Indian Premier League, 18th match: Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Chennai Super Kings at Kochi, Apr 18, 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 7 wickets (with 12 balls remaining) (D/L method)
18 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

RP Singh is going to open the bowling. One slip in place

Out come Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey. Danny tells us that there is a lot of lightening around the ground and we've had feedback from some of our Kerala readers saying it's raining.

Kochi in a huddle and we are just about ready to go.

19:30 Kochi win the toss and will bowl

There was some confusion with the call there, seems that Robin Jackman couldn't hear the call correctly. Jayawardene says that there is probably something in the track for the first few overs. He reckons 150-160 is a par score and Kochi are keeping the same starting XI as they had against Mumbai.

Doug Bollinger finally gets his chance after the integral role he played in CSK winning the tournament last season. He replaces Suraj Randiv, so clearly Dhoni expects something for the quicks. Dhoni would also have liked to field first and with thunder around thinks it may rain and the match could be shortened. Let's hope not.

Praveen not happy about Randiv being dropped. "Why drop Randiv? he's been the best spinner..look at the stats."

But Tony is torn about who to support, not sure if his colourful refers to the personalities or the outfits. "Two of the most colourful teams and in my book,two of the most composed captains, and two teams that i represent : mum from chennai and dad from kochi. Glad am not at home!"

Nish asks why VVS Laxman is given only one or two games a season. He seems to have a bad back again. Anshumaan wants to see another South African in CSK. He says, "I think Du Plessis should have been given a game in the place of morkel. His leg spin will add variety."

Loving Danny Morrison's opening line, "Monday night in the deep South." Sounds so cowboyish.

I've got Shirish asking if I am wearing a lilac and orange sari. It's 13 degrees in Johannesburg, so not at all.

19:25 Hello and Welcome to the match between Kochi and Chennai. It's been talked up as the battle of the bat, as Sid Ravi explains in his preview. You can read it here.

Kochi are on high after their win over Mumbai. That was quite some chase, spoiling the party after Sachin Tendulkar scored a century. It was a great result for the new franchise, but I still think the lilac and orange is sari material.

Chennai have been pretty superb so far, and beat Bangalore two days ago. They do look very strong, so this will be a tough test for Kochi.


Singh to Hussey, no run, a touch of bounce, a little bit of away movement, Hussey wafts at it and the 'keeper and slip go up, way too hopeful


Singh to Hussey, FOUR, short, wide and cut away, that beats the fielder at third man and it's the first boundary


Singh to Hussey, no run, much better from RP, Hussey defends back to him


Singh to Hussey, FOUR, too classy from Hussey, RP bowls a good length and Hussey plays with such delicacy, guides it past third man


Singh to Hussey, no run, touch shorter again, Hussey defends on the back foot


Singh to Hussey, no run, best ball of the over, bit of movement again, Hussey looks to play down to that third man area but is beaten

End of over 1 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • MEK Hussey 8 (6b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 0 (0b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-8-0

Vinay Kumar shares the new ball


Vinay Kumar to Vijay, no run, movement as well, that goes away from Vijay although it swung after going past the batsman, left alone

small problem with something behind the bowler's arm


Vinay Kumar to Vijay, no run, good length, Vijay defends solidly on the front foot


Vinay Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, outside edge, flies off the bat and runs down to third man quickly, there's a man there so that keeps it down to one


Vinay Kumar to Hussey, no run, defended on the back foot, pushed to point and Hussey wants one, but Vijay sends him back


Vinay Kumar to Hussey, no run, great movement, moved across the left-hander


Vinay Kumar to Hussey, no run, good length again and defended into the covers, good start for Vinay

The sari debate continues. Dr Tam sends in a mail saying that Tiwary would look good in a sari, when viewed from the back. He does have great hair, doesn't he?

End of over 2 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 9/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • MEK Hussey 8 (9b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 1 (3b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-1-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-8-0

Singh to Vijay, 1 wide, drifted down the leg side


Singh to Vijay, 1 run, turned away down to fine leg

Yadav on the mic can't hear Danny, "Just a minute," he says


Singh to Hussey, OUT, RP Singh has his first wicket of the 2011 IPL. Good movement again, Hussey gets a top edge and he's on his way

MEK Hussey c †Patel b Singh 8 (10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

TV pictures showing a bit of rain, but it's not stopping play yet. Suresh Raina comes in at three


Singh to Raina, no run, defended on the back foot away to the off side


Singh to Raina, no run, RP bowling a good line, keeping it tight, nothing to do but defend


Singh to Raina, no run, touch shorter, good shape, moves away and left alone


Singh to Raina, no run, good line again, defended solidly, impressive over from RP

End of over 3 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 11/1 (RR: 3.66)

    • SK Raina 0 (4b)
    • M Vijay 2 (4b)
    • RP Singh 2-0-10-1
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-1-0

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, outside edge again, goes down to third man, small misfield, but kept down to one

Sahil sent this in: why isn't sreesanth playing this match? He is a better option than R. P. Singh," not sure he still agrees with that?


Vinay Kumar to Raina, no run, short, but Raina can;t get it away, mistimes the pull shot


Vinay Kumar to Raina, 1 run, pushed onto the on-side, good running


Vinay Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, smack! Vijay picks that up from just outside off and pulls with power over mid-wicket


Vinay Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, cut away, beats the man in the circle and is fielded at third man


Vinay Kumar to Raina, 1 run, worked to mid-wicket, quick single taken and Raina keeps strike

End of over 4 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 19/1 (RR: 4.75)

    • SK Raina 2 (7b)
    • M Vijay 8 (7b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-9-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-10-1

Singh to Raina, FOUR, Not too mcuh wrong with that ball, Raina makes some room for himself and hits that down the ground to long off


Singh to Raina, 1 run, slightly shorter and turned around to mid-wicket


Singh to Vijay, FOUR, great timing on that, little bit of width offered and Vijay pushes into the gap behind square on the off side, classy shot


Singh to Vijay, FOUR, ooof! frustration for RP. Vijay gets an inside edge, just misses the off stump and races away for four


Singh to Vijay, no run, better line and length and defended into the covers


Singh to Vijay, no run, bouncer, takes off from back of a length and Vijay has to move out of the way to let the keeper take that

End of over 5 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 32/1 (RR: 6.40)

    • M Vijay 16 (11b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 7 (9b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 3-0-23-1
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-9-0

Perera to bowl


Perera to Raina, 1 wide, starts with a wide, just brushes past the leg side, an appeal, as happens in this case


Perera to Raina, no run, defended back to the bowler


Perera to Raina, no run, excellent delivery, jags away from the outside edge, Raina looking to turn on the on side, misses


Perera to Raina, 1 run, little inside edge to mid-wicket


Perera to Vijay, FOUR, driven so sweetly through the covers. Full ball, inviting the shot and Vijay isn't going to let those ones go. Beautiful timing


Perera to Vijay, FOUR, not as full, Vijay on one knee this time, caresses that through that covers, sublime


Perera to Vijay, no run, that one didn't bounce. Danny suggests a change of pace and it ends the over without a run

End of over 6 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 42/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • M Vijay 24 (14b 5x4)
    • SK Raina 8 (12b 1x4)
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-10-0
    • RP Singh 3-0-23-1

Ramesh Power comes into the attack, first sign of spin


Powar to Raina, no run, tossed up, driven to short extra cover, McCallum fields excellently to prevent a run


Powar to Raina, no run, decent fielding again in the covers, not as full from Powar this time


Powar to Raina, 1 run, driven to long on


Powar to Vijay, no run, played back to Powar, who fields off his bowling. Jackman has just hinted at Powar;s weight, saying "doesn't make all the training sessions". That was athletic


Powar to Vijay, FOUR, looking to toss it up again, driven with some force to long-off. Powar had no chance this time, even though it was hit past him


Powar to Vijay, no run, slightly short, guided to point, fielder cleans up

End of over 7 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 47/1 (RR: 6.71)

    • M Vijay 28 (17b 6x4)
    • SK Raina 9 (15b 1x4)
    • RR Powar 1-0-5-0
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-10-0

Perera to Raina, 1 run, played down to deep square leg


Perera to Vijay, OUT, appeal and given! Full delivery, strikes Vijay on the front pad as he looks to turn that to the leg-side and misses, plumb in front, that was hitting middle and leg.

M Vijay lbw b Perera 28 (18b 6x4 0x6) SR: 155.55

Badrinath comes in to bat at four


Perera to Badrinath, no run, Leaves that one alone, it's wide outside off and doesn't need touching


Perera to Badrinath, 1 run, outside egde, beats Jaya at point, third man cuts it off


Perera to Raina, FOUR, superb timing, played down between square leg and mid-wicket and there's a big gap there


Perera to Raina, 1 run, run down to fine leg, slower delivery

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 54/2 (RR: 6.75)

    • SK Raina 15 (18b 2x4)
    • S Badrinath 1 (2b)
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-17-1
    • RR Powar 1-0-5-0

Powar to Raina, 2 runs, tossed up, hit on the up too and McCallum at short extra cover could have taken a superb catch, RP cleans up in the deep


Powar to Raina, FOUR, straighter and swept through mid-wicket, Raina makes good contact with that one


Powar to Raina, 1 run, coming over the wicket and Raina dances down the pitch, drives to long-on


Powar to Badrinath, 1 run, tossed up again, pushed through the covers


Powar to Raina, 1 run, on the leg stump line, nudged into the leg side, thoughts of a second, not taken


Powar to Badrinath, 2 runs, dropped Badri gets an outside edge to short third man, Hodge is there and had to move to his right to take it. He leapt at the right time, got some fingers to it and put it down.

Time for a Time-Out.

End of over 9 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 65/2 (RR: 7.22)

    • S Badrinath 4 (4b)
    • SK Raina 23 (22b 3x4)
    • RR Powar 2-0-16-0
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-17-1

Here we go again...

Thanks for all the feedback about green tea, it is being consumed here in chilly Johannesburg.

22:10 Play will resume at 22:20. The match has been reduced to 17 overs a side and there will be 5 overs of fielding restrictions in the Kochi innings. Two bowlers can bowl four overs and three bowlers will bowl three overs each.

Sones has a correction for Anirudh, I don't know what to believe now? "Green" in Kerala is "Pacha".

Anirudh gives me my answer. "Green tea......Haree chai! and the game will hopefully be a cracker when the rain eventually stops!" got the kettle on the boil but not holding thumbs on the latter.

21:40 Raining steadily and covers still on. Umpire Hariharan, who is a local, says that once it starts drizzling in this part of the country, it doesn't stop. And that there is still a chance of a start if the rain stops. Umpire Hill explains the rule again. "We can wait until there is only time for five overs left in the game. We have 20 minutes before we start losing overs."

We can see Murali on the field, talking to another Murali - Murali Vijay. So the players are getting to bond and the cup of tea calls for real now.

A lesson in tea for me, and any others, from Subhash. "when you are in Rome, be Roman, so now you are in Kochi not chai..say "Chaya" ..., or go for a "kattan chaya" ( black Tea )." I usuallu drink green tea, so I'll wait to find out what that is.

Abid tells us that is raining very heavily in Calicut.

Abhishek, and a few others, not happy with Suresh's suggestion. "Err..I am little confused? How is 23 runs from 22 deliveries (only 3 fours) a rampage in 20-20 game?" Fair point, although, I thought we were letting this be now. Think it's time to make a cup of chai.

Jake Smith has this to offer for a headline. "Bad weather saves Badri." Ok, ok, we've exhausted these options now. I hear the highlights of SRT's century are on in India and my colleague, Dustin, says this may attract more viewers than the live match. It's almost 21:30 and it doesn't seem anything has changed in Kochi.

Suresh has a go at the headline contest too. "Rain stops Raina's rampage," he sends in. If we do get back on, Raina had better have a big innings up his sleeve.

Vinoth adds to that, although I'm not sure if this is a good sign. "Amazing, I am some 5 kms away from the ground and it's not raining here. Weird weather."

George from Kochi offers us some hope. "Although evening shower are normal at this time of the year It never rains after 10PM. Dont worry."

We've got readers in Saudi Arabia, like Daniel Alexander quite upset with the weather. "Rain Rain Go Away!!! The whole Saudi Arabia was waiting for the match to start."

Surya wins the headline competition. I'm sure this will appear in tomorrow's papers if we don't resume. "Rain stops Raina."

Let's recap the rain rules: the match can be extended to one hour after the scheduled close of 11pm IST. Five overs constiutute a match and if it is a washout the teams will get one point each.

While we wait for the rain to stop, we can celebrate the anniversary of the IPL. On this day, 2008, the first IPL match was played between KKR and RCB. That was the game where Brendon McCullum scored 158 not out, still the highest individual score in the IPL.

Something else we can celebrate (or not, depending on our tastes) is that Sreesanth's hair is black again. He is on telly now, being asked about the rain and the home boy says it could go on for a while, because there is no wind.

21:00 Good news. The rain has reduced and the super sopper is out

20:50 More covers coming on.

20:46 Rain Gomez was ready to bowl but the umpires meet for a long chat. It's got heavier and the players walk off the field.


Gomez to Raina, FOUR, Gomez starts for real this time and Raina gets an inside egde on that, misses legstump and runs down to fine leg, Ramesh Powar can't get to it


Gomez to Raina, 1 run, driven on the on-side, just wide of the bowler


Gomez to Badrinath, no run, driven again, on the on-side, tame shot and there's no run there


Gomez to Badrinath, 1 run, clipped to mid-wicket, Badri sets off straight away, good fielding keeps it down to one


Gomez to Raina, no run, cut almost off the 'keeper's gloves, straight to the fielder at point


Gomez to Raina, 1 run, driven down to long-off, Badri runs hard but Raina ambles through and it's just one

End of over 10 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 72/2 (RR: 7.20)

    • SK Raina 29 (26b 4x4)
    • S Badrinath 5 (6b)
    • RV Gomez 1-0-7-0
    • RR Powar 2-0-16-0

Powar not continuing, Vinay is back


Vinay Kumar to Raina, no run, full toss, driven back to Vinay who cleans up off his own bowling


Vinay Kumar to Raina, 1 run, powerful pull shot, Raina looking to go over mid-wicket but the ball runs along the ground and it's just one


Vinay Kumar to Badrinath, FOUR, down to third man, Badri gets a delicate touch on that and guides it down with an angled bat


Vinay Kumar to Badrinath, no run, bouncer, follows Badri who can't get it away


Vinay Kumar to Badrinath, 1 run, crunched through the covers


Vinay Kumar to Raina, 1 run, aerial! Raina mistimes that to long-off who can't get there in time to take the catch

End of over 11 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 79/2 (RR: 7.18)

    • SK Raina 31 (29b 4x4)
    • S Badrinath 10 (9b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-16-0
    • RV Gomez 1-0-7-0

Powar is back


Powar to Raina, 1 run, tossed up again, played to cover


Powar to Badrinath, 1 run, driven down to long-on

Kochi's brand ambassador being interviewd, Mahela is her favourite player


Powar to Raina, 2 runs, driven in the air to long-off. good, hard running for two


Powar to Raina, 1 run, in the block hole, dug out to long off, no boundary yet this over


Powar to Badrinath, 2 runs, looking for a big sweep, but Badri can only get a bit of bat on it to trickle away to fine leg


Powar to Badrinath, 1 run, full toss, smacked to long on, decent over from Powar

End of over 12 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 87/2 (RR: 7.25)

    • S Badrinath 14 (12b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 35 (32b 4x4)
    • RR Powar 3-0-24-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-16-0

Perera to Badrinath, 1 run, lucky, Badri reached out for that, was deceived by the change of pace and one-handedly scooped that to cover. Escapes being caught


Perera to Raina, 2 runs, full delivery, chooped out to deep backward point


Perera to Raina, 1 run, full toss, Raina is swinging but gets it as far as mid-on


Perera to Badrinath, 1 run, slower ball, smacked to long-on


Perera to Raina, 1 run, full and driven to mid-off, Raina can't get it away as he'd like to


Perera to Badrinath, 1 run, full again, but wider. Badri reaches for it, and gets it as far as extra cover

End of over 13 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 94/2 (RR: 7.23)

    • S Badrinath 17 (15b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 39 (35b 4x4)
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-24-1
    • RR Powar 3-0-24-0

Gomez to Badrinath, 2 runs, slower ball, neatly picked up and flicked to long on


Gomez to Badrinath, OUT, Badri wants to improvise, by going for a biggie on the leg side, trying to flick it over fine leg, but he's chosen the wrong shot. It's hit the pad, absolutely plumb in front of middle and leg and there was no hesitation in giving that out.

S Badrinath lbw b Gomez 19 (17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.76

MS is at the crease


Gomez to Dhoni, 1 run, smacked to deep cover, hit with great urgency, looking for two, turned down


Gomez to Raina, no run, slower ball again, played to short third man


Gomez to Raina, SIX, first six of the innings and it's a bludgeon. Raina rocks back and sends that sailing over mid wicket


Gomez to Raina, FOUR, edged and four. Lucky again as that misses the stumps and races to fine leg

We're having a Time Out, despite the lengthy rain delay

End of over 14 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 107/3 (RR: 7.64)

    • SK Raina 49 (38b 5x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 1 (1b)
    • RV Gomez 2-0-20-1
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-24-1

RP Singh back


Singh to Dhoni, no run, bounce on offer for RP still, Dhoni wants to cut that, maybe even helicopter it, and misses


Singh to Dhoni, no run, touch shorter, Dhoni rocks back and drives off the back foot to mid-on but can't get it too far

Ah, the colours of this sari outfit explained. Orange for the highest run scorer and purple for the highest wicket-taker. The colours of the caps


Singh to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, dinky little shot to short fine leg, off the inside edge, we've seen a lot of runs scored there


Singh to Raina, 1 run, width offered and Raina makes some room but gets it down to long off, it was in the air for a while and Raina gets 50


Singh to Dhoni, no run, short ball, Dhoni wants to pull but can't make contact


Singh to Dhoni, no run, full and dug out, Dhoni pushed on the off side, where RP does his own fielding and almost orchestrates a run out but misses, fine over

End of over 15 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 109/3 (RR: 7.26)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (6b)
    • SK Raina 50 (39b 5x4 1x6)
    • RP Singh 4-0-24-1
    • RV Gomez 2-0-20-1

Perera to Raina, OUT, it's all happening here. Great ball, full, and difficult to get away, Raina misses and wants the bye. Attempted run out from the keeper with an underarm throw, the bowler has a second go, hits the stumps and Raina is out.

SK Raina run out 50 (40b 5x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

Albie Morkel now


Perera to Morkel, 1 run, full but Albie makes contact, drives on the off side


Perera to Dhoni, FOUR, low full toss, Dhoini swings off the back foot and sends that crashing through mid-wicket


Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, gets it off the toe end to cover


Perera to Morkel, 1 run, wide and driven hard to cover. Mahela is down quickly and saves a certain four


Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to long on, Dhoni seems to have tweaken something, he is hobbling a little

End of over 16 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 117/4 (RR: 7.31)

    • MS Dhoni 7 (9b 1x4)
    • JA Morkel 2 (2b)
    • NLTC Perera 4-0-32-1
    • RP Singh 4-0-24-1

Last over for Chennai to bat, can they get more than 130?


Jadeja to Dhoni, no run, Jadeja bowling the final over, Dhoni wants to smack this on the leg sode, and misses


Jadeja to Dhoni, no run, outside off, Dhoni makes too much room and can't get to the ball in the end


Jadeja to Dhoni, 1 run, gets one away, nudged through mid wicket


Jadeja to Morkel, SIX, Down town - as Danny says - that was big. Albie has gone straight back over Jadeja's head, hits it hard and high and it's gone all the way


Jadeja to Morkel, 1 run, pulled to deep square leg, just the one


Jadeja to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni ends it in style. He gets down on one knee, that's a clean stroke over mid-wicket and it's gone a long way. Thwack.

The D/L revised target has set Kochi 135 runs to win. They have 17 overs to get that. It's 135 off 102 balls needed for Kochi to win

Dhoni and Albie took CSK over the 130 mark right at the end. A decent total, considering the rain break and how well Kochi bowled straight after that. A good effort from RP Singh and Vinay Kumar from Kochi's side and Raina's half century held the Chennai innings together. Join us in a few minutes for the chase.

Lots been made of MS hitting a six off the last ball. Sravan sends in this. "That swirl of Dhoni's bat alone could create a low pressure region, bringing in loads of rain!"

End of over 17 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 131/4

    • MS Dhoni 14 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 9 (4b 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-14-0
    • NLTC Perera 4-0-32-1





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