As Gaurav has already pointed out, we lost to the better player. But all our losses have this characteristic 'individual brilliance' phenomenon. (Tanvir - Rajasthan Royals, Sehwag - Delhi Dare Devils, Gilchrist - Deccan Chargers and Jayasuria - Mumbai Indians). Hope our bowlers find a way to contain these flashes of individual brilliance. With this loss, Dhoni & Co. are under a lot of pressure since they now need to win at least 3 matches (if they do not want to depend on the performance of other teams to secure their semifinal berth).
- Badrinath & Dhoni: Badrinath and Dhoni continued their good form from the last match and stitched up a good partnership in the lower middle order that laid the base for the competitive score. This should give confidence to the top order batsmen and let them play much more freely.
- Ntini Out: Ntini may not have taken a single wicket in his earlier IPL outings. He may have leaked runs. But he is the senior most fast bowler in the team and deserves a place in the squad. Also Ntini gives a few more bowling options for Chennai Super Kings. For example in today's match, Dhoni did not have any other options other than Morkel and Gony during power play, since other slow bowlers could have been easily taken for a ride by the batsmen.
- Murali & Dhoni: Murali may have been assigned the role of containing runs. But he is our major strike bowler and could change a game on his day. But Dhoni tends to bring Murali pretty late in low scoring games. Dhoni could have at least taken a gamble today by bringing on Murali inside the power play.
- Fleming & Kapugedera: While Fleming never found his touch in today's match, Kapugedera did not make use of the opportunity given to him. I hope Chennai Super Kings brings in Ntini for Kapugedera since Kapugedera's presence has not made any difference to the team's performance so far.
Now we have to wait and see how Chennai Super Kings perform before the packed Eden Gardens stadium.
Most Valuable CSK Player in the Match: Badrinath