Sunrisers v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 27, 2014

Chennai leave it late, but win again

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Chennai Super Kings 146 for 5 (Smith 66, McCullum 40) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (Finch 44, Mohit 2-27) by five wickets
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It seemed at the halfway point that Chennai Super Kings would face a challenging chase. Two big overs at the death had propelled Sunrisers Hyderabad to 145 on a slow Sharjah pitch, which had seemed difficult to play big shots on. Sunrisers had gone into the match with five specialist bowlers, each different from the other, all of them capable of exploiting the conditions.

But as early as the first over of Super Kings' innings, delivered by Dale Steyn, something seemed to have changed. Dwayne Smith only took six runs off it, but he middled every ball, despite Steyn delivering most of them with a scrambled seam.

After a close shave in the next over, off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, when the ball narrowly missed the top of middle stump after hitting his inside edge, Smith continued timing the ball beautifully, raced away to a 46-ball 66, and put on 85 for the first wicket with Brendon McCullum, who was hitting it just as crisply. Dew had come into play, and the ball was coming nicely on to the bat.

When Super Kings lost Suresh Raina, they had eight wickets in hand and 36 balls in which to get 32 runs against a Sunrisers attack that was reaching for the towel stuck in the umpire's waistband with increasing frequency. The chase seemed well in control.

Just then, when everything was stacked against them, Sunrisers came back into the game. Suresh Raina mistimed a big hit off Ishant Sharma, turning a poor over into a reasonable one. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two wickets in one over, including a lucky break when Smith hit a full-toss straight to long-off. Steyn bowled a superb last over, giving away just four, and Bhuvneshwar followed it up by giving away just five in the next one.

Ishant Sharma, who had gone for 33 in his first three overs, got his leg-cutter to work all of a sudden, bowling Ravindra Jadeja off his pads and beating Mithun Manhas twice in two balls. Four runs off that over left Super Kings needing six off the last over.

Sunrisers hadn't used anyone apart from their five specialist bowlers, and they stuck with that plan, handing Amit Mishra the task of bowling the last over. Only two runs came off the first two balls, but the dew, the pressure of defending four off four balls, and the fact that MS Dhoni was on strike came together for a high full-toss to slip out of Mishra's fingers. Dhoni swatted it away to the midwicket boundary, and a result that had seemed a formality five overs earlier had now belatedly come to pass.

Having chosen to bat, Sunrisers never recovered after losing two wickets inside the first three overs. Shikhar Dhawan pulled Ben Hilfenhaus straight to the midwicket fielder, and David Warner fell victim to a poor umpiring decision two balls later.

The ball, from Ben Hilfenhaus, was short, pitched well outside leg stump, and hit Warner high on the pad with the batsman on the hop. Umpire Vineet Kulkarni gave it out, and Super Kings had sent back two-thirds of Sunrisers' heavy artillery. The third member of that trio, Aaron Finch, was now forced into circumspection.

Super Kings' bowlers, for their part, did everything in their power to make life difficult for the batsmen. Their three seamers, Mohit Sharma in particular, made clever use of the slower ball, and the best strategy against R Ashwin's around-the-wicket line, at times, seemed to be to let the ball go and hope for wides. No one, barring Ravindra Jadeja on a couple of occasions, gave the batsmen any width.

Finch and KL Rahul put on 52 at just over a run a ball, and Venugopal Rao made 13 off 15 before he was out off the last ball of the 15th over. Sunrisers were 98 for 4, and their hopes of getting to a competitive total rested on Finch and Darren Sammy. Finch fell in the 18th over, foxed by one of Mohit's back-of-the-hand offerings, but Sammy and Karn Sharma tonked 36 off the last 16 balls to propel the score to 145. It shouldn't have been, considering how much of an effect the dew was to have, and it wasn't in the end, but they almost made it look like a big enough total.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mjrvasu on April 29, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    CSK needs to address its batting order quickly otherwise they are risking every match. FAF should come up number 3; Raina should come at 5 after MSD. Besides that, Manas looks to play much better than Ravindra Jadeja so they should switch too in the batting order. It is also worth getting Badree in the playing XI - Hilfenhaus may have to give way.

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 28, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    @tuluguroshan, Mithun manhas is another non-national level player who is being given a consistent run by Dhoni this year.

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 28, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    @tuluguroshan, your statements are easily refuted by the facts. Dhoni is a strong supporter of non-national level talent. IC Pandey is an example this year. Ashwin was a nobody until Dhoni persisted with him in the CSK team, as was Mohit Sharma last year. Dhoni also played Jason Holder and Chris Morris, when they were not in their respective national teams. It's okay to be anti-Dhoni because you are a Kings XI supporter or whatever, but you can't make lazy, unfounded accusations.

  • ramz30380 on April 28, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    @ Mr.CricketJKNotHussey - My statement was in disagreement with @tuluguroshan as he claimed tht Kings XI was the most balanced side in the IPL. Clearly as per ur comment you agree tht Kings XI do not have a quality spinner. In Indian pitches they need a quality spinner.

    Kings XI are playing only 3 matches in Mohali. The playoffs (I am expecting Kings to qualify) are at Chennai and Mumbai where you need spinners to perform.

    Pujara and Sehwag with all due respects to them, havent given great starts - they have given them starts yes.... barring Maxie who did well, did u see Miller struggle in the WC in BD pitches?

    Maxie (I am a big fan of his fearless hitter) did give a lot of chances which was not capitulated by the other teams, it will not go on forever. If there is one guy I will say who will shine even in India its the captain, Bailey is the best bet for Kings XI & of course a back-to-form Sehwag.

  • ramz30380 on April 28, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    @ tuluguroshan - Every player on his day can be the best in the business, it does not specifically apply to Kings XI alone.

    If you give George Bailey a Ashwin, SRJ, Raina, Mohit Sharma in the squad, he will not look beyond them at a Sandeep Sharma for sure! Thats wht is MSD doing. FYI Mohit Sharma was not a capped player when MSD kept pursuing him last season!

    Ishwar Pandey is doing well for CSK and I think he is an Indian uncapped player mate. Yes, I do accept tht Kings Xi have a good team ansd personally I am a big Maxie fan, but u mentioned tht they were th best balanced side in the IPL - which they are not.

    In Indian pitches you need spinners mate, without a proper spinning combo u cannot call a team in the sub-continent a balanced side...

  • keerthitommy on April 28, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    @tuluguroshan csk has ishwar pandey who is not a international bowler. Dhoni gives chances to him as well .Your team has sandeep sharma and akshar patel because punjab does not have any options to replace them.

  • Dominic532 on April 28, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Excellent perfomace by CSK.Poor perfomance by SRH they lack their batting only 4 qualified batsmens.CSK giving all round perfomance.They will win IPL-7 CSK.CSK.CSK.

  • D-Coach on April 28, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    What we saw the life of cricket in Dhoni at ease :P that forced to accept all level especially in all IPLs. The good thing is whatsoever mostly he manages it to cross the linesomewhat. #FaceDFact

  • anver777 on April 28, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Can't understand when a team is chasing a below par score & well set for a easy win, they don't chase it fast & improve their net run rate which may help in the final stages, instead they just play negatively & drags the game, A perfect example is the way CSK played last night !!!!

  • D-Coach on April 28, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @Rally_Windies Love it mate. I wish to see S.Badree. The two options to find him in CSK is to find the similar replacement of D.Bravo to take away Faf and Ben or D.Smith should bowl good at death overs to replace with Ben. CSK is looking to build a death bowler in progress along with M.Sharma.

  • mjrvasu on April 29, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    CSK needs to address its batting order quickly otherwise they are risking every match. FAF should come up number 3; Raina should come at 5 after MSD. Besides that, Manas looks to play much better than Ravindra Jadeja so they should switch too in the batting order. It is also worth getting Badree in the playing XI - Hilfenhaus may have to give way.

