Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Chennai May 4, 2012

Chennai go fourth with tough win

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Chennai Super Kings 160 for 6 (du Plessis 42) beat Deccan Chargers 150 for 5 (White 77) by 10 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Their batsmen did not set Chepauk alight, nor did their bowlers destroy the opposition, but Chennai Super Kings fought hard on a demanding pitch to earn a victory that helped them claw back into the league's top half. Their top-order made nugget-sized but swift contributions that ensured Super Kings reached a competitive target despite an end-over slowdown, after which their bowlers prevented Cameron White's solitary straining at the reins from saving the night for Deccan Chargers. It was a gritty, unspectacular win, but one that ensured they did not drop points against the IPL's bottom-placed team.

The turnaround for Super Kings, however, came via a stroke of luck. White and Shikhar Dhawan had kept Chargers on course by reaching 77 for 1 in the 11th over, when White drove the ball hard at Dwayne Bravo, the bowler. The ball thudded into Bravo's hand and deflected a long way on to the stumps, catching Dhawan backing-up much too far. There was no luck involved in Kumar Sangakkara's dismissal, though, when Suresh Raina lunged to his right to grab a firm drive with the fingertips of his outstretched hand. Daniel Christian took time to settle in and Chargers scored only 26 between overs 11 and 15 for the loss of two wickets. They needed 59 off the final five and run scoring was significantly harder as the ball got older.

Two more economical overs drove the equation up to 47 off 18 balls, when White swung Ravindra Jadeja far over long-on and long-off, and then through backward square leg, to give Chargers hope. With 27 needed off 10 deliveries, though, Jadeja's accurate throw to Dhoni from the deep ran out White for 77, snuffing out Chargers' last hope. Perhaps the most relieved man on the field was Albie Morkel, who had dropped White first ball.

Chargers had themselves to blame for their seventh defeat in ten matches. Their fielding has been shocking through the tournament and today's performance was typical. Amit Mishra dropped Faf du Plessis on 10; he went on to top-score for Super Kings with 42. In the final over, Ankit Sharma and Parthiv Patel failed to call for a catch off Bravo and conceded two runs off that delivery. The next ball went for six and the last two for two each. In a format of small margins, Chargers were generous once again. They could have been chasing 140 instead of 160.

At one stage, however, Super Kings' top order was building a platform for 180. M Vijay, who opened because Michael Hussey was replaced by Ben Hilfenhaus, flung his bat around before he was caught early, but there were brisk partnerships between the rest. Raina and du Plessis added 64 in 7.2 overs, the highlight being Raina, who took six balls to score, pulling and hooking Veer Pratap Singh for consecutive sixes.

In the end, the acceleration did not come. After scoring at a healthy clip for the majority of their innings, and despite sending the strongest in their arsenal upfront, Super Kings did not find that end-over propulsion. In fact, they slowed down: having made 118 for 3 in 14 overs, Super Kings scored only 42 off the final six, but it was ten too many for Chargers.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY koolramesh on | May 5, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Here is an interesting stat fot MSD: The top 3 teams in the table have slow fileder(s).

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    @hari040761 I agree with everything u said. Good observations. I was thinking the same things too. We've got a wonderful team. Hopefully we'll perform upto the potential and reach the playoffs again. After that it's luck :)

  • POSTED BY niceguy1977 on | May 5, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Dhoni should learn how to play T20 cricket, he is wasting deliveries in the middle overs and getting out at the end without any improvement. Its due to his poor batting tactics that CSK are in situation like this. If he thinks that he is more capable, let him open the innings and score like Sehwag, Gambhir and Gayle. He is just an mere waste.

  • POSTED BY RajCSK on | May 5, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    CSK batting line up is not what it looks. It could collapse pathetically. We should cement the batting side by taking hussey and leaving bravo.

