Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Mumbai May 5, 2013

Mumbai's huge win stops CSK streak

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Mumbai Indians 139 for 5 (Rohit Sharma 39*, Jadeja 3-29) beat Chennai Super Kings 79 (Ojha 3-11, Johnson 3-27) by 60 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It was as if the Chennai Super Kings batsmen wanted to beat the evening crowds in the Mumbai local trains. So as opposed to chasing the below-par 140 in a hurry, they kept throwing away their wickets away, folding for the lowest total this IPL and losing by 60 runs to end their seven-match winning streak.

No matter how much credit you give to Mumbai Indians' bowling - one of the more watchable acts of the IPL - it was a surreal case of mediocrity manufacturing excitement in the first few overs of the chase. In the first over of the chase, Mitchell Johnson kept bowling short and wide, Michael Hussey kept cutting it to Kieron Pollard at point, and Pollard kept dropping. The third successive one of those cut Pollard's nose, and he walked off the field even as the Wankhede Stadium rubbed its collective eyes.

You could argue Johnson came back with a superb second over, but that began with a loose shot from M Vijay, who dragged a wide length ball on. Suresh Raina played across one, and got a leading edge to Pollard at point. This time Pollard dived in front and half-redeemed himself. As is the rule with Super Kings, they sent S Badrinath to face the crisis, and he nearly edged the hat-trick ball. Soon, Johnson beat his other edge with a left-arm bowlers' outswinger, and was denied a triple-wicket maiden only by Dwayne Bravo.

And Wankhede was yet to finish rubbing its eyes. In the next over, Bravo drove a shortish Pawan Suyal delivery off the back foot straight to cover. At 18 for 4, MS Dhoni held himself and Ravindra Jadeja back, and sent in R Ashwin, who soon fell to the veteran offspinner he has usurped, Harbhajan Singh. In came Dhoni with the asking rate past eight and only five wickets in hand.

Hussey regained his orange cap, but his innings was never fluent. Lasith Malinga's over to him was striking as the bouncers did Hussey in with both the slowness and then pace. Under immense pressure, Hussey looked for release the moment Pragyan Ojha came on to bowl, and lofted him straight to deep midwicket to make it 40 for 6 in 9.1 overs.

Too much was left for Dhoni to do, and he too holed out off Ojha. Malinga ran through the rest, and Mumbai kept themselves in the top four with the end of the league approaching. It shouldn't have been that easy, though, after they managed about 50 fewer than the average first-innings score in Mumbai this season. Once again, they were off to a slow start, and five of their top six failed to score at more than a run a ball.

The two who did, captain Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan, went on to bat until the end. When they took it to the end, they got a loose last over from Ben Laughlin and took 19 runs off it. It didn't seem the case then, but the momentum had shifted.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Comprehensive win by mumbai. Although csk fans & captain alike may call it an off day, its a bluff.credit should go 2 mumbai for their spirit. d fact is csk rely on hussey at start & msd 2 finish, but this day they were caught unaware's with d pitch. ditto mumbai who previously scored in excess of 170 here. wonderful captaincy by rohit as well for rallying his troops. he kept his calm even whn pollard dropped three catches. on thing is for sure: CSK r not invincible, this ipl is still open with no favourites.

  • POSTED BY SanjayUvacha on | May 6, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Mumbai Indians (MI) are still not at their best, as Sachin, Pollard, Rayudu and Malinga are not in real form. It is therefore commendable that they are winning in style! As a team they seem to be peaking at the right time. Out of the 5 remaining games, MI play 3 at the Wankhede, where they are unbeaten this year. Also, they are almost through with matches against tougher teams (on form) and are left with matches against KKR, PWI, KXIP which should not stretch them too much. In fact MI still has a good chance of making it to the top 2 in team standings! Stranger things have happened in T20 cricket, but as a die hard Mumbai supporter I would continue to hope for that and support the team.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 7, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    I think this is just a bluff by csk for many reasons: 1. Hussey playing the short-wide balls in air at reachable heights (he wants bowlers in next matches to bowl like that) 2. Weird batting order changes 3. Most csk batsmen never showed intent to stay - in spite of the pitch reasonably good for batting. 4. Dhoni lifting the ball with half power to what he usually does and getting out at crucial point 5. Csk players including Dhoni were all smiling at the end of the match (more than usually) and did not show any remorse. 6. There seems motive in giving helping hand to MI to come up in the table, with good 2 points and nrr donated.

  • POSTED BY Dilip1118 on | May 7, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    If CSK wins the game only the CSK fans would be happy,if CSK lost the game all 8 IPL Teams would be happy. I am sure CSK would bounce back and win all other games including the match vs mumbai in play offs provided MI should qualify

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    bby played better cricket no doubtg about it. they did not bat weel. but they bowled with conviction. but what puzzles is the 3 dropped catch saga and dhoni sending ashwin at a critical situation. Dhoni chipping the ball to long off wo power...all these are weird events that makes people think otherwise. whatever it is - a loss is a loss and that too a humiliating loss.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @Gaurav Manchanda but Dravid averages a pathetic 29 in SA and 41 in Aus. And his average outside sub continent is not 57, its 53.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | May 6, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    So, CSK's poor record against MI continues (5 wins and 8 losses). Perhaps MI is their bogey team. However, in their h2h, CSK have won the games that matter (finals of the 2010 edition comes to mind immediately). This was a thrashing alright but the fact is CSK is the only team to have won the IPL twice, reach the finals four times and reach at least the semis in every edition of the IPL. They are still sitting pretty at the top in this edition. MI fans can enjoy this well deserved victory but it doesn't change the fact that CSK is the most successful IPL team and MI is the most hyped up team ever.

  • POSTED BY _Skipper on | May 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    I believe CSK played this match in style and intent for Mumbai to win, a strategy adapted for what ever reason that I could tell from the CSK batting; may be doing Mumbai a favor so that they could stay in the play-offs. It didn't appear that CSK was complacent in anyway. A smile on Dhoni's face during the presentation gave this away too. So overall this was an intended loss for CSK, so really no one to blame. I believe they'll come back with full guns in the next one when they face SRH. I don't want to see SRH in the playoffs period, rather see Mumbai there.

  • POSTED BY alarky on | May 6, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    My main person of focus in this present IPL is India's best batsman ever, the Gt Rahul Dravid. I think he only played IPL 6 to prove a point to the Indian authorities and some other people who have been manufacturing all sorts of excuses (age, waining reflexes, etc) to explain why certain "used-to-be" big names in batting can't perform - showing the world the example of a truly a great batsman. People like Bradman, Hobbs, Sobers, Lara and now Dravid and Kallis are showing that at any age, be it the late 30s to early 40s, a player, if he were TRULY GREAT would still play NEARLY as well as when they were in their prime. When Dravid joined the Indian team, very quickly he became the team's best batsman, but he was never given the necessary credit, but due to his awesome humility, he never complained. It was not his time to retire when he did, as he was still India's best batsman, but he did free up some some space for young talents like Pujara. In the IPL now, he's batting as if he's 22

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | May 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    MI got CSK when they were sleep walking... Look like the center of gravity for CSK was as if they were in moon... :-)) CSK bowlers did good. As MSD mentioned... it was a comedy of errors during their chase... think about hat-trick of dropped catches not only on same bowler, but as well by same fielder... this will be a tough one to beat in any form. Anyways... It is a good shake up for CSK to reset themselves out of complacency...

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Comprehensive win by mumbai. Although csk fans & captain alike may call it an off day, its a bluff.credit should go 2 mumbai for their spirit. d fact is csk rely on hussey at start & msd 2 finish, but this day they were caught unaware's with d pitch. ditto mumbai who previously scored in excess of 170 here. wonderful captaincy by rohit as well for rallying his troops. he kept his calm even whn pollard dropped three catches. on thing is for sure: CSK r not invincible, this ipl is still open with no favourites.

  • POSTED BY SanjayUvacha on | May 6, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Mumbai Indians (MI) are still not at their best, as Sachin, Pollard, Rayudu and Malinga are not in real form. It is therefore commendable that they are winning in style! As a team they seem to be peaking at the right time. Out of the 5 remaining games, MI play 3 at the Wankhede, where they are unbeaten this year. Also, they are almost through with matches against tougher teams (on form) and are left with matches against KKR, PWI, KXIP which should not stretch them too much. In fact MI still has a good chance of making it to the top 2 in team standings! Stranger things have happened in T20 cricket, but as a die hard Mumbai supporter I would continue to hope for that and support the team.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 7, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    I think this is just a bluff by csk for many reasons: 1. Hussey playing the short-wide balls in air at reachable heights (he wants bowlers in next matches to bowl like that) 2. Weird batting order changes 3. Most csk batsmen never showed intent to stay - in spite of the pitch reasonably good for batting. 4. Dhoni lifting the ball with half power to what he usually does and getting out at crucial point 5. Csk players including Dhoni were all smiling at the end of the match (more than usually) and did not show any remorse. 6. There seems motive in giving helping hand to MI to come up in the table, with good 2 points and nrr donated.

  • POSTED BY Dilip1118 on | May 7, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    If CSK wins the game only the CSK fans would be happy,if CSK lost the game all 8 IPL Teams would be happy. I am sure CSK would bounce back and win all other games including the match vs mumbai in play offs provided MI should qualify

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    bby played better cricket no doubtg about it. they did not bat weel. but they bowled with conviction. but what puzzles is the 3 dropped catch saga and dhoni sending ashwin at a critical situation. Dhoni chipping the ball to long off wo power...all these are weird events that makes people think otherwise. whatever it is - a loss is a loss and that too a humiliating loss.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @Gaurav Manchanda but Dravid averages a pathetic 29 in SA and 41 in Aus. And his average outside sub continent is not 57, its 53.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | May 6, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    So, CSK's poor record against MI continues (5 wins and 8 losses). Perhaps MI is their bogey team. However, in their h2h, CSK have won the games that matter (finals of the 2010 edition comes to mind immediately). This was a thrashing alright but the fact is CSK is the only team to have won the IPL twice, reach the finals four times and reach at least the semis in every edition of the IPL. They are still sitting pretty at the top in this edition. MI fans can enjoy this well deserved victory but it doesn't change the fact that CSK is the most successful IPL team and MI is the most hyped up team ever.

  • POSTED BY _Skipper on | May 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    I believe CSK played this match in style and intent for Mumbai to win, a strategy adapted for what ever reason that I could tell from the CSK batting; may be doing Mumbai a favor so that they could stay in the play-offs. It didn't appear that CSK was complacent in anyway. A smile on Dhoni's face during the presentation gave this away too. So overall this was an intended loss for CSK, so really no one to blame. I believe they'll come back with full guns in the next one when they face SRH. I don't want to see SRH in the playoffs period, rather see Mumbai there.

  • POSTED BY alarky on | May 6, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    My main person of focus in this present IPL is India's best batsman ever, the Gt Rahul Dravid. I think he only played IPL 6 to prove a point to the Indian authorities and some other people who have been manufacturing all sorts of excuses (age, waining reflexes, etc) to explain why certain "used-to-be" big names in batting can't perform - showing the world the example of a truly a great batsman. People like Bradman, Hobbs, Sobers, Lara and now Dravid and Kallis are showing that at any age, be it the late 30s to early 40s, a player, if he were TRULY GREAT would still play NEARLY as well as when they were in their prime. When Dravid joined the Indian team, very quickly he became the team's best batsman, but he was never given the necessary credit, but due to his awesome humility, he never complained. It was not his time to retire when he did, as he was still India's best batsman, but he did free up some some space for young talents like Pujara. In the IPL now, he's batting as if he's 22

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | May 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    MI got CSK when they were sleep walking... Look like the center of gravity for CSK was as if they were in moon... :-)) CSK bowlers did good. As MSD mentioned... it was a comedy of errors during their chase... think about hat-trick of dropped catches not only on same bowler, but as well by same fielder... this will be a tough one to beat in any form. Anyways... It is a good shake up for CSK to reset themselves out of complacency...

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    really??? no credit to mumbai indians's players.. this is rubbish

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    ^ Caught the lion by its tail? lol.. Twice! alongwith making a fun of your lion! :D

  • POSTED BY anuprakir on | May 6, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Can any body tell me what Tendulkar is doing in this Mumbai batting line up?see what Ponting and Gilchrist have done.He is not doing any better.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Which IPL team has a better record than CSK?

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Could you please tell me, apart of Sangakkara, plz name any Sri Lankan batsman whose test batting average is more than 45 outside subcontinent.

    Rahul Dravid's average in test matches outside subcontinent is 57, sachin's 52, Sehwag's 46, Laxman's 45.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Time for Sachin to 'rest' along with Ricky Ponting. Yesterday CSK had an off day and MI escaped. Otherwise it could have been a real bad drubbing. Sachin needs to see the writing on the wall and make way for someone else. Othewise MI's campaign is as good as finished.

  • POSTED BY liteonon on | May 6, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Sachin is a legend now why? Though he had extrodinary talent when the time he got into the indian team, that was also the time when india's all time greats kapil dev, vengsarkar, gavaskar, srikanth, amarnath, ravi shastri were all set to leave. so the time he entered the indian team has a got to do with his long carrer till now. he entered the test team very early at the age of 16. now anybody can imagine a test debut at this age? so he has had a long carrer and has a long records too that is reasonable for any player (good player). For example if Kohli can be able to play as many innings a that of tendulkar can anybody guess what will be the result? as of now.. tendulkar 327 innings 51 hundreds 67 fifties kohli 31 innings 4 hundreds 6 fifties

    if you look at tendulkar's stats it is amazing, tremendous, unreachable...but if someone can be able to play as long as he had, then it is very acheivable, may be even over take him by a long way............

  • POSTED BY sammydude76 on | May 6, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Form is temporary. Class is permanent. Let's not get worked up by a single loss. Get on with the next game. CSK will be back with a bang!

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

    agree with TRAM, Hussey hitting 3 consecutive balls to the same fielder and givingim catch practice, Raina trying to flick his very first ball (which is a good length ball ), Dhoni normally in these kinda situations will play conservatively, but he hoicked the spinner very early in his innings, none of the batsman showed any intent. All these looked very strange - perhaps they were asked to do it that way

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 6, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Pavinasen Poor fellow your overconfidence is very evident in your comment. Man its just that more than CSK, MI Played better than them. You better give them some credit. Your team had enough luck that day with out of everybody, pollard grassing 4 catches. Playoffs are totally different thing. You said the same thing last year and look what happened in the final.

  • POSTED BY pjaison on | May 6, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    First of all as a CSK fan I want to thank MI for such a good performance at this point of time. Frankly speaking I wanted CSK to loose this match. I would even be pleased if they loose a couple more games from here because that is what can bring out the best in them during the playoffs. For all those poor fans of other IPL teams who envy CSK's consistency and think CSK's momentum has come to an end ( and blah, blah … ), I can only say I pity you. And if you are a MI fan, pray that you should not face CSK in the playoffs (in case you qualify) because you have caught the lion by its tail.

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

    Vijay, Badrinath and Ashwin need to take full credit for CSK's brilliant performance against MI yesterday. Yes, they did a "whistle poodu" and hoped that Dhoni, Hussey and Jadeja would rescue CSK once again, so that the native CSK supporters could claim once again that all the CSK matches were won because the 3 Tamil guys. I think it's time for a reality check. Dhoni would do well dropping these 3 and bringing in Aparajit and DuPlesis and Jakate. While Mohit, Morris, Bravo bowl their 4 overs apiece. the balance 8 can be bowled by Jakate, Jadeja, Aparajit and Raina. After all the objective is to limit run scoring of the opposition and spinners have been very economical in various IPL teams!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    chennai won through some luck and hussey/dhoni are playing for them good. while seeing the batting and bowling of murali, ashwin,jadeja there is no scope after the qualifier 1, RR will lift the IPL trophy this time.... mumbai will be the runner up.... chennai will be moved to last place and RCB ended up 3 ...

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

    First, Sachin needs to call it a day from IPL or at least have the basic decency to step down like Ponting did. Why is Vijay in the Champions trophy side? He's obviously struggling. He's got out in IPL struggling and not in an attempt to up the run-rate! Big difference! Why has Pujara not been chosen for the Champions Trophy? Are the national selectors going through a brain freeze? While Raina's wicket (top-edging) was unfortunate, Badrinath completely missed the ball to get LBW. What was Bravo thinking when he played that shot? And Ashwin?... where was the situational responsibility?... or does he think he is nimble and talented as an ABD with the bat? All Ashwin needed to do was to rotate the strike for Hussey to score and stabilise the innings. Gosh! Doesn't ANYBODY at all tell them what's expected of them BEFORE they step into a situation?... Was he was preparing to hit a six of Bhajji who hit him for 6, the first ball he faced. Why does Ashwin give so many sixes when he bowls?

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    It was completely a off-day for CSK, nothing went right for them in their batting, shuffling the batsmans was not enough for a magnifient spell against mitch johnson, he was superb last night but this doesnt mean the CSK are bad, they'll come back strongly and it's a good eye opener for them before the play offs. well done MI and others remain safe of wounded CSK lions.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    so how was the game??? If u r super kings we are mumbai indians... MI huge win end csk streak n csk was bowled out for thier lowest IPL score n Lowest score of the season too... Helicopter crashed... Hearty congrats MI paltans...

  • POSTED BY cricanalyst05 on | May 6, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    better to say chennai lost the game rather than mumbai won!!!

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | May 6, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Tal_Botvinnik , your comments confirms your knowledge of the game.One off day by team CSK and believe me this was an off day for CSK since loosing comprehensively by 60 runs against a below par score.If they played half as well than they normally play CSK would have got the total in no more than 15 overs.I believe wake up calls like these is good for CSK,rather now then in the playoffs.Everyone was trying very hard to get out and I was wondering if there are any prizes for this.Remember history takes long to repeat itself and by then CSK would have their 3rd title as IPL kings.

    CSK are the lions and the lions are allowed to miss their prey every now & then which does not take their crown away.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Best squad 1 Hussey 2 Saha 3 DuPlesis 4 Raina 5 Badrinath 6 Dhoni 7 Jadja 8 Braho 9 Ashwin 10 Morris 11 Mohit

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 6, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Very disappointed the way CSK lost this match. Not that this loss makes much of a difference to their position in the league but atleast they should have done everything to win after having lost the previous encounter against Mumbai. There is nothing much to talk about in this match. Hussey trying to get out 3 times in a row in the first over basically tells the whole story. They had a flight to catch to Jaipur to watch Dravid bat in the next match. Ashwin batting in T20 is like a comedy track in a movie. What was he doing ahead of Dhoni and having come what was he doing there? Especially, against Bajji?

    It appears CSK has done a big favour to Mumbai in their pursuit for a place in play off.

  • POSTED BY kristee on | May 6, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Dav Hussey himself once, Laughlin yesterday. MI get the most vulnerable looking bowler to blast away towards the end. And why? Yesterday however the margin of defeat was an excuse; but the shift in momentum, if such a thing exists at all, in such a low scoring game could have played its part, too.

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

    What nonsense the CSK fans are talking about, saying they gave the match on a platter. They won't have been on the top of the table if SRH,RCB,KKR,KXIP gave their matches on a platter too. CSK was exposed by quality fast bowling by johnson, malinga and good spin bowling from ojha and singh. CSK's is momentum has come to an abrupt halt and think they will struggle here on-wards. Preparing slow pitches is the way forward against them.

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

    Where is Baba Aparajit? They have tried Vijay and Saha, who have been pathetic. I don't understand the logic behind keeping Baba out. Sanju Samson and Unmukt Chand have been tried by their respective teams with reasonable success. But why not Baba for CSK. This bloke one of the successes of the U-19 World Cup and we still don't know what he even looks like. Poor guy, must be wishing that he was with some other team which would have gladly tried him.

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

    This drubbing is long due for CSK. Its reliance on its Captain Dhoni and foreign players started in 2011. Their 2011 IPL win was due to sheer momentum from 2010. Now it needs to think honestly who are performers and who are non-performers. No more experimentation. Drop Vijay and in his place get Saha/Baba and please stick with Albie . He is a proven hand with CSK. why experiment when you are winning? Confusing as much as its confounding.....

  • POSTED BY guptahitesh4u on | May 6, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    I hoped this to be a thrilling constant and by the end of MI batting, I thought it too be a one-sided match in favor of chennai...but at the end, it turned out to be a one sided-match in favor of Mumbai...

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

    @cool_sande mate of course it does make virat koli a way better player than tendulkar considering that time frame...yes tendulkar developed him self to a better player later..But what if Virat koli scores 1000 centuries dosent it make him a better player than tendulkar???you cannot compare a guy who have played 28 years cricket with someone who only played 3 years.The only way you can do it is considering the time frame and the number of matches its common sense and logic.

  • POSTED BY chennaicricfan on | May 6, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    It was a very sub par performance by CSK. Still no need for panic. But one detail that should be noted is how Murali vijay batted in this match. His performance has been dismal in this IPL. More than just the low scores, it is the manner of his dismissals that tell a story. His footwork is unsure, bat is limp and tentative, and there is real fear and doubt in his strokes. Compare that to how Ajinkya Rahane batted today for the Royals. I think the selectors really dropped the ball by selecting Vijay and dropping Rahane for the champions trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Dear Mahi bhai,

    Please please try Imtiaz Ahmed/Ronit More

    Repeating my line up for CSK again,

    My CSK team for next game Hussey, du Plessis, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Aswin, Morris/Nannes, Mohit Sharma, Ronit More/Imtiaz Ahmed(better in paper).

  • POSTED BY MadrasCity on | May 6, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Its good to loose now than latter. COME on CHENNAI - I thought you would win in by last over this time too but no worries. CSK is the only team that always gives value for money for the viewers we play till the last over; CSK has always provided a Good entertainment - by loosing in this match CSK has open a fight between 4 reams for 3 position. Next matches to come would be more Interesting. Hope they Drop Murali VIjay and Langhlin and replace with Saha and Morkel please.

  • POSTED BY MadrasCity on | May 6, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Yesterdays WIN for MI is DHoni's Gift to Sachin , else its impossible to loose that match. But anyways I was , is and Will be for ever CSK FAN. I follow Sachin and Pointing and i like there team performing good. MI played in a a shell changed the pitch for this match knowing CSK batting . DHoni rested saha and Morkel. I hope Murali Vijay is rested for rest of this session he has become too much a test player now and it will take another years for him to come out of that mindset.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 6, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    I think this is just a bluff by csk for many reasons: 1. Hussey playing the short-wide balls in air at reachable heights (he wants bowlers in next matches to bowl like that) 2. Weird batting order changes 3. Most csk batsmen never showed intent to stay - in spite of the pitch reasonably good for batting. 4. Dhoni lifting the ball with half power to what he usually does and getting out at crucial point 5. Csk players including Dhoni were all smiling at the end of the match (more than usually) and did not show any remorse. 6. There seems motive in giving helping hand to MI to come up in the table, with good 2 points and nrr donated.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    I think a vry poor decision by csk to give the last over to laughlin,that shows dhoni didnt take this match that serius all he was doing is experimenting anyways a vry poor performance by the csk,but im sure they will bounce back and it will be a strong bounce back cus a r vry capable of doing it.

  • POSTED BY MohanRagavan on | May 6, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    @csk haters ...from just one loss u say csk is an mediacore side and msd is not an best batsman....though its not csk day but MI played welll...u say MI is tough to beat at hme........over rated player "Rohit sharma " will perform only in IPL and when it comes to representing india...............

  • POSTED BY kannan14 on | May 5, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    I think this is CSK's tac tick. They know there level. Go CSK goooooo

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | May 5, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    @lovetheway - Ur lions are playing like pussy cats in ipl. Horrible players n equally bad captains. What r u boasting abt. V beat u every time v visit Ur den. Or is it a cat pen? Ur lion days r gone. Stop calling Urself lions.

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

    My CSK team for next game

    Hussey, du Plessis, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Aswin, Morris/Nannes, Mohit Sharma, Ronit More/Imtiaz Ahmed(better in paper).

  • POSTED BY liteonon on | May 5, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    More below par scores, shocking dissmisals, unbelivable umpiring decisions, sudden collapses all are set to come in forth coming matches before the playoffs! "IPL".

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | May 5, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    @Trakkan: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65057.html First ever meeting between Sri Lanka & India. Look at the result :) nearly 50 year old test playing country vs associate team.lol

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    @liteonon: As CSK is safely into the play offs - Can you enlighten us how CSK is into playoffs. MI, RR, SRH and RCB, all have a chance to have more wins in the end and therefore knock CSK out of the playoffs!

  • POSTED BY Zetta on | May 5, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Mumbai were the better team no mather what you say. At Wankhede - always a chance of a low scoring game to be played, and usually the local team is the winner. Boost for the Indians and something to think about for the Super Kings.

  • POSTED BY liteonon on | May 5, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    As CSK is safely into the play offs, they let MI win and that too convincingly so that they don't have any run rate issues to qualify. What a pity!

  • POSTED BY cool_sande on | May 5, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    @gabrialgihan: Your comparison between India and Srilanka is like comparing Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.

    For Example, it took 70 ODIs for Sachin Tendulkar to score his first century and at nearly same number of matches Virat Kohli has Scored 10 centuries. It does not make Virat Kohli a better player than Sachin tedulkar.

  • POSTED BY dinosaurus on | May 5, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    I think Johnson should be better acknowledged. At his best, he makes right hand batsmen look foolish outside the off stump. The reason is that, like Malinga, he ha a round arm action, thus letting the ball go from in front of the umpire. On song, he can also bend the ball back from outside the right hander's off stump. Taken in combination, those two factors mean that batsmen feel they have to play balls that, with the benefit of hindsight, they would much rather have left alone. He must have had his (right-handers) in-swinger working to get Hussey slicing outside his off stump!!

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    @gabrialgihan, Adding to that unless India produce fast bowlers like Pakistan we are never going to win any away matches. More over the likes of Dravid, Laxman are gone unless the next gen get some exposure. You can see in my other comments my neutral view on Indian "test quality". I have also admitted that SL being a small country producing nice cricketers on par with a big country like India where there are more options but one cannot be selective in citing results.

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    @gabrialgihan, Lol at your comment. Then no comparison can be made between SL and India as we have to wait for 40 - 50 years so that SL of 2055 AD can be compared with India of 2013 AD. One cannot conveniently bring the test birth into picture when statistics go against a specific country.

    In fact in my own admission India is a laggard in away test (despite being a huge country with great potential) but my only point was to highlight the selective results put forward by some SL supporters.

  • POSTED BY gabrialgihan on | May 5, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    @Trakkan do you know how many years it took india to win the first test match??? 20 years... India has been playing cricket for around 85 years.And SL only been in the game for around 30 years..for that time we have achieved much more than what india did...india couldn't win a single test match for 30 years lol

  • POSTED BY cool_sande on | May 5, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    One loss for CSK and every one blaming Dhoni (calling him a mediocre test batsman)...Please take a look at this cricinfo link. http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/content/story/621923.html

    MSD is a wicket keeping all rounder and you cant expect him to average more than 50 like you expect for a pure batsman.Even the Great Mark Boucher averages 30 in tests which is 10 less than MSD.And ,in a pre-Gilchrist era MSD would have got himself selected to any team in the world.

    Mark Boucher and Adam Gilchrist are the best wicket keepers. Adam Gilchrist and and Kumar Sagakara the best Keeper batsmen. MSD is the best keeper/batsman/captain the world of cricket has seen.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks SL has never won even a single test match against Ind in India. Please ask your team to correct that record before talking about anything else.

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    @ Baseball-Sucks, Is it true that SL has never defeated Aus in its test history? and just 2 matches SL has ever managed to draw in Aus.

    India has the best record against Aus in Aus from 2000 - 2008.

    The record in SA is better than what SL achieved. Why are you being selective and trying to hide the truth?

  • POSTED BY Narabavi on | May 5, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: Don't joke mate.SL's record is way better than India's in England Recently.

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    @Pradeep Gadepally, Coming to SA series, can you confidently talk of an Indian batsman (let alone Dhoni) who will be successful in those conditions? The quality of our batsmen is way behind what we had in last decade. Our players have no exposure to Aus, SA, Eng conditions. Last we visited one of these countries was in 2012 Jan.

    With less tests and more T20 the bench mark of great ness is changing. in T20 Binny is better than Dravid, Rohit better than Sachin, Raina better than Laxman. With 8-0 losses one would have expected a serious overhaul but instead we see more T20 and home test series. What do you say?

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Baseball_sucks, You seem to be comfortably considering only selective series to suit your point of view. If only successes to be considered then India has the best record against Aus from 2000 - 2008. Can you prove me wrong? They had won series in Eng, won test matches in SA.

    It is from 2011 there is a down fall. Thats a reality. How many test matches SL has won in these countries? How did SL perform especially in Aus from 2000 - 2008?

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik your team cant even beat in windies in your own backyard and you say they Champions's Trophy will be a cakewalk for SL xD. Btw India won t20 cup on the bouncy pitches in SA.hav u ever won a single test in SA lolz.

  • POSTED BY Uppercut07 on | May 5, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @gauravm5, SL have won a tri-series in England, which involved Eng and SA! Which was way tougher than lame Indian attack! BTW, SL have NEVER LOST 0-12 in a row! like India DID!

  • POSTED BY jab4e on | May 5, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Wow, CSK I guess you need to get your game tightened and not be so complacent. Fortunately, Dhoni and Fleming recognize this, so hopefully the performance will be better in the coming games. It might be interesting if we drop Vijay and get Aparjith (if saha is not playing) and Faf du Plessis instead of Laughlin. We could certainly use a batting boost, considering how our so-called "all rounders" are dummies with the bat. Good bowling though, it's handy when Jadeja can bowl 4 hours through.

  • POSTED BY vam_aru on | May 5, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    This IPL 2013 Points table might be interesting, RCB has fairly easy games up their sleeve, so they can still top the tables, with 4 teams have 5 matches in hand and sitting with 14 points.. hmmm... CSK has to sneak in 2 wins out of 4 (that too against the teams in their own backyards ), It may be too early to comment but CSK needs to quickly gear up and put in 3 wins otherwise they might sitting at 3rd place or sneaking 4th Place.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    @crickettsunami - I do not intend to be forcefully against Dhoni, but please do not even mention Dhoni scoring runs against Steyn in previous match to prove Dhoni's greatness....Come SA and the test series (easily rated as true test of cricketing skill by one and all) Dhoni will be well and truly dusted by Steyn and company...!! Of that there is no doubt......and Dhoni smacking steyn was not much of Dhoni's credibility, it was an off day for steyn where he bowled too many length balls, he will not repeat it again...!!!

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @VinodGupte, Again MI exposes CSK every year (remember they won both league matches last year) but get exposed in play off. IPL can be won only if knock out matches are won which MI has not done till now.

    It is a over hyped team by media and due to their superiority complex their fans tend to disregard their opponents. They have got to learn from other fans who cheer and cut cakes for Sachin b'day. Chennai, Hyd fans applaud their opponents irrespective of the result.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 5, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    @gauravm5 HA HA We not talking about subcontinental matches we are talking about tough overseas matches where subcontinental teams are challenged. I want to know your win record vs Australia during that CB series.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | May 5, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Last time India visited England they got whitewashed in the ODI series 0:4 (And test series as well). I am not sure what they are bragging about here. LOL Btw Sri Lanka have whitewashed England 5:0 in their own backyard. :O

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    @ VinodGupte, Sorry bit one sided commentary from you. You see 3 loses but not 9 wins! 2 of those loses came during early part of the tournament. Going by your logic every team is exposed by some or the other bowling side in this long tournament. Remember how MI were all out for just 83 in Jaipur or 80 by DD in Hyd? Also why big fuss if CSK win close matches? Teams are expected to win close matches. Even MI were lucky to beat KXIP as wide was not given in last over.

    CSK have again and again proved they can come back from defeat. They are criticised every year but they end up reaching at least finals. 4 finals in 5 years and in top this year. Still criticising it? Are you a CSK hater? C'mon lets just enjoy the game

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | May 5, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik..Have ur sri lankan team ever won a tournament in England or in Australia, no BUT India won one tri-series in England & one in Australia, both involving ur lankan team. How many world cups sri lanka won till now? ONly 1. We have 3. Have ur team ever reached number 1 ranking in Tests, NO but we have.

  • POSTED BY KM01 on | May 5, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Guess the Mumbai media market is large enough that they need the other teams to lose to ensure they get in.

    Now with RR also "winning", they can get two Northern sides in. Poor Hyderabad.

    Of course, these days, when you hear Sachin played a good knock, you think of Sachin Baby not the very former great Tendulkar

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | May 5, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik..hey u sri lankan Do u remember India won CB series 2008 involving Australia and Sri Lanka. India beat Sri Lanka in the 4 bilateral series played in Sri Lanka in the last 4 years. How could you forget the 2011 world cup defeat & Let me tell you India beat srilanka in 2 out of 4 matches in 2012 CB series, drawing 1.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 5, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    The Champions's Trophy will be a cakewalk for SL and the match they will need to worry about is the finals. Its no problem for a team who been very consistent in global tournaments in the past few years. Our young batsmen are very good on bouncy,seaming and swinging pitches. All of them avg over 50. We also have a great pace battery to back em up and Herath the most underrated spinners around who doesn't need turners and poor batsmen to pick wickets like ashwin or ojha.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | May 5, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    trakkan - CSK's batting woes were exposed by MI twice and Pune once. even in some other matches, they were lucky to win some last over games. if raina does not click, CSK is a mediocre side, dhoni's heroics notwithstanding. raina and hussey to an extent. vijay, badrinath, bravo, jadeja can't win you matches single-handedly.

  • POSTED BY Hashim_Amla on | May 5, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    MS is an amazing guy. In great batting conditions promot himself and in tough situation n conditions come at 7. Even Ashwin batted higher than him. Indeed he is captain cool.

  • POSTED BY womenlovecricket on | May 5, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    The spirit of Mumbai is not partying - it's booing at other players and show disrespect towards them as well.

    Not worried about CSK having lost this match as CSK always brings their best at the knockout stages unlike Mumbai who always crumbles under pressure. MI won't be in the play offs this year as their attitude towards other players are disgraceful.

    As for the conversation going on about SL and Indian players - this is IPL. Indian Premier League - if you SL supports have any problems with the Indian players simple stop watching the games. But we all know that you are addicted this IPL and cannot ignore it.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 5, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Sanga avgs 89.00 with last scores of 70*,0,194,199*,30,144,219 vs Pakistan in sri lanka and UAE in an attack consisting of ajmal,rehman,gul,hafeez,junaid. That isn't bad for a flat track bully eh?India were pulverized by the Pakistanis didn't they?. None of your batsmen come even close that.

  • POSTED BY atanu9 on | May 5, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    good to see MI playing to its potential but its batting still needs a lot of soul searching !!! Interesting contests lie ahead !!!

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 5, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Sri Lanka whitewashed the Englishmen in the ODI series 5-0. Beat that. And during 2011 they went there and lost only one test match while your indians lost 4 on a trot. . Flat track bullies don't score 195 in the 4 th innings in australia in the dark green hobart pitches against a prime attack and more than 1000 runs on a galle dust bowl where matches finishes in 3 days. And guess what we won an ODI series in Auss, got into CB series final and drew a series and gave the Aussies a tough time. We didn't lose test matches as pathetically as you did. Pls don't talk without knowing facts.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Pollard's drops are a classic case of player fatigue. Pollard is usually an amazing fielder, isn't he?

    Anyway, I think India's performance at the Champions Trophy will be affected because it's right after the IPL. We've seen this every year: the Indian team struggles in every international tournament/series held right after the IPL. The players get tired, and injuries happen. It's not just the high-intensity games every 2-3 days that a player goes through; it's also the traveling. I saw CSK's schedule: there was an instance where they played at Chennai, flew to Pune, then came back to Chennai immediately after for their next game, and then flew to Mumbai!

    The IPL is too long -- there is such a thing as spectator burnout as well. They should shorten it to 35 games.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Most Comments here are of CSK Supporters... Truely so, coz all th MI Supporters are busy partying...

    Thats the Spirit of Mumbai...!!!

