Chennai v Bangalore, IPL 2013, Chennai April 13, 2013

Chennai goes Baila

Plays from the IPL game between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai
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The irony
Minutes after Muttiah Muralitharan, a Sri Lankan Tamil, became the first man to officially miss a Chennai game for political reasons (Lasith Malinga officially had a bad back and wouldn't have played anyway), the PA system at MA Chidambaram Stadium blared Surangani, a legendary Sinhalese Baila song. The message was clear: Sri Lankan players not allowed, but music is okay. To add another twist, Surangani, which has been dubbed in innumerable languages, was originally produced by a Sri Lankan Tamil pop star, AE Manoharan, in Sinhalese.

The over
Even when he is not going hell for leather, Chris Gayle - and how bowlers respond to him - is an arresting spectacle in Twenty20s. Dirk Nannes was given the task to bowl to him first up, and he nearly bowled a rare maiden to Gayle. It was almost a perfect over. The first two balls were quick and seamed in and cramped him up and hit him on the pad. The next one was on off, but short of a length, and couldn't be hit. Then came a full and wide near-yorker followed by a sharp bouncer.

The maiden, though, was broken by a leg-side wide, and the compensatory last ball Nannes bowled was a full toss on the pads, which Gayle smashed down the ground for four.

The sportsmanship conundrum
In the 10th over of Royal Challengers Bangalore's innings, Virat Kohli punched one back to the right of Ravindra Jadeja, who bumped into the non-striker AB de Villiers and couldn't field the ball. Kohli began to take the easy single on offer, but de Villiers was not sure if it was sporting enough to do so, for there wouldn't have been any single on offer had de Villiers not been in Jadeja's way. He waited for a couple of seconds, but Kohli - the captain, mind you - was too far down the pitch to be sent back. The single was duly completed.

The Trini needle Dwayne Bravo usually makes it a point to raise his game a notch against fellow Trinidadians in the IPL. It is usually against Kieron Pollard, but today he got to bowl at Ravi Rampaul, and brought out the goods. The brief contest, in the 18th over, featured three plays-and-misses, two wides, and one edge through to the keeper, which brought out special celebrations from Bravo, who broke into a jig.

The no-ball that wasn't
The first ball Daniel Christian, making a comeback into the Bangalore side, bowled was called a no-ball for overstepping. Christian was not happy, and replays showed why: a part of his back heel did indeed land behind the line. He argued with the umpire Asad Rauf, and R Vinay Kumar had to intervene. Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together.

Christian, though, got his own back as he bowled a dot on the free hit.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TheCupid on April 14, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    @ Baseball sucks - I hope you had watched the previous matches, in which Murali kartick played. Also Muralitharan is an overseas player and Rampaul was played only because Muralitharan couldn't play.

  • gurussm on April 14, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    what about bravo's ball where kohli was out

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 14, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @let_me_explain, the other commentator agreed too that there was an edge but he felt it came off the glove not an under-edge as Sivaramakrishnan first thought. Both agreed that Kohli was out but not given.

  • let_me_explain on April 14, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @Surya Narayanan -If we were watching the same telecast then I must say replay was not clear.It was clear only to shivramakrishnan and not to to other commentator.They showed 4-5 replays but couldn't say it for sure.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 14, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @Narbavi ; I am not sure if you are aware of that Murali is a spinner n Rampaul is a pacer. lol. Murali Kartik replaced Murali not Rampaul. lol. And Murali Kartik didnt do so well. Get you facts right pal.

  • on April 14, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    "Umpiring errors",, cric info, u forgot to mention how virat kohli was not given out . replay was clear .

  • rustyryan on April 14, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @KingOwl: Chennai doesn hate SL as such. In fact both TN and SL share lot of common culture. From Food items to usage of words lik Machan, Ayya. The prob is what is happening there currently. Even today, a Tamil Daily called Udhayan has been attacked in SL. There are much more things which are sensitive than jus Cricket. Its not about hate. Its about making a statement so that ppl of other parts of world may get a chance to know what is happening.

  • NP_NY on April 14, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @KingOwl: You're right, one never knows what would have happened if Murali had played. One thing we do know is Rampaul wouldn't have gotten a chance and he was the best RCB bowler on the day. So maybe things would have been a lot easier for CSK if Murali had played!

  • on April 14, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Dear All,

    Kindly be noted that, IPL doesn't banned Srilankan players it was done by TN govt,. Songs in stadium will be played by IPL/BCCI organizer who are niot against any srilankan players. If IPL or BCCI decied not to include Srilankan's in they would have done. Do not talk like politicians & just enjoy the games.

  • on April 14, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    This article was written before the match completed !!! That is the reason, it contains news while RCB batting !!

  • TheCupid on April 14, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    @ Baseball sucks - I hope you had watched the previous matches, in which Murali kartick played. Also Muralitharan is an overseas player and Rampaul was played only because Muralitharan couldn't play.

  • gurussm on April 14, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    what about bravo's ball where kohli was out

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 14, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @let_me_explain, the other commentator agreed too that there was an edge but he felt it came off the glove not an under-edge as Sivaramakrishnan first thought. Both agreed that Kohli was out but not given.

  • let_me_explain on April 14, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @Surya Narayanan -If we were watching the same telecast then I must say replay was not clear.It was clear only to shivramakrishnan and not to to other commentator.They showed 4-5 replays but couldn't say it for sure.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 14, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @Narbavi ; I am not sure if you are aware of that Murali is a spinner n Rampaul is a pacer. lol. Murali Kartik replaced Murali not Rampaul. lol. And Murali Kartik didnt do so well. Get you facts right pal.

  • on April 14, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    "Umpiring errors",, cric info, u forgot to mention how virat kohli was not given out . replay was clear .

  • rustyryan on April 14, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @KingOwl: Chennai doesn hate SL as such. In fact both TN and SL share lot of common culture. From Food items to usage of words lik Machan, Ayya. The prob is what is happening there currently. Even today, a Tamil Daily called Udhayan has been attacked in SL. There are much more things which are sensitive than jus Cricket. Its not about hate. Its about making a statement so that ppl of other parts of world may get a chance to know what is happening.

  • NP_NY on April 14, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @KingOwl: You're right, one never knows what would have happened if Murali had played. One thing we do know is Rampaul wouldn't have gotten a chance and he was the best RCB bowler on the day. So maybe things would have been a lot easier for CSK if Murali had played!

  • on April 14, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Dear All,

    Kindly be noted that, IPL doesn't banned Srilankan players it was done by TN govt,. Songs in stadium will be played by IPL/BCCI organizer who are niot against any srilankan players. If IPL or BCCI decied not to include Srilankan's in they would have done. Do not talk like politicians & just enjoy the games.

  • on April 14, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    This article was written before the match completed !!! That is the reason, it contains news while RCB batting !!

  • SasiGladi on April 14, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Pretty one sided article , kholi's denial and murali's dismissal deserves place , Rp deciding no ball deserves place than Dan's .....

  • on April 14, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Virat Kohli is "Ricky Ponting" for India. There is no doubt about his great abilities as a Player but he is not playing with "Spirit of Cricket" and his eccentricity makes him look even worse as a Human Being.

  • screamingeagle on April 14, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    @Anand Natrajan, I agree. Kohli is not really captaincy material. He has no sense of the way the game is moving and he seems to be ready to get into an argument anytime.

  • on April 14, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    walls of chennai is strong not only because of dhoni and other players ...its includes csk fans who support and wait till last ball with hope to win. proud to be a csk....

  • Narbavi on April 14, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    @KingOwl: His replacement Rampaul bowled well and picked lot of wickets, and know a thing, Hussey, Raina and Dhoni play Murali really really well!!

  • JBSA on April 14, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Haven't so much people criticize on same topic and highlighting the one sided article from the author so far in cricinfo. Have read so many good articles from Sid Monga and most of them were centered without being supporting any of the two teams involved. Getting no reason why he overlooks CSK

  • on April 14, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    The Trini needle should have been the other way around when rampaul got bravo not when bravo got rampaul...comon cricinfo

  • couchpundit on April 14, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    About umpiring - Kohli was plumb caught behind...umpire wouldnt agree, Murali vijay was not out...but umpire agreed with fielding sides celebration.

  • TRAM on April 14, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    I had to search the internet for the meaning of the word "Baila". I am pretty sure majority of the world dont know what it means - and cricinfo puts that on the title. Can I object? No I cant. But I know it is an English website.

  • TheGuruji on April 14, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Unbelievable how an inconsequential no-ball is highlighted as an umpiring error, whereas the Kohli reprieval and the Vijay dismissal, which were both of significant consequence, which went against CSK, do not deserve a mention at all. Are we supposed to treat this as an objective piece? Please!!!

  • CricketpunditUSA on April 13, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    It was embarrassing to watch Dan Christian, Ravi ramapal and Aruna akrthik bat... These guys were 5, 6 , 7 in the team... How do you expect to win.???? The worst was Ravi at 6.

  • on April 13, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Shame on Kohli for not walking when he clearly edged. And, with bad mouth with Goutham (who had a potential of being Indin Team captain) I can not see him as Indian Team captain, I have no respect for him anymore.

  • BlueAndYellow on April 13, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    This is one of the feeblest "Cricinfo Plays" that I have read. Completely missed all the more exciting and crucial plays of the game and discussing about a inconsequential no-ball error by umpire, while there was plenty of bigger errors by umpires against CSK.

  • on April 13, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    The number of Errors committed in IPL by Umpires is damn too high!!!

  • KingOwl on April 13, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Good to hear that Surangani is a big hit in Chennai. It's a song I grew up with. Always danced to the band playing the tune during the college big match every year! What a shame that Sri Lankan players cannot play in Chennai. I am sure the ordinary fans don't care about the politics. What if Murali HAD played. Would it have changed the result? One never knows. Given the last ball finish, quite possible.

  • JEETH- on April 13, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    The reference to the umpiring decision is one sided. Kholi certainly did edge that one to the keeper and that would have had a huge impact. Also the caught behind that wasn't, in the words of Siddharth, of Murali vijay, that one was horrible, the umpire gave vijay out only because the entire RCB team was already celebrating the wicket. There wasn't even an appeal. Also if Kholi keeps reacting this way he will never become the captain of Indian team, you could consider him lucky if he is included in the team.

  • SurlyCynic on April 13, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    RCB need to get AB to keep again and bring another decent batsman into the team. It was embarrassing to watch the batsmen who came in after AB, who couldn't even get a single to get him on strike. If he had faced a few more balls the score could have been more challenging for CSK.

    Well done to CSK though. Difficult team to beat. I would bring Albie into the team for Morris and then that batting lineup is even more intimidating!

  • Vilander on April 13, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Kholi was out and not given, Vijay was not out but given Clearly CSK received two bad decisions.

  • ladycricfan on April 13, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    "Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together". That is not correct . Kohli was caught behind not given when he was on 30. If Kohli wants to be future captain he should walk.

  • Trakkan on April 13, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Sour grapes! there is nothing else to describe how others feel about CSK. The team has proved its brilliance right from auction onwards till last ball of the innings. CSK is blamed for everything. Their only mistake is success. If they are low ranked team then we will not have such "umpiring issues"

  • IAMGOD on April 13, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    How come you forgot about the umpiring error against Chennai - when Kohli wasn't given out in the 12th over. There was a clear edge!

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 13, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    only in chennai, fortress cannot be breached easily. Superb finish. Only SIR can handle two similar situations.

  • maxmuller on April 13, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Well I don't if you guys are going to publish my comments, but, if you are going to make a mention of the no-ball call in favor of Chennai, you should have atleast given a passing reference to the more crucial Kohli caught behind decision in favor of Bangalore!! I think most of them would agree that that had a bigger impact on the game

  • Trakkan on April 13, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    "Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together." - Yes thats right but 11.4 of RCB batting when Virat was clearly out but neither umpire gave it out nor the future captain refused to walk out is not highlighted. that would have had big impact in the match than "the no-ball that wasn't". BTW, I dont know if umpires are perfect in non chennai matches!

