IPL newsfile April 21, 2014

Super Kings to go all out - McCullum

ESPNcricinfo staff

Super Kings to go all out - McCullum
Chennai Super Kings have deviated from their usual method of controlled accelaration with the addition of Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith at the top of the order for the 2014 season.

"Our strategy as a team is to go all-out for 20 overs and given we have so many attacking batsmen, we can afford to go with that mindset," McCullum told iplt20.com, "This line-up is filled with power-hitters. If Smith and I get out, there is Raina, Faf, Dhoni, Bravo - they just keep coming. And if any of those guys bat for long, they will score big."

The change was evident in their tournament opener against Kings XI Punjab when McCullum and Smith set up Super Kings' highest powerplay score in IPL - 70 for 0 - although it was in a losing cause.

McCullum's purchase also makes it four international captains in the side but the hierarchy is quite clear. "At CSK there is only one captain and that is MS Dhoni," he said. "However, as experienced leaders, we are expected to do small things off the field like guiding the younger players and helping out the team-mates with things they need assistance with"

Ashwin conscious of fielding errors
R Ashwin stated that Chennai Super Kings, were not too perturbed by the loss to Kings XI Punjab in their opening game, but identified a key area for improvement ahead of their second match against Delhi Daredevils.

"We dropped a couple of catches and that's one aspect we need to fix very soon," Ashwin said, referring to the reprieves that Glenn Maxwell was given in the first game.

Ashwin also expressed confidence that Super Kings could shrug off the bad start and acquire momentum as the tournament progressed.

"This is not the first time that we have lost the first match of the tournament," Ashwin said. "We generally start off slowly and then catch up momentum going into the tournament. So, there is nothing to worry about."

Samson builds on U-19 experience
Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson said the experience of paying the Under-19 World Cup in the UAE had helped him adjust faster to the pitches and conditions of the IPL. Samson was India's leading run-getter in the World Cup, finishing with 267 runs in six games at 44.5 with three fifties.

"I played many matches here in the UAE in under-19 tournaments. I played the Asia Cup and World Cup here and knew the wickets well," he told iplt20.com. "That experience really helped me to be in good touch ahead of the IPL."

Samson's 52 off 34 balls helped Royals set Kings XI Punjab a target of 196 to win and the wicketkeeper-batsman said he had set himself a target of finishing games for the side.

"This year, I want to finish more games for the Rajasthan Royals. I want to play according to my game plan. I have been successful in doing that so far," he said.

Bailey calls for better bowling and fielding
Glenn Maxwell and David Miller helped Kings XI Punjab prevail in yet another high-scoring chase, this time against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. The pair struck fifties with Maxwell scoring 89 off 45 balls and Miller bludgeoning 51 off 19 balls, as Kings XI chased down a 192-run target with eight balls and six wickets to spare.

While Kings XI captain George Bailey described the win as "awesome", he also cautioned against an over-reliance on the side's big-hitting middle order.

"We will take a lot of confidence from the win. Having said that, we've relied on two extraordinary innings from the same two guys," Bailey said after the match. "Long may they keep that up, but realistically, it's not going to happen every time. We also have to bowl better and field better so that we are not putting ourselves in positions where we have to chase these scores. "

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  • philips on April 21, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    mr.nampally its not white its david miller. watch cricket properly.....

  • philips on April 21, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    excellently said bailey. a very realistic and down to earth captain. he realises they have won riding on maxwell and miller which wouldnt happen in every match.so every other batsman has to pull their socks up. i like this guy.

  • Harry on April 21, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    CSK need to change their XI and my recommendation is - McCullum, Smith, Raina, Aparjith, MSD, Bravo, Ashwin, Jadeja, Badree, Pandey & M Sharma

    Bravo should bowl, if he is not fit then replace him with Hilfenhaus. Badree should be part of the core team since he is in form and leg spinners are wicket takers. With Jadeja as an allrounder there is no need for Negi and Faf should come in if Smith or McCullum fail as an opener. Nehra is useless, he does not take lot of wickets and his fielding is non existent.

  • Ashok on April 21, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    So far Kings XI Punjab thrived on super hitting of Maxwell & White to win both the matches. Their bowling was poor to give nearly 200 runs in both the matches. On the other hand CSK has a better all round side but with its bowling nearly as bad as Kings XI. Batting has kept both these teams going. When these guys play in the Indian conditions, they have to contend with the spinners being more effective. So CSK will hold the advantage with better spinner. DD depend heavily on KP to lead their batting power hitting in line with Maxwell & white. Without KP it is literally a team without a Leader!. If KP continues to be missing for the game vs. CSK, it is easy to predict who the winner will be - CSK. Finally it is nice to see Young Samson leading the charge for RR. It was unfortunate that his brilliant effort was overshadowed by Maxi & White. But at is young age he is a talent to be watched for India in the 2015 WC-ODI's. He will be an excellent bat to fill the vacant opening batsman spot!

  • syed on April 21, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Win the toss and field should be the mantra. out of 7 matches 6 of them won batting second. Most of the teams batting is strong.

  • Swastik on April 21, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    @debajit72--Which India are you living in? 1990?

  • aniket on April 21, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Boy..! This samson guy is sheer talent..! Pure class. I have seen him in U19 wc and theres just something with this guy that he'll be even better than kholi if not sachin. Dhoni's replacement is ready.

  • Debajit on April 21, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Smart captain George trying to take off the pressure from Maxi and David saying they don't expect them to fire everyday. Had it been an Indian, he would have gone to praise them head to toe (he is our trumpcard, he is our hidden weapon blah blah blah. What George is trying to say is he is wanting everyone to play not less than their role, but not expect others to play extraordinarily every time. Well done George.

  • vas on April 21, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Catches win matches. Nehra was so tensed up going for the catch and couldn't catch it. Aparajith should come in for Negi. If bravo is not fit Hilfenhaus should play. DKarthik and MVijay, two local boys playing against CSK. Hope Ashwin's magic work against duminy. All the best CSK.

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