Royals v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Dubai April 23, 2014

All-round Jadeja downs Royals

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Agarkar: Rajasthan Royals blew it

Chennai Super Kings 140 for 6 (Dwayne Smith 50, Jadeja 36*, Bhatia 2-13) beat Rajasthan Royals 133 (Jadeja 4-33) by seven runs
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On a day that the usual Chennai Super Kings heavy batting artillery failed to fire, their bowling, led by the versatile Ravindra Jadeja's four-wicket haul, carved out a seven-run win against Rajasthan Royals on a slow Dubai pitch.

Defending a middling total, Jadeja's two wickets in two balls in his first over swung the pendulum decisively in favour of Super Kings, the wickets being those of Shane Watson and Sanju Samson. Royals never really recovered from the jolt and despite some happy hitting towards the end, disintegrated to their second defeat.

When Super Kings were asked to bat, Brendon McCullum mis-hitting a number of deliveries seemed a case of the batsman struggling but if anything, it was actually an indication of the nature of the pitch which wasn't as batsmen friendly as thought to be before the start of the match. McCullum was eventually out to a stunning catch by Steven Smith behind midwicket, hitting a length delivery from James Faulkner higher than longer.

That slowness of the pitch didn't seem to bother Dwayne Smith, however, as he raced to his second half-century in three matches with a flurry of big hits. After carefully playing out his first 18 deliveries for 17 runs, Smith used the pace the seamers offered him and carted the ball around the ground, his next nine deliveries bringing him 33 runs.

Smith reached his fifty with a six but was done in by the sponginess of the surface in the very next delivery as he tried to force the ball over the infield, but only spooned a catch to mid-off. What followed was a period of play controlled by the Royals' slower bowlers. He wouldn't have known at the time, but he did end up playing the defining innings of the match as no one from either team came close to his strike rate of 178.57.

The canny Rajat Bhatia, who later joked he was probably bowling "slower than the pitch", served up his most economical spell in the IPL of 4-0-13-2 - all 13 of them in singles - hardly giving any pace for the batsmen to work with. At the other end, Pravin Tambe removed the dangerous MS Dhoni to push Super Kings from a comfortable 59 for 1 to a perilous 74 for 5. Was it not for a fighting 36 from Jadeja, Super Kings would have had to settle for a much lower total than what they eventually got.

The task at the start of the second innings would have been considered manageable given the skill-level in Royals' batting and the knowledge of how the pitch was going to play. Though Royals lost Abhishek Nayar early to a suicidal run, Rahane appeared comfortable as he regularly employed late deflections to manoeuvre the ball. Samson was impressive, launching Ben Hilfenhaus for two clean sixes to finish the fifth over on 37 for 1.

The introduction of spin in the sixth over had the same effect as in the first innings with Rahane top-edging a sweep to deep square leg. Dhoni tossed the ball to Jadeja in the next over that pushed Royals to the edge of the precipice.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ramz30380 on April 24, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    @ Sambamoorthy Sivaramasubramanian - its clear tht u didnt watch the match. Abishek Nayar was very much attempting a run and was half way through the pitch when Rahane sent him back.

    If u had seen the match, u wud have known that Baz actually ran with the ball and took the bails off which means he had tht much time on hand to run Nayar out and still Nayar was nowhere in the scene!

    Blame it on poor judgement on Nayar's part. Baz was quick to react - was very much aware of wht was going on whereas Nayar was quite the opposite!

  • on April 24, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Is it cricket.B.McCullam's run out of A.M.Nayar is not in the true spirit of the game. The batsman was not attempting a run and I believe run out is given only when the batsman runs for a run.In this instance it is the same as "mankading"

  • on April 24, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    really bad work done frm RR this match was on der pocket but sumwht they let csk steal or i would say given as a gift to them .... really wht to say.. i think faulkner should be rested hodge should get a game n speakin abt nayar wht he is doin his place should be filled by chand tame can be replaced by abdulla... frankly speakin after watchin last match i have my doubts on RR battin tho they have the best battin talent compare to lot of teams in this year ipl but they have temperament tht i doubt.... come on RR u dont look like champion team but i truly belive u r one ...

  • MagazineReader on April 24, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    After glancing some view in this IPL7, Coming to realize that this particular feature is going to really help UAE's Tourism.. Thanks for the innovative idea of IPL Governing council and BCCI authorities. It seems as a Pilot project platform for ICC test championship. Second: The conditions suits the Team Batting second in most of the game, if they win the tosses except the game like yesterday. So expecting some matches like this in future IPL matches. Third: This phase of the IPL is going to help players who are not used to play in UAE.

  • on April 24, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Sir Jadeja is back in action for CSK. replacing Bravo atleast now

  • Ravishankara on April 24, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    RR blew their chances with all the cannons that they can find in Rajasthan.

  • anver777 on April 24, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    This is a much needed effort from Jadeja..... good all round skills from this guy after some time !!!

  • on April 24, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    I started getting the feeling that there is a mix-up between the Indian batsman Badri & West Indies bowler Badree, in the minds pf a few fans. The first one was not bought by any franchise, in the last auction. West Indian Badree is the one with CSK. Unfortunately CSK can field only 4 overseas players.

  • ramz30380 on April 24, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    @LAKingsFan - True Badrinath wudnt have taken CSK to 195+ but he wud have held the fort in one end and the other big hitters wud have played around him. CSK didnt have the purse to buy him in the auction when his name came up hence they chose Manhas who is somewhat a similar kind of player.

    Thats why I was baffled when MSD came ahead of him when the wickets were falling like nine pins. Manhas is never a big hitter but he can drop anchor - so making Manhas come at 6 or 7 will not help CSK....

    The nxt match for CSK is also at the same venue therefore they will do well to get things sorted out as Mumbai have a very strong bowling unit...

    @Sen_San Bravo wont be playing again this IPL - his recovery time from injury is 4 weeks and for him to gain match fitness it will take another 2 weeks atleast and by then IPL will be over mate!

  • Pavinasen on April 24, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    For CSK to be unbeatable they will need to rectify 2 things. 1 Do not ever bowl spinners in the death overs especially last over no matter even if they are number 1. 2. Invest in a death bowler,even if that has to be his primary job

  • ramz30380 on April 24, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    @ Sambamoorthy Sivaramasubramanian - its clear tht u didnt watch the match. Abishek Nayar was very much attempting a run and was half way through the pitch when Rahane sent him back.

    If u had seen the match, u wud have known that Baz actually ran with the ball and took the bails off which means he had tht much time on hand to run Nayar out and still Nayar was nowhere in the scene!

    Blame it on poor judgement on Nayar's part. Baz was quick to react - was very much aware of wht was going on whereas Nayar was quite the opposite!

  • on April 24, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Is it cricket.B.McCullam's run out of A.M.Nayar is not in the true spirit of the game. The batsman was not attempting a run and I believe run out is given only when the batsman runs for a run.In this instance it is the same as "mankading"

  • on April 24, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    really bad work done frm RR this match was on der pocket but sumwht they let csk steal or i would say given as a gift to them .... really wht to say.. i think faulkner should be rested hodge should get a game n speakin abt nayar wht he is doin his place should be filled by chand tame can be replaced by abdulla... frankly speakin after watchin last match i have my doubts on RR battin tho they have the best battin talent compare to lot of teams in this year ipl but they have temperament tht i doubt.... come on RR u dont look like champion team but i truly belive u r one ...

  • MagazineReader on April 24, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    After glancing some view in this IPL7, Coming to realize that this particular feature is going to really help UAE's Tourism.. Thanks for the innovative idea of IPL Governing council and BCCI authorities. It seems as a Pilot project platform for ICC test championship. Second: The conditions suits the Team Batting second in most of the game, if they win the tosses except the game like yesterday. So expecting some matches like this in future IPL matches. Third: This phase of the IPL is going to help players who are not used to play in UAE.

