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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    today csk win

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 22, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    common CSK.help sunrisers so that the event will be more crisp and more importantly play like a test team and get the fair play award(for helping other teams).definitly u will get a kep cam award also for keeping calm if your strategy is not going to help even from first ball.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 22, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    being a CSK fan one thing is killing me.its obvious that any bowler in CSK can be a big failure on a given day.just 5 terrific overs is not going to win matches against teams like punjab which are capable of finishing matches in just 15 overs.so,its that simple that batting has to go bizarre.

    considering IPL 7 ,unlike other seasons only few areas in chennai has shined 1.openers 2.fielding 3.definitely chasing strategy

    dont ever say dhoni has contributed.true fans beleive that he had taken easy matches to last overs and won it . inclduing him we dont have any batsmen except top three to rely on for big scores.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    two things i have seen throughout this tournament is shikar dawan's midfields .he missed run out chaces and dropped few catches.and the other thing about dale steyn's bowling length.too full or too short. those two errors seemed to have cost the sunrises team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    As a CSK fan, failure doesnt upset until there s fight. But its disappointing as in last 2 matches, CSK lacked its fighting character. But I hope tat from today match, CSK wil step up and show who they r.....

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 22, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    @sachin_equal_to_bradman, really? Do you still have hope that Dhoni will have a plan for Maxwell, Miller and George? Even Manan and Sehwag is going to blast idea-less CSK team bowling unit. Target Ashwin and if you manage to cart away him then, CSK is never going to recover and win this match, if Ashwin bowling really well, defend him and target other bowlers. You never know what Jadeja will be bowling that day, either hot or cold. Mohit is the only other reliable bowler from CSK.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 22, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    MSD can play both Hilfy and Badree in which case bring Baba Aparajit to replace Ishwar Pandey.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 22, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Baba Aparajit deserves a chance. Can bowl off spin against the SRH leggies.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 22, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    With the available sources in SRH camp, they still can have hopes for Playoffs !!! Their batting & bowling is not bad comparing to other IPL teams, so anything possible in today's match, I wish a resounding SRH win will certainly make IPL's last stage more interesting !!!!

  • POSTED BY PJ_team11 on | May 22, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    IF KKR win this match RCB will be out but still SRH n MI can make it. They have to win all the matches and RR has to lose all two matches.!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @D-COACH Always criticize the TEAM not the individual. If we win its team effort if we lose its also team's fault. Yes every one have the right to criticize but don't demoralize.you don't lose a team game by a silgle individual mistake. ex. against RCB in the last 4 overs we scored 24 runs, Jadeja gave away 30 runs on a rank turner, Ashwin dropped a simple catch. See everyone blamed Ashwin but there are more than single reason to that defeat. If you say why MSD played in IPL 7 then why Steyn and Kohli played for their teams??? Manhas was selected for his experience and he continued bcoz he did nothing wrong to be dropped. You cant just drop a player for the sake of giving opportunities to other. its not fair for both. Aparajith, Henry, More are selected with future commitments in mind. They will learn a lot and will feature in the future seasons. That's what Fleming said and I believe him.Lets back the team and encourage them,after all they encouraged us all these seasons without fail.

  • POSTED BY matt_thor on | May 22, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    To all those who are keeping out of contention of the playoffs, even if they loose their remaining matches, they will atleast try to maintain a NRR better than MI,RCB who have a very poor NRR as of now. Plus it is highly unlikely that they will let their remaining matches go. In the matches against CSK and MI they took wrong decisions in team selections thats it and they are surely not going to repeat the same mistake again. Just watch out. 3rd position is for RR (even 2nd if CSK doesn't perform well) and the fight will be for 4th spot for your so called rich teams with big names.

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 22, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    As a SRH fan i want the team to win both matches convincingly and KKR shud lose both matches plus RCB shud win against KKR and lose to CSK then only the route will be clear to SRH to make the playoff...Would like to see RR beating KXIP to qualify for the play off

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 22, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @ linguboy Excellent... What ever you said that one must be within CSK team. That seems lacking since the match against RCB because of Dhoni. He has broken the confidence of each players and failed to bring them together. But CSK will raise because we are known for fight.

    As a fan we have the rights to comment on every cricketer when they perform below par to their limit like other professions. Every player deserve the pride when performs good and must accept the criticism / comment when they do not justify their position in the team.

    Finally people (CSK fans) are commenting about own team not because of they do not like CSK team or players. We are not able to tolerate such loss where the team loosing without any real fight or some stupid decisions.

    In life / cricket if things are not upto the challenge, it will end up in losing. We want CSK to fight as a team not to depend only particular individual performance as it put lots of pressure. Eg. Why Manhas & Dhoni play in CSK-IPL7?

  • POSTED BY Robtyson on | May 22, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    CSK will win today to remain in the top 2 position. IPL admin will not make SRH win today unlike what they did to MI and RCB bcoz SRH doesn't have chance of making to play-offs even if they win their remaining matches. IPL admin knows how to bring the spectators to the stadium and there by revenue. RCB will beat KKR today and it'll be a fight between KKR, MI, RR and RCB for the 3rd and 4th position for the Play-offs. And most probably KKR and MI will make it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    CSK lost their last two matches mainly due to lack of urgency shown by them in batting during the first 10 overs. Pitch being difficult for stroke play is a lame excuse. If they can score 95 runs in the last 10 overs,how can they justify scoring 59 runs in the first ten . Further,CSK's slip fielding is very poor and I do not know why Dhoni is persisting with Ashwin and Raina in that position .On the whole,Dhoni's lack of imagination as a captain is becoming more evident .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    rise up to challenge for srh bt if kkr wins d b4 mtch its almost ovr for srh n rcb

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    @linguboys, there you go. This sums up the fans of CSK support.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 21, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    I have a feeing that SRH will go with an unchanged XI or replace Venugopal with Rahul. Rasool bowled well in the only game he was chosen after being benched for 11 games in a row. Rasool & Karn will be a good combo for spin. Steyn, Kumar & Pathan can take care of pace bowling. The important issue for SRH is to put a good score with top 4 - Dhawan, Warner, Ojha & Finch- batsmen carrying them over 180, to have a fighting chance to win. CSK is not as invincible as they were made to look initially. So SRH should go all out to win. It is another Do or Die issue & they are behind on run rate too. They need to win the next 2 matches with a good run rate & hope KKR lose both with poor run rate. Good Luck Guys!.

  • POSTED BY TurboKat on | May 21, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    @CricketFan11111: Your analysis for CSK's dropped catches is spot on. I concur with every one of those dropped chances. And many of these were sitters and the batsmen that benefited, went on to make winning scores for their teams. Ashwin seems like a clumsy fielder in any position. Between Ashwin and Nehra, I don't know who is clumsier. Now, only if the coaches and team management could figure a way out to "hide" these clumsy fielders... maybe substitute fielders.

  • POSTED BY SpartaArmy on | May 21, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    @ssenthil: I doubt if you know what "over-hyped" mean. After reading through "article" - I would say no.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 21, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Nothing against Manhas. Because top order was finishing matches Manhas has hardly had any chance to show his talent. Aparajith is young and will gain valuable experince playing in ipl, will be good for team india.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | May 21, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Drop Ashwin,drop X,Y etc., It doesn't happen that way. By that logic Kohli shouldn't have played 10 matches. Ashwin dropped for poor catching means Raina should be dropped too, no?? Fleming said they played SOFT. Which is 100% true. they dropped guard in the last match which cost us badly. And those in the name of CSK fans who blame individuals can and support other team please. Manhas, Aparajith, and every one is part of CSK family. We will support the TEAM no matter who plays or not and will support through all. Dhoni, Ashwin and every player have done wonders for this team and one or two bad games won't change this. We are CSK FAMILY and Support the TEAM no matter who plays. Everyone's CSK family. Proud CSK fan. Pls publish cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 21, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    csk pls try this XI: Smith, Duplessis,Raina,Baba,Hussey,Dhoni,Jadeja,Vijay shanker,Badree,Mohit,Pandey....this has deapth in batting..deapth in bowling

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 21, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Catches win matches. CSK lost 4 matches so far. Three matches could've had a different outcome if the catches were taken.

    Nehra dropped Max early in his innings and he went on to score 95 to become the MOM.

    Ashwin dropped AB and his cameo helped RCB beat CSK and he won the MOM award.

    Ashwin again and also Raina dropped Uthappa and Uthappa was the MOM.

    Only in the second KXIP v CSK match the MOM Maxwell had a chanceless innings.

    No wonder Dhoni was furious when Ashwin dropped a sitter. Ashwin is a good slip fielder and like any other discipline will learn more about the art of slip catching with more experience.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | May 21, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    @ssenthil: MSD over-hyped??? Will get back to you once we lift the trophy

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 21, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Expecting another loss to CSK and over-hyped Dhoni. I wish Bhuvi all the best to perform well and thinking of Bhuvi and Mohit is the top 2 leading wicket takers, it's really looking good for Indian future despite Shami is not shining. Raina is playing selfishly and on the road to achieve 400+ for 7 in a row. He is sure to play another 3 matches. CSK usually dropped the player who drops a sitter, will they do it for Ashwin in a Ranchi pitch? I doubt it, will Dhoni finally use his brain to select Baba Aparajith? I really doubt it. David Hussey is expected to play as Baz is flying to NZ. SRH should drop Irfan Pathan and play Amit Mishra. They can easily stranglehold CSK batting order if they get D Smith early on.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 21, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Ranchi pitch assists spin. Both teams have equally good spin combinations. Players will try to score off fast bowlers more. Steyn and Buvi are more lethal than CSK's fast bowlers. On the batting front, ranchi pitch needs technically correct batsmen and CSK has plenty of them. Warner and Finch are big hitters, may find it difficult to score freely. CSK lost a bit of momentum, but will come out fighting for the top two spot. SRH on the other hand will be in possitive mind after their last win. Expecting a good contest.

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    today csk win

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 22, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    common CSK.help sunrisers so that the event will be more crisp and more importantly play like a test team and get the fair play award(for helping other teams).definitly u will get a kep cam award also for keeping calm if your strategy is not going to help even from first ball.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 22, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    being a CSK fan one thing is killing me.its obvious that any bowler in CSK can be a big failure on a given day.just 5 terrific overs is not going to win matches against teams like punjab which are capable of finishing matches in just 15 overs.so,its that simple that batting has to go bizarre.

    considering IPL 7 ,unlike other seasons only few areas in chennai has shined 1.openers 2.fielding 3.definitely chasing strategy

    dont ever say dhoni has contributed.true fans beleive that he had taken easy matches to last overs and won it . inclduing him we dont have any batsmen except top three to rely on for big scores.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    two things i have seen throughout this tournament is shikar dawan's midfields .he missed run out chaces and dropped few catches.and the other thing about dale steyn's bowling length.too full or too short. those two errors seemed to have cost the sunrises team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    As a CSK fan, failure doesnt upset until there s fight. But its disappointing as in last 2 matches, CSK lacked its fighting character. But I hope tat from today match, CSK wil step up and show who they r.....

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 22, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    @sachin_equal_to_bradman, really? Do you still have hope that Dhoni will have a plan for Maxwell, Miller and George? Even Manan and Sehwag is going to blast idea-less CSK team bowling unit. Target Ashwin and if you manage to cart away him then, CSK is never going to recover and win this match, if Ashwin bowling really well, defend him and target other bowlers. You never know what Jadeja will be bowling that day, either hot or cold. Mohit is the only other reliable bowler from CSK.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 22, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    MSD can play both Hilfy and Badree in which case bring Baba Aparajit to replace Ishwar Pandey.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 22, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Baba Aparajit deserves a chance. Can bowl off spin against the SRH leggies.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 22, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    With the available sources in SRH camp, they still can have hopes for Playoffs !!! Their batting & bowling is not bad comparing to other IPL teams, so anything possible in today's match, I wish a resounding SRH win will certainly make IPL's last stage more interesting !!!!

  • POSTED BY PJ_team11 on | May 22, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    IF KKR win this match RCB will be out but still SRH n MI can make it. They have to win all the matches and RR has to lose all two matches.!!!

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 21, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Ranchi pitch assists spin. Both teams have equally good spin combinations. Players will try to score off fast bowlers more. Steyn and Buvi are more lethal than CSK's fast bowlers. On the batting front, ranchi pitch needs technically correct batsmen and CSK has plenty of them. Warner and Finch are big hitters, may find it difficult to score freely. CSK lost a bit of momentum, but will come out fighting for the top two spot. SRH on the other hand will be in possitive mind after their last win. Expecting a good contest.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 21, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Expecting another loss to CSK and over-hyped Dhoni. I wish Bhuvi all the best to perform well and thinking of Bhuvi and Mohit is the top 2 leading wicket takers, it's really looking good for Indian future despite Shami is not shining. Raina is playing selfishly and on the road to achieve 400+ for 7 in a row. He is sure to play another 3 matches. CSK usually dropped the player who drops a sitter, will they do it for Ashwin in a Ranchi pitch? I doubt it, will Dhoni finally use his brain to select Baba Aparajith? I really doubt it. David Hussey is expected to play as Baz is flying to NZ. SRH should drop Irfan Pathan and play Amit Mishra. They can easily stranglehold CSK batting order if they get D Smith early on.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | May 21, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    @ssenthil: MSD over-hyped??? Will get back to you once we lift the trophy

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 21, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Catches win matches. CSK lost 4 matches so far. Three matches could've had a different outcome if the catches were taken.

    Nehra dropped Max early in his innings and he went on to score 95 to become the MOM.

    Ashwin dropped AB and his cameo helped RCB beat CSK and he won the MOM award.

    Ashwin again and also Raina dropped Uthappa and Uthappa was the MOM.

    Only in the second KXIP v CSK match the MOM Maxwell had a chanceless innings.

    No wonder Dhoni was furious when Ashwin dropped a sitter. Ashwin is a good slip fielder and like any other discipline will learn more about the art of slip catching with more experience.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 21, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    csk pls try this XI: Smith, Duplessis,Raina,Baba,Hussey,Dhoni,Jadeja,Vijay shanker,Badree,Mohit,Pandey....this has deapth in batting..deapth in bowling

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | May 21, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Drop Ashwin,drop X,Y etc., It doesn't happen that way. By that logic Kohli shouldn't have played 10 matches. Ashwin dropped for poor catching means Raina should be dropped too, no?? Fleming said they played SOFT. Which is 100% true. they dropped guard in the last match which cost us badly. And those in the name of CSK fans who blame individuals can and support other team please. Manhas, Aparajith, and every one is part of CSK family. We will support the TEAM no matter who plays or not and will support through all. Dhoni, Ashwin and every player have done wonders for this team and one or two bad games won't change this. We are CSK FAMILY and Support the TEAM no matter who plays. Everyone's CSK family. Proud CSK fan. Pls publish cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 21, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Nothing against Manhas. Because top order was finishing matches Manhas has hardly had any chance to show his talent. Aparajith is young and will gain valuable experince playing in ipl, will be good for team india.

  • POSTED BY SpartaArmy on | May 21, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    @ssenthil: I doubt if you know what "over-hyped" mean. After reading through "article" - I would say no.

  • POSTED BY TurboKat on | May 21, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    @CricketFan11111: Your analysis for CSK's dropped catches is spot on. I concur with every one of those dropped chances. And many of these were sitters and the batsmen that benefited, went on to make winning scores for their teams. Ashwin seems like a clumsy fielder in any position. Between Ashwin and Nehra, I don't know who is clumsier. Now, only if the coaches and team management could figure a way out to "hide" these clumsy fielders... maybe substitute fielders.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 21, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    I have a feeing that SRH will go with an unchanged XI or replace Venugopal with Rahul. Rasool bowled well in the only game he was chosen after being benched for 11 games in a row. Rasool & Karn will be a good combo for spin. Steyn, Kumar & Pathan can take care of pace bowling. The important issue for SRH is to put a good score with top 4 - Dhawan, Warner, Ojha & Finch- batsmen carrying them over 180, to have a fighting chance to win. CSK is not as invincible as they were made to look initially. So SRH should go all out to win. It is another Do or Die issue & they are behind on run rate too. They need to win the next 2 matches with a good run rate & hope KKR lose both with poor run rate. Good Luck Guys!.

Super Kings v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Ranchi May 21, 2014

March ahead or march-out time for Sunrisers

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Match facts

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

When Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad meet in Ranchi on Thursday evening, they will have very different goals on their minds. Sunrisers need to win both their remaining games to have any chance of making it to the playoffs, and even then their chances are dependent on other results - they are near the bottom of the pile of the group of five hopefuls for the third and fourth spots.

Super Kings, on the other hand, are already through to the playoffs but have a slightly different itch. With three losses in their last five games (after six straight wins), they seem to have gone off the boil. Their batsmen haven't put up enough runs, their bowlers have appeared toothless and they have dropped catches in the field. Basically, they haven't been their formidable self. Therein lies an opportunity for Sunrisers to exploit. Their bowling attack is one of the better ones in the league and their batting is finally coming together. Can they keep Super Kings down and take the fight to their last match in Kolkata?

Form guide

Chennai Super Kings: LLWWL (completed games, most recent first)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: WLLLW

Where they stand

Chennai Super Kings: Second, with 16 points from 12 games
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Seventh, with 10 points from 12 games

Previous encounter

Super Kings weren't tested enough when they met Sunsrisers in Sharjah last month. Given a middling target of 146 to chase, Super Kings' openers more or less sealed the contest with a rapid 85-run stand.

Watch out for

Bhuvneshwar Kumar's report card this IPL season has been top-notch. A+ for the number of wickets (he is the leading wicket-taker with 20 dismissals), A+ for his economy rate of 6.32, A+ for the kind of batsmen he has dismissed - Dwayne Smith, Virat Kohli, David Miller, JP Duminy, Ajinkya Rahne, etc, A+ for generating swing with the new ball and A+ for his death bowling. On top of that, he is an electric car compared to Dale Steyn's V-12 - he does the job silently and efficiently. This season, he has been one of the constants in an inconsistent team.

The scorecard from the previous match doesn't tell the story of the Ranchi pitch. It afforded generous turn to the spinners right from the start and the batsmen struggled. A pitch like that takes the early sting out of Super Kings' batting and it would be interesting if a similar surface is laid out.

Stats and trivia

  • MS Dhoni's strike rate of 148.66 is the best among the top five Super Kings batsmen. However, he has faced the fewest balls. He has been not out seven times in 12 innings.

  • Mohit Sharma is two wickets behind Bhuvneshwar in the list of leading wicket-takers this season. He has not taken a wicket in his last two matches

  • More than 48% of Naman Ojha's runs have come in sixes, which is the best ratio among the top ten six-hitters in the competition. Yuvraj Singh is second on the list with 47% of his runs in sixes

Quotes

"David Warner has been in great form in the middle order and we just wanted to try a different opening combination. The change worked and our partnership set the perfect tempo for the rest of the game."
Shikhar Dhawan on Sunrisers' successful batting-order reshuffle in their previous game

"Well, we didn't field well. We dropped a few catches, but that happens in cricket. But at the same time, we need to play really well in the next two games."
Suresh Raina on Super Kings's two losses

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo