Indian Premier League - 42nd match

Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings won by 37 runs

We are all set to go. Mike Hussey and Saha are walking towards the middle.. Hussey to take strike, against Rahul Sharma


Chennai have won the toss and they will bat first. Pune have made one change today - Suman comes in for Mithun Manhas.

"There is plenty of grass on the pitch, but it has a tendency to stay a little low.. We'll see," says Dhoni. CSK drop Nannes in favour of Albie Morkel.

Muthu: "Badrinath's role in the last few matches reminds my role in my office team (just for fielding).."

Jega: "@Madhu: Badri may not be big name in CSK, but he has been their unsung hero - steadying the ship on many occasions. Do you meant to say you play the same role in your office!"

Rachit Srivastava: "Chennai should drop Badrinath and rope in a specialist spinner.. There seamers anyways concede little too many runs.. Their home tracks support more of slow bowlers."

Maddy: "I am against the idea of dropping Badri. He is the insurance for CSK. We cant guess when we will be 5/2 by end of 2nd over. In that case MSD or 'Sir' cannot walk-in. So we have the 'wall of chennai' to steady the innings. Remember last years eliminator vs Mumbai? CSK was 0/2 and Badri scored a classic 50"


Hello and welcome to our coverage of the match between, as people often say, David and Goliath. No points for guessing who is who. Pune, the guys who have been left behind at the bottom of the table, have done a David once - in Chennai. Can they do it again?

Gopal: "CSK has a reputation of sailing smooth at first, struggling midway, creating pressure towards the end and then pulling off a thriller! Be it at a match level or a tournament level! So, I am expecting David slaying Goliath here - a CSK fan, with a strong heart!"

Karthik: "@ Gopal - But I think this has been the smoothest travel ever for CSK to the top of the table compared to all previous IPLs.. They always wait for the as famously heard by many from Dhoni "the business end of the tournament", but in this IPL they have been consistent right from beginning, even though they have won too many matches leaving it till the end!!!"

CSK_fan: "I am done having enough heart attacks already with CSK. Time to get our act together and press on the throttle to finish the games in a more dominant fashion. It is important to take the dominance to the knockout stages and Win this IPL! No more heart attacks please ..."

Aditya: "Pune does not deserve to finish at the bottom of the table. They have shown character throughout. Would like to see them pull this one through too. Uthappa is my man today. In fantasy cricket too :)"

Gopal: "@Aditya: Pune ? Character ? 101/4 to 108 all out.. fallign 15 short with 6 wickets in hand ? Character .? You gotto be kidding me!"


Karl Correa: "What has this year's IPL taught us?Every game has been far from predictable. Every batsman has belief that they can pull off any run chase and every bowler has thought otherwise as well. The quality in all facets of the game has been astounding. Previously saddened by the thought of never seeing Sachin, Dravid and the other greats play for us again, I am now confident India's future lies in very talented hands. We will have heartaches but didn't we have those with the heroes of the past as well? Cheers to a great future in Indian cricket." ---- Karl, all this positivity? From IPL?

Gaurav: "@Karl Correa.. There is a long list of IPL stars who couldn't perform on International Stage dispite ample chances."

Steve: "@ Gaurav - This is one of those oft repeated lazy stereotypes that a "long list of IPL superstars have been given chance in international games and they have failed". A) The list is very short, Jadeja and Ashwin have succeeded and B) The failure rate in trying IPL players has been no higher than trying Ranji trophy superstars like Badrinath. So Can we actually try to be a bit intellectual without just regurgitating nonsense from the media."

Sriram: "@Karl Correa - You mean our cricket is safe with these talented bunch provided we keep playing on flat indian pitches..."

Krithikou: "So I get it now. The easiest way to get your comments published on cricinfo is to be MS Dhoni. You seem to publish all of what he says!"

0.1

Sharma to Hussey, FOUR, tossed up delivery wide outside off, it was full too, Hussey drives it square through the off side

0.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, another tossed up delivery, closer to the stumps, the batsman defends it to the off side

it slips out of his hand and lobs up the side pitch.. Robin charges towards it but lets it go.. Why not hit that?

0.2

Sharma to Hussey, no run, he bowls it flat on the stumps, more front foot defence

0.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, tossed up delivery, on a good length, the batsman pushes it to the left of the bowler, who makes a good diving save

0.3

Sharma to Hussey, no run, he comes forward and pushes the quicker delivery to long off for a single

0.4

Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, more loop, but this is on the pads, Hussey drives it to deep midwicket for a single

Narsi: "How lucky is Saha to break into this formidable batting line up. Usually what ever team Dhoni captains, it will be very difficult for new batsmen to get chances, be it for Indian team or CSK team"

0.5

Sharma to Saha, 1 leg bye, bowls a flatter delivery on the pads, Saha got across the stumps and gets hit on the pads, Rahul appeals, but that was sliding down the leg side

0.6

Sharma to Hussey, no run, flighted delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends

End of over 1 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
MEK Hussey    5* (5b 1x4)      R Sharma    1-0-5-0
WP Saha    0* (1b)     

Bhuvi comes in.

