Indian Premier League - 25th match

Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings

Mumbai Indians won by 8 runs

Back for the chase. Vijay and Hussey march out. Munaf Patel has the new ball, he was quite good against Pune. Slip in place.,

Nikhil: "Aah, the joys of being able to say "But then both of these teams lost to Kochi" in office when colleagues start discussing how strong both Mumbai and Chennai are :)"

0.1

Patel to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey starts off with a risky four. Munaf slants this across full and invites the drive, Hussey walks into the shot and lofts it over Pollard at point. Just.

0.2

Patel to Hussey, no run, full again, and crisply timed cover drive from Hussey. He finds cover this time

0.3

Patel to Hussey, no run, better length, holds it back and gets it to slant across at 132 kph, Hussey lets it go

0.4

Patel to Hussey, no run, that's some cover cordon. Symmo, Pollard and Sharma. This time it is Symonds, back of a length outside off and punched by Hussey, Symonds leaps onto it. Even Harbhajan likes it!

0.5

Patel to Hussey, 1 wide, called wide, and that's a very poor call. Surely wasn't wide enough outside off

0.5

Patel to Hussey, no run, on the toes this time, and Hussey charms the flick away. Franklin at midwicket dives in the way.

Karthik: "A loud cheer when Bhajji came congratulated Symmonds!!...Mumbai mumbai" It happens ONLY in the IPL!

0.6

Patel to Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off and moving away, Hussey lets it go.

Jeeves: "Mumbai indians have a brilliant fielding unit. Satish, Pollard, Symonds, Rohit Sharma, Franklin - all quality fielders. Almost enough to negate Munaf Patel!"

End of over 1 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 5/0 (160 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.42)
MEK Hussey    4* (6b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-5-0
M Vijay    0* (0b)     

Malinga, now retired from Tests, has the ball. And the purple cap. One widish slip. Here we go ...

1.1

Malinga to Vijay, 1 run, starts off with a monster yorker that curls away after starting on leg stump line. Vijay does really well to get the toes out of the way and steal a single to the off side

Break in play. Something seems to have gone into Hussey's eye.

Ganesh: "@ Nikhil: Aah, the joys (and consolation) of being able to say..well may be other teams should get a chance. Chennai has done it all!"

Narayana: "Why Oh Why in the world is Munaf targetted by the audience? Poor thing he is.. matured enough to get to this level. Hes a real hard worker. Try to appreciate him sometimes.. hez not that bad after all.." I agree. He's not that bad as a fielder. He is worse.

1.2

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, another near yorker, but there was room outside off for Hussey to push it to mid-off for a single.

1.3

Malinga to Vijay, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Vijay tucks it softly to midwicket and Hussey hares across for a quick single.

1.4

Malinga to Hussey, no run, inches away from being a yorker, and it ends up a low full toss in the slot for the flick. Hussey times the shot particularly well, but a horizontal Rohit jumps in the way. Some really good fielding on display.

Prem Panicker on twitter: "I like how Hussey got his vision tested before facing Malinga." Haha!

1.5

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, lands this short of a length and at great pace. Hussey stays behind and dabs it to third man who has to hurry across as it hurtles to him on the bounce.

1.6

Malinga to Vijay, 1 wide, well, they are being a little too strict with these wides. Another one outside off.

1.6

Malinga to Vijay, no run, back of a length outside off, Vijay lets it whistle past.

End of over 2 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 10/0 (155 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.61)
M Vijay    2* (3b)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0
MEK Hussey    6* (9b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-5-0

Nechim comes on. Whippy seamer.

2.1

Ahmed to Hussey, 1 leg bye, back of a length and hurries onto Hussey who is caught on the crease. He gets it away to the off side and they get a single

2.2

Ahmed to Vijay, 1 wide, slides this one well down the leg side. Another wide.

2.2

Ahmed to Vijay, FOUR, Nechim again slips down the leg side, Vijay twinkles inside the line and glances it a touch uppishly, but it lands away from Harbhajan at short fine leg and goes for four.

2.3

Ahmed to Vijay, no run, keeps it around off stump this time and Vijay steers from the crease to point, who dives and saves

2.4

Ahmed to Vijay, no run, aha, that stopped on Vijay. 139 kph but it seemed to bounce extra as Vijay was early on the flick. Leading edge pops up but lands safe near his feet.

2.5

Ahmed to Vijay, SIX, that's Vijay's trademark blow, the shovel-slapped pull to a ball that isn't quite short. He just leaps into position and thumps it from off stump, emphatic and over the deep square leg fence.

2.6

Ahmed to Vijay, no run, beats him for pace to end the over, that buzzed by short of a length and Vijay aborted pulling plans in a hurry

End of over 3 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 22/0 (143 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 8.41)
M Vijay    12* (8b 1x4 1x6)      AN Ahmed    1-0-11-0
MEK Hussey    6* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0

3.1

Patel to Hussey, FOUR, nothing ball from Munaf, Hussey tucks in. Full and inviting on off stump, with mid-off inside the circle and not too straight. Hussey just looked to hit straight and got four for it.

3.2

Patel to Hussey, FOUR, carved. Fuller and wider, he wants Hussey to edge one of these, but Hussey is just going up and away, hitting cleanly through the line, and getting it over the infield. The covers did not have a chance.

3.3

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, slightly short of a length this time, Hussey gets half across and chops backward of point for one

3.4

Patel to Vijay, OUT, out of nowhere, Munaf has produced a gem. Vijay has been sent packing by a stunning legcutter. It looked like another friendly delivery angling in. Seemed to be doing something, but seamed to do something else. Munaf jagged that away off the seam, Vijay was caught amidships after getting half across and not forward. He was squared up and the outside edge went clean into Rohit's lap at first slip.

M Vijay c Sharma b Patel 12 (9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

Raina, the most prolific scorer in IPL history is the new man in.

3.5

Patel to Raina, FOUR, he really needs to keep the length short of driving area every time, since his lack of pace makes it too easy otherwise. Raina just leans out and meets a full ball on the top of the bounce, and like Hussey, he just had to beat the widish mid-off. Easily done.

3.6

Patel to Raina, no run, ends with one on the pads, Raina whips straight to midwicket

Chad: "If my math is right, Chennai can jump from ninth to first position by chasing this in 15 overs. IPL 2011 is thoroughly enjoyable madness so far."

End of over 4 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 35/1 (130 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.75, RRR: 8.12)
SK Raina    4* (2b 1x4)      MM Patel    2-0-18-1
MEK Hussey    15* (13b 3x4)      AN Ahmed    1-0-11-0

Early duties for Harbhajan. Can he grip the ball well? Slip in place.

4.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, big appeal, turned down. Skids the first ball onto Hussey from round the wicket and he got an inside edge onto the pads. Bhajji had Hussey in a lot of strife in the Test series last year ...

4.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, short this time, Hussey plays an agricultural pull and gets a single to midwicket.

4.3

Harbhajan Singh to Raina, 1 run, aha, Raina loots a single, stands back on the crease and nudges from the pads to short midwicket. Harbhajan flies after it, collects and throws, but Raina dives in .. and ouch.. he is hit flush on the helmet.

4.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up this time, Hussey reaches out and drives to mid off for one.

Raina took a knock on the helmet, not the back.

4.5

Harbhajan Singh to Raina, OUT, he's done him. Harbhajan's lured Raina out of the crease with a seemingly looping, tossed up offering on off, but he had imparted vicious drift on that. Lovely delivery, it dipped on Raina as he charged out and landed at least a foot short of where he expected. Having not reached the pitch, Raina tamely scooped it back at Harbhajan, who held a sharp catch.

SK Raina c & b Harbhajan Singh 5 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

It's the submarine man. Badri in at 4. Mumbai are back in it with those two wickets. Slip and leg slip in place. Round the wicket.

4.6

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, no run, tossed up on off, Badri reaches out to smother and dabs into the covers.

V Jain: "And if my math is right.....Chennai will stay put at last position if they are bowled out for 110 runs..! :)" Aha!

End of over 5 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 38/2 (127 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.60, RRR: 8.46)
S Badrinath    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-1
MEK Hussey    17* (16b 3x4)      MM Patel    2-0-18-1

5.1

Patel to Hussey, no run, over-pitched again outside off, Hussey mistimes the drive to the leg side and Munaf does well to collect and fling it at the striker's end. Hussey gives him a stare.

5.2

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, width outside off, Hussey gets a single away cutting in front of point.

Vivek: "Symonds hugging Harbhajan after a fall of wicket...What not IPL can do...!"

5.3

Patel to Badrinath, no run, full and straight, textbook forward defensive from Badri. You won't see much of that in the IPL.

5.4

Patel to Badrinath, FOUR, that high elbow is worth going miles to watch. Full again from Munaf, he is over-pitching habitually today. Badri leans into the off drive, smokes it through the line and holds the pose as the ball screams away to the right of mid off.

5.5

Patel to Badrinath, no run, that's the length. Munaf keeps it a foot and a half shorter than the previous one and gets it to go away. Badri nearly nicks it too.

5.6

Patel to Badrinath, 1 run, very full to end the over, Badri forces it down the track for a single

End of over 6 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 44/2 (121 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 8.64)
S Badrinath    5* (5b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-24-1
MEK Hussey    18* (18b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-1

6.1

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, Bhajji is getting some nice drift going, another one curls in from outside off, Badri covers the line and whips to midwicket

6.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey plays from the crease to a ball tossed up from round the stumps, and nudges a single to midwicket. Harbhajan runs after it and fields

6.3

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, more flight, driven against the spin through mid off for a single.

6.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Hussey safely dabs in front of point for a single.

Lokesh: "The original Mr. Cricket and India's closest impersonation of Mr. Cricket are playing together!"

6.5

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, FOUR, the battery is working alright. Badri plays another shot for the album. Turns in from outside off, cramping Badri for the cut and he chooses to instead just help it along with an opened face. Short third man runs back to fetch.

6.6

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, tries it again, but this time he doesn't middle the shot and short third man keeps him to a single.

Maths Freak: "If I might just say: Chennai can't go last as Delhi only has 2 points (to Chennai's 4)" And it takes a Maths Freak to find this out. Appalling.

Ghanshyam: "India's Mr.Cricket is Rahul Dravid. Period."

I disagree. India's Mr. Cricket is Vikram Rathore. Go figure.

Vinci: "Bhajji slaps Sreesanth, Bhajji lifts Neeta Ambani, Bhajji hugs Symonds....Do we see a pattern here??" Complete the sequence please!

End of over 7 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 53/2 (112 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.57, RRR: 8.61)
S Badrinath    12* (9b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-12-1
MEK Hussey    20* (20b 3x4)      MM Patel    3-0-24-1

Nechim comes back on now.

7.1

Ahmed to Badrinath, FOUR, If Munaf were a deer, that effort would have been acceptable. Slanted into the pads, Badri glances it along to fine leg and Munaf puts in the big steps. He doesn't dive, but gambols the last few steps like a triple jumper and tries to get the boot in the way. No luck. Hilarious to watch.

7.2

Ahmed to Badrinath, 1 run, better line, but still too straight. Badri works him to midwicket for a single.

7.3

Ahmed to Hussey, 1 run, angled across Hussey who calmly glides him down to Munaf at third man for one more.,

7.4

Ahmed to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri's timing is ominous today. Back of a length outside off at 133 kph, Badri just open the face and sends it scurrying towards third man.

7.5

Ahmed to Hussey, 1 run, fullish on off, Hussey scrambles a single after pushing it to mid-on.

Shiva: "To complete the sequence from Vinci.. Bhajji hits Raina on helmet.." Ah!

7.6

Ahmed to Badrinath, no run, good bouncer to wind up the over, Badri lets it go just outside off.

Hassan: "Subramaniam Badrinath's name is so big that it has messed up cricinfo's scoreboard:D" Oh no, not again!

End of over 8 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 61/2 (104 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.62, RRR: 8.66)
S Badrinath    18* (13b 3x4)      AN Ahmed    2-0-19-0
MEK Hussey    22* (22b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-12-1

Rohit comes on now. Interesting. Round the wicket.

8.1

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length on middle and off, worked against the spin to midwicket for a single.

Rajiv: "Sachin Tendulkar got out to an eerily similar hook shot exactly on the same day 13 years ago in Sharjah. The bowler then was also an Aussie .. " Damien Fleming it was.

Over the wicket to Badri.

8.2

Sharma to Badrinath, FOUR, I want whatever it is that Badri had for dinner. He's timing everything. Rohit gives him a foot of width outside off, Badri dances into position on the back foot and coaxes it between point and short third man. A taste of Rohit's medicine.

8.3

Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, loopy ball on off, Badri works the on-drive with the turn for one more

8.4

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on the toes, Hussey works it through the leg side for one

8.5

Sharma to Badrinath, SIX, If you want to get your brand name on Badri, don't go for the bat face. Go for the elbow. It will get a lot of play. He trots to the pitch of the ball and launches Rohit straight down the ground for six. And then shows us the high elbow. Click away, oh papparazzi.

8.6

Sharma to Badrinath, 2 runs, edgy for a change, but it is going his way so far. Rohit skids one along the turf outside off and Badri plays inside the line and gets a couple as short third man slides and fumbles.

End of over 9 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 76/2 (89 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.44, RRR: 8.09)
S Badrinath    31* (17b 4x4 1x6)      RG Sharma    1-0-15-0
MEK Hussey    24* (24b 3x4)      AN Ahmed    2-0-19-0

Pollard comes into the attack. Chennai moving back to level terms.

9.1

Pollard to Hussey, FOUR, lousy ball. Right arm over, filth. Wafts a short ball nice and juicy on the hips and Hussey swats the pull to deep backward square leg.

9.2

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, better line, keeps it outside off but too full and Hussey drives fluently for one more

9.3

Pollard to Badrinath, 1 run, angled into Badri's pads, he jumps inside the line and glances backward of square

9.4

Pollard to Hussey, no run, short ball outside off, Hussey steers and looks for a single, but Sathish at point does well to cut it off.

9.5

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, Munaf is flirting with danger at third man. Barely got behind that glide from Hussey that was hurtling towards his in a hurry. He just managed to grasp the ball without over-running it.

9.6

Pollard to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri calmly drives the last ball past mid-on for one more single. 81 required off 10, and we could have a close finish here.

Sagar: "Chennai chasing nicely so far but their real test will be against Malinga.. that will decide the game."

End of over 10 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 84/2 (81 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.40, RRR: 8.10)
S Badrinath    33* (19b 4x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-0
MEK Hussey    30* (28b 4x4)      RG Sharma    1-0-15-0

Another interesting change. Sathish comes on.

10.1

Sathish to Badrinath, 1 run, full and slowish offcutter outside off, Badri nudges with the deviation towards midwicket

Satya: "Well its an irony on the part of other cricket nations that india is exploring new talent like paul, rayudu etc..with IPL whereas others are loosing thier players like malinga, gayle probably much more to come" Interesting take, that.

10.2

Sathish to Hussey, 1 run, another full delivery at 94 kph, Hussey drives down the ground for one more

10.3

Sathish to Badrinath, 1 run, keeps this short of a length, and it never comes along. Badri deflects it into the covers off the back foot for one more.

10.4

Sathish to Hussey, 2 runs, slants this too much on leg stump., and he can't afford to at this pace. Hussey laps it over short fine leg and Rohit does well to cut it off after running across from deep square leg

10.5

Sathish to Hussey, FOUR, aha, lucky. Hussey plays inside the line as Sathish offcuts another one across him, and manages to get the thick edge to run away really fine for four.

10.6

Sathish to Hussey, FOUR, big over this for Chennai. Did Tendulkar err in giving Sathish an over? Offcutter, lands outside leg and breaks in, Hussey sets up base on the back foot and crashes the pull to the right of a slow-moving Harbhajan at short fine-leg.

End of over 11 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 97/2 (68 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.81, RRR: 7.55)
MEK Hussey    41* (32b 6x4)      R Sathish    1-0-13-0
S Badrinath    35* (21b 4x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-0

Malinga comes on. Big moment.

11.1

Malinga to Badrinath, 1 run, and he gets the first ball to curl away from middle and leg, Badri does really well to get bat on it and get it to the leg side for one. Not the fastest ball, it was 126 kph, and that helped.

11.2

Malinga to Hussey, OUT, Hussey goes. Malinga strikes. Pollard scoops one inches above the turf. It was one of those slow bouncers from Malinga, and it gripped and sat up at Hussey, who was almost on one knee as he tried to swat the pull. He then took his eyes off it, surprised by the lack of pace and the extra bounce. He ended up playing it a little uppishly and could not get it to land before Pollard could get his hands under it, swooping forward at midwicket.

MEK Hussey c Pollard b Malinga 41 (33b 6x4 0x6) SR: 124.24

Can Mumbai surge back in? Dhoni is the new man in.

11.3

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, back of a length and moving away, Dhoni times the steer really well, but Sathish at point did well to cut it off.

11.4

Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, how close was that to danger? 144 kph and full on the pads, Dhoni was early on the flick and got it uppishly past midwicket for two

11.5

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, thuds one short and outside off, Dhoni hops back and lets it go.

11.6

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller ball on off stump, driven with a reluctant half-cock forward movement, straight to mid off.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 101/3 (64 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.41, RRR: 8.00)
MS Dhoni    3* (4b)      SL Malinga    2-0-9-1
S Badrinath    36* (22b 4x4 1x6)      R Sathish    1-0-13-0

Ninad: "few days ago, mumbai crowd was supporting Dhoni against malinga, now they are supporting malinga against dhoni ;-)"

12.1

Pollard to Dhoni, no run, back of a length outside off, Dhoni pushes into the covers where Tendulkar dives and stops. Wankhede loves it.

12.2

Pollard to Dhoni, OUT, catch of the tournament. This could be the ball that wins it for Mumbai. Pollard keeps producing wickets with his seemingly innocuous balls. This was was heading down the leg side, and Dhoni was eyeing the square leg fence as he went for a flick. He was however a little early on the shot and ended up getting a bizarre leading edge that balooned away to third man. Rohit moved rapidly to his left, dived full-length forward and plucked it. He was smiling like an eager little boy as he came up with it.

MS Dhoni c Sharma b Pollard 3 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

12.3

Pollard to Badrinath, no run, short of a length outside off, dabbed backward of point.

12.4

Pollard to Badrinath, no run, fuller length, angling in, worked with the angle to midwicket

12.5

Pollard to Badrinath, no run, three successive dots, Badri feels the heat. Short of a length outside off, and he rides the bounce to steer straight at point.

12.6

Pollard to Badrinath, 1 run, slants the last one in, Badri nudges to backward square leg for a single. Chennai are a little stunned after those two wickets.

End of over 13 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 102/4 (63 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 9.00)
S Badrinath    37* (26b 4x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-9-1
S Anirudha    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    2-0-9-1

Malinga runs in for the kill.

13.1

Malinga to Badrinath, no run, pacy outside off, back of a length and through Badri in a flash.

13.2

Malinga to Badrinath, no run, Badri is getting stuck here. The submarine is anchoring. Fullish ball outside off, he stays beside the line and steers well but finds point.

13.3

Malinga to Badrinath, no run, Is this the best fielding performance of the tournament? Mumbai have been more horizontal than vertical today. Badri smears a cover drive with some power, Pollard leaps away to his left at cover and stops it.

13.4

Malinga to Badrinath, 1 run, uses the pace outside off, and dabs Malinga down to third man where Harbhajan fields.

Anirudha to face ...

13.5

Malinga to Anirudha, 1 wide, short ball, slants down the leg side, did he get something on it? Huge appeal for caught behind, umpire Saheba calls a wide.

13.5

Malinga to Anirudha, 1 run, Anirudha barely manages to ride the bounce, and pops the steer to third man in the air. Safe in the end.

The asking rate is spiralling now.

13.6

Malinga to Badrinath, 1 wide, short ball, Badri leaps out and is in no position to make contact. Called a wide for height.

13.6

Malinga to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri produces a boundary to release some pressure, and it is another lovely stroke from the submarine. Short of driving length and cramping him for room, Badri adjusts for both by leaping out and to the leg side. He then caresses it through the covers and the sweeper dives over the ball after doing well to get across.

End of over 14 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 110/4 (55 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.85, RRR: 9.16)
S Badrinath    42* (31b 5x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-17-1
S Anirudha    1* (1b)      KA Pollard    2-0-9-1

14.1

Pollard to Anirudha, 1 run, Pollard angles one into Anirudha's pads and he quietly turns it away to square leg for one

Ram: "Sachin with his sweet little voice ..says come on guys ...wonder how many heard that.." Aila!

14.2

Pollard to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri again walks out of the crease, and is not given any room so he drops it to the off side for one more

14.3

Pollard to Anirudha, 1 wide, sharp bouncer at 129 kph, Anirudha leaves and it is again wided for height.

14.3

Pollard to Anirudha, SIX, take that says Anirudha. At Pollard's pop gun pace, he really has it coming. Short ball, sits up like a dolly, Anirudha got into a nice position and slammed the pull all the way over square leg. On one leg, finishes with a swagger.

14.4

Pollard to Anirudha, no run, offcutter, nudges the pad on the way to the keeper.

14.5

Pollard to Anirudha, no run, Anirudha tries to back away and create room, but Pollard cramps him and Anirudha forces straight to Tendulkar at mid off

14.6

Pollard to Anirudha, no run, hustles him with a bouncer, Anirudha is early into the pull and swings a full circle and another half a circle thanks to the momentum. The ball dribbles away towards mid on. Another dot ball.

Vageesh: "One cant write off CSK at any point in the match.. Joginder sharma is part of the team afterall.. "

End of over 15 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 119/4 (46 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.93, RRR: 9.20)
S Anirudha    8* (6b 1x6)      KA Pollard    3-0-18-1
S Badrinath    43* (32b 5x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-17-1

46 needed off 5 overs. Harbhajan comes on. He's bowled really well so far. Round the wicket ...

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, no run, keeps it full and fast at 89 kph on the stumps, Badri defends.

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri skips out, Bhajji sees him and keeps it full on leg stump, it is flicked to deep midwicket for one more.

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Anirudha, 1 wide, nice footwork from Anirudha, a bit gully-cricketish as he skips inside the line to let that one slide down the leg side

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Anirudha, 1 run, misfield, allows a single that could have been tight. Anirudha forces off the back foot towards mid on and takes off. Rohit runs in and fumbles. A clean collection and a direct hit would have helped.

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, some guts from Badri, going for a reverse sweep to these lines and these angles. Lands on middle and straightens, Badri just manages to get some glove on it even as Bhajji goes up in a huge appeal.

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to Anirudha, no run, Anirudha throws everything at it, but the ball goes nowhere. Very full and flat on off stump, smart stuff from Harbhajan.

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to Anirudha, OUT, Anirudha holes out, this game continues to swing. Full toss on the stumps, Anirudha swipes it straight to deep midwicket. That deserved to go for six, but he did not connect as cleanly as he would have wanted.

S Anirudha c Sathish b Harbhajan Singh 9 (9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Ravikanth: "Why do you choose to call Badri submarine? I think 'aluminium' name was hilarious. Set me thinking in the lines of Harmonium (Harbhajan), Helium (Ian Healy) and Dhonium etc. that day."

Andromeda: "Subramanium sulphate needs a vigorous reaction for Chennai's win"

Amar: "With the todays score like, Tendulkar 5, Vijay 12, Raina 5, Dhoni 3 - I am glad India was not playing an international match today (assuming Rohit Sharma was not in the team as usual)"

End of over 16 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 123/5 (42 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.68, RRR: 10.50)
     Harbhajan Singh    3-0-16-2
S Badrinath    45* (35b 5x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    3-0-18-1

Knock knock. Who's there? Albie. Albie who? Albie there for you ...

16.1

Pollard to Morkel, 1 run, short ball on the hips, Morkel fends to square leg for a single.

41 off 23 needed.

16.2

Pollard to Badrinath, FOUR, there's no stopping the submarine. He waddles across the stumps, uses Pollard's angles and laps a nerveless boundary to fine leg.

16.3

Pollard to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri backs away, Pollard sees him and lands this on middle, Badri dabbed it backward of point and gets to a lovely 50.

Kishore: "I have Subramanian as my surname too... and my US colleague calls me Subterranean" Submarine ... subterranean - always under the radar.

16.4

Pollard to Morkel, 1 wide, another wide. Mumbai have sent down too many of these. This time down the leg side.

16.4

Pollard to Morkel, 1 run, very full outside off, Morkel drives straight to long-off for a single.

SMV: "Hope Subramanium Sulphate and Albie Acetate combines to form a winning compound for Chennai.."

16.5

Pollard to Badrinath, 1 run, length ball angling in, Badri times the drive well but finds wide long-off.

16.6

Pollard to Morkel, (no ball) 1 run, Morkel moves away, Pollard wisely follows him and restricts him to a glance to short fine leg. No-ball. Only three fielders inside the 30-yard circle. Ragged from Mumbai.

16.6

Pollard to Badrinath, 1 run, good yorker, angles in from wide of the crease and ends up in the blockhole, Badri digs it out to long on for one

End of over 17 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 135/5 (30 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.94, RRR: 10.00)
S Badrinath    52* (39b 6x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    4-0-30-1
JA Morkel    3* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-16-2

Three overs to go. Expect Malinga and Harbhajan to bowl two of those. Munaf has one more too. Nechim has two. Here's Harbhajan round the wicket.

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, short and flat, Badri heaves a single to square leg

29 off 17 ...

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, OUT, Bhajji has nailed Morkel, and surely Mumbai have sealed it now. Harbhajan was looking to get it as flat and fast and straight as he could. It's a smart strategy in these end overs. Morkel went down on a knee and looked to dump him over cow corner. He swing hard, but the ball slipped through too quickly for him and clattered into off stump. Harbhajan's bowled superbly today.

JA Morkel b Harbhajan Singh 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Ashwin comes out. He can bat ...

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ashwin, no run, almost a run out, Ashwin whips straight to midwicket and runs down the track. Badri sends him back and he has to dive in ...

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ashwin, OUT, Harbhajan has four. Chennai are crumbling here. Lovely topspinner, bravely landed up and Ashwin took up the challenge, jumping out and looking to smite it over long on. He did not get a very good connection though, and looped it into Pollard's hands at long-on.

R Ashwin c Pollard b Harbhajan Singh 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Joginder is the new man in.

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, this fielding is just out of the world. He was jumping and running as if he was on the moon there. Badri leaps out and looks to thump straight, and it goes on the bounce and seems set to get him four. Out of nowhere, Pollard appears, flies in front of the ball and keeps it in play. They get just one.

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Joginder Sharma, OUT, Harbhajan has five! Who said he can't get wickets? He has bowled like a champ today. Another one tossed up, inviting the loft, and Joginder's heave went no where. Top edge spirals up to the off side of the pitch, Harbhajan and Rayudu converge, Harbhajan calls and takes it.

Joginder Sharma c & b Harbhajan Singh 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 18 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 137/8 (28 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.61, RRR: 14.00)
     Harbhajan Singh    4-0-18-5
S Badrinath    54* (41b 6x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    4-0-30-1

Here's Malinga.

Two runs and three wickets in the 18th over. Harbhajan, take a bow.

Ghanshyam: "Albie Acetate is fast becoming an incombustible substance... Nothing can get him to fire nowadays."

18.1

Malinga to Badrinath, 1 run, sends down the yorker, curving in and Badri can't time the straight drive at all. Single to long on

18.2

Malinga to Randiv, no run, through him in a trice. Randiv had no clue, wandering out and looking to steer to the off side, but the short ball whizzed by. Should have played Malinga more often in the nets.

27 off 10 ... Slip in place.

18.3

Malinga to Randiv, 2 runs, Randiv gets one away, full and fast well outside off, he carves it to deep point for a couple.

Rakesh: "Maybe Albie acetate needs some dhonium inspirate......whatever the hell that is..."

18.4

Malinga to Randiv, no run, again Malinga hustles a bouncer past Randiv. He goes for a swish and misses.

Badri has faced just 7 balls in the last 4 overs. It's hurting Chennai.

18.5

Malinga to Randiv, OUT, another one bites the dust. Randiv gives Sathish catching practice at point. Short and fast on off stump, no room, no nothing. Randiv guides it straight to his hands. Mumbai on the brink.

S Randiv c Sathish b Malinga 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Pavan: "Chennai may compensate the Maiden over of MI by not playing last over of their innings. (Hope they get allout in this over)"

Harish: "Submarine docked at one end watching other ships sink."

Bollinger walks out to the cauldron. Can CSK take it to the last over?

18.6

Malinga to Bollinger, no run, blaster! Bolly looks down tentatively to ensure his legs haven't disappeared. Malinga sends down a ripping yorker than curves in and thuds low on the legs. Was sliding down the leg side and Bolly survives. He will be happy to have a nice set of pads.

End of over 19 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 140/9 (25 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.36, RRR: 25.00)
DE Bollinger    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    4-0-20-2
S Badrinath    55* (42b 6x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-18-5

25 off 6.. Badri to face. Munaf has the ball.

19.1

Patel to Badrinath, 2 runs, manic running. Badri looks to slam a back of length ball through the off side, and hits straight to long-off. He hares back for the second and gets in the way of the throw.

19.2

Patel to Badrinath, no run, he's missed a slow legcutter. Full and inviting from Munaf at 114 kph, Badri looks to thump straight but it nips away at the last moment. Miss. Four sixes needed now.

19.3

Patel to Badrinath, SIX, and that's one of them. Badri, the alchemist, produces a six. He gets a length ball angling in, stands back in the crease and slugs it over deep midwicket. Ahemm.

19.4

Patel to Badrinath, 2 runs, that should be that. Munaf bowls a low full toss on the pads, Badri can't get under it and plays a vicious whip to long on. Who else but Pollard is in the way. They get a couple.

19.5

Patel to Badrinath, FOUR, oh alright. I didn't know that. Pollard can misfield after all. Surprise. Badri again hangs back in the crease and heaves over the leg side, wide of long-on. Pollard runs to his right, has it in his sights and then lets it slip through.

19.6

Patel to Badrinath, 2 runs, Mumbai avenge their defeaat the final of IPL 2010. Short of a length on Badri's body, he pulls to deep square leg for two more. He's played a really lovely innings, and is unlucky to be on the losing side.

That wraps up our IPL coverage for today. Only one game tomorrow, and don't forget to log in for the fun then. On behalf of the Cricinfo army, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers and take care!

Right then, that was a pretty good game of T20 cricket. The quality of fielding has been a worry at times, but this game was top-drawer. Mumbai look a complete package, and are winning despite carrying a couple of passengers in their team. Chennai, as they have in each of the past three seasons, are running into a mid-season rut and need to find a way out. They have done it each time in the past. Should be fun to see how they go on.

Presentations:

Man of the Match goes, deservedly, to Harbhajan: "Glad things worked out today. We played really good cricket and fielder brilliantly. We played better cricket that Chennai over-all. In T20, you either get wickets or go for a lot of runs. Things went my way today, getting Raina out initially was important, and later we focused on getting the required rate up. The wicket that got Anirudha was lucky, but over-all I was quite relaxed, and that helped me think better and execute well." Boy, what Zen quotes these!

Tendulkar: "Unbelievable fielding. Brillant catches. Superb ground-fielding. We were may be 10-15 runs short. Rohit thought 160 was defendable. He batted brilliantly. The plan when Malinga came back to Hussey was to bowl a bouncer. We had to get Hussey out to win the game, and the Malinga-Pollard combination was fabulous. I thought the fielders created opportunities today."

Dhoni: "I think 160 was very gettable, it was a really nice wicket. I think the difference was in the fielding. They took 2 really good catches, while we backed out of two catches. Happy with our performance, but fielding could have been just a little better. Our bowling in the last few overs were really well. We did not have enough part-timers today, so that was a gamble that did not work - still great work from the bowlers - Albie first and Dougie in the end."

Jaymin: "Last World Cup Winners - Men in Yellow; Last IPL Winners - Men in Yellow; This World Cup Winners - Men in Blue; This IPL Winners? - You do the math."

Sam D: "Heres tomorrows headline: The Turbanator sinks the Submarine" Chennai did not need a submarine... they were already under water... What they need is a rocket launcher."

Eshant: "Mumbai vada pav too hot for Chennai`s idli dosa."

This has been, arguably, the best fielding effort so far in the tournament. Mumbai's bowling wasn't always up to the mark, but they fielded like monsters and it was that pressure that dragged CSK down. They didn't help their cause with some questionable shot-selection from the tail. Badri was starved of strike, and that proved decisive. Mumbai become the first team to get eight points and lead the table. CSK languish at ninth.

End of over 20 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 156/9 (9 runs required)
S Badrinath    71* (48b 7x4 2x6)      MM Patel    4-0-40-1
DE Bollinger    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    4-0-20-2
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Apr 22, 2011

Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu celebrate a wicket, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2011, Mumbai, April 22, 2011

Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu celebrate a wicket

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Apr 22, 2011

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