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  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 3, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    @Samychennai Well Said mate. Dhoni attitude really stops the momentum of team but his influence in the team and team mates make it up. I always believe good balls to be respected but not bowlers always. Simply Dhoni made mess of good total due to too much respect to S.Naraine in death overs. Good players shows their master class against the best even though we do not want CSK to play a brain Strom cricket. Play sensitive but be smart too give a crack back. Well done Team CSK.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 3, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @ JUSTIPL - every team has its own match winners & CSK is no exception. U said tht CSK will be nothing w/o MSD, Raina and SRJ - it applies for all teams - RCB will be nothing w/o Virat, Gayle & ABD; DD will b nothing w/o KP, Duminy & De-Kock; MI will b nothing w/o Rohit, Pollard & Malinga; Kings Xi will be nothing w/o Miller, Maxie & Bailey; SRH will b nothing w/o Steyn, Finch & Sammy.. and so on.....

    Every player has come thru auctions - the smarter ones made the smarter choices! CSK got it right! - Baz & Smith were picked this yr by CSK - it was an even field CSK were smart to pick the team composition tht they wanted to have rather than going for hot names - that was the difference.

    Moreover, CSK works on its team rather than thinking abt wht others are doing around them which by itself is a fantastic culture - combine it with a cool captain & coach - the perfect blend! Now wonder they are wht they are!

  • POSTED BY remnant on | May 3, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    KKr needs to re-do the team once more. There is a lot of dead wood and their core players are past their prime. Gambhir, Kallis and Pathan, the retained/RTM players are past their sell by date and will only go downhill. Owners must look for a fresh captain and a revamped batting with greater batting firepower. Batters with 140+ strikerate. Was surprised that Yadav has the highest strike rate and rest are all 120+. For this season, Gambhir cannot be dropped, but he should review his role and play sheet anchor, and rest Kallis. in fact Kallis and Shakib both play as allrounders and should not play together at all. Shakib himself is not justifying the foreign spot, on batting effort. Its not better than the local Ind players. His bowling is ok, but KKR problem is its toothless batting, and it needs to get in Lynn, Tendo, Narine , Shakib/Morkel/Kallis. Pathan will only flatter to deceive, but will fail when its crunch time. KKR is getting the result it paid for in auctions.It deserves it.

  • POSTED BY supercoolfan on | May 3, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    KKR - I think KKR is out of sorts! Poor captaincy! Poor team selection! Poor performances! Poor strategies! A few suggestions: 1) Drop Kallis - a failure at this moment 2) Drop Russell - pathetic performance in the last match 3) Include Doeschate and see how he performs 4) Bring Pathan up the order - give him a little to settle down. he was playing up the order for RR 5) Keep Morkel/Cummins 6) Keep Shakib and monitor how he continues to perform 7) Manish had been playing well until his batting position got reshuffled 8) Where is Das? He can be handy hitter 9) You don't have play four oversees players. If they do not perform then do not include them in the playing XI. Look for local talent. 9) Gambhir should seriously think about bowling choices and his captaincy role. He should lead by example, not by words.

    My two cents. KKR management, please think about it! Thanks.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 3, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Inclusion of Badree and Aparjith in place of Du Plessis and Manhas will make Csk invincible on these Indian wkts Robin uthapa is unfortunate not to play again for India after his resurgence in all forms.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 3, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Dhoni won more test matches than any other indian captain in the history of indian cricket. You need to take 20 wickets to win a test match which the indian bowlers find difficult to achieve in away matches. Flemimg, considered one of the best captains in the world could only do so much in tests because of the limited resources in NewZealand. Captains alone can't win matches.

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | May 3, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    KKR is seriously looking worse than MI. Unlike MI they have very good players who aren't being utilized. KKR should consider this. It is high time they bring Ryan ten Doeschate in place of Kallis. Kallis has been a burden who slows KKR down and isn't even bowling properly. ten Doeschate is a proven T20 performer all around the world and I consider him the best analyzer of the game after Dhoni. He knows when to consolidate and when to hit the big shots. Also they can bring Cummins/Morkel in place of Russell. Shakib performed nicely with the ball yesterday so he should be given another go as they need spinners. They can rotate Lynn/Morkel in future based on pitches and batting strength. Tendo must be given a permanent place in the squad. He has been alarmingly underutilized. He performs whenever he gets the chance and still GG drops him. They should forget combinations or anything and bring in ten Doeschate to strengthen the batting order. Other teams would have regularly played him.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 3, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    The 4 foreign players for KKR should be Morkel, Shakib, Ryan and Narine. Kallis consumes too many balls. Lynn we still don't know much about him. Russel his bowling is overrated.

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 3, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    CSK: Well to be honest I am irritated by Dhoni's diabolical calm and how 9 out of 10 he makes the right choices, Mr. Perfect!!! On serious note he keeps things very simple and maybe his test captaincy is nothing to write about but one can write exhaustive volumes on his T20 captaincy. He is a natural so form is never an issue, his team (with his considerable influence in selection I assume) is top notch and he regularly has those huddles which definitely have to have an impact. They work on their fielding whether it is ground or bowlers fielding off their own bowling. I have never seen him show emotions on field yet his players give 100% or more and I guess it is because they see him do the same with a no-nonsense attitude. Truly one of the best limited overs cricket captain of all times. I am 100% sure that CSK would never be what it is without Dhoni. So CSK make hay till Dhoni lasts.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    gambhir is worst captain....i don;t know who is heading team selection,,,here is best 11 with batting order : 1.Robin,2.Bisla,3.Gambhir,4.Lynn,5.Yusuf,6.SuryaKumar,7.Sakib,8.Narine,9.VinayKumar,10.UmeshYadv,11.Morkle

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 3, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    OPEN LETTER TO KKR MANAGEMENT: Gentlemen, It is high time that the performances, tactics and decisions which have had a cumulative effect in recent defeats should be addressed and often an outside observation can lead to answers that you are unable to find from within.

    1.Free runs were given away purely due to slackness in ground fielding and bowlers fielding poorly off their own bowling.

    2.In the last two matches I can distinctly remember two shots played to WIDE deliveries resulting in wickets and new batsman playing big shots instead of rotating the strike to the set batsman at crucial junctures.

    3.With Wasim Akram on your side it is a waste of resource. Even if your fast bowlers imbibe half of Akram's dedication to their art the results will speak for themselves.

    4.GG should give his bowling choices during the match a little more thought since his recent choices were catastrophic.

    5.Lack of contingency plan has left KKR helpless when Plan A fails. Where is Plan B?

    Regards

  • POSTED BY anton_ego on | May 3, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Can't understand the logic behind some of Gambhir's captaincy decisions. Even at his worst form as a batsman, I always had respect for his captaincy. But in the last few matches, even his captaincy is a bit surprising.

    1) How can you drop morkel in the current form he is in. He is as destructive as anyone at the moment.

    2) Why Shakib over Lynn? It just makes no sense at all. He is the only batsman in KKR who has any semblance of form with the bat. Also one among the very few in the team who is a high quality fielder.

    3) Why send in Yusuf at the death? He has a well documented weakness against pace. Almost 90% of all the sixes he has hit were against spin. He can demolish spin anyday, but not pace. So I would ideally send him when spinners are operating. Around the 6th or 7th over. Part of Yusuf's failure is in the way he was used. Warne used him cleverly.

    4) Why Russell over Pat Cummins? Just makes no sense. Cummins is a world class bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Hey guy @ANDROID_USER, how many times you did comment on this fixture? And how many times you talked about Sakib? I am also from BD and a superb fan of Sakib. But you should not overrate any player. Sakib is playing well but you should not be mad of a single player. Because of the hambi-zambi of the supporters/fans like you, BD players are normally neglected by foreign supporters. you should stay cool and realize that yesterday Sakib played a very rush/poor shot, for which he should be punished also.

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | May 3, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Samychennai , good point.They are the only team that preserve wickets till the end but are not fully utilised.I think in every game that they played they could have scored 20+ runs more or were in positions to finish off games with at least 2 overs to spare.This might come back to bite them if they make it into the semi & finals.But having said that ,they are well lead,a team that play for each other and ozzing with confidence. Wistle Podu ,Flemming ,Dhoni & the team

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 3, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    KKR always has a good bowling attack. In batting one or two players contribute in a match while others fail. Kallis, Uthappa, SYadav and Pandey had few good knocks. Yousuf Pathan is back to his best we know of him. Even Gambhir after string of failures scored in the last match. Only they have to bat collectively. KKR is capable of reaching the play offs. What is ther to say about CSK.They are out of the world. Young Eshwar will learn valuable lessons under Dhoni's captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    think tank of KKR need to be replaced.Russel inclusion surprise Kallis is can be rseted GAMBHIR we pity your form

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | May 3, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Many fans looking to use bench strength but due to the format of the tournament it will be sever burnout for one who plays all the games. Different players need to play in different phases of this lengthy competition. Also, CSK is India without Kohli/Bhuvi. BMac/Faf coming in makes it far more stronger so it keeps on top of the table. Also, it has Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja who are pretty consistent for India as well. Witout them CSK will be an ordinary team.

  • POSTED BY vivekanandanarulmozhi on | May 3, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Another all round effort by chennai. now chennai is more strong when compared to earlier, 500 runs scored combined by both openers in just 6 matches and mohit, ashwin, jadaja in good with ball.

    Dhoni need to check his bench strength by giving chance to Badree/Henry for Hilfy and hasting for fau du plessis and Aprajith/Vijay shankar for Mannas before the play off.

    Poor team selection by Gambhir cost every match for him. Why he is not selecting Tendo and cummings. Are he think rusell is better than cummings.

    Also Gambhir need some break, he is not performing well and loose his wickets early in every match and put pressure to the next batsman. When compared to him Bisla is good opener.

    Why dont KKR management to drop gambhir and give captaincy to some others. They should quickly adopt this before things goes out of their hands.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    CSK under the extordinary leadership of MSD can be compared to the champion clubs like Mancester United in EPL, Real Madrid in LA Liga, Bayern Munich in Bundesliga. All other four teams crumbled to the rock bottom after winning their maiden IPL crown. Only CSK is team staying consistently at the top every year. With their current form it seems they are aiming for their third crown and without any hiccups they are going to get it.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    really happy to see Indian players name on leading wickettakers.well deserved Mohit and jaddu

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Wonder why KKR is changing openers every match. Allow somebody to play few games consistently. And what is yousuf doing so low down the order. He doesn't bowl also, then what they spend on him is a waste of his talent and KKR's money

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | May 3, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    what is there in cricket, just a game, nothing to loose by any player, still we talk about form, nervousness and all those nonsense activity, why is there nervousness specially players like gambhir, team like kkr, delhi, rajasthan...dont understand why they are playing ?? winning and loosing is a different matter but palying fearlessly should be the common level. Nervousness????!!!Form??!! common ..are you a bunch of patient?? then admit yourself.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    csk has done a wonderful job by making small changes to the team and taking the onform players into consideration, rather looking at what other teams have done. so far CSK looks favourite to lift the trophy. cheers csk..

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 3, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    KKR's selection policies continue to baffle me. Russell has never been consistent, nor is he as effective as Bravo or Sammy, so why would you play him? And why did Gambhir give him that final over? Kallis would have been a better candidate. That said, Kallis doesn't fit into this XI. He is not bowling enough and he needs to open to get himself in and play the big shots. Unfortunately he can't even do that on a regular basis. KKR's best opening combo is Gambhir-Uthappa so Kallis becomes redundant. Tendo would fit much better as he can score faster and traditionally plays in the middle order. Pandey can return to his preferred No. 3 spot and the batting will end with some firepower in terms of Yadav, Pathan, Tendo and Shakib. And why in the world was Vinay bowling bouncers? A) McCullum loves to play them B) Vinay has neither the skill or the pace to execute them. KKR needs to give Cummins a go.

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | May 3, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    Well done CSK! well done Mcllum, Mohit and Jaddu. It was good performance by CSK as usual but there is one notable point. Though I am big fan of helicopter sixes I need to point out this. Dhoni is again selfish by taking singles until last over. While he has seven wickets in hand and just around 15-17 deliveries left interested only taking singles and giving the pressure to Mcllum and Jadeja. Mcllum was looking tired but Dhoni don't want take responsibility and give the job to Mcllum to accelerate the run rate that made him out. Naraine is not a big turner just delivering bit pounce in his variation. It isn't mean to give respect to him in death overs while having so many wickets in hand. If you watch Dhoni in all seasons he will play only couple of innings attacking right through. Otherwise he will hit couple of massive sixes in last over and getting the heroism tag. Bcoz of CSK winning consistent no body care about this but could cause in crucial match like Wt20 final.

  • POSTED BY Arun_mohan on | May 3, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Think CSK should start giving chances to young Baba Aparajit instead of wasting Manhas down the order. That way, they might build a future player for CSK/India

  • POSTED BY happyboy on | May 3, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Good show by CSK again.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    Nice to see you guys are now cslling these teams by their names - rather than Chennai T20 and Kolkata T20!

