Chennai v Punjab, IPL 2010, Chennai March 21, 2010

Punjab hold nerve on night of mediocrity

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Kings XI Punjab 136 for 8 (Yuvraj 43, Murali 3-16, Morkel 2-23) tied with Chennai Super Kings 136 for 7 (Parthiv 57, Theron 2-17). Punjab won after Super Over
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Mediocrity met mediocrity on Sunday night, and somehow produced the first tie of the third edition of the IPL, leading to a Super Over, which gave Kings XI Punjab an unlikely victory. Irfan Pathan and Yuvraj Singh managed 82 runs in the 10 overs they faced between them, but the others batted poorly to score just 54 in the other 10. In the chase, even after a 65-run opening stand, the Chennai Super Kings batsmen contrived to be needing 10 runs off the last over. Fittingly for a match of low quality, the last over of the regulation game - bowled by Irfan and faced by Albie Morkel and R Ashwin - read: edge for four, missed slog for two byes thanks to an overthrow, single, another edge for two, a missed waft, and a powerful, nervous hit straight to mid-off with one needed off the last ball.

Juan Theron, playing his first IPL match and Punjab's bowling hero in the regulation time, bowled Matthew Hayden off the second ball in the Super Over, and despite a slogged six from Suresh Raina, once again 10 were needed in the last over. Muttiah Muralitharan was hit for a six first ball by Mahela Jayawardene, but he came back with a wicket and a dot to set the match up again. Yuvraj chose that extremely nervous moment to execute a delicate reverse-sweep, a shot he hardly ever uses, to finish the game off with two balls to go.

By halftime, though, Murali, the second Sri Lankan spinner to bowl the losing Super Over in as many tied matches in IPL, wouldn't have expected to play any further role in the game, let alone bowl the pressure over. In regulation time, he was the perfect spy, taking out two of the most prolific batsmen from his country, with 3 for 16 in his four overs. It wasn't as if Chennai needed any extra-ordinary bowling effort: the Punjab batsmen were hapless again.

Irfan, promoted to open the innings, and Yuvraj would have felt the rest of the team had turned on them. They got zero support from the other end, and the two batted together for only nine deliveries. There was a time when Irfan had scored 29 off 17 balls with five crunchy boundaries, but thanks to the struggling Ravi Bopara and Kumar Sangakkara, Punjab were 30 for 1 after five overs. Yuvraj, too, scored 43 out of the 70 runs that came while he was at the crease. He got to face only 28 out of 64 deliveries bowled when in the middle.

Between those spells of ordinary cricket from Punjab came Murali's genius. In his first over, inside the Powerplay, he beat Sangakarra twice in the flight, but the real beauty came in his second. This time he didn't bowl it flat when he saw Sangakkara charging down, just got it to dip more and then the bounce left him high and dry.

Jayawardene was made to look poorer than that. Murali first beat a late-cut with a topspinner from round the stumps, and then got a flighted offbreak to turn enough to beat the bat and get an lbw decision. At 64 for 4 after 11 overs, Punjab were looking at a freak innings from Yuvraj to keep them alive.

Yuvraj hit four fours and two sixes, but Mohammad Kaif and Manvinder Bisla at the other end wasted too many deliveries. The trend for Punjab, until this game, had been for one aspect of their game to do well, and the other to let it down. Still, to defend 136 against an in-form Hayden was too much to ask for. What's more, they had dropped their only bowler who could produce wickets, Sreesanth.

Hayden was not at his murderous best, but he was good enough he overtake Yusuf Pathan for maximum sixes in the IPL so far, and leave Chennai only 72 to get off the 68 deliveries. Punjab, the whipping boys of the tournament until then, used to letting matches slip after getting into winning positions, were about to turn one around from a losing position.

Their newest player, Theron, a medium-pacer, provided the turning point. Parthiv Patel dropped one at his feet and called Suresh Raina for a single, but Theron ran faster than Raina and kicked the ball into the stumps, from a good-length area on the pitch. Umpire Daryl Harper, who had earlier called a clear six a four, joined in the fun, sending M Vijay off when the ball was clearly sliding down leg.

About five overs later, the six call was corrected, and Parthiv was seeing Chennai through with what seemed a sensible fifty. Then came the rush of the blood. Just after having hit a boundary, he jumped out to Piyush Chawla and was stumped, leaving Chennai 16 to get off 16. Morkel and Manpreet Gony, who had earlier bowled poorly to give 20 runs in two overs, started slogging as if the requirement was sixty and not sixteen.

Theron, bowling the 19th over, only had to be straight when Gony produced the worst bit of cricket on a night that had had its fair share already. Throwing his front leg out of the way, and his head up, he slogged and lost his middle stump. An injury had confined Justin Kemp to the dressing room and Ashwin, like a hare in the headlights, couldn't do much with the last two deliveries of that over, setting up an exciting finale.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • 11Noobs on March 23, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    @rambo_072: Ok here goes. In the first season CSK won eight games. Badri scored 31*(14) and 64(47). In the other six innings, he did not bat or finished not out ( highest being 16* or there abouts). In the second season, CSK again won eight games. He scored 29(27), 45(34), 59*(41) and 22(23). In two matches he failed, and the other two he didn't bat. In 2010, he scored 43*(33). Those scores range from fair contributions to match winning ones. When he scored 29(27) he came in at 2-17 and shared a 67 run partnership with Raina. When he scored 22(23), the other batsmen had similar SRs. There, I hope I've explained it!!!

  • karthik_spunk on March 23, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    No need for discussions ,all seems to be match fixing in IPL n Mostly probably dis year winner will b either Mumbai Indians (or) RCB

  • lakx on March 22, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Confidence is everything.I do not understand why Raina was made captain ahead of Badri. I also do not understand why Raina promoted himself and demoted Vijay to no7 after he scored 33 of 26 balls. Badri had a great record in 2008 avg 32@147.7, could have been better but when Badri played well Dhoni promoted himself and Raina ahead of Badri as a result Badri's confidence suffered and he is not playing with the same confidence now. When fringe players like Parthiv are promoted ahead of Badri and Vijay who have much better records than him in all forms and even Raina in first class and List A, they obviously lose confidence. Are Dhoni and Raina working to promote cricket in Chennai, no they just promote themselves and friends. We know that Dhoni, Raina and Partiv are friends & have great bonding & spend most of the time together during IPL while Chennai guys spend half the time at home.But misusing it is bad for cricket and Chennai when Mukund & Badani do not even get a chance.

  • lakx on March 22, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    WOW! Now Vijay and Badri are not worth playing for even Chennai. So much hatred for Vijay and Badri when the worst innings was played by Parthiv. He got out in the 18th over with score at 121, and scored 57( 58), others scored 64 (46). He used up 10/17.2, he hogged the strike but failed to score and when he got out with just 16 balls remaining and 16 runs to get the tail enders were expected to play better than him. For all those non-Chennai guys who want mediocre non-Chennai guys playing for Chennai, here are some ipl records,Parthiv(innings,runs,avg,rate)-2008(13,302,27.45,101.68)-2009(9,142,15.7,112.6)-2010(2,63,31.50,98.43), Badri-2008(11,192,32,147.7)-2009(11,177,19.6,107.9)-2010(4,64,21.3,103.2) Vijay-2009(4,60,15.00,89.55)-2010(4,50,16.66,121.95). The records show that Parthiv does not belong to T20, Badri is much much better(148 strike rate in 2008) and Vijay not given enough opportunities just 8 matches in 3 yrs, but still better(121 in 2010).But then they belong to Chennai

  • kapil__goyal on March 22, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    there is no fault of Raina in this, the only mistake that chennai made was they didn't go for the kill in the final overs which wud have made them win with one or two overs to spare. Batsmen of the caliber of Morkel were there and Ashwin too is a good all-rounder. Even on the last ball, when Ashwin got out, he could have instead just played the ball with soft hands instead of going for the drive and that wud have won Chennai the game. Now there was nothing Raina could have done, also when 13 were needed off 12,chennai shud have made sure that they make the most of in the second last over but they took it lightly and that cost them the game

  • Vipin51 on March 22, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Parthiv Patel had hit a six, but the umpire signalled for four runs. CSK also did'nt point it out. Otherwise, CSK would have won it in regular 20 overs.

  • on March 22, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    wrong decisions cost csk the match ( both by harper giving a 6 as a four and vijay out lbw )....

  • ssenthil on March 22, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    It's rightly said "night of mediocrity"

  • harykrishnan on March 22, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    wat the hell was ashwin doing. when 1 is required of 2 balls u basically have to touch and run and not whack it to a fielder. clearly he wanted to be a hero by smashing a four and turned out to be a zero. the indian domestic players in csk wont find themselves in any t20 team . i was a fan of albie ever since he became a powerplay specialist down under. but wats happening ? he is his shadow self since last ipl and i seriously wish tht csk shd give chance to perara in place ofany one of the sa allrounders. i am sure he is going to be a star in t20 worldcup. i hope jakati is picked ahead of gony/joginder/tyagi as he is a better bowler although being a spinner. i hope tht raina must learn hereafter not to give a spinner the super over as it is a basic rule tht batsman find it easier to hit spinners out of the park rather than fast bowlers. i finally hpe that badri gets dropped as he can at best strike at less than run a ball which is abs. useless.

  • ssenthil on March 22, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Whatever Happens CSK news got always bigger in any forum, some hater words some supporting words and some neutral comments. Some want to enjoy of CSK losing some showing frustration and some other supporting these joker players. Way to go, it will increase only CSK fan base. Let see they can beat RCB which in many other thinks never going to happen without MS Dhoni but if these same jokers play to their potential they can beat any team in the world. For the worst play against KXIP now CSK should amend by beating table toppers RCB, otherwise CSK won't get any momentum going when they play the strong MI next.

  • 11Noobs on March 23, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    @rambo_072: Ok here goes. In the first season CSK won eight games. Badri scored 31*(14) and 64(47). In the other six innings, he did not bat or finished not out ( highest being 16* or there abouts). In the second season, CSK again won eight games. He scored 29(27), 45(34), 59*(41) and 22(23). In two matches he failed, and the other two he didn't bat. In 2010, he scored 43*(33). Those scores range from fair contributions to match winning ones. When he scored 29(27) he came in at 2-17 and shared a 67 run partnership with Raina. When he scored 22(23), the other batsmen had similar SRs. There, I hope I've explained it!!!

  • karthik_spunk on March 23, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    No need for discussions ,all seems to be match fixing in IPL n Mostly probably dis year winner will b either Mumbai Indians (or) RCB

  • lakx on March 22, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Confidence is everything.I do not understand why Raina was made captain ahead of Badri. I also do not understand why Raina promoted himself and demoted Vijay to no7 after he scored 33 of 26 balls. Badri had a great record in 2008 avg 32@147.7, could have been better but when Badri played well Dhoni promoted himself and Raina ahead of Badri as a result Badri's confidence suffered and he is not playing with the same confidence now. When fringe players like Parthiv are promoted ahead of Badri and Vijay who have much better records than him in all forms and even Raina in first class and List A, they obviously lose confidence. Are Dhoni and Raina working to promote cricket in Chennai, no they just promote themselves and friends. We know that Dhoni, Raina and Partiv are friends & have great bonding & spend most of the time together during IPL while Chennai guys spend half the time at home.But misusing it is bad for cricket and Chennai when Mukund & Badani do not even get a chance.

  • lakx on March 22, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    WOW! Now Vijay and Badri are not worth playing for even Chennai. So much hatred for Vijay and Badri when the worst innings was played by Parthiv. He got out in the 18th over with score at 121, and scored 57( 58), others scored 64 (46). He used up 10/17.2, he hogged the strike but failed to score and when he got out with just 16 balls remaining and 16 runs to get the tail enders were expected to play better than him. For all those non-Chennai guys who want mediocre non-Chennai guys playing for Chennai, here are some ipl records,Parthiv(innings,runs,avg,rate)-2008(13,302,27.45,101.68)-2009(9,142,15.7,112.6)-2010(2,63,31.50,98.43), Badri-2008(11,192,32,147.7)-2009(11,177,19.6,107.9)-2010(4,64,21.3,103.2) Vijay-2009(4,60,15.00,89.55)-2010(4,50,16.66,121.95). The records show that Parthiv does not belong to T20, Badri is much much better(148 strike rate in 2008) and Vijay not given enough opportunities just 8 matches in 3 yrs, but still better(121 in 2010).But then they belong to Chennai

  • kapil__goyal on March 22, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    there is no fault of Raina in this, the only mistake that chennai made was they didn't go for the kill in the final overs which wud have made them win with one or two overs to spare. Batsmen of the caliber of Morkel were there and Ashwin too is a good all-rounder. Even on the last ball, when Ashwin got out, he could have instead just played the ball with soft hands instead of going for the drive and that wud have won Chennai the game. Now there was nothing Raina could have done, also when 13 were needed off 12,chennai shud have made sure that they make the most of in the second last over but they took it lightly and that cost them the game

  • Vipin51 on March 22, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Parthiv Patel had hit a six, but the umpire signalled for four runs. CSK also did'nt point it out. Otherwise, CSK would have won it in regular 20 overs.

  • on March 22, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    wrong decisions cost csk the match ( both by harper giving a 6 as a four and vijay out lbw )....

  • ssenthil on March 22, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    It's rightly said "night of mediocrity"

  • harykrishnan on March 22, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    wat the hell was ashwin doing. when 1 is required of 2 balls u basically have to touch and run and not whack it to a fielder. clearly he wanted to be a hero by smashing a four and turned out to be a zero. the indian domestic players in csk wont find themselves in any t20 team . i was a fan of albie ever since he became a powerplay specialist down under. but wats happening ? he is his shadow self since last ipl and i seriously wish tht csk shd give chance to perara in place ofany one of the sa allrounders. i am sure he is going to be a star in t20 worldcup. i hope jakati is picked ahead of gony/joginder/tyagi as he is a better bowler although being a spinner. i hope tht raina must learn hereafter not to give a spinner the super over as it is a basic rule tht batsman find it easier to hit spinners out of the park rather than fast bowlers. i finally hpe that badri gets dropped as he can at best strike at less than run a ball which is abs. useless.

  • ssenthil on March 22, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Whatever Happens CSK news got always bigger in any forum, some hater words some supporting words and some neutral comments. Some want to enjoy of CSK losing some showing frustration and some other supporting these joker players. Way to go, it will increase only CSK fan base. Let see they can beat RCB which in many other thinks never going to happen without MS Dhoni but if these same jokers play to their potential they can beat any team in the world. For the worst play against KXIP now CSK should amend by beating table toppers RCB, otherwise CSK won't get any momentum going when they play the strong MI next.

  • BARCAGURU on March 22, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    punjab is far behind chennai in terms of bowling,batting and fielding as well. Yet they produced a match winning knock, these things happens. But compare not with Champoins league football, this IPL. We have a long way to progress for that. League is very much organised and the basic aim is to play sports, not to earn money ( as in the case of IPL). If you start following EPL or La liga or UEFA champions league, you wil get to know we are far behing in terms of PLAYING SPORT in league level, as here we care only about 3 things 1.Money 2.Money 3.Money

  • born2play on March 22, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Chennai lose nothing but Modi Magic. Waste of time watching these matches it was already scripted who wins each match.

  • raghu1122000 on March 22, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    guys, the problem is , csk just do not have enough indian match winners or hard hitting batsmen... raina is more of a swinger than a real clean striker of the ball.. I dont need to comment on murli vijay, badri, parthiv patel... They are just a joke compared to their indian counterparts in other teams, who can outscore these guys in strike rate and consistency in 2020 any day.

  • rambo_072 on March 22, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    @11Noobs No disrespect meant, but could you please refresh my memory about badri's "match-winning" knocks in the first two seasons of IPL...frankly speaking, badri is not international class...he just cant hit the ball outside the square!

  • santanuXI on March 22, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    I fail to understand why these super overs are required in league matches. Tie-breaker is used in football only in knock-out phases, not in La Liga or EPL or even in the group matches of Champions league. Results based on only one over are not at all desirable and it should be avoided as much as possible. What purpose does it serve? If the two teams are given equal points in case of tie, what's the problem?

  • TheOnlyEmperor on March 22, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    I think the Chennai franchise would do well to bring back Dinesh Kartik and Murali Kartik at the next auction. These 2 along with Dhoni, Raina, and the 4 foreign players would take the total to 8. That leaves 3 more Indians. Ashwin seems to have promise. I'm sure Badani won't be half as bad as Badri and Parthiv seems to gel well with everybody and combines well with Hayden. Of the 4 foreign players the preference list ought to be : Hayden, Muralitharan, Flintoff, Albie Morkel. That would give 3 foreign bowlers and 3 Indian in Murali Karthik, Ashwin and Raina. With this team, the batting order ought to be : Hayden, Raina, Morkel, Flintoff, Dhoni, D Karthik, Badani, Parthiv, M Karthik, Ashwin, Muralitharan.

  • Prince.Rocio on March 22, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Yavaraj in form? Good joke... lets see his batting against talented bowling ....

  • gorank68 on March 22, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    The real blame is on Suresh Raina. He shouldn't have come in at No.3. Instead he should have sent Vijay or Badri who would have steadied and also gathered runs at brisk pace. No need to panic as Raina thought. It's only run-a-ball chase and as per T20 standards, it is very much gettable. As Raina can hit the ball at any time of the innings, he should have come at the fall of either of their wickets so that there is no pressure at all to finish off the game. Poor thinking and captaincy. And the ball in which Raina was run-out, what the hell was the necessity to scamper for a run when the ball is in the crease itself. Play sensibly so that bowler makes mistake. Also, it's now time that both the local lads - vijay & badri show some character in their batting and justify their names. It's their home ground and full of supports for them. They should have played coolly and applied themselves. In what could have been a cake walk for the CSK turned out to be a forgetful match for them.

  • venkatesh018 on March 22, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    what else do you expect from a csk team depending on just three class batters-haydos,dhoni and raina? for all their domestic runs badri and vijay are very poor big occasion players and the rest are only fringe performers. actually the weak link of the team, the bowling, has been holding up better than expected. i still can understand how rajagopal satish was allowed to slip through the net to mumbai indians, when badani and arun karthik have got contracts.

  • Vasanth.C on March 22, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Mediocre Article. Sidharth never mentioned the nature of Pitch that was assisting the Spinners more than any other IPL Pitch thus far. The Grip, Turn and the Bounce that Spinners got despite of the Dew had a decisive say in Punjab's low total and the CSK's Choke. Such competetive pitches are rarely seen in IPL and beacause of that, we witnessed a real Humdinger!

  • on March 22, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    what else did you expect from a csk team which depends too heavily on haydos,dhoni and raina? for all their domestic runs badri and vijay are very poor big occasion players. i am amazed that rajagopal satish was not signed for csk. chennai's loss is mumbai indians' gain.

  • ssenthil on March 22, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Where is my comment??? People stop criticizing M.Vijay, he done well in the previous match and he given out wrongly today. But Badri supporter must realize he is not a T20 player, I accept he is a good first class domestic player may be can do well in test level bot in T20. He perform once in a Blue moon just like against KKR, he batted 4 times so far and done well only once and this inconsistent won't help CSK. It's high time H.Badani get a game ahead of Badri. C.Ganapathy as third seamer instead of useless S.Tyagi / M.Gony / J.Sharma even S.Jagati is better than these three jokers.

    J.Kemp must be replaced by T.Perera / G.Bailey / M.Ntitni. he just repeating Jackie's performance.

    TNCA and CSK are high in politics with useful TN domestic players are not getting due you can see M.Karthick, S.Sriram, R.Sathish and others switching their domestic team from TN due to this Politics. It's clear from the way they didn't get R.Sathish and G.Vignesh in the CSK squad. God only can save CSK

  • gurussm on March 22, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    what a way to loose and i doubt whether the six hit by parthiv patel was considered in the scorecard.

  • shahnazkattali on March 22, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    its like a miracle!...wat a 20 the over!!..last ball landing in safe hands...gallery roarsss...its a comeback...yuvraj is the king! Preity want replace yuvraj as punjab's captain. Yuvi's face and game says the disappointment of loose captaincy...now the eleven is better one...let them to fight under yuvraj...he will lead all..new bowler shows fantastic line n length!amazing super over!!!!!kaif is better now, he will lead feilding section and trying to encourage all feilders...yusuf abdulla and sreesant want take rest.i never forget the Hayden's bowled,,,thraaashhhh!!!!!jayawardane and sanga....especially all r fyn now....go ahead......b the King of IPL.....all the best!

  • on March 22, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    come on punjab........................... u will be rocked

  • on March 22, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    yes it is!!!!!!! What a match? good to see Yuvraj in form......... That's good for Indian cricket team.....and not for others.............. He is the one who called Terminator.

  • 11Noobs on March 22, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Typical Indian behaviour! I'm a fan of Badri so I have to defend him. Just because he played one bad innings, people say he's not fit for T20. In Chennai's second game he scored a useful 40 odd. The guys has played several match winning innings in previous seasons. Anyway, Chennai choked, and they choked bad. I think we're taking some credit away from Punjab here. They put the pressure on and somehow won the match from a losing position. Well done.

  • YasirHafeez on March 22, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    A fiitingly mediocre article on a mediocre match.

  • peterbarraud on March 22, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    The Punjab's Super over response showed up the trappings of glory. Mahela Jayawardene has played more than 100 tests and more than 300 ODIs. 10 runs to get in the Super over. He hits the first ball for 6. 4 runs off the other 5 balls and Yuraj at the other end - but Jayawardene went for Glory and pershed. Not to take anything away from Jayawardene who I feel is one of the finest crickets today. But then again, what is life if only driven in the slow lane.

  • critic12345 on March 22, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    If bowlers bowled well, its called medirocrity while if batsman belts the bowlers, then bravo, what a perormnce. This should not be the perception. We have togive credit to the bowlers/fielders of both team. Real blame lies with Partiv with the way he played. Yes, he scored a 50. It was a scratchy performance, where he consumed nearly 60 balls to score run a ball 50, opening the innings. The innigs were with lots of swing and miss. For the amount of balls he took and pressure he applied on others, he should have finished the innings. Chennai were unlucky too, Vijay was not out ,while Kemp couldnot bat. But you would expect Morkel to score the winnig runs. Chennai should not be bothered about this failure. But they ve to make some changes to their team. Morkel is not doing the job both with bat& ball. Gony,Kemp& Morkel should be replaced. They should go in with Parthiv,Hayden,Raina,Bailey,Badrinath,Vijay,Ganapathy,Ashwin,Balaji,Murali,Ntini.

  • on March 22, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    nice article with the match in the nutshell... reprieve for kingsXI and another lesson to learn for superkings.. complacency for chennai proved fatal.. parthiv shud have finished the game with kemp being a suspect to bat.. and coming hard on Gony. he has never played a shot other than the slog over mid on in any of the matches he has played or i have dreamt of.. it was like gifting the kingsXI to contain the over with Gony.. wonder what made anyone in the world to send him ahead of someone like ashwin or balaji or murali for that matter... Gony is a real gonner... not coming heavily on him.. but this is competitive cricket not a school cricket... Gony was not even up to the school slogger mark... he is such a liability to chennai superkings... bowler who cant bowl, bat or field... missing DHONI over here..

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 22, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    learn the art of losing from the trio og CSK,DD,KXIP...............punjab got lucky.......not even luck but very lucky to win that match...

    i mean even rajasthan would have scored 16 of 16 balls with 5 wickets in hand.......i wonder what happened?

  • TheOnlyEmperor on March 22, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    The Chennai local players have been acutely disappointing and are often seen to let their team down. Balaji's disastrous last over, Badri and Vijay's non performance and Ashwin's choice of shot when all that was needed was to touch and run. There are 2 types of teams in IPL. One that gets its locals players to perform : Bombay, Delhi, Punjab, Calcutta, Bangalore and the others like Chennai, Rajasthan, Hyderabad which solely survive because of the foreign stars. The Chennai middle order batsmen were less than mediocre and my heart went out for Raina, who has done a commendable job in holding fort. In fact, he is much better than Dhoni in field placement. I thought he erred in coming one down. He should have sent Morkel and Goni as a pinch hitter after the first wicket and then come down himself. Leaving anything to Badri and Vijay to finish would always prove to be disastrous for Chennai.

  • jagadeesh_kumar on March 22, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    now i am very happy irfan is playing well and promoted as opener. now he is in top 10 batsmen in IPL and in bowling also he took 3 wickets but i dont know why he is not completing his overs.i hope selectors will select him for T20 worldcup.anyway all the best to pathan. www.blog4mp3.blogspot.com

  • AKASH_INDIA on March 22, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    great game to watch but really chennai threw it away aftr an explosive start!

  • ramz_01 on March 22, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    yes Mrgarreth u ryt wt a propermance frm Theron.specially bowling in super over nd a bowling a slow bowl to mat hayden datz a corage is in it? he z da bowler king needes to keep them high.whn i saw his inclushen i tot sumthin on him.his showd it.wt come back frm kings thnx to him nd other bowlers.this win wl boost kins confidents 4 other matches.bt still batting is disapointing.hopefully they also will deliver on ryt moment 4 them.

  • on March 22, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    That was really over exiting match. Can believe how Punjab cam eback in match and they win it.

    I was watching and prying for Punjab. I cross my finger nanny times and God listen me. I enjoyed every ball after 15 over till the match end for super over.

  • acrazycricketfan on March 22, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Wow ! what a match.Most of the people predicted it would be Kings XI Punjab's match in the super over as & when the Chennai Super Kings announced Muralidaran's name as the bowler to bowl the super over.It should have been some fast bowler who should have bowled the super over but I dont think the Chennai Super Kings have that kind of an experience to bowl the super over.Parthiv Patel threw away his wicket & Gony played insensibly.It was these 2 players who were the main cause to lose the match for their team.

  • KiranpalGrewal on March 22, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Chak de fatte punjab! Wel done THERON and YUVRAAJ!! We gona rock ,watch out guys! Kings XI Punjab wl win d IPL....

  • Raghu_Chennai on March 22, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    The start provided by Hayden and Parthiv was good. The batsmen were too casual and nobody played the basic cricket of rotating the strike (which would have got them home comfortably), all the player want to hit boundaries. S Raina's run out was due to poor judgment of a run. Parthiv Patel played well but he too got out for a rash shot.

    The middle order players M Vijay, Badrinath are not fit to play this format of cricket. I don't understand why CSK keep on selecting Manpreet Gony, he is a poor bowler and very poor batsman. Justin Kemp should have come out with a runner, he and Morkel should have finished the chase.

    If they still go with Badri,Vijay, Gony, Ashwin and Kemp in the next match they are sure to lose. I think Makaya should be given a game instead of Kemp (at least he swings the bat better than Kemp and a good bowler).

    To conclude, a simple strategy of rotating the strike would have made CSK to win the match and be secure at the top four.

  • ashy16in_ on March 22, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    Mr Ravi Shastri and Mr Sunil Gavaskar during commentary kept promoting Parthiv Patel's name as Dhoni's backup for the Indian team in future. I wonder if they would continue to keep pushing his case now after the atrocious shot he played at a crucial juncture in the match.

  • on March 22, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Rather than Kings XI winning this match, it was more a case of the Super Kings loosing it..

  • on March 22, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    I agreed with ssenthil, for some reason TNCA and CSK ignoring talents like RSathish and Vignesh.

  • Prince.Rocio on March 22, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Punjab will lose because of their poor form.... its just luck with CSK

  • warunanc on March 22, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    I think article is too lethargic that it doesn't really explained those mind boggling moments of the match !! shud hav done better, it was the best match so far in the tournament & sadly the article doesn't even emphasize that fact :(

  • Chris_Howard on March 22, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Why the heck isn't Theron playing for SA?? In First Class, he's taken 130 wickets at 22.65, and done even better in ODs and Twenty20. That's heaps better than Steyn, Ntini, M Morkel, Parnell! And those figures are even better than Alan Donald and Shaun Pollock's! As a cricket lover, I can't wait and hope in the international scene, he lives up to that ability, and I hope we don't have to wait too long. But as an Aussie though, I say keep him out for as long as you like. :)

  • Prince.Rocio on March 22, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    CSK has been on top till last overs... if Kemp isnt injured, the game would have finished on CSK side... Yuvaraj is a good player..but he wants to become hero of the team. he never plays when someone other than him play well... he used to undermine team strength... so only they through out of captainship... Hitting sixes n fours is not cricket... Sportmanship is cricket... He shouts like he won world cup... He fiddles in real international matches. anyhave good luck for Sanga . I should mention , the hard work of Ravi bopara, which went unnoticed because of low team display. Conclusive , Punjab won because of discipline bowling from Theron and injured CSK side.

  • maddy20 on March 22, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    I can't believe Chennai Super Krazies preferred Manpreet Gony instead of players like Vignesh. @SSenthil If you have forgotten Kemp picked up 3 wickets in the last match and took a stunning catch.

  • kickapakibutt on March 22, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Great match. Watching the match yesterday, I did not understand what Gony is doing in the field. Apparently he cannot bowl, bat or field. He is huge guy and takes up lot of real estate. I think The only relation he has with cricket is that his name rhymes with Dhoni.

  • on March 22, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    I didn't realist Theron was a South African, but Albie Morkel left high and dry at the other end on both the Super Over and Normal time was familiar sight for a South African

  • straight6 on March 21, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    There's a little bird who tells me that there have been two new teams being launched at ridiculous prices and yet they still have to sit down in the auctions to buy their players. Pune and Kotchi are the new teams to be introduced to IPL next season. It's just getting crazy out there, wonder what this will do to the REAL game!

  • Rockyyyims on March 21, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Well, after what C J De Villiers did against Sussex in the Champions League,taking two wickets in two balls in the super over,I ain't a bit surprised to see R.Theron perform the way as he has in the most crucial times of the match.That shows south Africa has plenty of good intelligent pacers with a balanced psyche and isn't it astonishing to see IPL sides with foreign bowlers in their ranks doing well because foreign bowlers have so far not withered under crowd pressure or the razzmatazz of IPL unlike their Indian counterparts.Todays game has just simply rejuvenated the whole IPL, what a cracker!and it perfectly shows that IPL not only contains brilliant shows by one team but also teams choking under pressure, excitement,tight bowling and fielding as well and thats IPL for you. Lets face it that Kings XI bowlers bowled well in the death and some credit must be given to them.The addition of 2 new IPL teams will only add to the spice of IPL as a new X factor and a renewed interest

  • on March 21, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Whats with the quality of the article. Sreeshanth was the most expensive bowler until now. He was the reason Punjab lost the 200+ match. Grammitical errors in the article too."Hayden was not at his murderous best, but he was good enough he overtake Yusuf Pathan for maximum sixes in the IPL so far".Looks like this thing was hacked up in a hurry. As a fan of cricinfo, I would like to see better written articles here.

  • xylo on March 21, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    This match had all the makings of "fixing"... all the 4.x run-overs after Hayden got out, Ashwin coming in ahead of Balaji, Albie Morkel deliberately trying to stay away from strike, and yet turning up for the Super Over, the Super Over being bowled by Murali given Mendis' experience. It is pretty obvious that if KXIP were still at 0, the crowds would not turn up for their matches any more, and CSK did not have much to lose. And the crowds who had turned up for this match had to be entertained. Good script Modi!

  • on March 21, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    and wats with the low quality description? Fewer runs on the board is lower quality or did i miss something?

  • on March 21, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    ssenthil...cool it a little dude...

  • drsankalp on March 21, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    I dunno how much this guy know about cricket. Because he writes pure rubbish most of time. Its was good quality game from both sides. Definately 100 times better than england and bangadesh match as both teams can be beaten by any ipl side anyday. Cricinfo need to get people who know about cricket to write.

  • DalesGuy on March 21, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    SENDING GONI TO SWISH SOME WARM CHENNAI AIR INSTEAD OF TAKING SINGLES WAS A BLUNDER. THE CAPTAIN AND COACH SHOULD TAKE THE BLAME FOR THAT. I THOUGHT RAINA WAS GOOD AS CAPTAIN DURING THE BATTING BY CHANDIGARGH

  • raghu1122000 on March 21, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    @ senthil.. relax... csk lost today but there is still a long way to go..the problem with csk is not with raina.. but with their own batting... It is almost like, if you get hayde, the match is over for csk..badrinath, murlivijay,parthiv patel are anything but match winners and are certainly a lesser breed in match winning abilities compared to gautam gambhir, saurabh tiwary, ambati rayudu, rohit sharma, manish pandey, robin uthappa, and even viirat kohli.

    The problem is with your batting... All the opposition has to do is sort out hayden and then they are through...That is the truth..

  • MrGarreth on March 21, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Well being a South African who has seen Rusty Theron perform time and time again back home, I cant say Im that surprised by this level headed performance. This wasnt a fluke either. Im a huge fan of his. He is a gem of a bowler who is destined to play for SA (I dont know how much longer the quota system can stop him). He is a lot more mature than most bowlers his age. Won both the OD and 20/20 trophies back home with his franchise and was the stand out bowler amongst a star studded Warriors bowling line up (Ntini, Parnell, Tsotsobe, Kruger, Botha, Boje, Kallis). Was eagerly anticipating this debut and he hasnt disappointed.Watch out for Rusty, he is going to be a star. Mark my words.

  • on March 21, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    nice article..but the game was good to watch!

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  • on March 21, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    nice article..but the game was good to watch!

  • MrGarreth on March 21, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Well being a South African who has seen Rusty Theron perform time and time again back home, I cant say Im that surprised by this level headed performance. This wasnt a fluke either. Im a huge fan of his. He is a gem of a bowler who is destined to play for SA (I dont know how much longer the quota system can stop him). He is a lot more mature than most bowlers his age. Won both the OD and 20/20 trophies back home with his franchise and was the stand out bowler amongst a star studded Warriors bowling line up (Ntini, Parnell, Tsotsobe, Kruger, Botha, Boje, Kallis). Was eagerly anticipating this debut and he hasnt disappointed.Watch out for Rusty, he is going to be a star. Mark my words.

  • raghu1122000 on March 21, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    @ senthil.. relax... csk lost today but there is still a long way to go..the problem with csk is not with raina.. but with their own batting... It is almost like, if you get hayde, the match is over for csk..badrinath, murlivijay,parthiv patel are anything but match winners and are certainly a lesser breed in match winning abilities compared to gautam gambhir, saurabh tiwary, ambati rayudu, rohit sharma, manish pandey, robin uthappa, and even viirat kohli.

    The problem is with your batting... All the opposition has to do is sort out hayden and then they are through...That is the truth..

  • DalesGuy on March 21, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    SENDING GONI TO SWISH SOME WARM CHENNAI AIR INSTEAD OF TAKING SINGLES WAS A BLUNDER. THE CAPTAIN AND COACH SHOULD TAKE THE BLAME FOR THAT. I THOUGHT RAINA WAS GOOD AS CAPTAIN DURING THE BATTING BY CHANDIGARGH

  • drsankalp on March 21, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    I dunno how much this guy know about cricket. Because he writes pure rubbish most of time. Its was good quality game from both sides. Definately 100 times better than england and bangadesh match as both teams can be beaten by any ipl side anyday. Cricinfo need to get people who know about cricket to write.

  • on March 21, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    ssenthil...cool it a little dude...

  • on March 21, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    and wats with the low quality description? Fewer runs on the board is lower quality or did i miss something?

  • xylo on March 21, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    This match had all the makings of "fixing"... all the 4.x run-overs after Hayden got out, Ashwin coming in ahead of Balaji, Albie Morkel deliberately trying to stay away from strike, and yet turning up for the Super Over, the Super Over being bowled by Murali given Mendis' experience. It is pretty obvious that if KXIP were still at 0, the crowds would not turn up for their matches any more, and CSK did not have much to lose. And the crowds who had turned up for this match had to be entertained. Good script Modi!

  • on March 21, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Whats with the quality of the article. Sreeshanth was the most expensive bowler until now. He was the reason Punjab lost the 200+ match. Grammitical errors in the article too."Hayden was not at his murderous best, but he was good enough he overtake Yusuf Pathan for maximum sixes in the IPL so far".Looks like this thing was hacked up in a hurry. As a fan of cricinfo, I would like to see better written articles here.

  • Rockyyyims on March 21, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Well, after what C J De Villiers did against Sussex in the Champions League,taking two wickets in two balls in the super over,I ain't a bit surprised to see R.Theron perform the way as he has in the most crucial times of the match.That shows south Africa has plenty of good intelligent pacers with a balanced psyche and isn't it astonishing to see IPL sides with foreign bowlers in their ranks doing well because foreign bowlers have so far not withered under crowd pressure or the razzmatazz of IPL unlike their Indian counterparts.Todays game has just simply rejuvenated the whole IPL, what a cracker!and it perfectly shows that IPL not only contains brilliant shows by one team but also teams choking under pressure, excitement,tight bowling and fielding as well and thats IPL for you. Lets face it that Kings XI bowlers bowled well in the death and some credit must be given to them.The addition of 2 new IPL teams will only add to the spice of IPL as a new X factor and a renewed interest