April 4: versus Mumbai Indians:
Chennai's IPL-V campaign started on the dreadful note because they were bowled out just for 112. Mumbai Indians made light work from the target with IPL debutant Richard Levi scoring a fast fire 50 years to assist the site visitors topple the reigning champions.
What went wrong? Ravindra Jadeja's first in CSK's colours went for 16. Doug Bollinger, the interest rate spearhead, was hammered for 34 runs inside four overs. Though R Ashwin conceded only 20 runs from his four overs, the off-spinner unsuccessful to extract the turn he usually does in the Chepauk surface. They were first signs and symptoms of items to follow for MS Dhoni’s males.
April 10: versus Delhi Daredevils:
Chennai were disappointing using the softball bat for that second amount of time in three games as Delhi Daredevils restricted these to their second-cheapest total within the IPL. CSK could manage only 110 for eight from 20 overs. Delhi chased lower the 111-run target in only 13.2 overs. Again, Doug Bollinger and R Ashwin - CSK’s premier bowlers - leaked runs.
What went wrong? Some confused running meant three from the first four Super Nobleman batsmen went themselves out. From the first ball of the overall game, Murali Vijay responded too eagerly to some require a single from Faf du Plessis simply to be go out. Such chaos ongoing as Suresh Raina went too much lower the help out search of the tight single but tend to not allow it to be in time S Badrinath ended up being to meet similar fate a few overs later.
April 14: versus Pune Players:
Despite scoring an acceptable 155 for five, and disregarding Pune Players India batsmen Robin Uthappa and Sourav Ganguly inexpensively, Chennai Super Nobleman could not prevent another defeat in the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. Chennai's bowlers didn't have response to large Kiwi Jesse Ryder - who continued to be unbeaten on 73 to influence Pune beyond the line with four balls to spare. It came lower to 34 needed from the final three overs, by which Ryder only required to take three singles, as Steven Smith's large hits required proper care of the relaxation. Chennai's Sri Lankan recruit Nuwan Kulasekara, who changed out-of-form Doug Bollinger, leaked 38 runs from his four-over spell.
What went wrong? Murali Vijay's poor run in IPL-V ongoing because the opener departed after adding just eight runs towards the 43-run opening stand with Faf du Plessis. Vijay, who top-obtained for CSK throughout last year's IPL final against Bangalore, was dropped following this game and hasn’t came back towards the XI.
April 28: versus Nobleman XI Punjab:
Chennaidid well to limit Punjab from 127-2 to 156-8. In search of 157, the protecting champions were easily placed as openers Faf du Plessis and S Badrinath published a 47-run stand. However, Azhar Mahmood ignored both rapidly. The double blow slowed down lower CSK's scoring-rate and added pressure on out-of-form batsmen - Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha and MS Dhoni. Raina was stumped off Piyush Chawla, Saha was castled by David Hussey, and Dhoni was go out after scoring only one run. Still, Chennai had two energy-players, Dwayne Bravo and Albie Morkel, in the centre after 15 overs, and also the target was 58 goes out, definitely not beyond their achieve. However, Chawla, Mahmood & Co bowled and fielded wonderfully to overcome Chennai in their own individual backyard.
What went wrong? Chennai's persisting middle-order worries destroyed them because they lost five wickets just for 38 runs and finally lost by seven runs. Raina required 17 balls to attain just 15 runs. In the past seasons, Raina was always the enforcer while the kind of Badrinath and Dhoni moored the innings. None of this appears to become employed by Chennai.
April 30: versus Dark night Riders:
The arrival of Michael Hussey did not matter as Kolkata Dark night Riders won easily - to determine that Chepauk was no more a fortress for that reigning champions. After their bowlers, brought by Jacques Kallis, restricted CSK to 139, the KKR batsmen, with Gautam Gambhir leading in the front, chased lower the score with five wickets to spare. Though the overall game went to the last over, the Dark night Riders were always in charge. After the overall game, coach Stephen Fleming conceded that though his batsmen performed reasonably well on the sluggish surface, bowling and fielding would be a concern.
What went wrong? Super Nobleman bowlers didn’t help their situation having a spate of wides, eight of these in most. Extra supplies aside, KKR’s batting set of Gambhir and Kallis were permitted 32 singles.
Champions tamed in IPL 5
# Performed: 10
# Won: 4
# Lost: 5 (NR: 1)
Key gamers fail:
# MS Dhoni: 166 runs from 10 matches (HS: 40, SR: 116)
# Suresh Raina: 197 runs from 10 matches (HS: 44, SR: 120)
# S Badrinath: 147 runs from 10 matches (HS: 57, SR: 105)
# R Ashwin: 5 wickets from 10 matches (Ave: 43, Econ: 6.45)
# Doug Bollinger: 8 wickets from 6 matches (Ave: 20, Econ: 9)
# Murali Vijay: 31 runs from 5 matches (HS: 11, SR: 64)