Indian Premier League - 38th match

Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders

Chennai Super Kings won by 14 runs

Alright people, we are about to take-off. Please remain seated and fasten your seat belts. Saha to play the first ball. Yusuf to bowl


KKR have won the toss and they are going to bowl first. Brendon McCullum comes in, Shami Ahmed comes in too. Wriddhiman Saha replaces M Vijay in the CSK XI. Saha finally gets a game!

"Nannes is back and there is one more change," says Dhoni..

arun: "@ sid I don't think CSK is in Aus mode yet.. they have some big hole to fill in their death bowling still !! and their power play bowling too looks comparatively better because most of the teams haven;t really gone after them yet.. though I commend for having adjusted their batting considerably well.. like Huss batting @ frentic pace, Dhoni getting many overs to settle in and make an assualt"

Nabil: "As much as I want to see McCullum play. With Senanayake not playing, surely KKR should have picked Tendo in his place? Would have given the side far better balance and a useful batting option. And, Yusuf Pathan? How is the man still in the playing XI. Had too many chances with the bat, not required for bowling and way too many fielding lapses. Sort it out KKR!"

shreekanth vaman: "I Think GAMBHIR has taken the best decision of his life...What most teams dont realize is that the only way to beat CSK is to have them bat first caz with 10 batsmen csk can chase down any target but batting first they wouldnt know what a good total is...thats exactly what gambhir has done...!!" ---- Thanks Shreekanth, I just needed a good laugh to start my day. The first line is legendary.

Sathish: "@Shreekanth: If your statement is true, I wonder why CSK was not able to chase 148 posted by MI in Chennai on Apr 6?"

Sid: "I hope this match is not a Sunday spoiler; With CSK seeming more like in Australia mode (including their yellow dress and winning habit) and KKR in India mode, I think that it will be a CSK show..."

Gautham Vasudevan: "Coming from Chennai, I think the current ground layout is far better than the old look. I would be drenched in sweats whenever i go for a 8pm game there. But now there is lot of ways for the air to come in. Thats some relief actually."


Welcome, wilkommen, bienvenue to our coverage of the big clash between Super Kings and Knight Riders in Chennai. It's a match being played under the hot Chennai sun and on days like these, I don't regret not taking up cricket as a career. Meanwhile, Ed Cowan makes his Huddle debut today. Tune in at 3.30 pm IST (half an hour before the start of this game) for the live show.

Pavan S: "@Mr. Commentator: I can only imagine what it would be at the Chepauk as I was at the Wankhede yesterday and even for a 8pm game with no sun, we wished we were in our homes with the A/C on." --- Mumbai is steaming, Chennai is steaming, the country is steaming.. My respect for players only goes up in such times..

mahesh: "Who can forget the 2012 IPL final where Bisla's belligerent knock made CSK Surrender This time around there will be plans made for Bisla though."

Shankar: "Its Big match considering KKR's situation... and they will be playing against current in-form and mighty CSK and that too in Chennai... ohh what more I could expect that this... where KKR is expected to fire against Solid CSK... Excited"

Gowtham: "This is the 4th time I am asking this question to Cricinfo ."Whether you type the commentary or use any Speech to Text Software?" .Please reply,I am curious to know that..!!" ---- We are all high-speed typing robots Gowtham..

junaid anwar: ""we are all high speed typing robots" Does that imply several people type and then u combine it to present to us.?" --- There are two of us at a time. Today, it's me and Bala..

0.1

Pathan to Saha, no run, pushed through on the stumps, the batsman defends it to midwicket

0.2

Pathan to Saha, 1 run, comes forward to a flighted delivery and drives it down to long on

Round the wicket

0.3

Pathan to Hussey, 2 runs, pushed through on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and drives it through midwicket with a roll of wrists

0.4

Pathan to Hussey, 2 runs, and again, played with soft hands and to deep midwicket

Azee: "Seat belts are on, alright. But I hope that in-flight entertainment is not a dud."

0.5

Pathan to Hussey, no run, full and flat on off stump, the batsman drives it straight to cover

0.6

Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, slower and tossed up outside off, the batsman taps it to backward point for a single

Thyagarajan: "2 minutes silence for all the people sitting in the stands without a shade at Chepauk."

End of over 1 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
MEK Hussey    5* (4b)      YK Pathan    1-0-6-0
WP Saha    1* (2b)     

Shami Ahmed is sweating big time already.. He is in from the other end

1.1

Mohammed Shami to Hussey, no run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman defends it to point off the back foot

1.2

Mohammed Shami to Hussey, no run, goes for a pull as soon as he sees the shortish length, but the ball doesn't bounce that much, goes over the stumps as the batsman is beaten

1.3

Mohammed Shami to Hussey, no run, another tight back of length delivery on the stumps, Hussey defends it off the back foot

Garry: "Why is McCullum not keeping? He is arguable the best wicket keeper in the world or is Bisla the best local batsman available and there is no one to replace him?"

1.4

Mohammed Shami to Hussey, FOUR, strays on to the pads and pays the price, the batsman stays in the crease and flicks it fine on the leg side

1.5

Mohammed Shami to Hussey, no run, better delivery, it's on a length just outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends it to cover point

Nilesh: "I took 5 baths in 2 days!!!! damn this Chennai weather. Respect for all those players and of-course those shade-less crowd!"

1.6

Mohammed Shami to Hussey, 1 run, he flicks it down to fine leg to keep the strike

End of over 2 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
MEK Hussey    10* (10b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    1-0-5-0
WP Saha    1* (2b)      YK Pathan    1-0-6-0

Balaji comes in to replace Yusuf. Round the wicket

2.1

Balaji to Hussey, 2 runs, he bowls it on length outside off, Hussey charges down the pitch and tries to go inside out, but gets a thick inside edge past the leg stump for a couple

Tamal Mukherjee: "@Garry... because BM is better outfield player than Bisla... How many deliveries do actually reach the keeper in T20 anyway!!!!"

2.2

Balaji to Hussey, no run, gives some width with a length delivery, Hussey tries to punch it on the up, but ends up pushing it back to the bowler as the ball comes slow off the deck

2.3

Balaji to Hussey, FOUR, this time he gets under it properly! He charges down and gets under the length ball, drives it over extra cover

Aksh Mehta: "i always wonder what must be going on in Pathan's mind ... surely he must be feeling the pressure because of his batting performance, i wonder if bowling at this stage is a good idea for his confidence."

2.4

Balaji to Hussey, FOUR, this one is edged, but there is no one at slip! He slashed at a length delivery and the ball runs down fine for a boundary

2.5

Balaji to Hussey, no run, back of length, a touch slower outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to cover point

2.6

Balaji to Hussey, FOUR, comes down the pitch again, Balaji' response is to bowl a cutter which ends up being a low full toss outside off, Hussey carves it through extra cover

Philip Xavier: "I would rate Chennai spectators as the best all over the world, Chennai is a big oven, you can be baked within few minutes but they come in thousands. At least the players get worlds best thirst quenchers but the spectators? I wish cheapauk has free flowing beers."

End of over 3 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 25/0 (RR: 8.33)
MEK Hussey    24* (16b 4x4)      L Balaji    1-0-14-0
WP Saha    1* (2b)      Mohammed Shami    1-0-5-0

3.1

Mohammed Shami to Saha, no run, he bowls a length delivery wide outside off, Saha carefully watches it go through

3.2

Mohammed Shami to Saha, FOUR, length delivery on off stump, Saha brings his bat down with a nice flourish and smashes his Bengal team mate over mid-on

3.3

Mohammed Shami to Saha, FOUR, slightly short of length outside off, but Saha plays a premeditated swivel shot and finds the gap at deep backward square leg

3.4

Mohammed Shami to Saha, no run, fuller delivery outside off this time and Saha drives it hard to mid-off. Hussey was keen on a single and went halfway down the pitch, the throw comes in and would have found Hussey short had that hit

3.5

Mohammed Shami to Saha, 1 wide, length delivery wide outside off, the batsman throws his bat, but makes no connection

3.5

Mohammed Shami to Saha, SIX, he hits the rope on the full! Beautifully timed shot! For a second it looked like he had mistimed it to mid-off, but it went all the way. Very nice on the up drive off a length delivery

Harit Gautam: "@Aksh - Forget Pathan, imagine the pressure on Balaji, from the batsmen, his captain and his own self confidence which must be at its lowest ebb after that last over."

3.6

Mohammed Shami to Saha, no run, another length delivery on the stumps, this time the batsman defends it to the leg side

End of over 4 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 40/0 (RR: 10.00)
WP Saha    15* (8b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammed Shami    2-0-20-0
MEK Hussey    24* (16b 4x4)      L Balaji    1-0-14-0

Early start for Sunil Narine

4.1

Narine to Hussey, no run, tries to drives a flat delivery on the up, gets a thick outside edge to point

4.2

Narine to Hussey, FOUR, this time, it's a proper edge! The batsman was slightly surprised with the turn and bounce on that, edges it past slip for a boundary

junaid anwar: "@philip xavier,Beer or any kind of soft drinks are infact harmful to take during extreme Dehydration,water with a little salt should be provided to replenish the lost chloride in the body."

4.3

Narine to Hussey, FOUR, short delivery, it was the carrom ball, but it was too short and Hussey dispatches it to the deep square leg boundary with ease

4.4

Narine to Hussey, no run, slows it down this time, he tosses it up on the middle stump, the batsman comes forward to defend

4.5

Narine to Hussey, no run, it's a loopy delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to cover

4.6

Narine to Hussey, 1 run, and another short delivery, it comes a little quicker on to Hussey as he pulls it to deep midwicket

soheb: "Saha completed his 1000 T20 runs...Congratulations little man.."

End of over 5 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 49/0 (RR: 9.80)
MEK Hussey    33* (22b 6x4)      SP Narine    1-0-9-0
WP Saha    15* (8b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammed Shami    2-0-20-0

Jacques is the man with the ball

5.1

Kallis to Hussey, FOUR, the batsman greets him with a charge down the pitch and whacks it past midwicket, all along the ground

5.2

Kallis to Hussey, 3 runs, a misfield at point allows the batsmen to come back for three. It was short of length on off and the batsmen punched it straight to the fielder who is not able to stop it cleanly

5.3

Kallis to Saha, FOUR, he picks up the shortish length early and is quickly into the position to play a pull, slaps it in front of square

5.4

Kallis to Saha, SIX, he attempts a slower delivery, but Saha spots it and comes forward to launch it over long-off, comfortably clears the boundary

5.5

Kallis to Saha, 1 run, short of length quick delivery, the batsman hops on his toes and dabs it to square leg

vivek garg: "Spare a thought for those poor cheerleaders.. Those little girls would be experiencing this kind of heat for the first time in their life and still dancing and cheering...."

5.6

Kallis to Hussey, no run, bowls a quick bouncer under which Hussey ducks well in time

End of over 6 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 67/0 (RR: 11.16)
MEK Hussey    40* (25b 7x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-18-0
WP Saha    26* (11b 3x4 2x6)      SP Narine    1-0-9-0

Rajat Bhatia comes in now

6.1

Bhatia to Saha, 1 run, he bowls a length delivery on the off stump, the batsman punches it down to long on

Sofa: "@vivek garg - I've never seen the TV coverage. Aren't the cheerleaders Indian? Or are they "imported"?"

6.2

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, slightly short of length outside off, the batsman stays in the crease and cuts it behind point

6.3

Bhatia to Saha, 1 run, bowls a slow legcutter on the middle stump, Saha comes forward and whips it to deep midwicket

6.4

Bhatia to Hussey, no run, bowls it really full on off stump, the batsman digs it out to the left of the bowler

yogi: "Never thought saha could power sixes leave alone stroke sixes as he is doing now." --- Yogi, he has always been a decent batsman and would have got more visibility had he been in any other team, but CSK

6.5

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, another slower length delivery on off stump, the batsman punches it down the ground to long on

6.6

Bhatia to Saha, 1 run, more slower stuff from Bhatia, this time it is on off stump, the batsman punches it to extra cover

End of over 7 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 72/0 (RR: 10.28)
WP Saha    29* (14b 3x4 2x6)      R Bhatia    1-0-5-0
MEK Hussey    42* (28b 7x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-18-0

7.1

Kallis to Saha, 1 run, bowls a length delivery outside off, slightly slower, the batsman comes forward and opens the face to run it down to third man

Dining Table: "@Sofa, Even I never had the pleasure of watching the match in the drawing room."

7.2

Kallis to Hussey, SIX, it's in Hussey's arc and it goes deep into the stands at deep midwicket! Kallis bowled it slightly slower and on a length, ideal recipe for his kind of shot

vibhash: "@Devashish unfortunately, when SAHA was with KKR, the team got visibility for all the wrong reasons."

7.3

Kallis to Hussey, 1 run, another slower delivery on the pads, the batsman tucks it to deep square leg

7.4

Kallis to Saha, FOUR, short delivery around the throat area, but Saha has already shown that he is keen to play the pull and hook, he swivels and sends this over short fine leg fielder, almost all the way

Harit Gautam: "@Yogi - How different is powering sixes from stroking sixes. A worthy clarification and you could be the next Shastri."

7.5

Kallis to Saha, 1 run, he bowls it full on the off stump, the batsman blocks it out to mid off

7.6

Kallis to Hussey, 1 run, and another fifty for Hussey! He flicks a length delivery on the pads to deep midwicket and brings up his fourth half-century this season

Peter: "Gauti's decision of the life backfired"

RB: "now i can feel the pressure on GG.everyone is getting hammered on this pitch.still giant hitters to come up.200 is on plate.."

priyesh mathew: "Everyone busy on Gayle.. But Hussey is the most consistent player and best batsmen so far in this tournament. Gayle remains of a Tsunami coming once is a while.. Hussey is the best opponent for Gayle for orange cap."

End of over 8 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 86/0 (RR: 10.75)
MEK Hussey    50* (31b 7x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-32-0
WP Saha    35* (17b 4x4 2x6)      R Bhatia    1-0-5-0

8.1

Bhatia to Hussey, 2 runs, slower delivery, but it is slightly wide outside off, Hussey cuts it hard to the left of point, who makes a half-stop (Gambhir there). They scamper through for a couple

8.2

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, similar delivery, this time the batsman cuts it to deep backward point

8.3

Bhatia to Saha, 1 run, length delivery on the middle stump, the batsman stays in the crease and punches it to wide long on

karthikvelu: "suddenly doors are closed for m.vijay atleast copule of matches"

8.4

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, keeps it tight around off stump, the batsman drives it down the ground to long off

ashish mishra: "There was a time when wicket keeper can hardly do wicket keeping in india, let alone batting. Now keepers are selected because of thier batting skill. #Saha #dhoni #robin"

8.5

Bhatia to Saha, 1 run, fuller delivery on the pads, it was a cutter again, the batsman clears his front foot out and drives it to deep midwicket

8.6

Bhatia to Hussey, FOUR, full and slower outside off, Hussey goes aerial and finds the gap at extra cover perfectly

Narbavi: "@karthikvelu: Just a couple of matches? I say he isn't coming back for the rest of the tournament unless there is an injury to someone!!"

End of over 9 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 96/0 (RR: 10.66)
MEK Hussey    58* (35b 8x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    2-0-15-0
WP Saha    37* (19b 4x4 2x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-32-0

Narine is back

9.1

Narine to Saha, 1 run, pushes it through wide outside off and shorter in length, the batsman stays on the back foot and flat bats it to wide long on

9.2

Narine to Hussey, 2 runs, it's the conventional offspinner, but it is slightly short. Hussey waits on the back foot and cuts it to deep point

9.3

Narine to Hussey, 2 runs, shorter again and wide too outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to deep extra cover

Paras: "@Ashish Mishra......how did u manage to forget DK...he's been such a hardworking batsman & a superb wicketkeeper!!!!!!!"

9.4

Narine to Hussey, 1 run, tosses it up on the middle stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to midwicket with soft hands

9.5

Narine to Saha, no run, goes for a wild slog but he is no where near the delivery! Narine bowled if flat and quick outside off and the batsman is beaten

9.6

Narine to Saha, 1 run, he goes for a similar slog sweep again, this time gets some bat to it, played to deep square leg off the inside half of the bat

Sai Ashish: "@priyesh You must be kidding .. I agree Hussey is very consistent in any format .. But when it comes to t20 and that too ipl I'm sure gayle is more consistent than hussey check their averages for proof"

End of over 10 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 103/0 (RR: 10.30)
WP Saha    39* (22b 4x4 2x6)      SP Narine    2-0-16-0
MEK Hussey    63* (38b 8x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    2-0-15-0

10.1

Bhatia to Saha, OUT, caught at deep midwicket! Bhatia does it again! he bowls a slower legcutter on the leg stump, Saha, who has been playing very well, tries to go big over deep midwicket. But he gets too much under the delivery and hits it really high. Morgan waits ages in the deep for the ball to come down, then gobbles it up

WP Saha c Morgan b Bhatia 39 (47m 23b 4x4 2x6) SR: 169.56

Jack: "Couldn't watch the pitch report. By looking at he scoreboard, it looks like a flat track. Is it? enlighten me." ---- Flat, sometimes slow, but still flat.. full of runs

10.2

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, bowls length outside off, the batsman stays in the crease and punches it to long off

10.3

Bhatia to Raina, 1 run, he comes forward and drives the fuller delivery down to long off

pravin: "@paras : that's precisely the problem , not just ashish..everyone including the selectors seem to have forgotten DK !!"

10.4

Bhatia to Hussey, no run, he bowls it full on the off stump line, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler

10.5

Bhatia to Hussey, no run, and another good slow yorker! Not much the batsman can do about it, except block it

10.6

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, he bowls a low full toss and Hussey hits it straight back, towards Raina, who acrobatically avoids the ball. it goes to long on for a single

End of over 11 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 106/1 (RR: 9.63)
MEK Hussey    65* (42b 8x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    3-0-18-1
SK Raina    1* (1b)      SP Narine    2-0-16-0

Balaji it is

11.1

Balaji to Hussey, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman tries to pull it, but it's not that short! He ends up dragging it towards square leg

11.2

Balaji to Raina, no run, he bowls a yorker on off stump, the batsman punches it to midwicket

Shawn: "@Sai Ashish, 'Consistency' in this context means scoring runs per innings.. u surely can see Hussey scoring a decent n' yet crucial amount of runs all the time. On the contrary, Apart from those HUGE 100's, Gayle has a few low scores and RCB have mostly gone on to lose the match when he doesn't score.. Just having a higher average doesn't mean having better consistency.."

11.3

Balaji to Raina, 1 run, he bowls a slower low full toss outside off which Raina punches to long off for a single

CARLOS: "@ sai ashish- Its like you are comparing lebron (gayle) and Kobe (Huss)..But boy huss is 3-0 in terms of championship rings..2 IPL's and Champions League"

11.4

Balaji to Hussey, FOUR, attempts a short delivery and Hussey hooks it fine on the leg side! Short fine leg fielder just watches it go

11.5

Balaji to Hussey, no run, he gets a length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to cover

11.6

Balaji to Hussey, 2 runs, bowls it full and wide outside off, Hussey comes forward and drives it to wide long on for a couple

End of over 12 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 114/1 (RR: 9.50)
MEK Hussey    72* (46b 9x4 1x6)      L Balaji    2-0-22-0
SK Raina    2* (3b)      R Bhatia    3-0-18-1

Hussey is down on his knees.. He is struggling a bit with the hit and all that running around.

12.1

Bhatia to Raina, 1 run, he bowls a slower delivery on a length outside off, the batsman punches it to long on

syed: "Isn't Parthiv Patel is most youngest wicket-keeper selected in indian team.. i still remember WC-2003, sits out from all matches and in dressing room with a cup of coffee.."

12.2

Bhatia to Hussey, 2 runs, he goes down on his knee even before the ball is released and scoop-slaps it over short fine.. The ball slows down towards the boundary

12.3

Bhatia to Hussey, FOUR, he shapes do repeat the shot, but Bhatia bowls it wide outside off! Hussey, though, was quick to readjust and he cuts it through the gap at backward point

12.4

Bhatia to Hussey, 1 run, goes down on his knee again, but Bhatia bowls a high full-toss wide outside off. Hussey brings it from there down to deep backward square leg

lil_mad: "love of cricket vs love for my girl... Im just scanning the crowd more on the streaming than following the match - my girl's at the stadium... Just let her know that a guy loves her so much than a CSK victory :) If you publish this msg, she might accept my love... pls....."

12.5

Bhatia to Raina, 1 run, he takes a forward stride and drives it down to long off for a single

Rodney : "I do not understand logic of Gayle losing matches! If he does't score RCB loses ? Hell what? Cricket is played by 11 +1( It is always good to include umpire in your team)...."

12.6

Bhatia to Hussey, FOUR, slightly short in length and Hussey loves playing the pull shot! He finds the gap at deep square leg with perfection

End of over 13 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 127/1 (RR: 9.76)
MEK Hussey    83* (50b 11x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    4-0-31-1
SK Raina    4* (5b)      L Balaji    2-0-22-0

Narine is here

13.1

Narine to Raina, SIX, six no. 100 for Raina! He makes slight room and scoops it over extra cover, it just clears the rope

13.2

Narine to Raina, 1 run

13.3

Narine to Hussey, no run, pushed through outside off, turns away a touch, the batsman cuts it straight to point

Sudarsan : "Considering the temperature difference between chennai and bangalore,one should give more weightage to Hussey' runs when comparing with gayle as he gets most of his runs in Chennai.."

13.4

Narine to Hussey, no run, slightly short and turning away from Hussey, he punches it to cover

13.5

Narine to Hussey, 1 run, full and flighted on the pads, the batsman whips it to deep square leg

13.6

Narine to Raina, FOUR, oye! Macca makes his presence felt! It was just a nice little punch to long off. Macca has to wait for the ball, because it is hit softly towards him, but he lets it go through his legs and it's a four! It's the kind of mistake toddlers make when they are still learning to get their hand and eye coordination working...

End of over 14 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 139/1 (RR: 9.92)
SK Raina    15* (8b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    3-0-28-0
MEK Hussey    84* (53b 11x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    4-0-31-1

Yusuf Pathan is back. Round the wicket he comes

14.1

Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, he bowls a full toss on the middle stump line, Hussey goes for a reverse sweep and gets into a bit of a tangle, taps it to short third man

14.2

Pathan to Raina, 1 run, quicker delivery on the stumps, Raina dabs it to short fine leg for a single

14.3

Pathan to Hussey, 1 run, he clears his front foot out and tries to whack it over midwicket, but gets an inside edge to deep backward square leg

14.4

Pathan to Raina, 1 run, he comes forward and punches the angled delivery to deep midwicket

14.5

Pathan to Hussey, 2 runs, this time he takes a couple as he hits a powerful drives to the right of deep midwicket

14.6

Pathan to Hussey, SIX, he doesn't want to run, he is struggling with his running! So he chooses to smash this flat delivery and gets a whole lot of bat on it, it sails over the cow corner

End of over 15 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 151/1 (RR: 10.06)
MEK Hussey    94* (57b 11x4 2x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-18-0
SK Raina    17* (10b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    3-0-28-0

15.1

Narine to Raina, 1 run, flatter delivery on off stump, the batsman pushes it to long on

15.2

Narine to Hussey, 1 run, he makes room and plays an inside out shot over extra cover to a turning delivery

15.3

Narine to Raina, FOUR, he bowls a full toss and the batsman obliges by smashing it past the non-striker for another boundary

15.4

Narine to Raina, 1 run, bowls it short and the batsman shapes to play the pull, but the ball keeps going away from him after pitching. He has to drag it to backward square leg

15.5

Narine to Hussey, OUT, he has picked out the fielder at deep midwicket! He got a shortish delivery and he is too tired to run at the moment, pulls it hard without much power straight into the hands of the fielder

MEK Hussey c Das b Narine 95 (73m 59b 11x4 2x6) SR: 161.01

John: "Hussey is hard working cricketer....gayle scores 80% of his runs in boundaries but whereas Hussey scores 50% of his runs in Boundaries and runs a lot for the remaining 50%...So hussey scores more marks from my side..."

Dhoni comes in without a helmet or a cap.. Narine comes round the wicket with a slip in place.. A silly point too..

15.6

Narine to Dhoni, no run, he bowls it full on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

End of over 16 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 158/2 (RR: 9.87)
MS Dhoni    0* (1b)      SP Narine    4-0-35-1
SK Raina    23* (13b 2x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-18-0

Jacques Kallis comes back

16.1

Kallis to Raina, FOUR, bowls a fuller delivery on the pads and Raina just flicks it to deep backward square leg boundary.. A poor delivery to start

Round the wicket now

16.2

Kallis to Raina, 2 runs, he bowls a slower delivery outside off, Raina goes down on his knee and plays an inside out aerial drive over extra cover.. Macca fields near the boundary

16.3

Kallis to Raina, 1 run, short of length outside off, the batsman slaps it to long on for a single

Back over the wicket

16.4

Kallis to Dhoni, no run, he bowls it full on the stumps, Dhoni blocks it out to mid-off, thinks about a single then sends Raina back. A direct hit comes in from Bhatia, but Raina has just made it with a dive

Sundar: "There is no better proof to CSK's dominance in IPL than their record against Narine. While most of the teams have failed to pick him, CSK has treated him like any other bowler and have succeeded most of the times."

16.5

Kallis to Dhoni, 1 bye, he bowls it short of length and on the body, Dhoni goes for a pull but gets beaten as the ball goes under his bat.. The keeper doesn't collect it cleanly and the batsmen steal a single

Round the wicket

16.6

Kallis to Raina, 2 runs, he attempts a yorker, but it's a low full toss that the batsman flicks to deep midwicket for a couple

End of over 17 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 168/2 (RR: 9.88)
SK Raina    32* (17b 3x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    3-0-41-0
MS Dhoni    0* (3b)      SP Narine    4-0-35-1

Balaji comes back

17.1

Balaji to Dhoni, 1 run, he bowls a full yorker wide outside off, the batsman jams it out to point for a single

Shyam: "@Sundar Not only Narine, They seems to play better against Malinga & Steyn too.."

17.2

Balaji to Raina, 2 runs, bowls a fuller delivery on off stump, the batsman plays a whippy drive in the gap at deep midwicket for a couple

17.3

Balaji to Raina, 1 run, bowls a short slower delivery outside off, the batsman pulls it to deep midwicket without much timing

Philip Xavier: "There will be a bowling Dilemma now, their 2 best bowlers bowled out and 1 to come from Kallis who will be bowl the last few overs? With this batting lineup?"

