Chennai v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Chennai April 22, 2013

Super Kings batting might trumps Watson ton

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Chennai Super Kings 186 for 5 (Hussey 88, Raina 51, Faulkner 3-20) beat Rajasthan Royals 185 for 4 (Watson 101, Binny 36*, Ashwin 2-20) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chennai Super Kings have more match-turning batsmen than any other side in the tournament, and that was on display yet again as they hunted down 186 against Rajasthan Royals. Michael Hussey, who made the slowest 40-plus score in the IPL in the previous match, showed off his versatility with a boundary-filled 88, the out-of-form Suresh Raina powered his way to a half-century, MS Dhoni narrowed the gap to the target though he couldn't close out the game this time. It was left to Dwayne Bravo to pound a final-over six and deliver victory, before breaking out into a joyous chukka chukka dance.

The endless depth in Super Kings' batting meant that Shane Watson's typically power-packed century, the first hundred of the season, and James Faulkner's pinpoint death bowling was not enough for the perennial underdogs Rajasthan Royals to pull off another upset.

Royals have won all 15 matches in which they have had to defend more than 162, but once the Super Kings chase began, Royals never looked outright favourites. Ajit Chandila continued to have success with his seemingly harmless and variation-less offspin bowling, dismissing M Vijay cheaply, but Hussey began with a barrage of boundaries, including a six over midwicket to ensure Super Kings kept pace. It was a shot he used often and effectively as he shed his usual role of anchor, and turned into an aggressor.

Raina was no slouch either, playing two of his trademark strokes - the slog over midwicket and the inside-out lofted hit over extra cover - as the pair, helped by some erratic bowling, powered Super Kings past 100 in the 10th over.

Faulkner gave Royals some hope by getting Raina lbw, but with Cooper bowling too many wide deliveries that were easily guided by Hussey to behind backward point for four, and the finishing expert, Dhoni, in the middle, Super Kings were still ahead.

A spot-on direct-hit from Dravid to send back Hussey renewed Royals' fight, before Faulkner bowled two superb death overs, getting rid of Ravindra Jadeja for a duck, and then dismissing Dhoni caught at wide long-on. It was down to Bravo to score 11 off the final over, off Watson who has only recently re-started bowling. Watson missed the length on one and was drilled over sweeper cover for six to virtually kill off the contest.

It was a bittersweet match for Watson, who had been in imperious touch earlier. The carnage started in earnest from the third over, as he coolly launched Mohit Sharma's first delivery over the bowler's head for six. Chris Morris was helped over deep backward square leg for six, the giant West Indian fast bowler Jason Holder proved ineffective on debut and by the end of the seventh, Royals had whooshed to 71.

The over which defined the innings was the 17th, bowled by Jadeja. The first ball was a hit-me full toss that was clobbered over long-on for six. Jadeja, already taken for 27 in his first two overs, was flustered by the big hitting, and sprayed the next ball miles outside off stump. It was followed up by another full toss that was deposited for six, and another shocking wide, several metres outside off.

Watson ended that over on 99, and brought up the first hundred of the season with a gentle nudge behind square leg in the next over. With Stuart Binny regularly scything the ball over the off side, Royals ran up what seemed a terrific total of 185. Not against Super Kings.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Sunz87 on | April 23, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @Pamidu Madushe Gunathilake; Dravid is always a legend no doubt for that, also T20 doesn't mean a game of batsman scoring at above a strike rate of 150.00, considering the veteran players of the world cricket he his having the better strike rate than Gilli, Sachin & Ricky in this IPL.. Every players have a bad day in cricket, it easy to blame others just sitting in-front of Television. Giving 16th over to Cooper was not a bad decision as it was a day of Hussey as the two boundaries came in that over was just an thick edge not a classical cricket shot or porr bowling, first try to play cricket by yourself and learn about it before starting blaming others...

    Dravid you are great... keep going man... definitely you will be there in first four at the last of tournament, great to watch you playing T20 also.

  • POSTED BY ArunPrasath_GS on | April 23, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    This is the Way a team should be playing. this is the way a team to be lead by the skipper. Perfect example and perfect team.

    We do know dhoni do some experiments and these brave decesion gives him luck. With such a power packed line up they approced the innings well planned and executed. though murali fails, hussey and raina stedied the innings without decreasing below asking Runrate and dhoni switched the gears. After jaddu's failure Bravo finished the job.

    Badri and aswin were denied to bat and morris whose strike rate is 151 moved up to continue.

    CSK is not a team like one man show. it is a TEAM. That is leading them to sucess not their LUCK

  • POSTED BY china_thana on | April 23, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Guys should understand one thing , Dhoni is very brilliant , If you should have watched the match keenly , you ll understand.... After taking Dravid catch , dhoni gave a signal to umpire saying batsmen not crossed which means new batsmen have to face in the same over ..one more , When Dhoni was hit in the air and he knows some body is chasing the ball to catch and dhoni asked bravo to wait before he crosses dhoni which means Bravo will face the next over and not the new batsmen. Unfortunately he crossed ........... not only 11 good match winners , dhoni captainy as well as mind game in cricket also gives you some advantage........

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 23, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    This season, we have already had many low scoring games- the 120s and 130s. Coupled with this, when you have a few High score plus close games, these are going to have some interesting effect in the teams' NRR. Look at this match. CSK won with one ball to spare. Still their NRR actually dropped by 0.081 points; from 0.729 to 0.648.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @Tru_Cricket_Fan on (April 22, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

    Sorry i do not knew that you are poor in abbreviations .I have just 1000 words.So pardon me for using the SMS tactics to the language. By the way, Sorry if i had made grammatical mistakes .But seems your inability to understand the language and the writing style was the issue.Because You may already have seen Many have replied to my comments before and after your comment as well.They have got what i said crystal clearly.So i do not know about you .Some times i made mistakes because it is not my native language and i use language just ti communicate not as a kinda ornament to me .So if somebody gets what i said it is more than ok with me.In your case my worries are why you only could unable to understand it while others as you see have understood well

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | April 24, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    A great game of cricket with Chennai crossing the line with the loss of Dhoni at a crucial juncture for the 3rd consecutive time.This fact has immense significance.A brilliant counter assault by Chennai in a run -chase who superbly mantained their scoring rate.

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | April 24, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    One of the best games of cricket .Chennai brilliantly launched a magnificient counter-attack to a big target,never letting the run rate climb over 10 runs per over.For the 3rd successive time inspite of losing Dhoni at a crucial stage Chennai have attained their target.This fact has significance..

  • POSTED BY vsroc on | April 23, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman

    It was a morale boosting victory for CSK against RR at Chepauk.

  • POSTED BY Yasin123Patel on | April 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Y'day was a australian show. Watto score a 100, hussey played a match winning inning and Faulkner bowled a brilliant bowling on a flat track to keep game alive. Last match played at chennai also a austrlian show. May be they love chennai.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    MONISH JOSHY says on 23/Apr/2013 I feel that RR need not panic, they can still come back to the top 4. For a team to win, a 100% team effort is needed. Every 11 players with out being selfish need to focus on getting their personal responsibilities accomplished and making the team win. But there are a lot of positive signs for RR that includes Shane Watson in his best with bat& ball, Binny is doing his job well, Faulkner developed as a lethargic bowler, Dravid being a good captain and consistent in is performances so as Rahane. Chandilla is doing a good job as a spinner. Also very happy to see Sreesanth with calm and composure, also with an excellent economy rate of 6. But Sree need to be more focused, should not bowl on leg side. try to pitch the bowl in good length area and out swing ball with perfection, never even bowl yorker on leg side . If you need some more boost, watch your 5 wicket hauls in SA and Australia.

  • POSTED BY Sunz87 on | April 23, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @Pamidu Madushe Gunathilake; Dravid is always a legend no doubt for that, also T20 doesn't mean a game of batsman scoring at above a strike rate of 150.00, considering the veteran players of the world cricket he his having the better strike rate than Gilli, Sachin & Ricky in this IPL.. Every players have a bad day in cricket, it easy to blame others just sitting in-front of Television. Giving 16th over to Cooper was not a bad decision as it was a day of Hussey as the two boundaries came in that over was just an thick edge not a classical cricket shot or porr bowling, first try to play cricket by yourself and learn about it before starting blaming others...

    Dravid you are great... keep going man... definitely you will be there in first four at the last of tournament, great to watch you playing T20 also.

  • POSTED BY ArunPrasath_GS on | April 23, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    This is the Way a team should be playing. this is the way a team to be lead by the skipper. Perfect example and perfect team.

    We do know dhoni do some experiments and these brave decesion gives him luck. With such a power packed line up they approced the innings well planned and executed. though murali fails, hussey and raina stedied the innings without decreasing below asking Runrate and dhoni switched the gears. After jaddu's failure Bravo finished the job.

    Badri and aswin were denied to bat and morris whose strike rate is 151 moved up to continue.

    CSK is not a team like one man show. it is a TEAM. That is leading them to sucess not their LUCK

  • POSTED BY china_thana on | April 23, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Guys should understand one thing , Dhoni is very brilliant , If you should have watched the match keenly , you ll understand.... After taking Dravid catch , dhoni gave a signal to umpire saying batsmen not crossed which means new batsmen have to face in the same over ..one more , When Dhoni was hit in the air and he knows some body is chasing the ball to catch and dhoni asked bravo to wait before he crosses dhoni which means Bravo will face the next over and not the new batsmen. Unfortunately he crossed ........... not only 11 good match winners , dhoni captainy as well as mind game in cricket also gives you some advantage........

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 23, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    This season, we have already had many low scoring games- the 120s and 130s. Coupled with this, when you have a few High score plus close games, these are going to have some interesting effect in the teams' NRR. Look at this match. CSK won with one ball to spare. Still their NRR actually dropped by 0.081 points; from 0.729 to 0.648.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @Tru_Cricket_Fan on (April 22, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

    Sorry i do not knew that you are poor in abbreviations .I have just 1000 words.So pardon me for using the SMS tactics to the language. By the way, Sorry if i had made grammatical mistakes .But seems your inability to understand the language and the writing style was the issue.Because You may already have seen Many have replied to my comments before and after your comment as well.They have got what i said crystal clearly.So i do not know about you .Some times i made mistakes because it is not my native language and i use language just ti communicate not as a kinda ornament to me .So if somebody gets what i said it is more than ok with me.In your case my worries are why you only could unable to understand it while others as you see have understood well

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | April 24, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    A great game of cricket with Chennai crossing the line with the loss of Dhoni at a crucial juncture for the 3rd consecutive time.This fact has immense significance.A brilliant counter assault by Chennai in a run -chase who superbly mantained their scoring rate.

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | April 24, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    One of the best games of cricket .Chennai brilliantly launched a magnificient counter-attack to a big target,never letting the run rate climb over 10 runs per over.For the 3rd successive time inspite of losing Dhoni at a crucial stage Chennai have attained their target.This fact has significance..

  • POSTED BY vsroc on | April 23, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman

    It was a morale boosting victory for CSK against RR at Chepauk.

  • POSTED BY Yasin123Patel on | April 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Y'day was a australian show. Watto score a 100, hussey played a match winning inning and Faulkner bowled a brilliant bowling on a flat track to keep game alive. Last match played at chennai also a austrlian show. May be they love chennai.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    MONISH JOSHY says on 23/Apr/2013 I feel that RR need not panic, they can still come back to the top 4. For a team to win, a 100% team effort is needed. Every 11 players with out being selfish need to focus on getting their personal responsibilities accomplished and making the team win. But there are a lot of positive signs for RR that includes Shane Watson in his best with bat& ball, Binny is doing his job well, Faulkner developed as a lethargic bowler, Dravid being a good captain and consistent in is performances so as Rahane. Chandilla is doing a good job as a spinner. Also very happy to see Sreesanth with calm and composure, also with an excellent economy rate of 6. But Sree need to be more focused, should not bowl on leg side. try to pitch the bowl in good length area and out swing ball with perfection, never even bowl yorker on leg side . If you need some more boost, watch your 5 wicket hauls in SA and Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Viru's innings against MI ignited all the big run chases in the tournament. Punjab chased a 180 plus score immediately after the DD vs MI match and now it's CSK's turn right after that...

    Viru really is an 'Opener' (for big run chases too)... :-)

  • POSTED BY crickarr on | April 23, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    csk has a settled team and have a better team spirit than the other franchises which are packed with mercinaries

  • POSTED BY true_point on | April 23, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    WoW! What a game!!. The end was meant for brave heart and not for weak heart. But VeeJay could not bluff his form like Sir. Veeru. Sir. Jadeja was "Jadega Saaaar" yesterday. One of those days !. This 2013 Pepsi IPL is the IPL of the Forty's. Players who are 40+ or nearing 40, are shining in this year's IPL. Testimony is Sachin, Dravid, M. Hussey, Azar, M. Muralidharan, etc., etc. So far Gilly is yet to come to the party. But team selection left to be desired. Need hitters at the start.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    I don't know how many of you noted it, ashwin is slowly becoming all spinner from off spinner as yesterday he bowled a conventional leg spin, to watson i think,he just adds one more to is vault of variations. hope it comes handy and all the best to him.

  • POSTED BY Avi56 on | April 23, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    No offence...but as per statistics Mike Hussey contributes to more than 58% of the team runs when they win matches....hahah and yet they are callled a team...look at facts and comment on other teams

  • POSTED BY crickarr on | April 23, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    cskn is picking at the right time, just b4 the bussiness end

  • POSTED BY Praba_Ponnambalam on | April 23, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    CSK is not a team with 11 players; It's a team with 11 match winners!

    #too many match winners in a single team :) Kudos...

  • POSTED BY Qa_ankit on | April 23, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Tomorrow match was totally controlled by two Australian's. Watson and Hussey. But i think Dravid missed a trick here. Instead of playing cooper, he should have got taken option of Hogg. He is sort of mystery spinner who has good T-20 record. It was slow and low. You can see how Chandila bowls. Didn't got away with too many runs. Also he could have completed his full quota of overs. But still good batting performance by both the teams. RR needs to gear up now for two Home games. Even if they win all home games now, they will be in final 4. As 5 matches to go on their soil. Go RR. And come up with some magic now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Waiting to see Vijay coming back to form, would be interesting with all the batsmen in CSK ranks in form. Bowling is a concern at the moment but with Morris, Mohit,Morkel with Ashwin and Jadeja looks promising to step up in the matches to come.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 23, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    It is unusual for CSK to find themselves in the top of the chart early in the tournament. It is not because they have peaked early. It is because they have won few close games. Vijay is yet to fire. Bowlers need to be more disciplined. Can improve on their fielding. Few players are nursing injuries. Go CSK. Keep on improving. 1st goal is play offs. We all know what CSK can do once they reach the play offs.

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | April 23, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Being a RR fan, it doesn't hurt losing to Chennai....bcoz I always want to see Dhoni winning....when he loses it feels India have lost and surely India comes before Rajasthan!!! but Hang On...we will meet again in Jaipur and I also cant see Dravid Losing......See you then!!!

  • POSTED BY Boundary_line on | April 23, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    It's a remarkable fight on strength between two teams. As a cricket team these two teams have the best sporting spirit among the all teams in IPL. No need to think about the mistake of any players or whoever won the match. Just look at the overall game's temperature and feel the temperament of entire players both all teams… fabulous. Thanks to both teams. They have played really an exciting cricket match.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 23, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik

    Dhoni is the fastest runner between the wickets. So fast that he doesn't even need to dive to get to the crease. Commentators have said that time and again. He keeps wickets too. Such a dangerous batsman whom bowlers fear to bowl. And moreover, Captaining the side too. And has picked up wickets too while bowling. lol

    Surely no SL player can do that.

  • POSTED BY MohanRagavan on | April 23, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    if we want to chase 120,we will open with ashwin...to chase 150> jadeja will play @ stike rate of 190 at the end ...to chase 180> hussey will play attackingly from the beginning....to chase 200> vijay will play ......this is how we play .. we know how to play @ time required.......dhoni is tactically brilliant ......common csk we are gonna win ipl 2013 also.....whistlepodu..

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | April 23, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    "Catch me if you can" target was so easily chased down by CSK. At no point in their innings that target was threatening. Even when they lost a few quick wickets, they never let the target look difficult. Hussey, Raina were absolutely brilliant and then Bravo showed why he is kept in such high regard by the CSK management. The batting is slowly falling in place but CSK's bowling is still in real shambles. Bowling wides, on the pads, rank long hop and what not. Everything that you normally don't expect at this level, were dished out in numbers by the CSK bowlers. They just cannot affort to leave their best bowlers out of playing XI, Nannes or Hilfenhaus have to play all the games.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 23, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik

    You didn't get my point. Steyns and Morkels are excellent bowlers because they know how to use pace unlike taits, Malingas and Samis.

    The discussion was about "Strength". If anyone quits WK, it raises question abt. his strength. Same with malinga who quit hardest format of the game as his body doesn't allow.

    Dravid was always a part-time WK, When situation demanded he did that too. And after Dhoni's arrival, he never needed too.

    Yes, Ashwin is slow fielder. We accept that. And that old man Dil is SL's Best Fielder and sadly SL despite producing so many youngsters that Dil is still Sl's Best fielder, thats why he still fields at point whereas Ind has Raina, Vijay, Kohli, Karthik, Dhawan and Jadea. Way better fielders !

    And did you see Gurkeerat's flying catch of Ross Taylor ?

  • POSTED BY jhovee on | April 23, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Splendid performance. Even though its last over finish, it's very satisfactory with the way CSK chase (kept run rate @ control all through their innnings)! Hats off to Huss & Raina... CSK & RCB sure of Playoff's.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    loved it when dhoni lay flat on the ground watching the sky after that over throw during RR innings.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | April 23, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    CSK managed the chase better than they have been doing in recent past. 46 of last 5 and 32 of last 4 meant that they could absorb two fantastic death overs by Faulkner. 185 was a terriific total but had Watson batted all the way this could have been 195 making things more acute for CSK. Any player can make fielding mistakes but when someone of Dravid's age does that it looks that intensity of the game has taken its toll. Dravid conceded two crucial extra runs which could have taken match to at least super over.

  • POSTED BY sweetiepaper on | April 23, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    RR needs to review their bowling combination. Need to include Badree/Hogg as another spin option. Faulkner continues to impress. And with Wato back bowling, there are too many seamers.

  • POSTED BY Jinasoma on | April 23, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    I am a sri lankan and we always apreciate good cricket of any where and no matter what is the nation.firstly Watson played good innings.it is beauty.next Mike Hussey played fabbulas innings.what a player he is..we salute you sir...And we sri lankan don't care about selfish Malinga's performance.he has played well only for this leagues.like IPL,BBL.he is never a team player.And we respect Sanga,Mahela,Murali,Vaas.they are our legends.

  • POSTED BY contactsai123 on | April 23, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    @ Stup1d - The WALL has been bulldozed by cement uncle :)

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 23, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Superstar_Salman_Khan Then are you saying ppl like lee,johnson,steyn,morkel are brainless bowlers? Philander had lot of success so far but we yet to see how he bowls in subcontinent pitches.There only few bowlers who are accurate like mcgrath,amir.

    Sanga quit WK because he major strength is batting now look at his batting avg 57.00 (Then why didn't dravid keep) Malinga' s if has to play more games for SL had to quit Test bowling.THe truth is he has won more matches than he has lost. Talking about stength your ashwin can't run acroos the wickets or field properly. Even an old man like dilshan can field properly and run fast.

    B Kumar is an excellent new ball bowler but in the death (after the shine is gone) he just another ordinary trundler.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Poor Sreesanth, whenever he has had a bad match, he is thrown out of the XI, anybody else just gets away with it. Dravid, why don't you give him the confidence? Especially, yesterday's match against CSK, he would have definitely performed better than most others and maybe RR would have won. Also, why don't they try out Samson and Sachin Baby instead of going out with the same old team. These are 2 youngsters who have the class and the inclination to perform. Give them a chance.

  • POSTED BY dadasupporterNO.1 on | April 23, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    poor captaincy pathetic bowling

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    If it is 120 , we will play a calm innings. If it is 150 , we will play a defensive innings. If it is 180 , we will play a attacking innings learn how to play IPL frm CSK

  • POSTED BY Hunny_Chugh on | April 23, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    It is amazing to see Dhoni all the time, he has taken the run on midfield from Dravid. I wonder if anyone else can run on the same.

  • POSTED BY See_the_obvious on | April 23, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    @srisesh, Corrections..Dhoni is not only a hard hitter but also can play an innings on merit.. I always wanted him to bat up the order for team India. Y'day Huss played nicely that there is no need to send badri to take the legs off the pedal..I meant there is no role for him..No offense where badri is more useful only if he is sent in the middle overs to set up stability.. Do u really think badri would have done the job of bravo y'day?

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 23, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    The way they calculate the net run rate is wrong . When you win the NRR should increase. Instead after winning CSK's NRR decreased. They have to calculate NRR seperately for individual matches and add. That way when you win NRR will sure to increase and When you lose it will decrease.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 23, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    @ Thilanka Ranasinghe

    There you again, mate. If speed is everything why likes of Tait and Sami (160+ once !)have underachieved?Even the World's Fastest bowler couldn't win 'One' WC for his team.

    Yes,having pace is a plus point but then Quitting Tests and opting to play shorter formats like Malinga; when one's body doesn't allow him, speaks volume about Strength of your players. Even Sanga has quit Wicket-keeping in Tests as his body doesn't allow that. You talk about Strength.Right ?

    Look@Philander. Even with "128 kmph",he is highly ranked bowler in Tests. One should have "brain" to get the wickets (just like Zaheer) not muscles.

    Listen to Wasim Akram's statements,he said Ind bowlers start as 140+ but end up losing their pace. And the reason being lack of support for fast bowlers in Ind.

    Right now,Umesh is our fastest. He consistently clocks 140+ but I would prefer Bhuvi over him as what matters is picking Wickets not showing physical strength. 4 tht we hv KHALI in WWE.

  • POSTED BY SRISESH on | April 23, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Dhoni thinks too much of himself and comes up the order. He is only a hard pinch hitter who will succeed only when he comes late in the order. Allow Badri to play maan..

    Srisesh

  • POSTED BY unni001 on | April 23, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals need to look at their bowling very closely.Hodge needs to be replaced with Owais shah. Yagnik should give way to Samson who is a much better wicket keeper. Sachin Baby needs to be given a chance.He could turn out to be a match winner.He is a real all rounder.

  • POSTED BY ifrakurshid on | April 23, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    185 now chasable as the batsman settle in rythem lucky cheenai super kings to have won the match as poor bowling performance of rahaul team mates allowed to get past a formadle total posted specially 100 by watson totally over shadowed by Hussey knock and B ravo clean finishing makes a match watch keenly around the globe.

  • POSTED BY WalkingWicket11 on | April 23, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Cement Uncle beat The Wall this time. :P

  • POSTED BY Yasin123Patel on | April 23, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    James faulkner is amazing and prove clinical for RR if he gets support from others. He has the best economy in this IPL and also best bowling avg. He took 11 in 5 match with ER around 5.46

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Rajasthan lost the match due to dravid's poor captaincy. He bowled cooper in the 16th over @ a time when dhoni and hussy cruising..he would have given the ball to faulkner cz he wanted a wicket and faulkner had 2 overs left..that's what sanga and white did for risers..sometimes it may not work but keeping your best baller till the end in such situations is useless...dravid is an excellent test batsman who scored runs all over the world.but he isn't T20 material...he has been highly overrated by the media...he should give the captaincy to wotson and should exit...his t20 srike rate is just 115..

  • POSTED BY CricketAkshay on | April 23, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    TRAM - just understand this one thing. Super Kings are a side who rely on good start and therefore Hussey would not throw it away in the first six overs. He can adapt to any situation of the game and play. Also, you please understand that the wicket at Chepauk was not a typical Chennai wicket as it remained flater and good for batting throughout the game, though, got a bit slower at the second innings, and that is why Chandila was the star. Anyway, see u buddy!

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | April 23, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    An excellent run-chase by CSK. Measured and clinical. This match was a good display of batting by both sides, but the bowling was quite poor from both sides. Only Ashwin and Bravo were effective for CSK; and Chandila and Faulkner for RR. The number of full tosses, short pitched, width and on-the-pads deliveries is really what led to 180+ score. Since CSK's batting is an obvious strength that was proved yesterday, lets look at CSK's bowling thus far in the tournament - which is still a concern. Bravo, Ashwin and Morris have been successful with wickets (Morris was terrible yestrday, btw). M Sharma is OK, but can easily be taken for runs. Jadeja hasn't had a great bowling tournament so far (notwithstanding his 3-fer against KKR). Albie hasn't bowled much. Nannes got hit by Pune, but he or Hilfenhaus need to come back in ... asap!! The best bowling combination for CSK would have to Bravo, Ashwin, Nannes/Hilfenhaus, Morris, Sharma and Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY VenkyN on | April 23, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    Great show from CSK today, in the batting department. Hussey was pure class as usual, and it is heartening to see Raina strike some form. Bravo showed that someone or the other will always step up in the end overs and that it does not always have to be the same person !

    The bowling however, with the exception of Ashwin needs some work. It was Steve Smith against Pune, AB de Villiers/Kohli against RCB and Shane Watson/Binny today, against whom the bowlers appeared devoid of ideas. The problem was not that they were carted all over the place, it was that they were not trying anything consistent during these performances and were all over the place. They will need to pull up their socks and formulate better plans against players who go hard at them.

    And please, CSK, for crying out loud, drop Vijay, the perennial non-performer. He might, just might, score a 60 ball century next game, but lightning does strike once in a while as well, and harnessing that does not make a good strategy !

  • POSTED BY zeus_kris on | April 23, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    This is the best lineup for CSK this season. The sooner they settle on this combination the better.

    Hussey, Vijay, Du plessis, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Nannes/Morris, Sharma

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 23, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    I would rather have Vijay get out in the deep than within 22 yards- C&B, bowled, LBW! Vijay is just one good knock away from being successful again. Dhoni knows that and Vijay will keep getting his opportunities; CSK at the top helps that.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 23, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    The odds of CSK's successful chase are high, given their long list of aggressive batters at the back end. Dravid would have been better off bowling first. He could have trusted his team's batting better than their bowling. At least, he could have trusted CSK's bowling rather than their batting.

  • POSTED BY TheCupid on | April 22, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    @ Thilanka - India's population is 1.2 Billion not 2 billion. I'd like to remind the Sri Lanka isn't blessed in the fast bowling department either. Since Vaas the only consistent fast bowler Sri Lanka has is Malinga. Until recent days even India had Zaheer. We still have some good talents who need to be groomed and guided properly to make big in the big arena

    @ Cricket_vk - Can we not make assumptions please. Murali always had a clean action which was proved time and again. Because of a medical condition had, he created a illusion that he bent his arm, but in reality he bent his elbow much less than most bowlers.

