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  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    KKR is going to win this season!

  • POSTED BY Karan_cricketfan on | May 29, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @ravin_cricluv: CSK didn't win in 2012. KKR did.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    great win by csk.great team selection.if dhoni is coming 7 th down just think about the teams batting strength and with this team even if three batsmen are dismissed cheaply ,170 is easily on board. the good thing is dhoni know he should nt get over hyped.wish to see csk batting first against punjab,put 200+ and a revenge win.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    CSK has to win this ipl 7.its so special because of following reasons

    they didnt had home playing advantage.

    all 3 teams they play against in playoff are comparitively better in this season

    no team at no3 spot had won the cup except themselves(in 2012)

    most importantly we dont know if CSK is going to be there next year

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    winning mumbai in its fortress

    winning punjab the best toppers considering all ipl

    winning KKR who are monsters right now

    only one team can do all this and mission is one third accomplished.CSK win

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    i think all CSK fans will want CSK to win punjab more than winning finals against CSK.so its like a double header playoff for CSK

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    guess what helped CSK win over MI.not fielding,not batting not bowling.

    the first thing that won is the team selection.beleive many fans complainted dhoni to go for a batsmen packed team like this even in early stage of the season.wonder what took dhoni so long to find this combination.

    beleive this squad does well even better while setting a target.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    mumbai might be MI's fortress.but playoff is CSK's fortress

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 29, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    KKR just a poor team in Dubai where it struggled but after the removal of kallis, they gelled and uthappa's opening slot made the change as they rise to 2nd top of the table. Anyways finals will be in bangalore so KKR cant able to do well as they did in Eden gardens. So CSK facing new teams in Play-offs, their experience will help but if any distractions CSK will lose in finals.

  • POSTED BY chikkubukku on | May 29, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    The edifice finally crumbled. It started crumbling the day the selection of five players to be retained was made, an array of ex-players who, it looks like, contributed negatively for the sponsors. MI should consider themselves very lucky to reach the last four stage but then as I have predicted in my earlier write-ups Pollard failed at a crucial juncture. Netting off the extra runs he gives as a bowler, Pollard's contribution would be ordinary and not as it looks like. Corey Anderson is not Sobers to justify the price tag he has and win matches single handedly. The game against Rajasthan was lost by Watson's team and not won by Mumbai. It was an unimaginative captaincy by RR that let Mumbai off the hook. Unless they change the core structure of the team and the support staff/mentors, the chances of Mumbai coming back again in next year's IPL looks bleak. Over dependence on e Malinga, Anderson Pollard, proved to be the big mistake. They have let their fans down in a big way.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    CSK and MI have shown they are the two best teams in the IPL .Those saying that both teams are riding on luck are jealous . MI was not lucky to have won against RR .RR bowled very badly and deserved to be out .CSK had some luck yesterday agreed but the way Raina and hussey played they deserved to win .MI could not win this one with only two out of four bowlers bowling well.With what I have seen of Praveen kumar in the three games he has played he has bowled better than all swing bowlers .If he had played the whole season he would be leading the wickets column . Hope he makes a comeback to Indian squad.

  • POSTED BY Antony_Lucas on | May 29, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Once CSK caught Corey Anderson a foot or 2 inside the rope, the whole complexion of the game changed. Such an exciting hitter. On small grounds, Corey Anderson is a World Beater. It wasn't to be in 2014. The CSK dynasty will roll on into the final

  • POSTED BY ovolut1 on | May 29, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Time for MI to get rid of all the dead wood namely Anil Kumble, Johnty Rhodes John Wright. Why on earth do you need so many past players coaching one team. Waste of money...

  • POSTED BY ramli on | May 29, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @mjrvasu ... it is preposterous to suggest that KKR are riding on luck ... but I agree that they are due for a collapse and will do so on June 1 ...

  • POSTED BY ramli on | May 29, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    To suggest one umpiring error, that too at the start of the match, cost MI the match is silly excuse ... it simply means that MI are not professional ... bad decisions are part of any game ... they have to be overcome by astute play in the remaining part of the game ... when a team can't do that, they don't deserve to win ...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 29, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    @dinoj suresh. Your talking abt one game for maxwell and i m talking abt this whole season not abt last 7 yrs. take two games one csk vs kkr and punjab vs csk in mohali. in 1st game csk dropped uthappa at least twice to loose the game and when csk were batting it was tough to score but dye to dew kkr got batting friendly conditions. 2nd game csk as some of u said can chase 200 surrendered to punhab before 18th over when u had finisher dhoni at the crease. 3rd game kkr vs srh..pathan was dropped twice..the effect of that game is we had csk vs mi not kkr vs mi.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Many ppl feel CSK is riding on luck but my fndz reaching 5 finals out of six IPL seasons is not a joke.. it definitely include planning/preparation/hard work/dedication/motivation which CSK holds the best..

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 29, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Praveen's swing deceived the umpire as well. Smith was lucky to escape. Faf's catch was not a dropped catch. Fearful of collision, Rayudu and Bajji didn't even attempt to catch it. Even though the csk openers were not fluent, the score read 60 after 6 overs of power play. Good platform for Raina and Hussey to masterfully finish the game. Dhoni and Jaddu were not required at all. Easily done in the end.

    Pollard's form has been patchy throughout the tournament. MI had a remarkable turn around after their disasterous start to the tournament losing first 5 games, thanks to Simmons. He and Hussey batted well yesterday and it looked like MI was going to post 190+. But they collapsed and 173 was not enough for CSK's strong batting line up.

    Well done CSK.

    It would've been nice if CSK met KXIP in the finals.

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | May 29, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    From my analysis of the previous IPLS,CSK have proven to be the most lethal & brutal in the playoffs.For some reasons which I cannot understand ,they let 3 finals pass them by.History has shown that there is a corelation between their wins & losses. For every successive losses they have ,they win by a succesive additional game.What this means is that in the recent they lost 3 games in a row and their stats suggest that they will win 4 successive games thereafter.Lets count, 1st win v RCB,2nd win v MI,to come 3rd win V KIXP,and the 4th win KKR.Anyone wants to bet on this.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 29, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    MSD you are a iceman. first 15 over mumbai dominated in batting almost they scoring around ten runs per over but you kept cool and gave confidence to the bowlers. Fantastic captain cool

  • POSTED BY Rohan_K on | May 29, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Congratulations to CSK. Well done MI. Kudos to Cricket club of India for making this great Historic venue "Brabourne Stadium" ready for this big match in a short span of time. The quality of pitches and outfields in both venues even at this time of the year have been the very best.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    @manoj mate,2 times got out in no ball,few dropped catches(2 of them by nehra and nehra were simply sitters),many top edges landed safely in no man's land...these r not the luck for a whole team but just the luck of one Maxwell...the whole KKR or CSK may not had this amount of luck...and still u saying KXIP didn't had luck...lol

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 29, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    @espncricinfomobile - How can a team (CSK) rides on luck for 7 years?

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | May 29, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    raina is best player of all the times... he should be rated above don bradman, viv richards, lara & sachin. Nobody can perform like raina do in high pressure matches of IPL. he is simply peerless....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 29, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    some of you are saying smith and FaF wickets would not have made difference..well tge scoreline would be in that case 30 for 2 in 4 overs..not 58 for 0 in six overs. we all know on flat batting wicket against punjab they surrendered before 18th over and even dhoni did not go for a win..all this because they lost early wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Without Key Pace bowlers, Still CSK is Strong..........Unbelievable

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 29, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    want to see Punjab to win the title.they are the best team of this IPL. KKR and CSK are the teams who rides on luck,poor upiring,drop catches and mistakes made by other teams..they do not nake things happen. Punjab do not need all this,they make things happen and want to see them beating kkr n csk again.

  • POSTED BY selvkumar on | May 29, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    better team on the day won

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    csk best demolishin batting line up... top7 r experienced an capable of talking game away from others at any time.... either kkr or kings remov top7 to lift the trophy.... not as cory pollard for MI and yusuf uthappa for kkr and maxwel miller for kings its csk top 7.... cant relax after takin one big wicket... next one follows... smith duplessi raina mccullum dhoni hussey jaddu.... think of it... go csk ....show them its not easy to lift trophy.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    csk hav destructiv battin order... all 7 top players lining up... even one goes next one can demolish u... either kkr or punjab remov top 7 to lift the tittle... not like cory pollard for MI an uthappa yusuf for kkr and maxwell miller for punjab.... here al r capable of taking game away from u..... u cant get relax after removing onebig wicket... go csk......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    even smith dismissal... duplesi catch wont affect the chase... look at d batting order.... smith faf raina mccullum hussy dhoni jaddu.... ak d seven r experienced... can chang game at any time.... destructive playrs... u can get relief after dismissin cory.. maxwell... miller.. pollard... uthappa yusuf... only two in each team... look at csk 7 dangerous cricketrs... even if smith goes mcuullm zo follow... so u cant get relax when csk is battin.... get 7 dismisals to win the tittle....

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 29, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Next game would be a final of sorts between the two sides which were hugely predicted to clash in the real finals. KKR is riding a wave of luck, which may well change at Bangalore.

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | May 29, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Mumbai Indians missed Malinga and Zaheer in this match. If these two have played then it would have more difficult for CSK.

  • POSTED BY sachin_equal_to_bradman on | May 29, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    @espncricinfomobile : Boss we chased it more than an over to spare with still jaddu and MSD to come!!!! Even 210 would have been chased with such bowling attack!!! Who asked to drop catches??? We don have the great BRAVO!!! So what do you make out now?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Mi lost better team won. but please than mumbai that our former player are performing for your franchise. kkr- suryakumar yadav csk -dwayne smith kxip- Akshar patel,Mitchell johnson,glenn maxwell. otherwise Mi would have been top 2 . Please thank us that your team had been in top 3

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    I want to see the Final match between KKR vs KXIP. In the league stage, KKR & KXIP both won 1/1 match against each other; in the Play-off, KKR won 1 match so the Final match will be in favor of KXIP. I want to see the Dimple Girl smiling throughout the FINAL match. Best of Luck KXIP. (y)

  • POSTED BY vivekanandanarulmozhi on | May 29, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    I have no idea why there are so much haters for CSK because of their consistency?. Someone is saying CSK is won due to luck, They need to grow up. MI cannot able dismiss even half of half CSK side as a reality they should blame their bowling and poor team selection. Why ohja? even after all the teams are trashing him this IPL and he only pick 3 wickets in 12 matches this season before this match. Mumbai fans and CSK haters grow up your knowledge and accept the defect.

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 29, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    This what had happened even in last year, but luckily, MI got another chance, so they utilised it. If it was like knockout semifinal in 2013, MI wouldnt win the title. So now really happy for this. Payback for 2013. But i wished CSK vs KP in finals. Anyways not willing to see CSK losing another finals, better punjab should go finals atleast they did some good matches this year. As a CSK fan all i want is to play fair. CSK leads fairplay thats enough.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 29, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Cory Anderson, Maxwell, Uthappa are the three between CSK and the IPL 2014 cup. Cory Anderson was taken care of today. Need the remaining 2.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 29, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    MI did not deserve to be in play offs. So happy they have been defeated by CSK.

    I really feel sorry for RD.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    @sengut22 spot on mate..but in the match vs KKR Bailey tried to follow the MSD pattern of keeping himself to the business end of the match.in the chase of 164 he kept himself down the order by promoting Aksar(similar to msd's tactics with jaddu) but failed miserably.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    @Manoj patil-learn to acpt your failure in stead of finding escaping reasons.if you make many mistakes in your exam,you will lose your exam.no need to blame csk strategy for that.if you say csk had the luck of dropped catches, then wat about nehra dropping Maxwell? anirudha dropping yusuf?if any of those have pouched then CSK wouldn't have to play playoff match against your team.so pls dont use it as a reason.and about malinga factor, yes he is a match winner.but if he was available then Corry wouldn't have played the RR match.with malinga MI may restrict RR a 20 runs short but still they wouldn't be able to chase it down in the 14th over w/o corry.so try to accept the loss instead of finding some funny reasons

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | May 29, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    I want KKR vs KXIP final.

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | May 29, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    So all that drama with RR for this? MI did not deserve to be in Playoffs, at least they didnt advance anymore. Of the remaining 3 teams, its sad to know either KXIP or CSK will have to go home after next game. But then I wouldnt mind any three of these teams taking the title.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 29, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Mission Impossible MI for them its impossible to defeat CSK in this IPL season, they lost all 3 matches vs CSK.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 29, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    Now clearly CSK is the favourite to win this IPL.

    Dhoni is the true leader, he keep his wickets and giving chance to all batsman no one can do this but he is doing more than 5 years continuously. Proud to be csk and Dhoni fan. whistle podu!

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    MI is similar to RCB and they need to do something spectacular to win. Else they are inconsistent. CSK and RR are the most dependable. KKR too have the team to fall into that category. Kings XI depends on its hitters coming good, RCB on Gayle, Kohli, and AB. MI too need specials from Pollard or Malinga or Rohit (even Corey now). DD falters to deceive. SRH depends on bowlers too much. Only CSK and RR don't rely on just facet of the game.

    MI did not deserve to be in the playoffs. But they were unlucky yesterday - bad umpiring, poor captaincy, dropped catches.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    There is no team like CSK..All the teams have been so inconsistent but this Team is one heck of a Team..Superb performance...

  • POSTED BY Dominic532 on | May 29, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    Very Very good perfomance by CSK.Very hard to beat them in playoffs.This not going to be easy for punjab like league matches.But punjab also in great touch.But as a CSK fan we are happy they make us happy.Now no diffrence will make they go to final or disqauliy in second qualifre.HAPPY CSK FAN.

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

    CSK is a champion team and they played like one. Congrats chennai. proud csk fan

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 29, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    This CSK team can chase. Whenever Dhoni is watching and waiting, for CSK a Dhoni that is threatening to come next is usually more dangerous than he himself playing in the middle. But then wait- CSK now has two Dhonis. The new Dhoni, David Hussey finishes the match in very similar style- start steady and explode later; also he finishes it earlier than 20th over!

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    KKR with three spinners and not with so great batting strength has reached the final. If CSK is serious about reaching the final they should consider including Samuel Badree in their XI for the next match at the expense of one of their batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    Win Toss -ask opponent to chase> this year edition teams have proved again and again any target is possible. who ever wins the qualifier on Friday wins IPL2014.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    well played csk and suresh hussy

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 29, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    How David hussey is playing match winning innings for csk. Most of the player is performing under Dhoni captaincy

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Tanuj. CSK has won the IPL 2 times and CLT20 once. Do not think the substandard MI is the champion. Last time, they created undue stress outside grounds to just win. CSK will beat MI on anyday.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    I don't give MI a chance at this CLT20, the overseas teams are very tough and the other IPL teams are stronger. if Dunk goes and plays for Hobart Hurricanes, he could be useful if they ever have to play Mumbai. Also HH have Shoaib Malik who will be priceless if they Play in UAE. Cape Cobras and Dolphins look pretty good and will be very difficult to overcome if they play in SA or Australia due to SA vs PAK series. Also Perth Scorchers if they get Pat Cummins to play for them, will field one of the strongest bowling lineups in the Competition.

    Mumbai with their heavy reliance on overseas stars will definitely have their work cut out for them if they are to defend their CLT20 crown

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Glad Mumbai lost. Well done CSK

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | May 28, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    this is how it shd be.......

  • POSTED BY ez_guy88 on | May 28, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    These Mumbai Indians Fans will never accept a good win, BTW good win by CSK....there are few areas to improve, hope they do well...but i expect KXIP to lift the cup!!!

  • POSTED BY Vikas_B on | May 28, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @Tanuj Birua, Its good to be dreaming and have hope Tanuj.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    Who said Mumbai is the only team which won CLT20? Chennai already did once.

  • POSTED BY PRaj1 on | May 28, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Bruce Oxenford boosted chances for csk's win , You never know may be Praveen would have bowled with a lot of confidence if Smith had been given out.Mumbai's fielding did not helped either - you can't drop catch when you are defending below par scores. My guess is Kings11 and KKR final.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | May 28, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    this ia not enough. CSK need to do properly in next two.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    M.l missed a trick in this match by not picking up s.gopal, looking at the surface that provided sharp turns the young legge would have been more than affective. Considering the fact that they are short on fifth baller I assume even a score in excess of 200 would have been chase able. Csk did well to ristrick them to 173 and won it convincingly. Now the game of the big three the most prolific teams of the tournament. Love this IPL.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    @Viv TheRaiden- Then watch test cricket.. You don't hv to watch t20 cricket.. We love it, all around the globe..It's a major global tournament.. You don't need to like it..

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | May 28, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    I thought CSK has also won Champion league trophy once.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    very well played CSK they fielded very well n bowling at the end was good they played like champion good win csk

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    @Tanuj Birua, you have a freedom to dream.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Mumbai,s IPL ended with the exit of malinga!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @vivtheraiden no skillfull batting??.......u must hav missed raina's innings i guess

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    with all our hard working in bowling department show the way to winning habbit...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 28, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Reason for MI lose today-Poor umpiring,drop catch,bad luck while bowling and No Malinga. CSK were lucky to win another 20 runs and they would have lost the game..i always say CSK rely on mistakes made by other teams to win the game. MI let go advantage of making 195 and that was the diffnce in the end result.

  • POSTED BY ADamani on | May 28, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Looks like its gonna be CSK v/s KKR in the finals... and KKR will win.. korbo lorbo jeetbor re!! go KKR

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    CSK vs Kings X1 againnnnn.MAx well milller to kill CSK !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Bruce Oxenford gave the WORST umpiring decision ever seen in cricket today. An absolutely plumb LBW off Kumar. Middle stump, back foot, halfway up. Appalling decision...you have to see it to believe it.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Mumbai will be in next year final. Like kkr. They are still champion of clt20 that other team dreams for. Mi will be back in clt20 .Next we will be back .strong and hard #play like one

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    That's the power of the Yellow Knights

    Love u CSK (DHONI&CO)

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    small boundaries of Mumbai ground killed the game, its not a skillfull batting from both sides, it was more like a hit and miss batting by both teams.

    IPL and T20 are slowly turning the game of cricket into a game power hitting circus.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Its nearing the end of the tournament but still I could't figure out why mumbai continued playing ojha.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 28, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Good team selection;) All the best for CSK

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  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    KKR is going to win this season!

  • POSTED BY Karan_cricketfan on | May 29, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @ravin_cricluv: CSK didn't win in 2012. KKR did.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    great win by csk.great team selection.if dhoni is coming 7 th down just think about the teams batting strength and with this team even if three batsmen are dismissed cheaply ,170 is easily on board. the good thing is dhoni know he should nt get over hyped.wish to see csk batting first against punjab,put 200+ and a revenge win.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    CSK has to win this ipl 7.its so special because of following reasons

    they didnt had home playing advantage.

    all 3 teams they play against in playoff are comparitively better in this season

    no team at no3 spot had won the cup except themselves(in 2012)

    most importantly we dont know if CSK is going to be there next year

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    winning mumbai in its fortress

    winning punjab the best toppers considering all ipl

    winning KKR who are monsters right now

    only one team can do all this and mission is one third accomplished.CSK win

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    i think all CSK fans will want CSK to win punjab more than winning finals against CSK.so its like a double header playoff for CSK

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    guess what helped CSK win over MI.not fielding,not batting not bowling.

    the first thing that won is the team selection.beleive many fans complainted dhoni to go for a batsmen packed team like this even in early stage of the season.wonder what took dhoni so long to find this combination.

    beleive this squad does well even better while setting a target.

  • POSTED BY ravin_cricluv on | May 29, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    mumbai might be MI's fortress.but playoff is CSK's fortress

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 29, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    KKR just a poor team in Dubai where it struggled but after the removal of kallis, they gelled and uthappa's opening slot made the change as they rise to 2nd top of the table. Anyways finals will be in bangalore so KKR cant able to do well as they did in Eden gardens. So CSK facing new teams in Play-offs, their experience will help but if any distractions CSK will lose in finals.

  • POSTED BY chikkubukku on | May 29, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    The edifice finally crumbled. It started crumbling the day the selection of five players to be retained was made, an array of ex-players who, it looks like, contributed negatively for the sponsors. MI should consider themselves very lucky to reach the last four stage but then as I have predicted in my earlier write-ups Pollard failed at a crucial juncture. Netting off the extra runs he gives as a bowler, Pollard's contribution would be ordinary and not as it looks like. Corey Anderson is not Sobers to justify the price tag he has and win matches single handedly. The game against Rajasthan was lost by Watson's team and not won by Mumbai. It was an unimaginative captaincy by RR that let Mumbai off the hook. Unless they change the core structure of the team and the support staff/mentors, the chances of Mumbai coming back again in next year's IPL looks bleak. Over dependence on e Malinga, Anderson Pollard, proved to be the big mistake. They have let their fans down in a big way.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 28, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Good team selection;) All the best for CSK

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Its nearing the end of the tournament but still I could't figure out why mumbai continued playing ojha.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    small boundaries of Mumbai ground killed the game, its not a skillfull batting from both sides, it was more like a hit and miss batting by both teams.

    IPL and T20 are slowly turning the game of cricket into a game power hitting circus.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    That's the power of the Yellow Knights

    Love u CSK (DHONI&CO)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Mumbai will be in next year final. Like kkr. They are still champion of clt20 that other team dreams for. Mi will be back in clt20 .Next we will be back .strong and hard #play like one

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Bruce Oxenford gave the WORST umpiring decision ever seen in cricket today. An absolutely plumb LBW off Kumar. Middle stump, back foot, halfway up. Appalling decision...you have to see it to believe it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    CSK vs Kings X1 againnnnn.MAx well milller to kill CSK !!!!

  • POSTED BY ADamani on | May 28, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Looks like its gonna be CSK v/s KKR in the finals... and KKR will win.. korbo lorbo jeetbor re!! go KKR

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 28, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Reason for MI lose today-Poor umpiring,drop catch,bad luck while bowling and No Malinga. CSK were lucky to win another 20 runs and they would have lost the game..i always say CSK rely on mistakes made by other teams to win the game. MI let go advantage of making 195 and that was the diffnce in the end result.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    with all our hard working in bowling department show the way to winning habbit...

Mumbai Indians v Super Kings, IPL, Eliminator, Mumbai May 28, 2014

Efficient CSK enter another qualifier

The Report by Sidharth Monga
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An 89-run stand between Suresh Raina and David Hussey helped Chennai Super Kings into the qualifier final

Chennai Super Kings 176 for 3 (Raina 54*, D Hussey 40*, Harbhajan 2-27) beat Mumbai Indians 173 for 8 (Simmons 67, Mohit 3-42) by 7 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After a few off games, Chennai Super Kings held on to all their catches, after which Mumbai Indians fumbled in the field to clear the qualifier passage for the most consistent team in the IPL history. The game was won and lost in the final few overs of Mumbai's innings when they went from 140 for 2 in 16 overs to 173 for 8 in 20. Lendl Simmons' half-century had set them up beautifully, but Mumbai's batsmen fell one after the other as Super Kings bowlers remained accurate and stifled them with changes of pace. An edgy but quick start to the chase was driven home by Suresh Raina, who earlier in the day made his India comeback as the ODI captain.

Mumbai wouldn't have excepted such a facile defeat after a rollicking start provided by former Super Kings opener Michael Hussey and Simmons. They added 76 in 9.4 overs, finding gaps regularly and using the quick outfield and the slope of the Brabourne Stadium. A big, fighting total looked on the cards when Corey Anderson raced away to 20 off 10. R Ashwin, who had bowled well without success until then, drew a top edge to send Anderson back with the first ball of the 13th over.

A platform had been set nonetheless, and Super Kings were still looking at a stiff target. And Mumbai seemed well on their way, with 41 runs off the next 23 balls, but like he had done earlier, Ravindra Jadeja provided another breakthrough with Simmons' wicket. The ball had been turning, but this one didn't, and the Super Kings spinners did their job with just 57 runs in their eight overs. Their contribution was crucial because Brendon McCullum's comeback had meant Super Kings had no overseas bowlers.

Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra ended well as Mumbai kept mis-hitting the big ones and kept finding the deep fielders. Quite opposite was the start of the Super Kings innings. Praveen Kumar looked more incisive than any of the Super Kings quicks, but he was denied by Umpire Bruce Oxenford, who let Dwayne Smith get away with possibly the plumbest lbw of the IPL season. Oxenford suggested the ball was going down; it was Mumbai that were going down after this decision. Corey Anderson suffered at the hand of his fielders, when Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu converged to attempt Faf du Plessis' catch, with neither going for it.

Harbhajan did manage to pull things back, though, with slow loopy offbreaks to take out both the openers after they had raced to 60 in the first six overs. With the ball turning and gripping, it seemed we could have a tight chase, a feeling reinforced by McCullum getting stumped to make it 87 for 3 with 10.3 overs to go. Raina, though, went on to display some of his vintage IPL form, in the company of David Hussey.

There never seemed any panic around. His six over extra cover, off the bowling of Harbhajan, was the turning point in this innings. Even though D Hussey struggled to get going at the start, Raina kept the asking rate in check with well-placed shots that weren't necessary boundaries. As Super Kings took the game further without the asking rate getting out of hand, Mumbai kept getting pushed out with no death bowler in their ranks.

Raina, who has played every Super Kings match in the history of the IPL, soon matched the record for most scores of 50 or more in the event, 23, by which time D Hussey had also got into the act and all but ended the game.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo