Chennai v Victoria, CLT20 2010, Port Elizabeth September 18, 2010

An evening of loss and redemption

Emotions ebbed and flowed with the fortunes of the teams on a dramatic evening where Victoria won the battle of the nerves
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David Hussey didn't want to bat in the Super Over. He also wanted Dirk Nannes to bowl the Super Over. Neither happened. His coaching staff sent him to bat and asked Clint Mckay to bowl. Hussey wondered whether it would be Muttiah Muralitharan or Doug Bollinger who would bowl that over. He hoped it would be his friend Bollinger, as he could then use the fast bowler's pace. In the end he was happy to see R Ashwin bowl. He knew Ashwin can bowl the carom-ball, the offbreak and the arm-ball; he also knew that persistent drizzle would not aid Ashwin. He just wanted to stay off strike and hoped Aaron Finch would do the demolition job.

Finch wanted to bat. It was his evening. At the end of it all, his captain Hussey would introduce him to MS Dhoni, while the three waited for the presentation ceremony. Finch just nodded as he held out his hand. He presented an interesting sight: his arms thick, his smile shy, his eyebrows bristled when he spoke. And he seems to perennially sport a crew cut, even in his old photographs. He once accumulated 73 from 261 minutes to lift Victoria out of trouble. Today, he walloped 41 from 17 deliveries to propel them towards victory. His duel with Ashwin was fascinating.

Ashwin's evening was interesting. It was bad, good and ugly. Twice Finch sucker-punched him out of the stadium. Ashwin came back with a lovely carom-ball to avenge his humiliation and it seemed apt that he took the catch himself. He even threw the ball down in anger. It seemed an outlet for his inner rage. Later, he was picked to bowl the Super Over. His captain felt he had the variations and he is used to bowling in the first six overs with the new ball under the pressure of the Powerplay. It was raining, though.

It drizzled through the chase. The ball got wet and the moist pitch meant the ball came on nicely to the bat; Hussey, Finch, and Dhoni certainly thought so. They felt it was better to bat second. However, it was with the same wet ball that Ashwin removed Finch, Murali struck twice and Suresh Raina almost won the match.

Murali, who turned the match around in his spell, rushed to Dhoni at the end of the 19th over. He pointed out to Michael Hussey, suggesting he be placed at deep midwicket where the ball was likely to be slogged. Dhoni sent Hussey there and gave the ball to Raina.

Raina had two moments where he drove the game towards that Super Over. We didn't know then. And it had nothing to do with his bowling but with his fielding. Or his misses with his throws. The first moment came when 24 runs were required from 18 deliveries; David Hussey hit the ball back to Raina, who, without turning back , flicked it towards the stumps behind him. Quiney was out of the crease but the throw missed the stumps. It was pure cheekiness. Raina even managed a grin. Fast forward to the penultimate delivery: two runs were needed. Throughout that over, Raina never bowled full. It was always back of a length. Michael Hussey waited for the tailender's slog at deep midwicket. He floated the fifth ball around the off stump back of a length. Siddle, who had hit two game-turning fours just before that to redeem his evening that had earlier threatened to end in shame after he bowled two beamers, bottom-edged his cut and rushed across. Dhoni relayed the ball to Raina who threw but again missed the stumps. The scores were leveled and Bryce McGain had to face the final delivery.

McGain had never hit a four or a six for Victoria in any format. He just needed to get one run here, though. If he had got it, he could have something to say to his 10-year old son on Skype tomorrow. He had a decent day until then; he had taken out Michael Hussey with a flighted legbreak. Now he went for the cut shot but met thin air. The game hurtled to the Super Over

Ashwin had the ball. Hussey hoped Finch would have much of the strike but he had to face the second delivery. Perhaps it was the drizzle, perhaps it was the yips, Ashwin couldn't manage a decent over. And Hussey cashed in. Finch kept looking over his shoulder to see the white ball disappear through the rain. For Ashwin, who had thrown the ball down in anger earlier on, there was no rage at the end of it all. Only sorrow. Perhaps a feeling of embarrassment too lingered. The evening ended with him holding his head. Another youngster, Finch, ended the evening holding his head high. He collected the Man-of-the-Match award and smiled. It was a fascinating evening.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on September 21, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Dhoni is one of the best captain that india has produced..... it is not fair to blame dhoni for giving the super over to ashwin.... It shows the amount of confidence dhoni had on ashwin....It was dhoni's captaincy+ team work tat got back csk into that match... No one was expecting raina 2 pick up 4 wickets in that match but it was dhoni who brought in raina to bowl at the correct time of the match.... that was the turning point of the match.... It is useless to blame dhoni for losing 1 match....Hope CSK beats warriors and make it to the semi finals!!!!

  • srini_jana on September 20, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    I believe that most of the readers here feel the same way, as I do. DHONI is such a over-hyped captain and he has got the best batsman of the entire cricket era that he has been captaining. (Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Sourav and Kumble). He has been hyped to such an extent that he is part of All Time XI. Are you kidding me? I alwats tend to laugh when Dhoni is batting and most importantly his forward defensive stroke. The guy is a pathetic captain and India won the T20 world cup, because of the time when other teams were not sure about the format and we went with young and athletic team and great performances by Yuvraj and Gambhir and bowlers. Mainly Misbah lost the match than we won. Giving the final over to Joginder is not sheer brilliance but he was running out of options as Pathan bowled brilliantly in the middle overs when Pakis running with the game.

  • srini_jana on September 20, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Tell me other than the T20 world cup which major tournament has India won other than tri-series which we official end up playing practice matches with Sri Lanka. The two Champions Trophy, two T20 world cups and the list goes on. The No. I Test Side that India is in is not due to Dhoni's captaincy but the hard work done by the men before hi, Sourav, Rahul and Kumble. Dhoni will take a hiding saying that Ashwin bowled rather than he captained stupidly. Finally, his persistence with R Jadeja is too pathetic, is he the only all-rounder who is present in the Country. His affection for him so huge that it keeps Irfan Pathan out of the team for so long. I would pick Irfan Pathan on any day than this guy. Dhoni needs to be given a reality check and that will not happen until you Kris Srikkanth as the chairman of selectors. Cheers!

  • ushakiran on September 19, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    i have confidence csk will go to semi.even they win trophy too.becoz dhoni have great captaincy skills.haha.captaincy tactics will increase by experience.but dhoni didn't learned anything from past.india wom t20 wc becoz of him.ind got 1st rank becoz of him.even sachin made 200* becoz of him.dhoni the best cap of india.wow it sounds great.this is best joke forever and ever.

  • on September 19, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Right - How Many of you here think CSK can Still qualify for Semi, How many of you thinks Ashwin have got the confidence of Dhoni? Dhoni is the Most pathetic Captain in the world to get the best India Side that ever played Cricket says the least.

  • vismorkel on September 19, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    i dont know how csk will be benefited frm a high pressure match lyk this,hw do u think they'll get better in the nxt game& against a red hot warrriors in their den..such a narrow loss would hav dented their spirits especially aswin's& aswinz a good bowler bt has little int'l experience..remember his only int'l t20 was against zimbabwe where he was smashed for over10an over..when u hav experienced internationals in the team why do u give an inexperienced youngster to handle such a high pressure situatn & spinnrs have always been detrimental in super over..pathan vs mendis,mahela & uv vs murali and now aswin..the last time csk lost a suprover they lost 4 matches in a row & it needed a special effort from vijay & doug's inclusion to lift them up..& i thought this was dhoni's first suprover in crickt..can someone clarify how dhoni has been captain in three superover situations lyk some ppl claim over here..the only time csk had a superover was when raina captained the side,plz chk ur facts

  • XooX on September 19, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    @Syed Hassan Raza Your "ICC should inquire into this" is laughable..Yes, Dhoni's decision was stupid., pathetic I would say..But lol, there is no fixing here..Get over it..But I agree with you in that the 2007 WC was lost by Misbah rather than Jogi winning it for India...

  • Lion_of_Lanka on September 19, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Any captain in his right mind would've chosen Raina over Balaji & Kemp for the last over given how they performed in this match and how Tailenders prefer to face bowlers of Kemp and Bala's pace. It was a stupid decision to bowl Ashwin in the superover because he's not experienced enough to bowl the S.O against a quality side like Victoria. Plus he got annihilated by Hussey and Finch in the match. Murali or Dough were the logical choices. Murali is vastly experienced & Wade played him for the 1st time yesterday & Finch has never faced him. In the match against Punjab, Mahela clobbered him for a six because mahela plays murali day in & day out. Yuvi sealed the win with a cheeky but effective reverse sweep for 4. Murali still managed to get MJ out in that S.O. There was Dough who is an international bowler of quality and 1 of CSK's 2 strike bowlers. When you've got the best bowler in the world & a quality fast bowler you don't go for Ashwin. But MSD is definitely NOT a bad captain.