  • POSTED BY peterss on | April 22, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Chennai now winning right from the start... they used to only towards the end

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | April 22, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    @Thilanka Ranasinghe: lol at least we have so many great batsmen and few great bowler to our name...unlike Sri lanka who neither have any great batsmen nor bowler except Murlidharan..and even murli was suspected to have an illegal bowling action which he changed later...true facts India produced many LEGENDS unlike Sri lanka who had just 1.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    hai thilanka....cricket is not like rugby ...needing speed and strength ...cric is much more than that...invlves technique,temperament..then coming to bowlers...do u know our ranking in Test....Is it possible without world class bowlers...have u ever heard of AUS whitewashed..(4-0)....so be polite...learn 2 respect other nations..especially neighbours....ok... sleep tight...thinking of 1996....

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 22, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Thanks for people remembering my comment against MHussey. Yes he played very well today. Again, my earlier concern was only on 1. csk's hitters strength not getting chance 2. his slow initial overs raising the asking rate 3. value of a foreign player slot especially in a strong team as csk.

    Yes, I want him in the csk team if he plays like today. He negated all 3 counts above today. He matched the strike rate of Watson from the start.

    Thanks for reading my comment MHussey and proving me wrong... :-)

  • POSTED BY santhoo24 on | April 22, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    screw SL/Indian players being better, this is not SL vs India, this is as many pointed out, a carnival. And to some very few SL and Indian fans, please keep your patriotic feelings with you for now at least. This is a domestic competition with truck loads of foreign stars there to entertain the whole world for couple of months.

    Back to CSK RR game, congrats to CSK, hard luck to RR. Hussey and Watson were awesome. End of the day some team has to win, today CSK is marginally better than RR, and they won. I see Dhoni's charm in this victory.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Sir Ravindra Jadeja actually has to play cricket and sometimes have luck favoring him, while the REAL Sir Viv Richards just comes to the support staff of a team and Delhi and Sehwag go back to demolishing the way only Sir Vivian did!! Respect!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Except Ashwin, all other Indian bowlers are medicore, there are no bowlers like anil kumblay and jawagal sreenath for india now.yes their batting is world class for many years! but there are no bowlers who made a better name in international arena. indians have batmen because they have 2 billion population.but no bowlers because bowling needs more physical strength and speed.that 2billion population lack of that strength and speed therefore their bowlers are medicore.dont be angry because of unvealing bitter truth!

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    @Sl_Rocks. Its good to see you talk like that. All this would have never arised if you gave our cricketers some respect. Amit Mishra's Depth Batting which added crucial runs and his all important Hatrick turned the tides on pune. he was simply the MAN OF THE MOMENT. The Deserving MoM. If Perera were to do the same, it would only be right if he was given the same credit. If the otherwise had happened I would certainly feel upset. People don't take Hatricks everyday. They are special and Game changing. And hence Mishra. But Credits to Perera for Bring SRH to this level among top four. We respect your sportsmen, cheer for them. And when they play for the team we support, we pray for them! We love cricket. Lets not bring India and SL into this please. Let this be about cricket. Good night Bro.

  • POSTED BY TheCupid on | April 22, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    I'm seriously disappointed with some the comments my fellow indians have made here. Respect needs to be given where respect is due. To belittle Malinga, Jayawardane and Muralitharan who have played a lot pivotial roles in their team is a crime. Sanga is a player of class and is rather unfortunate that he hasn't been able find his feet so far. Thisera Perrara might not be the most prolific player out there, but he is effective in what he does.

    The same goes to the Sri Lankan fans. Many of the Indian players in the IPL may not be match winners, but a quite a few know what expected of them and fulfill thier roles. Cricket end of the day is a team sport. One player might be able to win you a game now and then but more often than not, a full team effort is required.

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | April 22, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @ philipsmgp lol that was a very funny comment Jadeja is a better finisher and cunning bowler? really?? Thats why that day against RCB with 2 runs needed of 1 ball he edged that last ball to third-man to get caught?? And till now has never been able to finish his own innings in a better way for INDIA? Thats why today Jadeja got bowled on 0?? and you calling him a better finisher? LOL And even as a bowler he got hammered today so i don't know what you talking about!! Think again buddy! he is just over-hyped! he is an average player!nothing else!

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Dont worry mate MOM should be earned. Its never been a battle between India vs SL coz the most mom won by any player in IPL is Chris Gayle is a West Indian I suppose u know that. Just enjoy the game..... Its never been a battle between India & SL..... Not for us...... BTW coming to the point Mishra bowled 4 overs for just 19 where as Perera bowled the same for 29, which helped SH to seal the match.And for ur worries here is the balm, the wickets of Mishra mattered the most for their teams win, that of Yuvraj. Not that I am biased, if that is the case then Steyn in that match got 3 for just 11 then he is better that Perera in all standards........... Just try to have fun watching the greats play..... Period.....

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 22, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Chennai is *the* team in the IPL. Excellent batsmen and good fielders. Slightly below-par bowling but well led by the magnificent Dhoni. Other teams, especially Mumbai Indians, might have several big names but, as a team, Dhoni's boys pip them all. It looks more than likely that CSK will qualify again for the semi-finals in this edition. Only interest lies in who the other 3 teams are going to be.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    MY fav is CSK and they donot have SL players there.That is my choice and i love the way they play the league so i donot have that knda SL should be the best and SL sud always play.IF they fail they sud sit o bench and if indians local boys play well yeah they sud b admired.Without a doubt i do.But the case seems little different where always some indian (i dnt know whether they are india or not) makes their boys only superstars at any cost.same facts which they used yestrday against SL player not given something or csubjected 2 criticism are using today for the praising of indian fellow over any other foreign player.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @ Talking about mediocre, and Malinga's legacy, here' something to savor. The last time Indian Batsmen faced this cricketer he bowled 7.4 overs, gave 96 runs, (yes 96) at the RR of 12.52!!! I hope people stop living in the past. I can understand the last time these people saw a cup was in 1996. I know it is humiliating, you have my sympathy. Head to Head, Indian cricket has been way above excellence in recent times over SLC. The young boys pick themselves up fast and came back to give a strong Aussie team a 4-0 thumping.

    P.S We don't bask in past glory. We Rise. We make history as we speak. India <3

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 22, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Guys! This IPL is like a carnival. We enjoying every moments.. See how many players involved ?? See how many commentors involved??see the crowd in every match?? Almost cover everything.. Me my friends my father my uncle my neighbours almost every one love this mega event. See by ur comments itself how successfully u love this. To be honest, I hv never seen such kind excitment in any kind of other leauge ..IPL u beuty

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    @y Sundhar Mohandas

    yeah ipl is a success .Who said NO.that is why ppl comment on it coz they watch it...If it was not sucess this would not have lasted 5 years.We are not jealous.Nothing to be there to jealous .If tournament goes well i am not afraid to say it is successful.No that selfish narrow minded man...And it prod so much talent for india and we too like them.We enjoy cricket witoit barriers.Good to see young and new talents and we praise what sud be praised and decline what sud be declined.SLPL is no way near IPL and i like it that way.You play your league your way we play our league our way no worries.We are happy with our outcome so as you.That is what all counts.Not the num of int players or nail bitting finishes or legends playing make one league better from other it.It is what outcome that u seize from it and what you hoped to seize makes it success or failure 2 your nation.So better not compare big bash or SLPL or IPL any other.It gives what respective countries needs

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    @ Indra prakash. SL are in number 6 spot in the test. Two above Bangladesh. All they can talk boast is Malinga and his slingers :P Its been long time now since we figured him out :) We have a Helicopter shot for his yorks :) We all remember how he was absolutelt Their absolutely humiliating records, long lost glory must be getting to them. About time.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | April 22, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Sri Lankan fanboys as usual has shown their ignorance once again and by comparing Watson to nothing Perera shows how poor this fellas. The Entire lankan unit in the IPL is mediocre at best and we all know how well the pathetic Lankan captain teams are doing. SRH and PWI quickly learned that and duly dispatched Cry Baby Sanga and over-hyped A Mathews. I hope DD too soon learn the lesson and dispatch lady Jeya. RCB already ditched Murali and MI soon will have to dispatch Lankans proud Malinga who was always taken in to cleaner against India. He was thrashed by Indians many a times, his highest E Rate bowling were mostly against India is the biggest evidence if any one wanted, I hope no one forgot the chasing in Aus in 2011.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 22, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    RR need to improve their bowling strength. Cooper is a very expensive bowler. Fidel Edwards was outstanding when he played for Deccan chargers 4 years back. He is definitely a good bowler even in death overs. Clearly Fleming was the only bowler who bowled with some credibility. Unfortunately RR had just one Fleming. Watson got back to form & demolished Jadeja. His century was a great effort in losing cause. Binny too played well. RR had poor bowling from the local bowlers - Shukla, Trevedi & Binny. Dravid could have used Chandila for full 4 overs instead of just 2. CSK has a very strong top 7 batsmen & aggressive one too. Any team trying to compete with CSK need both good bowling & good batting. They can chase most totals easily. CSK bowling is slightly weak because of over dependence on All rounders. It was a close game with winning run coming on 5th ball of last over. An additional bowler with good economy rate would have won the game for RR. Hope Dravid has already Noted it.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @ Satish Kumar Match number 3.(against PWI) Sunrisers Hyderabad innings NLTC Perera c Pandey b Dinda 30 23 18 3 1 166.66 A Misra did not bat. With ball

    Bowling O M R W Econ

    NLTC Perera 4 0 29 2 7.25 A Mishra 4 0 19 3 4.75

    Stats are there and Thisara got runs which helped them win and 2 wickets as well and great RO as well.So Was he the MOM? You Stats are there .Runs are there ,wickets are there ,fielding was there .where was the MOM...Mom was Misras..You were saying it is fair that day coz he got good wickets and 30 runs + 2 wickets you know doesnt matter much :) next match with pune Thisara has become like misra and misra as thisara just same kinda stats but names are diff.YOu still say Misra is MOM coz he scored runs ..!! Where were you mate when 3rd match was playing :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Some one said Indian bowlers are mediocre....I will tell you what is really mediocre, Sri Lanka has not one a single test in India in all these years. Now that has got to be humiliating.... so look at yourselves before talking about others..mostly out of jealousy..

  • POSTED BY thinkgood on | April 22, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Raina is back in form. Vijay will also find his rhythm. Ashwin and Jadeja are going to be the match winners for CSK in this edition. IPL 2013 BELONGS TO CSK !!! GO CSK !!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    @Narbavi Can't agree with you more :) Not only Srilanka, but the entire world is looking up at the success that IPL has been. That tweet counter is setting new records as we speak. Even the KFC T20 Bash has failed to match up to the standards of IPL. The best umpires in the world are here. The best batsmen and bowlers are here. Legends are playing alongside. Nail bitters for Lunch and Dinner. What more? The ECB especially is extremely jealous of India's successful take of putting together a tournament of such magnificence. The Pakistan Cricket Board is offering about 2,00,000 as an Insurance money to players who will dare to participate in PPL. Just as you said, we are going to lots of people who will appreciate and haters like below who are jealous.

  • POSTED BY thinkgood on | April 22, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Vijay's poor form continues. CSK fans hope that he will find his form in time. @vijay you are a winner. You can do it all over again. Chin up boy .

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | April 22, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: LOL, ofcourse you did, anyway what else can i expect from a clueless lankan fan like you, absolute zero knowledge on the game, failure to appreciate a great t20 innings today!!

  • POSTED BY thinkgood on | April 22, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @Vasanth Seshadri - That's because Vijay is a better technician than Aniruddha. Aniruddha is not suitable for opening. There is no alternative to Vijay than to wait and watch at this time of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @Superstar_Salman_Khan

    Show one comment that i said watson is a mediocre and kusal sud play instead of watto...I challege you ...

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @ Sundhar Mohandas

    kiddo you donot want replies from me ..hee heee.I dnot like hurting girls btw..I know if it opens up you even cannot made your mind to street cricket as wel. Virat :) a man who donot know to leave the crease when he knew he was out and f8ting with fellow indian mate while entire world is watching..does he a cricketer !! I know cricket as a gentleman game folks .You and kohli both are not suitable for it. Did i want to remember times when kohli looses all his 3 stumps to malinga ..bang bang ban !! where is the wikcet:)) How many time does he have out to malinga..and btw 4 4 4 4 4 6 didnt make you qualify for the CB finales know :) Shame!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    @ Superstar_Salman_Khan I agree. I think discussing word for word with someone who demeans great players like Watson is just a waste of time. For Gods saks he is the former VICE CAPTAIN of Australia. I seriously suggest we ignore these guys and move on and enjoy more cricket. One who trades blows with fools is no less. I agree, I got carried away a little, cuz I just couldn't take some unsportive loudmouth yapping about my home players. If Indians were biased against Lankan players, we wouldn't have made their players captains of few teams. They seem ungrateful and insolent. Time to allow them to blabber on and lets enjoy a ever growing and brilliant innovation that IPL is :) :) I'm hoping Pune to win tomorrows game! I have a feeling Luke Wright and Smithy may upset the boys in Red :) :)

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | April 22, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Australian government has decided to send Hussey for life imprisonment if he doesn't resume his international cricket career.

  • POSTED BY Tru_Cricket_Fan on | April 22, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Seriously guys you are giving SL a bad name. SL has produced some of the best cricketers (Sanath, Arvinda, Arjuna, Murali). Learn to enjoy the game. Most of the visiting teams won in Chennai with SL. Malinga turned his back on SL cricket. There were even tactics of bowling a no ball so that Sehwag doesn't get his 100. Don't glorify SL cricket.

    @SL_Rockz: Please learn English. It is not that hard. It's hard to take you seriously with that poor language.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    @SL_Rockz Just when I thought you were the only mature guy here, you showed you colors :) You come in here and yap about our home players calling them club boys and loud mouthing about your so called Great side and you expect us to show peace symbol??? I was so glad when Mahela Batted well last night. But your words are demeaning, biased and sarcastic. If you want to parley facts then lets do it. This is 2013, not 1996. We are the current World Champs. Not Srilanka. We are The No.1 ODI team. Former number 1 and now third Test team. Number 3 T20 Team. Host of IPL the best cricketing T20 tournament. Show respect before expecting the same. Good day kid. Go watch 1996 Videos.

  • POSTED BY CSreekumar on | April 22, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Do we see the comments of SLPL? meant SriLankan PL, I heard some thing like that exists.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Badrinath can be rested and Baba Aparajit can be tried, who can give some bowling options too.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Suresh Raina's wicket looks like doubtful decision.Whether he touched the ball with bat or the ball struck the front foot was not clear from the TV Display.Wicket keeper& Umpire alone can tell.any how it was very unfortunate for him to fall at that stage.Otherwise it could have been easier forCSK TO POST A VICTORY.in jury to Dhoni towards the end added to the suspense over the result.But brave Bravo did the trick by hitting a Six off a Yorker like ball.That was great effort& consolation for fans of csk like me.any ways,everything good ends well. Once again congrats to Raina& great Mike Hussey of Australia& sorry for Shane Watson! SreedharanMundanat

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    @SL_rockz ; mishra got mom on that day because of his batting also, please check score card & write comment

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    @Superstar_Salman_Khan

    please tell me then why are you buying them then mate !!! According to you those ppl who bought malinga are mediocres who doesnt know half of cricket that you seems to know.And why they pay millions of dollars to keep malinga in MI.Why ? the MI managemnt must be not as good learned as you may be....may be that is the reason.No use of keeping Club boys know then please ask Mi to drop malinga .So simple as that....Mahela and sanga are chosen this year to captain DD and SRH not by SLC but by owners and mngmnt and coaches of respective teams.Why do they do so ? According to u simply they know nothing about cricket or their kinda relations should own franchises to buy them.I wonder about knowledge of yours and knowledge of their mangment and coaches donot match.Who is better is it yours or is it theirs? ...Everybody knows who..So please enuf!!. you analyse cricket by witnessing a man come and hitting at 200+ SR to win 3 matches for team .Be mature.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    @ SL_rockz

    U saying Watson is a mediocre player clearly shows your sportsman-ship. Learn to appreciate good Cricket.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 22, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Superb chase by CSK. Watson's knock was fantastic. Hussey's was even better. Raina is back. Vijay will follow suit. Ashwin bowled very well. Morris will gain experience and perform better as the tournament progresses. Jadeja is bound to have a bad day. Another Chandila over might have made a difference. Faulkner 's bowling kept RR in the game. 11 runs to get in the final over and still it was anybody's game. Bravo's superb 6 under pressure made that there will be only one winner. Fantastic entertainment. Well done both teams.

  • POSTED BY RSunil on | April 22, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik And not to forget the day when slinger Malinga was taken to cleaners by India's best upcoming talent Virat Kohli... His figures that day:7 overs,86-1...Well i dont see many(or any) SL youngsters performing well in the international circuit..After Mahela,Sanga not many quality batsmen to replace them..

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 on | April 22, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    This win is: To "Sir" with Love" CSK Team". Sir own couple of matches and team paid back today. Hussey missed the orange cap today because of run out with one less match and much higher average than Kohli, excellent in fielding as well, what can you ask more from him. Bravo on par with Purple Cap wickets, should have got another one to grab it for him, if poor fielding did not gave away 4, Binny or Hodge would have gone for boundary and anything could have happened. Raina, thanks to the pitch and to RR, back in form. No wonder CSK on top of the table almost half way stage. Excellent innings by Watto and good support by Binny. Excellent bowling by James and also by Ashwin. Why did Dravid give Chandila the 4th over and finish it off early or brought him on when Dhoni and Hussey were playing. Could have saved few more for the last over.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    @ SL_ ROckz Baby boy :) I knew it would hit some of your ego's. I know I know it hurts, but hang in there. You lost ODI WC, T20 WC in subcontinent/home conditions. I know its too much disappointment to handle. I guess you are still in 1996? This is 2013! Grow up! India is the No.1 ODI team in the world. Former NO.1 Test team. Current World Champs. The last time We met your team I saw one Virat Kohli giving malinga 4 4 4 4 4 in one over! 300 above chased down in 38 odd overs :)

    P.S Whatever you blabbered in name of a reply I didnt understand much :P All I can see it you are hurt and need some time off :) Go watch street cricket.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    @ Sundhar Mohandas

    If sl fans criticize likes of Munaf, Yusuf Pathan and Nehra etc. that can be understood, and even I will support them but they calling Watson as mediocre player just because he has been picked ahead of Perera ? That's unacceptable.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | April 22, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    LOL, srilankan fans are simply jealous of the success of the IPL and also the fact that they have been losing to us repeatedly recently, yet to win a test match in our soil, let me see if you can either stop your players from playing the ipl or create a league which is atleast 50% as successful as the ipl

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    @ Superstar_Salman_Khan

    If you say such sweet things man how can your fans justify thisara not getting MOM over Misra..You never said oh wow thisara is the man that day.You said oh misra is the mystery and he is the man !!..Misra had a hat trick off the tail enders and thisara remove openers who fired up in consecutive balls as well.Who is misra then !! An ordinary flat bowler who gets tail enders i may say ??would you agree? .If malinga was given tail enders he will remove all as well.But when Malinga does he is ordinary club boy and misra is richard hadlee!! Your arguments (may be not yours but some indian fans) make your own arguments wrong in jst space f two or 3 matches.Very sad seeing trying to misuse every thing to make look like ind players all like don bradmons..You should learn to value the spirit of cricket.You all never know or lean that.Just uses every thing on that day to say your ones are the best and others are who...Just Club boys !!!

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | April 22, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    @ Baseball-Sucks: You don't care what watson scores? Wow, is that why you posted immediately after watson failed in the previous game? Is that why you posted about watson in the csk rr match preview? lol, ridiculous!!

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Bisla and Valthaty are like Munaweera lol

  • POSTED BY CricketAkshay on | April 22, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    TRAM - once again you missed a point. Chris Morris is a game changer as you would have witnessed in the Champions League 2012 where he played for the Highveld Lions. He is clean striker of the cricket ball.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    India don't have someone like Malinga. Sure. But it is always good to see someone like Bhuvi with "130 kmph" speed doing decent job and more importantly willing to play Test Matches unlike Malinga whose priority is something else.

  • POSTED BY RSunil on | April 22, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik-I don't remember Sanath's 189 but I do remember the day when a new kid was promoted to no.3 and single-handedly won the game for India making 183* against Murli,Vaas..Now he is one of the best finishers of the game and one of the best batsman-keeper,captain around...

  • POSTED BY LAKingsFan on | April 22, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    It was a strategic blunder by RR and Dravid to have Vijay removed early. Had they let Vijay play few more overs RR would have won it easily. Hope other teams are making a note. I don't know how long CSK is gonna pursue with a failed batsman like Vijay.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @ Apocalypse_EX

    Mate, u r unaware, the team that has SL players, win automatically. U see, Mahela led- DD is ranked #1 from bottom.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    I really hope, next IPL season, 4 SL players should be allowed per team, so that all SL players make it to playing XI, that would make sl fans happy; and then they might allow us to discuss Cricket peacefully.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @TRAM :- yeah dravid was telling the truth.CSK has that thing of 6 hitters which others donot have.When one establish player was out in 16 th over, when he was batting well and needed ,you know 50 odd runs to win.Most of teams and fans will shake the heads and think that we lost the grip from our hands with that wicket.But of you look at CSK when wicket fails at that time they will go over moon ..You know why ??? See the hell of players they have to come in.Dhoni ,albie,jaddu,Bravo.OMG!! getting out u know guy like badri is a suicide in 15 or 16 over!!!! It is getting so much worse for oppsotn when wicketc fall in CSK team.with other franchises it is complete opposite .That is CSK are the best team in IPL and won 2 titles and 2 runners up trophies..Love CSk .

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @ Guys lets stop giving attention to these few not so sportive srilankan comments. Obviously they are jealous that their country could never imagine something as magnificent and vibrant as IPL. Bringing the world together. Why would reply someone who loud mouths and calls Watson mediocre? So why not just ignore them? It is Chennai's day :) With that batting line up someone is bound to click and you can always back CSK to chase 200 :) Respect to The Wall, Rahul, but this is the Lions Den and even Watto awesome knock couldnt help them. CSK are back where they belong. No.1 :)

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | April 22, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @ SL_rockz

    Make sure, you read my comment properly next time. I was replying to 'Baseball-Scks' biased comment. Read my comment(s) in "report" of DD vs MI last match. I appreciated Mahela. You obviously missed the sarcasm in my comment. In fact, it was your countryman who said Watson's innings was mediocre. lol So I was replying to him in that sarcastic tone. Hope you understood Mr. rockz ?

  • POSTED BY CricketAkshay on | April 22, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Guys, TRAM, a member of Cricinfo had earlier stated that Hussey was totally waste in T20 after their triumph against DD. Perhaps he was not aware that Hussey can adapt to any situation. Hussey is a match-winning player for CSK at the top of the order. The question is about Vijay's form. However, I reckon Dhoni would not drop him and instead will give him the opportunity. At a critical situation Vijay can be match-winner. Now TRAM wat's your thought on Hussey innings?

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 22, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    CSK finally getting to chase down a big score and doing it quite well. What they are yet to do is bat first and put up a big total, with their free flowing batsmen. Looks like they're almost fully awake though! Thanks to Watson for his lovely innings and waking up the lion! Rahul Dravid frustrated and throwing the ball in disgust, and CSK picking up an extra run - THAT was the defining moment when RR lost the game in their hearts. I personally think Jadeja had a wretched day today with bat and ball, but he was just trying to be too clever while bowling, not reacting to any sort of pressure. He was hoping Watson would come down and miss the wide ball. Had it been any other team, it would have wilted with their previous game's MOM getting hammered. As it turns out, this is CSK and it's just too hard to count them out from any situation.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik

    Binny, Sid Trivedi, Chandila and Nadeem have been consistently performing.

    H. Singh just got 1 match. Chand was really unlucky that Mahela preferred ordinary Juneja ahead of him. Chand should get more opportunities to prove himself.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    @ Sundhar Mohandas - hey kiddo were you born when india went from the mack door without facing you all in 1996 semi's ???? Ha haa..DOh you must have not born then...Donot be like over-hiped mate ..If i writes ways india got beaten you should also have to go from back door ...Silently...

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Great batting by CSK and worse bowling performance (to a side like CSK, you do not win by doling out lollies (read waist level full tosses at slow pace), and equally bad captaincy by Dravid and not to mention bad fielding. If RR want to win matches they should have another decent spinner in the squad.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    It's unbelievable that Vijay is still being persisted with. How come Anirudha was benched after ONE poor innings but Vijay keeps his place in the side after FIVE or SIX poor innings? Time to bring back Anirudha for the next game. Open with Huss and Anirudha, so that Huss' stability and guidance will bring the best out of Anirudha. Worth trying this partnership against Sunrisers on Thurs.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Rajasthan Didnt deserve to win after Hussey's knock. Mr. Cricket is just sensational to watch. I fail to understand why Chandila is not utilised for his 4 overs quota. I also do not understand why Kevon got himself in so much pressure. According to me, this is the defining moment in RR's Campaign. They are either going all the way to win this tournament or ending up on 8th or 9th Place. The team I suggest for the game against Sunrisers: Watson, Rahane, Binny, Dravid, Owais, Yagnik, Faulkner, Hogg/Badree, Chandila, Trivedi and Sreesanth. Menaria should also get a game at some point of time in the tournament.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | April 22, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik don't worry we have greatest batsman of game tendulkar and upcoming talents like kohli we dont need malinga's and other ur stuff and u say murali greatest spinner of game didnt give u one test win in india all these years that shows indian batsman caliber. ur statement sanath scoring 189 do u know about sub continent surfaces some times behave as flat track ( means that don't spin) in 1st innings will turn in 2nd half of innings because beating of sun causes dryness. Remember 1996 quater final is best example when india is cursing with tendulkar 50 suddenly ball started turning square more because of surface dryness and keeping low.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 22, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    From what Dravid said at the post match, it seems to me that the key to success is the number of 6-hitters in a team. CSK has so many. In fact the players who dont normally hit sixers are very few - may be Badrinath, Ashwin, Morris & MSharma? Every one else hit sixers coming in to the crease, if needed.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    good performances by both the teams but I had never seen dravid losing his cool and throwing the ball to the ground like that after a good fielding ... they took one extra run because of that which could have saved the match for RR..

