Indian Premier League, 9th match: Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings at Mohali, Apr 13, 2011
Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
13 April 2011 - day/night match (20-over match)

The umpires are out, the fielders follow ... Vijay and Anirudha to open the innings again. Praveen has the new ball. Sparsely populated stands. Hmm ... Mohali did not even turn up for India v Australia Test last year. Wonder what they like to watch. Can't have Ind v Pak semi-finals every other day!

I am Nitin Sundar bringing you the action today. Sid Talya is on the match report.

Gopal: "Cant forget Dhoni heroics last time these two teams met... can he repeat the same today?" Who can forget those bashed sixes into the Dharamsala hills and then the jab on his own helmet...

Vadivelu: "Why is it that captains who win the toss take a decision to bat/bowl favouring the opposite team? Same thing happened in yesterday's MI match." Well, bowling first suits Punjab as much as batting suits Chennai. In any case, just how much does the toss matter in T20s?

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Ankur: "Praveen and Ryan Harris should give a good start to KXIP. Otherwise no one can save them from slaughter from Chennai."

Abhishek: "The crowd at Mohali will still have a hang over of the india - pak match!" Indeed. Not too many people have turned up for KXIP's first home game. Hope things will change as we go into the evening.

Ms. Zinta, part owner of the Punjab team, was chortling with pride the other day how Punjab has given three new captains (Mahela, Sanga and Yuvraj) to the IPL. A strange approach to team-building... She's on air again today, but no such gems uttered yet.

Harris should make a big difference to Punjab. Their batting is a worry, though. They looked out of sorts against Pune. Gilchrist has to step up to the plate today.

Toss: Gilchrist wins and Punjab will bowl. "Our bowlers did well the other day, and I don't think the pitch is going to change much .. Ryan Harris comes in for Nathan Rimmington."

"We were looking to bat first," says Dhoni. "Quite happy to do that today. No changes to the team. And hence I don't have a long list of the players, like I did for the opening game. As the tournament progresses, it will get easier to remember names..." Earnest as ever, MS Dhoni.

Gilchrist: "The track's greener than we are used to, but I don't expect it to be a big green seamer."

Dhoni: "Looks like a good track, need to worry if dew will come down later since it a 4 PM start."

1520 IST Hello folks! We are minutes away from the toss for CSK v KXIP. Think you can predict the XIs? Play Team Selector. The pitch at Mohali looks like it has a shade of grass, but it must be another batting beauty. No cracks in sight.


Kumar to Anirudha, OUT, Praveen again strikes first ball! Lovely inswinger nails Anirudha in front. It's that patent delivery, bolt upright seam, tilting in, wafted up on a full length well outside off and then it curls in viciously. Anirudha got the front foot across for a cover drive and then saw it darting in, and tried to defend, but he was too far across and dead in front. Almost ended up looking like he wasn't playing a shot, that's how far bat was from ball!

S Anirudha lbw b Kumar 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Raina is the new man in.


Kumar to Raina, OUT, Praveen is on a hat-trick! 121 kph delivery, not much movement, comes in gently on a full length and Raina was too early on the flick. He scooped it straight up to midwicket inside the circle. Dolly. Chennai are reeling.

SK Raina c Valthaty b Kumar 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Badrinath moves up to No. 4. Time for a steady sheet-anchor type role. Are we going to start off with a hat-trick? Only one slip...


Kumar to Badrinath, no run, play and a miss! Nervous poke outside off to a back of length ball that landed outside off and moved away a touch. Badri fishes and misses.


Kumar to Badrinath, no run, better from Badri, lets an away swinger go away to the keeper


Kumar to Badrinath, no run, he's through him with an inducker. Praveen's darting the ball this way and that, CSK are struggling against the wobbling seam.


Kumar to Badrinath, no run, he finishes with one that nips away, Badri lets it go. Stupendous over from Praveen. Spread the news, this might get some crowd into Mohali.

