Delhi v Chennai, 2nd qualifier, IPL 2012, Chennai May 25, 2012

Vijay century overpowers Delhi

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Chennai Super Kings 222 for 5 (Vijay 113) beat Delhi Daredevils 136 (Jayawardene 55, Ashwin 3-23) by 86 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The questions everyone was asking after the toss were: why is the virtually unknown offspinner Sunny Gupta making his IPL debut in Delhi Daredevils' biggest game of the season and why was purple cap holder Morne Morkel dropped? The questions resonated through the game and will haunt the Daredevils management for long, as one of the biggest tactical goof-ups in IPL history meant another season of dominance at the league stage ended without a win in the playoffs.

M Vijay clubbed a century and Chennai Super Kings took their toll of the weakened Daredevils attack to run up the highest score of the tournament. The decision to leave out Morkel had been based partly on wanting to strengthen an already intimidating batting line-up but the target was too much to ask even of Daredevils' superstars.

Super Kings came into the competition boasting a batting unit littered with match-winners but they rarely clicked together in the league phase. In the playoffs, though, they have been a transformed side. Two days after mauling Mumbai Indians, their batsmen fired again leaving Daredevils bowlers utterly clueless. Gupta was taken for 47 in his three overs and Varun Aaron conceded 63 in his four, the most expensive figures in IPL history.

Much of the punishment came at the hands of Vijay, who hasn't had the best of tournaments. A poor run at the start of the season left him with the unwanted distinction of being the only retained Indian player to be dropped in 2012. Super Kings backed him after leaving him out for a few games, and he repaid the faith with a big-match innings that has put them in their third final in a row.

The hammering started in the first over, as Gupta's first two deliveries were driven to the long-off boundary by Vijay. Normally a player who favours the leg-side, his lofted drives through the off side were the highlight of the innings. Even with Michael Hussey sensibly pushing the ball around and letting Vijay go for the big hits, Super Kings motored to 68 in eight overs.

Hussey fell soon after but by the time Virender Sehwag came on to bowl in the 11th, Vijay was unstoppable. That over kickstarted another phase of heavy scoring: first a six to midwicket that was brilliantly caught by Ross Taylor who stepped on the rope as he landed, then a powerful cut behind backward point for four, followed by a boundary to long-on and a six over cow corner. After that second six, Vijay was at such ease that he was sharing a joke with non-striker Suresh Raina. Two overs of mayhem later, when Vijay safely guided a ball to third man, he was gesticulating in frustration for having taken only a single off the delivery.

Daredevils didn't help matters with their shoddy catching. Sehwag was awfully leaden-footed to a miscue from Raina to cover while David Warner, possibly their best fielder, grassed MS Dhoni at long-on. The bowling from Daredevils wasn't particularly poor - there weren't too many hit-me full tosses or gifted-away deliveries down the leg side - but was merely run-of-the-mill length stuff that was no worry to Super Kings' marauders. Morne Morkel's control was sorely missed.

Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo played mini-versions of their powerhouse efforts against Mumbai Indians while Vijay went on to his century, which he celebrated with gusto pointing to the back of his shirt and showing his relief to put an indifferent run firmly behind him.

Facing with a massive target, Daredevils had another surprise in store: for the first time this season, Sehwag didn't open. Mahela Jayawardene came out at the top of the order and, though he stuck around for a characteristically elegant half-century, the game was virtually done within the fourth over of the chase as both Sehwag and David Warner were dismissed.

Super Kings' batting may grab all the headlines, but their fielding has also been top-class this season, highlighted by Vijay's sharp catch to dismiss Warner and then the running take by Hussey to send back Sehwag.

Ross Taylor slogged a couple of sixes over midwicket but his over-reliance on that stroke cost him as he miscued a wide delivery to mid-on. Jayawardene was left with too much to do, and after he was bowled after missing a reverse-sweep, there was no one to stop Daredevils from sliding to the biggest defeat of the season.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AMAZINGFAN on May 27, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @love bite,dhoni is indian so every indian must be proud of what dhoni has done for indian cricket.i'm not from chennai but i love when csk fans praising dhoni and comparing him with lion.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 27, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    CSK has a good team and strong management. Thats why they are successful. They strategize well, they plan well and execute their plans. They are honest with themselves and their fans about their form. Fleming admitted it publicly. Dhoni spent hours in the nets to get his form back. They have the conviction to back their players <don't be surprised if Raina hits a century today>. All this indicates a stable and self-believing team - not an arrogant one. So, please acknowledge the good things about CSK. There're a lot of good lessons to be learned from a team that has produced consistent results for 5 years. They are worthy of admiration.

  • vpk23 on May 26, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    THE IPL 2012 IS GONNA BE AN 'EASTMEN COLOR' AFFAIR.. WOW!! LET'S ENJOY THE COLORS LADIES & GENTELMEN

  • on May 26, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    hope home boy Balaji delivers against his old team who did not retain him.... FROM A CSK FAN. Balaji- always a super king.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 26, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @pai11 no need to get angry, cricket is just a game. But I can understand your frustration though with all the chest thumping you did in the past only to find that the big hitters in the world like Sehwag, Warner, Jayawardena, Ross Taylor, and Andre Russell all combined yesterday to produce fewer runs than a "nobody" like Vijay. That too on an excellent batting track that produced a record amount of runs for one team. Ouch! That must hurt. But don't worry there is always next year for DD. I hope at least the finals turns out to be a more competitive game.

  • harshacc on May 26, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    4 finals in 5 years is not luck.It is called consistency.Other teams should try it.I hear it works wonders for your trophy cabinet.

  • joseyesu on May 26, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    I remember a saying that both Genius and Fools make the same mistake,but at the different time. In the beginning CSK, neglected a specialist bowler and understand it early that it won't work. But our dear sehwag, Leaving a Orange Cap bowler...

  • supadupamonk on May 26, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    guys stop ur whining about csk team and enjoy the mouth watering finals between csk and KKR.....csk are champions so try to respect them instead of bashing them, even csk lose the finals it doesnt matter becuase they have proved they are one of the best......

  • Romenevans on May 26, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    First Harbhajan...Then Sehwag and now it will be Gambhir. Dhoni is on hunting spree.

  • InnocentGuy on May 26, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Yes love_bite, Dhoni is from Jharkand and plays for Chennai, Balaji is from TN and plays for KKR, Gambhir is from Delhi and plays for KKR, Pollard is from West Indies and plays for Mumbai, Taylor is from NZ and plays for Delhi. What's your point? It's ALWAYS a case of the 'hindi-speaking belt' (as Gavaskar (or was it Amarnath?) put it), not being particularly fond of the South, especially Tamil Nadu. For what reason, I do not know. Yes, some CSK fans have been acting arrogant, but give credit where it is due. You talk as if CSK had some undue advantage in picking this team. NO. Every franchise had the same set of players to choose from. CSK just happen to have chosen wisely and nurtured their picks and supported them.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 27, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @love bite,dhoni is indian so every indian must be proud of what dhoni has done for indian cricket.i'm not from chennai but i love when csk fans praising dhoni and comparing him with lion.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 27, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    CSK has a good team and strong management. Thats why they are successful. They strategize well, they plan well and execute their plans. They are honest with themselves and their fans about their form. Fleming admitted it publicly. Dhoni spent hours in the nets to get his form back. They have the conviction to back their players <don't be surprised if Raina hits a century today>. All this indicates a stable and self-believing team - not an arrogant one. So, please acknowledge the good things about CSK. There're a lot of good lessons to be learned from a team that has produced consistent results for 5 years. They are worthy of admiration.

  • vpk23 on May 26, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    THE IPL 2012 IS GONNA BE AN 'EASTMEN COLOR' AFFAIR.. WOW!! LET'S ENJOY THE COLORS LADIES & GENTELMEN

  • on May 26, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    hope home boy Balaji delivers against his old team who did not retain him.... FROM A CSK FAN. Balaji- always a super king.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 26, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @pai11 no need to get angry, cricket is just a game. But I can understand your frustration though with all the chest thumping you did in the past only to find that the big hitters in the world like Sehwag, Warner, Jayawardena, Ross Taylor, and Andre Russell all combined yesterday to produce fewer runs than a "nobody" like Vijay. That too on an excellent batting track that produced a record amount of runs for one team. Ouch! That must hurt. But don't worry there is always next year for DD. I hope at least the finals turns out to be a more competitive game.

  • harshacc on May 26, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    4 finals in 5 years is not luck.It is called consistency.Other teams should try it.I hear it works wonders for your trophy cabinet.

  • joseyesu on May 26, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    I remember a saying that both Genius and Fools make the same mistake,but at the different time. In the beginning CSK, neglected a specialist bowler and understand it early that it won't work. But our dear sehwag, Leaving a Orange Cap bowler...

  • supadupamonk on May 26, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    guys stop ur whining about csk team and enjoy the mouth watering finals between csk and KKR.....csk are champions so try to respect them instead of bashing them, even csk lose the finals it doesnt matter becuase they have proved they are one of the best......

  • Romenevans on May 26, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    First Harbhajan...Then Sehwag and now it will be Gambhir. Dhoni is on hunting spree.

  • InnocentGuy on May 26, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Yes love_bite, Dhoni is from Jharkand and plays for Chennai, Balaji is from TN and plays for KKR, Gambhir is from Delhi and plays for KKR, Pollard is from West Indies and plays for Mumbai, Taylor is from NZ and plays for Delhi. What's your point? It's ALWAYS a case of the 'hindi-speaking belt' (as Gavaskar (or was it Amarnath?) put it), not being particularly fond of the South, especially Tamil Nadu. For what reason, I do not know. Yes, some CSK fans have been acting arrogant, but give credit where it is due. You talk as if CSK had some undue advantage in picking this team. NO. Every franchise had the same set of players to choose from. CSK just happen to have chosen wisely and nurtured their picks and supported them.

  • sweetspot on May 26, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    @Love_Bite - All of us know where MSD is from! We LOVE him in Chennai, and we will all cry if our thala has to leave to another team! In the meantime, we will enjoy him in our team, no matter where he is from. Raina is our boy from Ghaziabad. Most people in Chennai won't even know where that is on the India map. But we LOVE Raina too! CSK camp is a happy camp, whether it comes to players or supporters. We don't care who is born where! Everybody is in the fold of CSK fun family. Ask Dougie how much he gets cheered! Chennai crowd cheers for good cricket. Remember when CSK won the 2010 final in Mumbai against MI? How many people were in the ground to cheer Saurabh Tiwari for being the under 23 rising star of the league? Nobody from the majority local crowd, but the handful of CSK fans cheered him there too!

  • csowmi7 on May 26, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    those who are still ranting about how csk are lucky are delirious. In fact even Australia were lucky to win the 1999 world cup as in the semi final they tied with SA when SA were in a comfortable position. Also they were given a reprieve in that tournament during a must win situation when Steve waugh was dropped off a sitter by Gibbs after being 48/3. Pakistan were likewise lucky to win the 1992 world cup as their match with New Zealand was washed out sending them into the semi finals.

  • PSKI on May 26, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Love_Bite, get your facts right on the CSK team. CSK has a good team on account of excellent and strategic player identification. They did not have four India players when they first formed the team - neither Ashwin nor Raina were part of the India T20 team in 2007, Jadeja was bought only in 2012. Neither Badrinath nor Vijay are anywhere in reckoning for India spots. And none of the international cricketers that Chennai have - Albie Morkel, Bravo, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger (other than Hussey) were STARS that franchises were after. Albie was unknown when CSK first picked him. Even Hussey was not sought after for T20 skills. This contrasts with international STARS like Malinga, Pollard, Pietersen, Warner, McCullum, Taylor etc. that other franchisees have bought. The only STAR that CSK had was Murali, whom they refused to bid for beyond a certain price in the 2011 auction. We have to admit that CSK is successful for identifying, nurturing and retaining players well.

  • on May 26, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @supadupamonk: rightly said mate...."players are picked in auction not free of cost"...so lovebite pls stop ur whining and njoy the final...

  • magicumesh on May 26, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @Love Bite - Yes, we agree, we have talented team. But thats not our fault. Each player was selected in auction with limited purse and our team management chose wonderful players for their team. We didnt buy players thru back door (ex.Gayle for RCB without auction). We chose best t20 players while others chose ordinary. Also a talented team doesnt mean they perform everyday... See MI & DD, they also had very gud team but failed in crunch matches. We proved for the last 5 years, we are the most consistent team in IPL. Please stop criticising CSK and advise ur favourite team to select gud players. Finally, Dhoni is from Jharkand but we adopted him as CHennai S FAVORITE SON !*! go CSK gO

  • on May 26, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    All the scripted teams reached the playoffs, atleast if a team like RR or Kings XI would have reached the playoffs, they would have given their best, not like these one man armies.

  • Salt.Bite on May 26, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Being an Indian ,i always hated the aussie team for being so consistent and winning every important cup.I have now got the opportunity to cheer for a team that is consistant as hell and always wins the big games just like the aussies did a decade ago.So my suggestion to all CSK bashers,become a CSK fan...........I promise the team will never let you down.CHEERS......

  • Salt.Bite on May 26, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Try Googling the most expensive teams of the IPL .I am sure everyone will agree that money alone isnt enough to ensure consistent performance.CSK won because it was simply better than the other 2 teams in the playoffs.And y shouldnt we fans, of CSK and Dhoni rejoice after victory.Our team has played quality cricket,and we are happy with it.One request to all CSK bashers,pls dont hate CSK just because it wins every time...............

  • Salt.Bite on May 26, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @LOVE BITE: LOL,seems that your whole belief system has been shattered after chennai entered the final for the fourth time.I believe in giving credit where its due.CSK is not unplayable.you will win against CSK if u have better planning.If MI and DD dont have big game temperament then how is it dhoni's or CSK's fault.Anyway hope that your team plays good cricket next season and you dont get so much frustrated .......

  • Dragonov on May 26, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Its undoubtedly a blunder on Sehwag's part for winning the toss and not electing to bat first. The the pitch curator had already made evident that the track would slow down eventually, making the run chase difficult. And WHY THE HELL WAS MORNE WARMING THE BENCHES IN SUCH BIG A GAME AS THIS??? Not even the stupidest captain in the world would've dropped such a "firestorm"!! Though I'm an ardent CSK fan, I should'nt be blamed for expecting a minimal backlash from DD.. Anyway, CSK should be wary of Narine's enigmatic spin in the finals.. Dhoni's captaincy has been wonderful in the knockout stages (So has been Gambhir's throughout the league) and I hope he wont disappoint me in the finals. All the very best for both the teams. Let the cricket win!!

  • supadupamonk on May 26, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Love_Bite: That is a hilarious comment.....dont blame csk team for winning matches but blame ur team for losing....players are picked in auction not free of cost....

  • on May 26, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    i belive csk is the one team in ipl which can upset any team in this world in t20 and what was the wi team for t20 world cup (narine,gayle,polard,smith,russell,cooper,bravo,&rest...)looks like great team on paper

  • on May 26, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    I see here all the other teams fans know more about the CSK team better then DD Captain. Lot of frustrated indian bullting at CSK team and their fans, Stop complaining and accept the truth. Morne Morkel's replacement was Russel who has a figures better then anyone in the match. Sunny Singh was a surprise inclusion however it back fired them. As it happens since it is shortest format of the game. I would have replaced Warner at the price of Morne. And nadeem in place of Sunny. Still DD would have lost. CSK played like they got nothing to loose. Best attitude wins the game.

  • cnksnk on May 26, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Some of the comments here are the old sour grapes story. Love bite and Iindal Priyank seem to be suggesting that CSK had the advantage of having all India and international players. While it is true it shows an great understanding of what this format needs. It does not need Interantional super stars but good quality Indian players. After all indian players have to fill in 7 slots. However other than Dhoni and Ashwin none are playing in the test team. Also there are some who says that the CSK team is very average and that some of the players like Badri, vijay etc will not play in any other international side. May be true but they contribute. Also it isimportant to note the CSK has not only won in India but also in SA. All the teams had the oopoturnity of picking a good team but it needs strategy and foresight to think through the composition of the team and choosing the team.remember that other than Balaji and Murali CSK retained all of its core players. No luck but strategy. learn !!!!

