Indian Premier League, Elimination Final: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians at Bengaluru, May 23, 2012
Indian Premier League - Elimination final
Chennai Super Kings won by 38 runs
23 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)

7.58 pmFielders making their way to the centre on a red carpet, Harbhajan touches the trophy on display on his way out. Billy Bowden walks out, picks up the ball from the IPL trophy and gives it a little peck. It is Murali Vijay opening the innings with Michael Hussey.

Harbhajan Singh has the ball in his hands, can he overturn the poor tournament he has had had so far? Vijay on strike.

7.50 pmThanks George, eight different opening partnerships for Mumbai Indians this season, in 16 games. That is a number unprecedented I think.

Manish: "Mumbai's team selection is really surprising..Choosing James Franklin over Gibbs makes no sense to me specially when you are not using Franklin to bowl any overs."

Their seventh opening stand was between Tendulkar and Gibbs, and it had Gibbs smacking a half-century on a slow track at Eden Gardens. Two games later, he is out and it is Dwayne Smith opening for the Mumbai Indians.

Incidentally, Mumbai Indians have beaten Chennai Super Kings twice this season.

Rasik: "Its sad that Badrinath is so often overlooked.....CSK could use a steady player like him in a lineup boasting of a explosive middle order. Aniruddha's injury might just be a blessing in disguise."

PDTM: "For the last couple of weeks I have thought that the only way to hold CSK back from the title this year is to keep them out of the top four. They have squeezed in and I think their finals experience might be telling for them."

7.40 pm "It takes a brave captain to win the toss and bat in a crunch game like this on a Blore batting paradise. It is CSK's bowling tonight that will decide the outcome," says Baskar.

"I dont think Clint McKay was used by MI in any of the games!" says DP. Of course he did. Two games, v KXIP and Daredevils.

Sagar: "A very good decision by MI management to keep Dhawal Kulkarni in final XI..! Hope it works in MI's favour!" Harbhajan said Kulkarni's bowling in the previous game had kept him in the side.

Brad: "No Gibbs on this track is silly! Glad Munaf isn't playing, needs to work on his fielding and learn how to act like a cricket player before he plays again!" True, Gibbs might have come good on this flat Bangalore pitch, but Super Kings have a few spinners and Gibbs hasn't been fluent against spin.

Right, time for me to hand over the commentary to Suneer, I'll be back later.

Toss, 7.30 pm "This is like a quarter-final," Ravi Shastri tells Harbhajan Singh. "We want to play every game like a final," is Harbhajan's response. MS Dhoni managed to stay impassive during Danny Morrison's bombastic introduction, but he allowed himself a smile at the end.

Harbhajan spins, Dhoni calls heads, it's a tail. Mumbai Indians are bowling. Dhoni wanted to bowl too but isn't very disappointed to set a target. Super Kings have made two changes. Anirudha Srikkanth is not fit so S Badrinath comes in. Yo Mahesh has been replaced by Shadab Jakati.

Mumbai Indians are unchanged from their previous game.

CSKFAN: "Feel bad for Faf Du Plessis.. CSK's highest run-scorer this IPL is made to warm the bench thanks to Mr.Cricket."

7.00 pm Good evening and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of the Eliminator. Petrol prices in India are up by quite a lot, but the IPL rolls on. There are no second chances today. One of either Mumbai Indians or Chennai Super Kings will be eliminated - that's what an eliminator does - the other will travel to Chennai, where they will play Delhi Daredevils in a fight for the final.

"The IPL eliminator match in Bangalore will be between two teams which have struggled in the first six overs - one with the bat, the other with the ball," says S Rajesh in his IPL Watcher. Mumbai Indians' batsmen have fared poorly during the fielding restrictions, but so have Super Kings' bowlers.

There are three Super Kings in our Benchwarmers XI as well - Scott Styris, Suraj Randiv and George Bailey - but no Mumbai Indian. Mumbai Indians have used all their foreign players at least once.

Toss in four minutes at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore (it's 7.26 pm).


Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, no run, round the stumps, on the off stump, hint of spin, pitched up, defended back to the bowler


Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, no run, shorter from Bhajji, goes on to the back foot, defended to short mid-wicket


Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, no run, on the off stump, defended to the covers


Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, 1 run, goes down the pitch, gently dabs it away to wide long-on and for a single, Dhawal Kulkarni fields


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, on the back foot, hits his pads and there is a huge appeal from Harbhajan, spinning from round the stumps. The umpire gave it not-out after some doubt whether it hit the bat or directly the pads, replays not too conclusively, but it was close alright


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, shorter, outside the off stump, hurries on to the batsman, defended on the back foot to the off side

End of over 1 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • MEK Hussey 0 (2b)
    • M Vijay 1 (4b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-1-0

Good start from Harbhajan, just one from that opening over. Dhawal Kulkarni, 3/18 in the last game, will share the new ball.


Kulkarni to Vijay, OUT, edged and gone, swing away and caught in the slips! Lot of swing there from Kulkarni and Vijay was going for a drive, gets an outside edge and that flies off to the lone slip in the form of Rohit Sharma, takes it easily and first blood to Mumbai!

M Vijay c Sharma b Kulkarni 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Suresh Raina at three.


Kulkarni to Raina, OUT, inside edge and bowled first ball! what a start from Dhawal Kulkarni, he was nowhere in the team for the first many games, suddenly gets a couple and he is making the ball talk, second wicket for him, it was outside the off stump and there was a bit of wobble, Raina went for a drive, gets an inside edge and is bowled!

SK Raina b Kulkarni 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Aditya: "Is Dhawal Kulkarni the lucky charm for MI? Strikes again..." Yes, he does. He is on a hat-trick, bowling to Badrinath.


Kulkarni to Badrinath, 1 wide, bad ball for a hat-trick ball, down the leg side, no swing, and lets that one go through to the keeper, wide called


Kulkarni to Badrinath, no run, excellent stuff from DK, this was similar to the Vijay dismissal, outside the off stump, swinging away and the only difference was that he missed the edge did Badri


Kulkarni to Badrinath, no run, short of length, 138.6 km/hr, hits the bat hard as he defends to the off side

Tony: "Vijay has been woefully out of form, I dislike the way he always plays out an over indicating he will go big later only to get out the next over. Morkel should have been tried out as an opener. He could be lethal like Gayle."


Kulkarni to Badrinath, no run, on the middle, bouncing too much, angling into the batsman, he was waiting for the out-swing probably, misses, hits the pad and there is a huge appeal for a wicket, called not-out by the ump


Kulkarni to Badrinath, 2 runs, driven gracefully, more like placed into the gap, pitched and moving away but well played, it looks like it was running away to the fence before that big man makes a big slide, Pollard restricts them to two.

End of over 2 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 4/2 (RR: 2.00)

    • S Badrinath 2 (4b)
    • MEK Hussey 0 (2b)
    • DS Kulkarni 1-0-3-2
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-1-0

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, short, cut and that went quickly to the cover fielder, should have been put away


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, short again, defended on the back foot to the covers


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, and short of length yet again, pushed quicker, angling in from round the stumps, defended to the off side


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, this time brought out on the front foot, drives, goes on the bounce to the point fielder


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, quicker one into the batsman, carefully pushed to the right of the bowler, who dives well to stop that from going for a single


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, another dot, maiden over, pitched fuller, into the batsman, who prefers to push it into the covers, goes to extra-cover inside the circle and that is the end of another excellent over from Harbhajan Singh

End of over 3 (maiden) Chennai Super Kings 4/2 (RR: 1.33)

    • MEK Hussey 0 (8b)
    • S Badrinath 2 (4b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-1-1-0
    • DS Kulkarni 1-0-3-2

Dhawal Kulkarni to continue


Kulkarni to Badrinath, FOUR, edged and four this time, it was outside the off stump, he went down the track, was swinging away, takes the outside edge and it eludes the lone slip, Rohit, goes fine to third-man for four


Kulkarni to Badrinath, no run, immediately shortens the length, Badri defends to the covers


Kulkarni to Badrinath, FOUR, down the track and another four through the left of mid-off, he wanted to get over the swing, does exactly that, gets off the middle of the bat for four


Kulkarni to Badrinath, no run, on the middle stump, angling in before deviating slightly away and defended back to the bowler


Kulkarni to Badrinath, 1 run, a bit of a shimmy down the wicket, opens the face of the bat, through to third-man for a single


Kulkarni to Hussey, 1 run, well bowled again, on the middle stump and swinging back to the batsman, who defends it and wants a single, Badri hesitated a little before calling him through for a quick one

End of over 4 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 14/2 (RR: 3.50)

    • MEK Hussey 1 (9b)
    • S Badrinath 11 (9b 2x4)
    • DS Kulkarni 2-0-13-2
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-1-1-0

RP Singh is into the attack. Will he get some swing, DK did.

Hussey, incidentally, took nine balls to get off the mark.


Singh to Hussey, FOUR, edged and through the slips for a four! It was outside the off stump, swinging in from one pitched up, went for the drive, gets an edge through to the third-man for four


Singh to Hussey, no run, outside the off stump and this time it has left away by the batsman through to the keeper


Singh to Hussey, no run, outside the off stump, pitched up and driven to the covers, straight to the fielder


Singh to Hussey, FOUR, outside the off stump, lot of width for the batsman, he frees his arms and smashes over the covers for a boundary! Good counter-attacking from Hussey


Singh to Hussey, no run, on the of stump, defended on the back foot


Singh to Hussey, no run, outside the off stump, short of length, still some swing, he is on the back foot, punched to the off side and to the fielder

End of over 5 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 22/2 (RR: 4.40)

    • MEK Hussey 9 (15b 2x4)
    • S Badrinath 11 (9b 2x4)
    • RP Singh 1-0-8-0
    • DS Kulkarni 2-0-13-2

Lasith Malinga replaces Dhawal Kulkarni.


Malinga to Badrinath, no run, on the middle stump, bit of swing, pushed to the short mid-wicket, it was not too quick


Malinga to Badrinath, 1 run, on the pads as well, flicked away to fine-leg for a single, Badri is through to the non-striker's end


Malinga to Hussey, FOUR, outside the off stump and pitched up, Hussey eases it through the extra-cover region for a four, beats the in-field and Harbhajan at mid-off fails in his chase.


Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, yorker on the middle, defended well, on the off stump, bit of hesitation and then they go for a single, Smith from point has a shy and had that hit, Badri would have been out by a yard


Malinga to Badrinath, 1 run, short ball, fended away to the leg side, was awkwardly played, and they still get a single


Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, another yorker to the batsman, who is on the back foot, dug out well, goes to third-man for a single

End of over 6 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 30/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • MEK Hussey 15 (18b 3x4)
    • S Badrinath 13 (12b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-8-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-8-0

Singh to Hussey, no run, on the middle, short of length and there was slight deviation away from the batsman, beats the outside edge, the feet were going nowhere for Hussey


Singh to Hussey, 1 run, on his pads, pushed to the leg side and they are quickly off for a single before the short mid-wicket comes into the picture

Vinod: "Its no brainer to choose Faf instead of Hussey or Albie. Dhoni missing a trick here."


Singh to Badrinath, no run, gives himself some room by moving to the leg side, it was on a length, pushed to the off side


Singh to Badrinath, FOUR, short from RP, wants to go for the pull, gets a bit of an under edge and it beats the wicket-keeper and the fine-leg for a four!


Singh to Badrinath, no run, outside the off stump, short of length, on the back foot, pushes to the covers


Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, goes down the pitch, flicks it away the fuller ball to mid-wicket for a single

End of over 7 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 36/2 (RR: 5.14)

    • S Badrinath 18 (16b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 16 (20b 3x4)
    • RP Singh 2-0-14-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-8-0

Siva and lot of others surprised over Faf's exclusion from the side. Siva: "CSK is the only team that would keep their top scorer (Du Plessis) out and play Hussey based on past performance and his ability to score big when needed. Did Dhoni make a mistake here or can Hussey do it...again."

It is Kieron Pollard to take up bowling now. Karthik's up to the stumps.


Pollard to Badrinath, 2 runs, outside the off stump, cut away through point and they get a single, misfield by Rayadu at sweeper allows them to come back for the second


Pollard to Badrinath, 1 run, another one outside the off stump, short of length, outside edge through to third-man and a single


Pollard to Hussey, no run, on the leg stump, bit of deviation into the batsman, hits the pads and it rolls to the leg side, wanted a single but Pollard runs quickly and prevents it


Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, pitched right up to the bat, outside the off stump, driven to the sweeper for a single


Pollard to Badrinath, 1 leg bye, on the middle stump, angles into the batsman, bit of bounce for Pollard and it is played away to the leg side for a single


Pollard to Hussey, no run, outside the off stump, pitched right up and driven but straight to extra-cover and they get no run

End of over 8 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 41/2 (RR: 5.12)

    • MEK Hussey 17 (23b 3x4)
    • S Badrinath 21 (19b 3x4)
    • KA Pollard 1-0-4-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-14-0

Decent recovery from Chennai, they could go like this for another over leading up to the Time-Out before taking a call on how to proceed. Dwayne Smith has the ball now.


Smith to Badrinath, no run, on the middle stump, gives himself room, pushes to the point fielder for no run


Smith to Badrinath, 2 runs, on the leg side, played away to fine-leg and he had hit it slow, are able to get back for the second


Smith to Badrinath, no run, on the off stump, tries to run it down to third-man misses and Karthik not only whips them off in a hurry but also makes a long appeal, forcing the leg umpire to call for the third umpire, not-out given


Smith to Badrinath, no run, full-toss, on the off stump, driven to the left of the bowler, misfielded by the bowler, allows a single


Smith to Badrinath, FOUR, outside the off stump, wants to swing it away, gets an under edge and easily beats the fine-leg, Sachin Tendulkar.


Smith to Badrinath, no run, on the leg stump, he was giving room yet again but was able to only push it back to the bowler

Time-Out time, which also means that George will now take over the commentary duties from me.

End of over 9 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 47/2 (RR: 5.22)

    • S Badrinath 27 (25b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 17 (23b 3x4)
    • DR Smith 1-0-6-0
    • KA Pollard 1-0-4-0

Thank you, Suneer. A bit too slow, Chennai's run-rate, but was to be expected after those early blows. They have the arsenal to accelerate later, but they need to begin that push soon.

Pollard to bowl his second over, from over the wicket.


Pollard to Hussey, FOUR, short ball first up and Hussey simply pulls it into the gap on the midwicket boundary, didn't hit it too hard, focused on placing it


Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, the slower ball bowled fuller on middle and off stump, driven to long off on the front foot


Pollard to Badrinath, no run, Badri goes low to paddle the ball but is hit on the pad by a slower one


Pollard to Badrinath, FOUR, short ball and Badri pulls the ball flat towards deep square leg, where Malinga seemed to have it covered. The ball fell short of him and bounced really high, flying over Malinga's head


Pollard to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri heaves across the line once again and gets a bottom edge past his stumps to the fine leg boundary

Pollard ran in but did not deliver, maybe he wanted to see what Badri was going to do. Badri stayed quite still.


Pollard to Badrinath, 1 run, short of a length angling into the right-hander, Badri opens the face and steers to third man

Not a bad start at all for the Champs after the time out.

End of over 10 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 61/2 (RR: 6.10)

    • S Badrinath 36 (29b 6x4)
    • MEK Hussey 22 (25b 4x4)
    • KA Pollard 2-0-18-0
    • DR Smith 1-0-6-0

Harbhajan from round the wicket ...


Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, played off the back foot on the leg side


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, drifts down leg side but Harbhajan gets away with it, Hussey goes down on one knee and paddles straight to short fine leg


Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, SIX, huge hit over deep midwicket, Badri clears his front leg and swings freely, sending the ball into the stands. He's taking charge of this innings


Harbhajan Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, slower ball drifting across the right-hander, Badri drives in front of point


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, SIX, intense stuff from Super Kings! Hussey charges, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it towards long-off, where Pollard leaps at full stretch but watches the ball just go over him


Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, FOUR, the deft reverse paddle from Hussey! He places it fine, between the keeper and short third man

End of over 11 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 80/2 (RR: 7.27)

    • MEK Hussey 33 (28b 5x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 44 (32b 6x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-1-20-0
    • KA Pollard 2-0-18-0

Harbhajan's brought Malinga back to try and reduce the run flow.


Malinga to Badrinath, no run, the slower ball outside off stump, steered from the crease to Pollard at backward point


Malinga to Badrinath, no run, Badri makes room by moving towards leg but has to dig out a yorker back to the bowler


Malinga to Badrinath, 1 wide, Malinga tries to bowl another yorker but strays down leg side

Faisal: "In the 2 overs after the time-out, Hussey & Badrinath have increased the NRR from a lowly 5 to a respectable 7."


Malinga to Badrinath, no run, a straight, very low full toss, Badri mis-times the drive towards the bowler


Malinga to Badrinath, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Badri stays in his crease and opens the face to steer to third man


Malinga to Hussey, no run, that is a terrific short ball from Malinga, fast and outside off, Hussey shaped to pull but decided against hitting against the angle going across him from over the wicket


Malinga to Hussey, no run, ends the over with a yorker which Hussey plays on the leg side, three runs off it, after the abundance of runs in the previous two

End of over 12 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 82/2 (RR: 6.83)

    • MEK Hussey 33 (30b 5x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 45 (36b 6x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-10-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-1-20-0

Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, short of a length angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, Badri swats towards long off

Sam: "I think Harbhajan missed a trick by not bowling the 5th over. Why would you take yourself off after bowling a maiden? Pile the pressure on. Besides he could have saved Malinga for bowling 4 of the last 8 when Chennai HAS to go for it. Bad captaincy I would think."


Singh to Hussey, 1 leg bye, RP bowls a full ball nearly in the blockhole on leg stump, Hussey gets hit on the pad as he tries to nudge towards square


Singh to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri mis-times the pull, he was trying to hit against the angle going across him and the ball falls short of Harbahjan running in from midwicket


Singh to Hussey, FOUR, a full ball on the pads, Hussey clears his front foot and lofts the ball into the gap between long on and deep midwicket


Singh to Hussey, FOUR, a short ball to follow the full one, but same result. Hussey pulls extremely hard and into the gap at deep midwicket


Singh to Hussey, 1 run, full on the pads this time, Hussey flicks through square.

Billy Bowden signals for the time out, Mumbai Indians need to gather themselves. Arundathi: "Faisal, small correction: Harbhajan Singh has increased the NRR from a lowly 5 to a respectable 7."

Vamsi: "Now I want it to go from a respectable 7 to an amazing 10."

PDTM: "Hussey going extremely well, proving to Faf Fans that the cream comes to the top in pressure situations; Hussey is ten times the cricketer Faf is and absorbed the pressure and might just go ballistic here."

End of over 13 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 94/2 (RR: 7.23)

    • MEK Hussey 42 (34b 7x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 47 (38b 6x4 1x6)
    • RP Singh 3-0-25-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-10-0

Pollard again, for his third over, from over the wicket.


Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, a slower ball on leg stump, Hussey turns the ball off his pads to square leg


Pollard to Badrinath, OUT, caught on the edge of the straight boundary! Badri gave Pollard the charge, the ball was short of a length and straight. Badri hit through the line, lofting the ball on the up, over the bowler's head. Rohit ran to his left from long-on and judged the catch well because he was on the move when he reached the ball

S Badrinath c Sharma b Pollard 47 (39b 6x4 1x6) SR: 120.51


Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, driven on the front foot to long on

Dhoni is the new batsman.


Pollard to Dhoni, FOUR, and a terrific start for the captain, Pollard strays on to the pads and Dhoni flicks it in the air and into the gap on the midwicket boundary


Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, the fuller, slower ball. Dhoni drives to long on


Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, Pollard veers wide of the crease and then bowls a good length ball on middle and off, Hussey stays in his crease and plays on the off side

End of over 14 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 102/3 (RR: 7.28)

    • MEK Hussey 45 (37b 7x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 5 (2b 1x4)
    • KA Pollard 3-0-26-1
    • RP Singh 3-0-25-0

James Franklin is going to bowl his first over, from over the wicket.


Franklin to Hussey, FOUR, a full ball on the pads, meat and drink for Hussey, who glances and beats the fielder at short fine leg. Even I might have got bat on that


Franklin to Hussey, OUT, that's cleared the backward square leg boundary ... oh no it hasn't! Kulkarni's taken a splendid catch. Hussey flicked a length ball with the angle into him and he seemed to have placed it into the gap. Kulkarni ran to his left from deep square leg, caught the ball in the nick of time, and was able to stay inside play by arresting his momentum

MEK Hussey c Kulkarni b Franklin 49 (39b 8x4 1x6) SR: 125.64


Franklin to Dhoni, 1 run, punched off the back foot to cover

Jadeja, ahead of Bravo and Morkel.


Franklin to Jadeja, 1 run, full ball outside off, driven on the front foot towards cover


Franklin to Dhoni, no run, Jadeja's been let off! Dhoni had come out of his crease to flick, he missed and was hit on the pads. The ball fell close on the off side and Jadeja ran a long way down from the non-striker's end. Dhoni sent him back. Franklin ran to the ball, picked up and threw at the bowler's end. RP Singh had come running in from mid-off and he broke the stumps with Jadeja well short. He broke the stumps after failing to collect the ball


Franklin to Dhoni, SIX, that's out of here! A length ball which Dhoni got under and heaved at with might towards long-on. That's gone over the roof of the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Tremendous. The biggest of the tournament? 112 metres, so it was.

End of over 15 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 114/4 (RR: 7.60)

    • MS Dhoni 12 (5b 1x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1 (1b)
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-12-1
    • KA Pollard 3-0-26-1

Kulkarni to Jadeja, OUT, Jadeja is second time unlucky. He threw his bat at a length delivery angling across him and made contact with the bottom of the bat, wide outside off stump. The ball went high in the air and Rohit ran back from point to take a fine catch, watching the ball as it fell over his head

RA Jadeja c Sharma b Kulkarni 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Kulkarni to Dhoni, FOUR, too full and Dhoni simply drills it with a lot of power between Bravo and the stumps at the bowler's end, lots of bottom hand in that shot


Kulkarni to Dhoni, FOUR, again the length is full, and Dhoni drives along the ground through cover, super placement


Kulkarni to Dhoni, FOUR, after the full balls were punished, Kulkarni predictably shortens his length, Dhoni is ready and waiting, swivelling to pull the ball past short fine leg


Kulkarni to Dhoni, 1 run, played off the back foot towards cover


Kulkarni to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo goes back to drop the short of a length ball towards the off side

End of over 16 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 128/5 (RR: 8.00)

    • DJ Bravo 1 (1b)
    • MS Dhoni 25 (9b 4x4 1x6)
    • DS Kulkarni 3-0-27-3
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-12-1

Malinga's back to try and control things again.


Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, the slower ball on a good length around off, Bravo drops the ball close on the off side and runs


Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, a low full toss on middle stump, Dhoni swings it through midwicket, giving Smith a long chase from deep backward square leg. He slid and tried to stop the ball with his feet but failed


Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off, Dhoni squeezes it through point

Avjit: "Dhoni again playin a captain's knock. He is always a nightmare for opposite team in crucial matches..hats off to him..."


Malinga to Bravo, FOUR, Malinga's bowled a full toss on the pads when fine leg is in the circle, Bravo glances and places the ball between the keeper and short fine leg


Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Bravo stays back and cuts towards deep point


Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni stays in his crease to a length ball and drives it towards wide long-on, he is batting and running with urgency

End of over 17 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 141/5 (RR: 8.29)

    • MS Dhoni 32 (12b 5x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 7 (4b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-23-0
    • DS Kulkarni 3-0-27-3

RP Singh from over the wicket.


Singh to Bravo, no run, Bravo walks outside off stump and RP Singh bowls the ball wider outside off, outside the tram line, Bravo tried to blast through cover but missed. Good call from the umpire Dharmasena not to call it wide


Singh to Bravo, 1 run, played to cover point for a single


Singh to Dhoni, FOUR, seems so effortless, most of the fielders in the deep are on the leg side, so Dhoni moves towards leg and lofts a full ball from leg and middle stump towards the extra cover boundary


Singh to Dhoni, 2 runs, driven to wide long on and Dhoni and Bravo race the first so they can sprint the second


Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, Pollard makes a stupendous save on the wide long-on boundary. Dhoni hammered the ball, so flat and hard. It was bouncing over the boundary but Pollard dived in the nick of time, using his large reach to bring the ball down


Singh to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo walks towards the off side and clips a full toss off his pad through square leg

End of over 18 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 150/5 (RR: 8.33)

    • DJ Bravo 9 (7b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 39 (15b 6x4 1x6)
    • RP Singh 4-0-34-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-23-0

Chennai scored 47 in the first nine overs, and 103 in the next nine.


Malinga to Bravo, 2 runs, Bravo closes the face of the bat and gets a leading edge that goes towards long off


Malinga to Bravo, FOUR, too full outside off, Bravo lunges forward and blazes the ball over the leaping fielder at extra cover, Bravo had lots of width outside off


Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, good length on off stump, Bravo pushes to point and runs

UV: "Once CSK reached the top 4, this was always on the cards - Dhoni coming to the party, Mumbai crumbling under the pressure. My Forecast - CSK might do a hattrick" Mumbai Indians haven't batted yet, this pitch is a beauty.

Shiva: "Chennai should really send Albie up the order at least in crucial matches like this. It really makes a lot of difference between a 170 total and a 190 total. When Dhoni and Albie are in full flow together, it will definitely be demoralizing for the opposition."


Malinga to Dhoni, SIX, there's the helicopter shot, and the ball has disappeared flat over the midwicket boundary. Dhoni goes back to change a yorker to a full length ball and flicks it with a lot of bottom hand. Now we've seen all of Dhoni's repertoire tonight


Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, in the blockhole on off stump, Dhoni gets down low and plays to short third man


Malinga to Bravo, FOUR, short of a length and Bravo pulls the ball high towards deep midwicket, where it falls short of the boundary but goes safely over it. 18 off that Malinga over.

End of over 19 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 168/5 (RR: 8.84)

    • DJ Bravo 20 (11b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 46 (17b 6x4 2x6)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-41-0
    • RP Singh 4-0-34-0

Kulkarni to bowl the final over, such pressure.


Kulkarni to Dhoni, 2 runs, a low full toss, nearly in the blockhole, Dhoni forces the ball to long on, the batsmen race back for the second and Pollard kicks the ground in disappointment after throwing wide of the stumps at the batsman's end


Kulkarni to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni plays the paddle sweep but can't beat short fine leg


Kulkarni to Bravo, 1 wide, Bravo moves outside off stump and Kulkarni sprays the ball wide, that was far too wide outside off stump

Harsha: "Ridiculous that Bhajji has bowled only 3 overs and has given the last over to Dhawal!"


Kulkarni to Bravo, SIX, short ball, and it's gone the distance. Bravo had plenty of time to wind up and pull off the front foot with tremendous force, sending the ball 85 metres over midwicket


Kulkarni to Bravo, SIX, what was that?! Bravo had moved towards leg but the ball was wide outside off, on a length. Bravo lunged at it, freeing his arms and throwing his bat with all he had. He was almost off the ground as he made contact with the ball, or one leg was. He ended up carving it flat over the point boundary. Jaw-dropping stuff.


Kulkarni to Bravo, 1 run, driven with power to the fielder at deep cover


Kulkarni to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni tries to blast down the ground but gets a bottom edge towards fine leg, Dhoni sprints back and completes his half-century off the final ball. It's been manic

9.57 pm Thanks George, that was some batting, on a track which is somewhat different what we saw yesterday. I wonder what would be going through the minds of Vijay, Raina and Jadeja. Harbhajan, who had figures of 1/1 from two overs, bowled only three in the end. Sign of lack of confidence?

9.50 pm Chennai were 47 after nine overs, they scored 140 off the last 11. Hussey and Badri began the recovery, and Dhoni came out on a mission. And once Jadeja was dismissed, Bravo and Dhoni scored at more than 2 runs a ball. Their 73-run stand took only 29 deliveries.

Mumbai Indians need 188 to stay in the tournament. This pitch is great to bat on and the boundaries are small. Not too long ago, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard pulled off a stunning chase against RCB at this venue. So they are still in it.

Back to Suneer for the start of the chase.

End of over 20 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 187/5

    • MS Dhoni 51 (20b 6x4 2x6)
    • DJ Bravo 33 (14b 3x4 2x6)
    • DS Kulkarni 4-0-46-3
    • SL Malinga 4-0-41-0





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