Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Chennai April 28, 2013

Hussey throws spanners in KKR works

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Chennai Super Kings 200 for 3 (Hussey 95, Raina 44) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 186 for 4 (Bisla 92) by 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the searing heat of Chennai, the home side, Chennai Super Kings, soared to the top of the table with a 14-run win over the defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders. Michael Hussey and the newcomer Wriddhiman Saha stunned the visitors with a 103-run opening stand, Hussey continued hurting them even after the loss of Saha, and the run rate hovered around 10. Hussey missed the century by five runs, but he had set up a daunting task for Knight Riders, who had asked the hosts to bat first.

Sunil Narine and Jacques Kallis both registered their second-worst analyses in IPL, going for 35 and 51 respectively. Like in the final of the last IPL at the same venue, Manvinder Bisla scored 92 - he was out on 43 but not given, which kept Knight Riders fighting, but the target was too big, especially with next to little support from the other end.

Coming in ahead of M Vijay, who had scored only 122 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of less than a run a ball, Saha, the Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman, was the surprise package. And Hussey, he was just Hussey. He began with a flick off a loose delivery down the leg side, and then hit L Balaji for three consecutive fours - two of them over extra cover, and one edged through slip.

Saha then went after his Bengal team-mate Shami Ahmed, taking four, four and six in the fourth over. After Hussey took Narine apart in the fifth over, and Saha did the same to Kallis in the sixth, Super Kings had registered their best Powerplay of this season, 67 for 0. Hussey reached his fifty as early as the eighth over, and despite the oppressive heat he kept converting every one-and-a-half into two.

Saha's wicket came and went, but the run rate refused to go down. Hussey's wicket came and went - agonisingly short of the milestone and off a long hop - but even that didn't slow the run rate down. When it did seem to slow down, MS Dhoni got a full toss off the last ball of the innings, and duly took six.

Knight Riders got a good start with an extras-ridden opening over by Dirk Nannes, but Chris Morris soon removed Gautam Gambhir. Bisla, struggling at that time, got going with four fours off Morris in the fifth over, but at the other end Brendon McCullum played Mohit Sharma on to make it 63 for 2 after six overs.

An ideal period followed for Super Kings as Kallis and Bisla both struggled to hit the boundaries or alternate the strike, and by the time the next boundary was hit, a six off the last ball of the 10th over, the asking rate had reached 11.6.

The pressure resulted in mistakes, but in the next two overs Dhoni missed a stumping and the third umpire refused to acknowledge a run-out, a result of a canny deflection from Dhoni. Kallis soon fell to an ungainly ramp, leaving about 13 an over, which would soon cross 15. Bisla and Eoin Morgan gave the target a fair go, bringing it down to 29 off the last two overs, but Hussey once again killed it off with a direct hit from mid-on.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KK_Cricket on April 28, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Alright people, Hussey batted well and is batting really brilliantly but is it that tough to stop him.. I can see that most teams don't make a plan B upfront and thats costing teams dearly.. Firstly Gambhir was not all that wrong in chasing as most were making out.. Its his bowlers and fielders that let him down big time today.. A bowler like Kallis dishing out length and bowling on both sides of the wicket.. McCullum, too many fumbles and gave away at least 6 runs.. And Kallis, when you are chasing 200, you don't knock the spinners for 1s but also look to attack.. imagine if Kallis had shown more purpose in the 19 balls he faced, the result would have been different.. Gambhir should have sent Y Pathan when McCullum got out as he is in team for hitting n may be a quick 30 from 15 would have provided the impetus.. And Balaji bowling that full toss, why not a slower one on off? if you aren't sure of your yorker, keep it simple.. KKR should have won this after they needed 25 from 11

  • playitstraight on April 30, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Kallis is a legend, but sorry to say, when it comes to T20, he is hopeless. His bowling & batting lost the match for KKR, needless to say. Hardly ever plays at a SR of above 100, when batsmen are required to score @ a SR of 120-130. Kallis should be dropped, he must realize that his golden days are coming to an end.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 29, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    @Narbavi: Look here mate, Sachitra is used to bowl long spells in really hot weather. His home ground the SSC is the most flattest pitches in the country. Yet he has a avg of 20 in 1st class Cricket.Kallis looked a dry with the weather and blaji is not in the best of the form. He may have failled 2 matches but it doesn't mean he will definitely fail again. Didn't your pal watson fail miserably until he got the 100, and 98. I just said his preference is righties than lefties. Looks like you need a new pair of specs.

  • GrindAR on April 29, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    3rd highest score for KKR is extras (Bisla 92, Morgan 32, Extras 20, Kallis 19)... (386 scored in 40 overs) is this one of the outrageous matches?... KKR has the receipe to consistently compete with CSK (but not with others as good...)

  • on April 29, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Why kkr aren't removing Yusuf pathan ... Hez good for nothing ... Plz remove Yusuf pathan from team if you have to win

  • ladycricfan on April 29, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Fleming, from coach's point of view, is not satisfied with the team's performance yet. CSK is performing well below their potential. They are not clicking as a team yet. When they bat well, bowling fails, when they bowl well fielding disappoints and so on.That is why there were so many close matches and CSK is winning most due to their shear battling spirit. You need lion heart to win close matches.

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    I was very angry with Nannes yesterday but one should accept that he is coming back from an injury, he could have got KKR's best batsman out but Ashwin dropped the catch. Had Ashwin took that sitter, game would have ended earlier & we all would be praising Nannes. Yes, he did crime by bowling length and short pitch balls in the 18th over but you can't rate a batsman or bowler just on the basis of one bad performance. Had one match performance been the parameter then Steyn, Gayle, Virat, AB De Villiers, Watson, Malinga and Pollard should have been dropped from their respective IPL teams.

  • SherjilIslam on April 29, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    I said it long back, if KKR has to win matches, they had to have firepower in both batting and bowling, which can only be filled by Brendon & Lee playing together. Also, to be honest with Kallis, He is good when you need to chase upto 150 runs, but he becomes awful when the target goes beyond 160-170.

  • DINESHCC on April 29, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Tal_Botvinnik: In all your posts, particularly in CSK matches, you made lot of ifs and buts. But the reality is different, as usual.

  • arunkumar_dip07 on April 29, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Remember IPL final - 2012 :)..Very Similar Match.

  • KK_Cricket on April 28, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Alright people, Hussey batted well and is batting really brilliantly but is it that tough to stop him.. I can see that most teams don't make a plan B upfront and thats costing teams dearly.. Firstly Gambhir was not all that wrong in chasing as most were making out.. Its his bowlers and fielders that let him down big time today.. A bowler like Kallis dishing out length and bowling on both sides of the wicket.. McCullum, too many fumbles and gave away at least 6 runs.. And Kallis, when you are chasing 200, you don't knock the spinners for 1s but also look to attack.. imagine if Kallis had shown more purpose in the 19 balls he faced, the result would have been different.. Gambhir should have sent Y Pathan when McCullum got out as he is in team for hitting n may be a quick 30 from 15 would have provided the impetus.. And Balaji bowling that full toss, why not a slower one on off? if you aren't sure of your yorker, keep it simple.. KKR should have won this after they needed 25 from 11

  • playitstraight on April 30, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Kallis is a legend, but sorry to say, when it comes to T20, he is hopeless. His bowling & batting lost the match for KKR, needless to say. Hardly ever plays at a SR of above 100, when batsmen are required to score @ a SR of 120-130. Kallis should be dropped, he must realize that his golden days are coming to an end.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 29, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    @Narbavi: Look here mate, Sachitra is used to bowl long spells in really hot weather. His home ground the SSC is the most flattest pitches in the country. Yet he has a avg of 20 in 1st class Cricket.Kallis looked a dry with the weather and blaji is not in the best of the form. He may have failled 2 matches but it doesn't mean he will definitely fail again. Didn't your pal watson fail miserably until he got the 100, and 98. I just said his preference is righties than lefties. Looks like you need a new pair of specs.

  • GrindAR on April 29, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    3rd highest score for KKR is extras (Bisla 92, Morgan 32, Extras 20, Kallis 19)... (386 scored in 40 overs) is this one of the outrageous matches?... KKR has the receipe to consistently compete with CSK (but not with others as good...)

  • on April 29, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Why kkr aren't removing Yusuf pathan ... Hez good for nothing ... Plz remove Yusuf pathan from team if you have to win

  • ladycricfan on April 29, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Fleming, from coach's point of view, is not satisfied with the team's performance yet. CSK is performing well below their potential. They are not clicking as a team yet. When they bat well, bowling fails, when they bowl well fielding disappoints and so on.That is why there were so many close matches and CSK is winning most due to their shear battling spirit. You need lion heart to win close matches.

  • on April 29, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    I was very angry with Nannes yesterday but one should accept that he is coming back from an injury, he could have got KKR's best batsman out but Ashwin dropped the catch. Had Ashwin took that sitter, game would have ended earlier & we all would be praising Nannes. Yes, he did crime by bowling length and short pitch balls in the 18th over but you can't rate a batsman or bowler just on the basis of one bad performance. Had one match performance been the parameter then Steyn, Gayle, Virat, AB De Villiers, Watson, Malinga and Pollard should have been dropped from their respective IPL teams.

  • SherjilIslam on April 29, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    I said it long back, if KKR has to win matches, they had to have firepower in both batting and bowling, which can only be filled by Brendon & Lee playing together. Also, to be honest with Kallis, He is good when you need to chase upto 150 runs, but he becomes awful when the target goes beyond 160-170.

  • DINESHCC on April 29, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Tal_Botvinnik: In all your posts, particularly in CSK matches, you made lot of ifs and buts. But the reality is different, as usual.

  • arunkumar_dip07 on April 29, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Remember IPL final - 2012 :)..Very Similar Match.

  • Narbavi on April 29, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Analysis is null? ya your's is absolutely, are you trying to say Senanayake can't bowl to right handers? and Narine can't bowl to lefties? The truth is this was a flat wicket, difficult to contain in this pitch for any bowler, senanayake is good in the shorter format but still last two or three games he looked very poor, nobody can deny that!!

  • Thyagu5432 on April 29, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    I think KKR depends too much on dibly dobly bowlers. If Balaji doesn't go for much one day, Narine goes for plenty. If Bhatia doesn't go for much one day, Shami Ahmed goes for plenty. In between, Kallis always seem to go for plenty. Neither their batting nor their bowling is balanced. There is not a single soul who can be depended upon in batting. Bisla is a once in a blue moon batsman, Ghambir's mind still seems to be thinking of his drop from the India team, Kallis doesn't have the heart to forget test batting, Yousuf is living on borrowed time. Even SRK seems to have given up on this team and has left to his support staff to do the dirty job of hopping from one venue to another.

    All in all, it appears this is the end of season for KKR, the defending champions.

  • vswami on April 29, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Is Bisla in the team as a CSK specialist ? CSK has been at the wrong end of quite a few one hit wonders like Bisla, Valthaty.

  • on April 29, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    With Vijay,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin and Badri, we can say Chennai always look like another Indian national team.Additionally by Hussey,Bravo and Albie it has plenty of power to beat any other IPL team but, this year it's pace bowling attack is questionable..they are little more expensive in previous matches..need to be fixed

  • Kulaputra on April 29, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    It was stupid to bowl in the heat, when you did not have to. No excuses will do

  • on April 29, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    @All Kallis critics: Go and check the match details before blabbering against Kallis. The first over of 18 runs were not scored by the KKR batsmen but were rather mostly wides. McCullum scored only 6 from 7 balls (SR less than 100). The openers played when the field restrictions were on. Bisla was on 29 off 22 balls when Kallis came in. During Kallis stay in the crease, Kallis scored 19 off 20 balls (SR of 95) while Bisla scored 16 off 18 balls (SR of 88.88), being the set batsman. Still, it is Kallis who Needs to take the blame always. Bravo!!! Keep it up!!!

  • jhovee on April 29, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    If yesterday was not Sunday, KKR would have Won!

  • matchfixerpkn on April 29, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    chennai is winnign jsut bcos they dnt have any over rated srilankan players :)

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 29, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Had KKR batted first then CSK's slightly quicker bowlers like morris, nannes, mohit, bravo would have suffocated in the heat. CSK got 2 spinners then which means send Pathan to attack em.The result would be a big total and KKR bowlers would have found it easy because they are fresh and hussey and co were roasting in the sun. Block the boundaries and make them run hard in the midst of the tiredness.

  • abhiyog on April 29, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Until Last Year CSK was described as that Guy in a class who just passes the internals but rocks the Final Exams. But this year CSK will rock internals as well as Finals

  • jhovee on April 29, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    T20 is a game where potential/capability alone will not help to win matches. Here anyone can beat anyone. It depends on how quick & good, you are adapting to the situation. As said by Irfan Pathan, every ball is like an over. We have seen multiple times, one bad over turned matches upside down! Thought it was by Dirk Nannnes yesterday, have not said that, one fortunate good over by Morris turned it back!

    Strongly believe CSK's victory is not only because of the player they got! It's because of Mr.captain cool, who utilize his recources well and sailing the ship steadily..CSK Rules IPL

  • Ravs1504 on April 29, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    ppl who thnk Y pathan should have batted earlier.. pls think and try to remember what exactly pathan has done this season or last season..how many time he has played a match winning innings.. in my opinion he shouldn' be in the team.. how many more chances does he need.. he looks disinterested...for whatever reason.. Warne was able to bring the best performance out of him..but under other captains he has been only mediocre..

  • Samychennai on April 29, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Common KKR fans! Be positive. Your team nothing done wrong. Gambhir's decision to bat first is right because CSK won all the matches in this year by chasing the target. They have done last year as well. So, his decision was right to choose bowl first. You can't control CSK with express fast as like other teams. You can control only by slow bowlers like Batia, Balaji, P.Kumar, Sukla like wise. So, you don't have to blame Kallis and others. The number one bowlers all have gone for runs against CSK such like Steyn, Malinga, Lee, Tait as well spin Narine, Murali,Bhaji, Mendi, powar...Etc. Give your support to win other teams and give credit to winning team as well.

  • Thyagu5432 on April 29, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    As usual another CSK performance which was heart stopping almost ending in heart breaking as well. 10 runs without having bowled a ball at the start of the innings and 21 runs off the 18th over from Nannes almost took away the game from CSK. These top bowlers have a way to do this to CSK. Hilfenaus last year and Nannes now. That drop by Raina actually helped CSK because anybody else in Kallis place would have scored a few more runs than Kallis managed to score until he got out. Like India is the team to play against when you want to regain your form (ask Jayasuriya, Ponting), CSK seems to be happily carrying forward India's tradition. Bisla almost repeating his last year's finals act. If given a little more time, Yousuf also would have found his touch.

    I hope to see a more tighter performance from CSK atleast once before the playoff.

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 29, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    This match KKR needed yousuf to bat higher. He should have batted at # 3 or 4 before kallis. MI and KKR are under utilizing their players. Also where is Albie Morkel is he injured or what? CSK, MI, KKR and RCB to some extent have grabbed good pool of players while SRH, Pune dont have too many options.

    Next year auction should bring in some level playing field.

  • mjrvasu on April 29, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    CSK seems to be riding on a bit of luck. Bowling continues to be quite weak except 2-3 bowlers, but batting line-up is so strong that someone is bound to click. However, Jadeja continues to disappoint, he needs a break too like Vijay. Time to drop the wayward Nannes and get one of the Lankan bowlers in the side. Spinner Dhanjaya may be a good option to slow down opponents. And it is time Raine rolled his arm over for a couple of overs at least. In the previous match, when CSK were desparately chasing SRH total, Jadeja gave a catch and got out. On this it is quite intriguing why, although the ball was in the air for quite sometime and the batsmen had enough time, Dhoni did not cross and take the strike? This would have been a Himalayan blunder if CSK did not pull through that night. Are the team coaches watching these?

  • crickarr on April 29, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Those who are advocating CSK's luck factor never sees the amount of luck KKR got when they got that opening over from Nannes or how unlucky Nanees was when he hit the stump and went for four, coz he committed the mistake of stepping over the line. In this logic RP also committed the same mistake. All can see how luck Bisla was when he was batting. So it is not about being lucky, it is more about cashing in on oppertunities. In this match CSK got 3 runs in extra where as KKR got 20.

  • SherjilIslam on April 29, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir's decision to send Kallis at a very crucial interval where he knew that spinners will come to operate and at the same time the RR has to be maintained seems suicidal.YK, was a much better option at that time. Also, believe Morgan could have been sent in place of Mc.Cullum. Both are equally good, but brendon is a power hitter and at the same time can be very innovative.So, to me he was a slightly better choice.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on April 29, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    It was a nice match ... and the better team won ... but I must say that even though Kallis has had a major hand in 2 out of the 4 victories for KKR this season, he has had a larger hand in all the loses as well, keither by conceding a lot of runs or batting too slow .... Last year in a similar chase during the final he had supported Bisla well with a 49 ball 69 knock ... But this year he has been too slow overall ... I would definitely bench him n balaji .... My KKR XI (in batting order) ::: 1. Bisla 2. Morgan 3. Gambhir 4. McCullum 5. Tendo 6. Pathan 7. Das 8. Bhatia 9. Narine 10. Shami 11. Ladda

  • on April 29, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Half season call regarding CSK:

    Batting: Raina is in form and others batting form looks fine

    Fielding: As usual fine

    Bowling: Powerplay and death needs to improve in next 5 matches...

    CSK wins as usual

  • SL_rockz on April 29, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Wow!!! It is bit not as usual but we top the table :).As a CSK fan i'd Love to see that.N other team and management has this professional standards that CSK owns.I really see big number of similarities between CSK and Manchester United.

    About winning Big or winning small..After all if you end up on winning side it is a Win.You get 2 points.And if you loose by 1 run or 50 runs ,for both occasions only one word is used 'LOST'..ICC or IPL committee never asked to win by 20+ runs to mark it as a WIN.Ppl who gets a rare victory over weaker opposition will say this kinda talks.Coz that is what they have and they consider it as the best and believe other teams also should be llike them.:) So that both teams will stay at the bottom of the points table.:P.Teams who can not be this much consistence always argue such coz they are jealous at Consistency that they could not achieved.It is fair if a team who won BIG every time and TOP the table argue such.But i m afraid it is not d case.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 29, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Morgan should have come at no 4. he is not some one who slogs like perera from ball one. If he gets set.... then game over.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 29, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    @All People I am not saying CSK is a bad team. Its just that this year they have been luckier than the other years. CSK has a better management and brains than other teams. Please ask Stephen Fleming, he will tell you that the matches his team didn't deserve to win it like the match vs SRH or RCB.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 29, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    csk management should find a better solution in fragile bowling department otherwise bowling lets them down in important play off matches. Bring hify if he fits. Give jakati and srikanth a chance. Donot forget srikanth's show last against RR last year under tremendous presrure in one of the very important match in last stages.

  • Shaan99 on April 29, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Kallis is in the team only to put pressure for the lower order... Why GAMBHIR is going along with KALLIS and YUSUF..? ALThough he can add SUMIT NARWAL and DOESCHATE in place of those fellow cricketer....

  • on April 29, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Watching Hussey bat the way he did , CA must be wondering why they are not making a serious effort to bring him back from retirement . He oozes class in whatever form of cricket he plays and CSK is fortunate to have him in their team . If Austalia is having any thoughts of winning the ahes , they should do everything that is within their means to coax Hussey to come back from retirement to help Australia . That act will be the corrective action for not having recognised his abilities till he was well past 30 . It is a pleasure to watch Hussey in the field and he is one of the most valuable players for CSK and will be a very valuable player for any team that he represents .HATS OFF TO YOU MR.CRICKET .

  • on April 29, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Not to forget very young looking lad from West Bengal who slaughtered not only his WB's Shami's deliveries for 4s and 6s but also didn't spare South African Kallis. Its was really a very big surprise package. He fired when it was expected and gave a momentum along with Hussey which rest of the team only maintained rather than taking it further. Once openers were batting, it appeared that KKR will get around 220-230 to chase but middle order remained concentrated on maintaining the run rate of around 10. Had Saha remained for some more time, definitely run would have been between 210-220.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on April 29, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Lets face it...CSK have not been able to find a proper replacement for Doug Bollinger. Hilfenhaus is missing for reasons we don't know about. Nannes did clean bowl Bisla (albeit of a free hit) and had Morgan dropped by Ashwin. Under different circumstances that might've made him a hero. I think CSK can afford to give him another 2-3 games to get back into rhythm, considering CSK is now on top of the table.

  • GRVJPR on April 29, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    What an Innings from Bisla. If foreigners like kallis could have performed better the result would have been different. Kallis conceding 50 runs in 4 overs and slow batting cost the match.

  • MAYURESHmagic on April 29, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Mr. Cricket, Realy he is and no wonder why he is in CSK, they always select the best and who would can replace Hayden for CSK better than Hussey. He has his self-respect that's why he was retired, not like Other Greats.

  • kristee on April 29, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    All captains look predictable; they opt to chase if they lost batting first in the previous game or vice versa. At least Finch yesterday was different.

  • RogerC on April 29, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    CSK wins more because they are not overly aggressive about winning. They just do their best and most times that is enough to win. When they lose at times, they don't feel agitated about it. This is why there is no ugly incident at any time with a CSK match. Compare that with RCB or KKR. It is pretty obvious that CSK have mastered T20 format better than other teams.

  • CKIPL11 on April 29, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    CSK need to replace Dirk Nanes with Albie Morkel. Sure,KKR out of IPL 2013.

  • SidsIPLTeam on April 29, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    It is very difficult to stop Hussey in this kind of form.. He doesn't seem to have a weakness. And with his Australia career over, he's playing very freely as if there's no tomorrow.. Gambhir wasn't wrong in chasing because CSK can virtually chase any score. Truth be told, KKR just doesn't have the bowlers leaving Narine. And Gambhir should have tried to bat longer. KKR have got their strategy a bit wrong. They wasted McCullum's red hot form & expected him to win the first match chasing more than 200. Kallis' problem is obvious. He makes 20-30 balls at run a ball to get in. But, doesn't have the firepower to go big after that, getting out while trying, wasting the start & putting pressure on others. But, all said and done, KKR should have won this needing 24 from 11. This is the diff between them & CSK, not having any strikers at the end. Pathan has got a bit found out with the short ball. He should be brought up the order, leaving him for late puts the match to risk anyway..

  • cricketlover111 on April 29, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Being a NZ supporter, I just wish McCullum would get on a plane to England asap. He was the only batsman that I saw boundary riding for the entire 20 overs in 41 degree heat. I didn't see Gambhir, Morgan, Kallis etc doing anything like the work he had to do! I don't why he is being so badly treated at KKR this year, I hope he finds a new team next year.

  • AMAZINGFAN on April 29, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    this @Tal_Botvinnik is SRI LANKAN so u shudn't be surprised with him being CSK hater,and he also sad that his countrymen r not allowed to play in chennai....CSK always(mostly) win by a small margin in league stages but in knockouts they beat the oppostion convincingly and we saw that over last 5years...and this year CSK r not following their formula(that is peaking at the right time)...they haven't peaked yet but they have done good job by winning 7matches and i'm sure they will thrash the oppositions in playoffs....cricinfo pls publish

  • on April 29, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Bisla almost did a 2012 ipl final

  • on April 28, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    I feel like Ryan ten Doeschate should be given a chance,

  • Blue_eagel on April 28, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    @ Shaan99 be realistic man.. KKR,pune and Delhi can't make the final four

    Chennai Super Kings 9 7 2 0 0 14 Royal Challengers Bangalore 9 6 3 0 0 12 Rajasthan Royals 8 5 3 0 0 10 Mumbai Indians 8 5 3 0 0 10 Sunrisers Hyderabad 9 5 4 0 0 10 Kings XI Punjab 8 4 4 0 0 8 Kolkata Knight Riders 9 3 6 0 0 6 Delhi Daredevils 9 2 7 0 0 4 Pune Warriors 9 2 7 0 0 4

    the bottom 3 teams already played 9 games.. I am sure CSK, RCB and MI will make it for sure the fourth could SRH/RR/Kings XI (if they play hard)

  • on April 28, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik: I would suggest you to probably watch the all the IPL matches from the beginning... If anyone thinks CSK wins are fluke, I ll propose a best of three finals and CSK will maul any IPL team.....

  • Kings-N-Royals on April 28, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @thinkgood - Bisla run out was a close call, give the benefit of doubt to the batsman... it always feels good if ur team plays fair and win matches...I wish RCB could earn some more fair play points... we shud give credit to KKR and Bisla to have put up a good fight...

  • kp.india on April 28, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    @kk Cricket : Dude...seriously r u saying that...i mean u can always imagine a 100 things...like imagine if nannes had started of well...if that bisla run out had been given out..etc etc..At the end of the day teams have to stop imagining and start to device strategies to beat the Champion team!

  • thinkgood on April 28, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    May be CSK can swap Dirk Nannes for Bisla - he seems to be having a good nick here in Chepauk and becoming his favourite hunting ground. Replays showed that he was out - run out by Dhoni. What a game !!! Go CSK.

  • on April 28, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik. You seem to misunderstand the idea of winning. Winning is what that matter at the end of day. Winners are remembered. The so called "BIG WINNERS" RCB and MI who demoralize the opponents haven't won a single IPL so far. Meaning: They didn't rise when it mattered. On the other hand, the 'Sneaky' CSK boast this record:

    2008- Finalist

    2009- Semi Finalists

    2010- Champions

    2010- Champions league Champions

    2011- The only Title Defending Champions

    2012- Finalist

    2013- Almost there in the play offs. Top of the Table.

    Fluke teams are the ones that pulls out wins every now and then. CSK have 53 WINS. THE HIGHEST EVER IN IPL HISTORY. Not one team has even reached the 50 figure yet. And yes, CSK lead the HEAD to HEAD record against every team in IPL except their nemesis Mumbai. Even the blindest of the haters will appreciate one thing about CSK> THE HABIT OF WINNING and their WILL OF CHAMPIONS!!

  • Shaan99 on April 28, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    KKR will really make their place to play-offs as they have to win 6 out of 7.... Which is possible for them.. As they had done same thing in last year 6 out of 7

  • thinkgood on April 28, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Saha / Hussey combination at the top is a good choice. I hope CSK continues to use Saha at the top. He is sincere and is also surprisingly a good batter. Vijay needs rest this season along with Dirk Nannes. They can go to Marina Beach together if they like but not allowed to play for CSK - at least this season.

  • Shaan99 on April 28, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    CSK fans Remember the match against KXIP where HUSSEY was also runout but due to some confusion the third umpire made his decision in favour of batsman.... In this match also the same thing has happened and the decision goes in favour of Batsman

  • on April 28, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @Tal_botvinnik. .You are doing this on purpose or must be one of those sharukh fan. . You want the rest to get their analysis right beore that you need to get yours in place. . .KKR is off colour they were lucky to have reached 180. KKR"s record/Run in IPL hasn't been great all years. . .They won last year but the previous year and the current years these guyz have their backs to the wall. . .

  • Shaan99 on April 28, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    One thing i can't understand that... Why u all r talking about only Hussey as he is a foreign player... Bisla also played a good knock far than him under pressure when wickets were falling regularly....

  • vivekk83 on April 28, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    @Tal_botvinnik. Agreed sir that CSK sneaked through the final 4 last year. What about the previous 4 editions. The finals they have lost have been close ones and not one sided...When RCB collapsed under pressure, don't say CSK was lucky. If you cannot win a league game under pressure, then it says something about the teams character. Chennai has been good for two reasons: some player ( including so called test material Badri) put's up the hand to do the job when it matters the most and aren't dependant on one or two players...It's a real team. Badri hasn't played much this season, yet look at his commitment in the field..they love each other's success , a strong support staff . Importantly they have fans who love what the team it is for and have no bad feelings when we loose. we don't mind saying the opposition was better......I was there at the final last year and we gave a standing ovation to Bisla.. But SRK was jumping around like he had conquered the world. Stay grounded!!

  • vijay2pvk on April 28, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    As a csk fan, yes I do accept v r not good in bowling. But as a team work csk is managing to get wins n don't depend on one man show. If someone fails to deliver that day then the other takes up the charge n make the team to win. Bowling or batting doesn't matter, finally win matters. Every team has its own positive negative things but main thing leadership n team work is important. Even last yr I felt that csk is not upto their mark n they were not deserved to win finals n yes finally they didn't win. Last yr kkr won becoz csk never had plans for bisla who is not known much. They had plans for gg who was the key player they took him out. But they failed to make plans for bisla. Today also there was some poor fielding from csk becoz of missing few catches n stumping. Bisla was clearly out

  • LAKINGSFAN on April 28, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @Indra Prakash: You got it wrong mate. I'm not a KKR fan, not even remotely. I'm just a cricket fan. That's all. Are you aware that CSK could have lost as many as 5 games more if not less? Most of the games they won were done in the last overs. It's anyone's game if it goes in to the last over. My point was CSK's bowling is fragile. No attacking bowler available. Almost all bowlers are vulnerable at any point of game. As you have seen, an unknown batsman like Bisla almost won the game for KKR (He won one in the last year's final). If some Harry comes in and swats CSK has no answer. They can't stop any batsman, period. Except Dhoni, Huss and Raina rest are neither bowlers nor batsmen. That's the problem of CSK.

  • Sivaramsu on April 28, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Mr.Tal_Botvinnik, It is all about getting the Job done and CSK has done it once again. It is not neccessary to win a T20 game by a large margin and get hammered on the very next day. Inspite of having a poor day in the field and Nannes leaking 10 in 1 ball in the start and brought KKR back into the game in the 18th over. KKR got lucky to get away with Bisla's runout when he was on 50, else it would have been a walk in the park. Moreover CSK thrives in Pressure situation, which differentiate them from other IPL teams. I bet nobody want to play the knockout against CSK, they are the best and the stats never lies.

  • IndiaCricketT20 on April 28, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik, Agree on the fluke / luck part of couple of CSK wins.. But you conveniently forget the huge wins of CSK against Kings XI and DD this year (so far). On the other hand, look at the matches where CSK lost, heck they never go down before giving a fight (imagine CSK in place of RCB vs MI yesterday - they could have also lost, but not without giving a tough fight). The same luck that you call, had it been with Dhoni on the first match against MI, match would have easily swung towards CSK.

    Heck, forget this IPL, I request you to go to cricinfo and look at victories by huge margins by teams in all of the IPLs so far - not once, not even once CSK was on the losing side of those big margin / one sided games - whereas every other team is featured several times on the losing side - that tells something about CSK consistency. Having said that, my hunch is RCB vs MI finals this year :), and RCB will claim title with Gayle/Kohl/ABD power hitting (most powerful batting trio of IPL 6)

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik, responding to two different postings of yours ... KKR's win last year is a fluke because they have never been in contention in any of the previous IPLs and nor are they in contention in this IPL. That's the definition of fluke. CSK is at the other end of the spectrum. Even not counting what is inevitable this year, CSK has made 5 out of 5 semi-finals, converted 4 of them into finals, and 2 of those into titles! Regarding your more recent post, are you saying it's better to win big when one wins and lose the other times? I don't get how you can say RCB and MI are doing better when they are trailing CSK on the points table. Yes, CSK did not dominate KKR in Kolkata, they just won; but that did not stop them from beating KKR again today. You must have some weird metric of success in mind. One that is not valued by the IPL or heeded by any of the teams.

  • cricdick on April 28, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    If Bislama was given correctly out then CSK wuda won Big. A better team any day.

  • on April 28, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Tal_Botvinnik, It is an interesting point. But you don't get points for winning one match here and there by a big margin. Even CSK's biggest detractors have to accept that they're the most consistent team in the history of the IPL, and they have proved that again this season as well.

    I can see a lot of parallels between CSK and Manchester United (big fanatic here!). Both teams have character from the coach to the players. Fleming and Dhoni combination is a sure-fire winner. Both teams are full of leaders on the pitch. Hussey, Dhoni, Badrinath, Bravo, Ashwin etc. are all great characters to have in your team. Both teams win a lot of matches through sheer perseverance and character, yet their detractors write it off as luck or fluke. Both teams have enough winners so that if one doesn't fire, the other can easily take place. Bravo's heroics a couple of matches ago is testament to that. And the similarities go on and on.

    Fact is CSK are still the team to beat in the IPL.

  • cricdick on April 28, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Hey guy, learn to appreciate the efforts. Gambhir shudabsent Pathan? Well let the capt. Decide. It is this capt. That lead the Medicare KKR win just last yr. Pathan was given chance but he never impressed. Kallis s old? Why cat we give credit to the winners. Even as a KKR, I congratulateCSK, it is all in the game fromsame country.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 28, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    @Narbavi: Your Knowledge on cricket is decent but your analysis is absolutely null. Sachitra loves Left handers more than righties while narine prefers right handers. You see there are no left handers in the MI lineup that is why Sachitra struggled. But he bowled well vs chennai,punjab,SRh which has lots of left handers. Narine is like ajmal, sachitra like swann. He also balls lot of dot balls and the only way to score off him is to hit him for a boundry which is a risk.You can't expect him to rip the ball given he balls wiht the hard ball.

  • ladycricfan on April 28, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Vijay is out of form. Still CSK won matches. They replaced him with Saha and Saha did well. Nannes was off colour today . Still CSK won. Nannes is the 2 nd best wicket taker in t20. He will bounce back. There are 30+players in the squad and 16 league matches to play. By trial and error only teams will find their best combination. CSK is on the top of the table at the momment and we have no complains.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 28, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Some of CSK wins are fluke wins like the match against RCB, and SRH where poor desicions and no-balls won them games. Also their previous Match vs KKR they let a small total look big. The points table doesn't show how they dominated the team but what they did was to sneak through. The truth is when teams like RCB, MI win they win big and would absolutely demoralize the opposition so the the teams meet again the opposing team is in greater pressure.

  • Krishhhhh on April 28, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    poor KKR fans back to business .. we repeat last year was a pure accident like wat SRH riding this year ... i bet if you guys would have played Tendo earlier or even today .. u would ve retained the chances for play offs. come one guys keep cribbing .. ifs and buts .. this year door is closed. Back door entry also looks very tough .. considering Mumbai, Rajastan Royals, SRH and Kings XI are on run. Need minimum 5 win out of 7 .. on 4 away games ?? I bet even Delhi and Pune gonna give tough fight.

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    If CSK's bowling is weak, what is KKR's bowling who conceded 14 more runs than CSK ? Our team gets the job done and that's all that matters. Whining about the loss wont help anyone, period!

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinn I fully agree that KKR IPL win last year was a Fluke. If they are really a good side then why they are not performing this year. CSK has been the strongest & most consistent side throughout all IPLs, they have always made to the top 4, played 4 finals, won 2.

  • ladycricfan on April 28, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    The bails were disturbed before Bisla grounded the bat. Umpire gave the benefit to the batsman. Another frame and he would've been out. Nannes was wayward today after injury break. Kula might've cemented his place in place of Nannes, if he was available, we'll never know. Hussey was superb again. KKR came close, credit to them. Morris's last over was fantastic. Keep perfecting your Yorkers guys.

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    C'mon guys victory i a victory and its damn sweet!! Giv Nannes a break.. he s a good bowler and will come back hard when he has had enuf match practice!!

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    @calicricket fan, yeah CSK is not a strong side but won 7 out of 9 matches, KKRis a strong side but won 3 out of 9 ? what is ur definition of strong ?

  • on April 28, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Drop Yusuf Pathan, bring in an aspiring player waiting in the wings for his turn and see the difference. Pathan is just unwanted luggage being carried around just because the owner has spent a bomb for him.

  • raj60 on April 28, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    CSK need to score 200+ everytime they bat first or depend on MSD to bail them out when batting second. This bowling attack is pathetic. Dirk Nannes is a poor buy, spending in excess of $600,000 for a player who has never won a match for any time is atrocious to say the least particularly when Philander went unsold for $100,000. CSK's next big battles are against RCB in Bengaluru & MI in Mumbai. Lets see how this bowling attack copes.

  • Dragonboyz on April 28, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    @The Ultimate Truth-Chill up man.Just to compare people are comparing with Australia.CSK has some attributes that mighty Australia possess last decade like Never die attitude,Not depending upon single team member,consistent performance,high winning percentage.Its T20 boss almost all games going to last over.U cant really dominate at all times.Many people comparing CSK to Man utd,RCB to Tottenham,Mumbai Indians to Chelsea.Dont take it seriously jus enjoy

  • LAKINGSFAN on April 28, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Even this win doesn't mean CSK is a stronger side. As a matter of fact this match exploited how weak CSK's bowling is .That is even CSK's 200+ scores can be chased without much effort as done by batters like Bisla (Not once but twice). Definitely playing with Saha at the top let Hussey play his game and Saha complimented Huss unlike Vijay who ate up a lot of balls upfront and put pressure on everyone else. KKR was unfortunate not to have won this match after a lot of hard work.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 28, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Some CSK fans saying KKR IPL was a fluke win. Let me tell you that CSK were not even in the top 4 and looked hopeless until DC bailed them out.In the final i didn't think any luck going in any side's way. KKR trashed the CSK bowlers. Some unknown Bisla stole the limelight.

  • on April 28, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Kallis has been a problem for a long time. I don't know why he is playng t20, or teams buy him. If they chase scores of 150 160, then someone else bats fast enough, then they make the score, and peope say oh hes a great assessor of a run chase. but he bats thes same way all the time. its not like he assesses anything.

    if he scores 60 off 50 balls, the other players have to score 100 off 70 balls just to get to 160. which is not even par some times. which means every other player has to score at a strike rate of near 150.

    just too much pressure on other batsmen. KKR won last year cause of Narine and Ghambir.

    Most laughable thing I heard is KAllis is there to ensure no collapse. Which team has a player to do that? No one bats as slow as he does in any team.

    A role was made for him. His bowlings not bad, nor great. Hes just average.

  • on April 28, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @Narbavi not an exuese for hussy s great innings mate... on whoome whole csk depends... but his off spin against left handerd hussy would have been helpful.... and wil see next game... bravo and hussy doing good... and hopefully not so in knock outs... @noooooor mohamad just read my comment carefully dear... and his last outting was 29-0 one miss field for a boundary ..and he bowled a maiden up front.... aNs KKR showd great character any way.... it is bravos 19th that did the tric...

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 28, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    I am puzzled by the giddy CSK fans. CSK is not dominating like the Aussies, many of their matches are going to the last over because of their weaknesses. Even in this match, after scoring 200 runs, 2 missed catches, a missed stumping, and a wayward bowler did their best to give it away. But, CSK is somehow finding a way to win in the end, which, I agree, is like the Aussies. S.Fleming is quite level headed, very objective and doesn't spew clichés and that's helping them a great deal.

  • Ragavendranv on April 28, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    CSK bowling to be improved a lot in death. Nannes conceeded too many runs which made doable for KKR.

  • Yasin123Patel on April 28, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    What about Mr. Cricket? He is brilliant. Run out of bisla is also crucial. He is a legend. Now, he is just 5 runs behind gayle but he play 1 game less than gayle. For me he is a better than gayle. He is so consistent. Can Change his game for any situation. True class. And one of the best fielder too.

  • AMAZINGFAN on April 28, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    bisla played well but u have to say CSK put KKR out of this match by scoring 200runs in the first innings....nannes bowled poorly but i expect him to bounce back and for KKR well now they can't afford to be complacent now....and i too get the feeling that CSK r in the mould of the once mighty aussies....they just don't allow the oppsoition to take control......

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    KKR is missing the magic man, the world's best all rounder-Shakib! This year is gone, so the team management should make Shakib- the captain of KKR next year, see his magic and get the championship back again!

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 28, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    @Ramesh M Srinivasan, I don't think that run out was clear cut. There was enough doubt and that is why the third umpire did the right thing by giving the batsman the benefit of the doubt. I agree though that the Indian umpires have been substandard this IPL, but we are comparing them to the ones on the elite panel at the international level. More grooming needed.

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    I seriously feel that Kallis should be dropped and sum1 else,maybe Ryan McLAren should be given a chance..kaliis just slows the batting..

  • British-Bangali on April 28, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    KKR aren't the team they were last year Kallis isn't performing and not bowling at all, Sunil narine is losing the Suprise element G gambir is making big mistake and not to forget there missing the knowledge, Bowling power plays and batting finishes of Shakib al hasan you look at last year game and see how much G Gambir consults with Shakib. PLEASE GET RID OFF Y PATHAN and swap with he's brother IRFAN PATHAN.

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    CSK was indeed lucky that Hussey hit a direct throw to run not only Bisla but also KKR.Very Bad umpiring this time by Third umpire who after seeing TV gave a bad decision.BCCI should fire all these substandard Indian Umpires

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Important victory for CSK...not that they badly needed this one, but it shuts the door for KKR a strong team which could challenge it later. but very poor bowling by CSK especially Nannes, but at the end of the day the score was too big for KKR. But a great fight by them well played CSK and also KKR (Y)

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Except for Nannes, the other CSK bowlers bowled yorkers well. Even Bravo, who did go for a few runs, bowled the yorkers well, but the KKR batsmen took risks and got some runs off him. Saha (in a good way), Kallis (in a bad way), and GG with his ill thought out decision to bowl first were the key difference makers in this game. I was critical of Hussey's strike rate after the first 3 matches, but he has changed his game to show much more aggression. Hats off to him, Hussey has been the key for CSK's overall record. I can't help feel that Senanayake's and Perrera's absence has been bad for the Sunrisers and KKR, respectively. And, ironically, it has hurt Chennai too with Holder playing ahead of Kula and Smith coming in for Angelo for the PWI-Chennai game. I wish the IPL had come up with a better solution for the league stage matches.

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    What happen to Ben Hilfenhaus...why he is not playing...he was superb last year...especially in death overs...csk need to find some good death bowlers....

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    @udeshna: in his lat 2 matches he conceded 50 & 31 respectively with out a wicket,,if he played today CSK would have broken the record of RCB,s 264

  • on April 28, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    This is peak of frustration for non CSK fans, when CSK needs 15 of last over they chase and win, when they need to defend 18 runs, hell they concede only 4 runs that too when Yusaf Pathan is in the middle, I think only Galyestorm sort of performance can alone put them at bay which they never let to happen, this is truly frustrating for non CSK fans, the same way how we used to hate/envy/frustrate/jealous Australian team when they were on dream run.

  • Guru2807 on April 28, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Revenge was sweet.. CSK almost dismissed KKR's final four hope.. CSK is the only consistent team in the IPL, which played 4 IPL finals and 1 semi finals.. Final berth is almost certain for CSK after this win... KKR's 2012 fluke will not happen on 2013

  • VJGS on April 28, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    CSK fails to click in all three departments each and every time. When the batting unit came really good, Nannes nearly negated all of that. The fielding was not up to the mark either - Ashwin dropped a sitter; Dhoni and Raina missed difficult chances, but those are the ones that you would usually expect them to capitalize on.

  • crindex on April 28, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    A Pyrrhic victory for CSK. CSK bowlers and fielders did very bad job. CSK needs to fire Andy Bichel and get a new bowling coach. That aside Saha did very well opening at the top much better than Vijay would have. Please keep Saha to open also for next match against Warriers in Pune. Go CSK !!!

  • Javed_17 on April 28, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Bisla seems to thrive vs chennai regardless of the outcome 29 from 12 was always going to be a hard task for kkr still impressed at the never say die attitude shown

  • mailatpsa on April 28, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    10 over 103/0 last 10 over 97/3 is not for good csk batting show. I think 10 run less. First ball 10 extra run pressure off the kkr. Good show by CSK.

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Terrific effort from Nannes Man you made the dream come true for all CSK Fans, if its not you there in the middle then the match could have been one sided we love to watch such games only a bowler giving the opposition the chace another pulling it out of thier reach any way great match

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Gambir is a shame !!! He ludicrous decision to bowl first has already cost KKR a close match earlier this IPL. This time as well he continued with his super negative tactics. Can anybody who has played the game at any level show a single reason why a team will choose to bowl on a flat wicket, in extreme heat and against the line up of CSK. Shame on you GG. We don't expect such things from an International player who has any bit left in his brain.

  • Vatto on April 28, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Nannes was off clearly colour today after his injury... A bit ginger when he came to bowl his first over. Jason Holder is a terrific prospect.... But Dhoni did a masterstroke by standing up to mohit who bowled really well. And though we need to concentrate well on our death overs, i guess we would assemble that in the right time. So who cares... And i'm expecting badri, vijay, ashwin, jaddu to fire in the tail end of the tournament when the ball starts to turn... Bravo chennai... Keep the party going

  • Narbavi on April 28, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    @Udeshan Era : Dont give excuses, he would have been thrashed anyway, he gave away plenty of runs in helpful pitches in kolkatta in the last two games, what chance does he stand in this batting paradise against the csk line up?

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Saha's 39 in 23 balls shows what an opener should do. Vijay hasn't been able to deliver that sort of start and that's why he has been benched now. If Saha plays like this in every game, Vijay will stay out for a long while.

  • vijay2pvk on April 28, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Wow..once again nail biting match similar to last year finals...good fight from kkr..csk still need to improve in bowling n fielding.

  • on April 28, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Senanayakes absence mattered here for kalkota... he was the one except for one outting kept rr down in first 6 overs.... Any way hopefully morgen fires... near impossible chase though.....

  • SL_rockz on April 28, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    201 to chase .....??? Will be a tough ask to chase a 200+ against any opposition .Lets watch and see.I m not going to predict too early as KKR also has some good hitters.But i loved to see CSK domination again.Few more wins i guess WE(CSK) are in Knock outs i guess.Well done to the Whole Franchise.

  • on April 28, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    CSK batting looks weak? Bro take a look at the scorecard now (70/0 6.4 overs) and at the line up again. CSK's batting goes as deep as Ashwin at 9. It doesnt look the same way for KKR does it? No recognised batsman after Das or probably Bhatia! Also, Yusuf Pathan's form has remained a mystery!

  • ladycricfan on April 28, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    No vijay, no Albie. Batting looks a bit thin for CSK. KKR has strengthened their batting by adding BMc. Lets see how the pitch plays? Lets see who got the combination right?

  • ladycricfan on April 28, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    No vijay, no Albie. Batting looks a bit thin for CSK. KKR has strengthened their batting by adding BMc. Lets see how the pitch plays? Lets see who got the combination right?

  • on April 28, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    CSK batting looks weak? Bro take a look at the scorecard now (70/0 6.4 overs) and at the line up again. CSK's batting goes as deep as Ashwin at 9. It doesnt look the same way for KKR does it? No recognised batsman after Das or probably Bhatia! Also, Yusuf Pathan's form has remained a mystery!

  • SL_rockz on April 28, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    201 to chase .....??? Will be a tough ask to chase a 200+ against any opposition .Lets watch and see.I m not going to predict too early as KKR also has some good hitters.But i loved to see CSK domination again.Few more wins i guess WE(CSK) are in Knock outs i guess.Well done to the Whole Franchise.

  • on April 28, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Senanayakes absence mattered here for kalkota... he was the one except for one outting kept rr down in first 6 overs.... Any way hopefully morgen fires... near impossible chase though.....

  • vijay2pvk on April 28, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Wow..once again nail biting match similar to last year finals...good fight from kkr..csk still need to improve in bowling n fielding.

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Saha's 39 in 23 balls shows what an opener should do. Vijay hasn't been able to deliver that sort of start and that's why he has been benched now. If Saha plays like this in every game, Vijay will stay out for a long while.

  • Narbavi on April 28, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    @Udeshan Era : Dont give excuses, he would have been thrashed anyway, he gave away plenty of runs in helpful pitches in kolkatta in the last two games, what chance does he stand in this batting paradise against the csk line up?

  • Vatto on April 28, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Nannes was off clearly colour today after his injury... A bit ginger when he came to bowl his first over. Jason Holder is a terrific prospect.... But Dhoni did a masterstroke by standing up to mohit who bowled really well. And though we need to concentrate well on our death overs, i guess we would assemble that in the right time. So who cares... And i'm expecting badri, vijay, ashwin, jaddu to fire in the tail end of the tournament when the ball starts to turn... Bravo chennai... Keep the party going

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Gambir is a shame !!! He ludicrous decision to bowl first has already cost KKR a close match earlier this IPL. This time as well he continued with his super negative tactics. Can anybody who has played the game at any level show a single reason why a team will choose to bowl on a flat wicket, in extreme heat and against the line up of CSK. Shame on you GG. We don't expect such things from an International player who has any bit left in his brain.

  • on April 28, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Terrific effort from Nannes Man you made the dream come true for all CSK Fans, if its not you there in the middle then the match could have been one sided we love to watch such games only a bowler giving the opposition the chace another pulling it out of thier reach any way great match