Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors, Chennai April 19, 2012

Chennai hold nerve in tight game

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Chennai Super Kings 164 for 5 (du Plessis 58, Badrinath 57, Samuels 3-39) beat Pune Warriors 151 for 7 (Mathews 27, Kulasekara 2-10) by 13 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chennai Super Kings raised their game in front of their home supporters to even the score with Pune Warriors, to whom they had lost five days ago. Warriors needed 21 off the last over, achievable by this tournament's standards, but couldn't finish the job. The Warriors had their moments with the bat but couldn't sustain their partnerships, thanks to some sharp catching and miserly death bowling by the hosts.

On a pitch with variable bounce, and the sapping humidity to deal with, it was a commendable effort by Super Kings' Faf du Plessis and S Badrinath to stage the first century opening stand of the season, 116. The surface was slow, and as a result, the openers used their feet against the seamers to get to the pitch of the ball.

Du Plessis was dropped early in his innings - albeit a tough chance - but he continued to look positive, lofting Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the second tier over long-on and then chipping down the track in a 14-run over, the costliest in the first half of the innings. He had another let-off on 40, when he went down the track to Marlon Samuels and was beaten by the low bounce, only for the wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa to fluff a stumping. Luck was on his side again the following over, when on 51, he attempted a quick single to cover, turned back and dived at the crease. The third umpire studied several replays but gave du Plessis the benefit of the doubt as he wasn't convinced that the bail was completely off the groove before he made his ground.

Badrinath vindicated the decision to replace the out-of-form M Vijay at the top by getting a fifty of his own. He was circumspect against the spinners, and didn't always find the right timing, especially with the slog. But three consecutive boundaries off Bhuvneshwar fast-tracked him to his half-century.

The Warriors then clawed back by getting rid of the pair in the next over. Both fell in similar manner, holing out to Angelo Mathews trying to slog. It wasn't the worst thing to happen for Super Kings as MS Dhoni helped his team bash 39 off the last three overs, which included a helicopter-shot for four which nearly cleaned out the bowler and umpire, and a six which cleared the roof.

The Warriors were halted in their chase by some terrific catching by Super Kings, starting with Robin Uthappa's early departure. He spliced it to mid-off where R Ashwin timed his dive and plucked it inches from the ground. Jesse Ryder pulled Nuwan Kulasekara to deep midwicket where Dwayne Bravo followed up his diving catch with a dance. A couple of overs later, Badrinath had to cover a lot of ground to catch a skier to send back Manish Pandey.

Prior to Pandey's fall, Sourav Ganguly had just knocked 18 off a Doug Bollinger over which featured three pleasing boundaries to the on side. However, the spinners applied the stranglehold in the next five overs, as the run-rate dropped from 8.83 to 6.50. Marlon Samuels broke the rut with two boundaries off Shadab Jakati and a top-edged six off Bravo, but the slower pace of Ashwin led him to spoon a catch to short cover. Warriors needed 68 off 40 when he departed, but they were leaving the rest to their last recognised pair.

Steven Smith and Mathews failed to bisect the gaps in the field, as the Warriors managed just two boundaries in the last eight overs. Super Kings threw themselves around in the field, and the bowlers, importantly, didn't dish out full tosses to give the batsmen any chance. Bollinger conceded just four and took a wicket in the penultimate over, and Bravo's slower balls in particular made the task tougher for Super Kings.

Though the century stand set them up to a competitive 164, Dhoni's final blaze made the difference in a evenly fought contest.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 20, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    pune was really unlucky to lose out ... were going toe to toe against csk until the final over , where everything went haywire . hope they bounce back in the next game , which would be a might ask (against Delhi Daredevils)

  • secondopinion on April 20, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Mr. Kataria, you are not right that Dhoni has the best Indian team. 6-7 years back, India had much younger Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Harbhajan, Agarkar etc at their peak. Ganguly helped India to come out of the mess of Azhar and inability of Sachin to lead a team. Dhoni's success in World Cup was in Indian soil, not the same as winning in England or coming second in RSA. Dhoni took over when Australia was in decline with retirements of key players, England finding its feet, Pakistan in its usual turmoil. These things helped India become world number 1, for a very short time.

  • secondopinion on April 20, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Amazing that people still think Ganguly is a great captain. In first IPL, he had Gayle, David Hussey, Umar Gul, Hodge, McCullum apart from Agarkar, Murali Kartik, Dinda, Ishant Sharma, himself... next seasons KKR had Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Owais Shah, Tiwary... and even then KKR were clueless. Ganguly's anxiety to prove himself put every player under stress and made them look second-rate. He claims leadership quality when players do good, but refuses to take responsibility when players don't do well.

  • on April 20, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    i see a big Dada -Dhoni debate going on here though i am a fan of MSD too ,i will just say one think Ganguly was the best captain of the Indian team and dhoni is the captain of the best India team (at least when he took over)

  • squarepeg on April 20, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    The turning point was the series of dropped catches. Bo point expecting Ganguly to play a match-winning inning any more. His T20 batting record is there for all to see, one of the worst strikerates for top order batsmen. Just check Dravid's this year strike rate, and Dravid was deemed to be unfit for this format. Ganguly doesn't dare to bowl any more; and his fielding is plain unacceptable. Yes, he is still an excellent captain. May be it will be better if he comes middle order and plays in the normal slow overs between 10-15, when spinners bowl. PWI has no one who can replace him, unfortunately.

  • soumya3412 on April 20, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    LOOK AT THE SITUATION FROM WHERE GANGULY TOOK CAPITANCY OF THE INDIAN TEAM AND THEN YOU ALL WILL REALISE HIS CONTRIBUTION. HE MADE THE INDIAN TEAM TO WIN FROM NOT TO LOSE STATE OF MENATALITY.

  • pai11 on April 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @G. Sri: he tore apart dougie in 1 over.. but still ended up with strike rate less than 100!! no one here is questioning what Dada did in past. no second thoughts that he was the best captain for India. but everything has a time limit. kapil was the best fast bowler India has produced till now. but does that mean he can still play? past glories dont count for anything. when dada was in form he was a treat to watch... @ Arindam: had he stayed till end??? mate in that case anyone could tell that had Ryder, Uthappa stayed till end, PWi could have won. that is not valid point. @ Hound Hounder: any player will lose the confidence of his team mates in case he doesn't perform. I am sure Dada must not let this happen. @nani_chow: fancy words will not make a player great. performance will- that too current and not the past performance!

  • on April 20, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    I hate to bring this topic but can't help seeing some comments with minimal cricketing logic. It was heartening to see the captaincy vote between Dhoni and Dada during the match. On guy last captained India 7 years ago, retired 4 years ago. Plays only 20 days of cricket a year. The other has won the world cup a go ago, plays 300 days a year., and still a captain of India. Remember, people on the net are mostly new generation, unaware of Ganguly heorics and more familiar with Dhoni - but still Dada beat Dhoni! Indian people is not that forgetful! They haven't forgotten Dada and his contributions, and the wretched Dada haters get one thing straight! - he scores or not - just seeing him in the field enlivens millions of Indians - and he should play just for that.

  • paritoshroy on April 20, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    To all Dada haters: I understand you!! His misfields are a treat to watch... not to mention the way he gets out edging to the slip like it's some religious duty he must perform. Sorry Ganguly, you're free rides are over. You can't always rely on good performances by players who've created the impression that you're a good captain. While I support CSK I must say it's become a lame team. Yesterday's match was ample proof. They struck a century opening partnership but took time to try to accelerate and when they finally did they failed. Luckily Dhoni hit some runs which made the difference.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 20, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @nani_chow: at this rate, they might still go to the bottom of the table under your favorite dada!

  • on April 20, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    pune was really unlucky to lose out ... were going toe to toe against csk until the final over , where everything went haywire . hope they bounce back in the next game , which would be a might ask (against Delhi Daredevils)

  • secondopinion on April 20, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Mr. Kataria, you are not right that Dhoni has the best Indian team. 6-7 years back, India had much younger Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Harbhajan, Agarkar etc at their peak. Ganguly helped India to come out of the mess of Azhar and inability of Sachin to lead a team. Dhoni's success in World Cup was in Indian soil, not the same as winning in England or coming second in RSA. Dhoni took over when Australia was in decline with retirements of key players, England finding its feet, Pakistan in its usual turmoil. These things helped India become world number 1, for a very short time.