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | May 3, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    And India Vs The Rest: 7 indian bowlers bowled from both sides conceding 142 runs in 20 overs (RPO=7) 5 foreign bowlers bowled from both sides conceding 112 runs in 14 overs (RPO=8)

    11 indian batsmen batted from both sides scoring at a strike rate of 122 5 foreign batsmen batted from both sides scoring at a strike rate of 124

    Indian bowlers had the edge due to jadeja while foreign batsmen had edge due to McCullum.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | May 2, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Well done Chennai. Cricket is a simple game, let the players know what is expected of them, give them consistency around selection and a sense of security and they will normally perform. Perhaps some of the other teams need to study Chennai. 2 of the top 3 run-scorers and the top 2 wicket takers in the tournament speaks for itself.

  • POSTED BY tamilselvan.m on | May 2, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    ridicules shot from shabib .good captaincy from dhoni .badri should come in to play if csk win a close match.In indian pitch badri will be better than hilf.

  • POSTED BY Nortox on | May 2, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    KKR is the worst team in competition simply because of their team selection policy.. U don't lrt go of players like Gayle or Brendon, U dont buy people like Gambhir and Kallis for T20, Flukes like Pathan only come good once in 20 matches so U dont buy them either, There is lit of potential in Indian batting buy good aggressive batters and from overseas U can get nice bowlers like Naraine.. SRk shud try to get some one like AB or Virat ,,, spend wisely and get rid of Ur team selection guys they are pathetic

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    We are just bewildered and just cannot comprehend what KKR team's think-tank doing? Are they thinking? It is disgusting to see the way Gambir carries himself on the field, the body language, the facial expressions, the running between wickets, the scores… huh. Pathetic is the least we could say. Has the team management decided that they don't want to compete in IPL 7 seriously? We think that he better stay out of the affairs of the team till he gains some confidence, for the betterment of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Remember how Macullum used to fail all the time for KKR except the first match. And how Yusuf pathan performed before he joined KKR... Same goes for Gayle, Hodge and many others. Its sonerhing wrong with the team management... So changing the team wont achieve anything.. change the "thinktank" and the same players will perform.

  • POSTED BY alvi1234 on | May 2, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    KKR must open with Utthappa and send Y Pathan early in big chases. Chawla had an off game and needs to come back stronger

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 2, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    I am from BD. If KKR wants win, they need to change the captain who himself is low on confidence and cannot inspire his teammates.Look, everyone under Dhoni is performing heavily.

    In Kolkata, their 4 foreigners should be Shakib, Tendo, Cummins and Naraine

    In relatively flat pitches, there 4 foreigners should be Tendo, Lynn, Cummmins and Naraine.

    I don't think Naraine is becoming much of a threat what he should be.He is going over 6 runs per over every match and remain wicket less.It is not the Naraine who is automatic choice for any team.In the last two matches, Shakib was the best bowler which shows they are missing Naraine's magic badly.

    Never play Kallis again.He is not good at all in chasing.If KKR bats first and Kallis consolidates, it means he will consume 30+ deliveries at run a ball and KKR can only reach around 155.

    If Shakib can settle his nerve, he will be good in batting but for that KKR management needs to assure that he will not be dropped for one match failure.

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | May 2, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    there should be a player trading period after say 5 games like in the EPL...some teams have some very good world class players not playing while others are not playing well....put players into a poll and bid away... each team could only put say 3 players into the poll and only buy 2

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Its a good thing what ipl makes individuals to do.Mohit sharma who bowled and fielded poorly in the WCt20 had put a dive to take a catch and stop a boundary,he bowled very well at the end.Hope he plays well for team India if he is allowed to wear Yellow Jersey and a Paycheck..Such a Disgrace

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 2, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    KKR need to open with McCullum, pointless him sitting on the bench, oh wait it isn't 2013. Funny how he performs once he left KKR, I would be looking at the coaches, captain and the team environment if I owned KKR.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    kkr in each game one player make some runs i,e, enough for poor team. really they don't have capacity to win

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 2, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Super Kings seal it with a Purple Cap on the head of Mohit Sharma! Superb all-around performance! A well settled team offers the best performance of the day!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 2, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    CSK is the replica of Indian national team so they are bound to perform well. Not just this year but all IPL played so far. Many time they rely heavily on mistakes made by other team than making thing happen. It relects when they are pushed to tough situation, they hardly come out as winners.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Robin and yusuf strted to fire now next all match they will win they need to win 6...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    pathan should be their in team to play test and help kkr to make money

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    I think Gambhir is a little bit shaky and need some rest. He should not be given the burden of Captaincy. Kallis and Yusuf Pathan should be dropped for their poor performance.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    KKR cannot continue to persist with both kallis and shakib... it seriously dents their... maybe in grounds like eden and kotla where a lot of technique is reqd they could play kallis... else I think they need to bring Lynn in other batting wickets like Mumbai Bangalore etc... they seriously need to rework their strategies... cause they r a good side with a lively owner and support staff... hoping to see improved performances

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Once again Shakib does a silly thing like he does for his country. Also the KKR batsmen have been poor throughout the tournament and needs improving. Anyway i would get tendo in place of Kallis because Kallis has not bowled enough and batting hasnt really been brilliant. Otherwise this KKR team is definitely top 4 team.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 2, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Shakib just justified what I said last - such a rash shot first ball!!!! He is a better bowler than a batsman!!! A partnership was needed wrong shot!

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 2, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    I have always believed tht Shakib is a better bowler than he is a batsman - did not fail my opinion today...

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 2, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Nitan: Unfortunately! many people illogically think that players from teams like Bangladesh and below are useless or something. But real Cricket fans or sport fans in general don't think like that hence are in another level within the fan club from them ;)

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 2, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    If KKR dont start well, they sure wont finish well - rooting for CSK this game!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    great work by sakib

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    well done Shakib. 2 for 25, 4 overs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    shakib well done so far. 2 for 25, 4 overs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Coaches please explain vinay kumar not to bowl short pitch delivaries

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Vinay Kumar..please dont bowl short pitch ball.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    maych is 2 much delayed 2 day any way KKR will win Da match

  • POSTED BY SatishTembey on | May 2, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    It's different playing conditions from today .... Since matches will be played in India. It will be interesting to see how players change tactics, and also whether players like Smith, Maxwell continue their dream performance.

    While enjoying cricket matches....it is painful to listen to Harsha Bhogle, who never discuss technique .... Reads out score card. While watching live matches, we need technical discussion.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 2, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Why is uthappa, a regular opener in all formats of the game, not opening the innings for KKR? Gambhir is depriving the front runner for Indian Team from his rightful place. So far Dhawan, Gambhir & Rohit Sharma have all failed at the opening spot in IPL 7. Rahane, Sehwag & Vijay are the only guys who have made some significant scores. Gambhir should let Uthappa open the innings either with him or an alternate. This is waste of talent!In addition he should promote S.Yadev higher in the batting order. He is the real star of the future Indian team. I like to see Gambhir, Uthappa, Kallis, Yadev, Pathan, Shakib & Pandey in that order to reap maximum out of this KKR batting. Promoting pandey that high is counter productive cause Pathan & Yadev are better hitters of the ball. KKR will have to put the team interests above individuals if they wish to qualify.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    all the best for csk and raina

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    kkr always buys d best players and dnt play dem i mean its ridiculous how can any1 not play tendo, shakib, cummins etc on regular basis i dont rem wen tendo played for kkr last time. smart purchasing but pathetic team selection

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    may be chennai lost the match today. ...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    All the best....team kkr

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    csk good team and dhoni best caption

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    hopefully KKR will win today and sakib will be MOM...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    kkr should leave gambhir. his badding & captaincy is very poor..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    sakib will play pivotal role today and hopefully win the match...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    KKR , Looks Good .....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Anything over 145 is a winning score for csk

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    hope baz plays well against his old team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    I guess Sakib Al Hassan is gonna trump card for this match,X finger :-D

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    considering the small boundaries and flat pitch ...I think its a good decision to include power hitters like russel and yusuf....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    morkel will be missed on a pitch with moisture today, with this rain

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Yusuf batwell......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    god plz stop the rain ,,we to to watch the raining runs not the raindrops...

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    it will be batter move kallis also and uttapa open

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Russel is best

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    gautum ghambir has got it so wrong!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    plz dhoni tel sir jadeja to smile . rain wil stop and game start

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    gud move by kkr.

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  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 3, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    @Samychennai Well Said mate. Dhoni attitude really stops the momentum of team but his influence in the team and team mates make it up. I always believe good balls to be respected but not bowlers always. Simply Dhoni made mess of good total due to too much respect to S.Naraine in death overs. Good players shows their master class against the best even though we do not want CSK to play a brain Strom cricket. Play sensitive but be smart too give a crack back. Well done Team CSK.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 3, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @ JUSTIPL - every team has its own match winners & CSK is no exception. U said tht CSK will be nothing w/o MSD, Raina and SRJ - it applies for all teams - RCB will be nothing w/o Virat, Gayle & ABD; DD will b nothing w/o KP, Duminy & De-Kock; MI will b nothing w/o Rohit, Pollard & Malinga; Kings Xi will be nothing w/o Miller, Maxie & Bailey; SRH will b nothing w/o Steyn, Finch & Sammy.. and so on.....

    Every player has come thru auctions - the smarter ones made the smarter choices! CSK got it right! - Baz & Smith were picked this yr by CSK - it was an even field CSK were smart to pick the team composition tht they wanted to have rather than going for hot names - that was the difference.

    Moreover, CSK works on its team rather than thinking abt wht others are doing around them which by itself is a fantastic culture - combine it with a cool captain & coach - the perfect blend! Now wonder they are wht they are!

  • POSTED BY remnant on | May 3, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    KKr needs to re-do the team once more. There is a lot of dead wood and their core players are past their prime. Gambhir, Kallis and Pathan, the retained/RTM players are past their sell by date and will only go downhill. Owners must look for a fresh captain and a revamped batting with greater batting firepower. Batters with 140+ strikerate. Was surprised that Yadav has the highest strike rate and rest are all 120+. For this season, Gambhir cannot be dropped, but he should review his role and play sheet anchor, and rest Kallis. in fact Kallis and Shakib both play as allrounders and should not play together at all. Shakib himself is not justifying the foreign spot, on batting effort. Its not better than the local Ind players. His bowling is ok, but KKR problem is its toothless batting, and it needs to get in Lynn, Tendo, Narine , Shakib/Morkel/Kallis. Pathan will only flatter to deceive, but will fail when its crunch time. KKR is getting the result it paid for in auctions.It deserves it.

  • POSTED BY supercoolfan on | May 3, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    KKR - I think KKR is out of sorts! Poor captaincy! Poor team selection! Poor performances! Poor strategies! A few suggestions: 1) Drop Kallis - a failure at this moment 2) Drop Russell - pathetic performance in the last match 3) Include Doeschate and see how he performs 4) Bring Pathan up the order - give him a little to settle down. he was playing up the order for RR 5) Keep Morkel/Cummins 6) Keep Shakib and monitor how he continues to perform 7) Manish had been playing well until his batting position got reshuffled 8) Where is Das? He can be handy hitter 9) You don't have play four oversees players. If they do not perform then do not include them in the playing XI. Look for local talent. 9) Gambhir should seriously think about bowling choices and his captaincy role. He should lead by example, not by words.

    My two cents. KKR management, please think about it! Thanks.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 3, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Inclusion of Badree and Aparjith in place of Du Plessis and Manhas will make Csk invincible on these Indian wkts Robin uthapa is unfortunate not to play again for India after his resurgence in all forms.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 3, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Dhoni won more test matches than any other indian captain in the history of indian cricket. You need to take 20 wickets to win a test match which the indian bowlers find difficult to achieve in away matches. Flemimg, considered one of the best captains in the world could only do so much in tests because of the limited resources in NewZealand. Captains alone can't win matches.

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | May 3, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    KKR is seriously looking worse than MI. Unlike MI they have very good players who aren't being utilized. KKR should consider this. It is high time they bring Ryan ten Doeschate in place of Kallis. Kallis has been a burden who slows KKR down and isn't even bowling properly. ten Doeschate is a proven T20 performer all around the world and I consider him the best analyzer of the game after Dhoni. He knows when to consolidate and when to hit the big shots. Also they can bring Cummins/Morkel in place of Russell. Shakib performed nicely with the ball yesterday so he should be given another go as they need spinners. They can rotate Lynn/Morkel in future based on pitches and batting strength. Tendo must be given a permanent place in the squad. He has been alarmingly underutilized. He performs whenever he gets the chance and still GG drops him. They should forget combinations or anything and bring in ten Doeschate to strengthen the batting order. Other teams would have regularly played him.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 3, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    The 4 foreign players for KKR should be Morkel, Shakib, Ryan and Narine. Kallis consumes too many balls. Lynn we still don't know much about him. Russel his bowling is overrated.

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 3, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    CSK: Well to be honest I am irritated by Dhoni's diabolical calm and how 9 out of 10 he makes the right choices, Mr. Perfect!!! On serious note he keeps things very simple and maybe his test captaincy is nothing to write about but one can write exhaustive volumes on his T20 captaincy. He is a natural so form is never an issue, his team (with his considerable influence in selection I assume) is top notch and he regularly has those huddles which definitely have to have an impact. They work on their fielding whether it is ground or bowlers fielding off their own bowling. I have never seen him show emotions on field yet his players give 100% or more and I guess it is because they see him do the same with a no-nonsense attitude. Truly one of the best limited overs cricket captain of all times. I am 100% sure that CSK would never be what it is without Dhoni. So CSK make hay till Dhoni lasts.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    gambhir is worst captain....i don;t know who is heading team selection,,,here is best 11 with batting order : 1.Robin,2.Bisla,3.Gambhir,4.Lynn,5.Yusuf,6.SuryaKumar,7.Sakib,8.Narine,9.VinayKumar,10.UmeshYadv,11.Morkle

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    gud move by kkr.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    plz dhoni tel sir jadeja to smile . rain wil stop and game start

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    gautum ghambir has got it so wrong!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Russel is best

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    it will be batter move kallis also and uttapa open

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    god plz stop the rain ,,we to to watch the raining runs not the raindrops...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Yusuf batwell......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    morkel will be missed on a pitch with moisture today, with this rain

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    considering the small boundaries and flat pitch ...I think its a good decision to include power hitters like russel and yusuf....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    I guess Sakib Al Hassan is gonna trump card for this match,X finger :-D

Super Kings v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Ranchi May 2, 2014

McCullum, Jadeja sink Knight Riders

The Report by Alagappan Muthu
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Chennai Super Kings 148 for 3 (McCullum 56) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 114 for 9 (Uthappa 47, Jadeja 4-12) by 34 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Highlights - Ravindra Jadeja takes season's best figures of 4 for 12

The Chennai Super Kings playbook has one abiding formula: a top-order contribution, a blitz from the finishers and a strangle by the spinners. Brendon McCullum took care of objective one with his third half-century in six matches, MS Dhoni swung his bat around to lift the total to 148 in a rain-reduced match and Ravindra Jadeja swindled 4 for 12 to down Kolkata Knight Riders with ease.

Robin Uthappa, who opened for Knight Riders, posed the greatest threat with his execution matching his intent. He crunched four fours and a six on either side of losing his partner Gautam Gambhir in the third over. He was conscious to use his feet, unafraid of going aerial and the reverse sweep was a trusted weapon as well. But his stroke-play coincided with a dreadful collapse at the other end. The introduction of spin left Knight Riders 39 for 4 at the end of the Powerplay, too deep a hole to escape from no matter how long Yusuf Pathan managed to biff the ball down the ground.

The Jadeja-R Ashwin combination plucked three wickets in five balls and Knight Riders' middle order was broken inside the first six overs. Uthappa waged his battle until he became Jadeja's fourth victim to hand the left-arm spinner the best figures of the season.

The start of the Indian leg of the IPL was delayed by an hour and 40 minutes after an unseasonal shower in Ranchi limited the game to 17 overs a side. Knight Riders utilised spin for the entirety of the Powerplay and were encouraged by some help from the pitch. But a persistence in pushing the balls through allowed McCullum to settle and shepherd Super Kings past the loss of Dwayne Smith in the third over.

Piyush Chawla was particularly adamant in refusing to flight the ball. Suresh Raina and McCullum had no qualms with that as they joined hands for a brisk 70-run stand for the second wicket. The introduction of pace did little to stem the flow of runs as Vinay Kumar fed McCullum with a steady diet of short balls that ended up being thudded into the midwicket boundary. The five overs between the eighth and 12th yielded 51 runs for one wicket.

Sunil Narine was his usual miserly self and Super Kings seemed to be running out of gas in the final overs, especially when McCullum was caught in the deep for 56. But some initiative and wayward bowling from Andre Russell, who was brought in for Morne Morkel, allowed the home side to finish on a high.

Those extra runs ensured Yusuf's late pummeling in the Knight Riders' chase was inconsequential. He blazed three sixes in the penultimate over and each of them gave the fielder no chance. Knight Riders would hope the next time he wields the long handle, the equation will not read 59 off 12.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo