Indian Premier League - 24th match

Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors

Chennai Super Kings won by 13 runs

7.55pm The players are walking out. Ganguly takes hi time positioning his fielders. Murali Kartik to bowl. He has a slip in place.

7.50pm Saurabh Sthir: "This is an encounter every Indian anticipate witnessing. Two of the greatest Indian captains, in the first encounter Dada showed how he still rules the strategy game over Dhoni, will Dhoni prove me and Dada wrong today, hope he doesn't."

One more change to the Pune XI, not mentioned at the toss: Manish Pandey comes in for Mithun Manhas.

7.45pm Some trendspotting from our readers.

Venkatesh: "So far in this IPL, Dhoni has lost all the games played against Indian captains but won both the games played against international captains.. Interesting!"

Satyajeet: "Pune have lost 2 matches : both were away games and Murali Kartik didnt play in both of them..Hopefully Murali will bring back the winning luck to Pune."

Yuvaraj: "So for in this tournament, CSK is winning every alternative match... LWLWL... So today????"

7.25pm The IPL juggernaut rolls on. It's Dhoni v Ganguly today. CSK v PW. Plenty of fans in yellow already making loads of noise.

Toss: MSD flips it, and Ganguly wins it. Pune will bowl. Bollinger, a first game for Wriddhiman Saha, and Shadab Jakati are in. Albie Morkel has flown back to South Africa to attend the funeral of Louis Vorster who died after being shot during an armed robbery in Gauteng. Yo Mahesh has been left out, not sure whose place Saha takes.

Pune are missing one of their best bowlers this season as Ashok Dinda has a side strain. His replacement is experienced left-arm-spinner Murali Kartik.

S Rajesh, our stats editor, has dug this up: It is MS Dhoni's 100th T20 game as wicket-keeper-captain. Adam Gilchrist is next on the list, with 68.

0.1

Kartik to du Plessis, no run, the first ball is defended towards point by du Plessis

0.2

Kartik to du Plessis, 1 run, the crowd roars as Chennai and du Plessis get off the mark, a leg stump ball is worked towards square leg

Badrinath takes strike

0.3

Kartik to Badrinath, no run, short of length ball outside off, bottom edged to the off side

0.4

Kartik to Badrinath, FOUR, gets on the back foot, backs away from the stumps to make room, Badrinath slaps this past backward point for a boundary

0.5

Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, tossed up, pitched up on middle and leg, clipped towards middle and leg

0.6

Kartik to du Plessis, no run, crunched towards point off the back foot, in the air for a bit but lands well short of the fielder

End of over 1 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
F du Plessis    1* (3b)      M Kartik    1-0-6-0
S Badrinath    5* (3b 1x4)     

Ashish Nehra was pasted for 24 runs in his last over against RCB. He wouldn't have expected such a rude end after a perfect yorker to Gayle seemingly ended RCB's chances

1.1

Nehra to Badrinath, no run, outside off and through to the keeper

1.2

Nehra to Badrinath, no run, inside-edged on to the pads, and the ball rolls towards slip

1.3

Nehra to Badrinath, no run, length ball is punched towards mid-on, a hint of swing for Nehra

1.4

Nehra to Badrinath, no run, a bouncer on leg stump, cramped up Badrinath, who managed to sway out of the path of that one, dropped the hands as well, 138kph

1.5

Nehra to Badrinath, 1 run, a false shot from Badrinath, he was early into that as he chips it towards mid-on, it was pitched up and just outside off

1.6

Nehra to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball on off stump, down to third man for a single

End of over 2 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
F du Plessis    2* (4b)      A Nehra    1-0-2-0
S Badrinath    6* (8b 1x4)      M Kartik    1-0-6-0

Murali Kartik continues.

2.1

Kartik to du Plessis, 1 run, on the stumps and it stayed a tad low, nudges it to the leg-side for a single.

2.2

Kartik to Badrinath, no run, pitched outside the leg-stump and that turned and bounce away from the batsman, well-kept by Uthappa, who collects and whips the bails off. Third-umpire called after much deliberation. Not-out.

2.3

Kartik to Badrinath, no run, on the middle stump, a little quicker and tapped away to the off-side.

2.4

Kartik to Badrinath, no run, goes down the pitch and takes it on the full, drives to mid-on, no run.

2.5

Kartik to Badrinath, no run, Badrinath is trying his best to get used to opening here and could just have been run-out here, cut away from the stumps and was off, sent back by the non-striker and he just makes it.

2.6

Kartik to Badrinath, no run, another one within the stumps and Badri goes for another cut, and once more, it goes to the fielder!

End of over 3 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 9/0 (RR: 3.00)
S Badrinath    6* (13b 1x4)      M Kartik    2-0-7-0
F du Plessis    3* (5b)      A Nehra    1-0-2-0

Captain america: "Cant understand Saha and Badri in place of Vijay. No doubt Saha is good player but can he replace some one purely as batsman. Anirudh would have been better choice."

3.1

Kumar to du Plessis, no run, Ooooh! The ball stays low yet again and du Plessis needed to really bend the bat down!

3.2

Kumar to du Plessis, 2 runs, goes down the pitch and drives through extra-cover for a couple of runs. Some respite after only three off the last two overs.

3.3

Kumar to du Plessis, no run, and this time, there is ample bounce, goes down the track and the extra bounce surprises him, drops his wrists quickly down.

3.4

Kumar to du Plessis, 2 runs, clips it away to the leg-side and they run away for a couple of runs. du Plessis was calling for the second very early...

3.5

Kumar to du Plessis, no run, dropped! Murali Kartik has spilled a difficult chance, du Plessis went down the track yet again and went for a drive and the ball takes the outside edge, Kartik was fielding at wide slip and he needed to dive to his left, hits his palm and spills.

3.6

Kumar to du Plessis, FOUR, edged again, but this time it is a thicker one and the ball speeds away to the third-man fence for a four!

End of over 4 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 17/0 (RR: 4.25)
F du Plessis    11* (11b 1x4)      B Kumar    1-0-8-0
S Badrinath    6* (13b 1x4)      M Kartik    2-0-7-0

Marlon Samuels has been brought on now.

4.1

Samuels to Badrinath, FOUR, this was slower from Samuels and Badri picked it up early and lifts him over the mid-off fielder for a four.

4.2

Samuels to Badrinath, FOUR, short this time, quicker and Badri finally gets the cut into the gap, getting him his second successive four. Almost seemed like he was waiting for it.

4.3

Samuels to Badrinath, 1 run, punches it down to long-on for a single.

4.4

Samuels to du Plessis, 1 run, driven by du Plessis for a single to long-on too. Finally some momentum.

4.5

Samuels to Badrinath, 1 run, nudged away to the right of the short mid-wicket region for a single.

4.6

Samuels to du Plessis, no run, flicked to the leg-side but the short mid-wicket fielder dives and prevents a single. That's 11 from the over.

End of over 5 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 28/0 (RR: 5.60)
F du Plessis    12* (13b 1x4)      MN Samuels    1-0-11-0
S Badrinath    16* (17b 3x4)      B Kumar    1-0-8-0

5.1

Kumar to Badrinath, no run, tries to paddle sweep the medium-pacer over the short mid-wicket fielder but does not get too much bat to it.

5.2

Kumar to Badrinath, 1 run, shimmies down the pitch and plays it to the leg-side for a single.

5.3

Kumar to du Plessis, SIX, and du Plessis shows his form by skipping down the pitch and depositing it over the long-on region for a six! The first of the innings and the run-rate has also jumped up over six.

A new ball needed now!

5.4

Kumar to du Plessis, no run, a tad quicker from Kumar and it jags back into the batsman, hurries du Plessis into the stroke and it hits his pads.

5.5

Kumar to du Plessis, FOUR, uses his feet, goes down the track and threads the gap between extra-cover and mid-off, this is excellent foot-work from the South African!

5.6

Kumar to du Plessis, (no ball) 1 run, goes down the pitch yet again and in an attempt to probably bowl it quicker, the bowler has over-stepped. Single for the batsman brings the non-striker to striker and earns him a Free Hit!

5.6

Kumar to Badrinath, 1 run, slower one and Badri goes for a lofted pull, does not get too much of a bat there and only a single results.

End of over 6 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 42/0 (RR: 7.00)
S Badrinath    18* (20b 3x4)      B Kumar    2-0-22-0
F du Plessis    23* (17b 2x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    1-0-11-0

Rahul Sharma, who was carted for five sixes in an over by Chris Gayle, has now been called upon.

6.1

Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, just outside the off-stump, a bit of bounce and Badri tries to late-cut it away, gets it away for a single only

6.2

Sharma to du Plessis, no run, outside the off-stump again and the batsman wanted to cut it away, beats the under-edge and through to the wicket-keeper

6.3

Sharma to du Plessis, no run, on the middle-stump and the batsman needs to defend it there

6.4

Sharma to du Plessis, no run, bounce yet again and beats the batsman outside the off-stump.

6.5

Sharma to du Plessis, no run, this time he pitches it right up to the batsman and du Plessis drives it straight to extra-cover.

6.6

Sharma to du Plessis, no run, pulls the length back again, allowing the batsman to go for the cut that lands straight into the hands of the point fielder, on the bounce though and that is the end of an excellent over from Rahul Sharma.

End of over 7 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 43/0 (RR: 6.14)
F du Plessis    23* (22b 2x4 1x6)      R Sharma    1-0-1-0
S Badrinath    19* (21b 3x4)      B Kumar    2-0-22-0

Angelo Mathews is into the attack.

7.1

Mathews to Badrinath, FOUR, paddle-swept away for the fence, it was outside the off-stump and the batsman took his front-foot away from the off-stump and got the ball to the fine-leg region.

7.2

Mathews to Badrinath, no run, pitched right up to the bat and he digs it out to the off-side.

7.3

Mathews to Badrinath, 1 run, slower one, timed well by Badri but goes straight down to the fielder at long-off for a single.

7.4

Mathews to du Plessis, 2 runs, driven down the ground at long-on, should have been a single but Murali Kartik misfielded and the batsmen were able to come back for the second run.

7.5

Mathews to du Plessis, 1 run, pitched right up to the batsman and driven straight to long-off.

7.6

Mathews to Badrinath, FOUR, it was an attempted yorker, but it turned out to be a well pitched-up delivery, Badri went down on his knees and drilled it to wide long-on for a four.

End of over 8 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 55/0 (RR: 6.87)
S Badrinath    28* (25b 5x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-12-0
F du Plessis    26* (24b 2x4 1x6)      R Sharma    1-0-1-0

Time-Out. Good start from Chennai Super Kings, both batsmen knocking on their 30s.

8.1

Sharma to du Plessis, no run, this time he drifts down the leg-side and it looked like it came off the pads.

8.2

Sharma to du Plessis, 1 run, tries to go down the track in order to get to the pitch of the ball, but can only nudge it away to the leg-side.

8.3

Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, fullish to Badri, who goes down on his knees and drives it through the covers for a single.

8.4

Sharma to du Plessis, FOUR, down the ground and du Plessis has finally managed to get some runs off Sharma. He drove uppishly through the extra-cover region for a four.

8.5

Sharma to du Plessis, 2 runs, again down the track in a flash, bowler shortened his length and that was driven to the leg-side for a couple of runs.

8.6

Sharma to du Plessis, 1 run, he drives it down the ground yet again and takes a single. 1 off his first over, 9 off his second.

End of over 9 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 64/0 (RR: 7.11)
F du Plessis    34* (29b 3x4 1x6)      R Sharma    2-0-10-0
S Badrinath    29* (26b 5x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-12-0

Sahil: "Pune Warriors should really give Luke Wright a chance to perform instead of Matthews. Matthews has really not perfomed either by his bowling or batting and Luke is a real hard hitter like smith and can really make a huge impact on IPL5"

9.1

Nehra to du Plessis, 1 run, pulled away but it falls just short of the fielder at short mid-wicket, Ganguly was the fielder.

9.2

Nehra to Badrinath, no run, short one from Nehra and it hurries on to the batsman, who tries to go for a pull, but fails to connect.

It looked like that was a catch to Ganguly.

9.3

Nehra to Badrinath, 1 run, another one short from Nehra and it is pulled away to the deep square-leg fielder for a single. Ryder fields and throws in one motion.

9.4

Nehra to du Plessis, 1 run, slower one from Nehra as he saw du Plessis coming down the track, driven to long-off.

Vidur Agarwal: "Rahul to Gayle : 1 6 6 6 6 6 Rahul to Du Plessis : 1 0 0 0 0 0."

9.5

Nehra to Badrinath, 1 run, gives himself a bit of room, then drives it through the covers for a single

9.6

Nehra to du Plessis, no run, tried to paddle-sweep it, misjudged the line, the ball was way outside the off-stump and the realisation is a tad late, tries to change the stroke but by then it is too late and he is beaten.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 68/0 (RR: 6.80)
F du Plessis    36* (32b 3x4 1x6)      A Nehra    2-0-6-0
S Badrinath    31* (29b 5x4)      R Sharma    2-0-10-0

This is Chennai's best opening stand this season. Murali Vijay's 'resting' from this game has something to do with it.

10.1

Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, goes down the track and does not get too much bat on it, goes to the deep mid-wicket region.

10.2

Kartik to du Plessis, 1 run, goes down the pitch, a touch short and it was slashed to sweeper for a single.

10.3

Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, full-toss and pulled away for a single.

10.4

Kartik to du Plessis, 1 run, du Plessis continues to walk down the pitch and drives it to long-on for a single.

10.5

Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, inside-edge off a ball shorter in length and it is a single

10.6

Kartik to du Plessis, 1 run, this time he rocks on to the back-foot and whips it to the leg-side for a single. Six singles in that over.

End of over 11 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 74/0 (RR: 6.72)
F du Plessis    39* (35b 3x4 1x6)      M Kartik    3-0-13-0
S Badrinath    34* (32b 5x4)      A Nehra    2-0-6-0

Suraj: "Will Dhoni ever promote himself for a consistent stretch to bat up the order? The one time he did he scored a fluent 41. He should bat higher in my opinion. Thoughts?"

Dhoni is quite an unpredictable captain when it comes to his own batting position.

Samuels to bowl now.

11.1

Samuels to du Plessis, no run, short of length and he tries to cut it, misses the edge of the bat and the keeper collects it.

Raina warming up in the dugout

11.2

Samuels to du Plessis, 1 run, flicked away down the leg-side for a single

11.3

Samuels to Badrinath, 1 run, pitched right up to the batsman and he comes forward and drives to long-on.

11.4

Samuels to du Plessis, FOUR, and he tries to go down the track yet again, this time, it takes the bottom edge of the bat and goes between the wicket-keeper's legs through to the fence.

11.5

Samuels to du Plessis, 2 runs, he continues to go down the pitch and this time he flicks the quicker one from Samuels for a couple.

du Plessis calling for a small towel, he is sweating profusely.

11.6

Samuels to du Plessis, 1 run, and the routine continues, shimmy down the pitch, drive to long-on and a single results.

End of over 12 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 83/0 (RR: 6.91)
F du Plessis    47* (40b 4x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    2-0-20-0
S Badrinath    35* (33b 5x4)      M Kartik    3-0-13-0

12.1

Sharma to du Plessis, 1 run, short from Rahul Sharma and it is pulled away for a single.

12.2

Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, and Badri goes down the track in an attempt to get to the pitch of the ball, but can only get it away for a single.

12.3

Sharma to du Plessis, 2 runs, cut away to the sweeper for a couple of runs, to get Faff to his second half-century of the tournament.

12.4

Sharma to du Plessis, 1 run, repeats the routine, shimmy, down the pitch, gets it somewhere on the leg-side, single.

12.5

Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, this time Badri clears his feet and gets the ball on the full, but the hit goes only over the bowler for a single.

12.6

Sharma to du Plessis, no run, goes down, tries to crunch it through the covers, but goes to the fielder, who throws it back to the wicket-keeper. The batsman was out of his crease when the throw came in but the question is whether he was out when the bails were dislodged...the umpire has given it not-out! That is a surprise!

End of over 13 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 89/0 (RR: 6.84)
F du Plessis    51* (44b 4x4 1x6)      R Sharma    3-0-16-0
S Badrinath    37* (35b 5x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-20-0

I thought that the batsman's bat was just on the line, when the bail was dislodged, but the umpire saw there enough doubt to give the batsman some benefit.

Kartik comes in, figures of 0/13 in 3.

13.1

Kartik to Badrinath, no run, missed stumping! went down the crease, missed it and Uthappa behind the stumps missed the ball and dislodged the bails without having the ball in his hands.

13.2

Kartik to Badrinath, 2 runs, down the pitch, mis-hit and the ball goes in the gap between long-off and sweeper for a couple.

13.3

Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, swats it away to the long-on fielder for a single.

13.4

Kartik to du Plessis, SIX, down the track and for the first time he gets it in the middle of the bat and it goes over the long-on fielder for a six!

13.5

Kartik to du Plessis, 1 run, status quo, down the track as always but gets it for a single to long-off.

13.6

Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, tries to smoke it over mid-wicket but the under-edge gets him a single, 11 off the over and we have a Time-Out now.

End of over 14 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 100/0 (RR: 7.14)
S Badrinath    41* (39b 5x4)      M Kartik    4-0-24-0
F du Plessis    58* (46b 4x4 2x6)      R Sharma    3-0-16-0

This is the best opening stand for this edition of the IPL.

Nitin: "All Pune needs to do is make sure Badrinath don't gets out till end to make sure Chennai don't score too many runs"

14.1

Kumar to Badrinath, 2 runs, dropped! hoicked away on the leg-side and Ganguly had a chance to catch it, although he had a lot of ground to make, got some hand to it, but failed to catch it. He seems to have done his shoulder, he is taking his time getting up here.

Cheer around the ground as Ganguly is back on his feet.

In reference to that stumping, Abhinav: "I felt it was the right decision. The bail had been disturbed, but not dislodged."

14.2

Kumar to Badrinath, FOUR, pulled it away, short ball and finally Badrinath gets it away to the fence. No chance for the fielder at fine-leg.

14.3

Kumar to Badrinath, FOUR, pitched up to the bat, on the leg-side and the ball has been deposited to wide long-on for a four!

14.4

Kumar to Badrinath, FOUR, that will go for another four, and it is not off the middle at all! He tried to hit it over square-leg, gets an outside edge and that goes to third-man for a four

14.5

Kumar to Badrinath, no run, bouncer and Badri tries to upper cut it, misses and that is a dot for a change.

First instance of both openers scoring 50s this season.

14.6

Kumar to Badrinath, 1 run, on the pads and the pull stroke is played away to the leg-side for a single.

End of over 15 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 115/0 (RR: 7.66)
S Badrinath    56* (45b 8x4)      B Kumar    3-0-37-0
F du Plessis    58* (46b 4x4 2x6)      M Kartik    4-0-24-0

15.1

Samuels to Badrinath, 1 run, full-toss and that is pulled away for a single. He is missing out on some full-tosses.

15.2

Samuels to du Plessis, no run, into the block-hole, 108 km/hr and dug out.

15.3

Samuels to du Plessis, OUT, slower this time and du Plessis has spooned it up in the air on the leg-side, the fielder at the deep square-leg comes in and judges it really well.

F du Plessis c Mathews b Samuels 58 (79m 48b 4x4 2x6) SR: 120.83

Suresh Raina would have been awaiting his chance for a long time. Finally gets it.

15.4

Samuels to Badrinath, no run, looks to paddle-sweep but does not get the bat to the ball.

15.5

Samuels to Badrinath, OUT, tries to slog sweep it away, lofts it in the air and the ball finds the same fielder as before, Badri is gone and Chennai are suddenly two down.

S Badrinath c Mathews b Samuels 57 (81m 48b 8x4 0x6) SR: 118.75

MS Dhoni does walk out at four.

15.6

Samuels to Raina, no run, slower, outside the off-stump and Raina attempt to cut is nothing more than a swish, beaten outside the off-stump.

End of over 16 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 116/2 (RR: 7.25)
SK Raina    0* (1b)      MN Samuels    3-0-21-2
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      B Kumar    3-0-37-0

Boogoo: "How many others like Nitin write something on the feedback and then things happen to make you look completely stupid. Happened to me many times!" Let's see if the converse is true, Badri is out, will the Super Kings get a lot of runs!

16.1

Nehra to Dhoni, 2 runs, pitched up to the bat, punched off the back-foot to long-off for a couple of runs.

16.2

Nehra to Dhoni, 1 run, goes for a swipe, gets an outside edge and it flies off to the third-man for a single

16.3

Nehra to Raina, OUT, short ball to Raina and he continues to get out to bouncers! This time though he had no option but to go after the pull and the top-edge carries to Kartik at fine-leg and they have lost their third.

SK Raina c Kartik b Nehra 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

16.4

Nehra to Dhoni, 1 run, on the leg-stump and Dhoni nudges it away for a single

16.5

Nehra to Bravo, 1 run, dabbed on the off-stump and Dhoni was off. Bravo had some doubts about that single but Dhoni had none and a single results.

16.6

Nehra to Dhoni, FOUR, pitched outside the off-stump, up to the bat and Dhoni thumps it away to wide long-on for a four. Many more of those needed after two relatively quieter overs.

End of over 17 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 125/3 (RR: 7.35)
MS Dhoni    8* (4b 1x4)      A Nehra    3-0-15-1
DJ Bravo    1* (1b)      MN Samuels    3-0-21-2

Rahul Sharma comes in now.

17.1

Sharma to Bravo, 3 runs, shorter one and that is cut away to the third-man region for three. That was extremely well run by the captain.

17.2

Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, pitched outside the leg-stump and Dhoni tapped it to the leg-side and was immediately away for a single. He wanted a second but did not get it.

17.3

Sharma to Bravo, no run, defends on the back-foot to the off-side

17.4

Sharma to Bravo, 2 runs, driven to the off-side, they go for a risky single, Pandey tried to throw the stumps down from extra-cover, he missed it and they got an overthrow.

17.5

Sharma to Bravo, no run, outside the off-stump and Bravo had given himself so much room that he failed to get to it.

17.6

Sharma to Bravo, SIX, finally something to cheer about for the Super Kings that over. Short and it was smacked away over long-on for a six. 12 off the over, six off the first five balls.

End of over 18 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 137/3 (RR: 7.61)
DJ Bravo    12* (6b 1x6)      R Sharma    4-0-28-0
MS Dhoni    9* (5b 1x4)      A Nehra    3-0-15-1

Ashish Nehra will bowl the 19th over this game. There has been some change that means.

18.1

Nehra to Dhoni, 1 run, pitched right up to the bat and Dhoni hits a half-helicopter stroke, drilled to long-on for a single.

Anand: "Chennai badly needed an opening stand and Vijay has been struggling to get past 10 - So Badri did deliver what was expected outta him. With Dhoni @ the crease - we are looking for some serious hitting!!"

Yes, they did, especially after so many opening failures.

18.2

Nehra to Bravo, 1 leg bye, pitching outside the leg-stump, tried to flick it away but fails to get any bat, an unnecessary shout for an lbw by Nehra.

18.3

Nehra to Dhoni, 2 runs, hits hard to long-off and if the shot was good then the running between the wickets was amazing. They came back for the second.

18.4

Nehra to Dhoni, 1 run

18.5

Nehra to Bravo, OUT, out, caught! Pitched outside the off-stump, Bravo plays his favourite inside-out stroke, but the ball carries only up to the sweeper fielder, where Mathews takes his third catch!

DJ Bravo c Mathews b Nehra 12 (12m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

5 off the over so far. Will the last ball yield something for the Super Kings?

18.6

Nehra to Dhoni, FOUR, yes it will, that is drilled so hard from Dhoni that Nehra will be thanking his stars that his head wasn't close to the ball. No chance for the long-on fielder either and that's gone for four.

End of over 19 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 146/4 (RR: 7.68)
MS Dhoni    17* (9b 2x4)      A Nehra    4-0-23-2
RA Jadeja    0* (0b)      R Sharma    4-0-28-0

19.1

Samuels to Jadeja, SIX, Shot, six! That was right in the slot and Jadeja has dismissed the first ball he faces out of the park.

19.2

Samuels to Jadeja, 1 run, short ball and that is pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a single.

19.3

Samuels to Dhoni, SIX, helicopter shot, not too much of a back-lift, and yes, this has, without exaggeration, cleared the roof.

Chennai's score against Pune in their last game was 155

19.4

Samuels to Dhoni, FOUR, pitched right into the block-hole and guess what the captain does, coolly flicks it away to the leg-side, with a lot of power from his bottom-hand and that is gone.

19.5

Samuels to Dhoni, 1 run, drilled down to long-on and the fielder was very straight this time, only a single.

19.6

Samuels to Jadeja, OUT, gone, caught this time, Jadeja has holed out to the deep square-leg region and Chennai end on 164/5. 18 from that over and a wicket.

RA Jadeja c Sharma b Samuels 7 (6m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 233.33

Pune need 165 to make it two wins in a row against the Super Kings, but on a slow pitch this is not going to be very easy. Excellent innings from du Plessis where he kept walking down the track and kept taking singles all over the park, Badri played his part as his opening partner before Dhoni blasted a 12-ball 28. Samuels picked up three, while Nehra took two.

Back in 10 minutes after a quick meal.

End of over 20 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 164/5
     MN Samuels    4-0-39-3
MS Dhoni    28* (12b 3x4 1x6)      A Nehra    4-0-23-2
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Apr 19, 2012

Faf du Plessis avoids getting run out, Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors, IPL, Chennai, April 19, 2012

Faf du Plessis avoids getting run out

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Apr 19, 2012

MS Dhoni bludgeons one of the biggest sixes of the tournament, Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors, IPL, Chennai, April 19, 2012

MS Dhoni bludgeons one of the biggest sixes of the tournament

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