Daredevils v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Delhi May 5, 2014

Super Kings flex batting muscle once again

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Chennai Super Kings 181 for 2 (Smith 79, Raina 47*) beat Delhi Daredevils 178 for 5 (Karthik 51) by eight wickets
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Hattangadi: Rain helped CSK chase

There had been a light, on-off drizzle right through the match, and it grew in intensity over the course of the Chennai Super Kings chase. Fifth ball of the 15th over, Suresh Raina aimed a big drive at a full, off-stump ball from Jaydev Unadkat and edged it past the wicketkeeper for four. Raina pumped his fist.

Super Kings were 127 for 1. They still needed 52 from 31 balls, but they had edged ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis par score. It would seesaw this way and that over the next few overs as the rain fell and the insects swarmed in the haloes around the floodlight towers. Super Kings were ahead after taking 14 off Wayne Parnell in the 16th over; Delhi Daredevils were back on top after a frugal 17th, bowled by Jaydev Unadkat.

Throughout that time, Super Kings were in control. They had only lost one wicket, and it soon became apparent the umpires would not take the players off the field. They had Raina at the crease; they had Dwayne Smith, who had already passed 50; they had MS Dhoni waiting to come in. In the end, they simply had too much batting firepower, even if they did suffer a small hiccup.

Super Kings seemed to have it wrapped up after they took 17 off the 18th over, bowled by Mohammed Shami. Bowling with both third man and fine leg in the circle, he sent down three poor deliveries: a short, wide ball that Smith was only too happy to slash behind square for four, followed by two long-hops that Smith pulled for six and four.

But it only took one wicket - Smith holing out in the penultimate over after a powerful 79 off 51 - for panic to set in, albeit momentarily, and show Daredevils what may have been had they possessed a more penetrative bowling attack. Despite conceding a boundary off the first ball, Wayne Parnell only gave up five from that over.

It left Super Kings needing 11 off the final over. Unadkat had the ball for Daredevils; Super Kings had Raina and Dhoni. It was an unequal contest in terms of Twenty20 pedigree and experience, and all it took was one ball in Dhoni's slot - the second of the over - for it to disappear over the long-on boundary and the equation to come down to four from four. There could only be one result from there.

At the toss, Dhoni had sent Daredevils in, contending that there was some moisture in the pitch and it would get better for batting as the game progressed. The first couple of overs of the Daredevils innings seemed to suggest he was right. Ben Hilfenhaus moved it around a bit, and Ishwar Pandey beat M Vijay three balls in succession in a maiden full of gorgeous outswingers.

But Quinton de Kock kept Daredevils chugging along, and he seemed to be able to hit cleanly through or across the line. This was rapidly becoming a good pitch to bat on. Delhi just seemed to have gotten past the difficult phase when they lost de Kock - to a needless run-out - and Kevin Pietersen, who played down the wrong line of what looked a straight ball from Mohit Sharma.

Vijay and Dinesh Karthik got out of rebuilding mode fairly quickly after that. Karthik played some stunning shots, including a paddled six off a Hilfenhaus full-toss, in a 36-ball 51 that provided Daredevils the perfect platform to launch off from. When Karthik was out, Delhi were 108 for 3 with seven overs remaining.

At that point, JP Duminy was expected to walk in. Or Kedar Jadhav, who had looked in sparkling form down the order in their previous games. Instead, it was Laxmi Shukla, who hadn't faced a single ball in the tournament. Starting with Karthik's dismissal, Daredevils lost three wickets in nine balls, just when they should have been flooring the pedal.

With Daredevils needing to rebuild once more, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled four overs for 26 runs. Having got their eye in, Duminy and Jadhav took 44 from the last three - and were particularly severe on Mohit Sharma, who went for 35 in his last two - to push Daredevils to 178. No one knew at that point if it was a defendable total. Daredevils knew they would have to bowl to a fearsome batting line-up; they didn't know they would be doing so with a wet ball.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | May 5, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Readers comments are true. Many teams are buying all foreign super stars and heavily depend on them and keep forgetting that only 4 players could accommodate. Look at Chennai's side, they been keep watching the players and purchasing just necessary foreign players and buying the talented local players and train them hard rather than advising whole day with multiple legends. Captain and coach keep calm and ask the players to do their natural game and just giving little bit tips that what they are expecting. The training and the environment allow the players to do their job freely and let them enjoy their game.