  • on April 24, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Sir Jadeja is back in action for CSK. replacing Bravo atleast now

  • Ravishankara on April 24, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    RR blew their chances with all the cannons that they can find in Rajasthan.

  • anver777 on April 24, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    This is a much needed effort from Jadeja..... good all round skills from this guy after some time !!!

  • on April 24, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    I started getting the feeling that there is a mix-up between the Indian batsman Badri & West Indies bowler Badree, in the minds pf a few fans. The first one was not bought by any franchise, in the last auction. West Indian Badree is the one with CSK. Unfortunately CSK can field only 4 overseas players.

  • ramz30380 on April 24, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    @LAKingsFan - True Badrinath wudnt have taken CSK to 195+ but he wud have held the fort in one end and the other big hitters wud have played around him. CSK didnt have the purse to buy him in the auction when his name came up hence they chose Manhas who is somewhat a similar kind of player.

    Thats why I was baffled when MSD came ahead of him when the wickets were falling like nine pins. Manhas is never a big hitter but he can drop anchor - so making Manhas come at 6 or 7 will not help CSK....

    The nxt match for CSK is also at the same venue therefore they will do well to get things sorted out as Mumbai have a very strong bowling unit...

    @Sen_San Bravo wont be playing again this IPL - his recovery time from injury is 4 weeks and for him to gain match fitness it will take another 2 weeks atleast and by then IPL will be over mate!

  • Pavinasen on April 24, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    For CSK to be unbeatable they will need to rectify 2 things. 1 Do not ever bowl spinners in the death overs especially last over no matter even if they are number 1. 2. Invest in a death bowler,even if that has to be his primary job

  • vikumsd007 on April 24, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Wondering when would csk select bravo's replacement from the unsold players and who would it be and I want it to be McLaren,Philander,McClenaghan

  • on April 24, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    This time Jaddu helped as being the backbone and only playin ground shots but everytime he can not lead us to victory we have a strong opening but if McCullum times his shots perfectly we can have a total above 160-175 easily as after Raina and Faf we have t20 hitters who cannot play steadily. Captain is also hitter thats why he went early. Or if you see his previous innings he has a strike rate above 200. If Raina and Du Plessis play a steady innings we can easily post a very good total and we have comparatively very good bowling attack. Good show by CSK and if they correct their batting decisions a little bit the trophy will be a cakepiece for us!! Come on CSK we can do it! CSK for trophy!

  • on April 24, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Jadeja is not sucha bowler that he cannot be handled in ones and twos and occasional boundry thats royals needed. But all the bats repeated the same mistakes and rsultly they paid the price. It was a very good opportunity to defeat csk but royals made it mess.

  • soumyas on April 24, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Man of the match to Jadeja was a gift from Rahane, Watson, Binny, Smith. What an irresponsible batting by RR, one after the other did the same mistake, they just needed to work the ball in the gaps, just needed to play sensibly, this type of opportunity to beat CSK will come once in 4 years, but they made a mess of it. This loss is going prove really costly for them as the tournament gets only tougher now on.

  • gundapps on April 24, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Good show by CSK bowlers in stifling the RR batting. However Ashwin going for 16 runs in his final over with the last RR pair batting is cause for concern considering that he is reckoned CSK's and India's premier bowler. He should learn to get over inconsistencies in his line and length that he is prone to very often. CSK should somehow find a place for Badree even if it is at the expense of pace bowler Hilfi.

  • avani on April 24, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    1)It was unnecessary for Rahane to go for a big hit immediately after the costly over in which Sanju hit 2 sixes and a four. (remember the target was just 140) 2) It was unnecessary for Watson to go for a big shot immediately after hittinga six of the previous ball. (Remember the target was just 140) 3) It was unnecessary for Binny and Smith to play a lofted shot instead of ground shots. (Though these 2 can be pardoned but not Rahane & Watson) All these people suffered from Maxwelphobia and went for slogs unnecessary instead of anchoring their innings with singles and odd fours with plenty of overs were there still to accelerate. Poor strategy especially by Rahane and Watson at the top.

  • Sen_San on April 24, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    CSK should play Samuel Badree in place of Hilfenaus. Also it will be interesting to see who will be replaced by Bravo when he returns. Hopefully Faf as they may not disturb the explosive opening combo of McCullum and Smith. Good selection problem to have. Also it is time to try Baba Aparjit.

  • on April 24, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    CSK's Strengths - Smith's 50 + Jadu's overall show + Fielding + option of bowlers for Dhoni. Weakness - Top order failed to read the pitch & bat accordingly + Jadu & Ashwin shld have tried to contain runs in their respective last overs, instead of trying for wickets. It almost cost them the match. Suddenly, Bravo's absence was painfully felt. (possible threat to them, unless a plan is made for that). Watson not opening ? add that to CSK's opportunity. RR's young talent lacks the under-pressure experience. the last run out shows that. 140 was not a long call. All RR had to do is, just stay for the entire 20 overs, & runs wld come in. It was not a huge total which required big hits for every ball.. Good luck to both the teams.

  • Siva_Bala75 on April 24, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    I am a fan of Badri. I am surprised that some franchises like SRH did not buy Badri. For CSK, Mithun Manhas (30 lakhs) is poor man's Badri (2 crores). CSK did not have the purse.Since we all know that, let's move on.

  • Siva_Bala75 on April 24, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    It was funny to see Tambe arguing with Kulkarni. Only when there is a two, Kulkarni can try and hit a six to ties, unless he feels Ashwin will bowl a no ball and then he will hit a six! What was he arguing about?!

  • on April 24, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Great to see Jaddu getting back to form! Use this platform to regain the form!

  • ladycricfan on April 24, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Dhoni should try Aparajith for Manhas. Like S Samson does for RR Aparajith will do for CSK. He will add to the spin bowling as well. Future stars of Indian cricket. CSK miss a foreign all rounder. Dhoni should bowl Smith more often. He dismissed Maxwell and Duminy, two men in hot form.

  • philipsmgp on April 24, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Someone here said badrinath would not have taken the score to 195.he sure would not have. but that was not his job with so many power hitters in the team. a few quick wickets and he would have sent in to hold one end and steady the ship so that he could let other power hitters to come and use the situation. he has always executed his role well.

  • sreehk on April 24, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Reckless shots by Rahane, Watson, Binny, and Smith. Irresponsible batting cost RR the match. It was a win there to be taken for RR, they gave it away like one would serve dinner for a guest. They definitely missed Rahul Dravid in controlling the innings. Watson needs to think more like a strategist and less like a street bully.

  • ramli on April 24, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    RR developed jitters midway and surrendered ... last-minute bravery was just a flash in the pan ... nothing more ... it was CSK led astutely by MSD in contrast to a confused Watson ... CSK self-belief came to its rescue this time though their fielding/catching left a lot to be desired

  • on April 24, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    CSK not won the match. But RR gifted the match to CSK. Good luck CSK... Ideal champion unit

  • nkoch on April 24, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Tambe need to take start from no-striker's end, run fast, do basic math and understand own limitations. What the heck was he thinking? He could hit that last ball six, and even in that case they would have not made it to finish line. Overall, it reminded me of Ashwin refusing to run 2nd in a 4th innings of a test match to win. Total brain freeze...

  • on April 24, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    I have no idea why Royals are keep on playing Abhishek Nayar? His has a horrible technique and every team he joins in IPL goes down town and performs bad always. He needs to be dropped and replaced with Unmukt Chand.

  • D-Coach on April 24, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    Hard luck RR. Hope they learned what mistake they have done. CSK follows different strategy in this IPL so far. M.Manhas can play the anchor role of S.Badrinath over the previous season. But Dhoni himself promote ahead of M.Manhas to maintain the run rate even though wickets are clattering. Seems to be good exposure for upcoming matches. This shows the trust of each individual in CSK to believe themselves and team mates. One point that CSK missed due to misfire of S.Raina is taking singles and rotating strikes especially B.Macullam. If the ball is not coming on to the bat nicely in two paced wickets then he need to have plan 'B'. Being a big striker of the ball still CSK needs to back themselves to rotate and find the gabs in ground (not to try boom boom always) depends on situation. Best wishes to CSK. Play the fearless cricket!

  • on April 24, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    If Tambe's mathematical skills were par then I guess they would have drawn the way Kulkarni was hitting sixes...

  • Dominic532 on April 24, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    So a very good perfomance by .CSK.THE TEAM TO BEAT.Excellent all round perfomance by Jadeja he changed the course of in one over. If we see RR bowling they bowled well.But if you see carefully 17th over 4WIDES bowled by kulkarni this cost them too much. If you cut these 4 WIDES RR may won yesterday.But this is cricket no IF no BUT.Well played CSK and once again lift the cup.RR have to concern on their whole team.Bowling is ok of RR but batting collapsed in pressure.Once again Jadeja played well.Best of luck CSKKKK!

  • on April 24, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Superb all round show by jaddu. Take a bow. Brendon mccullum must rethink his batting approach he just goes to hit every ball. Keeping wickets in hand is the stragety for csk to go big in last 10 overs. Nice to see young ishwar pandey bowling so well. Dhoni always backs his young guns and ishwar pandey is another find after mohit sharma.. No need to worry about Faf form he is a class and all he needs is some time to bat. Sad to see watson playing at no4 he is a great opening batsman. It dravid who made him to play at 4 last season . Dravid supports indian talent,but he is making a class t20 player like watson to not open the batting.. Watson must open.

  • on April 24, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    Watson has to open. Simple as that. He's too good to not have out there during the powerplay.

  • on April 24, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    What're was Watson in all of this debacle? As the RR captain he failed to take the responsibility . Also both Rahane and Smith too did not show the comprise required to take RR home against a very small total. It's goid to say that CSK put pressure on RR. But it will be even more fair to conclude that RR perished on its own. They deserve a pay cut. In fact IPL should facilitate this with some flexibility for owners to implement a proper appraisal system which should take into account pay cuts for poor performance.

  • on April 24, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    @Indthebest : You are to a point. But today jadeja's contribution was so much important both wit bat (36*) & ball (4 wkts). Maybe it was his day today :) He deserved it bro !!

  • steve48 on April 23, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Thought jadeja batted really intelligently today, something not often said about him! Hopefully he can build on that, learn his limits and play for the team more often. RR my favourite team, but in need of a gun bowler to lead a really gritty unit. Steve Smith catch was great, intensity of celebration even better. Faulkner not good enough to follow it up, great response from big Dwayne, key over of match, Imo.

  • on April 23, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    I don't understand why people are not talking about the pitch. If the nature of the pitch is too slow and bowlers like Bhatia, who normally bowls at very slow pace, it would be difficult to score boundaries and sixes. Kudos to Smith who batted very well under these conditions. Had Dhoni didn't miss that stumping it would have been a different ball game.

  • on April 23, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Sir ravindra jadeja, so when you planning to bowl this well for India..RR please show some calmness..I could not believe rahane played such a horrible shot at a key juncture..you know what's happening in RR team's hotel..Rahul bhai is taking note of this..future India coach he is..mind you all☺

  • Jenilkarthick on April 23, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    CSK didn't miss Badri today.. Jadeja did the role of Badri.. Well done! CSK's think tank has cleverly invested in aggressive foreign openers this year, so CSK can back themself for a powerful start 9 out of 10 times. Considering the strong middle (Raina, Faf, Dhoni) order, 160+ is always on the cards. If every one fails we have Jaddu + Ashwin for a recovery. Inspite of getting rid of top 5 of CSK cheaply, CSK still managed to post a competitive total. CSK did some mad hitting misreading the slow pitch. Dismissing top 5 of CSK cheaply is not going to happen all day and all teams cannot do it. Happy that it happened early in the tournament which is a good learning curve for the team's progress into final four. As the tournament moves to India, not sure how will they accommodate Badree. Either Hilfy or Faf needs to make way. With strong batting and decent bowling attack CSK is again the team to beat. Only question is who is gonna stop CSK in final??

  • Temuzin on April 23, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Insmith: I disagree. Jaddu's 2 wickets in 2 balls were the difference because at the end it was only 8 runs to be made by RR. Jaddu also scored 36 runs and held the fort at one end. and then came back to bowl for 4 wickets. How can we ignore that.

  • Y2G_87 on April 23, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    Expected a close encounter, but did not expect the way it happened.

    1. CSK scoring low with heavy weight batting line up 2. CSK defended mediocre successfully even after Ben being hit all around the park 3, Jadeja anchoring innings scoring run a ball 4. Last but not least Jadeja bowled well to get 4 wickets

  • on April 23, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    time to cheer for jadeja after a good work

  • on April 23, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    What I observed from the three games of CSK played is the openers wanted to fire immediately, particularly McCullum. Taking so many risks and more dot balls in the initial six overs. they should care for rotating the strike instead of boundary each ball. CSKs strength in all the IPLs is to keep wickets in hand in the first ten overs and to fire the last ten overs. Bravo may be a loss for CSK, but the great loss was Mr.Cricket MIKE HUSSEY, ability to adapt to situations, targeting the right bowler, firing at the right time. Present CSK openers have to learn quickly.

  • sweetspot on April 23, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    CSK gave the illusion of not being in control of the match, but clearly they were the ones enjoying the pressure and even dishing it out. There is a yawning gap between the captaincy styles of Watto and MSD, and it's unfair to expect too much from Watson when his team loses it in the head.

    13 extras in a low scoring game is a cardinal sin and in the end that is what brought about the downfall of RR. When exposed, their limitations look pretty huge. You cannot bring your B game against CSK and hope to win, even when they're having a below par day.

  • ny1902 on April 23, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Negative bowling by Kulkarni. He was trying to bowl all outside offstump and lot of wides. Well coaching Watson. Lol.

  • on April 23, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    This is a good all round effort from CSK.All the very best to keep the winning momentum. CSK rocks.........

  • on April 23, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    CSK squeaks one out, thanks to RR choke and canny bowling! Whistle podu...

  • madhukarnambiar on April 23, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    sir Dravid why u r not playing hodge, Badree, u know hodge is a good finisher why to loose this supposed to be a win match

  • ladycricfan on April 23, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    McCullum should play a bit more sensibly than he is doing at the moment. The last two innings he played rash shots and got out. Jadeja was superb today with bat and bowl. Ashwin moves too much while batting in t20. He bats better in test matches. Missed bravo and Badrinath. RR fought hard but couldn't get a partnership going. Good competitive entertaining game. All the best to CSK and RR in the future matches.

  • on April 23, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Watson has to open!! But what about Tambe? 42 years old and bowling good spells in the IPL.

  • LAKINGSFAN on April 23, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    The game was much closer than it's described here. I don't think Badrinath would have taken Chennai to 195+ had he batted for Chennai.

  • on April 23, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    well done batiya jaddooo D Smit. we had very good match. thanks

  • on April 23, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    RR bowling was really good. they have restricted CSK for just 140. its really a fantastic effort. but RR batters could not chase it down. Shane should lead from the front. I don't know y dey r playing with nayar. he should be dropped. Karun nayer has good talent. giv a chance to him. hodge should play he is a better player than Smith. batiya was really good today.

  • supercricketfan on April 23, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Well done csk keep it up but do not fail in batting often as we cannot trust our bowlers many times.......anyway great work csk!!!whislt podu!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ShanNachimuthu on April 23, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Every batsmen of RR thought that only he himself can hit and win the game for the team and played like that and handed over the game to CSK. Anyway CSK took it nicely and moving forward. It was one off day for CSK batsmen which happened very early in the tournament which could be a wake-up call. Looks like CSK does not have strong middle order planning and tries to go through the motion.

  • IndTheBest on April 23, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    I usually a happy person when a bowler gets MoM award but today I thought Smith deserved it more than anyone else. Jadeja performed well in this match but if you really see smith was the only difference between the teams.

  • Temuzin on April 23, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Jaddu rocks. Today he had a very good game.

  • on April 23, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Actually we have a balanced biwling attack though we could not put a sufficient total our bowling attack made it possible. It was a thriller. After the opening wickets they were pressurised to hit the big shots but they utterly failed giving way to CSK. They were not pressurised at all they were playing with a calm and cool mind as our leader is brave and hence called Captain Cool. Congratulations CSK!!

  • ramz30380 on April 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    CSK well done - such a small score well defended! RR take heart fought well! Both teams had let their tail do the batting for them! One cause for concern as almost all batsmen got out to playing shots - CSK did miss Badrinath today - the umbrella man wasnt there on the rainy day!

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on April 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    The one thing I can say for certain after watching this match is that Tambe is not good at math.

  • on April 23, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Poor batting by RR gives CSK the real chance now.

  • GrindAR on April 23, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Please CSK, you can get the worst score than this, but the score of 140 that too against RR... There are too many influential hatters of CSK would make everything big deal against CSK. Atleast RR, please give more runs or restrict to lower score than this 140. That is a shame to cricket to bring down the games credibility by the influential junkies because just they are in the position to damage the establishment and individuals because they can do from where they are.

    This one atleast give an overview of a possible range of score based on pitch and opposition vs any team. It would have been a different score if Dhoni could have stayed for 2 more overs... Anyways, CSK scored over 180 against RR only a few (~20%) times. Sure there will be foxes many to stir the things to their benefit, again, because they are able to do from their position. They are rotten eggs of the human society.

  • on April 23, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Did anyone miss Badri today?

  • VishLara on April 23, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Stable batting and bowling line-up , we can consider Royals have a chance to win this season

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  • VishLara on April 23, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Stable batting and bowling line-up , we can consider Royals have a chance to win this season

  • on April 23, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Did anyone miss Badri today?

  • GrindAR on April 23, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Please CSK, you can get the worst score than this, but the score of 140 that too against RR... There are too many influential hatters of CSK would make everything big deal against CSK. Atleast RR, please give more runs or restrict to lower score than this 140. That is a shame to cricket to bring down the games credibility by the influential junkies because just they are in the position to damage the establishment and individuals because they can do from where they are.

    This one atleast give an overview of a possible range of score based on pitch and opposition vs any team. It would have been a different score if Dhoni could have stayed for 2 more overs... Anyways, CSK scored over 180 against RR only a few (~20%) times. Sure there will be foxes many to stir the things to their benefit, again, because they are able to do from their position. They are rotten eggs of the human society.

  • on April 23, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Poor batting by RR gives CSK the real chance now.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on April 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    The one thing I can say for certain after watching this match is that Tambe is not good at math.

  • ramz30380 on April 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    CSK well done - such a small score well defended! RR take heart fought well! Both teams had let their tail do the batting for them! One cause for concern as almost all batsmen got out to playing shots - CSK did miss Badrinath today - the umbrella man wasnt there on the rainy day!

  • on April 23, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Actually we have a balanced biwling attack though we could not put a sufficient total our bowling attack made it possible. It was a thriller. After the opening wickets they were pressurised to hit the big shots but they utterly failed giving way to CSK. They were not pressurised at all they were playing with a calm and cool mind as our leader is brave and hence called Captain Cool. Congratulations CSK!!

  • Temuzin on April 23, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Jaddu rocks. Today he had a very good game.

  • IndTheBest on April 23, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    I usually a happy person when a bowler gets MoM award but today I thought Smith deserved it more than anyone else. Jadeja performed well in this match but if you really see smith was the only difference between the teams.

  • ShanNachimuthu on April 23, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Every batsmen of RR thought that only he himself can hit and win the game for the team and played like that and handed over the game to CSK. Anyway CSK took it nicely and moving forward. It was one off day for CSK batsmen which happened very early in the tournament which could be a wake-up call. Looks like CSK does not have strong middle order planning and tries to go through the motion.