Indian Premier League - 39th match

Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers

Chennai Super Kings won by 19 runs

Enough of chess. Time for some cricket action to begin. Vijay and Michael Hussey for Chennai are out in the middle. Sanga is carefully setting the field. JP Duminy to begin for Deccan from round the wicket

Rajkamal: "After extensive statistical analysis, I have been successful in proving that only one of two teams can win this game. I think that this remarkable observation merits highlighting."

Vignesh: "@Unmesh: The horse is always the most powerful piece on the chess board my friend! :)" I almost heard you say,"Goodness gracious me" as well.

Nayeef: "i thought i was watching cricket commentary not chess? whats all this queen knight nonsense? White's gonna fire flamethrowers tonight!" Would be better if he could make some runs, for now

John: "Why is everyone against white.... in the last game if white was the only batsman to get a double digit other than sanga... what else does a captain need to pick him up in the XI."

Unmesh: "DC have sacrificed a queen(Dale Steyn) piece for a knight(JPD), while they could have traded a horse(Cameroon White) for a knight!!!!"

ashutosh: "i think sanga has selected a good team for the surface , it can be a good match if their foreign batsmen can step up."

Chari: "Wait a minute! Am I seeing things or is White still in the playing XI??? " On the positive side, your sight is alright.

Harish: "Why in the world would Sanga drop Steyn. Any day any pitch an opposition, Steyn would find his place. They could have drafted in Steyn in place of White or Christian, even if it meant playing one (so called) batsman less." Especially given the abject form White is in.

Venkatakrishnan: "Luckily no retoss this time between them."

From one fortress to the other. Pune Warriors threatened to storm the Sawai Mansingh Stadium today, but Rajasthan kept their citadel intact. Can Chennai do the same at the Chidambaram Stadium?

Toss: MS Dhoni wins the toss and Chennai will have a bat

Dhoni: "We will stick to our strength. Looking at the conditions, Tim Southee and Nuwan Kulasekara are out and Albie Morkel and Suraj Randiv are in."

Sangakkara: "Ravi Teja, Manpreet Gony and Dale Steyn are out. Harmeet Singh, Pragyan Ojha and JP Duminy come in." Lots of changes from both sides, expecting a slow track.

Hello all, welcome to the 39th match of the IPL. The countdown has begun. Only 34 more matches to go for the final. Sriram Veera says in his preview that it has taken something special to beat Chennai so far, either from the opposition or the weather. Can Deccan come up with something special today?

0.1

Duminy to Vijay, 1 wide, tossed up and turns down the leg side

0.1

Duminy to Vijay, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, he comes forward and tucks it through midwicket

slip comes in for Hussey, deep point and deep square leg

0.2

Duminy to Hussey, 1 run, turn for JP, tossed up and going away from Hussey who gets to the pitch, guides it with soft hands towards point

0.3

Duminy to Vijay, no run, the perfect forward defensive from Vijay to a flighted one

0.4

Duminy to Vijay, no run, now he gets some bounce, a touch shorter and Vinay is beaten attempting the cut outside off

0.5

Duminy to Vijay, no run, flat on middle and leg now, he turns it towards square leg, can't get the single

0.6

Duminy to Vijay, 1 run, pretty cautious start from Chennai, he lunges forward and turns this one through midwicket for the single

End of over 1 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
M Vijay    2* (5b)      JP Duminy    1-0-4-0
MEK Hussey    1* (1b)     

Christian from the other end, he needs some wickets, or at least manage to go under nine an over

1.1

Christian to Vijay, no run, gentle back of a length outside off, goes back and quietly plays it out towards covers

1.2

Christian to Vijay, 1 run, with short fine leg in the circle, he bowls it short of a length on the pads, Vijay cannot tuck it past Ojha there though

Vinoth: "Just because Duminy swapped with steyn he opens the bowling?" Horses for courses probably?

1.3

Christian to Hussey, 1 run, gets lot of width outside off stump, and guides it past point towards third man

1.4

Christian to Vijay, no run, cautious approach from chennai at the moment on the dry pitch, another back of a length ball patted back to the bowler

1.5

Christian to Vijay, no run, wants to guide this length ball past point but there was not much width on it and he hit it on the bounce to the man there

1.6

Christian to Vijay, no run, Christian bowls a very tidy over, would you believe it, banged in short around off and Vijay allows it to sail past

End of over 2 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
M Vijay    3* (10b)      DT Christian    1-0-2-0
MEK Hussey    2* (2b)      JP Duminy    1-0-4-0

Here is Ishant Sharma

2.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, back of a length around middle and off, stabbed away towards point

2.2

Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey gets away, Ishant gets appreciable bounce from short of a length, he looks to dab it fine, there is a huge gap between Sanga and wide slip, and the ball keeps going away from Sanga who puts in the dive to no avail

2.3

Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, the ball seems to be coming on much better at Ishant;s pace, Hussey uses it to push a length ball past point

2.4

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, tries to cramp him for room with a shortish ball close to the body, but Hussey hangs back and chops it away to third man

2.5

Sharma to Vijay, no run, good bouncer from Ishant, he is really steaming in, Vijay calmly gets out of the way

Jacob: "I was so lost in the pre match commentary, I thought I'd accidently googled Chessinfo." A bit of variety doesn't do much harm, eh?

2.6

Sharma to Vijay, no run, now Vijay goes for an ambitious cut, Ishant continues to get extra bounce as he delivers the ball from stratosphere, Vijay is beaten

End of over 3 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
M Vijay    3* (12b)      I Sharma    1-0-7-0
MEK Hussey    9* (6b 1x4)      DT Christian    1-0-2-0

Ojha comes on now

3.1

Ojha to Hussey, 4 byes, reverse sweep right away to a ball that pitched on leg, turned sharply past the bat, beat Sanga as well and ran fine to the boundary

3.2

Ojha to Hussey, 1 run, goes deep in the crease to a slightly shortish one and tucks it through square leg

3.3

Ojha to Vijay, no run, lovely delivery from Ojha, tossed up, angled in on off, draws the batsman and then leaves him poking in the air as it turns away sharply

3.4

Ojha to Vijay, OUT, the old one-and-two, this one does not turn, is pitched shorter than the previous one, Vijay instinctively goes back for the cut, but to his horror, it is the arm ball, hurries on with the angle, and bowls him, talk about purchasing wickets in T20, Bishan Bedi would have been proud

M Vijay b Ojha 3 (14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

Suresh comes in at No 3

3.5

Ojha to Raina, 1 run, tossed up around middle, he comes forward and plays it with the turn though midwicket

3.6

Ojha to Hussey, 1 run, dropped harmless short ball, Hussey sees the gift and goes for the pull, but straight to Cameron White at square leg, and his wretched form with the bat is contagious it seems as he drops the sitter

End of over 4 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 20/1 (RR: 5.00)
MEK Hussey    11* (9b 1x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-1
SK Raina    1* (1b)      I Sharma    1-0-7-0

4.1

Sharma to Hussey, no run, Ishant runs in and angles this one across the left-hander who leaves it alone

4.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, short of a length around middle and leg, Ishant is looking in pretty good rhythm, kept down in front of square leg

4.3

Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, how much is that drop going to cost Deccan? Hussey gets some width outside off and lays in to it, hammering it past cover in an instant

4.4

Sharma to Hussey, no run, the bouncer arrives from Ishant, Hussey goes for the pull, the ball is pretty well directed and is too quick for him

4.5

Sharma to Hussey, no run, good stuff from Ishant, right on target on middle and leg is the length ball, Hussey can only defend

4.6

Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, the tight line from Ishant almost gets him a wicket, as Hussey uncertainly brings down his bat at an angle, and almost chops the shortish ball on to the stumps, but he survives again, and collects a couple fine on the leg side

End of over 5 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 26/1 (RR: 5.20)
MEK Hussey    17* (15b 2x4)      I Sharma    2-0-13-0
SK Raina    1* (1b)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-1

Partha: "cameron white replies "You didnt drop me. let me do that"" JP to bowl again

5.1

Duminy to Raina, 1 run, tossed up but too full and Raina drives it to long off

5.2

Duminy to Hussey, 1 run, turn fro JP, but from leg stump, allows him to go back and tuck it in front of square for a tight run

5.3

Duminy to Raina, FOUR, poor ball from JP, flighted a foot outside leg, would have been a wide but he decided to go for the sweep and beat Ojha at short fine leg

5.4

Duminy to Raina, no run, flatter this time, turned away to square leg

5.5

Duminy to Raina, 1 run, tucked away off the pads in front of square leg, the line has been mostly leg stump in this over from JP

5.6

Duminy to Hussey, 1 run, this one is around middle and is driven down to long on for a single

End of over 6 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 34/1 (RR: 5.66)
MEK Hussey    19* (17b 2x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-12-0
SK Raina    7* (5b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-13-0

Christian is back, from round the stumps

6.1

Christian to Hussey, no run, fuller delivery around off stump, pushed back to the bowler

6.2

Christian to Hussey, no run, cuts this one fiercely but JP at point goes flying to his left to save some runs

6.3

Christian to Hussey, 2 runs, chops a length ball fine past Sanga on the off side, HArmeet jogs in from third man to field

6.4

Christian to Hussey, 1 run, more width outside off this time, he cuts it down to third man

Vijju: "Enough of White bashing. DC batting looks rather thin and having White and Duminy is a wise decision. White, inspite of his poor form could still hit a six.DC will take that anyday."

6.5

Christian to Raina, no run, Raina hangs in the crease and looks to punch this length ball through point, is beaten by some bounce on that one

6.6

Christian to Raina, no run, beaten again, Christian has bowled well so far today, this time Suresh tried to steer to third man but missed again, that bounce, that extra bounce

End of over 7 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 37/1 (RR: 5.28)
SK Raina    7* (7b 1x4)      DT Christian    2-0-5-0
MEK Hussey    22* (21b 2x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-12-0

Sanga persists with JP

7.1

Duminy to Hussey, FOUR, and Hussey takes him on, dances down the track right away, gets inside the line, and lofts it with the turn over extra cover

7.2

Duminy to Hussey, 1 run, goes for the sweep and collects a single to short fine leg

7.3

Duminy to Raina, 2 runs, Raina goes forward and splits long off and long on with a very straight and firm push, Ishant runs in from long off to cut it off

7.4

Duminy to Raina, 1 run, now he gets a single down to long on

7.5

Duminy to Hussey, no run, slows it down, well bowled, he is forward and turning it towards point, but he isn't getting the run

7.6

Duminy to Hussey, 1 run, a touch short, and he tucks it off the back foot through midwicket for another single

End of over 8 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 46/1 (RR: 5.75)
MEK Hussey    28* (25b 3x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-21-0
SK Raina    10* (9b 1x4)      DT Christian    2-0-5-0

8.1

Christian to Hussey, 2 runs, short and angled in to Hussey who pulls it right away wide of deep midwicket, who runs to his left to cut it off

8.2

Christian to Hussey, 1 run, dabs this length ball late to third man for a single

8.3

Christian to Raina, 1 run, superb cover drive from Suresh, head steady, foot to the pitch of the ball, and a straight bat pinging to ball along the ground, too bad sweeper cover had to be in place

8.4

Christian to Hussey, 1 run, marginally short, he is immediately on the back foot and cuts it hard to Shikhar at sweeper cover

8.5

Christian to Raina, 1 run, goes hard at a length ball outside off stump, comes slowly off the surface, and he chops it down behind point

8.6

Christian to Hussey, 1 run, well done from Hussey, stays back in the crease, lets this one come on, and then quietly dabs it late to third man

End of over 9 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 53/1 (RR: 5.88)
MEK Hussey    33* (29b 3x4)      DT Christian    3-0-12-0
SK Raina    12* (11b 1x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-21-0

Prakash: "Wonder why Dhoni didnt send Badri in ahead of Raina.. Badri is the man in form.." Amit Mishra comes on now

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gnanadeep: "it seems harmeet singh will bowl only 1 over (the specialist bowler) for this day with duminy bowling 3 overs."

9.1

Mishra to Hussey, no run, pushed through fuller and quicker, he goes back and pats it away on the leg side

9.2

Mishra to Hussey, no run, tosses it up, gets him to come forward and turns it in to strike pad, outside the line of off

9.3

Mishra to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey continues to remain on the back foot, and tucks this length ball towards square leg

9.4

Mishra to Raina, no run, flatter delivery, Suresh plays with the turn to midwicket

9.5

Mishra to Raina, FOUR, top-edge runs in to the fine leg boundary, it was on leg stump and he went for the sweep, getting it off the edge but wide of the man at short fine leg who ran with it to the boundary, too quick for him

9.6

Mishra to Raina, no run, turned away towards square leg, tidy over from Mishra

End of over 10 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 58/1 (RR: 5.80)
SK Raina    16* (14b 2x4)      A Mishra    1-0-5-0
MEK Hussey    34* (32b 3x4)      DT Christian    3-0-12-0

Here is Harmeet Singh. How far is the slower one?

10.1

Harmeet Singh to Hussey, 1 run, right away, Hussey goes for a forcing pull, but there is man at deep midwicket

10.2

Harmeet Singh to Raina, 1 run, crack! Suresh gets forward and pings long off with the drive from the middle of the bat

10.3

Harmeet Singh to Hussey, no run, wants to chop away a length ball angled across him, but misses

Santosh: "Raina ahead of Badri because in this match situation it is easier to play #3 spot (consolidate & lay foundation) than #4 (accelerate on a slowing pitch). Hence man-in-form Badri has been saved for the more difficult role...good call Dhoni!"

10.4

Harmeet Singh to Hussey, 1 run, Harmeet tries to stop the ball first with his hand, then with his foot, it is the slower one but ends up as a low full toss driven back to him, but he fails to stop it

10.5

Harmeet Singh to Raina, 1 run, plays this one away towards midwicket for a single

10.6

Harmeet Singh to Hussey, 1 run, Harmeet's version of the leg break arrives, it is short and it is wide, and it is hammered, but Shikhar is there at sweeper cover

End of over 11 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 63/1 (RR: 5.72)
MEK Hussey    37* (36b 3x4)      Harmeet Singh    1-0-5-0
SK Raina    18* (16b 2x4)      A Mishra    1-0-5-0

11.1

Mishra to Hussey, 1 run, flat delivery picked from leg stump behind square leg

11.2

Mishra to Raina, no run, goes straight on this time, but around leg stump, Raina misses with the sweep

11.3

Mishra to Raina, FOUR, Mishra continues to pitch it around leg stump, this one is a touch shorter too, enough for Suresh to get down on one knee and dismiss it backward of square leg

11.4

Mishra to Raina, 1 run, once again on leg stump, well, well, this time Suresh cannot beat the man running in from deep square leg

11.5

Mishra to Hussey, FOUR, he goes middle stump, makes no difference, Hussey is ready with the reverse sweep, wrists it past the man at short third man for another boundary

11.6

Mishra to Hussey, FOUR, and again, Chennai have got a move-on courtesy Mishra, one more reverse sweep from Hussey, a bit squarer and four more runs

End of over 12 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 77/1 (RR: 6.41)
MEK Hussey    46* (39b 5x4)      A Mishra    2-0-19-0
SK Raina    23* (19b 3x4)      Harmeet Singh    1-0-5-0

12.1

Harmeet Singh to Raina, 1 run, more leg spin, this time from Harmeet, he drives the full delivery to long on

12.2

Harmeet Singh to Hussey, no run, pushes this one hard back at the bowler who manages to field it cleanly

12.3

Harmeet Singh to Hussey, OUT, Mishra's leg spin did not work last over, but Harmeet's long hop leg break works, short, flat and there to be hammered over the ropes, but Hussey launches in to a tame pull which nicely loops straight to deep square leg, big wicket

MEK Hussey c Sharma b Harmeet Singh 46 (41b 5x4 0x6) SR: 112.19

MS Dhoni walks in, no Badri yet, to cries of "Dhoni, Dhoni"

12.4

Harmeet Singh to Dhoni, FOUR, Crafty Harmeet tries to lure Dhoni with another long hop leggie, Dhoni is ready, rocks back and pulls it in front of square leg and in to the boundary, gift really

12.5

Harmeet Singh to Dhoni, no run, better this time, fuller and around middle, Dhoni pushes it back to the bowler

12.6

Harmeet Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, there is a mid off in place, but he will have to be twice as quick as he was to beat Dhoni who pushes the ball in his direction and sets off with those big strides and gets home comfortably in the end

End of over 13 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 83/2 (RR: 6.38)
MS Dhoni    5* (3b 1x4)      Harmeet Singh    2-0-11-1
SK Raina    24* (20b 3x4)      A Mishra    2-0-19-0

Ojha is back

13.1

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, flighted slowly through the air, Dhoni strides out, gets too close to the ball and squeezes it to Ojha's right for a single

13.2

Ojha to Raina, 1 wide, this one turns down leg even as Suresh looks to help it fine

13.2

Ojha to Raina, 1 run, tucked away in front of midwicket for a single

13.3

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni earnestly comes forward and gets a leading edge just beats Ojha as he dives to his right

13.4

Ojha to Raina, 1 run, Suresh launches in to the big slog sweep, does not connect well, but again the ball falls well short of the man running in from deep square leg

13.5

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, gets turn on this one from off stump, Dhoni stretches out to push it to point

13.6

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, more turn for Ojha around off stump, Dhoni uneasily pushes it back

End of over 14 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 88/2 (RR: 6.28)
MS Dhoni    7* (7b 1x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-8-1
SK Raina    26* (22b 3x4)      Harmeet Singh    2-0-11-1

Ishant is back now

14.1

Sharma to Raina, 1 run, short of a length as always, but on the pads, and Suresh tucks it through square leg

14.2

Sharma to Dhoni, no run, looks to force this one through extra cover, like he did in the World Cup final, but this ons is fuller, and he chops it in to the off side off the back foot

14.3

Sharma to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, going fuller to Dhoni is Ishant, almost gets through him with the ball angled in, he takes it on the pads

14.4

Sharma to Raina, FOUR, goes back of a length to Raina, but also gives him width, and Suresh cracks it to the point boundary

14.5

Sharma to Raina, 1 run, goes short in to the body this time, he whips it away backward of square leg

14.6

Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, goes deep in the crease looking to whip it away, but it is a shade fuller and he manages to flick it to fine leg

End of over 15 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 96/2 (RR: 6.40)
MS Dhoni    8* (10b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-20-0
SK Raina    32* (25b 4x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-8-1

Five overs to go. How much can Chennai get? Mishra comes back, slip in place in the 16th over

15.1

Mishra to Dhoni, no run, sharp turn but it was a bit short, Dhoni went back and hammered it right to extra cover

15.2

Mishra to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni tees off, gets a fuller delivery around middle and leg, and bashes it against the turn and high over long on

