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IPL 2018 CSK vs SRH 1st Qualifiers Highlights

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Talking Points: Ngidi takes over Bravo’s death-bowling duties

Chennai Super Kings (du Plessis 67*, Raina 22, Rashid 2-11) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (Brathwaite 43*, Bravo 2-25) by two wickets. Faf du Plessis, preferred ahead of Sam Billings, playing only his fifth match of the season, repaid his captain’s faith by playing an innings MS Dhoni himself will be proud of. Chasing 140 to make their seventh final in nine attempts, Chennai Super Kings were reduced to 62 for 6 by the excellent Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling, but du Plessis took the game deep, induced a few errors from the opposition captain, and capitalised on small mistakes here and there. Carlos Brathwaite bowled the 18th over, with 43 to get, ahead of Sandeep Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan. Du Plessis hit that over for four, six and four to give an excellent match its final momentum shift.

If Sunrisers bowlers were brilliant in the defence, Super Kings had bowled to a plan – that to not give away many drives at the unforgiving Wankhede Stadium – to keep Sunrisers down to 139. Incidentally, it was Brathwaite whose hitting in the final few overs – 43 off 29 – gave Sunrisers something to bowl at.

Short, short, short After Shikhar Dhawan played on the first ball of the match, Kane Williamson drove the fourth ball beautifully through cover for four. Deepak Chahar then made two errors by straying down the leg side, but that was the end of the mistakes. Super Kings immediately shifted to a no-drive policy, bowling short or short of a length. Williamson gloved a pull – his fourth dismissal to short or short-of-a-length deliveries this season, Shreevats Goswami offered Lungi Ngidi a return catch, and Shakib Al Hasan too fell to a catch down the leg side. In the seventh over, Sunrisers were 50 for 4. Super Kings’ fast bowlers bowled 48 deliveries in the first nine overs, and 20 of them were short or short of a good length, for just 19 runs and four wickets.

Pandey and Yusuf struggle again When Sunrisers needed a run-a-ball partnership, they had Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan in a rut. Pandey’s horrible season became worse with a return catch for Ravindra Jadeja for 8 off 16 balls. Yusuf Pathan was peppered with short balls, never mind a wide here or there. The fast bowlers bowled 12 short or short-of-a-good length deliveries to him for just 11 runs. When he fell, at the end of the 15th over, Sunrisers were 88 for 6.

Brathwaite reprises some of his big hitting Before this game, Dwayne Bravo had gone for 11.92 in the last five overs this season, making him not a great choice at death even though he does largely a thankless job. With Lungi Ngidi providing him an option, Dhoni has now started using Bravo more in a role that gives him some leeway. Beginning just after the Powerplay, this was the earliest Bravo has bowled this season. He thanked his captain with figures of 2 for 25 by the end of the 17th over, but now Dhoni had to bowl others. Brathwaite took a shine to Shardul Thakur, hitting the first six of the whole innings in the 18th, following it immediately with another, and taking 37 off his 18th and 20th overs.

Bhuvi, Kaul and Rashid – a triple threat Bhuvneshwar Kumar went one better than Deepak Chahar when he played around with Shane Watson before getting him for a duck in the first over. Siddarth Kaul bowled beautifully to bowl Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu in successive deliveries in the fourth over, making it 24 for 3. This brought out Dhoni – only the third time in the IPL history that he was batting inside the fourth over – and typical Dhoni strategy. Dhoni didn’t want to lose wickets, Dhoni wanted to take it deep, he took nine balls to get off the mark, he told du Plessis they will play Rashid out when he was finally introduced in the ninth over. Rashid, though, proved too good as he snuck a wrong’un past a forward defensive to comprehensively bowl Dhoni out. At 39 for 4 in the eighth, it seemed all over.

Stayin’ alive – du Plessis style Du Plessis faced just six balls in the Powerplay. He looked inconspicuous during the collapse. Even as Bravo and Jadeja and Chahar fell to make it 92 for 7 after 15 overs, du Plessis kept knocking it around. In between, he hit Shakib for a four and a six in the 14th over to stay in touch with the game. Later in the night, this might have had a bigger impact on the game than just those 10 runs.

The end game With one and four runs coming off the 16th and 17th overs, Sunrisers had every reason to feel good about their chances. Super Kings had three wickets in hand, and 43 to get in the last three overs. Williamson had one over each from Kaul and Bhuvneshwar. Someone had to bowl that one over. That Shakib’s last two balls went for 10 runs might have tipped the scales in Brathwaite’s favour, but du Plessis clinically took him apart.