Kalyan: "Who wouldya thunk Badri facing a delivery before Murali Vijay!"

Jagdeesh: "Wonder what would have happened if Praveen had played the WC instead of Sreesanth? " Umm, India could not have done better than winning the thing...

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Chennai Super Kings 0/2 (RR: 0.00)

    • S Badrinath 0 (4b)
    • M Vijay 0 (0b)
    • P Kumar 1-1-0-2

Harris comes on. Top-notch seam bowler. Back after a long injury lay-off. Two slips.


Harris to Vijay, no run, angles the first ball into the pads from wide of the crease, Vijay defends to the leg side


Harris to Vijay, no run, length ball on off and middle, defended solidly to the off side


Harris to Vijay, no run, Vijay goes fishing now. Harris gets one to nip away from a length from outside off, Vijay stays rooted and searches for it. No luck.


Harris to Vijay, 2 runs, Chennai get off the mark. Harris slants into the pads, Vijay is inside the line and tucks it square for a couple.


Harris to Vijay, no run, full, teasing length on middle and off, Vijay is late on the forward press but gets it away into the covers


Harris to Vijay, no run, short of a length to end the over, Vijay reaches across and steers towards point. This is a crawl of a start.

Kalyan: "When I saw the score, I initially thought you were using Aus style scoring!" Ha! What with Gilly and Harris and co. playing ...

End of over 2 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 2/2 (RR: 1.00)

    • M Vijay 2 (6b)
    • S Badrinath 0 (4b)
    • RJ Harris 1-0-2-0
    • P Kumar 1-1-0-2

Kumar to Badrinath, no run, Praveen digs this well short of a length and outside off, but gets it to move away again. Easy leave for Badri.


Kumar to Badrinath, no run, back of a length on middle, Badri stays on the crease and nudges to the leg side

Bryn: "Wooo! Ryan Harris back from injury, I had no idea. Hope he does well. His limited overs records is stupendous. Almost as many wickets as Kumar in 18 less games"

Two slips and a gully.


Kumar to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri leans out with more conviction into a square drive, and gets it away backward of point for a single.


Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay leans across outside off and opens the face to guide a single backward of point. Not so much devilish movement for Praveen now.


Kumar to Badrinath, 2 leg byes, that's a very strange shot. Badri gets well across and looks to lap Praveen from wide outside off, but doesn't get bat on it. It runs away towards midwicket and they get a couple


Kumar to Badrinath, no run, there ain't no runs to be had. Badri looks to check drive through the off side, but Marsh dives away and intercepts.

Rishabh: "If Sehwag starts with a boundary first ball, PK starts with a wicket first ball!"

End of over 3 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/2 (RR: 2.00)

    • S Badrinath 1 (9b)
    • M Vijay 3 (7b)
    • P Kumar 2-1-2-2
    • RJ Harris 1-0-2-0

Harris to Vijay, 3 runs, the first shot of real confidence, but still no boundary. Vijay walks into a fluent cover drive and finds the gap. Not hit too hard and it slows up in the outfield, they get three.


Harris to Badrinath, no run, the heavy ball, Badri jumps and ducks and looks to work it to the leg side. Just manages to keep it away from the ribs.


Harris to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri's slammed him for the first four. Nice shot too, Badri leaps out of the crease to get to the pitch of the ball and then cracks it fluently wide of mid off for a boundary.


Harris to Badrinath, no run, Harris promptly shortens the length, Badri tries to carve through the off side despite not having the room and misses.


Harris to Badrinath, no run, Badri again wanders out of the crease, Harris hits the deck hard and gets it to bounce big. Badri had no chance of connecting with the walking cut.


Harris to Badrinath, no run, ends the over with an emphatic bumper, had Badri jumping, swaying back and moving the head out of the way as it zoomed past him. Gilchrist collects it high and applauds.

End of over 4 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 13/2 (RR: 3.25)

    • S Badrinath 5 (14b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 6 (8b)
    • RJ Harris 2-0-9-0
    • P Kumar 2-1-2-2

Kumar to Vijay, no run, gentle inducker on off stump, Vijay defends from the crease. Needs to get forward.


Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, nice shot from Vijay, gets under a short ball from Praveen and executes the upper cut. Praveen doesn't provide much pace, and hence Vijay had to make all the running there. He got it just backward of square and nearly for six.


Kumar to Vijay, 3 runs, Vijay's looking good now, getting forward and across with assurance and timing the cover drive nicely. He threads the gap and Badri once again responds for a third.


Kumar to Badrinath, 1 leg bye, angled in, Badri looks to flick and can't get bat on it. Leg bye stolen to square leg.


Kumar to Vijay, SIX, shot of the afternoon. Vijay's dumped the extra cover drive all the way. He plays this shot particularly well, and the slap-pull over midwicket. This was a length ball outside off, Vijay got across to the pitch and just smoked it through the line, it landed well behind the boundary skirting.


Kumar to Vijay, no run, Praveen shortens the length, Vijay looks to dab a single into the covers but finds the fielder.

End of over 5 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 27/2 (RR: 5.40)

    • M Vijay 19 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 5 (15b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 3-1-15-2
    • RJ Harris 2-0-9-0

McLaren comes on now.


McLaren to Badrinath, no run, skims the first ball off the surface and gets it to nip away from a nervy Badri poke outside off.


McLaren to Badrinath, 2 runs, Badri saunters out, McLaren sees him and cramps him on leg stump. Badri nudges it off the pads to square leg for a couple.


McLaren to Badrinath, 1 run, aha, Vijay closes the bat early as he looks to flick and gets a leading edge down to third man


McLaren to Vijay, no run, nice bouncer, that should keep them inside the crease! Vijay was looking to come out again, but ends up ducking out of the line.


McLaren to Vijay, no run, back of a length on off stump, Vijay stays behind the line and defends to the off side

Faisal: "In this IPL 2011, 6 out of 8 teams won batting second... interesting? "

Nakeeran: "i remember vijay creaming praveen for around 25 runs in bangalore last IPL which was his FIRST substantial T20 contribution......and started opening regularly ONLY after that"


McLaren to Vijay, 1 run, high full toss outside off to end the over, Vijay might have been taken by surprise as he pushed into the covers for a single.

End of over 6 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 31/2 (RR: 5.16)

    • M Vijay 20 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 8 (18b 1x4)
    • R McLaren 1-0-4-0
    • P Kumar 3-1-15-2

Chawla comes on.

Nuka: "Vijay's "shot of the afternoon" has brought to his end more times than he has hit 6 on that." Hmm...

Nicollers: "Subramaniam Badrinath! Surely the best name in cricket at the moment. Plays in yellow too! The Yellow Submarine!!" Yeah, he's a submarine. Always under the radar.


Chawla to Vijay, FOUR, and he's welcomed with a boundary. Tossed up wide outside off and turning away, Vijay reaches to the pitch of it and tees off straight down the ground.


Chawla to Vijay, no run, shortens the length, played into the off side without timing


Chawla to Vijay, 1 run, he gets the single this time, under edging the cut to a short ball into the covers


Chawla to Badrinath, no run, hit with murderous power, but straight to cover. Tossed up and smashed straight to short cover.


Chawla to Badrinath, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, worked into the midwicket region for a single.


Chawla to Vijay, 2 runs, googly landed back of a length, Badri reaches across and steers the cut in front of point for a single.

SID: "Subramanium ~~~ Alumoonium!!" ha!

End of over 7 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 39/2 (RR: 5.57)

    • M Vijay 27 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 9 (20b 1x4)
    • PP Chawla 1-0-8-0
    • R McLaren 1-0-4-0

McLaren to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri bounds out of the crease again, McLaren lands it short and down the leg side, Badri mis-hits the pull, the keeper can't collect and they pinch a single


McLaren to Vijay, 1 run, angled in short of a length, Vijay tucks it backward of square for one more. He's looking quite good now.


McLaren to Badrinath, no run, not called a wide, but it is one for the over. Badri looks to get across and lap a short ball to fine leg, but he's late on the shot. Close call for a wide that.


McLaren to Badrinath, 1 run, aha, what happened there? Badri looks to drive to the leg side, but it is not on the driving length and he gets it to the right of the pitch. They take off for an iffy single, Vijay jumps over the ball with McLaren behind him, attempting to intercept. Vijay, however, kicks it away by mistake as he jumps over it. Potential run out averted. McLaren has a wry smile.


McLaren to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay works a fuller ball down through mid on for a single.


McLaren to Badrinath, FOUR, top shot from Badri, he again looks to jump out but spots the short length soon enough to set up a solid base and bang the heaved pull emphatically over midwicket. He was so early on that, it went closer to wide long on, than deep midwicket.

End of over 8 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 47/2 (RR: 5.87)

    • S Badrinath 15 (24b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 29 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • R McLaren 2-0-12-0
    • PP Chawla 1-0-8-0

Nayar comes on now. Keeper stands up.


Nayar to Vijay, 1 run, trundler, full on middle and leg, Vijay drives down to long on for one

Potnis: "My present name is Shreyas Potnis. But if CSK loses, then I'm officially going to change it to Subramanium Potnis. I'm also goign to keep my son's name as Subramanium Potnis II . I love the name Subramanium!"


Nayar to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri brings up CSK's fifty with a lofted off drive, he backs away a touch this time, knowing Nayar keeps it full and then tees off a touch inside out, ensuring he cleared mid off. Couple of bounces and over the ropes.


Nayar to Badrinath, no run, this time he looks to whip, but can't time the full ball past midwicket


Nayar to Badrinath, 1 run, shuffles inside the line and glances backward of square for a single this time.


Nayar to Vijay, 1 run, back of a length offcutter, Vijay carefully nudges it with the deviation to mid on.


Nayar to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri backs away again, and works a short of length ball to deep cover for one

Balasubramanium: "There are so many variants for Subramanian. My name, Siva Subramanian, Rama Subramanian, Venkata Subramanian, Ganapathi Subramanian - you have choices." Your name is Siva or Bala?!

Kuldeep: "Subramanium is it a new element in periodic table? Like Litium, Iridium."

Ajay: "@ Potnis: For your kind info Subramanium is his dad's name and his name is Badrinath."

I love the name Potnis by the way. Has a nice ring to it.

Dr. Tam: "'Subbrachycephaly Bad-Rithaniol' as we say in medical terms ;)" That's just what the doctor ordered.

Gucha: "@shreyas if u change ur name to subramaium potnis, i can suggest to change ur son's name to aluminium potnis "

End of over 9 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 55/2 (RR: 6.11)

    • S Badrinath 21 (28b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 31 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • AM Nayar 1-0-8-0
    • R McLaren 2-0-12-0

Chawla to Badrinath, 1 run, tossed up on leg, Badri whips viciously through midwicket for one


Chawla to Vijay, FOUR, banged away. That was quite full from Chawla, and Vijay did well to stay on leg stump and wind up even as he made room to bludgeon it straight. Chawla was wise to move his right hand out of the way.


Chawla to Vijay, 1 run, flatter, steered to a diving cover-point fielder and they get single.


Chawla to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri's looking better and better. Mendeleef would have been proud of the alchemy in that shot. He gets forward, stays inside the line and lofts beautifully inside out, perfectly bisecting long off and the sweeper cover.


Chawla to Badrinath, no run, flatter and quicker, Badri stays on the crease and defends.


Chawla to Badrinath, 2 runs, the slider from Chawla, always round the corner, Badri squirts it off the inside edge to midwicket and they run like men possessed for a couple.

Yavvan: "Love the cricinfo discussions. This one is way on Subramanian is right up there. Ahh I hate that name, its my managers name. Please give more names for it."

End of over 10 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 67/2 (RR: 6.70)

    • S Badrinath 28 (32b 4x4)
    • M Vijay 36 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • PP Chawla 2-0-20-0
    • AM Nayar 1-0-8-0

Ranji hero Bhargav Bhatt comes on. Left arm spinner.


Bhatt to Vijay, 1 run, flat delivery from round the wicket to start off, turns away and is heaved to long on off the back foot for one

Interesting round-arm action.


Bhatt to Badrinath, 2 runs, these guys are running Punjab crazy. Another couple stolen. Tossed up on middle, nudged to mid on and they take off. Bhatt is late to realise they are on to two, and by the time deep midwicket comes across, they have hared across for the second.


Bhatt to Badrinath, 1 wide, slides this one too far down the leg side. Called a wide.


Bhatt to Badrinath, 1 run, flat delivery on the pads, Badri flicks to square leg for a single.

Ryan: "I once went on a submarine. " Good for you. I once went on a walk.


Bhatt to Vijay, 1 run, on Vijay's pads this time, and he works it through square leg for one


Bhatt to Badrinath, FOUR, "Best place in the world to hit a cricket ball," says Harsha Bhogle. Can't disagree. Badri skips out, making room, gets inside the line of a ball speared on middle and dumps it straight back down the ground.


Bhatt to Badrinath, 1 run, very full to end the over, Badri can't get under it and drags a single to long on

Kauser: "Guys, let Subramaniam play.. He must be getting hiccups."

Subramanian: "@Yawan: Yawan I saw your post about me. You are fired!!!" This is how Cricinfo impacts the corporate world.

End of over 11 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 78/2 (RR: 7.09)

    • S Badrinath 36 (36b 5x4)
    • M Vijay 38 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • BA Bhatt 1-0-11-0
    • PP Chawla 2-0-20-0

Nayar to Badrinath, FOUR, a hint of alumoonium in that shot! Crunching metallic finality to the way he connected with it. Nayar delivers a dolly, full on leg stump and Badri slap-slogs it through midwicket. Brutal.


Nayar to Badrinath, 2 runs, width outside off this time, Badri goes through the covers and it takes a really good save to keep him down to a couple.


Nayar to Badrinath, 1 run, full delivery on middle, Badri bunts to long on for a single.


Nayar to Vijay, SIX, that's a patent Vijay blow. He picked the slower ball so early, he was practicing this shot at the nets today. Slower ball at 104 kph, full on middle and leg, Vijay gets half across and delivers the roundhouse kick. Slap-swung away over midwicket.


Nayar to Vijay, 2 runs, full toss on the pads, Vijay will be disappointed he did not deposit this further away as he whipped with a vicious flick of the wrists. Two more.


Nayar to Vijay, 1 run, full on off stump, despite camping in the crease Vijay can't get under it and lofts without power to long off for a single.

Chams: "LOL.. m laughing alone on my seat and everybody looking at me in office... ha ha ha.. subramanium sulphate... or subramanium nitrate??"

Any batsman worth his salt can learn from Subramaniam Chloride.

End of over 12 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 94/2 (RR: 7.83)

    • M Vijay 47 (31b 3x4 2x6)
    • S Badrinath 43 (39b 6x4)
    • AM Nayar 2-0-24-0
    • BA Bhatt 1-0-11-0

Bhatt to Vijay, no run, fired in on middle and leg, Vijay can't get it away as he looks to muscle another one away., The helmet is off for Vijay. Symbolically, the gloves are off.


Bhatt to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay bashes a full ball right back and Bhatt can't collect it on the bounce.


Bhatt to Badrinath, no run, Badri looks to dance away and go inside out, but finds cover with a well-timed shot


Bhatt to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri chips out again, Bhatt follows him and Badri twinkles the flick to square leg for one more.


Bhatt to Vijay, SIX, The unhelmeted Vijay looks a bit like Dhoni. Right now, he's hitting them a bit like Dhoni. Launches a murderius slog sweep over cow corner and brings up 50. Shane Watson, the master of the slog sweep would approve.


Bhatt to Vijay, 2 runs, jumps out to a full toss and drives inside out through covers for more runs.

End of over 13 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 104/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • M Vijay 56 (35b 3x4 3x6)
    • S Badrinath 44 (41b 6x4)
    • BA Bhatt 2-0-21-0
    • AM Nayar 2-0-24-0

Harris is back on. KXIP are bleeding.


Harris to Badrinath, no run, unnecessary cheekiness, doesn't work. Looks to move across and lap-scoop, but misses the full ball.


Harris to Badrinath, 1 run, this time he gets it away, heaving without much timing for a single.


Harris to Vijay, FOUR, smashed. Vijay is making room out of nowhere, standing outside leg stump and uncorking his wrists with furious power. Harris lands this full outside off and Vijay pummels through the covers.


Harris to Vijay, FOUR, aha, the bouncer has disappeared too. Vijay was clearly late on the shot after pressing forward for the pull, ended up top edging it nearly all the way over the keeper's head.


Harris to Vijay, no run, good comeback, keeps it fuller on off and Vijay can't get it away.


Harris to Vijay, no run, nice yorker to end the over, Vijay tries a Dhoni again, hanging back and lifting the back leg to get under it, but to no avail.

End of over 14 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 113/2 (RR: 8.07)

    • M Vijay 64 (39b 5x4 3x6)
    • S Badrinath 45 (43b 6x4)
    • RJ Harris 3-0-18-0
    • BA Bhatt 2-0-21-0

Chawla to Badrinath, 1 run, full ball on leg, Badri muscles it down to long on for a single.


Chawla to Vijay, FOUR, this is the epitome of unimaginative bowling from Chawla. Unless he was trying to bowl him round the legs. Vijay gets across, laps the full ball outside leg to fine leg and doesn't run.Easy four.


Chawla to Vijay, SIX, Chawla is being taken to the dry cleaners. This is bloodless violence. Vijay lopes out, gets to the flight of a juicy leggie and launches it a mile over long on.

Chawla goes round the wicket.


Chawla to Vijay, no run, Aha! Vijay tries to play the reverse sweep as Chawla lands it well outside leg, he lets it go in the end outside leg, but the umpire doesn't wide it. Rightly so.


Chawla to Vijay, OUT, Vijay is furious with himself. He has perished in the search for more runs to plunder. He jumps out and makes room to the leg side, Chawla lands it full on the toes and Vijay can't make contact as it beats him and goes through to the keeper. Stumped.

M Vijay st †Gilchrist b Chawla 74 (43b 6x4 4x6) SR: 172.09

Dhoni swaggers out to the middle. This time, no one will ask him why Chawla is playing.


Chawla to Dhoni, 2 runs, tossed up on middle and off, Dhoni pushes into the covers. Looked like a regulation dot ball, but Dhoni had found the gap. He sauntered across for the first run, bur Badri hared through. And then turned in a trice and bounded back for the second. Superb running.

Deepak: "Ohhh, Danny Morrission ROCKS. I Mean he's a great commentrator, his pronunciation, elocution and delivery of speech is wonderful, above all his sence of humour is too good." Hmmm.

End of over 15 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 126/3 (RR: 8.40)

    • MS Dhoni 2 (1b)
    • S Badrinath 46 (44b 6x4)
    • PP Chawla 3-0-33-1
    • RJ Harris 3-0-18-0

Bhatt to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri leaps out again, Bhatt keeps it full on leg stump and he drags it to long on for one


Bhatt to Dhoni, 1 run, short ball to Dhoni, who rocks back and hacks through the covers for a single.


Bhatt to Badrinath, FOUR, The chemical brother has got to his fifty. Another flighted ball on the stumps, Badri gladly jumps out to the pitch and blasts it down the ground for four.


Bhatt to Badrinath, 2 runs, fired in faster, Badri heaves without timing to midwicket for two more.


Bhatt to Badrinath, FOUR, this is not very good bowling. Bhatt sends down a slow, loopy full toss outside off, Badri crashes it inside out through covers.


Bhatt to Badrinath, 2 runs, fuller and faster, Badri skips out and looks to flick over the infield, and nearly gets four through wide mid on. Couple more.

End of over 16 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 140/3 (RR: 8.75)

    • S Badrinath 59 (49b 8x4)
    • MS Dhoni 3 (2b)
    • BA Bhatt 3-0-35-0
    • PP Chawla 3-0-33-1

Aditya: "thanks god Badrinath's name fits in 2 lines, else there would have been a scroll bar for his name."

Nakeeran: "The chemical is eroding the Kings XI ...... :-)"

Apologies for the confusion over names. Our scorers were caught unawares by an overthrow off 12.6 that wasn't shown on TV. All back on track now.


McLaren to Dhoni, FOUR, length ball to Dhoni is a poor idea. McLaren finds out why. Friendly ball landed on middle and leg, Dhoni clobbers it through midwicket with that muscular bottom hand coming into play.


McLaren to Dhoni, 1 run, low fulltoss on middle and off, Dhoni nearly gets under this one as well, but bunts it straight to long on for a single.


McLaren to Badrinath, 1 run, legspinning slower ball at 114 kph well outside off, Badri drives into the covers for a single


McLaren to Dhoni, 1 run, short ball, Dhoni pounces on it and scythes the pull straight to deep square leg. It went so fast to the fielder, they had to hurry for the single.


McLaren to Badrinath, 1 run, bouncer at 134 kph, Badri was taken by surprise and guided an ungainly pull to long on for one more.


McLaren to Dhoni, 1 run, finally gets the near-perfect yorker, Dhoni drives to mid off for a single.

Bachchu: "Gilly will have his gloves in his mouth looking at the target when the hammering finally gets over." After that, his gloves will also be off.

End of over 17 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 149/3 (RR: 8.76)

    • MS Dhoni 10 (6b 1x4)
    • S Badrinath 61 (51b 8x4)
    • R McLaren 3-0-21-0
    • BA Bhatt 3-0-35-0

Praveen comes back on. Fair to say things have changed since he last bowled.


Kumar to Dhoni, FOUR, and life in the second spell is not the same. Chennai have got to 150 faster than any other team so far in this IPL. And that too from 0 for 2. Praveen sends down a neutered length ball and Dhoni whacks the leather off it with a swat straight back down the ground.


Kumar to Dhoni, SIX, oh boy, Praveen did not get landing rights in Mohali, and he has landed somewhere outside Chandigarh. Full toss angling into the body, Dhoni smacks his lips as he smashes the forehand swat full over deep midwicket.


Kumar to Dhoni, SIX, Praveen's not making a very convincing case to Dhoni for his comeback to the India team. Another full toss on middle and leg, another murderous heave, another six runs over deep square leg. "Talk to the bottom hand," says Dhoni.


Kumar to Dhoni, 2 runs, he lands this one, for a change. Dhoni can't quite get under it and powers it without timing for two more to long on. They are running like the wind


Kumar to Dhoni, no run, yorker this time, Dhoni tries to dig back in the crease and crash it straight, but Praveen gets a hand to it.


Kumar to Dhoni, FOUR, that's a slower version of Praveen's slower ball, it lands on a length well outside off, Dhoni contemplates life, the universe and everything before carving it over the covers. Four more. What an over.

End of over 18 (22 runs) Chennai Super Kings 171/3 (RR: 9.50)

    • MS Dhoni 32 (12b 3x4 2x6)
    • S Badrinath 61 (51b 8x4)
    • P Kumar 4-1-37-2
    • R McLaren 3-0-21-0

McLaren to Badrinath, 1 run, full delivery outside off, Badri opens the face and steers to point for one.


McLaren to Dhoni, FOUR, "It's not a bike baby, it's a chopper!" Dhoni could double up as Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction as he pulls out the helicopter shot. McLaren lands a full toss on the pads, Dhonis's bat completes a beautiful circular arc of violence, and the ball lands just short of midwicket.


McLaren to Dhoni, 1 run, another length ball, but the line was better this time. Dhoni drives on the bounce to long on for a single.


McLaren to Badrinath, 1 run, short ball, angling down the leg side, Badri helps it along with a slapped pull to deep backward square leg


McLaren to Dhoni, no run, bouncer, and a good one, angles in from outside off, leaving Dhoni with no room as he tries to steer. No contact made.


McLaren to Dhoni, (no ball) 1 run, horrible time to bowl a no-ball. McLaren oversteps and sends down a low full toss on off. Dhoni takes a single. How he would love to be facing the free hit ...


McLaren to Badrinath, 1 run, perfect yorker on the free-hit, Badri tries to make room as he stays on leg stump, but can't do much with it. Single to midwicket.

Lavari: "Now imagine what would have happened if Praveen replaced Sreesanth in the World Cup :-)" Ouch.

Vijay: "CSK with Yellow jersey is looking like the Australians of 2000-2007, I pity rest of the IPL teams."

End of over 19 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 181/3 (RR: 9.52)

    • S Badrinath 64 (54b 8x4)
    • MS Dhoni 38 (16b 4x4 2x6)
    • R McLaren 4-0-31-0
    • P Kumar 4-1-37-2

Harris to Badrinath, 1 run, good yorker from Harris, Badri was on the hop as he tried to flick. Single to midwicket.


Harris to Dhoni, 1 run, very full, Dhoni stays on the back foot and looks to drive, and gets a single to wide mid on.


Harris to Badrinath, 1 run, very good last over so far, short delivery slanting into Badri who wasn't expecting it. Pulls a single backward of square.


Harris to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni mistimes one of those heaved pulls, and even then doesn't find a fielder. Full toss angling in, Dhoni looks to whack over midwicket but can't time it too well. They run two, that's almost the default setting if the ball goes out of the circle.


Harris to Dhoni, 2 runs, length ball, Dhoni targets cow corner again, but doesn't time it very well. Couple to deep midwicket.


Harris to Dhoni, OUT, Punjab began with two superb balls and have finished with another superb ball. Things have gone haywire in the intervening 19.3 overs. Chennai have got the highest score of IPL 2011. Dhoni was looking to find room and width again, Harris gave him none and pinged the base of middle stump with a stunning yorker. Middle peg goes for a walk, and Dhoni trots off with 43 off 20 balls to his name.

MS Dhoni b Harris 43 (20b 4x4 2x6) SR: 215.00

Sure they did. Punjab will wonder what hit them. 189 will take some chasing.

LogicalStab: "Badri is chennai's michael hussey. oh well , we'll soon have the real Michael Hussey as well. Solid!" Mr. Cricket's not doing too badly over in Mirpur. Another 100 against the hapless Bangladesh attack.

Abhi: "Typical Praveen. 2 world class overs. 2 street class." He does look woeful once the ball stops moving ...

Paragordius: "Harsha Bogle makes the worst joke of IPL on air about Dhoni's milk drinking habits and all his shots in the cow corner. And quickly realizes that it's a terrible joke and apologizes. Lol!!" Ouch, again!

Dr. Avinash: "C'mon Gilli...look for that squash ball in your kit-bag and give it a go...."

Vijay: "At 0 for 2, I thought if Badri and I got a partnership, we could get 140-150. The ball was stopping a bit, so we looked to play cricketing shots. Badri and I have played together for 10 years, so we know our games pretty well, and things worked out."

End of over 20 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 188/4

    • S Badrinath 66 (56b 8x4)
    • RJ Harris 4-0-25-1
    • R McLaren 4-0-31-0





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