Mumbai v Chennai, IPL, Mumbai May 6, 2013

'Mentally we were not into this game' - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, has put his side's crushing loss to Mumbai Indians down to a lack of focus following their seven-game winning streak in IPL 2013. The batting in the chase of 140, Dhoni said, was "a comedy of errors".

"Before the match our coach Stephen Fleming was a bit worried about us being complacent. I think that was on the cards after winning seven games in a row. Mentally we were not into this game at all," Dhoni said after the game. "We should have got 140. There was a comedy of errors, especially, in the batting department."

Super Kings folded for the lowest score in IPL 2013, bowled out for 79 in the 16th over. The Mumbai Indians bowlers were very efficient, but several of the batsmen threw away their wickets. While it was a nightmare evening for the team, Dhoni said he was happy they were shaken up at this stage of the tournament. "I think it was a good wake-up call for us," he said. "With a few more games to go, we got it at the right time."

Coach Fleming reflected Dhoni's thoughts: "It was the first day in the tournament which we would like to forget. I guess the positive part about this defeat is that it happened now. Four more games are left [for Super Kings in the round-robin stage] and it's a pretty long tournament to maintain your standards.

"But winning seven in a row was a pretty good effort. The nature of the competition is such that it [winning eight consecutive games] has not been done before. There is a reason for that because getting up every day, performing well and being consistent is tough work. Today we were not just good enough to do that."

Both Dhoni and Fleming agreed that Super Kings' bowlers did a good job. "The way we started the match was fantastic. We also got wickets at regular intervals," Dhoni said. "[Dwayne] Bravo bowled really well. It was a mistake on my part that I didn't give him another over. Having said that, death bowling still remains a concern."

Fleming said the pitch was a bit different from the usual offerings in the IPL, but that did not justify his team's implosion. "It was a little different to what we have been playing on. The spongy nature of the Mumbai wicket made stroking the ball a bit difficult. There wasn't a lot of sideways movement or lot of spin. Just the nature of the bounce was a bit different to any other pitch. But that's not an excuse for being bowled out for 70-odd."

For the second time in the tournament, R Ashwin received a rather baffling promotion up the order. In the game against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Ashwin opened with Super Kings chasing 120. Here, with Super Kings 18 for 4, he came out at No. 6 ahead of Dhoni. Fleming said that decision was taken to try to stabilise the innings before the finishers came in. "Ashwin is a capable bat. The most important thing was stopping the wickets.

"In not chasing a big total, it did not matter wasting two-three overs. We have faith in Ashwin and thought if he can get a 10 to 20-run partnership going with Hussey it may change the game with the likes of Dhoni and [Ravindra] Jadeja to come."

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  • POSTED BY s.s.sekar on | May 9, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Why dhoni came in late if dhoni came in no.4 then the match result may be different

  • POSTED BY jvvino1 on | May 9, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Mumbai deserves for this win. But dhoni didn't say even one good word about MI bowling(at least about Jonson) :-( And he is saying that there has been comedy of errors in their batting. As a captain,you should not say like this MSD.But everyone knows MI outplayed CSK. That's all.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @Praneeth Veeramachaneni, you see CSK lost the Match, and MSD as the captain was called upon to explain or spell out the reasons for the loss. He obviously will not say MI bowled well, because first they obviously did that, but it wasn't (as it was clear to EVERYONE) that more than MI bowlers running through or blowin' away the CSK batting line-up, it was suicidal batting by almost every CSK batter that led to them being 5 for 34 and then going on to lose the match. Once again, yes, Mitch and other MI bowlers bowled well, and why mention just Mitch, Ojha and even Bhajjy seemed like Thommo-Lillee or Holding-Garner-Marshall - that was how bad CSK were. Then what else do you expect of Dhoni, arrey baba, his team lost and he plainly chose to criticise and pinpoint CSK's mistakes only because their harakiri in batting was of their own making, MI surely did not prompt them into making mistakes and losing their wickets, oh-so cheaply!!!!

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | May 7, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    CSK just wanted to hit a low to peak at the playoffs. CSK the greatest team ever. i challenge that only this team has the capability to succeed in ODI and test not only in t20 ...

  • POSTED BY Jaybee_Knockout on | May 7, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Based on Dhoni's comments, one has to wonder exactly how many times in the past he has felt this way, in particular with regards to team India. I may be reading too much regarding his comment, but maybe he has feelt the same way before an international match and that "mental unpreparedness" has found its way into the mental state of the rest of the occupants of the dressing room. That being said, lets pray that this was the last of his mental blocks. Especially with team India.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    yes it was a comedy of errors - Not fully utilizing Morris , Ashwin At No:6 , Vijay in the team in-spite of failures.If they were Complacent they would have Included anirudha in the place of Vijay.Which i think would have favored CSK.MSD Pls Accept that MI were Jus too much for us to handle.In the end it was a great win.I hope CSK atleast win One of the other 3 away matches.This season is Defining that Home conditions Matters.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor : I am pretty sure you are a fan of Yusuf Pathan or Bisla than Dravid or Kallis as you deal it in strike rate and not on the wholesale value of the player.. As you mentioned, CSK has loads of guys with strike rate 150 and Badri is as low as 120 but when CSK lose 2-3 quick wickets, you will ALWAYS find Badri coming in ahead of every other 6 hitter and play till 10-12 overs to set up the platform which will allow the 6 hitter to come and do what they normally do.. This game is prime example of wat happens when Badri fails to steady after false start.. 6 hitters come in at 6th(if not for Ashwin promotion)/9th over and don't know whether to hit 6 or steady the sinking ship.. They play their natural game and if got out like Bravo or Dhoni, the shop is shut.. Even the T20 teams need likes of Dravid, Badri, Kallis to steady the ship on false starts mate..

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 7, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    @Pams118 : That is what i say.. Say them lucky but certainly back door entry is a term which abuses the team.. I do remember some BPL team entering into finals during midnight due to some rule changes suddenly.. This was not a case like that.. They were in 4th place and none really overtook them and replaced them in that slot.. So they remained there and beat two teams to be in finals where they lost to a better team on the day..

