Indian Premier League - 2nd qualifying match

Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings won by 86 runs

Mohan: "But looking at the bowling figures of AD Russell (4 over 30 runs), he did a good job as Morkel replacememt. Its the other bowlers, especially Varun being the worst, did a bad job."

It is Mahela Jayawardene opening the innings in place of Virender Sehwag. Ben Hilfenhaus with the ball

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Jayawardene, no run, on the middle stump, short of length, Jayawardene was moving to the off stump and jabs at it, hits his pads

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Jayawardene, 1 run, on his pads, half volley and it has been flicked away to deep fine-leg for a single

So that is the second move in the evening which will spawn a discussion a two. No Sehwag at the top!

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Warner, no run, outside the off stump, short of length, wants to push it on the up but gets it at the bottom of his bat which looks a tad hurt, change of bats for the batsman

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Warner, no run, short of length, wants to swivel and pull it away, misses the bottom edge and through to the keeper

sheldor: "I don't think Morkel or no Morkel would have made any difference. He would have played in place of Russell who gave away only 30 off his four. 3 bowlers gave away 90 runs off their 12 overs - which is OK. What I am concerned is who played Gupta instead of Nadeem? And what was wrong with Aaron? He still has lots and lots to learn. Plus what was Sehwag thinking by bringing on himself?"

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Warner, 1 run, outside the off stump, width for the batsman, cuts it but to the third-man fielder, Warner looks at the bottom of his new bat

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Jayawardene, FOUR, short from Hilfehaus and MJ has cracked it through mid-wicket for a four, it made a good sound too!

End of over 1 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 6/0 (217 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 11.42)
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (3b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-6-0
DA Warner    1* (3b)     

1.1

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, slower one, on the middle stump, short of length, pushed to the leg side for a single

Umang: "I think a good decision on opening. They need a stable start. Sehwag's early loss would have been a big dent and he can score swiftly even after fielding restrictions."

1.2

Morkel to Jayawardene, FOUR, pitched up and hit over the extra-cover for a four, that was fuller and outside the off stump and MJ had enough room to hit it over

1.3

Morkel to Jayawardene, FOUR, chipped it away over deep square-leg for another four! This was half-volleyish on the pads and he has flicked it to deep square-leg for a boundary

Deep square-leg in place now.

1.4

Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, on the middle stump, gets his foot out and pushes it to the leg side

Of the 66 innings that Sehwag has played in the IPL this is the third time he has not opened the innings

1.5

Morkel to Jayawardene, 1 run, pitched up by Morkel, outside the off stump, slower though and he goes for a drive, straight to Suresh Raina, who misfields and they get a single

1.6

Morkel to Warner, 1 run, on the off stump, pitched right up, pushed to the off side and by the time mid-off comes around, they are able to get away for a single

End of over 2 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 17/0 (206 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 11.44)
DA Warner    3* (5b)      JA Morkel    1-0-11-0
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (7b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-6-0

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Warner, no run, short of length, wanted to pull it away, probably a bit of glove through to the keeper, but on the bounce

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Warner, OUT, outside the off stump, pitched up and drilled to mid-off, Vijay, who else is the fielder and he moves to his right and holds on to the ball coming in at bullet-like pace!

DA Warner c Vijay b Hilfenhaus 3 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Naveen: "Lot of people may not like it, but I think Sehwag has made an excellent decision by opening with Mahela" Anyway, he is in now.

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, short of length, on the back foot, he is on his toes trying to tuck it away, gets a leading edge and it balloons up but very close to the batsman

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 run, bouncer again and he was going for a pull, gets a glove and it lobs up to the right of the square-leg fielder, just eludes the diving man!