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    #Umpiring Errors.. Virat Kohli given not out after knicking behind off Bravo..

  • Aryaparis on April 13, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Its very interesting that the example for poor umpiring had to be the wrong no-ball decision. CSK got 2 bad decisions- Virat Kohli was clearly out caught behind and had that been given, RCB would have struggled to get past 130. Murali Vijay was not out but was given caught behind. So you are correct, poor umpiring in Chennai continues but it is always against CSK

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Cricket at its most thrilling! Best of luck to Chennai even though as a Sri Lankan we are person non grata!

  • NP_NY on April 13, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Justice was done in the end. RCB only managed to score 165 after Kohli received a very generous decision by the umpire when he was clearly out. On an unrelated note, Kohli needs to loosen up a bit. As much as we (the Indian fans) like him, he needs to realize there is a very thin line between where he is right now and becoming another Sreesanth. He needs to learn a thing or two from Dhoni about staying calm in pressure situations.

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Even though it was lucky for csk, we must admire the hard work put from csk players. Anyway winning two matches in a row is really good. Keep up the good work...............

  • aanandnaga on April 13, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Good On you monga! "umpiring errors and chennai games continue to go together" nice one but you easily forgot to mention here that kohli clearly caught behind....:(

  • Srini_Indian on April 13, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Oh, Sid, Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together? How about Kohli's clean caught behind which was denied by the umpire. Kohli and AB made plenty of runs after that. If you wanna talk about umpiring errors, talk about both. Actually it was Chennai who was in the receiving end.

  • meiyaps on April 13, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    "Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together" Wow Siddharth!!You make it a point to mention the minor overstepping mistake in favor of Chennai, but, make no mention of the major Kohli dismissal decision that went in favor of Bangalore!! That is some kind of one sided article!!

  • vikramp on April 13, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I don't understand umpire errors are always mentioned in the favor of CSK - today Kohli was out caught behind when he was 30. is it too for CSK Favor?

  • darsh127 on April 13, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Great Plays but I think you are missing the OUT kohli should have gotten caught behind.

  • SSRajan on April 13, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    @Sidharth Monga : " Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together." What exactly are you insinuating by the way, may I ask?

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    What a win Chennai !!! Fabulous and only the last minute crunch brings the best in you ..

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  • on April 13, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    What a win Chennai !!! Fabulous and only the last minute crunch brings the best in you ..

  • SSRajan on April 13, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    @Sidharth Monga : " Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together." What exactly are you insinuating by the way, may I ask?

  • darsh127 on April 13, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Great Plays but I think you are missing the OUT kohli should have gotten caught behind.

  • vikramp on April 13, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I don't understand umpire errors are always mentioned in the favor of CSK - today Kohli was out caught behind when he was 30. is it too for CSK Favor?

  • meiyaps on April 13, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    "Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together" Wow Siddharth!!You make it a point to mention the minor overstepping mistake in favor of Chennai, but, make no mention of the major Kohli dismissal decision that went in favor of Bangalore!! That is some kind of one sided article!!

  • Srini_Indian on April 13, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Oh, Sid, Umpiring errors and Chennai games continue to go together? How about Kohli's clean caught behind which was denied by the umpire. Kohli and AB made plenty of runs after that. If you wanna talk about umpiring errors, talk about both. Actually it was Chennai who was in the receiving end.

  • aanandnaga on April 13, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Good On you monga! "umpiring errors and chennai games continue to go together" nice one but you easily forgot to mention here that kohli clearly caught behind....:(

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Even though it was lucky for csk, we must admire the hard work put from csk players. Anyway winning two matches in a row is really good. Keep up the good work...............

  • NP_NY on April 13, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Justice was done in the end. RCB only managed to score 165 after Kohli received a very generous decision by the umpire when he was clearly out. On an unrelated note, Kohli needs to loosen up a bit. As much as we (the Indian fans) like him, he needs to realize there is a very thin line between where he is right now and becoming another Sreesanth. He needs to learn a thing or two from Dhoni about staying calm in pressure situations.

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Cricket at its most thrilling! Best of luck to Chennai even though as a Sri Lankan we are person non grata!