Chennai v Kolkata, IPL 2012, final, Chennai May 28, 2012

'Didn't expect Bisla onslaught' - Fleming

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Stephen Fleming, the Chennai Super Kings coach, has said Manvinder Bisla's assault in Kolkata Knight Riders' successful chase of 191 in the IPL final was unexpected. Super Kings, two-time IPL champions, failed to make it three in a row as Knight Riders beat them by five wickets in a last-over finish at Chepauk.

"I don't know if we can over-analyse how wrong we got it, but admire what they did. Bisla, I thought, was outstanding, they needed someone to stand up," Fleming said. "We got a great early wicket of [Gautam] Gambhir, which we had targeted, but we didn't expect the onslaught from Bisla, maybe a quick 30, 40 would have been fine, but he took it quite deep."

Bisla smashed 89 in 48 balls and was involved in a 136-run stand for the second wicket with Jacques Kallis, who also scored a half-century. "That partnership gave them belief," Fleming said.

With 20 needed to win off the last two overs for Knight Riders, Super Kings still stood a chance and the pressure on the visitors grew when Kallis fell in the penultimate over, off Ben Hilfenhaus. However, Hilfenhaus bowled an above waist-high full toss the next ball, yielding three runs and an extra delivery that was hit for four by Shakib Al Hasan. "In the 19th over, there was a big turning point with the no-ball, going into the last over with 14 or 15 to win is a different story," Fleming said. Nine were needed off the final over and Manoj Tiwary finished the game with two successive fours.

Fleming, however, praised his team for its performance through the season, and for fighting hard in the final. "When you get beaten like that, it's a lot easier to take than when you've played below par. A little disappointed that our campaign has been termed as 'lucky', we still got the points to qualify for the semis. The challenge next year is to be one of the most consistent sides."

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  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 29, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    csk lost because Dhoni was as usual - that is, he thought things would happen by themselves. And it didn't happen and by the time it happened (Bisla getting out) it was too late. Dhoni never set attacking fields. He may not ever learn, because with his current approach he is making ok percentage of successes. I wish he learns a few things from Aussie captains. Ashwin, instead of trying to contain, tried to get wkts. csk fielders obviously were less focused. Hope they have all learnt.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 29, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Match was lost when KKR scored 7 runs off effectively just one ball in that Hilfenhaus over. Final over was just a formality. Hilfenhaus is a vastly improved bowler now a days but seems to struggle somehow during the final overs.

  • POSTED BY sanay1988 on | May 29, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Manvinder Bisla has shown what a special talent he is.When Gambhir was bowled out not many people would have given KKR any chance.Bisla,ably supported by the experienced Kallis batted superbly to take the game away from CSK.The CSK bowlers could never really apply pressure on the KKR batsmen.The only time when the game appeared to be slipping away from KKR was in the 19th over.However,Shakib and Tiwary managed to keep their cool to reach the target.KKR are definitely deserving champions because they played with passion and dedication.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    There are some basic mistakes Dhoni made: Morkel, with the highest strike rate, should have been promoted up the order; another thing is he did not utilise Anirudh who could have scored faster than others. Even Ashwin can be promoted up the order, he is a big hitter.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Excellent summary by Stephen Fleming. Yes, 19th over no ball cost CSK. Also CSK fielding was not as good as other 2 play off. Intensity was bit less once Bisla got going. May they took it bit easy after Gambhir was bowled. I do not think any other CSK bowler at 20th over would have done anything different with 9 runs and 5 wickets in hand. Fleming refelected most of CSK fans thought that it was not fair to call lucky to qualify for playoff. CSK got the points they needed and it was messed up by others. In fact CSK was unlucky not to finish up the matches earlier, results may have varied if CSK played the final league matches. Fleming was also right it was more low and then high in league matches. Bravo and Faf was a stand out through out. Bravo was bit predictable in the final going for runs, except that he is the best medium pace all rounder played in IPL 2012. Loved watching him through out. Morkel was bit unlucky not to get more batting options..Well done CSK..

  • POSTED BY rofl on | May 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    The match finished before the last ball..that was a bit of a let down (used to the last ball finishes this season ;)).. I thought dhoni would pull this one off..but bravo and his slow ball (continous slow short balls??) let him down..i was rooting for CSK to win..for the simple reason that if KKR won, SRK will take all the glory and as suspected the inevitable happened! Now we have to bear the sight of SRK licking and smooching the cup plastered all over the tv :(

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @eomer17: In a belter, no one can judge if a bowler or batsman is fit for international level. If CSK finds ashwin to a best spinner for them, it is because he has bowled and won matches for them last 2-3 seasons. He is anytime better than harbajan and deserves chances. Once teams understand Naraine's variations, time would come where he too would be belted like Ajantha Mendis.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @dare_to_beat: Don't know what you are trying to imply. It is not luck if a rain washes out a match without a ball being bowled. You cannot know if CSK would have won or RCB won. What Yoohoo implied was that all teams have that luck to finally go in and get it. KKR deserved it but just attributing luck to CSK and crying for other teams like RR, RCB, Kings eleven not going in even for their hard work does not make sense. In fact the other 3 teams had every chances to knock CSK out, but could not make it count. The main argument is that don't attribute luck alone to CSK considering the way they raised themselves in play offs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Only non-KKR fans were surprised by Bisla's knock. He's been looking good in the few games he had played before the final.