  • patz101 on May 26, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @Love_Bite I truly agree with your point. Knowing MI and and CSK they should win all the matches considering their bench strength. If CSK is really promoting talent then they would play more of young domestic players like Mukund or even BCCI selectors son Anirudh srikanth. Badrinath cant be considered a domestic players he has so much experience of dominating domestic cricket. Jakati is not promoting talent, Vijay is like Rayudu who just has been with CSK for so long. Players like mukund are just their bench cleaners who got so much potential similar to rahane. All other teams except MI and CSK got atleast one youngster to promote. In that terms CSK should do brutal aussie domination like unbeaten run of 30 odd games in world cup. People who say CSK are dominant, they havent even finished first on any of the IPL.

  • on May 26, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Its shocking to see no one noticing the contributions of Bravo in the whole IPL. Bravo has scored 371 runs with batting average 46.37 and strike rate of 140. HIs batting average and strike rate is the best among all CSK team members. Plus he took 14 wickets at an economy rate of 7.60 (not to forget he bowled in the death overs in lot of matches). As an allrounder, his performance is the best one u can expect from an allrounder. I will not be surprised to see Bravo getting Man of the Tournament Award instead of Gambhir.

  • on May 26, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    CSK's Journey to IPL -5 Final is scripted by Many. Kings XI lost their last league match against DD. RR lost to less fancied team DC. Worst part is RCB unable to to score 130 odd runs and lamely losing to DC. Then comes Eliminator. Much hyped MI made tactical error by bowling first and allowed CSK to score 187 runs after 1 for 2 in 2 overs. Then comes the batting collapse and MI batsmen marching to pavilion on regular basis. Finally DD droped Morkel, favoured them with debutant Off-Spinner to amase a whopping score of 222. Adding fuel to fire Viru was shying away from opening the innings and didn't do much as one down batsman. Dhoni says "All is well! All is well" KKR!! What surprises you have in your kiity for tomorrow's Match!

  • My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on May 26, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    And dear CSK fans, Don't be so MEAN, for God's sake. Dhoni is from Jahrkhand NOT from Chennai. So please also give some credit to Jharkhand for producing a leader like Dhoni who is taking your CSK from strength to strength.

  • My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on May 26, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    For example :- KKR - If their top order performs - Good ! Else the team gone as KKR can't depend on likes of Das, Shukla and Bhatia every time. But you guys have got Bravo and ALbie @ 7 and 8. Wow ! Now take DD - No quality spinner - But u guys have got No. 1 spinner of Team India right niw now - Ashwin. U guys winning against DD is Not something to be cheered of - DD had no quality spinner on Spinning track. U guys had home advantage. DD's all-rounder was injured. Highest-wicket taker had to sit on bench due to Irfan's injury to make up for the team balance. A guy named Gupta Gupta made his debut in semi-final lol even my gali bowlers would bowl better than him. Viru had to change the batting order then due to Vijay - The flat track bully who hammered Gupta and Aaron in front of home crowd. Guys, the team you have got along with MI is supposed to win each n every match.

  • My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on May 26, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    CSK...Ur's is the most balanced & the most favorite team to win (taking Indian players angle into consideration)... It would NOT be wrong to say your team bullies other teams. Some days ago, I saw one of the passionate CSK fans posting that - there's no individual player from CSK leading the wickets or runs tally as CSK believes in team-Game where everyone contributes. Really ? Does it makes sense ? Ur team has NO loop hole where every player is of international level (except Jakati). It is just that none of your player was in exceptional form till laegue matches, BUT you have got so many well-known players that everytime 2-3 different players emerged and took the match away which was NOT with other teams where some of the players had to perfrom every match otherwise the team would lose as rest of the doemstic level players or the players who have been out of Team India for years and years r not gud enough 2 win d match. FACT.

  • My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on May 26, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Why celebrating aggressively after CSK's win, dear CSK fans ? Isn't it obvious that your team is supposed to win each and every IPL title ? No other team (except MI) have the luxury of so many Indian players in their line-up - THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT NEEDED IN UR TEAM TO WIN THE MATCHES - 4 regular Team India players -[ Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja & Ashwin ] + Vijay, Badrinath; All well experienced international level players; No other team have luxury of having so many Indian players. And then you have got 2 Highly ranked All-Rounders to balance the team even more - Albie & Bravo ! U have got Australia's most dependent batsman in Hussey. Moreover, you have got the India's or even World's Coolest, thinking Captain in Dhoni who has taken even Team India to victory from many pathetic situations. Pace dept. is also good with 2 Australian quickies in Bollinger and now Hilfenhaus. Only Jakati is the domestic player you have got.

  • patz101 on May 26, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @rocks.andy I am laughing at the great comments about these players Raina, Dhoni, Vijay, Jadeja. Knowing the BCCI policy or shall I say BCCI merged with CSK policy i will not be surprised if jadeja makes it to the test team. I am so happy england exposed raina with short ball. Dhoni is even worse than raina in test match. Such inept technique and clueless test match captaincy by dhoni who puts no slips for tailenders in aussies conditions. Only the Mr Cool can come up with that captaincy. Mr Cool cant even play one captains innings in test match. Captains innings in test match is overseas test hundred like Ganguly made against us in Headingly. It took such batting heavy pitch to get vijay back in form, wonder why raina missed out aswell. All 4 of these players in dharmasala were shocking against punjabs domestic bowlers. If the final was in dharmasalas swinging conditions then they would have struggled to make even 120.

  • dmqi on May 26, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    I would not give Vijay more than 35 runs in the final against KKR bowling. That would tell what score DD would have if Morney would play.It was simply insane not to play the top bowler. CSK will not score more than 160 against KKR bowling.

  • on May 26, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    supadupamonk: Not only Lord Krishna (Dhoni) but also the whole army is with CSK. Raina, Vijay, Badrinath, Ashwin & Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni himself. LOL. What else you want ? U guys have maximum no. of current Indian team players. Don't be so proud of your team. Ur CSK and Ambani's MI (for the same reason of TOO Many quality Indian players) are supposed to win each n every IPL title !

  • on May 26, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    People may wonder how come CSK is peaking at the right time in crucial games , the reason is unlike other teams CSK is not dependent on a single match winner , because every one in CSK is a match winner ... thats why if some one gets out , the next player comes to the crease and plays his natural game . the evident is

    Match no - 6 DC Vs CSK Jadeja won the game for csk with 48 runs and 5\16 Match no -13 RCB vs CSK morkel won the game for csk with 7 balls 28 Match no - 24 CSK PWI duplesis and badri won the game for csk scoring 58 , 57 Match no - 26 CSK vs RR Duplesis won the game for CSK scoring 73 Match no - 46 CSK vs DC it was a team effort 3 batsman scored above 30 runs raina ,dhoni,plesis Match no 56 - CSK vs RR aniruth Srikanth won the game for CSK w Match no 59 - CSK vs DD Hilfenhaus won the game for csk with his 3\8 Match no - 63 CSK vs KKR Bravo Won the game for CSK with the last ball Six Eliminator CSK vs MI , Badri hussey,Bravo Dhoni won the match 47 ,49, 33, 50

  • magi6 on May 26, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    The comments here are very balanced and very apt. May the best team win in IPL5 final. Best of luck to both KKR & CSK.

  • baranasai on May 26, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    I think Final hangs in a balance-50-50.Both KKR and CSK have done well.But if recent trend continues then CSK will keep their nose well in front.Better luck both teams.

  • rockz.andy on May 26, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    hahaha i was literally laughing on the floor by some of the comments made about vijay that he is an international material that means if he selected for India he will score in an innings of 8 test matches,supporting a region player is good unless and until that doesn't cause any damage to the country's respect. raina,vijay,jadeja most overrated players along with the most overated dhoni with the support of BCCI just made Indian cricket along with the diminishing the new talent..how many chances they will get raina rohit jadeja all played more than 100 games no one had clicked either..these politics will destroy the nation.. and people still praising with out knowing the fact why puple cap holder is have to aside because its already written

  • on May 26, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Sehwag captains the way he bats. Without using the brain. Who else will fall for an upper cut, when you are short of a great landmark by just ONE run; that too after failing to connect trying the same shot against two consecutive balls, trying the same shot. He will NEVER captain India is a wrong statement. He SHOULD NEVER be allowed to captain India! He should be used at No 6, with clear mandate hit some quick runs and rattle the opposition. Period.

  • on May 26, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Farhadur Reza : In ur Dreams my M8......

  • supadupamonk on May 26, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Sachin_immortal: well said buddy....a good captain matters the most for an IPL team, look at KKR now they are playing beautifully under Gautam this IPL season they are struggling to qualify for the play offs....am not saying Dhoni is the best captain in the world but when it comes to subcontinent pitches i rate him highly.