  • POSTED BY Jangali_Maanab on | May 7, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    CSK is a great balanced team under good captain Dhoni. But, they should never take any game lightly. They might have though they would easily reach the target at the half way stage of the game but...Yes, it is a WAKE UP call for the MEN in Yellow.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Good wake up call for CSK. This will help them to devise the strategy what they can do if something goes wrong, so they can think about Plan C, before the super 4 & finals!! But full credit goes to both the bowlers (specially Malinga & Mitchell) and not any batsman!! At end of the game, as usual i notice Mr Cool Captain stands above all by accepting the defeat as "Comedy of errors".

  • POSTED BY s.s.sekar on | May 9, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Why dhoni came in late if dhoni came in no.4 then the match result may be different

  • POSTED BY jvvino1 on | May 9, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Mumbai deserves for this win. But dhoni didn't say even one good word about MI bowling(at least about Jonson) :-( And he is saying that there has been comedy of errors in their batting. As a captain,you should not say like this MSD.But everyone knows MI outplayed CSK. That's all.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @Praneeth Veeramachaneni, you see CSK lost the Match, and MSD as the captain was called upon to explain or spell out the reasons for the loss. He obviously will not say MI bowled well, because first they obviously did that, but it wasn't (as it was clear to EVERYONE) that more than MI bowlers running through or blowin' away the CSK batting line-up, it was suicidal batting by almost every CSK batter that led to them being 5 for 34 and then going on to lose the match. Once again, yes, Mitch and other MI bowlers bowled well, and why mention just Mitch, Ojha and even Bhajjy seemed like Thommo-Lillee or Holding-Garner-Marshall - that was how bad CSK were. Then what else do you expect of Dhoni, arrey baba, his team lost and he plainly chose to criticise and pinpoint CSK's mistakes only because their harakiri in batting was of their own making, MI surely did not prompt them into making mistakes and losing their wickets, oh-so cheaply!!!!

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | May 7, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    CSK just wanted to hit a low to peak at the playoffs. CSK the greatest team ever. i challenge that only this team has the capability to succeed in ODI and test not only in t20 ...

  • POSTED BY Jaybee_Knockout on | May 7, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Based on Dhoni's comments, one has to wonder exactly how many times in the past he has felt this way, in particular with regards to team India. I may be reading too much regarding his comment, but maybe he has feelt the same way before an international match and that "mental unpreparedness" has found its way into the mental state of the rest of the occupants of the dressing room. That being said, lets pray that this was the last of his mental blocks. Especially with team India.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    yes it was a comedy of errors - Not fully utilizing Morris , Ashwin At No:6 , Vijay in the team in-spite of failures.If they were Complacent they would have Included anirudha in the place of Vijay.Which i think would have favored CSK.MSD Pls Accept that MI were Jus too much for us to handle.In the end it was a great win.I hope CSK atleast win One of the other 3 away matches.This season is Defining that Home conditions Matters.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor : I am pretty sure you are a fan of Yusuf Pathan or Bisla than Dravid or Kallis as you deal it in strike rate and not on the wholesale value of the player.. As you mentioned, CSK has loads of guys with strike rate 150 and Badri is as low as 120 but when CSK lose 2-3 quick wickets, you will ALWAYS find Badri coming in ahead of every other 6 hitter and play till 10-12 overs to set up the platform which will allow the 6 hitter to come and do what they normally do.. This game is prime example of wat happens when Badri fails to steady after false start.. 6 hitters come in at 6th(if not for Ashwin promotion)/9th over and don't know whether to hit 6 or steady the sinking ship.. They play their natural game and if got out like Bravo or Dhoni, the shop is shut.. Even the T20 teams need likes of Dravid, Badri, Kallis to steady the ship on false starts mate..

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 7, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    @Pams118 : That is what i say.. Say them lucky but certainly back door entry is a term which abuses the team.. I do remember some BPL team entering into finals during midnight due to some rule changes suddenly.. This was not a case like that.. They were in 4th place and none really overtook them and replaced them in that slot.. So they remained there and beat two teams to be in finals where they lost to a better team on the day..

  • POSTED BY Jangali_Maanab on | May 7, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    CSK is a great balanced team under good captain Dhoni. But, they should never take any game lightly. They might have though they would easily reach the target at the half way stage of the game but...Yes, it is a WAKE UP call for the MEN in Yellow.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Good wake up call for CSK. This will help them to devise the strategy what they can do if something goes wrong, so they can think about Plan C, before the super 4 & finals!! But full credit goes to both the bowlers (specially Malinga & Mitchell) and not any batsman!! At end of the game, as usual i notice Mr Cool Captain stands above all by accepting the defeat as "Comedy of errors".

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Why doesn't Dhoni appreciate the bowling effort by Mitch Johnson? If you took it easy you should have given chance to the players who were permitted to bench this season. Dhoni himself said in the previous game that they still want to play with the best XI. If players are not 100% interested in playing better give chance to the others. It would be better if Dhoni stops making excuses every time he loses a match and he should give the due credit to the opposition.

  • POSTED BY Provost on | May 6, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Vijay can play a test innings but if he gets going, then we can expect big score in T20 also. Replace Badri with Vijay and push him to the middle(try different slot), include Saha at the top. With SRH, we should bring Jakati in and Hyd is a crappy wicket.....

  • POSTED BY csekartik on | May 6, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    CSK needs to finalize remaining 2 spots in the team. They have 2 options (i.e. Team selection) for remaining games.

    Option 1: M. Hussey, Faf, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Morris, Ashwin, M. Sharma, A. Rajpoot (Pace friendly) / S. Jakati (spin friendly)

    Option 2: M. Hussey, Saha / Vijay, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Morris, Ashwin, M. Sharma, A. Morkel (Pace friendly)

    Any one of these 3 combinations will win them most of the matches. This loss did not hurt CSK or the fans much.... We believe in our team !!! :-)

  • POSTED BY skWeb on | May 6, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    @ dopplewanger : I would have agreed to your comments 100% if Dhoni is a specialist batsman. His job is a wicket keeper. Your comments about Dhoni says a lot about the ability of Dhoni. Everyone including yourself expects him to be the main batsman when things go wrong and be a savior. Just because he has done that numerous times doesn't mean his responsibility changes to a specialist batsman. One one is going to blame Ashwin based on his batting failure, similarly Dhoni is responsible as a captain making strategic decisions even though it may not be a popular one, do his job as a wicket keeper to perfection. The other folks who are in the side as a batsman should contribute and not complain when promoted up the order regardless of situation. In this season Dhoni has come to the crease when the asking rate is above 9+ and 8 out of 10 times he has delivered!. We can only dream of being in his shoe.

  • POSTED BY aravindDL on | May 6, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    on a lighter note - Sometimes rabbits run away from hungry lions...sometimes those rabbits make a proper fool out of the hungry lions...depending upon who is worthy on that day..but the fact of the matter is that, the lion always runs for his food while the rabbits always runs for thier lives.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    @Deepak Shankar - Dhoni batted ahead of Yuvraj in the World Cup, i really do not have to justify that Dhoni was key reason India won the final - the world knows it. Coming back to CSK, Dhoni bats when the pressure is maximum, beacuse he knows others cannot handle it. That is why he bats late. Any one who plays cricket knows that pressure is maximum when chasing towards the end of the innings.

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | May 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    They were just outplayed. CSK bowling looks so fragile though!

  • POSTED BY big.apple on | May 6, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    I just cannot believe how much some of the Indian fans nit-pick about the decisions that their players take on the field, from the comfort of their armchairs. Dhoni, in my opinion is one of the best finishers the of all time. Of All Time! (ok, maybe that's getting old.. lol). He's at his best at overs 35-50, so, I see his logic at coming in at a time and finish things off, whether, its a chase, or setting up a total. Dhoni was pretty candid at his admission: the team was complacent after the 7 wins, and that it had better happen now, than later. It takes courage and self-belief as a leader to admit that. That said, being a SRH fan myself, I just hope they don't get a hiding in their own backyard!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Before the game..Everyone , incl TV Commentators are mentioning CSK already in Playoffs, which Statistically was incorrect. Now with this loss. they have learnt , they are not yet in play offs. MI has the best fastbowling unit in this years IPL. They have the legend who has not yet fired this season, 3 very reliable and inform Indian batsmen, 2 mighty WI workhorses and 2 superb spinners. Looks very good Come on Mumbai, we just scored less than 150 last 2 games.. Need to put more.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    For All CSK fans- This was in the cards, you can marvel at the seven match streak but fact remains that there was someone there to rescue the team from a bad situation. Automatically the batsmen who fell thought that dhoni and jadeja will take them home. //From a neutral observer.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    CSK forgetes Aparjith ,should oneor two times so that he will get exposure to iIPL also Fau they use his batting and bowling in the stage like this..RR has used his Local heros ,,hats off to Dravid..

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    The comments from Dhoni that the episode of lowest total had happened at the right time& is a wake-up call indicates his self confidence& Sportsman spirit.

    Even though,Aswin a good player with bat was indirectly responsible to some extent ,Dhoni did not blame him or make any comment against his trusted Bowler.this also an example of his sportsmanship& good nature to team mates.

    The opinion sharing Dhoni's remarks by coach Fleming from NZ is yet another indication of how much Chennai Superkings is a Team of well groomed players gives them more confidence to win the Trphy once again. The most encouraging & warm feature ,however,is that all the super players are in the Champions Trophy also.This gives India& Indian fans an opportunity to overwhelm with Joy.

    The chances of India winning Champions Trophy despite the presence of a good West Indies Team to encounter with ,are very high .This is a factor also contributes towards the hopes of Indian spectators.All the Best to India. MSN

  • POSTED BY dopplewanger on | May 6, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    It must take two silly runouts , a ghastly hit-wicket , and a batsman who played like it was a test match ----- for a losing captain to comment in the post match presentation that they lost due to ...wait for it.. " COMEDY of ERRORS " .

    Better say it was "Tragicomic".... tragic for and comedy by the captain . Who with a sane mind and a strike rate of 150+ and among the top 10 contenders for the orange cap i.e. Shri Dhoni , would send his strike bowler above him to bat i.e. Ashwin . Where does his gutso, baravado , intrepidness go when his side is in shambles ? Bingo is the contention that this chap needs someone in the top order to deliver before he can arrive . Otherwise he simply doesn't ...well, arrive on the pitch.

    No courtesy whatsoever to give credit to the MI bowlers who made life miserable for a batting that" lasts longer" and "goes deep" .

    What's this air of invincibility about , eh?The truth is you were OUTPLAYED , lock stock and two smoking barrels.

  • POSTED BY thinkgood on | May 6, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Why does CSK keep losing to MI ? Since 2010 IPL finals they have won only 1 game out of 5 . There som kind of psychological block with CSK when it comes to MI.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Dnt know why CSK keep playing with M Vijay & Badrinath. Both of them were fit for nothing.

  • POSTED BY thinkgood on | May 6, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Seriously - losing a game is perfectly ok - especially facing a formidable team such as MI. But losing like this .... brings anguish , shame and disgrace to chennai and to all CSK fans around the worldi . No excuses Mr. Dhoni. I am very disappointed with your team's performance . As a Chennai-ite and a CSK fan I feel you and team management must seriously sit down and chart out a plan for rest of the tournament. Because you dont seem to have any . NO EXCUSES.

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 6, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Every team has a bad game, CSK had this and well they ve got a wake up call as a result of disaster. If it was a crucial match, MI would ve been lost, its a casual and over-confident play now alarmed for future matches. chances are less when playing against RCB and RR. so they can able to survive against mighty SRH and handicapped DD.

  • POSTED BY pankajkumarsingh on | May 6, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    @harshalb - Really??? No one can bat? Not even Hussey?

  • POSTED BY CricketpunditUSA on | May 6, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    May be the teams are colluding to make sure the contest is interesting... What's the point if 4 teams are decided at the end of 13 matches? Who will turn up to watch the remaining matches?!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    yesterday CSK were playing only for the loosing cause ,thanks to pollard who have dropped three time mike hussey for three consecutive deliveries which never happend in cricket history at any level..even then chennai manage to loose the game Hatts off that even now we are watching these kind of matches

  • POSTED BY MrCricketFan1981 on | May 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    I can't stop to think how people are so single minded. Everyone complains that Dhoni comes @#6 when batting clicks and comes in @#2 when the start is good. While most of you have that perspective, let me give you mine. When a team has a good start the #4 batsman comes in at around 12th over and when team has a bad start the #6/7 batsman comes in around 12th over. Either way Dhoni comes to bat between 10-15 over and finishes the game well. He is a finisher and thats what he does best. It is a team game. Also think which is best, Badri #4 stabilizing the innings knowing Dhoni can get the big hits later, or Badri coming in at #6/7 knowing that he has to hit the biggies. Obviously the first.

    As a CSK fan I was praying for them to loose, as peaking at the right time is important. This year it was too early. I don't want CSK to be the Delhi Daredevils of first 5 IPLs or South Africa of the World cups!!! Good Show CSK.

  • POSTED BY harshalb on | May 6, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Complacency is an excuse. Any time these teams come across a slightly difficult pitch they cannot play.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    CSK team, it's not MI (Mission Impossible) hereafter. Cheer up!! Thanks for the wakeup call from MI (Mumbai Indians).

    CSK shall shuffle their batting order once again: * Move up Badri to open with Hussey for a solid opening attack (necessary strike rotation, finding gaps, facing pace/spin attack, etc will happen automatically) * Bring back Saha & drop Vijay * Bring back Albie & drop Laughlin CSK should be ALL Set to win thereafter.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | May 6, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Posted by Deepak Shankar on (May 6, 2013, 12:04 GMT), dhoni is one of the best finisher and when you look at previous india matches,he usually bat at no.6 or 7 except the World Cup final.He came to bat at no.4 during the World Cup final only for the reason that spinner Muralidharan was bowling some tight overs and he knew murali bowling well during the net practices IPL matches as both played together for CSK.This was explained later by Gary kirsten in some press release.Gambhir didn't say those "there was no need to take so long finish the game" during World Cup 2011.He told this in CB series 2012.Dhoni started to coming in at no.4 during the recent concluded Australia test series and he is doing this in IPl as well.If you remember the Pakistan ODI series india were 18/5 and dhoni came to the crease and rescued india.There are many such instances but some blind fans don't want to remember it.Being a non Indian I rate this guy so highly for the things he done for Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY crindex on | May 6, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    CSK exposed. No excuses. That too by its arch rival MI. To add insult to injury this is the lowest in this IPL edition - the table topper getting the lowest score. Bottom line is CSK lost form. Too early to peak this season, CSK got a rude awakening.

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | May 6, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    There must've been some planetary movement happening in the heavens while CSK were batting; for we'll NEVER again witness a) Hussey hitting three straight catches to the Point fielder ever b) Pollard drop those catches three times and c) CSK ever getting all out for 79. Eerie. Spooky. Haley's Comet kinda Twilight Zone stuff!!

  • POSTED BY Pams118 on | May 6, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    @AllInFairNess, @ satishchandar - Let me rephrase the term "Back door entry". Didn't mean to say they bent the rules or did something wrong. They finished all their games and were hoping for other results going their way. As it happened 4 results went their way, which was unbelievable the ultimate being RCB's loss to DC chasing 130 odd. This purely was luck as one cannot control other games. It seemed they were destined to be in the last 4 considering their enviable track record. This time around they are doing great and should not give room for complacency or casual approach, which could cost them in the placing.

    Certainly CSK remains the most consistent team across the 6 IPLs!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    this Defeat wont cause any damage to csk THEY ARE IN TOP.. 6TH SEASON.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    @Ravi Darira I have seen matches.Can you point to matches where be it India or CSK when Top Order failed how many times has MSD walked out and played at 4 in all such matches be bats at 6 only not at 4.With regard to WC 2011 if u remember what Gambhir said there was no need to take so long finish the game.MSD is more of man who likes drama drag till end and hit/swing at every ball Even in CSK case if the opening is solid or top 3 have scored he walks in but never when it has failed

  • POSTED BY THEBOSS on | May 6, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    It's a good positive sign for CSK last evening. If they had lost by 10 or 15 runs they wouldn't have realized the enormity of the defeat and they will think it's a blip. Mumbai hammered and bashed them very badly as they were out of contention right from start of their innings ( while chasing). They were too complacent y'day whilst batting and they thought 140 is easily chase able if they hang around for 20 overs.They would have realized by now that there are teams in this tournament that can win on any given day.

    It was worrying for all CSK fans that CSK beating all teams in league matches and one blip in playoffs could see their ouster. Fortunately MI handed the bashing yday evening and now they can stand on their feet to see the reality…All the best CSK to lift the trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    @Deepak Shankar - Your comment does not make any sense. Dhoni has time and again taken responsibility when it is needed the most. In every chase he comes in a tough situation and mostly sees his team through. Did you watch the World cup 2011 final? Have you been watching earlier CSK games this season???

  • POSTED BY kristee on | May 6, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    CSK in this match and RR in the previous match were experimenting too much at the wrong time. The respective opponents played quite badly and still won emphatically. Even du Plessis instead of Laughlin would have been handy, given the latter's apparent ineffectiveness.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    "Out of the 12 matches he was sent as no.7,8".

    With a strike rate of about 120, where do you then expect a BATSMAN to be sent in T20? That's the only position at which MSD can HIDE Badri and not let the team suffer from his exposure! Jadeja invariably comes in after Dhoni when the required rate is already 9+ an over. Imagine the pressure! And he scores at a SR of 156! Dhoni has scored over 300 runs at a SR of of 165! Before the MI match it was 175 for the IPL6 season! A person supporting a SR of 120 can't even fathom what it means to have a SR of 150, let alone 165. Badri has been going to the press, that he has not been given batting opportunities. But then, who in their right mind would do that when he scores at 120? He has no place in the CSK lineup when he is not even in the top-6 CSK players on STRIKERATES this season!

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    When CSK plays the tougher teams and you battle to score 180+ runs to win - the team strike rate is 150, you need at least one player to score at a SR of 200 odd. the likes of Badri with career strike rates of 120 are never going to help you get there. At least Vijay on his day can score at score at 150+, but Badri? No way. Badri is a liability for CSK and can never HELP in any form or manner to WIN in matches where the score is above 160 ( team SR of above 130)...and a score of 160 is NOT EVEN a par score with the best teams playing!

  • POSTED BY Abitha on | May 6, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Sorry I totally disagree with the comment that Badri should be axed. Out of the 12 matches he was sent as no.7,8 and so on On one occasion he scored a valuable 50+ My question in Why MSD did not promote himself say No.4 He had a fear Consolidating would have been done by Badri with Sir if MSD had failed Hope the mistake will not be repeated at Play off level Kashinath

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    "and 100 from 13 overs (not 100 from 8 overs as u say) is like any other day for MSD, RJ, Mike Hussey. Unfortunately it didnt click this one day. "

    Scoring at a strike rate of 170+ is exceptional and is NOT "any other day". The fact that Dhoni, Jadeja and Bravo have pulled this off repeatedly so far is MIRACULOUS. Any person who understands cricket will know this. That's the reason Dhoni has been saying that the TOP order needs to score faster so that CSK doesn't have to become desperate in the last 5 overs. Vijay has been a FAILURE. Hussey has played out of his skin and upped his strike rate, to offset Vijay's FAILURE. In IPL6, the strike rates of Dhoni, Jadeja, Raina, Albie, Hussey, Saha are 165, 156, 140, 133, 129, 125. Where is Vijay and Badri in the top-6? They are batsmen! There's no place for a batsman in T20 if he cannot score at above 130. A SR of 130 gets the team a score of 156 and that is just PAR and not a winning total ! Think again before supporting Badri and Vijay!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Ben Laughlin gave 48 runs fine but still 139 at 7 an over is more than achievable for such a fancied batting line up.somebody was saying Raina is in a great nick for me he is more luck oriented batsman he swings and slogs if it meets its his luck else gone.Huss has been laying platform and winning games if he fails its end of game. Vijay has had his share of luck by fluke got a place in Champions Trophy that is enough please throw him out of the team

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 6, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    This match is not even worth analysing so much. Complacency is not planned, it basically is the result of individual minds doing strange things under ordinary situations. It cannot get any more ordinary than CSK chasing 140 runs in a pitch where the average scores have been much higher. If any team plans based on this performance of CSK, they had it. And as far as Mumbai is concerned, if they start flexing their muscle for having beaten the table topper, rude shock awaits them in the near future matches.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    such a remark from captain shows the high head attitude more than a realisation. However since it is dhoni one may understand what he meant was realisation and that they are brought down to earth. in such case sunrisers should worry a lot as it is next their turn against csk. but what i wrote to start with as a high head attitude this will help srh to gain some more points. all said and done they should have been more humble in their defeat blaming themselves for this defeat.and it takes nothing out of mumbai players excellent bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Sats_roks MSD didnt have to blame the pitch as it was already blamed by his coach Fleming.For those blaming Wankhade for loss of Chennai as per IPL records it has an average score of 190 per innings. The question is not about critizising Dhoni for the failure.If you had watched RR vs KKR everyone kept asking why RD the man best suited for such pitches batted so low.As far as MSD goes whatever u call him finisher mr.cool or watever but one basic thing which most of us will agree is be it India or CSK this guy walks in after the fall of 3rd wicket if batting has been great and runs are flowing but incase of collapse he keeps falling down the order.As a captain it about taking responsibilty and playing in crisis and not hide behind like he always does .In crisis he bats down scores a few runs remains not out and increases strike rate that is MSD.You cant win all matches but so pathetic loss is not good.For people talking about experiment nothing of that sort happend laughlin for morkel

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    "If the math is done after Ash got out, score was 34-5 in 6.4 overs.. 20 in 3 overs would have been 54-6 in 9.4 overs.. which would have been 86 in 62 balls.. Wouldn't it have been a worthy try had Ashwin stayed along for 3 more overs? "

    Ashwin scored 2 runs in 8 balls as the scored moved from 18 to 34. Why would anybody want him around for another 3 overs? To score another 3-4 runs? He was expected to ROTATE the strike by taking SINGLES and play at a strike rate of at least 100 as Hussey stabilised the innings. Instead Ashwin thought he will be CSK's ABD! Lesson 101 : Know your capabilities and your role in the team, be a team man and play according to the situation instead of trying to be the hero!

  • POSTED BY RajSuperman on | May 6, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Chennai has to relook at the batting. They are not as good as they think. Dropping vijay for Du Plesiss and bringing in Ankit for Ben Laughlin is a good idea. if they ignore this as one bad game and stick to the same 11 then they will have many bad games.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    "Badri a passenger? This is one rarest occasion when Badri failed when the team needs him.. He is the damage controller of the team.."

    In a T-20 match there is no place for a "damage controller"... especially when the "damage controller" plays at a strike rate of about 120. When a batsman plays at a strike rate of 120 through 6 IPL editions the damage is already done! The "damage controller" is never ever going to win you matches. I might as well choose a batsman who can score at a healthy strike rate rather than pick somebody at 120. For the next IPL Badri ought to be released and a young guy LIKE Manish Pandey perhaps needs to be given a chance. The fact is Badri and Vijay are part of the "Tamil reservation quota" in the CSK team. It's for all to see!

  • POSTED BY TheGamerX on | May 6, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor: When Bravo got out it was 18/4 at the end of 4 overs. So playing out 3 overs for 20 makes sense. The score would have been 38/5 at 7 overs and 100 from 13 overs (not 100 from 8 overs as u say) is like any other day for MSD, RJ, Mike Hussey. Unfortunately it didnt click this one day.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 6, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @Pams118 : Last time it was a different story and was not a back door entry.. CSK stood at fourth place and opther teams panicked and didn't have enough to overtake CSK and CSK with every moral right went into playoffs.. No rules were bent to allow them and they didn't claim any wrong points.. RCB just lost the game which would ve taken them into the playoffs and that should be named as "RCB choked" and not a backdoor entry for CSK..

  • POSTED BY AllInFairNess on | May 6, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @Pams118, "back door entry last time" even others did not deserve this right?

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 6, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor : Badri playing with bad strike rate? 3 ball duck in an over where there were two wickets in first 2 deliveries.. Vijay wouldn't have played any better and Ashwin played a poor shot..

    The two passengers(Vijay and Laughlin) carried into the playing 11 were the main culprits and good thing is, they both will be out when Saha and Albie gets fit which will again make it a formidable line up..

  • POSTED BY ooper_cut on | May 6, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha is all I can say about that match. Which was funnie, the fact that KP dropped MK 3 times in a row at the same spot or MK giving catching practice to KP 3 balls in a row ? LOLOLOL

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 6, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor : Badri a passenger? This is one rarest occasion when Badri failed when the team needs him.. He is the damage controller of the team.. He failed yesterday.. But had it been a normal Badri day, he wouldn't have got out till 12th over for sure.. Vijay was poor.. In fact, the selection of Vijay into the playing was a poor decision.. Could have tried out anyone else..

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 6, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor : If the math is done after Ash got out, score was 34-5 in 6.4 overs.. 20 in 3 overs would have been 54-6 in 9.4 overs.. which would have been 86 in 62 balls.. Wouldn't it have been a worthy try had Ashwin stayed along for 3 more overs?

    If we go from where Ashwin started the innings, 4 overs 18-4.. In 16 balls Ashwin stayed in the field, 16 runs were scored.. There was no loss of momentum over that particular period of play and Ashwin got out a very poor shot(which was uncharacteristic too) rather than incompatibility to play out the innings. 18-4 was the reason and not Ash coming in at 6.

    As with every Dhoni decision, if something new works, he will be hailed else he will be blamed.. Even Dravid promoted everyone ahead of him(though they may be better bats than Ashwin) against KKR and lost the game.. It just happens.. T20 is a lottery where decisions to surprise can pull you into well too..

    Lets just rejoice the game..

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Laugh-lin gives away 46 runs in 4 overs! "Comedy of Errors" ! Good choice of words.

  • POSTED BY Satz_rokz on | May 6, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    I don see anything wrong in wat dhoni said abt the failure...Just bcos a team's bowling was better it doesnt mean that the opposition has to get out cheaply... If your batsmen were in the right frame of mind and confidance, they can counter any bowling attack.. MSD rightly accepted his team's batting failure.. Rather than blaming it on the pitch or other factors...

  • POSTED BY Pams118 on | May 6, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Completely unexpected performance from a team dominating across all IPLs and having already peaked this season. The critics may call it - arrogance, over confidence, complacent (even MSD admitted it). It seemed more of an induced complacency than a natural one. So can't be a wake-up since they were only pretending to sleep. Even though currently at the top doesn't mean they can finish in the Top 2 playing this way. Just ahead by 4 points having played a game more than remaining contenders. Another defeat would make it "Evens Stevens"! Moreover of the remaining 4 games 3 are away against teams (SRH, RR, RCB), which haven't lost at home. So captain & coach don't lose the big opportunity of a straight forward entry to the Top 2 unlike a back door entry last time.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 6, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    No need to worry about the performance of CSK's Indian players and how it might affect CT. Raina just got a hundred in the previous match. Everybody knows about Dhoni's form. Ashwin is picking up wickets regularly and his economy is among the best. Jadeja is doing well with bat and ball. Vijay has become a long format player and it is a matter of time before he clicks.

  • POSTED BY appis2001 on | May 6, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Haha yes dhoni said it 'comedy of errors' not only chennais batting as well as indian team selection for champions trophy..once again selection committe proving that once mohinder amarnath called them i dnt want to mention that word..its crystal clear that chennais lobbyisam..how can justify murali vijays selection he just scored around 100 runs in 10 matches but same time gautham ghambir he scored around 400 runs..this is baseless..bcs selectors mentioned that selection will be ipls perfomencewise..comedy f errors..

  • POSTED BY crindex on | May 6, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    MSD tries to put is very lightly. Its actually loss of form for CSK. That's the reality and that's what they got shown in front of their face by a tough opponent - MI. It upto CSK how they are going to rediscover the lost form from here on. In this form that CSK is in , any one of the remaining 8 teams can defeat them .

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    "Imagine a partnership of 20 in 3 overs and Dhoni and Jadeja coming in with 80odd to score in 10 overs.."

    You have your maths wrong. Bravo fell when the score was less than 20 and the reqd rate was already 9+. A partnership of 20 in 3 overs, would have left Dhoni and Jadeja to score 100 at at about 12 an over. Why should they be expected to do that, when Vijay and Badri play at an abyssmal strike rate?

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    I can forgive the heavy scorers of the IPL (Hussey, Raina and Dhoni). Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja's strike rates are also phenomenal. They have been winning the CSK games at huge risk... that's what high strike rates imply! I can forgive the Purple cap holder, Bravo. I can forgive Jadeja who won CSK games earlier and tried his best and was the last wicket to fall against MI.I can forgive Mohit the bowler. I can't forgive Vijay, Badri and Ashwin ( an opening batsman for TN) for playing the way they did against MI.

  • POSTED BY dineshrdk on | May 6, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Mr.Cool!! Dont give such funny comments please.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    When you can't cry you have to laugh at the team performance and their lack of responsibility. Looks like the "family bonding" of the team gave way and nobody came good! There are passengers ( Vijay, Badri) in the team! That's the reason it's a comedy. Poor Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Akshay's observation perfect. MSD runs away when a proper platform not set. He too panic. Yesterday during break at 9th over Dhoni could have adviced Hussey not to panic & try for the max. run to close down the margin in case they loose.At least run rate would have been better. What is Fleming doing, should have addressed this problem during first break

  • POSTED BY SunnyKing1008 on | May 6, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    So Mr MSD, you are saying the opposition bowling is not good, just because of your errors you lost the game. He must be living in his own world. Unfortunately, this guy is the captain of India.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 6, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor : I dont see anything wrong with the tactic except for that went wrong.. Imagine a partnership of 20 in 3 overs and Dhoni and Jadeja coming in with 80odd to score in 10 overs.. It would have been a different scenario..

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Simple, it was an experimental game for csk. and surely i ve to say that wankhede is one of the worst pitch of the world, too sluggish pitch. knowing this type of horrible pitch condition, MI skipper opts to bats first, he itself know it was too danger if MI chase it. Anyways this is just a league match, when comes to knock outs, MI will be thrown out easily. That one matters!

  • POSTED BY The-love on | May 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @Jack Boss Slater :- Yes sir,Not only 2010 final but CSK have won last 7 games too because Pollard was not promoted. In this match Pollard was promoted,he did wonders and CSK lost.

  • POSTED BY Rajiv007 on | May 6, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    What scares me about this CSk performance is that most of the players are in CT Indian team...God help us if this is their mental strength.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    "And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    "We have faith in Ashwin and thought if he can get a 10 to 20-run partnership going with Hussey"

    They wanted to send in Ashwin when the score was 18, to build a partnership of 10 or 20? That's so ridiculous! Surely the CSK "think tank" can think better than that!

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 6, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    A Raina, a Dhoni, A Hussey can afford to say they were complacent, their mind was not in this game. But how about Vijay? Isn't it high time he came up with something big? I want to look at the replays of his innings against Aussies in the test series. I have a strong suspicion someone else was wearing Vijay's mask and playing.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Keeping the MI game aside, I think CSK's biggest issue is not having good death bowlers. The Aussi bowlers don't understand T20 death bowling and think they can bounce the batsman. Bollinger at the death in the earlier IPLs and Nannes now have been a disappointment, I hope Hilfenhaus can come back. He is the best of the lot. Bravo is not a consistent death bowler and Albie Morkel is so predictable that he can be bowled on in the first 10 overs. Ashwin gives away a 6 every over!... or 3-4 sixes in 4 overs. Jadeja and Raina are unreliable and can be used for 1 or 2 overs at the most. This IPL CSK, has relied on Dhoni, Raina and Hussey providing them the bulk of the runs and taking them past the finish line. Vijay has been a dismal failure and Badrinath at a strike rate at about 120 is of no use, unless there is a collapse, but even then he didn't come good against the MI.. I want to see Aparajit play instead of Badri. Really!

  • POSTED BY AllInFairNess on | May 6, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @Jack Boss Slater, how about the 2012 eliminator? MI is the choker

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 6, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Vijay was a complete failure. .May be, he put all efforts on tests which showed results against Australia. I think with Saha absent, the team should have opted for other opening partner for Hussey - may be, Faf and bought in other seamer in place of Laughlin.. Laughlin in one game he played didnot do anything to merit place in the 11.. Hilfy would have been a better choice if they needed that slot to be a bowler alone..

    Let bygones be bygones.. MSD is a captain who is at best when he realises what went wrong.. This time, he realised it early.. Just need to be more careful.. Probably, they were celebrating too early.. Miscalculated over for Bravo cost him much and not to forget Morris not bowling the last one..

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    So the bowlers still restricted MI to 139 inspite of not being mentally in the game , right? very poor excuse. MI have a good IPL record against CSK. The 2010 IPL final is the only thing which gives bragging rights to CSK.and SRT was injured in that final with a split webbing and everyone knows Pollard's non promotion was the reason CSK won that game.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 6, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Why were the CSK mentally off? What contributed to the brain freeze? Was Vijay practicing cross-batting? Badrinath had a wonderful opportunity to play at a strike rate of 100 for the balance 20 overs? Did he miss the ball to become LBW at this sheer prospect? I won't blame Bravo. You can't expect him to wear the purple cap, bowl at the death and to rescue CSK from his batting slide! Raina was unlucky. Why does Ashwin think he is as nimble as ABD? Did he want to be an even scoring partner to Hussey in that situation? Dhoni HAD to start swinging because the run rate was already 10 when he came in! That was not in his script. He is not supposed to come in before the 12th over! I think Dhoni should have sent in Jadeja instead of Ashwin and asked to stabilise the innings with Hussey. Hussey needed support at the other end and needed to calm down... or maybe Dhoni needed to come in when those 3 quick wickets fell at the score of 9. Bravo simply doesn't have the temperament to stay put!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    'Mentally we were not into this game' what kind of statement is this? at the halfway stage CSK were looked very confident and fit "MENTALLY" ' the batsmen threw away their wickets' do he means while attempting a big hit? then what about MI batters SMITH, POLLARD and KARTHIK

    MI bowlers forced you[CSK] to commit an ERROR

    MI lose by 87 runs at Jaipur it wasn't 'a comedy of errors' the RR who assessed the conditions well and played accordingly.

    OBSERVATION: Whenever the top order failed to set a platform, MSD runs away!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Chennai, though won 7 matches in row...have done nothing so stupendous than 4 other teams...CSK is just ahead by 2 wins having played one match more than 4 others.