  • timbots on September 19, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    The decision from the CSK staff defies logic. Ashwin got taken to the cleaners in his opening overs. Murali bowled 4 for 17. Took 2 wickets and turned match that was running away from CSK. The greatest bowler in the world against a team who hasn't played him often.How could they have sideline Murali for the super over? Go figure!

  • vismorkel on September 19, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    @sweetspot..i'm well aware of the facts,thats why i said he z fit only for the nudges & pushes of the odi where he can take his own time & keep his average at 50 like he did in the final of the recently concluded one day series in srilanka scorin 67..can u tell me one impact innings he has played in t20s,please check his t20 international record,it shows he really struggles in this format & the first t20 world cup we won was purely because of batting class of yuvraj & gambhir and somehow all the bowlers clicked for india at that time,sadly the bowling is again in a bad state..what happened to the remaining 2 t20 world cups,why did we struggle to win even a single match in the second stage,our super 8s record is 6 losses out of 6..since the 2007 t20 world cup we have struggled in icc tournaments,hope the same doesnt happen in 2011 world cup..& dhonis win record in t20s is amazing,victories against bangladesh,ireland,afghanistan & never defeated NZ & lost all super 8s in last 2 t20WCs...

  • on September 21, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Dhoni is one of the best captain that india has produced..... it is not fair to blame dhoni for giving the super over to ashwin.... It shows the amount of confidence dhoni had on ashwin....It was dhoni's captaincy+ team work tat got back csk into that match... No one was expecting raina 2 pick up 4 wickets in that match but it was dhoni who brought in raina to bowl at the correct time of the match.... that was the turning point of the match.... It is useless to blame dhoni for losing 1 match....Hope CSK beats warriors and make it to the semi finals!!!!

  • srini_jana on September 20, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    I believe that most of the readers here feel the same way, as I do. DHONI is such a over-hyped captain and he has got the best batsman of the entire cricket era that he has been captaining. (Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Sourav and Kumble). He has been hyped to such an extent that he is part of All Time XI. Are you kidding me? I alwats tend to laugh when Dhoni is batting and most importantly his forward defensive stroke. The guy is a pathetic captain and India won the T20 world cup, because of the time when other teams were not sure about the format and we went with young and athletic team and great performances by Yuvraj and Gambhir and bowlers. Mainly Misbah lost the match than we won. Giving the final over to Joginder is not sheer brilliance but he was running out of options as Pathan bowled brilliantly in the middle overs when Pakis running with the game.

  • srini_jana on September 20, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Tell me other than the T20 world cup which major tournament has India won other than tri-series which we official end up playing practice matches with Sri Lanka. The two Champions Trophy, two T20 world cups and the list goes on. The No. I Test Side that India is in is not due to Dhoni's captaincy but the hard work done by the men before hi, Sourav, Rahul and Kumble. Dhoni will take a hiding saying that Ashwin bowled rather than he captained stupidly. Finally, his persistence with R Jadeja is too pathetic, is he the only all-rounder who is present in the Country. His affection for him so huge that it keeps Irfan Pathan out of the team for so long. I would pick Irfan Pathan on any day than this guy. Dhoni needs to be given a reality check and that will not happen until you Kris Srikkanth as the chairman of selectors. Cheers!

  • ushakiran on September 19, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    i have confidence csk will go to semi.even they win trophy too.becoz dhoni have great captaincy skills.haha.captaincy tactics will increase by experience.but dhoni didn't learned anything from past.india wom t20 wc becoz of him.ind got 1st rank becoz of him.even sachin made 200* becoz of him.dhoni the best cap of india.wow it sounds great.this is best joke forever and ever.

  • on September 19, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Right - How Many of you here think CSK can Still qualify for Semi, How many of you thinks Ashwin have got the confidence of Dhoni? Dhoni is the Most pathetic Captain in the world to get the best India Side that ever played Cricket says the least.

  • vismorkel on September 19, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    i dont know how csk will be benefited frm a high pressure match lyk this,hw do u think they'll get better in the nxt game& against a red hot warrriors in their den..such a narrow loss would hav dented their spirits especially aswin's& aswinz a good bowler bt has little int'l experience..remember his only int'l t20 was against zimbabwe where he was smashed for over10an over..when u hav experienced internationals in the team why do u give an inexperienced youngster to handle such a high pressure situatn & spinnrs have always been detrimental in super over..pathan vs mendis,mahela & uv vs murali and now aswin..the last time csk lost a suprover they lost 4 matches in a row & it needed a special effort from vijay & doug's inclusion to lift them up..& i thought this was dhoni's first suprover in crickt..can someone clarify how dhoni has been captain in three superover situations lyk some ppl claim over here..the only time csk had a superover was when raina captained the side,plz chk ur facts

  • XooX on September 19, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    @Syed Hassan Raza Your "ICC should inquire into this" is laughable..Yes, Dhoni's decision was stupid., pathetic I would say..But lol, there is no fixing here..Get over it..But I agree with you in that the 2007 WC was lost by Misbah rather than Jogi winning it for India...

  • Lion_of_Lanka on September 19, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Any captain in his right mind would've chosen Raina over Balaji & Kemp for the last over given how they performed in this match and how Tailenders prefer to face bowlers of Kemp and Bala's pace. It was a stupid decision to bowl Ashwin in the superover because he's not experienced enough to bowl the S.O against a quality side like Victoria. Plus he got annihilated by Hussey and Finch in the match. Murali or Dough were the logical choices. Murali is vastly experienced & Wade played him for the 1st time yesterday & Finch has never faced him. In the match against Punjab, Mahela clobbered him for a six because mahela plays murali day in & day out. Yuvi sealed the win with a cheeky but effective reverse sweep for 4. Murali still managed to get MJ out in that S.O. There was Dough who is an international bowler of quality and 1 of CSK's 2 strike bowlers. When you've got the best bowler in the world & a quality fast bowler you don't go for Ashwin. But MSD is definitely NOT a bad captain.

  • timbots on September 19, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    The decision from the CSK staff defies logic. Ashwin got taken to the cleaners in his opening overs. Murali bowled 4 for 17. Took 2 wickets and turned match that was running away from CSK. The greatest bowler in the world against a team who hasn't played him often.How could they have sideline Murali for the super over? Go figure!

  • vismorkel on September 19, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    @sweetspot..i'm well aware of the facts,thats why i said he z fit only for the nudges & pushes of the odi where he can take his own time & keep his average at 50 like he did in the final of the recently concluded one day series in srilanka scorin 67..can u tell me one impact innings he has played in t20s,please check his t20 international record,it shows he really struggles in this format & the first t20 world cup we won was purely because of batting class of yuvraj & gambhir and somehow all the bowlers clicked for india at that time,sadly the bowling is again in a bad state..what happened to the remaining 2 t20 world cups,why did we struggle to win even a single match in the second stage,our super 8s record is 6 losses out of 6..since the 2007 t20 world cup we have struggled in icc tournaments,hope the same doesnt happen in 2011 world cup..& dhonis win record in t20s is amazing,victories against bangladesh,ireland,afghanistan & never defeated NZ & lost all super 8s in last 2 t20WCs...

  • on September 19, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    @yorkergurru it was too a pathetic decision by dhoni to give last over to jogvinder in 2007 final, as misbah had almost won the match by hitting him a six after the wide ball. it was mistake of misbah which proved fatal, point is this it was not jogvinder who won the match but it was mistake of misbah, no credit to dhoni, infact the win hide the poor show by him

  • on September 19, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    it seemed like dhoni wanted to loose the match ICC must order inquiry into this

  • sweetspot on September 19, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    @vismorkel - Please check your facts about Dhoni. His batting average has improved sizeably after he became captain. His win record is one of the better ones in any format, and for a guy with a strike rate of 90 and an average of nearly 50, he does attract a lot of talk from loose quarters, doesn't he?

  • sweetspot on September 19, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    The kind of criticism Dhoni gets really sums up the high standards he has set - people, he can't win ALL the time. His captaincy record is fantastic to say the least. I have no problem with a guy like that gambling, trying new things. If anything he invested in Ashwin and gave him confidence. If anything CSK have now played a high pressure situation, and will be better in the next game. Interestingly, Dhoni has been captain in 3 super over situations! I wonder if anybody else has had that experience.

