Hyderabad v Chennai, IPL 2013, Hyderabad

Raina, Hussey consolidate No.1 spot

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

May 8, 2013

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Chennai Super Kings 223 for 3 (Raina 99*, Hussey 67) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 146 for 8 (Parthiv 44) by 77 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A predatory mauling that lasted for most of Chennai Super Kings' innings set up a mammoth 77-run for the visitors, who ruined Sunrisers Hyderabad's perfect home record and placed themselves on the very brink of another playoffs berth. Michael Hussey's 42-ball 67 fanned the sparks of a bright start into a roaring middle-over onslaught, before Suresh Raina acquired the bellows and set the stadium ablaze. At the close of the innings, he was one run short of a deserved hundred, having struck at over 190, and with the aid of a brief late burst from Ravindra Jadeja and a woeful Sunrisers attack, he had lifted his side to 223 for 3.

Sunrisers rarely looked capable of challenging that total during their response, and finished eventually on 146 for 8, now facing a steep climb into the playoffs, as their net run rate (-0.228) suffered due to the big defeat.

At the toss MS Dhoni said he had instructed his side to drive their 60-run loss to Mumbai Indians from their minds, and it is difficult to imagine how his side could have been more emphatically obedient. The same top order that succumbed to 40 for 6 in their last match appeared in supreme collective form in Hyderabad, and though their opponents were lacklustre at best, Super Kings' batsmen not only exacted a heavy toll from the bad balls, they heaped pressure on the bowling by creating their own space and blasting even good deliveries to the fence.

Ishant Sharma began the rot for Sunrisers on his way to figures of 0 for 66 in his four overs - the worst ever spell in the history of the tournament. Dale Steyn, who conceded only 17 in contrast, had begun the match with a maiden to Hussey, but the batsman quickly amended his strike-rate against Ishant, before his opening partner M Vijay exploited the poor bowling even more brutally in Ishant's next over, by hitting him for three consecutive on side sixes.

Hussey's knock was drenched in class. Running hard as always, and finding gaps with uncanny precision, Hussey moved smoothly through the gears after his slow start, and before long, Super Kings were hitting 10 runs or more an over as a matter of routine. The spinners were treated little different from the errant quicks - Hussey launched both Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma into the stands - before Raina came quickly up to speed and had eclipsed his senior partner before Hussey's dismissal.

Sunrisers continued to stray, though it must be said the flat pitch offered little wiggle room for bowlers, and Raina, moving particularly swiftly around the crease, rarely seemed to be breaking a sweat as he hit ball after ball to the fence. He tortured a broken Ishant in his final over, hitting four pretty fours and a slogged six, plundering 23 from that over for himself, though two wides added a couple more to the team tally.

Sunrisers failed to rally at any point after Super Kings had set off, and though Parthiv Patel gave the hosts a sliver of hope, as he set off quickly in their reply, the clatter of wickets at the other end snuffed that chance, and left them still outside the top four on the table. Super Kings consolidated their position at the top with 20 points, with three league games to play.

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Posted by Pavinasen on (May 10, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

I did mention that i would not be to fazed off if CSK lost ,although they are my favourit.SRH gives off their 100% with the limited resources that they have.Very few big name players.If Sanga was just 1/2 in form as he used to be ,I am sure SRH would have been just under CSK in points.

Having watched the last game just brings to the fore brillant captaincy,team work at its best.No other teams in IPL have made it to all the IPL play offs, 4 times in the finals ,winning 2 cups and a CT20.Are they the Manchesters of IPL,I would like to think better.

On player form,they need to experiment with death bowlers ,they give away a lot in the death overs and are fortunate that their batters negatate that.M Vijay looks out of sorts in the past few games,but what I remember him for is that he is at his best in the SF & F.I think he is all pumped up if its a must win situation which happens during the play offs.CSK must retain his services.

Watch it RCB,RR & DD for the matches 2 cum

Posted by ladycricfan on (May 10, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

If KKR get 16 points and others can't get 16 points to dislodge them it means others are not good enough. Last IPL, CSK got enough points to reach 4 th place. Others couldn't score more points/ run rate. So CSK was in the play offs. This talk of back door entry has no meaning. If you are in the top 4 by winning matches with good run rate you are better than others who couldn't make the play offs.

