Brave Businesses Buy Into Bitcoins: Is It A Bubble?

first_imgnick statt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Bitcoin is known as an underground digital currency with neither government regulation nor a central bank. It relies on peer-to-peer transactions and complex cryptography to bypass traditional payment models.(See also Bitcoins… What Are Those Again? [Video])Once thought of as no more than a fringe Web fascination, the currency has rocketed into to the mainstream conciousness. A catastrophic valuation dropoff last week made headlines around the world, often highlighting topics like the Winkelvoss twin’s huge bitcoin stash and the Reddit user who invested his entire life savings in Bitcoins – and cashed out at an enormous profit. Despite the turmoil, or perhaps because of it, some real businesses have begun accepting Bitcoins. Last Tuesday, for example, online-dating site OkCupid announced it would take Bitcoins as payment for its “A-list subscription features.” Some of these businesses could be positioning themselves for a day when the currency actually catches on, but most seem to be looking for some of Bitcoins’ cool factor to rub off on them. (Businesses can limit their Bitcoin risk by clearing out their transactions daily using services like Coinbase.) The Benefits Of BitcoinsIn simple terms, Bitcoins are a way to turn recognized currency like U.S. dollars into a digital equivalent that can be used to buy products. Bitcoins can also be stored digital wallets for later use. The exchange rate fluctuates constantly, set by a collective belief in what people will pay for them. The value of a Bitcoin sat at $119 as of Friday afternoon (down from an all-time high of $266). The benefits of using Bitcoins come in two basic flavors: anonymity and the ability to operate outside the traditional monetary system. No surprise, Bitcoins are a primary method of online payment for illegal drugs and weapons on online black markets. But Bitcoins are also a way to avoid dealing with PayPal, Amazon and other online payment methods that many Web users dislike. The fees are reportedly lower, and the transactions are instantaneous because they don’t have to move through a bank.Buying Stuff With BitcoinsSo what can you actually buy with Bitcoins? It turns out that enough different companies accept Bitcoins that you could use them to buy almost everything you might need. Want to buy clothing, homemade cosmetics or train tickets? Bitcoins can do all that, and more. But Bitcoins remain very much a niche payment method. In accepting the currency, OKCupid joined the ranks of a very small circle of large Internet companies particpating in the system. Others include WordPress, which will sell you everything from Web hosting to CSS packages in exchange for Bitcoins. WikiLeaks and 4chan, meanwhile, are part of a growing list of online organizations that accept Bitcoin donations. OkCupid could pave the way for more large-scale Web companies to explore alternative payment schemes. “One of the reasons why we want to be early in the mix is so we can learn,” said OkCupid co-founder Sam Yagen in an interview with Ars Technica. Will Trade Bitcoins For FoodLiving off Bitcoin transactions alone might still be difficult, but at least you won’t starve. Last week Foodler became the first food-ordering and delivery service to accept Bitcoins. (Other sites like let you pay the site in Bitcoins and then place your order for you in U.S. dollars, charging a 0.02BTC fee.) “We’re helping the community and want to support that community and it seems like a natural progression,” said Christian Dumontet, a co-founder of Foodler. In as little as six minutes after initating the transaction through Foodler’s website – which uses a Bitcoin deposit address and QR code to handle the exchange – hungry users get an email confirming the rate in U.S. dollars at which they were charged. Bitcoins can be fractioned down, so you don’t have to order $119 worth of dinner at a time. Dumontet acknowledged that using Bitcoins for food delivery is of interest largely to core enthusiasts of the currency; “It’s a small fraction of our online orders,” he said, about 20 orders a day. “But that’s how it starts,” he added. “Every day since we’ve launched it, we’ve seeing an increase in usage.” Top image courtesy of Shutterstock.  Tags:#Bitcoins#e-commerce#Finance#OKCupid#online payments Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

England clinch innings victory over Australia

first_imgEngland inflicted an unprecedented third innings victory upon Australia on Friday, providing a fitting finish for Andrew Strauss and his team after thoroughly dominating the Ashes series.AP photo: England players James Anderson (right) and Graeme Swann celebrate their win over Australia on the final day of the fifth and final Ashes cricket test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Friday, January 7, 2011.England completed an innings and 83-runs run victory before lunch on the last day at the Sydney Cricket Ground – taking the last wicket as a trumpeter played The Last Post for a humbled Australian squad – to seal a 3-1 series win.It was England’s first test series win in Australia since 1987 and the first time since 1978-79 that the English have won back-to-back test matches in Australia. Strauss’ squad was also the first ever to inflict three innings defeats on Australia in a single series.Alsatian Cook scored 189 in the first innings here to help England post 644, its highest total ever in Australia, and to become the most prolific English runscorer in an Ashes series since Wally Hammond in 1928-29.Jimmy Anderson took three second-innings wickets, and eight for the match, as Australia was dismissed for 280 and 281, unable to handle the reverse swing and the disciplined line and length of England’s bowling unit.”It feels pretty special if I’m honest,” Strauss said after receiving the old urn. England retained the Ashes by taking a 2-1 lead with an emphatic victory at Melbourne last week but was desperate to go one better and win the series outright.advertisement”Until an Ashes series is finally over you’ve got half an eye on what’s to come, so even in Melbourne we were still very conscious that we wanted to finish on a high and show people that we deserved to win this series.”Now we’ve done that we can … be very proud of what we’ve achieved because not many sides have come out here and won, certainly not many … as emphatically as we did in the end.”It was just a matter of time Friday for the series to be wrapped up, with England only requiring three wickets and Australia having no chance of victory.Steve Smith (54 not out) and Peter Siddle (43) prolonged Australia’s resistance for an hour around a couple of suspensions for rain, but Graeme Swann broke the 86-run, eighth-wicket stand when he had Siddle caught on the boundary by Anderson.Anderson (3-61) then had Ben Hilfenhaus (7) caught behind and Chris Tremlett (3-79) picked off No. 11 Michael Beer (2) to end the test and cue wild celebrations among England players and its ‘Barmy Army’ supporters.In one of the few highlights for Australia, young allrounder Smith raised his second test half century with a stylish late cut to the boundary off Anderson.Critics have called for a complete overhaul of Australian cricket, starting with the administration and the national team.”Pretty disappointing and a hard pill to swallow,” said Mike Hussey, Australia’s leading batsman in the series. “But you’ve got to give credit to England. They deserved the 3-1 scoreline.”The English batsmen and bowling unit dominated at the SCG as they had done in the series. Only two Australian batsmen scored centuries in the series, while three English batsmen produced hundreds in this match alone.Cook scored 766 runs in the series, second only to Hammond’s 905 in 1928-29 in the list of English batsmen in the Ashes and was a deserving winner of the player of the series award.”To win man of the match in the final game of the Ashes is a dream come true,” Cook said. “Our bowlers have been fantastic throughout the whole series. They’ve put some pressure on the Australians the whole series, made our jobs a lot easier.The fifth test defeat was a major setback for Michael Clarke, who was playing his first test as Australia captain after Ricky Ponting was ruled out with a broken finger, and auditioning as the long-term replacement. Plagued by poor shot selection throughout the series, Clarke immediately retired from Twenty20 cricket to concentrate on long forms of the game.”It’s been a tough couple of months. England has outplayed us in all facets,” Clarke said. “We’re disappointed we haven’t put on a good enough show. We need to get back to the drawing board and work our backsides off.”Clarke said the Australian squad had the talent to rebound and said there was no reason for panic.Most commentators disagreed.As veteran analyst Peter Roebuck wrote on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald, “Despair has descended upon Australian cricket. Embarrassment has become an acquaintance.”advertisement”Humiliation has introduced itself. Calamity has piled upon calamity.”On the back page, the usually conservative broadsheet highlighted: “After 135 years, 730 matches and 417 players Australia have finally fielded Our Worst XI.”Australia great Neil Harvey never masks his opinion about players or administrators. His blunt assessment was that Australia had to “bite the bullet” and overhaul the team. England great Geoffrey Boycott blamed selectors for chopping and changing the team.Officials opened the gates for free entry on an overcast final day, and a crowd exceeding 12,000 – mostly England fans – soaked up the final hours of the series.Strauss summed it up for them: “If you look back at the history of Ashes confrontations, what we’ve achieved here will be remembered pretty fondly.”last_img read more

Chennai Super Kings(CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR), CLT20- As it happened!

first_imgKolkata won the toss and elected to field first against ChennaiWelcome to the coverage of Match 1 in the Champions League Twenty20 between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders from the Rajiv Gandhi Cricket stadium in Hyderabad.Scorecard Kolkata Knight Riders chased the moderate total of 157 runs at the loss of seven wickets with one over to spare against Chennai. Super Kings made early inroads to have Kolkata on the mat. However, Russell(58) and Ten Doeschate(51) mounted a counter-punching 80 run-union off only 45 balls to even up the proceedings. The Jamaican all-rounder, in particular, used the depth of his crease to good effect to swat and whack balls over wide long-on and mid-wicket. Tendo was not far behind either. Though Russell was undone by Nehra’s yorker at the end, the T20 mercenary in Tendo and Chawla, saw Kolkata to the finish line, igniting a winning start to their CLT20 campaign. The Chennai pacers, led by Nehra, were on target upfront. Ashwin and Jaddu though leaked runs in the middle as well as at the death.Ashish Nehra’s figures 4-21 are best by a Chennai Super Kings fast bowler in CLT20s. #CSKvKKR #CLT20 Mazher Arshad (@cricket_U) September 17, 2014Knight Riders have PULLED OFF A THRILLING WIN against Chennai here!!In all the muscle power of Russel, Tendo’s innings should not be forgotten! Wht a splendid performance! Well done KKR! #CLT20 #CSKvKKR Ramya Karthik (@ramya30380) September 17, 201418.6 overs: FOUR!! Piyush Chawla steps down the track and hoicks it over the in-field for a boundary. Chawla SCORES THE WINNING RUNS for Kolkata!!advertisementPiyush Chawla comes to the crease for Kolkata.18.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Pat Cummins has been run-out by Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliance in the field. Ryan ten Doeschate cuts it straight towards Jadeja and calls for a quick single only to get Cummins run-out at the striker’s end. Pat Cummins departs after scoring eight runs off eight balls.18.4 overs: SIX!! Ryan ten Doeschate makes room and bludgeons it over long-on for the maximum. That’s FIFTY for Tendo!! With Ryan ten Doeschate(45) and Pat Cummins(7) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 148/6 after 18 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!! With Ryan ten Doeschate(41) and Pat Cummins(3) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 140/6 after 17 overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!! Pat Cummins comes to the crease for Kolkata.16.3 overs: OUT!! Ashish Nehra has bowled Andre Russell on a  steaming yorker. Russell makes room looking for the big shot but misses it as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. Andre Russell’s blinder comes to an end at 58 runs off 25 balls with four boundaries and five sixes. BOG BLOW for Kolkata!!16.2 overs: FOUR!! Andre Russell goes on the backfoot and pummels the pull over midwicket for a boundary. This is turning out to be a GEM OF AN INNINGS from Russell!! With Ryan ten Doeschate(39) and Andre Russell(54) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 126/5 after 16 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!15.6 overs: FOUR!! Andre Russell slashes hard and gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary.15.5 overs: SIX!! Andre Russell hangs back and tonks it over long-on for another maximum. That’s FIFTY for Russell!!15.4 overs: SIX!! Andre Russell picks the slower ball and smokes it over midwicket for the maximum. That was a BIGGIE from Russell!! With Ryan ten Doeschate(38) and Andre Russell(37) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 108/5 after 15 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!13.5 overs: SIX!! Andre Russell stands tall and dispatches it over long-on for the maximum. Russell is TURNING IT ON for Kolkata!! With Ryan ten Doeschate(34) and Andre Russell(24) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 88/5 after 13 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!11.4 overs: SIX!! Ryan ten Doeschate dances down the track and sends it deep into the stands over long-on for the maximum. Kolkata will NEED MORE OF THOSE!!EIGHT RUNS off the over!!Andre Russell comes to the crease for Kolkata.8.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja has got Suryakumar Yadav out caught at short third man. Yadav was looking to play across line but gets a top-edge that goes straight down the throat of Ravichandran Ashwin who doesn’t drop those. Suryakumar Yadav departs after scoring 19 runs off 17 balls with a boundary and a six. With Ryan ten Doeschate(13) and Suryakumar Yadav(8) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 32/4 after seven overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!5.5 overs: FOUR!! Suryakumar Yadav waits for it and steers it towards third man for a boundary. advertisementFOUR RUNS off the over!!Suryakumar Yadav comes to the crease for Kolkata.Nehra is at its best.. Tremendous spell @ChennaiIPL @imDhoni_fc #whistlepodu #whistlesareback #CSKvKKR Rupesh agrawal (@MsdianNd) September 17, 2014It’s RAINING WICKETS at the moment!!4.4 overs: OUT!! Ashish Nehra has got Manvinder Bisla out caught at mid-on. Bisla was looking to flick it over the in-field but scoops it high in the air for Ravichandran Ashwin to complete a simple catch. Manvinder Bisla departs after scoring just two runs off 11 balls. With Ryan ten Doeschate(9) and Manvinder Bisla(2) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 19/3 after four overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!3.5 overs: FOUR!! Ryan ten Doeschate moves forward and sends it scurrying through mid-on for another boundary.3.2 overs: FOUR!! Ryan ten Doeschate leans forward and flicks it over towards fine leg for a boundary. Ten Doeschate GETS OFF THE MARK in style!!Ryan ten Doeschate comes to tmhe crease for Kolkata.3.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Mohit Sharma has got Yusuf Pathan out caught at first slip. Pathan goes for the drive and gets an outside edge through to Faf du Plessis who takes it comfortably. Yusuf Pathan departs after scoring just one run off five balls. Kolkata off to a HORRIFIC START here!!First change, Mohit Sharma comes into the attack for Chennai.EXCELLENT OVER by Nehra, just one run and TWO CRUCIAL WICKETS off it!!Yusuf Pathan comes to the crease for Kolkata.2.2 overs: OUT!! Ashish Nehra has got Manish Pandey out caught at mid-on. Pandey walks down the track and scoops it straight down the throat of Mohit Sharma who takes a comfortable catch. Manish Pandey out for a first ball duck. Kolkata SUFFER ANOTHER BLOW!!Manish Pandey comes to the crease for Kolkata.2.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Ashish Nehra has got gautam Gambhir out caught at mid-on. Gambhir was looking to go over the in-field but sends it straight into the hands of Bwayne Bravo who doesn’t drop those. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring six runs off five balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for Kolkata!!With Gautam Gambhir(6) and Manvinder Bisla(1) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 9/0 after two overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!1.5 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir leans forward and whacks it past midwicket for the first boundary in the innings. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Gambhir!! Ishwar Pandey will bowl from the other end for Chennai.TIDY START by Nehra, just THREE RUNS off the over!! Gautam Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla are out in the middle for Kolkata Knight Riders while Ashish Nehra will start the proceedings for Chennai Super Kings. Chennai Super Kings scored 157 runs at the loss of four wickets after batting first against Kolkata at Uppal. Kolkata have done well to restrict a strong Chennai batting line-up to 157. Especially with the start Smith and McCullum gave them. The openers were out off the blocks quickly, they added 37 in 4 overs before Smith was picked up by Chawla. Raina and Faf got starts, but were not able to convert them into substantial scores. Dhoni and Bravo stitched a 71-run stand for the 5th wicket and gave their side a competitive total. The spinners controlled most of the innings, they conceded 61 runs in 11 overs and picked up 4 wickets, whereas the pacers gave away the rest. The wicket is flat and Kolkata will fancy their [email protected] don’t have @robbieuthappa and @jacqueskallis75, remember. #CLT20 #CSKvKKR Vishal K. Raval (@vishalkraval31) September 17, 2014TWELVE RUNS off the over!!That was a colossal from #dhoni.. #CLT20 . probably the man with a strongest forearm in the whole world #CSKvKKR Harsha Aithal (@Harsha_Aithal) September 17, 201419.6 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni gets a big stride forward and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. SPECTACULAR FINISH from MSD!! 19.1 