  • fibonacci_72 on September 19, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Dhoni needs to be commended for not being afraid to bowl Ashwin, but sometimes fearlessness needs to be tempered by better judgment. Murali and Bollinger would have been the best choices for the super over. That said, his decision to ask Raina to bowl the 20th over was a terrific one! Next game, we'd like to hear more of that CSK team song going around. :)

  • yorkerguru on September 19, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    @ VISMORKEL - Dude he won a cricket world cup by giving Joginder the last over when Misbah was going wild!!! So, Ashwin is far more better than Joginder... and it's the cruel side of a game in which Ashwin is now...we have to feel sorry for him...

  • yorkerguru on September 19, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Don't know what Kemp was doind t, to chase 24 in an over, Dhoni or Flenming should hav optd for Kemp to come in with Raina....

  • KIRANKUMARPSG on September 19, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    dhoni has done a huge mistake..ICC should investigate over this. He might be involved in a match fixing

  • ladycricfan on September 19, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Bollinger and Balaji were costly during 20 overs. Dhoni had to choose one of the spinners.Murali v Punjab, CSK lost in super overs. Raina was too risky.So he chose Ashwin. Dhoni has his logic. Anything could've happened in super overs. Ashwin's first ball to Finch went for one run. Then Hussey spoilt Ashwin's day. The way they played during 40 overs Chennai deserved to win.Still it was a thrilling match. Super overs don't take too much time and also it's nice to have a result. It adds excitement to the tournament full of straitforward wins and loses. More ties and more super overs!!!!!!!!!!

  • MaruthuDelft on September 19, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    CSK lost it in the powerplay; hey! what is this nonsense of keeping wickets to hit out in the last 5 overs; selfish Tendulkar has made it popular; it is pretty good even if CSK looses Raina, Vijay and Hayden in the first 6 overs but have 75 on the board; go after each of the the 36 balls; then Dhoni, Badri and Anirudh can easily add 100; as for bowling Ashwin cannot stand against determined onslaught; it would work against timid IPL sides; not against Australians and South Africans; however still CSK can bring glory to India; time after time and even yesterday they proved they can defend with low scores; Mumbai and Bangalore cannot do that.

  • on September 19, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    What dhoni did was pure gut.Nobody has that audacity like him.Sometimes it works and sometimes it don't.When it works we praise and if it didn't we simply blame.Assume if ashwin had bowled his best over in that super over then may be we would have treated dhoni as if he is the best strategist of cricket.

  • chaithan on September 19, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    @all those who are criticising dhoni's choice of ashwin to bowl the super over: i am no fan of dhoni(in fact i hate him). but let me remind you that had ashwin bowled a brilliant superover, then everybody would have said brilliant choice by dhoni. similarly had we lost the match in the final over, everybody would have said raina was a stupid choice.

  • ushakiran on September 19, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    this is how dhoni captaincy was.he did some unnatural things in his captaincy.if ashwin was clicked in tht match everyone pride dhoni.and forget ashwin like jogendar.if u have world class bowlers in ur side.u hvw to give tht one .any way tht was superb bating from hussey.

  • klobania on September 19, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    ha ha ha this is wat over-hyped captains do when they r given credit for others performances (dhoni is selected in all time indian XI recently in cricinfo) dhoni is nothing if once tendulkar n dravid got retired he always make bad decisions in critical times how thoughtful he was last night giving bowl to ashwin when infact he had bollinger n murali in the ranks i mean murali t-shirt written 800 couldn't remind dhoni that he is all time best bowler in the world

  • Rahul_78 on September 19, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    You dont bowl ashwin in super over with a brand new and wet ball when you have bollinger in your squad...you dont bowl off spiners in T20 super overs..PERIOD.

  • Niju_001 on September 19, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Super Over!!! Well, I dont think the super overs should be used in such stages of the game. A super over should be a decider and not for mere points. A Tie is a Tie! its a wonderful result nobody gains superiority when there is a Tie. Had this been a semifinal or final a super over would have been ideal but here I very firmly believe it was not required. Anbody listening... why not cricinfo go for a vote in this issue!!!

  • XooX on September 19, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Why do we need fixers and bookies when the country's biggest gambler is our captain!

