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)

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.

Chennai Super Kings 16/0   M Vijay 12* (6b 1x6)   S Aravind 1-0-11-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 22/0   MEK Hussey 10* (7b 1x6)   Z Khan 1.1-0-11-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 48/0   MEK Hussey 23* (18b 2x6)   J Syed Mohammad 1-0-12-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 54/0   M Vijay 25* (13b 2x6)   CH Gayle 1.1-0-10-0

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

Chennai Super Kings 83/0   M Vijay 39* (22b 3x6)   DL Vettori 1.5-0-15-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 111/0   M Vijay 58* (32b 2x4 4x6)   S Aravind 1.2-0-19-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 121/0   M Vijay 67* (35b 2x4 5x6)   S Aravind 2-0-29-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 149/0   MEK Hussey 62* (43b 3x4 3x6)   J Syed Mohammad 2.1-0-27-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 156/0   M Vijay 86* (43b 4x4 6x6)   J Syed Mohammad 2.3-0-34-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 178/1   MS Dhoni 13* (9b 1x6)   CH Gayle 2.1-0-18-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 188/1   MS Dhoni 22* (12b 2x6)   CH Gayle 3-0-27-0

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.

Chennai Super Kings 195/3   SK Raina 6* (2b 1x6)   S Aravind 2.4-0-36-2

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.

Chennai Super Kings 205/5   DJ Bravo 6* (1b 1x6)   CH Gayle 4-0-34-2





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