Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Pune April 14, 2012

Ryder, Smith put Warriors top of the table

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Pune Warriors 156 for 3 (Ryder 73*, Smith 44*) beat Chennai Super Kings 155 for 5 (Jadeja 44, du Plessis 43) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pune Warriors had only four wins in their entire campaign in 2011, and were expected to struggle again in the absence of their marquee player Yuvraj Singh. Instead, they've got three victories in four games and are top of the table after upsetting the fancied Chennai Super Kings in front of a boisterous home crowd.

It was an all-round performance from Warriors, with their bowlers first stifling the power-packed Super Kings batting by hitting the blockhole as often as possible, backed up by some sharp fielding, something which is a rarity in the IPL.

Their chase was then controlled by two contrasting innings from two men struggling to hold down a place in their national sides. Jesse Ryder began in a hurry, but calmed down to play through the innings for the first time in his T20 career. Just when things started to become tense in the chase, Steven Smith hammered a bunch of boundaries, including two in the final over to complete the victory.

It hadn't seemed that it would be this close an encounter after Ryder, who would probably have been dropped had he failed again, provided a turbo-charged start, and even the run-outs of Robin Uthappa and Sourav Ganguly weren't too big a hindrance. The spin duo of R Ashwin and Suresh Raina, though, choked the runs to inflate the asking rate, making it difficult to understand why Ravindra Jadeja was not used. It came down to 34 required off the final three overs, in which Ryder only needed to take three singles - Smith's big hits took care of the rest.

Both captains had been uncertain about how the pitch at the new Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune would behave, but it had few demons in it. Super Kings' innings was built around a clutch of boundaries at the start of the innings from one of their cheapest buys, Faf du Plessis, and a flourish from their most expensive signing, Jadeja, in the second half.

The openers began slowly before du Plessis waded into the fourth over from Ashish Nehra, taking 18 off it including a six over the bowler's head after advancing down the track. Du Plessis went on to become the highest run-getter of the tournament, but his opening partner M Vijay's struggles continued.

Still, Super Kings were well placed after du Plessis' blast, but were slowed down by legspinner Rahul Sharma's strikes, who removed both du Plessis and Raina. Warriors then kept a lid on the scoring through some fast and full bowling from Marlon Samuels, who fired in a succession of quicker deliveries, some clocked as high as 127kph. The batsmen couldn't get under those deliveries, and even MS Dhoni couldn't find the boundaries, finishing on an underwhelming 26 off 28.

Jadeja came out firing, and provided some impetus. Samuels' darts and Ashok Dinda's impressive ability to consistently deliver yorkers, though, kept the scoring down. All through the second half of the innings, one kept waiting for Super Kings' big onslaught, but Warriors' bowlers ensured that it never came.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • crindex on April 17, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Dhoni did not have slow left arm spinner bowl to a left arm batsman like Ryder - who was still at the crease because Ryder would have made a meal of the him. Right decision not to play Jakati or not to have Jadeja bowl to Ryder. Had Ryder been out, Dhoni would possibly have thrown the ball to Jadeja. But that was not the case till the end of the match - unfortunately. CSK's fast bowlers let Dhoni down in this match.

  • crindex on April 16, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    CSK : Drop Vijay for Abhinav Mukund.

  • StevieS on April 16, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    rubelewu and replace who for him? Look at his average in 20/20 both domestic and international, it is average to say the lease. People were saying before this match to replace Ryder with him but lets be honest Ryder is a class above him.

  • csowmi7 on April 16, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Why Dhoni isn't bowling jadeja is a real mystery. This guy just came off a 5 wicket haul and still Dhoni is hesitant to bowl him. The medium pacers like Kulasekara Yo Mahesh Morkel and Bravo were never going to bother Smith and Ryder who have grown up on fast bowling. When Ashwin can bowl 4 overs for 19 runs and Raina 4 overs for 22 runs jadeja not getting a bowl is preposterous. The captaincy and batting of Dhoni is costing this CSK side big time.

  • viswanav on April 16, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    It's clear Dada can do magic when no one interferes with his ways (John Wright and now Pune); interfering can be disastrous (Greg Chappell and SRK), SRK clearly didn't have a clue as to how to use him. Go Dada and Subrata Roy!!!

  • rubelewu on April 15, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    TAMIM should get his chance........he is also aware of this and hope he will grave that opportunity.....cum on tamim..u r really a great player and it's just a matter of time to show it to every1.........

  • ssenthil on April 15, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @Felix_E, Really a great comment. I completely agree with you. Both Ganguly and Dhoni always had the better Indian team then any other Indian captains had hence they had a better captaincy record then any1 else. But as you said I wouldn't rate this 2 for captaincy skills as they have always had many captaincy flaws and stick with some one not really potential. Ganguly at least had given chances to some of the good players now to shine but Dhoni fans, can they name any1 good player debut under Dhoni? They might name Kohli but he was sure shot after his U-19 fame itself. List out the players debut under Dhoni, most are mediocre at best as Dhoni is.

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 15, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Someone called me a 'die-hard Ganguly fan'. Let me make it clear I am not the typical Indian Cricket Fan. I appreciate some great players and yes, Ganguly is one of them. However, I have noticed that there are invariably double standards while commenting about him... Take for example today's matches. Kallis Strike Rate 20, Gilly 55, Dravid 80... and Ganguly was 100 yesterday. But the comments? Ganguly gets the worst of them all. Saying this makes me 'die-hard"?

  • niceguy1977 on April 15, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Dhoni with his superb batting skills dumped CSK. He is no more use to CSK and India, Kindly drop him. When different coloured caps are given for best perfomance, why not a colour to be introduced for worst performance. Dhoni's innings is the worst IPL innings. His stupid tactics are the reason for India's contnuous failures, he always beleive in luck and dont have any special skills.

  • Felix_E on April 15, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    With a very strong batting line-up, CSK has performed way below par in these 5 matches. Their bowling looks pretty weak anyway. If they have to win more matches, they can do it only with their batting. If they bat first, they need to score at least 170 to 180.On a reasonably good track, scores like 110, 120, 150 are disasters with their bowling line-up. Dhoni seriously messed up with his weird batting. Both Ganguly & Dhoni are highly over-rated as far as their leadership skills are concerned. Traditionally Indians have had pretty soft and defensive captains (maybe with the exception of Kapil Dev). So, these two guys appear to be "great", when in reality, they are just reasonably good. Pune won yesterday in spite of Ganguly and not because of him. If CSK had won yesterday, again it would have been in spite of Dhoni and not because of him.

  • crindex on April 17, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Dhoni did not have slow left arm spinner bowl to a left arm batsman like Ryder - who was still at the crease because Ryder would have made a meal of the him. Right decision not to play Jakati or not to have Jadeja bowl to Ryder. Had Ryder been out, Dhoni would possibly have thrown the ball to Jadeja. But that was not the case till the end of the match - unfortunately. CSK's fast bowlers let Dhoni down in this match.

  • crindex on April 16, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    CSK : Drop Vijay for Abhinav Mukund.

  • StevieS on April 16, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    rubelewu and replace who for him? Look at his average in 20/20 both domestic and international, it is average to say the lease. People were saying before this match to replace Ryder with him but lets be honest Ryder is a class above him.

  • csowmi7 on April 16, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Why Dhoni isn't bowling jadeja is a real mystery. This guy just came off a 5 wicket haul and still Dhoni is hesitant to bowl him. The medium pacers like Kulasekara Yo Mahesh Morkel and Bravo were never going to bother Smith and Ryder who have grown up on fast bowling. When Ashwin can bowl 4 overs for 19 runs and Raina 4 overs for 22 runs jadeja not getting a bowl is preposterous. The captaincy and batting of Dhoni is costing this CSK side big time.

  • viswanav on April 16, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    It's clear Dada can do magic when no one interferes with his ways (John Wright and now Pune); interfering can be disastrous (Greg Chappell and SRK), SRK clearly didn't have a clue as to how to use him. Go Dada and Subrata Roy!!!

  • rubelewu on April 15, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    TAMIM should get his chance........he is also aware of this and hope he will grave that opportunity.....cum on tamim..u r really a great player and it's just a matter of time to show it to every1.........

  • ssenthil on April 15, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @Felix_E, Really a great comment. I completely agree with you. Both Ganguly and Dhoni always had the better Indian team then any other Indian captains had hence they had a better captaincy record then any1 else. But as you said I wouldn't rate this 2 for captaincy skills as they have always had many captaincy flaws and stick with some one not really potential. Ganguly at least had given chances to some of the good players now to shine but Dhoni fans, can they name any1 good player debut under Dhoni? They might name Kohli but he was sure shot after his U-19 fame itself. List out the players debut under Dhoni, most are mediocre at best as Dhoni is.

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 15, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Someone called me a 'die-hard Ganguly fan'. Let me make it clear I am not the typical Indian Cricket Fan. I appreciate some great players and yes, Ganguly is one of them. However, I have noticed that there are invariably double standards while commenting about him... Take for example today's matches. Kallis Strike Rate 20, Gilly 55, Dravid 80... and Ganguly was 100 yesterday. But the comments? Ganguly gets the worst of them all. Saying this makes me 'die-hard"?

  • niceguy1977 on April 15, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Dhoni with his superb batting skills dumped CSK. He is no more use to CSK and India, Kindly drop him. When different coloured caps are given for best perfomance, why not a colour to be introduced for worst performance. Dhoni's innings is the worst IPL innings. His stupid tactics are the reason for India's contnuous failures, he always beleive in luck and dont have any special skills.

  • Felix_E on April 15, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    With a very strong batting line-up, CSK has performed way below par in these 5 matches. Their bowling looks pretty weak anyway. If they have to win more matches, they can do it only with their batting. If they bat first, they need to score at least 170 to 180.On a reasonably good track, scores like 110, 120, 150 are disasters with their bowling line-up. Dhoni seriously messed up with his weird batting. Both Ganguly & Dhoni are highly over-rated as far as their leadership skills are concerned. Traditionally Indians have had pretty soft and defensive captains (maybe with the exception of Kapil Dev). So, these two guys appear to be "great", when in reality, they are just reasonably good. Pune won yesterday in spite of Ganguly and not because of him. If CSK had won yesterday, again it would have been in spite of Dhoni and not because of him.

  • InUrFaceLoosers on April 15, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Cricinfo please publish this for the services of S Badrinath for the TN Ranji team....He may never again play for India but atleast We have the duty to justify his credibility and you can help me in this cause. Hope Pujara does'nt become another Badrinath.

    Mr S Badrinath

    Batting Performance Analysis Season Matches Innings N.O. Runs HS Avg S/R 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St IPL-2008 16 16 5 192 64 17.45 147.69 - - 21 8 5 - IPL-2009 30 30 6 533 59 22.21 114.13 - - 61 9 6 - IPL-2010 16 16 4 356 55 29.67 117.49 - - 41 5 1 - IPL-2011 16 16 6 396 71 39.60 126.52 - - 38 9 1 - IPL-2012 4 4 - 50 25 12.50 96.15 - - 4 1 - - IPL- All Season's 66 66 17 1171 71 23.90 121.73 - - 124 27 12

    ==============================================================================

  • InUrFaceLoosers on April 15, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    To summarize, We have the best local bred players in the IPL and this is best reflected in our results.

    And to counterattack your SuperHuman team...Yes Chennai Super Kings are a team of assembled Super Heroes like Marvel Avengers.

    Win % of 64. Two IPL Championships. One Time Runners Up and One time Semi Finalists.

    We are THE Avengers of IPL.

    TM "Chennai Super Kings=The Avengers "

    If you cannot digest this fact, you have to grow up! Last but not the least, We had the best Cricketing brains to pick the right amount of foreign players(the best in fact) in the auctions.

    Though a CSK fan, Sincerely hope MI or RCB wins this edition of IPL for their consistency or KKR for their hardcore FANS. (Better for a Superhero (CSK) to loose like Dr.Manhanttan for the greater purpose.."thereby even in our defeat We have have done greater deeds"

  • InUrFaceLoosers on April 15, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Hello Mr CricNCode/NaySayers/CSK Haters,

    As a hardcore CSK fan, I will be a hypocrite to deny the services of Raina,Dhoni and even MS Gony of their valuable contributions to team CSK.Having said that calling our local players a joke is the epitome of insanity. Our Local Bred Players.

    S Badrinath

    M Vijay

    and Mr self proclaimed neutral observer cleverly omitted R Ashwin from this list.Please check IPL stats for the players.

    And ohhh Yes .I have left Murali Karthik, L Balaji, Dinesh Karthik.

    Could have digested calling Yo Mahesh a joke. but calling S Badrinath a relentless performer for Chennai and TamilNadu (Check his 2009 IPL SA Edition- 533 Runs- speak volumes of a player and his class)is a joke bordering the lines of extreme hatred and jealousy.He may not be a flashy player but his strike rate is far better than other local morons out there.

    We won the 2011 IPL FINALS(only FINALS and not road to finals) because of our local guys Murali Vijay and Ashwin ( Mr Cricket of course)

  • mjrvasu on April 15, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Instead of sending the in-form Bravo or even Morkel, Dhoni chose to send himself after Raina; and hogged nearly half of the innings - without being able to push the score. It is abundantly evident he has no more motivation to play to win. Time to give him permanent rest from all forms of the game.

  • vallavarayar on April 15, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Murali Vijay sucks. Drop him CSK, before it's too late.

  • on April 15, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Surprising CSK Captain dhoni doesn't gave a chance to all-rounder jadeja to bowl in this match.. he is in good form with both batting and bowling.. and another mynus point is why dhoni didn't taken bollenger to this match?? he bowled very well at last match.. he took 3wkts in last match in one over.. if dhoni took these guys to bowled surely CSK will win.. du plessis & raina played very well and they did there job. better to replace vijay to foreign player.. any ways PWI played such a good innings. and DADA is the best former captain for India.. Good luck to PWI n CSK for further matchs

  • Iyer on April 15, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy was exposed yet again. He has 9 players playing at international level in his team, won the toss, pune has ony 2 players playing at international level, and yet dhoni found a way to lose the game. Thanks Dhoni. Thanks for ruining CSK.

  • aujender on April 15, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Mr Vijay51982, forget the history, this time luck is not going to favor Dhoni and CSK will not be one the four Semi finalist.When one becomes so obsessive of the captainship then his days as Captain as well as his performance is going to be the things of past only and same is going to happen with Dhoni and CSK this time

  • Iyer on April 15, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    we lost the game due to dhoni's poor tactics. Dhoni waits for the last 2 overs to go all out. It is a bad idea. It worked for him in only 1 match (in the CB series in australia) and it has failed since then (the very next match resulted in a tie due to this bad tactics). You may recall Gambhir openly criticizing this tactic in Australia. Dhoni should try to maintain strike rate of 150% if he is batting after 10th over. The game has only 120 balls in total with 10 wickets in hand. There is no requirement to stablize the innings in the middle overs. The problem with Dhoni is he is adamant, and won't change his tactics quickly. It is costing CSK and India dearly.

  • anshu.s on April 15, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Pune got away with it today but well done !! i was amazed to see Manish Pandey dropped for this match ,batters like Samuels slow as tortoise,so called finisher Angelo Mathews and a domestic journeyman like Manhas all play ahead of him and bat ahead of him.Ganguly can't cut it at this level anymore he must play as a non-playing captain.Steven Smith after being dropped from Australian squad looks hungrier n more positive,scary thing is there were 7 OR 8 mostly young Aussie batsmen better than him in Big Bash.Dhoni it must be said was culpable for CSK losing the match with his slow strikerate.

  • aujender on April 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Dhoni has been a attacking batsman before becoming Captain, but has never been an attaching Captain. He is a man who has desire to win but fears more of defeat. Thats why India could not win the last test match in West Indies and Series's last match with West Indies in Chennai. He can never think of a win like the Austerlia win the first test match in West Indies. Similarly in T20 he is a good batsman if the team has to give a target in the range of 7 to 7.5 runs per over and while chasing he can be dependent if the required run rate is less than 8 runs per over. We do not remember if he has any match for India or CSK when the chase was more than 9 run per over of he single handedly gave a target of more than 7-7.5. Moreover the noun of Good Captain has been thrusted upon him because his luck was good and the players in his team played well. Now he is jealous of those players who made the India as World Champion in 1 day as well as in Test Matches. If remove the tag of Captain

  • pillsman on April 15, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    think Dhoni is testing out all his options before we get into to the business end of the tournament.. its a long long tournament..

  • Lovetesh on April 15, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Surprised to see Yo Mahesh playing while much better bowler like Sudeep Tyagi warming bench. Jakati is much better left arm spinner but they need to play Sir Ravinder Jadeja because of the amount they paid to him. Jadeja is now an Albatross around their neck as CSK would become the lauging stock of IPL if they drop Jadeja now. Murali Vijay should be dropped on form. CSK-PWI match shows why I like IPL. Last year poor performers can quickly turn the tables around unlike EPL where 4-5 clubs rules.

  • 30-30-150 on April 15, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    All you Ryder bashers who said Tamim should play instead of Ryder, where are you now?

  • on April 15, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    I think its time Vijay is dropped in place of Aniruddha or Mukund.... Vijay is a player with talent but he is missing something key in his technique. Dhoni should drop him for two-three matches atleast for him to regain his form. Yes he was a crucial part o both the CSK victories in the last two years. Bt when ur horse cant run, saying he has got the ability amounts to nothing... The rest of CSK squad are terrific.... All the batsmen in form, its gonna be hard to drop faf when hussey comes back, morkel proves time and again why he is an integral part of CSK, ashwin shows once again why he is the most economical bowler in IPL and raina, bravo, jadeja and even the tail contributes in some way or the other... All led by the man Dhoni with his cool, calm attitude....

    Vijay is the only dark spot, but I hope he regains his form some day; his 127 (56) is still a treat to watch and we as CSK fans are hoping for a repeat..

  • sankarantpr on April 15, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Well CSK lack strike bowlers in the IPL. Ashwin become too predictable now a days after his international stint. Raina should rotate the strike and wait for loose balls and should not go for airy shots every ball. Vijay is terribly out of form but his replacement batsmen who? When Hussey come Fauf and him should open the innings and either albie or bravo to play with Hilfenhaus or Bollinger as fast bowlers. But still 11 more matches for CSK to play.

  • gamespplplay on April 15, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    MSD is a very very wise man.... :)

  • ajantric on April 15, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Dhoni should end his obsession towards last minute heroics. In most of the CSK games, we see Bravo and Morkel left with hardly 2 overs between them to score. If at all MSD wants to hold himself back for any uncertain events, let us promote Bravo after Jadeja. If Dhoni bats in between with a strike rate of 100%, it is a waste of resources.

    Let us have faith in Badrinath, Aswin and Kulasekhara also towards end, if at all anything went wrong in between. CSK is not using the over between 8-16, that's what seen in previous matches. And they fall short for these runs.

  • Vijay51982 on April 15, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Most of the comments seems criticizing CSK of their poor performance in this IPL5. Guys, those who watch the whole IPL history from first edition to last, they will never forget that Super Kings always little unstable in the beginning of the contest but in the end they will reach the top 4 to play semis. CSK is the only team who played all the semis in the IPL history and won the title for two times (off course they are the defending champions) Also don't forget their inform batsman Mike Hussey will be returning to the side will make them electrifying in the batting lineup and Hilfy will be more handy with his medium pace in the Indian track. Hope the champions going to be the full fledge side very soon and it is going to be real competitive for rest….

  • Fawmy on April 15, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    @axdfg, well, do you think that Pune won the match because of Ryder? Of course BIG BIG NO, I do agree that Ryder played well but the match winning performance performed by Smith, when it came down 34 for three overs Ryder took only 3 three single but Smith was the man who bring Pune to victory. In fact, Tamim can play well than Ryder as we seen in Asia Cup matches, his consecutive 4 fifties against world class teams proved us Tamim is an aggressive player and DADA should give him chance in next game. Hope we will see Tamim with the bat in next games.

  • naveenpnayak on April 15, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    The Mistake Chennai made was by dropping Doug Bollinger and playing Murali Vijay, Instead of his repeated failures. I dont know why is he being preferred in-spite of his failures. Shrikanth Anirudha definitely deserved a spot.. Albie Morkel should be sent early such that he can give some momentum for the team. Overall poor selection from CSK for which they paid.

  • Knightriders_suck on April 15, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    I always thought that dada and ryder are a not very good in running between wickets. But saw the match in stadium yesterday and they are a disaster. Dada is so fidgety that every time he starts running I feel he will get himself out, Ryder is just slow. If Ryder could have run a bit better this match would have been over in 18 overs.

  • kamal.sam on April 15, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Until Dhoni comes in at no 4 and plays a struggling innings CSK & India will keep losing. When there is Albie and Bravo to come in next, what is the point in playing till 19.1 overs and score 26 of 28 balls. Same thing he did in Australia VB series against Srilanka and the match was tied and the end result India out of Finals.

  • Swami_India on April 15, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Why no mention of the last over selection of Yomahesh ? Cricinfo is too scared to upset the great Indian captain ? No mention of it in the commentary too.

    While the every opportunity is taken to praise him,I wonder why the mistakes are not seen. More neutral reviews and commentary will be appreciated.

  • jhumon_sydney on April 15, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    @axdfg and @ surlycynic ...you guys donot have any idea of the power of Tamim.refer to wall broken six by tamim in youtube.you guys call him a mediocre player because he is from mediocre Bangladesh team.But his ability,skills and power are immense.please know the player before comment.Donot comment like stupid.

  • Riderstorm on April 15, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    There is something wrong with the way Dhoni is thinking in certain decisions. For example, why was ravindra jadeja picked if left unused as a bowler as he isn't a great bat anyway, making him play for matches for the amount he is getting paid for?

  • shrastogi on April 15, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    It was a competitive total put up by CSK but considering the fact that Bollinger was not in the line up they needed a bit more. PW bowled well and then chased it well due to heroics from Smith.CSK need to find a replacement for Vijay who is woefully out of form and need Raina to score more. In this match Dhoni also struggled but that doesnt mean he shoudnt bat up. A total of 165-170 would have tested PW batsmen a bit more and they would have had to take more chances. Mahesh couldnt do a Joginder Sharma for Dhoni. Its a long way to go in the tournamnet but based on initial form MI, PW & DD look better teams. The best thing is that any team can beat any team.PW would be tested more and would need more runs from Dada as one cant be just in the team for leadership.

  • srinideva on April 15, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    @CricNcode, well do you think this csk team doesn't have quality to win this ipl. I saw many of them saying this in the past, But the truth is they are the defending champs and they will defend successfully this time too and as far as fair play concern they lost the 4 points in a single match thanks to bolinger for his extraordinary follow through skills. And they won it twice:)

  • Mr_Anonymous on April 15, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    It was a good game. Pune Warriors deserved to win in the end. Well played, Jesse Ryder and SPD Smith.

    Even though Ashwin is amongst my favourite bowlers, I was very disappointed at the way he abusive and controlling way in which he warned SPD Smith. First of all Smith was watching Ashwin and when Ashwin took off the bails, he was inside the crease. Then Ashwin seems to have shouted and pointed fingers angrily at SPD Smith. Ashwin may have been justified in the warning for the Thirimane case but wasn't here and needs to be reprimanded/fined for his behaviour in this match. It was disgraceful.

    My message to Ashwin is that there is a right way and wrong of warning the non striker. What you did in this match was the wrong way.

  • Romenevans on April 15, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    IF KOHLI WOULD HAVE BOWLED THE 19 OVER WELL, lol THEN CHENNAI WOULD HAVE ENDED WITH 1 WIN IN 5 GAMES.

  • cricketforpeace on April 15, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    This is for all the Indian fans who seem to find fault with Bangladesh player Tamim Iqbal. Just because Ryder succeeded in yesterdays match against Chennai Super Kings does not prove in any manner that Tamim is a useless player! Selection of a player is done based on the needs of the team, the opponent, weather conditions, pitch conditions etc. Just because Tamim has not found a place till now in Pune's playing level does not indicate his unsuitability for the team in the longer run. I sincerely hope that Indian fans post their comments in a more meaningful and constructive manner rather than try to just write rubbish on this webpage. I am sure that all IPL captains including Dada know what they are doing. Just place our trust in the captain and the team management to produce the best team for a particular match. Incidentally, I am an Indian citizen but support good cricket, irrespective of which country a player comes from.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on April 15, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Dhoni's low strike rate cost CSK the match.

  • Cricdew on April 15, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    @ TheUltimateTruth.......Mate Chill....Dhoni always been a defensive captain..whatever he achieved in the past was purely depends on luck & some special players like for India in both WC ...YUVI played an exceptional role & in test matches thanks to our old guard (Wall,VVS,SRT)..when these player got failed we all know very well what happened........And Here for CSK after the retirement Hayden,& Michael Hussey has been busy so far to his National Side.........they are struggling in bowling after their trump card Ashwin's tactics has been exposed, now batsmen can easily read his bowling..and another thing is its spin bowling power which is totally blunted thanks to the Rajiv Shukla who completely ousted the home team advantage of pitch making....Now its his Test or Examination// at last Kudos to DADA ...who leads his side so far very well

  • BHARATLIFE on April 15, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Steve Smith, Jesse Ryder what a knock!!!!! Dada, you were okay.... looking okay....i think it for Dada it is like the silence winds before the Strong performance . The trend looks similar to IPL 3. If Dada Plays similar to IPL 3 and all his other team mates perform like the same way they did for the 4 matches. There is not way , that Pune cannot do well , they will make it to the Semis easy. All looks set. I do not know what the media is talking about but Ganguly looks set, he is not discomforted by any one ......So all looks good....

  • BHARATLIFE on April 15, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Pune are playing well,"EVERY ONE" is contributing..A couple of days ago they call DADA a "Pheonix" ,yesterday out of the blue Siddhu pull out this " unfair" analogy with Raj Kapoor stating , that DADA should leave with a good impression with his fans, before he ruins it.DAY 1 when he scored a 3 they talk about how Dada, was not batting well "DAY 1", has Kallis blazed away, Ghambir, Vijay, Suman, Valhathy, etc etc, why do not they point of all of them. Absolute crap. Even in IPL 3 he scores around 491 and at a similar strike rate to Kallis, he recieves criticiscm? I think a big knock is around the corner. He has "not looked like a bunny" like the media is suggesting ? I dare say out of the 5 IPLs this is the best start and he only improved as he goes.Yesterday he did not have a single dot ball against Ashwin, ALL COMFORTABLE SINGLES, now he is struggling???? And look at the support for him....Is it not awsome!!!!! So there can be one crazy guy but there cannot be 10000 crazy ?

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 15, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Congrats to the Warriors - the Players, the Captain and the management... BTW - I can understand if the followers of some players support them, what I cannot understand is why people abuse other players. Actually the players are there in the teams because they have special abilities and talents. Some do have ups and downs, yes, but all of them have the capability and most of them can be match winners on their day. As far as the playing eleven is concerned teams which have a lot of bench strength always will have the dilemma of picking them. [Michael Clarke's arrival in May is going to make the dilemma more acute.] That does not mean the others are useless... usually team managements try to retain a winning combination unless the pitch, weather, opposition's combo calls for change. Many had suggested a change in the batting order for the Warriors - it may need some more tweaking.

  • kreddyg on April 15, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    If you observe closely Chennai super kings has 9 players except vijay and mahesh who are playing international ODI's. Where as in pune warriors team out of 11, 9 players are not playing international cricket. only Samules and Mathews playing for thier countries. But the way ganguly controlled the entire Chennai batting throughout the innings specially in the final overs is mattered in this game and the way Dhoni controlled when Pune need 34 in 3 overs. Only that edge mattered in the game. This means Ganguly won against Dhoni not pune won against chennai.

  • dmqi on April 15, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Dhoni ruined his team's chance by his slow scoring and Ganguly put his team in difficult situation by an unnecessary run out. Credit to the players who won the match. Why many are focusing the captain? Ryder and smith played superb,they won the match. Well, I hope they play good in the next game, otherwise Tamim supporter's will tell,"we told you so". Moreover until Tamim plays no one can say he is good or not. Go KKR,Go Pune.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 14, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    What an inning Steven Smith played today! He was the game-changer in today's game. Also, none of his shots looked like a slog. Ryder played well too and stayed till the end. It was good that Uthappa came out to open today. It was unfortunate that he got run out, but he started off the inning very positively. Only change in the batting order I would do is move Samuels to No. 7 and move Matthews to No. 4 position. Great to see that pune are doing well, considering that they have a weaker team on paper compared to CSK, MI, RCB etc.

  • wake_up_india on April 14, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    I wonder which team the Kolkata fans are supporting -- KKR or Pune. Ganguly has a Robin Hood like appeal that may have been heightened by the manner of his ouster from the Indian team.

  • Luckprnk on April 14, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Hey dada thnks for supporting smith he is a good player. Give him a go with bowling as well he is next warnee

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 14, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    @CricNode how has Srinivasan made the CSK team stronger? Yet one more unsubstantiated innuendo! CSK are good because they win games when it matters most. Their regular season record is often just only one or two games above .500 but they win the playoff games. They won the fair play award when they deserved to and are languishing in the bottom when they deserve to (like now, thanks to Bollinger). I see no evidence of any conspiracy. I think jealousy against them is rampant -- not surprising since they have been a highly successful team in the last 4 editions of IPL.

  • Ha8rick on April 14, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Even I was wondering before the game if Tamim Iqbal would replace Jesse Ryder or someone else in the team. Ganguly proved ONCE again how good of a captain he is by keeping his faith on Ryder. The Nay-Sayers will never shut up with the slightest chance of dismissing Ganguly. But at the end as it always have ....

    DADA-GIRI RULES!!

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 14, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Yet again DADA proved the world who is the better captain..... !!!

  • rongdhonu on April 14, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Why tamim not playing dada U gave lots of chance to rayder why not tamim get chance

  • CricNcode on April 14, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Some people are trying to show CSK a super human team!! Well, at best, they are slightly better than the most..that's about it. Against Pune warriors today (and many a times in the past) they proved how ordinary they can be...their domestic players like Vijay, Badri, yo Mahesh etc. are a joke..Dhoni, Raina and their forign outfit (don't forget Mr.Srinivasan) have made them stronger. They languishing at the rock bottom in fair play questions, whether there was any fair-play when they were awarded the fair-play award a couple of times.To summarize, they are just about the same as the other teams with some extra luck. Cricinfo, I would admire your unbiased posting if this gets posted.

  • SurlyCynic on April 14, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Before the game most of the comments called for Ryder to be dropped in favour of a mediocre player from Bangladesh. Luckily the coach and captain were more sensible. It's easy to fail a few times in T20, but batsmen who can play with power are necessary in any T20 side.

  • axdfg on April 14, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Everyone who criticized Ryder proved today who he is. DADA knows what to do. Power of Ryder refers Tamim Iqbal reserved permanent place in bench. He is fit for only cleaning the bench and not in playing XI. DADA knows who is fit and who is useless. Unfit and useless Tamim will stay in bench forever. DADA rocks ...

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  • axdfg on April 14, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Everyone who criticized Ryder proved today who he is. DADA knows what to do. Power of Ryder refers Tamim Iqbal reserved permanent place in bench. He is fit for only cleaning the bench and not in playing XI. DADA knows who is fit and who is useless. Unfit and useless Tamim will stay in bench forever. DADA rocks ...

  • SurlyCynic on April 14, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Before the game most of the comments called for Ryder to be dropped in favour of a mediocre player from Bangladesh. Luckily the coach and captain were more sensible. It's easy to fail a few times in T20, but batsmen who can play with power are necessary in any T20 side.

  • CricNcode on April 14, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Some people are trying to show CSK a super human team!! Well, at best, they are slightly better than the most..that's about it. Against Pune warriors today (and many a times in the past) they proved how ordinary they can be...their domestic players like Vijay, Badri, yo Mahesh etc. are a joke..Dhoni, Raina and their forign outfit (don't forget Mr.Srinivasan) have made them stronger. They languishing at the rock bottom in fair play questions, whether there was any fair-play when they were awarded the fair-play award a couple of times.To summarize, they are just about the same as the other teams with some extra luck. Cricinfo, I would admire your unbiased posting if this gets posted.

  • rongdhonu on April 14, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Why tamim not playing dada U gave lots of chance to rayder why not tamim get chance

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 14, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Yet again DADA proved the world who is the better captain..... !!!

  • Ha8rick on April 14, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Even I was wondering before the game if Tamim Iqbal would replace Jesse Ryder or someone else in the team. Ganguly proved ONCE again how good of a captain he is by keeping his faith on Ryder. The Nay-Sayers will never shut up with the slightest chance of dismissing Ganguly. But at the end as it always have ....

    DADA-GIRI RULES!!

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 14, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    @CricNode how has Srinivasan made the CSK team stronger? Yet one more unsubstantiated innuendo! CSK are good because they win games when it matters most. Their regular season record is often just only one or two games above .500 but they win the playoff games. They won the fair play award when they deserved to and are languishing in the bottom when they deserve to (like now, thanks to Bollinger). I see no evidence of any conspiracy. I think jealousy against them is rampant -- not surprising since they have been a highly successful team in the last 4 editions of IPL.

  • Luckprnk on April 14, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Hey dada thnks for supporting smith he is a good player. Give him a go with bowling as well he is next warnee

  • wake_up_india on April 14, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    I wonder which team the Kolkata fans are supporting -- KKR or Pune. Ganguly has a Robin Hood like appeal that may have been heightened by the manner of his ouster from the Indian team.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 14, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    What an inning Steven Smith played today! He was the game-changer in today's game. Also, none of his shots looked like a slog. Ryder played well too and stayed till the end. It was good that Uthappa came out to open today. It was unfortunate that he got run out, but he started off the inning very positively. Only change in the batting order I would do is move Samuels to No. 7 and move Matthews to No. 4 position. Great to see that pune are doing well, considering that they have a weaker team on paper compared to CSK, MI, RCB etc.