Indian Premier League, 31st match: Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai, Apr 27, 2011
Chennai Super Kings won by 8 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
27 April 2011 - day/night match (20-over match)

"I wanted to jump on MS and keep jumping on him." - Yuvraj Singh, on the moment after they won the World Cup, which is now long gone, and considering they are on opposite sides now, the jumping won't be of the friendly kind. We start soon. Shirish writes in, "The empty stands are also because of mismanagement of online tickets. Even if you buy ticket online, you have to stand in queue for hours before the match. If only they knew how to organize..." Kulasekara ready to bowl. Pune persist with the Ryder-Mishra opening combo

Toss Empty stands. Not a surprise given the heat and humidity in Mumbai. Pune have won the toss and chosen to bat. Coach's son finally gets a game. Mitch Marsh comes in in place of Nathan McCullum. Two changes for Chennai. Albie Morkel is injured, and is being replaced by Tim Southee. In another switch, Nuwan Kulasekara replaces countryman Suraj Randiv

3.15pm Hello and welcome to game 31, which is a return game between Pune and Chennai. It must be an oversight of the schedule, for these two teams faced each other only two days ago. It doesn't matter who is playing, though. So long as there are two teams on the field, with stars like MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh on either side, they will find takers. We are just 15 minutes from toss. You could play selector until then


Kulasekara to Ryder, 1 run, no swing, which is strange for Kula. Ryder works a length ball off the pads for one


Kulasekara to Mishra, no run, punched outside off, towards short cover, no swing again


Kulasekara to Mishra, 1 run, nearly played on trying to run it down, hits the back pad off the inside edge


Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, nice punch from just outside off, can't pierce the heavily populated cover ring


Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, slight inswing this time as this pitches outside leg and takes the leading edge as Ryder looks to turn this to leg


Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, back of a length, no room, Ryder plays it back to Kula

End of over 1 (2 runs) Pune Warriors 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • JD Ryder 1 (4b)
    • MD Mishra 1 (2b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-2-0

Sameer: "Even if you do stand in the line for hours after booking tickets online, chances are you'll be told someone has already collected tickets on your behalf. Because of a clerical error on the booking website's part. Happened with us in the Australia game at Ahmedabad. Was a nightmare." Incredible India, as the ad campaign says. Here is Bollinger


Bollinger to Mishra, no run, Mishra charges at him, makes room too... so much room that he can't reach this half-volley outside off


Bollinger to Mishra, 1 run, short ball, hurries onto him, limply pulled away for one


Bollinger to Ryder, FOUR, edged away past the lone slip. To be fair to Ryder, his hands were soft and it wouldn't have carried to a second slip


Bollinger to Ryder, no run, swings away from wide outside off, Ryder drives powerfully, but can't beat the widish mid-off


Bollinger to Ryder, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked away for a single


Bollinger to Mishra, no run, comes at Bollinger once again, and swings wildly... at thin air, way inside the line of a length ball angling away from him

End of over 2 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 8/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • MD Mishra 2 (5b)
    • JD Ryder 6 (7b 1x4)
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-6-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-2-0

Kulasekara to Ryder, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, swinging more after passing the stumps


Kulasekara to Ryder, FOUR, superb short-arm pull. Picked the length very early, stayed still in the crease, and swung it over square leg. Lands a couple of feet inside the fence


Kulasekara to Ryder, FOUR, lovely straight loft, his sole aim was to clear the infield with this - almost a chip. And the timing is so good it almost carries on for a six

Round the wicket


Kulasekara to Ryder, FOUR, Make it three for Jesse. Makes room this time to counter the angle, and goes inside-out over extra cover. Each shot better than the previous one


Kulasekara to Ryder, 1 run, ahhh... looks to pull this from way outside off, the ball takes the toe end, and goes towards long-off


Kulasekara to Mishra, no run, looks to drive through the covers, gets too close to it, and ends up hitting right back into the pitch


Kulasekara to Mishra, no run, full toss hit straight to straightish midwicket

End of over 3 (14 runs) Pune Warriors 22/0 (RR: 7.33)

    • MD Mishra 2 (7b)
    • JD Ryder 19 (11b 4x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-16-0
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-6-0

Bollinger to Ryder, OUT, Gone. It's a very good short delivery. Following him and higher than the chest, Ryder hardly gets any power behind it, and Anirudha takes a nice low catch at midwicket

JD Ryder c Anirudha b Bollinger 19 (12b 4x4 0x6) SR: 158.33

Manish Pandey is the new batsman


Bollinger to Mishra, no run, back of a length, outside off, played back to Bollinger


Bollinger to Mishra, OUT, Another short ball, another wicket! Pune disintegrating once again? Poor poor shot. He pulls but the weight doesn't go back, the ball gets a bit too big, and all he manages is a tame lob to short midwicket

MD Mishra c Jakati b Bollinger 2 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

Manhas to play now


Bollinger to Manhas, no run, angled away, left alone


Bollinger to Manhas, no run, another leave outside off

Two slips in now


Bollinger to Manhas, no run, cuts him in two as the ball comes back in a touch - a double-wicket maiden here!

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) Pune Warriors 22/2 (RR: 5.50)

    • M Manhas 0 (3b)
    • MK Pandey 0 (0b)
    • DE Bollinger 2-1-6-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-16-0

Tim Southee into the attack


Southee to Pandey, no run, a gentle outswinger outside off, pushed to cover


Southee to Pandey, no run, better delivery, starts middle, swings away, nearly squares him up as he defends it back


Southee to Pandey, no run, width there, crunchy shot, but straight to point on the bounce

11 balls without a run now


Southee to Pandey, no run, really nice, sharp bouncer, Pandey is ages away from making contact with it as he looks to pull


Southee to Pandey, FOUR, Runs finally! Did Southee try too hard with this outswinger? Pitching on the pads, and Pandey clips it past midwicket. Good timing


Southee to Pandey, 1 run, plays this push-drive on the run, and gets a single to wide of mid-off

End of over 5 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 27/2 (RR: 5.40)

    • MK Pandey 5 (6b 1x4)
    • M Manhas 0 (3b)
    • TG Southee 1-0-5-0
    • DE Bollinger 2-1-6-2

Kulasekara gets a change of ends


Kulasekara to Pandey, 1 run, starts with an inswinger, which is steered away from in front of middle stump


Kulasekara to Manhas, OUT, Has he bowled him? Yes he has. They are busy running runs, but he has been bowled here. One of Kula's famous big inswingers that finds a way between his bat and pad, and kisses the leg bail on the way. Nobody notices this. Dhoni fumbles, and goes back to field the ball. The batsmen are running... and Kula notices the leg bail has been dislodged. And then he politely appeals. Three down

M Manhas b Kulasekara 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

In comes Yuvraj Singh...


Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, ... and nearly out goes Yuvraj Singh! The inswinger again. Yuvraj drives at this, but the movement takes a thick outside edge that just about manages to elude backward point


Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Majestic shot! Stands tall, plants the front foot down, and drives away from the body, on the up, between cover and extra cover


Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, shuffles across to cover the movement, Kula bowls on the pads, and is flicked away for one


Kulasekara to Pandey, 2 runs, misses out on this inswinger on the pads with short fine up in the circle. Cannot beat that fielder, and gets just the couple

End of over 6 (10 runs) Pune Warriors 37/3 (RR: 6.16)

    • MK Pandey 8 (8b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 7 (3b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-26-1
    • TG Southee 1-0-5-0

Joy Bajaj: "Pune are paying the price for not sending their best batsmen upfront. It silly to send Mishra & Manhas ahead of Marsh, Yuvraj & Uthappa. Their batting order needs some structuring." Agreed. Here comes Ashwin. One slip in place


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short and flat delivery to start with, played back to Ashwin


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, premeditated sweep, the bat comes down on the ball, ruling out a top edge


Ashwin to Pandey, no run, slow through the air, around middle and off, defended back


Ashwin to Pandey, 1 run, tossed up, Pandey's heave finds itself short of the pitch of the ball. Ends up hitting it much squarer than intended


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, well bowled, sharp offbreak, pitches middle and turns away, gets a very thick edge that flies wide of the slip


Ashwin to Pandey, 1 run, turning into the pads, helped away for a single

End of over 7 (4 runs) Pune Warriors 41/3 (RR: 5.85)

    • MK Pandey 10 (11b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 9 (6b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-26-1

Southee comes back


Southee to Pandey, no run, back of a length, off stump and thereabouts, no room, played back to the bowler


Southee to Pandey, OUT, another short ball, another poor shot, Pune are four down! He is no position to play this pull. On the front foot, late into the shot, ends up hitting it straight down mid-on's lap. Once again, Pune have lost four even before reaching 50 runs

MK Pandey c Ashwin b Southee 10 (13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

In comes Robin Uthappa


Southee to Uthappa, 1 run, gets across, and plays this full ball in front of his front pad. You miss this, and you are dead plumb. this time, though, he doesn't, and gets a single

Gandalf the Grey: "Yuvraj has never ever won a match in Ipl against MSD !! It is currently 0-7. The only time he tied the match and won it in a super over, vs CSK, MSD wasn't playing that match. Seems this one is going to be no different. Make it 0-8 !!"


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, clipped away off the pads, wide of deep midwicket, comes back for two


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, That's a brute! Headed straight for the helmet grille. Yuvraj has to fend at it, and manages to keep it down. Chennai using the short ball well


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower ball, Yuvraj checks the drive, keeps it down, towards cover

End of over 8 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 44/4 (RR: 5.50)

    • Yuvraj Singh 11 (9b 1x4)
    • RV Uthappa 1 (1b)
    • TG Southee 2-0-8-1
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-0

Jakati to bowl now. One slip in


Jakati to Uthappa, no run, overpitched on the pads, but played to short midwicket


Jakati to Uthappa, 1 run, sharp turn from middle and leg, clipped away into the leg side, keeping it down

Leg slip for Yuvraj


Jakati to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length, around off, pushed to short midwicket

Round the wicket to the left-hand batsman


Jakati to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, comes down the track, gets too close to the ball, and can't get elevation. Just the single to long-on


Jakati to Uthappa, no run, Too good. Angling in, making him play, turning away sharply, missing the edge by inches


Jakati to Uthappa, FOUR, reverse-sweep to counter the turn, and he does it well, beating both the slip and the short third man

End of over 9 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 50/4 (RR: 5.55)

    • RV Uthappa 6 (5b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 12 (11b 1x4)
    • SB Jakati 1-0-6-0
    • TG Southee 2-0-8-1

Raina into the attack. One slip is there


Raina to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitched up around middle and off, defended


Raina to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pushed down to long-on now


Raina to Uthappa, no run, goes straight after pitching, Uthappa looks to run it down, can't beat short third


Raina to Uthappa, 1 run, clipped off the pads for one


Raina to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, driven with the spin, to sweeper-cover


Raina to Uthappa, 1 run, driven down to long-on, another single

End of over 10 (4 runs) Pune Warriors 54/4 (RR: 5.40)

    • RV Uthappa 8 (8b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 14 (14b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 1-0-4-0
    • SB Jakati 1-0-6-0

Only seven fours and no sixes in the first 10 overs


Jakati to Uthappa, 2 runs, paddled away fine, but big man Bollinger makes a diving save at the fence, saving a couple of runs


Jakati to Uthappa, 2 runs, another paddle, another couple fine of fine leg


Jakati to Uthappa, no run, looks to cut, not short enough, and hits it straight to point


Jakati to Uthappa, FOUR, this is short and wide, and despite the sharp turn. Uthappa cuts it away for four


Jakati to Uthappa, 1 run, picks the single to short fine leg now. Somewhere LS must be saying this is smart batting because he has followed a boundary up with a single


Jakati to Yuvraj Singh, no run, yorker, Yuvraj digs it back to the bowler

End of over 11 (9 runs) Pune Warriors 63/4 (RR: 5.72)

    • Yuvraj Singh 14 (15b 1x4)
    • RV Uthappa 17 (13b 2x4)
    • SB Jakati 2-0-15-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-4-0

Uthappa takes off the helmet. The bandana stays


Ashwin to Uthappa, no run, heave-ho, miss-ho, no run. Ho


Ashwin to Uthappa, 1 run, swept to deep backward square for one

Yuvraj still has a slip


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, there is turn here, but the ball is too short, and too slow. Cut away for one


Ashwin to Uthappa, no run, sharp turn again, quick turn too, lobs off the pad towards short fine

Uthappa doesn't like that Ashwin is not giving him enough time between deliveries. This is the second time this over that he has pulled out to slow Ashwin down


Ashwin to Uthappa, SIX, That's one way of ensuring enough time between deliveries. Just send it into the stands and relax and take your time. Slog-swept over cow corner, way into the stands


Ashwin to Uthappa, no run, tries the paddle sweep, but the short fine leg is very fine

End of over 12 (8 runs) Pune Warriors 71/4 (RR: 5.91)

    • RV Uthappa 24 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 15 (16b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-12-0
    • SB Jakati 2-0-15-0

Raina gets a change of ends


Raina to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, gets just the one to short fine


Raina to Uthappa, no run, goes for the reverse sweep, Raina keeps it short, and beats him outside what would have been his off stump


Raina to Uthappa, 1 run, Incredible shot, although it gets him just the one. This pitched off, turned in, but he late-cut it from in front of middle. Except there was a third man placed deep


Raina to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flat and quick, played back to Raina


Raina to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Under-edge for four. Looking for the sweep to cow corner, but is early into the shot. He will take those four runs, though


Raina to Yuvraj Singh, no run, opens the face, can't beat short third man

End of over 13 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 77/4 (RR: 5.92)

    • Yuvraj Singh 19 (20b 2x4)
    • RV Uthappa 25 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 2-0-9-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-12-0

Ashwin to Uthappa, SIX, Carrom ball. Deposited in the stands. This one is a half-tracker, and Uthappa is quick to pull this cleanly over midwicket


Ashwin to Uthappa, OUT, Another carrom ball. This time Ashwin is the one smiling. This is pitched outside leg, Uthappa goes for the shot into the leg side, the ball turns away, takes the leading edge. Caught at short third. What a bowler

RV Uthappa c Anirudha b Ashwin 31 (22b 2x4 2x6) SR: 140.90

Mitch Marsh comes in. Slip and leg slip waiting


Ashwin to Marsh, no run, offbreak, around off, defended


Ashwin to Marsh, 1 run, really really slow through the air, stays back, waits for it to turn, works it away on the on side


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flat, quick offbreak, pitches off and middle, and turns away. Defended


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower through the air, Yuvraj is way too early into the sweep and is beaten as it turns and bounces. Ashwin has a huge smile on his face. A smile of a man who knows he is bowling very well

End of over 14 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 84/5 (RR: 6.00)

    • Yuvraj Singh 19 (22b 2x4)
    • MR Marsh 1 (2b)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-19-1
    • SK Raina 2-0-9-0

Raina to Marsh, no run, pauses in the delivery stride, bowls flat, marsh defends it back to him


Raina to Marsh, no run, played with the turn, to midwicket


Raina to Marsh, no run, there is impressive turn to be had every time you bowl slower through the air. As Raina does this time, and beats him. Heading down leg, though


Raina to Marsh, 1 run, comes down the track, covers the spin, gets a single to long-on


Raina to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, short and wide, cut away, Vijay from sweeper-cover runs to his right and makes a diving save to save two runs for his team


Raina to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, long hop, pulled away disdainfully and square, much-needed four runs

End of over 15 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 91/5 (RR: 6.06)

    • Yuvraj Singh 25 (24b 3x4)
    • MR Marsh 2 (6b)
    • SK Raina 3-0-16-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-19-1

Ashwin to Marsh, 1 run, pushed down to long-on for one


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, lovely shot... Yuvraj was pushing forward when he saw this being bowled short. Very quickly he transferred the weight back and casually pulled it over midwicket. Lovely timing


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, no run, defended off the front foot


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Big appeal. Arm ball. Hurries onto him as Yuvraj looks to cut, but bat and pad are close together, and there seems to be a feather on it


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, worked away into the leg side, will come back for two


Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short and flat, pushed down the ground for one

End of over 16 (10 runs) Pune Warriors 101/5 (RR: 6.31)

    • Yuvraj Singh 34 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • MR Marsh 3 (7b)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-29-1
    • SK Raina 3-0-16-0

Bollinger comes back


Bollinger to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Clean strike. Yuvraj sees mid-off up in the circle, and chips this length ball over him. The timing is so clean it goes all the way


Bollinger to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, short ball, hurries onto him, but he still manages to clear the midwicket inside the circle


Bollinger to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, another mis-timed pull lands safely, the top edge falls between the midwicket and deep square leg running around


Bollinger to Marsh, 2 runs, nicely guided square of third man, and comes back for two

