Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors, Chennai April 18, 2012

Can Chennai pick up steam?

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Match facts

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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For the third time in as many seasons, Chennai Super Kings have got off to a slow start in the competition. They have three defeats from five games, with their two victories coming against teams placed lower than them in the points table. It could have been worse though. The heist they pulled off against Royal Challengers Bangalore should have boosted their morale. They are back at home in the return match against Pune Warriors, their previous opponents. Their batsmen were strong against the Warriors quicks, but against the spinners they managed 63 runs in ten overs. In the end,155 wasn't enough. They should expect to do better at home, given the batting-friendly conditions. However, a hamstring niggle for captain MS Dhoni, which makes him a doubtful starter, and Albie Morkel's return to South Africa after the death of a friend, will have them worried ahead of the game.

Warriors have injury worries of their own. Ashok Dinda* impressed with his economical last over in their last game against Royal Challengers but, on the down side, also picked up a side strain in the match. That means he could miss this game. Also, Warriors have had only a day to recover from that loss. There, their bowlers tightened the noose in the first ten overs, giving away only 63, but lost the plot especially in the final over. With 21 to defend, the bowling team would always back itself but AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary manufactured their own luck and pulled off a thriller. Warriors' batting looks settled, with their openers Jesse Ryder and Robin Uthappa scoring a fifty each. However, Sourav Ganguly is due for a bigger score, with an average of 12.20 in five games.

Players to watch

With 171 runs in five games, Faf du Plessis, is the leading run-scorer for Super Kings. He has been solid at the top of the order and was the Man of the Match against Royal Challengers, with his 71 off 46 balls keeping his team in the hunt in their tall chase of 206.

The match will be Sourav Ganguly's 50th appearance in the IPL. Ganguly has scored 1142 runs in the tournament so far. However, only 111 have come till now in this season. Amid questions over his fitness and form, Ganguly could find Super Kings' spin-heavy bowling attack to his liking.

Stats and trivia

  • Super Kings still hold the record for the most sixes hit in a single team innings - 17.

  • The Warriors have lost nine wickets as run-outs in this edition, the most by a team. Super Kings are second with seven

    Quotes

    "In a tournament like this you are going to lose a few games. But you should not allow defeat to enter your psyche and bog you down."
    Robin Uthappa tells Warriors to chin up.

    "I think it would have to be a legspinner with a googly. He can get the ball to spin both ways and can effectively handle left-right combinations that can unsettle bowling line-ups."
    Super Kings' bowling coach Andy Bichel on the one bowler he would like in the line-up, for variety.

    *06:04 GMT, April 19: The preview has been updated to reflect that Ashok Dinda is doubtful for this match

    Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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    • Sprstr7 on April 19, 2012, 14:24 GMT

      I want Dhoni's team to win as this win will greatly boost up his self-confidence as a leader which his very essential for our two-time WORLD CUP WINNER CAPTAIN(2007 & 2011) keeping in mind the approaching T-20 WC in SL...all the best Mahi, we are with you, may GOD bless you

    • on April 19, 2012, 14:06 GMT

      faf, vijay, raina, badri, dhoni, bravo, jadeja, yomahesh, ashwin, bolinger, styris

    • on April 19, 2012, 14:02 GMT

      DADA should show his skills with the bat as well. Not just his captaining abilities.

    • on April 19, 2012, 13:31 GMT

      My CSK side: 1.Faf 2. Anirudh 3.Raina 4. Badrinath 5.DHONI 6.Kulasekara 7.Jadeja 8.Bravo 9. Ashwin 10.Jakti 11. Bollinger if Dhoni is missing today Saha will play

    • on April 19, 2012, 11:58 GMT

      Vijay & Badri should play once they get into their stride they are pretty good anyday.

    • on April 19, 2012, 11:56 GMT

      @Anshu Nagar-Perhaps you hv missed an article or two when Dhoni came in the Indian team. You can search for it in the internet. The jist goes like this > Dada was watching Dhoni prepare for the under 19 when he said to a well known reporter "Watch this lad (Dhoni) he is Team India material. I want him in the team." And 2 months later Dhoni was playing for India in Bangladesh. Also Dada had promoted Dhoni in that 148 innings vs Pakistan which catapulted his career. I am in no way saying that Dhoni was devoid of talent & it was all Dada backing that got him through. No Dhoni has immense talent but the Dada factor in his success can't be denied. Also i refute the fact that Dada wud not hv been able to play an innings like Dhoni played in the WC final. Till this day Dada remains the best Indian ODI player after Sachin. And he's an opener while Dhoni is a finisher. These r 2 diff roles. By this yardstick even Sachin's achievements wud look mediocre to you.

    • srinideva on April 19, 2012, 11:46 GMT

      Nowadays extraaa innings T20 goes like extraaaa (something extra). Over glamour and the presenter , I think , she`s name is Archana, a worst presenter I have everseen. The dressing sense is awkward. Since the show watched by many kids. may be the reason why Neo fired her from the organization.

    • on April 19, 2012, 11:38 GMT

      @ranjithrissur, U R right man,A gangulian always could be a gangulian, we have to proud as a fan of the legend(Maharaj) DADA

    • srinideva on April 19, 2012, 11:24 GMT

      @ replies, yuvi,harbhajan,sehwag and whovever brought by ganguly needs to play the consistent cricket otherwise there was no place for them in Indian team (Ex. Kaif). And inclusion of dhoni, at that point of time Indian team doesn`t have quality wicket keeper who can bat little bit.

      The problem with ganguly is he still trying to bring his favourite players (Har singh) in the team who doesn`t performed well (even ranji trophy). Now he calls Har. Singh is captaincy material. And the day after H singh and M patel had a wwe handicap match with Umpire.

    • srinideva on April 19, 2012, 11:23 GMT

      Continuesss… So bowling was worse.

      What about the Batting? Sehwag no more want to play in foreign pitches along with his statesman gambhir. Next is Sachin and vvs who played 8 test matches in eng and aus and scored nothing compare to their ability. When a team can`t able to score a 300 in an innings in a test match for a long period then How can a captain be aggressive? He is also a human being. Questioning his skill doesn't make any sense?

    • Sprstr7 on April 19, 2012, 14:24 GMT

      I want Dhoni's team to win as this win will greatly boost up his self-confidence as a leader which his very essential for our two-time WORLD CUP WINNER CAPTAIN(2007 & 2011) keeping in mind the approaching T-20 WC in SL...all the best Mahi, we are with you, may GOD bless you

    • on April 19, 2012, 14:06 GMT

      faf, vijay, raina, badri, dhoni, bravo, jadeja, yomahesh, ashwin, bolinger, styris

    • on April 19, 2012, 14:02 GMT

      DADA should show his skills with the bat as well. Not just his captaining abilities.

    • on April 19, 2012, 13:31 GMT

      My CSK side: 1.Faf 2. Anirudh 3.Raina 4. Badrinath 5.DHONI 6.Kulasekara 7.Jadeja 8.Bravo 9. Ashwin 10.Jakti 11. Bollinger if Dhoni is missing today Saha will play

    • on April 19, 2012, 11:58 GMT

      Vijay & Badri should play once they get into their stride they are pretty good anyday.

    • on April 19, 2012, 11:56 GMT

      @Anshu Nagar-Perhaps you hv missed an article or two when Dhoni came in the Indian team. You can search for it in the internet. The jist goes like this > Dada was watching Dhoni prepare for the under 19 when he said to a well known reporter "Watch this lad (Dhoni) he is Team India material. I want him in the team." And 2 months later Dhoni was playing for India in Bangladesh. Also Dada had promoted Dhoni in that 148 innings vs Pakistan which catapulted his career. I am in no way saying that Dhoni was devoid of talent & it was all Dada backing that got him through. No Dhoni has immense talent but the Dada factor in his success can't be denied. Also i refute the fact that Dada wud not hv been able to play an innings like Dhoni played in the WC final. Till this day Dada remains the best Indian ODI player after Sachin. And he's an opener while Dhoni is a finisher. These r 2 diff roles. By this yardstick even Sachin's achievements wud look mediocre to you.

    • srinideva on April 19, 2012, 11:46 GMT

      Nowadays extraaa innings T20 goes like extraaaa (something extra). Over glamour and the presenter , I think , she`s name is Archana, a worst presenter I have everseen. The dressing sense is awkward. Since the show watched by many kids. may be the reason why Neo fired her from the organization.

    • on April 19, 2012, 11:38 GMT

      @ranjithrissur, U R right man,A gangulian always could be a gangulian, we have to proud as a fan of the legend(Maharaj) DADA

    • srinideva on April 19, 2012, 11:24 GMT

      @ replies, yuvi,harbhajan,sehwag and whovever brought by ganguly needs to play the consistent cricket otherwise there was no place for them in Indian team (Ex. Kaif). And inclusion of dhoni, at that point of time Indian team doesn`t have quality wicket keeper who can bat little bit.

      The problem with ganguly is he still trying to bring his favourite players (Har singh) in the team who doesn`t performed well (even ranji trophy). Now he calls Har. Singh is captaincy material. And the day after H singh and M patel had a wwe handicap match with Umpire.

    • srinideva on April 19, 2012, 11:23 GMT

      Continuesss… So bowling was worse.

      What about the Batting? Sehwag no more want to play in foreign pitches along with his statesman gambhir. Next is Sachin and vvs who played 8 test matches in eng and aus and scored nothing compare to their ability. When a team can`t able to score a 300 in an innings in a test match for a long period then How can a captain be aggressive? He is also a human being. Questioning his skill doesn't make any sense?

    • srinideva on April 19, 2012, 11:23 GMT

      @ replies, Well well,,, WCT20 2007 which was takes place in south Africa not in india. Second one is Questioning ability of dhoni`s captaincy, really do you think guys, we can sit here and talk long and long about the aggressive way of captainship. Pls note the ponits First of all, india doesn`t have the quicks like steyn, Anderson, morkel, finn, broad, siddle, pattinson and etc,. who can bowl consistently 140 to 150 kph in test matches When you travel to Eng and Aus , pitches are always prepared for FAST and Bouncy to dominate the opposition. So we lack in fast bowling. Even 12 year old boy can easily understood this in India. Zaheer is good fast bowler (only in sub continent) who can bowl 120 to 135 kph which is not sufficient in foreign pitches. yadav not having a control in his line. M patel, V Kumar, P kumar and I pathan - all are coming under the spinners category. With this kind of bowling resource, how can we expect the aggressiveness from captain (Dhoni)?

    • on April 19, 2012, 11:14 GMT

      would any one please post about whether dhoni playing this match or not what about his ham string injury

    • on April 19, 2012, 10:59 GMT

      @Ramanrr114, Did you read the article ? Morkel is back to SA and Dhoni is a doubtful starter but ur 11 seem to ignore that fact. Very funny.

    • on April 19, 2012, 10:59 GMT

      My CSK side: 1.Faf 2. Anirudh/Mukund/Vijay 3.Raina 4. Badrinath 5.DHONI 6.Morkel 7.Jadeja 8.Bravo 9. Ashwin 10.Randiv/Jakti 11. Bollinger

    • Ramanrr114 on April 19, 2012, 10:29 GMT

      I think CSK team must revisit their selections.Vijay got enough chances and others should get a chance in playing 11. I think it is better to bring somebody new in to the team in home ground. This game is going to be must win for chennai.

      Today's CSK team should be 1.Du Plesis 2. Anirudha/G Vignesh 3. Raina 4.Badri 5.Bravo 6. Dhoni 7.Morkel 8.R Jadeja 9.Ashwin 10. Bollinger 11.Yo Mahesh/Jakati

    • AnshulNagar on April 19, 2012, 10:26 GMT

      @Viswa prasad-- I also second ur openion tht dada is the best captain India ever had n he groomed many players like Yuvraj, Harbhajan n the kind of work he is doing with Dinda is amazing but wht i fail to understand is tht how can u say tht Dada groomed Dhoni? Going by tht logic Azhar groomed Sachin , Dravid , Ganguly n Kumble. Only the player can decide who he wants to give the credit of his success to.Yuvraj n Harbhajan n Sehwag have always said tht Dada was the man behind their successful journey. But i never heard the same from Dhoni. Dada's man management is excellent n without doubt he is the best captain India ever had but he could have never ever played the kind of innings(under pressure) tht Dhoni has played in 2011 wc final. P.S I am also a Dada fan n as i have mentioned in my post for me is he is the best Indian captain ever but he is not the be all n end all of Indian cricket n major factosr behind his success as a captain was RD , SRT n others same goes for Dhoni .

    • ArvindReddy on April 19, 2012, 10:17 GMT

      My PW : 1. Ryder 2. Uthappa 3. DADA 4. Manish Pandey 5. Smith 6. Mathews 7. Ferguson / Parnell 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9. Murali Karthik 10. Rahul Sharma 11. Dinda

    • ArvindReddy on April 19, 2012, 9:54 GMT

      Pls don't comment bad about Dada... He is the real hero. All most all players of current generation bcoz of dada only. Even sachin also... If dada did't leave the opener slot for sachin & viru... let's think about the sachin situation... he always the team needs... as a captain always supports the players either correct or wrong... Best example is the samules bowling action issue... no other captain in the world like this... come on Dada u r the real hero...

    • ranjithrissur on April 19, 2012, 9:41 GMT

      as players performing in international level there will be fans around, but for dada, even after exiting international level his fan following still growing,everyone loves the agression,Dada's ability to make chalk from cheese is something exceptional...... i dont think the dada fans will never change to other players even he is not pysically performing, because.... once a gangulian, its always a gangulian- its irreversible!!!!!!!!!

    • on April 19, 2012, 9:32 GMT

      csk playing xl 1. Faf du Plessis(F1) 2. Badrinath 3. Raina 4. Jadeja 5. Bravo(F2) 6. MSD 7. Anirudha/Saha 8. Ashwin 9. Jakati 10. Kulasekara(F3) 11. Bollinger(F4) Ashwin -4 Over Bollinger - 4 Over Jakati & Jadeja - 6 Over Kulasekara & Bravo - 6 Over Raina to Replace Any of them Bowled not good.

    • remnant on April 19, 2012, 9:30 GMT

      As Srinideva said, its actually true, while watching the last match that Pune won, I also felt that had Ganguly not been run out, the end over explosive show could have been avoided by the opposition. It actually makes sense to keep him it!

    • cskfangg on April 19, 2012, 9:08 GMT

      With out morkel dhoni must give a chance to styris.. Please leave out under performing vijay & badri and give chance to mukund & anirudh.. Today CSK team should be: anirudh,duplessis,raina,mukund,dhoni,jadeja,bravo,styris,ashwin,bollinger, jakati/tyagi..

    • on April 19, 2012, 8:58 GMT

      For CSKs sake, please pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee keep Murali Vijay out of the playing 11. We have better batmen.. Can try Srikanth or someone else too in the team... All the Best CSK.. :)

    • vaikuuuuuuuuuuuu on April 19, 2012, 8:51 GMT

      wanna see uthappa a centurion in ipl and in indian cricket team.................luv u ROBIE..

    • SamRoy on April 19, 2012, 8:31 GMT

      @srinideva True, Dhoni is India's best ODI and T20 captain. But Dhoni is a bad test captain. Extremely defensive. In fact it is questionable whether he deserves a place in the Indian test team on tours outside sub-continent. His bad captaincy got exposed in England and Australia where India lost every test match badly. Dhoni had an outstanding record as test captain because he primarily captained the tea, at home. Ganguly (easily the best), Dravid and even Kumble were far better test captains. Ganguly taught India to fight away from home. Dravid was a fine test captain. Under him we won a test in SA for the first time and narrowly missed winning the series because of Munaf Patel, we won a series in WI after 35 years and in England after 21 years.

    • on April 19, 2012, 8:30 GMT

      @srinideva.. Sorry to say that ur analysis on Indian cricket is really a worse one... As everyone tell.. Dada is the Best captain of Indian cricket team and Dhoni is the captain of Best Indian cricket team.. Almost every one ofthe current team is bought by Dada.. Hw many players did dhoni bought.. Just an Ashwin... Kohli came by himself.. Only difference between dada and dhoni is that, dada will never listen to selectors or coach... he was so aggressive and trusted the team.,. Dhoni is always behind Srikant and BCCI... And also don't forget that Dada had taken Indian team to WC Final in 2003 at South Africa a foreign Pitch.. Dhoni was able to get the WC in India and not in Foreign Pitch... After all who bring this Dhoni.. Its none other than Dada....

    • Lilagopal on April 19, 2012, 8:21 GMT

      DaDa s a superb team builder. His inputs to the team is definitely required on field. No matter his fitness and from. His sheer presence in the team and dressing room is a huge boost to any team which he represents. Rock on Dada.

    • on April 19, 2012, 8:09 GMT

      GO Warriors !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Haleos on April 19, 2012, 7:52 GMT

      @gannyboy - difference is Dada can be devastating at 7 while Badri. well he is badri.

    • Haleos on April 19, 2012, 7:50 GMT

      Even after retiring Dada is so much better than overrated youngsters like Vijay. Go Dada go.

    • srinideva on April 19, 2012, 7:49 GMT

      My best advice to CSK is don`t try to take the wicket of ganguly. Since he was having strike rate of less than 110. It is good for opponents to utilize those kind players to play more deliveries. The nice part is he will be there at first down.

    • srinideva on April 19, 2012, 7:48 GMT

      Dhoni done fantastic things in Indian cricket and he will do. The reason for anti dhoni`s campaign is people (especially in home) don`t want their heroes (Sachin,Ganguly,etc,) overshadow by dhoni. This man came from ranchi which is small city in india compare to 4 mega cities like Chen,Mumbai,kol He achieved what no one before achieved. He won WCT20 and now 50 over WC. and of course he done it with his team. What can you expect more from this man? Give some respect to this man. Look back what was the status of Indian cricket in 2000`s.

    • anshu.s on April 19, 2012, 7:40 GMT

      Pune should bring bach Manish Pandey in the team,classy player like himself should consider himself very unlucky not be starting or shunted down to no.7 when lesser batsmen play ahead of him.Some other franchises are doing a better job of giving Young Indian batters numerous chances .Ganguly promote your own Indian talents.In hindsight i think Pandey would have been better off in RCB but he could still go there next year.

    • roha1212 on April 19, 2012, 7:30 GMT

      @hari040761 : For VIJAY to perform u need to hav a batting paradise remember............ unfortunately the chennai pitch has become more of a bowling track making it tough for YOUR CSK fellows...............bad luck.........u want it to b finished as soon as possible eh?????first try winning rather talking about boosting up ur runrate..............:):):)

    • Thyagu5432 on April 19, 2012, 7:25 GMT

      I think CSK have lost their balance. Ashwin has deteriorated as a bowler. Our "best" bowler, Bollinger, is not even in the reserve of his national side. Vijay has to go back to the cricket academy to start to learn batting all over again. Ditto for Dhoni, he is just getting used to losing. At this rate, CSK has to try hard and play their best cricket to move out of the last few positions in the points table, forget the top positions.

    • prathalaeee on April 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

      dont worry DADA. u r the best captain India has ever seen.. If Dinda couldn't play replace him with M.Karthik... Bring Pandey in place of Manhas.. Dada must bat when the spinners are operating... can also try L.Wright in place of A.Mattews.

    • leleraja on April 19, 2012, 6:57 GMT

      Good luck CSK! My team for today: Duplesis, Bailey, Raina, Badri, Bravo, Dhoni, Anirudh, Jadeja, Ashwin, Tyagi & Bollinger

    • gannyboy on April 19, 2012, 6:39 GMT

      Dada needs to play a similar role that Badrinath does for CSK that is he should come in to bat only when two quick wickets have fallen for a cheap score otherwise come in at number 7.

    • on April 19, 2012, 6:20 GMT

      Would be good to see Scott Styris given a chance tonight - under tragic circumstances, but he could be the man

    • on April 19, 2012, 5:44 GMT

      Dear Andi Bichel if you need a legspinner,use Faf,he is a good leg spinner too..!

    • gothetaniwha on April 19, 2012, 5:43 GMT

      Ganguly should bat 11 and just captain the team , he's not scoring runs and using up deliveries , putting pressure on Ryder and Uthappa

    • hari040761 on April 19, 2012, 5:40 GMT

      ABINAV MUKUND IS A USEFUL LEGBREAK GOOGLY BOWLER. BICHEL CAN HAVE A LOOK AT HIM AND ALSO DUPLESSI CAN BE TRIED. GANAPATHY VIGNESH IS ALSO AN ALLROUNDER WHO CAN OPEN BATING AND BOWL MEDIUM PACE. BADRI CAN BAT BEFORE RAINA. MY LINEUP IS MUKUND, DUPLI, BADRI, RAINA, JADU, DHONI, BRAVO, GANAPATHY/YOMAHESH, ASHWIN, RANDIV, DOUGIE

    • on April 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

      For Chennai vs Pune Match, Only One Change has to be done.. Murali Kartik should replace Ashish Nehra. In order to get Angelo Mathews in Form, he should play up the order at No.5... All the Best DADA..!!

    • sumeet.sk on April 19, 2012, 5:23 GMT

      I think Ganguly don't know about " Harshad Khadiwale"...He is an Extravagant stroke player. he should leave out Nehra now and give other Domestic guns a chance. Apart from Steve Smith all foriegn players played now are by fluke. If Ganguly is not getting runs, he should sit out.

    • Bruisers on April 19, 2012, 5:19 GMT

      CSK will have to make a few changes.. They should replace Vijay with Mukund. But I feel they would give Vijay a longer run. Since Morkel is unavailable I think they will give Bailey a chance. Jakati and Bollinger will return to the playing XI. Maybe Sudeep Tyagi will also get a game....... Probable XI- VIJAY, DU PLESSIS, RAINA, BAILEY, DHONI, BRAVO, JADEJA, ASHWIN, JAKATI, BOLLINGER, TYAGI

    • hari040761 on April 19, 2012, 4:28 GMT

      comeon CSK. VIJAY SHOULD SHOW HIS AGGRESSIVE BATTING WHAT HE DID IN THE LAST YEAR FINAL AND AGAINST RAJASTHAN ROYALS COUPLE OF SEASONS BEFORE IF GIVEN ANOTHER SEASON. HE SEEMS TO BE DULL. HE SHOULD ATTACK WITH POWER AND TIMING INSTEAD NUDGING.MORKEL SHOULD BE USED AFTER POWER PLAY. CONTROL THE SPPED AND MAINTAIN GOOD LINE AND LENGTH WHILE BOWLING. FIND THE GAP AND PLACE THE BALL WHILE BATTING. RAINA GETTING OUT CONSISTENTLY BY HOLDING AT BOUNDRY DIRECTLY INTO THE HANDS OF THE FIELDER AFTER SCORING COUPLE OF BIG HITS. (OVER CONFIDENCE). HE SHOULD PLAY TILL 15OVERS AND GO FOR BIG HITTING. PLACIMENT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAN POWER. DON'T WAIT TILL THE LOST OVER. FINISH THE GAME AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE TO BOOST THE RUN RATE.

    • on April 19, 2012, 4:21 GMT

      The Pune line up looks perfect although I would suggest one change ... get in Murali Kartik instead of Bhuvaneswar Kumar ... on spin friendly tracks like MAC u need a quality spinner .. with Kartik, Pune have 2 ...

    • lordrudraksh on April 19, 2012, 4:12 GMT

      With albie morkel out of this match as he has returned to SA CSk team balance is affected. Interesting to see how they compensate this loss.

    • 9ST9 on April 19, 2012, 4:06 GMT

      I really like Punes Imported players. None of them are super-star material but useful workman like cricketers plus they have a good leader in Ganguly ( despite his batting failures )Good luck!

    • on April 19, 2012, 3:34 GMT

      CSK should play Bollinger, he has been outstanding for them in death overs, Kula is no good as compared to dougie, and batting is already very strong, no need for another all rounder and that too like kula. Vijay should be rested as well, and saha/mukund shuld b given a chance. Hope CSK picks up pace and do well. Good luck CSK!!!

    • on April 19, 2012, 2:59 GMT

      CSK should promote Badri to opening slot and play Anirudh down the order.. Badri has been wasted so far.. He doesn't come in at all or is wasted.. Vijay should be dropped. He is pathetic this season.

    • Gizza on April 19, 2012, 2:49 GMT

      @xylo, you're right. An almost 40-year-old Ganguly is more of a burden than a blessing. I think he's just there for marketing purposes.

    • pai11 on April 19, 2012, 2:09 GMT

      Big decision for DADA to make in this match. whether he needs M. Samuels to bowl in the remaining IPL matches! If yes, he has 2 options: either dont bowl samuels in this match or let samuels bowl & CSK win; coz otherwise he will be warned again & then he cannot bowl any further in IPL 2012!!!

    • AjitNarayan on April 19, 2012, 1:33 GMT

      Can someone please tell me why some people call CSK over hyped? One semi-final, three finals, two IPL Championships and one Champions League win.

    • on April 18, 2012, 21:47 GMT

      come on robin uthappa this time try and score a centurion

    • xylo on April 18, 2012, 21:36 GMT

      "Sourav Ganguly is due for a bigger score, with an average of 12.20 in five games.". CSK will be hoping that will happen, because if that happens, Ganguly would have hogged most of the strike and will have finished with a strike rate of 110 at the most. Gone is the Ganguly of the past.

    • Unmesh_cric on April 18, 2012, 20:54 GMT

      This match should be interesting. Generally, Chennai pitch assists spinners...so it could be a contest between CSK spinners and PWI spinners. All the best to Ganguly and his team!

    • sandy276 on April 18, 2012, 19:48 GMT

      It dosen't suprise me that result were Csk won by 5-6 wickets or 30-40 runs Ma players of the match to watch m vijay and s raina. Its hard to say but I spend ma m.... on csk so. ...

    • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 18, 2012, 19:14 GMT

      My PWI 11:- 1.Jesse 2.Uthappa 3.DADA 4.Samuels 5.Smith 6.Mathews 7.Gomez 8.Bhubaneshwar Kumar 9.Rahul Sharma 10.Murali Kartik 11.Ashok Dinda

    • on April 18, 2012, 18:40 GMT

      best of luck dada.. hope u mk a big score n pune wins

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    • on April 18, 2012, 18:40 GMT

      best of luck dada.. hope u mk a big score n pune wins

    • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 18, 2012, 19:14 GMT

      My PWI 11:- 1.Jesse 2.Uthappa 3.DADA 4.Samuels 5.Smith 6.Mathews 7.Gomez 8.Bhubaneshwar Kumar 9.Rahul Sharma 10.Murali Kartik 11.Ashok Dinda

    • sandy276 on April 18, 2012, 19:48 GMT

      It dosen't suprise me that result were Csk won by 5-6 wickets or 30-40 runs Ma players of the match to watch m vijay and s raina. Its hard to say but I spend ma m.... on csk so. ...

    • Unmesh_cric on April 18, 2012, 20:54 GMT

      This match should be interesting. Generally, Chennai pitch assists spinners...so it could be a contest between CSK spinners and PWI spinners. All the best to Ganguly and his team!

    • xylo on April 18, 2012, 21:36 GMT

      "Sourav Ganguly is due for a bigger score, with an average of 12.20 in five games.". CSK will be hoping that will happen, because if that happens, Ganguly would have hogged most of the strike and will have finished with a strike rate of 110 at the most. Gone is the Ganguly of the past.

    • on April 18, 2012, 21:47 GMT

      come on robin uthappa this time try and score a centurion

    • AjitNarayan on April 19, 2012, 1:33 GMT

      Can someone please tell me why some people call CSK over hyped? One semi-final, three finals, two IPL Championships and one Champions League win.

    • pai11 on April 19, 2012, 2:09 GMT

      Big decision for DADA to make in this match. whether he needs M. Samuels to bowl in the remaining IPL matches! If yes, he has 2 options: either dont bowl samuels in this match or let samuels bowl & CSK win; coz otherwise he will be warned again & then he cannot bowl any further in IPL 2012!!!

    • Gizza on April 19, 2012, 2:49 GMT

      @xylo, you're right. An almost 40-year-old Ganguly is more of a burden than a blessing. I think he's just there for marketing purposes.

    • on April 19, 2012, 2:59 GMT

      CSK should promote Badri to opening slot and play Anirudh down the order.. Badri has been wasted so far.. He doesn't come in at all or is wasted.. Vijay should be dropped. He is pathetic this season.