Indian Premier League, 14th match: Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai, Apr 16, 2011
Chennai Super Kings won by 21 runs
16 April 2011 - day/night match (20-over match)

Ready for play now. Tony hill and Kumar Dharmasena to umpire. Daniel Vettori leads the Bangalore team out, and M Vijay and M Hussey are the Chennai openers. The stands yet to fill up, which is understandable. Hussey marks his guard on what looks like a hard shiny surface. Zaheer to bowl. Play...

Toss MS wins the toss and tells LS that CSK will be batting first. Dhoni says it is not unbearably hot, but doesn't rule out an odd case of dehydration. Vettori expects the wicket to assist the spinners the way it did during the World Cup

Doug Bollinger is not playing for CSK, Mike Hussey walks back in, though, replacing Scott Styris from across the ditch. The other man from across the ditch, Daniel Vettori, is the captain of RCB, and announces that Asad Pathan replaces S Aravind.

3.20pm 'Allo 'allo. Welcome to the live coverage of the IPL version of what once used to be a great rivalry in Ranji Trophy: Karnataka v Tamil Nadu. Except for a few faithfuls nowadays, nobody turns up for the Ranji version. Change the names to CSK and RCB, import captains from Ranchi and Hamilton, crunch the game down to three-and-a-half hours, and what we have is an expected full house at Chepauk, although the heat at this hour might disagree with the assumption. While we wait for the toss, and the teams, how about you play the selector, and predict the playing XIs?


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey starts off well, opening the face on a widish delivery, getting a single to third man

A widish slip for Vijay. Zaheer's shirt looks one size too small. Security man walks above the sight screen. Vijay asks him to move away. Ball two...


Khan to Vijay, 1 run, nicely tucked away off the pads, wide of mid-on, gets a single


Khan to Hussey, no run, full delivery, around off, pushed to cover-point


Khan to Hussey, no run, similar length, angling in towards off, Hussey gets behind it and defends


Khan to Hussey, no run, width there, but not cutting length, and Hussey gets a bottom edge into the ground. The ball bounces off towards the keeper


Khan to Hussey, no run, just back of a length, width available, but the punch from Hussey can't beat backward point

End of over 1 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • MEK Hussey 1 (5b)
    • M Vijay 1 (1b)
    • Z Khan 1-0-2-0

Surprise. Danny V to open the bowling


Vettori to Vijay, no run, fires in a fullish delivery, no turn, played with the angle to square leg


Vettori to Vijay, no run, slightly slower, pushed cautiously to mid-on


Vettori to Vijay, 2 runs, too straight this time, Vijay turns his wrists late and gets himself a couple, wide of deep midwicket


Vettori to Vijay, 1 run, the arm ball, fast and furious, Vijay takes it on, cutting it off the stumps, can't beat backward point. Pujara, though, lobs the throw over the keeper's head. Extra conceded


Vettori to Hussey, no run, comes down the track, and pushes this to midwicket


Vettori to Hussey, 1 leg bye, That is close, really close. Full, flat, fast, Hussey seems to have been beaten as he turns the bat face on it. Tony Hill, though, shakes his head right away. That had to be close. Replays suggest it pitched inches outside leg

End of over 2 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • MEK Hussey 1 (7b)
    • M Vijay 4 (5b)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-2-0

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, smashed it, absolutely smashed it, dancing down the track and lofting him over mid-on, as if Zaheer was a spinner


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, hit to mid-on who is deep and thus allows them a single


Khan to Vijay, no run, length ball, around off, defended


Khan to Vijay, no run, looks to drive, can't beat cover


Khan to Vijay, 1 run, placed wide of mid-on for a single, cautious start from Vijay


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, Pujara conceded an overthrow in the last over. Now he has flown across at extra cover and saved three runs. This one was walloped by Hussey, to the left of extra cover, but Pujara was too alert and agile for it

End of over 3 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 13/0 (RR: 4.33)

    • MEK Hussey 7 (10b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 5 (8b)
    • Z Khan 2-0-9-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-0

Vettori to Hussey, no run, full on the pads, looks for the little paddle, finds short fine


Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, slows this one down a bit, and Hussey taps it for one into the leg side

Interesting email from Naresh: "Much was spoken about Sachin taking a leaf out of Dhoni playing de helicoptor shot. But isn't Sachin himself the inventor of helicoptor shot?? Watch this out.."


Vettori to Vijay, no run, yorks him as Vijay looks to make room


Vettori to Vijay, no run, more cat and mouse. Vijay stands way outside leg stump for this, Vettori follows him, and yorks him again


Vettori to Vijay, FOUR, and more cat and mouse. Vettori bowls a leg-side yorker again, Vijay stands his ground and helps it around the corner. Around the corner, the short fine leg misfields, conceding four where there should have been none


Vettori to Vijay, no run, full on pads again, this time it is defended to square leg

End of over 4 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 18/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • M Vijay 9 (12b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 8 (12b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-8-0
    • Z Khan 2-0-9-0

Johan van der Wath replaces Zaheer. Round the wicket to Hussey


van der Wath to Hussey, no run, Hussey looks to pull, and there is length to do so, but he finds midwicket with this one


van der Wath to Hussey, 1 run, Bangalore are fielding poorly here! Kaif this time. One of the better fielders in domestic cricket. Hussey looks to loft over mid-off, mishits, Kaif runs back, gets under it, still running back, and lets it through his hands


van der Wath to Vijay, no run, full on middle and leg, played back to the bowler


van der Wath to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay rubs salt into wounds, by cross-batting this length delivery wide of Kaif at mid-on


van der Wath to Vijay, FOUR, when it rains, it pours. Poor bowling follows up poor fielding. The world just doesn't seem right to van der Wath. Gentle hit-me delivery on the pads with short fine leg up. Vijay lofts it duly over that fielder


van der Wath to Vijay, SIX, Vijay is definitely not looking the gift horse in the mouth. Another gentle length ball on the pads, and this time he goes further, clearing the ropes. First six of the innings

End of over 5 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 33/0 (RR: 6.60)

    • M Vijay 23 (16b 3x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 9 (14b 1x4)
    • JJ van der Wath 1-0-15-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-8-0

Dilshan to bowl now


Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, flat, shortish delivery on off, Hussey bottom-edges a pull


Dilshan to Vijay, 1 run, into the pads, worked away to deep square for one


Dilshan to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey has been setting up for the pull, and this shows why. He manufactures another pull and there is no one back on the leg side. Worth the risk as this one gets four


Dilshan to Hussey, FOUR, fuller, on middle and leg, and Hussey sweeps this this time, over square leg. Runs have come a bit too easy in the last two overs

We have a deep midwicket now


Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, which is just as well as Hussey sweeps again, the sweeper makes sure this is just one


Dilshan to Vijay, 1 run, pushed wide of the diving Dilshan for one to long-on

End of over 6 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 45/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • M Vijay 25 (18b 3x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 19 (18b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-12-0
    • JJ van der Wath 1-0-15-0

Suresh writes in, "None of the players playing for RCB today, hail from Karnataka - a real pity indeed!" Welcome to the modern world


Ninan to Vijay, no run, Ryan Ninan tosses up a gentle full toss first ball, and it goes to extra cover on half-volley. Gets away with it


Ninan to Vijay, SIX, no getting away this time. Lovely shot from Vijay. Comes down the track, gets suitably close to the pitch of the ball, and lofts it over long-off


Ninan to Vijay, OUT, Brave, brave bowling. He flights it again, inviting Vijay to go for another six. Vijay obliges, looking for a replay of the previous shot, nearly gets it right. It's a matter of inches here, not close enough to the pitch of the ball, and hence gets more height on it than distance. Zaheer at long-off makes no mistake

M Vijay c Khan b Ninan 31 (21b 3x4 2x6) SR: 147.61

And they didn't even cross. That's poor cricket. Ryan to Raina now then


Ninan to Raina, 1 run, full outside off, pushed to long-off


Ninan to Hussey, no run, looks for the sweep, misses, hit on the pad


Ninan to Hussey, 2 runs, more pre-meditation, reverse-sweep this time, gets a full toss, connects it, puts pressure on deep point, comes back for two

End of over 7 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 54/1 (RR: 7.71)

    • MEK Hussey 21 (20b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 1 (1b)
    • R Ninan 1-0-9-1
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-12-0

Lots of emails correcting Suresh that Mayank Agarwal is from Karnataka. He indeed is. And also if I remember correctly, Ninan is also a Karnataka product, although he doesn't play Ranji for them


van der Wath to Raina, 1 run, slower ball, dropped towards cover, and they steal a single


van der Wath to Hussey, FOUR, pulled away off the front foot, Hussey seems to like van der Wath's lack of pace and is setting himself up for the pull every time


van der Wath to Hussey, no run, goes for another pull, but this doesn't bounce enough, and passes under his bat


van der Wath to Hussey, 1 run, shimmies down the track, sees the slower ball, and pushes it wide of cover for one


van der Wath to Raina, FOUR, nice shot, making room, backing away, and opening the face on a chest-high delivery, getting it fine of third man. Not much wrong with this delivery


van der Wath to Raina, 1 wide, this was the mean bouncer, like he meant it this time, 140ks, Tony Hill calls it a wide for height. No country for fast men


van der Wath to Raina, 1 run, shuffles inside the line of a short delivery and helps it away to fine leg for one

End of over 8 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 66/1 (RR: 8.25)

    • SK Raina 7 (4b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 26 (23b 4x4)
    • JJ van der Wath 2-0-27-0
    • R Ninan 1-0-9-1

Ninan to Raina, 1 run, nicely tossed up, pushed down to long-off for one


Ninan to Hussey, 1 run, sees him coming at hime, and pushes this wide of off, Hussey manages to get bat to it and chips it wide of long-off for one


Ninan to Raina, no run, quicker delivery, Raina opens the face but can't beat short third man


Ninan to Raina, 1 run, comes down the track, plays inside out, but Kohli is electric at long-off. Some other fielders might have conceded two here


Ninan to Hussey, 1 run, driven to long-off for another single


Ninan to Raina, 1 run, nicely tossed up again, and driven down the ground again, and Kohli does the fielding again

End of over 9 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 71/1 (RR: 7.88)

    • SK Raina 10 (8b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 28 (25b 4x4)
    • R Ninan 2-0-14-1
    • JJ van der Wath 2-0-27-0

Dilshan comes back


Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, keeps this one slow in the air even though the batsmen is charging at him, gets an inside edge, but it still accounts for a single


Dilshan to Hussey, FOUR, reverse sweep, nay reverse pull! Gets into position early, not all the way down, just bent at the knee, and then slaps it towards what would have been point. Innovations


Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, worked away into the leg side for one


Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, short delivery, hit powerfully and uppishly down the ground, bounces in front of long-off


Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, this would have been a wide had he not played at it. As it turns out, he gets a bottom edge for one


Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, comes down the track to push it to long-off for another single

End of over 10 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 80/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • SK Raina 13 (11b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 34 (28b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-21-0
    • R Ninan 2-0-14-1

Ninan to Raina, FOUR, full toss on the pads, and Raina nicely lofts it over midwicket. Easy does it


Ninan to Raina, SIX, more effort behind this one, and more runs too. Takes half a step down the track, and flicks it powerfully over wide long-on. All the power comes from wrists here

goes round the wicket


Ninan to Raina, FOUR, and the best shot of the three! Comes down the ground and also makes room, and then lofts him over extra cover


Ninan to Raina, 2 runs, poor fielding at extra cover, this was hit straight at him, and through him


Ninan to Raina, OUT, too much greed! Looks for another big shot, but clearly is not close enough the pitch of the ball, and thus ends up looking to drag it onto the on side. The shot just hands in the air, and slices off towards extra cover, where Agarwal, one of the few Bangaloreans in the team, completes the catch

SK Raina c Agarwal b Ninan 29 (16b 3x4 1x6) SR: 181.25


Ninan to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey pushes this down to long-off for one

End of over 11 (17 runs) Chennai Super Kings 97/2 (RR: 8.81)

    • MEK Hussey 35 (29b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 0 (0b)
    • R Ninan 3-0-31-2
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-21-0

Virat "Zinzan" Kohli on to bowl now


Kohli to Hussey, 1 run, short ball, pulled away for one

Dhoni is the new batsman


Kohli to Dhoni, 1 run, gets off the mark right away, pushing one to sweeper-cover


Kohli to Hussey, no run, misses out. This is short and wide and there is no third man, but he can't pierce the infield with the cut


Kohli to Hussey, 1 run, slower, fuller, worked away off the pads for one


Kohli to Dhoni, 2 runs, nicely done, placed with soft hands into the on side, and sprints back for two


Kohli to Dhoni, 2 runs, pushes at this one in front of his body, did the ball stop a touch too? However, the ball chips inches above extra cover, and Dhoni takes another couple

Arun Kumar has an important question, which I have no answers for: "What is the need for Virat Kohli to abuse whenever a opposition wicket falls? Is it a crime to score runs against his team?" One of the rare flaws in a promising young cricketer. Remember how he abused profusely after scoring his maiden hundred too

End of over 12 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 104/2 (RR: 8.66)

    • MS Dhoni 5 (3b)
    • MEK Hussey 37 (32b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 1-0-7-0
    • R Ninan 3-0-31-2

Danny V comes back


Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, short, on the pads, pulled away to deep backward square for one