  • LUISITO on September 19, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    HAH..IT HURTS TO SEE DHONI TRYING TOO MANY THINGS WHICH ARE GENERALLY NOT REQUIRED. DHONI TRIES TO BAT AS LESS AS POSSIBLE. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY HE HIDES SO MUCH. I GUESS HE IS LOOSING COMMON SENSE. BOLLINGER WOULD HAVE BEEN THE BEST BOWLER FOR THE SUPER OVER..ATLEAST BETTER THAN ASHWIN. DHONI'S MISTAKES ARE INCREASING BY EVERY PASSING DAY.. GOD HELP HIM.

  • RogerC on September 19, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    In T20, there is no favorite. Any team can beat any other team which is why its so good for cricket. This is why the two finalists of last year's Champions League (NSW and T&T) did not even qualified for this year. Lets enjoy the game rather than blaming any individual. If Raina had given one more run, then people will still be blaming Dhoni for giving the last over to him. Remember in the previous tied match between CSK and Punjab, Murali bowled the super over and CSK still lost.

  • topspeed55 on September 19, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    As sourav Ganguly once rightly said "Dhoni is a gambler". Once in a while gambling may be OK. Gambling every now and then is something really serious issue with Dhoni. I mean Bolinger was no brainer a right choice for the super over. He has got away in past but now Dhoni has been repeating these mistakes again and again. It can be very costly in the world cup.

  • ListenToMe on September 19, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Definitely this looks like a match fixing case because Dhoni didn't give the ball to Murali for the super over. I think Dhoni didn't want to win this match.

  • ns_krishnan on September 19, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    The Super Over is a stupid concept. Why would you want to break such a wonderful result as tie ? This was not a knock-out game where you need a winner to go through . In football they don't use penalties every ball. The way Chennai fought back, the didn't deserve to lose. Ridiculous rules!

  • on September 19, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Article states: "His (David Hussey's) coaching staff sent him to bat and asked Clint Mckay to bowl." I am wondering now whether Dhoni had a say in who was supposed to bowl the Super Over. Cultural nepotism be damned!

  • Drew2 on September 19, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    I'm Australian and glad Victoria won from the point of view that they are not bolstered by cheque book stars (Cameron White is a Victorian playing for another team). I have to say though, that the rules are rubbish, and Chennai should have won on account of losing fewer wickets. Their performance was obviously marginally better during the 20 overs, so why isn't that enough. No, we have to have stupid little gimmicks to make the game more exciting at the expense of a fair result.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 18, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Rain or no rain, Ashwin was clearly poor and definitely a level below Bollinger and 2 levels below Murali in terms of quality. Dhoni's captaincy BALANCED ITSELF OUT. Good move to bowl Raina and bad move to bowl Ashwin. I've finally been able to settle on my 3 "favorites" to go all the way (unlike the media, I WAIT till the tourney is at least mid-way and I've had a look). Warriors, Redbacks and to a lesser extent RCB look like they could go all the way in the conditions. Victoria and Lions for me don't have enough DEPTH to be in that league and Mumbai rely too much on advertised individuals rather than pool all their talent together with clear plans. CSK are just not good enough as a bowling and fielding unit. Their weak bowling links are much too weak and all it takes is either Murali or Bollinger (like today) to have an off match. I repeat yet again, the media needs to stop calling the more ADVERTISED teams favorites b-4 the tourney starts, 2 yrs in a row and we're seeing a trend.

  • vismorkel on September 18, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    hahah...this is what dhoni has been doin with the indian team...poor strategies..somehow he has been escaping the wrath of the fans...why does he always bat first with csk...& why did he field first in world t20 matches despite winning the toss..& he repeated the same mistake against west indies despite sufferin against australia...& constantly keeps jadeja in the side..he cost us 2 t20 world cups..why did he have to choose aswin despite the short history showin that spinners get slammed in superover eg-mendis,murali vs punjab & despite finch & hussey bein good players of spin..& dhoni has hardly performed in any of the t20s,he z fit only for nudges & pushes in ODIs...he has the habit of hidin behind other players when it comes to battin...again he failed to accelerate in the final overs today....all he can do is smash 6s of poor irfan which gets hyped by the media...god save csk & aswin would like to eat his words about separating cats & pigeons after this onslaught by david hussey..