  • secondopinion on April 20, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Amazing that people still think Ganguly is a great captain. In first IPL, he had Gayle, David Hussey, Umar Gul, Hodge, McCullum apart from Agarkar, Murali Kartik, Dinda, Ishant Sharma, himself... next seasons KKR had Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Owais Shah, Tiwary... and even then KKR were clueless. Ganguly's anxiety to prove himself put every player under stress and made them look second-rate. He claims leadership quality when players do good, but refuses to take responsibility when players don't do well.

  • on April 20, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    i see a big Dada -Dhoni debate going on here though i am a fan of MSD too ,i will just say one think Ganguly was the best captain of the Indian team and dhoni is the captain of the best India team (at least when he took over)

  • squarepeg on April 20, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    The turning point was the series of dropped catches. Bo point expecting Ganguly to play a match-winning inning any more. His T20 batting record is there for all to see, one of the worst strikerates for top order batsmen. Just check Dravid's this year strike rate, and Dravid was deemed to be unfit for this format. Ganguly doesn't dare to bowl any more; and his fielding is plain unacceptable. Yes, he is still an excellent captain. May be it will be better if he comes middle order and plays in the normal slow overs between 10-15, when spinners bowl. PWI has no one who can replace him, unfortunately.

  • soumya3412 on April 20, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    LOOK AT THE SITUATION FROM WHERE GANGULY TOOK CAPITANCY OF THE INDIAN TEAM AND THEN YOU ALL WILL REALISE HIS CONTRIBUTION. HE MADE THE INDIAN TEAM TO WIN FROM NOT TO LOSE STATE OF MENATALITY.

  • pai11 on April 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @G. Sri: he tore apart dougie in 1 over.. but still ended up with strike rate less than 100!! no one here is questioning what Dada did in past. no second thoughts that he was the best captain for India. but everything has a time limit. kapil was the best fast bowler India has produced till now. but does that mean he can still play? past glories dont count for anything. when dada was in form he was a treat to watch... @ Arindam: had he stayed till end??? mate in that case anyone could tell that had Ryder, Uthappa stayed till end, PWi could have won. that is not valid point. @ Hound Hounder: any player will lose the confidence of his team mates in case he doesn't perform. I am sure Dada must not let this happen. @nani_chow: fancy words will not make a player great. performance will- that too current and not the past performance!

  • on April 20, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    I hate to bring this topic but can't help seeing some comments with minimal cricketing logic. It was heartening to see the captaincy vote between Dhoni and Dada during the match. On guy last captained India 7 years ago, retired 4 years ago. Plays only 20 days of cricket a year. The other has won the world cup a go ago, plays 300 days a year., and still a captain of India. Remember, people on the net are mostly new generation, unaware of Ganguly heorics and more familiar with Dhoni - but still Dada beat Dhoni! Indian people is not that forgetful! They haven't forgotten Dada and his contributions, and the wretched Dada haters get one thing straight! - he scores or not - just seeing him in the field enlivens millions of Indians - and he should play just for that.

  • paritoshroy on April 20, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    To all Dada haters: I understand you!! His misfields are a treat to watch... not to mention the way he gets out edging to the slip like it's some religious duty he must perform. Sorry Ganguly, you're free rides are over. You can't always rely on good performances by players who've created the impression that you're a good captain. While I support CSK I must say it's become a lame team. Yesterday's match was ample proof. They struck a century opening partnership but took time to try to accelerate and when they finally did they failed. Luckily Dhoni hit some runs which made the difference.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 20, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @nani_chow: at this rate, they might still go to the bottom of the table under your favorite dada!

  • Ajithdada on April 20, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Every Dada fans love ganguly more than cricket because of his courage, leadership, capable of forming new team and win overseas matches,( Dhoni does not match any of this qualities).. Dhoni had grown only bcoz of the base work done by dada.. Ganguly will stay ever in the million hearts forever. Love Dada

  • on April 20, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    only fools n who follow only IPL can rate msd over dada....

  • nani_chow on April 20, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    who is hating ganguly, i think they dont know cricket... he will impose power in team,he is a legend,fearless tiger.. though sachin fears abt captain position,but dada never fear about that role..royalty is in his blood....SURE THEY WILL REACH SEMIS under dada... if any one other than DADA as a captain for PWI, i think they are in bottom at pounts table..

  • Tipu606 on April 20, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Tamim is still warming the bench Not a single game played!! the question is why did he sign up for Pune Warririors? is it not a wastage of time?

  • on April 20, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @pai 11 everyone plays to win.... and the point is ganguly is still leading a team which is on the top half of the table. he's not the top class batsman nymore.... but he's still got the impact on the field as a captain.... and his "will" to lead a team is keeping them on the upper half of the table

  • on April 20, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Pune is doing not much wrong for most of the matches. 9 out of 10 teams would defend 21 in the last over and score 40 in last 4 overs with 5 wickets in hand - just the two things that could have made it 5 wins in 6 matches for Pune. And for Sourav, is there anybody on earth who could tell him just one thing -- Forget all the negative publicity by the influential parts of sports media. the cricket-loving public is with you! Given the touch still you have, just bat for 60 balls in a match - one-day style (not even the so-called 'ga-ga' T20 style) with no regards to the strike rate (it will automatically fall in place) - and you'll see your team wins all the matches. We lost yesterday for only one reason - had Ganguly stayed till the end, we would have won.

  • on April 20, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    i deplore on misjudgement of ganguly . sir after winning the toss who the hell advised you to field first in that venue poor chap

  • Srini_Indian on April 20, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    To all Dada haters: Do you guys have any cricket knowledge? Pune lost 3 wickets early and i thought Dada played well, he tore apart Dougie in 1 over. I can't get where the hatred arises as Dada is the prime reason why India had Zak, Sehwag, Harby, Yuvi and many others. Dada built the team which performed well in overseas soil. Dhoni is reaping the rewards of Dada. Sachin maybe a better player than Dada but Dada made more contribution to Indian cricket than Sachin. First learn to respect our Indian legends and appreciate their value to our team.BTW, i am from Chennai and a serious Dravid fan.

  • pai11 on April 20, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @ Hound Hounder: the "will" to play "will" not win games for PWI. performances "will". Is Ganguly "will"ing to let his bat do the talking or "will" he continue to display a poor performance... "will" wait and see..

  • praveen4honestremark on April 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    If CSK can continue this momentum it can win IPL-V. I am hoping CSK to win this cup. This is an a real test for Dhoni and also it will help Dhoni to get his confidence back after he wins this cup. A winning trophy in any format can make you confident, so if CSK wins India will have good chance in world t20 cup that to be held shortly. Go Dhoni go, Marshall your troops well and get that confidence and form.

  • on April 20, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop: I fully agree with you. There is no doubt whatsoever about Dhoni's potential, and all those fools who start criticizing him on his failures should first learn more about the game and then open their mouth. Also, there is no doubt that Dada has been one of the best captain, and a very good leader with amazing motivating power. So, he should definitely continue playing and hopefully get PWI to top 4 this time.

  • pai11 on April 20, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    just one question... SIR ravindra jadeja made a new hair-style with "CSK-cut". why this suddenly? he never did this previously.. is he so happy to play for CSK? or is to impress someone (read CSK owner who has a good post in BCCI)

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 20, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Chill guyz..... PWI has more 10 games to come and they need 6 matches to win for qualifying semis.....n remember PWI has 4 home games so lets cheer for PWI .

  • kingcobra85 on April 20, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    haha that drop catch by ganguly was hilarious

  • rohanblue on April 20, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    gnguly is only hype, bt dhoni is style, passion, skill, awesomeness, nd i m frm kolkata......

  • satanswish on April 20, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    CSK is not the best of the team but Pune is pathetic team led by overaged horse.

  • atacheema on April 20, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Sometimes I get irritated by the bright yellow colour of the superkings uniform :/..lol

  • KK_Cricket on April 20, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Luke Wright definitely deserves a go ahead and even Parnell for that matter.. Samuels hasn't been able to do much with the bat and can be replaced.. And for sure Ganguly needs to step down.. catches dropped, misfieldings.. Chennai would have been restricted to 150 and his decision of giving Samuels the last over backfired too.. would have persisted with Matthews as he is a smart bowler with variety... Chennai's bowling looks very ordinary... Wonder if they will win another 4-5 matches in this tournament...

  • elcamino89 on April 20, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    The second last phrase of the article should say tougher for Pune Warriors.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on April 20, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    IYER AND NICEGUY1977 commented in last match that Dhoni is useless and he should be dropped from csk , he has no skills and always believes in luck and thanks for ruining csk!! Where are you guys now? 28 of 12 on a track where it was difficult to hit, doesn't that requires skills? Or was it also luck? Taking chennai to semifinals in all the 4 editions so far, winning 2 and runner ups in 1 , is all that plain luck? He has ruined CSK? Ohhh cummon, blaming someone in such a way is atrocious! Or you guys comment only when you get a chance to CRITICIZE?? :P just get rid of this blind hatred and be a true fan!!

  • on April 20, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Last i say why pune call Tamim.... just fill up the foreign cota or fill up back bench ... or u pune didn't managed Tamim batting position.... if it is right .... i m also we bangladesh nd all supporter proud Tamim decision no compromise selfish or Ego minded people we bangladeshi rocks nd Tamim always rocks hat off Tamim \m/

  • on April 20, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    J. Ryder = 5 match run 131 best 73* Jellyfish Ganguli = 6 match 85 run best 24 :P

    So i just say Gangu..... u always Danguli bangle player right now hahaha =))

  • Bishu_XI on April 20, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is supposed to be a match winner, a finisher but in yesterday's match his intent to win was missing. He never tried to cut lose. Although the bowling was good but it was not impossible to play shots. They have wasted the 16th over (Jadeja's) taking only 5 runs. It is always difficult to hit Bollinger in the death overs. They should have targeted the other bowlers. For the next match I pray Dinda is back and he should replace B.Kumar. Luke Wright could be a better option than Angelo.

  • on April 20, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    @Gorky Shaw is Samuel not a good bowler and good batsmen ?he took 6 wick and 1 man of the match in 5 matches he also scored some runs on his account he took some time settle i agree but on his day he is dangerous like Gayle ...against bangalor his bowling figure is 2-0-5-1 against Gayle and kohli

  • truthhh on April 20, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    dada your time is over,youngster's time is now&we cannot blame for Mathews!!

  • on April 20, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    ganguli.........plz retire now before pune drop u like kkr

  • Vivekaks on April 20, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    If ganguly is playin purely as a tactician, then i think he shud quit captaincy and play the role of the coach or mentor. His fitness is jus not meant for cricket anymore...not that he was any light footed in his heydays... Dada, trust me you have nothing to prove. the country still loves you for wat u did. please dont cut a sorry figure and leave ur fans in despair. Step away and the adulation will only increase. Tendulkar is a natural athlete...to an extent so is Dravid.. It was really saddening to see him trip while trying to take the catch....

  • Bruisers on April 20, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Sourav, give Luke Wright a chance in place of Mathews in the next match.. He is definitely a better all rounder in this format.

  • on April 20, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    hmm... the people against ganguly.... shud understand... its not the age.... its the will to play.... pune had a good team last year as well but couldn't win one.... ganguly has some impact on the field.... which makes the players perform.... and the guys backing tamim...... chill..... he's like another foreign player.... he will be played if required.... ryder's a different class...

  • on April 20, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    all chennai supporters & Dada Haters, why are you blame about dhoni's captaincy & his batting at the time of chennai loses. dont comment always favour to your favorite player. still Ganguly has more captaincy than dhoni & Yesterday also not getting regular boundaries except last over onething he is usain bolt to get doubles instead of singles because of runnin ability. one more thing you guys no need tell Dada to retire, he just played in IPL and produce some talents from Indian Younsters.Go and tell this to Sachin who blocks the place of talents like Rahane,Pujara,etc in Indian team.

  • sunny_bakka on April 20, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    once again proved dhoni with his bat and captaincy

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 20, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    I think Jesse Ryder should be benched here on. Tamim needs to get a game to at least show what he's capable of. I mean Jesse got 5 games right ? there is no harm in replacing him now. Also, DADA is too old. He needs to grab that retirement plan and pension soon. He might have been a great player for India but it HURTS to watch him bat now. It's like a comedy act.

  • chathuradil on April 20, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Very selfish performances once again from Mattews. He has been showing this even playing from the SL. Only concern about this carrier averages. He didn't go for the hunt til the last over, where he has failed.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 20, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Atrocious batting by Angelo and Steve. 1 boundary in the last 7 overs. Well, just one boundary crossing stroke in the last 42 deliveries???!!!! Kidding me?? What do you expect? Sorry for Ganguly. Dada has to rethink about the team composition seriously.

  • gannyboy on April 20, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Solid start given by Badri and Faf du Plessis this is what CSK are good at putting up a score of 150 plus and then defending it all they need is a solid start and really disappointed with Manish Pandey I just hope he does not turn out to be another Rohit Sharma. Dada you cant bat in the top 4 you need to come lower down the order as simple as that.

  • Romenevans on April 20, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Ganguly is liability on this pune team, not an asset.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 20, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    @Gorky Shaw -- totally agree with you mate! You're a genius and you've a real cricket thinking brain. Probably the best Pune Warriors fan. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  • AjitNarayan on April 20, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Not the easiest pitch to play on. I don't know why people are complaining about strike rates.

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 20, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Dhoni suggested in the post-match presentation that batting was difficult early on because the pitch was dry and turning. May be that explains why Badri and Faf could not accelerate. But, CSK cannot afford to go as slow as they did. Being 68 for no loss after 10 overs and not accelerate even after that for several more overs is very, very costly. Raina and all others were under pressure right away when they came in. It was fortunate they had Dhoni's blitz at the end. That's very poor planning. It was PWI's ineptness that helped CSK win. The score was under par. For PWI I agree with the comments about allrounders, who are under performing in both bowling and batting. Tamim is certainly worth a try. And, Parnell is not a bad bat besides being a real bowler.

  • on April 20, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    dada should retire and sit at home lolz

  • on April 20, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    The difference of last overs was of 11 runs - Chennai scored 18 and PWI scored 7. That's where the difference was made. I felt PWI is out of luck today but they played well considering they are playing Chennai at Chennai. The next match is going to be even more tough as it's against DD in Delhi. Even PWI loses that, I am not going to trash them ...

  • dmqi on April 20, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Ganguli's poor and other new players below par batting has caused several marginal defeats. They should be in the dressing room and able batsmen sitting on the sideline should play. Does the management understand?

  • on April 20, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Agree with baranasai .....................

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 19, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Very poor batting from Pune Warriors. Dada failed again. I think, he is too old to play.

  • on April 19, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    TAMIM IQBAL IS THE ANSWER TO PUNE'S QUESTIONS!!!

  • hossain75 on April 19, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Dada need to retire. He is not a good captain. Tamil is better opener than others and better batsman than him.

  • singhrahulrnc on April 19, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Although CSK wins but I cant understand the strategy employed by them...Look at the 1st wicket partnership the run rate was around seven...With so many wickets left they should have accelerated better,thanks to last over flourish by MSD...Badrinath should not be send as an opener instead they should try Saha and give him licence to go after bowling...With the teams having great death bowling CSK will suffer badly as they could not accelerate well in earlier matches...also they have to plan their strategy as the game progresses in the middle...I have a feeling that they leave it for too late,this strategy will not always work in t20 matches...They have to attack the weaker bowler or part time bowler....

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 19, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    its better for ganguly to be a non-playing captain than a non-performing captain!

  • on April 19, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Mathews failed to find the boundary. He did not even try till the last over, at which point he was dismissed. I guess this pretty much proves his utility. I would drop the 'allrounders' Mathews and Samuels who are wasting balls while batting and giving away runs while bowling, and bring in Tamim and Parnell, a proper batsman and bowler. And an allrounder is already there, being unused. Smith can bowl! Please PWI, put some serious thought into the team selection next time. Best wishes.

  • on April 19, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I dont agree with u M. Baransai. Badri also played as well as Du plesis in this match

  • on April 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    InSaLlaH PunE WaRrioRs WilL BouNcE BaCk juSt WaitIng 2 sEe WhEn LukE WriGht aNd T IquBal WiLl GeT a ChanCe But thEy MiSs Dinda ...

