Indian Premier League, Final: Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai, May 28, 2011
Chennai Super Kings won by 58 runs
28 May 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Right, enough of the pre-match goss. The umpires are marching out and Chepauk is packed to the rafters. The fielders follow, Vijay and Hussey bound out as well. Umpire Taufel asks the scorers, 'Asad-bhai', Daniel and everyone else if they are ready. "Let's play!" Zak runs in.

Rahul: "Hey hey! What about the closing ceremony? Was that applicable only during LKM-era? Too bad." Can't believe that people actually like those shows.

Dr. Freud follows cricket too. No kidding. "I love CSK, absolutely and positively, but from a Freudian point of view, RCB might take it," he says. "Every letter of Gayle's name has concave shapes, while Dhoni doesn't."

Kalyan: "Dont know whom to support, so bought a whistle and whisky! In my room with whistle in mouth and whisky in friend's hand!"

Sharat does some da Vinci code-cracking: "4 time semifinalist, 3 time finalist, 1 time champion India won the world cup this time. CSK are also 4 time semifinalist, 3 time finalist, 1 time champion..."

Girish: "@Raaki: RCB have also broken few things... Gayle - Most runs in an over, Most runs, MoMs this season, Virat - Pomersbach's jaw, RCB - Most wins on the trot...!"

Vibhu: "Wordplay comment #31 : Its going to be Dhoni vs. Gayle-iath. Will Dhoni's slingshot do the trick?" A little contrived, but the effort is appreciated! Wordplay comments always get first preference.

Raaki: "Many things broke in this IPL: 1. Deccan won in Home Ground. 2. Malinga with his Yorkers. 3. Ashwin almost broke his head. 4. RCB will break Orange cap Rule!"

Joe: "Zaheer seems to have Hussey's number. So, Dhoni should send in Saha and Vijay to open, bring in Hussey after the first 10 overs." Can't forget that incredible knuckle ball Zak bowled to dismiss Hussey in the World Cup. He's had his number a bit, before and since.. Still think CSK will open with The Huss tonight.

Anand sends in the first comment for the day: "Challengers challenge ... Kings RULE!" No doubts over where his allegiance lies. Charankumar chips in with an interesting fact. "Team with Orange cap has never won the IPL! This is the Law of the orange cap!"

1935 IST Chennai v Bangalore .. Since I am from Chennai, I can vouch for just how brilliant the city is. It has a lovely charm, a pace of it's own, is lesser crowded than most of the other Indian metros and is steeped in culture. A bit like the CSK team - an all-round force. Bangalore matches up to Chennai on the basis of one single variable - its unbelievably brilliant weather (and this doesn't take anything away from the other aspects of Bangalore). A bit like team RCB, which some would say is a one-man team. Fitting.

"Whistle Podu Chennai!" yells Ravi Shastri. Toss it is. Dhoni has won the toss right, and Chennai will bat first. "This pitch will slow down as the game goes.. The track is on the softer side, looks a little dull, but it won't be tough to make runs on this." Chennai are unchanged, for the sixth game on the trot. Vettori says he would have batted as well. "Morale is good, fortunate we are playing again today since the players are feeling good after yesterday's game," Vettori says. Bangalore are unchanged from yesterday.

Pre-toss discussions now. Dhoni: "Big achievement to be in the finals again, since we retained players before the auction and bought back several others .. and the players have delivered on that faith."

Vettori: "These are the two form teams in the competition, so should be a good game. Great to have got a chance to play on this wicket yesterday, gives us a bit of a headstart."

1915 hours IST Hello all! The IPL is ending tonight. No kidding! Let me recollect .. World Cup 2011 ended a while back and the IPL began immediately after. Seems like it has been years. World Cup 2015 must be around the corner now.

For tonight, it is southern spice all the way. Bangalore v Chennai. Interestingly, South Indian teams have in general done far better than the rest in the IPL. Four IPL finals so far have featured six South Indian sides (CSK thrice, RCB twice and DC once). Mumbai and Rajasthan are the only other sides to have got this far in the IPL. Once each. I am stumped for a reason. I am also stumped for a choice today. I am a Chennai-ite living in Bangalore. Not sure whom to support.

Meanwhile, I hear there is some significant football action happening today as well. And a Formula 1 race. And some tennis in Paris. Cricket trumps them all. We have three games of cricket happening in different parts of the world, each a different version of the sport. Beat that! You can follow live commentary for all those games on out site. I hear we are among the few covering the Pakistan v Ireland game, which is not being aired on television in most parts of the world.


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads from over the wicket, Hussey is away nudging through square leg.


Khan to Vijay, 2 runs, Vijay edges straight away, and runs like a hare. Zaheer angles it across gently, Vijay's feet move lazily into the shot and briskly thereafter. The ball screams away to third man and he rushes back for the second. Wide throw helps his cause.


Khan to Vijay, no run, better from Vijay, moves nicely into a check drive as Zaheer again angles it across him


Khan to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay again leans across with authority and punches wide of mid-off for a single.


Khan to Hussey, no run, this one is back of a length outside Hussey's off stump and he lets it go.


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, aha, interesting shot. Hussey jumps out, ends up getting too close to the ball, and yet times it well to the left of Tiwary at mid-off who moves with unbecoming agility to tumble away and stop. Single taken

Ravi: "Dr. Freud is wrong! If letter 'l' in Gayle has concave surface, then letter 'i' in Dhoni also has concave surface!"

End of over 1 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • MEK Hussey 2 (3b)
    • M Vijay 3 (3b)
    • Z Khan 1-0-5-0

Aravind for the second over.


Aravind to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length and wide of off stump, Hussey mistimes the cut straight to Kohli at point. Kohli needlessly throws at the bowler's end, with Vijay not looking for a single at all. Overthrow conceded.


Aravind to Vijay, 3 runs, some trademark Vijay timing on that, and there are two yellow-shirted gazelles sprinting between the wickets. Short of a length angling in gently, Vijay stays back in the crease and whips it off the back foot wide of mid on. How did they pick up three there? Superb running.


Aravind to Hussey, no run, perilously close to thew off stump as Aravind gets one to hold the line outside off stump and Hussey feels for it just inside the line.


Aravind to Hussey, 1 run, quietly nudges the single this time, Hussey stays back and pushes towards mid-on for one.


Aravind to Vijay, no run, short of a length and angling across Vijay who is decisively forward and pushes into the covers.


Aravind to Vijay, SIX, that's a shot Vijay can play in his sleep. That's a shot you can wake up from your sleep to watch. Short of a length ball, the kind coaches advice you to bowl. Can't drive, can't pull. Unless you are Vijay. He just reaches a foot across and then wallops it off the front foot emphatically in front of midwicket.

End of over 2 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 16/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • M Vijay 12 (6b 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 4 (6b)
    • S Aravind 1-0-11-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-5-0

Khan to Hussey, SIX, Hussey joins the fun now. Zaheer lands one short and angling down the leg side. Hussey easily moves inside the line and swings it all the way over deep backward square leg. CSK are up and away. And I wonder if Kohli's overthrow had a role to play in it.


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, another needless throw. Hussey nudges off the backfoot towards point and prances across. Syed Mohammad comes in and hurls it at the non-striker's end. No damage this time.


Khan to Vijay, 2 runs, Vijay's looking really good here. Back of a length ball angles into the pads, and he easily works it around through square leg for two more.


Khan to Vijay, 1 run, fullish ball outside off, Vijay leans into a nice straight drive and doesn't over-hit it. Gets only the single though.


Khan to Hussey, no run, one again the Huss tries to hustle his nemesis by charging out of the crease. Again, can't generate room or length and he ends up working it towards mid-on for no run


Khan to Hussey, no run, decent finish to the over. Zaheer finishes with one on the channel outside off and Hussey steers towards point.

Vishwas: "Chennai Super Kings - Manchester United (most consistent team) Royal Challengers Bangalore - Arsenal (can kill any team on their day, most flamboyant); Mumbai Indians - Chelsea (Big team, can lead the league for long and just cant get over the line); Kolkata Knight Riders - Manchester City (Big owner, star studded, over spent, failed to deliver) Rajasthan Royals - Liverpool (big captain carrying his team) Kings Eleven Punjab - Tottenham Hotspurs (inconsistent but interesting team)" Interesting comment, though I know precious little about football.

End of over 3 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 26/0 (RR: 8.66)

    • MEK Hussey 11 (10b 1x6)
    • M Vijay 15 (8b 1x6)
    • Z Khan 2-0-15-0
    • S Aravind 1-0-11-0

The Jamaican charmer is on. Gayle comes on. His bowling has slipped under the radar this year. Can't help that if you bat as well as he has.


Gayle to Vijay, 1 run, tossed up slowly on off stump, Vijay reaches out and works it down the track for one.


Gayle to Hussey, 1 run, turn on offer, that comes in from round the wicket, grips and goes away. Hussey guides it off the outer half towards short third man for one


Gayle to Vijay, 1 run, tossed up again from over the wicket to Vijay who works it off the pads with the spin for one more


Gayle to Hussey, 5 leg byes, wake up Bangalore! Can't keep giving overthrows away in a final. Gayle tosses it up on leg stump and Hussey misses as he looks to flick. The ball runs away to the off side as Gayle appeals. Hussey charges down the track, and Tiwary hurls it at the non-striker's end and misses. Four freebies.


Gayle to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay chops it away through point for one more single


Gayle to Hussey, 1 leg bye, speared into the pads, typically economical over from Gayle, the overthrows excluded. Hussey looks to work it around towards square leg and they get a single.

Bhaskar: "RCB should be renamed "Royal Challengers Bang-Gayle-lore"

Aseem: "@Vishwas-Well i beg to differ..Delhi are more like Liverpool than Rajasthan their captain carrying their team forward and team keeps on selling their star players" Uh-oh, What have I started off here!

End of over 4 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 36/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • MEK Hussey 12 (13b 1x6)
    • M Vijay 18 (11b 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-4-0
    • Z Khan 2-0-15-0

Syed comes on. Early sighting of spin from both ends.


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, 2 runs, tossed up on the pads, Hussey whips through midwicket and almost inevitable they steal a couple.


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, 1 run, again Syed flights it from round the wicket and Hussey guides it wide of mid-on for one more.


Syed Mohammad to Vijay, 1 run, on Vijay's pads, he calmly taps it into the largely vacant areas in front of square inside the circle on the leg side.


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, 2 runs, good start from Syed, he's keeping it tight and Chennai are dealing in unbelievably well-run twos here. Hussey chisels a nudge through the square leg area and Vijay responds for two more.


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, no run, shortens the length this time, Hussey leans out and defends.


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, SIX, Mr. Cricket jumps out in a flash, his feet a whir of precision that get exactly to the pitch of Syed's delivery angled in towards middle. A nice clean swing of the blade ensues and the ball sails into the stand at midwicket.

End of over 5 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 48/0 (RR: 9.60)

    • MEK Hussey 23 (18b 2x6)
    • M Vijay 19 (12b 1x6)
    • J Syed Mohammad 1-0-12-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-4-0

Gayle to Vijay, SIX, everytime one of these guys hits a six, the other one responds with a bigger one. Vijay bounds out to Gayle this time, it is a ball with rare flight from Gayle and he thumps it over wide long-on. Four sixes, no fours yet tonight.


Gayle to Vijay, no run, holds it back a touch, Vijay quietly defends.


Gayle to Vijay, 1 run, surprises everyone with a beamer almost, and Vijay pushes into the off side for a single


Gayle to Hussey, no run, beats him outside off with some extra spin, Hussey was looking to steer and the ball broke away sharply


Gayle to Hussey, no run, fuller on off stump, Hussey drives to mid-on with the spin.


Gayle to Hussey, 1 run, drifts onto the pads this time, and Hussey nudges to square leg for a single. Bangalore promptly take the time-out. They need to come up with better plans.

Kaushik: "Tiwary hasn't scored any runs. He can't bowl. Leaks freebies on the field. Wonder What Bangalore management saw in him to pay 1.6M to him. A Rayudu, Pandey or even Shikhhar Dhawan would have been worth more than him"

Six overs without a single four. Chennai are crawling here, huh... NOT

End of over 6 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 56/0 (RR: 9.33)

    • MEK Hussey 24 (21b 2x6)
    • M Vijay 26 (15b 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 2-0-12-0
    • J Syed Mohammad 1-0-12-0

Vettori comes on. Damage control to be done.

S Rajesh has a stat for us already. "This is Chennai's highest 6-over score this IPL, and only the second time they've topped 50 in the IPL this season," he says.


Vettori to Hussey, no run, tossed up on off stump and Hussey drives it back to the bowler.


Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads this time, Hussey nudges through square leg for a single.


Vettori to Vijay, 1 run, lovely drifting, curling ball that swims in and lands in front of middle and off as Vijay pokes a little uncertainly. Single takes to the leg side in the end.


Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey stays back in the crease and works Vettori with the spin through square leg.


Vettori to Vijay, 2 runs, they are playing him watchfully here. And well, they have run another improbable couple. Tossed up and curving in, Vijay taps it softly to long-on and they charge up and down, these guys.


Vettori to Vijay, no run, aha, Vijay advances and Vettori flattens the trajectory. Vijay is in no man's land and does well to force it back to the bowler though he wasn't to the pitch of the ball. Good start from Dan.

Ashish: "Real Madrid (MI) of IPL never delivers on time, Ronaldo (Sachin) always finding himself in the middle alone... On the other hand, Messi (Gayle) leads Barcelona (RCB) single handedly to the top where they meet ever present on top ManU (CSK)." Well, Sachin did find himself on top on April 2!

End of over 7 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 61/0 (RR: 8.71)

    • M Vijay 29 (18b 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 26 (24b 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-5-0
    • CH Gayle 2-0-12-0

Mithun comes on now.


Mithun to Hussey, 2 runs, another couple taken, this must be driving Vettori mad. Short of a length outside off, Hussey stays back and dabs through backward point. Some serious sprinting between the wickets happening here.


Mithun to Hussey, 1 run, fuller from Mithun, Hussey forces it into the covers and settles for the single this time.


Mithun to Vijay, 1 run, short of a length and coming in, CSK seem to be playing within themselves here. Vijay drives to long-on for an easy single


Mithun to Hussey, 2 runs, interesting shot, even more interesting fielding. Hussey charges out, and chips Mithun right over his head and very straight. Mayank moves across swiftly from long-off and swoops in on the ball, a couple of feet in front of the boundary, and parries it over to long-on who throws it back.


Mithun to Hussey, FOUR, first four of the match! Bumper at 135 kph, Hussey has a year or so to play the shot, and he waits and waits after getting into position. And then he unfurls a cracking pull.


Mithun to Hussey, 2 runs, good start to Mithun's over, not the best finish though. Hussey opens the face daintily and guides him to third man. Once it goes outside the circle, these batsmen are looking at a minimum of two. Every time.

End of over 8 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 73/0 (RR: 9.12)

    • MEK Hussey 37 (29b 1x4 2x6)
    • M Vijay 30 (19b 2x6)
    • A Mithun 1-0-12-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-5-0

Vettori to Vijay, 2 runs, back of a length on the pads, Vijay whips it towards midwicket. I have run out of words to describe how fast they run, so I'll just stick to saying that they have somehow got two. Again.


Vettori to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay chips out, gets too close to the pitch and drives to long-on for one more.


Vettori to Hussey, no run, yorks him but well outside leg as Hussey misses the sweep. Appeals for lbw, correctly turned down.


Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, another full ball, Hussey forces it off the bottom hand through midwicket for one more.


Vettori to Vijay, SIX, another six. Vijay almost inevitably dances out of his castle, and this time late enough to ensure Vettori can't see him and change plan. The ball lands in the swinging zone this time and Vijay obliges with the sort of shot that would make Ernie Els proud. Retrieve it from long-on


Vettori to Vijay, 1 run, good response, Vettori throws it right up in the blockhole and Vijay has to dig it out to the point area. They still get a single.

End of over 9 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 84/0 (RR: 9.33)

    • M Vijay 40 (23b 3x6)
    • MEK Hussey 38 (31b 1x4 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-16-0
    • A Mithun 1-0-12-0

Mithun to Vijay, no run, nice bouncer, caught Vijay unawares and he chose to let it go just outside off.


Mithun to Vijay, FOUR, they dropped catches off Chennai in the final of IPL 2010. They have dropped catches off Chennai in IPL 2011. And they are still doing it in the final. Length ball, angles into Vijay who helps it along over midwicket. Ended up timing the lofted chip better than he wanted, and Pomersbach was patrolling the fence. He ran back and tried to take it, but it slipped through. No cool hand, Luke.


