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Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers

23rd March 2010

When Hayden was out, it was certain that CSK is going to lose the match.

Luck always seemed favouring Bangalore Royals. Three catches dropped was serious in itself. The later two catches dropped by Aswin and Vijay of Uttappa when he was just 5 & 25 is the primary cause of CSK losing the match.

Bowling of Balaji at the fag end of the overs too proved costly. It seems now Balaji bowling is easy to drive through. He has been giving lots of runs in the last two matches that he has been playing. There is something serious concern about this. But that does not mean that he should be dropped unless some other Chennai lad can fill his gap. Surely he should not be replaced with a player of other states usually North Indians.

Players like Vignesh and Satish could have turned the table in favour of CSK.

As for the bowling of Praveen Kumar and Kumble of Royal Challengers, they did a superb job in controlling the runs initially which built up the pressure and the run out of Hayden. All credit goes to Kumble and then his team.

21st May 2008

Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

The first sign that Chennai will lose their match against Royal Challengers was seen at the end of the Royal Challengers innings. When the players were leaving the field Balaji patted Dhoni for having restricted the Bangalore team for 126 runs. Dhoni's reaction was very arrogant he warded him off with a sigh of his hand as if that was achieved because of him alone.

The next sign that Chennai will lose their match against Royal Challengers was seen when Dhoni came 1st down by not respecting the other players feelings. The number one down was reserved for Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan. The moment Vidyut's feelings was hurt it became obvious that at whatever down order he is sent he will not score any runs, and that really did happen, he came back to the pavilion without scoring a single run. He was sent after Morkel 5th down. Vidyut is a hard hitter of the ball and if he had come number one down then the story would have been different.

The result was as expected in the last.

And the team now never likes the captaincy of Dhoni, his selfishness, his selfishness to score the runs himself. His dictatorship like tendency in the team.

Now it is almost certain that Chennai will lose the other matches too since Dhoni is not taking his team friendly along as is done by Shane Warne of Jaipur team. Now we could see that the other players in the team will never support him and so losses after losses is in store for Chennai team in their future matches.

In one of the birthday function that was celebrated in Chennai he went along with actress Laxmi Rai and stayed with her the whole night in a room. Source ... Nakeeran Tamil Weekly Magazine.

Dhoni has to be banned from captaining Chennai team in the next phase of IPL tournaments in future.

The failed script with scorecard

Chennai Super Kings bowlers were able to restrict Bangalore Royal Challengers for a paltry total of 126 runs in their first innings in Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

Challengers never really got going as the Super Kings bowled with great discipline and accuracy, giving little away.

With the runs almost drying up, frustration crept into the Challengers batsmen who attempting big hits, lost wickets at regular intervals with Dravid 47 runs (39) playing a strokeful innings hitting 5 boundaries.

Praveen Kumar played 11 balls and hit 1 six and 2 fours. Thus giving a fighting total.

Chasing 127 runs for a win at one stage CSK scored 40 runs in their first 4 overs. When Patel fell at the 10th over, the spectators eagerly awaited for their local hero Vidyut to takeover and fire with his bat. But to the spectators utter shock and dismay it was Dhoni who came one down.

Every true sportperson especially in cricket and that too in iplt20 cricket you have to be serious lest the opposition will be pouncing on you giving no respite to you.

And it so happened that Dhoni came to play his selfish innings and was out for 4 runs (8b).

Dhoni had no respect for the feelings of the spectators.

Dhoni had no respect for the feelings of Vidyut Sivaramakrishan.

He was made a tail-ender in this match.

As expected Vidyut got frustrated and it showed in his batting. He just got out for 0 runs (3b).

Thereafter other batsmen succumbed to pressure and were able to make only 112 runs in 20 overs loosing 8 wickets.

Dhoni cannot blame his teammates batting. It was he who made the mistake of shuffling the batting order and making a hara-kiri of things.

It was veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble who was the strike bowler for RCB. He picked up three wickets for 14 runs in is quota of four overs, including those of openers Parthiv Patel (24) and Stephen Fleming (45) besides Subramaniam Badrinath (1). Later he was declared Man of the Match.

For Super Kings Manpreet Gony (2 for 11) and Albie Morkel (4 for 32) did the bulk of damage when the Challengers batted will supported by Balaji, Murali and Ntini.


Bangalore Royal Challengers innings:

Jacques Kallis c Fleming b Gony 5 (5b, 1 x 4)

Sreevats Goswami c Patel b Gony 10 (19b, 1 x 4)

Virat Kohli c Morkel b Muralitharan 10 (16b, 1 x 4)

Rahul Dravid lbw Morkel 47 (39b, 5 x 4)

Misbah ul-Haq c Patel b Balaji 4 (6b)

Mark Boucher lbw Morkel 17 (15b, 3 x 4)

Balachandra Akhil (not out) 6 (7b, 1 x 4)

Praveen Kumar b Morkel 21 (11b, 1 x 6, 2 x 4)

Vinay Kumar b Morkel 0 (1b)

Anil Kumble (not out) 2 (1b)

Extras (lb-3, w-1): 4

Total (for 8 wkts, 20 overs): 126.

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Kallis, 1.4); 2-22 (Goswami, 5.3); 3-33 (Kohli, 8.1); 4-41 (Misbah, 9.6); 5-76 (Boucher, 14.6); 6-97 (Dravid, 16.5); 7-124 (Praveen, 19.4); 8-124 (Vinay, 19.5).

Bowling: Makhaya Ntini 4-0-27-0; Manpreet Gony 4-1-11-2 (w1); Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-19-1; Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-34-1; Albie Morkel 4-0-32-4.

Chennai Super Kings innings:

Parthiv Patel c and b Kumble 24 (29b, 4 x 4)

Stephen Fleming c Akhil b Kumble 45 (40b, 2 x 6, 3 x 4)

MS Dhoni c Kumble b Vinay Kumar 4 (8b)

Suresh Raina (not out) 21 (20b, 2 x 4)

S Badrinath lbw Kumble 1 (3b)

Albie Morkel c Vinay b Steyn 1 (5b)

Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan c Kallis b Steyn 0 (3b)

MS Gony c Steyn b Praveen Kumar 4 (4b, 1 x 4)

L Balaji (run out - Dravid) 0 (4b)

Makhaya Ntini (not out) 0 (6b)

Extras (lb-2, w-8, nb-2): 12

Total (for 8 wkts, 20 overs): 112

Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Patel, 9.1); 2-65 (Dhoni, 10.6); 3-85 (Fleming, 13.2); 4-89 (Badrinath, 13.6); 5-93 (Morkel,15.3); 6-93 (Vidyut, 15.6); 7-108 (17.4, Gony); 8-110 (Balaji, 18.2).

Bowling: Dale Steyn 4-0-28-2 (nb-1, w-7); Praveen Kumar 4-0-26-1 (1w); Anil Kumble 4-0-14-3; Jacques Kallis 4-0-15-0; Vinay Kumar 3-0-23-1 (1nb); Balachandra Akhil 1-0-4-0.


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