  • csowmi7 on May 26, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Even if Chennai lose on Sunday its still one of the greatest achievements in IPL. 5 IPL seasons and 4 finals with 2 championships and a champions league trophy. KKR can only dream of such consistency. Their flaws will soon be exploited. They are a 2 man show Narine and Gambhir unlike Chennai who have plenty of match winners for all situations.

  • on May 26, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Three teams flattered in the decisive phase of the championship that allow the CSK to enter in to the play off, and what we witnessed in Play off is MI and DD made one of the biggest tactical goof-ups in IPL history.MI allow chennai to bat first back fired knowing internationally MSD is best defender if he gets avg score but he get above par score. In DD case leaving their best bowler is even worse, Will it there be another tactical blender waiting for us in Final??? My gut feeling is KKR will drop Shakip and get Lee back just to increase their bowling strength if they do so....we will wait and see.

  • csowmi7 on May 26, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @rasiramesh KKR won off the 4rth ball of the last over chasing a modest total of 140 while csk won off the last ball chasing 158. I hardly think that KKR won by a hefty margin against csk.

  • supadupamonk on May 26, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    In Mahabharat when Lord Krishna asked Arjun before the war what he wants he asked for Krishna by his side and the army goes to Duryodhan....like wise Dhoni came to CSK and his troops taken by the rest of the team and so the rest of the team suffers and CSK wins.......

  • on May 26, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Laugh as much as you want chennai....but surely you are gonna have to cry in final. Go KKR.

  • Bruisers on May 26, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    @Sachin_immortal - You had to curse Rajat Bhatia instead! for bowling a fulltoss to Bravo when 5 was required off 1. That ball made a huge difference to the outcome of the tournament.

  • mkAgrahari on May 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Thank god.......Sehwag is not our Indian team caption......................................this is not about the luck,this is his stupid captaincy which throw them out of the IPL...............on the both two matches, he takes so many funny decision......promoting negi and rao ahead of Taylor against kolkata caused them match and morkel exit againt chennai make sure chennai get a big total against a toothless bowling attack and then hiding himself by coming down at number 3...........you need to take rest from captaincy and concentrate more on your batting Mr.Sehwag........

  • rasiramesh on May 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    CSK have won MI & DD because both these teams where not effective, KKR has a better bowling unit when compared to CSK. Sunil Narine Mystery is yet to be solved by any team. In league meetings both have won against once each other. In one match Kolkatta comfortably won and in another Sunil Narine dismissed both M Vijay & M Hussey & finally CSK win the game by the last ball. So KKR has the better edge when compared to CSK, So KKR will win their Maiden IPL title... CSK cannot escape Sunil Narine this time... Better luck next time CSK...

  • satish1970 on May 26, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Class Act CSK, Only team qualified to semifinals and above in all V IPL Matches shows they are true champions

  • GSP17 on May 26, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @shaan461, As per IPL rules, finals will be played in the home of previous year champions... there is no surprise why its played in chennai.. People who follow IPL closely will know thia fact...

  • praveen4honestremark on May 26, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    One thing is clear after i read the comments and so i would like to make some points on CSK and DD teams and , also how people here just feel some teams as lucky, some as unlucky, some as average..i have answer for all...here it is : 1) CSK is true dominating, aggressive, no mercy team of the IPLT20 right from it started in 2004. It never shows mercy for opposition team same like Aussie. Like how Gilly only played during final in ICC world cup 2007 against Srilanka, like the same way CSK has genuine match winners. Ordinary players you call them??, funny Every player in CSK is a gem, i mean it...they all deliver as a team when it matters and Dhoni like Captain Ponting leads team well. Vijay was Gilly yesterday. 2) There are many ordinary players who are rated high like Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag.....Jaffer is better than Sachin in IPL. Sehwag c Hussey b Hilfennaus. It just shows what great foot work(hahaha) and great player Sehwag is...Sehwag is stubborn, ordinary player.

  • on May 26, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    I felt sorry for varun who was bashed around for the worst bowling figures so far in an IPL in terms of economy rate.The boy has to learn something.its no about keeping bowling fast every time but also to bowl intelligently.Umesh was better in that he kept it straight and full at the death.by the way Csk knocked out the best when it needed the best out of them.Hail MSD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GSP17 on May 26, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    @Bivek dahal, No one will feel if you don't watch.....

  • skyeshwin on May 26, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @BhinderKamboj Yeah,most of the CSK 'sloggers' didnt last 10 balls at Dharamsala. But,what about the so-called 'quality batsmen' in DD??? Except for Warner, none of them lasted for the same 10 balls at the same ground. Atleast we are super kings in dead flat tracks. Your team got all out in the same flat wicket LOL !!!

  • on May 26, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    nice work team... all the best

  • Bishu_XI on May 26, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    The decisions taken by Shewag in yesterday's match was baffling. 1. Decision to keep Morne Morkel (purple cap holder) out of the team. 2. Decision to bowl after winning the toss. 3. Opening combinition. Shewag should have opened. 4. Playing debutant Sunny in place of Nadeem(not sure if Nadeem was injured)

    It was said that said that Saurav Ganguly was the worst captain of IPL 2012. I feel Shewag and Harbhajan were the worst looking by their playoff performances against KKR and CSK. They had great teams but could not manage them properly. I am a fan of Shewag and his performances in the initial phase as batsman was excellent.

  • dariuscorny on May 26, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    these are very dangerous signs Murli Vijay getting into form not for KKR but for India coz of this inning he wud automatically get into Indian team for the t20 wc and as we all know how good a player he is.costing India dearly in each and every match he played for India.remember friends he wud not be getting friendly deliveries to be smashed around the park in international matches.and finally to fit him into the squad a real talent wud be sacrificed

  • kmgnath on May 26, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    KKR Vs. CSK --> it'll be a good game. CSK will be the favourites, has many match winers KKR depends only on Ghambir and Sunil Naren, and some reasonable performers at the middle. Will the finals pitch be flat or spin pitch? Spin --> CSK have 4 spinners in their side, KKR has 4 of them, Sunil could be decisive factor for this. Flat --> KKR have few players who can make utilize this, but CSK has loads of players who can destroy opposition. Everything boils down to 3 hours of play over der, and especially the starts each of the teams get without loosing too many wickets.

  • eomer17 on May 26, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    DD has been on the down slide for quite some time now,their bowling barring morkel and nadeem has been ordinary,its really their batting thats won them on most occasions.Aaron showed yet again that he has a long way to go before being considered as india material.umesh yaday is miles ahesd of him but he too needs to improve.aaron was blasted by yusuf pathan and vijay both of them would look pathetic against better bowlers. also chasing in a big game is beyond comprehension,its not as if you're chasing against pune or DC!!FLAT chepauk pitch and club level players(read vijay) make merry!!thats why when he plays for india he made to look like a noob!!lol....

  • kartickrajj on May 26, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    CSK ON THEIR USUVAL WAY.SIMPLY SUPER PERFORMANCE.GREAT CSK

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 26, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Well done CSK. Good to see them marching forward like true champions. I remember Albie Morkel saying (after the loss against KXIP in Dharamsala) that if we get another chance, we'll fight really hard. They're living up to that promise. The guy who's really come off as the biggest surprise is Dwayne Bravo...his all round contribution doesn't get as much coverage because of the the batting and bowling of the specialists, but he's become an invaluable member of the winning combination. Its Raina's turn to win it against KKR. All the best CSK.

  • ShakeelSardar on May 26, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    It would be a great contest between the powerful batting lineup of CSK and the artisitic bowling attack of KKR. Hope to see a great finale!

  • on May 26, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Thank goodness India have Dhoni, otherwise we would have had Sehwag as Indian captain!

  • ruhan_071 on May 26, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Match won by Vijay...Don't give too much credit to MS for this....

  • ShakeelSardar on May 26, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Its true what somebody said: "IPL final always means CSK vs any other IPL team"

  • on May 26, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    @cricketlover111 CSK appear to have a home ground advantage in the final despite only coming 4th, strange!!!!

    That was the stupidest thing I heard today. If you follow IPL closely, the end matches are played in the city of the franchise which won the tournament the last time. So CSK earned the advantage. Look at DD on the other side, they were last in the previous edition, they should have been relegated to 2nd division if there was one. They played like a 2nd division side yesterday.

    Even if Morne Morkel had played the result wouldn't have been much different when CSK plays so well.

