Mumbai v Chennai, Eliminator, IPL 2012, Bangalore

Dhoni assault knocks out Mumbai

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

May 23, 2012

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Chennai Super Kings 187 for 5 (Dhoni 51, Hussey 49) v Mumbai Indians 149 for 9 (Smith 38, Bravo 2-10, Morkel 2-31)
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MS Dhoni scored a 20-ball half-century, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Eliminator, IPL 2012, Bangalore, May 23, 2012
Led by their captain MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings knocked out Mumbai Indians © Associated Press
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Chennai Super Kings seem to thrive in times of difficulty. At one point in this season, they were hanging by a thread to stay alive and now they're just two wins away from a third straight title. They didn't flinch after losing two wickets in two balls in the second over, they didn't allow a few quick wickets in the latter half of their innings to affect the tempo built by an impressive counterattack. Instead, they took the fightback to a higher level, led by their captain MS Dhoni, whose blistering assault left Mumbai Indians scarred on their way out of the competition. Super Kings' determination and tenacity proved too much for Mumbai Indians, a promising campaign ending in disappointment.

Asked to bat on one of the most productive tracks this season, Michael Hussey and S Badrinath rode on some fortune to help their team recover from trouble and Dhoni then assumed that attacking avatar that had made him a sensation when he hit the international scene. The efforts of those three, together with Dwayne Bravo's late surge boosted Super Kings just as Mumbai Indians dropped their guard with the ball. Only Dwayne Smith's early attack in the chase gave them some hope, but that didn't last long.

Some late swing played a hand in Dhawal Kulkarni's two early strikes and Harbhajan Singh was miserly with the new ball, but Hussey and Badrinath took the challenge head on. Both were initially fortunate to find boundaries off edges with the seamers still finding some movement. But they also middled a few, and found the gaps consistently despite the field being pushed back after the Powerplay. Both drove well, Badrinath cracking Kulkarni past mid-off and Hussey creaming Lasith Malinga through extra cover. When Harbhajan brought his medium-pacers on - his ploy to shuffle the bowling backfired - Super Kings ensured the flow remained unaffected. Kieron Pollard was pulled for two fours in an over, the 10th of the innings, after the first timeout - the cue, presumably, for Super Kings to step up further.

Harbhajan was himself smashed for two sixes before Hussey took RP Singh for two boundaries. The first four overs after the timeout yielded 47. Hussey, Badrinath and Ravindra Jadeja, however, fell in a space of 11 deliveries, but the last eight overs of the innings were to produce 105 runs.

The man largely responsible for that was Dhoni, who flicked his first ball for four over midwicket. Though he has come to exercise far more restraint in his batting, the approach today betrayed no signs of that recent tendency to accumulate steadily before opening up. To his advantage, Mumbai Indians doled out a spate of length balls that he wasn't willing to spare. James Franklin was dispatched over long-on for the biggest six of this tournament, Kulkarni was thrashed down the ground and past cover, and he even had time to make room and cart RP over extra cover.

The stand-out shot was his favourite whiplash, imparting tremendous force against a length ball from Malinga that found itself in the deep-midwicket stand. Bravo, in that penultimate over, launched Malinga - who bowled his most expensive spell of this season - over midwicket and extra cover before finishing off with two sixes off Kulkarni. One of them was battered flat over wide long-off, off-balanced, the power and disdain behind the shot summing up the domination of bat over ball in those late overs.

Some of that contempt for the bowling was also on display in Smith's early ambush of Ben Hilfenhaus - the same bowler who was taken for 14 off the last three balls by Smith in Mumbai Indians' thrilling win in an earlier meeting. He used his wrists well, pulled, flicked, swept and found the boundary with ease in a quick opening stand of 47.

But Shadab Jakati, brought in for this game in place of seamer Yo Mahesh, bowled with discipline at the other end. He bowled a tight line, and his fielders backed him up well. Some superb fielding by Jadeja at point caused a mix-up between Smith and Tendulkar, who was run out, and Smith soon followed, spooning a catch in the same region. Albie Morkel, who got some away movement, had Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma nicking to the keeper, and Ambati Rayudu fell slog-sweeping against R Ashwin. When Franklin was dismissed in the 14th over with 84 still to get, the task was even beyond Pollard. Mumbai Indians' depth in batting promised a close fight, but the pressure of a big chase in a must-win game proved too big to overcome.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Chennai Super Kings 48 23 6 30-2 73-1 0/3
Mumbai Indians 59 14 5 54-1 37-2 1/5

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by aravabalaji on (May 26, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

The greatness of Badri is that the panache with which he is doing the thankless role for innumerable times. The hard-hitters will hit the headlines but those who do the trouble-shooting hardly get any mention even from the commentators. It was a treat to watch the way he adjusted his footwork to negate the swing and he was the one who took the attack to the opposition. He is a class apart in cruch situations.

Posted by Ravie_US on (May 25, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

Here is my comments in Eliminator (vs MI) post match report. So it is another one (M.Vijay ...after a poor IPL session ) from CSK went NUTS today and knocked out the table topper in style. Small mistakes cost Bhajji/MI on Eliminator. Knowing that, there was no room for big tactical goof-ups against this monster CSK. CSK is unstoppable at this point..... ---- @ Ravie_US - On the day RCB got knocked out and CSK made it to play offs, I read one of the comment here. It says "Here you go, In each of 3 games someone go NUTS from CSK and clinch the title". Here you go today, not one but two (MSD, Bravo) went NUTS and knocked out the MI (who qualified play off about 3 weeks ago and the decent performers of this session). I know it is too early and CSK has to meet DD and KKR. But don't forget how DD collapsed against CSK. No wonder people hate CSK and MSD LOL!!! Oh Did I say I am from Chennai and die-hard fan of Captain Cool MSD

Posted by Cric_Tic on (May 25, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

it was really the same old Dhoni about 3 years back...who attacked fearlessly.. this is the natural game for him..and he should be this way leaving other specialist batsmen to defend or consolidate. he is most effective in this avatar.. hats of to you Dhoni.. you command respect from team mates, opposition and fans being this way..

Posted by   on (May 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

CSK bowled one no ball in which Pollard was bowled. Your stats column shows zero no ball for CSK

Posted by bhrangi on (May 25, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas : What abt So called wall ( highest bowled out player LOL) then ??? u always appear when sachin in trouble. I also like Dravid, both sachin and Dravid are valuable assets for india. @ Dhoni fans : I dont know y u cald him as world class player, he won many cup under his captaincy its because its his luck he got many in form players in team india. He failed in 2 test series and CB series just because 3 seniors and others failed. Please tell me y he didn't played well in overseas not only last series but also in the past tours, he dont hav good record in overseas. then how come he is world class. Am from Chennai.

Posted by rsurya on (May 25, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

@Haleos. oh sorry i watched the finals, so Dhoni plays once in 1.25years not in 5 years. is that ok now?

Posted by Shan156 on (May 25, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas, I beg to differ. Sachin indeed is the little master. English fans can never forget the match-winning century he made in the Chennai test (2008-2009) in India's chase of 387. What about his Sharjah exploits against Steve Waugh's Aussies? Or his 2003 world cup exploits? Or his wonderful 241* and 60* in Steve Waugh's farewell test in Sydney (India should have won that test and, with that, the series) when he completely eschewed shots on the offside knowing that was one area where he was getting out often. You got to be a master to do that. I doubt if it would be possible for any other batsman (maybe Bradman, we don't know). Of course, in his 23 years of playing cricket, there are so many other instances. It is a common misconception that he scores centuries only in losing cases. Statistics say otherwise. He has more centuries in matches that India won than the ones that they lost.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (May 25, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

@ Dravid Gravitas..well said about Sachin. People just feel that Sachin is been bashed, but they don't realise ( i am saying to those who just blindly support Sachin always) that he is been failing to get an answer to play in crunch situations; whether it's team India or with MI. Having said that, every individual is not same, some play during league phase , some during playoff's . It's their nature of game and confidence, the unknown Adrenaline push that helps them to Deliver and it is how Dhoni delivered even when he has been in pathetic form during this season.But Sachin on the other hand just can't lend hand when it matters, he just hides under his own shadow, for some strange reason he knows, and from years we can see that Sachin is not a competitor, he has been playing for 22 years but not able to even " pass" in this crunch times.Excelling is high point which we don't expect from him. Atleast be brave dear sachin and lend hand to others, Shame mistakes continue even after 22 yr

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 24, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

Sachin is no Little Master. He is a big-time Little Choker, gets choked at the slightest hint of a big match or pressure. How many years he's been playing cricket for again? 22 years? Is it? Shame! Can't put bat to ball in crunch situations and big matches. On top of that, his atrocious strike-rate and inconsistency cost MI dearly in this IPL. Thanks to Rayudu, Rohit and others that they came to play-offs.

Posted by Trakkan on (May 24, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

@InnocentGuy, Thats perfect. Every one bashes CSK players as ordinary but fail to understand a team is a team and not a bunch of super stars. What has the start studded KXIP, DD (till 2010) achieved or what RCB or MI have won in the past 3 years? A team needs good captain and ability to play "well" in crunch situations and play as a unit. On these counts there is only one yes only one team can perform. Absolute Jeaslousy of this great man from Jharkhand and team from Chennai

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