Super Kings v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Ranchi

RCB win spinfest to stay alive

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

May 18, 2014

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 142 for 5 (Gayle 46, Ashwin 2-16) beat Chennai Super Kings 138 for 4 (Raina 62) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Prasad: Mohit better choice than rusty Hussey

Why did MS Dhoni go with David Hussey for the final over? That's the question IPL fans will be asking after a gripping low-scoring encounter on a spinning Ranchi track went down to 10 off the final over.

The ball was turning square, and Dhoni had three options: legspinner Samuel Badree, who had figures of 3-0-15-0, Mohit Sharma, who has been one of the standout bowlers of the tournament, and Hussey, who had no playing contract and was part of the IPL commentary team till last week. This was also Hussey's first game since March, he has bowled more than one over only once in his previous 14 Twenty20 matches, and had conceded 25 in his two overs on the day.

Still, Dhoni went with Hussey, perhaps wanting the ball to turn away from the main remaining threat, Yuvraj Singh. Dhoni has famously made unconventional bowling choices towards the end of an innings to conjure victories, but this was not one of those occasions. Yuvraj mowed the first ball over wide long-on for six, and the game was effectively over. With four needed off five deliveries, it was too little for Super Kings to play with. Abu Nechim clubbed a boundary to long-on to complete the game off the penultimate delivery.

Despite making only 138, Super Kings looked to be in control of the game for most of the chase. R Ashwin was outstanding with the new ball, giving away only three in three overs as he repeatedly made Chris Gayle look clueless. He would have sealed the game in the 15th over had he pouched an overhead chance off AB de Villiers at extra cover.

De Villiers was yet to get off the mark then, and the asking-rate was over 10 - perhaps par for the course for Twenty20s, but incredibly tough on this surface. On a track where even Gayle and Virat Kohli struggled to get the ball away, de Villiers was at ease, pummelling the ball to all parts as he scored at a strike-rate of 200. Three sixes in successive overs had brought the asking-rate down to a run-a-ball, but de Villiers went for another big hit in the 18th to perish and leave Yuvraj the job of hitting 14 off the final two overs.

There was drama as Yuvraj missed three deliveries from Ravindra Jadeja in the 19th, to leave 10 for the final over. Hussey was given the responsibility, but he couldn't pull it off.

He hadn't looked at ease with the bat either, after coming in following a rare early fall of Super Kings' openers. Suresh Raina and Hussey, however, put on 75 for the third wicket as Super Kings seemed set for their patented formula of bludgeoning the bowling in the second half. Though Raina went on to make 62, there was to be no bludgeoning as first the spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Yuzvendra Chahal stifled the batsmen, before Abu Nechim and Mitchell Starc did the same at the death. Dhoni, dismissed only once in his previous seven innings, fell for 7, and there were no boundaries in the final four overs as Starc and Nechim profited by bowling a full length.

The result isn't too much of a blow for Super Kings, who are still almost certain of making the playoffs, but was huge for Royal Challengers as it kept them alive and hoping.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 19, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

It was unfortunate Faf got injured. David was the only like for like replacement available and he had to play straight from the commentary box before having some hits in the nets. He will be better prepared for the coming games.

Posted by mjrvasu on (May 19, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

RCB can win remaining 3 games, and post a higher NRR. CSK can lose remaining 3 with this casual attitude, and regret on the choice of David over Mohit for over number 20 when they are eliminated from play-offs.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

@SNAMBIDI you seem to be a hardcore fan of uv I am guessing you only saw the 20th over of the game as the great uv you are saying who won the game was trying the glory shot ball after ball and unable to connect against sir jee and thanks to dhoni's generosity to give the final over to dave uv was able to swing and this time connected else it was goners.Rather than saying uv won the game i'd abd gayle laid the platform and dhoni in the end gifted the game.Guess dhoni has something for the 20th over finishes either with bat or ball in a similar scenario gave 20th to ashwin who almost gave away runs required by RR to win the game

Posted by   on (May 19, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

ABD knock is very crucial.He came to bat when 53 is needed of 30 balls and took the game away from CSK. He took the attack to the opposition from ball one. Many say that he went for glory shot but that is the way AB plays. Unfortunately that shot didn't come off. He doesn't want to take the match to last over unlike Dhoni. For me ABD played a crucial role in RCB victory.

Posted by D-Coach on (May 19, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

I am also die hard fan of CSK and Dhoni but when does such brainless things, we are to suffer as a fan. He did not used the resources properly in this IPL 7 inplaying 11 (eg. Manhas). This could backfire CSK later. He should send Manhas always to accelerate and rotate in middle order. On his present base, CSK does not need any bowlers. Let him stop his showcase his image and play for the team. Any his reply for the lose in Ranchi at post presentation is not acceptable at all. He made us to see one of the worst match played by CSK and loose the interest in IPL 7. Finally we have seen Dhoni Drama in last 3 matches and lets see where and when it ends. I want him first to play for the team even though CSK has other weak links. Love to see some flamboyant innings from Dhoni as he does and spoils few in all IPLs for CSK ;) Because this actor prevails media in such manner. All the best CSK.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

Raina's innings in that wicket was a gem. His timing and placement was fabulous. Almost everyone else struggled.

Posted by ssenthil on (May 19, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

Dhoni and his stubborn attitude costing another match for his hard bought team in which he did nothing. He does the same to Indian team and for CSK as well. Ishwar haven't been bowled and he is a specialist bowler in the team. Mohit Sharma the specialist death over bowler for CSK has 1 over left and the only overseas bowler in the CSK team Sam Badree has 1 over left in a spinner paradise and he choose the man jumped right from the commendatary box to bowl the last over despite he has leaked over 10 an over already to depend 10. Only Dhoni and his blind fanboys can justify this and his WAST Knowledge and awareness of the situation. I don't know why Baba Aparajith is not even considered when he offers a decent off spin and he SHOULD bowl better then Suresh Raina any day, perhaps Dhoni keeping him to surprise Maxwell? LOL. Only Dhoni can do it, not every day is September 21.

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (May 19, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

Disappointed with the induction of David Hussey into the squad and straightaway into the playing XI. He wasn't picked at the auction for a reason. How did he suddenly merit selection and therefore straightaway into the side. If anything, they could've played Hastings or Matt Henry. Enough has been said about giving the last over to Hussey. I won't add to that except agree vehemently. Finally, the CSK team looks a bit out of sorts. McCullum is going to be away for a couple games. Faf isn't playing and we haven't heard how he's doing. Hussey comes in from the cold for Bravo -- which is a bit of a disappointment. I just hope we don't lose steam in the last phase. If Faf is still not OK, lets please draft in Matt Henry and see how he goes. He may be a future star for CSK...its not going to be Hussey, thats for sure.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (May 19, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

@Rory baxendale: square turning pitch which produced 140 runs in both innings is ruining context between bat and ball? ah! You should be biased cricket fan! Seaming pitch with 100 odd run in test innings is really ruining cricket! This is the best and perfect t20 pitch, produced good contex between bat and ball.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

Its just a league match and in a comfortable position, MS tried to experiment with the team. So brought Dave in the squad, as Baz will leave after next match, Dave will take more responsibility in last couple of matches, and i just wonder why mohit was not bowl last over, as he was good in death overs. And Ishwar pandey was forgotten. This shows more experimental and just take it easy match as they played yesterday. No tensions, no awareness etc., Hope they rectify mistakes and try to win to keep position.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

Though CSK fan, good to see virat and uv getting confidence as England tour s in near future....

Posted by   on (May 19, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Just to support Dhoni. A win-win decision with Dave bowling. He bowls a good over and CSK wins or Yuvi strikes him clean without any pressure and he is back to play for India. I guess with Hussey's bowling the latter was more prominent and good for India.

Posted by Prats6 on (May 19, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

Even for a CSK fan from Ranchi - this pitch was atrocious! We have no business churning out square turners like that. Happy to see RCB still in the mix for the playoffs they are a more deserving team than KKR.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

this pitch was a travesty, yes you expect spin in Indian conditions but to see a new ball turning square is ruining the contest between bat and ball, no wonder india cannot produce fast bowlers as they do not have the pitches to even begin to learn the craft of fast bowling.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

One simple question did Dhoni play this game to loose?.Having so many options Mohot Badree Pandey Dhoni chooses Hussey to bowl the final over if I am not wrong Hussey is not a great turner of the ball and if anyone needed any indications he went for 25 runs in 2 overs he bowled.Only reason i can see uv struggled playing those glory shots in sir jee's overs hence the choice but given the struggle Mohit with his slow balls wicket to wicket cutters in a gripping surface would have been better.openers dont score csk falters something for dhoni and fleming to think about.

Posted by ravin_cricluv on (May 18, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

seriously CSK has to change their batting style.instaed if they think about containing PUNJAB with ball they will fail.

if CSK looses this cup ,IPL will be "a game where 7 teams fight to meet CSK in final just as a formality and get the cup from CSK hands."

Posted by ravin_cricluv on (May 18, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

david hussy was there in the middle when RCB hit the winning runs.that dosnt mean its either him or dhoni to be fact every decision dhoni made in fielding was clinical. the main issue was not using the depth in batting and geting just run a ball in the last 5 overs with 6 more wickets left. dhoni has to let atleast 3 more bastmen to play like smith.

Posted by ravin_cricluv on (May 18, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

as a csk fan happy that the team got the defeat at the right time.but i beleive its only bcoz of their poor batting today.

with CSK's depth it could have afford to cut loose and lost another 2 wickets for 20 more runs.instead they continued their same 'run a ball' strategy in last 5 overs,assumed the score is enough and lost ultimately.

definitely Royals should have chased a lot easier.but chennai's outstanding fielding once again helped them.definitely david hussy proved to be a usefull allrounder. in previous seasons CSK didnt had a blasting start.lost early wickets and so the middle order contributed always.this season the openers and dhoni are in such good form that other batsmen are getting only guest roles.

even assuming mc+smith+dhoni doing well with bat(with same test match formula) u cant get a score in excess of 180.which is just 75% of what punjab can be expected to post on any day

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

David Hussey to bowl the last over was a bit stupid but at the same time he should be happy that the match went down to the last ball.If a pace bowler came in to bowl,the match would have been finished in 2 balls

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Dhoni tried Dave bcoz Yuvi struggled a lot in the penultimate over of off spinner,but nothing can be done when yuvi has gained momentum in the business end of the tournament which helped boost his confidence to hit a six..Csk bowled well but Devillers took the match away in a matter of balls! Rcb will definetely lose in their home turf against csk.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 18, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

Not very often CSK's 3 big hitters fail in the same match. Brendon 19, Smith 9, Dhoni 7. CSK is bound to have few bad matches. One is out of the way today. David is rusty, he will get better. What to say about Ashwin's first 3 overs? 3-1-3-1 he was simply unplayable. Raina is contributing nicely in the tournament. It is heart breaking when CSK loses. But RCB needed the win badly and the win makes mid table competition interesting. Kholi is just one hit away from coming back to form. His partnership with Gayle laid the platform for Ab's cameo. Well done RCB.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

If CSK would win the match, every one will praise, how clever Dhoni is. If his team lost, will say, he could have use another bowler. Please agree these all are just 20-20. Respect other team and they are in the middle to hit sixes....not only Dhoni. Let Dhoni comes out and exposed as he did today and failed. Dhoni also has to give others to try and hit winning runs.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

The true colour of CSK wil b shown in final stages.... Until then they make experiments.... thats y they r most consistent team

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

is this a cricket match or play card

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

is it sure that csk is already in play offs?

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

yuvraj is the one who can take rcb to play -off

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

CSK should be happy with Tea Cups in 2014 - KXIP will lift the cup for 2014

Posted by eZoha on (May 18, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

De Villiers went for the glory shot. Dhoni went for the glory decision by throwing the ball to David.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (May 18, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

I'm not sure if RCB won this or if CSK lost it :P But 10 off the last, you'd back RCB to do it. That said, Dhoni should have given his team the best chance with Mohit or Badree or even Pandey (why was he even playing). I know his punts have paid off, but sometimes he just goes so off reservation that it feels like he just wants to do something unorthodox rather than a cleverly thought out plan. I guess CSK's position in the table made him relax a bit and who knows maybe he wanted RCB to win so the race for the final spot would be more interesting but this really wasn't his brightest moment.

Posted by Snambidi on (May 18, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

Yet another photo finish from The Great Yuvaraj Singh rescues RCB from Humiliation. This kind of form from Yuvaraj continues,RCB MIGHT FALL IN LINE provided all the remaining matches are won one or two with high Margin to be on the safer side. Under the circumstances,Yuvaraj alone could lift RCB.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (May 18, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

What a cracking game! Looked for all the world like RCB had no chance when the CSK spinners were choking the life out of them, but a great finish there and the gamble with David Hussey was very entertaining - especially Millar commentating.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

Dhoni did a rubbish job selecting David to bowl last over.

Posted by creebo777 on (May 18, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Abdv likes to get his teams into winning positions just to throw his wicket away , he needs to be more clinical in that department ..that shot wasn't necessary

Posted by nothingnew on (May 18, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

AB , Kholi played really big innings . Dhoni made a mistake bringing hussey instead of badree or mohit . i am not sure about dhoni's decision. come on . you did a gread job yuvi . happy to see kholi is back on form . good luck for rest of the tournament.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

How have RCB let Ashwin bowl such a good spell. He's been one of the biggest jokes of this years ipl. Can't remember seeing such a good bowler bowling so consistently poorly, to let him bowl 3 for 3 against you is shocking

Posted by Albert_cambell on (May 18, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

@Manoj Patil. MCcullum is overrated. Is it because he thrashed your mediocre bowlers in NZ?

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

@Manoj Patil Overrated openers? One a beast in the t20 format and the other, the highest run scorer ever in t20 internationals, most sixes, most fours, most 50's, most 100's. Not what I call "overrated". And please, you can have anyone if you make and implement the plan well (possible exception of Sir Don).

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Big ups to David Hussey (24 off 27 right now) as someone who has played zero competitive cricket since January, he's seeing the ball not too badly. Good luck mate

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

Game over for CSK. Both over rated openers out now. If u have a plan for them then u can get them out cgeaply. RCB had plan for them. Well bowled aaron.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

today ab de villiers will blast

Posted by   on (May 18, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

csk has a strong batting line up. no doubt they will win the cup !

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