Williamson might have erred again when he bowled Kaul in the 19th, risking not bowling Bhuvneshwar out, but there was more fortune going Super Kings’ way here. Thakur edged the first two balls of the 19th over for boundaries, making it 15 off 10. This was not the first piece of luck they had enjoyed on the night. A full toss over Shakib’s head earlier was called a dead ball, and another wide not called when Brathwaite was hitting Thakur. Now, though, Super Kings needed just a clinical finish, which du Plessis provided, with a dash of spectacular by sealing it with a six.

Experienced R Ashwin Deserves Place in Test XI Over Kuldeep Yadav, Says Mike Hussey

Experienced R Ashwin Deserves Place in Test XI Over Kuldeep Yadav, Says Mike Hussey

Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after picking up a wicket. (AP)

Chennai: ‘Swimming’ against the tide, former Australia cricketer Mike Hussey said India should prefer veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin over Kuldeep Yadav in the upcoming Test series against England.”I don’t know what the selectors are thinking. Personally, I feel Ashwin should play ahead of Kuldeep. He has more than 300 Test wickets. Ashwin deserves his place in the starting XI,” ‘Mr Cricket’, as he is fondly called, said.

Hussey’s opinion is in contrary to the prevailing viewpoint of many experts, who have backed the 23-year-old chinaman bowler’s selection in the Test squad for the five-match series.

“Ashwin against the left-handers could play a big role. Kuldeep has done brilliantly but I feel India should persist with Ashwin. Kuldeep is young and can learn along the way,” Hussey, who is here as a Star Sports commentator for Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), said.

Asked if India could win the Test series, he said the team has a great chance.

“India is a good team playing good cricket. A lot of the players have been in England for a while, that is part of the battle. Getting used to the Duke balls, getting used to the pitches. It takes a while to get used to it,” he said.

“One more advantage is that they are playing later in the summer. The pitches generally are a bit more flatter. Perhaps the spinners might come into play a bit more. The weather, which is currently dry and hot, that might play into India’s hands as well. One of the keys is scoring big runs. That will put scoreboard pressure on England.”

“England are a very good team in home conditions, they understand the conditions. They get a lot support from their crowds. I think India have some good support as well. It should be a fantastic series,” the Australian, who was batting coach of IPL champions CSK, said.

When asked if veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad would have a big role in the series, he responded in the positive.

“Underestimate them at your own peril. Yes, better cricket may have been behind them but you still can’t write off great players and they always come back and show their class. They always pose a threat. They are still fantastic competitors and will perhaps have a say in the way the series is played out,” he said.

Hussey tipped India captain Virat Kohli to do well after facing a tough time during the previous tour to the country in 2014.

“The experience of last tour should help Virat Kohli. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t play for Surrey due to an injury. He will be determined to do well this time. If he gets his confidence up and spends some time in the middle, he will be hard to stop.”

The former batsman said India opener Murali Vijay has been preparing mentally for this series and expected him to do well.

“Vijay is motivated for this series. He has been preparing mentally for a long time. He is working hard on his game. He is willing to work things out for himself. I am watching his progress. He is a special guy and I like how he thinks about his game. He is important at the top for India,” Hussey said.

Asked who could be India’s key bowlers, he said they would feel the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, but expected the likes of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami to step up.

“I would have said Bumrah but I didn’t realise he was injured. Same with Bhuvneshwar… testing the depth a little bit. I have always been a fan of Umesh Yadav. I think he is getting to a stage where is getting a better understanding of his game. He did well in the IPL and can hopefully carry that form into the series.”

“Mohammed Shami is also a very good bowler. He can have an impact as well if he can stay fit. I guess Ishant Sharma is there as well. They are all good bowlers, but they will miss the big two. It is going to be hard to replace the two,” he added.

Hussey said England picking leg-spinner Adil Rashid for the Tests was a big gamble but backed him to do well.

“I guess he was not interested in playing the long form of the game at the beginning of the summer. It is a bit of a gamble I guess. He obviously had experience at this level before. Listening to a couple of his statements he has been making recently, he seems really switched on and keen to play.”

Talking about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hussey said the CSK skipper lives in the moment.

“He doesn’t worry about the future, that’s for sure. He just lives in the moment, playing each game as it comes and gives the best he can. As a coach, there is not much I need to tell him. He understands his game so well. I just try and observe if there is something different.

“More often than not he likes a one-on-one chat. He doesn’t like these team meetings. He just likes to be left to his own devices and prepare his way. He knows his game well and doesn’t need too much coaching,” he added.

First Published: July 28, 2018, 9:20 PM IST