSK and his captain, who has nurtured seed of "SELF BELIEF" in each of his team-mates. Look at the Ashwin, even after that Skull-Breaking stroke hitting his forehead, there was no sign of PAIN on his face. That's the way MAHI ve.

  • on May 25, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    hello Sriram Veera, do chennai always lagging behind ?? didnt you see the IPL Points table so far ??? and next comment "How did chennai" win this ??? hmmm they did hardwork and team work,,,, please write your comments in a justified way,,, other readers can skip but i cant,,, you can write your personal comments in your personal blog, but before posting on a public forum, please do justify,,,,

    Thanks Ronald !!!

  • on May 25, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Chennai Super Kingsku periya visil adeenga....CSK is the most balanced team of the IPL....excellent batting depth till the 9th player....plenty of bowling options....the team members show good commitment n r calm n composed even in pressure situations....n above all the coolest captain ever is leading the side....wht else do u hve to say about the champions....other teams better increase their standards in all these aspects before even talking abt winning an IPL title...

  • on May 25, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    yes..Dhoni's magic worked again

  • on May 25, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    It's good to see some good knocks from Indian players... Well played innings from Kohli and Raina. Yet agian Ashwin proved that he can give great come back from tough times. He picked Gayle after he went for a six. Welldone guys!!!!

  • Vijay541982 on May 25, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    CSK is always producing the team perfomance in every matches comparing to other team who depends with few individuals. It is very clear that the entire team listening the captain words. That is why they will always produce a good game where ever they go. If you see the dugout, rest of the players is giving cheers each other. Nice to see to them Faf du plessis, Kulasekara, Scott Styris and others. Now it is time to CSK team to do some exercise in Marina Beach which is a second longest beach in the world. CSK Lions are hungry for the final battle. Come on CSK...........................

  • Notredam on May 25, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Great dhoni and great Raina...CSK are so lucky withput ne home talent they have such players....Delhi has lost every of its player.. Gambhir, Ishant sharma,Amit mishra,Pkumar,amit bhatia...Too bad..by Delhi owners..never care bout the crowd..

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    wt a match......................again we r in final................................

  • Notredam on May 25, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Dhoni rocks for sure.. In 4 IPLS he has led team to 3 finals.. One CL win in 2 appearances. 2011 wc win in 1 appearance as captain. Inaugural T20 wC win.. Guys this man cabinet never keeps constant ,, more and more trophies he adds every year.. Also not to forget never lost TEST series home or away. BEst test and ODI record among all indian captains..Great ODI player as well...what a man.,.,simply superhero..

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Keep whistling , RCB has not only gayle's storm but also with hard hitters and hot bowlers but don't have to worry CSK has MSD who is the most coolest caption in the world can make change because of his patience let's see my prediction either of CSK or Mumbai Indians is going to be a title holder, even KKR gets (but not RCB) I won't mind for Gautam Gambhir who was a key batsman (instead of sehwag) and has missed his memorable century in world cup final CSK needs to amend batting order especially openers Bcoz for the past 14 matches nobody given a good scores in first 6 to 10 overs in CSK innings . I think everybody might be wondering that what is my thinking????? I won't be disappointed on 28th may unless RCB gets.....

  • Notredam on May 25, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Dhoni rocks for sure.. In 4 IPLS he has led team to 3 finals.. One CL win in 2 appearances. 2011 wc win in 1 appearance as captain. Inaugural T20 wC win.. Guys this man cabinet never keeps constant ,, more and more trophies he adds every year.. Also not to forget never lost TEST series home or away. BEst test and ODI record among all indian captains..Great ODI player as well...what a man.,.,simply superhero..

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Dhoni's magic worked again

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Yes. This is Suresh Raina. If he failed in the hole tournament or not got a chance to play in the league like W.Cup'11, he has a "golden bat" for the semis and final. He again proved it. Keep playing Raina. I Love you very much.