  • POSTED BY mandar11 on | May 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    The fact that KKR chased 190 runs(highest ever) in IPL final against charged up CSK on their home ground after loosing their inform captain cheaply proves clearly who was a better team on the day of the final. Even when KKR was fielding and CSK batsmen were dominating I did not find KKR fielders dropping shoulders..infact they took some good catches to end Vijay and Raina. I think a better team won the tournament in the end.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 29, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    csk lost because Dhoni was as usual - that is, he thought things would happen by themselves. And it didn't happen and by the time it happened (Bisla getting out) it was too late. Dhoni never set attacking fields. He may not ever learn, because with his current approach he is making ok percentage of successes. I wish he learns a few things from Aussie captains. Ashwin, instead of trying to contain, tried to get wkts. csk fielders obviously were less focused. Hope they have all learnt.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 29, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Match was lost when KKR scored 7 runs off effectively just one ball in that Hilfenhaus over. Final over was just a formality. Hilfenhaus is a vastly improved bowler now a days but seems to struggle somehow during the final overs.

  • POSTED BY sanay1988 on | May 29, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Manvinder Bisla has shown what a special talent he is.When Gambhir was bowled out not many people would have given KKR any chance.Bisla,ably supported by the experienced Kallis batted superbly to take the game away from CSK.The CSK bowlers could never really apply pressure on the KKR batsmen.The only time when the game appeared to be slipping away from KKR was in the 19th over.However,Shakib and Tiwary managed to keep their cool to reach the target.KKR are definitely deserving champions because they played with passion and dedication.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    There are some basic mistakes Dhoni made: Morkel, with the highest strike rate, should have been promoted up the order; another thing is he did not utilise Anirudh who could have scored faster than others. Even Ashwin can be promoted up the order, he is a big hitter.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Excellent summary by Stephen Fleming. Yes, 19th over no ball cost CSK. Also CSK fielding was not as good as other 2 play off. Intensity was bit less once Bisla got going. May they took it bit easy after Gambhir was bowled. I do not think any other CSK bowler at 20th over would have done anything different with 9 runs and 5 wickets in hand. Fleming refelected most of CSK fans thought that it was not fair to call lucky to qualify for playoff. CSK got the points they needed and it was messed up by others. In fact CSK was unlucky not to finish up the matches earlier, results may have varied if CSK played the final league matches. Fleming was also right it was more low and then high in league matches. Bravo and Faf was a stand out through out. Bravo was bit predictable in the final going for runs, except that he is the best medium pace all rounder played in IPL 2012. Loved watching him through out. Morkel was bit unlucky not to get more batting options..Well done CSK..

  • POSTED BY rofl on | May 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    The match finished before the last ball..that was a bit of a let down (used to the last ball finishes this season ;)).. I thought dhoni would pull this one off..but bravo and his slow ball (continous slow short balls??) let him down..i was rooting for CSK to win..for the simple reason that if KKR won, SRK will take all the glory and as suspected the inevitable happened! Now we have to bear the sight of SRK licking and smooching the cup plastered all over the tv :(

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @eomer17: In a belter, no one can judge if a bowler or batsman is fit for international level. If CSK finds ashwin to a best spinner for them, it is because he has bowled and won matches for them last 2-3 seasons. He is anytime better than harbajan and deserves chances. Once teams understand Naraine's variations, time would come where he too would be belted like Ajantha Mendis.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @dare_to_beat: Don't know what you are trying to imply. It is not luck if a rain washes out a match without a ball being bowled. You cannot know if CSK would have won or RCB won. What Yoohoo implied was that all teams have that luck to finally go in and get it. KKR deserved it but just attributing luck to CSK and crying for other teams like RR, RCB, Kings eleven not going in even for their hard work does not make sense. In fact the other 3 teams had every chances to knock CSK out, but could not make it count. The main argument is that don't attribute luck alone to CSK considering the way they raised themselves in play offs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Only non-KKR fans were surprised by Bisla's knock. He's been looking good in the few games he had played before the final.

  • POSTED BY mandar11 on | May 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    The fact that KKR chased 190 runs(highest ever) in IPL final against charged up CSK on their home ground after loosing their inform captain cheaply proves clearly who was a better team on the day of the final. Even when KKR was fielding and CSK batsmen were dominating I did not find KKR fielders dropping shoulders..infact they took some good catches to end Vijay and Raina. I think a better team won the tournament in the end.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 28, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    19th over is always the horror over in the IPL isn't it?

  • POSTED BY eomer17 on | May 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    yoohoo sir the pitch was a belter yesterday ,none of the bowlers performed,na? KKR was always going to be chasing big when they did not get an early wicket. Concerning Bisla,sorry to cut you but he has got 50+ in IPL 3 vs RCB.Kumble in a show yesterday said that bisla had similarly won the game then( he was with punjab),having said that his inng was still unexpected but the same goes for raina.well CSK made that total cause of the pitch and lost for the same.the way bisla hit ashwin was awesome given that CSK finds ashwin the best spinner on earth!!....just shows what a mediocre bowler he is.although we got to know that during the aussie series.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | May 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @Hari Prasath Remember one thing: Dhoni is the best hitter ever. if he cant play u should see the way he played mendis in asia cup final 2008. He was the only one to look confident.Other so-called legends needed lot of video motions

  • POSTED BY dare_to_beat on | May 28, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    @yoohoo do u know that a match between csk and rcb was washed out and each team got '1' point? If rcb won that game, csk would find their place below kings xi. wining the toss in final is also a 'lucky', hitting naraine out of the park is also 'lucky'...so the opponent who has been consistent throughout the tournament deserve some 'luck'...so they got 'bisla' and a '7 run ball'

  • POSTED BY guptahitesh4u on | May 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Good to see KKR winning the tournament. It would have been frustating to see lucky teams like CSK or MI won the trophy. a final between DD and KKR could have been more fitting end.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @yoohoo - spot on with your comments. CSK never played its match with RCB and got one point each. So, there is no point in terming it as luck. It is just that rain did not allow that match to happen at all. If there was a match and CSK just escaped from defeat due to rain, it is a different story. For Kolkata, imagine if Balaji is not injured. Brendon must have been in and I wonder if he would have scored those 80/90 odd runs. I really doubt. So, there is nothing new in Gambhir's captaincy to select Bisla as a master stroke. They should thank Balaji's injury here.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Dont even care who won.... im just thankful that the Idiotic Pointless League (IPL) is over.

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | May 28, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @Peru27 - The case of Pakisthan in 1992 WC is different. They were all out for 64, and england were 42/1 when there was rain and each team got '1' point each. Because of that '1' point pakistan could get into semis. That is pure luck, because rain is just divine intervention, not a human thing. CSK didn't go through because of rain like pak.

    Also, talking about luck, Kolkata and gambhir were really lucky yesterday. A person who wasn't even supposed to be in the team, and never made a 50 before this match, suddenly hits the score of his life!! all the regular KKR players like narine, and gambhir had flopped. That is called luck!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    IPL is about whole tournaments including league matches. People pay to watch each and every game. So what CSK performed well in the playoff's? they were just ordinary side in the league matches and were lucky to enter in the playoffs. Its good for the IPL that they lost in the final.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Raina / Jadeja Did Not Bowl At all!!...when jakati was bowling with no spin at all and morkel , bravo going for runs , why not try them!! Bad ONe!!!

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 28, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    CSK's entry into the play offs has been termed as "lucky" by many but denied by several including Fleming. No doubts CSK had the points to qualify and others didn't. However, there was 9 out of 10 chance that others would have gone ahead of CSK. You would expect atleast RCB to beat DC 9 out of 10 times (on the current form) and when that didn't happen, there is nothing wrong in saying CSK were lucky. CSK definitely was lucky to be in the play off but the way they played the play off, I would like to say that CSK was unlucky to have played inconsistently during the leage stage. If only they played like they played in the play off, Delhi Daredevils would have been a distant second.

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | May 28, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Well, I just hope that CSK maintain the record of finishing in the Top 4 every year and maybe a cup at least once before each 3-year player contract expires. If CSK kepp winning every year (which they almost did), IPL will be changed to CSK-PL.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 28, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    My dear friend Fleming in T20s "nobody should underestimate the opponents & always expect the unexpected in crunch games" 2-3 good overs from either side can make a big big difference. A good example was this IPL final where lesser known Bisla came to the party with a Blistering knock that will be remembered for sometime specially by the Chennai crowd !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Dhoni shouldnt be arrogant with his beliefs atleast from now on.We all know MSD is not a good hitter of wristy unorthodox spin bowling.If Bravo came to bat instead of MSD I am damn sure it would be a different story.Yhis time Luck Work Against MSD in all the possible ways.19th over should given to Bravo.Its really hard to play slow bowlers with 10 rpo needed pressure than a raw pace.

