Indian Premier League - 63rd match

Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings won by 5 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)

Back for the chase, de Lange has the new ball

0.1

de Lange to Hussey, no run, dabs a short of a length ball angled across him towards point

0.2

de Lange to Hussey, no run, beats the left-hander with another one going across him, Hussey poking at it from the crease

0.3

de Lange to Hussey, 1 run, that did not go more than a few inches from the stumps as it was dropped softly, and they go through for a sharp single

0.4

de Lange to Vijay, no run, defends a back of a length ball down the pitch

0.5

de Lange to Vijay, no run, width given, but it has been slapped straight to cover

0.6

de Lange to Vijay, FOUR, more width, and this time is it put away with a punch past cover

End of over 1 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 5/0 (154 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.10)
M Vijay    4* (3b 1x4)      M de Lange    1-0-5-0
MEK Hussey    1* (3b)     

1.1

Balaji to Hussey, no run

1.2

Balaji to Hussey, FOUR, that has been picked over midwicket, against the angle, got the timing just right on that one

1.3

Balaji to Hussey, no run, tries to repeat the shot, this one was slightly wider outside off, and he misses

1.4

Balaji to Hussey, 1 wide, lost it completely there, floated it up very full and very wide outside off

1.4

Balaji to Hussey, no run, short of a length, cut away to point

1.5

Balaji to Hussey, SIX, that was some timing from Hussey, he charged out, and pulled the short delivery hard, the momentum was enough to take it over the deep midwicket rope

1.6

Balaji to Hussey, no run, slower, and comes in a tad from outside leg stump, rolls away off the pad

End of over 2 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 16/0 (143 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.94)
MEK Hussey    11* (9b 1x4 1x6)      L Balaji    1-0-11-0
M Vijay    4* (3b 1x4)      M de Lange    1-0-5-0

2.1

de Lange to Vijay, no run, widish length ball, he reaches out to drive but mistimes it totally

2.2

de Lange to Vijay, FOUR, into the pads from back of a length, and Vijay has timed that off the pads, in the air but but through vacant backward square leg

2.3

de Lange to Vijay, no run, goes for a cut to a wide delivery but misses

2.4

de Lange to Vijay, FOUR, drives in the air, Kallis at point dives to his left, but that has gone through his hands

2.5

de Lange to Vijay, no run

2.6

de Lange to Vijay, SIX, clatter! that is huge, short ball has been powered way over deep midwicket

End of over 3 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 30/0 (129 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 7.58)
M Vijay    18* (9b 3x4 1x6)      M de Lange    2-0-19-0
MEK Hussey    11* (9b 1x4 1x6)      L Balaji    1-0-11-0

3.1

Narine to Hussey, no run, offbreak spinning away, slapped towards extra cover

3.2

Narine to Hussey, no run, loud appeal for lbw, that has pitched a mile outside leg as Hussey misses the sweep off a tossed up ball

3.3

Narine to Hussey, no run, sharp turn and bounce across the left-hander, pushed towards extra cover

3.4

Narine to Hussey, 2 runs

3.5

Narine to Hussey, no run, a bit hesitant as he drives a tossed up full delivery to extra cover

3.6

Narine to Hussey, no run, flighted generously just outside leg, turning in and smothered off the front foot

End of over 4 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 32/0 (127 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.93)
MEK Hussey    13* (15b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    1-0-2-0
M Vijay    18* (9b 3x4 1x6)      M de Lange    2-0-19-0

4.1

Kallis to Vijay, 1 run, waits on it and eases the widish delivery down to third man

4.2

Kallis to Hussey, SIX, neatly done, skips out, makes some room, and swings it cleanly over long on rope

4.3

Kallis to Hussey, no run, stays in the crease and tries to cut a wide one going across, misses

4.4

Kallis to Hussey, 1 run

4.5

Kallis to Vijay, FOUR, smashed over extra cover

4.6

Kallis to Vijay, no run, tries to pull a short ball but it bounces too much

End of over 5 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 44/0 (115 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.80, RRR: 7.66)
M Vijay    23* (12b 4x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    1-0-12-0
MEK Hussey    20* (18b 1x4 2x6)      SP Narine    1-0-2-0

5.1

Narine to Hussey, 2 runs, inside edge as he goes for a sweep, ball scurries past the keeper

5.2

Narine to Hussey, 1 run, spins across the left-hander, worked off the back foot to square leg

Apologies for the slip-up in scoring, people. It is being sorted out

5.3

Narine to Vijay, 1 run

5.4

Narine to Hussey, 1 run, he tries to reverse sweep an offbreak from outside leg stump, it pops up in the air but falls well short of short third

5.5

Narine to Vijay, no run

5.6

Narine to Vijay, 2 runs, worked wide of long on and they will charge back for the second

End of over 6 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 51/0 (108 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 7.71)
M Vijay    26* (15b 4x4 1x6)      SP Narine    2-0-9-0
MEK Hussey    24* (21b 1x4 2x6)      JH Kallis    1-0-12-0

6.1

Balaji to Hussey, no run, looks to bend his knee and squeeze out a full delivery from just outside off, but mistimes it towards extra cover, Tiwary runs in and lobs the ball towards the non-striker's stumps with a dive

6.2

Balaji to Hussey, 1 run, charges out, takes it on the full and belts it through cover

6.3

Balaji to Vijay, 1 run, mistimes a pull, he was looking to fetch it from outside off, but it was the slower one, top edge falls safely behind square

6.4

Balaji to Hussey, FOUR, that has raced away to the third man rope, throws his bat at a wide and full one, and it scoots away

6.5

Balaji to Hussey, no run, beaten this time as he tries to dab it to third man

6.6

Balaji to Hussey, 1 run, drives it away to sweeper cover for one

End of over 7 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 58/0 (101 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.28, RRR: 7.76)
MEK Hussey    30* (26b 2x4 2x6)      L Balaji    2-0-18-0
M Vijay    27* (16b 4x4 1x6)      SP Narine    2-0-9-0

Bhatia will have a bowl

7.1

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, length ball, whipped away from middle and leg through midwicket

7.2

Bhatia to Vijay, FOUR, moves away well outside off, there was width, it was dabbed to Gautam's left, but he was late in getting down and it speeds past by then

7.3

Bhatia to Vijay, 1 run

7.4

Bhatia to Hussey, 4 leg byes, now he sends it down the leg side, offcutter but starting well outside leg, and put away fine

7.5

Bhatia to Hussey, SIX, nightmare over for Bhatia, now Hussey picks it from middle and launches it over deep square leg

Apologies for the confusion, we are trying to sort out the problem. We'll be back with the commentary once it is fixed.

7.6

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, length ball on middle and off, pushed down to long off

End of over 8 (17 runs) Chennai Super Kings 75/0 (84 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.37, RRR: 7.00)
MEK Hussey    38* (30b 2x4 3x6)      R Bhatia    1-0-13-0
M Vijay    32* (18b 5x4 1x6)      L Balaji    2-0-18-0

8.1

Balaji to Hussey, FOUR, they just keep coming, poor lines also continue from KKR, short of a length on leg stump, and swung over short fine leg

8.2

Balaji to Hussey, SIX, make away in the stands, that has been carted rows and rows into the crowd over deep midwicket

8.3

Balaji to Hussey, no run

8.4

Balaji to Hussey, 1 run, He was not even in the frame, but the throw from extra cover misses the stumps, even if he had thrown it to the bowler, who had got back in time, the batsman would have been gone

8.5

Balaji to Vijay, 1 run, could have been another opportunity if the throw had hit at the non-striker's from extra cover

8.6

Balaji to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey brings up fifty with a checked loft down to long off

End of over 9 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 88/0 (71 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.77, RRR: 6.45)
MEK Hussey    50* (35b 3x4 4x6)      L Balaji    3-0-31-0
M Vijay    33* (19b 5x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    1-0-13-0

9.1

Pathan to Hussey, FOUR, forget this night KKR, just not working at the moment, a pull that should have been stopped at deep midwicket goes through the fielder's hands

9.2

Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, cuts a flat and wide one to sweeper cover

9.3

Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, worked with the spin off the pad behind square leg

9.4

Pathan to Hussey, 1 run

9.5

Pathan to Vijay, no run, dropped by Baz, it had been cut hard, and was a thick edge, tough chance

9.6

Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, worked through midwicket

End of over 10 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 96/0 (63 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.60, RRR: 6.30)
M Vijay    35* (22b 5x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-8-0
MEK Hussey    56* (38b 4x4 4x6)      L Balaji    3-0-31-0

10.1

Narine to Vijay, 1 run, pushed away from the crease to cover

10.2

Narine to Hussey, OUT, a wicket, finally, top-edged sweep, loops in the air behind the keeper, short third runs towards it, but short fine leg gets there first and takes it

MEK Hussey c Bhatia b Narine 56 (47m 39b 4x4 4x6) SR: 143.58

10.3

Narine to Vijay, no run, pushes a tossed up ball to cover

10.4

Narine to Vijay, OUT, that spun back in and took out off stump, Eden Gardens comes to life, extremely poor stroke in the end from Vijay, he was on the back foot, and was looking to cut the flighted length ball, but it spun back in and confounded him completely

M Vijay b Narine 36 (49m 25b 5x4 1x6) SR: 144.00

Three men around the bat, silly point, slip, leg slip

10.5

Narine to du Plessis, 1 run, touch too short to the new batsman, he is able to punch it towards point off the back foot

10.6

Narine to Raina, no run, corker of a turner from outside leg stump, leaves him clueless as it spits across his bat and ends well outside off, lots of bounce, for good measure

End of over 11 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 98/2 (61 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.90, RRR: 6.77)
SK Raina    0* (1b)      SP Narine    3-0-11-2
F du Plessis    1* (1b)      YK Pathan    1-0-8-0

11.1

Pathan to du Plessis, 1 run, works it off the pad with the spin though square leg

Around the stumps

11.2

Pathan to Raina, no run, punches it from the crease to extra cover

11.3

Pathan to Raina, FOUR, Raina breaks free with a slap over extra cover, long off gets to the ball with a dive, but it rolls past

11.4

Pathan to Raina, no run, ending on middle and leg from a length, pushed towards extra cover

11.5

Pathan to Raina, no run, now gets well forward and drives, to extra cover again

11.6

Pathan to Raina, 1 run, pulls a flat and shortish one angled in hard but to deep midwicket

End of over 12 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 104/2 (55 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.66, RRR: 6.87)
SK Raina    5* (6b 1x4)      YK Pathan    2-0-14-0
F du Plessis    2* (2b)      SP Narine    3-0-11-2

12.1

Kallis to Raina, 1 run, drives it gracefully to sweeper cover

12.2

Kallis to du Plessis, no run, hit on the pad as he walks across too far outside off

12.3

Kallis to du Plessis, 1 run, short, into the body, and he swivels to pull to fine leg

12.4

Kallis to Raina, 1 run, worked off the pad to square leg, who lets the throw rip even as the non-striker has safely made it, Sunil Gavaskar will not like that one bit

12.5

Kallis to du Plessis, 1 run, does not quite get hold of the pull but manages to drag it to deep square

12.6

Kallis to Raina, no run, looks to steer it to third man but misses

End of over 13 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 108/2 (51 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.30, RRR: 7.28)
SK Raina    7* (9b 1x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-16-0
F du Plessis    4* (5b)      YK Pathan    2-0-14-0

13.1

Balaji to du Plessis, 1 run, flicked away in front of square leg

13.2

Balaji to Raina, 1 run, OUT, shuffles across and works a back of a length ball behind square leg, they go for the second, could striker be struggling, yes, he is, the throw is right on target for Baz, who does not delay in taking off the bails, Raina is well short

SK Raina run out 8 (15m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Can KKR make something of this? Can CSK do a KKR and collapse?

13.3

Balaji to Dhoni, no run, hits a widish delivery hard, but straight to shortish point, there are two men around point

13.4

Balaji to Dhoni, no run, punched straight to extra cover now, Eden Gardens cheers for the dot ball

13.5

Balaji to Dhoni, no run, another dot, the slow bouncer, Dhoni cannot connect with the pull

13.6

Balaji to Dhoni, no run, fourth dot on the trot, Eden Gardens likes it, punched to extra cover

End of over 14 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 110/3 (49 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.85, RRR: 8.16)
MS Dhoni    0* (4b)      L Balaji    4-0-33-0
F du Plessis    5* (6b)      JH Kallis    2-0-16-0

Bhatia back, he had a horror first over

14.1

Bhatia to du Plessis, 1 run, hit down to long on

14.2

Bhatia to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni waits for pace on the ball, Bhatia takes it off completely, Dhoni tries to power it away, a single to sweeper cover is all he gets

14.3

Bhatia to du Plessis, 1 run, sees him making room and goes wide of off, batsman reaches out to slap it down to long off

14.4

Bhatia to Dhoni, no run, now a leading edge, Dhoni is struggling to get them away, wanted to work it towards midwicket, the leading edge pops up towards Bhatia, but falls short

14.5

Bhatia to Dhoni, 1 run, under-edge now past the keeper as Dhoni wafts at a widish one outside off

14.6

Bhatia to du Plessis, 1 run, driven hard down the ground to long off, good comeback from Bhatia

End of over 15 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 115/3 (44 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 8.80)
F du Plessis    8* (9b)      R Bhatia    2-0-18-0
MS Dhoni    2* (7b)      L Balaji    4-0-33-0

15.1

Kallis to du Plessis, 1 run, pitched up, swings it down the ground to long on

15.2

Kallis to Dhoni, FOUR, tries the short ball but Dhoni hooks it away with very quick hands to the deep square leg rope

15.3

Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, the bat speed is going up from Dhoni, ball flies to point, could have been close but fielder could not collect the ball

15.4

Kallis to du Plessis, 1 run, drives it hard to long off for one

15.5

Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, skips down the track, works it away through midwicket

15.6

Kallis to du Plessis, 1 run, leaves the crease and eases it down to long off

End of over 16 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 124/3 (35 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.75, RRR: 8.75)
F du Plessis    11* (12b)      JH Kallis    3-0-25-0
MS Dhoni    8* (10b 1x4)      R Bhatia    2-0-18-0

16.1

Narine to du Plessis, 1 run, shuffles across and works it away on the leg side

16.2

Narine to Dhoni, no run, dabs one turning away from him but straight to point

16.3

Narine to Dhoni, no run, now this one spins in, it is tossed up outside off, Dhoni swings outside the line as it turns in and bounces

16.4

Narine to Dhoni, 1 run, eases a full ball through the non-striker's legs to long on

16.5

Narine to du Plessis, no run, one that turns away, defended solidly

16.6

Narine to du Plessis, 1 run, now the offbreak, he is outside the line of off as he turns it with the spin square on the leg side

End of over 17 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 127/3 (32 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 10.66)
F du Plessis    13* (15b)      SP Narine    4-0-14-2
MS Dhoni    9* (13b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-25-0

17.1

Bhatia to du Plessis, OUT, Bhatia strikes, du Plessis goes for six over long on, picks up the slow length ball from middle and leg, and lofts it cleanly, but gets too much height on it, Tiwary takes it some way in from the long on rope

F du Plessis c Tiwary b Bhatia 13 (33m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

17.2

Bhatia to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball outside off slapped away to extra cover

17.3

Bhatia to Bravo, no run, there is no pace off the pitch from Bhatia, and Bravo's punch goes straight to the bowler

17.4

Bhatia to Bravo, 1 run, eases a pitched up ball to long off

17.5

Bhatia to Dhoni, 1 run, on the back foot deep in the crease but there is almost nothing to work with on the length ball and he has to push it to long on

17.6

Bhatia to Bravo, 2 runs, legcutter worked from middle wide of deep square leg, the throw comes in to Bhatia but Dhoni charges in safely for the second

End of over 18 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 132/4 (27 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 13.50)
DJ Bravo    3* (3b)      R Bhatia    3-0-23-1
MS Dhoni    11* (15b 1x4)      SP Narine    4-0-14-2

Excellent over from Bhatia, Baz stares blankly, chewing gum, Gautam sets his field for the next over, from de Lange. Mid off up for Dhoni

18.1

de Lange to Dhoni, FOUR, and he has almost taken out de Lange first ball, de Lange would have taken it smack on the head, his hands came up late, by that time the ball had sped straight just over his head, brute force from Dhoni off that full ball outside off

18.2

de Lange to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni doing it for CSK, drills a full delivery wristily over midwicket, power and timing combining there

18.3

de Lange to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni explodes, plants his legs firmly, wide apart, and hammers the pitched up ball way over long on with a mammoth swing

18.4

de Lange to Dhoni, 1 run, now a low full toss, he tries to arch back and dispatch it, to long on this time

18.5

de Lange to Bravo, 1 run, seemed to be wanting to push it through the off side, but in the end the bat turned and he hit the full toss through midwicket

18.6

de Lange to Dhoni, 2 runs, scoops a pitched up ball outside off wide of sweeper cover, timed well enough to require a dive from the fielder

End of over 19 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 150/4 (9 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.89, RRR: 9.00)
MS Dhoni    28* (20b 3x4 1x6)      M de Lange    3-0-37-0
DJ Bravo    4* (4b)      R Bhatia    3-0-23-1

19.1

Bhatia to Bravo, 1 run, slams a full delivery on the bounce to a scrambling long off

19.2

Bhatia to Dhoni, OUT, with eight needed off five, Dhoni falls to Bhatia's legcutter, tries to heave it through midwicket, the length ball holds its line on middle and crashes into middle

MS Dhoni b Bhatia 28 (31m 21b 3x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

19.3

Bhatia to Jadeja, 2 runs, long on does well to get around to this straight hit, and keep them to two

19.4

Bhatia to Jadeja, 1 run, cannot get it away for anything more than a single to deep square leg, Bhatia proving difficult to get away yet again

19.5

Bhatia to Bravo, no run, Rajat Bhatia has Eden Gardens screaming its guts out, legcutter on middle and leg, Bravo looks to cart it out of town, misses

19.6

Bhatia to Bravo, SIX, oh Bhatia, after all those legcutters, a low full toss results, and Bravo sends it just over the long on boundary with a powerful wallop, Chennai are alive in this IPL, they rush out to Bravo, Michael Hussey looks relieved, Gautam Gambhir stares hard in disbelief, Bhatia had nine to defend off the final over, he nearly did it

That is it from us for this game. Apologies again for the scoring error earlier.

Michael Hussey is the Man of the Match. Hussey: "It shows that on this sort of pitch, the first six overs are crucial. It was hard to hit boundaries once the ball got older, we wanted to match the start KKR got."

Dhoni: "Games like this are difficult, we were cruising till the 11th over. We saw what happened to their innings, we should have learned from those mistakes, had it not been for Bravo's last-ball six, we would have lost. We said we should not be looking to play with six bowlers in this game, if needed, Raina and Faf can bowl a a bit. Spin is our strength."

Gambhir: "Narine and Rajat got us back. Now I can say maybe another spinner would have helped, but you go into the game thinking that the attack you choose can do the job you do."

MS Dhoni might not have been among the runs this IPL season, but it is his three brutal boundaries off Marchant de Lange in the 19th over that have kept Chennai's season going

Prashant: "Mr. Dhoni, my heart can't stand any more last ball victories. Please don't ever do this again."

Aravind: "If you want grey hair in no time, start supporting CSK!"

End of over 20 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 160/5
DJ Bravo    11* (7b 1x6)      R Bhatia    4-0-33-2
RA Jadeja    3* (2b)      M de Lange    3-0-37-0
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May 14, 2012

MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir have a chat, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Kolkata, May 14, 2012

MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir have a chat

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May 14, 2012

Michael Hussey made a fluent 56, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Kolkata, May 14, 2012

Michael Hussey made a fluent 56

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