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 28, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    @tuluguroshan, Mithun manhas is another non-national level player who is being given a consistent run by Dhoni this year.

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 28, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    @tuluguroshan, your statements are easily refuted by the facts. Dhoni is a strong supporter of non-national level talent. IC Pandey is an example this year. Ashwin was a nobody until Dhoni persisted with him in the CSK team, as was Mohit Sharma last year. Dhoni also played Jason Holder and Chris Morris, when they were not in their respective national teams. It's okay to be anti-Dhoni because you are a Kings XI supporter or whatever, but you can't make lazy, unfounded accusations.

  • ramz30380 on April 28, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    @ Mr.CricketJKNotHussey - My statement was in disagreement with @tuluguroshan as he claimed tht Kings XI was the most balanced side in the IPL. Clearly as per ur comment you agree tht Kings XI do not have a quality spinner. In Indian pitches they need a quality spinner.

    Kings XI are playing only 3 matches in Mohali. The playoffs (I am expecting Kings to qualify) are at Chennai and Mumbai where you need spinners to perform.

    Pujara and Sehwag with all due respects to them, havent given great starts - they have given them starts yes.... barring Maxie who did well, did u see Miller struggle in the WC in BD pitches?

    Maxie (I am a big fan of his fearless hitter) did give a lot of chances which was not capitulated by the other teams, it will not go on forever. If there is one guy I will say who will shine even in India its the captain, Bailey is the best bet for Kings XI & of course a back-to-form Sehwag.

  • ramz30380 on April 28, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    @ tuluguroshan - Every player on his day can be the best in the business, it does not specifically apply to Kings XI alone.

    If you give George Bailey a Ashwin, SRJ, Raina, Mohit Sharma in the squad, he will not look beyond them at a Sandeep Sharma for sure! Thats wht is MSD doing. FYI Mohit Sharma was not a capped player when MSD kept pursuing him last season!

    Ishwar Pandey is doing well for CSK and I think he is an Indian uncapped player mate. Yes, I do accept tht Kings Xi have a good team ansd personally I am a big Maxie fan, but u mentioned tht they were th best balanced side in the IPL - which they are not.

    In Indian pitches you need spinners mate, without a proper spinning combo u cannot call a team in the sub-continent a balanced side...

  • keerthitommy on April 28, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    @tuluguroshan csk has ishwar pandey who is not a international bowler. Dhoni gives chances to him as well .Your team has sandeep sharma and akshar patel because punjab does not have any options to replace them.

  • Dominic532 on April 28, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Excellent perfomace by CSK.Poor perfomance by SRH they lack their batting only 4 qualified batsmens.CSK giving all round perfomance.They will win IPL-7 CSK.CSK.CSK.

  • D-Coach on April 28, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    What we saw the life of cricket in Dhoni at ease :P that forced to accept all level especially in all IPLs. The good thing is whatsoever mostly he manages it to cross the linesomewhat. #FaceDFact

  • anver777 on April 28, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Can't understand when a team is chasing a below par score & well set for a easy win, they don't chase it fast & improve their net run rate which may help in the final stages, instead they just play negatively & drags the game, A perfect example is the way CSK played last night !!!!

  • D-Coach on April 28, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @Rally_Windies Love it mate. I wish to see S.Badree. The two options to find him in CSK is to find the similar replacement of D.Bravo to take away Faf and Ben or D.Smith should bowl good at death overs to replace with Ben. CSK is looking to build a death bowler in progress along with M.Sharma.

  • suriaero on April 28, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    The team which gathers momentum and balance towards the end of league stage will end up winning IPL. Sustaining the winning streak for 14 matches is difficult. This IPL has pushed back all the bad notions which was lingering towards the start of the tournament. Game has won many hearts even though some have fallen back, the charm gets them back with these thrilling finishes. This adds glamor and increase the IPL face value. Always let a better team win.

  • suriaero on April 28, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Better give Sammy to lead and lend dhawan the VC. Let him learn the trade and its too early to call shots for him. Pretty young at international level. Unfortunately his confidence will go down if he continues to fair like this in batting. Let sunrisers management take a call on this sooner than later. Dhawan as a batsman is more helpful to SRH than captain Dhawan.