  • POSTED BY MEHATELK on | May 5, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks dhoni and raina played much better than yr sanga mahela dilshan, and yr skipper angelo mathews. you see SRH played better after sanga droped,PWI played much better after dropping mathews .

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | May 5, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    @ Sreedharan Mundanat ;- oh you have a great sense of gratitude.You praise players. wow!! . even better you forget players who perform well smoothly as well.:) Malinga did not bowl 3 overs for 6 RUNS in this match and did not got 2 wickets either.... I m talking about some other match played between MI and CSk.:P Shame on you !!

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Hoped for a CSK win, but wasn't to be. Well done MI.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    As a CSK supporter, I feel that they wanted to lose this match, so that they can avoid facing MI in the playoffs. I am sure, with their potential, they will come back strong and win the remaining matches. Its first time that they are on top of the table and sure to get place in playoff. The only thing that matters is NRR. If they can win any of the other teams with comfortable margin, which they doesn't normally do, they are through to playoffs.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 5, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    CSK is not yet in the playoffs. Out of four remaining matches only one match will be at home. Other 3 are away matches against top teams. To be sure of play offs CSK has to win one of the remaining matches. I think to be top 2 it has to win at least 2 more matches. Today was a good chance to beat MI after restricting them for 139. It wasn't to be. Today the team combination didn't look right. Laughlin leaked runs. Vijay's come back has been on a pitch where everybody struggled.Dhoni and Flemming have a bit of thinking to do.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | May 5, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    One off day .Dont worry we can afford to lose :) We got 7 wins know :)) .But i tot today was the best opportunity to break the MI fortress .Unfortunately t was not the day ....Sad about that.But you know we have done what has to be done .9 Wins and we are in playoffs. So CSK haters no use of beating the bush around try and at least join us.

    P.S:- Comment about India and SL in ENG.I believe SL defeated ENG 5-0 in their own backyard.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 5, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    I don't know why some people bring in international references to an IPL contest. Now they have forced a stern reply from an avid Indian supporter. The fact remains that INDIA are the BEST Asian team in every condition. The records are there to prove it. India have the BEST win ratio in England compared to other Subcontinental teams and this is primarily in 50 overs and test cricket. Since the Champions Trophy is an ODI tournament, it is relevant to consider these facts. India will have an excellent tournament because the players are all highly skilled, led by an exceptional leader in MS Dhoni. It is not surprising to see many Sri Lankan fans bad mouthing India. On the contrary, it is funny to hear such comments given these guys have NEVER won a single test match in India to begin with and have lately been badly beaten by India in every contest. Also, Sri Lanka look like the most likeliest Asian team to be knocked out early in the Champions Trophy given the form of their players.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    It is one of those days CSK batting didn;t clicked.. but still a very strong team

  • POSTED BY AjMann on | May 5, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Whatever team you people fight for...at the end just enjoy the game..do not forget that ipl is a business and nothing else....there are a lot of things going around at the back.... winners or losers...someone decides and there is only 25% of the effort that players put in!!... hard to believe...but true as i know!

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | May 5, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    @ kumarcoolbuddy im true blue kannadiga man .no tamil connection. supporting csk bcoz of MSD. will support any team having MSD

  • POSTED BY anirudh1993 on | May 5, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    @shobit singh. What is correct with gambir and harbajan??? ashwin has made a strong statement in the test series and so has M Vijay. Gambir's behaving like scum

  • POSTED BY RGforcricket on | May 5, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    To all d CSK haters...Gud dat law of avgs caught us b4 play offs...

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | May 5, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    @kumarcoolbuddy im a true blue kannadiga. supporting CSk bcoz of MSD. wud hv supported any team having MSD. RCB was a test team in 2008 so started supporting fav player team. didnt change loyalites thereafter. absolutely no tamil connections . Blore has many tamil kannadigas, i know. i understand ur doubts :)

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    @Harsh Joshi , since CSK is at top with 18 points it is a good sign that more than half the players are from that team. Just one lose and you say they are bad.... LOL

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    @Shobhit Singh, Can you please tell me what's right with Harbhajan? Anyday I will not prefer GG for his bad behaviour. Coming from Delhi he and VK should behave to improve already battered image of Delhi.

    I would have preferred Pujara ahead of Vijay as some stability as top is required in 50 over match. Pujara is technically more sound and Vijay at top will be a big problem. But Ashwin is better than Harbhajan in my opinion

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 5, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: LOL ya that's why the real flat track bullies like mahela and sanga have never managed to win a test series in english conditions, our flat track bully dhoni won a man of the series award in england and also won a test series in england!! LOL

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | May 5, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    No big deal. Not fun to watch below par chasing and overall a below the hype level of cricket match, but CSK can cool off now with experiments and what not, give everyone a bit of a bash in the middle, and then tighten up later, as they always do. Mumbai could use the points, so good for them too! Cheers everyone!

  • POSTED BY AravindxD on | May 5, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    @Baseball-sucks , even if they do struggle in England , they will not be struggling as bad as other sub-continental teams especially SL who could not even win against India in in their home conditions. Further, India has one of the finest young talent in the subcontinent and the world. Remind me how much the so called greats of Sri Lanka scored overseas. Not even comparable to India. The fact is you are just jealous of India being better than your own country . espn cricinfo pls publish

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | May 5, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    @Nampally, One bad match for Dhoni and you are at it again. Dhoni this Dhoni that, remember england? he is no good there bla bla bla. Now a few more points for you to remember. CSK is still top team, Dhoni is still match winner and CSK will win this year too. A suggestion, when you have England nightmares remember how Dhoni dismantled Dale Steyn ( worlds best bowler) in a previous match. You may feel better.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    After this match : clearly indication vijay and ashwin only get ticket of champions trophy because thier team is csk . Tell me what wrong with gambhir and harbhajan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    wow half the CSK team will play in England in swinging conditions....dont expect anything from flat track bullies...well played Mumbai

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | May 5, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 5, 2013, 14:13 GMT), india played last ODI series in England and lost the series by 0-3 and dhoni adjudged the man of the series eventhough india went on to lose the series and england bowers couldnt get him out once in all those matches.He is a different player in ODI format and just by mocking you can't prove otherwise.If I support SL team,I would be more worried than Indians at the moment.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | May 5, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    @ InsaneInsaan, you said your home team is RCB, what do you mean by that? Brought by in Karnataka or currently living in Karnataka? I am sure you have strong roots of Chennai. I saw my B'lore friends having Chennai roots. This is just a guess after looking at your comments.

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | May 5, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    I am a huge CSK fan, but I'm glad CSK lost this match. The law of averages would eventually catch up to CSK, so it is better to lose now rather than later. Yes, the NRR took a beating, but CSK doesn't need the stinking NRR. NRR comes into picture only if 2 or more teams have equal points. CSK is almost certainly going to end up with more points than anyone else and hence, NRR is of no value to them.

  • POSTED BY Provost on | May 5, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Good show by MI. As a CSK fan, expecting this for the last 3 or so matches....However, this is the time to experiment..change the order etc.....I wish CSK lose couple of more matches so that they will be in the upswing during playoffs......Even though it was a loss for CSK, I liked it as it is a good sign. (remember we lost to Pune in the beginning and CSK needs a gentle tap on their head once in a while).....Go CSK (if not CSK then go RCB)....

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks, Mahela, Sanga are not even bullying in Flat pitches. What have SL really ever achieved outside sub continent. though admit and admire the small country producing good cricketers.

