Deccan v Chennai, IPL 2010, 2nd semi-final, Mumbai April 22, 2010

Chennai play all the right cards

Cricinfo staff
It says much about the IPL's competitive nature that a team that finished with a 50% record is now contesting the final against the runaway leaders
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In the Twenty20 format, teams can't afford to be predictable. Yesterday's innovation can be today's recipe for disaster. But ahead of Sunday's final, both teams are likely to spend a fair bit of time pondering the Chennai Super Kings' new-ball combination. Doug Bollinger and R Ashwin were tremendous in the semi-final, and have forged the most unlikely of alliances over the past five games. Chennai have won three of those, and the losses were more a result of shoddy batting than any slip-ups from the bowlers.

"We've done well, haven't we?" said Bollinger after the four-wicket haul that got him Man-on-the-Match honours and guaranteed that the most consistent team over the three years of competition would get a shot at Champions League Twenty20 glory. If they do go on to take the trophy, Chennai - who were 2-5 and sinking at one stage - should be grateful for the injuries to Andrew Flintoff and Jacob Oram that sent the scouts looking for a pace bowler of genuine quality.

In seven games, Bollinger has 11 wickets, and Thursday's game was the perfect opportunity to settle scores with the Deccan Chargers, who had taken 31 off three wicketless overs when the two teams met in Nagpur earlier this month. It was also a chance to get the Dharamsala game out of his system. There, for whatever reason, MS Dhoni broke up the pace-spin new-ball combo and made Bollinger bowl in tandem with Sudeep Tyagi, who had been hideously expensive all season. Tyagi was predictably slaughtered, Bollinger went for 39 in his four and it took some Dhoni heroics with the bat to salvage Chennai's campaign.

On Thursday, Tyagi was not to be seen, and nor were the other new-ball exponents who have hardly distinguished themselves. Ashwin, who had taken 2 for 13 against Deccan in an earlier game, was restored to new-ball duty and between them, he and Bollinger finished with 5 for 27.

On Sunday, the two might have to contend with Sachin Tendulkar, injured hand and all. In Chennai in early April, dehydration took him off the field and transformed Mumbai's run chase. Such oppressive weather won't be an ally in Mumbai, and the duo will have to think up ways to combat a batsman who has mastered the format despite not playing it internationally.

Chennai loaded the side with spinners for the semi-final, and on a sluggish pitch it paid off. Given their depressingly mediocre pace resources, a similar strategy could be employed for the final. Despite the concern over the decline in Matthew Hayden's output, the lack of impact from Michael Hussey and Justin Kemp should mean that he keeps his place.

As for Deccan, after their five-game winning run, this was a depressing way to surrender the title. They will look back on two ordinary overs from RP Singh and Ryan Harris that took the score from 116 to 142, and also to the extremely timid start to their own innings.

T Suman and Rohit Sharma, who had been such impressive foils for Andrew Symonds in the middle order, both failed and Adam Gilchrist's failure to reprise his remarkable semi-final innings of a year ago was crucial as well. Given how little he contributed with the bat over the final month, it was quite an achievement to even make the final four.

Dhoni and Chennai can dream of bigger things than third place, and it says much about the competitive nature of the league that a team that finished with a 50% record is now contesting the final against the runaway leaders. On paper, Mumbai should walk it, but if the pitch is slow, Chennai's spin phalanx and Bollinger could well silence a raucous home crowd.

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  • ganymide on April 24, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    For next year Gilchrist should revamp entire team, and they can't rely on Monish mishra, Anirudh (ofcourse he played nice today), Suman, RP Singh, Jaskaran singh, Gibbs. So they should find some experienced Ranji proven talent and atleast it'll give consistency rather than this type of flash on pan performance. Look at un proven talent in Rajastan Royals and look at proven talent in Mumbain indians indian talent, you can see difference. Rohit always playing like a dream in all 3 IPL's, but this IPL may gives nightmares, he played his poor shots when team really needs in Semis. Ofcourse Gilchrist is a complete failure, he almost become a Non playing captain to DC, just like in Davis cup tennis tournaments.