  • ramli on April 28, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    The entire Wt20 tournament saw bowlers drying the balls using towles ... what is new in UAE? A professional team should be geared up for such things ... having selected 5 specialist bowlers and still harping on the dew factor is inexcusable ... MSD was candid when he said during the presentation about how good was it to lose the toss ... but that is not the only blessing for CSK ... they played well to win the match ... if SRH does that, especially put runs on the boar, they will win more consistently ...

  • on April 28, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    there should be appraisal for umpires useless must be dumped in desert.they are paid heavily.drop this fellow.coming to hyd .captain should be sammy dhavan better give him rest

  • mjrvasu on April 28, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Shikar Dhawan has very little experience as Captain. They have a world class captain in their side but overlooked! Unless they hand over the mantle to Sammy, SRH will vanish out of qualification very quickly.

  • Narasimhareddy419 on April 28, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    My 11 for srh is 1)Dhawan 2)Finch 3)Naman Ojha(wk) 4)KL Rahul 5)Henriques 6)Srikkanth Anirudha/Manpreet Juneja 7)Sammy(c) 8)Karan/Rasool 9)Mishra 10)Kumar 11)Steyn

  • ramli on April 28, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    With MSD around, you have to wait till the last ball to know the result ... CSK was always on control of the chase ... to leave it till the last over just adds to the popularity chart ... that is all ... SRH has always been a good bowling team but they need to bat well to pose challenges to any team this IPL ...

  • OMGK on April 28, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    I am saying it again and agian and again as long as dhawan captains SRH they wont win games. Its a tactical blunder from SRH think tank. Dhawan is not a captain material.look at last ipl season he was scoring runs because he didnt have any additional pressure.

  • chand79 on April 28, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Best 11 what i think should be Aaron Finch David Warner K Rahul Manpreet Juneja Darren Sammy (c) Naman Ojha BhuvneshwarKumar Karn Sharma Dale Steyn Amit Mishra Ishant Sharma

  • on April 28, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    as i said earlier no one knows what to do after winning the toss in UAE as team winning the toss has lost maximum no of games too. No one has any idea how pitch will behave if u bat 1st or 2nd. take last night game csk Vs srh..had SRH known that dew will play majkr role in loosing the game then they woukd have batted 2nd. MI team has suffered a lot due to this as games in UAE are real lottery.

  • on April 28, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    My prediction of Ipl 7's final= CSK VS KXIP

  • Snambidi on April 28, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    In this Indian T20 League season the greatest pity is the performance of Mumbai who played 4 games without a point to their credit. there does not end the matter.the pietist part of it is that this happened despite the presence of John Wright,Anil Kumble,Johnty Rods&Robin Singh at the helm of the team. Had Sachin present with the team as a leader this would not have happened. So the need of the hour is the return of Sachin to Mumbai Cricket leaving beside the Football he is looking after now.This is with a view to saving his own first passion the Mumbai Cricket from a possible disaster.Being a Mumbaite myself ,if I don't say this much it would amount to injustice on my part. So please come back Sachin to rescue Mumbai

  • SL_Wolverine on April 28, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    why is that Rangana Herath, Sachithtra, Kulasakara and Mathiws not playing IPL? They are in world class and can handdle pressure anytime not like the bowlers who we ever haven't heard the name

  • La_Bangla on April 28, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Umpire VA Kulkarni.. How long would we have to deal with such incompetent??

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 28, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Very unfortunate for Warner, but thankfully there has only been one such decision this IPL. Last year was abysmal. That said, SRH could have gotten to a better total had Warner stuck around and given that CSK struggled to finish, the game could have been interesting. SRH does need to sort out its batting though. Warner has played in the middle order before, but I feel like the opening should be Warner and Finch with Dhawan dropping to 4. Rahul is doing a decent job at 3. This way, with Sammy coming at 5 or 6, the batting is more spread out. Venu can also be replaced for Aniruddha as he is not doing enough.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 28, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    @ramz30380 Miller and Maxwell aren't the only players who have done well for KXIP. Pujara and Sehwag have given them great starts and held up one end too. Bailey has barely had any match time and everyone saw what he and Maxi did to India in the ODI's last year. Miller also tore oppositions apart in India last IPL. So, the shift to India shouldn't be that hard. So, with potentially 5 good batsmen at the top, 4 of which can single-handedly win you a game, I'd say KXIP's batting line up is as good as CSK's. Also, the spin argument works only on a few pitches in India. Pitches like Mohali that aid pace will be perfect for KXIP's bowling attack which has been coming of good lately and Akshar Patel is doing well. KXIP has all the players you mentioned too, just a slightly different batting strategy. They don't have a rampaging opening pair, but a steadier one with perhaps the most explosive middle order.

  • on April 28, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    please remove the captancy of dhawan and give captaincy to international tT20 innings winner DARREN SAMMY give him captainacy

  • makximum on April 28, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    Mumbai Should accept that their Powerful all rounder pollard, and Mr Cricket (Hussey) are no more players to stick with, give pollard rest, and do away with hussey, my lineup for mumbai is as follows 1) Ben Dunk (Strong BBL Experience also wicket keeper, and a good last minute grab by mumbai in auction), 2)Rohit Sharma, 3) A Tare, 4)Corey Anderson, 5) Jalaj Saxena,6)Ambati Rayudu, 7) CM Gautam, 8) Harbajan, 9) ZAK, 10) Kiron Santakie, 11) Malinga looks a lil bit inexperienced middle order, but i think it should be tried

  • JustIPL on April 27, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    CSK is the replica of Indian national team just refurbished with the addition of some top world class players so its dominance is expected. CSK is the ideal fantasy team.

  • Nampally on April 27, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Of the top 3 SRH batsmen, only Finch is consistently scoring. Dhawan has been an absolute flop in IPL7 so far after his superb batting in IPL6. Warner was given out by an unknown umpire, Kulkarni, who appeared scared by the loud appeal from Hilfinhaus that lasted for ever! He seemed to have lifted his finger out of fear as the ball as outside the leg stump & would have gone at least 6" above the stumps. Anyway SRH still made a game of it losing only in the last over. It was "Dew-Assisted" win for CSK - but a win nevertheless. Dhawan should have been advised about the possibility of Dew later in the day so that he could have fielded first. My impression about the SRH team: it relies too heavily on the top 3 bats by keeping its all rounders on the bench. They have to get the right XI with 3 all rounders in XI. Go with Pathan, Rasool & Henriques (alternating with Sammy) as 3 all rounders to support the top 4 batsmen & top 4 Bowlers. That is the Magic formula for balanced XI & Winning!

  • Rally_Windies on April 27, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    I'd like to see Badree play...

    but CSK is winning without him.. not sure who he can replace ....

    imagine your team is so strong you can afford to replace the #1 Bowler in the world with an Allrounder ....

  • lian_14 on April 27, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    It would be a start for the sunrisers to be led by a better captain. Having Dhawan as captain is a mistake. It's no surprise that the two best captains in the IPL so far, Bailey and Dhoni, have their teams sitting at 1 and 2 on the ladder. I think Sammy would be amongst them in terms of captaincy as well and will bring along that calmness on the field that you just don't see with Dhawan.

  • ravin_cricluv on April 27, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    though iam a chennai fan ,honestly today's match was not won by csk. but lost by SRH.other than the cracking openersand dhoni ,no batsmenplayed sensibly.also SRH gave toomany easy singles and few over throws. .if they were spot on and if luckily dhoni has gone out ,the match might have twisted in favor of SRH.also wish chennai should stop relying too much on the openers .the usual contribution from its middle order (which is its only consistent strength in all seasons)is missing till now.hope all team's local picks will get better when the game move in to India.

  • ravin_cricluv on April 27, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    regardless of form factor i believe all teams have equal chance of winning on any given day.but what makes CSK so special is the 'THINK TANK -DHONI'.in today's match,if it was anyone else instead of dhoni in the last few overs, Chennai would have definitely lost cheaply.keeping his nerves cool has given CSK so many victories in all the seasons.what makes csk more powerfull this year is, inclusion of two cracking openers at the top.

  • on April 27, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Darren Sammy should be the captain for SRH. At the end of the match Sammy was making the field placements, so SRH should figure out this mistake soon and make Darren Sammy as the official captain of SRH. Making Sammy as a captain, Dhawan can be freed from all the burdens and pressure, eventually which helps him to find his form

  • tuluguroshan on April 27, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    mr @ramz30380 i didn't say maxi and miller will fire every time.kings have a team in which every member is a match winner on his day.if one fails another one will step in.ex-the 4th match of kings.in my team you will see one day even pujara will win us a match on a given day single handly. can you say a single name in the csk team who is not a international player and performed well in this ipl.we have them .our captain shows faith in the .even if he is aaus captain he is making our domestic players prepared for international.and dhoni on the other hand does not encourage them. even though i am a dhoni fan i have to say it. kings will be the ultimate power in this ipl.

  • on April 27, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    SRH problem has been their middle order. They are too much reliant on their top3 they should try to replace venu wit aniruddha who is an explosive bat...Going on a slow track they shuld have had 3 spinner wit rasool coming in fr ishant. He s a handy bat too. They can try out brendan Taylor as well to strengthen batting..

  • on April 27, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Top order is a big Achilles heel for hyd team, if they dont fire then middle order is pathetic, rahul has been decent but he isnt on par with a guy like samson on RR. Sometimes even the tail does better than them. I really think SRH management should reconsider having venugopal rao on the team, he just is not that good for t20 & i would much rather have a guy like pathan be on the team or maybe in place of ishant as his bowling hasnt been that well so far. Everything is short and wide waiting for the batsmen to mishit for a skier.

    Top order need to show intent when batting also, its pathetic how they all struggle in some games when the opposite teams players have no problem scoring.

  • tuluguroshan on April 27, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    mr @Pradeep Somi GaneshBabu you said a drop catch cost the match betweens kings and csk so when you drop 4 catches oin a single game then how can you say that you have the most balanced team..we will see the match between csk and kings which will be played in mohali.and you know what mohali pitch is the dream pitch of miller.he will take the match this time also we are going to see this very soon.

  • suriaero on April 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    CSK is doing fine so far. Still the middle order stability is a problem. During the auction i felt CSK made a mistake of not choosing a quality fast bowler of international quality. now it gets justified, they have really worked up on the team. Smith was with MI, and he never had this consistency 3rd 50 plus in 5 games. Game planning, tactics and roles have been defined thats why they are succeeding fairly better than any other teams. Players are happy to execute their roles rather than thinking about them in the field. One best thing is Ishwar and Mohit are getting nice training under ben and they could be helpful for WC. B.Kumar termed as not a death bowler what a transformation now he is. IN this season most of the Indian fast bowlers Aaron (RCB) have improved their quality. Wonderful to see. Dying to see Shami to be more economical and wicket taking. Love to see this team support staff to train indian national or junior team and definitely lot many stars will emerge on their own.

  • on April 27, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    i feel venu aslo should be drop he cannot deliver at the crunch moment of the game in place of him bring srikanth anirudhaaa he is great player...please remove venu if hyd wants to get back to winning ways

  • on April 27, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Dhawan is a poor captain is proved yet again. How many IPL games did he play to not know the dew will be a factor? He wins the toss and elects to bat. Then blames the dew.

    Venugopal needs to make room for Parvez Rasool. The slow bowlers are successful here

  • on April 27, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    SRH should bring finach n warner as openers, dhawan fit for nothing, he should be rested and Sammy should be the captain

  • ramz30380 on April 27, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    @tuluguroshan CSK is a better balanced team on any given day - Miller and Maxwell wont fire everytime and even more so on Indian pitches. CSK will do well in India. You need quality spinners when u play on Indian tracks. Punjab doesnt have tht - so lets wait and watch.

    A well balanced team must cover all bases and CSK have done tht - they have pace, spin, technically correct batsmen, sloggers, all-rounders, a ramphant opening pair, a steady middle order and good finishers. So, yes..... taking into acc all tht CSK is the most balanced team in IPL 2014!

  • on April 27, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Where is parvez rasool???

  • on April 27, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Chennai have the best openning pair of ipl2014

  • on April 27, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Sunrisers must need to bring brendan taylor for warner n ojha for lokesh n henqri for sammy

  • on April 27, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    tuluguroshan lol we played nehra and his drop catch costed the match...we still have one more match we will see who wins that...

  • tuluguroshan on April 27, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    mr @sanket you said that csk tam have the stability and kings dont have it.i think thats the reason csk lost to my kings i n the firsh match with 7 balls to spare.lolllll.think before commenting the kings.we ARE going tto thrash this ipl.

  • westen2 on April 27, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    I really think that appointing Dhawan as the captain was a mistake; In a team where there is experience of Dale Steyn; Warner and Finch..... Lastly the World Cup t20 semi finalist and previous champions captain, Darren Sammy should have been the captain

  • on April 27, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    SRH will win

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on April 27, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    How to bowl to Aaron Finch: Any right arm off spinner around the wicket, bowl wide outside leg stump.

    His willingness to hit any leg side wide for 1 or 0 runs baffles me.

  • on April 27, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    ha yearly blow for srh wow wow

  • Greatest_Game on April 27, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Dhawan fails against the short ball yet again. Hilfenhaus just banged them in at him & sure enough he took the bait.

    1st short ball Dhawan was flat footed, & he just got out the way. The 2nd was wide, giving him room, & he connected well. The 3rd he tried to pull but was cramped. The very next ball was identical - cramped again he pulled straight to mid-wicket. The good quicks get him like that every time, & he never learns.

    Warner's dismissal was a travesty, a shocking howler. If anything screamed out for DRS, that was it!

  • on April 27, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    if Sunrisers get 160 on this low slow pitch Chennai will be hardpressed to chase . moize

  • on April 27, 2014, 14:45 GMT

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  • on April 27, 2014, 14:45 GMT

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  • on April 27, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    if Sunrisers get 160 on this low slow pitch Chennai will be hardpressed to chase . moize

  • Greatest_Game on April 27, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Dhawan fails against the short ball yet again. Hilfenhaus just banged them in at him & sure enough he took the bait.

    1st short ball Dhawan was flat footed, & he just got out the way. The 2nd was wide, giving him room, & he connected well. The 3rd he tried to pull but was cramped. The very next ball was identical - cramped again he pulled straight to mid-wicket. The good quicks get him like that every time, & he never learns.

    Warner's dismissal was a travesty, a shocking howler. If anything screamed out for DRS, that was it!

  • on April 27, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    ha yearly blow for srh wow wow

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on April 27, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    How to bowl to Aaron Finch: Any right arm off spinner around the wicket, bowl wide outside leg stump.

    His willingness to hit any leg side wide for 1 or 0 runs baffles me.

  • on April 27, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    SRH will win

  • westen2 on April 27, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    I really think that appointing Dhawan as the captain was a mistake; In a team where there is experience of Dale Steyn; Warner and Finch..... Lastly the World Cup t20 semi finalist and previous champions captain, Darren Sammy should have been the captain

  • tuluguroshan on April 27, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    mr @sanket you said that csk tam have the stability and kings dont have it.i think thats the reason csk lost to my kings i n the firsh match with 7 balls to spare.lolllll.think before commenting the kings.we ARE going tto thrash this ipl.

  • on April 27, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    tuluguroshan lol we played nehra and his drop catch costed the match...we still have one more match we will see who wins that...

  • on April 27, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Sunrisers must need to bring brendan taylor for warner n ojha for lokesh n henqri for sammy