Indian Premier League - 2nd qualifying match

Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings won by 86 runs

7.58 Billy Doctrove and Simon Taufel walk out, as has been the ritual, they pick the ball from IPL cup. The Delhi fielders are out, so the Chennai openers, Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey. It is Sunny Gupta who is going to open the bowling. Vijay to take strike, there was some discussion between him and Hussey. They are still talking.

7.50 pmSagar: "No matter what, DD shouldn't tinker with their batting line-up! It should be Viru Warner Ojha Mahela Taylor Rao Russell!"

GP: "Usually in Chennai, team winning the toss prefers to bat as the pitch may slow down later on. How come Shewag and Dhoni wanted to field first this time? Can we expect a high scoring game today? 170 plus?" Don't know about the high-scoring bit but they will be hoping that the track does not slow down towards the end of the second innings.

Vijay asks a question many Delhi fans are asking: "No Morne? I dont get it!. Whatever happened to the play your best XI spiel that Viru spoke about? Unless Morne Morkel is injured this decision is negative one."

Himanshu: "Is Sunny Gupta Viru's trump card whom he is unleashing when the time is right?" Probably he is hoping for an Ajit Chandila-like show from Gupta.

Toss, 7.30 pm Virender Sehwag is the home captain because Daredevils finished higher than Super Kings in the league. So Super Kings are the away team at Chepauk, which means nothing of course, apart from Sehwag getting to toss the coin.

"It's a knockout stage so every game is important," says Dhoni. No then.

Sehwag has won the toss and Delhi Daredevils are going to bowl first. Dhoni said he would have fielded as well. Both captains expect the pitch to play the same through the game.

Daredevils have made two changes: Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan are not playing. Andre Russell and someone called Sunny Gupta are playing. Gupta is an offspinner who plays for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy. He has never played an IPL game before.

Not sure what the problem with Morkel is, but Irfan had hurt his hand during the game against Kolkata Knight Riders. Maybe Daredevils brought in Russell to strengthen the batting? No word about what's going on with Shahbaz Nadeem either, must be an injury.

Alright, I think I misheard Dhoni at the toss. I thought he said two changes, but I've been told he said "no changes".

"Sunny playing his first IPL and that too a semi-final. Too risky or a brave decision?" asks Hitesh.

And on that note, over to Suneer until the start and the first ten overs.

7.00 pm Good evening and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of the penultimate game of IPL 2012. Chennai Super Kings have come home and are hosting Delhi Daredevils, a match that will decide who plays Kolkata Knight Riders in the grand final on Sunday.

Super Kings have got here after their bottomless batting and steady bowling came together to sink Mumbai Indians. Daredevils are here because they suffered from Mumbaindianitis, the primary symptom being a curious shuffling of the batting order, against Kolkata Knight Riders, who were quite exceptional themselves.

"Virender Sehwag and Delhi Daredevils are in a familiar position. Like this year, they had utterly dominated the 2009 season, before their mighty batting line-up faltered in the semi-final, much like their flop against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday. This time though, with the changed format, they get a second opportunity," says Siddarth Ravindran in his preview. "Chennai Super Kings are also in a familiar position. Once again, they seem to be at their best in the final stages of the tournament. After several days of nervously watching other teams' results go their way, Super Kings looked unstoppable when they took apart Mumbai Indians on Wednesday."

0.1

Gupta to Vijay, FOUR, round the stumps, down the wicket and lofted over mid-off for a four! Exciting start from the Super Kings, positive stroke from Vijay to open his account

0.2

Gupta to Vijay, FOUR, down the track once again and this time it is driven through the right of the mid-off fielder and that has rushed away to the fence for another four, two boundaries to begin this virtual semi-final

0.3

Gupta to Vijay, 1 run, round the stumps, pitched right up, driven to long-on for a single this time

0.4

Gupta to Hussey, 1 run, short of length, on his pads, goes on to his back foot and pushes it to the leg side for a quick single

0.5

Gupta to Vijay, 1 run, on the leg stump, pitched up, he was going down the track but was cramped for room, easily pushed away to deep square-leg for a single

0.6

Gupta to Hussey, 1 run, on the off stump, pitched right up, driven to long-off for a single

End of over 1 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 12/0 (RR: 12.00)
MEK Hussey    2* (2b)      Sunny Gupta    1-0-12-0
M Vijay    10* (4b 2x4)     

No turn for Sunny Gupta that over.