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  • vismorkel on September 18, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    hahah...this is what dhoni has been doin with the indian team...poor strategies..somehow he has been escaping the wrath of the fans...why does he always bat first with csk...& why did he field first in world t20 matches despite winning the toss..& he repeated the same mistake against west indies despite sufferin against australia...& constantly keeps jadeja in the side..he cost us 2 t20 world cups..why did he have to choose aswin despite the short history showin that spinners get slammed in superover eg-mendis,murali vs punjab & despite finch & hussey bein good players of spin..& dhoni has hardly performed in any of the t20s,he z fit only for nudges & pushes in ODIs...he has the habit of hidin behind other players when it comes to battin...again he failed to accelerate in the final overs today....all he can do is smash 6s of poor irfan which gets hyped by the media...god save csk & aswin would like to eat his words about separating cats & pigeons after this onslaught by david hussey..

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 18, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Rain or no rain, Ashwin was clearly poor and definitely a level below Bollinger and 2 levels below Murali in terms of quality. Dhoni's captaincy BALANCED ITSELF OUT. Good move to bowl Raina and bad move to bowl Ashwin. I've finally been able to settle on my 3 "favorites" to go all the way (unlike the media, I WAIT till the tourney is at least mid-way and I've had a look). Warriors, Redbacks and to a lesser extent RCB look like they could go all the way in the conditions. Victoria and Lions for me don't have enough DEPTH to be in that league and Mumbai rely too much on advertised individuals rather than pool all their talent together with clear plans. CSK are just not good enough as a bowling and fielding unit. Their weak bowling links are much too weak and all it takes is either Murali or Bollinger (like today) to have an off match. I repeat yet again, the media needs to stop calling the more ADVERTISED teams favorites b-4 the tourney starts, 2 yrs in a row and we're seeing a trend.

  • Drew2 on September 19, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    I'm Australian and glad Victoria won from the point of view that they are not bolstered by cheque book stars (Cameron White is a Victorian playing for another team). I have to say though, that the rules are rubbish, and Chennai should have won on account of losing fewer wickets. Their performance was obviously marginally better during the 20 overs, so why isn't that enough. No, we have to have stupid little gimmicks to make the game more exciting at the expense of a fair result.

  • on September 19, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Article states: "His (David Hussey's) coaching staff sent him to bat and asked Clint Mckay to bowl." I am wondering now whether Dhoni had a say in who was supposed to bowl the Super Over. Cultural nepotism be damned!

  • ns_krishnan on September 19, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    The Super Over is a stupid concept. Why would you want to break such a wonderful result as tie ? This was not a knock-out game where you need a winner to go through . In football they don't use penalties every ball. The way Chennai fought back, the didn't deserve to lose. Ridiculous rules!

  • ListenToMe on September 19, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Definitely this looks like a match fixing case because Dhoni didn't give the ball to Murali for the super over. I think Dhoni didn't want to win this match.

  • topspeed55 on September 19, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    As sourav Ganguly once rightly said "Dhoni is a gambler". Once in a while gambling may be OK. Gambling every now and then is something really serious issue with Dhoni. I mean Bolinger was no brainer a right choice for the super over. He has got away in past but now Dhoni has been repeating these mistakes again and again. It can be very costly in the world cup.

  • RogerC on September 19, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    In T20, there is no favorite. Any team can beat any other team which is why its so good for cricket. This is why the two finalists of last year's Champions League (NSW and T&T) did not even qualified for this year. Lets enjoy the game rather than blaming any individual. If Raina had given one more run, then people will still be blaming Dhoni for giving the last over to him. Remember in the previous tied match between CSK and Punjab, Murali bowled the super over and CSK still lost.

  • LUISITO on September 19, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    HAH..IT HURTS TO SEE DHONI TRYING TOO MANY THINGS WHICH ARE GENERALLY NOT REQUIRED. DHONI TRIES TO BAT AS LESS AS POSSIBLE. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY HE HIDES SO MUCH. I GUESS HE IS LOOSING COMMON SENSE. BOLLINGER WOULD HAVE BEEN THE BEST BOWLER FOR THE SUPER OVER..ATLEAST BETTER THAN ASHWIN. DHONI'S MISTAKES ARE INCREASING BY EVERY PASSING DAY.. GOD HELP HIM.

  • XooX on September 19, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Why do we need fixers and bookies when the country's biggest gambler is our captain!