Chennai v Delhi, IPL 2013, Chennai May 14, 2013

Chennai move top after clinical victory

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Chennai Super Kings 168 for 4 (Dhoni 58*) beat Delhi Daredevils 135 for 9 (Warner 44, A Morkel 3-32) by 33 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Even before the match began, Chennai Super Kings got the news that they had qualified for the playoffs. Their next target was a spot in the top two, especially after they found out last season how difficult it is to win the title after finishing No. 3 or 4. Qualifying either first or second allows them the luxury of an opening defeat in the playoffs, while ending on third or fourth will leave teams needing to win three successive matches against the best teams in the competition.

With that as motivation, Super Kings set about dismantling the already demoralised and eliminated Delhi Daredevils on a muggy night in Chennai. As usual, Super Kings weren't in a tearing hurry at the start of their innings, but a series of big hits - led by MS Dhoni's power-packed half-century - took them to a competitive total.

Super Kings have one of the deepest and most dangerous batting line-ups in the competition, and the early reprieves for M Vijay - including a dropped catch and a missed run-out - allowed the openers to set up a base for the big-hitters to follow. Michael Hussey has been trading the orange cap with Chris Gayle virtually every match over the past few weeks, and though he couldn't wrest it back today, his run-a-ball 26* allowed Dhoni to take his time before exploding towards the end of the innings.

Dhoni scored only 17 off his first 19 deliveries before unfurling his unique brand of muscular hitting. Ashish Nehra was clubbed over midwicket for six and then dinked to third man for four. Siddarth Kaul's slower ball was hammered onto the roof as Dhoni looted 41 off his final 16 deliveries to pilot Super Kings to 168.

Daredevils, the best team in the league phase last season, have had a startling fall this season. Before every match, their fans have been placing their faith in the trio of match-winning batsmen - Mahela Jayawardene, Virender Sehwag and David Warner - to deliver results. There have been repeated failures from all three batsmen this season. Today, they were missing Jayawardene - since Sri Lankan players are prevented from playing in Chennai - and Sehwag fell for a duck in the first over of the chase, leaving Warner with the responsibility of making a match of it.

He top scored with a restrained 44, shedding buckets of sweat over the course of his innings, but with several of his team-mates perishing after attempting big strokes, Daredevils never really threatened in the chase. Johan Botha and Unmukt Chand briefly put up some resistance early on, but a series of wickets soon after the Powerplay effectively ended Daredevil's challenge.

The result left Super Kings on 22 points, two clear of their closest challengers, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. The easy victory was the perfect end to their campaign at home, which they marked with a celebratory lap around the Chidambaram stadium to salute their vocal and passionate fans.

*04.50GMT, May 15: The report had said Michael Hussey made 31. This has been corrected.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Here the another super kings stat this first time CSK got more than 10 wins in a season, if they can win another it makes 12 wins this season and no one have done it before so we will be the first to do so, previous best for any team in one season in only 11.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | May 15, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    @Kavindeven, flat track and sporting wicket..this is your comment..now go to bed,..take some rest..you need that.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @kavindevan All the other temas that CSK beat have beaten MI and RR in their home grounds. I dont know what u r whining about. CSK is the best team in IPL history. Your analysis is pathetic....CSk has won a good number of games on sportive wickets and RR and MI have a lost a good number of matches on sportive wickets.

    I will give u a stat that even you can understand

    CSK - 6 times in the playoff, 4 times in the final, 2 times champion, won champions league.

    now you compare MI and RR stats with these, and see how superior a side CSK is. Be neutral atleast when u r analysing, its alrite to support a team, but they wont win the title unless u r supporting CSK :P

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Mohit Sharma has been the revelation of this IPL. What a finding he turned out to be . I think CSK think tank has outplayed several other management with such selections. ( remember RCB spend major part of their budget to buy pace bowlers , Domestic & international and yet Kohli has been crying that they didn't had any ignition power in bowling ) . I think Fleming is doing an excellent job with CSK both as Coach and also finding local talents.Also ,If Mohit continues to be consistent as his first IPL edition, call for national duties is not too far , I reckon. But if Fleming gets considered as Indian National Coach and Mohit to wear national colours , all will start saying its because they are in CSK !!! Really funny, but its the sad truth. They want to blame MSD & CSK one way or the other. I am so surprised to hear the criticism Dhoni having now when compared to those heard for " utterly failed" captains. No one remembers he has won so many matches ( including 2 WC).

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 15, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    I think @Kavindeven is simply saying all winners are actually losers and all losers are winners. He is hoping that IPL will suddenly throw a spanner in the proceedings and announce that those who have lost are actually the winners and so teams like DD, PWI, KKR and RCB will suddenly make it to the playoffs while the current top 4 will actually find themselves in the bottom 4.

    Flat track bullies when they win on flat tracks actually beat those who are not able to play well even on flat tracks. Does it make sense? I think so.

  • POSTED BY MSDhoni1118 on | May 15, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    @Kavindeven CSK a flat track bully ??? ha ha good comedy...Think you never watch matches other than ipl... CSK beaten MI on a bouncy johannesburg pitch last year in CL..CSK won champions league in South africa where as MI won in Flat Indian pitches... And MI didnt even win a match in CL in SA last year.!!! More over CSK have beaten MI in 2010 finals in Mumbai !!! Enough i guess

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | May 15, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @ Kavindevan, when other teams wins ,its a flat track and when your team team wins ,its sporting wicket. ROFL.FYI, I support MI in this IPL 6 .CSK lost against MI where the wicket was slow and it was a low scoring game. Watson was the only difference against CSK win in Jaipur otherwise everyone saw how RR flat track bullies like rahane failed and made runs only in flat tracks in previous matches.Stats shows that RR are home track bullies and their two away wins came against a team who are badly managed teams.Hope RR lose the toss and bat first and I want to see then defend against teams like MI.You need to win outside to show that you are a champion side who wins in almost all the tracks.Till last match I heard that RR lost to CSK in almost all the matches since 2008 ,so much for sporting wickets,your teams doesnt know to win in flat or spin wickets.Come out of your delusion and start appreciating other teams who are most consistent in almost 6 season of IPl like MI ,CSK and RCB.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 15, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    On form, you would expect CSK, MI or RR to win the trophy. But if KKR manage to sneak into the play- offs even KKR can win the trophy, considering the finals will be at Eden Gardens. Nothing is certain until the last ball is bowled. CSK don't have big hitters like Pollard or Watson. But all the CSK batters ( except Badri) are capable of hitting sixes. If everyone of them hit two or three sixes it will equalise the carnage the power hitters in MI and RR unleash. Last match they gave chances to both Albie and Holder to play in the same match, to assess who was better. Albie won yesterday and we might see him playing all (maximum 4) the remaining matches.

  • POSTED BY tutybala on | May 15, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Don't know why somebody is crying on CSK's winning and wishing their defeat? The game should be viewed and enjoyed like a game only. If CSK doesn't have qualification, how could it maintain it's performance throughout the IPL seasons? It is always good to appreciate the good team whatever it may be. Winners don't get the results easily as well as Losers don't lose the game easily. Being a CSK fan, I wish CSK's hatrick win of IPL title. At the same time, I hope the title will be gone for the best team in this tournament. CSK, MI, RR & RCB teams are best in this tournament and they show their performance in different platforms, situations and times. Let's enjoy the game and appreciate the winner whoever it may be for their total performance and there is no place for luck or chance!

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    playoffs and final will be played in neutral venues. (kkr chances are miracle) more interesting. captains role is more weight.dhoni...can ?

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Here the another super kings stat this first time CSK got more than 10 wins in a season, if they can win another it makes 12 wins this season and no one have done it before so we will be the first to do so, previous best for any team in one season in only 11.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | May 15, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    @Kavindeven, flat track and sporting wicket..this is your comment..now go to bed,..take some rest..you need that.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @kavindevan All the other temas that CSK beat have beaten MI and RR in their home grounds. I dont know what u r whining about. CSK is the best team in IPL history. Your analysis is pathetic....CSk has won a good number of games on sportive wickets and RR and MI have a lost a good number of matches on sportive wickets.

    I will give u a stat that even you can understand

    CSK - 6 times in the playoff, 4 times in the final, 2 times champion, won champions league.

    now you compare MI and RR stats with these, and see how superior a side CSK is. Be neutral atleast when u r analysing, its alrite to support a team, but they wont win the title unless u r supporting CSK :P

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Mohit Sharma has been the revelation of this IPL. What a finding he turned out to be . I think CSK think tank has outplayed several other management with such selections. ( remember RCB spend major part of their budget to buy pace bowlers , Domestic & international and yet Kohli has been crying that they didn't had any ignition power in bowling ) . I think Fleming is doing an excellent job with CSK both as Coach and also finding local talents.Also ,If Mohit continues to be consistent as his first IPL edition, call for national duties is not too far , I reckon. But if Fleming gets considered as Indian National Coach and Mohit to wear national colours , all will start saying its because they are in CSK !!! Really funny, but its the sad truth. They want to blame MSD & CSK one way or the other. I am so surprised to hear the criticism Dhoni having now when compared to those heard for " utterly failed" captains. No one remembers he has won so many matches ( including 2 WC).

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 15, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    I think @Kavindeven is simply saying all winners are actually losers and all losers are winners. He is hoping that IPL will suddenly throw a spanner in the proceedings and announce that those who have lost are actually the winners and so teams like DD, PWI, KKR and RCB will suddenly make it to the playoffs while the current top 4 will actually find themselves in the bottom 4.

    Flat track bullies when they win on flat tracks actually beat those who are not able to play well even on flat tracks. Does it make sense? I think so.

  • POSTED BY MSDhoni1118 on | May 15, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    @Kavindeven CSK a flat track bully ??? ha ha good comedy...Think you never watch matches other than ipl... CSK beaten MI on a bouncy johannesburg pitch last year in CL..CSK won champions league in South africa where as MI won in Flat Indian pitches... And MI didnt even win a match in CL in SA last year.!!! More over CSK have beaten MI in 2010 finals in Mumbai !!! Enough i guess

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | May 15, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @ Kavindevan, when other teams wins ,its a flat track and when your team team wins ,its sporting wicket. ROFL.FYI, I support MI in this IPL 6 .CSK lost against MI where the wicket was slow and it was a low scoring game. Watson was the only difference against CSK win in Jaipur otherwise everyone saw how RR flat track bullies like rahane failed and made runs only in flat tracks in previous matches.Stats shows that RR are home track bullies and their two away wins came against a team who are badly managed teams.Hope RR lose the toss and bat first and I want to see then defend against teams like MI.You need to win outside to show that you are a champion side who wins in almost all the tracks.Till last match I heard that RR lost to CSK in almost all the matches since 2008 ,so much for sporting wickets,your teams doesnt know to win in flat or spin wickets.Come out of your delusion and start appreciating other teams who are most consistent in almost 6 season of IPl like MI ,CSK and RCB.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 15, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    On form, you would expect CSK, MI or RR to win the trophy. But if KKR manage to sneak into the play- offs even KKR can win the trophy, considering the finals will be at Eden Gardens. Nothing is certain until the last ball is bowled. CSK don't have big hitters like Pollard or Watson. But all the CSK batters ( except Badri) are capable of hitting sixes. If everyone of them hit two or three sixes it will equalise the carnage the power hitters in MI and RR unleash. Last match they gave chances to both Albie and Holder to play in the same match, to assess who was better. Albie won yesterday and we might see him playing all (maximum 4) the remaining matches.

  • POSTED BY tutybala on | May 15, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Don't know why somebody is crying on CSK's winning and wishing their defeat? The game should be viewed and enjoyed like a game only. If CSK doesn't have qualification, how could it maintain it's performance throughout the IPL seasons? It is always good to appreciate the good team whatever it may be. Winners don't get the results easily as well as Losers don't lose the game easily. Being a CSK fan, I wish CSK's hatrick win of IPL title. At the same time, I hope the title will be gone for the best team in this tournament. CSK, MI, RR & RCB teams are best in this tournament and they show their performance in different platforms, situations and times. Let's enjoy the game and appreciate the winner whoever it may be for their total performance and there is no place for luck or chance!

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    playoffs and final will be played in neutral venues. (kkr chances are miracle) more interesting. captains role is more weight.dhoni...can ?

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | May 15, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @Kavindeven - These flat track bullies are the same that bring laurels for India too. Lets not forget that! Mumbai overall is a stronger unit and they have finally justified thier buys this year (apart from Glen Maxwell, Ricky such a waste of money). CSK have always been made up of bits and pieces but an astute captain has handled them well. This is IPL a domestic tourney..lets keep it that way rather than accusing our own players.

  • POSTED BY womenlovecricket on | May 15, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @Kavindeven: So what you are saying is that CSK can only win if it is a flat track? You seem to have forgotten how CSK has always trashed MI and RR if in the semis and finals whenever they meet. Infact CSK trashed MI at the 2010 finals at the MI home ground. RR has never gone to the semis after season 1 but have this time. I personally dislike MI so I want RR to trash them today and I would love to see CSK and RR in the finals.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    For teams like MI,SRH,RCB and RR(Probable teams in the final four with CSK) who have won most of the Matches in their home,they have to play their matches away from home under-pressure in the play-offs.So lets see how you perform out of your house :D.CSK has more away wins than the rest.Where CSK Usually a Double Dangerous Side in play offs has won matches especially in Delhi and Kolkata.For me wherever we end up in the top 4,Our presence will itself create an impact on other teams mind.I still have Faith We can Still win all 3 games in Play-offs'If ever it comes to that'.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | May 15, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Viru is completely out of sorts this year, his downfall has really made delhi vulnerable and i dont think he is ever likely to come back. delhi will probably think about a total revamp next year. i would admit that he is and will remain as one of the strongest pillars of team india's success (in india and abroad), but here we are only talking about this ipl.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 15, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176 - All those CSK home and away wins have come on flat tracks. Mumbai and RR where the moment ball started seaming and bouncing, your so called "super stars" surrendered. First Mumbai thrashed you and then RR. Rest all those away wins have come on flat tracks of other teams and not to mention against teams who are badly managed teams. Besides RR still have 2 more away games, lets wait and watch! Talking about playoff, lets not jump the guns, we'll see who'll beat who if the pitch will be sporting. Not a doctored one to suit flat track bullies.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 15, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Ultimately, what matters is who wins that one important match, which is the finals. Once you are there all others don't count. This cruel world of sport is such that it worships the winner forever but the runnerup is forgotten the next day. This is the first IPL season where 3 teams look like can put their hand on the cup. Cant say for sure who will be worshipped and who will be forgotten. In the end, hoping CSK will do it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Awesome win for CSK, most consistent team in IPL history. Two changes form yesterdays team will be handy. Drop badrinath and bring a indian fast bowler, then drop jason holder bring in Faf du Plessis. That will be dream CSK team. Vijay, Hussey, du plessis, Dhoni, raina, jadeja, Bravo, Morkel, Ashwin, Mohit, Imtiaz.

  • POSTED BY AllInFairNess on | May 15, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    @Captain_Crick, everyone is entitled to their own dreams, but it will be pain full when reality strikes

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 15, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Why CSK might be ahead of MI/RR and stay in top 2? MI vs RR - There can be ONLY ONE WINNER and one team stays lower than CSK for sure.. All the three teams play against Hyd, Punjab, RCB who are in MUST win situation.. The NRR comes into play ONLY if CSK loses and if RR loses today against MI, it will make it tougher for RR.. As on current form, let us look scenarios. RCB is primarily a batting track and if CSK can hold their grip on Gayle, they would end up not losing much NRR even if they lose the game.. MI plays in Dharamsala where it will aid pace bowling a bit more than anywhere in the country.. RR plays Hyd in their home which is Hyd's strength and RR hasn't fired great away till now. It looks more challenging for all the three teams in their last games playing against teams who all are in MUST WIN situation. IPL again maintains toughness till the last game..

  • POSTED BY dork29 on | May 15, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    It has been tragic to see the fall and fall of Virender Sehwag. I have been a die hard fan of this fabulous batsman for over a decade : watching replays of his hundreds, his double hundred in ODI against WI and some of his last year's T20 knocks where he single handedly powered DD into the play-offs. But what a downturn it has been. Even though some of the most well known criclet critics have been turning out obituaries of the man, I was steadfast in my belief that he can still mesmerise the opposition and the audience with his magical strokes. Alas, it is not to be. Veeru is finished. The famous hand eye coordination is a thing of yore now. He is reacting late - which is also evident in his catching - he missed a simple chance from Kohli in their last match against DD. This is an indication that the reflexes have slowed down. For someone who relies on his reflexes to see the ball early and despatch it to or over the fence, this dullness has proved fatal. Bye Veeru..we will miss you!

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    dont mension always CSK WINNER OR CHAMPION ok u respect to sports and cricket look at other team and players also the day who a the one best performed they are the one take cup dont mension always CSK champion ok.

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | May 15, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @Suresh Kumar , they did specify the distance , it was measured at 99 metres, Chepauk roof is not the highest .....

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | May 15, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Posted by Kavindeven on (May 15, 2013, 5:28 GMT), RR needs to win games outside their sporting wickets too.. :D on the other side CSK won 5 out of 7 matches away.RR won just won 2 games out of 6 in away games and play offs are in Delhi and final is in Kolkata which is a slow and low wicket and RR team knows how badly they played their last match in Kolkata against KKR.I guess it's times for RR to show that they can win in flat wickets and slow wickets too ,not only in sporting wickets.Hope they bat first and defend the total,otherwise they will be clueless when toss plays in opposition hand as they got used to the win by chasing all the time in past few matches.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @kavindeven.... I think you probably watched only the one match Jaipur and are talking about sporting pitches. Please check the away record of CSK and RR. It is RR who depends on home conditions to win matches, the away record for RR is 2 wins out of 6 and playoffs are not going to be played in Jaipur.

    RR will be beaten and will be beaten comprehensively in the playoffs by CSK. and then you can think of reasons why RR lost :P or is it better to be sportive and accept that CSK is the best, its ur decision :)

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 15, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Brilliant strategy. Give Pujara 20 balls to score 19 runs, and send in the IPL's fastest scoring batsman - de Villiers - when there are only 9 balls left to be played! AB has no choice but to swing like mad at every ball when he comes in so late. If he opened he would at least have a chance to BUILD a fast, high scoring innings. All season Kohli has misused one of his two greatest assets. What a waste.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    CSK fans cannot be too happy about Chennai win against DD because star batsman Mahela Jayavardana could not play for DD which is unfair for DD. CSK should also note that their weakness in bowling was exposed by Shane Watson. To win in play off's CSK players have to perform to 100% potential and have to work out strategy to counter hard hitting players like Watson.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Crick on | May 15, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Wild Guess: The 4 teams qualifying for the playoffs would be CSK, MI, RR and SRH. SRH would beat RR in the playoffs and CSK would beat MI. SRH would go on to beat MI in the semis. SRH would then beat CSK in the finals and take home the IPL trophy! Teams with better spinners are more likely to win the contest in semis and finals (Delhi and Kolkatta pitches have favoured spinners this year) and SRH have the best spinners suited to these pitches followed by CSK.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Can anyone tell me what is distance scaled MSD's six which landed on the roof, shirley it must be over a hundred meters right? it was not specified in the live telecast. CI publish :)

  • POSTED BY spot_on on | May 15, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    RCB Vs CSk !!! Whoooooaaa.. RCB has to qualify by beating the lions.. Now we can see the performers Gayle and AB and how they handle a situation.. Got tickets for the match at Chinnaswamy.. Can't wait for saturday to see the above mentioned fellas flop !!!

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 15, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    @Subin P Daniel - Start preparing sporting picthes like RR does, then we'll see where CSK will stand. Playing on a flat track and then bowlers bowling full-tosses always helps!

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 15, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    I think there's some heartbreaking moment for 1/3 team which comes 3rd. They performed well overall but a few difference in run-rate will hurt for sure. Its time for hero CSK should step up and defeat villians in Play-offs!

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Every one wants CSK to lose and all gets happy just because others are envy of CSK & MSD. Everyone with common sense or at least some sense can see that CSK is far ahead of other teams. Usually CSK starts slowly , get into the play off and perform to their strength when it all matters. This time around , they already have won 11 off 15 matches and hope that they wont choke at the dying stages of the tournament CSK..... CSK.... MSD .... Whistle podu !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 15, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Sehwag! LOL what a mess he has become. Now he's giving away his wickets to young kid? He's done!

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    @HuzMaster, Excellent analysis Friend !! truly reflects the state of CSK contrary to what others think, In fact if they are going to meet MI anytime in the playoffs the losing record is going to play on their mind..

  • POSTED BY AllInFairNess on | May 15, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    @kc69, either MI or RR can get 24 not both as MI and RR clashing today.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    @kc69: i never said MI or RR cant do that, fact is neither one can't win more than 12, and only either one can do because thy play against each other.

  • POSTED BY Tru_Cricket_Fan on | May 14, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Three out of four games that Chennai lost were due to complacency, only in Rajasthan they were out played. Chennai will finish in the top two, Chennai has an even mix of road and home victories.Two home game losses were due to opening failures. That has been fixed now. Chennai will be tough to defeat in the playoffs, the two pitches (Kolkata and Delhi) will suit Chennai and SRH. I know people hate CSK, its for the same reason we hated Australia in 2000s. RR has won only 2 outa of 6 away encounters, MI has won 3 out of 7. CSK has won 5 out of 7. Still people doubt CSK. Last ball noball against RCB was poetic justice, umpiring error gave Kohli a life, bowling error gave CSK two points.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | May 14, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    @kc69, so-called 'great' teams like MI or RR are not a patch on CSK. RR won the first IPL due to Warne's brilliance and MI have never won the IPL. CSK, OTOH, has won 2 IPLs, were losing finalists twice, and reached the semi-finals in the other. This time, too, they have reached the playoffs. Teams like MI and RR may have some big names but they are all trumped by one man in the CSK team - the biggest name in the IPL - one, Mr.M.S.Dhoni.

    True that MI have won more than they have lost against CSK. Perhaps MI is CSK's bogey team but, CSK have won the games that matter and, overall, CSK has a superior record in the IPL that MI could only dream of.

    Yeah, MI or RR or both may finish ahead of CSK in the league stage but what matters is the playoffs. You may rest assured that CSK will bring their 'A' game then. That will be too much for teams like MI or RR.

  • POSTED BY Coolb999 on | May 14, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Ok, real stats! Csk have already fixed their chances as one of the top two teams.

    For MI to be on the top of the table, the have to win two matches and also see that Csk do not win the last match by a big margin. Or MI will have to win 1 match by more than 10 runs or 1 over to spare and then also no to lose the other match by more than 10 runs.

    For RR to be on top of the top of the is to win both match and see that Csk lose the last match. If they win 1 match, they will still no be able to make I to the top as he lost match win affect the NRR and so to overtake Csk or MI , thy ill have to win with 3 overs to spare or at least 25 runs. And still it will be very hard.

    So Csk definitely are in top 2. RR can be t the expense of

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    @HuzMaster- mi had won the most vs csk in league matches , but in play offs csk trashed all the times they faced, even in the previous seasons they are not up to their potential in the league matches but in the playoffs they will be the toughest team to beat , no matter how better the other teams are in the league (mi in 3rd ipl). They know how to handle the pressure in knockout games way better than other teams, it is just because of the fluke performance of bisla they lose the final,otherwise it would have been three in a row for csk . so till now csk is the best team in knock out games. in t20's it will be in the hands of two or three batsmans who scores big , the rest can assist them. then who is the consistent performer in mi (R.sharma...lol). atleast for csk hussey is performing in every match ,if he fails raina ,if he fails dhoni will perform well. @kc69 so what, what if we are at #3 or even at #4, remember the previous season we thrashed MI and DD and reached final

  • POSTED BY -mahe- on | May 14, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    wheres hilfenhaus? he might add the punch csk lacks in bowling..

  • POSTED BY Tribal_Cricket on | May 14, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    @kc69.. MI and RR play each other tomorrow, so only one of teams could win the match. Don't worry about CSK Vs RCB. CSK will give a royal thrashing to RCB and will finish number 1 in the points table.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | May 14, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    @Murugesan Sundar:With MI and RR with 2 matches to play..they can get a better record which you are expecting of CSK.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | May 14, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Things are still Dangerous for CSK..Because MI and RR have 2 games in hand and MI has better NRR than CSK whereas RR is not far behind so if both MI and RR win even 1 match out of their 2 remaining(without a big loss-which is least expected) they can surge ahead at #1 and #2 leaving CSK on Saturday against RCB (which is in a do or die battle for playoff) at Bangalore.I think CSK stay at top of the table will be shortest(1day-MI Vs RR tomorow).

  • POSTED BY catsalive on | May 14, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    @KARI. HAS MI ever lifted the IPL trophy?

  • POSTED BY green_jelly on | May 14, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Holder is a great future prospect for CSK. He needs to adapt to bowling in Indian conditions, but once he learns the ropes, he will be a powerful weapon in the CSK arsenal.

  • POSTED BY RottPhiler on | May 14, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    It was Vijay who scored 31 tonight. Hussey only scored 26. Don't get sloppy.

  • POSTED BY HuzMaster on | May 14, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Though CSK looks strong on paper, it lost twice to MI (qualified for play-off) and once to RR (qualified). Summarise, CSK managed well to wipe off the teams that were not upto the mark, but struggled and saved by saviour MSD/Sir/hus in the critical matches once with RR, other with RCB and SRH (which are the teams fancied for the last spot). So the point is, hereafter it will not be a cakewalk for CSK, as it faces the win-hungry RCB (as it won on the no-ball in the previous)& the following matches to the competitors who performed as equal or above CSK. Also, it was evidenced in the 4 lost matches that once CSK's top order got vanished, there were no saviours below...as CSK covered most of the wins with the top order. So, it should be a wakeup call for CSK, as it is still not performing upto the potential. Compared to the last time, CSK struggles initially and hence they are really on toes. This time, as being the table topper, CSK should not be complacent

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | May 14, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    this is why dhoni is way better than his counterparts esp sachin.

  • POSTED BY InsaneInsaan on | May 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    jaddu played 0 dot balls if u dont count his dismissal

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 14, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    In the next auction Badri will be (and should be) picked up by some other team. CSK is spoilt for choice. But for CSK and MI, he would be a star in almost any other team in the IPL. Albie and Saha are two others, I expect will be gone next year from CSK. They will retain Dhoni, Raina, Morris, Bravo, and may be Hussey, pre-auction, and try to bid for Jadeja, Ashwin, Vijay, and Holder in the auction. Mohit Sharma and Anirudha might not have as much mobility since they are uncapped players and may be forced to stay with CSK for minimum wages.

  • POSTED BY JBSA on | May 14, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    As a CSK Fan, happy to see us once again back to table top. But I feel this team has still haven't played to 100% potential. Maybe 70% is the maximum they have achieved. Too much dependence on Huss, Raina and Dhoni in batting. So far we missed a quality Indian Pacer, but with Mohit around, this time our overseas bowling slot is not as effective as earlier. Though overshadowed by Bravo's Orange cap, Nannes and Bravo have gone for too many runs. Hilfy, Bollinger and Murali were class apart. High time Dhoni opts for Hilfy/Nannes in place of Holder. Either Albie/Morris with Badri or Faf with More/Imitiaz/Jakati/Aparajith in the next match would be better as that can be the only match where we can test. Vijay is in the groove but he has to show some respect to his wicket. Lets see what Dhoni believes. The only two teams to play to 100% potential are RR and MI. If CSK play to their 100% they can easily crush MI and RR on any ground anyday.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 14, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    @Kari Thiebaud, Cricinfo calls it like it is mate -- they are not CSK haters like you and Travis. MI can expect a tougher time tomorrow beating RR than CSK would have expected today against DD. One in the bag vs. "may be" one in the proverbial bush. On another note, Warner made a huge mistake today. He should have bowled out Nehra in the first few overs, and kept either Irfan or van der Merwe to accompany Umesh Yadav in the last 4 overs. As for CSK, on less bouncier pitches CSK should play Albie ahead of Holder. Albie's variations were excellent today -- but then again one can't infer too much after a game against DD these days.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 14, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @Kari Thiebaud, " steam ahead" phrase was used because of the steamy hot conditions in chepauk. If Vijay dived, he would've survived the runout. Morris was rested for the match. He will be back for the future matches may be for Holder. Holder was a bit expensive today but took an excellent catch. Well done CSK. Win the next match and stay at top 1 or 2.

  • POSTED BY becoollikemanoj on | May 14, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Hey guys, dont ever compare any team wit CSK. CSK is one of de best team which has powerful death batting lineup with amazing fieldsmen and good bowling attack. In short CSK wins on team effort unlike RCB which desperately dependant on Gayle n AB. Its totally unfair to compare any team wit CSK. Kohli has 2 follow Dhoni's foot paths in handling critical n excited situations..look @ our hero dhoni, he is neither too much excited nor too much tensed...just handling all situations wit his coolness...Dhoni rocks always....:) CSK ku Whistle podu :)

  • POSTED BY DEEWB5TW on | May 14, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    @Kari ..Seems like a fuming MI/RCB/RR fan.Stem ahead just means going ahead of others in determination.So sounds ok to me. CSK Fan

  • POSTED BY Travis_Bickle on | May 14, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    LOL Kari Thiebaud, Exactly. That was my initial reaction. What a pathetic headline. They have played a game more than MI and RR. I am looking forward to another MI win tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Tribal_Cricket on | May 14, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @kari Thiebaud that's because CSK already have 2 points in the bag and there is no guarantee that MI is going to win its next match.

  • POSTED BY skWeb on | May 14, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Go Lions! Time to raise the level a notch. Let's beat RCB at their home and shut the door for them this season. All batsmen have decent outings so far, bowling has been good, fielding as usual excellent. Let's get to the top gear and not relax until we get the cup back to where it belongs. Time to celebrate this group of lions with a championship before it breaks down in the next year auction. Good luck and god bless Super Kings.

  • POSTED BY Kameps on | May 14, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Good win by CSK, they are cementing the their place in top two , The great innings by captain Dhoni whistlepodu for CSK .... All the best of 3rd ipl title

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    So CSK trail MI on NRR and have played 1 match more and are just ahead of RR on NRR who have played 1 match less and "CSK steam ahead of the rest"? What a headline!

  • POSTED BY Otuwa on | May 14, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    According to Nehra,he is bowling excelently but fielders don't field well and the captain makes wrong field setting.lol.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    RCB loss to KXIP has divided the IPL teams into 3 tiers.

    Tier 1- CSK, RR & MI: Sure spot in play-offs, Top 2 position at stake.

    Tier 2- RCB, SRH, KXIP & KKR: 4 teams, one play-off spot at stake.

    Tier 3-PWI and DD: The punching bags who have nothing at stake.

    CSK, MI & RR will be looking at each other's matches now.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    RCB loss to KXIP has divided the IPL teams into 3 tiers.

    Tier 1- CSK, RR & MI: Sure spot in play-offs, Top 2 position at stake.

    Tier 2- RCB, SRH, KXIP & KKR: 4 teams, one play-off spot at stake.

    Tier 3-PWI and DD: The punching bags who have nothing at stake.

    CSK, MI & RR will be looking at each other's matches now.

  • POSTED BY Otuwa on | May 14, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    According to Nehra,he is bowling excelently but fielders don't field well and the captain makes wrong field setting.lol.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    So CSK trail MI on NRR and have played 1 match more and are just ahead of RR on NRR who have played 1 match less and "CSK steam ahead of the rest"? What a headline!

  • POSTED BY Kameps on | May 14, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Good win by CSK, they are cementing the their place in top two , The great innings by captain Dhoni whistlepodu for CSK .... All the best of 3rd ipl title

  • POSTED BY skWeb on | May 14, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Go Lions! Time to raise the level a notch. Let's beat RCB at their home and shut the door for them this season. All batsmen have decent outings so far, bowling has been good, fielding as usual excellent. Let's get to the top gear and not relax until we get the cup back to where it belongs. Time to celebrate this group of lions with a championship before it breaks down in the next year auction. Good luck and god bless Super Kings.

  • POSTED BY Tribal_Cricket on | May 14, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @kari Thiebaud that's because CSK already have 2 points in the bag and there is no guarantee that MI is going to win its next match.

  • POSTED BY Travis_Bickle on | May 14, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    LOL Kari Thiebaud, Exactly. That was my initial reaction. What a pathetic headline. They have played a game more than MI and RR. I am looking forward to another MI win tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY DEEWB5TW on | May 14, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    @Kari ..Seems like a fuming MI/RCB/RR fan.Stem ahead just means going ahead of others in determination.So sounds ok to me. CSK Fan

  • POSTED BY becoollikemanoj on | May 14, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Hey guys, dont ever compare any team wit CSK. CSK is one of de best team which has powerful death batting lineup with amazing fieldsmen and good bowling attack. In short CSK wins on team effort unlike RCB which desperately dependant on Gayle n AB. Its totally unfair to compare any team wit CSK. Kohli has 2 follow Dhoni's foot paths in handling critical n excited situations..look @ our hero dhoni, he is neither too much excited nor too much tensed...just handling all situations wit his coolness...Dhoni rocks always....:) CSK ku Whistle podu :)

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 14, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @Kari Thiebaud, " steam ahead" phrase was used because of the steamy hot conditions in chepauk. If Vijay dived, he would've survived the runout. Morris was rested for the match. He will be back for the future matches may be for Holder. Holder was a bit expensive today but took an excellent catch. Well done CSK. Win the next match and stay at top 1 or 2.