  • sweetspot on May 26, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Morne Morkel figures rather heavily in the discussion. But I can see the logic behind leaving him out. Sehwag must have seen the track and wondered how many batsmen he needs to chase down a big score. Putting in an extra batsman to replace Pathan's batting ability is what cost them. That is insecurity in thinking. But if Warner, Sehwag, Ross Taylor and Mahela cannot do the job, surely it cannot be left to Andre Russel and Venugopal Rao. The other reasoning could have been to keep Morne fresh for the final! Now he will be fresh in the final flight home. Seriously, would Morne Morkel have given 86 runs less? What if he had bled massively on this pitch? There was no swing on offer and the ball was hitting the bottom of the bat on many occasions. Morne's pace might have been comfortable for CSK. In any case, 222 is a massive score and at Vijay's strike rate, any team would be up against it.

  • on May 26, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    SO sad. I perhaps wont watch the final now. No Mumbai and now no Delhi. Whats happening !

  • sri2001 on May 26, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    You play foolishly and appreciate the opposition for playing a great game. Don't understand the logic. Stop judging players by one knock. For eg Rohit Sharma. Don't know why Mumbai was so confident on James Franklin. He was a real flop. Can't bowl full quota of overs and can't bat.

  • pai11 on May 26, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @ TheUltimateTruth: CSK won and you are on a rampage now.. where were you when CSK lost to KXIP? i see that you had not posted a single comment that day??? mate, its natural to feel elated when the team you support wins and feel sad when your team loses. its but normal behaviour. CSK won today and congrats to you. but it doesn't make sense to ask the DD supporters to comment for your whims and fancies...

  • on May 26, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Though I am a fan of RCB , I have no qualms in admitting that Chennai entering play-offs by dislodging the former by virtue of better run-rate, and taking CSK to greater heights. Even if RCB were to be in the play-offs in place of CSK may be they would have scored about 180/200 against MI (courtesy: Chris Gayle/ABD), but their bowling is so weak, right from 3rd bowler would have gone for hammering and the target would have been wiped out by the MIs. End of the day it would have been a high scoring game but a losing one for RCB! I am so happy that CSK has launched at the right time and is sure to lift the cup!! The difference between CSK and any other team in the IPL is the captaincy! That is where MSD is a unique star! Congrats CSK in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thyagu5432 on May 26, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    This game was won by CSK even before the first ball was bowled. CSK has that effect on the opponents. They plan something assuming something but something else happens. Delhi, possibly, wanted to strengthen their batting thinking CSK's bowling is lax, their batsmen are not in the best of forms and hence the best bowler of IPL 5, Morne Morkel, may not be needed to brush aside CSK. And they were wrong, their out of form batsman, Vijay, chooses the wrong or the right time (depending on who you are cheering for) to make a big one. Ashwin chooses the wrong or the right time to bowl his best spell of the tournament. Vijay keeps his place in the playing 11 even when he fails 8 out of 10 times because he wins 2 out of 10 for CSK. He is a big match player. I only wished the playoffs were not this one sided. I hope we have a thriller on sunday.

  • pai11 on May 26, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth: i had not made any predictions for this match mate.. have to admit that CSK played great... also pondering what the DD's "think-tank" were thinking?? hope they get their actions right in Champions League..

  • on May 26, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    I think shewag wanted to save Morkels energy for the final.. thats why he rested (not dropped) him..............and now what!!! DD Rest In Peace.......:) LOL...

  • Er-.S.R.shankar on May 26, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    All CSK haters should at least grudgingly acknowledge the splendid skills displayed by the spirited CSK cricketers. Each cricketer pulled up his weight[sparing Jadeja] and you have a captain who has understood the role of each member[like sending Badri earlier in last match]--This is not for one isolated IPl--season after season.What about world class fielding! A player of the calibre of Duplessis is warming the bench! Even presence of Morkel would not have altered the result as Hussey, Badri and even watchful vijay could have handled hm as they did for Umesh & Russel Do not insult cricket calling Vijay's knock a flat track one. He played a Sewag today [though he had an indifferent season due to long injury lay off] The track was not that flat and you need clean strikes and strong wrists.At least six CSK batsman possess them KKR has to play out of their skin to beat them on their home ground I wish CSK fans should continue to be level-headed irrespective of the outcome

  • harshacc on May 26, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    I can understand the method behind the madness of two things that DD did.Not playing Morkel will be a decision that the finest minds of this generation will struggle to come up with an answer for.They might achieve perpetual motion and world peace but never solve the thinking behind this puzzled decision.

    I am all for the X factor bowler.It is sound in theory.SL did it when they unleashed Mendis upon India in one series.But not Sunny Gupta.This is a guy who plays for TN in domestic league.Same state as Badri and M.Vijay.This is a bowler they would have faced day in and day out during their domestic campaign.

    Sehwag not opening was also had some merits.Imagine if Warner and Mahela had brought up the score to 70/0 in 6-7 overs.Sehwag comes in.Carnage ensures and DD find themselves at 170/3 at the end of 15 overs.You would back DD at that point.Unfortunately Warner has not found Chepauk to his liking.He likes pitches with carry.he does ok at Kotla, similar pitch but not at Chepauk

  • on May 26, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Mahi is someone or a real champion, real captain, a real player. He is the one who knows what really winning is about. He is the crisis man. He answers to his fans like me by his bat when his team is in great trouble. One thing he is not lucky but he knows to take luck with him

  • on May 26, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    I think DD understimated the prowess of CSK in resting Morkel. Given the CSK route to qualifier that is very understandable. DD cannot be faulted. Besides the spark in Sewag was owefully missing. He looked listless right from the start and seemed very unhappy about something. Morkel was saved for the Grand Finale, but it just did not work out this way.

  • Sachin_immortal on May 26, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    From Delhi and a huge Sachin fan. I am frustrated after seeing both the teams I support lose badly. Everytime, CSK batsmen scored a six or a boundary, I cursed RCB and DC. I also cursed DD for winning that game against KXIP. At the end of the day, I feel like I have to praise the CSK management for putting up this team. They look immortal every year at the final stages. Being a ManU supporter for long, I now know the feeling of my friends who support other teams.

    KKR would have been favorites with 2 left-arm spinners along with Narine if they have to face MI or DD on a spinning chepauk wicket. But, that has been negated as CSK have 4 left hand batsman to combat 2 left-arm spinners. I don't see both Abdulla and Shakib playing this game. One of them would be dropped and KKR will play to the strengths of CSK. Also, there is no word on Balaji's hamstring injury. Tide is against KKR. All I want is a last ball finish or a super-over. I don't care who wins it.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 26, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Also agree with a85j. Chennai has ample time to study and prepare for one bowler's (Sunil Narine) 4 overs. More than likely Narine will fail (too many quality players in the Chennai lineup) and Chennai will win, because Kolkata really don't have anybody else. If Narine steps up and still ends up the victor, it will be a testament to the quality of this man. Biggest test for Narine coming up and the Final will be a cracker (not white)

  • johnathonjosephs on May 26, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Delhi made 2 tactical mistakes. The first and very obvious, excluding the highest wickettaker, Morne Morkel, from the squad. What ludacris. Would Mumbai drop Malinga or Kolkata drop Narine? Very ridiculous in my opinion. The second mistake was that Sehwag did not open with Mahela (yes, Mahela opening was a good idea, he statistically does very well when he opens the batting after a long period of being at a different position). It should have been Sehwag, Mahela, and then Warner @ Number 3. Like Dhoni said, "they had the lineup to chase it down". Oh well Delhi, if you think that replacing the highest wickettaker of the tournament with some brand new debutant is a good idea, maybe you deserve to be out of the tournament

  • siri1234 on May 26, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    this is exactly why i was saying mahela should have captained instead of viru sehwag.under mahela's captaincy delhi would have chances of winning.hopefully the team management and owner will make mahela captain from the next season and buy kumar sangakkara by selling virender sehwag.

  • shaan461 on May 26, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    As proved so many times, T20 is all about leadership. MI vs CSK it was Bhajji no match to Dhoni. DD vs CSK Shewag no match to Dhoni..Final will be interesting Gambhir vs Dhoni. Shewag will get the award of the "bravest" and worst captain of IPL. Brave- cause he can drop Morkel. Worst- cause he can drop Morkel. One thing no one noticed...CSK managed to get both the crucial matches in Chennai---Lalit Modi are you tweeting?