Posted by InsaneInsaan on (May 9, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

SRH and RCB one of them should win some games and knock KKR out. I hope they dont get back door entry, CSK were defending champs and got backdoor entry in 2012. KKR should be knocked out, CMON SRH

Posted by InsaneInsaan on (May 9, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

@JBSA Well said mate! great comment

Posted by Nampally on (May 9, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Dhawan will be an ideal captain for SRH & also in future, for India. White & Sanga have alternated but neither is consistent in contributing. Why have foreign captains for a local team when they cannot get the best out of their team + barely justify a spot in the XI? Rohit Sharma after taking over the MI captaincy from Ponting won 4 matches in a row. Dhoni, Dravid & Kohli, Rohit Sharma captaining CSK, RR ,RCB & MI are the 4 top teams in IPL. Gambhir captaining KKR is the only non competing team with an Indian captain. So SRH owners must also make it their priority in having an Indian captain + having reliable foreign players who deserve a spot in the XI such as Steyn. SRH loss to CSK on an over whelming manner showed that bowlers like Ishant Sharma needed guidance from the Captain. When things are not going well, the captain should provide the calming influence. This aspect was sadly missing! I hope Srikant & Laxman from the bench noted how SRH wilted under attack from Raina.

Posted by mjrvasu on (May 9, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

It was pathetic to see Ishant Sharma - one of the main bowlers chosen to represent India - being clobbered and taken to the cleaners. Sharma has not learnt despite so much exposure in domestic and international limited overs cricket. He will surely be one of the reaons when Indian bowling gets whacked all over the place during Champions Trophy. Please drop him from the side if that is technically possible, or make him 'get injured'.

Posted by JBSA on (May 9, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

CSK is the only team in this year IPL to keep the matches and their strategies simple. They are planned in advance even when they want to chase 120 or 190. Even though its a last ball finish, they select someone to finish the things off. Also this is the only team which has a disaster Plan B and managemnet plan. They have so far silenced Viru, Gauti, Kallis, Gayle, Sachin, DK, Rahul and few others. This team might not have the best bowling line up but when it needs to defend a score, they have performed 200% to their capability in the last 2 overs while defending. Dhoni juggles and plas his blinds very well. CSK is a team which plays to the weakness of its opposition by building over its strength

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (May 9, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Most often you realize you made a mistake only after the results are out. So if Sanga made a mistake in inviting CSK to bat, it became a mistake only after CSK scored 223. In T20, it might always help to know what you are going after rather than trying to guess what to set. So Sanga might have been right in deciding to field and that decision was fantastic until the end of the 1st over. After that it went from bad to worse.

Vijay showed glimpses of what he can do and was unlucky to have got a bouncing ball from Perera. Hussey and Raina are yet to show what they cannot do. Dhoni had a ball while batting, all his hits were skyward bound and one of them had to be caught. When you lose your temper, when you are angry you are at your worst in performance. Steyn looked angry right through his last over and fed Sir Jaddu with some "hit me for 4" deliveries that spoilt his figures some what.

CSK is at its best when they have just had their worst. Bring it on CSK!

Posted by sweetspot on (May 9, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

Teams that MSD captains do not take the pressure off once they have gained some sort of advantage. CSK is the ultimate example of his captaincy, with the resources to back up the intent. They may go down once in a while, but very rarely does the team let up once they have their foot on someone's throat. Hussey batting out that maiden against Steyn was part of that strategy, knowing that the other bowlers will gain an advantage only if Steyn knocks over one or two quickly. What home advantage? SRH don't look happy at all, playing at home. CSK are dancing on everybody else's ground!

Posted by JamesSmithee on (May 9, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

Sanga dropped him in 3,4 matches. But SRH team was worst without him. At least he could contributed 20 when chassing 120 runs in slow wicket. Neither De cock or White delivered that. Also white is not good batting against spin. At home Sanga should captained. Away someone else (not Sammy) should be captained.

Posted by JamesSmithee on (May 9, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

I have different opinion. Everyone knows SRH's batting is terrible except Dhawan and Perera. If they know that why they prepared a good batting wicket to a team like Chennai. They have more than 6 international level batsmen(Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, Jaddeja, Bravo,Ashwin). Even though SRH maintained high bowling standard in IPL level they have only one world class bowler. Ishant, Mishra don't have place in the national team. Most of them are not able to bowl on a good batting pitch. They have few options for changing foreign players 2013. Next time they must care about good international players younger than 30. Sanga was legend in all formats ( still SR in IPL is 125), but at age of 35 he must care only about test cricket. Same goes with Mahela, Gilchrist, Sachin. Only Styne and Perera suit for retain their places to the next serious. Sammy will be handy when Perera not playing or Perera not performing. Next time bid for well established (unlike white) two batsmen at 25-30.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

Raina Is great Batting But Miss One Run To Hundred

Posted by rbaskar on (May 9, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

Not sure why Jason Holder is being selected despite not taking any wickets so far. He does not bend his back and seems very lethargic in his approach

Posted by deadite11 on (May 9, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

For other teams: It was Threatening sunrisers. For C.S.K : It was old Deccan chargers. no change.

Posted by Aswath03021990 on (May 9, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

Man,Wat a match!!..Initially seeing the onslaught people started talking about the pitch turned for batting.But its not,it was quite brilliant bit of batting by the CSK.When Hussey and Raina were in full form , this is wat happens.The best bowling unit becomes the worst bowling unit.I am very worried about the next auction.Csk has a dream team now.Hope let it be the same for next few years as well.Keep the core CSK!!..Bleed yellow !! CSK rocks...:)

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

SRH has only one option left in order to qualify for the playoffs...i.e., to win their remaining 4 matches, expecting RCB/MI/KXIP do some silly things. The good thing is the remaining 4 matches would not be as tough as with CSK. Hope atleast SRH give some defining performance. Sanga has has step down for the rest of the matches. No other option. He has been a disaster this season for SRH.

Posted by Manu_reddy on (May 9, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

What a come back by csk!!!a superb display on d field...raina and hussey with d bat n all d bowlers performed exceptionally well..rock on csk..am from bangalore but am supporting csk from d 1st edition bcs i love raina,msd n hussey...

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

The bowling of SRH barring Steyn was absolutely pedestrian. One cannot imagine the absence of wisdom of players like Sharma, Perera, and even Mishra. They were playing and feeding the strengths of Raina and Hussy. They were bowling either full tosses or wide of off stump with most fielders on the leg side. Sangha should have taken greater control. In fact Sharma was bowling like a 6 year old boy who knew nothing about cricket. The reality is that baring few players most are not that wise enough to understand the SWOT of each batter and work accordingly.

Posted by sweetspot on (May 9, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

Biggest mistake Sanga made was inviting CSK to bat first on this wicket. If CSK had chased, they could have still won, but at the very least, they wouldn't have gone after 150 in 15 overs. The NRR could have been manageable for SRH. As soon as MSD lost the toss, CSK fans must have jumped in joy, for he usually wins games when he loses the toss, and they must have been thrilled to be put in to bat without pressure. It's just one of those days when everything goes right for one team, and a lot goes wrong for the other. SRH have done enough good this season to pick themselves up and forget about a day like this.

Posted by kevepere on (May 9, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

As if already know the winner of IPL 2013. .. Again CSK... I think after this IPL would distribute atleast one of vijay, raina, badrinath, jadeja ... for better distribution of local players among teams... saying that CSK is atelented side . no team comes near . they have got the right combination.

Posted by KanAloshFozter on (May 9, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

The two men outside the CSK sphere would be Gambhir and Dinda. The former because KKR still stands a slight chance to qualify. But I,as a KKR fan sincerely hope we wouldn't qualify as we doesn't deserve a place in the play offs. The other man,ah you know, the Pune Akram.. :D

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 9, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks, @Tal_Botvinnik , Sun set for SRH

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

if i was dhoni i let SRH win, they dun know strategy, if srh gets in instead of rcb, then csk can relax that they have a team that can be easily beaten in finals. if not rcb can come and put atotal like 300 on the board with the likes of gayle and AB

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

ok SRH time to sit sanga again. please play perera opening so that he can free his hands and go hard at every ball. i think 4 sixes every over. drop sanga and take someone in. maybe dekock again, or consider me ;) i think i can play more than 3runs. but white is better, sammy cann;t handle the pressure situations

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

It happens to every team, and today it was SRH. At least, it was not as brutal and unexpected as the Miller's rampage on RCB bowling.

I give credit to Murali Vijay for unsettling Ishant and laying the foundation for a big score. Their tactic was to attack and disrupt the bowling, which worked. So expect the same from Dravid, Watson, Gambhir and Kallis. Moreover, Raina and Hussey being lefthanders negated Mishra's and Karan Sharma's capabilities.

My inference: There was nothing special with the pitch in any of the matches except that the SRH bowling was really good. Today they failed like the batting of CSK and DD failed earlier. That raises hope that SRH will perform better in the remaining matches. Or may we see a similar mauling in Mumbai and Mohali where there is no support for the bowling from the pitch.

It is a tough road ahead competing with four teams (MI, RR, RCB and KXIP) for the remaining three slots. Their NRR is useless, and therefore only wins will take them forward.

Posted by rhtkumar672 on (May 8, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

India's bowling is getting worse. Ishant Sharma just put a stamp on that fact. It will all depend on our batting in CT otherwise it will be a very short trip to England.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (May 8, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

Very ordinary stuff from SRH, even if they qualify it is hard for them to cross Delhi test. Vijay's 3rd six was the highlight of the match. Ishant Shrama did not bowl that ball bad, but that over has killed his spirit. Another win in Chennai Vs Delhi and one of RR or RCB wins should give them 6 @chennai + 6 @outside 12 wins to finish on top. Neither Holder nor Ben is doing the job. They either need Albie or Nannas back or even they can play Ankit Rajpoot (?) or one of the other local boys and use foreign slot to bring in Faf, instead of Badrinath, not that he has done anything wrong, but give Du plessis a chance. Only team with 11 batsman (4 seamers, 4 spinners, 1 Wicket Keeper and 2 openers)

Posted by Abitha on (May 8, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

All Know that Rain(a) can remove any Steyn (even the stain of the last match) Well Played Suresh in the company of the busy Hussey you can bring back the Cup Kashinath

Posted by gung-ho on (May 8, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks - simmer down. since you seem to be dwelling in the past -- do you remember this: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65213.html -- Ganguly was hitting sixes in to the Taunton river at will.

Posted by andrew27994 on (May 8, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks I suggest you please read Shan156's comment. He's not an Indian or Sri Lankan but an English supporter so there's no case of bias. Yes, Sri Lanka were a very good team when they had Jayasuriya, Vaas and Murali but if you look at the current performance of our teams, it's a fact that Sri Lanka's is even worse than India because unlike India, SL is unable to win series at home except against Bangladesh of course. However, if you love your history so much then remember this match where India thrashed SL by 147 runs at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo which is,um, located in Sri Lanka so that means SL got thrashed even on home soil (LOL) http://www.espncricinfo.com/slvind2009/engine/match/386532.html

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (May 8, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Some of your comments are so naive, uninformed, without base and facts. It is a universal truth that India is a much better cricketing nation than SL over a large period of history. India has won many major tournaments including ICC events. SL has just 1 world cup and that was back in 1996. SL are perennial chokers next to SA when it comes to world cups losing in pretty much every finals they played in. Even if that is considered as an achievement, one cannot deny the fact that SL have NEVER won a single test match in India. India have won in SL, and all over the world including series wins in England, WI, NZ and came close to running down Australia in 2004 when the series was played down under. India have also been the no.1 test team for more than 2 years which SL can only dream of. Is that enough or do you need more ?

Posted by m1991vicky on (May 8, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: SL has never ever won a single test match in India even though u have some of the greatest cricketers like Sanath and Murali..... This just explains which one of the two is a quality side.... But India with their 'Ordinary' bowling managed to draw a series there last time and won atleast a single match there consistently.... Wanna guess who will win the next time??? Moreover, the present SL team is one of the worst over the past two decades for SL....

Posted by Nampally on (May 8, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

After the "predatory Mauling" suffered at the hands of CSK, there is one huge lesson for the SRH coaches & Owners. Firstly, Coaches must ensure every bowler has a plan of action as to how to bowl when being attacked by the opposition. Bowling to your field at all times is vital + need for using Yorkers is a better option than aimless bowling by Ishant Sharma. Bowlers aim to get wkts. via controlling length, pace, line & direction not Via wides. It is a battle between the Willow & leather where both Batsman & Bowler have their skills on the line. I would much rather have Mohit Sharma , a disciplined bowler,rather than Ishant Sharma - afraid of batsmen, in the Indian Squad for Champions League in England. Lesson for the SRH owners is that your Foreign players need to be far better than the current lot. SRH needs a "Miller type" of batsman not non contributing foreign batsmen. If Dhawan does not perform, SRH does not have a class batsman. SRH need vastly batter batting to be competitive.

Posted by tripshot on (May 8, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

I think the best thing for both Sunrisers and Srilanka would be to send Sanga back home. He is useless as a T-20 player and an abrasive captain who does not take responsibilty for his team's defeats. No captain is worth his place if he does not perform as a player.

Posted by lakjak on (May 8, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

The alarm was very loud indeed. The lion was awakened for the Sunrise (rs) only to do a predatory mauling.

Posted by Provost on (May 8, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

I wish we do this to MI in a nutral grounds... the qualifiers and finals are not in wankade so should be easy.....Finally, Finally Vijay might be coming online.... he is a test player so replace Badri with Vijay, Include Faf at the top. Replace one foreign bowler with an Indian kid.......We will be all set. May be we(CSK) should get buvi next year to fortity the bowling.......

Go CSK . (let them fight among themselves to play us in Calcutta).

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

@baseball_ sucks ask ur premier bowler malingaaa, indian batsmen wud be the last one he wanna bowl too. forget ur other bowlers. get ur facts right dude.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 8, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

@elgenioroshan ; If you wanna know how a thrashing looks like, pls visit


Sri Lanka 299/ 5 and India 54/10. Victory margin 245. LOL Now thats what i call a thrashing..LOL

Posted by ladycricfan on (May 8, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

Vijay's nice little cameo gave momentum to CSK's innings and Hussey and Raina tore the famed SRH bowling apart. Run out of Dhawan dented any hope SRH had in chasing the total. Parthiv played well. Others just fell chasing the mammoth total. Well done CSK. Bad luck SRH. If Dhoni is going for a fast bowler, isn't Nannes more experienced than Holder?

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

MSD should start the experimenting now, I'd like Albie and Faf in place of Holder and/or Laughlin. I'd also give UP rookie Imtiaz Ahmed a game. Baba Aparajith needs a game too, time to destroy the Sawai Mansingh Fortress next

Posted by Shan156 on (May 8, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks, well I remember this one instance where Kohli went berserk and smashed Malinga and co. to turn a daunting run chase into a walk in the park. That was in Aus. not India. SL are yet to win a single test in India and have been thrashed series after series even with bowlers like Vaas, Murali, and Malinga. So, perhaps, credit where it is due? India's performance in SL is way way superior to SL's performance in India. I remember India levelling the test series and winning the last few ODI series in SL and to top it all, thrashing SL in the WC final. India thrashed Aus. 4-0 at home while SL lost to them 0-1. Atm, Indian bowlers are as good as SL bowlers and Indian batsmen are way superior to their SL counterparts.

Posted by skWeb on (May 8, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

What a comeback from the champions side. CSK you are the team to beat.This 360 degree turn around is because of their dressing room atmosphere and their faith in themselves. Let's have Faf bat next game in place of Holder and Dirk in place of Morris. He can turn his arm over also. Just 2 more wins will make sure CSK stay atop the rankings. The battle at Jaipur and Bangalore will be a good test for CSK. Assuming they win one against Jaipur, the RCB game will be played with lot of bench players as it's the last game for them. Once again it's the time of the year when the lions goes hunting...let's not relax and roar till you get the cup!

Posted by elgenioroshan on (May 8, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks - Seems your memory is very short. Not so long ago ur bowlers were thrashed against dhoni and company in WC final with what we had a very ordinary bowling. Ur batsmen could not put up a good batting effort against our "ordinary" bowling. 270 odd against the batting lineup that India has is very ordinary from your batters. If india had an ordinary bowling attack, then how did we thrash pak, aus and you guys? And I will say thrash because none of those games were last over finishes.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

@baseball-Sucks; two of the three wickets came in 17th over and one was a full toss. I really wonder what was great about that bowling except the first ball of that over. Jadeja and Ashwin are Indian bowlers too. couldnt be more naive.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

This is T20 format so high scores are bound to happen sometimes. Steyn has been good economically but he just hasnt taken wickets consistently, perera goes for some runs but he has picked up wickets. Ishanth has been a bit up & down but today he was horrible, the spin duo of mishra & k. sharma didnt get much from the wicket but they have bowled very well in the tournament. The batting is a huge worry, I really think it is time to reconsider sangas role in the team(88SR!!). Because he is captain its so hard to drop him but either sammy or white can lead the team & they can play another foreigner player maybe lynn or de kock as sanga isnt even keeping wickets. SRH need to splurge big on a good overseas or indian batting talent next auction. Or it might just be the team itself, in other teams you just see batsmen score runs & bowlers take wickets but for DC/SRH it just doesnt happen as often. Did ashish reddy get hurt? He should bat higher before vihari & perera should open with dhawan

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 8, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

@gauravm5 ; Indian batsmen demolish SL bowlers ??? LOL I think it should be other way around. Well, I remember Jayasuriya was ending careers of Indian bowlers such as M. Prabhakar, V. Prasad, SL batsmen scoring 956 runs in an innings, Indian batsmen getting all out for 54 runs, India getting knocked outta 3 WC's at hand of SL..etc. Time to wake up bud !!

Posted by InsaneInsaan on (May 8, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

CSK have the best NRR now. GO CSK!!!!!

Posted by InsaneInsaan on (May 8, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

CSK batted like CSk SRH batted like SRH

the difference is,

CSK bowled like SRH SRH bowled like CSK

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

@Baseball sucks... You say Indian bowlers are ordinary, what about Sangakkara who gets out to the Indian players. Now imagine how ordinary he should be to get out to what u call ordinary bowlers :P

Plus SH bowling is not Indian bowling, your comparison is pathetic, nor are they going to play in the same conditions. And did you check the number of runs Perrera has given away this match. So I dont really understand what u r trying to say to be honest.

Its good for SH to send sanga back home to SH, it might just motivate other players in a positive way :P

Posted by kc69 on (May 8, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

CSk is a tailor made side for T20(IPL).Tough luck SRH which couldnt do anything on a flat,batting friendly track. I seriously don't understand what Hanuma Vihari does with a IPL career strike rate of 90 and the hardest he hits the ball it will not even cross the 30 yard circle.However hats off to the Hyderabad crowd which cheered even for the opposition team unlike other venues.

Posted by kc69 on (May 8, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

If we can summarize it as a match full of blunders.SRH is a bowling team which decided to let opposition to bat first on a pitch which has nothing to offer for bowlers.That too an opposition which is by far the best batting lineup of IPL.Identifying SRH has a strength of opening pacers Dale Steyn was defended and Ishant Sharma was attacked.With two in form left handers on the crease Sanga still went with leg spinners.This match was lost when CSK crossed 150 runs while they were batting.Its hard for SRH to bounce back as other teams would have learnt by now that on batting friendly wickets its too easy to beat SRH by just scoring 150+ runs.

Posted by gauravm5 on (May 8, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

@Baseball_sucks & @Tal_Botvinnik: Just accept the truth that our Indian batsmen have always demolished your Sri Lankan bowlers all around the world specially on England & Australian bouncing wickets.....India & Sri Lanka are scheduled to play a tri series in West Indies, we will show you again what our batsmen do with ur lankan bowlers?

Posted by Ahgg on (May 8, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

sanga missed a trick by not sending either thisara or sammy upfront. When u are chasing such a huge total it's very important that u have ur best strikers upfront to take advantage of the 6 overs atleast to give u a sniff. As expected sanga and vihari were just pathetic n totally out of place.

Posted by sweetspot on (May 8, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks - Interesting to see how Indian bowlers under SL captain suck, while Indian bowlers under Indian captain are doing great! Whoo, wait a minute! It's the same for Indian batsmen as well!

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Chennai always has bounce back ability well....I missed Albie Morkel...if he also has bounce back ability with his bowling, Chennai will threat all other team to just think of CSK

Posted by womenlovecricket on (May 8, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

@ Tal_Botvinnik: where is your usual attack on the CSK players especially MS Dhoni? Nothing to say? You are one of those people who has a lot to say when someone performs badly but blandly ignores when they perform well.

Perrera might have gotten 2 wickets but he didnt perform at all with the bat. Sanga as usual didnt bat as a captain and he should be rested and someone else should get a chance.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (May 8, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks - Hello Mr. Bias. Are your SL bowlers that good. Except malinga no one and I repeat no one is upto the mark. No wonder your bowlers got thrashed in the WC Final. It wasn't even a close match. As for indian bowlers they were brilliant in the previous games. How well Ishant sharma bowled against MI. Today was just a bad day for SRH. We will see in the champions trophy how well your SL team fares. Not a single SL player in this IPL has performed consistently. Only Mahela and Perera performed in bits. Stop being a hater and against Indian's. Nothing can change the fact that we are still World Champions. Peace!

Posted by thinkgood on (May 8, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Murali Vijay's 3 consecutive sixes laid the foundation for Raina's innings . Not to forget Vijay's 29 crucial runs at the top with Hussey. I think Vijay should work on short pitched balls and be disciplined not to go after wayward out swingers . Complacency is Viajy's main enemy and if he can overcome complacency he is a match winner. Go CSK !!! Good luck Murali Vijay !!!!

Posted by Nampally on (May 8, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

Easily the worst show by SRH in bowling. Ishant Sharma was atrociously poor with 69 runs in 4 overs, the worst ever by any bowler in the IPL history. No wonder CSK ended up with a huge total of 223 for 3. Raina played brilliantly, aided by aimless bowling by Ishant. All 3 wkts. were taken by Perera who at least had a plan where or what to bowl. Strangely the Wky was not spin friendly either.To make things worse, Dhawan got run out leaving SRH with No Batting. There was little contribution from the 3 foreign players in batting. Sanga has been a non contributing captain in batting. Today he made a bad situation worse by putting CSK in to bat! SRH has average bowling which sets a target to the other teams mostly <160. They try to contain opposition within this target. But putting a very strong batting side like CSK bat first, is like waving a red flag in front of a raging bull. CSK batting went ballistic & the rest is history. SRH may have missed the Playoff last 4 with today's Loss!

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (May 8, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

Close-game wins are not really the best factor towards NRR. SRH are now going to feel the pinch. They are probably going to end up being tied on points with RCB/KXI for the 4th spot and are going to miss out because of the NRR.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Raina with bat& ball and Hussey with bat had secured a victory after having put to bat registering a formidable total of 223 on board.It was indeed a mistake to put Chennai to bat after winning Toss just ,perhaps ,banking on Steyn,,Perera & Misratah to bowl. But Perera alone got Three wickets.Steyne was economical though Wicketless.

Ishant Sharma had broken all records in contributing runs to opposition.

Thus before SRH started to bat their fate was almost decided. Parthiv Patel alone could survive for some time.Sammy was a victim of overconfidence rather than bowler's effort. Any how the winning streak at Home ground broken by The Bowlers of Chennai distributing wickets among them. CSK's position more secured while SRH will have to search more in darkness in the next matches.this match was vital & they lost.But no harm in trying again. The fate of SRH would depend upon the performance of the leading 4 Teams from Now. MSN

Posted by AricentHarish on (May 8, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

@ Tal_Botvinnik, what a joke. After Dhoni's wicket, CSK scored 40 off 14 balls, did u expect 70 from them from 14 ?

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (May 8, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

What happened to Ashish Reddy? Did not bowl a single ball and did not bat then why was he in the team? I think he is better batsman than some of SRHs batsmen. 220 is too much for any team and SRH were just unfortunate as CSK played with heart to avenge their loss against MI. Question is can SRH emulate that in their next match?

I will be surprised if SRH makes it to final 4 with this kind of batting line up. RR looks more balanced than SRH. I think the top 4 will be CSK, MI, RCB RR. I would love to see SRH in place of MI/RCB but that is not gonna happen.

Posted by hayagriva on (May 8, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Orange Cap. Purple Cap. Both with CSK. What a performance!!!

But....Can you imagine that this same team was bowled out for 79 just the previous game!!!

Posted by srcric on (May 8, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

sanga is not doing anything for the team.take nathon macalom or white in for sanga. nathon can bawl and hit sixes.in that way perera will bat in up in the order and middle order will be stronger.sammy should be the captain.

Posted by Spin_Bully on (May 8, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

@Tal. Yes Sanga gave catching practice to CSK. And they co-operated very well. Cannot blame him for playing that shot.

Posted by mailatpsa on (May 8, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Now playoff fight bw MI RR RCB SRH 3 team go to playoff with csk. They 4 equal points SRH lag because of poor run rate.

Posted by Kameps on (May 8, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Please bowl easy balls to maintain run rate for Srh.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

In the games theyve lost vs rcb kkr rr csk. I cannot understand why the bowlers kept persisting with length and width balls over and over again. Even in steyns last over he bowled same width ball 3 times in a row, it perplexes the mind. Couple dropped catches again today, steyns drop was mind boggling again as he was right under it & forget about it being a no ball. I think it might be time to drop sanga from the team after this season. He just hasnt done much to help the team this year & last. Same with vihari, he just isnt good enough for playing that high up the order(horrible SR). I think dhawan and perera should open to make the most out of the power plays as even mishit can go for 4s with field restrictions if theyre hit over the fielders head inside 30.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (May 8, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

You'll never chase 200 with Sanga in the team. At least with White or De Kock you have a hope that they may fire. Before the game I said Sanga would make 7 off 12, I was wrong he made 3 off 9. Enough is enough.