  • on April 19, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Poor show by PWI. I think DADA is captaining very well except he is not contributing with BAT/FIELDING. He needs to bat down the order. SMITH should play up the order. I don't see what value MATHEWS brings to PWI with his current form. PANDEY and UTHAPPA should be cautious in short selection, otherwise PWI will be the last team in the table. DADA should retire from IPL after this season. He has lost all his hard hitting batting power and fitness where T20 needs a player to fire with the BAT and fly on the field.

  • Diark on April 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    @baranasai-Ever heard of pacing the innings?.In cricket,basic logic is to punish bad balls while staying clear of good balls.And ranji type of plays do not work here?.Do you know who is leading the run scoring table?.Guess how he started off........

  • Sprstr7 on April 19, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    I want DHONI's men to win the IPL-2012 as this will greatly boost the captain cool's morale and confidence as we have a T20 WC coming in September 2012.. GOOD LUCK TEAM CSK

  • TRAM on April 19, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    I can understand Badri playing slowly because he is Mr. Technical. Also he lacks the muscle power to hit big shots. But why DuPlessis is playing so many dots? Except Raina, seems like every one is getting selfish. We know even Dhoni will play very slow in his initial overs.

  • shrastogi on April 19, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    It is a tad slow pitch and humidity is sapping but I thought Both Faf Du Plassis & Badrinath were a bit slow. They reminded me of Boycott & Brearley in the world cup final in 1979. Chennai has posted a more than competitive total and PW would have to be at its best to get it. My bet is Chennai but if they lose you know who to blame.

  • on April 19, 2012, 16:24 GMT

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  • fr600 on April 19, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    I'm sure I'll see dada fail again.

  • baranasai on April 19, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    The way Badrinath has stared the innnings Chennai are going to loose the match/He is not a 20/20 player he is trying to play ranji trophy match here/it is not going to work/he will be sent out like Murali vijai/ it is atrocious scoring 1 run per over doing nothing/rather give a chance to another budding player/after wasting so many balls he will get out for a very low score and put the pressure on others like Dhoni/time he is given the boot/i think most people will agree with me if not disagree

  • swaroop677 on April 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    does DINDA catches any injure from last match?

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  • swaroop677 on April 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    does DINDA catches any injure from last match?

  • baranasai on April 19, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    The way Badrinath has stared the innnings Chennai are going to loose the match/He is not a 20/20 player he is trying to play ranji trophy match here/it is not going to work/he will be sent out like Murali vijai/ it is atrocious scoring 1 run per over doing nothing/rather give a chance to another budding player/after wasting so many balls he will get out for a very low score and put the pressure on others like Dhoni/time he is given the boot/i think most people will agree with me if not disagree

  • fr600 on April 19, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    I'm sure I'll see dada fail again.

  • on April 19, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    dhoniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shrastogi on April 19, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    It is a tad slow pitch and humidity is sapping but I thought Both Faf Du Plassis & Badrinath were a bit slow. They reminded me of Boycott & Brearley in the world cup final in 1979. Chennai has posted a more than competitive total and PW would have to be at its best to get it. My bet is Chennai but if they lose you know who to blame.

  • TRAM on April 19, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    I can understand Badri playing slowly because he is Mr. Technical. Also he lacks the muscle power to hit big shots. But why DuPlessis is playing so many dots? Except Raina, seems like every one is getting selfish. We know even Dhoni will play very slow in his initial overs.

  • Sprstr7 on April 19, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    I want DHONI's men to win the IPL-2012 as this will greatly boost the captain cool's morale and confidence as we have a T20 WC coming in September 2012.. GOOD LUCK TEAM CSK

  • Diark on April 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    @baranasai-Ever heard of pacing the innings?.In cricket,basic logic is to punish bad balls while staying clear of good balls.And ranji type of plays do not work here?.Do you know who is leading the run scoring table?.Guess how he started off........

  • on April 19, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Poor show by PWI. I think DADA is captaining very well except he is not contributing with BAT/FIELDING. He needs to bat down the order. SMITH should play up the order. I don't see what value MATHEWS brings to PWI with his current form. PANDEY and UTHAPPA should be cautious in short selection, otherwise PWI will be the last team in the table. DADA should retire from IPL after this season. He has lost all his hard hitting batting power and fitness where T20 needs a player to fire with the BAT and fly on the field.

  • on April 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT

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