  • on May 26, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    If Morkal and Pathan also in the Team , CSK Form will Kick them too .. DD will Lose the game for Sure .. CSK Rocks .. U DD Fans listen , Morkal is not better than Malinga in Economy did u see wht happen to malinga in Bangalore .. CSK is Dare Devil now ..

  • praveen4honestremark on May 26, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    A team effort i should say from CSK.This is how a team should play. Always like CSK players attitude. They are aggressive, athletic, very intense competitors whatever may be the form of player, they try hard to win for CSK. Even having some problems in league stage, not being in great form they tried hard to win what they should, last ball six of Bhatia against KKR in league by Dwayne Bravo is an example that this CSK team is a real team, and it is same team effort that is helping it to win cups, and have never say die attitude. Dhoni's leadership is a an asset and Hussey's an Australian way of never say die attitude is rubbed onto his team. CSK bowling is only weak link now, even though it looks they have restricted DD for 136 but it was some poor shots by DD batsman that gave CSK wickets. I believe it to core CSK is going to check itself in all departments and fine tune themselves, before they face KKR in final. Let's see what will be result, but i will say always CSK. CSK Roars.

  • on May 26, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    @the_blue_the_android: Yes, I thought the same, He lost last IPL when he benched McGrath. He has not changed. This time it is Morkel. Why he has not played Agarkar? All the inexperienced bowlers were easy meat for Murali Vijay. Another big mistake, when the bowling is not strong, how can he opt to field is another puzzle!

  • ElBeeDubya on May 26, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    BEST COMMENT about the game: "Instead of Sunny Gupta, DD could have tried Sunny Leone to mesmerize CSK batsmen."

  • on May 26, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Please look out for the birthday boy sunil narine on sunday!!! Quality bowling! KKR must win. Chennai won enough!!! Vijay and hussey cant read narine actually noone can!! lol trini to the bone!

  • on May 25, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    YEP THAT IS VERY TRUE. JUST LET CHENNAI PLAY ATLEAST FROM THE PLAY OFF AND THEY WILL WIN THE FINAL. SO THERE WONT BE ANY NEED FOR SO MANY LEAGUE MATCHES

  • on May 25, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    watch out the roaring lions are out of the cage next meal will be the kkr on sunday.

  • ottoflick on May 25, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    I thought west indies had a brainless captain but Sehwag took the title away. Jadeja is the most overrated player in the ipl. He should refund the owners of csk............ Shame shame shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 25, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Can anyone imagine KKR without Narine? But somehow Sehwag was able to imagine DD without Morne and paid the price. Sorry for DD.

  • suchilotus on May 25, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    surprise, surprise!!! dhoni for the first time is getting animated and pulling out all strings. Heavy duty work by dhoni at the final stages of the league. True Leader, True Champion, Dhoni!!! its really the NEW INDIA!!!!

  • suchilotus on May 25, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    feeling pity for chennai bashers, poor things, i can see none of them right now on the post. hahahaha!!! dont let a King In just like that and expect them to go without a wimper. Dhoni will leave big scars by the time he lifts the cup. Dhoni is now out to prove other teams Kiddy captains like Harbhajan, Sehwag and now Gambhir their right places in the team India. Washer Boys at most these kids can be for dhoni. Dhoni rocks....

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 25, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Not too many comments from DD fans. pai11 where are you? Bruisers also had a prediction for the game. Didn't come true. Own up buddies -- don't let the cat get your tongue.

  • The_Legend-Killer on May 25, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Murli Vijay is another Indian flat-track bully

  • 30-30-150 on May 25, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Now how much will all teams be ruing that last ball SIX from Bravo off Bhatia.. CSK would have never made it to the semis without that fulltoss-Six. Only KKR can make up for it now. Well played CSK (have to say) and all the best KKR (the eventual winners)..

  • CSKPON on May 25, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    IPL-5 is already decided when other teams collectively failed to keep our CSK in top 4. We take it for granted and kicked out others one by one. Just KKR remaining to get one more kick... In coming IPL Matches, other teams to fight for the runner up place only... Because, chennai will be there to win.... CSK.... HA HA HA ..... WINS.... ALL IPLs. OTHER TEAMS ... Just raise your hands and say as "CSK.. The kings". That's all....

  • Bhinder.Thind on May 25, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Sunny Gupta? Why not Sunny Leon? At least we could have been entertained. on serious note, Sehwag is dumbest captain history may ever witness. what you have done? from word go, he looks alike playing to loose(in Playoffs). Delhi made a mockery by not retaining Gambhir. They have a team to beat the best but need to find a better captain and think tank. Getting hit by murli vijay (below average player) is a pure insult. Most of CSK's sloggers(Murli,Raina,Jadeja,Dhoni esp.) can't last 10 balls on seaming friendly wicket. we have seen it in Dharmshala but they are super kings on dead flat wickets lol. shame shame!! Delhi need to find a quality spinner for next season.Sadly, Indians believe in dead flat tracks on the sake of entertaining crowd. I want to see how murli goes against Narine

  • on May 25, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Well, poor show by DD, 8 reasons why CSK won today 1. Home Advantage 2. DDs Poor team composition 3. Toss ( no one would like to chase in a pressure match) 4.Fielding efforts, ( example warner dropping Dhoni) 5.Bad body language ( when they were hit for boundaries, rather than coming back strongly, they gave up) 6. poor captaincy from sehwag ( he bowled the 11th over and conceeded 20+ runs) 7.Poor shot selection ( sehwag, ohja, jayawardene, warner all got out in loose deliveries) 8.of course strong CSK batting order CSK won the match by 11th over their innings... NOTE: But dont say CSK won these matches by luck, these matches are best example how strong the team is and we never requested any team to be with 17 points and with bad run rate, RCB is not fit to play in play offs ( keep in mind gayle is not the player, every one shd perform ) kings X1 doesnt have quality match winners....

    All in all.. CSK deserve this position and will win the cup... cheers!!!

  • Kannan_siva on May 25, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    The lion was almost dead and buried. But RCB made a mess of not winning their final match to deny CSK an entry into play offs. Now the lion is killing all its prey in its vicinity. MI then DD. Next will be KKR in line.

  • BlacK_SpideR on May 25, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    a very comfortable win for csk......but...KKR will take away the cup.so csk fans dont be exited.csk cant bat well to kkr spinner...

  • Ra_Thore on May 25, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Dhoni is a great wicket-keeper and reads almost every star batsman. While standing behind the wicket, he can judge every batsman's weakness in pressure and help the bowlers take the batsmen out. I feel that he might help his country win the next World T-20 Tournament. Of course, the luck will favor and savor him as usual.

  • riprock on May 25, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    What is Viru or the Daredevils think tank doing? Sending Venugopal Rao and Pawan Negi ahead of Ross Taylor and Irfan Pathan in a knock-out during a chase? Dropping purple cap holder and your best bowler Morkel to apparently strengthen the batting coz Irfan was injured? If they wanted more balance coz of Pathan's absence.. They should've dropped Taylor instead of Morkel for Russell. And Sunny Gupta? Who? What happened to Shahbaz Nadeem or the experienced Agarkar? And Russell who's only a finisher at no.5 before Rao and Naman Ojha? Lovely. Such tactical blunders ensured disastrous performances in the most crucial games.

  • Nampally on May 25, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Yes,Sehwag makes a lot of blunders. But dropping Morkel is inexcusable.How can the leading wkt. taker in IPL be dropped in a "Must win" match?. Dhoni made similar blunders as Indian test team captain with his XI selection. Even if Management wanted Gupta in, there were plenty of guys he could have dropped but not Morkel. If Morkel got Vijay out in his first over, Chennai would have been fighting to build 140 let alone 222!. Indian captains make mistakes at the IPL level & do the same at the Test level too. I feel that there should be a training institute for the Captains in team selection, field placing & bowling changes. DD played as though they were in a dream- warner dropping a catch + Sehwag did not move in the right direction to take another fly ball from Vijay - both before he got 50. Then both Warner & Sehwag got out to irresponsible shots when they were considered the mainstay in the chase.Sad story for DD all round..

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 25, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Well Done CSK...True Champions....Respect From BD

  • on May 25, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    WHY DD DROP THE pATHAN?????????