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Jayawardene, 1 run

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 wide, another bouncer from Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, continues to pepper him with the short ones and he goes under, wide called

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, 1 wide, down the leg side this time, short of length yet again, and wide called

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, no run, on the pads, short of length, he tries to whip it away but misses

End of over 3 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 21/1 (202 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 11.88)
V Sehwag    1* (3b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-10-1
DPMD Jayawardene    15* (8b 3x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-11-0

3.1

Morkel to Jayawardene, 1 run, outside the off stump, short of length, opens the face of the bat through to third-man for a single

3.2

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, slower one and he goes for the pull and misses, Sehwag looks a tad frustrated with all those bouncers and he wanted to hit out except that the ball did not arrive

3.3

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, fuller, on the pads, almost a yorker-length ball, drills it to short mid-wicket

3.4

Morkel to Sehwag, OUT, short ball and caught! It was outside the off stump and Sehwag wanted to pull it away, gets it high on the bat and Hussey rushes away to his right from mid-on to take a good catch, two down and in big trouble

V Sehwag c Hussey b Morkel 1 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Ramprashad: "Same bowler, same batsman, same venue, got caught at same position, same expression (Warner) but just different fielder !"

Tamal: "Dhoni should bowl out Hilfenhaus in this spell and it's a game for CSK."

It is Taylor at four. Finally gets a promotion up the order. Surprises never cease.

3.5

Morkel to Jayawardene, 1 run, outside the off stump, fuller and driven through the covers...or is it, no it is really fielded well by Jakati, who dives to his left and stops it!

Venkat: "@Mohan: Looks like you have not been following the discussion closely. The replacement for Morkel was not Russell, but Sunny Gupta who was taken for 47 in 3. Russell was a straight like-for-like replacement for Irfan. Russell the led to Morkel being out and this led to Sunny being in. So, really those potential quality 4 overs from Morkel were replaced by Sunny (47 in 3) and Sehwag (21 in 1). Total (68 in 4)."

3.6

Morkel to Taylor, FOUR, outside the off stump and Taylor has launched it through the covers for a four, good way to get off the mark!

End of over 4 (6 runs) Delhi Daredevils 27/2 (196 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 12.25)
LRPL Taylor    4* (1b 1x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-17-1
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (10b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-10-1

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, on the middle stump, he wanted to flick it over fine-led, misses his bat, hits the pads but was going down the leg side, appeal was loud, but no effect on the ump

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Taylor, 1 run, short of length, goes on to the back foot, opens the face of the bat to third-man for a single

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Jayawardene, no run, slower one, outside the off stump, wants to cut it away but the slowness of the delivery does not help, straight to point

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of length again, cuts it away to third-man for a single

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Taylor, 1 run, short ball attempted, outside the off stump, wanted to pull it away, misses hitting the middle of the bat, gets it to mid-wicket for a single

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Jayawardene, FOUR, oooh, delicate! opens the face of the bat to a ball outside the off stump, and gets it through third-man for a four, the fielder was squarer there

End of over 5 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 35/2 (188 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 12.53)
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (14b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-17-1
LRPL Taylor    6* (3b 1x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-17-1

Jignesh: "CSK played like the Champs we know from the past seasons and now DD are playing the the DD we know from the past seasons as well..."

5.1

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, pitched fuller, on the middle stump, dug out to mid-on for a single

5.2

Morkel to Jayawardene, SIX, pitched up on the off stump and hit over the long-on region for a six, through the line and on the up to bring some cheer for the Delhi fans. I guess.

5.3

Morkel to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller on his pads this time, tries to flick it away and gets it only to deep square-leg for a single

Venkat: "Alright guys, I will catch you all on Sunday to see what Gambhir can do to restrict Chennai dominance."

5.4

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, short ball and he tries to pull it away, gets no timing on it and goes to deep square-leg for a single

5.5

Morkel to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball, length ball, wanted to give himself room by going outside the leg stump, the slower ball defeats his shot and it rolls over to the third-man for a single

5.6

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, pitched right up to the batsman and drilled away, the covers fielder dives to his right and stops a certain boundary, only a single

End of over 6 (11 runs) Delhi Daredevils 46/2 (177 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 12.64)
LRPL Taylor    9* (6b 1x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-28-1
DPMD Jayawardene    30* (17b 4x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-17-1

Three overs for each of the pace bowlers. It is Shadab Jakati to bowl the seventh.

6.1

Jakati to Taylor, 1 run, round the stumps, short of length, wants to heave it away immediately, gets it only to long-on

6.2

Jakati to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the middle stump, he was rocking on to his back foot and wanted to hit it over the field, can get it only to deep mid-wicket

6.3

Jakati to Taylor, 2 runs, short ball from Jakati, quicker too and that has been pulled away in the gap between mid-wicket and long-on for a couple

6.4

Jakati to Taylor, SIX, shot, six, the hockey flick comes into play, shimmies to the off stump, and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a six

6.5

Jakati to Taylor, no run, tries the same shot again, outside the off but fuller and he misses

6.6

Jakati to Taylor, SIX, six more, slogged it over deep mid-wicket again, it was outside the off stump and bowler flatter and quicker, he quickly moved to his right and heaved it over the in-field for a big six

End of over 7 (16 runs) Delhi Daredevils 62/2 (161 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.85, RRR: 12.38)
LRPL Taylor    24* (11b 1x4 2x6)      SB Jakati    1-0-16-0
DPMD Jayawardene    31* (18b 4x4 1x6)      JA Morkel    3-0-28-1

16 off the previous over. Run-rate gets an upward move. Ashwin comes in

7.1

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 2 runs, reverse swept away and over the point region for a couple, does not get too much in the middle and it is mistimed

7.2

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 2 runs, immediately dropped short from Ashwin, pulled it away and the fielder at fine-leg, Hilfy dives to stop it, Jadeja tidies up and throws in, Jayawardene had to dive in

7.3

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 2 runs, swept away well, placed excellently and Raina has to run to his right to stop it, and they are able to get back for a couple

7.4

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 wide, round the stumps, on the leg stump and the turn takes it down the leg side for a wide

7.4

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller from round the stumps, driven to long-on for a single

7.5

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, outside the off stump, top spinner, hits the pad and there is a loud shout from both, the keeper and the bowler, not given

7.6

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, leading edge, almost carries back to the bowler, Ashwin gets it on the bounce and is frustrated about something

End of over 8 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 70/2 (153 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.75, RRR: 12.75)
LRPL Taylor    24* (13b 1x4 2x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    38* (22b 4x4 1x6)      SB Jakati    1-0-16-0

Kamal: "In the age of Himesh Reshammiya and Justin Bieber, Mahela is the Beethoven" So who are Reshammiya and Bieber of cricket?

It is Dwayne Bravo who comes on now.

8.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, 3 wides, way down the leg side, Dhoni has to dive to his right, gets a glove on it but is unable to stop it, they get a wide and are able to come back for the second

8.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away to fine-leg for a single

8.2

Bravo to Taylor, OUT, tries to slog it over mid-on and is caught! Outside the off stump and Ross Taylor tries to heave it over mid-wicket but is only able to get it as far as the long-on fielder, where Raina takes a good catch, it was hit hard alright

LRPL Taylor c Raina b Bravo 24 (14b 1x4 2x6) SR: 171.42

8.3

Bravo to Russell, FOUR, bouncer and top edged away over the keeper for a four, it was short alright and he was almost ducking into it, gets a glove on it and while it loops up over the keeper for four, it seems to have hurt Russell on his right thumb

Physio is out tending to Russell. Meanwhile, the required rate is 12.6.

8.4

Bravo to Russell, 1 run, outside edge and drops just short of the third-man fielder, pitched right up outside the off stump, goes for a drive, loops up to third-man but falls in front

8.5

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, on his pads and flicked away, it seemed to have come quicker on to MJ, who manages to get it over mid-wicket and they get a single to wide long-on

8.6

Bravo to Russell, 2 runs, flicked away to deep square leg for a couple, it was slower on his pads and he manages to get it to the leg side, somewhat clumsy but two it is

Time-Out now and I will hand over the commentary duties to George till the end of the match

End of over 9 (12 runs) Delhi Daredevils 82/3 (141 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.11, RRR: 12.81)
AD Russell    7* (3b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-12-1
DPMD Jayawardene    40* (24b 4x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-8-0

Thanks, Suneer. Meanwhile at Trent Bridge, Marlon Samuels has just completed a century. West Indies are 303 for 6 after having lost four early wickets.

9.1

Jakati to Jayawardene, 1 run, left-arm spin from round the wicket, Mahela gets down and sweeps to backward square leg

9.2

Jakati to Russell, 1 run, Russell slams the ball towards wide long off, where Bravo sprints to his right and intercepts it, throws it quickly back to the bowler as well

9.3

Jakati to Jayawardene, 1 run, played to long on for a single

9.4

Jakati to Russell, 1 run, cut off the back foot to deep point

9.5

Jakati to Jayawardene, 1 run, steps out of his crease, Jakati shortens his length, and Mahela plays towards cover

9.6

Jakati to Russell, 2 runs, played towards long off, where Raina fields

End of over 10 (7 runs) Delhi Daredevils 89/3 (134 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.90, RRR: 13.40)
AD Russell    11* (6b 1x4)      SB Jakati    2-0-23-0
DPMD Jayawardene    43* (27b 4x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-12-1

CSK were only 83 for 1 after 10. But the rest of their innings was much, much faster.

10.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 wide, that's wide down leg side

10.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, that's too close outside off stump to cut and Mahela gets beaten

Parth: "Sunil Narine Vs. CSK will be fascinating contest to watch this Sunday. Turning off the television now...3.2.1" You might miss some special cricket.

10.2

Bravo to Jayawardene, 2 runs, a length ball swung through midwicket

Venkat: "All the season DD played with complete dominance or hopeless surrender, nothing in-between."

10.3

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, dropped, but a tough chance. Mahela stepped out of his crease and mis-hit the ball just over Bravo's head, he jumped too early in his follow through and was off balance

10.4

Bravo to Russell, no run, hit hard off the back foot, but Bravo moves quickly to his left to field it, superb athleticism

10.5

Bravo to Russell, FOUR, no one's going to field that, Russell has blasted it flat to the extra cover boundary, the slower ball was full and wide, giving Russell room to free his arms

10.6

Bravo to Russell, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off, driven to deep cover

Riaz: "If @parth is anything like me, he has probably switched the TV back on to make sure he hasn't missed anything."

End of over 11 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 98/3 (125 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.90, RRR: 13.88)
AD Russell    16* (9b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-21-1
DPMD Jayawardene    46* (30b 4x4 1x6)      SB Jakati    2-0-23-0

11.1

Ashwin to Russell, 1 leg bye, Russell wound up and swung across the line extremely hard, Ashwin slowed it up and beat the bat, Russell had swung too early and got hit on the shoulder, he was down on one knee

11.2

Ashwin to Jayawardene, SIX, Mahela reaches his half-century by skipping down the track and lofting the ball sweetly over wide long on, enviable timing

11.3

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, tapped towards mid-on for a single

11.4

Ashwin to Russell, OUT, Bravo's busting a few smooth moves after catching Russell at long-on! Russell tried to slog at Ashwin's flighted ball with a flat bat, unlike Mahela who got to the pitch of the ball. He got a top edge that went straight up, Bravo ran forward and to his left to catch it

AD Russell c Bravo b Ashwin 16 (11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 145.45

11.5

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 bye, the offbreak nearly bowls Mahela, the ball almost finds the bat pad gap

11.6

Ashwin to Ojha, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

End of over 12 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 107/4 (116 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.91, RRR: 14.50)
NV Ojha    0* (1b)      R Ashwin    2-0-15-1
DPMD Jayawardene    53* (33b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-21-1

12.1

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela clears his front foot and tries to swing through midwicket, he gets hit on the pad by a full ball

12.2

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, swivels and pulls towards long leg

Setu: "Bravo seems to be in a mood to make a mockery of all his West Indian team mates. he did it with Pollard in previous game and now Russell. Will he get the opportunity against Narine or will Narine give him a dose of his own medicine?"

12.3

Bravo to Ojha, 1 run, played with soft hands towards point

12.4

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela steps out and towards leg to square drive the ball on the up through point

12.5

Bravo to Ojha, 1 leg bye, Ojha tries to pull but the ball is not short enough and he is hit on the pad for a leg bye towards square

12.6

Bravo to Jayawardene, no run, the slower ball outside off, Mahela is beaten on the cut. Four runs in that over

End of over 13 (4 runs) Delhi Daredevils 111/4 (112 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.53, RRR: 16.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (37b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-24-1
NV Ojha    1* (3b)      R Ashwin    2-0-15-1

13.1

Jakati to Ojha, SIX, shot! Ojha steps out of his crease and lofts the left-armer with the turn over the long off boundary. Clean striking

13.2

Jakati to Ojha, OUT, caught, right on the edge of the long-on boundary. It was a full toss and Ojha did not make perfect contact. Vijay judged the catch perfectly, though, and then he tries to dance like Bravo. He can't quite pull it off. Some things are best left to the West Indians. Maybe I was mistaken, looks like he was hobbling with some cramp after jumping back to catch the ball.

NV Ojha c Vijay b Jakati 7 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

13.3

Jakati to Venugopal Rao, no run, defended on the front foot

13.4

Jakati to Venugopal Rao, 2 runs, driven through cover where Hussey dives on the boundary to save the four

13.5

Jakati to Venugopal Rao, no run, Rao steps out and cuts a short flat ball to point

13.6

Jakati to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, steps out again and drives to long on

End of over 14 (9 runs) Delhi Daredevils 120/5 (103 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.57, RRR: 17.16)
Y Venugopal Rao    3* (4b)      SB Jakati    3-0-32-1
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (37b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-24-1

14.1

Ashwin to Venugopal Rao, SIX, steps out of his crease, gets under the ball, and carts it over the long off boundary with a full swing of the bat

14.2

Ashwin to Venugopal Rao, no run, cut off the back foot to short third man

14.3

Ashwin to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, steps out of his crease but he isn't to the pitch of the ball this time, taps it to long on

14.4

Ashwin to Jayawardene, OUT, Mahela's been bowled after failing to connect with the reverse pull. He got into position early enough and swung hard, trying to pull the ball behind point. He missed and the straighter one clipped the top of middle and leg

DPMD Jayawardene b Ashwin 55 (38b 4x4 2x6) SR: 144.73

14.5

Ashwin to Negi, OUT, cut off the back foot towards point and there may be a run out at the bowler's end! The fielder picked up and threw to Ashwin, who collected the ball with his fingertips on the half-volley and broke the stumps. Rao's effort to make his ground was not desperate, just a lame stretch, and so he has to go

Y Venugopal Rao run out 10 (7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 142.85

14.6

Ashwin to Negi, 1 run, cut off the back foot in front of point

End of over 15 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 128/7 (95 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.53, RRR: 19.00)
P Negi    1* (2b)      R Ashwin    3-0-23-2
Sunny Gupta    0* (0b)      SB Jakati    3-0-32-1

15.1

Jakati to Negi, no run, cut off the back foot towards cover

15.2

Jakati to Negi, SIX, little Negi can hit it! He stepped out of his crease and lofted the ball cleanly through the line over the long on boundary

15.3

Jakati to Negi, no run, tries to cut off the back foot but gets beaten

15.4

Jakati to Negi, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards square leg

Revant: "Is Chennai-Delhi flight at 11:30 pm or what?"

15.5

Jakati to Gupta, OUT, he's so far out of his crease that Dhoni could have drunk a glass of water and then stumped young Sunny. He charged down the pitch and swung with all he had, but did not connect against the left-arm spin

Sunny Gupta st †Dhoni b Jakati 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

15.6

Jakati to Yadav, 1 run, driven off the back foot to long on for a single, Time-out time

End of over 16 (8 runs) Delhi Daredevils 136/8 (87 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.50, RRR: 21.75)
UT Yadav    1* (1b)      SB Jakati    4-0-40-2
P Negi    8* (6b 1x6)      R Ashwin    3-0-23-2

Vinay: "Can't wait for Narine to end CSK's streak of luck in their own den."

16.1

Ashwin to Yadav, no run, doesn't read the doosra and gets hit on the pad while trying to play on the leg side

16.2

Ashwin to Yadav, no run, Umesh tries to sweep but fails to connect

16.3

Ashwin to Yadav, OUT, Umesh drives on the front foot with a gap between bat and pad, Ashwin pitches outside off stump and spins the offbreak through that gap

UT Yadav b Ashwin 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

The the proverbial motions are being gone through.

16.4

Ashwin to Aaron, no run, defended on the front foot

16.5

Ashwin to Aaron, OUT, Daredevils are all out! Dhoni runs towards the leg side to collect the ball after the batsman had stepped out of his crease and dabbed. He whipped around and hit the stumps at the striker's end direct, catching the batsman just short. The Super Kings have stormed into the finals.

VR Aaron run out 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That is it then, from me, Suneer Chowdhary and on behalf of George Binoy and scorer Sanjay Murari, I sign off here. Will join you for the final game of the IPL this season on Sunday. It has been touted as a Sunil Narine versus the Super Kings but like Vijay showed today, it could just be anybody's evening! Cheers!

11.35 pm, Presentation

Sehwag: The way Vijay played, he took the game away from us, then they have a good batting line-up and it took it away. Yes, we missed Morne Morkel, unfortunately Pathan got injured and had to maintain the balance. It was a good pitch and you could score 180 was chaseable, but 40 more runs was going to be difficult to chase.

Dhoni: It was up to the individuals, Vijay and Hussey gave us a good start, good to see Raina hitting a few balls away and in the end it was closed off well by Bravo. Personally, I thought they had had line-up to do it but it was not going to be easy. Lot of positives, not expected us to end number one after the league, thanks to the owners for backing us, we will try and come back hard in the Champions League.

Murali, man of the match: First of all, I need to thanks Bharath Arun and Gurunath, the owner, without them wouldn't have been possible. I know the Chennai wicket and I decided to hit straighter. After six overs I thought the wicket was playing slower, decided one of us had bat through the end, I was lucky to come through. Happy to be a part of this unit and learning from them. Bravo's a good dancer, cannot match up to him!

11.30 pm Thanks George. Third successive playoff that has not gone the distance, in fact this is the worst defeat this season in terms of runs. And Prashant has this to say, "@Vinay, seriously? You still think CSK are lucky? If there's anyone who still thinks CSK have been lucky, they are just in denial."

Srini: "@Vinay, No guarantee Narine may be playing.. he could be mysteriously left out "

Vishal: "One man stands between CSK winning the IPL for the 3rd straight time - Sunil Narine!! What a final in prospect!!"

11.25 pm Super Kings have thrashed Delhi Daredevils. It started with the first ball, when Vijay carted Sunny Gupta to the long-off boundary, and never stopped. At no stage were Daredevils in the game. Maybe they were out of it even earlier, when Sehwag chose to bat and left Morne Morkel, the highest wicket-taker on the bench.

And how about those Super Kings. Sneaked into the final and then revved things up to dump Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils out of the tournament. R Ashwin said he was almost on holiday, while waiting for results to go Chennai's way at the end of the league stage. He said he had got into a holiday mood, and maybe that was a good thing, because the pressure was completely off.

Suneer will bring you the presentation ....

Tournament Results
KKR v Super Kings at Chennai - May 27, 2012
KKR won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Daredevils v Super Kings at Chennai - May 25, 2012
Super Kings won by 86 runs
Super Kings v Mum Indians at Bangalore - May 23, 2012
Super Kings won by 38 runs
Daredevils v KKR at Pune - May 22, 2012
KKR won by 18 runs
Royals v Mum Indians at Jaipur - May 20, 2012
Mum Indians won by 10 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Chargers v RCB at Hyderabad (Deccan) - May 20, 2012
Chargers won by 9 runs
More results »

Photos

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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