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

Jadeja steals another win for Chennai

The Report by Sidharth Monga

April 20, 2013

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Chennai Super Kings 124 for 6 (Hussey 40, Jadeja 36*) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 119 for 9 (Jadeja 3-20, Ashwin 2-21) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Michael Hussey celebrates after taking an outfield catch, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Kolkata, April 20, 2013
Michael Hussey's catch turned Knight Riders' innings around © BCCI

Smart stats

  • Michael Hussey's 51-ball 40 was the slowest score of 40 or more in the IPL's history
  • Jacques Kallis' diamond duck was a novel experience for him, having never suffered one in international cricket or previously in the IPL
  • Rajat Bhatia's 10-ball 1 was the second slowest innings in IPL (non-ducks)
  • Ravindra Jadeja's strike-rate today was 257.14; the other Super Kings' batsmen scored at a combined rate of 81.89.

Make them Sir jokes all you want, Ravindra Jadeja is arising again and again this Indian home season. After he took three wickets - mostly poor batting from Kolkata Knight Riders - to reduce the hosts to 119, he came out to see his team-mates had messed the paltry chase so much that they now needed 40 off 27. Just like that, he smoked sixes down the ground, fours through cover, and on a sluggish track where almost every batsman apart from Gautam Gambhir struggled, Jadeja took Super Kings home with an unbeaten 36 off 14. There were five balls still to go.

In his recent column, Gambhir spoke of how the turbulence inside resulting from how his side snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in their previous match was much stronger than the choppy flight he had. His team went on to prove him wrong, showing turbulence much greater than Gambhir can imagine, chaos much greater than the honking cars in Kolkata can create. Kolkata Knight Riders were going swimmingly at 46 for 0 when Gambhir fell, and they all managed enough panic over the next 10 overs to throw their wickets away to be reduced to 91 for 8. They fought hard from there, but it wasn't enough.

Super Kings will claim, and not without reason, that the panic was initiated by their superb fielding, but it wouldn't justify the ordinariness of Knight Riders' batting and the diabolicalness of their running. First the superb fielding, though.

In this clash of the last year's finalists, Knight Riders went without the man who won them that final, Manvinder Bisla. The struggling Yusuf Pathan opened in Bisla's absence, and on a slow and low pitch he could put behind the nightmares of the bouncers from Mohali. The two cut and pulled well, but when Gambhir didn't bother keeping the cut in the sixth over down, Michael Hussey dived to his left at square third man boundary to pull off a special catch.

Two balls later, S Badrinath matched Hussey's effort. Yusuf had hit to the right of Badrinath at point, and Jacques Kallis called him through for a single. Badrinath swooped on it, fielded it one-handed, and threw off-balance to knock the only stump visible to him. Kallis gone without facing a ball. He has never scored a diamond duck in international cricket. Soon Eoin Morgan failed to read a Dwayne Bravio slower ball, and holed out.

That brought together the two men that lost Knight Riders their previous match: Yusuf and Manoj Tiwary. The association lasted two balls as Tiwary ran Yusuf out. Bravo could claim about as much credit as Tiwary. He bowled, saw the ball pushed towards deep midwicket, and hared two-thirds of the way to the boundary, slid and fumbled. That fumble meant Tiwary finally went for the second after he had left Yusuf stranded mid-pitch. Bravo recovered, and even when on his knees he let rip a bullet throw to Dhoni. Knight Riders 55 for 4 after eight overs.

After that it seemed there would be a run-out every second ball, but what followed was poor shots and in no time four more were back. Sunil Narine slogged two sixes, and gave himself and Sachithra Senanayake something to bowl at. They were helped by the failed Super Kings experiment of opening with R Ashwin. The visitors then found themselves in a rut they couldn't get out of. The slow pitch made it difficult to build momentum. Then came Jadeja.

He danced down to L Balaji and lofted him straight into the sightscreen. Hussey, who fought hard for his 40 off 49, fell, leaving 31 to get off 19. Jadeja proceeded to pull Balaji over short fine leg for another four. Knight Riders had an ace up their sleeve with one over from Narine to go, but Jadeja took his revenge and slogged him over long-on for six the first time he faced him today. If this blow wasn't what did it, Yusuf dropped Jadeja at backward square leg to finally lose it for Knight Riders. Jadeja finished it off with another high six off the first ball of the last over.

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Posted by Thyagu5432 on (April 22, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

For all those who are saying I am a CSK hater, here is the truth. I am a Chennaite, I am a big fan of CSK and I will be absolutely elated if CSK wins this year (too!). I honestly believe CSK has been performing well below par so far. They have 8 points inspite of that and luck has a big role to play in that. Jaddu sir didn't hit sixers, he slogged and got sixers. I presume you all known what slog means (in crude terms we call it hit out or get out). Jaddu just got stuck into those shots. My mood was absolutely down when we needed 50 off 30 balls but in the end, when CSK won I was absolutely elated. Anyway, I hope CSK starts winning on their own fire power rather than luck.

Posted by Prakmca on (April 22, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

stealing a win in IPL or domestic cricket is not at all enough......

Jadeja played, 60+ ODIs, no single match winning performance... either with bowling or batting.... (in fact india lost few because of him)

Let him do the same against the quality bowling attack.... then we will see.....

Still I bet, he is going to struggle to rotate the strike in ODIs in SA.

In IPL, things are going in favor of him.... 2 or 3 seasons back it was Yusuf Pathan, and one Australian batsman (forgot his name)...etc

Posted by RmIND on (April 21, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

@ Tal_Botvinnik seriously I am just laughing at all your comments, you are a great cricket analizer seeing IPL5, please realize this is IPL6

See your comments : Poor Decisions given against teams when batting against them - Kholi was not given out and Vijay was given out on the same match ,Giving no ball which actually is , you think that as wrong decision!!!! Their bowling is pathetic - please check the stats!! Over hyped suresh raina - Highest run getter in IPL history (not in form now) With the playoffs not played in chennai i don't think chennai will win - Please watch IPL 6 Overall you have poor cricketing knowledge, go watch some other sport which you are good at...:-P

Posted by SL_rockz on (April 21, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

@ Thyagu5432:- An explanation by a great cricket analizer about hitting a six :p..............."The ball was in the right place, it hit the bat in the right place and it went in the right direction, at the right height and finally cleared the boundary at the right place. The irony, of course, is that Jadeja didn't mean any of those. All that just happened and fortunately."

Wow !! seems like a anti -CSK fan...What a definition of the reasn that br8 victory to CSK!! He heee...Hey mate if you are saying such xplanations i can simply tell this xplantn to every team who finishes like this with sixers. Hilarious !! So be careful if morgan or gambhir or kallis or anybody won a match for kkr in last over with sixers i will say the same ok !! This xplantion is unique know :)

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (April 21, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

@ Tal_Botvinnik,which IPL r u watching??CSK have players who can perform on all kinds of surfaces....and CSK have been in receiving end when it comes to poor umpire decisions,yes they did struggled last year but once they made it playoffs they smashed two top teams(MI and dd) and they nearly won last ipl....and in T20S most of bowlers picks wicket due to the mistake made by batsmen....CSK have won all away matches so far this season so they will have no problem in playing away from chennai....better talk with sense...cricinfo pls publish

Posted by DawnBreaker on (April 21, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

No doubt Chennai are performing upto their potential. With the batting line up they have got, I dont think they should have struggled to chase a mere total of 120. Kolkata made a lot of mistakes. There was no understanding between the batsmen, and some bad shots were also played which cost them a wicket. Kolkata can play much better.According to me, Yusuf Pathan should not play, and in plavce another young Indian talent should be give a chance.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

CSK cannot be happy eventhough it won. Their bowling and batting were not any way outstanding or inspiring but commitment in fielding stood out. I would say fortune favoured CSK in this chase of moderate total.. I wonder whether this standard of performance would suffice to finish at the top.

Posted by peterss on (April 21, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

they can still win it even if they reverse their batting order.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

It was a fantastic move by Dhoni to experiment with Ashwin as an opener. The target was just run a ball for which the batsmen need not do heavy slogging. The batsmen just have to use their feet and find the gaps which Ashwin is very much capable of. He was looking good, but could not take it to a big score.

Posted by dashingrobbie on (April 21, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

he's playing well....but i believe calling him "SIR" is not right, as he has to prove on international level, calling "SIR" takes ages to get this title, he can not be compared to sir don bradman, sir viv richards, sir clive llyod..... so please STOP calling him "SIR"..... feels like insulting the word sir.....

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 21, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

@sweetspot, both our(CSK's) no mystery spinners can bat. KKR 's mystery spinners can't.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 6:27 GMT)


With the playoffs not played in chennai i don't think chennai will win because there strategy is winning all home games

Its not yet decided...

CSK is a forged unit...we are ready for any team...if possible bring combined eleven of other teams still we can beat that X1...

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

m waitin 2 see csk's A game.......plz deliver soon bfor d knockouts!!!!!!!

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (April 21, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

CSK has been lucky so far. Jadeja last ball finish against RCB where RP bowled a no-ball.Poor Decisions given against teams when batting against them. Last year they were duly out of the tournament until DC got them back in. Their batting is deep but over reliant against hussy and dhoni. Their bowling is pathetic (no one looks like they are going to pick a wicket unless its gifted to them.) Test players like badrinath coming in the late overs and an over hyped suresh raina at the top of the order.(Who is no thing against Fast pacers.) With the playoffs not played in chennai i don't think chennai will win because there strategy is winning all home games

Posted by Rockers11.1 on (April 21, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

@Thyagu5432 I think you got affected by the shock that CSK won. That is CSK's Strength, they back themselves to score more than 12 in last five. There was no luck factor y'day. Jaddu is an asset in T20.

Posted by sweetspot on (April 21, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

@mohamedtoufiq - Well said! Thank you Sir! It is time some people realize not all members can contribute all the time. CSK management are not fools to keep a player in a team if they don't see his value. Albie is a fantastic asset and the one dynamite who can explode and absolutely demolish a bowler if there is such a need. CSK know exactly what they are doing with him. This is not a team that is floundering for ideas!

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

it was a game in which dhoni was in a mood 2 do sum experiment bt dey dsnt succeded bt still csk WINs.......dat tells u hw strng r dey....nw u can imagine wht can happn if dey play dere 100%......m lukin 4ward 4 a 250 score this season by csk!!!!!!!

Posted by sweetspot on (April 21, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

@TRAM - I was thinking the same thoughts! How can one person alone have a view of the pitch that is so diabolically different from the rest? In any case, this kind of comment will probably make Gambhir even more suspect than his technique.

Speaking of mystery spinners, KKR's mystery duo bowled 8 overs, gave 38 runs and got 2 wickets. CSK's no mystery duo bowled 8 overs, gave 41 runs and got 5 wickets. You can keep your mystery KKR. We'll take the 5 wickets, thank you!

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@Thyagu5432 what are u blabbering about?jadeja clearly hit all those sixes all cleared the boundary easily and all were hit intentionally....remember he came forward and hit the six of narine...how is that not intentional?and csk not doing anything worthwhile?lol clearly shows u hate csk...doesnt matter...csk are winning matches withoiut even playing 40-50% of their potential imagine what wuld happen if they gave their 100%...

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (April 21, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

@AmarJiith: The logic is pretty simple. Ashwin doesn't have the power to clear the boundary for sixers but he is a decent bat. If he is given a chance to bat up the order while there is field restriction, he has a chance to pierce the in-field (or even go over) and get a few boundaries. That is as simple as that. Moreover, Vijay has been struggling and there is nobody else who can open. Put this and that together, you will see what Dhoni was thinking was right. But unfortunately, it was not executed properly and so it failed, miserably at that. Dhoni, of course, seems to have Goddess luck in the playing XI.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (April 21, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

Luck smiled once again on CSK. Jadeja was no doubt the hero again but it was just his day just like few other days earlier were his. He slogged Narine and everything was right about that. The ball was in the right place, it hit the bat in the right place and it went in the right direction, at the right height and finally cleared the boundary at the right place. The irony, of course, is that Jadeja didn't mean any of those. All that just happened and fortunately, for him and Chennai, this happened once again when he slogged Balaji. That meant CSK would win. Let us see how long CSK will keep holding on without doing any worthwhile.

Posted by Htc-Android on (April 21, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

Gambhir made a mistake here. He finished all senanayake overs at the very beginning. He should have kept some of his overs for the later part of the game. He has good variations and will be effective in the death too. Nice to see senanayake showing his talent. I dont why he was ignored by our selectors. I rate him as a better bowler than mendis and dhananjaya. Also thanks to gambhir for giving some matches to senanayake. But i feel that he will be dropped in the next game to stengthen their batting. But its understandable. There is no point of playing too overseas spinners in the same team. That affects the team balance.

Posted by srinideva on (April 21, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

KKR won`t make it to playoff..this year.. CSK,RCB,MI and SRH..

Posted by gurussm on (April 21, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

I think it's a good move to send in ashwin to open. he played decent shots of the spinners and another 2 or 3 games he can be a regular opener for he basically is a batsman for Tamil Nadu

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (April 21, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

dhoni sent ashwin to open because he doesn't want his proper batsmen to lose wickets against narine and senanayake....ashwin looked very good and he played 3 overs of senanayake which was very important.....i'm sure dhoni wud never drop someone like vijay since he can win matches single handedly if he finds his groove....

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

Best teams are CSK & RCB .

Posted by Sateesh on (April 21, 2013, 0:19 GMT)

Jadeja has always been a team player.. filling in whereever needed.. first noticed him part of victorious Rajasthan Royals squad . Not sure why he has many critiques But India needs more team players like him

Posted by TRAM on (April 20, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

I think Gambhir is playing some cheap bluff tricks. When Shastri asked a question on the pitch that 'slowed down and helped spinners' he said 'not really, the pitch gets better under lights'. If so, why the heck he chose to bat first? Seems he thinks other franchisers' management will take his word for learning about Eden Gardens pitch.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

@Abhijeet...... FYI CSK are 2 time champions. And atleast they reach till finals year after year...what about the team u support. looks like RCB fans haven't recovered from Sir's trashing yet :P

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

kkr can only win in this type of wickets,... eden's pitch is not for t20...bcci should warn kkr to make sporting wicket..this type wicket is not ood for t20...as an rcb fan i m thankful that rcb will play against kkr in ranchi..not in eden..

Posted by kc69 on (April 20, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury :Shakib is a match winner who is currently on national duty winning matches for Bangladesh.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (April 20, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

I am surprised KKR didn't pick someone like a michael vandort in their team, a tall left hander who can handle spin easily and score, i think next auction they should buy him to beat CSK

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (April 20, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

KKR needed one more lankan player to win the game, i am 100% confident if they had played with one more lankan they would have won the game,

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 20, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

CSK fielding was electrifying. Catches, runouts, direct hits were all superb . All bowlers were economical except Albie. Ashwin opening the batting, ate up some overs from KKR spinners. Vijay couldn't read Senanayake. Raina was a bit unlucky to be caught at the boundry. When CSK was 70/4 at the end of 15 overs, KKR win was a real possibility. But then " cute Jadeja" played a blinder to get CSK home.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Shakib, Shakib, Shakib is terribly missing here for KKR........!

Posted by mohamedtoufiq on (April 20, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Don't just blame Albie. He must be sent in at the right time. The world's dream opening pair is playing more like tail enders for MI. Albie is the second most capped foreign player after Kallis and what does that mean? Is CSK management dumber than all you guys who are bashing Morkel? There are a lot of players in the line up of many teams who don't deserve that chance but are still in the playing team for non cricketing reasons such as politics. In a match not every single player will perform like a one man army. A good captain will balance the ups and downs of the team members' performance and that is when a team can win consistently like a team like CSK which has the highest win record in IPL than the other teams. And it is perhaps by the knee jerk reaction by other teams' managements to keep changing the playing combination that is costing them such records. A team must be full of true warriors who will be more confident and for them winning is a loyal duty, unlike mercenaries.

Posted by Princepurple1979 on (April 20, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Slowly but surely Narine's mysteries are being unravelled. This year we have seen number of people going after him as compared to last year. Any Jadeja is earning more and more respect each day. I am sure given more chance and grooming he could be a permanent fixture in India's test team also.

Posted by Ananth83 on (April 20, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

I believe the only reason Dhoni had sent Ashwin to open was to keep that as an option as Vijay is not performing. Now, if CSK management drops Vijay and brings Baba Aparajith or A Srikanth with Ashwin opening the batting, that would make the team stronger that what it is now. Even if Ashwin manages to score around 20 in 20 balls without losing his wicket in the first 6 or 7 overs, that would be a good enough start for the Super Kings. I'm not sure if the CSK management thought this way but this may be the reason behind sending Ashwin today as they had the opportunity to experiment.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

why so much less written about our sir.....

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

@hkreddy ur definition is incomplete - all 8 teams fight amongst each other to beat CSK in the Final like last year...

Posted by crindex on (April 20, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Great bolwing and fielding saved the day for CSK which otherwise would have fallen wayside in this diabolical and treacherous pitch in Kolkatta designed to favour the spinners and slow medium pace. Good grief what one sided these pitches have been!!!

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

great captancy from gambir

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Terrible pitch . but thats what eden gardens has been producing for the last 2 years . . gambhir is delusional if thinks that this pitch was a batting beauty .

Posted by Cric_fan_since_1989 on (April 20, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

jadeja's confidence is on all-time-high .. Great display of all facets of his skills today .. Keep it up Jaddu Sir!!!

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Wht a boring Final it wud be this year to play in this worst Pitch @Eden. MSD's tone was intense whn he said tht some batsmen are to pull up the socks - Vijay & Raina in particular. I think Delhi will catch KKR points very soon if Gautam's team r going to play senseless cricket even @ Home. No words for "cute Jaddu". Keep going CSK!

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

The match went down to the wire, but it could have been a tight win for kkr had their bowlers held their nerve & bowled in the right areas,bala wasted a boundary by bowling jadeja a shcoking slow bouncer when fine leg was up.Kallis was not able to contain the runs too.jadeja played good shots. But, i still feel that he might not prove to be worthy against class acts like morne,steyn,starc,anderson,boult,southee,roach,edwards,finn,junaid khan,malinga,gul,irfan khan,johnson,& the list goes on..he is gud in the home conditions but surely can't perform the same in the away conditions..kkr need to pull their socks up,i suppose therz no turning back frm now on,gotto win evey match..

Posted by hkreddy on (April 20, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Define IPL : All the 8 remaining teams play among themselves to play finals with CSK..

Posted by JaDeD_INDIAN on (April 20, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Now this victory is special for CSK as it was away from home. JA Morkel is a problem now we need Nanes or should try out other foreign players. Morkel has been great for us in the past, respect to him for that but he has to go now. People saying KKR is a strong team yes it is on paper but probably has a bunch of mediocre Indian players ever, Pathan has taken his place for granted.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Even if csk wants to chase 50 runs they will take it to 50 needed of 30 balls coz dhoni is not a person who like to finish the match in 15 overs.he told that in a interview.great escape by csk and ashwins opening was pathetic knowing he is not a slogger.they have to improve their approach having 10 batsmen scoring atleast 70-80 runs in 10 overs

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (April 20, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Take a bow Sri Pundit Sir Lord Ravi "Jaddu" Jadeja. Whaddaplaya!! Wonder whether he got those 300s by slogging or by proper cricketing shots. Batsmen thought he can turn the ball both way with tremendous amount of rip,flight and spin only to find it just meekly went on without any turn and castle him.

Posted by bretandme on (April 20, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Somehow someway KKR should include the no.1 T20 batsman in the world BAZ. He can make a real difference in the type of form he was recently against England. May be they can drop Morgan for one match or may be one of the two int. spinners and include BAZ. What is the use of keeping a player like him on the bench????

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (April 20, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

pathetic pitch this....KKR can't match CSK on proper wickets and that's why they produced pitch like this so that they can atleast compete with CSK...bowlers like narine,senanayake can perform only on these desert pitches.....and how can gambhir call this batting beauty,can someone explain.....cricinfo pls publish

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

The main difference between CSK & KKR in today's match was the number of players, these two teams played with. CSK had 11 players in their squad but KKR went with only 5 (Gambhir, Kallis, Morgan, Narine & Senanayake).

Posted by anton_ego on (April 20, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

One reason why there are a lot of low-scorers in this IPL is because the teams have become smarter. The composition is such that almost all the teams have two lineups at their disposal - one packed with spinners and another with seamers. Based on the nature of the wicket, the lineup changes every match, which wasn't the case in previous IPLs. Though it leads to low-scoring games, it means only the smart and talented batsmen can score, which reflects nicely in the orange-cap list. Good for the IPL!

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (April 20, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Senanayake is one of the smartest buy made by a franchise in this year's auction. He & Narine bowling in tandem is absolutely treat to watch. Most of the players who bought by this year's auction are performing really well. Senanayake, Morris, Perera, Faulkner.....

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

excellent move by csk to waste the kkr spinners by sending ashwin, and good show by sir jad,and for every one who treat him like a joker in social sites, i feel a game of rummy can't be won without a joke.

Posted by sweetspot on (April 20, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Chennai have some kind of defensive mindset when they are chasing small totals. Raina for instance, connected very well, but checked his shot and was caught on the boundary line. Vijay was trying to be clever instead of powering the ball down the ground. Small issues that they will address and sort out no doubt, but who can argue against the approach when they have such incredible finishers?! Someone or the other is going to deliver with so much depth. KKR played on par against a quality side, but that side won without having to play their A game.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

Unless there are some changes in d KKR XI,there is no qestion of winning matches,kkR r themselves paving their way 2wards d exit point.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 20, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Pathan did an amazing job today! Kallis has not yet faced a ball and Pathan runs him out. KKR down a key batsman, especially with Gambhir gone. Pathan then manages to mindlessly run himself out, stopping midwicket for what - to catch his breath?

With KKR defending he bowls one good over, and then in a tense finish he drops Jadega AND puts the ball over the boundary for four. (Kallis - who had already taken out Badrinath - gets it from Yusuf again!!) KKR's momentum is now gone.

First ball of the final over, the man he had dropped, Jadega - the Man of the Match - smacks Yusuf's dolly for six, and KKR lose.

Why is he still paying? Because he cost a lot of money does he HAVE to play?

Posted by Kolaa.srifan on (April 20, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Good strategy from dhoni as send ashwin open and waste the two spinners balls. Ashwin almost did that as he face 4(almast) overs of them run a ball. Well done SIR...!!! Million dollar baby..oh! sorry master done it in style...

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

Problem with KKR their domestic player is not playing well in these IPL. To much depend on overseas player.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Vijay should be replaced with a bowler, no sense having so many batsmen. Raina's role should also be scrutinized.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

Ashwin was sent to open to waste some of Narine's and Senanayaka's balls. CSK didn't want regular openers getting out so early. Ashwin almost did the job.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Way to go Chennai. But please guys, stop making such low scores in the first 10 overs -_-.

Posted by dj789 on (April 20, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

why do we play balaji and not shami ahmed?????

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Really an amazing game by Jadeja

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

one must pay for being oversmart

Posted by Aditya_csk on (April 20, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Looks dhoni doesn't want to chase a target less than 10 per over so sent Ashwin to open...

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

With Nannes out I was hoping CSK would play Jason Holder he's an exciting prospect for the game and at 6ft 8 definitely gets your attention.

Posted by AmarJiith on (April 20, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Ashwin gets to open the CSK innings!!! Wow, what a surprise! Can someone explain what might be the rationale behind it? In tests, generally night watchmen are sent when an innings start at the end of a day with very few overs left. But why is Dhoni doing this in T20? Some knowledgeable person please reply.

Posted by gundapps on (April 20, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

What is Albie Morkel, the most expensive bowler of the evening, doing bowling the 18th over instead of Morris or Bravo? The runs Albie gave away to Nos. 10 & 11 batsmen could come to haunt CSK on the Eden pitch. A. Morkel nowadays is neither bowler nor batsman!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 20, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Dwayne Bravo showing why he's one of the best all-rounders in the game, first the clever slower off spinner to outfox Morgans legside flicks and then what has to be the best fielding run out off one's own bowling I've ever seen to remove the dangerously set Pathan ! The dedication, speed, release and accuracy simply second to none phenomenal.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

On the field, Bravo is a Spiderman & Ashwin..........

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