  • POSTED BY Peru27 on | May 28, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    The reason why they say CSK were lucky is because, 3 teams had to lose for them to qualify. And CSK had nothing to do with those 3 teams losing. Simple as that. They sit out for a week and watch others lose and they qualify. Thats simple luck. Just the same thing that had happened to Pakistan in 1992 World Cup. WI had to lose to Australia for Pakistan to qualify. So, its just luck in that sense. But then yes, CSK's performance in the playoffs was above par. No doubt they played well. But guess they just ran out of luck in the end.. :-)

  • POSTED BY AjitDJ on | May 28, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    The deserving team won yesterday. Enough said! CSK were lucky to even be in the qualifiers, given how they played in the league stage.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Rightly said by Fleming , Why term CSK lucky they qualified to Semi's because they had the required points and others didn't as simple as that. It is insane some people Saying tht CSK being in final was also due to luck, I don't think luck has got to do with some of the dominant ever performances you will ever see in the play offs. Yeah they didn't win in the Final , but they made a telling statement in the finals not giving it up till the final over just that they KKR were just better in pulling it off.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Rightly said by Fleming , Why term CSK lucky they qualified to Semi's because they had the required points and others didn't as simple as that. It is insane some people Saying tht CSK being in final was also due to luck, I don't think luck has got to do with some of the dominant ever performances you will ever see in the play offs. Yeah they didn't win in the Final , but they made a telling statement in the finals not giving it up till the final over just that they KKR were just better in pulling it off.

  • POSTED BY AjitDJ on | May 28, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    The deserving team won yesterday. Enough said! CSK were lucky to even be in the qualifiers, given how they played in the league stage.

  • POSTED BY Peru27 on | May 28, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    The reason why they say CSK were lucky is because, 3 teams had to lose for them to qualify. And CSK had nothing to do with those 3 teams losing. Simple as that. They sit out for a week and watch others lose and they qualify. Thats simple luck. Just the same thing that had happened to Pakistan in 1992 World Cup. WI had to lose to Australia for Pakistan to qualify. So, its just luck in that sense. But then yes, CSK's performance in the playoffs was above par. No doubt they played well. But guess they just ran out of luck in the end.. :-)

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Dhoni shouldnt be arrogant with his beliefs atleast from now on.We all know MSD is not a good hitter of wristy unorthodox spin bowling.If Bravo came to bat instead of MSD I am damn sure it would be a different story.Yhis time Luck Work Against MSD in all the possible ways.19th over should given to Bravo.Its really hard to play slow bowlers with 10 rpo needed pressure than a raw pace.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 28, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    My dear friend Fleming in T20s "nobody should underestimate the opponents & always expect the unexpected in crunch games" 2-3 good overs from either side can make a big big difference. A good example was this IPL final where lesser known Bisla came to the party with a Blistering knock that will be remembered for sometime specially by the Chennai crowd !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | May 28, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Well, I just hope that CSK maintain the record of finishing in the Top 4 every year and maybe a cup at least once before each 3-year player contract expires. If CSK kepp winning every year (which they almost did), IPL will be changed to CSK-PL.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 28, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    CSK's entry into the play offs has been termed as "lucky" by many but denied by several including Fleming. No doubts CSK had the points to qualify and others didn't. However, there was 9 out of 10 chance that others would have gone ahead of CSK. You would expect atleast RCB to beat DC 9 out of 10 times (on the current form) and when that didn't happen, there is nothing wrong in saying CSK were lucky. CSK definitely was lucky to be in the play off but the way they played the play off, I would like to say that CSK was unlucky to have played inconsistently during the leage stage. If only they played like they played in the play off, Delhi Daredevils would have been a distant second.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Raina / Jadeja Did Not Bowl At all!!...when jakati was bowling with no spin at all and morkel , bravo going for runs , why not try them!! Bad ONe!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    IPL is about whole tournaments including league matches. People pay to watch each and every game. So what CSK performed well in the playoff's? they were just ordinary side in the league matches and were lucky to enter in the playoffs. Its good for the IPL that they lost in the final.

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | May 28, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @Peru27 - The case of Pakisthan in 1992 WC is different. They were all out for 64, and england were 42/1 when there was rain and each team got '1' point each. Because of that '1' point pakistan could get into semis. That is pure luck, because rain is just divine intervention, not a human thing. CSK didn't go through because of rain like pak.

    Also, talking about luck, Kolkata and gambhir were really lucky yesterday. A person who wasn't even supposed to be in the team, and never made a 50 before this match, suddenly hits the score of his life!! all the regular KKR players like narine, and gambhir had flopped. That is called luck!