1.1

Kumar to Saha, no run, gets one to jag back and hits Saha right in front! It was short of length and didn't bounce that much.. Saha looked out..

1.2

Kumar to Saha, no run, this one holds its line, the batsman gets beaten as he plays inside the line

1.3

Kumar to Saha, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman punches it to cover point off the back foot

1.4

Kumar to Saha, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman waits on the back foot and punches it straight to point

1.5

Kumar to Saha, no run, bowls a slower delivery that cuts away after pitching, Saha hangs his bat at that and is beaten

Anoop Balwani: "Saha was more shocked that he wasn't given out....!!"

1.6

Kumar to Saha, no run, he finishes it off with another dot ball, short of length delivery that the batsman defends.

End of over 2 (maiden) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
WP Saha    0* (7b)      B Kumar    1-1-0-0
MEK Hussey    5* (5b 1x4)      R Sharma    1-0-5-0

2.1

Richardson to Hussey, no run, bowls short of length delivery angling in to the batsman, he tries to turn it away to the leg side, gets hit on the thigh pad

2.2

Richardson to Hussey, no run, back of length outside off, the batsman defends it to point off the back foot

2.3

Richardson to Hussey, OUT, he has struck off his third ball! Big one this! It was angled in from round the wicket and it just straightens a touch, enough to beat the batsman's defensive poke, then hits the offstump

MEK Hussey b Richardson 5 (9m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Raina is the new man. Richardson goes over the wicket

2.4

Richardson to Raina, no run, he bowls it on a length round about off stump, Raina tries to push it to leg side off the back foot, gets a leading edge to the off side

2.5

Richardson to Raina, no run, he bowls a full delivery that Raina ends up chipping just over the bowler's head, off a leading edge, he is lucky as it drops just short of mid on

2.6

Richardson to Raina, 1 run, back of length delivery on the body, Raina hops and guides it to fine leg

karthik: "So finally law of average consumes law of consistency ! #HussMaster is gone !"

End of over 3 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 7/1 (RR: 2.33)
SK Raina    1* (3b)      KW Richardson    1-0-1-1
WP Saha    0* (7b)      B Kumar    1-1-0-0

3.1

Kumar to Raina, 1 run, he bowls it short of length on the stumps, Raina again gets up on his toes and whips it to fine leg

Srinivas Goud: "Hail Richardson... for the decent celebration! I am sick and tired of Indian young bowlers giving mouthful when they get a wicket, as if they just killed a monster."

3.2

Kumar to Saha, no run, he tries to go for a premeditated pull to a length delivery outside off, makes no contact

3.3

Kumar to Saha, 1 run, angles it in from wide of the crease, the batsman tucks it to square leg for a single

3.4

Kumar to Raina, no run, keeps it just short of length, 135 kph, the batsman defends it off the back foot

3.5

Kumar to Raina, no run, he comes forward and drives the length delivery on the up, but straight to the man at cover

Sridhar: "looks like again a low scoring game is on the cards....I so wish to see Smith batting a little up the order."

3.6

Kumar to Raina, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, Raina goes for a drives, but the bat turns in his hands and he doesn't get any timing. They take a single to wide mid off

End of over 4 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 10/1 (RR: 2.50)
SK Raina    3* (7b)      B Kumar    2-1-3-0
WP Saha    1* (9b)      KW Richardson    1-0-1-1

4.1

Richardson to Raina, FOUR, shortish delivery angling in, 139 kph, but this one is heading down the leg side and Raina swivels to send it to the backward square leg boundary

4.2

Richardson to Raina, 1 run, another back of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman gets an inside edge to short fine where Dinda fumbles and allows an easy single

4.3

Richardson to Saha, no run, goes for a big swing to a fuller delivery on off stump, he was aiming for long on, but gets a bottom edge to the keeper

Anoop Balwani: "The insurance man Badri has not been getting a chance to bat in the last couple of matches since Hussey is insuring the team...looking at saha playing the way he is, Badri may soon to get his chance. in this game....!!"

4.4

Richardson to Saha, SIX, that has gone all the way! It went high and looked like it was coming down in the playing area, but it has gone to the sight screen. It was a length delivery that Saha hit over the bowler's head with a straight bat

4.5

Richardson to Saha, FOUR, and he plays his first proper shot! A cover drive just in the right place off a length delivery

4.6

Richardson to Saha, 1 run, there was a bit of hesitation as the batsmen took that single, but the throw comes to the wrong end. Saha would have struggled at the non-strikers. It was a slower ball that was pushed to cover point

Leon: "@Srinivas Goud, maybe the reason for Richardson's less celebration is that he himself is surprised to see Mr Cricket's defence destroyed"

End of over 5 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 26/1 (RR: 5.20)
WP Saha    12* (13b 1x4 1x6)      KW Richardson    2-0-17-1
SK Raina    8* (9b 1x4)      B Kumar    2-1-3-0

Rahul Sharma is back

5.1

Sharma to Saha, 1 run, bowls a flighted delivery on the stumps, the batsman gets an inside edge fine on the leg side, short fine leg fielder slides and keeps the batsmen to a single

5.2

Sharma to Raina, no run, pushed through outside off, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler off the back foot

5.3

Sharma to Raina, 1 run, tossed up and full outside off, the batsman drives it to mid off for a single

Afzal: "@Anoop Balwani: I think you were little too early to judge Saha."

