Indian Premier League, 43rd match: Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals at Chennai, May 4, 2011
Chennai Super Kings won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
4 May 2011 - day/night match (20-over match)

Doshi to Hussey, no run, Doshi to open the bowling, starts with a good delivery


Doshi to Hussey, 1 run, flatter delivery, good length and pushed to long on


Doshi to Vijay, no run, pushed onto the leg-side, bat and pad from Vijay


Doshi to Vijay, no run, tosses it up and its defended solidly


Doshi to Vijay, no run, pushed onto the on-side


Doshi to Vijay, FOUR, first shot in anger this innings. Too short and pulled away through mid-wicket, stylish stroke to get off the mark. What could Vijay be promising?

End of over 1 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 5/0 (143 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.52)

    • M Vijay 4 (4b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 1 (2b)
    • ND Doshi 1-0-5-0

Johan Botha will share the new ball


Botha to Hussey, 1 run, flat delivery, played to short third man


Botha to Vijay, 1 run, played with soft hands to square leg


Botha to Hussey, no run, flighted delivery, defended and there's a small appeal for the lbw, the umpire thinks it was bat first


Botha to Hussey, 1 run, flicked to mid-wicket and even though its straight to the fielder they are off for one


Botha to Vijay, OUT, full length and raps Vijay on the pads, this was definitely not bat. Botha appeals with one arm and then the other and eventually begs for it to be given and it is.

M Vijay lbw b Botha 5 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33


Botha to Raina, no run, tossed up again and Raina defends with the full face of the bat, success for Botha in this over

End of over 2 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 8/1 (140 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 7.77)

    • SK Raina 0 (1b)
    • MEK Hussey 3 (5b)
    • J Botha 1-0-3-1
    • ND Doshi 1-0-5-0

Watson to Hussey, no run, Shane Watson comes into the attack and starts off with one that is wide of offstump, needs some chasing and Hussey pushes to mid-off


Watson to Hussey, 1 run, some chasing again, Hussey gets a bottom edge onto the pad that rolls away for one

Pravin is quite emphatic about this. "Mistake! Badrinath should have come before Raina. Raina should have come later and finish the game perfectly for Chennai."


Watson to Raina, 1 run, Raina drives that to long-off and sets off for the run as he hits it


Watson to Hussey, 2 runs, banged in short, surprises Hussey who doesn't get hold of it properly and tries to pull away, he connects, not very well and it goes down for two


Watson to Hussey, no run, full and wide and driven to extra cover, there's protection there, so no run


Watson to Hussey, FOUR, terrible misfield, full and wide again and driven to the covers, that's a howler from Doshi who allows it to go through him and all the way for four

End of over 3 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 16/1 (132 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 7.76)

    • MEK Hussey 10 (10b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 1 (2b)
    • SR Watson 1-0-8-0
    • J Botha 1-0-3-1

Botha to Raina, 2 runs, driven to deep extar cover, Watson is down on the rope and makes a good stop


Botha to Raina, 5 runs, tucked away on the leg-side, short fine leg throws at the stumps at the non-strikers end, hits but the batsman is well safe and it runs away for four overthrows, Warne is livid.


Botha to Hussey, 1 run, wristily worked onto the leg side


Botha to Raina, no run, defended solidly, on the front foot, no need to get too much more this over


Botha to Raina, 2 runs, turned to short fine leg, Binny careful not to do anything silly this time but he does, shies at the keeper's end and lets a second run through


Botha to Raina, no run, solid defence again, good stride in, full face of the bat presented. What does Warne do now?

End of over 4 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 26/1 (122 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 7.62)

    • SK Raina 10 (7b)
    • MEK Hussey 11 (11b 1x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-13-1
    • SR Watson 1-0-8-0

Gives the ball to Trivedi, that's what.


Trivedi to Hussey, 1 run, driven to mid-off, its Binny again and the batsmen run quickly.


Trivedi to Raina, 2 runs, whipped off the pads to fine leg


Trivedi to Raina, 1 wide, just down the leg side, and it's called wide


Trivedi to Raina, FOUR, short and smoked away! Pulled hard over mid-wicket, lovely shot ffrom Raina


Trivedi to Raina, 1 wide, Trivedi's discipline doesn't look great so far, down leg again


Trivedi to Raina, 2 runs, turned delicately to deep mid-wicket, comfortable running for two


Trivedi to Raina, 2 runs, banged in short again and Raina is on the pull. Watson has to make a lot of ground at deep square leg to catch that and had he taken it, it would have been stunning. He gets there, but has to reach too far and can't pouch it.


Trivedi to Raina, no run, bouncer again and this time it's played down to mid-wicket

End of over 5 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 39/1 (109 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.80, RRR: 7.26)

    • SK Raina 20 (12b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 12 (12b 1x4)
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-13-0
    • J Botha 2-0-13-1

Vinoth comments on RR's fielding. "It's amazing how an overthrow or a misfield flips the game 180 degree. If Royals are going to lose today, the only reason is their choppy fielding."


Botha to Hussey, 1 run, Botha to bowl his third, played to mid-wicket


Botha to Raina, 1 run, driven down to long-off, it's all too easy here


Botha to Hussey, no run, tossed up and flicked away to mid-wicket, there's almost a mix up as Hussey goes down the pitch for the run but turns back in time


Botha to Hussey, 1 run, flicked away into the gap this time, rolls through mid-wicket


Botha to Raina, no run, tossed up and defended solidly


Botha to Raina, 1 run, that gap through mid-wicket is there for the piercing and another single comes. Warne wants a breather, it's Time Out time.

End of over 6 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 43/1 (105 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.16, RRR: 7.50)

    • SK Raina 22 (15b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 14 (15b 1x4)
    • J Botha 3-0-17-1
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-13-0

Trivedi to Raina, 1 run, turned to deep mid-wicket, wonder if the break had any effect on either side, let's see


Trivedi to Hussey, 1 wide, oh dear, Trivedi! That's the third wide down the leg side.


Trivedi to Hussey, 1 run, full and flicked away to deep mid-wicket, the thermometer shows that it's now "cooled" to 31 degrees


Trivedi to Raina, 1 run, short ball and turned to deep square leg. We're seeing pictures of messages on the dug out in different languages, all saying its HOT.


Trivedi to Hussey, FOUR, there comes the boundary, third man is up and Hussey steers into the gap, just runs the ball of the face, angles the bat, waits for the ball well and 50 is up


Trivedi to Hussey, 1 run, on leg stump and pushed to square leg for one


Trivedi to Raina, 1 run, short and pulled, Raina doesn't get hold of it as much as he could like and it's just one

End of over 7 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 53/1 (95 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.57, RRR: 7.30)

    • SK Raina 25 (18b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 20 (18b 2x4)
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-23-0
    • J Botha 3-0-17-1

Warne brings himself on now, what can he do?


Warne to Raina, no run, starts by tossing it up, Raina is watchful and defends


Warne to Raina, no run, similar delivery, defended again off the back foot


Warne to Raina, 2 runs, and this time Raina gets it away to deep backward point, the throw comes in flat and fast and Raina has to put in the dive to be safe


Warne to Raina, 1 run, driven to long-on


Warne to Hussey, 1 run, driven on the leg-side again, fantastic start for Warne


Warne to Raina, no run, and he finished off the over tidily. Nudged onto the leg-side, defensive shot again.

James is waiting to see who will hit the first six? "No SIX in the first innings. There are many SIX hitters for Chennai. But the competition is who will hit the first SIX?"

End of over 8 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 57/1 (91 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.12, RRR: 7.58)

    • SK Raina 28 (23b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 21 (19b 2x4)
    • SK Warne 1-0-4-0
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-23-0

Watson to Hussey, 2 runs, steered past the inner ring and third man cuts it off on the boundary, just a bit of a misfield and it's two


Watson to Hussey, 2 runs, into the gap at deep backward point, it's up[ to the man on the boundary to save again


Watson to Hussey, 1 run, short and pulled to deep mid-wicket


Watson to Raina, FOUR, that's wayward from Watson, he has strayed onto legstump and it was helped on it's way to the fine leg boundary.


Watson to Raina, no run, length ball, defended solidly


Watson to Raina, 1 run, pushed down to third man

Jignesh is one of many with this answer for James. "I have a feeling, the first six is coming in about 2 overs and it will off Raina's bat."

End of over 9 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 67/1 (81 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.44, RRR: 7.36)

    • SK Raina 33 (26b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 26 (22b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-18-0
    • SK Warne 1-0-4-0

Warne to Raina, no run, kept low and Raina tries to cut away, misses and there is an appeal for caught behind


Warne to Raina, no run, driven into the covers


Warne to Raina, no run


Warne to Raina, 1 run


Warne to Hussey, FOUR, charges out and picks up four


Warne to Hussey, 1 run, swept to the deep for one more

End of over 10 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 73/1 (75 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.30, RRR: 7.50)

    • MEK Hussey 31 (24b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 34 (30b 2x4)
    • SK Warne 2-0-10-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-18-0

Doshi to Hussey, 1 run


Doshi to Raina, FOUR, tossed up and bosh! Raina leans out and smashes a flighted ball over cow corner

Firdose has lost connectivity in SA, so this is Nitin Sundar taking over commentary


Doshi to Raina, 1 run, he charges out this time and looks to heave, but is too close to the flight and gets a single through midwicket


Doshi to Hussey, SIX, Doshi getting a taste of the Dosa. Hussey has danced down the track this time, to another loopy ball on the stumps and he's carted it all the way over midwicket. First six of the day.


Doshi to Hussey, 1 run, drops short this time, Hussey leans back and pulls to the deep for one more


Doshi to Raina, SIX, tough to imagine RR recovering from this over. Raina finishes off with another emphatic blow over wide long-on. Doshi tosses it up again, Raina disposes the ball into the stands.

End of over 11 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 92/1 (56 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.36, RRR: 6.22)

    • SK Raina 45 (33b 3x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 39 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • ND Doshi 2-0-24-0
    • SK Warne 2-0-10-0

Botha to Hussey, 1 run, The Huss walks out again, gets close to the flight and drives a single to long on.


Botha to Raina, no run, flatter from Botha, from round the wicket, Raina defends. Anti-climax.


Botha to Raina, 2 runs, cheeky little chip. Botha tosses it up outside off, Raina leans out and taps it over the infield.


Botha to Raina, no run, not Rajasthan's night this. An uncertain call, a potential run-out. The result is an overthrow.


Botha to Raina, 1 run, Raina taps with the turn into the covers and goes for another single.


Botha to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, Hussey nudges square and they get a single.

Andy: "Nitin, your statement "Doshi getting a taste of the Dosa" was very lame." Ok.

Nithin (no, not me): "Slow Left Arm Bowler against Fast Left Hand Batter,Warne u have done a big Mistake by giving Doshi an over now"

End of over 12 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 97/1 (51 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.08, RRR: 6.37)

    • MEK Hussey 41 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 48 (37b 3x4 1x6)
    • J Botha 4-0-22-1
    • ND Doshi 2-0-24-0

Binny comes on.


Binny to Hussey, 1 run, full and wide of off stump, Raina creams it to deep cover for one


Binny to Raina, 1 run, back of a length, Raina drives down the ground for a single


Binny to Hussey, FOUR, cuts him to pieces. That's what they do to cloth in Binny mills. Width outside off, Hussey shows him the way through backward point.


Binny to Hussey, FOUR, what a fine half-century. He's again shredded the wide ball through backward point for another four. Seamless acceleration from the Huss.


Binny to Hussey, 1 run, pushes a single to the leg side. Over to Raina. Can he bring up 50 now?


Binny to Raina, 1 run, yes he can. Raina has driven to long on for one more. And that's his 50.

On that note, back to Firdose.

End of over 13 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 109/1 (39 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.38, RRR: 5.57)

    • SK Raina 50 (39b 3x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 51 (33b 5x4 1x6)
    • STR Binny 1-0-12-0
    • J Botha 4-0-22-1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, turned off the hips down to fine leg. All technical difficulties have been sorted on my side.


Watson to Hussey, 1 run, steered to third man, Badri's father on the mic says his family is very happy because his sone has been in good form


Watson to Raina, 1 run, short ball, pulled down to deep square leg


Watson to Hussey, 1 run, pulled again, this time to backward square leg


Watson to Raina, 1 run, now it's pulled to fine leg, just ones on offer and just ones needed


Watson to Hussey, no run, short and Hussey tries to cut but mistimes it and there's no run

End of over 14 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 114/1 (34 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.14, RRR: 5.66)

    • MEK Hussey 53 (36b 5x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 53 (42b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-23-0
    • STR Binny 1-0-12-0

Warne to Raina, 1 run, turned around to deep mid-wicket


Warne to Hussey, no run, hit Hussey on the body, in the midriff really and Warne is the only one appealing, too much bounce to give that


Warne to Hussey, 1 run, nice footwork and clipped down to mid-wicket


Warne to Raina, 1 run, pushed through mid-wicket


Warne to Hussey, 1 run, driven to long-on, easy as you like it


Warne to Raina, no run, Warne finishes the over well, Raina looks to steer it to third man but only pushes it down close to himself

Tim has an interesting idea. "Crazy idea to innovate T20. Scrap the limit of overs a bowler can bowl. This way teams only need 3 or 4 specialist bowlers, if that, and can fill up their team with batsmen. Means if a bowler is going well they can keep going and aren't limited to four overs. If batsmen bat well they get to bat the whole game, why not have it the same with bowlers. Seems a waste of talent."

End of over 15 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 118/1 (30 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.86, RRR: 6.00)

    • SK Raina 55 (45b 3x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 55 (39b 5x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 3-0-14-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-23-0

Trivedi to Hussey, 1 run, pushed down to mid-off, they set off immediately for the run even though that was nothing more than a soft push


Trivedi to Raina, 1 run, slower and shorter, but Raina is on top of it, he pulls and makes sure it carries down to fine leg


Trivedi to Hussey, no run, plays and misses, Hussey comes down the track and can't connect


Trivedi to Hussey, 2 runs, pushed square of the wicket, nice, committed running and the two is on


Trivedi to Hussey, 2 runs, driven to mid-off, again Hussey sets off as he hits it, small misfield by Shane Warne and the second run is on


Trivedi to Hussey, 1 run, clipped to fine leg and there's going to be a Time Out now, Chennai have just 23 runs left to get.

Gowri has another idea for innovation. "If a batsman can get out, why not a bowler? A bowler can get out when he is hit for X number of sixes and/or Y number of fours?"

And Vinay tells us why Tim's idea would have batsmen's toes permanently broken. "In that case... mumbai indians would make Malinga bowl out the whole 20 overs."

We've got WAY too many new ideas coming in, I suggest you all write in to the ICC.

End of over 16 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 125/1 (23 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.81, RRR: 5.75)

    • MEK Hussey 61 (44b 5x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 56 (46b 3x4 1x6)
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-30-0
    • SK Warne 3-0-14-0

Menaria to Hussey, 1 wide, poor ball from Menaria, first up, down the leg side, wide


Menaria to Hussey, FOUR, goes for a short ball now, Hussey has his dancing shoes on and pulls that through square leg, there's a gap there and he has picked it


Menaria to Hussey, FOUR, and again from Hussey, another long hop and it's pulled to deep square leg


Menaria to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey is enjoying the pull but this time he plays it along the ground and find the fielder so its just one


Menaria to Raina, 1 run, short again from Menaria, Raina is a little surprised by it and doesn't get the pull away as nicely as Hussey did


Menaria to Hussey, no run, Hussey back on strike, showing how it's done but only gets it as far as the inner ring


Menaria to Hussey, 2 runs, played very fine, run down to third man, Dravid gives chase and hauls it in, could this be the last over coming up?

Nice on from Bobby, although we can't credit Nitin with this. "Nitin, are you suggesting that Malinga's 4 in 4 is not a double hat-trick, but a double "toe"-trick."

End of over 17 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 138/1 (10 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.11, RRR: 3.33)

    • MEK Hussey 72 (49b 7x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 57 (47b 3x4 1x6)
    • AL Menaria 1-0-13-0
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-30-0

Watson to Raina, 1 run, short ball from Watson and Raina has shown a lot of control with the pull, keeps it downto deep square leg


Watson to Hussey, no run, short again, outside off, Hussey watches it


Watson to Hussey, no run, cut away to point, Watson persisting with short balls


Watson to Hussey, 1 run, driven off the back foot this time into the covers


Watson to Raina, 1 run, short again, pulled to mid-wicket, just the one, so we will have another over


Watson to Hussey, 1 run, turned down to fine leg, one shot could finish this now.

End of over 18 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 142/1 (6 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.88, RRR: 3.00)

    • MEK Hussey 74 (53b 7x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 59 (49b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 4-0-27-0
    • AL Menaria 1-0-13-0

Trivedi to Hussey, 1 run, pull shot again, this time to deep square leg, we haven't seen the big one yet


Trivedi to Raina, 2 runs, oh no we see it, the upper cut from Raina, doesn't do it in the samw Sehwag-esque style that we know so well, it trickles to third man and it's just two


Trivedi to Raina, OUT, and now we see it again for no good reason. Mistimed pull shot from Raina, the bat seemed to slip in his hand and get an awkward edge and it's an easy catch for Johan Botha.

SK Raina c Botha b Trivedi 61 (51b 3x4 1x6) SR: 119.60

Albie Morkel comes in to finish off


Trivedi to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey is the one that ends it, on the pull again, takes it from outside off and gets it through mid-wicket. What a superb knock he played. Chennai's home record is intact this season, 5 matches and they've won all them.

Shane Warne: We were 15 or 20 short. We were none for 86 off ten. Jakati's catch was a game changing catch and then we lost momentum. Credit to Raina and Hussey, I thought we bowled well, they played extremely well in these conditions. We just didn't execute well. We have to win a couple more of our next few and if we do that we'll be in the finals.

MS Dhoni: So far, so good. We did a pretty good job out here. The first three overs were really good and then they started going for the boundaries. The bowlers did a really good job by not letting them rotate. We came back with a few good overs and a consecutive wickets. Once the ball gets old, it doesn't come on to the bat, it was a really good wicket and was coming on to the bat nicely. The spinner length and pace was good. Hussey and Raina batted really well, they had to chase something close to 7 and a half or eight runs an over. I said initially the spinners wouldn't get a lot of turn, but it was coming on nicely to the bat. It was pretty easy for the batsmen. What is important is to get the number of points. If you are winning most of the games, you won't need net run rate.

Man of the Match Michael Hussey: It was very enjoyable batting with Suresh Rains in particular. He just scores so fast. It's a pretty good pitch, actually, batting here it's best to get in as early as you can. I thought we were going to be chasing 170, Jakati's caught and bowled turned the match for us, we know how dangerous Shane Watson can be.

That's it from us, hop on over to the next game for today, between Pune and Mumbai. Ciao for now.

Steve Rixon: The clincial way we went about it was outstanding. We've go through some hard times. Credit to the boys because they've worked very hard at it. It was a great effort by the two boys today.

He was talking about Hussey and Raina who put on over 100 and made light work of an average total. Stay with us for the presentation.

Chennai have moved into third spot, on 12 points. KKR and Mumbai have the same number of points.






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