15.3

Mishra to Dhoni, 1 run, tucks it away to deep midwicket for a run

15.4

Mishra to Raina, SIX, Mishra is being taken apart here, this time is is Suresh with his favourite slog sweep, goes down on one knee, doesn't matter if it is flat, he still gets under it to crash it over deep midwicket

15.5

Mishra to Raina, 1 run, the wrong 'un, but a touch short allowing him to go back and tuck it behind square

15.6

Mishra to Dhoni, 1 run, flat and again shortish, Dhoni rocks back to bash it to sweeper cover

End of over 16 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 111/2 (RR: 6.93)
MS Dhoni    16* (14b 1x4 1x6)      A Mishra    3-0-34-0
SK Raina    39* (27b 4x4 1x6)      I Sharma    3-0-20-0

Aaditey: "Tactical mistakes by Sangakkara, should have continued with Ojha. Mishra leaked runs in his first 2 overs and doing it again now."

16.1

Harmeet Singh to Dhoni, 2 runs, low full toss creamed down the ground, excellent work from Christian running in from long off diving full length to parry the ball away

16.2

Harmeet Singh to Dhoni, 1 no ball, the leg break turns in to a beamer, goes full at dhoni's chest and he somehow manages to fend it down, will be a no ball

16.2

Harmeet Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, takes it from way outside off stump, and hammers it down to deep midwicket

16.3

Harmeet Singh to Raina, FOUR, all going wrong for harmeet at the moment, another low full toss, Suresh bends the knee and clatters it wide of deep square leg

16.4

Harmeet Singh to Raina, 2 runs, the leg break again from the back of the hand, Suresh is waiting for it, swings it wide of long on

16.5

Harmeet Singh to Raina, FOUR, now he drops it short. at his pace it is asking to be hit, Raina stays back and dismisses it between deep square leg and deep midwicket

16.6

Harmeet Singh to Raina, 1 run, angles this one wide outside off stump, would have been called one had Raina not reached out to squeeze it away to cover, that will be 50 for Suresh, well played

End of over 17 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 126/2 (RR: 7.41)
SK Raina    50* (31b 6x4 1x6)      Harmeet Singh    3-0-26-1
MS Dhoni    19* (17b 1x4 1x6)      A Mishra    3-0-34-0

Here is Ojha.

17.1

Ojha to Raina, SIX, makes no difference to Suresh, again he goes down on the knee, and slog-sweeps a fuller one over deep square leg, that went some way in to the crowd who love it

17.2

Ojha to Raina, 1 run, looks to go over wide long off this time, but mistimes it, it falls in no-man's land somewhere in front of sweeper cover

17.3

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni is content to hustle forward and squirt this one for a single towards covers

17.4

Ojha to Raina, 2 runs, another drop it is Ishant this time, Raina charged out and mistimed a slog, Ishant had it covered at sweeper cover, popped in to his hands, and popped out

17.5

Ojha to Raina, OUT, this time Suresh goes, skips down the track again, and lifts Ojha with the turn to deep midwicket who runs some steps to his left and holds on comfortably, it is Shikhar

SK Raina c Dhawan b Ojha 59 (35b 6x4 2x6) SR: 168.57

17.6

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni is caught in the crease to a tossed up ball that hurries on and is struck on the pads, but that would have gone down leg

End of over 18 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 136/3 (RR: 7.55)
MS Dhoni    20* (19b 1x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    3-0-18-2
JA Morkel    0* (0b)      Harmeet Singh    3-0-26-1

Mahima: "Serious error of judgment by Sangakkara to exclude Steyn. Against the bastmen of Dhoni's and Raina's class, he could have been handful." Ishant comes on

18.1

Sharma to Morkel, 1 run, very full around off stump, he throws his bat at it and gets it wide of point towards sweeper cover

Can Morkel gets some big ones away?

18.2

Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni again remains in the crease and whips this one with the angle through square leg

Himanshu: "Dhoni always make sure that he has right left combination playing on the pitch in every match with his flexible batting order."

18.3

Sharma to Morkel, no run, looks to launch a length ball over cow corner, but misses as he swings inside the line, it was the slower one from Ishant

18.4

Sharma to Morkel, 1 no ball, goodness me, what was that, Ishant sprays this one high in the air, fortunately for Albie it was miles outside off stump, and pitched well after it had passed the stumps

18.4

Sharma to Morkel, SIX, this one is in Morkel's zone, and he normally puts these ones away, length ball on the stumps, front leg makes way, down comes the bat in a huge swing and the ball disappears way over wide long on

18.5

Sharma to Morkel, SIX, clatter! another one, that is huge, that is 109 metres, that is a monster, that is the biggest six of the tournament, Ishant slants a full ball across Albie, it lands around off stump, so Albie goes straight over the bowler's head, right out of the middle and disappears out of sight

18.6

Sharma to Morkel, SIX, third one, this is what Albie can do, and he has come off once again, that is 114 metres, he has broken his own mark, got underneath another full delivery and murdered it over long on, that was high, that was vertical, that was monstrous, that kept going, and landed on the roof of the stadium

End of over 19 (21 runs) Chennai Super Kings 157/3 (RR: 8.26)
JA Morkel    19* (6b 3x6)      I Sharma    4-0-41-0
MS Dhoni    21* (20b 1x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    3-0-18-2

kamal: "I just received the cricket ball gifted by Morkel. I'm in Marina now btw."

19.1

Ojha to Dhoni, OUT, comes down the track, Ojha, smart bowling, drags it down, Dhoni swings it in to ground towards covers and sets off for the single, Albie is caught well short of his ground by the throw, 19 off 6, and gone, how is that for maximum impact

JA Morkel run out 19 (6b 0x4 3x6) SR: 316.66

Badri comes out

19.2

Ojha to Badrinath, FOUR, and right away, he walks down the crease, swings this one straight past the non-striker;s stumps, and beats long on's dive to the boundary

19.3

Ojha to Badrinath, 1 run, well, this man manages to look elegant even with four balls to go, comes down the track, and goes inside out towards sweeper cover

19.4

Ojha to Dhoni, OUT, Dhoni looks to do a Raina and slog this one over midwicket, lunges forward and has a huge heave-ho, the ball turns sharply past him, SAnga can't get the bails off in the first attempt, manages to do so on the second try, by that time Dhoni's bat had completed the almighty swing and started to find its way back in to the crease, but after numerous replays, it seems the bails came off just before the bat was grounded, tight call

MS Dhoni st †Sangakkara b Ojha 21 (22b 1x4 1x6) SR: 95.45

19.5

Ojha to Anirudha, 2 runs, tossed up on leg stump, and he gets the sweep away behind square leg for a couple

19.6

Ojha to Anirudha, 1 run, gets forward and drives in the air for a single to extra cover, and Chennai finish on 165

Bake: "As a chennai fan i am not happy, i feel we could have got 25 runs more but vijay cost us 15 runs and dhoni shud have scored faster at least another 10 runs, he was batting in the death overs."

nirmal: "Morkel likes hat-trick sixes against the most threatening bowlers! ishant with a 5 for in the last match. the last time morkel hit hat-trick sixes was against warne."

bhuvan: "Albie showed what the phrase big, bigger and biggest REALLY means...!!!"

Hitesh: "CSK's Queen (Raina) has finally delivered it for them. And there was something special from the Horse (Albie) too in the end."

Chennai got 69 runs in the last five overs, after having been 96 for 2 after 15. Albie Morkel's three consecutive sixes and Raina's half-century lifted Chennai to 165, despite tight spells from Ojha and Christian. This will be tough on a slow wicket that is turning sharply. Ashwin, Randiv and Jakati are waiting.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 165/5
S Anirudha    3* (2b)      PP Ojha    4-0-26-3
S Badrinath    5* (2b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-0-41-0
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