Indian Premier League, 29th match: Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors at Chennai, Apr 25, 2011
Chennai Super Kings won by 25 runs
25 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

All right. Hussey and Vijay walk out. Pune are done with their huddle. Aleem Dar and Russell Tiffin are the umpires. Nathan McCullum to open the bowling. Not much of a surprise. And unsurprisingly he will be bowling round the stumps to Vijay

7.45pm It's Anzac Day today. Pune are playing two Kiwis, and Chennai two Aussies. Pune have brought in Nathan McCullum today to replace Wayne Parnell. Also in comes Manish Pandey for them, after serving his four-match ban. And Jerome Taylor is playing too. Hope for some pace and fire

Toss: Pune Warriors have won the toss and decided to field. Yuvraj Singh doesn't want to risk any dew. MS Dhoni would have batted first anyway. Chennai Super Kings have made one change, bringing Shadab Jakati in for Joginder Sharma

7.10pm Hello and welcome to the 29th match of this year's IPL. Only 45 more to come. Already I am dreading the vacuum it will leave in my life when it is over. On May 28. How time flies

Today's match is being played at a stadium that seems to have been inspired by the Adelaide Oval, which incidentally is all set to being the Adelaide Oval "as we know it". There's 20 minutes to the toss, and I can imagine captains debating today's playing XIs. You could do that something similar yourself

I took Cricinfo's Page2's "Could you be India's coach" quiz. The result: "Mr Chappell, please, you've done enough for Indian cricket. No more, no more." Enough said


McCullum to Vijay, no run, starts on target, on middle and leg, and defended to midwicket


McCullum to Vijay, no run, this one stops and bounces at Vijay, whose defensive prod is uppish for a moment but not long enough to bother him


McCullum to Vijay, no run, comes down the track to defend this, Test style


McCullum to Vijay, no run, looks for the drive outside off, but hits it straight to cover and sends Hussey back


McCullum to Vijay, 1 run, takes the single, just drops and runs


McCullum to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey does the same, with an open face, and rushes through for a single

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

    • MEK Hussey 1 (1b)
    • M Vijay 1 (5b)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-2-0

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back Jerome Taylor


Taylor to Hussey, 1 wide, and what a comeback, wicked quick bouncer, slightly higher than the head, and called a wide


Taylor to Hussey, no run, full ball, angled across, beats the drive. Taylor is looking in decent rhythm


Taylor to Hussey, 1 run, nearly a run-out, this is a slower ball, which Hussey tips and runs, but Ryder is deceptively quick to swoop on it from point. He misses with the direct hit, though. Vijay was a goner had he hit


Taylor to Vijay, no run, Vijay has survived two run-outs in two balls. He has flicked a full ball straight to short fine, and is half way down the wicket. Alfonso Thomas misses with the direct hit too


Taylor to Vijay, 2 runs, it's not stopping Vijay from being aggressive with the running, though, as he plays this wide of deep square and charges back for the second


Taylor to Vijay, no run, slower ball outside off, nearly yorks him as he his bat jams into the ground


Taylor to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay is living a charmed life here, as Taylor produces the edge that flies past the first and only slip. However, it must be said that Vijay played it with soft hands, and it wouldn't have carried to the second slip even if there was one

End of over 2 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • M Vijay 7 (9b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 2 (3b)
    • JE Taylor 1-0-8-0
    • NL McCullum 1-0-2-0

McCullum to Hussey, SIX, Whack! Hussey charges at McCullum, gets right to its pitch and lofts him over mid-off. Happy Anzac Day from an Aussie, Nathan


McCullum to Hussey, no run, quicker delivery, full defended with an open face


McCullum to Hussey, 1 run, is looking to come down again, but sees a quick delivery and stays in the crease to drive it to sweeper-cover


McCullum to Vijay, no run, flat on the pads, turned to midwicket


McCullum to Vijay, 2 runs, nicely turned around the corner, with soft hands, ensuring enough time to come back for two before deep square leg can come in


McCullum to Vijay, 1 run, and again Vijay is close to getting run out, taking a single to square leg from where Murali Kartik goes at Vijay's end. His bat gets stuck in the ground as he looks to slide it in, but is safe

End of over 3 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 20/0 (RR: 6.66)

    • M Vijay 10 (12b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 9 (6b 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-12-0
    • JE Taylor 1-0-8-0

Alfonso Thomas to bowl now


Thomas to Vijay, 2 runs, back off a length, clipped away off the pads, and comes back for two


Thomas to Vijay, FOUR, that's a Vijay special! Stands tall to a shortish ball, waiting for it, and swings it cleanly over midwicket


Thomas to Vijay, no run, defended to cover off a length


Thomas to Vijay, no run, slight movement in towards him as he looks to loft him over midwicket, beats him


Thomas to Vijay, 2 runs, clipped away off the pads, past short fine, comes back for two more


Thomas to Vijay, 1 run, full toss on the pads, and Vijay says no thanks to the gift as he closes the bat too early. They steal a leg-bye, and this time Hussey is close to getting run out. Pune haven't hit the stumps today at all. Reminds me of a line from The Firm: "You won't be able to hit water if you were thrown off a boat..."

End of over 4 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 29/0 (RR: 7.25)

    • M Vijay 19 (18b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 9 (6b 1x6)
    • AC Thomas 1-0-9-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-12-0

Taylor gets a change of ends


Taylor to Vijay, 1 run, steered down to third man for one

Some 200 people have recently taken the coaching quiz on page 2. And they have all got this answer: "You're Kirsten and Wright rolled into one. Why haven't you contacted the BCCI yet? Hurry". Must be something wrong with me then


Taylor to Hussey, no run, Ripper! Lovely bouncer, throat high, and over stumps. Hussey can't do anything with it


Taylor to Hussey, no run, beaten outside off off a fuller delivery. Taylor is bowling well here


Taylor to Hussey, FOUR, Ordinary from McCullum at extra cover as Hussey drives a low full toss towards him, but he dives over it. keeping up with general fielding standards of the tournament


Taylor to Hussey, 1 run, good running, tips and runs, hardly went off the pitch


Taylor to Vijay, no run, yorker, can't do much with it

End of over 5 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 35/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • M Vijay 20 (20b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 14 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • JE Taylor 2-0-14-0
    • AC Thomas 1-0-9-0

Murali Kartik into the attack


Kartik to Hussey, no run, on target, middle and off, no turn, defended


Kartik to Hussey, 1 run, turned wide of square leg for a single


Kartik to Vijay, 1 run, full, on the pads, flicked wide of mid-on


Kartik to Hussey, FOUR, more luck going Chennai's way as Hussey is beaten in the flight as he charges down the track. Just as Uthappa is contemplating a stumping, though, Hussey gets an inside edge that goes for four


Kartik to Hussey, FOUR, And again! It's the outside edge this time, done in by the straighter delivery that takes the edge and goes past Uthappa. No slip there


Kartik to Hussey, no run, middle of the bat this time, and defended to point

End of over 6 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 45/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • MEK Hussey 23 (15b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Vijay 21 (21b 2x4)
    • M Kartik 1-0-10-0
    • JE Taylor 2-0-14-0

Here is Rahul Sharma


Sharma to Vijay, 1 run, And another run-out missed! This time Vijay is slow taking the single to short third, but the throw is wide, and Vijay has run between the bowler and stumps too


Sharma to Hussey, no run, slider, gets an inside edge as Hussey looks to run it down, but can't find the stumps


Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, pushed wide of point this time for a single


Sharma to Vijay, no run, looks to cut but it's too full, and can't get it past point


Sharma to Vijay, no run, another attempted cut off a delivery too full, nearly edges it


Sharma to Vijay, 1 run, pulls this one off a length, hurried into the shot because it is not quite short enough, gets a single

End of over 7 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 48/0 (RR: 6.85)

    • M Vijay 23 (25b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 24 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Sharma 1-0-3-0
    • M Kartik 1-0-10-0

Karn Magmain claims he got this: "You are Ramalinga Raju and Kalmadi rolled into one. You'd be a more appropriate coach for the BCCI. Hurry." Has to be made up


Kartik to Vijay, SIX, Lovely shot! Vijay is making those strokes of luck count here. Charges down the track, has enough distance off the pitch of the ball to give him room to swing, and lofts this over the sight screen. Clean


Kartik to Vijay, 1 run, plays this in front of his body, pushes it to long-off for one


Kartik to Hussey, no run, slower through the air, grips a little, around off, Hussey respects it


Kartik to Hussey, 1 run, short ball, and pulled away to deep backward square


Kartik to Vijay, 1 run, chips down the wicket and chips this over cover for one


Kartik to Hussey, 1 run, another shimmy down the track for a single to long-off

End of over 8 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 58/0 (RR: 7.25)

    • MEK Hussey 26 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Vijay 31 (28b 2x4 1x6)
    • M Kartik 2-0-20-0
    • R Sharma 1-0-3-0

Sandeep writes in, "Are Rohit and Rahul Sharma brothers .. both have dopey eyes .. and that lazy swagger." Not sure if it is a compliment


Sharma to Hussey, no run, Hussey is beaten in the flight again, gets hit in the pad, and sends Vijay back


Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, driven past extra cover, nice shot, and they take two by the time long-off comes around


Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, Not only will Pune not hit water if thrown off a boat, they won't catch a cold either! Dropped by Yuvraj at extra cover. Slightly harsh to call it a drop because Yuvraj did everything right as he leapt for this overhead chance. Six inches lower and it would have settled in as opposed to hitting just the fingers


Sharma to Hussey, no run


Sharma to Hussey, no run, quicker outside off, defended back to the bowler


Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, full on the pads, worked away for a single

Sanjeev on Rahul Sharma: "Must be a distant cousin of Joginder Sharma"

End of over 9 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 63/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • MEK Hussey 31 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Vijay 31 (28b 2x4 1x6)
    • R Sharma 2-0-8-0
    • M Kartik 2-0-20-0

Thomas comes back


Thomas to Hussey, 1 run, clipped off the pads for one


Thomas to Vijay, OUT, Finally they take a chance, do Pune! Sharp bouncer, between chest and throat, Vijay looks to pull off the front foot, but is slightly late, and the top edge lobs to midwicket

M Vijay c McCullum b Thomas 31 (29b 2x4 1x6) SR: 106.89

Suresh Raina is the new batsman. More bouncers?


Thomas to Raina, no run, No, just back of a length, angled across off, defended off the back foot

Ram: "@Sandeep he is a little brother of Ishant Sharma. Look at the height and features on his face :)"


Thomas to Raina, 2 runs, And the bouncer duly arrives, and duly gets the top edge as Raina looks to hook it from outside off, but the op edge clears mid-off


Thomas to Raina, no run, inside edge onto the pad as he looks to force this shortish delivery into the leg side


Thomas to Raina, OUT, Cleaned up! You could sense Raina was not fancying this much. Backs away to a shortish delivery, looking for a shot through the covers, and plays completely down the wrong line. Middle and leg poles are down

SK Raina b Thomas 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 10 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 66/2 (RR: 6.60)

    • MEK Hussey 32 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • AC Thomas 2-0-12-2
    • R Sharma 2-0-8-0

Sanjeev Sharma: "All Sharma are brothers...IPL 2012, we will have a Franchance of Sharmas!" Meanwhile in comes MS Dhoni. And on comes Yuvraj


Yuvraj Singh to Hussey, 1 run, worked away off the pads for a single

Yuvraj to Dhoni. One slip in


Yuvraj Singh to Dhoni, no run, nicely tossed up, around off, Dhoni stretches forward and defends


Yuvraj Singh to Dhoni, no run, shorter, flatter, Dhoni cuts in front of square, but straight to cover


Yuvraj Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, flights this one up, Dhoni pushes it to point and steals the single


Yuvraj Singh to Hussey, 1 run, full, on the pads, clipped to deep midwicket

Sriram: "@Ram, Rahul Sharma cannot be a little brother of Ishant as the latter is 2 years younger."


Yuvraj Singh to Dhoni, no run, Nearly! The arm ball, and Dhoni has no clue about it, but he manages to bring his bat down in time to save that off stump

End of over 11 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 69/2 (RR: 6.27)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (4b)
    • MEK Hussey 34 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-3-0
    • AC Thomas 2-0-12-2

Vivek: "@Sanjeev Sharma - backed by Sharma Transports as the corporate house? And maybe Yashpal Sharma as the overall coach, Chetan Sharma as the bowling coach and Ajay Sharma as the fielding coach."

Kartik comes back


Kartik to Hussey, 1 run, and another single taken off the pads


Kartik to Dhoni, no run, full around off, defended back to him


Kartik to Dhoni, no run, into the pads, played back to Kartik, well in front of the body


Kartik to Dhoni, no run, Turn, sharp, angled into off, then pitching and breaking away, but misses both the edge and the off stump


Kartik to Dhoni, 3 runs, Thomas has taken two wickets in his last over, and has saved a run with his dive at deep point


Kartik to Hussey, 1 run, another single turned around the corner by Hussey. He is like a single-taking robot right now

Aditya: "It would be hard for all Sharmas to be brothers, for Ishant 's Adam's Apple clearly sets him apart'

End of over 12 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 74/2 (RR: 6.16)

    • MEK Hussey 36 (31b 3x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 4 (8b)
    • M Kartik 3-0-25-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-3-0

Yuvraj Singh to Hussey, 1 run, chips down the track, takes another single

Jay: "I would rather wait till the last ball of this match to conclude if he is a nephew of Chetan Sharma"


Yuvraj Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, Jissy! Low full toss hit hard, and Ryder saves three with a dive at midwicket


Yuvraj Singh to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey is as if he is on a dating site, picking singles every ball without any fuss. This time to point


Yuvraj Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, near-yorker, digs it out for a single to long-off


Yuvraj Singh to Hussey, 1 run, there we go again, Hussey takes a single to deep square now


Yuvraj Singh to Dhoni, SIX, Yuvraj saw something similar in Mumbai from the non-striker's end in the WC final. This time he is bowling, and Dhoni smoothly, casually, lofts him into the sight screen. Move on finally?

End of over 13 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 85/2 (RR: 6.53)

    • MS Dhoni 12 (11b 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 39 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-14-0
    • M Kartik 3-0-25-0

Kartik to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey is still working the singles, to deep midwicket this time


Kartik to Dhoni, no run, turns and grips, Dhoni plays it back uppishly to the bowler


Kartik to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed away past cover for one


Kartik to Hussey, no run, Hussey has had enough of those singles, and looks to pull this one. It doesn't quite come on, takes the inside edge onto the pad and lobs down the pitch. Uthappa wants the catch but finds Hussey in his way. Hussey is not out of line, though


Kartik to Hussey, 1 run, back to ones, working this into the leg side


Kartik to Dhoni, 1 run, arm ball, Dhoni stays back and pushes it past cover

End of over 14 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 89/2 (RR: 6.35)

    • MS Dhoni 14 (14b 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 41 (37b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Kartik 4-0-29-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-14-0

Speaking of the devil, Rahul Sharma comes back


Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, looks to force this into the leg side, gets a single off the inside half of the bat


Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, another edged boundary for Hussey! Yorker outside off, and it takes the outside edge off the bottom quarter of the bat, and past short third man


Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, quick running, this is placed nicely between the two deep fielders on the on side, and they come back for two


Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, this one is hit straight to deep midwicket, and will yield just the single


Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, punched to point for a single


Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, googly, Hussey watches it nicely and opens the face to take a single

End of over 15 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 99/2 (RR: 6.60)

    • MEK Hussey 49 (41b 4x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 16 (16b 1x6)
    • R Sharma 3-0-18-0
    • M Kartik 4-0-29-0

Thomas is back


Thomas to Hussey, FOUR, and Hussey opens up, driving this low full toss past extra cover, all along the ground. Brings up his fifty too


Thomas to Hussey, 1 wide, wide down the leg side


Thomas to Hussey, 1 run, another full toss, but hits it straight to deep midwicket, and gets just the single


Thomas to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball, Dhoni aborts the down-the-ground shot, and takes a single to deep point


Thomas to Hussey, 1 run, shovels this length delivery to deep midwicket


Thomas to Dhoni, 1 run, digs out a yorker to take another single


Thomas to Hussey, 1 run, charges down the track, but drives it straight towards sweeper-cover

End of over 16 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 109/2 (RR: 6.81)

    • MEK Hussey 56 (45b 5x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 18 (18b 1x6)
    • AC Thomas 3-0-22-2
    • R Sharma 3-0-18-0

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, looks to pull, but the ball hurries onto him, and the top edge falls safe towards mid-on


Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, More luck! Dhoni looks to slog this to Pondicherry, but is early into the shot, and the thick inside edge finds the fine-leg fence


Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, No luck involved here! A little shimmy down the track, and murders this over Rahul's head, hitting the boundary rope on the half-volley


Sharma to Dhoni, OUT, The luck has run out! And it is very well bowled too. Flights the next delivery after being smacked for a straight boundary. Dhoni is beaten in the flight, and the ball turns past his bat, and Uthappa is very quick with the stumping

MS Dhoni st †Uthappa b Sharma 26 (21b 2x4 1x6) SR: 123.80

Albie Morkel comes in ahead of Badri. Two left-hand batsmen in now


Sharma to Morkel, no run, full and quick, turned away to midwicket


Sharma to Morkel, no run, another dot, quick legbreak that turns in just a bit, and thuds into his pad

End of over 17 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 118/3 (RR: 6.94)

    • JA Morkel 0 (2b)
    • MEK Hussey 57 (46b 5x4 1x6)
    • R Sharma 4-0-27-1
    • AC Thomas 3-0-22-2

Taylor is back


Taylor to Hussey, FOUR, lovely chip shot by Hussey. Comes forward, and lofts this almost on the run, over extra cover. Could have been a slower delivery, but adjusts really well


Taylor to Hussey, OUT, Welcome back Pandey! One of his first touches on the ball this IPL! And what a catch. Hussey plays the shovel shot, but doesn't get it right off the middle, and it flies towards long-on. Pandey stations himself six inches inside the fence, and takes the overhead catch. Was always aware of the fence. Welcome back Manish. Well played Hussey too, as he doesn't hand about and takes Pandey's word on it

MEK Hussey c Pandey b Taylor 61 (48b 6x4 1x6) SR: 127.08


Taylor to Morkel, no run, third straight dot for Morkel as he looks to pull this but hits it back to Taylor


Taylor to Morkel, 1 wide, bouncer, sharp one too, but deemed a wide for height


Taylor to Morkel, OUT, Morkel, promoted ahead of specialist batsman Badri who scored 71 in his last game, is out for a four-ball duck. He throws his bat at this widish delivery without any foot movement, and gets a thick edge that settles peacefully with deep cover

JA Morkel c Ryder b Taylor 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

S Anirudha is the new man, but Badri is on strike


Taylor to Badrinath, 1 run, short, sharp, following the backing-away Badri, who tips and runs


Taylor to Anirudha, 2 runs, slower ball, bowled from behind the umpire, Anirduha nicely clips it fine off the pads and comes back for two

End of over 18 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 126/5 (RR: 7.00)

    • S Anirudha 2 (1b)
    • S Badrinath 1 (1b)
    • JE Taylor 3-0-22-2
    • R Sharma 4-0-27-1

Thomas to bowl his last over. Taylor should bowl the 20th. They will love to keep Chennai under 145


Thomas to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri comes down the track and hits this short delivery to long-on


Thomas to Anirudha, no run, yorker, on the crease, around off, hit back to Thomas


Thomas to Anirudha, 1 run, second drop of the night for Yuvraj, second really difficult chance too, this time he dives to his wrong side, right, at extra cover, and again manages to touch it but can't keep it. Single taken. Harsh to call it a drop?


Thomas to Badrinath, 1 run, sets himself up for the big heave-ho over midwicket, but all he manages is an inside edge onto the pads. Takes the single, though


Thomas to Anirudha, 2 runs, near yorker, lofted over Thomas's head, comes back for two


Thomas to Anirudha, 2 runs, gets the yorker right this time, but some sharp running gets them a couple to long-on

Superb last over - just the eight off. Taylor will want something similar

End of over 19 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 133/5 (RR: 7.00)

    • S Anirudha 7 (5b)
    • S Badrinath 3 (3b)
    • AC Thomas 4-0-29-2
    • JE Taylor 3-0-22-2

Taylor to Badrinath, no run, Lovely bouncer to start off with, 138ks, beats Badri's attempt at the pull


Taylor to Badrinath, SIX, Beautiful shot! Length ball, stays back, clears the front leg, and lofts it over mid-off. Holds the pose with the high elbow


Taylor to Badrinath, 1 run, slower ball, early into the shot, gets a single to fine leg

Taylor goes round the stumps with the fine leg up. Yorkers angled across... is that the plan?


Taylor to Anirudha, 1 bye, Anirudha moves across for the scoop over short fine, and he gets beaten by moving inside the line of a delivery wide outside off! Go figure

Back over the stumps


Taylor to Badrinath, 1 run, Lovely yorker, absolutely nothing Badri can do with this apart from taking the single


Taylor to Anirudha, OUT, Bouncer. Pulled off the front foot. Top edge. Taken by the keeper

S Anirudha c †Uthappa b Taylor 7 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

So just 78 in the last 11 overs for the loss of five wickets. And despite all the Anzac Day luck Chennai seemed to have on their side, they have managed just 142. Pune will fancy themselves here. Jonesy: "Geoff not playing his youngest son Mitch? No Anzac spirit? Pune going well though I like Jerome Taylor back its always nice to see fast bowling having a good time in IPL. Marsh's batting could be invaluable though." No Anzac spirit in keeping both Styris and Southee out either.

Anyway see you soon

End of over 20 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 142/6

    • S Badrinath 11 (7b 1x6)
    • JE Taylor 4-0-30-3
    • AC Thomas 4-0-29-2





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