17.4

Balaji to Dhoni, 1 wide, he tries to go wide outside off, bowls it along the wide marker and the umpire stretches his arms

17.4

Balaji to Dhoni, 1 run, he bowls a slower short delivery outside off, the batsman has to wait a touch before playing a pull to deep midwicket

17.5

Balaji to Raina, 1 run, another good delivery! It's a yorker wide outside off, the batsman punches it down to long on

17.6

Balaji to Dhoni, FOUR, that extra ball has cost KKR a boundary! It was a good delivery actually, full yorker outside off. Dhoni, however, smashes it past the umpire with a lot of power, no chance for the fielders in the deep

End of over 18 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 179/2 (RR: 9.94)
MS Dhoni    6* (6b 1x4)      L Balaji    3-0-33-0
SK Raina    36* (20b 3x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    3-0-41-0

18.1

Kallis to Raina, 1 run, he bowls a high full-toss from round the wicket, it comes in with the angle and the batsman tucks it straight to short third-man

18.2

Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, bowls a slower low full toss on the middle stump! the batsman tries to flick it to deep square leg, but gets a leading edge to long on

18.3

Kallis to Raina, 1 run, he bowls it full from round the stumps, the batsman jams it to midwicket

18.4

Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, full delivery wide outside off, Dhoni goes hard at it, but can only drive it as far as long off

18.5

Kallis to Raina, FOUR, it's another full delivery outside off, Raina slices it past point and there is no one in the deep

18.6

Kallis to Raina, 1 run, he bowls a high full toss outside off, the batsman punches it to deep point for a single

End of over 19 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 188/2 (RR: 9.89)
SK Raina    43* (24b 4x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    4-0-50-0
MS Dhoni    8* (8b 1x4)      L Balaji    3-0-33-0

Balaji to bowl the last one

19.1

Balaji to Raina, 1 run, he bowls it full on the off stump, Raina whips it to deep midwicket

19.2

Balaji to Dhoni, 1 run, OUT, another low full toss outside off, Dhoni plays a powerful drive to deep cover and calls for a couple straight away. Das sends in a flat throw from the deep and Raina was always struggling. He dives in but is still short!

SK Raina run out 44 (45m 25b 4x4 1x6) SR: 176.00

One left-hander goes, another one comes in. It is Jajeja

19.3

Balaji to Dhoni, 2 runs, bowls a yorker wide outside off, Dhoni goes for the helicopter, but just ends up jamming it over Balaji's head, he comes back for a couple by the time long on gets to the ball

19.4

Balaji to Dhoni, 1 run, yorker is back in vogue! Full and wide outside off, Dhoni can only push it as far as cover point

19.5

Balaji to Jadeja, 1 run, and another full delivery wide outside off, the batsman drives it down the ground to long off

19.6

Balaji to Dhoni, SIX, errs in length and bowls a low full-toss, that's what Dhoni was looking for and he spoils Balaji's over with a slap over cow corner

Two hundred they have got and it never felt like they were ever violent in this innings. Super innings by Hussey to set up a big score and Gambhir's decision - as someone pointed out in a comment - has backfired a bit..

salamabdul666: "Time for Yusuf Pathan to show his worth and silence his critics. another failure today its better 2 prepare a obituary.."

Chintan: "Remember the Final last yr.....Same venue same teams and almost the same total chased down by KKR....No reason why they can't do it today with a better batting line-up than last year including hitters like Mccullum and Morgan...."

Rodney : "For all the CSK achievements...Stephen Fleming hardly gets any credit...once a bridesmaid ..always a..."

sathya: "@Rodney: mate you are wrong. come and ask about stephen fleming in chennai :)"

Manish: "@shreekanth vaman:'what do you think of Gambhir's decision of a lifetime now that CSk have their highest score of the tournament.... Guess it seems mistake of a lifetime of them who were projecting him as the skipper of India post IPL 2012 :P'"

Bhupendra Pal Singh: "A big reason for this huge total is also the fact that CSK finally took the very important, long pending decision to remove Vijay from their batting line-up..."


End of over 20 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 200/3
MS Dhoni    18* (12b 1x4 1x6)      L Balaji    4-0-45-0
RA Jadeja    1* (1b)      JH Kallis    4-0-50-0
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