    Any players coming to SuperKings squad they never like to go away even Dhoni like to stay at Chennai only while various things happen around the team management.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    @CRICLOVER316, i like VK too, i said "like kohli" kindly notice.i think you have agreed since you haven't disagree that people don't praise CSK much after 6 seasons of consistent performance while remaining IPL champs hit the bottom after winning IPL trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    As a long time CSK fan, I am happy with their results. But Brandon is not a long term solution. He has scored well but he surely can be kept quiet by bowlers if they bowl with plan to him and not bowl short. He just survives by playing pull shot. Parnell bowled many times on his pads but he hit only 1 of those for boundaries many he missed to even put bat on ball. CSK was lucky that Raina came attacking from first ball else the dip in scoring rate due to cramping McCulm would have hurt CSK. Good that he gets out if he is kept quiet for some time. Any subcontinent batsman would have hit more runs of those balls that Parnell bowled on his pads.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    i think DD need to rethink their strategy. instead of tahir they should buy bollinger. they shud open with kp and vijay. karthik at no.03 followed by jp, kedar, LR, parnell, sid, bolly, nadeem, shukula. parnell and bolly can bowl at death..buying overseas spinner for indian t20 is waste coz of ground size and most suited for batsman..

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Knockout blow @GreatestGame? Name me one other team without an all-rounder (bearing in mind that Duminy has not been bowling and, if he had, maybe Parnell's bowling could have won us games, but the others go for too many for it too matter yes? Factually that has been what has happened!! SO... you play Neesham, who played in a win and then a loss to CSK in which he took 1/30 and got 22 and was probably still angry with how he went. I am not saying he has been the best.. I am saying he offers more. What would we have lost by doing so? Can you lose more than losing? On yer bike @WorstGame

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @Greatest Game - Reread my comments. I never ever rubbish Parnell. I just want the all-rounder in place of the bowler who sometimes bowls well (economically) but never with than one wicket in any game and took none for forty-odd when we lost to SRH inexplicably..... and he did not score a run as not a good batter or needed, in a SINGLE one of those games. So, yes, I go on about Neesham - absolutely - as I know his play and how you get the best out of him (by playing and backing him) and how balance and boundaries win cricket games due to the fact that I am more astute about cricket and more intelligent than you are. I can't help you with that. But your asserion on me disliking Parnell is wrong. If we could have 5 internationals or maybe 6, I would play him in heartbeat and he can be a great bowler, but this is t20!! Neesham bats and bowls and is two players. Without him, while Duminy not bowling, we have ZERO all-rounders... which is an utter farce in t20. Anything else GreatestGame?

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 6, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    KP for DD is identical to SD for SRH. They both need to hand over captaincy and if possible sit out as well. Otherwise their teams are dead in this competition.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Really it was a very, very nice win by our CSK yesterday. But I really don't know the reason behind MSD promoting himself especially in the last 2 encounters with Sun Risers Hyderabad & KKR when there is Faf Duplesis in the wing eagerly waiting for an opportunity. See all the times our openers can't provide scintillating starts, some times they both will fall out cheaply & at that time if you give an opportunity is it fair? Atleast give him some 50-60 balls before the knock out matches. R.Neil Rashan.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 6, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Players who have been benched or underformed in other IPL teams are blossoming with CSK and those who have performed well for CSK and have been bought by other teams are not doing so well - the reason is there for every one to see - the team management of CSK has been perfect in making sure tht the players are given full freedom to express themselves. Combine tht with a classy captain and a cool coach - bingo! the yellow brigade marches on!

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 6, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Greatest_Game stats ain't everything, tough call on Parnell v Neesham, parnell is obviously a better baller but Neesham does have that X factor when it comes to batting and fielding. But you are right, the problem is bigger than that.

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | May 5, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Readers comments are true. Many teams are buying all foreign super stars and heavily depend on them and keep forgetting that only 4 players could accommodate. Look at Chennai's side, they been keep watching the players and purchasing just necessary foreign players and buying the talented local players and train them hard rather than advising whole day with multiple legends. Captain and coach keep calm and ask the players to do their natural game and just giving little bit tips that what they are expecting. The training and the environment allow the players to do their job freely and let them enjoy their game.

    Any players coming to SuperKings squad they never like to go away even Dhoni like to stay at Chennai only while various things happen around the team management.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    @CRICLOVER316, i like VK too, i said "like kohli" kindly notice.i think you have agreed since you haven't disagree that people don't praise CSK much after 6 seasons of consistent performance while remaining IPL champs hit the bottom after winning IPL trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    As a long time CSK fan, I am happy with their results. But Brandon is not a long term solution. He has scored well but he surely can be kept quiet by bowlers if they bowl with plan to him and not bowl short. He just survives by playing pull shot. Parnell bowled many times on his pads but he hit only 1 of those for boundaries many he missed to even put bat on ball. CSK was lucky that Raina came attacking from first ball else the dip in scoring rate due to cramping McCulm would have hurt CSK. Good that he gets out if he is kept quiet for some time. Any subcontinent batsman would have hit more runs of those balls that Parnell bowled on his pads.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    i think DD need to rethink their strategy. instead of tahir they should buy bollinger. they shud open with kp and vijay. karthik at no.03 followed by jp, kedar, LR, parnell, sid, bolly, nadeem, shukula. parnell and bolly can bowl at death..buying overseas spinner for indian t20 is waste coz of ground size and most suited for batsman..

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Knockout blow @GreatestGame? Name me one other team without an all-rounder (bearing in mind that Duminy has not been bowling and, if he had, maybe Parnell's bowling could have won us games, but the others go for too many for it too matter yes? Factually that has been what has happened!! SO... you play Neesham, who played in a win and then a loss to CSK in which he took 1/30 and got 22 and was probably still angry with how he went. I am not saying he has been the best.. I am saying he offers more. What would we have lost by doing so? Can you lose more than losing? On yer bike @WorstGame

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @Greatest Game - Reread my comments. I never ever rubbish Parnell. I just want the all-rounder in place of the bowler who sometimes bowls well (economically) but never with than one wicket in any game and took none for forty-odd when we lost to SRH inexplicably..... and he did not score a run as not a good batter or needed, in a SINGLE one of those games. So, yes, I go on about Neesham - absolutely - as I know his play and how you get the best out of him (by playing and backing him) and how balance and boundaries win cricket games due to the fact that I am more astute about cricket and more intelligent than you are. I can't help you with that. But your asserion on me disliking Parnell is wrong. If we could have 5 internationals or maybe 6, I would play him in heartbeat and he can be a great bowler, but this is t20!! Neesham bats and bowls and is two players. Without him, while Duminy not bowling, we have ZERO all-rounders... which is an utter farce in t20. Anything else GreatestGame?

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 6, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    KP for DD is identical to SD for SRH. They both need to hand over captaincy and if possible sit out as well. Otherwise their teams are dead in this competition.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Really it was a very, very nice win by our CSK yesterday. But I really don't know the reason behind MSD promoting himself especially in the last 2 encounters with Sun Risers Hyderabad & KKR when there is Faf Duplesis in the wing eagerly waiting for an opportunity. See all the times our openers can't provide scintillating starts, some times they both will fall out cheaply & at that time if you give an opportunity is it fair? Atleast give him some 50-60 balls before the knock out matches. R.Neil Rashan.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 6, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Players who have been benched or underformed in other IPL teams are blossoming with CSK and those who have performed well for CSK and have been bought by other teams are not doing so well - the reason is there for every one to see - the team management of CSK has been perfect in making sure tht the players are given full freedom to express themselves. Combine tht with a classy captain and a cool coach - bingo! the yellow brigade marches on!

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 6, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Greatest_Game stats ain't everything, tough call on Parnell v Neesham, parnell is obviously a better baller but Neesham does have that X factor when it comes to batting and fielding. But you are right, the problem is bigger than that.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 6, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster believes that "KP is proving why he is NOT captaincy material."

    Dead right, Captain. He is killing DD. And what Gary Kirsten is up to I have no idea. Well, maybe I do. He absolutely slaughtered SA's ODI & T20 teams. Destroyed them. Win/Loss ratios were slashed in half, and then again! The stats are there. Check out SA's ODI W/L ratio in the 2 years before the 2011 WC, and then after - that is when Kirsten took over, with AB as skipper, and it all went to hell in a hand basket.

    I may be a Saffa, but I can spit a hell of a lot further that I trust Kirsten. Seriously. Kirsten took over, and the stats show what happened. The test team was fantastic, but the short format teams went down like the Titanic. And now they are not bowling Duminy, and batting him at 6 when he is the team's best batsman and most economical bowler. It is like they WANT to lose.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 6, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    @ Nikko Chunn. You go on about Neesham & how great he is, & you keep rubbishing Parnell. I have no idea why. Parnell has the second best bowling economy after Duminy, & has the third best bowling average.

    Neesham has a batting average of 15, and a bowling average of 77! His bowling econ is 9.62. Parnell's is 7.05, and his bowling ave is 44.66. That is not very good, but not nearly as bad as Neesham's

    With NO GOOD REASON, you rant on about Neesham The link to the team stats is below. Those stats say you have no idea of what you are talking about. Neesham is not Superman, & will not save Delhi. Getting rid of Gary Kirsten & the $1.5 million mistake called KP might save the team. They are in charge, & are doing an awful job. Not bowling Duminy, & batting him at 6, has nothing to do with Neesham. It has EVERYTHING to do with management. Period.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2014/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=8827;team=4344;type=tournament

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Now where are all those who said kp will set the stage on fire in IPL.We have seen his pathetic form with bat an captaincy .Get in the two newzealanders and make the two South Africans (Parnell and kp ) sit out.They have good openers .neesham adds depth to batting and another bowler. Make Taylor captain.

  • POSTED BY vivekanandanarulmozhi on | May 6, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Its really hard to stop CSK, In every match their individual players having best day. Like smith, raina, Baz, Mohit, radaja, Ashwin, Ishwar, Hillfy all these guys are performed well so far. In next match KXIP can stop CSK? Lets hope.

    Another poor bowling by DD. KP need to identify the local talent like RR and use them. Shami was so expensive through out this IPL and also not taking regular wickets, Why he is still in the team?

    DD need to give chances to Rahul shukla ( Performed well in last IPL for RR ) and Kaul. Also they need to change the batting order.

    Promote JP and Jadhav up the order and KP need to push himself to NO.6

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    csk shd try Badree to strengthen its bowling.

  • POSTED BY apusumit on | May 6, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    CSK is playing like a champion.Not so consistent for other ipl team in previous edition but McCullum and smith showing great consistency with their inborn aggression. That is the highlight of Dhoni's calm & cool captaincy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    roping in IMRAN TAHIR may change their fortune..but then again ...including him would mean one of de kock, jp or parnell might be left...

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | May 6, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Seriously guys, do you think Ross Taylor wants to play for Delhi at the moment. Playing him out of position and then dropping him. DD should learn from Chennai management and captain in how to get the best out of players!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    csk got every singal player match winner team full of telented team

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | May 6, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    @Facebook User- And very classy of you to drag kohli into this? Kohli mentioned this during KKR-RCB game,"We lost more than they win". Whats wrong with that ? Everbody would agree that RCB should have won it from 29 off 24-25 deliveries,thats why we say when a team is in a comfortable position that,"Its their game to lose".And Kohli also added that "We should have won it,but the KKR bowlers bowled really well."What are people moaning about?Yday KKR choked.No doubt Rajasthan were brilliant,but KKR threw the game away. People want to teach manners to Kohli by pointing that he shows he shows emotion. This guy was really classy to hug Sanga after the match was over in WT20,although he was disappointed after losing,seemed so happy for Sanga and they had a great moment.Also after India beat SA,Kohli hugged Steyn. Not many people do that,after a Win,letalone a loss in the final.

    DD have the worst bowling attack in IPL7,defending any total would be miraculous,& they are not using Duminy prop

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | May 6, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    @Capt Meanster Totally agree...not only is he sitting in the dug out ,but when they did play him they bat him at 5 and 6 and expect him to turn the game around when needing 13 plus per over with the tail...hopeless, and I believe they are not doing Duminy any favours either...Taylor should be 3....if KP plays (which I believe he shouldn't) he should be 4 and Duminy at 5 but really at 4...Duminy should also be bowling.....he must be injured surely .

  • POSTED BY Reddybs on | May 6, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Super Kings were 127 for 1. They still needed 52 from 31 balls, but they had edged ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis par score. It would seesaw this way and that over the next few overs as the rain fell and the insects swarmed in the haloes around the floodlight towers. Super Kings were ahead after taking 14 off Wayne Parnell in the 16th over; Delhi Daredevils were back on top after a frugal 17th, bowled by Jaydev Unadkat.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    KP needs to drop himself better for DDs. His captaincy was not so great!! JP was doing fantastic well with his ball.... last two matches he hasn't been utilized.. He bats at three hence inform JP at 6!! Poor

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    They did not send in Duminy or Jedhav for the reasons I stated here and elsewhere BEFORE a ball was bowled in anger. Because the team lacks an all-rounder and hitter in Neesham, they try to leave Duminy and co, too late as they fear what will happen if they get out (an equally conservative position). This constriction of purpose and freedom to play aggressively denied, we fail by a few runs here and there EVERY game. We should have four wins, not two. It is about balance and giving yourselves a CHANCE!! I will support DD for one more game (versus KKR) and expect Neesham to play. If he does not and we are clearly not interested in winning or playing a normal, balanced t20 line-up without Parnell and/or bowl Duminy and just generally be smarter, then I withdraw my support. Over it. The endless snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory, even as an underdog, is just mind-bogglingly frustrating to watch. Just painful guys. We could have set a higher total... like 190-200... EASY!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    I liked that phase of the game, when two real Chennai boys(Vijay & Karthik)added 72 runs, almost @ 9 per over against the team labeled as "Chennai" !

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    The trend i have observed is whenever CSK won there are no comments about the performance of CSK,every one talks like Kohli "its the other team losing rather than CSK winning". shame on u claiming yourself as cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    its real tough to stop csk juggernauts

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    I dont think, dhoni rotated the bowlers well in death overs. Mohith sarma went for 17 runs in 18 th over. still he given 20th over to him. same result. dhoni should understand bowlers will have off day. CSK batting seems well settled. dhoni should try bench strength for fast bowling dept.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 5, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    T20 is about runs: scoring them, & preventing your opponent from scoring. To prevent runs, use your most economical bowler. Dehli's most economical is JP Duminy at econ 6.64. He's not taking wickets, but not leaking runs. Shami bowled 4 overs at 10.5. Unadkat bowled 3.4 at 12.81. Neither took a wicket. Yet, for the 2nd match in a row, JP did not bowl a single over. WHY?

    To score runs in T20, give the most time to the best batsmen. Running out Delhi's 2nd best batman was unfortunate, but on-field mistakes happen. DD's best batsman, JP Duminy, has the 4th most runs & highest ave in IPL 2014. Bringing him in at #6 to face 17 balls, even at SR 164.7, is a suicidal decision made OFF the field. Who makes these decisions, and WHY?

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 5, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Honestly, I thought Laxmi Shukla's 4 overs will go for more runs than what he conceded. DD can take this as positive. Their 4 overseas players have to stay. They can try Rajiv Shukla or Sid Kaul in place of Shami or Unadkat or both of them to replace these two.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 5, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    Rahul Shukla or Sid Kaul in place of Md. Shami should be tried.

  • POSTED BY paul_rocks on | May 5, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Huh, huh, huh, My name is DK, Cricket is what I pretend to play, The bowlers always, keep me at bay, Once in a while, I will make hay, Today was such a day, That makes me a millionaire, like Vijay

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | May 5, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    So I gather the KP/Indian Fans honeymoon is over? When does the divorce proceeding start?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Mix of Smith and Brandon works very well for CHENNAI. its been very long time that Raina and dhoni has been lifting the burden in batting department for CHENNAI. smith and Brandon are showing a different style of batting. certainly this opening pair is the best they have ever had. I didn't forget maxi and David though. Sadly its again Raina and dhoni are the only two Indian batsmen shows some guts. Dhawan, Rohit, Yuvraj, DK all disappointed. Thankfully our bowlers are doing good. Jadeja, Mohit, Chahal, Tambe and ishwar. showing up great display.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    This time CSK and their fans missing Bravo and his dance which makes fans more enjoyable and fun. Missing that in this ipl.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    i think, Dhoni should try a change in fast bowling unit?. its worth to try a a change in this time!.Nehra or a foreign player should get a chance. any way they going to win due to batting!. its worth to try!l

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    dd srsly need to reconsider their bowling... esp the Indian seamers... unadkat has been below par... and shami has thoroughly disappointed... being India's lead bowler a lot would have been expected of him... sadly he has been horrible... maybe they should bring some other domestic Indian bowlers like Siddharth kaul... and seeking tahir as replacement is of no use... they need a real good fast bowler someone who could vary and strike at the death... Bollinger is a good option. he has been doing good in recent times... and tahir won't be effective in kotla with the ground being small and track flat and most imp him being a leggie he won't be of much use... bad decision by dd on tat front... hope they improve

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 5, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    "Rain helped CSK chase", that should read Raina helped CSK chase :P

  • POSTED BY Ben2014 on | May 5, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    I don't think DD played badly. Against a regular team, 178 is a match-winning score. DD set that target. Unfortunately CSK is not a regular team. They can hunt down big targets. KIX Punjab knew how to win against CSK but Dhoni might have hatched a plan to contain Maxwell and Miller the next time around...will love to see that one. Till then CSK is crusing...Unless they are sure of topping the table, they won't meddle with the team set up.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 5, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    KP is proving why he is NOT captaincy material. His abject leadership followed by some very ordinary bowling by the DDs resulted in CSK winning. I can't believe Ross Taylor is sitting in the dug out. He's a much better captain than KP. Delhi had the most money going into the auction and I have to say, they ended up with one of the WORST teams ever. Shame on them. I can't see them winning much from here. Good contenders for the bottom part of the table this season.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | May 5, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    While KP's captaincy was weak credit should go to Smith, Baz and Raina for chasing the total well even under D/L pressure

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    has anybody ever observerd..... DHONI wins the matches with 2 balls remaining... almost every time... matches r finished in either 19.4 or 49.4

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 5, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Fantastic match. DD was so close to winning few matches. Somehow it eludes them. Well played both teams. Smith looks unstoppable. Raina is also in sublime form.For CSK smith, mac and Raina have been doing most of the batting. Others hardly spent time in the middle. Once they secure a spot in the play offs they should give other game time. Until then Dhoni wouldn't change the batting order.

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | May 5, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Any of the KP worshipers at least beginning, just beginning, to realize why perhpas ENGLAND may have not been quite so stupid after all?!

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    What a batting by CSK again.....DD haven't had good bowlers....there must be one key top bowler in every team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    gg is useless he can't win matches in ipl means what he will do for indian teams useless

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    @Manoj Patil Bmac was never average with KKR. In 2008 he was the best, in 2009 captaincy affected his form and in 2009 and 2013 he wasn't even given the chances. In 2012 he got full opportunities and it paid off as he forged a solid opening combo with Gambhir.

    @Gagg More than Rosco, I would like to see Jimmy play. He can even bat at 4 and is a good bowler.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    The secret of being formidable and successful in IPL is how well the international players of class are able to gels with the Indian lot and how the skipper is able to amalgamate the combination to translate it to success . In this Chennai is streets ahead of all others as they not only have the most successful skipper of limited overs cricket but also have a potent mix of international and lead Indian players . RR are very close with Watson leading . Though to an extent Mumbai is near to it and Kings punjab has just about come in this league the remaining sides sadly are led by players who have some of the most lopsided teams . Else how can bowlers such as unadkat can get a look in as the lead bowler .

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | May 5, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Gagg totally agree...KP needs to be stood down..

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 5, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    After scoring 178 runs, DD could not defend the total & lost to CSK with 2 balls to spare. KP's decisions in the match were poor as a skipper. Firstly he sent Duminy rather late in the batting order. He followed it up by not bowling Duminy at all in the match while Unadkat was being clobbered by Smith for "Sixers Galore". Even the 178 total was possible thru' aggressive batting of Duminy & Jadhav who carried the score from 120 to 178 in <6 overs. But failing to bowl Duminy was inexcusable lapse in KP's captaincy. Duminy is a fine economical spinner who has always been used very effectively. This is the second match in a row where Duminy was not used by KP. 178 total was defendable even for the current DD XI with poor bowlers & All. One other suggestion may be to use more LH spinner(instead of erratic pace bowlers) in addition to Nadeem like Nagy, if he is still with DD.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    delhi daredevils has a habit of loosing matches from winning position.Bowling is too weak and under pressure they bowl too many loose balls .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    The secret of being successful IPL is how well the international players fit with the remainder Indian lot and how the skipper combined performance is harnessed by the skipper who l

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Well done CSK . Real batting power house

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    kkr need to learn how to win a match .........................

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    csk have dhoni.kkr don't have. see the results .what a finish

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    problem for csk after 3 year.whom they will retain D smith or bravo

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 5, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Is it all about marketing and image? I mean you have a guy on the bench that has captain an international team for a number of years as well as domestically, KP has now played as many games as Taylor and his batting is worse. Will they say OK KP you are out of form and a rubbish captain or will they continue with him for the marketing at the cost of winning games?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 5, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Very poor bowling by DD,it is costing the game. Can not understand Mcullum had a very avg 5-6yrs with KKR even was struggling to keep his place in the side. Now with CSK he is playing so well. Tough to understand.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Perfect finish by DD.. Every team would expect only such a finish..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 5, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    good going dd, change kp, he is not in form,, best of luck csk with a good combination

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 5, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    good going dd, change kp, he is not in form,, best of luck csk with a good combination

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Perfect finish by DD.. Every team would expect only such a finish..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 5, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Very poor bowling by DD,it is costing the game. Can not understand Mcullum had a very avg 5-6yrs with KKR even was struggling to keep his place in the side. Now with CSK he is playing so well. Tough to understand.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 5, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Is it all about marketing and image? I mean you have a guy on the bench that has captain an international team for a number of years as well as domestically, KP has now played as many games as Taylor and his batting is worse. Will they say OK KP you are out of form and a rubbish captain or will they continue with him for the marketing at the cost of winning games?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    problem for csk after 3 year.whom they will retain D smith or bravo

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    csk have dhoni.kkr don't have. see the results .what a finish

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    kkr need to learn how to win a match .........................

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Well done CSK . Real batting power house

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    The secret of being successful IPL is how well the international players fit with the remainder Indian lot and how the skipper combined performance is harnessed by the skipper who l

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    delhi daredevils has a habit of loosing matches from winning position.Bowling is too weak and under pressure they bowl too many loose balls .