David Whiting: "RE: Gandalf the Grey and Yuvraj Singh never beating MSD. Maybe he'll get to the point of Vitas Gerulaitas, the tennis player, who after finally beating Jimmy Conners at the 17th attempt said: "And let that be a lesson to you all. Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row." Seems Yuvraj will have to do it all by himself


Bollinger to Marsh, no run, plays and misses as he backs away ad looks to hit this square. The ball passes over the stumps


Bollinger to Marsh, 1 wide, very well bowled... called a wide? Oh come on! He saw Marsh back away, bowled full and wide, and it landed inside the crease, and also inside the guide lines. That's a harsh harsh call


Bollinger to Marsh, no run, slower ball, offcutter, beaten as he looks to open the face on this

End of over 17 (12 runs) Pune Warriors 113/5 (RR: 6.64)

    • MR Marsh 5 (10b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 43 (32b 3x4 2x6)
    • DE Bollinger 3-1-18-2
    • R Ashwin 4-0-29-1

Southee to bowl


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, this is sufficiently wide outside off to not be argued about


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, another wide - the plan seems to be to go full and wide, and twice he has been too wide


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, legal delivery this time, driven to sweeper-cover for one


Southee to Marsh, FOUR, Pummelled! Sothee misses the yorker by inches, and he smashes it down the ground and along the ground. There is a long-off, but he hardly has to run to his left and save this


Southee to Marsh, 1 run, gets the yorker right this time, will only be a single to long-off


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, low full toss, whipped towards midwicket, hits Jakati on the half-volley. He takes the single off the ricochet


Southee to Marsh, 1 run, good yorker wide outside off, gets just the single


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lovely yorker, middle and off, no room, digs it out, but back to the bowler

End of over 18 (10 runs) Pune Warriors 123/5 (RR: 6.83)

    • Yuvraj Singh 45 (35b 3x4 2x6)
    • MR Marsh 11 (13b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 3-0-18-1
    • DE Bollinger 3-1-18-2

Bollinger to Marsh, no run, looks for the slog and misses the line of the ball, which is angled across him


Bollinger to Marsh, OUT, Another short delivery gets a wicket. Bollinger has been hurrying the Pune batsman all day long, the same happens with Marsh, whose bottom hand comes off the bat as he pulls this. The top edge is accepted by Aswhin at deep square

MR Marsh c Ashwin b Bollinger 11 (15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

In comes Jerome Taylor, another man whose national team is playing an international series without him


Bollinger to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, near-yorker, whipped away to midwicket for one


Bollinger to Taylor, no run, slower ball, plays and misses, wants the bye, is sent back by Yuvraj. Would have been run out had Dhoni's underarm flick hit


Bollinger to Taylor, 1 run, another short ball that has jammed the batsman, will be just a single to short fine


Bollinger to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full delivery, heaved away into the on side, gets a single to deep midwicket

Another superb over from Bollinger, whose figures now read 4-1-21-3. Top class

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 126/6 (RR: 6.63)

    • Yuvraj Singh 47 (37b 3x4 2x6)
    • JE Taylor 1 (2b)
    • DE Bollinger 4-1-21-3
    • TG Southee 3-0-18-1

Southee to bowl the last over


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, plays the scoop, Southee sees him looking for it, and bowls wide of off, but Yuvraj still manages enough connection to clear the short fine leg


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, That is Yuvraj... clean swing, clean connection, and six down the ground. He is down on a knee, the length ball lets him get under it, and he goes over long-off


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good comeback, inch perfect yorker, dug out back to Southee


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, misses the yorker again, this time on the other side. This is a low full toss, and how well and effortlessly Yuvraj has sent it sailing over midwicket. We are talking of inches as the margin of error here


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this is better, almost a yorker, Yuvraj looks to open the face on it, and is beaten outside off


Southee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, misses out on the full toss as the bat faces turns in his hand, gets a single towards midwicket

One run fewer than what Chennai scored against Pune two days ago. And almost single-handedly put up by Yuvraj. And given the way the wicket is turning, Yuvraj might have some to do with the ball too. Have Pune got enough? We will know soon

End of over 20 (15 runs) Pune Warriors 141/6

    • Yuvraj Singh 62 (43b 3x4 4x6)
    • JE Taylor 1 (2b)
    • TG Southee 4-0-33-1
    • DE Bollinger 4-1-21-3





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