  • justcricket1 on May 25, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    All credit goes to dhoni, the kind of calmness and self belief, he injects into the players is really commendable, CSK is the only team in IPL who never panics in tough situations and come always winning. This IPL is also going to go to chennai, even if a playing eleven is made from the best players of KKR, MI and RCB. Good work dhoni, keep it up

  • CricSamraat on May 25, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Great IPL4 Final is shaping up - we know only one finalist so far. Who is going to meet them - MI, KKR or RCB. Take your pick.

  • anver777 on May 25, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Can't beat Dhoni & CSK's "LUCK" in IPL history ....If KKR would have won against MI in last league match, then CSK had to play the eliminator, but now CSK is in to the Final after another impossible win last night !!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    @sachin gandhi if you support MI so be it, why involve RCB fans! we are not going anywhere and we will never support MI! we love RCB whether they win or lose!

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    I Like Mayank Agarwal's batting;this man's batting style is like virender shewag when he was on his starting years..good timing,wrist shots.All the best man...!

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Now, its time for Vijay to take CSK to lift the trophy...We await for MI in finals. Though we love the master...for a change, we are happy to see sachin in the loosing side. If you people have seen the post match interview with Badri, Dougie, Raina and Dhoni...All of them were asked a same questions "what's your thought after the 1st innings and did you ever thought CSK will make it after 28 for 2 in 7 overs....The answers were from 4 are same...They were confident and were going to win as they have the depth in the batting...Play normally without loosing wickets and the big hitters like Dhoni, Albie can finish it up...What a confident team CSK is....Anything can happen on given day in T20 but the confidence in CSK team clearly can dominate any team on big occasions. We welcome the royal finalist MI to "THE DEN". Sorry Sachin, CSK will win.

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Raina Is The Key Man In CSK..Raina Rockssssss..Raina One Man ARMY...

  • M_Jackson on May 25, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    @vijay vasve: you want to say MI & KKR more tougher than CSK! Boy, what disillusionment! Yes..you should never stop dreaming. Best of luck buddy!

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    csk rocksssssssssssssssssssssssssss..................

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    1 bad overs from mithun, zaheer and aravind the main bowlers of bangalore and the match was gone! but good thing is that RCB proved that they dont depend only on gayle to come good for a good score. it was a good batting display by CSK. But i am sure that RCB will beat the winner of todays eliminator match and will square off with CSK in chennai. over are it was good cricket.

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    One good thing is that not many shots went behind the wicket from both RCB and CSK.. Means that, the pitch is a nice to bat one... The match was won by CSK when Dhoni won the toss itself...

    Ashwin has a good record of taking wicket after a boundary.. Batsemen will be afraid to hit Ashwin for a boundary going forward

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Great performance by CSK! They really know how to win at crucial times. As for the funny cut throat gesture by Ashwin, I would like to add that while Undertaker smacks the head of others after this gesture, poor Ashwin got his own head smacked instead. All in light humour though, well done CSK!

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I just can't Believe it. I left TV room when CSK was struggling (25-2 after 5.2 Overs some thing), thinking who will play Bangloure in Final. I just cant believe it. Well done Riana, exceptional player really.

  • on May 25, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Dhoni's Helicopter successfully crossed over the Gayle's Strom

  • Sureshpai on May 25, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    All of you CSK fans, wait and see. The IPL 2011 is not yet over. Sure, RCB will bounce back in Qualifier 2, winning it against KKR / or MI and face CSK again in Final and lift this IPL 2011 Cup. Just be aware that RCB is the only team making record of winning 7 consecutive matches in 2011 which no other team did so far in any of the IPL. This clearly shows how strong RCB is. This match against CSK was not even one sided match, but fighting one and luck was in favour of CSK, who won it. Otherwise, RCB;s score of 175 is the challenging one and RCB was no doubtedly in winning moment, even upto the last over. But luck was not in RCB;s favour and hence, they lost it. But, I am sure RCB will face CSK in final and CSK is going to lose this time.

  • Jan on May 25, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    CSK proved their batting depth for the first time this IPL season and what a time to prove that !!!

  • heat-seeker on May 25, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    @Jim... I never said Chennai pitch is "bad." But there are a few facts you can't deny if you're being honest - a) Batting first is a clear advantage as the pitch really slows in the 2nd half, and so Dhoni has chosen to bat 1st every single time in Chennai. He decided to chase in Mumbai as he had confidence in the track, but he will never choose to bat 2nd in Chennai. I'll bet you, whoever wins the toss in the Final will also choose to bat first. b) T20 is about presenting an entertaining spectacle, not about testing batsmen's technique against spin. Look at the most entertaining / thrilling matches in the IPL, they've come on tracks which have stayed the same in both innings - CSK v RCB yesterday, CSK vs Punjab at Mohali, MI vs KKR at Kolkata. In Chennai, except for the 1st game vs KKR, when the pitch was fresher and didn't slow down too much, there hasn't been a highly entertaining / thrilling game. To end, I'm just saying a fresher pitch at Chennai will give us a more fitting final.

  • on May 25, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    i think its a good team effort...eventhough the massive runs scored by bangalore mens will pressurize the opponents many times, csk's mind set will never show it. when the 2nd innings start, the run rate required was around 9.00 and the fall of two quick wickets in 1st and 2nd over made it so worse. but badrinath's entry was perfect. since the new ball not timing properly, u need players who time it even at difficult situation. It was a good plan. players like Dhoni, Morkel can hit six at the end of the innings when the ball is coming on to the bat in no time. finally to say ''U dont need players like Gayle or yusuf who are aggressive at all times, but need players of sensible nature who have the potential to convert their equation at no time". That's why csk are on top. They are perfectly balanced.

  • on May 25, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Even Gayle filling superbly with his 4 overs, RCB has a problem with their bowling rather than batting. Mithun has been a huge huge disappointment. Inspite of Luke Pomers playing so well, it is necessary to replace him with Langvedlt and bloster the bowling. Mithun should be replaced by Arun Karthik. This will add the necessary balance to the team. The match was in RCB's pocket until 18 overs, but..... As usual, Kohli was superb. But, like in case of Dravid, whenever Kohli plays well, some other player plays better than him and Kohli dosent get credit.

  • on May 25, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    CSK ku periya whistle podu......Yesterday's result speaks for itself.Thats why we are the best team in IPL so far

  • eomer17 on May 25, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Dhoni really has 2 much luck.First given their situation after till the last 4 overs CSK should've lost 9/10 times,even though they have such a player as raina.Morkel fires once in a blue moon. on hindsight CSK have to thank balaji(ex CSK) ,to help them reach the top two in the first place! Ashwin too got a bad blow,on another day he could've benn in the ICU right now.he shuld thank god. CSK will be champions again.thanks to their 12th man:N Srinivasan!

  • on May 25, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Well done CSK; Team Dhoni.....Raina you are fabulous... and nevertheless its Dhoni's captaincy for being the first team to reach the IPL final thrice... I don see anybody stopping this team from winning the final for second time....

  • SachinLara1 on May 25, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Raina was d MOM in Clsemifinals against RCB and here is well...He s definitely a big stage player..also he s cool as MSD..he also congradulated kohli's effort...he s an awesome cricketer..

  • Bharath_the_Indian on May 25, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    By yesterday's dashing win a crucial match CSk silenced the critics that CSK is only winning in home.... CSk is a team which have great batsmen,all rounders, bowlers and the bettter fielding side throughout the tournament... Above all CSK have men of character

  • on May 25, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Morkel diving to reach the crease even after losing his bat , thats what u call commitment

  • sunnu308 on May 25, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Better team won. I think RCB lacked certain things like when a bowler is hit so bad, it might even be serous you take 2nd run. what kind of sportsmanship is this. Even it was said in ndtv. i Ive seen in past even Aussies used to behave well.

  • blondblackberry on May 25, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    i hope it wil be a chennai-kolkata final in st.george "fortress" in chennai.

  • dineshnadella on May 25, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    it was poor bowling that led to defeat of RCB, can't say good batting by CSK though..... Plenty of full tosses that whipped across the short boundaries and you cant bowl that length to Raina or Morkel...Good luck CSK and RCB

  • Balaji_Vish on May 25, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Even while Gayle was bowling those tight overs, CSK didn't panic. There were no rash shots and crazy reverse sweeps. And when they leaked 19 runs in the 19th over Dhoni din't rush to criticize the bowler. And you know why CSK is so consistent. The commentators blabbered that there were no favorites to this IPL blah blah balh and were given a thud on the head by the defending champions who played like champions from Day 1 of 2008. Even in a fickle T20 format their consistently is stunning.

  • on May 25, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Only CHAMPIONS can do it, we got that big match PEDIGREE where RCB doesnt have. We want a new team in the finals, not RCB or MI again, still we need to avenge KKR.Come to the Lions Den we are waiting.Lets PREY

  • knshanmugan on May 25, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Guys.... Ashwin is fine, scan is clear and there's nothing to worry, phew that's a relief

  • on May 25, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    YESTERDAYS GAME WAS AWESOME.......RAINA,MORKEL AND DHONI ALL WERE AMAZING

  • arvindhsuperking on May 25, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    csk leada the head to head race 6-5 against rcb!!!!

  • on May 25, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Raina well done... u reached 73 runs.... this time also CSK wins the IPL........ JA Morkel done well..........

  • on May 25, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Wow...CSK ll always rock... undoubtly this time thay are going to be champion...... Undefeated at home..mmm. CSK rock

  • on May 25, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    I can't beleive CSK won this tough chase. Raina you're Awesome. RCB have to face KKR or MI now the more tougher teams .

  • on May 25, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Once again... Raina seems big match player.. Last IPL final was also awsome... Today 2 with 14 RPO.. He just blasted alongwith Dhoni and Morkel..

  • saccs76 on May 25, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Well, CSK can certainly dream about winning the IPL 2011 and all that, simply because they are not going to. A sure entertaining team though...KKR is gonna stamp them in the finals

  • on May 25, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    For the first time Chennai's middle order fired collectively. Go Chennai Go.

  • on May 25, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    @Rohan Thacker: CSK are chokers? Havent u heard of RCB and MI? RCB: Finals in 2009, Semifinal in 2010 and played two CL. MI: Finals in 2010, CL in 2010 and no trophies yet but they are clear favourites before every tournament. U cant call CSK chokers when they have won IPL 2010 and the CL 2010

  • on May 25, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    CSK rocks. A thriller match..A Raina class. Kohli is a good player, but don't behave matured in the field, always a hyper tension person. On the other hand Raina is super cool , just like the CSK. Credit should be given to ALbie, Bolliner & Ashwin. Better luck to RCB next time in another IPL . Because MI & KKR are better teams than RCB who depends on one or two players. Anyhave CSK is the champion, and will be the one.

  • on May 25, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captian in the hole world . no body can deeeeeeeeefffffffffffet that person..

  • on May 25, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    well done raina,i think mumbai are going to make this time in the final

  • Number1CricketFan on May 25, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    Kocji deserve to be there

  • on May 25, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    BREAKING NEWS: After RCB's humiliating defeat to CSK, massive sections of RCB's fans have left RCB like rats fleeing a sinking ship and they have started supporting MI. Mumbai Indians are favorites without a doubt to win the IPL this time.

  • on May 25, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Mannnnnnn They wonnnnn Dangggggggg

  • on May 25, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    hennai Super Kings 177 for 4 (Raina 73*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 175 (Kohli 70*, Bollinger 1-20) by six wickets

  • on May 25, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    CSK, Always the Best In IPL. Another Victory towards us.

  • on May 25, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    go on csk.............. win the final

  • on May 25, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    175 is a good score.csk chasing well.

  • on May 25, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    RCB You were, are and always be only challengers... However hard you may try We the CSK were and are the kings and would continue to be so in the future.

  • peterss on May 24, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    As predicted, CSK are on course to defend their title. Thank god at least the other teams are giving CSK a good run and not allowing a cakewalk. CSK are a class above all other teams in IPL! Without Dhoni we still rock as we have got the best spinner in India, Ashwin, with us. Ashwin was touted to be the best spinner in India by polls during the match! Ha ha. Now its time for selectors and coach to realize this.

  • RogerC on May 24, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    RCB is a two pony show - Gayle and Kohli. CSK is a complete team. There is no way Dhoni's men will fail in critical matches.

  • on May 24, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Chennai Superkings all the way again, baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 24, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Also people call CSK the most consistent. Grow up accept the fact, they are chokers.

  • Vkarthik on May 24, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Dhoni the magic man has done it again.

  • on May 24, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Chennai remain unbeaten at home... Just a Game away from taking pride... Let's Roarrrrrr...

  • on May 24, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    RCB will exact revenge in the Final!

  • Kunagpal on May 24, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    @mogan707 India losing 5-0, 2-0 to the windies? lame joke. First win a test series n your own backyard and then talk. Be ready. Be very very scared. The men in blue are gong to steamroll the wndies ! muhaaaaa........

  • on May 24, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    @catsalive hey you, take a thumbs down for saying Kohli an ordinary player seems you have forgotten he plays for India too :)

  • sarathy004 on May 24, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    ONCE AGAIN IN TO THE FINAL CSK ROAR PROUDLY ...............

  • Quazar on May 24, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Wonder why the IPL couldn't have kept the final on Sunday... that would give 1 (deserving) day of rest to the 2nd finalist. Surely the IPL deserves a final where both teams have had decent rest and recovery time... so we get just as thrilling a match as today's. (Just imagine if Ashwin or some other player who had got injured were made to play 2 back-to-back days of finals ... while the other team got 3 days of rest. Where's the justice in that?)

  • Agni_25 on May 24, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Nowadays hitting six is very easy than taking a double :) But gud to see Indians perform. Awesome performance by CSK

  • on May 24, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    I just for hope for Chennai's next game - Murli Vijay & Mike Hussey finds their form and stop getting out cheaply, As these batsmen can really cause severe damage to any opposition if the stay till the 10 over, I still remember Mike Hussyey's score (83 runs) against RCB in the 14 the match of the IPL, Chennai scored a Total of 183 against RCB, So the opening pair of Chennai should really start contributing in order to setup or chase a big Total.

  • Quazar on May 24, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    @mogan... sure, in your dreams!

  • InnocentGuy on May 24, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    @mogan707, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! That comment just made my day! LOL! No offense to WI cricket, but with their current team, I think the India U-19 team can sweep the series in the Caribbean.

  • Jim1207 on May 24, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    ShadySlim, A pitch which favours bowlers is the best pitch, not a batting favourable pitch. Chennai pitch favours the bowlers and that's the best pitch available in this IPL, If opposition players do not know how to bat in Chennai, they have to develop their skills. De Villiers batted superbly in Chennai previously. That kind of pitch would show who the better batsman is and who needs to learn more. Finally, chennai pitch favours team batting second too, but it is difficult to bat against chennai bowlers there as they know conditions well. Chennai easily scored 150 while chasing against Rajasthan in Chennai. Please do not tell that Chennai pitch is not good, batsmen are not good enough to bat in that, which is the truth.

  • on May 24, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Outstanding Player Raina is. He kept his cool and was so confident about winning that game. Useful contributions from Dhoni and Morkel but it was Raina who won that Game for Chennai.

  • Quazar on May 24, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    And can all the supporters of both teams show as much class and sporting spirit as the 2 captains themselves, please. No need to trash the other team while supporting one's own... especially when both are Indian franchises.

  • Rockfort on May 24, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Great batting by Raina. I thought CSK should change their strategy of waiting till near end to show their prowess. I am glad to be proved wrong.

    Another aspect came to light today - Gayle's bowling capabilities. He failed with the bat but made it up with the ball.

  • Quazar on May 24, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Aside from the obvious heroes (Raina, Morkel, Kohli) you gotta applaud Bollinger and Gayle (yes Gayle!) too for their exceptional bowling! And the sensational fielding commitment by Kohli at the boundary! And yes, spare a thought for Ashwin too... may he recover quickly from that nasty blow...

  • franklins on May 24, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Nice to come back to this bulletin page to read all the comments from CSK fans.. they really rocked today.. Go CSK Go.. one more time..

  • Quazar on May 24, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Gotta stand up and applaud both teams! Champion effort from CSK for sure, but RCB could well have won this... if only Zak hadn't lost it in his last over... but I guess it happens even to veterans, never mind rookies like Aravind! And how about the Wankhede track?! Now that's what i call a fantastic T20 wicket! Bowler or batsman, batting first or second, you're always in the game! That's what the IPL needs more of!

  • mogan707 on May 24, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    After this result it is evident that CSK would win the trophy.That will create mental faitgue in the players and hope that Indian team lose 5-0 to West Indies in ODI and 2-0 in test series with the help of Gayle.

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Boys were clear separated from MEN.... YELLOW JUGGERNAUT ROLLS ON.... u mite as well hand over the trophy to CSK even before the finals... coz u knw who is the KING in the LION's DEN

  • whomping_willow on May 24, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    i just hope ashwin is fit for next game.

  • heat-seeker on May 24, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    And let's hope Ashwin isn't seriously injured. That was indeed a scary hit!

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    ufff bangg bangggggg . chennai rocked and all players of csk have contributed.. csk proved they r the bestt.. is any team there to fight the LIONS csk .. fire the chennai stadium in finals uf banggggggg!!!!!!!!!!

  • cmloga on May 24, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Deflate like cheap party baloons! Does expensive party baloons not deflate? There is no compulsion to write poetically with imaginative analogies if one cannot come up with them. Plain simple english write up will convey the meaning.

  • heat-seeker on May 24, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    And let's hope Ashwin isn't seriously injured. That was indeed a scary hit!

  • rahulcricindia on May 24, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    @ Ilanthiraya Arasan well right now INllDIAN team is filled with more delhi players and punjab so please do not discard other areas of INDIA Dhoni and raina too belong to nothern part....

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    yesterday I said it would be Rrrrraina! Raina and Kohli would be the players for the future and India should look after them well. It was anybody's game. Toss was an important factor. So Chennai in the final and will be praying that Bangalore does not win anymore games!

  • bulc07 on May 24, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    As scripted, CSK stunned RCB... CSK is always ultracool... They have faced enough situations like these and know how to handle it... RCB lose the plot since the big hitter is gone early back to hut, but somehow they posted the total which was bludgeoned by CSK batsmen except the top two, may be M Hussey and M Vijay can take a leaf from the innings of Raina, so that they'l be ready for the D-Day!! ***CSK RULES***

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    CSK put in a crunch time performance in a game that mattered. Coming back from a loss to the same time a couple of days back is not easy. Great classy team effort! Best of luck to repeat as champions once again!

  • TRAM on May 24, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    CSK great batting - they compensated for their (as usual) weak new ball bowling. LBalaji went for 21 runs in the last over last match. Now Aravind, Zaheer going for 3 sixes each in their last overs ... Lee was hit like that in one of the middle matches. No bowler is spared in T20. And end overs are so unpredictable.

  • heat-seeker on May 24, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Champion stuff from both teams! Gotta respect both teams for their efforts. And what a fantastic pitch! Kudos to the groundsman! And let's pray the Chennai curator will be allowed to prepare a fresh and similarly sporting track. And not the kind of track we saw in earlier games at Chennai, which clearly favour batting first.