  • POSTED BY hari040761 on | May 5, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    IT IS GOOD TO SEE CSK WON THE MATCH. BUT THE TEAM SHOULD CORRECT THE FOLLOWING OTHERWISE IT WILL BE DIFICULT TO REACH FIRST FOUR. 1. SHOT SELECTION - AGAIN WRITING THE SAME. TIMING , PLACING IS MOST IMPORTANTAND THAN POWER. THE WICKETS OF DHONI, JADEJA, RAINA, ALBIE AND DROPPED CATCH OF BRAVO SHOWS THAT THE BATSMEN NOT SEEN THE BALL AND WENT FOR BIG SHOT. THEY SHOULD LEARN FROM WHITE HOW TO PLAY THE SHOT EFFORTLESSLY OVER THE BOWLERS HEAD OR CLEARING THE ROPE. IF YOU CLEAR THE ROPE YOU WILL GET SIX RUNS EVEN IF YOU CLEAR BY 70MTRS OR 110MTRS. 2. BOWLING CHANGE - THE 17TH OVER WAS VERY CRUCIAL BUT WS GIVEN TO JADEJA WHICH BACKFIRES 18RUNS. EVEN ALBIE HAD ONE OVER, ASHWING HAD ONE. DHONI SHOULD BE BIT CAUTIOUS.3. APPRECIATION TO DHONI - THE CAPTAIN COOL DON'T SHOW ANY EXPRESSION WHILE COLLECTING THE BALL WHILE RUNNING OUT WHITE. IF HE SO, WHITE SHOULD HAVE BEEN RUSHED OR DIVED. COUPLE OF TIMES HE DID SO. 4. JADDU CAN OPEN AND VIJAY CAN COME FOR SLOG OR TYAGIOR JOGINDER GIVEN A CHANCE

  • POSTED BY Slesh on | May 5, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    If you look @ stats when Christian is there, DC never wins...all 7 defeats came when he wasnt there.. Simply a overated player... DC wont understand this..what else to say...

  • POSTED BY raza24 on | May 5, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    CSK wasn't consistent so far in this edition of the IPL.DC could have won it,if someone supported Cameron White.Unfortunately he was the only fighter for them.Even though DC lost the match,MOM should have been White on his sensational performance on a sluggish & slow Chennai pitch.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | May 5, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    csk team is like Bangalore rain.Unpredictable. After all these matches only DD seems to be the perfect team. They are a good batting, bowling & fielding unit. KKR seems to be next best. Good captaincy and leading by example (Rahul Dravid) along with Rahane's batting has converted RR from a bunch of no goodies to fighters. Punjab are doing well under David Hussey. After the early highs, PWI seems to have fizzled out. RCB is a two men show (Gayele & ABD). MI is a one man show (Malinga). DC - no show. period.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    @PFEL MOM selctd based on d man who really made d team win not simply scoring runs...@Theultimate truth..wat u said s correct....

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    wowww @rsurya U got a great Humour sense keep it uP Lol :P

  • POSTED BY koolramesh on | May 5, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Here is an interesting stat fot MSD: The top 3 teams in the table have slow fileder(s).

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    @hari040761 I agree with everything u said. Good observations. I was thinking the same things too. We've got a wonderful team. Hopefully we'll perform upto the potential and reach the playoffs again. After that it's luck :)

  • POSTED BY niceguy1977 on | May 5, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Dhoni should learn how to play T20 cricket, he is wasting deliveries in the middle overs and getting out at the end without any improvement. Its due to his poor batting tactics that CSK are in situation like this. If he thinks that he is more capable, let him open the innings and score like Sehwag, Gambhir and Gayle. He is just an mere waste.

  • POSTED BY RajCSK on | May 5, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    CSK batting line up is not what it looks. It could collapse pathetically. We should cement the batting side by taking hussey and leaving bravo.

  • POSTED BY hari040761 on | May 5, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    IT IS GOOD TO SEE CSK WON THE MATCH. BUT THE TEAM SHOULD CORRECT THE FOLLOWING OTHERWISE IT WILL BE DIFICULT TO REACH FIRST FOUR. 1. SHOT SELECTION - AGAIN WRITING THE SAME. TIMING , PLACING IS MOST IMPORTANTAND THAN POWER. THE WICKETS OF DHONI, JADEJA, RAINA, ALBIE AND DROPPED CATCH OF BRAVO SHOWS THAT THE BATSMEN NOT SEEN THE BALL AND WENT FOR BIG SHOT. THEY SHOULD LEARN FROM WHITE HOW TO PLAY THE SHOT EFFORTLESSLY OVER THE BOWLERS HEAD OR CLEARING THE ROPE. IF YOU CLEAR THE ROPE YOU WILL GET SIX RUNS EVEN IF YOU CLEAR BY 70MTRS OR 110MTRS. 2. BOWLING CHANGE - THE 17TH OVER WAS VERY CRUCIAL BUT WS GIVEN TO JADEJA WHICH BACKFIRES 18RUNS. EVEN ALBIE HAD ONE OVER, ASHWING HAD ONE. DHONI SHOULD BE BIT CAUTIOUS.3. APPRECIATION TO DHONI - THE CAPTAIN COOL DON'T SHOW ANY EXPRESSION WHILE COLLECTING THE BALL WHILE RUNNING OUT WHITE. IF HE SO, WHITE SHOULD HAVE BEEN RUSHED OR DIVED. COUPLE OF TIMES HE DID SO. 4. JADDU CAN OPEN AND VIJAY CAN COME FOR SLOG OR TYAGIOR JOGINDER GIVEN A CHANCE

  • POSTED BY Slesh on | May 5, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    If you look @ stats when Christian is there, DC never wins...all 7 defeats came when he wasnt there.. Simply a overated player... DC wont understand this..what else to say...

