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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  • 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).

  • dummy4fb 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 :)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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....

  • dummy4fb on May 5, 2012, 5:22 GMT

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

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