Vettori to Dhoni, no run, shortish, bludgeoned away straight to extra cover


Vettori to Dhoni, no run, charges at him, and ends up yorking himself


Vettori to Dhoni, no run, slower through the air this time, Dhoni has too long to wait, and loses his shape as he looks to power this down the ground. Dot ball again


Vettori to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed wide of Vettori, who would have saved it had Hussey not been in his way. However, the non-striker was not out of line in being where he was


Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, full on the pads, gets a single to long-on

End of over 13 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 107/2 (RR: 8.23)

    • MEK Hussey 39 (34b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (7b)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-11-0
    • V Kohli 1-0-7-0

Kohli to Hussey, 1 run, length ball on the pads, worked away for one

Whoa! Look at Dhoni's tattered, dirty yellow pads. Is this his version of Steve Waugh's shaggy green?


Kohli to Dhoni, 1 run, played down to long-off for one


Kohli to Hussey, 1 run, gets an inside edge onto the pad as he looks to sweep, will get a single


Kohli to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length, around off, pushed down to long-off


Kohli to Hussey, no run, athletic off his own bowling, dives to his lift on the practice pitch and saves a single


Kohli to Hussey, 1 run, short delivery, pulled to deep midwicket for one

End of over 14 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 112/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • MEK Hussey 42 (38b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 8 (9b)
    • V Kohli 2-0-12-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-11-0

Tanmay: "Talking about Virat's impulsion for hurling abuses...recall when he caught DeVilleirs in the WC match. Now he bats with him. Probabaly just the heat of the moment or passion for the country while ure there in the feild. May be onlookers like us cant understand it."


Vettori to Hussey, 1 bye, AB has missed a stumping here? Hussey makes room and comes down, Vettori fires it in. AB is possibly blind-sighted as he can't even collect the ball. Concedes a bye too


Vettori to Dhoni, 1 run, hit powerfully but straight down to long-on


Vettori to Hussey, 1 leg bye, looks to sweep from outside leg, misses, and gets a leg-bye. To short third man!


Vettori to Dhoni, 1 run, stays back to push a flat delivery down the ground


Vettori to Hussey, SIX, slog-sweep! Hussey rearranges Vettori's figures a bit. It seems Hussey had made up his mind that this was going no matter where it landed. Just cleared the front leg, and was happy to see the length ball. Over midwicket


Vettori to Hussey, FOUR, that's not a good parting shot from Vettori. Full, flat, outside leg, and Hussey helps it along its way over short fine leg

End of over 15 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 126/2 (RR: 8.40)

    • MEK Hussey 52 (42b 6x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 10 (11b)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-23-0
    • V Kohli 2-0-12-0

Arun Kumar again: "@tanmay: Sachin and Dhoni has the same passion for their country as virat has. But we seldom see them abuse. Its just tat virat has got into a bad habit which he needs to change. He is too good a player for these habits."

And also Sriram writes in, "Well, haven't you noticed Kohli abusing himself whenever he gets out. He's just 22...will grow up soon."


Kohli to Dhoni, 1 run, forces this into the covers for one


Kohli to Hussey, 1 run, makes room and pushes a full delivery down to long-off


Kohli to Dhoni, 1 run, almost gets a wicket off a thigh-high full toss. Dhoni gives it his all, and ends up slicing it towards long-off, but it falls just short


Kohli to Hussey, FOUR, nice shot, but the fielding is not so nice. Makes room and cuts this over extra cover where Asad Pathan lets it through his legs. Kohli is not pleased. Bangalore have been poor in the field, except for Kohli


Kohli to Hussey, no run, no room here and Hussey defends it back to Kohli


Kohli to Hussey, FOUR, poor bowling, full, on the pads, fine leg is up. Hussey gets it past that man

End of over 16 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 137/2 (RR: 8.56)

    • MEK Hussey 61 (46b 8x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 12 (13b)
    • V Kohli 3-0-23-0
    • DL Vettori 4-0-23-0

Zaheer comes back


Khan to Dhoni, FOUR, slower bouncer, Dhoni, his India captain, is waiting. And not the smartest delivery when third man is up. Dhoni guides it over the man


Khan to Dhoni, SIX, watch out sight screen operators! One of the flattest sixes you will see. Length ball all right, but Dhoni has given it some whack straight over the umpire's head


Khan to Dhoni, OUT, Zak gets his own back. Goes round the wicket, angles it in, gets it to hold its line the slightest bit, thus getting the slight outside edge from Dhoni, who walks. rarely does Zaheer not have the final word

MS Dhoni c †de Villiers b Khan 22 (16b 1x4 1x6) SR: 137.50

Albie Morkel walks in. Twenty-one legal deliveries to come. Chennai will take 42. Bangalore will be thinking 30


Khan to Morkel, 1 run, stays back, pushes it to cover, hands the strike over


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, full, not quite the yorker, but can't get under this one, and Hussey drives it along the ground to long-off


Khan to Morkel, FOUR, angling too straight, Morkel gets a deflection wide of keeper and fine of the very square fine leg

End of over 17 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 153/3 (RR: 9.00)

    • JA Morkel 5 (2b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 62 (47b 8x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 3-0-25-1
    • V Kohli 3-0-23-0

Apurva: "Beat this stat: All the three batsmen hit 6 and got out next ball." van der Wath comes back


van der Wath to Hussey, FOUR, length ball, gentle pace, outside off, Hussey makes room and lofts him over point. van der Wath can't keep bowling length at his pace


van der Wath to Hussey, 3 runs, another drop! Bangalore won't be able to catch a cold at North Pole. Slower ball from van der Wath, and Hussey skies it towards sweeper-cover where Asad Patahan - yes, you guessed it - misjudges, doesn't get into position, and lets it through his butter fingers


van der Wath to Morkel, 1 run


van der Wath to Hussey, 2 runs, Dilshan provides Bangalore fielders a hint of redemption. Hussey nicely squeezes this yorker fine of third man but a diving Dilshan saves two runs


van der Wath to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey can't get out today! no he can't. Another mis-hit this time, and it goes inches straight of a diving Agarwal at long-on. what's more? it bounces over for four too


van der Wath to Hussey, 1 run, full delivery, hit to long-on for one

End of over 18 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 168/3 (RR: 9.33)

    • MEK Hussey 76 (52b 10x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 6 (3b 1x4)
    • JJ van der Wath 3-0-42-0
    • Z Khan 3-0-25-1

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey's favourite pull shot. Gets to 80 now. Again set himself up early, as if he knows Zaheer is going to bowl short, and places it perfectly square of long leg


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, hit down the ground this time, gets a single to long-on


Khan to Morkel, no run, ahh, ugly slog, gets a bottom edge back to Zaheer


Khan to Morkel, 2 runs, bunted into the on side where all the fielders are back on the boundary, and they run back hard for a couple

Ankit: "What an irony... with de Villiers, Dishan & Kohli in their side they are making a mess of their fielding."


Khan to Morkel, no run, another slog from Morkel, and ends up swinging at thin air


Khan to Morkel, 1 run, makes room, Zaheer follows him, pulled away for one. A good over for Bangalore

End of over 19 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 176/3 (RR: 9.26)

    • JA Morkel 9 (7b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 81 (54b 11x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 4-0-33-1
    • JJ van der Wath 3-0-42-0

Greg: 'Pedant alert! Actually you are unlikely to catch a cold at the north pole as it is too cold for the virus to survive :D" I like that


van der Wath to Morkel, OUT, However, Bangalore hold onto one! Morkel again plays a poor shot in what has been an unremarkable innings, Agarwal runs from long-on to his right to complete the catch. Morkel struggled to time throughout his effort. Vettori applauds the effort. Is he being sarcastic? I would suppose not

JA Morkel c Agarwal b van der Wath 9 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Hussey back on strike, though


van der Wath to Hussey, 1 run, nice yorker, just a single for Hussey

Badrinath is the new batsman


van der Wath to Badrinath, 1 run, slower short ball with the mid-off up, hit towards the same fielder


van der Wath to Hussey, 1 run, sees him charge at him, pushes this wide of off, Hussey connects with the open face but can't beat point


van der Wath to Badrinath, FOUR, top shot, makes room, gets on a knee, and goes inside-out on this length ball. Good to watch


van der Wath to Badrinath, OUT, this is short, Badri gives it an almighty heave but ends up slicing it to extra cover, where another catch has been taken, which is surprising going by Bangalore's fielding effort in the day

S Badrinath c Ninan b van der Wath 5 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

So Hussey's feline 83 (two drops), and cameos from Vijay and Raina take Chennai to an imposing 183. However, worth mentioning is that two previous scores of 180 and over have been chased successfully in this IPL. Hussey reckons 160 is a good score because the wicket got slow with the ball getting old. Interesting chase coming up then. Dilshan, Kohli, de Villiers to go after 184. D join us for that

End of over 20 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 183/5

    • MEK Hussey 83 (56b 11x4 1x6)
    • JJ van der Wath 4-0-49-2
    • Z Khan 4-0-33-1





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