  • POSTED BY raza24 on | May 5, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    CSK wasn't consistent so far in this edition of the IPL.DC could have won it,if someone supported Cameron White.Unfortunately he was the only fighter for them.Even though DC lost the match,MOM should have been White on his sensational performance on a sluggish & slow Chennai pitch.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | May 5, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    csk team is like Bangalore rain.Unpredictable. After all these matches only DD seems to be the perfect team. They are a good batting, bowling & fielding unit. KKR seems to be next best. Good captaincy and leading by example (Rahul Dravid) along with Rahane's batting has converted RR from a bunch of no goodies to fighters. Punjab are doing well under David Hussey. After the early highs, PWI seems to have fizzled out. RCB is a two men show (Gayele & ABD). MI is a one man show (Malinga). DC - no show. period.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    @PFEL MOM selctd based on d man who really made d team win not simply scoring runs...@Theultimate truth..wat u said s correct....

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    wowww @rsurya U got a great Humour sense keep it uP Lol :P

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | May 5, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    @cricstorm If dhoni opens and plays till the end then CSK will end up at 120 runs.(given dhoni plays a bit aggressive) otherwise 80 or 90 is achievable.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 5, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    @PFEL Raina was MoM for his quick scoring, great fielding, and that important Sanga wicket. I don't think there is any bias against Intnl players -- they have been MoM several times before. I do agree White would have been a good choice too. The only knock against him is he didn't see DC through.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Yes as a comment which mentioned earlier, Parthiv Patel is almost like nothing in the team. His only job in early matches was wicket keeping. There are some other keepers in DC who can bat well even. Probably some changes to be made for the rest of the tournament. Wishes for DC...

  • POSTED BY kk91 on | May 5, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    dhoni should promote himself and badri should b replaced he is not fit for T20.dhoni and badri are of same type both are not going 4 big shots so one of them should sit out.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 5, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Deccan chargers must drop daniel christians. He is playing worse than local domestic indian players

  • POSTED BY Kumar_cricket on | May 5, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    If DC fielded well enough and take thier catches ,they might have restricted CSK to 130 or 140. Instead of CSK win, DC dropped this match.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    The figures dont present the full picture... For example, Raina was MoM because his performance was most crucial in CSK's win... he scored a good 32 and took out Sanga.... Also, Vijay was in solid batting form prior to getting out... I predict a big score from him in the next few matches...

  • POSTED BY Sheela on | May 5, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Deccan Chargers Vs. Chennai - DC lost the match rather than Chennai winning it. Once again Suresh Raina threw his wicket away after doing all the hard work. He should try to play almost through the innings especially in view of other's inability to have the opposite bowlers by the scruff of their necks in spite of being in comfortable position. The failure of Dhoni, Jadeja etc. in consecutive matches is terrible. Hope DC, Pune etc. up their games and put better performances.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | May 4, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    How was Raina man of the match? It makes no sense. guy made 32 runs and took a wicket in his only over. compared to White making 77. Who cares if he was on the winning team if he wasn't the best player. Is there a rule that overseas players can't be man of the match, and I have just missed it? IF so that would make sense that White/Du Plesses didn;t get it and Raina did.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Time to say good bye to Parthiv Patel. He has been a flop in every IPL team he played for. Why not try someone else? Sunny Sohal opened for DC last year. I am guessing maximum two more wins for DC and that means bottom of the table. And these two possible wins are because of Cameron's return to form.

  • POSTED BY Mano2004 on | May 4, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    't CSK batting order be like this??1. Hussey/ Duplessis 2.Dhoni (openers).3.Raina.4. Jadeja.5.Bravo.6.Morkel.7. Hilfenhaus.8.Ashwin.9. Yo Mahesh.10. JakatiShouldn

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    THE CSK CRICKET TEAM IS ERRATIC AS ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN CHENNAI YOU NEVER KNOW HOW THEY PERFORM ON A GIVEN DAY.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 4, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Lot of people criticizing Sangakkara's captaincy and his flop with the bat, but in all reality, the problem lies with fielding. I have never seen such sloppy fielding from a single team in any tournament in my life. I'm pretty sure Deccan averages somewhere between 3-5 dropped catches per match, and thats not even talking about other aspects of fielding. When Sangakkara said the foreign players needed to step up, he was talking in fielding, because most of the misfields are coming from local Indian players. Oh well, given how close many of Deccan's games were, I'm pretty sure if they had even average fielding, they would have been a sure thing for the semis

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Bravo...bravo!! 12 runs in 4 balls.An important runout....Beautiful bowling except for his 1st over! As usual a professional Ttrinbagonian performance aka Pollard,Narine and Cooper.Go IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    I think it's a good move to drop Bollinger. He's been out of form for a long time now. Also, His blowing is not that effective like it used to be. CSK's biggest concern would be Murli Vijay's recent form. They desperately need a batter *Indian opener.

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | May 4, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    CK just managed to sneak through here. Cameron White was lazy in his running to the other end and totally underestimated the fielder and had to pay the price which cost the team. With DC's fragile batting, what more could you expect from them? CK were atrocious in their batting but excellent in their fielding apart from the 1st ball drop of White by Bravo. CK need to take matters seriously and play out of their skins going forward Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    i am a supporter of DC and i thnk DC lacks an allrounder, christian is an inconsistent allrounder.. he is never consistent, DC needs someone like james hopes in their.. hopes is consistent..

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    All d best DC..........limit csk to manageble total.....

  • POSTED BY venkat82p on | May 4, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Its going to be difficult for CSK to make thru 2012 IPL unless they include in bollinger in the playing, its because of him they one a tight match recently and only after his inclusion CSK started to win IPL.Im very surprised to see dhoni dint analyse this

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  • POSTED BY venkat82p on | May 4, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Its going to be difficult for CSK to make thru 2012 IPL unless they include in bollinger in the playing, its because of him they one a tight match recently and only after his inclusion CSK started to win IPL.Im very surprised to see dhoni dint analyse this

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    All d best DC..........limit csk to manageble total.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    i am a supporter of DC and i thnk DC lacks an allrounder, christian is an inconsistent allrounder.. he is never consistent, DC needs someone like james hopes in their.. hopes is consistent..

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | May 4, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    CK just managed to sneak through here. Cameron White was lazy in his running to the other end and totally underestimated the fielder and had to pay the price which cost the team. With DC's fragile batting, what more could you expect from them? CK were atrocious in their batting but excellent in their fielding apart from the 1st ball drop of White by Bravo. CK need to take matters seriously and play out of their skins going forward Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    I think it's a good move to drop Bollinger. He's been out of form for a long time now. Also, His blowing is not that effective like it used to be. CSK's biggest concern would be Murli Vijay's recent form. They desperately need a batter *Indian opener.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Bravo...bravo!! 12 runs in 4 balls.An important runout....Beautiful bowling except for his 1st over! As usual a professional Ttrinbagonian performance aka Pollard,Narine and Cooper.Go IPL.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 4, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Lot of people criticizing Sangakkara's captaincy and his flop with the bat, but in all reality, the problem lies with fielding. I have never seen such sloppy fielding from a single team in any tournament in my life. I'm pretty sure Deccan averages somewhere between 3-5 dropped catches per match, and thats not even talking about other aspects of fielding. When Sangakkara said the foreign players needed to step up, he was talking in fielding, because most of the misfields are coming from local Indian players. Oh well, given how close many of Deccan's games were, I'm pretty sure if they had even average fielding, they would have been a sure thing for the semis

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    THE CSK CRICKET TEAM IS ERRATIC AS ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN CHENNAI YOU NEVER KNOW HOW THEY PERFORM ON A GIVEN DAY.

  • POSTED BY Mano2004 on | May 4, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    't CSK batting order be like this??1. Hussey/ Duplessis 2.Dhoni (openers).3.Raina.4. Jadeja.5.Bravo.6.Morkel.7. Hilfenhaus.8.Ashwin.9. Yo Mahesh.10. JakatiShouldn

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Time to say good bye to Parthiv Patel. He has been a flop in every IPL team he played for. Why not try someone else? Sunny Sohal opened for DC last year. I am guessing maximum two more wins for DC and that means bottom of the table. And these two possible wins are because of Cameron's return to form.