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni goes on the backfoot and pulls it with disdain for a boundary.Umesh Yadav will bowl the FINAL OVER for Kolkata. Can Chennai FINISH IT OFF in style!!With MS Dhoni(24) and Dwayne Bravo(27) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 145/4 after 19 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!18.4 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni rocks back and clouts the pull over deep midwicket for the maximum. That was a DHONI SPECIAL right there!! With MS Dhoni(14) and Dwayne Bravo(27) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 133/4 after 18 overs.TWENTY ONE RUNS off the over!!16.4 overs: SIX!! Dwayne Bravo picks the slower delivery and sends it sailing deep into the stands over deep midwicket for another biggie. Bravo is ON FIRE here!!16.2 overs: SIX!! Dwayne Bravo makes room and employs the uppercut to get it over third man for the maximum. That was MARVELOUS from Bravo!! With MS Dhoni(11) and Dwayne Bravo(12) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 108/4 after 15 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!14.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni leans forward and clips it towards deep backward square leg for another boundary. MSD has SHIFTED GEARS now!! 14.2 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni shuffles across and scoops it towards fine leg for a boundary.With MS Dhoni(1) and Dwayne Bravo(10) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 96/4 after 14 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!13.5 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Bravo hangs back and flicks it off the pads for an easy boundary. Yadav is LEAKING RUNS here!!13.3 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Bravo reaches out and smokes it over covers for a blazing boundary. POOR LINE from Yadav!!THREE RUNS off the over!!Dwayne Bravo comes to the crease for Chennai.Piyush Chawala GETS HIS 2ND WICKET for Kolkata!!12.3 overs: OUT!! Piyush Chawla has got Faf du Plessis out stumped by the wicket-keeper. Du Plessis skips down the track looking to go big but gets beaten with the spin as Manvinder Bisla whips the bails off in a flash to catch him short at the crease. Faf du Plessis departs after scoring 14 runs off 16 balls with a boundary. With MS Dhoni(0) and Faf du Plessis(13) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 84/3 after 12 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!MS Dhoni comes to the crease for Chennai.The MYSTERY SPINNER strikes in his FIRST OVER for Kolkata!!11.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Sunil Narine has got Suresh Raina out lbw on a quicker delivery. Raina was looking to play the late cut but gets struck on the pads in front of the stumps. Suresh Raina departs after scoring 28 runs off 24 balls with three boundaries. Another BLOW for Chennai!! Sunil Narine comes into the attack for Kolkata. It’s Narine vs Du Plessis here? With Suresh Raina(27) and Faf du Plessis(11) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 81/2 after 11 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!7.2 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut past point for a boundary.7.1 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina hangs back and steers it towards third man for a boundary.SIX RUNS off the over!!6.6 overs: FOUR!! Faf du Plessis flays the cut and sends it racing past backward point for a boundary. Du Plessis GETS OF THE MARK in style!!Faf du Plessis comes to the crease for Chennai.6.4 overs: OUT!! Yusuf Pathan has got Brendon McCullum out lbw on a slower delivery. McCullum was looking to flay the reverse-sweep but gets struck over his forearm while Pathan appeals and the umpire has ruled him out. Brendon McCullum departs after scoring 22 runs off 19 balls with three boundaries. UNLUCKY DISMISSAL for Chennai!!TEN RUNS off the over!!Suresh Raina comes to the crease for Chennai.3.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Piyush Chawla has got Dwayne Smith out caught by the wicket-keeper. Smith was looking to cut but gets a thin edge through to Manvinder Bisla who takes a crucial catch. Dwayne Smith departs after scoring 20 runs off 13 balls with four boundaries.3.3 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Smith stands tall and hoicks it back over the bowler’s head for another boundary. Smith is GETTING STARTED here!!3.1 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Smith goes forward and drills it straight down the ground for a boundary.First sign of spin, Piyush Chawla comes into the attack for Kolkata.TEN RUNS off the over!!1.4 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum goes on the backfoot and slaps it past backward point for a boundary.1.1 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Smith rocks back and smacks it over midwicket for a boundary.Umesh Yadav will bowl from the other end for Kolkata.FIVE RUNS off the over!!0.6 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum leans forward and punches it through covers for the first boundary in the over. FAB SHOT from McCullum!!Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum are out in the middle for Chennai while Pat Cummins will start the proceedings for Kolkata. Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field first against Chennai Super Kings. The action shifts from Raipur to Hyderabad as the 2014 Champions League T20 (CLT20) has reached its main stages and it’s the two heavy weights, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings, who lock horns against each other, for Group A’s opening encounter in Uppal.Quotes:”We have a very good side. About the chances, it all depends on how well we adapt. The good thing for us will be, we missed Bravo during the IPL. He got injured. That really affected the strength of the side, that combination and stability of the side. It is good to have him back,” MS Dhoni said.”Our record in Champions League is not that great. Hopefully we have to rectify that. There is lot to play for. CLT20 is the tournament that we have not won and we have the side that can win any tournament. So this time we are motivated to win the tournament,” Gautam Gambhir said.Kolkata Knight Riders:The build-up to the tournament has not been all that good for Kolkata. While injuries ruled out Morne Morkel and Chris Lynn, Shakib Al Hasan is forced to miss Champions League T20 as the Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) had banned the player and resulted in him not getting the No Objection Certificate, needed by a player to take part in overseas events. All this means that they have only have five players in their squad to choose from to fill their quota of four foreigners in the playing eleven. However, despite all this, skipper Gautam Gambhir, sounded confident of his side’s chances and underlined that they would compete hard in the tournament.Sunil Narine is the one name that comes first when you think of Knight Riders. While there is no doubt about his match-winning abilities, it would be interesting to see how he operates in this tournament, considering that the men in purple have a bowling line-up without Shakib and Morkel, two bowlers who played a crucial role to Knight Riders’ success at the Indian Premier League(IPL) this year.Led by Gautam Gambhir, the team has not given a good account of itself in the CLT20 competitions so far as even though they reached the Group Stage in 2011 and 2012 editions, they failed to go beyond. Besides Gambhir, Knight Riders boasts of some high-octane performers such as Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan.Chennai Super Kings:The 2010 champions, led by Team India captain MS Dhoni, is equally poised to put its best foot forward. In a shot in the arm for the team, seasoned campaigner, Dwayne Bravo is back in the side. The Chennai outfit has some brilliant players like Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Francois du Plessis in its ranks who make it a formidable force.For Chennai, the top-order batsmen have been their best performers. In Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, Super Kings have two dynamic and destructive players. They have more often than not given the side a solid start and with a brilliant middle-order to cash in, the team has done well. Their skipper, MS Dhoni, as usual, has chipped in with runs in times of crises while Suresh Raina has been synonymous with Super Kings ever since the inception of the IPL.Their bowling relies heavily on the spin prowess of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, while Mohit Sharma chips with with important early break throughs on a regular basis.Teams:Chennai Super Kings(from): Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi, John Hastings, Samuel BadreeKolkata Knight Riders(from): Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Jacques Kallis, Pat Cummins, Manvinder Bislalast_img read more