Posted by Shan156 on (May 8, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

CSK are almost guaranteed a place in the semis. SRH would be hurt by this loss as it looks like they will lose by a huge margin. CSK can now afford to experiment a bit with their side and prep themselves for the knockout stages. If they finish 1st or 2nd, I believe they will get 2 chances to progress to the finals. So, these big wins are excellent.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Sunrises Hyderabad is a depleted team and they can't chase anything beyond 140 runs. SRH wins matches when their bowlers click and today was not their day. Sangakara is a futile player and he is not suitable for T20 game, leave aside T20 he is not suitable for modern fast scoring one day games. His strike rate in T20 format is not even 100 and he is simply eating away a place for some other deserving foreign player.

Posted by Narbavi on (May 8, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Ya talk all you want about how pathetic the indian bowlers are, but never forget the fact that your team will always be under our shadows, it hasn't changed one little bit and it won't change in the future too!! LOL

Posted by Narbavi on (May 8, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Ya exposed indeed but i can guarantee you a much better performance than your players in the CT, infact that has been the case most of the time hasn't it? We have always outperformed you in most of the tournaments we have been involved in, LOL

Posted by Narbavi on (May 8, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Sangakkara has once again shown the SRH team management why they should have picked White ahead of him in the playing 11, both have been terrible in this tournament but atleast white scored a very good 50 in one of the matches and won them a game by scoring big in the super over!!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (May 8, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Hyderabad pitch is meant for bowlers and don't know why SRH preferred batting friendly pitch this time in crucial game despite knowing about their not so strong batting line-up. On top of that Sanga has surprisingly chose fielding. Looking at this we have to file Suicide attempt case against SRH.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Well, Go CSK Go, let's make this a good victory.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (May 8, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Perera bowled well, his wicket of Dhoni and Hussey certainly saved 30 odd runs. Can't blame Sanga, If your bowlers are not willing to corporate nothing can be done.

@Narbavi Mister, its not only sanga's decision but also advises from home man laxman,srikkanth and moody

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

MSD is the smartest captain in the IPL. He stays cool even in bad moments.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 8, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

@Vamsi Guda ; Thats very good news for India as most of the runs leaked by Indian bowlers. LOL And those Indian batsmen scored those big runs off Indian bowlers n they are not gonna face Indian bowlers in CT but foreign batsmen. Indian bowling has been exposed BIG TIME. lol

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Wounded tiger mauls SRH. SRH may have lost playoffs too with this.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 8, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Ishant Sharma is the most overrated bowler i have ever seen. This guy played over 50 tests and worked with bowlers like Waqar and Wasim and still his bowling is ordinary. Even Bd Shahadat Hossain would have bowled better than him if had this many chances.

Posted by CSreekumar on (May 8, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Without CWhite, SRH will not chase even 150+. Sanga should have sit out. He is absolutely clue less about CSK and used bowlers poorly. Pathetic fielding worsen already pathetic SRH side.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Its not 223 in 20 overs, its 223 in 19. An amazing start with the ball from Steyn. Well batted CSK. There is too much of a difference in the depth of the batting line up between the two. The good news is for India is that the runs are coming from Indian players too.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Take that Steyn & Co.. Never put em to bat first.. They'll pummel you

Posted by Provost on (May 8, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

did any other team scored two 200s in this season?????? recovered whatever run rate lost in the last match. with 3 sixes, Vijay might be coming online too........

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 8, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

4 overs - 66 runs including 6 4's n 5 6's. What a pathetic bowler Ishant Sharma is. He should be dropped from the team immediately. Just look at Thisara Perera , already 2 big wickets. Tnx god , Thisara Perera n Steyn are playing for SRH.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (May 8, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Match decided in first 6 overs only as SRH cannot chase anything above 130 because CSK is going to score above 180. Congrats CSK for emphatic and huge victory.

Posted by Narbavi on (May 8, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

The pitch slows up further as the game progresses, everyone has seen it and SRH's winning formula at home has been to bat first and defend it with their bowling, then why did Sanga choose to field first? This could cost them the game, anyway lets wait and watch

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