1.1

Yadav to Hussey, no run, outside the off stump, moving away, wanted to drive it away on the up, missed the outside edge and the wicket-keeper appealed for it, nothing from the bowler or the umpire

1.2

Yadav to Hussey, FOUR, on the off stump, pitched right up to the bat, puts his foot out and drives him through the covers for a four!

NK: "So was that the first and last over from Sunny Gupta in the IPL?"

1.3

Yadav to Hussey, no run, just outside the off stump, shortens his length and this time Hussey lets it go through to the wicket-keeper, shoulders arms

1.4

Yadav to Hussey, 1 run, short of length, quick too, 140.0 km/hr, goes on to the back foot, pushes it to mid-off for a single

1.5

Yadav to Vijay, 1 run, short of length but on his pads, easily flicked away to fine-leg for a single

1.6

Yadav to Hussey, 1 run, fuller this time, outside the off stump, Hussey tries to drive it but gets an outside edge through to third-man for a single

End of over 2 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 19/0 (RR: 9.50)
MEK Hussey    8* (7b 1x4)      UT Yadav    1-0-7-0
M Vijay    11* (5b 2x4)      Sunny Gupta    1-0-12-0

The experiment with Sunny Gupta has been stalled for now. It is Andre Russell.

2.1

Russell to Hussey, no run, on the middle stump, bit of deviation into the batsman, Hussey is on to his back foot, pushed to the off side but not for runs

2.2

Russell to Hussey, no run, outside the off stump, length ball, Hussey drives it on the up but to the short cover fielder and no run

2.3

Russell to Hussey, no run, another one short of length, pushes Hussey on to his back foot, punches it back to the bowler

Gareth: "Must be injuries to Morkel and Pathan. Pathan has been solid in the last few matches, and i doubt that Delhi would need Russel to strengthen a batting line up with the likes of Viru, Warner, Mahela and Taylor." Well Irfan was injured in the game against Kolkata. Nasty cut on his right hand. No word about Morkel.

2.4

Russell to Hussey, 1 run, marginally outside the off stump, on the length, driven on the up but not off the middle of the bat, gets bit of an outside edge through to third-man for a single

2.5

Russell to Vijay, FOUR, outside the off stump, pitched up, driven to the covers, Negi had the ball, picked it up and threw it at the non-striker's end, Rao does not back up well and it goes to the fence for four overthrows! Hussey was diving back to get in but even if that had hit, he would have been safe

2.6

Russell to Vijay, 1 run, on his pads, tucked away to fine-leg for a single

End of over 3 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 25/0 (RR: 8.33)
M Vijay    16* (7b 3x4)      AD Russell    1-0-6-0
MEK Hussey    9* (11b 1x4)      UT Yadav    1-0-7-0

3.1

Yadav to Vijay, FOUR, outside the off stump, pitched up and beautifully driven through the covers for a four! Stood up really tall while playing that one

3.2

Yadav to Vijay, 1 run, short of length, goes on to the back foot, 139.7 km/hr, tucked away to backward square-leg for a single

3.3

Yadav to Hussey, no run, on the middle stump, on the back foot, pushed to the point fielder, loud shout of 'Wait!'

3.4

Yadav to Hussey, no run, another one on the middle, pitched fuller, he is still on the back foot and pushed to the leg side

GK: "Ooooh, the steaming look Russel gave Rao after those over-throws. If his temper is as bad as his haircut, I wouldn't want to be the one who upsets Russel."

3.5

Yadav to Hussey, no run, ooooh, beauty, on the middle stump, short of length, does not bounce too much, but some movement away and beats the outside edge of the bat

3.6

Yadav to Hussey, 1 run, outside the off stump, short of length, punched to the covers, almost goes through but a diving stop restricts it to one

End of over 4 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 31/0 (RR: 7.75)
MEK Hussey    10* (15b 1x4)      UT Yadav    2-0-13-0
M Vijay    21* (9b 4x4)      AD Russell    1-0-6-0

Amit: "Delhi has suffered at the hands of the planners here, led the table all the way only to end up playing the important games at away grounds. Makes no sense."

4.1

Russell to Hussey, 3 runs, down the track and almost a catch! He wanted to go over mid-on, short of length, but gets bit under it, goes high in the air, the fielder from deep mid-wicket rushes in and dives but misses, Negi the man

4.2

Russell to Vijay, no run, short of length, on the back foot, pushed to the leg side

4.3

Russell to Vijay, FOUR, full-toss on the pads and that is easily flicked away to fine-leg for a four!

4.4

Russell to Vijay, no run, short of length, pushed to the off side to extra cover but not for a run

4.5

Russell to Vijay, 1 run, short of length outside the off stump, slower as well, opens the face of the bat through to third-man for a single

4.6

Russell to Hussey, no run, on the middle stump, short of length, slower, pushed to the covers

End of over 5 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 39/0 (RR: 7.80)
MEK Hussey    13* (17b 1x4)      AD Russell    2-0-14-0
M Vijay    26* (13b 5x4)      UT Yadav    2-0-13-0

Mahela on why Morne Morkel is not playing: "It's unlucky because Irfan, we cant play Irfan, it messed up our balance, he is an allrounder who plays at No. 7. So we had to play Andre, who is an allrounder, and Morne had to sit out as a foreign player. It's unfortunate, but horses for courses."

5.1

Aaron to Vijay, no run, outside the off stump, length ball, driven on the up to the covers

5.2

Aaron to Vijay, FOUR, inside out, over the top and for four, it was pitched up and Vijay has given himself some room and sweetly timed over the extra-cover region

5.3

Aaron to Vijay, 1 wide, outside the off stump, left alone and that is quite wide outside the off stump, and called by the umpire as well

5.3

Aaron to Vijay, no run, short of length, bouncer attempted, Vijay lets it go through to the keeper, he is looking good

5.4

Aaron to Vijay, no run, gives himself room, angling in and he wants to go over the top, does not get too much elevation and goes on the bounce to the mid-on fielder

Raghav: "In that case they could have sat out Rosco. They send him after 15 overs anyway!"

5.5

Aaron to Vijay, FOUR, mistimed for four, pitched up and he has hoicked it over the leg side, misses the square-leg easily and there is no-one in the deep

5.6

Aaron to Vijay, FOUR, bouncer again and he has been pulled away for a four over short fine-leg, it surprised the batsman with the pace but he went through with the shot, the fielder was back pedalling but does not get his hand on it, four for Vijay!

End of over 6 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 52/0 (RR: 8.66)
M Vijay    38* (19b 8x4)      VR Aaron    1-0-13-0
MEK Hussey    13* (17b 1x4)      AD Russell    2-0-14-0

Lot of criticism coming Delhi and Sehwag's way.

Ajit: "Makes no sense to sit out your best bowler to bring an under performing all rounder!"

PKD: "Just when I thought that no decision can go worse than last match's Taylor-fiasco, Sehwag surprised me (and many others) by not playing Morne... "

Viji: "It's nothing less than idiotic to drop Mornie. DD team starts with him, then you select 10 including 3 internationals. They are going down today."

6.1

Gupta to Hussey, 1 run, outside the off stump, pitched right up, driven to long-off for a single

6.2

Gupta to Vijay, FOUR, shimmy down the pitch and lofted for four over the deep mid-wicket region! Not only was he quick to get there but also picked the gap up well...

6.3

Gupta to Vijay, 1 run, goes the track yet again and this time he drives it over to long-off, goes on the bounce to the fielder

6.4

Gupta to Hussey, FOUR, and this time it is Hussey who goes after the bowling, pitched right up and heaved away to wide long-on region for another boundary

6.5

Gupta to Hussey, 1 run, pitched right up, on his pads, flicked away to deep square-leg for a single

6.6

Gupta to Vijay, 1 run, on the off stump, pushed to the off side and they rush off for a single, Hussey was struggling to get in but the throw is nowhere close

End of over 7 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 64/0 (RR: 9.14)
M Vijay    44* (22b 9x4)      Sunny Gupta    2-0-24-0
MEK Hussey    19* (20b 2x4)      VR Aaron    1-0-13-0

Delhi have taken the Time-Out, this start would have pushed them back, a champion side playing like champions. It is Eric Simons who is having a lot to say in the Time-Out.

Probably, as a result, Negi will now have a bowl.

7.1

Negi to Vijay, no run, round the stumps, on the off stump, turning away, wanted to cut but gets an outside edge to backward point

7.2

Negi to Vijay, no run, on the off stump, pushed to the off side, the fielder's there

7.3

Negi to Vijay, 2 runs, full-toss, was going down the track and wanted to hit it over long-off, gets only up to long-off for a couple

7.4

Negi to Vijay, no run, outside the off stump, wanted to cut again but to the backward point fielder

7.5

Negi to Vijay, 1 run, down the pitch, mistimed to the long-on region and they get a single

Change in field takes up a couple of moments.

7.6

Negi to Hussey, 1 run, round the stumps, outside the off, pitched up, swept away to deep square-leg for a single

End of over 8 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 68/0 (RR: 8.50)
MEK Hussey    20* (21b 2x4)      P Negi    1-0-4-0
M Vijay    47* (27b 9x4)      Sunny Gupta    2-0-24-0

Better from Delhi that over. Can they get a wicket?

8.1

Aaron to Hussey, OUT, edged and gone, taken by the keeper! Yes, they can get a wicket, it is Aaron, who is brought back, down the track goes Hussey, wants to drive it, gets the outside edge of bat and Ojha takes a simple one

MEK Hussey c †Ojha b Aaron 20 (22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

Delhi restricted Chennai to four in the previous over and now they have a wicket.

8.2

Aaron to Raina, no run, round the stumps, outside the off stump, wanted to drive at it and misses the outside edge through to the keeper! Almost another first-baller for Raina!

8.3

Aaron to Raina, no run, round the stumps, angling in, pitched up, pushed to mid-off, call of no by one of the batsmen

8.4

Aaron to Raina, FOUR, up and over for a four, short of length, Raina opens the face of the bat and gets it over the wicket-keeper, it hit the bat high but still managed to get it over for four

8.5

Aaron to Raina, 1 run, on the middle, short of length, tucked away to square-leg for a single

8.6

Aaron to Vijay, FOUR, and a four again to bring up his 50, outside the off stump and Vijay has thumped it over extra-cover for a boundary, doing it so easily this man tonight!

End of over 9 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 77/1 (RR: 8.55)
M Vijay    51* (28b 10x4)      VR Aaron    2-0-22-1
SK Raina    5* (4b 1x4)      P Negi    1-0-4-0

Only 28 balls for his 50, he seems to have turned a corner after the first half of the tournament saw him get almost nothing.

9.1

Negi to Raina, 1 run, round the stumps, outside off and opened the face of the bat to short third-man for a single

9.2

Negi to Vijay, 1 run, goes down the track, full-toss, driven to sweeper for a single

9.3

Negi to Raina, 1 run, outside the off stump, pitched right up to the bat, slightly wider, driven to deep cover

9.4

Negi to Vijay, 1 run, goes down the pitch, shortens his length, to long-on for a single

Vijay wants to change his bat now

9.5

Negi to Raina, 1 run, outside the off stump, pushed at it, outside edge to the point region for a single

9.6

Negi to Vijay, 1 run, on the back foot to a ball which was shorter, keeps a tad low, pushed to the leg side for a single

Over to George for the rest of the innings.

End of over 10 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 83/1 (RR: 8.30)
M Vijay    54* (31b 10x4)      P Negi    2-0-10-0
SK Raina    8* (7b 1x4)      VR Aaron    2-0-22-1

Thanks, Suneer. I'm still trying to get my head around the Morkel decision, but it's time to move on. Daredevils' extended batting line-up better be prepared to chase 200.

10.1

Sehwag to Vijay, SIX, has that been caught on the deep midwicket boundary? If Taylor's taken it, it's a stunner. It was a long hop, which Vijay pulled flat towards deep midwicket. Taylor was on the edge and he jumped back to catch the ball with his right hand. As he landed though, his foot stepped on the rope. So that's a six. He went on to throw the ball up, step out, and dive forward back into play to catch the ball

10.2

Sehwag to Vijay, no run, played towards cover

10.3

Sehwag to Vijay, FOUR, width outside off stump, slightly short as well, Vijay goes back and cuts hard to the backward point boundary

10.4

Sehwag to Vijay, FOUR, terrific placement, Vijay comes forward and whipped the ball off his pads to the wide long on boundary, Sehwag getting some of his own medicine

10.5

Sehwag to Vijay, SIX, Vijay's on fire, he steps out again, gets to the pitch of the ball, and swings hard, launching the ball over cow corner

10.6

Sehwag to Vijay, 1 run, pushed towards midwicket for a single

End of over 11 (21 runs) Chennai Super Kings 104/1 (RR: 9.45)
M Vijay    75* (37b 12x4 2x6)      V Sehwag    1-0-21-0
SK Raina    8* (7b 1x4)      P Negi    2-0-10-0

11.1

Negi to Vijay, SIX, he's hammering everything now, Vijay steps out of his crease and lofts the left-arm spinner cleanly over long off, lovely 88-metre six

11.2

Negi to Vijay, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

Ramesh: "Hey Murali Vijay bashers, could you please speak a little louder. I couldn't hear any of you today."

11.3

Negi to Raina, 2 runs, nudged off the front foot through midwicket and he's played it gently enough to get two

11.4

Negi to Raina, no run, pushed from the crease towards point

11.5

Negi to Raina, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long off

11.6

Negi to Vijay, 1 run, this time he gets an inside edge towards midwicket, he had come out of his crease and wanted to loft own the ground, he did not get to the pitch of it

End of over 12 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 115/1 (RR: 9.58)
M Vijay    83* (40b 12x4 3x6)      P Negi    3-0-21-0
SK Raina    11* (10b 1x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-21-0

Russell from over the wicket ...

12.1

Russell to Vijay, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, Vijay opens the face and steers to point, there could have been at overthrow at the bowler's end had Warner not come running in from the boundary

12.2

Russell to Raina, FOUR, poor ball, too short on this pitch, Raina swivels and pulls to the backward square leg boundary

12.3

Russell to Raina, 1 run, Sehwag's mis-judged the catch, he was slow to run back and in the end the ball fell just over his head at midwicket. That's a drop. Raina tried to pull again but the ball was slower and he top-edged it towards Sehwag.

12.4

Russell to Vijay, FOUR, shot! Vijay backs away towards leg stump and drives a length ball flat over extra cover, Russell is disappointed that the fielder at long off did not try and save it

12.5

Russell to Vijay, 1 run, dabbed to third man for a single

12.6

Russell to Raina, 1 run, Raina tries to pull from outside off but gets the toe end of the bat on the ball, which goes towards third man. The umpire signals for the time out.

End of over 13 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 127/1 (RR: 9.76)
SK Raina    17* (13b 2x4)      AD Russell    3-0-26-0
M Vijay    89* (43b 13x4 3x6)      P Negi    3-0-21-0

Girish: "What was Sehwag thinking? Trying to replace Morkel in the bowling line-up? 21 runs?"

13.1

Negi to Raina, FOUR, short ball and Raina's pulled it into the gap on the deep midwicket boundary, Warner didn't seem to pick it up and so did not chase

13.2

Negi to Raina, no run, driven off the front foot towards cover

13.3

Negi to Raina, SIX, Raina lunges forward, gets under a full ball and lofts straight, hitting the ball high and just far enough over long on

13.4

Negi to Raina, OUT, that is a good catch! Raina smashed the ball flat and straight to Negi, who stayed well balanced as he caught the ball with both hands to his right. It was hit hard

SK Raina c & b Negi 27 (17b 3x4 1x6) SR: 158.82

Tremendous cheers from the crowd as Dhoni walks to the middle.

13.5

Negi to Dhoni, 1 run, stays in his crease and drives the ball through cover

13.6

Negi to Vijay, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot towards point

End of over 14 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 139/2 (RR: 9.92)
M Vijay    90* (44b 13x4 3x6)      P Negi    4-0-33-1
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      AD Russell    3-0-26-0

14.1

Gupta to Vijay, SIX, Sunny's gone the distance, Vijay skipped out of his crease, got to the pitch of the ball, and smashed it over wide long-on

14.2

Gupta to Vijay, 1 run, played towards long on for a single this time

14.3

Gupta to Dhoni, SIX, that's just too short, I'm surprised Dhoni did not launch it into the stands, his pull just cleared the midwicket boundary

14.4

Gupta to Dhoni, SIX, the helicopter's arrived early today! Dhoni steps out and whips hard with his wrists, blazing the ball over the leaping Warner at long-on. Had it been Morkel doing the leaping, he might have reached it

14.5

Gupta to Dhoni, 1 run, hit hard towards long on for a single

14.6

Gupta to Vijay, 2 wides, Vijay tries to glance the ball off his pads but misses, that was down leg side

14.6

Gupta to Dhoni, 1 run, it's falling apart for Daredevils, Warner's dropped a catch. Dhoni whipped out the helicopter again, but this time the elevation wasn't high enough. Warner ran to his right from long-on, got to the catch in time, but dropped it. He was trying to catch it on the slide, so the ball went straight through his hands

End of over 15 (23 runs) Chennai Super Kings 162/2 (RR: 10.80)
MS Dhoni    15* (5b 2x6)      Sunny Gupta    3-0-47-0
M Vijay    97* (46b 13x4 4x6)      P Negi    4-0-33-1

Russell from over the wicket ....

15.1

Russell to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length and straight, pulled off the back foot to midwicket

Ankit: "45 runs from 3 overs (and possibly 60 from 4) from the quota that was to be bowled by Morkel. Assuming that the "all rounder" makes a 15-ball 30, I still don't see how that would bring more value to the team."

15.2

Russell to Vijay, no run, a slower ball on a good length, Vijay defends back to the bowler

15.3

Russell to Vijay, 2 runs, Vijay moves to 99 by swinging a full ball through midwicket

15.4

Russell to Vijay, no run, short of a length and straight, Vijay sways out of the way and lets it go

15.5

Russell to Vijay, 1 leg bye, good length on middle and leg, Vijay misses the flick and gets a leg bye on the leg side

15.6

Russell to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni gets hurried by a short of a length ball and he too fails to connect with the whip through square leg. Russell conceded only 5 that over

End of over 16 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 167/2 (RR: 10.43)
MS Dhoni    17* (7b 2x6)      AD Russell    4-0-30-0
M Vijay    99* (50b 13x4 4x6)      Sunny Gupta    3-0-47-0

16.1

Aaron to Dhoni, 2 runs, length ball and Dhoni pulls it towards cow corner, Warner sprints a long way to his right from long-on and dives to make the save

16.2

Aaron to Dhoni, FOUR, too short and Dhoni has blitzed it, swivelling and pulling with oodles of power to the backward square leg boundary

16.3

Aaron to Dhoni, OUT, caught at deep midwicket! Negi comes running in from the boundary and bends to catch the ball at shin-height while on the move. Good effort. Dhoni had pulled the length ball but didn't time it well enough

MS Dhoni c Negi b Aaron 23 (10b 1x4 2x6) SR: 230.00

Albie Morkel is the new batsman ... but Vijay is on strike.

16.4

Aaron to Vijay, 2 runs, he gets to his century off 51 balls by flicking the ball off his pads behind square. This is his first fifty-plus score this season. His celebration is emotional, takes off his helmet and drops it, drops his bat too, and raises his hands

16.5

Aaron to Vijay, FOUR, edged for four! Vijay tried to hit down the ground and gets an outside edge past the keeper

16.6

Aaron to Vijay, FOUR, this time he does hit down the ground, waiting in his crease to blast the length ball past the bowler, that was hit too hard for long-off to save

End of over 17 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 183/3 (RR: 10.76)
M Vijay    109* (53b 15x4 4x6)      VR Aaron    3-0-38-2
JA Morkel    0* (0b)      AD Russell    4-0-30-0

17.1

Yadav to Morkel, OUT, that is a ripper of a catch! Albie swung hard at a good length ball angling across him from over the wicket, so hard. He got a thick outside edge that was flying to the third man boundary before Ojha dived to his left and stuck out his glove to catch it at full stretch. He had so little reaction time

JA Morkel c †Ojha b Yadav 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Bravo is the new batsman ...

17.2

Yadav to Bravo, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards long on

17.3

Yadav to Vijay, no run, the fast ball in the blockhole outside off, Vijay tries to make room to play through point but is beaten

17.4

Yadav to Vijay, 1 run, in the blockhole once again, Vijay stays back and plays towards extra cover

17.5

Yadav to Bravo, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, Bravo stays back, stands tall, opens the face and steers the ball fine enough to beat third man running to his left. He just used the pace of the bowler

17.6

Yadav to Bravo, 1 run, played off the pads to midwicket

End of over 18 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 190/4 (RR: 10.55)
DJ Bravo    6* (3b 1x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-20-1
M Vijay    110* (55b 15x4 4x6)      VR Aaron    3-0-38-2

18.1

Aaron to Bravo, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole again, flicked towards square leg, where Russell fields

Sameer: "Is DD the new RCB here, 5th bowler problem, and if Sehwag and Warner dont fire, they have no where to go??"

18.2

Aaron to Vijay, 2 wides, he's lucky that did not go for four, it was a full toss outside leg stump and Vijay missed the glance. Ojha did not collect cleanly

18.2

Aaron to Bravo, 2 runs, Bravo lays into the cover drive, lunging forward and drilling the ball hard

18.3

Aaron to Bravo, FOUR, he's carved that with one hand to the boundary! Bravo moved towards leg to make room, arched his back and then cut loose, flaying his bat at a slower ball to slash it to the third man boundary

18.4

Aaron to Bravo, FOUR, can't bowl there with fine leg in the circle, 147 kph but on the hips, Bravo gets inside the line and glances it to the fine leg boundary

Sam: "The Gupta+Sehwag bowling combo has given away a potentially match losing 68 runs in 4 overs."

18.5

Aaron to Bravo, SIX, full and wide outside off stump, Bravo is already on leg stump so he has plenty of room to free his arms and swing hard, he launches the ball into the fans cheering wildly beyond the cover boundary

18.6

Aaron to Bravo, SIX, again! This time over extra cover, Bravo gets under a full ball and drives with so much power, carting it high and far. 25 runs off that over

End of over 19 (25 runs) Chennai Super Kings 215/4 (RR: 11.31)
DJ Bravo    29* (9b 3x4 2x6)      VR Aaron    4-0-63-2
M Vijay    110* (55b 15x4 4x6)      UT Yadav    3-0-20-1

19.1

Yadav to Vijay, 1 run, in the blockhole, Vijay taps the ball to point to give Bravo the strike

19.2

Yadav to Bravo, 2 runs, a good ball, Bravo couldn't get under it but he could sprint back for the second after driving to long off

19.3

Yadav to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo stays back and hits the ball hard along the ground to long off

19.4

Yadav to Vijay, 1 run, full and straight, Vijay makes room by moving towards leg and square drives through point

19.5

Yadav to Bravo, 1 run, driven on the front foot to long on, impressive full and straight stuff

19.6

Yadav to Vijay, 1 run, OUT, Vijay makes room and smashes the ball towards long on where Warner fields and fires the throw back quickly, he just misses at the bowler's end and Yadav lets the ball go through to the keeper, Ojha collects and breaks the stumps to run out Vijay

M Vijay run out 113 (58b 15x4 4x6) SR: 194.82

9.45 pm Thanks George...will we see a contest when the Delhi batsmen walk out to bat?

In the mean time, the Morkel question continues to befuddle. Here is another indirect reference. Gautam: "Take a bow Yadav, 4 overs for 27 runs when the team has scored 222! Puts into perspective what a quality bowler like Morkel could have done."

VKG: "Chennai may have sneaked in to playoffs relying on luck. But, now they are showing that champions do not merely rely on luck, they use to deliver knockout blows when it matters most."

Jawahar: "With the kind of score CSK has on board, they can afford to have 3 slips, a gully and a silly point for Shewag to make that cut shot of the outswingers from Hilfenhaus."

9.40 pm Vijay gets a rousing ovation from the fans and his team-mates. super Kings have absolutely flattened the Daredevils bowling. Flattened. Daredevils left out Morne Morkel to ensure their batting was not weakened. They now have to chase 222 to make the final. Even 11 specialist batsmen may not be enough.

Sri: "Considering all other bowlers who have given 3 sixes / 3 fours per over Yadav has been terrific only 3 fours from his four overs..."

Murali Vijay: I'm really happy I've put in a good show today. I was struggling with my wrist initially in the tournament. I was making tactical errors before, so I'm happy to have rectified that. The wicket is getting slower and slower.

Over to Suneer for the start of the chase.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 222/5
     UT Yadav    4-0-27-1
DJ Bravo    33* (12b 3x4 2x6)      VR Aaron    4-0-63-2
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May 25, 2012

MS Dhoni talks to IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, 2nd eliminator, IPL 2012, Chennai, May 25, 2012

MS Dhoni talks to IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla

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May 25, 2012

Super Kings' cheerleaders celebrate the team's victory, Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, 2nd eliminator, IPL 2012, Chennai, May 25, 2012

Super Kings' cheerleaders celebrate the team's victory

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