Indian Premier League, 56th match: Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils at Chennai, May 12, 2011
Chennai Super Kings won by 18 runs
12 May 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Delhi players are out in the middle. Chennai's openers walk out. Irfan Pathan to open with the new ball. Hussey to face

Raj: "Leave alone Saha or Aniruddha, A.Mukund should have got a chance in this IPL...He is a bright prospect in the Ranji trophy and the international exposure would have done him a world of good..."

Ketan: "Surely Morne Morkel was a better bet than Ingram. If 7 batsmen can't do it even 8 wont!!"

Vinay: "Morkel not in the playing 11?? Very BOLD decision!"

There is going to be no Morkel v Morkel today. Here is what Albie had tweeted couple of days ago: "Last time I played against him was in our back garden when we were young, now CSK vs DD!!"

Anusha: "Why is MSD not playing Du Plessis??? Saha is ok.. but Du plessis is more established down the order..." Whom do you leave out from Bollinger, Albie Morkel, Hussey, and Dwayne Bravo?

Vinoth: "Would love to see Varun Aaron's quickies clocking around 145-150. He was a good prospect in the MRF academy. Will be interesting to see his line and length today."

Dhanasekaran: "@Bikram. i dont think saha 10 times better, if you look at their T20 SR and Avg its 129/ 26.39 for Anirudha and 139/27.16 for Saha. Anirudha has hit more sixes than Saha. Plus he has advantage of knowing chennai pitch than Saha."

Here's Gareth: "Without Sehwag it really is hard to see Delhi being competitive for their final matches. He was the sole reason they thumped Deccan, and their already shakey batting looks even more vulnerable in his absence."

Aravind: "@Bikram... a bit harsh there. Anirudha has played some good innings lower down the order like in one of the games in the CL. But is Saha is playing, he should KEEP WICKETS!"

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

Dhoni: "No surprises, we'll bat. Wicket does not have the same kind of shine it had in the previous games here. Looks like it will slow down as the game goes on." Chennai are playing with the same XI

James Hopes: "Sehwag leaves a huge hole behind. We have done a bit of mix-and-match. We have brought Andrew McDonald in and Varun Aaron comes in to give us a bit of pace." That chopping and changing has claimed Morne Morkel. That's a massive decision. But the batting looks pretty solid with Warner, Hopes, McDonald, Ingram and Rao

Bikram: "I don't understand this talk of "why is Saha" in the team. The reason is he is 10 times the player that Anirudha is INCLUDING T20. His strike rate is also better and he hits big. Srikkanth scored runs by batting in right at the top when the field is up."

7.15 pm Hello all, welcome to game 56 of the Indian Premier League. It's Chennai Super Kings against Delhi Daredevils, Chennai are playing at home, Delhi are playing without Virender Sehwag. Delhi should be worried, on both counts. More in the preview.

Who will come in for Sehwag today? Will Chennai persist with Wriddhiman Saha? Select your playing XIs here

0.1

Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, gets the shape away from the left-hander right away, but it pitches a touch wide and Hussey cracks it, diving stop at point saves the boundary

0.2

Pathan to Vijay, no run, well bowled Irfan, very full, almost in the blockhole, curving in to Vijay, who does not commit full forward and digs it out as it comes in

0.3

Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, continues to bend the ball back in, this one is short of a length, allows Vijay to go back and tuck it in front of square leg

0.4

Pathan to Hussey, FOUR, shot! Irfan pitches it much fuller this time, Hussey stays in the crease, gets beside the line, and creams it past the man at extra cover

0.5

Pathan to Hussey, no run, angled in on middle and leg, played out quietly on the on side

0.6

Pathan to Hussey, OUT, that's gone! Irfan has struck in the opening over, Hussey was caught in the crease with all that movement Irfan was getting, this one was the sucker ball, did not curve away, went straight on from a length, and Hussey was too late to adjust, the ball crashed in to the pads and Hussey is gone

MEK Hussey lbw b Pathan 5 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

End of over 1 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • M Vijay 1 (2b)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-6-1

Suresh Raina is in pretty early. McDonals to share the new ball.

1.1

McDonald to Vijay, 1 run, gentle length ball angled in on the pads, tucked away through square leg

1.2

McDonald to Raina, FOUR, sweet punch from Raina, stands tall, at McDonald's pace, it just sits up from a length, and Raina punches it off the back foot, beating the man at extra cover

1.3

McDonald to Raina, no run, Warner has saved what could have been another four, Raina came out of his crease and pushed hard but Warner rushed to his left and dived to stop the ball

1.4

McDonald to Raina, no run, not sure whether Delhi need all the military medium from McDonald upfront, this time he gets away as Raina pushes it off the back foot to mid on

1.5

McDonald to Raina, SIX, not this time though, Raina takes toll, stands motionless till the last moment, but as the fuller one arrives, he launches it in a flash over the long on boundary

1.6

McDonald to Raina, no run, played out towards point

End of over 2 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 17/1 (RR: 8.50)

    • SK Raina 10 (5b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Vijay 2 (3b)
    • AB McDonald 1-0-11-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-6-1
2.1

Pathan to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay this time, superb stroke, lets this full delivery come on, again not committing fully forward, and pushes it without much followthrough, bat and pad close together, it is timed so well that non-striker has to quickly get out of the way

2.2

Pathan to Vijay, no run, now and then, Irfan slips in the one that goes straight on with the angle, quite a change for the batsman expecting it to come back in, and ends up pushing inside the line as it rushes past

2.3

Pathan to Vijay, no run, played out on the leg side as this one comes back in from short of a length

2.4

Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, comes forward and pushes this length ball going across, in the air and on the bounce to cover, they take the fielder on, Vijay would have been out by miles had the throw hit

2.5

Pathan to Raina, 1 run, shortish and wide outside off stump, he wristily cuts it to third man

2.6

Pathan to Vijay, 2 runs, silken touch from Vijay, full delivery on the pads, he does not over hit, does not even hit, just twirls the wrists to send it in the gap between mid on and midwicket

End of over 3 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 25/1 (RR: 8.33)

    • M Vijay 9 (8b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 11 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-14-1
    • AB McDonald 1-0-11-0

Aaron comes on now

3.1

Aaron to Raina, 1 run, short of a length in to Raina, he adjusts to pull it away to long leg

3.2

Aaron to Vijay, no run, gets a lot of carry on this one from back of a length, he goes for the cut on the toes but is beaten

3.3

Aaron to Vijay, no run, this one is much fuller, and Vijay times it off the front foot but straight to mid on

3.4

Aaron to Vijay, no run, another one banged in short at 147.6 kph, but well outside off stump and he lets it go, keeper takes it high near the head

3.5

Aaron to Vijay, no run, 128.6 kph this time but well-directed short one, Vijay gets out of the way as it takes off

3.6

Aaron to Vijay, 1 run, eased in to the gap between midwicket and mid on off the pads, but Ingram comes charging in from midwicket and his diving stop saves the runs

End of over 4 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 27/1 (RR: 6.75)

    • M Vijay 10 (13b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 12 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • VR Aaron 1-0-2-0
    • IK Pathan 2-0-14-1

Here is Ajit

4.1

Agarkar to Vijay, SIX, and first ball Vijay greets him with that pick-up pull off a back of a length ball, sends it high and over the deep midwicket boundary

4.2

Agarkar to Vijay, no run, this one stops a bit on Vijay as he comes forward and he ends up pushing it in the air, but well to the right of Ajit

4.3

Agarkar to Vijay, SIX, another one, he plays this shot so well, this one was on a length, Vijay lets it come on and lofts with as clean a swing of the bat as possible over long on

4.4

Agarkar to Vijay, no run, now Ajit digs in the bouncer, vijay swerves out of the way calmly

4.5

Agarkar to Vijay, no run, this one comes slowly from short of a length, and Vijay pushes it away to point

4.6

Agarkar to Vijay, no run, 122.2 kph slower one. Vijay is early in to the pull shot and the ball goes on the bounce to the keeper

End of over 5 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 39/1 (RR: 7.80)

    • M Vijay 22 (19b 1x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 12 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-12-0
    • VR Aaron 1-0-2-0
5.1

Aaron to Raina, no run, Aaron continues with the short of a length stuff, touch outside off stump, and Raina looks to make room and carve it over cover, is beaten by the sharp bounce

5.2

Aaron to Raina, 2 runs, 132.9 kph length ball on the middle stump, Raina shuffles a long way across and tickles it through square leg, Irfan comes in from long leg to field

5.3

Aaron to Raina, OUT, Raina falls to the short ball, Aaron bangs it in to the body, Raina instinctively goes for the pull, but ends up swinging it straight to Irfan at long leg

SK Raina c Pathan b Aaron 14 (10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

Here is Badri

5.4

Aaron to Vijay, no run, goes for a loose waft from the crease to one short and wide outside off stump, and is beaten

5.5

Aaron to Vijay, no run, 131.2 kph another short one, that length is working well for Aaron, angles in the bouncer, and Vijay gets out of the way fast

5.6

Aaron to Vijay, 1 run, dropped cracked by Vijay, he backed away a shade and just smoked this fuller one, Hopes it was at cover who got to the screamer with a dive but put it down, how much will that cost Delhi?

End of over 6 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 42/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • M Vijay 23 (22b 1x4 2x6)
    • S Badrinath 0 (0b)
    • VR Aaron 2-0-5-1
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-12-0

S Nadeem comes on for some spin

6.1

Nadeem to Vijay, no run, another drop simple chance, this one stops on the batsman who pushes hard at it and it travels at a nice height to NAdeem who clangs it, Delhi have no one to blame but themselves

6.2

Nadeem to Vijay, 1 run, punched off the back foot to long off

6.3

Nadeem to Badrinath, no run, Badri gets fully forward, pushes to covers and takes off, Vijay is going nowhere, he is right, there is no run, BAdri gets back just in time as the throw comes in

6.4

Nadeem to Badrinath, no run, sharp turn and bounce on this one from short of a length, he looked to work it away but could not

6.5

Nadeem to Badrinath, no run, stretches well forward and pushes out to covers

6.6

Nadeem to Badrinath, no run, good over from Nadeem, but that drop, that drop is going to hurt, this one is hit to point

End of over 7 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 43/2 (RR: 6.14)

    • S Badrinath 0 (4b)
    • M Vijay 24 (24b 1x4 2x6)
    • S Nadeem 1-0-1-0
    • VR Aaron 2-0-5-1

Here is the Delhi captain for a bowl

7.1

Hopes to Vijay, no run, fields on his followthrough as a back of a length ball is pushed to him

7.2

Hopes to Vijay, 1 run, Delhi have been bowling consistently short, Vijay goes for the pull, is not in control but gets it away towards deep square leg

7.3

Hopes to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri gets the single behind point this time

7.4

Hopes to Vijay, 1 run, one more short delivery angled in to the body, almost as if he is expecting it he connects with the pull, but does not time it well enough, midwicket fields

7.5

Hopes to Badrinath, no run, strides forward and pushes a fuller one away to mid off with a flourish, was looking to go much squarer

7.6

Hopes to Badrinath, 1 run, hello, walks way outside off stump to pick it away over fine leg, cannot connect, but they pinch a tight run as the ball rolls away close to the stumps

End of over 8 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 47/2 (RR: 5.87)

    • S Badrinath 2 (7b)
    • M Vijay 26 (27b 1x4 2x6)
    • JR Hopes 1-0-4-0
    • S Nadeem 1-0-1-0
8.1

Nadeem to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri will do this all day, gets inside the line, and lofts with that high elbow over extra cover, splitting the gap between sweeper cover and long off

8.2

Nadeem to Badrinath, 1 run, brings bat around pad to work it away to short fine leg

8.3

Nadeem to Vijay, 2 runs, goes back to flick it away through midwicket, they come back for the second as well, good running

8.4

Nadeem to Vijay, 1 run, another one on leg stump it tucked away for a single in front of square

8.5

Nadeem to Badrinath, no run, pushes this one off the front foot to extra cover

8.6

Nadeem to Badrinath, no run, fires this one in quicker, Badri gets in to a tangle as he wants to flick it away, gets hit on the pads

End of over 9 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 55/2 (RR: 6.11)

    • S Badrinath 7 (11b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 29 (29b 1x4 2x6)
    • S Nadeem 2-0-9-0
    • JR Hopes 1-0-4-0

Jay: "Finally Aaron gets second chance in this IPL and he proved it again. I was disappointed at Viru that he did not pick this youngster for a long after decent performance last time in Batsmen game."

9.1

Hopes to Vijay, FOUR, what a shot! Vijay gets a full ball on middle, and whips it in the air, that seemed to stop a bit on him, but his timing has been so good that it fairly flew in to the wide long on boundary

9.2

Hopes to Vijay, 1 run, another one stops on Vijay, this time he almost hits it back to the bowler, takes a single as it rolls down the ground

9.3

Hopes to Badrinath, 1 run, gets an inside edge as he looks to push it away but gets the single

9.4

Hopes to Vijay, 1 run, goes for the pull straight away to the short ball but there is a man at deep square leg

9.5

Hopes to Badrinath, FOUR, high full toss, how well BAdri has handled this, adjusts to push it in the air over the infield and for a boundary wide of long off

9.6

Hopes to Badrinath, 1 run, walks across the stumps and looks to swing a length ball over square leg, but gets it off the toe end of the bat in front of square leg

End of over 10 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 67/2 (RR: 6.70)

    • S Badrinath 13 (14b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 35 (32b 2x4 2x6)
    • JR Hopes 2-0-16-0
    • S Nadeem 2-0-9-0

Ajit is back

10.1

Agarkar to Badrinath, 1 run, 120.5 kph slower and fuller one angled in on middle and leg, pushed away towards mid on for a run

10.2

Agarkar to Vijay, OUT, what a well-timed catch from Venu, Ajit gets away with a low full toss, not for the first time in his career, Vijay had stepped back, leaned and swung it right off the middle of the bat, and it seemed headed for another maximum before Rao got on his toes and took a head-high catch inches from the ropes

M Vijay c Venugopal Rao b Agarkar 35 (33b 2x4 2x6) SR: 106.06

MS Dhoni walks in

10.3

Agarkar to Dhoni, no run, full delivery on middle and played out to mid off

10.4

Agarkar to Dhoni, FOUR, Ajit gives Dhoni the sharp bouncer, Dhoni goes hard at the pull right away, and the top edge flies wide of long leg

10.5

Agarkar to Dhoni, no run, angled in from a length on middle and leg, Dhoni reaches out to push it back to Ajit

10.6

Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 run, goes short this time and Dhoni rocks on the back foot and punches hard to sweeper cover

End of over 11 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 73/3 (RR: 6.63)

    • MS Dhoni 5 (4b 1x4)
    • S Badrinath 14 (15b 2x4)
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-18-1
    • JR Hopes 2-0-16-0

McDonald is back

11.1

McDonald to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni was waiting, he was waiting, gentle full delivery, Dhoni wallops it powerfully over the sight screen with a big followthrough

keeper comes up now

11.2

McDonald to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni goes hard at a length ball from the back foot, it is the off cutter, Dhoni also opens the face at the last moment to run it fine on the off side

11.3

McDonald to Dhoni, 1 run, driven towards mid on now for a single

11.4

McDonald to Badrinath, no run, Badri has been shuffling way across this innings, again he cannot get the flick off the pads, ball rolls away on the leg side

11.5

McDonald to Badrinath, 1 run, shuffles again but this time he gets bat to ball to work it in front of square leg

11.6

McDonald to Dhoni, no run, slower one and wide outside off stump, got away with it, Dhoni was late in picking it, tried to reach out and guide it late, but missed

End of over 12 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 85/3 (RR: 7.08)

    • MS Dhoni 16 (8b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 15 (17b 2x4)
    • AB McDonald 2-0-23-0
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-18-1

Nadeem comes back

12.1

Nadeem to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri gets this away, neatly done, makes room and opens the face to crack it between short third man and backward point

12.2

Nadeem to Badrinath, 1 run, fuller one, he pushes off the front foot in to the covers

12.3

Nadeem to Dhoni, 1 run, slides in with the arm, Dhoni goes back to swing it down to deep square leg

12.4

Nadeem to Badrinath, 2 runs, good work from Irfan on the long on boundary, it was a full toss smashed down the ground but Irfan;s dive saved the boundary

12.5

Nadeem to Badrinath, 1 run, as deft as it gets, goes on the back foot, and steers it late almost off the keeper's gloves, but short third man is there

12.6

Nadeem to Dhoni, 1 run, very low full toss on leg, he hits it along the ground to long on

End of over 13 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 95/3 (RR: 7.30)

    • MS Dhoni 18 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 23 (21b 3x4)
    • S Nadeem 3-0-19-0
    • AB McDonald 2-0-23-0

rohit: "I wonder what made HOPES think to again give ball to Mcdonald while other 5 bowlers are doing very well. From which bowler he'll cut that quota."

13.1

Aaron to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni pushes a length ball away to mid off and easily makes the single as fielder cannot pick up the ball cleanly

13.2

Aaron to Badrinath, no run, makes a bit of room outside leg and looks to cut this back of a length ball, is beaten by the bounce

13.3

Aaron to Badrinath, no run, 140.9 kph, this one is much fuller, Badri crashes it off the front foot but straight to mid off

13.4

Aaron to Badrinath, no run, goes back to the short length again, this one goes away from the batsman wide outside off, tries to guide it to third man, again beaten by the bounce

13.5

Aaron to Badrinath, 1 run, hurries him in the pull with the sharp bouncer dug in to the body, the top edge falls in the vacant square leg region

13.6

Aaron to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni walks across the stumps to work a short of a length ball from middle stump to long leg

Aaron has been impressive today, with that short of a good length

End of over 14 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 98/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • MS Dhoni 20 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 24 (25b 3x4)
    • VR Aaron 3-0-8-1
    • S Nadeem 3-0-19-0
14.1

Nadeem to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni plays a furious swipe to this full delivery, but Warner cuts it off running to his right from long on

14.2

Nadeem to Badrinath, FOUR, as straight as it gets, Badri takes a step out, gets to the pitch and lofts it in front of the sightscreen

goes over the wicket now

14.3

Nadeem to Badrinath, no run, stumping missed, Badri almost yorks himself as he comes down the track, Ojha cannot gather the ball cleanly, Delhi's poor day in the field continues

14.4

Nadeem to Badrinath, no run, Badri is beaten again, with that full length from over the wicket

14.5

Nadeem to Badrinath, 1 run, low and quick full toss, he hits it hard towards deep mdiwicket

goes round the stumps to Dhoni

14.6

Nadeem to Dhoni, 1 run, goes hard at it and gets it down to long off for a run

End of over 15 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 105/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • MS Dhoni 22 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 29 (29b 4x4)
    • S Nadeem 4-0-26-0
    • VR Aaron 3-0-8-1
15.1

Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump and punched away to sweeper cover

15.2

Agarkar to Badrinath, 1 run, another top edge falls in no man's land, there have been a few today, another short ball in to the body, goes for the pull, the edge falls in front of long leg running in

15.3

Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni gets the single down to sweeper cover again

15.4

Agarkar to Badrinath, 1 leg bye, angled in on the pads, skids off a length, Badri tries to make room and flick it away but takes it on the pads

15.5

Agarkar to Dhoni, FOUR, too much of the short of a length stuff today, this one is shorter, Dhoni needs no invitation, rocks back and plays a belter of a pull that sends the ball in to the deep midwicket boundary

15.6

Agarkar to Dhoni, FOUR, cheeky from dhoni, walks across, takes it from middle stump and turns the wrists to send it in the air but well past short fine leg

End of over 16 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 117/3 (RR: 7.31)

    • MS Dhoni 32 (18b 4x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 30 (31b 4x4)
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-29-1
    • S Nadeem 4-0-26-0

jignesh: "Chennai need to step it up now, they have Albey and Bravo waiting in the wings...they need atleast 160." Irfan is back

16.1

Pathan to Badrinath, 1 run, full in the blockhole, he gets in to a tangle but manages to squeeze it away to midwicket

Irfan to Dhoni, should be interesting

16.2

Pathan to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss first up and he bends the knee to swing it hard down the ground, long on cuts it off

16.3

Pathan to Badrinath, (no ball) 2 runs, Badri goes for the pull off a very high full toss, but gets it down towards long off, no worries, Dhoni charges back for the second

16.3

Pathan to Badrinath, 1 run, full this time on the pads, flicked away in the air to deep midwicket

16.4

Pathan to Dhoni, 1 run, yorker, even Dhoni cannot do much about it, just digs it away for a single

16.5

Pathan to Badrinath, 1 run, goes for a big swipe, cannot connect cleanly but gets the single to bring Dhoni on strike

16.6

Pathan to Dhoni, 1 run, another full delivery, superb over from Irfan, Dhoni drives it to sweeper cover

End of over 17 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 126/3 (RR: 7.41)

    • MS Dhoni 35 (21b 4x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 35 (35b 4x4)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-23-1
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-29-1

Aaron to bowl out now

17.1

Aaron to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, full ball angled in to Dhoni's pads, he lunges forward attempting to hit it through midwicket, but misses and is hit on the pads

17.2

Aaron to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri gets one away, shuffles across, turns in the crease, and picks up the length ball over square leg and in to the boundary

17.3

Aaron to Badrinath, 1 wide, Aaron loses his line and his length this time, bowls it full and wide down the leg side, bounces after it passes the stumps

17.3

Aaron to Badrinath, 1 run, very low full toss at 134.3 kph, almost in the blockhole, he tries to drive it away on the off side but cannot beat point

17.4

Aaron to Dhoni, 1 run, the short delivery, comes slowly off the surface and is widish as well, he reaches out to cut it to sweeper cover

17.5

Aaron to Badrinath, 1 run, goes for the forcing pull off a length ball, and ends up hitting it to long on

17.6

Aaron to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni gets the boundary off the last ball, Aaron targeted the blockhole but it ended up as a low full toss, Dhoni swatted it straight down the ground, long on's dive was in vain

End of over 18 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 139/3 (RR: 7.72)

    • MS Dhoni 40 (24b 5x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 41 (38b 5x4)
    • VR Aaron 4-0-20-1
    • IK Pathan 3-0-23-1

Ajit to bowl his last over, will it be a big one?

18.1

Agarkar to Badrinath, 1 run, looks to launch a length ball over midwicket, but it hurries on to him and he mistimes it towards the man in the circle, Badri has not been at his best today

18.2

Agarkar to Dhoni, SIX, this could be the over, Dhoni stays in the crease, gets a fuller one, and just lifts it high over the off side, sweeper cover watches it sail over him, graceful from Dhoni, not many times you can use that word about him

18.3

Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 run, plays a murderous pull shot but right to the man at deep midwicket

18.4

Agarkar to Badrinath, SIX, full toss, Badri capitalises, stands erect and turns the face to time it high over deep midwicket, pure timing, super shot from Badri

18.5

Agarkar to Badrinath, FOUR, Agarkar has lost the plot in his last over completely, low full this time, wide outside off stump, Badri wills it past backward point with a delicate steer

18.6

Agarkar to Badrinath, 2 runs, bangs in the short ball and Badri goes for the pull now, for the umpteenth time a top edge manages to evade the field, this one falls in front of Aaron coming to his right at long leg

Chennai have got one big over, courtesy Ajit. Can they get one more? Here is Irfan

End of over 19 (20 runs) Chennai Super Kings 159/3 (RR: 8.36)

    • S Badrinath 54 (42b 6x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 47 (26b 5x4 2x6)
    • AB Agarkar 4-0-49-1
    • VR Aaron 4-0-20-1
19.1

Pathan to Dhoni, 2 runs, slower bouncer angled across the batsman, Dhoni gets on his toes to pull it hard wide of deep midwicket, and they get back for the second

19.2

Pathan to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni gets to the 50 with a flick off his toes through midwicket off 28 deliveries, raises the bat to acknowledge the cheers of "Dhoni, Dhoni"

I missed Badri's 50 earlier, he has got there too

19.3

Pathan to Badrinath, 1 run, mistimes the big swing over midwicket towards long on

19.4

Pathan to Dhoni, 1 run, OUT, yorker from Irfan, excellent ball, Dhoni jabs it down to long on, rushes back for the second, Badri cannot get back there in time as the throw comes in

S Badrinath run out 55 (43b 6x4 1x6) SR: 127.90

19.5

Pathan to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni murders a low full toss over deep midwicket, flat and furious, Irfan targets the blockhole, misses and pays the price

19.6

Pathan to Dhoni, SIX, another one, Irfan bowls one more full toss, Dhoni goes hard for the pull and the ball disappears over deep square leg

nick: "Nice medium pace bowling from Pathan without any swing due to old ball. Fair to say that it was like taking candy away from a kid."

yaya: "Oh lord! I am already missing Sehwag :( This is going to be a mountain to climb for Daredevils!!!"

Chennai have surged to 176, Dhoni has marauded his way to 63 off 31, 50 off the last three overs, Delhi have been stunned.

End of over 20 (17 runs) Chennai Super Kings 176/4

    • MS Dhoni 63 (31b 5x4 4x6)
    • WP Saha 0 (0b)
    • IK Pathan 4-0-40-1
    • AB Agarkar 4-0-49-1
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