  • POSTED BY Aaranya on | May 5, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    It is good CSK lost now. Better to let the 'law of averages' catches up this fashion than at knockout stage.

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | May 5, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    no prob. we can afford 2 lose this. all that matters is coming in the top 2.

    currrently CSK has orange+purpule cap. we hav a lot 2 cheer. devoted fans like me will always stand by my team. well played mi. even though my home team is RCB, im a die hard fan of csk for last 6 seasons.never derided them. thats the way devoted fans must be. there is still a lot remaining in the IPL. cmon CSK the real champs!!

  • POSTED BY Poovhenden on | May 5, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Drop M Vijay asap. CSK team is such that it always needs a good 20 run start and Hussey/Faf can provide that with Saha/Anirrudh. M Vijay has been given too many chances and he seems hopeless and low on confidence. Dunno why he was picked for Indian team again now. He is a great liability when chasing even small totals and pretty bad fielder when it matters.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | May 5, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @Narbavi ; You are very welcome. All I wanna say is that flat track bullies like Dhoni n co. will have real hard time up there in England. lol .

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Further CSK have spoiled themselves by reducing the run rate. I don't know why CSK played this match like practice match. Atleast they could have lost in a small difference. But losing by 60 runs is totally ridiculous and not acceptable.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    great piece of bowling from mumbai.Shock to chennai.

  • POSTED BY Boaz99 on | May 5, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Now, people around the Buzz of IPL can see how CSK can Fall like Pack of cards... Every other team in IPL can watch this match as Lesson before the game of CSk......

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    This match purely looks like CSK have given way to MI to come in 4th place. CSK played very casually which is not at all tolerable. For a mere total of 140, CSK is not able to chase means, something somewhere went wrong. May be CSK will not show much interest to play further matches as they already taken 2 times IPL Cup. This is what CSK is going to do.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | May 5, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    @ Patdabac, yea, i know. Dhoni is such a waste. He just about managed to win the WC for India. He actually was so lucky that he won it twice. He actually dares to behave sensibily compared to all the other hotheads in the Indian team, really awful. Really, I do not know how he stays in the Indian team. and you sir Patdabac, is so clear in your reading of the game, no one else realised what you said about MS. Kudos, my friend.

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @VinodGupte, Sorry I fail to get your point. What is wrong with CSK in this season? They are at no1 with 18 points and agree they are battered like anything in this match but they are right on top and have lost only 3 matches. Their batsmen have been great. what is in my logic that says KKR and Hyd are formidable teams. I have not understood your point genuinely.

    MI also were all out for 83 in Jaipur so every team have a bad day. With good away record CSK can be a better team in play offs than MI.

  • POSTED BY hari040761 on | May 5, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    wakeup call to all. CSK havin two dangerous t20 specialist. M Vijay and Laughlin. Hats of to CSK think tank for bringing Vijay back. MSD good captaincy by sending all above you including ashwin. the award given to malinga should given to ashwin the way he got out. Sir Vijay should be in the team rest of the ipl, indian selectors having brave heart to select vijay. i wake up by 4.50 pm and the score reads 64/4 for mumbai. i was happy. it is for a short while.i saw sir vijay fielding and made up mind to accept the defeat. hahaha..... only csk alone can play like this. No hope on champions trophy. please publish

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    @Trakkan

    it is quite funny when you say that MI cannot win away matches, did u forget that MI defeated CSK in their homeground this season???...

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | May 5, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Lesson learnt and noted. CSK will come back good.

  • POSTED BY vijay2pvk on | May 5, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Csk's defeat today is not a end for them. I still have hope that M Vijay will fire sooner. If he fires then it's difficult to control him. He is just lacking confidence n hope he will come up. Today MI played well. Still MI is in pressure of winning home games to keep the record. Now csk is free from all those additional pressures becoz of their lose today. Come on csk bounce back n roar.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 5, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: thanks for your advice to Dhoni and the indian team but you better worry about what srilanka is going to do in the champions trophy, lol

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    This new guy Pawan Suyal coming in at a pace of more than 140 kmph and lovely left arm action, he can become the next fast bowler for India after Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. Looks like India has also started manufacturing fast bowlers...

  • POSTED BY dpk009 on | May 5, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    I am a diehard MI fan. And yet this seemed more like a bizarre game of cricket in the middle. To start with when you claim to make your home ground to be your 'fortress' - 139 against the venue average, simply fails to justify that statement. Then when your ace fielder keeps dropping such 'dollies' - it tells a lot about your team aggression. It must be highlighted that _ I'm not blaming Pollard - I'm just praying that opposition keep throwing their wickets & Mitchell & Co. keeps on top of their game like today.

  • POSTED BY PPShan on | May 5, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Hope they were not instructed to lose for the sake of MI for the playoffs...

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | May 5, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    trakkan - talk about this season, will you? by your logic, KKR and H'bad are formidable teams, too?

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    great piece of bowling from mumbai.Shock to chennai.

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    @Patdabac, Just LOL on your funny comment. You can compare Dhoni with other Indian captains and that will give you some idea. His test average is 39.7 which is not far below 40. his ODI average is 50 with SR of 88. If Dhoni is not a good batsman / Captain then can you tell me who is good in India? He also conducts greatly in the field and overall a good sportsman due to his behavioural attributes unlike many other Indian players of this generation

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    @vinod gupte, CSK knows its place and its at the top of the table. One bad game doesn't make CSK bad.... Good luck for the playoffs if MI makes it to playoffs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    I don't blame CSK for this match....Very slow pitch and both team have struggled to bat from beginning.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 5, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Total dominance of MI over CSK, who were routed for the lowest IPL6 total!. CSK might have congratulated themselves for restricting the MI batting to 139 for 5. Even this total was made possible by late rear guard action of Rohit Sharma & Harbhajan who had an unbeaten partnership of 58 runs @ a S/R of >150. But CSK in turn shocked themselves by being literally bundled out for 79. While M.Johnson took care of Vijay, Raina & Badri in a fine opening spell, Ojha sent Hussey, Dhoni & Jadeja packing to the pavilion. Rohit Sharma had stated before the match that nobody beats us at our own backyard. MI retained their unbeaten record at home. By cutting CSK to size, MI showed that they will not back off in challenging CSK for the top spot . MI, SRH & RCB are all tied for the second spot & may be joined by RR if they win their match later today. Indian squad has Vijay, Raina, Jadeja, Dhoni & Ashwin for Champions league in England. Their poor batting today showed how unreliable these guys are!

  • POSTED BY vijay2pvk on | May 5, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Hmm...good wakeup call for csk..atleast now 2 pressures were gone..1) away win was broken 2) trying for 8th consecutive win failed...now no extra pressures..:)

  • POSTED BY LAKingsFan on | May 5, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Routine for CSK. If you play with M Vijay you lose. Seems lesson never learnt.

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    @VinodGupte, Yes CSK batting is over rated as they have won only 2 IPLS and reach 2 finals, created record of 7 away matches.

    MI has no potential to win away matches so they are on their way to choke in play offs. Nevertheless they played very well today to come back after slow start.

    CSK defeat is really a bad news for the teams going to face them here on

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Yes go mi. today is not end. win ipl.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | May 5, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Good cricket played by MI !!! It was funny how Hussey got surprised by Slinga Malinga's pace. Hussey was clueless. lol . And Dhoni's helicopter got caught by wind shear, went into a spiral dive n crashed. LOL Btw Weather forecasts confirm that there will be a lot of wind shear's, down wash's n micro bursts in England. So the Dhoni's helicopter can be very very unreliable. lol. Well done MI !!!!!

  • POSTED BY Trakkan on | May 5, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    MI blew CSK away with ease. Great bowling by them and some casual batting in the end by CSK. Overall anti-climax today and along with 80 all out by DD yesterday the weekend has produced 2 sub 100 totals. In a way good for CSK they lost as it will make them improve more. But again it looks like MI comes in great colours in school internal exams. It is time they win in board exams (play offs) where CSK do always good

  • POSTED BY Enthusiast27 on | May 5, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Well, this wasn't CSK's day after all. The top order looked sloppy with Murali Vijay continuing his poor form. After all it was just another game of cricket where the opponents got the better cricket out when it mattered the most. Exuberant striking from Harbhajan Singh in the death got CSK fluttered, but it was still a target to be chased. With the pitch slowing up in the second innings, Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh got the CSK batsman nowhere. MSD's batting order changes has always been a mystery and it still remains the same. MI have showed that they are the Kings when it comes to home matches and they lived up to what they have known for. Rohit Sharma showed that he was ready for the National Duty after a sturdy knock, when his team needed him the most. One would say that this was a game where MI clearly outplayed CSK. Bad luck CSK!

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    @patdabac No one cares what you think. Where were u when Dhoni won 7 matches on the trot ? CSK just had an off day today, and needless to say MI played very well and deserved to be winners. Dhoni's ODI average is higher than any of the players from your country. So don't post silly stuff unless u can back it up.

    Well played MI!

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Dear Patdabac, So tell me how many IPL's has Dhoni won for CSK and How many majors for India?

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 5, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Bad day at the office for CSK. Better to have now than in the play offs. Wicket suited the bowlers today. CSK bowlers did well. But Johnson ripped the heart out of CSK batting. Well done MI. Lions will bounce back for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    what a pathetic chase by CSK :D

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | May 5, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    MI owned CSK this evening. overrated CSK batting lineup shown its place. CSK realized that it is not all that easy to score off a decent bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    WHAT A THRILLING WIN IT WAS FOR MI,MUMBAI!. Tremendous Bowling performance from all Bowlers who got wickets for the first time in this IPL Season 6 after employing 5 Bowlers.I think so though it has to be verified& confirmed. Heartiest congrats to Mumbai Indians specially for Johnson & Pragyan Ojha. Also to the greatest SRT ,though he is not the Captain. CSK ,perhaps,could afford to be the Runner-up since they have won twice earlier.But SRT & Company is yet to win despite reaching final once.

  • POSTED BY vijay2pvk on | May 5, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    As a csk fan I like to say MI played very good today. That too good bowling attack. First time csk batting collapsed today. Anyways it's a rare occasion to happen like this. Csk's today's failure is a lesson to them n I hope that they will bounce back.

  • POSTED BY Patdabac on | May 5, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Why did Dhoni come in so late down the order. I think he is unable to play the new ball and was trying to keep his IPL T20 average high but it didn't work. Dhoni doesn't even have a International T20 50, so he is a very overrated player. Don't forget his Test Batting average is below 40 too. It is amazing how a captain can lose a game with so many match winners in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    This match is going to be a hard earned win for Mumbai with the firing power from Bowlers.Johnson,Pragyan Ojha& Harbhan deserves all the praises for which English vocabulary is insufficient.

    Back from the ruin to a tremendous win. One peculiarity to be highlighted is that all Mumbai Bowlers Bowled their heart out especially the Great Australian Johnson the Bowler with smiles on his handsome face always like his friend Brett Lee.

    I am a fan of CSK & MI are likely now to be in FINAL ENCOUNTER .It seems my wishes are being answered..Who wins IPL IS IMMETERIAL TO ME SO LONG AS ONE OFTHESE TWO SUPER KINGS TAKES THE TROPHY HOME.My third choice is RR.Obviously my love for Dhoni,SRT & the great Wall Dravid are behind my wishes. Will it be a reality or not time could alone tell.So let us wait until SUNDAY the 26th of May2013

  • POSTED BY dj789 on | May 5, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Isnt it time to discuss tendulkar??why are the commentators so quiet abt him?

  • POSTED BY MySayOnThIs on | May 5, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    haree kumble sir.. please interchange Mjohnson and sachin position .. with all respect its just a try .. MJ s a left hand bat and to see off the new ball which sachin does now can be done by him.. later in the end stages sachin can do big withiut pressure...let MJ go after bowling too

  • POSTED BY MySayOnThIs on | May 5, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    haree kumble sir.. please interchange Mjohnson and sachin position .. with all respect its just a try .. MJ s a left hand bat and to see off the new ball which sachin does now can be done by him.. later in the end stages sachin can do big withiut pressure...let MJ go after bowling too

  • POSTED BY dj789 on | May 5, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Isnt it time to discuss tendulkar??why are the commentators so quiet abt him?

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    This match is going to be a hard earned win for Mumbai with the firing power from Bowlers.Johnson,Pragyan Ojha& Harbhan deserves all the praises for which English vocabulary is insufficient.

    Back from the ruin to a tremendous win. One peculiarity to be highlighted is that all Mumbai Bowlers Bowled their heart out especially the Great Australian Johnson the Bowler with smiles on his handsome face always like his friend Brett Lee.

    I am a fan of CSK & MI are likely now to be in FINAL ENCOUNTER .It seems my wishes are being answered..Who wins IPL IS IMMETERIAL TO ME SO LONG AS ONE OFTHESE TWO SUPER KINGS TAKES THE TROPHY HOME.My third choice is RR.Obviously my love for Dhoni,SRT & the great Wall Dravid are behind my wishes. Will it be a reality or not time could alone tell.So let us wait until SUNDAY the 26th of May2013

  • POSTED BY Patdabac on | May 5, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Why did Dhoni come in so late down the order. I think he is unable to play the new ball and was trying to keep his IPL T20 average high but it didn't work. Dhoni doesn't even have a International T20 50, so he is a very overrated player. Don't forget his Test Batting average is below 40 too. It is amazing how a captain can lose a game with so many match winners in the team.

  • POSTED BY vijay2pvk on | May 5, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    As a csk fan I like to say MI played very good today. That too good bowling attack. First time csk batting collapsed today. Anyways it's a rare occasion to happen like this. Csk's today's failure is a lesson to them n I hope that they will bounce back.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    WHAT A THRILLING WIN IT WAS FOR MI,MUMBAI!. Tremendous Bowling performance from all Bowlers who got wickets for the first time in this IPL Season 6 after employing 5 Bowlers.I think so though it has to be verified& confirmed. Heartiest congrats to Mumbai Indians specially for Johnson & Pragyan Ojha. Also to the greatest SRT ,though he is not the Captain. CSK ,perhaps,could afford to be the Runner-up since they have won twice earlier.But SRT & Company is yet to win despite reaching final once.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | May 5, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    MI owned CSK this evening. overrated CSK batting lineup shown its place. CSK realized that it is not all that easy to score off a decent bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    what a pathetic chase by CSK :D

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 5, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Bad day at the office for CSK. Better to have now than in the play offs. Wicket suited the bowlers today. CSK bowlers did well. But Johnson ripped the heart out of CSK batting. Well done MI. Lions will bounce back for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Dear Patdabac, So tell me how many IPL's has Dhoni won for CSK and How many majors for India?