  • bala-chala on May 24, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    It's not too late for the South African selectors. Albie Morkel can yet help SA win in 2015

  • catsalive on May 24, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Bangalore must have thought that they had this one when 80 odd runs were required of 40 balls. well, CSK's bazooka was just too much to handle. Bangalore has to come up with something better to bet this champion team. I was disappointed to see an ordinary player like kohli make runs against CSK, but ya, all said done CSK won the match and thats the bottom line.

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    until the final over...I am questionining the selection of Morkel in team ahead of Southee and Styris...he proved me wrong with this shots....hats off CSK...and the team..it doesnt not matter if we win or not in the final..we made a point...

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    awesome peformance:) raina is definitely one of the best

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    this is what Chennai always do well, they somehow play the better cricket in tougher, bigger moments :D hahahahahahahahaha RCB fans u just watched an evidence why we are the champions (and champions of champion as well) :-) Luck may favor one day but not every day :-) the win in bengaluru was just a luck guys.... what else u ask for, we were in the play offs every season and now 3 times finalist what else u expect from a side even if we loose in the final...we r proud to be CSK fans :-) Only side in IPL which has got a lot of Indian Talent... some one has commented that without MSD CSK is 1/2 the strength..... tats a big joke :-) have heard of Badrinath heavy scorer in domestic circuit, Vijay naturally gifted, Ashwin world class Spinner India has ever produced, Yo mahesh Mc Grath's fav bowler in India, Mukund world class left hander.... tats why chennai always on top... Current Chennai players are the stars in India..... Ranji scores are the proof :-) we r waiting for MI in the finals.

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    chk the consistency..first time finalists...2nd time finished second spot in table...third time winners.. fourth time finalist - 2011...CSK ROCKS.....

  • S.Rizwan on May 24, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Awesome hitting by Albie Morkel.Just so amazing to see Raina swing his bat against Zaheer

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Loved watching CSK clobber their way into the finals. Loved even more that RCB played like RCB and not like RCCG. With MI looking rusty and KKR a little shaky, RCB could eventually meet CSK in the finals.

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    asumn match a special knock by both Indian batsmen KOHLI n RAINA/............

  • ashy2010 on May 24, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Can't do anything but admire the resilience of the CSK team.. They won it from nowhere.. Kudos to Kohli and co to have put up a huge total after the early loss of Gayle.. Raina and co seems to have had other ideas.. Both of India's future batting stars lead their respective teams.. This is not the most fascinating IPL nor had the best TV rating..but sure is the coming of age of India's future batting stars.. Hopefully the same can be said of the bowling units.. If we could have found a couple of quick bowlers for India's future then the IPL would have done it bit for Indian cricket.. For the Final Go CSK Go.. If CSK becomes IPL champions at home.. then it would be great for Chennai...Films, Cricket, Business everything seems to be the best in Chennai.. Go Chennai go..

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    What a match wining performes by raina

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Ok, as my prediction yesterday, CSK has to win and they did. DHONI NE DHO DALA SABKO. Let me forecast: Mumbai will win to Kolkatta and in second match between MI and RCB again Mumbai will win. Then MI and CSK will play final and CSK will be champion. Congratulations to CSK and DHONI KE DHURANDHAR in advance once again. I will like to see you wining all the times, keep it up DHONI

  • rahulcricindia on May 24, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    i think above all the INDIAN future looking good as first its kohle and then its raina even better under pressure...great for indian cricket.....

  • abhyudayj on May 24, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    The IPL schedule is very confusing, as today Royal challenge Bangalore gets a second chance for qualifying for finals where as Mumbai Indians and KKR getting only one chance. According to the format only 1 qualifier looser team has a chance which is unfair to other two teams. It is very disappointed.

