Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012 April 12, 2012

Morkel blitz blindsides Bangalore

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Chennai Super Kings 208 for 5 (Du Plessis 71, Dhoni 41, Murali 3-21) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 205 for 8 (Gayle 68, Kohli 57, Bollinger 3-24) by five wickets
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Albie Morkel ransacked 28 runs off the first six balls he faced - the 19th over - to pull off an incredible heist for Chennai Super Kings, the second highest successful chase in the IPL. Pursuing 206, Super Kings needed 43 off 12 balls and Royal Challengers Bangalore would have thought the match safe, only for Morkel to shatter the notion by savaging Virat Kohli's over.

Morkel launched three sixes, two fours and ran a two, to leave Super Kings with 15 to get in the last over. Although he was caught on the boundary, and Super Kings needed 14 off four balls, Dwayne Bravo was on hand to finish it off, helped by a no-ball and a full toss from Vinay Kumar. It was a compelling finish to an innings that had its platform laid by aggression from Faf du Plessis and innovation from MS Dhoni, who promoted himself to No. 4, but until that rocket-fueled thrust from Morkel, Super Kings had been behind for 38 overs.

In hindsight Royal Challengers were left to rue a late collapse in their innings, when five wickets fell in six balls and they scored only 11 runs off the final ten deliveries. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli had done enough to ensure they were the first side to make more than 200 in this IPL, but they were set for more than 205 at one stage.

While Royal Challengers swelled in the middle of their innings, scoring 21 off the ninth over, Super Kings waited for the end to lash out after a solid start. Du Plessis took control of the innings early on and scored risk-free boundaries off short balls. He dominated the first seven overs, while M Vijay batted in his shadow.

Vijay became the first of Muttiah Muralitharan's three scalps when he offered the Sri Lankan a return catch. Murali had to dive to his right and defy his age to complete it and he did. Murali broke the next two partnerships as well to prevent Super Kings from gaining too much ground. Suresh Raina and du Plessis both holed out as they fought a climbing asking rate.

With more than 15 an over required off the last five, Super Kings needed a sustained attack. It did not come. Dhoni perished in the cause, attempting the helicopter shot to be caught at long-off, which proved a blessing in disguise as it brought Morkel to the crease.

Kohli was given the responsibility of the 19th over because Vettori had exhausted the quotas of his experienced bowlers and Gayle was off the field with what seemed to be a groin niggle. Morkel got underway with an inside edge for four and then blasted the next delivery over long-on for six. An outside edge off the third ball flew towards third man for four and Morkel clobbered the fourth and sixth deliveries for six as well.

When Morkel was dismissed, the advantage was back with a shell-shocked Royal Challengers but Vinay Kumar let it slip again. He bowled a high no-ball that Bravo pulled for four and the next delivery was a full toss, which got slapped for six. Vinay Kumar followed up with two boundary-less balls leaving Super Kings with two to win off the last ball. Ravindra Jadeja swung hard at the final delivery and outside-edged to the third-man boundary, sparking off delirious celebrations in the Super Kings dugout. Royal Challengers explosive efforts with the bat were a distant memory.

During Royal Challengers' innings, Mayank Agarwal had performed a similar role to Du Plessis, attacking at the start. He initially eclipsed Gayle, peppering the off side with powerful shots, lofting the ball over mid-off and timing it sweetly through covers. Agarwal ushered Royal Challengers to the first half-century score inside five overs this season.

Unlike du Plessis, however, Agarwal did not build on his platform and top-edged a slower bouncer from Morkel to mid-on. He had done enough though for Gayle and Kohli to build a skyscraper on. Both scored half-centuries in contrasting styles. Gayle gathered runs with power while Kohli did it with placement and timing. Their partnership grew to the highest of this IPL but neither of them survived until the end of the innings, from where they may have been able to launch the kind of onslaught Morkel did, and break the game.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • kamal.sam on April 15, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    If Dilshan dropped dhoni in 18th over RCB would have won. Dhoni for sure cannot score 28 of 6 balls even if the bowler is Kholi. Dilshan made a big blunder by holding his catch that cost them the match.

  • kamal.sam on April 15, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    If Dilshan dropped Dhoni, RCB would have won the game by 15 to 20 runs. A big mistake by Dilshan by taking the catch of Dhoni that made an entry for Albie to trash Kholi. NOW TEAMS WILL BE AWARE THAT NO POINT IN TAKING THE WICKET OF DHONI. IF HE STAYS THERE RUNS WONT COME AND THAT IS THE BIG BENEFIT FOR THE OPPONENT TEAMS.

  • on April 15, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    That's the closest thing to a Test match that IPL could offer.

  • Vivekaks on April 14, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Well ..wat do we say... "I-LL-Be" there Morkel...hats off!!! I jus felt Kohlis arrogance let the team down...he cud have very well told vettori that he awsnt ready to bowl...not confident enuf...am sure kohli is vocal enuf!! i wouldnt blame vettori at all...

  • on April 14, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Bangalore KIDOS could not handle the onslaught by the MEN from CSK :)

  • on April 14, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Morkel Blitz swings away the game

  • CricNtruth on April 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    True the match was enthralling and nerve wrecking! but time for some facts- 1.RCB controlled the game for 38 overs, which was negated by a blunder from Vettori to bowl Kohli when CSK was pushed to the wall. CSK had nothing to lose at that point as they could go only one way, swing. 2. Don't tell me CSK planned this chase of 43 in 12 balls. Anything that could go wrong went wrong for RCB in those last 2 overs. 3.Team spirit in CSK may be good, but is no less in RCB and few other teams. 4. Finally, cricket was the ultimate winner yesterday.

  • on April 13, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    At last the ice cool ALBIE MORKEL was at his usual best as he played a firing cameo 28 of just 7 balls with 3x6 , 2x4 at a strike rate of 400 which put CSK to a winning position of just 13 required from the last over.

    This is 2nd highest chase in the history of IPL. 1st was RR chased 210+ against DC in IPL1.

    Overall RCB was at the top of their game untill 38 overs ( 20+18 ) but it was CSK who pulled off a miracle by scoring 45 in the last 2 overs.

    MAN OF THE MATCH was awarded to FAF DU PLESSIS for his 46 balls 71. In my view the award should have won by his other South African counter part ALBIE MORKEL for his 7 balls 28 in the Pen-ultimate over of V.KOHLI which gave CSK a chance to win because even CHRIS GAYLE scored 65 of 38balls..

    Any one can play a long innings if they wish to play but playing a cameo when required under pressure in front of home crowd is unbelievable..

    Hats Off ALBIE......

  • on April 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    haha, people still calling CSK n MS lucky, grab some brain guys, luck favors once, twice, thrice but its the quality, teamwork and emphatic display whcih makes them th great side!

  • VJGS on April 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @deadite11, RCB looks strong and CSK looks weak? Huh? Power hitters in the form of du Plessis, Raina, MSD, Morkel, Bravo; stable middle order with Badrinath and amazing bowling from Bollinger and Ashwin. RCB on the other hand heavily bank only on Gayle, AB, Kohli, Vettori and Murali. If these 5 fail, RCB is nothing. The other six are next to useless. But in CSK, if M Vijay fails, there is du Plessis. If he fails, there is Raina. If he fails, there is Badri. If he fails, there is MSD, if he fails, there is Bravo. If he fails, there is Morkel. If he too fails, there is Jadeja. And this is in the batting dept alone. CSK has one of the strongest bowling and fielding units in IPL too. So please get your stats right. On paper, no team is stronger than CSK or MI.

  • kamal.sam on April 15, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    If Dilshan dropped dhoni in 18th over RCB would have won. Dhoni for sure cannot score 28 of 6 balls even if the bowler is Kholi. Dilshan made a big blunder by holding his catch that cost them the match.

  • kamal.sam on April 15, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    If Dilshan dropped Dhoni, RCB would have won the game by 15 to 20 runs. A big mistake by Dilshan by taking the catch of Dhoni that made an entry for Albie to trash Kholi. NOW TEAMS WILL BE AWARE THAT NO POINT IN TAKING THE WICKET OF DHONI. IF HE STAYS THERE RUNS WONT COME AND THAT IS THE BIG BENEFIT FOR THE OPPONENT TEAMS.

  • on April 15, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    That's the closest thing to a Test match that IPL could offer.

  • Vivekaks on April 14, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Well ..wat do we say... "I-LL-Be" there Morkel...hats off!!! I jus felt Kohlis arrogance let the team down...he cud have very well told vettori that he awsnt ready to bowl...not confident enuf...am sure kohli is vocal enuf!! i wouldnt blame vettori at all...

  • on April 14, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Bangalore KIDOS could not handle the onslaught by the MEN from CSK :)

  • on April 14, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Morkel Blitz swings away the game

  • CricNtruth on April 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    True the match was enthralling and nerve wrecking! but time for some facts- 1.RCB controlled the game for 38 overs, which was negated by a blunder from Vettori to bowl Kohli when CSK was pushed to the wall. CSK had nothing to lose at that point as they could go only one way, swing. 2. Don't tell me CSK planned this chase of 43 in 12 balls. Anything that could go wrong went wrong for RCB in those last 2 overs. 3.Team spirit in CSK may be good, but is no less in RCB and few other teams. 4. Finally, cricket was the ultimate winner yesterday.

  • on April 13, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    At last the ice cool ALBIE MORKEL was at his usual best as he played a firing cameo 28 of just 7 balls with 3x6 , 2x4 at a strike rate of 400 which put CSK to a winning position of just 13 required from the last over.

    This is 2nd highest chase in the history of IPL. 1st was RR chased 210+ against DC in IPL1.

    Overall RCB was at the top of their game untill 38 overs ( 20+18 ) but it was CSK who pulled off a miracle by scoring 45 in the last 2 overs.

    MAN OF THE MATCH was awarded to FAF DU PLESSIS for his 46 balls 71. In my view the award should have won by his other South African counter part ALBIE MORKEL for his 7 balls 28 in the Pen-ultimate over of V.KOHLI which gave CSK a chance to win because even CHRIS GAYLE scored 65 of 38balls..

    Any one can play a long innings if they wish to play but playing a cameo when required under pressure in front of home crowd is unbelievable..

    Hats Off ALBIE......

  • on April 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    haha, people still calling CSK n MS lucky, grab some brain guys, luck favors once, twice, thrice but its the quality, teamwork and emphatic display whcih makes them th great side!

  • VJGS on April 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @deadite11, RCB looks strong and CSK looks weak? Huh? Power hitters in the form of du Plessis, Raina, MSD, Morkel, Bravo; stable middle order with Badrinath and amazing bowling from Bollinger and Ashwin. RCB on the other hand heavily bank only on Gayle, AB, Kohli, Vettori and Murali. If these 5 fail, RCB is nothing. The other six are next to useless. But in CSK, if M Vijay fails, there is du Plessis. If he fails, there is Raina. If he fails, there is Badri. If he fails, there is MSD, if he fails, there is Bravo. If he fails, there is Morkel. If he too fails, there is Jadeja. And this is in the batting dept alone. CSK has one of the strongest bowling and fielding units in IPL too. So please get your stats right. On paper, no team is stronger than CSK or MI.

  • on April 13, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Vijay should not play in the next match, come what may. When other better batsmen are there, why struggle with such mugs. If he had tried to hit out Murali out of the ground and got, we can atleast think he as the inclination to bat for the team.

  • Dav2 on April 13, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    poor decision by vetori to give ball to kholi

  • Romenevans on April 13, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Murli Vijay....lol what a joke this guy has become.

  • deadite11 on April 13, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    RCB has star players overall and looking strong on papers. Gayle, Ab, Virat for batting, and Vettori, murali for bowling. This looks like gigantic. CSK looks very weak but teamwork did it! This shows positive attitude and cool playing were played only by this superkings, hence they are defending champions, showing their momentum on. keep going.

  • sac_g on April 13, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    it was nice match really... i love it... but frankly it was CSK luck that dhoni got out and morkel replace him... otherwise result might be different...

  • parthaacs on April 13, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    all those vijay bashers, give that guy a break.. he has done so well in the past couple of years for CSK.. so what if he is out of form in the few matches.. i am sure he will fire soon...

  • ktk2020 on April 13, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    I was not at all happy Daniel Vettori captaincy for this match 1) Blowing Virat kohli when you have bhatkal ,since bhatkal always better bowler then the virath kohli any situation

    2) When vettori handover the 19 the over to Virat , Morkel was facing the batting, and we all know how destructive Morkel , so how can vettori hand over that over this over for him ? 3) When CSK needed 42 run in last 2 over , vettori should given 19 the over good bowler that is vinay kumar ,so that last Over target should gone out of reach ,(example if vinay gave 15 runs also then last over target is around 28 runs ) then whom ever he bowled the last over it was not a big issue at all ..

    … but RCB captain not at all thought all that ,it is waste watching such match when there is no plan ,planning also required to win the match other then the cricketing skill , but our captain not having planning skill at all in this match ,having him has captain is waste ……..

  • on April 13, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    man of the match virat Kholi

  • vak1997 on April 13, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    it was a nice mach to watch. some good cricket were played... congrats to both the teams for providing one of the best twenty20 games ever...!

  • A.Ak on April 13, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    In words its crazy to give the 19th over to Kholi. But who else is there to bowl that over? If you say Vinay should have bowled the 19th, think of the game between MI and DC, Steyn bowled the 19th, still they lost. Dont blame bowler and captain, learn to give credit, here to Albie who delivered a brutal knock.

  • on April 13, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    vettori need to be axed immediately there is sense of urgency before it is too late

  • on April 13, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    All thnks to VIRATKOHLI to make CSK win!!!!!!

  • justtogood on April 13, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    IT WAS THE ALBIE MORKEL AND FAF DU PLESSIS SHOW!!!!! SOUTH AFRICA TO WIN THE 20/20 THIS YEAR!!!! WELL PLAYED CSK

  • ultimatewarrior on April 13, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Why did they are not opting for Sreenath Aravind / Abhimanyu Mithun / Syed Mohammad / Mohammad Kaif in place of bhatkals / pujaras / harshal patels

  • on April 13, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @MeeraKrishna, a bowler will be taken off by the umpires if he bowls 2 beamers which could cause injury to the batsman. The 2 waist high full tosses bowled by Vinay were wide deliveries and hence could not have caused injuries. So the umpires are right.

    @ablootsr, the four signalled by umpire Tucker is indeed a 4. Murali tried to stop the ball which bounced well inside the boundary line. The TV cameras did not catch it properly. When Murali tried to stop the ball, the ball was rising and not falling, which clearly indicates that it was on the bounce.

  • on April 13, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    kohli being used for the second last over of the innings? what a joke

  • on April 13, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    A good leader should believe in his team members.......that's what DHONI did last four years with CSK....If u don't trust u r own team mem the who will..that's why CSK retain their team for the FIFTH time, rennerup- semifinalist-winner-winner.guess what will happen this year.....

  • AjitNarayan on April 13, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @KK_Cricket: LOL! Thanks for the laugh. Murali, Vettori and Zaheer are NOT skillful bowlers according to you!

  • aries_d on April 13, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    RCB depends too much on Gayle. If Gayle had bowled atleast 2 overs, kohli could have escaped the brutal morkel force. Please RCB, look out for players other than Gayle. It should not be a case where it turns out to be a good match for RCB if its a good match for Gayle.

  • hari040761 on April 13, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    ONE REMARK I LEFT. DHONI DID THE SAME BY COMING UP THE ORDER BUT FINISHED THE GAME IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL BUT HERE HE SET THE TONE. ALSO DURING PREVIOUS IPL HE COME UP THE ORDER BUT LOST HIS WICKET AND THE TEAM LOST THE MATCH. AGAINST MI IN A LOW SCORING GAME. HENCE THE RISK SHOULD BE CALCULATIVE AND IT IS KNOWN ONLY TO THOSE ON THE FIELD. MAKE CORRECT JUDGEMENT AND CAREFUL DURING SELECTION OF SHOTS

  • hari040761 on April 13, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    THE LION STARTS TO ROAR. BUT ONE OLD LION IS THERE IN THE OPPOSITION WHOSE NAME IS MURALI. APART FROM HIS BOWLING WHAT AN ATHLETISM HE SHOWED AT 40. HE SHOULD BE THE FIRST CHOICE PLAYER IN ANY TEAM AT ANY AGE. NOW CSK TO MAINTAIN THE TEMPO AS THE NEXT TWO MATCHES ARE AGAINST PUNE WARRIOR WHO ARE A VERY GOOD BOWLING UNIT. CSK CAN THINK OF SOME CHANGE AND GIVE CHANCES TO OTHER BOWLERS AFTER SEEING THE WICKET AT PUNE. ALSO IT IS TIME FOR VIJAY TO PULL HIS SOCKS. AS INFORMED BY ME EARLIER CSK MANAGED NO LOSS TILL SEVENTH OVER AND MANAGED TO WIN. BUT VIJAY SHOULD SCORE ATLEAST RUN A BALL. ASHWIN CAN LEARN THE ART OF DEEP SPIN ALMOST 90 DEGREE AND DOOSRA FROM MURALI AND HIS ATHLETIC FIELDING CAPABILITIES. JAI HO CSK. NO SPECIAL APPRECIATION TO DHONI, ALNIE, BRAVO, DOUGIE BECAUSE THERE IS NO WORDS.DHONI MUST KEEP THIS ATTACKING TEMPO.

  • muski on April 13, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Daniel is fast becoming another Sammy. He bats down the order, does not bowl his full quota of overs and the less said about his fielding the better. Sunny was right when he said that RCB should look at captaincy change. Give Captaincy to Kohli, drop Daniel and bring in Dilshan. If he fails with the bat, he will more than make up with his fielding and bits and pieces bowling. Woeful to see Bhaktal bowl. If this is the glimpse of future Indian bowling, even GODS cant help Indian cricket.

  • on April 13, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is gentle medium bowler who has been given long rope by the Selectors...what happened to Vettori....high time to include Dilshan in place of non-performing Vettori and make AB as captain !!

  • on April 13, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Now people come to know wat is CKS, Obviously this time also we are the champion

  • on April 13, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    it is high time vijay takes rest and make superkings to regain its original form hope fletcher and dhoni will take this into account for next match jagan

  • on April 13, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    well played csk..it is indeed a balanced side and the best team ever in ipl .

  • mayhem.rules on April 13, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    plain bad luck 4 vettori and RCB...he took the best decision that he could...in the absense of gayle there was no 1 else other than kohli to whom he could hv turned 2...they had ruled the game for38 overs only lost it in the last 2... bad luck nothing else...gd hitting though from albie nd bravo...great game ...was a treat 2 watch ;-)

  • KK_Cricket on April 13, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Come on guys.. take a chill pill.. It happens in a T20 game.. if Virat had given 18odd and Vinay another 18, nobody would have remembered this.. Chennai just got lucky by getting that 6 off Vinay (Bravo over point).. Whats important to note is that both sides have amazing batting line ups but lack skillful bowlers... And both sides would be in danger if competitive sides like Royals and KKR step up their games...

  • on April 13, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    The 19th over should have been given to the better of the available lot. In this case, it should have been given to Vinay Kumar. Even if he had give 15-16 runs, it would have meant CSK would have had to score 27-28 in the last over. The pressure on the batsmen in over no. 20 is much much higher than over no. 19. Even if Kohli had bowled the last over, it would have been very difficult to score these runs. CSK may still have won it, but the point is: scoring 28 in the final over is twice as difficult as scoring them in the 19th over. It was indeed a blunder from Vettori.

  • ramab on April 13, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    I think Anirudha should open instead of Vijay and may be put Vijay in middle order instead of Jakati. There are enough bowlers without Jakati.

  • KukaSekhon on April 13, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Its pathetic that we don't have quality bowlers in India. Try scoring at this rate against Styne, Morne, Philander, Anderson, .........Quality fast bowling is bedrock but in India Team BCCI thinks batting is the mort important aspect of the game. Some one needs to examine the thought process of team BCCI, Selectors, Captain and other players who still can't produce quaLITY FAST BOWLERS. I have yet to see Varun Aaron

  • CRVN on April 13, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    When 76 runs needed of 5 overs, Vettori should have brought on Virat and kept himself back for final over. Also when you have scored almost 200 runs in 18 overs, a little bit of common sense in selection of strokes would have helped to score more than 11 runs in those 2 overs and a poor run out of Vettori, didn't help either as he is capable of making unorthodox shots. Any have, I hope after this match, IPL has COME ALIVE!

  • MeeraKrishna on April 13, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    vinay bowled a waist high no ball in the 17th over..RCB were lucky that he was allowed to complete the final over..vettori had no option but to bowl a part timer for the final 4 deliveries had umpiring been spot on..

  • on April 13, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Morkel deserves man of the match for his outstanding knocking

  • fr600 on April 13, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Lol, what an unbelievable performance by Morkel. What would happen to IPL without these classy players!

  • on April 13, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    thats what chennai is be careful

  • on April 13, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Whenever Dhoni Promoted himself in batting line up, his team never failed to chase.This time he could not finish, but with the help of his valuable 41 runs in middle order....CSK fought, Well done Albie Morkel, Bravo,.......Well Done CSK

  • on April 13, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    If Krishnamachari is too old to open for CSK, at least his son Anirudh should be tried, in place of the out of form Vijay. Ashwin is also on a steady decline. The Captain's batting too was on the decline, but seems to be slowly, resurrecting himself.CSK has to do much better. Don't be lulled into the one-over heroics of A Morkel.

  • on April 13, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    It was not actually the mistake of the bowler .. its the mistake of the captain when you need 45 of two overs .. you need to control the 19th over ... so that nobody can do nothing in last over due to pressure ... Even in the last ball .. Vinay bowled a wide off ball .. he didn't placed fielders right ... One thing is evident .. you should never lose the grip against CSK, not even a single ball ...

  • on April 13, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    South African boys back in top form I guess

  • on April 12, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    This and every match............showing..............HIT local bowlers and GET MILLIONS...............poor Indian bowlers...they need to improve

  • on April 12, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Sending in a part-time bowler to bowl the 19th over isn't a smart idea.

    Really poor captaining from Vettori and below par effort from the bowlers except murali.

    In the end, was a really good match but disapoointing seeing RCB lose when they had the game in the bag.

  • on April 12, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    babloo - those foreign players are already well established thats why they are purchased in the first place. Players like Ypathan, Rahul sharma, yadav, valthaty and Mayank would have never entertained or come to lime light if not for ipl. So while it did good for other countries, it did great for india.

  • tamilselvan.m on April 12, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    brilliant innings by morkal.good team work by super kings. vijay ,take some break... Ashwin ..you should try better.. not enough..otherwise difficult for super kings.

  • Ra_Thore on April 12, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    The purpose of IPL is to create excitements. Matches like this shouldn't lead to poor judgments about the lost team's captaincy. IPL is the reason, Indian team are managing to chase down high scores in 50-over format. India will go on win the World t-20 as well.

  • Babloo3544 on April 12, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Why can't the Indian fans see the fact : foreign players continue to perform well, Indian players continue to fail, that IPL brings to limelight young Indian talents is the JOKE OF THE CENTURY!

  • on April 12, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    the moral of this match is dont send a boy for a man's job, rofl, lol

  • johnathonjosephs on April 12, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Wow, how good is Murali? And Kohli and Vinay Kumar really lost the game for Bangalore. Bangalore had it in the bag even in the last over until Vinay threw that full toss. Ahhh... what to do?

  • Indu.sllover on April 12, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Seems murali has left two more years playing for sri lanka. great stuff by champion bowler has ever played...

  • montys_muse on April 12, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    RCB probably missed the services of Gayle's off breaks which are much better than Virat's seamers....Lack of bowlers proved to b crucial at the end...

  • on April 12, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    That match clearly shows that Murali and Vetori have not being hit away.............. whereas non- regular bowlers and esp Indian bowlers have been slaughtered on same pitch...........................That is the importance of bowlers....................................India need to include 5 bowlers and aim at producing quality bowlers and stop complaining about pitches because foreign bowlers are performing fine on so called flat Indian wickets, otherwise all good innings of batsmen will go in vain as is the case with most of srt's 100's

  • InsaneBolt on April 12, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Mind blowing stuff....CSK's strength is self belief. They back themselves to win from any stage. Something that used to be an Aussie property. They have all the makings of a great 'all time' team. All their top 7 have the ability to score at 150+ strike rates ( even Vijay used to). It was a master stroke to rope in Bravo, he is proving his worth. MI's loss CSK's gain. Go CSK.... all the way..to a hatrick of championship wins...

  • CricketFanInCA on April 12, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Great Team win by CSK!!! Any IPL team can play only 4 foreign players in team. But all rounders Albie and Dwayne is doing their role either in Ball / Bat. Only players they can replace right now DG Bollinger / Plessis. But both Ben Hilfenhaus / MHussey are in WI. They can try Kulasekara for Bollinger. Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Raina, Jakati cant be replaced since we have no other indian players in CSK who can replace them. Vijay / Badrinath can only be replaced by Aniruth / Yo Mahesh Mukund / Saha but Mukund / Saha are just dump T20 players. They can try Aniruth / Yo Mahesh next match. But Vijay will fire next match... Bet on it...

  • Sanjeevakki on April 12, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Even thou Vettori is the captain.....he doesnt qualify among TOP 4 Foreign Players... RCB playing 11 should be :- Gayle, Agarwal, Kohli(C),Dilshan,Pujara/Tiwari/kaif,De Villiers,Vinay Kumar,Appanna,Murali,Zaheer,Harshal Patel

  • on April 12, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    class is permanent, no matter the age the chanpion from kandy is always a champion. Go Murali Go.

  • vallavarayar on April 12, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Murali magic still lingers, I see. Morkel, you beauty!!

  • Indian_Cric8_Fan on April 12, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    correct me if i m wrong, but Vettory was left with no option for the 19th over. Since he can not give the 20 th to Virat if 19 th from Vinay gets smocked as it happened in the game. The other guy who came in for this game had not been impressive and was taken for runs. All the strike bowlers were finished with the 4 overs quota. Thus the option was Kohli, Vinay or the third bowler to try and contain the 19th over. which did not work out, obviously. Vettory should have done for the part timer way before death overs, but on the other hand Faf and MS were going full monty.

  • on April 12, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    aweome guys....we are back to hunt u all down

  • on April 12, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    CSK.. Again the proved this statement...What is IPL ? It Is a Competition where 9 Teams will Play hard to Reach the Finals to Play against Chennai Super Kings!!!...

  • on April 12, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    superb innings by Albie, Plesis, and dhoni......GO CSK GO...but need to improve their bowling...and also drop Vijay out from the squad..get Anirudhh in....

  • Cricket_Guru on April 12, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Ah, people are jumping in with "whatta match" comments. If you get Kohli to bowl the penultimate over, don't be surprised! Just highlights the lack of quality in the IPL. Will never see this in international cricket! Keep enjoying the mediocrity fellas!

  • vrn59 on April 12, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Its always fun to watch a high-scoring match, but I feel that this was RCB's game to win. The penultimate over should not have been bowled by Virat Kohli, who is not a recognised part-time bowler. His gentle pace is ideal for big-hitting batsmen. At the moment, the captain had no choice, because the only other bowler available was Bhatkal, who is even worse than Kohli. But he should have planned in advance and made sure that the over was bowled by a specialist bowler. Murali Vijay is in terrible form; he must score some runs quickly or he might be dropped in favour of Aniruddha or Mukund, if fit. Francois du Plessis batted brilliantly today. The unsung hero of the match (although he was on the losing side) was Muttiah Muralitharan, who was the only decent bowler in the RCB attack. He was economical and took three wickets; a great performance by the God of spin bowling.

  • on April 12, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Being an all-time CSK fan it's time for me to jump in joy. I am a strong believer in Dhoni's captaincy and his abilities. I consider him one of the most admirable and talented captain India has got. Having said that today's game was for Albie Morkeel. There was time to switch of TV but, I kept watching. Though saying RCB are going to win for sure, but in corner of heart, wanted a miracle to happen, and that's what happened. The name of miracle was Albie. Great Game! Joy to Watch! However if CSK are willing to retain the title, they need to learn from the mistakes they made and also what others have made. RCB fans might blame Vettori for choosing Virat to bowl 19th over, but he did not have any choice other than Virat. Bhatkal had an avg of 18 rpo and Virat had 8 rpo. He could have ask Vinay to bowl 19th, but that's a risk I don't think anyone will be willing to take to give last over to Virat.

    Overall a great game, cricket was the ultimate winner.

  • on April 12, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Vettori commited a blunder by Giving second last over to Kohli. Seriously what was he thinking. Good captains give the second last over always to your best bowler. Khloli shouldn't be bowling even the 16 and 17th over

  • on April 12, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    morkel gives too hot answer to master of chase... kholi thinks he is the man in all round... puh!!! he sold the game

  • supadupamonk on April 12, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    what is Vijay doing in the team...he is not even fit for taking the drinks. Dhoni u stubborn idiot, just kick that Murali vijay out of the team and bring in Abinav mukund.

  • on April 12, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    chennai won the match bcs of the 19th over gifted by over hyped kholi very poor bowling change by vetori

  • Harmony111 on April 12, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Wait a min. So just because Dhoni doesn't select the player YOU think should be in makes him stubborn? the fact that he has won a WC, 2 IPL titles and 1 CLT20 doesn't count for much? Ever heard a term called synergy? What about having faith in the ability of the players? Problem with some fans is that a player needs to fail once to get labelled as a permanent failure. I am surprised we have not heard criticism of Kohli so far. I fully expected the comment section to be full of Kohli ridicule. I am sure RCB were shell shocked at the result but primarily it was bad captaincy by Vettori and bad bowling by Kohli and Vinay. Bowling full tosses, wides and no balls won't ever help. But most imp. it was Albie's Brilliant Nitro Boost that got CSK home and I think he should have been the MoM. This was a Champion team chasing down a huge total and turning it on when it mattered the most. Not for nothing are CSK 2 time defending champions.

  • on April 12, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Great win by CSK!... Guys give Vijay sometime....Just three matches can't give you a fair idea. Just three matches ago he was the man of the final (95 in IPL IV final - man of the match).......same for others too...

  • on April 12, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Wow !!! It s all the emotion I can Muster !!!!!!!

  • on April 12, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Virat kohli is riding on over confidence and head weight....look raina how calm and composed....COME ON CSK>>> PERIYA VISIL PODUUUU

  • the_yellow on April 12, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    How come CSK net runrate in points table is -0.051 ?

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Who was the man of the match? Thanks to SETMAX, we couldn't see it.

  • Professori on April 12, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Well done Supercats. Yes, If you want to go further into the tournament, you need to drop Vijay. Get anyone else, doesn't matter. And stop playing Ashwin in the first powerplay. All the best.

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    what an outstanding match csk rocks

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Well, Well, Well! CSK back to Business! Welcome Back!!! Faf Du Plesis, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo, Albie - Everyone played their part to perfection. Form of Vijay is a concern though. Could try Anirudh for the next match. 20th Over of RCB's Innings and 19th Over of CSK's Innings are real Game Changers. What a Match!!! Hats off CSK!!!!!

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    @ravi88----dost...albie is never an hyped player...he is the best all rounder ne team can have.....i can understand vijay is very bad a choice for playing 11...he should be replaced by anirudh or mukund....

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Awesome Chennai!!! Way to go.. Thanks Albie and Faf....

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    An outstanding victory by the men in Yellow... Now they have got the right momentum but just need to drop Vijay.. With a target of 200+ he was playing like a test match and he doesn't seem to be in even little of forms.. So, better drop Vijay and bring in Anirudh or any other.. It was good to see Dhoni taking the extra responsibility and promoting himself up of the order.. Plesis, Anirudh, Raina, Dhoni, Badrinath, Morkel, Bravo, Jadeja will be the best order for CSK and with these, they can beat any teams..... CSK ROCKSSSSSSSSS...............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    wow..whadd a match...i left the game when dhoni got out...but after that what happened was history...kudos to team effort shown by dhoni ....vijay shud not get more chances now....

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    wat a match! uff, albie morkel was the only man who could hav done this, its unthinkable, unimaginable, unbelievable stuff.

  • sivasanthosh on April 12, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Vettori did a big mistake by giving the ball to kohli, he will regret his decision. But i should admit that this is one of the best IPL match i have ever watched.. thanks chennai for producing this spectacle..

  • GSP17 on April 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Please bring in Abinav mukund in place of murali vijay... Yo-mahesh performed very well while he was in DD but feel for him to see him in bench.. over rated jadeja should be replaced by Yo-mahesh..

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Superb match..!!! What a trilling victory ... I think ..CSK has come back with full energy .. ***All the best Dhoni ***

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Great win by CSK team.. but in the first session Dhoni did a mistake that he doesn't gave Full 4overs to Bowl for RA Jadeja & Bollinger.. these two guys bowled very well at last 2overs.. Morkel and Plessis played very well today..& CSK ROCKS in further matchs.

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    CSK a Clinical Finish , have shown the difference between MEN & Boys

  • chilled_avenger on April 12, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @isurufdo247 Correct me if I'm wrong,but Bollinger bowled extremely well in the last two IPLs and was a major component in CSK's success! Oh,and Bollinger's records in International cricket are way superior to Nuwan Kulsekara. So a relatively bad patch of 2-3 matches for CSK is not enough reason to replace Dougie with a 'player like' Nuwan.....

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    No words,this is called entertainment,unbeliveable,thanks albie morkel,bravo,dhoni,duplessis,raina,Team CSK and thanks kholi too....

  • sweetspot on April 12, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Strange how many armchair experts here still have nasty things to say about Dhoni and his captaincy. How much more does HE have to prove to YOU?

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    @ravi_88 wait n watch..we will win...It is hat trick for CSK

  • ablootsr on April 12, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Wondering whether on field umpire RJ Tucker would be fined by the match referee for making an ignorant call ... sanctioning a 4 instead of a 6, when Muralidharan misfielded the ball near the boundary, given the replay showing the ball bouncing beyond the rope.. How costly would that have been if CSK didn't manage a technically second win in the same match .....

  • PruthviNath on April 12, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Superb display if power hitting , its a virtual treat to watch. Hail Super Kings. wat a turn around...Suprb mind games from dhoni tis time around. hope srikanth makes to the XI in the place of vijay from the next game

  • aadh_king on April 12, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Vijay Should be out atleat next match, or one final time...! Yomagesh can be brought in!

  • sathish008 on April 12, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    CSK you beauty. you are the champs as Danny say :) well done folks. CSK Fans Raise your hands. Having said that, performane of Indian bowlers across all franchise is really a concern. infact its always been a concern.

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    @ravi_88, What Albie overrated? He showed what a talent he is. Butchering Kohli for 28. CSK has always been a slow starter. Will peak at the right time and score a hatrick of IPLs. BTW Hilfy is in Windies now

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 12, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @ravi_88, Albie is never over-rated. Unfortunately he is an under-rated player. He is probably the cleanest striker of the ball in cricket at the moment. His strikes go the distance just like Pollard's. But there is timing in Albie's whereas there is tremendous power in Pollard's. Albie got his due today and I'm glad for him. Well done CSK. I wanted RCB to win but can't help but take a bow to Albie. What a jaw-dropping clean hitting! Kohli must have learnt some more lessons today.

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Fantastic knock by Faf, Dhoni, Bravo and Albie...Outstanding...

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    I don't understand cricket. What a result. 99% all would have believed Bangalore will win but last two overs have changed the match completely.

  • Sadiqahmed on April 12, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Shocking to see RCB lose. Match lost owing to the lack of a fifth bowler. RCB must get a couple of solid all rounders to be in competition.

  • aakasharun on April 12, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Virat Kohli's a great talent except for his ocassional excesses of on field arrogance. Sunny Gavaskar recently touched on this point and warned about the the need for gifted players to keep their feet firmly planted on 'mother earth'. Today may well be a wake up call for VK to understand the risks of being over-confident and arrogant.

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Learning from this match:

    1. No match is over till the final ball is bowled.

    2. Should not post comments till the match is over.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on April 12, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Why was Kohli allowed to bowl instead of Gayle?

  • ruchir25 on April 12, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    What a match really.... fantastic effort by chennai super kings.. hats off morkel....... Bad luck bengaluru.

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Now let me see the comments HAILING DHONI....

    We Indians are too greedy. the 100th 100 was not satisfying because it was not a winning hundred. we have started Comparing Peanuts with Coconuts in the case of kohli. And Dhoni is expected to win all the matches for the team like one does in a video game..

    We seldom realise that the opponents are cricketers too. our loss just doesnt mean that we are incompetent , gratify the fact that the opponents played better.

    We should learn to enjoy watching the game instead of blaming individuals. After all they are humans too.. Our Over Optimism feeds them all the riches but in the end it also kills them and the game in whole.

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    What an extraordinary comeback by CSK! Most of their batsmen scored at a strike rate of above 150. And what a superhuman effort by Morkel! Watch out, the CSK lion is roaring again!

  • Green_and_Gold on April 12, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @Ravi_88: You may want to retract you comments after the amazing win thanks largely to the "overated player" albie hitting a million runs in 1 over. By the way not all players on the bench are actually available - Hilfy is in the West Indies so its pretty hard to get him in the game.

  • aakasharun on April 12, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    WHAT A STUNNER THIS MATCH WAS!!!

    @ravy_88- I reckon you spoke too soon. Hope you saw that Albie blitz...

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    awesum show chennai!!! wot a match!!!!

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    all 3 of u....javed,isurufdo,ravi88..... DONT TRY TO GET INTO DHONI"S HEAD.........he is at a different level... 1-today he came at 4 and played that innings that kept csk on track.... 2-bollinger's last over was great...only 7..... 3-morkel's innings won him the match 4-jadeja single handedely won him the deccan match....

    and he is only captain to win 4major 20-20 trophies....world cup..2 ipl and 1 champions league....

  • edcilnoronha on April 12, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    it was a hopeless game and really poor performance from the RCB.... they should have won the game once dhoni was out.... i dont know what in the world made vettori to give the ball to kholi, i think its because he didnt have a chioce as bhatkal was being smashed like a tennis ball..... and a really poor over by vinay kumar as an experienced bowler.... really embarrassing loss for RCB really didnt expect them to loose it as a RCB fan and a cricket maniac..... hats off to the CSK who played with their hearts open till the end and wonderful team performance..... Du plessis, Dhoni, Morkel and Jadeja.....

  • pinakibgl1 on April 12, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Thats a great start for RCB....hope to carry on like this..

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    ravi_88: next match vijay wil be surely replaced by some talented guy

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    The Decision to give ball to Kohi really. How did Vettori forget Gayle??? If Gayle was injured, common sense, says you bowl your best bowler at 19th to build more pressure and put the Chennai team out of the match. Vinay could have been given the 19th over and the story would have been different. Even Vinay being a international bowler bowled gully cricket stuff by bowling full toss.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on April 12, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    @ravi_88: Ha ha, Albie Morkel overrated? You saw what he did tonight? Nobody else in world cricket could've done that -- start hitting sixes straight away. He averages 27 with a strike rate of 142 in T20 cricket. That's unbelievably good.

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    @ravi_88..see why dhoni sticks on to jadeja,albie and dougie.....he knws d game man...csk rocks..n dhoni is d key to deir success..

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 12, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    This game is ENOUGH to silence the critics of the IPL. Go back and hide inside your caves people. Test cricket will NEVER have this kind of drama. Test cricket may be 'pure' but it's OLD and slow. This is why I am a fan of T20. I love T20 and it's the future of cricket. Move away test cricket. Let your baby, the T20 grow and mature into a beautiful maiden. Hats off to MS and his yellow brigade - the CSK !!! Take that RCB.

  • dork29 on April 12, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Irrespective of the format, cricket continues to answer to the description of " a game of glorious uncertainities". What a match! What a win! UNBELIEVABLE. It was daylight robbery!! God knows what was going through Vettori's mind when he threw the ball to Kohli for the crucial 19th over! He was butchered by Morkel.I do not think he will ever bowl. What Gayle could do, Albie could do better. Welcome to the party folks...the IPL is well and truly on its way.

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Now what ??????

    Boom Boom CSK...

  • gimme-a-greentop on April 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    ooh i think you all spoke a little too soon about Bollinger and Albie....wouldn't have won that game without them...

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    @ravi_88 I am afraid most of what you've written has been proven quite wrong!!! Albie pretty much won the match for CSK I would in fact make him the man of the match, 2 wickets and an incredible 28 off 6 balls at a time the was critical! Wow!

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    ALBIE MORKEL. WOWWWW. JUST SMASHED THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF KOHLI TEHRE. WOOOOOOW

  • rahulcricket007 on April 12, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    BAD CAPTAINCY FROM VETTORI . OW CAN YOU GIVE PENULTIMATE OVER TO KOHLI . ALSO WHAT ' WRONG WITH VINAY KUMAR ? HE IS BOWLING TOO MANY FULL TOSSES . & HOW LUCKY JADEJA WAS ? HE MAY HAVE SCORE THE WINNING RUNS ON LAST BALL BUT THAT WAS OF EDGE .

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Pathetic Indian bowlers are pathetic. LOL

  • Naresh28 on April 12, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    WELL a power hitting game. Must have been very exciting to watch. Well done to both teams. Bowlers were beaten to pieces.

  • javeedKadri on April 12, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Funny-Dhonni does'nt give Bollinger-Ravinder full 4 overs to bowl!!! What is his strategy only he ccan undersatnd....

  • isurufdo247 on April 12, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    watz da point in playin bollinger wen u hv players like nuwan kulasekara???????? juz wastage.....

  • ravi_88 on April 12, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    I think csk will not even reach s/f this time around. Iam saying this because of that stubborn dhoni,no matter what form a player is in, he always hesitate to change the playing eleven. there r lots of talents warming the benches like vignesh,mukund,yo-mahesh,kula,hilfy....etc. But dhoni always give chance to out of form & overrated players like vijay,albie,jadeja,dougie...etc.:@

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  • ravi_88 on April 12, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    I think csk will not even reach s/f this time around. Iam saying this because of that stubborn dhoni,no matter what form a player is in, he always hesitate to change the playing eleven. there r lots of talents warming the benches like vignesh,mukund,yo-mahesh,kula,hilfy....etc. But dhoni always give chance to out of form & overrated players like vijay,albie,jadeja,dougie...etc.:@

  • isurufdo247 on April 12, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    watz da point in playin bollinger wen u hv players like nuwan kulasekara???????? juz wastage.....

  • javeedKadri on April 12, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Funny-Dhonni does'nt give Bollinger-Ravinder full 4 overs to bowl!!! What is his strategy only he ccan undersatnd....

  • Naresh28 on April 12, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    WELL a power hitting game. Must have been very exciting to watch. Well done to both teams. Bowlers were beaten to pieces.

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Pathetic Indian bowlers are pathetic. LOL

  • rahulcricket007 on April 12, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    BAD CAPTAINCY FROM VETTORI . OW CAN YOU GIVE PENULTIMATE OVER TO KOHLI . ALSO WHAT ' WRONG WITH VINAY KUMAR ? HE IS BOWLING TOO MANY FULL TOSSES . & HOW LUCKY JADEJA WAS ? HE MAY HAVE SCORE THE WINNING RUNS ON LAST BALL BUT THAT WAS OF EDGE .

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    ALBIE MORKEL. WOWWWW. JUST SMASHED THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF KOHLI TEHRE. WOOOOOOW

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    @ravi_88 I am afraid most of what you've written has been proven quite wrong!!! Albie pretty much won the match for CSK I would in fact make him the man of the match, 2 wickets and an incredible 28 off 6 balls at a time the was critical! Wow!

  • gimme-a-greentop on April 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    ooh i think you all spoke a little too soon about Bollinger and Albie....wouldn't have won that game without them...

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Now what ??????

    Boom Boom CSK...