    CSK should focus on winning this IPL & prove their mettle, rather than bragging of being attributed Invincible.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    This is a Simple Difference between Mr.WALL and Mr.Cool , when the target is more and the situation is challenging , the Former takes responsibility in his hand comes Ahead of his Big hitters and try to lay good platform for them whereas under same scenario the Latter just Hides himself behind his Bowlers :) :) :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Well can agree on the point that you cannot win all games and 8 games in a row would be a big feat but that wont be a reason for the defeat.Blaming the pitch and saying we did not involve are simple excuses hide the fact of being complacent that come what may we are in play off attitude.Wake up call is fine but one point which they must remember is majority of games they have won have been close calls last over last ball finishes.The basic attitude of we can score 10-15 runs in last few over every time could end up a problem at the end.Defeat against Mumbai in chennai was due to same Dhoni was out and game over.Basically CSK depend on Huss MSD to win all games.Raina to a certain extent wins games but not always its high time Vijay gets dropped for the remainder of the games and focus on getting runs and keeping up with rate from ball one rather than slogging at death.Slogging/Big Hitting as they call it can cause failure.With table so close technically CSK may even end up being out

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | May 6, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Ok one team wanted to win (to stay in contention) and the other probably experimented(lacked interest) Its probably hard to maintain motivated for such a long tournament. Maybe CSK should have given a few players off and tried new ones in this game.

  • POSTED BY muthu4664 on | May 6, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    What I like about Dhoni is admitting mistake, Not many captains do this.After 7 straight Wins this is on the cards considering Law of Average.Also nothing to take away from Mumbai Indians.Rohit batted sensibly for setting competitive Target & Johnson started the downfall of CSK by his swing & accuracy. Time is running out of Murali Vijay.How long he can hold his place on others Performance.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Murali Vijay never never.....

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 6, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Dhoni doing whats he is best at, giving excuses. What lame captaincy sending ashwin. He know very well ashwin is not a good runner between wickets and Hussey needed a fast runner to absorb the strike. Give MI credit. Given the DD captain gave credit to the SRH bowlers after their dismal performance.

  • POSTED BY starincricket on | May 6, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    The reason for loss does not sound great...looks no one spend enough time to read the pitch.. it might sound great if they batted first..

  • POSTED BY Sundararajan on | May 6, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    It's Ok guys.. Happens. Better now than in the play-offs. I agree, it is a long tournament and it is very difficult to keep focusing day in and day out, particularly in this weather. So no problem. Good wake up call. Go well now and bring the trophy back to where it belongs guys... Cheers. Whistle podu!!

  • POSTED BY ajayunnikrishnan on | May 6, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    There is no excuse for being bowled out for just 79 runs...MSD is a capable batsman...(we all know that) but what CSK is doing is that they are just relying on MSD and HUSSEY....I think Vijay should have played a better role for the team! Mumbai Indians played out of their skins....

    OBSERVATION: A well deserved emphatic win by MUMBAI INDIANS

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  • POSTED BY ajayunnikrishnan on | May 6, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    There is no excuse for being bowled out for just 79 runs...MSD is a capable batsman...(we all know that) but what CSK is doing is that they are just relying on MSD and HUSSEY....I think Vijay should have played a better role for the team! Mumbai Indians played out of their skins....

    OBSERVATION: A well deserved emphatic win by MUMBAI INDIANS

  • POSTED BY Sundararajan on | May 6, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    It's Ok guys.. Happens. Better now than in the play-offs. I agree, it is a long tournament and it is very difficult to keep focusing day in and day out, particularly in this weather. So no problem. Good wake up call. Go well now and bring the trophy back to where it belongs guys... Cheers. Whistle podu!!

  • POSTED BY starincricket on | May 6, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    The reason for loss does not sound great...looks no one spend enough time to read the pitch.. it might sound great if they batted first..

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 6, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Dhoni doing whats he is best at, giving excuses. What lame captaincy sending ashwin. He know very well ashwin is not a good runner between wickets and Hussey needed a fast runner to absorb the strike. Give MI credit. Given the DD captain gave credit to the SRH bowlers after their dismal performance.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Murali Vijay never never.....

  • POSTED BY muthu4664 on | May 6, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    What I like about Dhoni is admitting mistake, Not many captains do this.After 7 straight Wins this is on the cards considering Law of Average.Also nothing to take away from Mumbai Indians.Rohit batted sensibly for setting competitive Target & Johnson started the downfall of CSK by his swing & accuracy. Time is running out of Murali Vijay.How long he can hold his place on others Performance.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | May 6, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Ok one team wanted to win (to stay in contention) and the other probably experimented(lacked interest) Its probably hard to maintain motivated for such a long tournament. Maybe CSK should have given a few players off and tried new ones in this game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Well can agree on the point that you cannot win all games and 8 games in a row would be a big feat but that wont be a reason for the defeat.Blaming the pitch and saying we did not involve are simple excuses hide the fact of being complacent that come what may we are in play off attitude.Wake up call is fine but one point which they must remember is majority of games they have won have been close calls last over last ball finishes.The basic attitude of we can score 10-15 runs in last few over every time could end up a problem at the end.Defeat against Mumbai in chennai was due to same Dhoni was out and game over.Basically CSK depend on Huss MSD to win all games.Raina to a certain extent wins games but not always its high time Vijay gets dropped for the remainder of the games and focus on getting runs and keeping up with rate from ball one rather than slogging at death.Slogging/Big Hitting as they call it can cause failure.With table so close technically CSK may even end up being out

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    This is a Simple Difference between Mr.WALL and Mr.Cool , when the target is more and the situation is challenging , the Former takes responsibility in his hand comes Ahead of his Big hitters and try to lay good platform for them whereas under same scenario the Latter just Hides himself behind his Bowlers :) :) :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Chennai, though won 7 matches in row...have done nothing so stupendous than 4 other teams...CSK is just ahead by 2 wins having played one match more than 4 others.

    CSK should focus on winning this IPL & prove their mettle, rather than bragging of being attributed Invincible.