  • POSTED BY Apocalypse_EX on | April 22, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @Base-ball sucks CSK are a team that have plundered more than 11 runs countless times in the IPL against bowlers better than Watson. But I suppose you'd expect Kusal Perera to score a double century and take 5 wickets in this match wouldnt you? And yes Hussey, Raina along with Ashwin, Watson, Faulkner and Bravo too ( his last over was critical both in his batting and bowling innings) all performed exceptionally.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 22, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @Sparsh_The_Player on (April 22, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

    When mahela played 59 ,he plays to ordinary bowlers and bowlers in MI who are not even genuine bowlers according to u. Bt when watto hits they were against superb bowlers you know world class t20 bowlers who were in batsman's n8mare. Wow !! This shows how biased you are !! I mean if mistakenly watto hits against MI and mahela against CSK my dear fans all over the world will see a clear opposite comparison.Now they say MI had bolwers wh donot play indian team and CSK had bowlers playing in INdian team.So mahela is terrible you know and watto is brilliant.Btw,Malinga ,pollard,harbajan.Ojha,johnson,munaf who are they just bad t20 bolwers you see. Haa haa really attracting facts to show smethng impossible mate and it only highl8ts your inability enjoy a game with pure spirit..Thanks.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 22, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik ; They are all one-match-wonders, nothing else. lol Thats why nobody(except these Indian fans) cares about 'em. I don't think even BCCI take these bits n pieces players seriously. lol Btw I like that Vihari. He will make a good test player, only if he chooses the right path.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik

    If SL players perform that is Cricket, if Ind players perform, they are lucky ? Great Logic.

    Malinga too had picked tail-enders wickets in Champions League.

    Anyway, Fact remains the same Jadeja helped CSK won 2 matches and Malinga ZERO.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Great batting by CSK but I guess worse bowling by RR, and bad captaincy by Rahul Dravid. ensuring that CSK got the game on platter. One question, why did he persisted with Cooper, and bowled one less over with spinner, and keeping a spinner like Hogg on the bench does not makes sense.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik Kiddo. Well we dont have Malinga, Sanath or Murali. But we showed the way out to your team in the World Cup. You made a par score in a track to bat at. You had Malinga, but yeah we all know what happened. 6!! India Win!! No one Remembers the losers. India is the first team to host and win the WC.

    Oh did I forget. You hosted the T20 World Cup. Oh wait. A passionate West Indies team once again showed who was the boss. Please stop loud mouthing about who's tough here.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | April 22, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Against an batting-heavy opposition like CSK, RR's batting fortunes rely heavily on Watson. That was on clear display, and thanks to that, the match was interesting.

  • POSTED BY philipsmgp on | April 22, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Mr.Cric_vik understandable jadeja is no comparisong to watson when it comes to all round permormance.But why the comparison. Watson is a medium pace bowler jadeja is a spinner.But understand judeja is a more cunning bowler and better finisher than watson.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 22, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Btw credits must be given to those who deserve it. Hussey n Raina played wonderful innings, specially under tremendous pressure. Chasing such a total is far from easy.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 22, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster Good Show by indian youngsters? Just one in a lifetime show like Bisla and Valthaty. So far i haven't seen anything big from overhyped duo of U Chand and H Singh (WHo were said to be better than anybody in this IPL) Apart from Mandeep singh and H vihari

  • POSTED BY mailatpsa on | April 22, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Well do csk. Sorry for RR fans, now vijay gave way to aniruth.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 22, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    This is what I call "Watson's going from HERO to ZERO. lol That young kid Faulkner did a brilliant job in the 19th over n got the most important wkt of Dohni as well leaving 11 (ELEVEN, UNDICI, ELF, έντεκα) runs for the last over. Then here comes The best T20 allrounder, Watson. lol He conceded 11 runs in 5 balls n won the match for CSK. Did I say CSK ??? lol Yep, As I predicted today in the morning that Watson(RR) would win it for CSK, He did it n he never disappoints me. That's what I love about him. lol

  • POSTED BY philipsmgp on | April 22, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Royals could hvcae scored more than 200. but they didnt just because they were riding on watsons' back. Binny would have been a good option ahead of dravid.I guess that is where royals lost.

  • POSTED BY Apocalypse_EX on | April 22, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Super batting from both Watson and Hussey and super bowling from Ashwin and Faulkner. Super match!!

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 22, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    @gsingh7 Well well do you remember when Sanath smashed 189 against your team and later Murali bowled them out for 89. Do you think he batted on a flat track?

    Well at least does your mega sized india have anybody like Malinga? with a horizontal sling action,reverse swing,extreme pace and accuracy. Nothing but pace obsessed trundlers

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 22, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    @ My fellow SL fans ; I don't know why these Indian fans are all fired up coz I wasn't even talking about an Indian player. :D I ruffled their feathers a bit n now they are all replying only me here. :D I guess I've got 'em worked up pretty good. huh ? :D For the record, I really don't care if Watson scored a golden duck or 100. :P

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    congrats CSK good win. GREAT BATTING BY RR playing againest good bowling attack like CSK.. but worst bowling , more than 50% balls are loose ones, its more of worst bowling than brilliant batting.. how many balls does hussey played onside with desired placement, and how many balls he played as fulltosses, and wide of wickets,, bowlers didnt bowl according to field, wen raina and hussey are batting no bowler locked like taking wicket . captaincy is good but performance of bowlers are worst, no team can defend even 250 with this kind of bowling performance..RR is looking like loosing their way .. as they did in last year.. they started brilliantly but matches goes on performance is declaining.... lets see another 9 matches are there how they bounce back....all the best RAHUL BHAI............

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    after watsons great innings this is not fair but still a good performance by royals.... good luck for future...

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Most deserving Victory for Mike Hussey& Suresh Raina.towards the end the Six from Bravo was a difficult one from a uprise Ike ball.But he did it along with a victory to diminish the glory of the first century in this IPL FROM Watson.CSK DESERVES EVERY PRAISE.SO ALSO RAHUL DRAVIS FOR HIS FINE CAPTAINCY TO SCORE A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE 185.

    Watson had to cut a sorry figure. Sreedharan

  • POSTED BY philipsmgp on | April 22, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Iam really afraid being a CSK fan.It has not been our habit to top the group in early stages.We in the later part of the tournament lift our game and reach the final.I guess this doesnt become a curse as there are lot of CSK haters for no reason.

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | April 22, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    lol whoever is calling WATSON mediocre or comparing him with JADEJA has probably no cricket sense i guess! Watson is way better as a batsman and jadeja is no were close to him! Try to recall how WATSON played a major role when RR won the first IPL! And mind you Jadeja shall be there in Indian team and CSK only till dhoni is the captain! he has been over-hyped..there are way many local players better than so-called Sir Jadega OR Jadeja WHATEVER! lol And DHONI was doing a lot of acting today with the fear that CSK might lose lol :P

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 22, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Guys, I think "baseball-sucks" has had too many sour grapes lately. As a Sri Lankan, he has every right to be fascinated and attracted to this country's cricketers. However, the fact remains that except Thissara Perera, none of the Sri Lankans are doing well in this season of the IPL. Sangakkara, Mahela and Mathews have all been disappointing for their respective teams. Having said that, it can happen to any player from any country. MOST of the INDIANS have been SUPERB in this IPL. From every fast bowler to every batsmen, especially the well known ones, have all contributed immensely. It is heartening to see some amazing talent coming through which would only serve INDIA well in the future. I already see a dozen potential ODI prospects for India from some of the teams. It is obvious some of these haters are jealous of India's talent on show which is way ahead in riches compared to some of the other Asian teams. So let these naysayers keep hating. God bless India, and God bless the IPL.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 22, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    @Superstar_Salman_Khan Malinga single handedly took them into the Champion league with the ball and ...bat. Your Mediocre Jadeja got 2 MoM because of luck and because he got a chance to bat.He was lucky when your mediocre RP Singh bowled a no-ball and all his wickets were tailenders. and he got only 3 games.Jadeja 0-45(3/4), 0 of 2 balls. What a GEM.

  • POSTED BY philipsmgp on | April 22, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    I was really surprised with dravid's captaincy.When he played against mumbai he was so confident.But today i could see him really see him panicking.his fielding was evidence for this.Maybe it was the long batting lineup of CSK going throught his mind.He shpuld have been more positive even when the opponents where scoring.That is where Dhoni differs.he never lets his emotions get over to the team mates.

  • POSTED BY zdrgn on | April 22, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    what an innings from huss. a true masterclass.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Feeling for Watson and Faulkner.

    Both played Brilliantly especially Faulkner. What a bowling performance in High Scoring game that too when under pressure. Surely a good prospect for Aus Cricket in future.

    Ashwin and Chandila bowled brilliantly too. Hussey was at his very Best as usual.

    And what can be said about Watson's knock. It reminded me of WC Final 2011 b/w Ind and SL where Mahela scored a brilliant 100 but still SL lost the match. These things happen ! One needs to move on.

    This "Yellow Jersey" reminds me Australia of Hayden, Gilly, McGrath, Warne etc. era. Unstoppable. Hard To Beat. Simple The Best.

  • POSTED BY Experienced_campaigner on | April 22, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Poor application by the RR team management. Kevon Cooper and Sid Trivedi were disaster. Need to think beyond these guys for the matches ahead if RR is to make the final poor. Chandila could have bowled his full quota within 10th over and Faulkner ought to have been brought in earlier to exert more pressure. Alas! an opportunity lost by the Royals.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 22, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo is simply incredible ! I've never seen any other player hit over extra cover for 6 the way he does and on a regular basis under pressure what a finish another amazing Ipl game what a tournament !

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | April 22, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    lol Watson Bowled 3 full toss out of 5 deliveries in the final over..unfortunate! Batted superbly though!

  • POSTED BY Pankaj1955 on | April 22, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Two of my top favorite IPL teams - a big pity that Royals had to lose. But quite happy that CSK won in spite of Rahul Dravid's brilliant captaincy and Shane Watson's smashing exploits with the bat.

  • POSTED BY SL_legacy on | April 22, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    @baseball-sucks buddy I always liked your love for our players and our team. but underestimating Watson's innings, we insult our heritage of gentlemen cricket. So let the haters walk their way and we'll mind our business :D cheeres!!!

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | April 22, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    KUSAL parera was bowled first ball of ipl. he does not deserve another chance.Also malinga was slamed for 6 fours in one over by youngster kohli on green tops of australia, he is of no use to mi as he have zero MOM awards in ipl6 . he was taken apart by indian youngsters in this ipl. watson though is one of best t20 batsmen in the world

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | April 22, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    kusal got zero on first ball to medium pacer on flat track. is he next sanath. even sanath was flat track bully who averages 20 outside sub continent. kusal is neither. watson is perfect opener on flat tracks. its shame he was exposed on rank turners by indian spinners in 3 tests he played. he averaged 20 then.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    I think if RR had picked Sir Sir Perea in place of Watson, RR's total would have crossed hardly 120.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | April 22, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    @ Superstar_Salman_Khan. So you forgot malinga single handedly winning the champions league for Mumbai.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    @ BaSebaL-sucks - Well Jadeja is a part-timer, despite that he has already got 2 MoM awards whereas World's Greatest Death Bowler (LOL) Malinga has got ZERO.

    Malinga's figures is of NO use as it didn't help his team win. LOL.

  • POSTED BY Apocalypse_EX on | April 22, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks The team that has reached the ipl final 4 times out of 5 is a mediocre team? Biased opinion mate. Just accept good cricket and cricketers no matter what the nation. Watson has been a class act in limited-overs cricket for quite some time now. He has earned the respect of most cricket followers because there is no denying that he is a game changer and a modest (though a little dim) human being.

  • POSTED BY stating_the_obvious on | April 22, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    @Baseball-sucks, RR got rewarded for showing faith in RR. Btw Chennai bowlers are far from from mediocre. IPL is not just about you and your favorite players. Please don't show your frustration here. Watson played a good innings and took his team to a good total.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 22, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @Superstar_Salman_Khan ; Well, speaking of bowlers, Malinga conceded only 26 runs in 4 overs . But today So called Sir Jadeja (LOL) conceded 45 runs in 3 overs. LOL So who's mediocre ?? Btw your name says it all. LOL

  • POSTED BY testcricket_lover on | April 22, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    @baseball-sucks.....I am gald that ur here.. I thought u'll be hiding and hoping for watson to fail. Yes, Ur right Kushal was out first ball to one of these mediocre bowlers..

  • POSTED BY sgsekaran on | April 22, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Rahul Dravid the GENTLEMAN of cricket won the toss and choose to bat first on a flat wicket in chennai. They put on 185/4 with a superb knock from Watto scoring 55% of runs. Chasing down in chennai is not an easy task to do. But, Got to go. . . As chennai batting goes deeper. . . I am supporting the kings always. . . Vijay should give a good start.

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | April 22, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    As I have told morning Watson made it but still not slip from hand of CSK. Wait and watch the rock and roll. Go and blast CSK.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Comparing Watson with some rookie Kushal Porera is just like comparing Sir Bradman with Chandimal. LOL

    Waston is way better than most of the SL batsmen who score only on Flat Tracks. Watson has scored runs all over the World and can never be compared to mediocre players like Matthews, Perera etc..

    Learn to appreciate Good Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Ross_the_Boss on | April 22, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    186 to get for chennai...and RR hasnt won after scoring more than 162 batting first....well one statistic that is going to change today. i think CSK will end up around 165-170 for 8 with three wickets on the sloooww wicket for S Trivedi. Was a great knock by Shane Watson and a beautiful cameo by Stuart Binny (a chip of the old block).

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    When Flat Track Bully Mahela scores that too once in 7 matches, against mediocre club Cricketers of MI like Malinga and Bumrah he is Legend ?

    And when Watson scores against Champion sides like CSK He is mediocre ? LOL It seems SL fans need to start watching Cricket before commenting.

    Good innings by Watto. I hope you have shut the voices of some of those ppl.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 22, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    The truth is CSK's obsession in packing their side with bits and pieces all-rounders is not helping. You bring someone like Jason Holder, CHris Morris on a low and slow pitch is not helping at all.Albie Morkel, Jakati what were they thinking?

    @KPereraFans: While Watson is a Must in the team, I wish to question the place of Hodge,Faulkner who has done nothing substantial,(Faulkner has been in 3 teams). Yagnik,Samson are terrible keepers and really comical batsmen. Thus the door is still open for K Perera.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | April 22, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks - lol Watson is mediocre ? Ashwin is mediocre ? Ashwin's figures read - 4-0-20-2. he bowled in power play too. Is this mediocre ? Yesterday Mahela Jayawardene pawned domestic bowler Bumrah; Bhajji and Munaf who are not even in Ind squad nowadays, so that was Great Classy innings ? Today, Watson pawning CSK bowlers (who are better than MI), so that is of no value ? lol BIASED Opinion, clearly. Learn to appreciate Good Cricket. If Perera achieves even half of what Watson has, that would be good for him and you.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | April 22, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks. Common mate watson single handedly took Aus to the world cup semi final. We should not compare new comer like kushal with an established cricketer like watson. Just like mathews was in poor form watson too was in poor form. Now watson is back to form.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 22, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    @testcricket_lover ; Mediocre Watson is hammering even far mediocre Indian club bowlers on a Highway. LOL I am here trying to figure out who is more mediocre in this bunch. LOL.

  • POSTED BY AneYako on | April 22, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Watson is proving the doubters (including me) with this innings. Playing great. Let's see if he can find some consistency with this form. On a different note the CSK bowling attack is pretty weak. It's surprising since they have a strong batting line up

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | April 22, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Someone was questioning Watson's ability with bat ? Good innings being played by one of the Best all-rounders of modern era.

  • POSTED BY testcricket_lover on | April 22, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @baseball-sucks......Looks like some one is gonna take a day off hahahah........

  • POSTED BY testcricket_lover on | April 22, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @baseball-sucks......Looks like some one is gonna take a day off hahahah........

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | April 22, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Someone was questioning Watson's ability with bat ? Good innings being played by one of the Best all-rounders of modern era.

  • POSTED BY AneYako on | April 22, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Watson is proving the doubters (including me) with this innings. Playing great. Let's see if he can find some consistency with this form. On a different note the CSK bowling attack is pretty weak. It's surprising since they have a strong batting line up

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 22, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    @testcricket_lover ; Mediocre Watson is hammering even far mediocre Indian club bowlers on a Highway. LOL I am here trying to figure out who is more mediocre in this bunch. LOL.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | April 22, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks. Common mate watson single handedly took Aus to the world cup semi final. We should not compare new comer like kushal with an established cricketer like watson. Just like mathews was in poor form watson too was in poor form. Now watson is back to form.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | April 22, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks - lol Watson is mediocre ? Ashwin is mediocre ? Ashwin's figures read - 4-0-20-2. he bowled in power play too. Is this mediocre ? Yesterday Mahela Jayawardene pawned domestic bowler Bumrah; Bhajji and Munaf who are not even in Ind squad nowadays, so that was Great Classy innings ? Today, Watson pawning CSK bowlers (who are better than MI), so that is of no value ? lol BIASED Opinion, clearly. Learn to appreciate Good Cricket. If Perera achieves even half of what Watson has, that would be good for him and you.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 22, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    The truth is CSK's obsession in packing their side with bits and pieces all-rounders is not helping. You bring someone like Jason Holder, CHris Morris on a low and slow pitch is not helping at all.Albie Morkel, Jakati what were they thinking?

    @KPereraFans: While Watson is a Must in the team, I wish to question the place of Hodge,Faulkner who has done nothing substantial,(Faulkner has been in 3 teams). Yagnik,Samson are terrible keepers and really comical batsmen. Thus the door is still open for K Perera.

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    When Flat Track Bully Mahela scores that too once in 7 matches, against mediocre club Cricketers of MI like Malinga and Bumrah he is Legend ?

    And when Watson scores against Champion sides like CSK He is mediocre ? LOL It seems SL fans need to start watching Cricket before commenting.

    Good innings by Watto. I hope you have shut the voices of some of those ppl.

  • POSTED BY Ross_the_Boss on | April 22, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    186 to get for chennai...and RR hasnt won after scoring more than 162 batting first....well one statistic that is going to change today. i think CSK will end up around 165-170 for 8 with three wickets on the sloooww wicket for S Trivedi. Was a great knock by Shane Watson and a beautiful cameo by Stuart Binny (a chip of the old block).

  • POSTED BY Superstar_Salman_Khan on | April 22, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Comparing Watson with some rookie Kushal Porera is just like comparing Sir Bradman with Chandimal. LOL

    Waston is way better than most of the SL batsmen who score only on Flat Tracks. Watson has scored runs all over the World and can never be compared to mediocre players like Matthews, Perera etc..

    Learn to appreciate Good Cricket.