Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Chennai

Raina ton makes it seven in seven for Chennai

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

May 2, 2013

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Chennai Super Kings 186 for 4 (Raina 100*, Hussey 35) beat Kings XI Punjab 171 for 6 (Marsh 73, Miller 51, Bravo 3-34) by 15 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Suresh Raina exults after scoring his first IPL century, Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Chennai, May 2, 2013
Suresh Raina smashed his first IPL century © BCCI

With 92 IPL games to his name, Suresh Raina, even more than MS Dhoni, is the tournament's most experienced campaigner. A vital part of the Chennai Super Kings line-up, retained by his franchise after the first three seasons, he's been key to several of his team's successes and, on Thursday, he smashed his first IPL century in another victory - the seventh straight one for Super Kings this year. Shaun Marsh and David Miller middled the ball superbly in the chase and brought the equation down to 19 off the final over, but Dwayne Bravo didn't let his team down.

Raina's yellow jersey had a brownish shade by the time he reached the landmark, his aggression not only confined to targeting the bowlers. If there's an Indian batsman after the Mohammad Kaif of almost a decade ago who inflicts as much damage on his clothing while running between the wickets as he does while fielding, it's Raina.

Raina's innings had its sedate phase, when it kept pace with Super Kings' start, with a run-rate of just a little over six in the first nine overs. In the unforgiving Chennai heat, with not a speck of cloud in the sky, nor any breeze in the air, there was a back-massage for Raina from one of his team-mates, his head was wrapped up in a wet towel, his partner Michael Hussey was on his knees, and both were gulping down fluids during the time-out. Albie Morkel even tweeted: "Maybe they must reconsider 4pm games in chennai. My word someone will die soon.!" The massage certainly helped re-energize Raina, as he transformed his game after having moved to 14 off 15 balls at that point.

The first ball he faced after the break, he drove David Hussey beautifully through deep cover and long-off before launching him over long-on for six. At the other end, Michael Hussey went past Chris Gayle to become the highest run-getter this season but was stumped 55 runs into the partnership. Raina lost Dhoni, run-out brilliantly by R Sathish in the 13th over, but he had made up his mind to be on the attack. He slog-swept Chawla with the turn, clipped Sathish past fine leg, and stepped up another notch after the second time-out, which was taken at the end of the 15th over.

Six seasons into the IPL, death bowling has continued to be a worry for most teams, whose Indian bowlers, especially, have struggled to contain the batsmen. Attempted yorkers, almost inevitably, end up being length balls; Raina struck Manpreet Gony imperiously over the straight boundary off two such deliveries.

Sathish was then cut and swept, Praveen Kumar was dispatched over long-on twice, the second six coming in the final over during which Raina reached his century. Through his assault, he ran superbly, though was fortunate to have just made his ground as he attempted a dive to complete a run very early in his innings, the bat popping up as he tried to slide it in. The last five overs yielded 70 runs, also thanks to Albie Morkel's cameo of 23.

Kings XI Punjab had a similar start to their chase, reaching the halfway mark at 65 for 2. But Marsh and Miller gave Super Kings a serious scare, their combined acceleration beginning, incidentally, in the 12th over from Raina that went for 19. Both cleared the boundaries comfortably during their half-centuries - they put on 95 in 52 balls - and still had an outside chance with 19 needed off six. Marsh, however, was bowled off the first ball by Bravo while trying to dispatch a full ball, and the task was beyond even Miller from there on as he faced just two more deliveries.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by high-but-sober on (May 3, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

I really don't get this talk about peaking to early or late. Few commentators say that over and over again, and people now blindly follow.

The first aim for a team is to make it to the final four (if possible hold the top two slots). Then their aim is to make it to the finals and finally winning it.

Just because RCB and DD didn't win or make it to the final in 2011 and 2012, does not mean they were bad. It is just that the team (s) they faced during playoffs and the final played better and has nothing to do with "peaking" too early.

If any one of the bottom placed teams were to win this year (2013), would everyone go on to say they peaked at the right time? No. It simply shows they played horribly during the first half and later worked hard to win games.

If CSK were to lose the final or not even make it to the final this year (2013), it would simply mean that the team (s) they faced had a better day. That is all.

So please stop with all this peaking nonsense !

Posted by Blue_eagel on (May 3, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

I could see lot of guys were referring to the fate what DD had in 2011 and RCB had in 2012.. But you guys were not understand the fact for their peaking and chocking performance.. those where the team which still rely on 2 or 3 of their players for the victory.. But CSK, u guys already witness the performance of 7 of its players peaking @ various occasions when it needs (hussey,badri,raina,dhoni,Albie,sharma,jadeja).. still there is not one man highlighting performance like (Gayle's 175 ot Viru's 95).. most of the CSK batsmen and bowlers are performing more than the others.. Providing two shots to final.. CSK will never miss those opportunity.. We are all know that they are not performing to their 100% yet.. there are still areas which need to be improved.. Imagine what will happens if they fire all their guns.. None of the IPL teams could survive.. BEWARE !!

Posted by dork29 on (May 3, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

To me, it is pretty simple. Whichever team MSD captains, will continue to win - especially the limited over variety. Even if it is PWI, they will find themselves at the top of teh table. There are two things about him, which bring the best out of his team - and cricket is a team sport. He gets through the message that no one is indispensable. The second, he gives the feeling to the team " Don't worry, I am there'. So while each individual plays his natural game, he is also aware that if he does not perform, he will lose his place to someone else. Dhoni, for all his calm exterior and almost a zen like approach to match situations, is an extremely fierce competitor and take his job very seriously. He expects the same from the others as well. So long story short, Dhoni is the key to CSK's success - he is a natural leader. It is not a question of specialists for each situation - it is just someone raising a hand and stepping up. MSD is the GRETAEST cricketer Ihdia has ever produced.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

lolz....still people says csk gna outa eliminator.....dnt 4 gt d top 2 team has 2 chances n not often csk commit ur captain guy ...if u can!!!!!! bcoz peaking at dis juncture makes dem luks so dangerous.....aus did it in 2 world cups REMEMBER????

Posted by JBSA on (May 3, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

To all those who are whining about CSK peaking too early lie RCB in 2011 and DD in 2012 and end up losing in the final stages, you ppl have to understand few things. RCB leaned too much on Gayle and Kohli with their bowling unit was way bad at the ends. DD in the same time depended too much on Sehwag and Morkel with KP out during playoffs. But CSK has players performing in all forts. Saha, Hussey, Raina, Dhoni and Badri clicking with the Bat. Morris, Ashwin, Mohit and Bravo doing well with Ball. Badri, Raina, Jadeja, Bravo and Dhoni electric on the field. As like the then captains of DD and RCB, MSD is not complacent here. MSD clearly insists where they have to develop and how much he expects. DD after a heavy season is in bottom half of the table now. RCB after being runner up in 2011, ended up not in the eliminators in 2012. But CSK is consistent enough(even if you say its a luck in 2012) to be in the eliminators in every season. Thats why CSK nows to upgrade their game in next games

Posted by sweetspot on (May 3, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

This whole business of "peaking" is all about form, and form is very important only in the absence of class. This CSK team oozes class and calm. It does not need form to make progress, although they were challenged last year with many problems. This team may look like it's winning close games, but if those wins are flukes, there will be a fair number of close losses as well. More often than not, this team will usually do what it needs to do. Its weaknesses are far outnumbered by its strengths and versatility. They're still not at 100% though, and if they "peak" it could get harrowing for other teams.

Posted by tutybala on (May 3, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Hats Off CSK!! Whatever teams play and however they play...At the end of the day WINNING the game is only counted. No one can say that CSK makes every IPL by LUCK...It is not LUCK, but a TEAM WORK that sails CSK throughout the tournament....!

Posted by Christy1268 on (May 3, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

@ Vivekaks - CSK is like DD in 2012 - Peaking 2 early & Complacency may well get them down in the Eliminator.... !!

