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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 25, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    CSK will win :)

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 25, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    When somebody plays a blinder like Yousuf did no one can do anything about it. CSK has to settle for the 3rd spot. CSK is the most experienced in the play offs. That will help them to progress. But Play offs is a lottery. Any team can win on their day. Only KXIP did not win the trophy before. May be it is their year this time.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 25, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    CSK fans going to see 3 winning matches thanks for KKR for extra 1 playoff match for chennai.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    CSK XI for play offs:

    Smith, Faf, Raina, Brendon, Hussey, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, Pandey, Nehra.

    3 fast bowlers - Mohit, Pandey, Nehra

    1 part time Medium Pacer -Smith

    2 front line spinners - Ashwin, Jadeja

    2 part time spinners - Raina, Hussey.

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 25, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    And all of a sudden KKR just go with fast scores to secure 2nd place, ok but they arent doing this every year. Entering play offs 3 year once is a fashion of KKR. And Kings 11 after 6 poor seasons now they are just dominating temporarily. CSK has nothing to lose as already they got championship twice which any other team cant even did. Getting champion is easy but defending is impossible, CSK can only do it. And I assure that next season KKR and Kings 11 will fight for bottom of table. For example, in exams, There is a difference between Current semester topper (KKR, Kxip) and Overall semester topper (CSK). CSK is evergreen where rest is temporary.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | May 25, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    This is the last IPL season for Murali the greatest spinner of all time . I hope we can see him in action during CPL, BBL.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 25, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    CSK's plus from hereon

    1.playing all matches in nutral venue(unless MI cant make it to playoff).so they get the maximum ground fans support.

    2.they haven't lost in any of those venues yet

    3.nehra seems to be in good touch

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 25, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    CSK's issue is that they play like a standard cricket.it can take you in to the playoff everytime.but what they lack is the number of players who go bizzare on big occasions.unlike other seasons ,this year chennai relys only on foreign batsmen to win this cup. hope CSK wins with few lucks here and there

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 25, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    .definitly regardless of the pitch report CSK's opponents are going to bat second if they win the toss.unleass dhoni trusts his batsmen and let them cut loose things wont be easy for chennai.

  • POSTED BY satishsathya on | May 25, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Mr. Osteo, Nice to see your team option for Bangladesh tour. But this is not gonna happen and you can find only half of these players gonna reach there.

    Even Yusuf and Uthappa after this performance in IPL also. They will find it hard to getting into National team. Coz the team selection for National team is ruled by Mr. Dhoni.

    And he always prefers his followers - (Rohit, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja etc) over any performing team member even if he is playing or not. Even if they selected also they will be in Bench warming up their seats....You gonna see this soon.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 25, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    only the team which is going to go bizzare from ball 1 to last ball is going to win.so,the two teams that fill the criteria are punjab and KKR.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | May 24, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    tough luck csk but this season kings 11 are better team . now csk will have tough time as mi are on upward curve and csk lost 4 out of 5 in last 2 weeks. whistlepodu.. lols..

  • POSTED BY FabulousFurryGeekBrother on | May 24, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    2 massive problems with RCB with year. 1. Completely inept bowling. Sorry Dinda but this primarily means you. Secondly, the insistence on playing an injured gayle. Through the games big Chris managed to turn 3s into 2s, and 2s into ones. As for quick singles forgt it Never likes a quick single, but this year he managed to but unfair pressure on those batting with and around him, This put immense pressure on the rest of the batting, Compare this to Dhoni, and his abilty to achieve the direct opposite to Gayle, especially in tight situations., and usually win games,especailly when chasing. Next year RCB must invest in some quality bowling. I would say they should take a leaf out of the top teams book, but the entire book would be more appropiate!

  • POSTED BY SpaMaster on | May 24, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    I don't understand the point of having de Villiers come to bat only in 14-16th over and have players of much lesser skills like Russalow-whatever, Takawale-whoever and Zol wasting deliveries at the top. RCB's line-up should have been Opener 1, Opener 2, The Kohli, The de Villiers, Yuvraj and whoevers and whatevers after that..

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 24, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Don't lose heart CSK fans. Maxwell , yousuf, Uthappa and the like were lucky with dropped chances. Let them spend all their luck in the league matches. When it comes to crunch matches their luck will run out and the real kings will be triumphant. Go CSK. Proud of the way you are going. Nehra's Yorkers made my day.

  • POSTED BY Robtyson on | May 24, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    CSK will be eliminated in Eliminator. They don't deserve to go any further. KKR deserves to be the winner followed by Kings XI. KKR will win this IPL very easily.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Its Dhoni's blunder that kept Chennai to No.3 position. Turning point was the match no.42 against RCB where in last over 10 runs required to win and Blunder Dhoni opt Hussy to bowl. There was option to opt M Sharma or Badree who still had overs remaining.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 24, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Due to over-hyped average Dhoni, CSK now will be playing the eliminator. He is the worst captain ever to take so much accolade for nothing from his blind fans. Did they see how it was done? Dhoni slows down always in the middle overs and either win by low margin or lose it.

  • POSTED BY osteo on | May 24, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Playing 11 for Bangladesh:rohit(c), uthappa, sanju(wk), yusuf(dont under estimate him),vohra,raina, parvez, jadeja, bhuvi, shami, bumrah

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    here is pathan to spoil csk party.. take that...

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 24, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Feels like RCB was counting too much on 2/3 foreign players (Gayle, Starc, ABD, Murali) and of course Kohli himself. All the foreign players barring ABD for few matches earlier on, have not performed to their reputation. I doubt if any IPL teams would be interested in Gayle and Murali next year, assuming they are still active players by then. Kohli, Yuvraj blew hot and cold but never consistent. But for Chahal, their spin dept looked awfully inadequate. There should be major personnel changes for RCB to be back in contention in future. CSK on the other hand, were right on with player acquisitions led by the incomparable MSD.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    CSK is real super kings CSK firm up 2nd place well done Dhoni and company

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 24, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    In a run feast surface that too against a home team controlling of runs under 160 is a very rare achievement, RCB has behind 30+ odd runs in that flat track, as everybody knows, they are weak in bowling, so its an easy task for CSK to finish it off! Last but not least, one proverb to say about RCB.

    "Too much of anything is good for nothing", when u have too many superstars its risk to make them combine and win. Better luck next time RCB!

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | May 24, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Shame on Kohli. He is no where near Dhoni in terms of Leadership skills. This IPL exposed his inadequacies for leadership. Despite having some of the best in his team he could not lead RCB to even a respectable position.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 24, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Well Done CSK. Finally the miserable run came to an end with great team effort.

    Hard luck RCB. I would say Yuvi form and game hurted badly than injured gayle. Best of luck for next year. Most unlikely positioned team in this IPL 7.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Wonder why the team have Yuvi and Allan Donald together end up second from last on the table, PWI was placed similarly last year, is it a coincidence or do they strive for that....LOL

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 24, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    When the season opened, Virat was on a run of incredible form. Then it suddenly dried up as the pressure of captaincy mounted after a few losses.

    As soon as it was clear that RCB's playoff chances were over, and the pressure was off, Virat's form magically reappeared. Putting the young man under so much pressure clearly did him, and his team a disservice. The results speak eloquently, and unmistakably.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @Khawaja Ghazaal Naik dude do you follow cricket???? look at the stats, yuvi has scored 378 runs and is 3 highest scorer(indians) and is 6 is mvp. he is the only player to have performed with bat and ball. rcb should have not purchased morkel and instead should have gone for a good spinner. people like u should stop blaming and scapegoating. without yuvi rcb would have ended with 4 points.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 24, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    So the equation is If KKR bat first, they need to win by roughly 39 runs. If KKR bat second, they need to complete the chase in around 92 balls. Unless KKR bats first CSK is sure for a Qualifier. Even if KKR bats first, 39 runs wun are not always going to happen.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 24, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I think CSK did played well rather then RCB played bad. The way Smith and Faf were batting, none would able to stop them and that 4 overs is good enough like Narine's 4 overs for KKR. CSK should maintain the same opening combination and Baz to come at No.4 to hit out. Now CSK has opened up 0.12 NRR difference over KKR, this will put more pressure on KKR that even if they win, they have to beat the 0.12 NRR difference as well, otherwise there is no use in the win apart from keeping the momentum. KKR need to win either by 40 runs or chase it inside 18 overs. Can KKR do it? But at the moment CSK vs KXIP at Eden.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    well played rcb . will never ever support rcb. shame

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Bad team selection by RCB 3 star batsmen in the team and just Kohli was consistent. Between few matches he was not performed but back in form and played some good knocks. RCB management spend useless money on a man who is nothing named Yuvraj Singh and flopped throughout the tournament. By wasting money on Yuvraj they can't afford quality bowlers who can defend total. Hard luck

  • POSTED BY romeo_010481 on | May 24, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Wow, RCB can't make it any easier to let CSK win...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    super kings are always special wen they bowl first....

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 24, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Better start for csk. Two things we need from csk. Send Manhas next to Raina then Dhoni then D.Hussy. Dhoni must trust D.Hussy and Jadeja as finishers and should play his own game to his strength. Aswin must shut his mouth and start concentrate and perform consistantly on the field. ALL THE BEST CSK. RCB did the same mistake of CSK by slowing down dramatically in the middle overs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    I think super kings have won a good toss rcbs Gayle couldn't fire in this ip l because of injuries

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 24, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Excellent team selection and attitude from Dhoni from initial 3 overs. This can do wonders to lift the team sprit up. Win or lose we love this from CSK.

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 25, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    CSK will win :)

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 25, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    When somebody plays a blinder like Yousuf did no one can do anything about it. CSK has to settle for the 3rd spot. CSK is the most experienced in the play offs. That will help them to progress. But Play offs is a lottery. Any team can win on their day. Only KXIP did not win the trophy before. May be it is their year this time.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 25, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    CSK fans going to see 3 winning matches thanks for KKR for extra 1 playoff match for chennai.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    CSK XI for play offs:

    Smith, Faf, Raina, Brendon, Hussey, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit, Pandey, Nehra.

    3 fast bowlers - Mohit, Pandey, Nehra

    1 part time Medium Pacer -Smith

    2 front line spinners - Ashwin, Jadeja

    2 part time spinners - Raina, Hussey.

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 25, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    And all of a sudden KKR just go with fast scores to secure 2nd place, ok but they arent doing this every year. Entering play offs 3 year once is a fashion of KKR. And Kings 11 after 6 poor seasons now they are just dominating temporarily. CSK has nothing to lose as already they got championship twice which any other team cant even did. Getting champion is easy but defending is impossible, CSK can only do it. And I assure that next season KKR and Kings 11 will fight for bottom of table. For example, in exams, There is a difference between Current semester topper (KKR, Kxip) and Overall semester topper (CSK). CSK is evergreen where rest is temporary.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | May 25, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    This is the last IPL season for Murali the greatest spinner of all time . I hope we can see him in action during CPL, BBL.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 25, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    CSK's plus from hereon

    1.playing all matches in nutral venue(unless MI cant make it to playoff).so they get the maximum ground fans support.

    2.they haven't lost in any of those venues yet

    3.nehra seems to be in good touch

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 25, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    CSK's issue is that they play like a standard cricket.it can take you in to the playoff everytime.but what they lack is the number of players who go bizzare on big occasions.unlike other seasons ,this year chennai relys only on foreign batsmen to win this cup. hope CSK wins with few lucks here and there

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 25, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    .definitly regardless of the pitch report CSK's opponents are going to bat second if they win the toss.unleass dhoni trusts his batsmen and let them cut loose things wont be easy for chennai.

  • POSTED BY satishsathya on | May 25, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Mr. Osteo, Nice to see your team option for Bangladesh tour. But this is not gonna happen and you can find only half of these players gonna reach there.

    Even Yusuf and Uthappa after this performance in IPL also. They will find it hard to getting into National team. Coz the team selection for National team is ruled by Mr. Dhoni.

    And he always prefers his followers - (Rohit, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja etc) over any performing team member even if he is playing or not. Even if they selected also they will be in Bench warming up their seats....You gonna see this soon.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 24, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Excellent team selection and attitude from Dhoni from initial 3 overs. This can do wonders to lift the team sprit up. Win or lose we love this from CSK.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    I think super kings have won a good toss rcbs Gayle couldn't fire in this ip l because of injuries

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 24, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Better start for csk. Two things we need from csk. Send Manhas next to Raina then Dhoni then D.Hussy. Dhoni must trust D.Hussy and Jadeja as finishers and should play his own game to his strength. Aswin must shut his mouth and start concentrate and perform consistantly on the field. ALL THE BEST CSK. RCB did the same mistake of CSK by slowing down dramatically in the middle overs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    super kings are always special wen they bowl first....

  • POSTED BY romeo_010481 on | May 24, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Wow, RCB can't make it any easier to let CSK win...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Bad team selection by RCB 3 star batsmen in the team and just Kohli was consistent. Between few matches he was not performed but back in form and played some good knocks. RCB management spend useless money on a man who is nothing named Yuvraj Singh and flopped throughout the tournament. By wasting money on Yuvraj they can't afford quality bowlers who can defend total. Hard luck

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 24, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    well played rcb . will never ever support rcb. shame

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 24, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I think CSK did played well rather then RCB played bad. The way Smith and Faf were batting, none would able to stop them and that 4 overs is good enough like Narine's 4 overs for KKR. CSK should maintain the same opening combination and Baz to come at No.4 to hit out. Now CSK has opened up 0.12 NRR difference over KKR, this will put more pressure on KKR that even if they win, they have to beat the 0.12 NRR difference as well, otherwise there is no use in the win apart from keeping the momentum. KKR need to win either by 40 runs or chase it inside 18 overs. Can KKR do it? But at the moment CSK vs KXIP at Eden.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 24, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    So the equation is If KKR bat first, they need to win by roughly 39 runs. If KKR bat second, they need to complete the chase in around 92 balls. Unless KKR bats first CSK is sure for a Qualifier. Even if KKR bats first, 39 runs wun are not always going to happen.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @Khawaja Ghazaal Naik dude do you follow cricket???? look at the stats, yuvi has scored 378 runs and is 3 highest scorer(indians) and is 6 is mvp. he is the only player to have performed with bat and ball. rcb should have not purchased morkel and instead should have gone for a good spinner. people like u should stop blaming and scapegoating. without yuvi rcb would have ended with 4 points.

RCB v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 24, 2014

Super Kings end three-match losing streak

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran
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Chennai Super Kings 160 for 2 (du Plessis 54*, Dhoni 49*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 154 for 6 (Kohli 73, Nehra 3-33) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Highlights: Super Kings cruise to win

Chennai Super Kings took a step closer towards finishing second ahead of the playoffs with a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore with 14 balls to spare. The nature of the victory meant that Kolkata Knight Riders would have to win really well against Sunrisers Hyderabad, in the second game of the evening to knock Super Kings off their perch

Super Kings had already qualified for the playoffs but following three consecutive defeats the fight for second place got tougher. Having failed to defend 185 in their previous game against Sunrisers, MS Dhoni decided that chasing was the way forward. Dhoni was an integral part of the chase, finishing the formalities with an unbeaten 49 while Faf du Plessis was the mainstay with 54.

The electric start provided by Super Kings openers du Plessis and Dwayne Smith cut the target down to size very early on. Super Kings rocketed to 53 in the Powerplay, with both batsmen taking 18 off a Mitchell Starc over as the captain Virat Kohli shuffled his bowlers to restrict the openers. Smith fell to a soft dismissal in the fifth over, but with a strong platform in place, Super Kings could afford to build steadily and look for singles instead.

At one stage, Super Kings had gone 38 balls without a boundary as Royal Challengers spinners bowled with greater control. But it didn't disturb Super Kings' flow as they were always comfortably placed to chase the target. Dhoni broke the boundary drought when he swept Yuzvendra Chahal down to fine leg.

Both Dhoni and du Plessis enjoyed reprieves though. Du Plessis, on 33, went down the track to Chahal and the ball brushed his glove and then lobbed off the pads before wicketkeeper Yogesh Takawale claimed the catch. The fielders were confident but the umpire turned down the appeal. Takawale had himself to blame though when he missed an easy stumping off Dhoni, on 15, as the ball slipped between his legs and rolled for four byes. Dhoni took 22 off that over from Yuvraj Singh, hitting two towering sixes and after that, Super Kings knocked off the remaining 22 off just 10 balls.

Royal Challengers in the end were short by plenty. They dropped an out-of-sorts Chris Gayle and went with the experimental opening duo of Rilee Rossouw and Yogesh Takawale. The ploy didn't work as Royal Challengers lost their top three for 33 and it was down to Kohli and Yuvraj to practically build from the start. Yuvraj made a start, got to 25 before he holed out to deep midwicket.

Kohli went on to score his second fifty of the tournament, but unfortunately for Royal Challengers, he found his touch a bit too late in the competition. Kohli was strong against the spinners in particular, slogging and pulling each time they dropped short. AB de Villiers came in at No.6 but he lasted only six balls before he was bowled by Ashish Nehra going for a slog. Royal Challengers scored 44 off the last four overs to take the score past 150, with Kohli scoring nearly half the team runs. He didn't have the chance to sign off with pride in front of the team's loyal home fans, as the star-studded Royal Challengers turned in another flat IPL season.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo