Rajasthan v Chennai, IPL 2012, Jaipur May 10, 2012

Late surge takes Chennai in to top four

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Chennai Super Kings 127 for 6 (Raina 23, Morkel 18*, Anirudha 18*) beat Rajasthan Royals 126 for 6 (Hodge 33, Hilfenhaus 2-8) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

You can't rule out Chennai Super Kings. They are no strangers to wriggling out of a difficult situation, and they did it again in Jaipur, when it seemed their playoff prospects were in peril. The teams, at a crucial juncture in the season, could ill-afford a slip-up, and Super Kings huffed and puffed in a low-scoring chase but made it thanks to a late onslaught from Albie Morkel and S Anirudha. They completely altered the flow of a game heading for a close finish and, with 13 points in the bag, Super Kings broke into the top four.

Royals were favourites when they had Super Kings at 84 for 6 in the 17th over, the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja, caught in the deep, prompting a roar of relief from a usually calm Rahul Dravid. But Super Kings were always in the game with Morkel around, and Anirudha matched him shot for shot as the Royals bowlers buckled under pressure. That surge, which produced 43 off 13 balls, left the home crowd deflated and Royals stunned by the sudden transformation it wrought.

As has often been the case this IPL, the seamers erred at the death, with attempts at bowling yorkers failing miserably to end up as length deliveries. With 41 needed off 21, Morkel launched Pankaj Singh just over the long-off boundary, a mistimed hit carrying all the way. A top-edged four and a single later, the equation was down to 30 required off three overs.

Not even the experienced Shane Watson could maintain Royals' hold. A length ball was smashed over long-on, and Anirudha, having a go himself instead of giving his senior partner the strike, pulled over the midwicket fence before steering a full toss past point for a boundary. Shaun Tait was brought back with 12 needed off 12, but another pitched up delivery was swung towards cow corner. Tait then bowled Anirudha with a perfect yorker, only to find out he'd overstepped, just marginally, before doling out five wides down the leg side to hasten the finish.

Morkel and Anirudha undid an impressive performance from the Royals bowlers for the bulk of the innings; they had given the hosts hope of defending their lowest score this season. Suresh Raina had looked threatening, finding boundaries with effortless ease but his attempt to go over extra cover failed against Pankaj. Michael Hussey and Dwayne Bravo tried to consolidate but the ball was not coming on well enough on a slow track, and the Royals bowlers, especially Siddharth Trivedi, kept the pressure on with their accuracy. Bravo holed out, Hussey was run out, MS Dhoni slashed one to point and Jadeja soon followed. That was until Morkel and Anirudha got together.

Royals' below-par score owed partly to the frustration of having their innings interrupted three times by rain, but largely to some disciplined bowling by the Super Kings seamers, especially Ben Hilfenhaus, that kept the batsmen in check. Hilfenhaus beat the bat often, getting the ball to nip away past the outside edge, and maintained a tight line in the channel outside off. His victims were Dravid and Watson, both caught while trying to accelerate during a troubling spell; Watson was brilliantly taken by R Ashwin, diving forward at third man.

While Hilfenhaus finished with figures of 2 for 8 in four overs, Yo Mahesh backed him up with the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny, out after a brief counterattack. Though Brad Hodge targeted the spinners for a couple of boundaries, and an erratic Bravo was taken for runs, the good work done at the start of the game by Super Kings' bowlers was to serve their middle order well in the end.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Albie - no comments - you are doing,what you usually do, the feather i n the CSK cap but Anirudh - Maannn, you were terrific - we have seen your father send Wasim Akram to the boundary, time and again.. but that was a different format, with much less pressure, i guess... Keep going CSK ...

  • POSTED BY RajCSK on | May 11, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    albie you've done a great job, aniruth you better learn to give the strike to albie... That was no time to prove your worth than winning.

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 11, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    How many of you have heard about Murali Vijay, Ashwin, Badrinath, Jakati, Gony before IPL? Its absolute rubbish to say that CSK does not give opportunity to indian talent. How many youngsters MI or KKR have given opportunity and why are they not criticised? Its because they have not won any IPL. In India success brings criticism and not many can tolerate success of CSK and Dhoni. They are playing with many non super star foreign players like Faf, Bravo, Morkel, Bollinget etc even though they win. Greatest team in all IPL

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 11, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    @ Bruisers - Vijay and Ashwin nternational players? Bwahahahahaha biggest joke of the month. Forget about Vijay, he is'nt worth of discussing about him. Ashwin, except that home seriies against lousy west indies, he has failed to deliver. Bhajji was replaced by another bhajji with no impact at all.

  • POSTED BY sptamil on | May 11, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Last match from the first ball we can able to see Vijay confident but now he tries to secure his position which make him duck. CSK has 7 best batsman but all are afraid of touching the ball . Come on CSK take simple target 3 over 140 strike rate and no dot ball.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | May 11, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    man i had no idea hilf could become a t20 player! best bowler in the world right now without doubt. will he get a world t20 spot competing with the likes of MJ, cummins, pattinson, starc, harris, mckay and tait?

  • POSTED BY paraacbe on | May 11, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Some one here mentioned that CSK not giving chances to young indian talent.Fact is Ashwin got to Indian team after CSK gave him a chance,Badrinath didn't play for India before he played for CSK, Gony was picked for Indian team after CSK gave him a chance.Even Raina was out of Indian team during first season of IPL and began to get noticed after his prolific IPL 2008.Most successfull teams are teams which maintain the core team strength for a long time.The people who are talking this trash either doesn't know cricket or plain jealous of CSK being so successful.May be they want CSK to become like Deccan chanrgers who gave away all the players who won the IPL2 and now at bottom of the pack with worthless Indian bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 11, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    @gotya73 - Vijay and Ashwin were rookie contracts when they started playing for CSK.. So CSK has 'made' 2 good international cricketers out of nowhere.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Poor bowling from Watson cost the match.. Its not the Dravid's thinking which cost the match.. He put his best bowlers for the last 3 overs bu the best did the worse which cost the match.. Its Dravid who used his bowlers promptly and put the check on CSK scoring the runs... With this win CSK got into top 4 but my gut feeling is they will not be making for playoffs, they will definitely loose matches against DD and KKR for sure and RR will definitely make it to playoffs bcoz of their matches against PWI, DC and MI...

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I don't know what MS was thinking when he gave bravo 3 overs and his go to man Ashwin 2. If it wasn't for bravo RR would have got 10-15 runs less and it would have been a mush easier chase; still chasing 127 with the kind of fire power they got they really shouldn't have let the game go till the end. just look at the ease with which Albie & Anirudh scored towards the end they just made a mockery of all the batsmen batted before Kudos!!!!!! Albie & Anirudh they just showed their senior pros how to bat!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Albie - no comments - you are doing,what you usually do, the feather i n the CSK cap but Anirudh - Maannn, you were terrific - we have seen your father send Wasim Akram to the boundary, time and again.. but that was a different format, with much less pressure, i guess... Keep going CSK ...

  • POSTED BY RajCSK on | May 11, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    albie you've done a great job, aniruth you better learn to give the strike to albie... That was no time to prove your worth than winning.

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 11, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    How many of you have heard about Murali Vijay, Ashwin, Badrinath, Jakati, Gony before IPL? Its absolute rubbish to say that CSK does not give opportunity to indian talent. How many youngsters MI or KKR have given opportunity and why are they not criticised? Its because they have not won any IPL. In India success brings criticism and not many can tolerate success of CSK and Dhoni. They are playing with many non super star foreign players like Faf, Bravo, Morkel, Bollinget etc even though they win. Greatest team in all IPL

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 11, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    @ Bruisers - Vijay and Ashwin nternational players? Bwahahahahaha biggest joke of the month. Forget about Vijay, he is'nt worth of discussing about him. Ashwin, except that home seriies against lousy west indies, he has failed to deliver. Bhajji was replaced by another bhajji with no impact at all.

  • POSTED BY sptamil on | May 11, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Last match from the first ball we can able to see Vijay confident but now he tries to secure his position which make him duck. CSK has 7 best batsman but all are afraid of touching the ball . Come on CSK take simple target 3 over 140 strike rate and no dot ball.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | May 11, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    man i had no idea hilf could become a t20 player! best bowler in the world right now without doubt. will he get a world t20 spot competing with the likes of MJ, cummins, pattinson, starc, harris, mckay and tait?

  • POSTED BY paraacbe on | May 11, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Some one here mentioned that CSK not giving chances to young indian talent.Fact is Ashwin got to Indian team after CSK gave him a chance,Badrinath didn't play for India before he played for CSK, Gony was picked for Indian team after CSK gave him a chance.Even Raina was out of Indian team during first season of IPL and began to get noticed after his prolific IPL 2008.Most successfull teams are teams which maintain the core team strength for a long time.The people who are talking this trash either doesn't know cricket or plain jealous of CSK being so successful.May be they want CSK to become like Deccan chanrgers who gave away all the players who won the IPL2 and now at bottom of the pack with worthless Indian bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 11, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    @gotya73 - Vijay and Ashwin were rookie contracts when they started playing for CSK.. So CSK has 'made' 2 good international cricketers out of nowhere.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Poor bowling from Watson cost the match.. Its not the Dravid's thinking which cost the match.. He put his best bowlers for the last 3 overs bu the best did the worse which cost the match.. Its Dravid who used his bowlers promptly and put the check on CSK scoring the runs... With this win CSK got into top 4 but my gut feeling is they will not be making for playoffs, they will definitely loose matches against DD and KKR for sure and RR will definitely make it to playoffs bcoz of their matches against PWI, DC and MI...

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I don't know what MS was thinking when he gave bravo 3 overs and his go to man Ashwin 2. If it wasn't for bravo RR would have got 10-15 runs less and it would have been a mush easier chase; still chasing 127 with the kind of fire power they got they really shouldn't have let the game go till the end. just look at the ease with which Albie & Anirudh scored towards the end they just made a mockery of all the batsmen batted before Kudos!!!!!! Albie & Anirudh they just showed their senior pros how to bat!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY hari040761 on | May 11, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    raina should value his wicket which force others toslow down and last minute surge. Raina should go for lofted shots only after 15 overs. MSD to think twice before selecting Vijay. if badri is fit he will be the best choice otherwise ganapathy vignesh can be given a chance who can also rotate arms and anirudha can also be tried. if hussey find difficult to oush the run rate jadu can open the innings and hussey can come and strengthenthe middle.

  • POSTED BY warewolfbr on | May 11, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    dhoni should step down from captancy for some months....he is running out of ideas...

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 11, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    again csk are playing with murali vijay who will play good in only 1 out of 10 matches .

  • POSTED BY gotya73 on | May 11, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    CSK is only team which never give chance to new talent they have set batsman and bowlers but all other teams give chances to new comers.any take.It's not about winning only exploring also needed to make good cricketers. CSK always planing with half Indian national team player and set of foreign players from last 5 years.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 11, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    A captain is only as good as his team. No matter how much you strategize, plan, if your team members are not able to execute the plan, everything goes to dust. That is what is happening to Dhoni. He might still be a good captain but currently his team is just not capable of executing his plans well including he himself as a batsman. I also suspect that CSK wants to make it a habbit of making a come back from desperate situations now and everytime. May be, it has something to do with valuation for the owners of the team. They may still succeed in the valuation game but not sure if they will succeed in making it to the play offs.

  • POSTED BY sptamil on | May 11, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    fed up being the CSK fan, no batsman confident in this season. We have seven best batsman but none of them tried to hit the ball except Raina. I was happy when Vijay, Hussey, Bravo & Dhoni got out. They never try to hit the ball.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Dhoni totally out of form.It is high time he is rested ( basically dropped ,but nowadays when dropped they say injured ).Let Riana lead.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    CSK badly needs a comprehensive victory in this edition of IPL-5.

  • POSTED BY ChennaiLovesCricket on | May 11, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Well Done Csk !! But Seriously i wonder wattz going on in Msd's head, most of the time he bats as if he wants CSK to loose ,these days as a CSK fan i get jittery when he promotes himself hoping to increase the run rate but actually he lays a foundation for a batting downfall,buckle up MSD and use ur body too for a change

  • POSTED BY Arunachalamssn on | May 11, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Hey guys stop cmenting on DHONI......almost every top order failed ysterday... even the so called Mr cricket struggled.. ...Dhoni wil get back into his form soon...

  • POSTED BY Jammy7427 on | May 11, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Waiting to watch... Alibie vs Morne & Hilfenhaus vs Warner...

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | May 11, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Because of D.Smith MI won the match against CSK. Because of D.Smith's dropping catch of Gayle MI lost the match against RCB. Now it is Hilfenhaus time to turn the table # T-20 CIRCUS

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 11, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    The other day they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and now they snatched victory from the jaws of loss. These kind of wins dont take any team too far. CSK has not been the team they were in earlier seasons. Raina, Dhoni, Badri and Vijay all are failures in batting and we cannot leave them out of the team as well. Ashwin has been a shadow of himself, just forgot how to take wickets. Jadeja is good for 1 six and 1 four every match. So more than half the team are more or less dummies in the team.

    I do not see them going to the play offs. Daredevils and KKR are waiting to gobble them up unless these key players suddenly see a turnaround in their fortunes.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Seriously an Amazing Victory but still csk didnt bat even 50% of their full potential . Jus Read the Names in the Batting Line up Again and it Brings fear to any team , jus that they havent performed well. Tomorrow's match for Csk is very crucial , Take out the openers early and Csk will have a great chance. Go CSK !

  • POSTED BY itscskda on | May 11, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    its business as usual for CSK, Dhoni's quote "MIND GAME WIN MATCHES" - Did that again - All the best CSK - bring home the cup - Cskkkk cskkkk

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Fantastic stuff by csk ..... much needed victory against RR to regain their position to get to playoffs ........ anirudha got the chance & he made use of it in such a magnificent way by scoring 18 of 6 balls....... im sure that chennai will make 3 in a row

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Great CSK, late surge helped post a win but Dhoni tried his best to lose the game. THank God he got out which helped other batsmen to come and bat. Morkel & Anirudha put up a great show. Dhoni's tactic with the bat is not the great, he slows down the game to much, this innings he could not meet bat with ball. If not for Morkel & Anirudha the game was lost already. Mr. Dhoni gear up don't promote yourself so up in the order when the run rate is already so low. Dhoni should have promoted Anirudha at No.4 instead of himself. All the best CSK.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    CSK - THIS IS THE TIME TO KICK OFF ALL THE TEAMS AND TO ENTER INTO THE FINAL PLAY-OFF'S.WE STARTED FROM YESTERDAY AND WE HAVE TO CONTINUE OUR RHYTHM TILL THE FINAL. I WISH U ALL THE BEST FOR THE BALANCE MATCHES AND CONFIDENTIALLY WE WILL DO IT.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | May 11, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Trivedi done the mistake for Rajasthan yesterday, atleast rahane could have avoided it, I mean taking the wicket of Dhoni brought bad fortunes for Rajasthan, it paid way for anirudh and morkel, If dhoni's catch was dropped by rahane rajasthan would have easily won. Realise your mistake Mr.Rahane, its not always the catches win matches its sometimes the crucial drops wins you matches easily.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Bravo was leaking runs from the word 'go'. If seam is Dhoni's choice, Morkel who bowled better should have bowled 4 overs and Bravo one less. Alternatively, when Jadeja, the part time spinner bowled well, Ashwin should have got atleast one or 2 overs more. By persisting with Bravo, 10 plus runs gifted. Dhoni's poor captaincy streak from England tour is continuing.

    And Dhoni's batting.......what to say...he thinks even 100 runs can be scored in last over and till that time batting very leisurely.

    Dhoni should be removed from captaincy and possibly from playing 11. This win despite his horrible captaincy and atrocious batting.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 11, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    For Dhoni, it is better if he stays off cricket for sometime and gets back fresh.. He looks very tired and looks like a person who is forced to play the game.. If Dhoni comes in for chase previously, i would put all my money on him finishing the game even in last ball.. But the current Dhoni looks a guy who is not able to hit the ball off the park and plays too many dots too.. Being a player who has been playing a amount of cricket no one would have dreamt of sometime back, he should be physically tired but the kind of body language he shows, he looks mentally tired too.. Better for him to take good time off and return back when he gets his full charm..

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 11, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Feel so proud the way RR boys play, with almost no resources and but never die spirit. Doesn't matter win or lose, you make your fans feel proud of our team. A big thanks to Rahul Dravid for keeping his legacy alive where other oldies are so obsessed with their own personal gains. Go royals, keep your chins up, and thanks a lot for making a match out of nowhere. Halla Bol!!!!

  • POSTED BY shakrishnan78 on | May 11, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Exciting Match !!!! Albie Morkel played very well and which he did against RCB to take a victory ,Royals under pressure where Pankaj went for 17 and Watson for 18 win is conformed,good Win for CSK they should follow the consistency ageainst DD and KKR to make for play off!! All the best CSK

  • POSTED BY suriaero on | May 11, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    First of all congrats CSK for ur incredible win. Bowling line up looks more or less balanced. Hilfy at top with Yo mahesh and Ashwin coming down to bowl the last few overs gives some edge to MSD in attack. Bravo, albie, jadeja and raina to fill in rest of the 8 overs. Yo Mahesh nice and clean performance, if he can reduce his extras to a minimum it ll be good. The batting line up needs a thinking processes. Vijay should be replaced at any cost. If Faf is playing have badri with him of if Hussey get anirudh at the top. Bravo at no 4? Let MSD comes at 4 with his back prob he can play an anchor role rather than going for shots. Bravo is a great finisher and could lend support to albie lower in the order. Jadeja, I dont know where to fit him. Guys find a suitable replacement for him may be Ganapathi Vignesh. Lets give a chance to Vignesh. Guys find a right balance in the batting.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    CSK is like our Indian (National) Cricket Team who are known for unpredictability. They lose against a relatively weaker team and win against strong team. Any ways, hearty congrats to MSD & Co., on winning the crunch game. They shud believe that they are not only strong on paper but in the field too! They have all the potentials to retain the crown for this time too! Wishing the team every SUCCESS!!!

  • POSTED BY Dev9212 on | May 11, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    I still dont see CSK making to the playoffs there team selection in the initial stages were terrible and they have lost matches which they should have won quite comfortably. RR is lucky that it has two games against teams like DC and PW so they certainly do have a great chance of making it to the final four. I am sure they would be hoping that PW defeats RCB today and does them a favour.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 11, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Felt happy for CSK to win and even more sad to see Royals lose it.. RR and Punjab are two teams that i love this IPL.. They are just pulling above their weights and adding flavor to this edition.. I would just love to have both of them in playoffs at expense of any flashy team.. It was going great for them until the freak part from ever freaky Morkel and sudden attack from Anirudha.. CSK are not the team that looks on paper.. Very very bad battig display from them and they are far far better on paper than what they did on the field.. Luckily for them, some inhibit blasting saved them a couple of games - Against RCB and now.. Though the same thing did them in against MI.. Now they got the break they wanted and will they use it to go to playoffs?

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Last 2 overs wer just amazing !!!!! gr8 CSK... gud contribution between albie nd anirudh ... both AA wer gud ... but NOT RR ( rahul nd Rahane ) !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Finally CSK wakes up to victory! :D

  • POSTED BY MAKMCA on | May 11, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Dhoni Is baffling with his tactics , Not bowling Ashwin his full quota of overs and continuing with BRavo!! , He has this tendency to back up the playes he trust thugh they fail consistently, Bravo should be dropped, Atleast he should come later in the order , and please drop vijay too , Give the other guys in the team a chance , Bring in Suraj Randiv in place of bravo make anirudh to open and for gods shake kepp jakati out of the squad , Pure luck has prevailed in this match untill albie came to rescue ....

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    It's a typical CSK... You can never rule out the defending champs.. DHONI might have not scored this game but remember DHARMASALA last year... He's the best FINISHER in the limited over format..

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | May 11, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Well said @DeekshaSpeaks. Thrilled that CSK won, but the balance of the UNIT is off with so many all rounders, that the batting order is still not right. Bravo should never be coming in so high up the order. The 4 overseas players should be Huss, Bollinger, Hilfenhaus and Morkel. Looking ahead to the DD game, a bowling attack with Bollinger, Hilf, Ashwin with a few overs from Morkel/Jaddu/Raina will keep DD under control. The other concern is obviously Dhoni's own form. He's got free his own mind and start striking the ball.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Sure Dhoni is great........his batting tells it all in the season.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    wow.........just 6 balls played ......some people are giving Anirudha a place in INDIAN team...........and you say selectors are bad.........

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    @SurlyCynic RCB, lol. FYI, they struggle to defend a decent score unlike MI. They are overly dependent on Gayle and ABD. MI atleast have won matches without SRT and Pollard already with contributions from Rohit and Rayudu. RCB has to be lucky to get an easy entry into the semis with weaknesses which are far greater than MI.

  • POSTED BY Antu_Mathiyas on | May 10, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    After 16 over complete, and Dhoni lost his wicket, Immediately i wrote the command on Cricinfo "Since Dhoni got out and Timeout came, matching is going to towards CSK". That is not published on the middle of the commentary, but my thought went the right way. Dhoni's tactics everything went wrong past couple of months, like Gambir told earlier on one-day game, it should be win on 45th over, but he took the game into last ball. Same thing happen today, until Dhoni reach the pitch, everything went normal, and everything went normal after he left the pitch, if he stays one more over on the pitch, then the result should be different way. Aniruth shows his performance previous IPL, but he tested with Saha, but he didn't give chance to Aniruth. Also he has to give chance to another local player instead of Vijay, but he never tested, now it is hard to test end of the Tournament. Unfortunately, there is no alternative for CSK captain, but at least we have alternatives for Indian Team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Dhoni will win for CSK. Earlier an indian wicket keeper was not even considered as a batsman. But Dhoni is keeper nd best batsman in the team. All the best for him leading CSK & India

  • POSTED BY crindex on | May 10, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Enter Aniruddha Srikkanth !!!

  • POSTED BY crindex on | May 10, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Welcome aboard Aniruddha Srikkanth ! Your next stop is in India's T20 team for the World cup 2012 in Sri Lanka. May God bless you all the way !!!

  • POSTED BY DeekshaSpeaks on | May 10, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    The Royals have been the unsung heroes of the tournament, so to speak; of course with Dravid at the helm you never expect to see any sign of flamboyancy or arrogance. Hats off to him for bringing the best out of the mostly unknown Indians in this side. And as for CSK. As long as Morkel's here to dig us out of holes, I'm happy! I can only hope that this is just another of their famous kill-our-fans'-hopes-then-suddenly-pull-a-rabbit-out-of-the-hat-in-the-last-four-matches-and-then-go-on-to-win-the-IPL thing. As long as they're peaking together at the right time, it's all good. However it's still slightly alarming to see them win matches in this shambolic, haphazard fashion : not the CSK we know and love!! The IPL champions of old were clinical, ruthless and they played as a UNIT... I hope to see more of that and less of this madness in the future.

  • POSTED BY GM88 on | May 10, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Albie this time had a good support Anirudh.... They complemented each other's play

  • POSTED BY ElBeeDubya on | May 10, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    CSK have been pulling defeat from of the jaws of victory so they do deserve one or two to go their way. They have also been leaving a bit too much to the end and Dhoni's post-match interview reflects that they are starting to notice it themselves. Dhoni did make the right decision not to bat first since judging the pace of the pitch wasn't easy. Dhoni may want to consider the same tactics against other opponents rather than predominantly choosing to bat first. HILFENHAUS thoroughly deserves the MoM as he exploited the overcast conditions superbly to move the ball and he also got plenty of bounce. When he was bowling, it looked like Perth on the first morning of a Test match on an overcast day! Great comeback and Dhoni's decision to use up his quota at the start was a risk but it worked out well. Re. ANIRUDDA, I hope he won't always go after yorkers when only 6 runs are needed off 11 balls and expect the hawk-like eyes of an umpire to detect no-balls that were only off by millimeters.

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | May 10, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    This time thankfully Delhi has broken into the top 4 since 2009. Would like to see an RR or Kings XI get into the top 4.

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | May 10, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    I dont wanna see the same teams making it to the top 4 each time. Its not good in the long run for the league.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 10, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    @pavillion_bradman: I agree that Ganguly needs to continue playing in the IPL. But I want him to do so because if not, he will get back to his boring commentary and put me to sleep.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | May 10, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    I am wondering that CSK meets the same fate every year,They don't dominate the league table but at the end they manage to play well and win the crunch matches and get into final 4 teams from there they win all of them to finally clinch the title....this story has repeated since last 2 seasons will this happen again?????...lets see.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 10, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    @Alexk400: If you know so much better than the BCCI then why don't you get a job there ? Dhoni is a magnificent person and captain. I met him personally in Mumbai last month and he's a wonderful human being. There is no ego with him. He knows his players well. India got drubbed 8-0 due to poor planning, SENIORS, poor fitness regime etc. Dhoni did his best. He's a champion. The reason the players perform well under Dhoni is because of his calming attitude. By the way, Dhoni played a captain's knock in the finals to win the cup for India. I don't know where you have been looking !

  • POSTED BY skyeshwin on | May 10, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Amazing finish from CSK considering the pitch's behavior and the bowlers they faced. Keep 'em comin'.....

  • POSTED BY Jammy7427 on | May 10, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Tremendous win for CSK!!!! Hope CSK move to the playoff`s with few wins away.. Next two games are very tough opponents to beat ...... CSK would beat them in their style...

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | May 10, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Great to see CSK pull it off in the end, hope they and RCB join DD and KKR in the semis so we can have some exciting teams there. Sad seeing a legend like Dravid scratch around in a lacklustre team, like Ganguly it would be better to remember them at their best not failing to adapt to T20 cricket. CSK have such hitting power down the order you can never write them off.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 10, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Very sad to say the least. Congrats to CSK. Our team played poorly with Dravid leading from the front with his dismal performance both with the bat and with the Captain's hat. Dravid seems to have missed a trick or two. May be Tait could have bowled with 30 more to score in 18 balls. A tight over there with a wicket or so would have put RR right on top. With tense 12 balls to go anything could have happened. Watson didn't have a good night at all. He shouldn't have got to bowl that 18th over. A tactical error. I'm not saying this retrospectively. That's what I immediately thought when Dravid gave it to Watson just after another bowler got hammered for 17 runs. You need to break that momentum of the opponents by bringing in the fiery pace of Tait and take it from there. Dravid keeps learning until he is 50 years old, I guess, the student that he is (no pun intended). Good luck RD. I hope your team makes it to the play-offs. Very sad to say the least.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    So MSD still have the midas touch. Its better to say Albie Morkel is the lucky charm for him.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 10, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    This was a ridiculously poor chase by CSK. Hussey should have been the only anchor with everyone else hurrying up. But all except Raina seem to struggle to go at even a run a ball. Anirudh was impressive, and he along with Morkel, has bailed them out. But much to my disappointment, CSK don't look like going far though this year. I think it will be one of DD, KKR, or RCB.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 10, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    For me dhoni is luckiest chap. Chennai was down and out and his team mates made him winner. Dhoni life is kinda cindrella. But he git too much ego that is why india got drubbed 8-0. I think india need to strip dhoni as captain and player from TEST matches. It is time to give captaincy to gambhir. Sehwag is not good captain because he lack people skill. Every one is different , sehwag thinks everyone like him. He knows his team can win any game if he keep hitting ball on the ground in first 10 over but his brain do not allow that to happen. For me dhoni need to be removed from test matches. I still think he is best captain for one day and t20 matches. I was rating best Indian captain ever ntil india got drubbed 8-0. I blame it 100% on Dhoni. No one else. He did n't keep his team mates happy. He got ego winning world cup stealing thunder from yuvi and gambhir performance. He is kinda leech if you look at it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Hilfy bowled an excellent spell after the last match's horrible last over, great improvisation by the way. Anirudha Srikkanth is Find of this match...! CSK finally 'finished' it well..!

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | May 10, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    I like the fact that you can never write CSK off. They never appear strong on paper or even on the field sometimes but they manage to pull off some incredible wins (and some incredible losses too :/)

  • POSTED BY K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on | May 10, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Hard luck RR :( I missed Hogg Badly :(

  • POSTED BY pavillion_bradman on | May 10, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Dhoni played like Ganguly today but he had Albie Morkel and Aniruddha to win it after him (40+ runs in 22 balls). poor Ganguly didn't have that kind of fire power. So MSD gets away with critism and SG scapegoated ( BTW PWI vs MI track was a stinker.SRT can vouch that). Albie did that not too long ago against RCB.RR is doing great!

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | May 10, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    RR lost their nerve against DD and today against CSK. The fate of such a team lies in the bottom five.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    What a bowling performance from the CSK,its up to the batsmen now,the best ever spell from hilfy,love to seee csk thrash rajasthan and the other teams to qualify for play offs

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  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    What a bowling performance from the CSK,its up to the batsmen now,the best ever spell from hilfy,love to seee csk thrash rajasthan and the other teams to qualify for play offs

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | May 10, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    RR lost their nerve against DD and today against CSK. The fate of such a team lies in the bottom five.

  • POSTED BY pavillion_bradman on | May 10, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Dhoni played like Ganguly today but he had Albie Morkel and Aniruddha to win it after him (40+ runs in 22 balls). poor Ganguly didn't have that kind of fire power. So MSD gets away with critism and SG scapegoated ( BTW PWI vs MI track was a stinker.SRT can vouch that). Albie did that not too long ago against RCB.RR is doing great!

  • POSTED BY K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on | May 10, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Hard luck RR :( I missed Hogg Badly :(

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | May 10, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    I like the fact that you can never write CSK off. They never appear strong on paper or even on the field sometimes but they manage to pull off some incredible wins (and some incredible losses too :/)

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Hilfy bowled an excellent spell after the last match's horrible last over, great improvisation by the way. Anirudha Srikkanth is Find of this match...! CSK finally 'finished' it well..!

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 10, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    For me dhoni is luckiest chap. Chennai was down and out and his team mates made him winner. Dhoni life is kinda cindrella. But he git too much ego that is why india got drubbed 8-0. I think india need to strip dhoni as captain and player from TEST matches. It is time to give captaincy to gambhir. Sehwag is not good captain because he lack people skill. Every one is different , sehwag thinks everyone like him. He knows his team can win any game if he keep hitting ball on the ground in first 10 over but his brain do not allow that to happen. For me dhoni need to be removed from test matches. I still think he is best captain for one day and t20 matches. I was rating best Indian captain ever ntil india got drubbed 8-0. I blame it 100% on Dhoni. No one else. He did n't keep his team mates happy. He got ego winning world cup stealing thunder from yuvi and gambhir performance. He is kinda leech if you look at it.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 10, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    This was a ridiculously poor chase by CSK. Hussey should have been the only anchor with everyone else hurrying up. But all except Raina seem to struggle to go at even a run a ball. Anirudh was impressive, and he along with Morkel, has bailed them out. But much to my disappointment, CSK don't look like going far though this year. I think it will be one of DD, KKR, or RCB.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    So MSD still have the midas touch. Its better to say Albie Morkel is the lucky charm for him.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 10, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Very sad to say the least. Congrats to CSK. Our team played poorly with Dravid leading from the front with his dismal performance both with the bat and with the Captain's hat. Dravid seems to have missed a trick or two. May be Tait could have bowled with 30 more to score in 18 balls. A tight over there with a wicket or so would have put RR right on top. With tense 12 balls to go anything could have happened. Watson didn't have a good night at all. He shouldn't have got to bowl that 18th over. A tactical error. I'm not saying this retrospectively. That's what I immediately thought when Dravid gave it to Watson just after another bowler got hammered for 17 runs. You need to break that momentum of the opponents by bringing in the fiery pace of Tait and take it from there. Dravid keeps learning until he is 50 years old, I guess, the student that he is (no pun intended). Good luck RD. I hope your team makes it to the play-offs. Very sad to say the least.