Mithun to Vijay, no run, lazy shot, but Vijay survives. It is full and on the stumps, he tries to hang back in the crease and thump it hard straight down the ground. Gets a thick under edge away. No run taken, pardon the scoring glitch earlier.


Mithun to Vijay, FOUR, Chennai are taking this away. Gayle will have a lot of work to do later. Slower ball, too full and too easy to spot. Vijay walks into position and gracefully caresses it over extra cover for four more.


Mithun to Vijay, 1 run, shortens the length at normal pace, Vijay stays back and taps it towardsmid-off for one more.

Vijay, by the way, was the Man of the Match in the final of Champions League 2010. The cricket tournament, ie.


Mithun to Hussey, 1 run, full ball to finish the over, Hussey pushes into extra-cover without a fuss for one more.

End of over 10 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 94/0 (RR: 9.40)

    • MEK Hussey 39 (32b 1x4 2x6)
    • M Vijay 49 (28b 2x4 3x6)
    • A Mithun 2-0-22-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-16-0

Syed comes back on.


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, 1 run, full and well wide of off stump, Hussey whips it down the ground for a single


Syed Mohammad to Vijay, 1 run, full toss outside off. Not a wise option to a man who is hitting it like Vijay has been. This time, he quietly drives down to long on for a single. 50 up. Well played!


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, FOUR, another full toss, Syed thinks he is safe if he keeps it well wide of off stump. He needs to think again. Hussey leans across and carves it through extra cover and Tiwary at long off has no chance.

Rajesh again: "More good news for Chennai. When batting first in this tournament so far, on average they've been almost doubling their 12-over score - 83 in the first 12, 79 in the last eight. Going by those numbers this could be a really massive total."


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, 1 run, another full toss, this time Hussey hauls it wide of midwicket for one.


Syed Mohammad to Vijay, no run, dropped, but if he had held on it would have been the catch of the tournament. Very full and on middle, Vijay whips it back really hard and Syed has to arrest his follow through and dive rapidly to the right as the ball shoots along very low. He gets a hand to it, but the ball hits turf immediately after.


Syed Mohammad to Vijay, 2 runs, yorks Vijay on leg stump and he works it away through midwicket. They get two more. Don't ask me how.

End of over 11 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 103/0 (RR: 9.36)

    • M Vijay 52 (31b 2x4 3x6)
    • MEK Hussey 45 (35b 2x4 2x6)
    • J Syed Mohammad 2-0-21-0
    • A Mithun 2-0-22-0

Aravind to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey survives a run-out. Very full on the pads from Aravind, Hussey blocks it and finds Vijay is almost at his end. He responds late, but was not even in the frame as Aravind collected in his follow through and tried to hit the stumps at the bowler's end. Miss. Kohli, backing up, could not get around soon enough.


Aravind to Vijay, 1 wide, short ball, slips well down the leg side. Wide, almost on two counts.


Aravind to Vijay, SIX, with his short hair cut, unkempt stubble and similar build, Vijay does remind me of Dhoni. He's hitting sixes just as well as that man, today, but with a little more finesse. Length from Aravind. Poor, poor length. Vijay reaches out and deposits him well over cow corner.


Aravind to Vijay, 2 runs, this time he goes off side, lofting him cheekily over the infield for two more.


Aravind to Vijay, 1 run, on the pads, Aravind is all over the place in this over. Vijay whips through midwicket, and thankfully for RCB they have protection there.


Aravind to Hussey, 1 run, on the Huss' pads and he works it through square leg for one more.


Aravind to Vijay, SIX, this is slaughter, and Aravind the lamb is walking into it. He's serving up freebies in Vijay's hitting arc and Vijay's swinging away without a fuss. Another short of length ball that comes in and sits up like an early Christmas gift. Vijay smacks it off the front foot over midwicket. This is too easy to be true for Vijay.

End of over 12 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 121/0 (RR: 10.08)

    • M Vijay 67 (35b 2x4 5x6)
    • MEK Hussey 47 (37b 2x4 2x6)
    • S Aravind 2-0-29-0
    • J Syed Mohammad 2-0-21-0

Zaheer comes back on. All the power-swinging has tired Vijay out.


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, starts off with a bouncer that cuts all the room as Hussey motors out of his crease. He ends up guiding a slapped pull to short fine leg, and they get the single.


Khan to Vijay, FOUR, Bangalore have still not woken up. Short of a length outside off stump, Vijay moves into position and steers with a smartly opened face, perfectly in between point and short third. The former reacts slowly, and the latter almost doesn't react. Four more.


Khan to Vijay, 2 runs, on the pads, Vijay gets it away into the leg side for a couple more.


Khan to Vijay, 1 run, short of a length this time, from round the stumps and looking to handcuff Vijay, but he manages to work it to short fine leg for one more.


Khan to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey moves to 49, he's feeling knackered too.. The weather's getting to them. Hussey charges out, and drags Zaheer around towards midwicket for one more.


Khan to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay quietly tucks a length ball through square leg for one. The batsmen are tired and ask for the time-out at the first opportunity. The smarts.

Kaushik: "Looking at RCB's body language it seems that they have already accepted defeat and are just going through the motions. I wonder whether a day extra would have been too much for IPL. We would have got ourselves a good match had RCB got a day's rest. Poor Management by BCCI" Vettori on the contrary said his team was happy to play back-to-back games.

End of over 13 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 131/0 (RR: 10.07)

    • M Vijay 75 (39b 3x4 5x6)
    • MEK Hussey 49 (39b 2x4 2x6)
    • Z Khan 3-0-25-0
    • S Aravind 2-0-29-0

Vettori comes on again.

Rajesh notifies we of another stat: "At the moment, this is the joint seventh-highest opening stand in all IPLs, but if they score six more runs, they'll jump to third place. The highest in this IPL is 146, between Sehwag and Warner against Punjab; the highest in all IPLs is 155* by Gilchrist and Laxman v Mumbai in 2008."


Vettori to Vijay, FOUR, inside out, easy as you like. Vijay advances down the track and opens up the off side, and then puts the wrists into work to scatter Vettori through cover point.


Vettori to Vijay, 1 run, moves away again, this time Vettori follows him with a short ball and Vijay mistimes a pull over the infield. That kind of night.


Vettori to Hussey, FOUR, Mr Cricket has fifty. And he brings it up with such a lovely reverse sweep, you want to gift it to the woman of your dreams. Full from Vettori on off stump, Hussey swaps the grip even as he lunges out, cuts out all the risk and slaps it through third man. Easy as.


Vettori to Hussey, 2 runs, another reverse sweep, this time not as graceful, a lazy effort in the deep gives Hussey two more.


Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey works Vettori with the spin for a change, through midwicket for one more.


Vettori to Vijay, no run, Vijay plays the first dot ball since Syed failed to hold on to a tough return chance. He looks to swing Vettori through the leg side, but is early into the shot as Vettori slows it up.

End of over 14 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 143/0 (RR: 10.21)

    • M Vijay 80 (42b 4x4 5x6)
    • MEK Hussey 56 (42b 3x4 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-28-0
    • Z Khan 3-0-25-0

Syed Mohammad to Hussey, SIX, Hussey has hit Syed into the Marina Beach. Wallop. Smear. Visceral. He charges out, Syed dares him by throwing it well up and Hussey puts him on the Chidambaram Stadium roof.


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, 1 run, 150 up. Ouch. Hussey comes down again, it is a full toss and he steers through the covers for one more.


Syed Mohammad to Vijay, SIX, now that shot, he's played just like his captain would have. Syed throws it well up on middle and off, not many batsmen would manage to get under such balls. You need to stay right back and generate bat speed from well behind, with strong wrists. Vijay did just that and whiplashed it over long-on.


Syed Mohammad to Vijay, 3 runs, run out appeal, referred, but Vijay seems in. He works Syed through midwicket and Hussey hustles him to come in for the second. Vijay makes it, and will be happy that it is referred. Gives him a breather. Overthrow taken, by the way.


Syed Mohammad to Hussey, OUT, this time, the overthrow works for Bangalore. If Dhoni's arrival to the crease at this point in the game can be termed a victory. Hussey looks to launch Syed's full fare with the spin over the leg side, and after a long time he mis-hits one. Gayle at long-on holds on. Bangalore have a wicket. Surprise surprise. Ends a record first wicket stand in all IPL games.

MEK Hussey c Mithun b Syed Mohammad 63 (45b 3x4 3x6) SR: 140.00

That ends a record first wicket stand in all IPL games.

The caps are off. These batsmen look identical.


Syed Mohammad to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni begins with ... you guessed right - the theme of the day - two. Short ball, turning away, and he cuts gently into the gap in front of point.

End of over 15 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 161/1 (RR: 10.73)

    • MS Dhoni 2 (1b)
    • M Vijay 89 (44b 4x4 6x6)
    • J Syed Mohammad 3-0-39-1
    • DL Vettori 3-0-28-0

Vettori to Vijay, 2 runs, another couple. Short ball on the hips, Vijay goes back and places it carefully and softly to deep midwicket for two more. He can barely run now, but had enough time now.


Vettori to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay pushes into the leg side for one more. He is completely knackered. Eight more for a ton. That should keep him going.


Vettori to Dhoni, 1 run, very full on off stump and Dhoni drives with the turn into the covers for another single.


Vettori to Vijay, 1 run, too full and straight from Vettori, Vijay works it away square for one more.


Vettori to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni pushes quietly with the spin through long-on for one more single


Vettori to Vijay, no run, Vijay jumps out again, gets too close to the pitch and dead bats it. If he hadn't, would have been stumped by miles. He's too tired to contemplate getting back into the crease.

Yuvraj: "Looking at these two play I am reminded of the two Marshall's James and Hamish for New Zealand."

End of over 16 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 167/1 (RR: 10.43)

    • M Vijay 93 (48b 4x4 6x6)
    • MS Dhoni 4 (3b)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-34-0
    • J Syed Mohammad 3-0-39-1

Zak is back. Round the wicket.

Rajesh again: "Vettori's two most expensive spells in this IPL have both come against Chennai, within four days of each other - he conceded 42 in the first qualifier, and 34 here, the only two instances when he has gone for more than 30 this season."


Khan to Dhoni, 2 runs, short ball angling into MS, who stays back in the crease and carves through the covers for a couple.


Khan to Dhoni, no run, fuller this time and angling in outside off, Dhoni attempts the lap scoop, not a shot he tries too often, and doesn't make contact.

The ball is being replaced now. Fair to say, it won't mind being taken out of action.


Khan to Dhoni, no run, smart from Zaheer, produces two dot balls on the trot. Very wide yorker outside off, Dhoni can't reach it and it is just short of being called wide.


Khan to Dhoni, no run, three in a row. Knuckle ball at 122 kph, Dhoni swings hard well before the ball comes along, and misses.


Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Dhoni bottom hands the cover drive to the sweeper in the deep.


Khan to Vijay, 2 runs, short ball at 133 kph, Vijay seems to have all the time he needs today. He waits and pulls between midwicket and deep square leg, and has enough time to come back for the second.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 172/1 (RR: 10.11)

    • M Vijay 95 (49b 4x4 6x6)
    • MS Dhoni 7 (8b)
    • Z Khan 4-0-30-0
    • DL Vettori 4-0-34-0

Gayle returns. Yorkers needed.


Gayle to Dhoni, SIX, the opposite of the yorker. A hopelessly short ball that stands up at Dhoni, who seemed beside himself with intent before clobbering it over deep square leg.


Gayle to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller and wider of off stump, Dhoni whacks it to long-on for one.


Gayle to Vijay, no run, Vijay attempts a reverse sweep, Gayle smartly slips it down the leg side and Vijay can't do anything. Not a wide, and I think rightly so. George Binoy agrees. Sriram Veera disagrees.


Gayle to Vijay, 1 leg bye, again spears it on leg stump as Vijay looks to move and heave. Runs away off the pad to the leg side.


Gayle to Dhoni, 2 runs, Gayle's bowled superbly after that first ball. This is a superfast yorker on the pads, and Dhoni nudges to the leg side. He wants two, Vijay is in no position to make it, but the throw is to the wrong end.


Gayle to Dhoni, SIX, see you later Alligator. Dhoni has waited for the length ball since the first ball of this over, and here it comes. Dhoni gets under it with the joy of a child unwrapping Christmas presents. And sends it into the Chennai night sky.

End of over 18 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 188/1 (RR: 10.44)

    • MS Dhoni 22 (12b 2x6)
    • M Vijay 95 (51b 4x4 6x6)
    • CH Gayle 3-0-27-0
    • Z Khan 4-0-30-0

Aravind to Vijay, OUT, tomorrow morning, Vijay will wake up and kick himself for giving away a century that was there for the taking. But for a man who has been barely able to stand on his feet for the last 30 minutes or so, 95 is not bad at all. That too in a final. Aravind keeps it full and outside off, Vijay looks to go big over the off side but toe-ends it to cover inside the circle. End of a stunningly sublime innings.

M Vijay c Vettori b Aravind 95 (52b 4x4 6x6) SR: 182.69


Aravind to Dhoni, OUT, wickets are like London buses for Bangalore. None come for hours on end, and suddenly two in quick succession. Dhoni gets a juicy full toss outside off and smashes it straight to long-on.

MS Dhoni c Kohli b Aravind 22 (13b 0x4 2x6) SR: 169.23

Aravind on a hat-trick. Morkel is the new man in. Raina on strike. Can Bangalore haul Chennai back in.


Aravind to Raina, no run, short ball straight away, and nearly a hat-trick for the team. Raina doesn't like these short balls, he hangs back in the crease and taps the pull to square leg. He wanted one, Morkel didn't and Vettori misses with Raina well out.


Aravind to Raina, 1 wide, another bouncer, this time too short and it is called a wide.


Aravind to Raina, SIX, we have seen a few sixes today, and I dare say this was the best. Raina knows another short ball may be round the corner, so you think he is going to be a little late to move forward when Aravind pitches it up outside off. Nothing like it. Raina reaches out, gets outside the line and bangs it over extra cover, on the up, inside out. That hardly took off, but easily cleared the rope.


Aravind to Raina, 1 run, another short ball, this time Raina mistimes the pull to an untenanted wide long-on area for a single.


Aravind to Morkel, 2 runs, Morkel gets a short ball too, and drags the pull shot away through midwicket. Raina hurries through and Morkel responds for the second. The batsmen may be different, but the running remains just as good.

End of over 19 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 198/3 (RR: 10.42)

    • JA Morkel 2 (1b)
    • SK Raina 7 (3b 1x6)
    • S Aravind 3-0-39-2
    • CH Gayle 3-0-27-0

One over to go. Gayle has the ball.


Gayle to Raina, 1 run, full on off stump, Raina hits it hard but straight to cover. Single taken.


Gayle to Morkel, no run, yorkel Morkel. He can't get under a really full ball on leg stump. Mistimes the drive back down the track.


Gayle to Morkel, no run, another super yorker, Morkel's looking for an inch, Gayle's refusing to give him any. Another ball feebly hit back to the bowler.


Gayle to Morkel, OUT, and gone. Gayle has bowled a really top over here, and Morkel's inability to do anything with balls that is not in his zone comes to the fore. Full ball, he jumps out and carves straight to long off on the circle.

JA Morkel c Kohli b Gayle 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Gayle to Raina, OUT, Bangalore were keeping their best for the last over. Raina goes now, another full ball from the Jamaican sneaks past the big mow over the leg side and disturbs the furniture. On a hat-trick.

SK Raina b Gayle 8 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

Bravo has strike. Here we go. 199.


Gayle to Bravo, SIX, The Jamaican keeps it full. The Trinidadian is unperturbed. He stays back in the crease, crunches the bat down in a wild arc, so typically Caribbean, and carts him flamboyantly over long-on. He doesn't smile. The Jamaican doesn't frown. Got to love the West Indians! Chennai have 205.

If Gayle can win this from here, just create a 11th IPL franchise, a one-man team for which he bats, bowls and fields. Keeper not required, for a team so awesome.

Rajesh again: "This equals the third-highest total in this IPL, and it's easily the highest in IPL finals. The scores by Vijay and Hussey are the two highest in IPL finals. And only once in the entire IPL history has a team chased more than 205 to win - Rajasthan made 217 v Deccan in 2008"

Yuvraj: "Have just realized today amidst all the chaos and antics happening that why the West Indian Cricket is just so cool and why the world danced to the calypso cricket for more than 2 fuss cricket !"

Raj: "I think this ipl match took more amount of typing than any other match in ipl history" And Gayle's not even batted yet!

End of over 20 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 205/5

    • DJ Bravo 6 (1b 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 0 (0b)
    • CH Gayle 4-0-34-2
    • S Aravind 3-0-39-2





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