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (May 3, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

With so many last over finishes in CSK's favour obviously means they are not unbeatable. They somehow find somebody for the critical occassion within the match. If it were Morris and Bravo with the ball bowling great final over, it was Jadeja and Dhoni with the bat scoring the required runs of the last over. Just like you have specialist for slips, point, short forward/fine leg, long on or log off, It is not about openers, 1 down etc., CSK seem to have specialist for the top overs, middle overs, slog overs and the last over.

I feel CSK has peaked a little too soon. This can result in a lot of things including satisfaction (that we have achieved enough), over confidence and what not. Hence they may not be the same team going into the final stages of the tournament. May be, this is the time when the bench strength can be tested and bring the stars back just before the play offs so that they are fresh and hungry.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 3, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

What a knock by Raina? Even during the tense final over Bravo was dancing, shows he was not as tense as us, fans. Hats off to Bravo and Hussey for the purple cap and orange cap. Mohit Sharma is a good find for CSK, taking wickets early in the innings. Because of him Dhoni is choosing Albie instead Nannes which strengthens the batting. Everything is falling into place for CSK. Are they destined to win the trophy for the third time? We'll wait and see.

Posted by Trakkan on (May 3, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

@philipsmgp, dear friend, I was just giving example, if I have to list all the teams then it will be an article and not a comment. You see the statistics and you will know my comment is based on rational and not based on perception. CSK had chocked their opponent with spin in chepauk and no other team came so close except for KKR in eden gardens. Can you tell how CSK were successful in 2011 at home? None of the spinners you mentioned in your list have done good in Chennai (including Murali from 2011 onwards) as CSK batsmen tackled them, Anyway glad that I made you laugh. Better you look at statistics rather than based on opinion

Posted by   on (May 3, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

Hats off to Raina! Achieved the fete of a Century in IPL by hitting his sixes to the pavilion by making the spectators as fielders. If this form continues CSK can easily move into the finals

Posted by GrindAR on (May 3, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

@GrailSeeker... good point... Atleast CSK never had an authoritative home win... but many away wins as if they were their home grounds... Its just a hype/bureaucratic propaganda/relatively non-relative to results. Who bat first is what going to determine how the outcome is going to be

Posted by kumarappan1985 on (May 3, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

@uppi2kcp keep dreaming man that csk would fail in finals like RCB. In 2011 rcb was a one man team thats why they lost, chennai are not doing the same thing they are playing as a team

Posted by VJGS on (May 3, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

Next, CSK will end MI's "Dream Run at Home"

Posted by jhovee on (May 3, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

So sad that all legends (Ponting,GilChrist,McCullam,Sangakara,Taylor) been thrown out from IPL'2013 and some(Kallis,10dulkar) are hanging dangerously...What youngsters will take home from them?..A King should Retire as a KING. Pl thinkkk before you Ink...

Posted by TSJ07 on (May 3, 2013, 3:01 GMT)

Punjab has lost three away games in a row when they could have won two out of these three. Now I do not see qualifying for SF as they need to win 5 out of 6 remaining which is tough though not impossible.They do have the batting now after right players have been played in the last 2-3 matches though they lost coz of poor planning ( against KKR),poor umpiring/fielding (against MI) and poor fielding/bad luck (against CSK). The lack of quality Indian batsman is really hurting big time and now they need to pull up their socks for next auction.

Posted by jhovee on (May 3, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

Orange & Purple looks good on YELLOW than any other dull colors.

Posted by on (May 2, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

One of the biggest strengths of this CSK team is that they always seem to have a man for the job :) That's the sign of an awesome team! Like it or not, if there's one team to beat this year, its gotta be them. RCB is probably second

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

If csk get 2 shots at final in playoff, they will all but make it to finals ( to all those day dreaming csk will choke)

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

As a csk fan, I wish csk loose few matches to give FALSE hopes to other teams coming in playoff

Posted by deathstar01 on (May 2, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Raina and Hussey are the two best batsmen in this IPL. - Hyderabad fan from Bangladesh.

Posted by uppi2kcp on (May 2, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

CSK good to see u peaking so early.....coz by semis u will be done and dusted...CSK repeating RCB of 2011....peaked all the way to the FINALS and BANG "lost"...same fate awaits CSK.....sort the bowling before hussey,dhoni and raina are sorted in the playoff's......Praveen

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@tal_Botvinnik, Nannes, Morris and Ashwin are genuine bowlers. Bravo and Jadeja are good all rounders and the new guy Mohit Sharma is doing very well. If CSK had only bits and pieces all rounders they wouldnt have won 9 out of 11. Example of a bits and pieces all roudner would be Angelo Mathews and I dont see him in CSK.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Raina is a coolest cricketer in the world... :)

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (May 2, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

UP boys likes it rough....UP is producing some excellent cricketers...First Kaif & R.P. Singh and now Raina and Bhuvi.

Posted by Trakkan on (May 2, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

@Grailseeker, yes you definitely have a point here.

But teams play 50% their matches in home ground and hence are so used to the conditions. In case of RCB the Chinnaswamy stadium suits their line up since it is a great batting pitch. CSK in 2011 strived in home condition due to slowness and spin friendly and hence their team had lots of spinners. You can see now that spinners are not too effective in Chepauk as the pitch is relatively bats men friendly.

The home advantage of CSK is now gone and its a bless in a disguise that play offs are shifted to Delhi. In my view home condition matters

Posted by Grailseeker on (May 2, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Ok, Lots of comments here refer to the "home ground" Vs "Away" record of RCB and CSK. I honestly do not understand why this is even relevant!

I understand that the home advantage in international series stems primarily from the pitch conditions (which are usually rigged in favor of the home country) and hence is meaningful in how that impacts the outcome. But in IPL, all matches are being held in India and I don't see any difference in actual playing conditions except that loudness of cheer is considerable lesser for the "Away" team.

Could someone please help me understand why anyone would consider a team to be doing well if it wins most of the "Away" matches? What inherent disadvantage are they overcoming? This is a genuine question and any response will be highly appreciated.

Posted by TheCupid on (May 2, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

@ Tal - Ya Chennai is filled with full of bits and pieces bowlers. They are worthless. Oh wait it's must be a misprint, they can't be having the Purple cap and another 3 players in the top 15. It must be a lie :P

Posted by sweetspot on (May 2, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik - CSK in away games - won by 10 wickets, 86 runs, 4 wickets, 37 runs. What are the "all" games that have gone to the wire? CSK is winning comfortably most of the time, even if that may make you very uncomfortable. CSK's bowling attack has even got teams all out. Which other bowling attack has done a lot of that? Bits and pieces seems to be more than enough against all the other "specialist" teams!!!

Posted by Narbavi on (May 2, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik: I hope teams can follow your 'expert' advices and win from now on against csk, wow great suggestions, surely can make srilanka win a world cup

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Gr8 work CSK You guys r awesome the only professional team in the IPL check home and away records for other teams. Time to try some1 like Baba Aparajit,laughlin

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (May 2, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik,we'll see....RCB have won all their home games till now but they need to face CSK at home so not sure whether they will end up winning all their home games with CSK having unbeaten record(away)......and CSK is a team unlike RCB(one man show)...CRICINFO PLS PUBLISH

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (May 2, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

the main worry for csk should be the absence of specialist bowler. I hope it doesnot have any impact during playoffs.

Posted by ramz30380 on (May 2, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik why is that you are always against CSK? Are u jealous of the fact that they are doing do well?!

CSK is the best team in contention to win the IPL for the third time. Yes, they have issues and so do all other teams. But CSK has found a way to better that which others havent.

They are the only team with a good away record till now. You dont win 9 games by fluke which is wht other team supporters believe.

When Hussey and MSD dont fire, Raina does, and today Morkel came good with a handy knock as well. This team is not over dependent on one or two big names as the other teams and that has been the reason for their success.

RCB won 7 in a row and did not qualify but CSK already have - they are aiming for the top spot which I am sure they will reach by the business end of the tournament.

Posted by philipsmgp on (May 2, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

In a few previous comments CSK fans had showed concern about CSK topping the table and were worried they dont meet the fate of DD who topped the table last year.But for those just relax.... Last year DD were on prime form and most of the matches they won one sided.Thats not the case here for CSK.They have won most of the match in close encounters.And their captain still says we have a few concerns and need to improve more.That shows their heads are still on ground and they know what they are doing.So dont worry CSK wins or loses they will makes us and cricket proud.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

What CSK has achieved this season is that they have won from all away pitches unlike RCB. That way CSK victories are commendable.What many does not understand is that all contribute to Victory of CSK whether batsman or Bowlers. It does not depend one one single player like Pollard/Malinga for MI, Shane Watson for RR,Gayle/ABD for RCB. This can be seen from the standings in the league. No doubt one more time CSK will lift the cup this season.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

CSK may need an additional spinner who can take some wickets or at least restrict the run rate.

Posted by mailatpsa on (May 2, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

CSK do very well. Till 3 more win (5 match) needs stay top 2 of the table. 5th MI, 8th SRH, 12th RR, 14th DD, 18th RCB. Playoff expet 21th RR 24th RCB

Posted by sents2013 on (May 2, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

CSK needs to replace Albie Morkel with Ben Laughlin or Ben Hilfenhaus. CSK's bowling department is weak else Replace W.Saha with Ankit Rajpoot and ask Badrinath to open the innings with Hussey, Badrinath may find gaps very well inside the powerplay.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

The main Cog Wheel of CSK across all seasons, Suresh Raina has finally fired. Raina got out unluckily in the 90s twice if I remember correctly. It is good to see everyone coming into form and pacing their innings nicely and setting up wins. Bravo - purple cap and Hussey is likely to hold on to the Orange cap by the looks of things (even if Gayle and Hussey go see-saw for the next couple of games, I think Hussey's consistency will prevail in the end). Hussey is in sublime form.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

It will be excited to see some testing for couple of games with RR and DD by resting Players like MSD, Mike Hussey to leave some options like Captioning by Raina, [I believe he will be right option to give the Leadership post from Dhoni if at all Dhoni Retires next year or leaving to other IPL teams. ] WK to Saga, Which will also give chance to players like Vijay Anirudh or Badri to improve their Batsmenship.. Let's see how it goes for CSK in future with absence of DHONI. Atleast it will be a extreme black box test to match the same to Indian cricket team which will definitely going to happen in future [may be to find better reserved players to backup Players like Dhoni.].

Posted by Cricwallahs on (May 2, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Dwayne Bravo is obviously one of the best buys! Wonder how they got him at base price! Credit goes to the thinktank(FLEMING).Class act by Raina.They have the right mix of talent. Spotting local talent like Mohit Sharma is a great deal.Remarkable feat once again by the marigold men!! They are the Manchester United of IPL.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (May 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Well done CSK, but I was disappointed that KXIP didn't take this. Great batting from Miller and Marsh but the start from Pomersbach and Mandeep was too slow chasing 180+. Mandeep used up 15 balls for 15 runs, just left too much to do at the end. Good game though.

Posted by JBSA on (May 2, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

I would love to see Hussey and Bravo leading the respective charts and still come with Yellow Cap. Never a Cap is superior to Yellow Cap

Posted by Bamarolls on (May 2, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Brave Bravo broke Kings and brought broad brightness to Super Kings.

Posted by Provost on (May 2, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Oh no..... as a CSK fan, I was hoping CSK will LET punjab win this game so that they will have 10 points (just one game away from the other TIER 2 teams). With 10 points punjab could be breathing on the neck for all 12 point teams and could add pressure to them..... but now we will see tons of comments on this board that it was a fluke, lucky, sneaky, narrow win for CSK (but the same crowd will say, it was a wonderful win when MI won by 4 runs....LOL)...

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (May 2, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

RCB won 7 consecutive games while chennai won a lot of matches at home in 2011 and now CSK has won 7 in a row and RCB has won all their home games; wonder whether RCB will get the cup???

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (May 2, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

The Most elementary mistake teams have been making this season vs CSK is they are scoring little amount of runs in the first 10 overs. SO far all the matches have gone to wire. CSK bowling isn't the best, with only bits and pieces all-rounders operating while they lack the quality of genuine bowlers. You got to send your best batters u

Posted by   on (May 2, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Finally Orange, Violet caps joined with the Mighty Yellow cap....

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