  • on May 25, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Bad team selection, bad toss decision, bad fielding. Tragic end to delhi's

  • skyeshwin on May 25, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    What a way to win this game !!!! The table toppers didn't took off I guess. Poor strategy from the DD management. Decisions like leaving out a world-class bowler like Morkel and Sehwag not opening the batting were puzzling to say the least. All the best CSK !!!! CSK fans u,raise your hands u !!!!

  • ahweak on May 25, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    In cricket, as in any sport, there is the intangible required to win and CSK have that in spades. Somehow they make it to the business end of the tournament. Give them a slight opening in the door and they kick it down.

  • Alexk400 on May 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Morne morkel not played? Your highest wicket taker? Russel may hit few sixers but you need your strike bowler to get wickets. Sehwag has no strategy or captaincy skills. His decision making is atrocious. I think i am cool with batting order up. It was best they can have. How many time i tell you people short fast bowler with conventional bowling action is no good. It shows up trakjectory very early for batsman to pick up length. I think DD and sehwag and theiir coaches lacks common sense. Eric simons supposed to be bowling coach , what i saw is worst coach. DD problem is they don't play as a team because captain do not know strength and weakness of each player. These guys go by the book or something. Not everyone says correct in every time. All rounder is good if it is available. If there is no all rounder you go with your best 11 players. I am astonished sehwag left out Morkel. DD lacked that extra sting. They have batting.Their bowling is the problem. i would fire eric simons.

  • Stalwart07 on May 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    LOL @ Bruisers. Highest Score in IPL and that too in an important phase of the tournament knocking out the team which was No.1 in the league phase. Well batted Vijay.

    What more needs to be said.? I would like to see a match between CSK and Rest of the world.

  • on May 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Well Never Expected Murali Vijay to Make such a stron comeback, but i am very happy he clicked in the right moment, he was showing good signs against the encounter against rajastan.Ravi shastri said He Delivers One Powerful Performance each IPL, and this one was surely special this year against the table toppers.CSK you are In RED hot form, in the Hot chennai they start as favourites before finals.

  • on May 25, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Instead of Sunny Gupta, DD could have tried Sunny Leone to mesmerize CSK batsmen.

  • myStraightTalk on May 25, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Shewag easily criticised Dhoni indian captancy, now he knows how difficult to win the playoff. Performing under pressure is not for Shewag. Gambir to follow next..

  • BlueAndYellow on May 25, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    I have an idea for reducing the number of league stage matches: let chennai play the final directly, thereby reducing 16 matches. Trust me it won't change a thing.

  • Analyst_c on May 25, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Sehwag as a captain has a very defensive mindset. In the game against KKR, he kept Taylor in the dugout far too long and sent him out only as No. 7. A sign of his defensive mindset.

    Today he brought in Russel to replace Irfan (not Morkel). Because Irfan is an all rounder, he replaced him with another all rounder- Russel. So then he was forced to leave out one international player and he chose Morkel. This was sheer insanity. Irfan should have been replaced with another Indian. Plus, in any case Nadeem should have been in the team in place of poor Gupta. Plus I would have replaced Aaron with another pacer. Aaron has been in atrocious form lately.

    So the line up should have included Agarkar or some other pacer, Nadeem, and Morkel in place of Russel, Gupta and Aaron. That would have left Delhi short by two all rounders but with a better bowling attack. Defensive mindset is an absolute disease for any captain.

  • i_amVIVA on May 25, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    shewag is ordinary in batting, and very ordinary as a captain. end of the story.

  • tamilselvan.m on May 25, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    i hope csk will lift the tropy.

  • tamilselvan.m on May 25, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    i fully agreed with you mr.a85j

  • Dude.Cricket on May 25, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    As a CSK fan I knew we will win this match but did not expect DD to surrender so meekly. Right from the toss it looked like, DD just wanted to go home and catch up some sleep. Disappointed by DD, selection, election (winning toss and sending in CSK), bowling, fielding and batting (not even completing the quota of 20 overs, poor CSK bowlers missed some match practice). Viru did not even make an attempt at what looked like an easy catch. I don't think any captain would have dropped Morkel for Russel. DD should have found different way to compensate Irfan. Dropping the purple cap holder is simply NUTS. Viru please give some tips on captaincy to Gambhir, so CSK can be the third time champions.

  • supadupamonk on May 25, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Chennai super kingsu...raise your handsu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!whistle poduuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu...Lions are roaring.........mind it!!!!

  • on May 25, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Watching the last 2 games,im sure Gambhir going to put CSK on chase in the final if he wins the toss and it will be pretty much even easier for the champs to get the title.CSK rocks!

  • tamilselvan.m on May 25, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Vijay is the only Indian player who is not in the Indian team can match with the international player,he has proved in this match.(if he scored team will win) iit is bad decision of sewag to rest morkal in a semifinal who is is the purple cap for this season. it will give a moral boost for for the opponent csk.

  • on May 25, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Unbelievable - the tournament dealers thrown out just like that - It is heartening to see, Chennai Boys played better in every department, they deserve to win. Watch out KKR, here they come....

  • RajuallenEmanuel on May 25, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Saw Animated Dhoni Giving Flying High Fives To Morkel, for dismissing Sehwag... Hold On... ANIMATED captain cool... U got to be kidding me... If he is Cool, Mass Destruction At The Opposite Camp... Can't imagine the Destruction when he is Animated... May be 88 Run Margin defeat for DD is The sign of Things To Happen For KKR...

  • abcricky on May 25, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Spare a thought for Viru... If Dhoni gambles and it doesn't click you say he's experimenting... And when Sehwag does the same you say he's committing blunders??? I would say no team is a powerful one... It matters how you play on match day..

  • on May 25, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    CSK all the way to Final and for those who still complain that CSK is too lucky then think twice.......since we didn't really deserve to be in the Play offs.We must be directly to be in final.... whistle poddu.....

  • RajuallenEmanuel on May 25, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    DD The Best Bowling Attack Of This Year's IPL, Is The Only Team In This Years Edition To Conced 200+ Target Twice... One Against RCB nd CSK... Ironically, M Morkel was watching both the match by warming the bench... Poor Planning... DD Messed up with their batting line-up against KKR... Having given a Second Chance, They Messed up with their Bowling line-up... Deserved This Knock-Out Punch...

  • AhmedQatar on May 25, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    CHENNAI SUPER KINGS TO FEILD UNDER 15 TEAM FOR IPL 6 & 7 AND EVEN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE...

  • sk12 on May 25, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    If you can bench DuPlessis and Saha, its ample proof of the team strength.. Go CSK !! In the finals they just need to see off Narine and go after the rest. Vijay came good today, time for Raina to deliver on Sunday.

  • on May 25, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    in next match, either hussey or raina will win IPL for CSK

  • Dude.Cricket on May 25, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Go CSK Go... thrash the useless KKR.. One more to go ... We are the champions .....

  • RajuallenEmanuel on May 25, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    The Task Is Very Simple For KKR now on Sunday... "Win The Toss, Put CSK To Bat, Pack Your Bags"... They can even add suprise to CSK by dropping Sunil...

  • cricketlover111 on May 25, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    CSK deserve their place in the final but many of the tactical / selection decisions in this tournament have been poor by a number of sides. CSK appear to have a home ground advantage in the final despite only coming 4th, strange!!!!

  • Nampally on May 25, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Chennai outplayed Delhi in all departments of the game.It was shocking to see Sehwag & Warner batting so poorly & irresponsibly. Chennai played as a team with brilliant fielding & with lot of intensity which was totally missing from Delhi.There were 2 brilliant runouts & several diving stops on the fence by Chennai.If they continue to play with the same intensity, they will beat KKR easily. Chennai is the only team with a settled batting line up and half decent bowling. When it is supported by brilliant fielding as against DD, they can beat any team.Congrats MSD & Chennai. Sehwag & DD were most disappointing & it is amazing how they were first placed team for the playoff. Even Deccan could have beaten them on today's showing.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings Rocks......!!!

  • jai_it on May 25, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    CSK removed the Topper of the IPL 5 Point Table.