  • InnocentGuy on May 24, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    OOoohh yeah! What a stunning chase! So proud of my home team! CSK FTW! If there's any team that's packed more bang for the buck than anyone, even the team itself, would have ever imagined, it's CSK! Go Chennai!

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    CSK is an unbelievable team. True Champions with some serious character. Way to go guys. Will love and cherish this team forever.

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Wonderful game. There was Raina storm in mumbai as i have predicted and explain in NDTV discussion.

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    That was awesome batting from CSK though the first two batsman failed to put the runs on the board. Great batting from Kholi too. Good fight between the two teams RCB and CSK. It was wonderful to watch. Finally CSK deserved the win. Expecting all the other matches in Playoffs will go in the same style. All the best for MI vs KKR which is to be played tomorrow.

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Oh my chennai fans..! Another FAB game of IPL 2011

  • on May 24, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Classy innings from Raina and that Precious Cameo from Morkel just made CSK's chase a miracle. Love u CSK :)

  • rakesh_kr_11 on May 24, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    CSK rocks............ \m/

  • avinashvikramsingh on May 24, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    bad bad luck bangalore...i reckon it was the best team they would have fielded with but it was one of those days where dont know what went wrong....great batting ,good fielding above average bowling and still you end up on the recieving end ..phew!!!

    go for the kill RCB play the same side and you'll come out with flying colours...(REDEMPTION time) go go go...

  • Jim1207 on May 24, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Lot of people criticized Dhoni for telling media that Albie Morkel should be in world cup squad even before south african selectors announced. If only they had listened to future world cup champion!

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    fourth time finalist - 2011...CSK ROCKS.....

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Now time for us to pack the stadium with yellow brigade on 28th.. ANOTHER formality game on may 28th.and then we are the champions again.whistle podu mame.PHEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW...

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    It was raina all the way...even cramps cannot stop the man...chennai fan so pleased, but top performance by Kohli too...augurs well for India!!

  • skyeshwin on May 24, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    CSK rocks!!!! What a win....Hoping that MI reach the final.....

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    fab match.....go on csk...u rock!!!!!!!....dhonism continuess......

  • Jim1207 on May 24, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Every cricket expert were predicting that RCB were the clear favourites! CSK gave bun to all of them. Wonderful victory!

  • bmall on May 24, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    what a win for csk very good macth

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Awesome display by a class team. 2 words to describe this victory : CLASS ACT. I bet, none other than Chennai would have done this

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    we don't have a run accumulator machine ; we don't have a yorker machine.. to all other outfits.. CSK has a TEAM which is coordinated and everyone contributes ! gumthalakkadi gummava.. chennai na summava! whistle podu

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  • on May 24, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    we don't have a run accumulator machine ; we don't have a yorker machine.. to all other outfits.. CSK has a TEAM which is coordinated and everyone contributes ! gumthalakkadi gummava.. chennai na summava! whistle podu

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Awesome display by a class team. 2 words to describe this victory : CLASS ACT. I bet, none other than Chennai would have done this

  • bmall on May 24, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    what a win for csk very good macth

  • Jim1207 on May 24, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Every cricket expert were predicting that RCB were the clear favourites! CSK gave bun to all of them. Wonderful victory!

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    fab match.....go on csk...u rock!!!!!!!....dhonism continuess......

  • skyeshwin on May 24, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    CSK rocks!!!! What a win....Hoping that MI reach the final.....

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    It was raina all the way...even cramps cannot stop the man...chennai fan so pleased, but top performance by Kohli too...augurs well for India!!

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Now time for us to pack the stadium with yellow brigade on 28th.. ANOTHER formality game on may 28th.and then we are the champions again.whistle podu mame.PHEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW...

  • on May 24, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    fourth time finalist - 2011...CSK ROCKS.....

  • Jim1207 on May 24, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Lot of people criticized Dhoni for telling media that Albie Morkel should be in world cup squad even before south african selectors announced. If only they had listened to future world cup champion!