Indian Premier League, 52nd match: Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings at Jaipur, May 9, 2011
Chennai Super Kings won by 63 runs
9 May 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Right, we are almost ready for play. The Huss and Vijay trot out. 'Malaria' has the ball. I am Nitin Sundar on commentary today, and Sid Ravindran is on the bulletin.

The IPL 2011 trophy looks around 1000 times better than the India map abomination from past years. Small mercies.

Siva: "Technically it is not, but in reality 3 of the 4 semi-final slots reserved by Mumbai, Bengalore and Kolkata. This is un-officical Quarter final, as the winner will have best chances to quilify for semis and looser may not get there. So its death blow for one team!!!"

Shach: "WOW just saw warne at the toss, what a tan! surely not healthy, maybe thats why hes retiring?" It's just moisturiser and the outdoors, buddy. Or so, the man says.

Rejoy: "Goa-born Shadab Jakati is also West Indian (hailing from Western part of India)... he too played for Chennai" In Chennai, we call horror PJs such as these by the name 'Blade'. If it's really bad, like this one, we call them 'Mokka blade'. Mokka means blunt. Go figure.

Sunny: "I see the point why Botha is bought at such high price. He can replace Warne as Captain next year with Tait coming in next year strengthening RR fast bowling." Good point that. Botha should make a good captain.

Srinath: "In response to the commentator here, Bravo is not the First West Indian to play for Chennai. in 1983, West Indian born and present Mumbai Indians coach Robin Singh played Ranji for Chennai." You got me there, mate!

Left field from Nick: "Dhoni is decent bowler, and this pitch would suit his bowling as well. If Saha keeps the wicket than we might see first over of Dhoni in IPL." Saha is playing as a batsman, by the looks of it.

Meanwhile, Bravo becomes the first West Indian to play for Chennai. The man's twitter handle is @Newbigdog. Where do they come up with these? Wonder what Chris Gayle thinks of Bravo's twitter handle. "Kiss teeth, LoL!" I'd imagine.

Gareth sends in the first comment of the day, and voices a popular opinion. "I know there isn't really a place for him in the side with Rosco, Botha and Watto, but gee its rough seeing Tait sit on the sideline. Such an exciting player."

Toss time, and they will talk again after that. Warne wins and Rajasthan bowl first, as they always prefer to do. "All the spinners are going to fight for a certain end [due to the short boundary on one side due to the side pitch]." Abhishek Raut and Amit Singh are in, Stuart Binny and Nayan Doshi out. Dhoni says he would have liked to bowl as well. Dwayne Bravo walks straight into the side, and Suraj Randiv misses out. "Short boundary at one end and it might have become tough to manoeuvre with three spinners," he says.

Dhoni: "Warne's exit is a big blow for Rajasthan, the kind of player he is. 15 runs off the first 6 overs in the last game was a problem, and we hope to do better this time."

Warne at the pre-toss discussion: "First time in four years we are playing on this pitch at the end of the square ... But it is the same for both teams. I told the team a while ago that this was going to be my last year. 23-odd years, I have had a lot of fun and it's about the same for the last four games."

1925 IST Here's Shane Warne's tweet from some time back: "1st time in 4yrs we got told what wicket to play on - strange ? Average score in Jaipur is 154 groundmen has / does a great job." Apparently, the pitch for the game has been changed at the last moment, from the centre strip to another one. No reasons given, and we still don't know why this was done. Someone else tweeted about this even before Warne - One Mr. Lalit Kumar Modi. Hmmm...

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Menaria to Hussey, FOUR, bosh. First-ball four. Short and turning into the pads, easy swat pull for Huss past square leg.


Menaria to Hussey, 1 wide, poor start. Menaria lands this well down the leg side and it is a wide.


Menaria to Hussey, 1 run, gets it on middle and leg this time, and Hussey pushes to mid-on for one.

Currently, Hussey's offside (Vijay's leg side) is very short.


Menaria to Vijay, no run, speared in from round the wicket, Vijay defends off the back foot


Menaria to Vijay, no run, aha, misunderstanding, but they get away with it. Vijay pushes to wide mid-on, Hussey goes a long way down before returning but makes it in time. The fielder did not pick it up cleanly.


Menaria to Vijay, no run, cramps him for room outside off, and he cuts straight to point


Menaria to Vijay, 1 run, forces a flat ball on middle and leg past the bowler and gets a single. Chennai off to a better start than they got to the other day.

End of over 1 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • M Vijay 1 (4b)
    • MEK Hussey 5 (2b 1x4)
    • AL Menaria 1-0-7-0

Amit Singh comes on now.


Singh to Vijay, 1 run, length ball on the pads, quietly pushed past midwicket for one. Expect Amit to be very straight to Vijay and wide outside off to Hussey.


Singh to Hussey, no run, back of a length and as expected, outside off. Hussey stays back and defends towwards point.


Singh to Hussey, FOUR, well, with The Huss, too much width outside off can be a bad thing. This wasn't all that wide, but it was in the slot and Mr. Cricket walked into a flowing cover drive. Crisp and clean.


Singh to Hussey, 1 run, width again, this time short of a length and he steers past slip. Rajasthan have protection at third man.


Singh to Vijay, 1 leg bye, angled into Vijay's hips and he looks to glance. Gets a single away through square leg.


Singh to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey cuts from off stump line and still gets it behind point for another single.

Ankit: "it's not polite to call Menaria as "Malaria"...wonder if he gets to read this commentary....he would surely be befounded" Don't blame me, blame Warney.

End of over 2 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 15/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • MEK Hussey 11 (6b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 2 (6b)
    • A Singh 1-0-7-0
    • AL Menaria 1-0-7-0

Menaria to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey's making those surgical incisions into Menaria's dibblies here. Flat and no turn, on off stump, Hussey reverses the grip and slaps it through third man.


Menaria to Hussey, 1 run, speared in faster on leg stump and Hussey pushes through mid-on for one more.


Menaria to Vijay, 1 run, flat and on the leg stump, Vijay resists from swiping through the leg side and picks up a single with a nudge to square leg.


Menaria to Hussey, 1 run, flighted on off, Hussey drives past mid-off for a single.


Menaria to Vijay, 1 run, another strong cut from Vijay against Menaria, finds point. Gets a single this time as the fielder fumbles the save.


Menaria to Hussey, 2 runs, tossed up on the pads, Hussey whips powerfully and Amit misfields on the midwicket boundary to allow two. Hmm, Warne won't like that.

End of over 3 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 25/0 (RR: 8.33)

    • MEK Hussey 19 (10b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 4 (8b)
    • AL Menaria 2-0-17-0
    • A Singh 1-0-7-0

Watson comes on now. Finally a bowler with international experience.


Watson to Vijay, 1 run, dropped by Rahane at point. Back of a length, not there for the drive and Vijay goes for an ambitious on-the-up drive from the crease. Poor shot, poorer effort. Rahane just looked lazy going for the straight catch and clanged it.


Watson to Hussey, no run, aha, Hussey jumps out and has a big swipe to a short ball outside off. Play and a miss.


Watson to Hussey, FOUR, superb placement. Fuller from Watson, Hussey leans in and focuses on threading the micro-gap between mid-off and extra cover. Both fielders thought they had a chance to stop that. In their dreams.


Watson to Hussey, 1 run, straighter, on middle and off, Hussey pushes a single down the ground past Watto.


Watson to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay's feet aren't moving at all. Another airy nothing waft at a back of length ball outside off, but this time he eludes point.


Watson to Hussey, 2 runs, Taylor saves a boundary in the covers, as Hussey cracks a short ball viciously. Taylor dives and stops it from racing away.

Jeeves: "I am surprised by Saha's selection really. Especially when it's ahead of Ganapathy Vignesh. Vignesh was one of the absolute legends of ICL." Well, so was R Sathish, and he's looked completely out of his depth in the IPL.

End of over 4 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 34/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • MEK Hussey 26 (14b 4x4)
    • M Vijay 6 (10b)
    • SR Watson 1-0-9-0
    • AL Menaria 2-0-17-0

Singh to Vijay, FOUR, the Vijay trademark imperious across the line lofted drive over mid-on. Looks elegant when it comes off, like it just did. Back of a length from Watto, outside off, Vijay plonks the front foot across and dumps it cleanly over mid-on.


Singh to Vijay, no run, he's looking better now, moves into a pleasing cover drive, but finds the fielder.


Singh to Vijay, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Vijay looks to hit it hard through the covers, but finds the fielder.


Singh to Hussey, no run, another charge from The Huss. He jumps out and goes for a bit heave to the leg side, but misses.

Keeper comes up now.


Singh to Hussey, FOUR, Amit has tried to bowl wide outside off from the other end, and on the leg stump from this end. In an attempt to deny Hussey the short boundary. No matter. Hussey has slammed him to the bigger boundary on both occasions. Too short this time, on the hips and Hussey swats it with disdain through square leg.


Singh to Hussey, FOUR, oh boy, Hussey is looking better and better. He's shredded a short ball this time, marginally outside off and he's sent it packing through cover-point.

End of over 5 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 47/0 (RR: 9.40)

    • MEK Hussey 34 (17b 6x4)
    • M Vijay 11 (13b 1x4)
    • A Singh 2-0-20-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-9-0

Poor start from RR. Can Johan Botha revive them? He comes on.


Botha to Vijay, no run, tossed up outside off, slowly and defended into the off side.


Botha to Vijay, 2 runs, who would have thought Botha and Watson will misfield the same ball? Tossed up, Vijay comes out and drives it past a lazy Botha and then Watto at mid-off fumbles to allow the second.


Botha to Vijay, 1 wide, down the leg side, Vijay smartly lets it go.


Botha to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay works him in front of square for a single


Botha to Hussey, no run, huge appeal for lbw, Hussey survives. Boy, they may have changed the pitch, but it still turns a mile! This was landing close to leg stump from round the stumps, Hussey thought it was going down and let it go. It turned back big and hit his pad. The umpire got it right, it was pitching outside leg. Hussey looked quite worried for a moment.


Botha to Hussey, no run


Botha to Hussey, FOUR, aha, Hussey leaps out to get to the pitch and then smears Botha with the turn through the covers for four. Rajasthan call for the time-out. Something to break CSK's momentum.

Jonesy: "Hussey is ridiculous, no matter how good sir shane is with field placings, Mike will find the gap."

Abhi: "You can't get more contrasting starts than this...Against KKR..CSK did not score a boundary till the 10th over...This game..they've got a boundary each over so far!"

End of over 6 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 55/0 (RR: 9.16)

    • MEK Hussey 38 (20b 7x4)
    • M Vijay 14 (16b 1x4)
    • J Botha 1-0-8-0
    • A Singh 2-0-20-0

Warney comes on. Here we go. Dravid at slip.


Warne to Vijay, 1 run, on the pads, Vijay nudges to square leg for one


Warne to Hussey, 1 run, drops short outside off, Hussey slaps it through wide mid-off for a single.


Warne to Vijay, no run, a hint of drift outside off, Vijay opens the face and steers to point


Warne to Vijay, 2 runs, loopy on the pads, Vijay leans out and whips through midwicket for a single


Warne to Vijay, SIX, Vijay has sent the ball into the fortress wall. Tossed up on middle and leg, not so much of the Warne drift or loop. Vijay dances down the track, gets to the pitch easily and bangs him over long-on. Lovely hit.


Warne to Vijay, 1 run, Warne's not about to stop tossing them up, just yet. Fullish on the stumps again, Vijay pushes with the turn towards mid-off for one more.

End of over 7 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 66/0 (RR: 9.42)

    • M Vijay 24 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 39 (21b 7x4)
    • SK Warne 1-0-11-0
    • J Botha 1-0-8-0

Botha to Vijay, 2 runs, Vijay advances again, Botha keeps it shorter and he nudges through square leg for two.


Botha to Vijay, 1 run, pushed in faster, Vijay works it off the pads through backward square leg for one.


Botha to Hussey, no run, touch of turn away from Hussey who pushes the ball towards point.


Botha to Hussey, no run, Hussey prances out, Botha follows him, full on the pads and Hussey digs it back to the bowler.


Botha to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, Hussey flicks, Vijay runs and looks for a second, but they decided against it.


Botha to Vijay, no run, Vijay jumps out this time, gets too close to the pitch and can't do much with it. Flicks straight to midwicket.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 70/0 (RR: 8.75)

    • M Vijay 27 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 40 (24b 7x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-12-0
    • SK Warne 1-0-11-0

Warne to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey comes out again, works Warne with the spin through midwicket for a single.


Warne to Vijay, no run, there you go Warne. Classy ball, slower, tempting outside off, drifting away slightly and then spinning big away from Vijay who misses it by a mile.


Warne to Vijay, 1 run, better feet, Vijay gets to the pitch and drives into the covers.


Warne to Hussey, FOUR, only Hussey knows how he plays this shot. He leaps out to Warne, gets to the flight and then lofts it over midwicket without breaking a sweat.


Warne to Hussey, no run, Warne shortens the length, Hussey is not to the pitch and pushes it away to midwicket.


Warne to Hussey, 1 run, Warne looks to drift one onto the pads, Hussey is in a bit of strife but ends up playing a falling paddle sweep for a single.

End of over 9 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 77/0 (RR: 8.55)

    • MEK Hussey 46 (28b 8x4)
    • M Vijay 28 (26b 1x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 2-0-18-0
    • J Botha 2-0-12-0

Botha to Hussey, no run, fired in fast on the pads, Hussey can't get it away as he's hurried into the flick.


Botha to Hussey, OUT, yorked him! Botha's nailed Hussey with some very brave bowling. It is a short boundary on the leg side, there's no midwicket, and he asks Hussey to go for the big slog sweep. Hussey goes for it, but the ball is through very fast and he can't get under it. Leg stump out of the turf.

MEK Hussey b Botha 46 (30b 8x4 0x6) SR: 153.33

Raina is the man in now. Midwicket is still open.


Botha to Raina, no run, full on middle and leg, pushes away into the off side


Botha to Raina, 1 run, fuller on the toes, Raina leans out and drives through mid-on for a single.


Botha to Vijay, SIX, Vijay's shifting gears rapidly. He advances to Botha's flight once again, and launches him straight for a boundary. Just over the ropes too.


Botha to Vijay, no run, keeps it outside off this time, Vijay pushes into the off side.

End of over 10 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 84/1 (RR: 8.40)

    • M Vijay 34 (28b 1x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 1 (2b)
    • J Botha 3-0-19-1
    • SK Warne 2-0-18-0

Warne to Raina, 1 run, short and flat from Warne, Raina swivel pulls to deep backward square leg.


Warne to Vijay, 1 wide, too wide outside off, Vijay lets it go and it is called.


Warne to Vijay, no run, more air, Vijay pushes it with the turn towards point but can't get the single


Warne to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay mis-hits one for a change. He leaps out, can't get to the pitch and lofts with the spin without timing towards long-off.


Warne to Raina, no run, drift in towards the pads, Raina leans out and defends.

Vivek: "Has warne changed his moisturiser.... he looks absolutely red today..." Hmm..


Warne to Raina, 1 run, flighted outside off, Raina pushes towards long off for one


Warne to Vijay, 1 run, lovely ball, nearly owned Vijay there as he first thought of advancing, and then belatedly realised it was the quicker one homing in on off stump. Vijay is good enough to hang back and defend into the off side.

End of over 11 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 89/1 (RR: 8.09)

    • M Vijay 36 (31b 1x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 3 (5b)
    • SK Warne 3-0-23-0
    • J Botha 3-0-19-1

Watson comes on again.


Watson to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay's best IPL innings came against RR last year. Encore coming up? He picks up a length ball and bashes Watson like a net bowler down the ground. Bang, bang, he shot me down ...


Watson to Vijay, 2 runs, short ball, hurries onto Vijay but he does well to control the pull and get a couple through midwicket


Watson to Vijay, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, Vijay pushes into the covers for another single


Watson to Raina, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, Raina stays on the crease and nudges through midwicket for an easy couple.

The IPL trophy has the following words in Sanskrit: "Where talent meets opportunity."


Watson to Raina, no run, angles away from a length, Raina stays rooted and has a big swing at it. He misses.


Watson to Raina, FOUR, Raina is into the act now, drilling Watson through the covers with an emphatic twirl of the wrists. Lovely shot that, stayed along the ground and threaded the extra-cover gap.

End of over 12 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 102/1 (RR: 8.50)

    • SK Raina 9 (8b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 43 (34b 2x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 2-0-22-0
    • SK Warne 3-0-23-0

Trivedi to Vijay, 2 runs, slower ball on the pads, Vijay turns it away through midwicket for a couple. They are running like the wind.


Trivedi to Vijay, SIX, Jaipur, get some protection. Vijay is in that mood today. Length ball, angles into the body from off and he moves the front foot across and slaps it over square leg for six. Fifty for the man.


Trivedi to Vijay, 1 run, slower ball, comes onto the pads and Vijay waits to nudge it through square leg for one.


Trivedi to Raina, 2 runs, length ball outside off, played down to long on for two more.

Trivedi is operating round the stumps.


Trivedi to Raina, no run, angled in from very wide of the crease, he's close to cutting the return crease. Raina has a big swish outside off and misses.


Trivedi to Raina, FOUR, clatter. The short boundary is really short. Back of a length ball outside off, Raina stands tall and thumps it on the up through the covers. The sweeper is there for effect, he has no chance.

End of over 13 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 117/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • SK Raina 15 (11b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 52 (37b 2x4 3x6)
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-15-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-22-0

Singh to Vijay, 1 leg bye, Vijay backs away, Amit follows him and jeeps it on a length on the pads. Nudged away quietly for a single.


Singh to Raina, 1 run, on Raina's pads now, easily worked down to fine leg for a single.


Singh to Vijay, 1 run, hare-brained running, but they get away with it. Vijay laps Amit from outside off towards fine leg and screams away for the first run. He always wanted two, and hared right back, but Raina was not at all interested. Throw came to the keeper who then had a go at the bowler's end, and missed.


Singh to Raina, FOUR, no wonder Raina refused the second. Length ball outside off, he's pounded it fiercely through covers. RR are taking a beating here.


Singh to Raina, no run, another potential run out, another miss. Full and wide outside off, Raina steers straight to cover. Vijay wanted one, Raina did not respond. Throw missed once again.


Singh to Raina, 1 run, Raina looks to jump out, Amit keeps it tight and ensures he can't swing freely. Pushed into the covers for a single.

End of over 14 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 125/1 (RR: 8.92)

    • SK Raina 21 (15b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 53 (39b 2x4 3x6)
    • A Singh 3-0-27-0
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-15-0

Warne to Raina, FOUR, Raina picked his spot an hour early. This was always going over square leg. Warne helped it by dropping short on off, and Raina pounced on it with a pull shot. Longer boundary, meant he only got four.


Warne to Raina, FOUR, Warne is standing mid-pitch with his arms crossed. This isn't fun. Raina is toying with him. Tossed up on off and breaking in, Raina cover drives against the spin and eludes a diving Menaria inside the circle to pick up four more.


Warne to Raina, 1 run, heaved into the leg side, there is a sweeper on midwicket now and they get just one.


Warne to Vijay, 1 wide, Warne's clearly concerned by the short boundary, and lands this miles outside off.


Warne to Vijay, OUT, do we finally have a run out? Thirs umpire called for. Tossed up on middle and leg, Vijay looks to sweep and is too early in the shot. It takes the toe end of the bat and runs towards backward point. This time, Raina ran hard and Vijay trotted listlessly. The direct throw from Botha caught him short at the bowler's end by a few inches. Vijay is livid with himself, and rightly so.

M Vijay run out 53 (40b 2x4 3x6) SR: 132.50

Dhoni comes in at No. 4. Extra muscle in Chennai's line-up today.


Warne to Raina, 1 run, loopy ball outside off, Raina pushes down to long off for a single.

Slip and short cover for Dhoni.


Warne to Dhoni, no run, ripping turner away from MSD from outside off, he plays a cut and gets it away to point.

Ripudaman: "Why does it happen with Badrinath...He is in such sublime form...Dhoni hate u.!"

End of over 15 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 136/2 (RR: 9.06)

    • MS Dhoni 0 (1b)
    • SK Raina 31 (19b 5x4)
    • SK Warne 4-0-34-0
    • A Singh 3-0-27-0

Botha for his last over ...


Botha to Raina, 1 run, tossed up by Botha on the pads, Raina works it to mid-on for a single.


Botha to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni hangs back and hacks away a short-of-length ball outside off for a single


Botha to Raina, 1 run, Raina forces another single to long-off.


Botha to Dhoni, no run, cramps Dhoni for room outside off with a speared offie that hurried through.


Botha to Dhoni, no run


Botha to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni hangs back and forces a length ball into the covers for one.

Aakarsh: "Dhoni comes out with an Yellow Jersy and BROWN pads!!! Must be a part of 'Go Brown' initative by Chennai!!"

End of over 16 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 140/2 (RR: 8.75)

    • MS Dhoni 2 (5b)
    • SK Raina 33 (21b 5x4)
    • J Botha 4-0-23-1
    • SK Warne 4-0-34-0

Trivedi is back on.

Heman: "@Ripudaman: Blame Dhoni at your own peril. Dhoni promoted himself ahead of an in-form Yuvraj in some recent match against SL, and we all know what happened :-)"


Trivedi to Dhoni, SIX, aha, Dhoni has deposited Trivedi deep into the Pink City. He didn't advance out his crease as much as run down it. Trivedi landed it on a length, and Dhoni oblinged by carting it onto the roof of the first tier.


Trivedi to Dhoni, 2 runs, short again, Trivedi's usual variation in pace, Dhoni backs away waits and smites over the covers.

Keeper comes up to the stumps.


Trivedi to Dhoni, FOUR, this is abject bowling. Trivedi sends down a listless full toss a foot and a bit outside off and Dhoni throws his bat at it. Thick edge runs aqay between point and third man.


Trivedi to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni was looking for two, but gets just one. Length ball on off stump, he chips it away to midwicket for a single with soft hands, but not soft enough.


Trivedi to Raina, 1 run, short ball to Raina, he rolls the wrists over the pull and gets a single to midwicket.


Trivedi to Dhoni, FOUR, Rajasthan have tried too hard to protect the shorter boundary today, and have leaked runs on the other side. Trivedi wafts another slowish ball well outside off and Dhoni whacks it through cover-point for four more. Poor, poor bowling.

End of over 17 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 158/2 (RR: 9.29)

    • MS Dhoni 19 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 34 (22b 5x4)
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-33-0
    • J Botha 4-0-23-1

Here comes Watson.


Watson to Raina, FOUR, Raina scoops the first ball over the covers. Full toss outside off, Raina, smartly lofts over the infield and the ball runs away to the longer boundary. Again.


Watson to Raina, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Raina gets another single through the off side.

They are showing footage of MSD bowling leggies before the game. Who knows, Saha might get the keeping gloves today, after all.


Watson to Dhoni, no run, interesting call from the umpire. Dhoni goes a mile down the leg side, Watson follows him and sends it down the leg side even as Dhoni trots back into line. Not called a wide.


Watson to Dhoni, 2 runs, short of a length, cramping Dhoni for room as he backs away again and he ends up pushing it without timing into the covers for a couple.


Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni is looking really menacing today. Short of a length ball and Dhoni fore-hands down the line for four. Easy as they come.


Watson to Dhoni, SIX, thumped. Watson pitches further up, Dhoni pulls put the roundhouse kick and sends this packing over the straight boundary. Length ball, in the Dhoni swinging range and he brutalises it. He's pranced away to 31 off 14 balls.

End of over 18 (17 runs) Chennai Super Kings 175/2 (RR: 9.72)

    • MS Dhoni 31 (14b 3x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 39 (24b 6x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-39-0
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-33-0

Amit comes on for the 19th.


Singh to Raina, 2 runs, full ball on Raina's toes, he manages to whip it through midwicket for a couple


Singh to Raina, 2 runs, leg stump again, back of a length and sitting up. Raina mistimes the pull but gets a single to the deep.


Singh to Raina, OUT, Amit's cut the damages a bit by getting rid of Raina. Canny little slow offcutter on leg stump and breaking across Raina, who swings hard and misses the heave over the leg side. Off stump is pegged back.

SK Raina b Singh 43 (27b 6x4 0x6) SR: 159.25

Albie is the new man in.

Kalyan: "I can believe no one has said a word against Watto... He has not added any value to the team this time! Maybe he is missing Bangladesh bowlers!"


Singh to Morkel, 2 runs, full on his pads, Albie pushes towards the vacant midwicket region and Dhoni ensures they pick a couple.


Singh to Morkel, 1 run, length ball on the pads, Morkel whips to square leg and they get another single.


Singh to Dhoni, SIX, It's one of those Dhoni nights in Jaipur. Anything on a length is going to be deposited high and far. Amit Singh's pace lends itself to this brand of violence, and Dhoni ensures it doesn't escape punishment. Butchered over long-on with one clean swing. Watch out, folks in the stands.

End of over 19 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 188/3 (RR: 9.89)

    • MS Dhoni 37 (15b 3x4 3x6)
    • JA Morkel 3 (2b)
    • A Singh 4-0-40-1
    • SR Watson 3-0-39-0

Watson to bowl the last over.


Watson to Morkel, 1 run, short and hustling Morkel with pace, he is late on the pull and it pops up into the covers for a single


Watson to Dhoni, 2 runs, does Dhoni guzzle milk or gasoline? Somehow he managed to get a couple here. Short ball, he's smashed the pull straight to deep midwicket, for what looked like a single. And then he bustled all the way back. Easily.


Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, short again, Dhoni finds wide mid-on with another hard-bunted pull.


Watson to Morkel, 2 wides, bad time to bowl a wide, angled too far outside off and Morkel can't make contact with it. Dhoni was always coming for the run, and Morkel responded though the keeper tried to under-arm it to the bowler's end.


Watson to Dhoni, no run, so far, a pretty good over. Another short ball, hurries past Dhoni's attempted pull. Too quick for him this time.


Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, he keeps it short again, Dhoni pulls and finds the man in the deep. Only one. Over to Albie for the last ball.


Watson to Morkel, 1 run, it's a full toss well outside off, Morkel cuts straight to point and they get only a single. A bit of a whimper in the 20th, but CSK have finished with 196.

VKG: "Dhoni loves this ground. His 183 against Srilanka came here."

End of over 20 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 196/3

    • JA Morkel 5 (4b)
    • MS Dhoni 41 (19b 3x4 3x6)
    • SR Watson 4-0-47-0
    • A Singh 4-0-40-1





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