  • ganymide on April 24, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    May be greatest come back of all time in IPL, but last defeat and ongoing 40 for 5 wickets with B'lore team i felt really disgusted about DC's performance is very poor and they don't deserve to be in Semi's and forget about Final. When the accusations are ruling the roost in indian politics and media news, DC performed very reckless and poor performance when the team needs must win match against Chennai. This is really bad. If DC lost by thrilling few wickets or few runs nobody bothers but their body language telling, they're not prepared to win against Chennai sends heartburn to DC fans. Very bad performance of Rohit sharma in Semis by giving away wicket with poor shot and also Suman, Symonds (when he almost brings to hope of win)

  • Venkat4Cric on April 24, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Fantastic cricket by CSK. The author feels RP Singh and Ryan Harris bowled ordinary overs. But thats how 20-20 cricket is either you can say ordinary overs or fine (slog) batting. Had deccan won, these overs are never discussed.140 looked a meagre target but DC batted poor and chennai's fine display of bowling and fielding discipline. Everytime Hayden fails, the hope that he would spit fire and ash in the next match lurks around and thats what keeps him in the team. I am sure he wil be there in the team for finals too. His presence in the team does create panic in the opposition since when he gets going the opponent sees defeat straightaway. Vijay played well but i think should concentrate more to not play such loose shots and get out cheaply.Badrinath showed dedication and Anirudha played well to get a decent score. Overall CSK managed well to score a winning total. I believed the score was sufficient with stingy bowlers in Ash,bolly,murali.Jakati was the vulnerable but did well.

  • psychicsaint on April 24, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    to all those jealous DC, KKR, KXIP fans who are cribbing that CSK is inconsistent and lucky to be in the final.... don't forget that CSK is the only team to have made it to the semis of all three IPL editions and twice to the final... luck cannot favor an inconsistent team so much... there is no doubt that Chennai boys rise up to the occasion and perform well when it matters most and they have the best captain to lead them with a cool head when it comes to pressure situations... MI cannot take CSK for granted although they have a great batting and bowling line up... and CSK won't die so easily... for the die hard cricket fan it would be another nail biting thriller to watch and the team that performs better on the day will win... good luck to both teams...

  • on April 24, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    i hopw csk will win. hayden smash quick 50

  • manasvi_lingam on April 23, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Anirudha should bat up the order and open: Hayden should make way for Hussey/Kemp depending on the nature of the pitch. Similarly, Tyagi/Balaji deserve a look-in ahead of Jakati who did not do well at all.

  • Vilander on April 23, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    King Hayden is going to destroy MI come sunday.

  • on April 23, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    This is a man with golden arm, keep it up Bollinger. His pace, line and length suits our Indian soil and atmospheric conditions. He made the best use of the local conditions and his mixing of deliveries from slow to medium and off and in swing. Keep it up Bollinger...you are ball in jer(k) to most of the batsmen. hahahaha...

  • knowledge_eater on April 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    This Dug the Rug is going to be trouble in WC, he was trouble when India Played Aus. Where do this Oz bowlers come from !!! His hair were enough distraction than his accurate line and bounce from good length. hahaha joke just joke. I thought Badri deserved MOM, if it wasn't for him CSK wouldn't have batted for 20 overs. Deccan choked big time. No one was comfortably timing the ball constantly. Neither CSK nor DC. See people, now what can happen if they make bowler friendly pitches. Now, don't write off DC, by saying that they don't deserve to be here. MI will win if they play on similar pitch like this, if it is batsman friendly CSK have chance to win this. In bowler friendly pitch against Red hot Bhajji, Malinga, Zak, Polly and now Fernando, what option CSK have Ashwin and Duggy (the most consistent one) its not going to be easy. CSK batsman have better chance pulling off, than their bowlers. Good Luck, may the best team on that will win.

  • Philly.rocks on April 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Mumbai should make it real easy considering the sloppy batting of Chennai repeatedly. Mumbai's bowling line up is the best in this IPL: Malinga, Zaheer, Farnando, Bhajji and Polard. I am not saying CSK is out of consideration but their problem is nobody knows when their star batting line up will fire. In this spot MI's domestic performers like Tiwary and Rydu are better than CSK's international performers Hayden and Raina. Provided that both teams plays according to their strength we can expect an eye catching nail bitter in final. Glory to cricket!

    @Leevs Bollinger: Anybody watching IPL from Australia would be wondering why Doug Bollinger was overlooked from world T20 squad and a half fit Lee is there who lost his sharpness and skill for quite a while now. Just compare the performances of Lee and Bollinger in this IPL.

  • ganymide on April 24, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    For next year Gilchrist should revamp entire team, and they can't rely on Monish mishra, Anirudh (ofcourse he played nice today), Suman, RP Singh, Jaskaran singh, Gibbs. So they should find some experienced Ranji proven talent and atleast it'll give consistency rather than this type of flash on pan performance. Look at un proven talent in Rajastan Royals and look at proven talent in Mumbain indians indian talent, you can see difference. Rohit always playing like a dream in all 3 IPL's, but this IPL may gives nightmares, he played his poor shots when team really needs in Semis. Ofcourse Gilchrist is a complete failure, he almost become a Non playing captain to DC, just like in Davis cup tennis tournaments.

  • ganymide on April 24, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    May be greatest come back of all time in IPL, but last defeat and ongoing 40 for 5 wickets with B'lore team i felt really disgusted about DC's performance is very poor and they don't deserve to be in Semi's and forget about Final. When the accusations are ruling the roost in indian politics and media news, DC performed very reckless and poor performance when the team needs must win match against Chennai. This is really bad. If DC lost by thrilling few wickets or few runs nobody bothers but their body language telling, they're not prepared to win against Chennai sends heartburn to DC fans. Very bad performance of Rohit sharma in Semis by giving away wicket with poor shot and also Suman, Symonds (when he almost brings to hope of win)

  • Venkat4Cric on April 24, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Fantastic cricket by CSK. The author feels RP Singh and Ryan Harris bowled ordinary overs. But thats how 20-20 cricket is either you can say ordinary overs or fine (slog) batting. Had deccan won, these overs are never discussed.140 looked a meagre target but DC batted poor and chennai's fine display of bowling and fielding discipline. Everytime Hayden fails, the hope that he would spit fire and ash in the next match lurks around and thats what keeps him in the team. I am sure he wil be there in the team for finals too. His presence in the team does create panic in the opposition since when he gets going the opponent sees defeat straightaway. Vijay played well but i think should concentrate more to not play such loose shots and get out cheaply.Badrinath showed dedication and Anirudha played well to get a decent score. Overall CSK managed well to score a winning total. I believed the score was sufficient with stingy bowlers in Ash,bolly,murali.Jakati was the vulnerable but did well.

  • psychicsaint on April 24, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    to all those jealous DC, KKR, KXIP fans who are cribbing that CSK is inconsistent and lucky to be in the final.... don't forget that CSK is the only team to have made it to the semis of all three IPL editions and twice to the final... luck cannot favor an inconsistent team so much... there is no doubt that Chennai boys rise up to the occasion and perform well when it matters most and they have the best captain to lead them with a cool head when it comes to pressure situations... MI cannot take CSK for granted although they have a great batting and bowling line up... and CSK won't die so easily... for the die hard cricket fan it would be another nail biting thriller to watch and the team that performs better on the day will win... good luck to both teams...

  • on April 24, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    i hopw csk will win. hayden smash quick 50

  • manasvi_lingam on April 23, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Anirudha should bat up the order and open: Hayden should make way for Hussey/Kemp depending on the nature of the pitch. Similarly, Tyagi/Balaji deserve a look-in ahead of Jakati who did not do well at all.

  • Vilander on April 23, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    King Hayden is going to destroy MI come sunday.

  • on April 23, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    This is a man with golden arm, keep it up Bollinger. His pace, line and length suits our Indian soil and atmospheric conditions. He made the best use of the local conditions and his mixing of deliveries from slow to medium and off and in swing. Keep it up Bollinger...you are ball in jer(k) to most of the batsmen. hahahaha...

  • knowledge_eater on April 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    This Dug the Rug is going to be trouble in WC, he was trouble when India Played Aus. Where do this Oz bowlers come from !!! His hair were enough distraction than his accurate line and bounce from good length. hahaha joke just joke. I thought Badri deserved MOM, if it wasn't for him CSK wouldn't have batted for 20 overs. Deccan choked big time. No one was comfortably timing the ball constantly. Neither CSK nor DC. See people, now what can happen if they make bowler friendly pitches. Now, don't write off DC, by saying that they don't deserve to be here. MI will win if they play on similar pitch like this, if it is batsman friendly CSK have chance to win this. In bowler friendly pitch against Red hot Bhajji, Malinga, Zak, Polly and now Fernando, what option CSK have Ashwin and Duggy (the most consistent one) its not going to be easy. CSK batsman have better chance pulling off, than their bowlers. Good Luck, may the best team on that will win.

  • Philly.rocks on April 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Mumbai should make it real easy considering the sloppy batting of Chennai repeatedly. Mumbai's bowling line up is the best in this IPL: Malinga, Zaheer, Farnando, Bhajji and Polard. I am not saying CSK is out of consideration but their problem is nobody knows when their star batting line up will fire. In this spot MI's domestic performers like Tiwary and Rydu are better than CSK's international performers Hayden and Raina. Provided that both teams plays according to their strength we can expect an eye catching nail bitter in final. Glory to cricket!

    @Leevs Bollinger: Anybody watching IPL from Australia would be wondering why Doug Bollinger was overlooked from world T20 squad and a half fit Lee is there who lost his sharpness and skill for quite a while now. Just compare the performances of Lee and Bollinger in this IPL.

  • on April 23, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    great work from bollinger & ashwin......were instrumental in defending a low total........infact this is the lowest total defended in this ipl i guess.................& @ howzzatshow,dude which world r u in.........cameron white plays for royal challengers...........how can dhoni axe hayden & bring white..........r u referring to axe kallis & bring in white for the 3 rd place match/referrin to bringin hussey instead of hayden..........anyway even hussey hasnt fared well..........but given the reputation of hayden,for what he has done for the aussies in odi as well as test cricket,he'll still be the opener for the final...........afterall this man made a fortune in cricket only after he turned 30yrs & still ended up with 8000 odd test runs & 6000 odd odi runs from just 7 years of international cricket........

  • Ellis on April 23, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Stupid team selections by Deccan, primarily the dropping of Vaas, led to their poor performances. Gilchrist and Lehmann have far too much of an Australian bias. However, their all round performance does not indicate a well balanced team. Mumbai were clearly the pick of the field. Bangalore have a strong side on paper but fall when they need to up their game. A very interesting tournament generating much support despite the naysayers in the Western sporting media.

  • KENNETH2007 on April 23, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Bravo Bollinger and Aswin.....i think in fact the DC did'nt fire as per its batting strength....And the way Rohit and Symonds got out was as if they where giving catch practice....made the difference...

  • llchennai on April 23, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    CSK is most likely to win the cup if they play like in the semi; Mumbai won 10 of the 14 league matches riding on one great man, at least in 3 games; had they lost those 3, DC would have been on top. Can the MI batters other than Sachin hit the CSK spin trio out of the park? Doubtful. MI batters lost to CSK bowlers when Sachin faced dehydration last time. In the semi, CSK bowlers never allowed any batsman to get underneath the ball and hit them for 4/6. Except Jakati (2/44) all others gave away 16 or less in 4 overs by bowling a very tight line and length! CSK won despite their poor batting. In fact CSK would have lost but for Badrinath & Dhoni partnership; they steadied the ship; Bollinger is gradually replacing Brett Lee in Indian hearts. Captain Sachin=Dhoni; Doughy=Zaheer; Ashwin=Bhajji; other spinners are better for CSK; 4 batters are equal; KP could be the only unmatched resource (Albie not so good). Big game..whoever is holding the nerves will grab the trophy for the first time.

  • mitgop11 on April 23, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    i'd drop haydos and promote anirudh at the top with VJ. Kemp can return at the expense of haydos to boost the lower middle. That way, top order batting, lower middle order and the bowling options can improve... at the moment, it looks like even a mongoose can bat better than haydos!! (no disrespect to haydos... he can trash any bowler on his day)

  • on April 23, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    @ howzzatshow: is RCB and IPL allow cameran white to open inns for CSK? He is in RCB TEAM.

  • cricket_ftw on April 23, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    CSK has good chances if the conditions in the finals are similar to the semis. Hope the pitch doesnt change much or the groundsmen doesnt work much on the pitch to change its condition in favour of mumbai.. Spin attack of CSK is capable of taking any team down on a slow pitch.

  • on April 23, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    The team which looked powerful only on paper entered final now. One more hard work will get the maximum metal, that evaded two times.

  • harryspooner on April 23, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    @howzzatshow , yu make me laugh, cameron white plays for RCB, i guess CSk are still hoping that Haydos can hit it out like he did against DD in the initial game, i guess he s the kinda player who can change the game in matter of overs, unfortunately for csk this season he hasn't been clicking and since the middle order depends so much on the momentum from the opening pair, the spark has been missing from the team

  • 11Noobs on April 23, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA. Where are those people who wanted Badrinath out of the team?

  • Vivek.Bhandari on April 23, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    @howzzatshow: I never knew that CSK got Cameron White on loan from the RCB guys...poor me...is it some mid-tournament auction or what...? :D :D :D

  • DarkBatter on April 23, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    howzzatshow, cameron white is with bangalore

  • Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on April 23, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    howzzatshow - i donot think you are allowed to swap plater between franchise. It should be Mike Hussey rather than Cameron White.

  • Batman111 on April 23, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    @howzzatshow: Dudu, when did Cameron White cross over to CSK? lol :D (rofl) LMAO

  • NALINWIJ on April 23, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    CONGRAGULATIONS TO CHENNAI on this win and finding Bollinger. It is a pity that Australia has picked Lee instead of Bolly in the T20 world cup. Wil Chenai beat Mumbai and Bolly become the king of Bollywood?

  • howzzatshow on April 23, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Chennai can axe Hayden and bring in Cameron White to open the innings in the final. Otherwise Dhoni's reading of the situation and pitch is excellent. The batting of Chennai has to click in the final if they want to give Mumbai a run for their money.

  • on April 23, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Dont know why conversations run empty for all articles abt CSK.

    But I think as Dhoni said in post match ceremony (who usually is mostly correct abt what he says) CSK have played only 60 % of their potential and hence have scratched to Semis... if only all play to 90% , CSK wud have had consistency like MI.

    Abt Semis, once i had seen CSK play 1st 10 ovrs, i thought pls. atleast get to 140 and we have great chance of winning.. as DC batting is also not firing all cylinders.. I always wanted CSK to drop the Pace slot comprising Tyagi, Balaji, Gony, Jogi and hand it over to Murali who was the Purple cap owner until he was dropped.. to allow Hussey..

    I think if Hayden played atleast a 40-50 and 3 ppl scoring quick 30s, I have no doubt why MI should not be outplayed...

    Cos we have seen in earlier CSK's victory against MI that MI is bound to collapse... They only guy who can turn the innings in KP.. once we get him.. we can have a cracker...

  • llchennai on April 23, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Tremendous job when almost all the 'experts' had written off CSK soon after their innings. Siddhu "20 runs short my dear friend"; Harsha "Disappointing performance"; Arunlal alone said "It is still possible if they contain DC in the first 6 overs". And they did exactly that for not 6 but 16 overs, 82 for 5 after 16 overs! Harsha later revealed that MSD had said just after their batting that "140 is enough on this pitch, we have 4 more runs to play with!". Bollinger's 4 was possible thanks to 2 great catches by Anirudh and Raina. CSK took ALL their catches. Their spinners mesmerised all the batsmen except Ryan Harris in one Jakati over. CSK did well by leaving out all 4 pace bowlers. I think they shd play MI with exactly the same team because all the 11 are very high in confidence and will certainly deliver the goods. The only weak link Haydos cannot be dropped at this stage but must be encouraged to slog hit 30-40 quick runs in the power play instead of prodding for 4 overs. Good Luck!

  • on April 23, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    go chennai go we are next to none........

  • pradeepbharadwaj on April 23, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Badrinath once again stamped his class all over the game by almost winning Deccan chargers the match with his 40 ball 35 innings in a T20 game!!It must be said that there have been some real match winners with both bat and ball this season with the likes of kallis, badrinath, vinay kumar, jhunjunwala etc etc. These class players have made sure that they dont leave the ground till the opposite team won the match. My prediction for the 20-20 world cup is that some of the indian players (the likes of dhoni, jadeja, nehra to name a few) will stand up and be counted as true match winners and make sure that the opposite team wins the match comfortably.

  • 9ST9 on April 23, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Deccan rested the man who kicked off their campaign with a first-ball wicket - Chaminda Vass. Such stupidity deserves defeat.

  • on April 23, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    It was excellent effort by super kings

  • Vivek.Bhandari on April 23, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    i guess it's quite a unique strategy adopted by Mahi to play 3 spinners, which can surely pay dividends in the Carribean in the T20 WC...

  • aryaman1994 on April 23, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    excellent performance by chennai superkings yesterday. Suddenly now their weak bowling attack now looks one of the strongest in the IPL. I think they should stick with the same line up. The bowling with 3 spinners, one a legend, one in great form and a third who bowls cleverly and has the knack of picking up wickets in the middle stages to go along with Bollinger who has been phenomenal. the 5th bowlers quota will be taken care of by morkel and raina. the batting is carried mainly by the indian batsmen; raina, vijay, badri and dhoni. contributions from hayden and morkel would be good. GO CSK!!!!

  • kishore_4DC on April 23, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Congratualations to CSK, played with hunger and defended a very modest total of 142. DC: you disappointed me fully, I thought you did a very good job restricting CSK to 142, but failed "miserably" to chase it. It was as if the CSK bowlers are bowling to club level team. You could'nt attack, so afraid to play a shot. I dont know what was your strategy, you did'nt to loose wickets fine - but somewhere you should start to take charge. Ashwin has bowled and tied Gilly as if he is kid infront of him. Bollinger - In a matter of 10 months he came so good you bowed to him. None of the DC batsmen got going - looks like u were in a negative mindset and the pressure got the better of you. Sorry to say - but the bookies were making rounds much before start of play that CSK is going to win the game. DC - fielding coach - what are u doing there - if you have eyes - please open them and teach the guys to catch the ball. Win or lose is ok as long as you are fighting - but this is not the way!!!!

  • CricEshwar on April 23, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    I wasn't sure initially when Chennai opted to bat and going in with 3 spinners (Of course Dhoni did not have a lot of options for pace), he proved me wrong again as he did on so many occasions. As once Ganguly rightly said about MSD that he is a gambler, he is quite good at it. Talking about Chennai winning only half their matches, if we look at previous editions too, they have not done that great like what Rajastan, Delhi and Mumbai have done in respective seasons, they have always maintained a healthy NRR and did just enough to qualify by winning the matches when it mattered. Chennai always produce that blockbuster effect in IPLs where the script is not that great always, big stars with an A category lead, putting in the best scene when it's getting bored, but so far have not had the happy ending most blockbusters back on.

  • Rev0408 on April 23, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    I don't think it has anything to do with the competitiveness of the IPL - rather, it is the unpredictability of the 20-over game. Which I think is a good thing!

  • kiruthigai on April 23, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Where are all those DC jokers :-)..CSK rocks

  • Batman111 on April 23, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    I don't think CSK is that good since the fact they won yesterday.. What if someone from MI start firing Ashwin and Bollinger? Whom do they gonna rely next to attack the powerful MI batting??

  • Dayanidhisn on April 23, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    The half hearted heaves of Rohit Sharma,Symonds and Harris cost Deccan the match where as Chennai should have started with more caution in such a big match and are lucky to be in finals after close encounter with Punjab and poor batting display by Deccan in Semis. With S Dhawan, S Tiwari,A Nayar,Duminy in the Mumbai squad, Chennai should play both Murali & Ashwin & drop Jakati for the finals for a Paceman. They have also been guilty of pampering S Dhawan & Marsh in the leg side which they should avoid. For Mumbai, Harbhajan will be the key in the opening overs against Hayden & Vijay.How well Fernanado & Pollard bowl will decide the fate of the finals.

  • SachMo007 on April 23, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Inconsistency is Chennai's biggest enemy while Consistency is Mumbai's best ally!! If Sachin plays... Advantage Mumbai!! Mumbai has exceptionally good bowling line up for Chennai's 'blow hot blow cold' batting line up... I hope for a nail-biter...

  • gzawilliam on April 23, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    With Bollinger in their team i think Chennai have the advantage. He is by far the best fast bowler of the tournament. How he is not in the World 20/20 team is mind boggling.

    With harris and bollinger in the team we would be a very good bet to win it.

  • maestrorulez on April 23, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Chennai will more or less field the same squad and as 3 matches are played on the trot the pitch will become slower and lower so playing spinners will be the order of the day.My instinct says CSK will win the trophy whether or sachin is playing.

  • on April 23, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Well done boys. Marvellous captaincy by our cool-headed captain. Never he was in panic. Fine team selection except for Haydos. He has done well in both IPL. May be age and lack of practice are behind his woes. He gave good catching practice to fielders. Anirudha was excellent , lucky mascot ( we won most games when he is in the team not necessarily with his bat ) And no words can describe our bowling and fielding. It was a good performance except for the batting (pitch may be the reason) Suggestion to our captain please give rest to Haydos and bring Hussey to final. He is another Badrinath.Open with Anirudha and Vijay. Never think of bringing local pacers and start the bowling with them. Cheers Boys. We are into finals second time. We will also play CL T20. We are the consistent team.

  • OutCast on April 23, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Hayden's performance is as big as his mongoose bat... Chennai selectors believe Hayden will pick up form down the read, yes in IPL6... its an affair of 14 dates, and you showed up twice... Elizabeth Taylor had more marriages than Hayden's scores... while Matt picks up a big cheque, his team picks up his slack...

  • on April 23, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Once a weak bowling unit looks formidable with just an addition of genuine fast bowler. That's what makes the difference from a Champion team on the cards and actual champions. Go CSK.

  • JoeyBaxter on April 23, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    It's a shame that Brett Lee is in Australia's World T20 squad instead of Bollinger.

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  • JoeyBaxter on April 23, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    It's a shame that Brett Lee is in Australia's World T20 squad instead of Bollinger.

  • on April 23, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Once a weak bowling unit looks formidable with just an addition of genuine fast bowler. That's what makes the difference from a Champion team on the cards and actual champions. Go CSK.

  • OutCast on April 23, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Hayden's performance is as big as his mongoose bat... Chennai selectors believe Hayden will pick up form down the read, yes in IPL6... its an affair of 14 dates, and you showed up twice... Elizabeth Taylor had more marriages than Hayden's scores... while Matt picks up a big cheque, his team picks up his slack...

  • on April 23, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Well done boys. Marvellous captaincy by our cool-headed captain. Never he was in panic. Fine team selection except for Haydos. He has done well in both IPL. May be age and lack of practice are behind his woes. He gave good catching practice to fielders. Anirudha was excellent , lucky mascot ( we won most games when he is in the team not necessarily with his bat ) And no words can describe our bowling and fielding. It was a good performance except for the batting (pitch may be the reason) Suggestion to our captain please give rest to Haydos and bring Hussey to final. He is another Badrinath.Open with Anirudha and Vijay. Never think of bringing local pacers and start the bowling with them. Cheers Boys. We are into finals second time. We will also play CL T20. We are the consistent team.

  • maestrorulez on April 23, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Chennai will more or less field the same squad and as 3 matches are played on the trot the pitch will become slower and lower so playing spinners will be the order of the day.My instinct says CSK will win the trophy whether or sachin is playing.

  • gzawilliam on April 23, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    With Bollinger in their team i think Chennai have the advantage. He is by far the best fast bowler of the tournament. How he is not in the World 20/20 team is mind boggling.

    With harris and bollinger in the team we would be a very good bet to win it.

  • SachMo007 on April 23, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Inconsistency is Chennai's biggest enemy while Consistency is Mumbai's best ally!! If Sachin plays... Advantage Mumbai!! Mumbai has exceptionally good bowling line up for Chennai's 'blow hot blow cold' batting line up... I hope for a nail-biter...

  • Dayanidhisn on April 23, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    The half hearted heaves of Rohit Sharma,Symonds and Harris cost Deccan the match where as Chennai should have started with more caution in such a big match and are lucky to be in finals after close encounter with Punjab and poor batting display by Deccan in Semis. With S Dhawan, S Tiwari,A Nayar,Duminy in the Mumbai squad, Chennai should play both Murali & Ashwin & drop Jakati for the finals for a Paceman. They have also been guilty of pampering S Dhawan & Marsh in the leg side which they should avoid. For Mumbai, Harbhajan will be the key in the opening overs against Hayden & Vijay.How well Fernanado & Pollard bowl will decide the fate of the finals.

  • Batman111 on April 23, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    I don't think CSK is that good since the fact they won yesterday.. What if someone from MI start firing Ashwin and Bollinger? Whom do they gonna rely next to attack the powerful MI batting??

  • kiruthigai on April 23, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Where are all those DC jokers :-)..CSK rocks