  • cricketfan09 on May 25, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Mark Butcher spelled out very nicely in the post-match comments on ?ITV4. Brain freeze on the part of Sehwag/Delhi think tank/management to not play Morne and play Sunny (who?) Gupta. And have that poor fellow open against Hussey & Vijay- in the one game that they had to win to get to their first final. CSK will never, never have such an experiment. Do you think they will get Sudeep Tyagi or Suraj Randiv in for the final and open the bowling with them? Surprise element is one thing; but no Morne Morkel (purple cap and all) was bizarre. But thank you Delhi !!...from a CSK fan.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    What a Match - Great Job done by CSK. Sehwag and Others please learn the captaincy from MR.MSD. I forget one to tell, MR. Gambhir still you think you can win :-( better ask SRK to pray for you!!! Captain-ship doesn't come very easy as you like. Its internal perspective how you behave with your team mates. Good luck for 2013!!!

  • InnocentGuy on May 25, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    THIS, is what champions are made of. Fair play to both teams. DD tried their best, strategic decisions misfired. Can't help it. I'm sure no one is still thinking CSK are riding on luck. CSK, once again, I don't care even if you lose. KKR is a deserving team anyway so there's no shame in losing. We are proud of you no matter what. But here's praying that you bring home the cup again!

  • cricketfan09 on May 25, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    From a CSK fan- Though it will be nice for CSK to dominate and win the final, I want a close game against Narine, Balaji, Shakib, Kallis and Co. Last 2 games- very one-sided.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Great player shewag poor captian even a novice wud not leave his purple cap holder, should take lessons from the csk captian. Even bhajji misread him. Sorry for all those who claimed that chennai would be washed out and look where they are.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    It was a pretty ordinary performance by the Delhi. Bad luck for the top team from league matches. KKR should do well against CSK as it is generally difficult for a team to perform equally well in two consecutive matches.

  • cricketfan09 on May 25, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Check out the highest IPL individual batting scores this season. Before (Vijay) today, CSK's highest was Faf's 73 (not even in the top 30 overall); None of the top 25 or 30 scores were against CSK either.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    LOL @ Bruisers for underestimating CSK.Dhoni is a born leader while others are made to be leaders.wtg CSK!Don't mess with us.MIND IT!

  • ElBeeDubya on May 25, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Unfathomable selection process by Delhi followed by unnecessary batting order adjustment!! M Vijay has not been playing his natural game just like the rest of the CSK and now they are back to their best. Their fielding was undoubtedly the best in the IPL and finally they are starting to show form there too. The finals should be interesting.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 25, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    I saw some comments on cricinfo during the game that M.Morkel may not have been that much better since Andre Russell went for only 30 runs. That misses a big point -- Morkel takes wickets and Vijay's or even Bravo's wicket would have made a huge difference for DD. This is also why KKR has a good shot against CSK. That and the fact it would be CSK's 3rd game in five days.

  • Ibra95 on May 25, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Y hasn`t morne morkel played???

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Ah well... Hard not to gloat... But this victory was one of the sweetest... :D CSK remind me of the great australian team of the last decade... hunting in packs... decimating the opposition... not so much by savagery as much as it is by guile, craft and pure class... I reiterate again, it wont matter if CSK win the crown for the 3rd time... they have shown that when it comes to pure class, they are by far the best team of the IPL. Period.

  • dmqi on May 25, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    It looks to me that DD just wanted to give away the game. No sensible man can imagine a C grade bowling line up against a strong batting of chenanai. Shewag is known to be a poor captain and he proved that today. He also proved that he can not play bouncer.

  • Bala007 on May 25, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    The 2 best captains (not sure if its the 2 best teams) of the IPL, and probably Team India will clash on Sunday. I am betting on Gauti and his pugnacious attitude and tenacity vs MSD's flair and big hitting. Either way,hope 4 a gr8 final and may the best team win

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    CSK proves yet again that without doubt they are one of the best T20 teams ever..To reach four finals out of 5 is just outstanding.... No matter how many people call them 'lucky', but to put up a performance like this is just marvelous..They are much like the Australian team at their best; putting their best when it matters the most...Its a mouth -watering final we have in store this Sunday...Though KKR still look the favourites, but you can never count CSK out...

  • Vinnyvinner on May 25, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    CSK all the way and for those who still complain that CSK is too lucky then think twice. They are the most unpredictable team with tremendous performance under immense pressure, CSK- THE REAL CHAMPIONS. What a performance from Murali Vijay and Team CSK. Proud to be a CSK fan.

  • Siddiee on May 25, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Disappointed as a delhi fan as there have been many tactical blunders in todays game but in the end it seems all tactics would have been brushed aside by CSK. They played like champions and got to the position they belong to. All the best CSK & KKR.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    sehwag sehwag iam totally disappointed and feel like writing a letter to the delhi management. why do they make so many silly mistakes when it matters the most..Part of it can be blamed on the planners as well bcoz inspite of being on the top delhi were playing in Chennai wth....why not a home game for table toppers? but thats a silly reason (though an imp one ) overall delhi has to really drop warner, venugopal kind of players yes you read it right warner is nothing but a joke when he plays for daredevils...

  • InnocentGuy on May 25, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    THIS, is what champions are made of. Fair play to both teams. DD tried their best, strategic decisions misfired. Can't help it. I'm sure no one is still thinking CSK are riding on luck. CSK, once again, I don't care even if you lose. KKR a deserving team anyway so there's no shame in losing. We are proud of you no matter what. But here's praying that you bring home the cup again!

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Get ready KKR.... We r on the way... :-)

  • bgshankar on May 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    I was betting with my friends that Vijay will be dropped for this match. But see what happened? Don't know what to say! Its seems that the cup is reserved for super kings :) Gambhir doesn't have to plan too much. Go Suuuuuppppeeeer Kings!

  • Samychennai on May 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Why they are asking the super kings to play 16 league matches and wasting their power pack performances by hiding and play lazy. I think that super kings need to play straight away play off and ask the top three to play against them. Super kings are not just outplaying others completely thrashing....

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Hats off to Murali Vijay for his timely superb display to take CSK for final.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    I told you that this game was between champs and chokers. DD has been blasted away by lions. And some one was suggesting that Sehwag will make sure Dhoni's team is kept away from Semis. I hope all post saying MSD and CSK are lucky will now know what a champion team CSK is. One more to go guys go CSK go

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    CSK did it.......Dhoni U Rock.............:)

  • a87j on May 25, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Now thats the Chennai team, we know and love. KKR's success rides on Gambhir and Narine alone, and absolutely no one else. Worry caused by gambhir's batting form is less compared to the new spin genius in picture. So CSK, strategize against one man 'Sunil Narine' and his four overs on Sunday, title will be in our hands for the third time, without a shadow of a doubt.

  • Selfishkar on May 25, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Playoffs separates boys (tendulkar, shewag) from men (Dhoni).

  • vallavarayar on May 25, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    KKR here we come! DDs were no match for us.

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  • vallavarayar on May 25, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    KKR here we come! DDs were no match for us.

  • Selfishkar on May 25, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Playoffs separates boys (tendulkar, shewag) from men (Dhoni).

  • a87j on May 25, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Now thats the Chennai team, we know and love. KKR's success rides on Gambhir and Narine alone, and absolutely no one else. Worry caused by gambhir's batting form is less compared to the new spin genius in picture. So CSK, strategize against one man 'Sunil Narine' and his four overs on Sunday, title will be in our hands for the third time, without a shadow of a doubt.

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    CSK did it.......Dhoni U Rock.............:)

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    I told you that this game was between champs and chokers. DD has been blasted away by lions. And some one was suggesting that Sehwag will make sure Dhoni's team is kept away from Semis. I hope all post saying MSD and CSK are lucky will now know what a champion team CSK is. One more to go guys go CSK go

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Hats off to Murali Vijay for his timely superb display to take CSK for final.

  • Samychennai on May 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Why they are asking the super kings to play 16 league matches and wasting their power pack performances by hiding and play lazy. I think that super kings need to play straight away play off and ask the top three to play against them. Super kings are not just outplaying others completely thrashing....

  • bgshankar on May 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    I was betting with my friends that Vijay will be dropped for this match. But see what happened? Don't know what to say! Its seems that the cup is reserved for super kings :) Gambhir doesn't have to plan too much. Go Suuuuuppppeeeer Kings!

  • on May 25, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Get ready KKR.... We r on the way... :-)

  • InnocentGuy on May 25, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    THIS, is what champions are made of. Fair play to both teams. DD tried their best, strategic decisions misfired. Can't help it. I'm sure no one is still thinking CSK are riding on luck. CSK, once again, I don't care even if you lose. KKR a deserving team anyway so there's no shame in losing. We are proud of you no matter what. But here's praying that you bring home the cup again!