Oct 022013
CLT20: T&T Thrash CSK To Top Group B
Wednesday 2 October 2013 

by Daniel Grummitt

Simmons flicks to leg

Lendl Simmons followed up his brace of wickets with a half-century in Trinidad & Tobago’s comfortable win.

Action Images / James Benwell Livepic

Trinidad & Tobago 119-2 (Simmons 63) beat
Chennai Super Kings 118 by 8 wickets
Champions League T20, Group B Match, Delhi

Trinidad & Tobago top Group B of the Champions League T20 following an unexpected thrashing of favourites Chennai Super Kings in Delhi.

Rayad Emrit, Lendl Simmons and Ravi Rampaul combined to dismiss Chennai for just 118, with Simmons then making 63 as Trinidad & Tobago chased down that total with almost five overs to spare and for the loss of just two wickets.

The result means that Trinidad & Tobago will play Mumbai Indians in the second semi-final on Saturday in Delhi, with Chennai Super Kings taking on Rajasthan Royals on Friday in Jaipur.

Chennai actually made a reasonable start after being asked to bat. They lost Mike Hussey in the second over to Ravi Rampaul, but Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina added 55 in 39 balls for the second-wicket.

However, both were removed in consecutive overs from Simmons and only one other Chennai batsman reached double figures. That man was captain MS Dhoni, who was eventually sixth man out for a run-a-ball 25.

Chennai weren’t helped by three run-outs towards the end of their innings, but the damage was done earlier by Simmons, Emrit and Rampaul, who added the wicket of Albie Morkel to that of Hussey.

The Trinidad & Tobago spin pair of Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine were effective without taking a wicket. Badree got through his four customary overs of leg-spin up front for a cost of only 24 runs, while Narine proved almost impossible to get away, conceding just 12 runs from his four overs, and must surely take some credit for the wickets taken by the seamers by way of the pressure that he created.

Openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis then ensured that there would be no stumbling over a small total from Trinidad & Tobago. The pair added 79 in 10 overs before Lewis was trapped leg-before by Suresh Raina for 38 off 35 balls. Simmons remained until almost the end, but gave R Ashwin a bonus wicket when on 63. He had reached 50 off just 33 balls to cap a fine all-round match.

Chennai Super Kings won’t be overly perturbed at finishing second in the group as they avoid IPL champions Mumbai Indians. Following the latter’s huge win over Perth Scorchers earlier in the evening, Trinidad & Tobago are the sole non-IPL team in the last four.

© Cricket World 2013

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Jul 042013
Newcomers to star in Tamil film titled 'CSK'

CSK Tamil film

CSK is an upcoming Tamil movie which stars newcomers Sharankumar, Narayan, Vimal, Mishal and Jai Quehaeni as the leads.

The movie directed by S. Sathiyamoorthy is cleverly titled cashing in on the abbreviation of one of IPL’s Cricket team, Chennai Super Kings (CSK). But the film has nothing to do with cricket or the IPL team. The film’s title is said to the abbreviation of the lead’s character names – Charles, Shaffiq and Karthiga.

The movie is a romantic thriller revolving around these three central characters and documents the happenings of a particular day.

The makers are confident that the movie will create an impact among the audience. The film produced under the banner SS Film Factory, has music score by Sidhartha Mohan, while cinematography is by Sree Saravanan, P. Sounderraja and Jagan RV takes care of editing.

Tags: CSK Movie Cast and Crew | CSK Movie pics | CSK Tamil film news | CSK Tamil Movie

May 242013
Chennai official arrested for fixing


Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narainswamy Srinivasan, above, has been arrested.     Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

A TOP official of the Chennai Super Kings has been arrested for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing less than 48 hours before the team plays in the final of the Indian Premier League.

Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narainswamy Srinivasan, was arrested by Mumbai police late on Friday after initially being called in for questioning.

“We’ve come to the conclusion that there is evidence of his (Meiyappan’s) involvement and therefore he has been placed under arrest,” Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy told reporters.

“He’ll be produced in court within 24 hours as per law.”
The move follows the arrest of Test player Shantakumaran Sreesanth and two other cricketers last Friday on suspicion of spot-fixing.

Meiyappan’s arrest was met with calls for the sacking of Srinivasan, considered the most powerful man in world cricket owing to India’s financial clout in the sport.

Srinivasan, who is managing director of India Cements – which owns the Chennai team, has often been criticised for holding offices which have a conflict of interest since he is both a top board official and runs a company that owns an IPL franchise.

“Srinivasan must quit immediately,” former IPL chairman Lalit Modi told the CNN-IBN news channel.

“It will be a disgrace if Chennai Super Kings are allowed to play the final (on Sunday evening).”

The owners of the Chennai Super Kings had tried to downplay Meiyappan’s role earlier in the day when his arrest had looked imminent.

Meiyappan had in the past been referred to as the chief executive and was present in players’ auctions as well as many post-match awards functions on behalf of the Chennai team, but on Friday owners distanced themselves
from him.

“India Cements clarifies that Mr Gurunath Meiyappan is neither the owner, nor CEO/Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings,” the company said in a statement. “Mr Gurunath is only one of the Members (Honorary) of the Management Team of Chennai Super Kings.”

Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested last week for allegedly manipulating certain parts of IPL games for their Rajasthan Royals team and receiving money from bookmakers in return.

Sreesanth has denied his involvement in spot-fixing but charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust have been brought against the three for conceding a fixed minimum number of runs per over in exchange for up to 6 million rupees ($110,000) from bookmakers for every over.

Several bookmakers have been arrested across the country over the past week along with their associates, which include three domestic-level cricketers and Randhawa, who has been shown by television channels as watching an IPL game in the company of the wife of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The BCCI is eager to see a law to curb spot-fixing.

“The absence of a proper law is being taken advantage of,” IPL Commissioner and BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla said in New Delhi on Friday.

May 222013
'Lucky to have same team for 6 years'

NEW DELHI: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has attributed his side’s stupendous success in IPL to “loyalty in team selection and conservative approach” that has helped the ‘Men in Yellow’ make it to the fifth final in six editions of the cash…

May 132013
Super Kings look to nail playoff spot

Match facts

May 14, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Chris Morris is ecstatic after dismissing Rahul Dravid, Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Jaipur, May 12, 2013

Super Kings need more from their seamers in case the spinners fail © BCCI

Big Picture

Two teams will show up at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday, though for one of them, nothing is at stake. Delhi Daredevils have already been knocked out and the only thing they can achieve is to make Chennai Super Kings’ path to the playoffs harder. Super Kings sit on top of the table with 20 points, on par with Rajasthan Royals on points but ahead on net run rate. A win from their next two games is enough to ensure a place in the final four. Having come this far, Super Kings won’t settle for anything less than pole position for the playoffs.

They face the easier of their two opponents on Tuesday, before heading to Bangalore where Royal Challengers Bangalore have an unbeaten record. Super Kings were defeated comprehensively by Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, though the game was more evenly matched than the scorecard suggests. Super Kings are known to start off slowly before accelerating in the second half of the innings, but bizarrely, on Sunday, it was the other way round. Regular fall of wickets stalled their progress and they ended with a below-par 141. Their bowlers posed a threat in the early stages of the chase but, for the second time in the evening, Royals took control in the second half, thanks largely to Shane Watson’s assault.

If Super Kings win both their games, they are certain of finishing in the top two. If they lose both, they could be level on 20 points with two other teams, thereby leaving the final word with the net run rate. During Super Kings’ dream run of seven consecutive wins, there was the likelihood of their final few games turning inconsequential, but two defeats against Mumbai Indians and Royals have given their game against Daredevils more context.

Form guide

Chennai Super Kings LWLWW (most recent first)
Delhi Daredevils LLLWW

In the spotlight

In the post-match presentation in Jaipur, MS Dhoni highlighted one weakness in Super Kings’ bowling, which led to their defeat. If the spinners get hammered, are the seamers good enough to fall back on? R Ashwin, their best spinner, haemorrhaged 23 off his only over, giving Royals the break they were looking for in a faltering chase. It compelled Dhoni to rely on his seamers, but the due of Dwayne Bravo and Chris Morris weren’t good enough backup, going for 71 off seven overs. It’s an area of concern for Daredevils too, as two of their main seamers, Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav, went for a combined 100 off eight overs. Yadav leaked 65 of those off his four overs, making it the second most expensive figures in the IPL behind Ishant Sharma (66). Morkel, lukewarm through this tournament, went wicketless. Against Super Kings’ lower order, they will have to get their act together.

Stats and trivia

  • Two of Super Kings’ biggest wins in terms of runs have come against Daredevils. Both were by 86 runs – the first was in Chennai last year and the second at the Kotla last month
  • MS Dhoni has effected the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in IPL 2013 with 12 (10 catches and two stumpings)


“We are comfortably placed in the points table but we don’t want to take anything for granted. So, the next game is going to be much more important for us.”
Super Kings opener M Vijay

“With Mahela [Jayawardene] not travelling with us to Chennai, it’s another opportunity for one of the international players to step up and I think I will be going back up the order as well, so hopefully I can put some fire in the top of our order again.”
Daredevils stand-in captain David Warner

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