Deccan v Bangalore, IPL 2012, Hyderabad May 20, 2012

Steyn, Duminy help Deccan knock out RCB

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Deccan Chargers 132 for 7 (Duminy 74, Vinay 3-22) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 123 for 9 (Kohli 42, Steyn 3-8, Ashish Reddy 3-25) by 9 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Royal Challengers Bangalore imploded in their most crucial match of the season and failed to qualify for the playoffs after choking in a low-scoring chase. Their defeat in Hyderabad allowed Chennai Super Kings to hang on to fourth spot at the end of the league stage.

Deccan Chargers scratched to 132 on a slow pitch, but their bowlers and fielders lifted the gloom of their campaign with a performance that brought the tournament's most intimidating batting line-up to its knees. Chargers, who spent most of the season languishing at the bottom, left Pune Warriors holding the wooden spoon and moved to eighth spot.

The game was Royal Challengers' to lose. A target of 133 should not have been too daunting for their top heavy batting line-up. The chase had several turning points - Chris Gayle's dismissal, Dale Steyn's first three overs and Virat Kohli's rush of blood, to name a few. Steyn was unplayable with figures of 4-0-8-3, but crucially, he found support from the slower bowlers. Amit Mishra took two in an over to set Royal Challengers back and Ashish Reddy frustrated the batsmen with slower balls in the final stages.

Gayle has largely determined Royal Challengers' fortunes this season, by combining big hits with longevity at the crease. He has, on occasion, started sedately before embarking on a boundary barrage. Today Gayle batted as though he was determined to finish in ten overs, pounding 24 in Manpreet Gony's first over, the second of the innings.

In the third, Gayle had to face Steyn, bowling at serious pace. After ducking under a short ball aimed at his head, Gayle tried to make room by moving towards leg and bottom edged another fast short ball on to his stumps. Steyn then had Tillakaratne Dilshan lbw in his next over, and Royal Challengers were 40 for 2 when Saurabh Tiwary retired hurt after straining a hamstring in the sixth.

An overthrow that cost six runs was the only major blip on an unusually good day in the field for Chargers. Duminy's leaping catch at short cover to get rid of AB de Villiers was an example of their improvement. The tension was palpable in the Royal Challengers camp as de Villiers walked back, because their tail began at No.7.

Tiwary returned in the tenth over after Mishra's double-strike. He and Kohli kept Royal Challengers in the hunt during their brisk stand of 46, which came at 7.45 runs an over. The plan seemed to be to knock off as many as possible before Steyn returned for his final over. Kohli swung Ashish Reddy over long-on but a repeat of that shot the following ball found the fielder. A furious Kohli swung his bat at thin air in frustration.

Steyn returned to knock down Zaheer Khan's middle stump to round off another dream spell. The game was all but sealed for Chargers as the asking rate proved too demanding for Royal Challengers' tail. Kohli sat at the dug out with his pads on, hands on his face, wondering what could have been.

Besides Steyn, Chargers had another South African to thank - JP Duminy. The two-paced pitch produced attritional cricket and Chargers struggled to score at six an over. Duminy did his best to compensate for the failures of his other overseas colleagues with a late surge, pounding five sixes in an aggressive half-century.

Only two boundaries were scored in the Powerplay overs, which produced just 23 runs. By the end of the tenth over, the score was an underwhelming 47 for 3. Duminy, who began watchfully, hit the first of his five sixes when he heaved R Vinay Kumar over long-on in the 16th over. He hit three more in a single over from Muttiah Muralitharan, which cost 20. His knock was valuable in getting Chargers to a middling total on a slow pitch. It turned out to be enough.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY rasiramesh on | May 22, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings (CSK) might have won DD & KKR in the league stage surprisingly. David Warner (DD) has not batted well & though Sunil Narine (KKR) bowled well, CSK were able to win those league games against them. CLT20 2011 Match Facts: Match 1: Trinidad & Tobago (123-8) vs Chennai Super Kings (111/6). CSK lost by 12 runs. Man of the Match: Sunil Narine (T&T): 3/8 (4 Overs) Match 2: New South Wales Blues (201/2) vs Chennai Super Kings (155/10). CSK lost by 46 runs. Man of the Match: David Warner (NSW): 135*(69) But considering the above match facts of CLT20 2011, both players will make a terrific comeback. So CSK cannot escape in Play-offs. Since both DD & KKR are already wounded & either of these team will revenge them in Qualifier 2, if CSK beats MI in Eliminator. Oops, but winning MI is a mammoth task in Eliminator, since 2 times this season MI have humiliated CSK & how come they can face DD & KKR. So 23rd May 2012 will be CSK's last game for season 2012. So, Bye, Bye CSK!

  • POSTED BY prabaharanaece on | May 22, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    All i can say is if CSK is under performing to their best and still make it to playoffs .. watch out guys. when lions start to roar other teams need to find a hiding place.. we have seen the glimpse of brilliance against DD though.. such a performence is what is requried to make it a hatrick..

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Four teams fought for a single place in the play-offs. Chennai finished there league games little bit earlier than the other three competitors. Yet, with the opportunity in their hands to be in the play offs, the three teams failed and HOW, miserably !!!!

    Dont say that its about luck. Its about the attitude. RCB relied too much on Gayle and AB. KXIP has the coky attitude off the field, without any firepower on the field. RR, I doubt, did they have any plans at all ?!

  • POSTED BY GSP17 on | May 22, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Common CSK.. show one more time we are the champions...

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Law of averages will catch up with DD and KKR and CSK will end up winning the tournament. Oh, the irony!

  • POSTED BY Karai on | May 21, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Cmon CSK!!!!!!!!...Lion always looks lazy, but the crazy fact is that they are the King of forest. Now its the time to show how to play in playoffs to other teams.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Hi I am a big fan of CSK, for your info...Csk struggled almost in all ipl to make to semis..or playoff..in the first ipl they won 4 out of 4 games. and after that they won only 4 games out of 8 games to make it semi... similarly they managed to place in the semi of 2009 ipl they qualified only in the last leaque match.... As you know in third ipl, they qualified in the last league match against punjab where they need 193 to win that match, but they manage to do it in the last over by MSD, IPL 4 also ups and downs, but they made it.... In all IPL they are not convincingly made it semis or playoff.... but only semis and play off they convincingly won the matches...... Similarly this year ipl also went for csk, below stats..tell u

    2008 Chennai Super Kings *14 8 6 0 0 16 -0.192

    2009 Chennai Super Kings 14 8 5 0 1 17 0.951

    2010 Chennai Super Kings *14 7 7 0 0 14 0.274

    2011 Chennai Super Kings 14 9 5 0 0 18 0.443

    2012 Chennai Super Kings 16 8 7 0 1 17 +0.100

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 21, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Its only disappointing because we can longer se Chris Gayle this year and feel bad for Vinay Kumar who always bwls his heart out

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 21, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Gayle should have respected Steyn, he knows it now. Dilshan had no chance against Steyns opening spell, he showed it when he tapped him after that away swinger delivery to Gayle. If Gayle survived that Steyn over and got hold of Gony in next over the match could have got over in 15 overs.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | May 21, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Some men are determined to win and some are DESTINED to win. Lucky MSD is one of those who are destined to win.

  • POSTED BY rasiramesh on | May 22, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings (CSK) might have won DD & KKR in the league stage surprisingly. David Warner (DD) has not batted well & though Sunil Narine (KKR) bowled well, CSK were able to win those league games against them. CLT20 2011 Match Facts: Match 1: Trinidad & Tobago (123-8) vs Chennai Super Kings (111/6). CSK lost by 12 runs. Man of the Match: Sunil Narine (T&T): 3/8 (4 Overs) Match 2: New South Wales Blues (201/2) vs Chennai Super Kings (155/10). CSK lost by 46 runs. Man of the Match: David Warner (NSW): 135*(69) But considering the above match facts of CLT20 2011, both players will make a terrific comeback. So CSK cannot escape in Play-offs. Since both DD & KKR are already wounded & either of these team will revenge them in Qualifier 2, if CSK beats MI in Eliminator. Oops, but winning MI is a mammoth task in Eliminator, since 2 times this season MI have humiliated CSK & how come they can face DD & KKR. So 23rd May 2012 will be CSK's last game for season 2012. So, Bye, Bye CSK!

  • POSTED BY prabaharanaece on | May 22, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    All i can say is if CSK is under performing to their best and still make it to playoffs .. watch out guys. when lions start to roar other teams need to find a hiding place.. we have seen the glimpse of brilliance against DD though.. such a performence is what is requried to make it a hatrick..

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Four teams fought for a single place in the play-offs. Chennai finished there league games little bit earlier than the other three competitors. Yet, with the opportunity in their hands to be in the play offs, the three teams failed and HOW, miserably !!!!

    Dont say that its about luck. Its about the attitude. RCB relied too much on Gayle and AB. KXIP has the coky attitude off the field, without any firepower on the field. RR, I doubt, did they have any plans at all ?!

  • POSTED BY GSP17 on | May 22, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Common CSK.. show one more time we are the champions...

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Law of averages will catch up with DD and KKR and CSK will end up winning the tournament. Oh, the irony!

  • POSTED BY Karai on | May 21, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Cmon CSK!!!!!!!!...Lion always looks lazy, but the crazy fact is that they are the King of forest. Now its the time to show how to play in playoffs to other teams.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Hi I am a big fan of CSK, for your info...Csk struggled almost in all ipl to make to semis..or playoff..in the first ipl they won 4 out of 4 games. and after that they won only 4 games out of 8 games to make it semi... similarly they managed to place in the semi of 2009 ipl they qualified only in the last leaque match.... As you know in third ipl, they qualified in the last league match against punjab where they need 193 to win that match, but they manage to do it in the last over by MSD, IPL 4 also ups and downs, but they made it.... In all IPL they are not convincingly made it semis or playoff.... but only semis and play off they convincingly won the matches...... Similarly this year ipl also went for csk, below stats..tell u

    2008 Chennai Super Kings *14 8 6 0 0 16 -0.192

    2009 Chennai Super Kings 14 8 5 0 1 17 0.951

    2010 Chennai Super Kings *14 7 7 0 0 14 0.274

    2011 Chennai Super Kings 14 9 5 0 0 18 0.443

    2012 Chennai Super Kings 16 8 7 0 1 17 +0.100

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 21, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Its only disappointing because we can longer se Chris Gayle this year and feel bad for Vinay Kumar who always bwls his heart out

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 21, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Gayle should have respected Steyn, he knows it now. Dilshan had no chance against Steyns opening spell, he showed it when he tapped him after that away swinger delivery to Gayle. If Gayle survived that Steyn over and got hold of Gony in next over the match could have got over in 15 overs.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | May 21, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Some men are determined to win and some are DESTINED to win. Lucky MSD is one of those who are destined to win.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | May 21, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Why so much hate towards CSK?! They or their luck is in no way responsible for KXP, RR and RCB's losses. CSK still remains the only team to make it to the semis in every one of the IPL editions. I feel sorry for those who rejoiced prematurely about CSK's exit.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    CSK AGAIN!!!! WHY THIS KOLAVERI DI?????

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    same here..i m a big CSK supporter & live in bangalore & lot of my colleagues were teasing me when CSK lost to Kings XI punjab but today they are not even picking my phone. GO CSK GO

  • POSTED BY kmgnath on | May 21, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    RCB could have won easily and got into top four,...its just cricket. CSK is not in great form, Hussy should play at 5 not opener. Raina should play sensibly...Jadeja not in great of forms so bring in badri to open. +ve about Jadeja is he can field and bowl. MSD has to raise his game and come up the order. Anirudh is waste in this team.. Murali Vijay got into some form lately...if Raina, MSD, Hussey, Morkel and Bravo get into some form...which they can at any give time and day, CSK can make any team run for their money. They had some bad performances...earlier...they need to raise as a team..

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

    what a waste of 700 runs of gayle rcb could not even avoid aggressive spell of styne

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | May 21, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Disgusting that Chennai Super Kings has got through to the last four because of some other team - not their own merit.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    it's all about every team how it performed. next IPL SHOULD BE LIKE SUPER 6 TYPE. NO ONE HAS TIME TO WATCH 72 MATCHES.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Why you people are crying for CSK's luck. What luck? When CSK finished their outing, RCB and RR had two matches each on hand and KXII Punjab had one match on hand. When they have enough time to execute their plans, why can't they win those matches and qualify for the playoff? In fact RCB and RR were beaten by the bottom ranked DC and KXI Punjab was beaten by a second level team fielded by DD. In IPL V a deserving team which could not make it to the playoff is DC. There were four 180 + scores which could not be defended by them, otherwise they would be in the playoff.

  • POSTED BY sajidrock on | May 21, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    welcome back in the tournament CSK, your luck is wid you, CSK was no where in the tournament after there loss to Punjab but there luck was wid them and hence ow they are in back in the tournament. One thing is sure that if CSK beat MI then no one can stop them from lifting the trophy. Now CSK should play wid a good side, they should drop Jadeja and bring back Badrinath back, Hussey's return have given them a confidence, Dhoni has to play his captain inning to lift the trophy same as he did in World Cup final against the Sri-lankan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    FOR ALL THOSE WHO HATE "CSK":

    Guys its just a game and we all love it and support our favorite teams.. No need to hit @ anybody, if u have the guts face them in the play-offs !!!

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | May 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    When Mumbai wins in last over or last ball, it is their luck but when CSK wins in last over or last ball (against RCB/KKR for e.g.) it is their fighting spirit.

  • POSTED BY marmao on | May 21, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @ Abul Hasnat Khan what are U on about.... The 4 best ( on the basis of points/ NRR) teams are in the playoffs. I suggest you stop thinking of teams being lucky / unlucky. They are all for a reason in the top 4

  • POSTED BY athem79 on | May 21, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Strange . . Howcome CSK always makes it among the top 4 . . .

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    DALE STEYN- what a fantastic bowler he is..for me, he is the best bowler of this edition of IPL...be it raw pace, amazingly tight lines and lengths both at the start and at the death of innings....who can forget that over he bowled to RICHARD LEWI (MI) regarded as the over of the IPL...

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    i m a big CSK supporter & live in bangalore & lot of my colleagues were teasing me when CSK lost to Kings XI punjab but today they are not even picking my phone. GO CSK GO

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 21, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    RCB if not for freakish hittings from Gayle and ABD, might have ended even last.. Do they deserve a slot in playoffs? RR did play more than their strength but never looked dominant once Rahane gets out.. KXIP is the team which looked promising enough to be in playoffs but unfortunately they had to pay for the late arrival of Azhar.. CSK whereas, at their worst form managed to get 17 points and stay ahead of other teams which couldn't manage a single win in MUST-WIN games and their fans say CSK is lucky and doesn't deserve to be in playoff.. Its not CSK's fault to play out their games earlier.. In fact, its easy for other teams as they knew what they need to do to get into playoff but can't accomplish it and get there.. CSK did stay on top and the other incapable teams faltered when it mattered.. Simple..

  • POSTED BY Zen21 on | May 21, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @Samson Simpleman---in big games like this sachin malinga will not play their roles - MI will go back to Mumbai, not Chennai!

  • POSTED BY VarunDhruv on | May 21, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    CSK was already in the 4th position at the end of their 16 matches....so it was upto RR, KXIP , RCB to win their matches ( and they knew exactly what they had to do to get there) and dislodge CSK and claim their spot for the palyoffs....so pls stop saying CSK got to the playoffs, thanks to RR, KXIP or RCB

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    From now on......it is going to be........CSK will beat MI and then DD. In the final CSK is likely to lose. KKR deserves to the title holder and not CSK as per performance so far.

  • POSTED BY Pavan_15 on | May 21, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    How can people take it for granted that if RCB defeats the toop team DD , then i cannot lose to any other team what so ever???...How INSANE it would be!! I mean it is just on that day which ever side holds its nerves and plays well will win!! That is the definition of the game. Deccan chargers have been very poor fielding side which let them down in the league but they looked a lot more professional in fielding against RCB!! Take look at the catch of AB taken by Duminy!! RCB have always been dependent on Gayle and AB. Apart from them i dont see any batsman even kohli winning maches for RCB when gayle and AB failed in this league. So that is how it stays...DC played exceptionally well to restrict RCB ..

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Fastest and technical bowler of world.

  • POSTED BY NatarajR on | May 21, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Its RCB's over confidence and they also under estimated Deccan's potential that costed them from booking their Playoff spot in this IPL. CSK played well to beat Daredevils and KKR which showed their strength and capability to win crucial games. CSK lost to Kings XI and on the same day when RCB beat Daredevils, it created an impression that RCB will cruise into the Playoffs by just defeating Chargers which did not happen. Thats the huge blunder that RCB created. They were trying to go for big shots in a match where taking the singles could have helped them win the match. This is where Gayle and the entire team fails every season. Mind game always wins. Thats why MSD has always been successful in IPL making it 5 in a row to the playoffs. Now MSD knows how to win the remaining games. There can't be much excitemet even if CSK wins the remaining matches and take a hatrick.

  • POSTED BY raj_che on | May 21, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    for all those people who say CSk is lucky..they have come to the plaoffs with superior run rate and this has got nothing to do with luck. They won matches much more comfortably than RCB, period!!! CSk is a far better side than RCB, they have capable players who can all contribute to victory, not like RCB who are purely a one man army, its like 'get out chris gayle get the match'. It is much better for IPL to have CSK in the playoffs than having RCB.

  • POSTED BY Zen21 on | May 21, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    All three teams - RCB,RR & KXP made a huge mistake!! Now No one can stop CSK...this Champion by destiny will play to their colors and keep the trophy for 3rd Year!

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | May 21, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Yea . . . my prophesy (play Dilshan and lose, play McDonald and win) was 50% fulfilled, unfortunately, because I really love the RCB players and they add such excitement to the tournament, especially Gayle and De Villiers. If McDonald played, an RCB win would, of course, not have been a given, at all, but I still believe RCB's chances would have been infinitely better to pull a win off. The RCB management and many others believed in Dilshan, I didn't . . . so it goes.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Regardless of the teams in playoff , RR was the team who played like champions. Unlike RCB who are very much dependent on Gayle and AD , Each and Every batsmen of RR contributed (Rahul , rahane , Shah , Watson) and same was with the bowlers. DD and KKR was are in the playoffs coz of the way they played and rest two are coz of the luck they carried.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | May 21, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Steyn!!! What a bowler he is? to me he is far ahead of malinga stuff... he got a nice action, speed and control to knock anybody in the world. it is previlage to see him bowling in 145+ kph. it was his payback to RCB. before that RCB`s ABD smashed steyn for 20 odd runs in an over. Now he got his revenge for that. As a CSk fan i thank steyn and duminy for their super performance. Luck favours brave. Let`s go and kickout MI from this league as soon as possible. there is no God in cricket. To me dravid did better than sachin in test matches.

    DD vs CSK in final would`ve been a cracker..Dhoni vs Sehwag.

    Come on C S K ........

  • POSTED BY MAK123 on | May 21, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Reminds me of the 1992 World Cup in Australia. Go on CSK, pick up that Cup:-)

  • POSTED BY jhovee on | May 21, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    CSK needed to do the following to win against MI...a) Team 11: 1. Murali Vijay 2. Mike Hussey 3. Du plessis 4. Suresh Raina 5. MS Dhoni 6. Badrinath 7. Ashwin 8. Bravo 9. Jadeja 10. Hifenhaus 11. Yo Magesh..... b) Field first .....c) If couple of wickets go down early, badri should be in 4th down!

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Excellent spell of fast bowling no doubt.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    As a DC fan, I felt the team had more potential and talent than the scores showed in the end. There were quite a few close matches in the tournament, which could have gone anyway (but for the dropped catches), it would have been closer. Had we held on to those maybe a few more matches in our belt. Fielding and sometimes the bowling also let us down.

    I am sure DC must have taken lot of pride in what it did in the last 2 matches and will hold their heads high (as we closed on a high note).

    I would like to request the DC management to keep the same team, work on it for the next year and am sure we shall bounce back with a much better result. God Bless!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Samson Simpleman: lets see who will be crashed out! csk will again take the cup for sure!!!!mumbai indians wont take for sure!

  • POSTED BY UAETigers on | May 21, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    This IPL rocks :) with bigt team falling down in crunch games

  • POSTED BY ramli on | May 21, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    CSK had played below par in this edition so far ... no doubt ... but ... that does not mean other teams played well ... CSK finished their assignment on May 17 and remained at 4th place with 17 point ... all that was required from the so called "big" teams was to overcome that target .. who prevented them from doing it ... not CSK ... that RCB, KXI, RR could not do it .. means .. they are not definitely above CSK in standards ... what if CSK had won their last match and RCB had won their last one too ... still RCB could have been fifth on NRR ... CSK had its opportunity slip thro fingers .. other teams too did the same ... the summary is ... CSK left their fate in the hands of rival teams .. and they collectively .. did nothing worthwhile to undermine CSK's standing .. that is all ... be sportive and accept the reality ... let the team that plays the remaining matches well win ...

  • POSTED BY Nalinraaja on | May 21, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    It is now time for CSK to utilise the local batting strength and foreign bowling & allround skills. I would suggest that they have to go with Vijay, Aniruddha, Raina, Dhoni, Morkel, Bravo, Badrinath (if quick wickets fall, he can be promoted), Jadeja, Ashwin, Hilfahaus & Bollinger. This gives them heavy batting & bowling power.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Hi CSK, just 3 days joy for u.. coming wednesday Sachin, Malinga & co. will thrash u out of IPL V.. wait and watch..

  • POSTED BY platoon99 on | May 21, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    RCB has paid price for poor team selection and management.This loss was happen to be done at some day and they choked in the most crucial game 1.136 is such a kind of total that any team would like to chase and that too with the batters like Gayle, kohli,Dilshan and AB looks so easy.Pitch was also not as difficult like that of PUne pitch(in KKR Vs PWI match). 2.Over dependency on Gayle and AB. 3.Poor team combination: 6 batters and 5 bowlers. For a T20 team combinations should be 7 batsman and 4 Bowlers.with for bolwers they could have utilized dilshan and gayle as the fifth bowler option. 4.Gayle,Dilshan,Kohli,AB,Sourabh and Mayank are all aggressive n stroke makers.they wanted some one like Kaif or Pujara who can held the innings in difficult situations.Their they missed their 7th batsman and paid the real price. 5.Kohli is too young to be a captain.RCB have gone for either AB or Zaheer for this big role.

  • POSTED BY pradave17 on | May 21, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    its a pitty to see the departure of RCB. Cos, they were the most entertaining team in this IPL. Gayle, ABD and Murali...we will miss you guys

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    I wished DC's win to avoid last spot in the table, but I changed my mind after knowing it helps Chennai (I don't like Dhonism). Alas... they have lost many matches which they could have win and surprised every one by winning this match.

    @who ever thinks DC has ruined progress of two teams: Are you kidding me? every team plays to win. if they have lost, it could have ruined other two teams anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    can d indian govt. grant Indian citizenship 2 Christopher Henry Gayle & Sunil Narine??? :)

  • POSTED BY Jassy80 on | May 21, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    WOOHOO MS DHONI, you are unbelievable ...You were Midas in your previous incarnation I guess... CSK dont even have to take to the field in the playoffs. The other teams would get disqualified or something...:)

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 21, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    So the match between DC and RCB was won by CSK. Strange but true, I am very happy as a CSK fan but I am not 100% convinced that CSK deserved a place in the play offs. They won too many last ball/over matches this time to get to 17 points (they lost one to Mumbai, though). These matches could have gone either way and has given something for the nay sayers to chew. Hayden is missed badly at the top, he was the one who gave us rollicking starts everytime (until he lost his form). Now we have Hussey and Vijay who take time to settle down and sometimes drive themselves to desperation. Dhoni and Raina are woefully short of form. And the rest are good for a few balls and a few boundaries. So, I am still not sure if CSK will turn things around to reach the finals and eventually win too. If it happens, it would be great.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    The very best could not qualify for the playoffs. It surely deglorifies the playoffs.

  • POSTED BY Gappistan on | May 21, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    To all the people supporting CSK, I am a hardcore DD fan, but would cheer for CSK if somebody locks Laxman Sivaramkrisnan...

  • POSTED BY arun3169 on | May 21, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    CSK managed 17 points with a healthy runrate. KXIP , RCB and RR needed to put atleast 17 pts at least on the board to progress and which unfortunately they couldn't.

    Stop blaming luck guys . Its CSK's effort to put 17 pts on the board with better run rate !!

  • POSTED BY hari040761 on | May 21, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    CSK SHOULD NOW PLAN FOR PLAY OFF. THEY ARE GOING TO BAT FOR 16 OVERS AND THEY HAVE TO CONTAIN THE OPPOSITION IN THIRTY OVERS, MEANS THE RATE SHOULD BE 10 PER OVER TO GET 160 RUNS WHILE BATTING AND ASKING RATE SHOULD BE 5RUNS PER OVER WHILE CONTAINING THE OPPOSITION. FORGET ALL THE COMMENTS REGROUP, MAKE CLEAR STRATGY USE JADDU EFFECTIVELY AND MAKE HIM TO OPEN THE BATTING AND HUSSEY CAN STUDY THE MIDDLE AS GOING OVER THE TOP IS NOT DIFFICULT FOR JADDU DURING FIELDING RESTRICTIONS.

  • POSTED BY jhovee on | May 21, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Disguisting to hear 'CSK entered playoff's through back door'... Yes CSK was hanging in 4th place for past 3 weeks and no bottom teams handled knock out pressure and pull CSK down to occupy the position! Certainly CSK is better than the bottom lined up and they deserve a playoff. If IPL is competition to show individual talent, yes CSK may be in the bottom (They are not in IPL-2012 top 10 list). They played as a team and bounced back at the right time to reserve the slot!

  • POSTED BY gmsjgmsj on | May 21, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    People say that CSK have the devil's luck. But looking at it objectively, CSK was on 17 points for past 4-5 days. It was left to the 3 teams - Punjab, Rajasthan & Bangalore to go past it. They didnt do this nor did CSK have any the to defeat them without playing! (other than ofcourse pray to God for transit to play-offs). As Greg Norman said, the harder you practice the luckier you get!! This holds good for any professional sport.

  • POSTED BY AshKarthi on | May 21, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Also, T20 is a game in which ur form thru out the series doesn't matter..Its the one on the day that counts..So please refrain from hitting out at CSK..If u hate them just stay quiet instead of evoking CSK fans' wrath..

  • POSTED BY Odorf on | May 21, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    @cricpatron if Dhoni and his team sucked all this season, how did they end up with more wins than the bottom 4 teams. RCB the great as you mentioned could have at the minimum ended up with a better run rate. Pathetic arguments. CSK had done just enough while the others (who couldnt make the playoffs) didnt.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    |== What MAKES CSK SPECIAL == l ? Their Indian players, the most essential ingredient needed to win matches and take team to finals. CSK certainly have the best - Dhoni, Raina, Vijay, Ashwin, Jadeja & Badrinath. All well experienced Indian players. Having said that it is a matter of SHAME for CSK that they depended on others to qualify for play-offs and a team like DD (that is being lead by a donkey as per CSK fans) is on top.

  • POSTED BY Cricpatron on | May 21, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    How come everybody has written off Mumbai and even Delhi before the play offs even started. Remember Delhi is only one game away from the finals. Mumbai for that matter has a well balanced team except consistency has bee their major weakness and same with Chennai, but the difference is Chennai is the coolest team in the IPL not just because they are the reigning champions, but because they play together as a team no matter how badly they lose close games. People are not fools, they do recognize team work and leadership and that is why they favor CSK even though they did not fare well this season thus far. Honestly, how many teams this year demonstrated good team work and exemplary leadership?

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    CSK haters filed a compliant in Hyderabad police station that SOME ALIEN SPACESHIP was flying over the stadium, and they helped Duminy to hit 5 sixes, and tricked kolhi to caught on boundry line.So please arrest the ALIENS who helped chennai...one thing is sure ....LOSERS always LOSERS..CHENNAI ROCKS....

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    this is really non-sense and rubbish play from RCB.........they got an excellent opportunity to win this season and also to knock CSK out which they missed.......realistically DC have ruined two teams progress this IPL......now my money is with KKR after RCB is no more in the competition.Really dont want CSK to win.

  • POSTED BY muski on | May 21, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Well Well- Dr VJM needs to introspect hard on his bowling resources on hand to begin with. They were the culprits througout the tournament. Zaheer Khan and Vinay kumar blew away crucial games with their wayward bowling. The sooner they throw out the Dud in the guise of Suarabh Tiwary the better. He cant bat nor can he field. I dont know who saw in him the value for millions that he was paid. Vettori should be bid goodbye and guys like Nannes persisted in the next year. Kohli would have leart a bitter lesson. He was disaster during this IPL. As the next biggest think in world batting after Ponting, I thought he had it in him to carry RCB all the way trhough. Ideally the 4 foreign players should be split between 2 batsmen and 2 bowlers so that the balance is maintained.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Probably for the first time ever, the four metros have qualified! The southern metro, though through the generosity of its neighbour!

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Gayle & co scored 215 in a flat track against an attack sans morne morkel but they succumbed to Steyn & co in a slow wicket. Gayle should have respected Steyn and taken on other bowlers. As far ashwin is concerned he is economical even though he has taken fewer wickets because batsmen started to respect him and target other bowlers. CSK the undisputed champions of IPL. All hail MSD

  • POSTED BY Cricpatron on | May 21, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    It is purely unfair that RCB has to be a loser. Dhoni and his team sucked all this season and they have no locum standii for the title contention this year. It appears based on the form and performance through out this season, it will be KKR who will be the IPL 2012 Champions. Go Kolkatta!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Dale Steyn was RCB player in the last season. It is because of mismanagement today RCB lost badly. RCB paid the price for it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    people stop making excuses like srinivasan helped chennai....dhoni's luck........ TRY some new things Like ALIENS HELPED chennai.....etc..LOSERS.... CHENNAI ALWAYS ROCKS.................

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    as a biggest fan of dd and mi wants a final of mi vs dd lets hope for the best but yes hate team csk..

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 21, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    IPL Breaking News !!!! RCB chocked & missed a fantastic chance for playoffs !!! DC defended the small score admirably !!! really a shocking end for RCB & fans !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    this is what we call a lucky campaign for csks.this was decided to get csk in.. dhoni is such a dangerous player under the thrusher. he can win all matches on its own but there seems to be a problem for csk there. the mi team has won both there matches and mi have the caliber to beat csk with likes of malinga,sachin,rohit and pollard but most likely end to the season would be dd vs kkr for there most consitent performances at the top.. and they should be in the finaallls. kkr have done there best to be at top but the team to be cherished for is surely dd for there devastating performances they are on top andshould end this season being at the top.. csk have a good chance as their pitch suites them very well with the bowler like aswin ,jakati,raina, and all slower ones chennai pitch is worse for playinf a t 20 match, and gives a upper hand to the teams with some quality spinners and slow bowlers the only thing which can stop csk woul be the approach of dhoni.. if he remnd quite csk ls

  • POSTED BY ILI_ANALYST on | May 21, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    First of All I should Say that Styen Played For CSK....And Sorry For All ANTI CSK FANS ..WE CSK Already Entered Play off a weak before then any other team which were close to the points table...more over KXIP , RCB,RR, Did even touch the points table after the csk entry for play off's ..its not luck for csk.....means that no talent to come over the obstacles by other teams.AND MY POINT IS FRONT DOOR ENTRY FOR DEN..........ITS TIME FOR US TO ROAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR..

  • POSTED BY Ravs1504 on | May 21, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    RCB was One man army Mr Gayle who took them through nearly to the playoffs. To an extent it was AB that helped them but the team lacked colletive effort... CSK is more all round team..even Mumbai.. oh and ZAK should get a kick for his wild swings irrespective of situations..

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 21, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Agree it was a great spell from Steyn.. But couldn't Gayle and others have just played him out and then hit the other bowlers to win it for RCB? The truth is THE IPL or THE BROADCASTERS CAN'T EVEN THINK OF THE PLAYOFFS OR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WITHOUT CSK. That is why "everything that needed to be done was done" to get CSK through. Hope Cricinfo is honest enough to publish this comment.

  • POSTED BY Vivekaks on | May 21, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    I wont say if Chennai deserved it and RCB didnt...both of them had a scratchy tournament...but Chennai showed some tenacity...no one in the team was clicking but they scrapped through by winning crucial moments... as for RCB...bowlers throughly exposed...NOTHING....wats dirk nannes doing on the bench??? and over dependant on Gayle...and the guy had a smile after he got out... its a lesson for COCKY Kohli to put his head down and concentrate heavily on his game...such wild swishing of the bat wont take him anywhere...he is a damn good player...he shud control his ways...that too being a captain....RIP RCB.... hope next year does you some good.... CSK...i wouldnt really think they will go on to win the tournament...but i wont be surprised either....a first time winner of the cup would be a welcome change....my money is on KKR...

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    CSK BOYZ WILL SURELY MAKE A HAT-TRICK.......... ........I'M CONFIDENT......''THE GOD HELPS THE BRAVE''

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Guess, CSK shall win this time too:)

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    All say it North, South, East, West CSK is the best. I loved RR for the elder fellow Dravid but hard luck. I just admire the determination and luck of CSK, now we are at war everyone knows there is only one winner and that will be CSK.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    I am sure that CSK didnt played upto expectaton....but i wanted to see RR or kings in playoffs,,,coz its not starstudded team...,now CSK has a chance to win the cup,,me a true follower of cricket think so

  • POSTED BY AshKarthi on | May 21, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    CSK are the champions who are destined to create a hattrick in IPL history..None can stop them from lifting the title yet again..Go CSK, lions for the cup!!! Kudos to MSD n his team..You guys are our heroes..!!!!!!!!!! Rock it..!!

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | May 21, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    If Mr Dhoni keeps getting lucky like this ....they might even lift the World T-20 trophy.

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

    Dhoni precedes luck or luck precedes Dhoni??

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    what everd equation is clear !!!!!!! kkr vs dd = kkr mi vs csk =mi dd vs mi = dd kkr vs dd= DD

    <<<<<<<<<<<<< best of luck kkr>>>>>>>>>>>

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | May 21, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    This game was an ideal example of the intensity of contest between teams in the tournament and how pendulum keeps swinging in opposite directions.This happened in 4 junctures of the Bangalore run -chase yesterday.Dale Steyn bowled one of the best spells over and Amit Mishra too was superb.

    Infact sometimes the smaller targets have been more difficult to chase as the planning of execution is different.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    yes. we all know this could happen on a big Day. How long a lone hand can give

    victories. where is collective effort. over and above touch of Arrogance mixed with wrong team selection costed the for RCB. They could have taken Appana instead of parameshwaran as the track is slow one . All the best CSK. Lets hope other team will match to compete on tactical ground kesav koundinya

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | May 21, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Really sad to see the exit of Bangalore.With their talent they should have been worthy winners yesterday and had a strong chance of capturing the title.Some of their cricket in run chases was simply outstanding in the tournament but they simply lost the plot in crucial stages.eg against Mumbai and yesterday.Virat Kohli's dismissal in the end is the most perfect illustration of how just the fall of one wicket at a crucial stage can be so vital and reverse the entire direction of a game .This game showed the diversity in trends in this I.P.L with mammoth targets chased but silmuntaneously small targets defended.At crucial points the tide changed in the game.

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | May 21, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    People should stop calling CSK lucky. By no means am I a CSK supporter or even hope to be, but the fact is, it's impossible to be lucky in a league with 16 league games. CSK are through because they have a better record in this IPL than the five teams below them; simple. Stop making a fuss about who deserves what; all we ought to care about it the fact, which is, CSK are in play offs. I'm gonna back Mumbai Indians to beat CSK in the eliminator, but I'm sick and tired to people's calling teams lucky, unlucky, and all that BS. Stop the press!

  • POSTED BY RK.Chandru on | May 21, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    With the kind of cricket they played thus far, especially with so many batsmen (including MSD)out of form and looking pathetic, with their main weapon (R. Ashwin) being thoroughly exposed, CSK do not deserve to be in the play offs at all and if they continue playing this kind of cricket, have no chance of even offering any resistance to MI. I'm not hoping, things would have turned around and CSK can be expected to do any better. MI must be very happy now...

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Bye Bye bangalore,all these days this team progressed through by only player,not that team worth for play off,Rajasatan and punjab better team to be in play off as they shown g8 character,Gayle saved RCB otherwise they could have ended in last..Bye Bye RCB enjoy te party every nite wth MALLAYA MC.

  • POSTED BY emjgopi on | May 21, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    JP Duminy Play For chennai Supper Kings. What A Way To Get In, Thank You Duminy emjgopi,Salem

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    @ all those who say that CSK don't deserve to be in the playoffs: The fact that CSK has more points than RCB, KXIP, and RR says otherwise..also these three teams cudn't capitalise on havin a clear goal ahead of them to make it to the playoffs..Also don't you dare call us lucky..if we were we wud hav won most of the last ball finishes to make it even higher in the points table.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @dcaprio: So u say that all the other teams lost to these "mediocres" in da last two seasons??? I don't exactly understand ur logic but doesn't that mean that all da other team players were even more "mediocre"?? Think before u post..

  • POSTED BY D-Ascendant on | May 21, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    But what will Siddhartha Mallya do for the next 12 months?

  • POSTED BY Mehdi_shah on | May 21, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    WOOOT DC are off the bottom AWWWW YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    It's sad for the challengers to be knocked out like this. They tried to be a bit too aggressive with chase which let them down. All eyes will be on CSK how they utilizes this opportunity which has been "GIFTED" to them .

  • POSTED BY RogerC on | May 21, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    It was clear from last night game that RCB has no team plan. The way Gayle and Zaheer took risks against Steyn was very stupid. RCB plays each game in the same way which is not the way to succeed in T20.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Couldnt imagine a play off without CSK, now thank god ... Go Lions Roar !!!! Cup is ours !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY vikkkkkky on | May 20, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Shame on RCB, they lost 3 matches (aginst CSK, MI and DC) which any team would have won comfortably. They could have topped the table, instead they are out. I dont understand, how could that be possible, MI, for being lucky so many times. They won atleast 50% of the matches by luck and other 25% by Malinga. They dont deserve to qualify, anyways i hope this time they dont create a scene in Champions league like the last time. Lucky CSK as well.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    u lucky MSD............................................................

  • POSTED BY BlueAndYellow on | May 20, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    RCB fans are sore losers. Remember how much they were whining when they had to share the points with chennai, even when they knew that they were lucky to get that 1 point.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Here we go again. Chennai sneak in again. I have a feeling some one in their team will go nuts in next 2 games and they will win this IPL again. I cannot believe Dhoni's luck.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Captaincy is key in IPL. I think the final would be between KKR and CSK. Sangakkara's and White's captaincy in the last 2 games was very good. We all know what Dhoni is capable of. KKR has the best bowling resources for pitches in Pune & Chennai. DD could have won IPL if KP was around. On slow pitches, DD & MI seamers would just provide pace for batsmen to play big strokes.

  • POSTED BY suchilotus on | May 20, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    the Three idiots of this IPL 5 are RR, RCB and Punjab who simply floored their best chance to throw Dhoni out of contention. Now u have awoken the sleeping lion, get ready to torn to pieces. These idiots from down south are dangerous specimens, since they gel and play as a team, not as individual. The play the European Formation game of Soccer unlike the Samba Style Individual performances of Latin America.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    The dismissal of Virat was crucial, RCB would have been thru easily had Virat stayed there, Must agree the fact DHONI is the lucky captain, I no wonder if they go all the way to finals from here.

  • POSTED BY suchilotus on | May 20, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Come this Wednesday, Chennai would say it in style " Come on you all fast bowlers together...... it is the leader's style.... mind it!!!. The Finolex Advertisement is going to get very true and practical on 27th May,2012 and Dhoni will rest his hands on the Cup for damned sure.

  • POSTED BY suchilotus on | May 20, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    It's just a nightmare to bring in Chennai into playoffs. It's like bringing the dead lion to life by three idiots...RR, RCB, Punjab. Chennai is most dangerous when pushed to the wall, the come with classy performances when it matters most. Honestly, I feel Chennai will walk away with the Cup in grand style once again this year, the rest would be sucking the thumb. Dhoni is a big time player and Chennai has rest of the ten adhering to Dhoni's War Bugle. sounds dramatic, but thats the truth. CSK are showtime guys, their performance peaks when it matters most.

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | May 20, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Not a single player is in form for CSK this season. And yet, they have managed to qualify for the play-offs. CSK, you are the champions! Your 50% effort is enough to beat any other team. Just 1 request. Please humiliate MI in the eliminator. Please thrash them so hard that they don't know what hit them for another year. After that, I wouldn't care if you won the title or not.

  • POSTED BY winhex on | May 20, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Good deeds give good fortunes!. How true with MS. He brought the coveted world cup for India and now can't even believe they are in the playoffs. Surely he has done lots of good deeds. Congrats MS. Keep it up. Bring more accolades for Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY madras_boy on | May 20, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Thanks DC... Thanks a lot for giving a chance for CSK in this year's playoff. Now, I dont mind any team winning the finals. All CSK can hope is for Ben Hilfi to be the Dale Steyn of CSK in the coming matches... Lets see whether the chennai jaggernaut can trash MI, DD and KKR to win the tournament....Heart says CSK.... Mind says DD....We should know by next week same time !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    i was into a bet with my room mate,that whether Chennai is going to make it to the play-offs this season or not? well, i lost it happily.. some part of me always wants to see MSD bring the third consecutive IPL title this year too. my best wishes for him and all the Chennai supporters form all over the subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    I Live in Russia for the past 25 years am a Chennaite.Left my flat on 18th afternoon (local time) after having seen CSK lose to the Punjabis on the 17th to my Dacha(Farm House) 60KM from my House in the city for the weekend to make shashlik(barbecue),drink vodka(Sorrow stuck me after CSK's loss) etc with the hope that the results might go in our Favour.Came back today evening to my house in the city and had two wishes to be fullfilled A) CSK should qualify B) Russia should win the Ice Hockey world championship Final against Slovakia. To My cheer both happened a) CSk qualified B) Russia are once again Ice Hockey champions of the world(Score 6:2).Russians made minced meat of the slovaks I tell you Russians are strong in character and fight to the End.Yankees beware.So i expect the same from CSK be strong with never say die attitude and you guys from Dilli,karbo larbo and amchi Mumbai be prepared with all the protections. CSK win the 3rd time no one can stop you.Tamilians RoarAgain.

  • POSTED BY NikhilNair on | May 20, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Steyn showed his class... and it was one of the few times the other bowlers gave him some support... and look at the result! Only if the other bowlers were half as consistent as Steyn... the Deccan would be much better off. But anyways.. good luck to both teams :) And are look at another occasion of rising from the ashes to glory for CSK? :P

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Most Frustrating to see CSK in Playoffs.. Absolutely not worth it.. I would love to See CSK Getting Kicked out by MI. MI never lost a Match in Bangalore and Never Lost to CSK in this IPL.. this record would continue

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

    DC has always owned RCB so to say haha. Funny how RCB always choke...go CSK.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    @Selfishkar did Virat Kohli call you for help when he was threatened by N.Srinivasan????? Seriously???? Which zoo are you from?

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | May 20, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    CHAMPIONS are CHAMPIONS their worst season is good enough to reach Play-offs while rest of the pack with better season couldn't qualify.

    Speaks volumes about potential of the teams....DD will be swiftly brushed aside in Play-offs.They have already started showing all signs of deterioration.

    KKR vs MI vs CSK(even though they didn't bring their best game yet) .... is 2012 Playoff materials.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    RCB: A team combination that has Zaheer Khan coming in at the fall of the 5th wicket doesnt deserve to win... what were they thinking.... and I hate the fact that Chennai has once again scraped through to the playoffs! Dammit! With Dhoni's luck, now I can see him going all the way ahead and lifting the cup for th

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

    all the best CSK.....vetri namathe

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

    Gyle's 10 ball 27 runs, almost 3 runs/ball was not necessary. He needed a 35 ball 50 runs. So all of Gyle's sixes and centuries become meaningless just in one game. Dishan, Devilers both failed, hard to believe. Poor game in the most crucial match. I am disappointed.

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

    CSK..go..go...pongada non-CSK fans...Andanvane namma pakkam irrukaan....hope CSK use this lifeline and come out triumphs

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    It was again a close match and hydrabad detroned Bangalore, clearing the hurdle for chennai to enter play off.. And now opportunity knocks Dhoni and he rarely misses it out. Whoever says whatever Dhoni will be cool headed always and will give his best shot to bring laurels to Chennai .. Dhoni paiya, just have a team which u feel will do the job for u and never mind about others`comments after all they can think only off the field. The team may be VIJAY, HUSSEY,RAINA, DHONI,BRAVO,MORKEL,ASHWIN,JADEJA,ANIRUDH,MAHESH,HILFENHAUS. Would love to have Faf and bollinger but cuz of constraint on the No of Forign players Anirudh and Mahesh will do their job.. Be cool and give your best and leave things that are not in your hands which u always do i believe.. Whatever the final outcome we will love u and our team as always.. Wish the Best of Best for the remaining matches ...

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

    Well... Remember the sneaky feeling when Barcelona were ousted by Chelsea? Remember how great football lost and brute force won? Thats how I felt when Gayle & Co. were stomping through the series... Thankfully that misery had ended. CSK is a more classier and techincally deserving team. And yes, their win will be a win for cricket...

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

    It was quite funny though that Mr. Mallya said before the match that he had to choose between ipl final and monaco grand prix.... Steyn has made it easier for him though

  • POSTED BY saif_bd007 on | May 20, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    I seriously doubt the match/tournament result to be pre-determined. The engineering has been done expertly. CSK needed to be 3rd or 4th to play in qualifier-2 in Chennai and then final in the same vanue. I think DD has to be the 'Bolir Patha'. Pune pitch will suit KKR to go through to final straightway. DD might have to face CSK in Qual-2.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Did some one notice that this IPL only the Metros of India qualified for the final 4 :) Just an observation.

  • POSTED BY SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on | May 20, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Go Chennai Support From Sylhet Bangladesh :D

  • POSTED BY Sohel_ahmed on | May 20, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Did any of you think some indian player would make an impact to decide the fate of this match? You didnt think so, did you? I mean for Chargers, its all about Duminy and Steyn and when Gayle and De villiers thought that the so called great Kohli and et al would chase down a small matter of 132 runs, the match is well gone and over. Enough hiding behind the shadow of a great man named Gayle in the name of playing a supporting innings or anchor role or whatever. Once the big guns are failed as there is always a thing called law of average, the hollowman Kohli failed one more time when scoring a run a ball was just about enough. He failed cause this time he couldnt hide behind the shields of Gayle and De villiers. Even they managed to came this far is due to that monstrous 46 off 17 by De villiers the other night. Flat pitch bullies are flat pitch bullies. Flat pitch bullies can never make it without the contribution of the real greats.

  • POSTED BY dcaprio on | May 20, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    @CSK-vs-Loosers-THe" MURLI VIJAY" which you are boasting about is the undisputed low level cricketer.along with JADDU ,CARROM CHANDRAN ASHWIN,SAHA,SRIKANT,YO MAHESH-THEY MAKE A GROUP WHICH IS EPITOME OF "MEDICORITY". ALL are just FLIKES.

    MI will GRIND THESE "MEDICORES " into DUST.WAIT and watch.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Glory Glory Manchester United :D ! OMG !! RCB kicked out of IPL ? ROFL. I really hope MI and CSK both follow RCB's foot steps :D ! Hope to see DD vs KKR - 2 fresh teams in IPL final.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    People, its simple. At the end of the day, 17 points and a net run rate of +0.100 is better than that of 5 other teams. This interprets to CSK fittingly taking the fourth spot in the playoffs. It also traditionally means bad things for the other three qualifiers. So brace yourselves.

  • POSTED BY SidJaidev on | May 20, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    I would say both CSK and RCB are evenly matched (although its a treat to watch Gayle's sixes). Chennai's matches ( 15-19) WLWWW, RCB's matches (15-19) WWWLW, with both teams losing to Mumbai. Both teams lost their 16th match. Chennai won its encounter with RCB, with the second game being abandoned. So CSK does deserve the playoffs. Does CSK have enough to win IPL 2012? I don't know and wouldn't bet on it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Off field antics reflected in RCB's poor On-field Performance and CSK by their current form don't deserve a Playoff Place and like Chelsea who won their UEFA Championship league after being outclassed for 120 minutes by Bayern Munich , CSK can also surprise after 16 horrible Performances......this is Cricket boss highly unrewarding to Consistency and rewarding Opportunists on their day......

  • POSTED BY yocasi on | May 20, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    I'm shocked that a team with Chris Gayle couldn't make the top four. After all, he is supposed to make West Indies win again by his mere presence. Gayle is always good until it really matters.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I wil support Pakistan but wil never support chennai

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Deccan is the weakest side in this IPL, They won the match only because of 2 players Styne & Duminy and Bad Captaincy of Virat Kohli. The management of RCB should have given captaincy to Daniel Vettori. His experience and captaincy would definetly helped RCB to grap 4th position. Virat is v young for the job, it will take time for him to have that responsibility.

  • POSTED BY KXIP_is_underestimated on | May 20, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    The most significant incidents that led to chennai's semi final berth must be 1. Albie morkel smashing kohli for 28 in an over 2. The washed out game against RCB 3. RR losing to delhi by 1 run 4. Hammering tait and watson by albie and anirudh in jaipur.. 5. LUCK

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    According to RCB fans, all foreign players of both sides (Gayle, Dilshan, Murali, Vettori (by not playing), AB, Steyn, Duminy, Sanga) conspired to defeat RCB. Wake up RCB fans, your team is not that great. RCB franchise were foolish enough to give captaincy to a kid while there so many more experienced players around. You will will only when you dump your arrogance.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Some joker on other day was kicking out Dhoni and CSK. He suggested that Sehwag will ensure CSK goes home empty handed. Now we will see in the final who goes home empty handed that too if Sehwag carries his team to final lol.. As someone has already suggested that 10 donkey led by a lion are always stronger than 10 lions lead by a donkey. Please read CSK and DD in that order. See you in the final.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Wow! All CSK fans are thanking DC. Had RCB won, they would have arrogantly credited their team. Nice job DC for silencing the Banagaluru crowd. Mallya, please go back and resolve Kingfisher airline problems.

  • POSTED BY skyeshwin on | May 20, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Thank you DC... thank you Steyn and Duminy....CSK makes it 5 out of 5... To those ppl including some of the CSK fans who commented abt CSK not deserving to play in playoffs, Who are you to question who deserves it and who does not ???

  • POSTED BY jahman on | May 20, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Does this now mean that the West Indies can ask Gayle to get to England and play in the second test match?

  • POSTED BY ricky71 on | May 20, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    CSK worked hard to get to this stage. So did other teams, unfortunately they did not qualify. That's the nature of any game, nobody can take away anything from CSK. Grapes are sour sometimes, but you got to suck it up once in a while. You can be arrogant when you're winning, but try and be graceful in defeat. Its Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai & Mumbai. All four metros are in Semis....Let the best team win...

  • POSTED BY bolthaa on | May 20, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    I am just wondering.... All these comments would not have come if Chennai vs kings X1 was scheduled as last match.... Guys think b4 you comment... If RCB didnt make it,,,, they didnt make it... they could not make it... thats alll.. whats the fuss all about.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    RCB go home, so sad. I don't know where and when they got the illusion that they deserved to be in the playoffs more than CSK.

    Some one had mentioned here that MI is going to kick out CSK in the playoffs. Fair enough, let me count how many times MI have won IPL...... 0 times. Fans of franchisees which haven't won even once have no right to criticize a champion team like CSK. Respect other's achievements.

    I hope MI give a good fight, their performance in the IPL 3 final was pathetic, if not for the team, at least for the crowd.

    Let the best team win, read CSK!

  • POSTED BY aussiecurry on | May 20, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Dhoni luck favoured u again buddy...DC what a joke u kick out RR & RCB,iam a hyderabadi wanted to have games like the other two, guys why theron wasn't playing that many matches and Lehman don't act like a layman pls, u know cric very well u can make DC team

  • POSTED BY i-Love-CSK on | May 20, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Definition of T20 - Bunch of teams play for months, finally a Chennai Team wins...

    (IPL) CSK - 2 Times Champions(add 1 next week), 1 Runner up, 1 Semifinal (ICL) Chennai Superstars - 2 Times Champions, 1 Runner up, 2 times 3rd place (CCL) Chennail Rhions - 2 Times Champions

    All others are loosers...

    It's not CSK's mistake to play the 16 matches earlier and setting the bar... If some jokers and chokers can't jump over the bar, it's the potential and capability of other teams.

    Remember, when u allow CSK in knock-off stages, it will stop only after carrying the Trophy for 3rd time. All others are chokers. Only variance you will get is, how will be the choke?

    Chennai Super Kings is the only team in which the Home Players are playing like champions...

    Don't forget Murali Vijay... Forget about his performance so far... He is always the man of important matches especially finals... He will show you all again what Tamil Pride is all about.

    CHENNAI is in SUPER KOLAVERI... Vanakkam !!!

  • POSTED BY sivadubai on | May 20, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    For those who keep raising dirty doubts whenever CSK Qualifies: Do Note that Srinivasan has not suddenly surfaced in the cricketing arena. Has been doing yeoman service to Cricket since 4 decades. Raised players like Dravid, Ask Dravid and he would tell you. India Cements conduct tournaments and have sponsored many cricketers for decades and not like Liquor barons, Oil barons, useless Bollywood craps who doesn't care a hoot for its layers. Mallya's unceremonious sacking of Dravid, SRK's dealing of Saurav are enough to tell you the story. On the Contrary, Indian Cements has also offered its vast span of their own property for cricketing practices and ask every cricketer (Dravid, Kumble, Srinath, Sreesanth, Chaminda Vaas, Muralidharan, Robin Singh, Irfan Pathan) who can confirm what I stated here. So, do not write somthing you dont know about. CSK has not entered back door, they won 8 matches, had 17 points. others failed to beat that. As simple as that. Now g watch who wins.

  • POSTED BY Stalwart07 on | May 20, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Congratz to CSK. Well deserved entry.

    10 Donkeys led by a Lion are always mightier than 10 Lions led by a Donkey. This applies exactly to CSK and RCB in that order.

    I guess people here abusing CSK lack judgement skills. Agree CSK did not perform to their potential but even the other teams did not. KKR lost to punjab in a very close match in the last over when the KKR batsmen were not able to score against Azhar Mehmood. CSK beat the major teams atleast once except MI. Remember CSK had scored enough points to atleast be in contention to qualify for playoffs just like RCB,Kings XI . They did not score well below par to qualify for the playoffs through luck.

    I am sure that CSK will THRASH MI and kick them out of the tournament.

    All the best CSK and congrats to CSK team and management.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    RCB depend on 5 players while chennai depend on 11 players and deservingly shud go to the playoffs...IT was written in the stars for them to qualify..GO chennai GO chennai..!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    @ Bruisers Lets see who will get kicked out!!!

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | May 20, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    The fact that CSK occupies so much space and has got so much attention in this DC vs RCB report is in itself a testimony to how good they must be! Results do not lie, and sheer fact is that CSK is in the last four for the fifth consecutive time. Never once have they been out of reckoning - that's the hard truth. A back door entry? That's a holler and a hoot! A backdoor entry can happen through some team forfeiting their game, or if a team is disqualified because one of their players was caught doing drugs or some other such reason. How long since CSK occupied that fourth place on the table? How many opportunities for others since then to knock them off? Nobody succeeded. RCB even has the same number of points as CSK, and they were the two teams that shared points due to a rained out encounter. But CSK has the better NRR. Nothing back door about that! But all you CSK hating rascals together... back door, front door, window, ventilator- if any opening we see, we win, mind it!

  • POSTED BY aminji on | May 20, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Srinivasan, owner of CSK and president of BCCI. Chennai hosting a playoff match and a final match. How can CSK not be in any of the two games. And above all, Maliya is a very intelligent business man :D

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 20, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    There is no dearth of CSK / Dhoni bashers here. Not many able to digest the success of this great captain from Jharkhand. I feel CSK were lucky but RCB, KXIP, RR choked when it mattered so CSK deserves than all those teams to be in playoff. I am not able to feel for RCB as they have come this far just due to Gayle and ABD. For conspiracy theorists, if Srinivasan / Srikanth are that poweful then what on world Ambani / Sachin are doing? Come one guys grow up and admire the captain cool called Dhoni! For Ashwin bashers I would like to remind that he has the best economy rate in ILP. Please check records before making adverse comments

  • POSTED BY vikisai123 on | May 20, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Its a shame. Even with the best players in d world they couldnt manage to get to payffs.

    Gayle:best T20 batsmen , Dilshan: best scooper, Kohli: best indian batsmen, AB: best batsmen in the world (according to some white commentators), best choker Z khan: best indian bowler, Murali: best bowler of all time,

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 20, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Don't worry RCB fans, MI will rightfully kick CSK out of the tournament in your own city Bengaluru, come Wednesday. Hope to get good support from you guys. Go MI go.

  • POSTED BY India_boy on | May 20, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    JUST THINK ABOUT THIS : the team that scored 215 against the most deadly attack (DD) cudnt score 133 against the bottom ranked team in a do or die situation...hmm! and the team owned by BCCI president Srinivasan is through to the semis, some co-incidence! why am saying this is bcoz it needed at least 12 permutations-combinations to fall in place for CSK to get through, and they have. Rajiv shukla had said that this IPL will be the most exciting ever, and it has,almost every game has gone to 20th over when it could have been over in 15th or 16th, doesnt matter if the target is 110 or 210. let us not be too emotional about IPL guys, it is very fishy!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    guys, CSK toppled table toppers to Qulify, not a joke.. well deserved their place in play off.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    the lions are about to roar. beware Mumbai!!! c'mon chennai, u deserve to be there but thanx to dc....

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    CSK deserves to be in the playoffs... love you MSD...

  • POSTED BY bgshankar on | May 20, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Everyone knows that the top 4 point scorers qualify for the Semis! So teams (and their fans) that didn't qualify need to just blame themselves and stop commenting on how others qualified. You have no right! Know that qualified teams didn't steal point from other teams or got through by winning lottery! They played hard, won matches and got those valuable points. From now on, CSK should play to their strength to win the title! Go CSK, you can do that..remember you did it before!!!

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | May 20, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (May 20 2012, 16:21 PM GMT),if you feel something suspicious,don't you think CSK could have made the winners against their last kxip match.Do you feel RR played to lose the matches? At the end ,it's the players who perform in the field .you can't take anything away from RR,DC and kxip.?Kxip failed due to the swinging conditions which happened to CSK on the previous match.RCB is just a two man army.REmove gayle and ABD you are in to it.RR is the best team under dravid who played good cricket.Today they are losing to Mumbai ,it doesn't mean something fishy.I don't support CSK but they are in to play offs due to their winning games and having 17 points which others couldn't do.Its easy to say fishy but seriously I don't think dravid team will want to lose the match for anybody.Its easier said than done.

  • POSTED BY banglafan on | May 20, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans have two things to cheer about : Shakib's KKR are in the semis, and they-who-treated-Tamim-like-dirt are in the bottom of the heap !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    A spirited performance from DC.. Their position in the points table is does not do justice to their potential and somewhat frequent good performances on the field. Mostly tough luck, but in the end they did show how dangerous they could have been.

  • POSTED BY indiamyindia on | May 20, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    NOT A BACK DOOR ENTRY FOR CSK They won 8 games and got 17 points, plus their run rate was better. What happened to RCB, RR, KXIP? Did they not get same number of games. Stop CSK bashing. Guys don't be jealous about CSK, the only team to enter semis all the 5 times. You know what is CSK's strength, they don't chokeeee, hats off to Indian captain MSD. Runners up - semifinal - winner - winner - go CSK go. Rcb you would be in the bottom of the table had you not had Gayle, a master class. DC a great comeback and stay over PWI. Ganguly please retire, let Steve smith be the captain.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    I almost dont care if someone has to get hit in the special place so we can bring Gayle in as an injury replacement. Let it be done. Hopefully Gayle will jump @ the opportunity to play some real cricket. It will be tough for him to adjust but even if he does as badly as our current openers I am sure he will bring in a few extra bucks for the ECB & will give Anderson, Broad & co a few scares.

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

    How horrible to see Chennai come back again in the reckoning. Destined to see useless Ashwin & Co madrasis play again. hopeless madrasis should be thrown out immediately from the playoffs. People like Ashwin are today just basking in the glory of IPL and Srinivasan/Srikanth.

  • POSTED BY ElBeeDubya on | May 20, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    This must really hurt all the CSK/MSD HATAS. N Srinivasan's conflict of interest is a real worry indeed but that has had no effect on CSK as a team. Rajasthan, Punjab and RCB had their chances but didn't take advantage of it so CSK deserves to be in the semis. If CSK had won a couple of games that did not go their way due to last ball/over shenanigans, they could have been even in the top two. CSK must now lift their game and I am sure that they will be firing all cylinders after having nearly a week to regroup.

  • POSTED BY amna91 on | May 20, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    i would like to say thanx to deccan team espacially the africans Duminy n Styne.. u gave chance to defending champion to defend their title.. now Chennai hve to take revenge from mumbai bcoz they lost their 2 league matches... they have to defend their title.... we love u MAHI we r with u don't disappoint us plzzzzzzzzz.......... u hve to win.. best of luck CSK.. LIONS ROAR

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    I was really hoping & praying that Bangalore would lose & my prayers were answered. Now lets see if Gibson will call up Gayle to play in the rest of the test series vs England. @ least that would give Strauss Anderson , Broad & co more to think about than just putting the ball there or there about & getting edges & bowled vs Bharat, Edwards & Powell. He could also help Marlon in the spin department as well.

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

    CSK is back......The most experienced playoff team of IPL. Now Mumbai is feeling the tremor under their feet.

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

    i always Gayle's guns looses the firepower when required the most. even if they had won today and qualified. they would have been out in the eliminators. as Gayles sad innings would have cost them any which ways as seen last year RCB was and is entirely dependent on him even Virat has not performed without his company. this was a very good chance for Virat to prove his mettle and maturity. CSK making it to the playoffs does not mean they would hold the cup/title. they have had a very mediocre performance so far. the eliminators will be in B'lore and not in Chennai.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    RCB lost to Windian Style..

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Both RCB and CSK are not good and strong team this year.... i would had liked to see King XI punjab in the play offs... anyway in comparision to RCB.. CSK is better because... CSK depends upon each and every player whereas RCB depends upon one and only Chris Gayle.... if chris gayle get out early..they will loose the match easily... without gayle RCB is much weaker team then Pune warriors and Deccan chargers...

    In play offs same situation will happen with Delhi Daredevils now... they will depend upon Sehwag to fire... if Sehwag get out easily ...Delhi Daredevil will go in the path of RCB.... Delhi was strong because of fire poweer of Kevin Petersien in the middle order...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    RCB is nothing minus gayle..today's match proved it..

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | May 20, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    ahh there they are, the tin foil conspiracy theorists, CSK got through because of the organizers, Koli was threatened, N. Srinivasan this and that. If that is true why didn't they just "fix" the 66th match between KXIP and CSK, that would have easily got them through, instead of "fixing" multiple matches? Come on fellows, stop checking for aliens under your beds and enjoy the games.

  • POSTED BY theswami on | May 20, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Thank You Steyn, Mishra, Duminy, Aashish Reddy ...... may your tribe grow and work for CSK even when contracted to other teams, forever ..

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    @iamjosh : dont be over enthusiastic man ..... Please understand Cricket is not a oneman Game it s a team game where 11 players has to make atleast a minimum contributin .... which doesnt happen with " RCB" they didnt deserved for a place in playoffs.. So please be careful berfore commenting......

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | May 20, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    I am not a CSK fan but think that they deserve to be in playoffs. Three teams knew exactly what they need to do to take CSK's place but all of them failed. It is not CSK mistake or luck that they are in playoffs. It is just that other teams choked in pressure situations while CSK thrives. Kudos to CSK for making it to playoffs!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Wow.... Chargers end on a high.. congrats to them.... the 6th metroplitan city of India denied the 5th metropolitan to enter play offs... thereby allowing the first four metropolitans to stay in the play offs... in fact Capital city of India... stays on top.... can't ask for anything better... :)... and that's the last N (North - Delhi) E (East - Kolkata) W (West - Mumbai) S (South - Chennai) - news for playoff standings!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    5th time to p;ayoffs no other team has done before, may be will be never done again. Chennai the best

  • POSTED BY Hayat22 on | May 20, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176, The reason why I am stupified by this result is that all three franchises - RR, KXIP & RCB lost out by insipid performances, almost contrived to produce the playoff fixture. I am a fan of IPL myself, but this was a disappointing display by RCB, and I hope it was an honest endeavour.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Royal Chokers Bangalore!!!!....

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | May 20, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    CSK has the best fast bowler on their squad. His name is Dale STEYN! Haha. Good luck CSK! Thanks DC.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 20, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @Ankush Jangid and @piking as a CSK fan I find your whining invigorating. Keep at it. You are what makes being a CSK fan so special. And to those that say that CSK got lucky do you realize that had the schedule been such that the last CSK match (i.e., CSK vs. Kings XI) been later in the IPL schedule, say, tonight then there would be no talk of luck. It would have been that CSK could progress to the semis even if they lost to Kings XI. And, had RCB won today, it would have just been CSK has to beat King XI in the last game to progress. There would have been no talk of luck.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    bad luck RCB.........they showed consistency but failed to perform when mattered the most........thats due to their over dependence on Gayle.......anyways that ensured a Play off birth for CSK.....huh..the most inconsistent team of this year's IPL apart from PWI and DC...............their performance this season is nothing but HORRIBLE.........I will be the happiest man in the world if CSK loses against MI in the Qualifier though MI is not my fav team either........but atleast they have been playing better than CSK........next year if CSK want to do well then they must get rid of their STUBBORN captain Dhoni who has been playing for his own interest rather the TEAM as a whole...... mean how on earth CSK keep playing Murali Vijay when he has been failing miserably (this has been just one instance) anyways looking forward to see DD and KKR in the Final ..... :)

  • POSTED BY vioo on | May 20, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Thnks a lot DC...come on CSK...Go with confidence...u can do it..

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Seriously i am tired of people saying CSK got through the back door!!!! Its just the schedule that CSK completed all their matches before others. I wonder if CSK vs KingsXI had been the last league match whether we would have had all these comments.

  • POSTED BY ramps_wi on | May 20, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Good that RCB did not make it into playoffs, means they will spend money next year on bowlers

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    IPL Fans need to admit the fact that none of the team can win the title of IPL Winners other than CSK because the organizers and all will never want team dhoni to lose because he is the captain of their national side.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    RCB is just an ordinary team which depend heavily on Gayle, apart from Gayle, de villiers and murali helps few matches, and overconfidence against lower team pays off! this shows RCB is spineless without gayle! as like in IPL season I

  • POSTED BY Zen21 on | May 20, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    In all the pressure matches, RCB choked like SA.Kohli's penultimate over against CSK in thier 1st league....one of the act that made RCB out-CSK in!

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | May 20, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Posted by Hayat22 on (May 20 2012, 15:52 PM GMT) It comes down to choking for RCB.They done it many times in the previous season.Season 2 final against DC,they failed to chase a small total.Last year final too,when gayle failed they completely lost the plot.Evn in CL t20 same scenario.Its purely choking or pressure gets to them.Main reason is they depend mostly on gayle and ABD and when they fails,small total also too big for them.In future they should rest gayle initially to give chance others to get in to pressure situations,which am help in such situations.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Kudos to dale and DC guys.. and btw,,i dont entirely agree with saying CSk had a back door entry.. tell u wht ppl..whn they finished their quota of 16 matches..any team's desire and aim is to be in the top 4.. which CSK achieved..so cant blame if they are in playoffs as a back door entry cuz its solely RCB's fault they choked and buckled whn it mattered the most..

    yes CSK had to thank DC for this..but..RCB lost cuz of their mistakes..and saying CSK had a back door entry is not entirely fair.. RCB lost is not our problem..

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    if u dont believe in miracle watch ipl..

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    bad luck RCB :( ..............................................................................

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    CSK CSK ....thnks to DC ........................:)

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    thanks to steyn and DC...chennai enters semifinals...i feel very sad for RCB.which depends on only gayle batting.....CSK KU visl adingaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.....

  • POSTED BY Dev9212 on | May 20, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    In IPL2 they lost in the finals in IPL3 in semis then in IPL4 in finals then again in CLT20 in finals. RCB fans just accept the truth that your team just chokes in pressure situations.

  • POSTED BY FM97 on | May 20, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    RCB may have star-studded batsmen, but their bowling is worse than Kenya !!! Dale Steyn has now showed them their stupidity of not retaining him in RCB team. Kingfisher airlines is down...now its time for RCB to board the same damn airlines and fly back to B'lore (lol)

  • POSTED BY manianpbs7 on | May 20, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Clash of the metros in play-offs :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    CSK are in Playoffs, but that not like Champions. As a champions they could have done lot better. Have batting depth till no eight, just remember only one match when they have roared like Lions.

    Thanks to DC who pushed gifted CSK Playoff of Season 2012 of IPL. Dhoni as a batsman has to do lot better if they want to retain the Title.

  • POSTED BY Hayat22 on | May 20, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Either is was SA style choking or something fishy otherwise how come a team with so much pedigree lose so badly when it mattered so much!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Overconfidence and underestimation of opposite team in T20 matches will end with disaster. RCB caould have won very easily but determined and tight bowling of Deccan brought the laurels today.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    what an amazing twist to the play offs...as a sl fan,i didnt know whom to support,but i wanted rcb to win and in a corner of my heart i wanted sanga and the team to win...but certainly i enjoyed better fielding and bowling by DC,,what a great knock from JPD..glad they end in a high note...but still feel for RCB,,,I LIKE THE WRITERS COMMENT,Deccan Chargers scratched to 132 on a slow pitch, but their bowlers and fielders lifted the gloom of their campaign with a performance that brought the tournament's most intimidating batting line-up to its knees,,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    RC, when it comes to a crunch situation, have never delivered. and today it was no different. Once again Kholi proved he is yet to grow for the big occasion.Rush of blood is no stature for a budding Capitan!Now these guys CSK, are champions at playing the big games and they have done it in the past for 4 years. MI please watch out you cannot be lucky the third time! Virat and RC needs to be more humble and should not be working on a one man policy of Gale. He to has his weakness and Stain trapped him! that shows the winning of Brain over Brawn!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    It must be embrassing for RCB after having Orange cap holder & best finishrers in the team still could't make it through.....Funny game this

  • POSTED BY Blessington on | May 20, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    It very interesting to see four metropolitan cities qualifying for the play offs.... its very sad that Royals missed out. Still Rahul is the best.............

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    What a display of fast bowling by Steyn! He may not have picked most number of wickets in the tournament, but he is, by far the best bowler this IPL. He was simply un-playable. Even the highest run scorer,Gayle, didn't have a clue about how to survive against Steyn. Wonderful support from Mishra, Ashish Reddy and the fielding. DC may not have many games this season, but the last two certainly showcase their potential. They lost several close games. Guess, fortune finally favored them. Well done, Chargers!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Is Gayle now available for the 2nd Test?

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    koi surprise nhi hoga ki csk knocks out a team like delhi dare devils or KKR....thats why this knockout system, sucks... this point system is just a humbug if we also keep a knockout system at the end...and even if u want to keep the point system, why have so many matches stretching over the tolerance limit of interest of even the most fanatic cricket fan....when the final outcome wd be decided by who is going to beat who in the final...who the hell is going to remember a team who perform consistently in the whole tournament, but just one bad day and u lose the cup to a team ,that somehow, by other teams' mercy enter the knockout stages and then potray themselves as world beaters...T20 is the cruel version of cricket....one bad over , all ur efforts over an extended time period go in vain (no issues with dhoni... every countryman will always be indebted to him for winning us the world cup....it's just the whole system and the internal politics thats ruling and ruining cricket )

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Upfront, I want to say this........if any one comment CSK got through back-door entry, that is wrong on all counts. I saw that comment for a while in the report. It is not through lottery that CSK in the race now. Blame RCB's too much dependency on couple of players..CSK got into a mess due to Dhoni's poor captaincy. As a CSK fan, my worry remains. CSK is a very good team as far as batting concerned. Jadeja, the all-rounder (! ? ) and the fifth bowler are the weak links, besides my concern about captaincy. In league matches Vignesh and Vasudevadas should have been tried instead of Jadeja. Now is not the time for experiment and as CSK fan, just hope for the best.

  • POSTED BY zaids on | May 20, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    1.CHRIS GAYLE.2.DAVID WARNER.3.VIRENDER SEHWAG.4.SHANE WATSON.5.AMBATI RAYUDU.6.DINESH KARTIK.7.YOUSUF PATHAN.8.SAURAB TIWARY.9.PRAGYAN OJHA.10.DALE STEYN.11.R.VINAY KUMAR...............THIS WILL BE MY TEAM.................

  • POSTED BY Dude.Cricket on | May 20, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Can't understand how on earth RCB failed to chase this simple target, they should done it like CSK did to RR when they chased a small total. Anyways, I am not going to complain as CSK get into the Play-offs. You can say CSK was not convincing this season, all it matters is to get over the line. Go CSK Go.. Just win 3 matches and we are going to be champions again ..

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | May 20, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Like I said in my previous forum before the match...RCB depends too much on Gayle and AB, if they are out early RCB will loose the match. Am a CSK fan but i personally feel that RCB should have made it to the play offs. Better luck next time RCB. Well played DC who would have thought that RCB would lose this match...you guys were super charged in the field....Thanks Sooooooooooooooooooo much from a CSK fan..if we lift the cup this time its all because of you...But CSK wont win this time by looking at their performance in the league matches...they defenitely miss that spark they had in the previous season of IPL.

  • POSTED BY Emadthegreat on | May 20, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    yahoo chennai is in the semis

  • POSTED BY Kupendra on | May 20, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    ha ha ha...CSK thru in the eliminator!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    RCB: Royal Chokers Bangalore. Lost the final to Deccan in IPL 2009. Lost the Final to CSK in IPL 2011. Lost the Final to Mumbai in Champions League in 2011. Lost to Deccan the worst team in IPL 2012 on the final league match to qualify for the playoffs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Before the Tournament, I was commenting that RCB = South Africans (Chokers Tag), Pune Warriors= Bangladesh (Flatter to deceive later), MI=India (Sachin factor), Rajasthan=England (Decent, but dull cricketers) KKR=Pakistan (Mercurial and can beat anyone on their day), DD=Srilanka (Wins League matches easily and falter at SF) Kings XI=Newzealand (Bunch of Nobodys who can surprise the top teams at their day), DC=West Indies (Former Champions, but a pale shadow of that now) and CSK=Australia (Champions). Other Teams have performed as per my rating. Hope CSK plays like Australia and win the Tournament!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Good Luck CSK !! Its a golden opportunity to hold the cup again.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 20, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Frankly speaking RCB did not deserve to be in the knock out stage. They have a team of non performers with the exception of Gayle and to some extent De Villiers and Dilshan. The rest are all all flamboyance and little substance. The biggest joke was without a doubt Saurabh Tiwari, a player believed to be capable of hitting 36 runs in an over on most daysand believes people like Setyn can be hit by coming half way out of the crease.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Wow.... Chargers end on a high.. congrats to them.... the 6th metroplitan city of India denied the 5th metropolitan to enter play offs... thereby allowing the first four metropolitans to stay in the play offs... in fact Capital city of India ... stays on top.... can't ask for anything better... :) ... and that's the last N (Delhi) E (Kolkata) W (Mumbai) S (South) - news for playoff standings !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    As White said now it's the time to upset others! They really upset RCB... Also me in Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Honestly CSK did not deserve the back door entry but MSD's luck has probably pulled the team through. CSK are 0-2 against MI this season, time to make amends ? CSK must drop Ravindra Jadeja and bring back Badrinath. We already have 2 other all rounders who can potentially win the game for CSK. Bangalore is known for small boundaries and huge scores, we need to strengthen our batting. Good luck CSK

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    One south Indian team knocks out another south Indian team to let another south Indian team to qualify. MI, DD and KKR must be worried about this outcome.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    thanks to DC for arresting both the royals

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THIS TEAM WAS TOO HEAVILY DEFENDANT ON GAYLE. MOST OFTEN WHEN HE FAILS THE TEAM FAILS. TI-WARY SHOULD BE BATTING AT NUMBER 8 IF YOU ASK ME. I HOPE NOW GAYLE CAN HAVE TIME TO PLAY FOR THE WINDIES IN THE SECOND AND THIRD TEST MATCH. ITS A BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Yea Yea Yea... who is smiling now ??? :D Who is laughing at us now? Go Chargers...

  • POSTED BY Jassy80 on | May 20, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    MS Dhoni, you really are the luckiest cricketer I have ever watched. :) I have no doubt CSK are going to win this one too.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Is Gayle now available for the 2nd Test?

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    When you depend upon one man or two, this happens. The tail for RCB starts at almost from the starting point of bottom half of the team. CSK has lost the ground, because of Dhoni's poor captaincy besides his patchy batting. CSK names not in the top batting or bowling charts. Still, they notched up few good wins and that shows CSK is a well balanced team. But the problem in T20 is you need to have few match winners too and hope some one or two from CSK will emerge atleast in the knockout stage

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Superb win DC...Looks like RCB don't deserve to be there at all...

  • POSTED BY harshacc on | May 20, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Poor Siddarth Mallya.There wont be party tonight for RCB.What will he do?

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    First, Should thank the 2 South Africans Duminy and Steyn for playing on behalf of CSK!!! I have earlier told before the tournament that RCB are just like the South Africans! Wins the league matches and falter at crucial Make or Break situations! RCB are the SA (Chokers) of IPL! Hope Chennai gets hold of this lucky lifeline and go through to the finals! They have to beat all the 3 teams above them in the Table to win the Championship! Being regular Champions, I hope they do this!

  • POSTED BY DeekshaSpeaks on | May 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Honestly, who knew Deccan had it in them? No chokes, no dropped catches, fielding only slightly mediocre as compared to their usual abysmal... But as a Chennai supporter I can only marvel at how Deccan has managed, twice now, to oust RCB in a critical situation - 2009 final springs to mind. RCB, again, had everything to lose and everything to gain and yet they somehow managed to lose to the tournament flops in their 'unlucky' home ground. Still, I can't thank the Chargers enough for producing two of the three results necessary to see Chennai through! And I can't help but think that they might be a force to reckon with next year : both Reddy and VP Singh look promising, not to mention Shikhar Dhawan. Good luck Chennai, tough luck RCB, and most of all - well done Deccan! They may not win all their matches but they do earn your respect.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Thank God. Thanks to Dale Steyn & JP Duminy. CSK entered into play off thro` back door. Any how result is important by any means.As CSK & Dhoni`s fan since IPL-1` I wish the ALMIGHTY to bless Dhoni&co with the hat-trick of IPL5 title.ALL THE BEST DHONI AND WISH U BEST OF LUCK

  • POSTED BY DeepakSarathy on | May 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    And that's five out of five trips to the play offs for the super kings :) Hooray to all the hater's :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    It just seems that Dhoni's luck will not be over. CSK into semifinals

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Sanga I love you so much, you are my sweetheart, you have a special place in my heart - Dhoni's possible reaction after Deccan beat RCB You rascals (Sri Lankan cricket players), i scored 133 of 82 balls to chase 320 of 40 overs, then you beat australia purposely & we cudn make the final of commonwealth bank series in australia. I scored a career best 183 & still you lost to Bangladesh & we didnt make the final, now you sanga rascal, you beat us brilliantly after losing easily to every team & we are out of the IPL playoffs. Why this Koleveri on me you Sri Lankans (Sanga captain of Deccan, murali concedes 20 runs in one over & dilshan scores 4 runs of 12 balls & gets out with an ugly shot) - Kohli 's possible reaction after the RCB loss to Deccan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    nice to see, but, real fluke for CSK!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Happy for both DC and CSK. DC didn't deserve to be at the bottom even though they lost so many matches and their batting was one of the best. Their bowling and fielding let them down badly. Mishra's coming to form was crucial in DC's last two wins. Somehow, I felt RCB were overconfident side relying too much on Gayle for the last two years.

  • POSTED BY Chris.Maverick.McFly on | May 20, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Looks like 1999 WC is re-written here, men in yellow are the most unpredictable.... They may go for a hat-trick ....

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Haaa ..CSK got a chance to win IPL again :-) ..Thks DC .

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Watch out England Steyn is coming to get you.

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | May 20, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    The muddled thinking of RCB has seen them crash out. The inability to take a harsh call on the Indian batsmen, especially Kohli and Tiwary has seen them flop. Kohli is a worse captain than Vettori. God save India, if they think this kid is their biggest hope.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    thanxs tooo deccan.......now the time to give them mumbai back.....chennai kings are going to roar it once again in semi final as well as final...........!!!!!! and once again thaanxs alooooooooooooooooooooooooot tooooooooooooooo deccan............!!!!

  • POSTED BY starincricket on | May 20, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    thanks deccan for double strike and delhi for a strike .. here CSK fan...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Thank you DC....Good bye RCB....Come on CSK

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | May 20, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    haha royal chokers bangalore choke again.as´╗┐ i said before u get gayle out then u will win the match that's what happened.i hope mi beat csk.csk is a good side but i want mi vs dd final.rcb should play as a team rather than relying in individual performances.csk didn't played well this season but they atleast play as team.cricket is a team sport not an individual one hope rcb learns from this.

  • POSTED BY ap27 on | May 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    How this can be "back-door" entry for CSK?

    CSK just played their last scheduled game well before others. No need to degrade the most consistent team in IPL history.

    In fact RCB had a clear target and failed to capitalize it.

  • POSTED BY starincricket on | May 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Thanks Deccan for helping CSK.. and nice come back.. all the best for 2013 ipl

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    omg!!!!if dhoni is walking in the middle of the road on heavy traffic as luck he will not be even scratch by any vehicle!!!!name had to be changed it should be Chennai lucky kings!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    hahahahahahahahahahaha CSK GONE IN PLAYOFF,RCB they shouldnt have drop vettori as his batting in lower was missed today,murli very costly today n dilshan flop again feeling bad for gayle at the moment.dhoni wat a destiny he has got.best of luck to CSK.

  • POSTED BY ms.arjun on | May 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin and Dhon going to fight it out at playoffs. Fate after the controvery in Australia regarding the opening slots.

  • POSTED BY Rising_Edge1234 on | May 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    WICB, can we get Gayle for the secong test? Change the roster. It's not set in stone.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    From here on CSK will be unstoppable. As a CSK fan, I was disappointed with their performance this season and I thought they didn't deserve to be in the play off. However, other teams fared much worse and if we consider that CSK didn't do too bad.

    Now their experience will in come handy and I WON'T BE SURPRISED IF ARE TRIUMPHANT ONCE AGAIN IN THE FINALS!

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    And here's the arrogance of Virat Kohli - he said at presentation . His wicket (Kohli's) changed the match. My dear friend the game was virtually over with the bouncer Steyn bowled to Chris Gayle and rattled him to play the next shot to get himself out. We have never seen Kohli to be trusted to win a match for his team

  • POSTED BY AjitDJ on | May 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    ha ha, looks like Dhoni's luck is still working :)

  • POSTED BY Myth_BusteRs on | May 20, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    cool....chennai entered the final four once again......awesome :)

  • POSTED BY Slesh on | May 20, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Finally we DC supporters have something to cheer..probably the most interesting match..very happy with this win but not what CSK achieved..anyway hope they will have a better much much better squad next time...

  • POSTED BY Sivan1980 on | May 20, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Its very clear W/O CSK no IPL. As I mentioned earlier, other team fans pls pray for your team to win. Dont pray other team to loose. Though CSK lost three last ball games, we never said that other teams are lucky. We always blamed dhoni for few wrong decisions. CSK fans always praying for CSK win. Thats why we are winning. Other team fans alaways praying CSK to loose thats why ur team loosing. Once we lost match against K11punjab, we thought we are out. Never pulled/commented other team to loose or else. You peoples only always said that We hate CSK, CSK to loose, dont like CSK, CSK never come to playoffs, etc etc etc. Even if we want shy away you people never allowed. Thats what happened end of the day. Lets forget about the past. Hereafter be CSK fans and have some positive vibrations in ur life.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Wow.... Chargers end on a high.. congrats to them.... the 6th metroplitan city of India denied the 5th metropolitan to enter play offs... thereby allowing the first four metropolitans to stay in the play offs... in fact Capital city of India ... stays on top.... can't ask for anything better... :) ... and that's the last N (Delhi) E (Kolkata) W (Mumbai) S (South) - news for playoff standings !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    CSK have some golden luck..its hard to believe the DC won against mighty RCB

  • POSTED BY ms.arjun on | May 20, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I am a huge CSK fan, but Poor RCB, they should have won, Chennai certainly are not deserved to be in playoffs this season, after poor shows thorughout. Anyways hope chennai get some grip, and use the oppurtunity well.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Lucky CSK , I expected this being a MI fan, likes to see CSK rather than RCB. Its time for 5th straight defeat (Incl one CL T ) for CSK vs MI

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Amazing match!!!!! Go CSK GOOOOOOOO!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    One man army-Dale Steyn. Also i feel that the curses of many women against an certain person affected his team. negative vibes... Poetic justice after all.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Thanks RCB ... love you guys

    By Chennai Super Kings

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    god.. its like in the stars..for csk..!! billed as the premier fast bowler in the world right now.. my god steyn..more than his line or length..the intensity he brings..the batsman if not experienced will buckle out ..shear intensity.. pace..line and length.. and DC.. bailed CSK out..thank u for that.. looking forward to the Eliminator ...good Luck CSK.. get ur revenge bak on mumbai for the last over loss previously..!

    again.. DC.. Steyn, Dumminy..hats off to u guys.. gem of players.. loved ur game tonght..

  • POSTED BY ramchagol on | May 20, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    so glad RCB lost. good for deccan. now Kolkata should win the final. all the best to KKR. - from Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    This is the worst thing happen for all top three teams of playoffs.... Coz now dhoni again going to win IPL this year...

  • POSTED BY squarepeg on | May 20, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    fantasy comes true, almost seemed like an arranged plot.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Oh my, it seems to me that CSK will defend the championship this season, and what are the odds of that?

    I am going to drink to CSK winning again and again.

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | May 20, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    It is confirmed, they are the two men army. They won 8 matches, and the two men won 8(5+3) mom awards in those. Today both fail, and the they lost.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Royal Challengers are like South Africa, habitual chokers. They have so much of bought talent like South African cricket team but they always end up choking & start scratching their forehead. Madras team is the most luckiest of them all, even luck favors them. The cup can be anybody's other than KKR who are also not good when playing on a do or die match.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Well done Sanka Dhoni would have told Sanka. Chennai did nothing but they are in the Semi! It is a Joke poor Kohli! It was difficult to lose after getting Decan out for 132 runs. What a batting side to collapse! Chris Gayle, Dilshan, AB, Tiwari and Kohli. Is Dhoni a lucky Captain? Duminy is a great player and Steyn bowled with fire. Sending Zaheer at 8 did not work Sanga brought back Steyn back at the right time.

  • POSTED BY Selfishkar on | May 20, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    BCCI president and CSK owner Srinivasan had threatened Kholi to throw away his wicket or else be prepared to dropped from Vice Captaincy of India.

  • POSTED BY AjitDJ on | May 20, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I'm a DC fan, but this time I'm actually UNHAPPY that DC won because their victory pushed CSK into the qualifiers. CSK don't deserve to be in the qualifiers seeing how they have played this year.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    GO RCB... Go.... Go Home Go home.... We are coming to your home on 23rd.... Love u DC... Wake up lions.. just 3 more matches for an Hatrick

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 20, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    5 times in 5 seasons into the semis for CSK. This must truly aggravate the anti-CSK brigade, which is pretty much the rest of the IPL fans. I love it! I am shocked though -- how could RCB not make it with all the firepower they have? Gayle, AB, Kohli, Murali, Dilshan, Zaheer. And, a not so bad supporting cast in Tiwary and Vinay.

  • POSTED BY kartickrajj on | May 20, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    That's what happened when u depend just 2 or 3 players.gayle ,zaheer,murali played well in all the matches.and ABD somematches. what happened to others???? ZAHEER has lot of experiance and why he can't lead the team insteadof KOHLI ....

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Wow.... Chargers end on a high.. congrats to them.... the 6th metroplitan city of India denied the 5th metropolitan to enter play offs... thereby allowing the first four metropolitans to stay in the play offs... in fact Capital city of India ... stays on top.... can't ask for anything better... :) ... and thats the final N (Delhi) E (Kolkata) W (Mumbai) S (Chennai) - news of play offs... !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    well.. good job RCB.. you never deserved the play offs... atleast now you can relax and watch others play cricket. Gayle & ADB pls look for better franchises other than RCB, CSK & MI.

  • POSTED BY Matharaasi on | May 20, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Well done DC, you paved way for CSK to get through to the play-offs. Steyn is absolutely brilliant!!! Finally some relief for Sanga after defeating RR and RCB.

    Lets hope CSK hits the final on 27th May.

  • POSTED BY suri56 on | May 20, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Excellent screenplay by ipl direction dept. to keep csk in top 4...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    csk..................best 4 ever

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    And its proven again, If IPL wants to stay in then CSK wants to play the Semi's... And.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    RCB was over confident with their215/1 vs Delhi 2 days ago. There was no need to make a big chase out of 133 at all.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Well it seems Chennai is going to defend the championship, and what are the odds of that?

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Last few matched have gone as predicted. It was very well planned it seems. We must appreciate all the Cricketers for their superb acting in the field. They act superbly as directed by IPL. They deserve Oscar award. All these matches have gone to the last over and that too one or two ball left. It is amazing to act together very well for 40 overs and match after match. Wonderful.

  • POSTED BY Jammy7427 on | May 20, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    What wonderful performance by DC....Chennai virtually knocked RCB out of the tournament..... Thanks for a wonderful perfomance by Deccan... Now its all yours MS.... Just take it forward, from here and finish it in style..... Couldnt believe my eyes, RCB has crumbled under pressure......... RCB better luck next time.... Miss you Gayle and RCB :)...

  • POSTED BY piking on | May 20, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    The team who defeated powerful DD they succumbed to bottom placed DC? astonishing.well done Srinivasan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    CSK are in the play offs yet again.....it seems as even if they are at their worst, they will make it!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    It's now CSK who have to thank DC for their two ecstatic wins and helping them get into the playoffs. CSK have to put up a much better show in the plaoffs than what they have shown till now. Dhoni's Men! Go fetch the championship once again!!!

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | May 20, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Chennai boys need to thank deccan boys. Now the Mumbai boys are in fear to meet roaring lions as they have bad experience lost at final. Everybody know that super kings are dangerous in knockout games and they will finish it in the style. Malinga is only one threat for chennai and kings could manage with long batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY Sheela on | May 20, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    CSK does not deserve to be in play off as this team has gone through because RCB failed in their laar game.

  • POSTED BY Aspraso on | May 20, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    RCB did not lose the match today they got knocked out today -- they actually lost the match the IPL series when they allowed DD to score 194 after scoring 214 and thuis losing out on gaining invaluable NRR points. They should have got DD out for around 150 that night.

  • POSTED BY piking on | May 20, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Thanks to N.Srinivasan,president of BCCI CSK through to semis.today's match is fixed.RCB lost intentionally.people should stop watching ipl.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Deccan Did it for Chennai...

  • POSTED BY dinuhebbar on | May 20, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Result was predictable even before first ball bowled. Can anyone expect IPL final at Chennai without CSK in play offs??

  • POSTED BY Vernacular_Press on | May 20, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    The chokers of IPL does it again.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Again a win going CSK's way.. not fair LAST 3-4 days gone CSK's way, what do we make of that, who would have thought Deccan will beat RR and RCB, IPL just favours big teams, just think SRINIVASAN takes CSK players in Indian teams, srinivasan's team gone to the playoffs when noone would have thought it. JUST THINK PEOPLE

  • POSTED BY AjitNarayan on | May 20, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    CHEEEEENNNAAAIII! Talk about luck. We owe this to Deccan and Delhi. Drinks are on us, boys!!!

  • POSTED BY iamjosh on | May 20, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    one waste team... Deccan chargers!! will score less than 100 runs today for sure!!!

    Gayle will pummel that in 6 overs and make the runrate higher than any team in IPL..

    Runrate 4.42...wt kind of match is this? testmatch?

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    dear all whisile podu and msd fans chenaai blown away

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  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    dear all whisile podu and msd fans chenaai blown away

  • POSTED BY iamjosh on | May 20, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    one waste team... Deccan chargers!! will score less than 100 runs today for sure!!!

    Gayle will pummel that in 6 overs and make the runrate higher than any team in IPL..

    Runrate 4.42...wt kind of match is this? testmatch?

  • POSTED BY AjitNarayan on | May 20, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    CHEEEEENNNAAAIII! Talk about luck. We owe this to Deccan and Delhi. Drinks are on us, boys!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Again a win going CSK's way.. not fair LAST 3-4 days gone CSK's way, what do we make of that, who would have thought Deccan will beat RR and RCB, IPL just favours big teams, just think SRINIVASAN takes CSK players in Indian teams, srinivasan's team gone to the playoffs when noone would have thought it. JUST THINK PEOPLE

  • POSTED BY Vernacular_Press on | May 20, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    The chokers of IPL does it again.

  • POSTED BY dinuhebbar on | May 20, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Result was predictable even before first ball bowled. Can anyone expect IPL final at Chennai without CSK in play offs??

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Deccan Did it for Chennai...

  • POSTED BY piking on | May 20, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Thanks to N.Srinivasan,president of BCCI CSK through to semis.today's match is fixed.RCB lost intentionally.people should stop watching ipl.

  • POSTED BY Aspraso on | May 20, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    RCB did not lose the match today they got knocked out today -- they actually lost the match the IPL series when they allowed DD to score 194 after scoring 214 and thuis losing out on gaining invaluable NRR points. They should have got DD out for around 150 that night.

  • POSTED BY Sheela on | May 20, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    CSK does not deserve to be in play off as this team has gone through because RCB failed in their laar game.