5.4

Sharma to Saha, OUT, he plays a premeditated sweep to a delivery that is pitched short in length around leg stump! The batsman misses as he was nowhere near the pitch of the ball, gets hit around the knee roll of his front pad.. The umpire reckons that would have flicked the leg stump

WP Saha lbw b Sharma 13 (23m 15b 1x4 1x6) SR: 86.66

Here is everyone's favourite, Badrinath

5.5

Sharma to Badrinath, no run, defends the flatter delivery off the front foot

Murari: "@Afzal... I think you were a little too early to judge Anoop"

5.6

Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, flighted on the pads, the batsman drives it to deep midwicket for a single

backwardpoint: "@Leon - that isnt Ozzie sprit, mate. They brim with confidence... against all odds. So, I doubt if he would be surprised if he is from S Australia."

End of over 6 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 29/2 (RR: 4.83)
S Badrinath    1* (2b)      R Sharma    2-0-8-1
SK Raina    9* (11b 1x4)      KW Richardson    2-0-17-1

Dinda into the attack

6.1

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, he bowls it short of length on off stump, the batsman defends it to point

6.2

Dinda to Badrinath, 2 runs, he bowls it shortish on the stumps and the batsman swivels on his heels to pull it to deep backward square leg, Kane Richardson makes a sliding stop

6.3

Dinda to Badrinath, no run, length delivery on the off stump, the batsman gets squared up a touch as he defends it to cover

6.4

Dinda to Badrinath, 1 run, back of length delivery, 119 kph, the batsman spot the change in pace, waits for it and steers it to third man

6.5

Dinda to Raina, 1 run, back of length delivery wide outside off, Raina stays on the back foot and punches it to deep extra cover

6.6

Dinda to Badrinath, 1 run, back of length delivery on the off stump, the batsman dabs it towards midwicket and calls for a quick single

Shobhit Agarwal: "@Balwani : Ever tried forecasting. Bet you will fare better than our weather department."

End of over 7 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 34/2 (RR: 4.85)
S Badrinath    5* (7b)      AB Dinda    1-0-5-0
SK Raina    10* (12b 1x4)      R Sharma    2-0-8-1

Abhishek Nayar is the new bowler

7.1

Nayar to Badrinath, no run, short of length delivery wide outside off, it was there to be hit, Badri punches it off the back foot, but finds Yuvraj at point

7.2

Nayar to Badrinath, 1 run, slower delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to long on for a single

Shankar: "With the players you have - Badri, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo & Jadeja, I don't see any logic sending Saha opener.. Rather I would like to see Badri opening with Hussey, Dhoni & Bravo at 4 &5 and Saha coming in as pinch hitter if required as Samson yesterday..!

7.3

Nayar to Raina, no run, back of length delivery, stops a touch after pitching, Raina pushes it to cover off the back foot

7.4

Nayar to Raina, FOUR, he makes room by moving outside leg and slices the length delivery over point.. Sounds of 'catch it'.. but it went comfortably over

Round the wicket

7.5

Nayar to Raina, 1 run, bowls short of length on off stump, the batsman punches it back past the bowler

Over the wicket

7.6

Nayar to Badrinath, 1 run, he comes to the front foot and drives the length delivery down the ground to long on

Venkatesh: "Badri and Raina are a great combination in many ways. Left Right combo, one can strike the ball powerfully and the other can work singles effectively around the wicket. Two most experienced players who havent missed many matches for CSK, Hope they click well today."

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 41/2 (RR: 5.12)
S Badrinath    7* (10b)      AM Nayar    1-0-7-0
SK Raina    15* (15b 2x4)      AB Dinda    1-0-5-0

8.1

Dinda to Badrinath, 1 run, he bowls a length delivery on the stumps, the batsman nudges it to deep midwicket off the front foot

HillSideMoon: "Finally Badrinath got one genuine chance to prove how teams need "wall" kinda batsman even when they have several hard hitters."

8.2

Dinda to Raina, 1 run, he stays in the crease and tries to power the full delivery down the ground, but it hits the toe-end of the bat and dribbles to long on

8.3

Dinda to Badrinath, 1 run, he waits on the back foot for the slower delivery and opens the face to tickle it to third man

Mohit Joshi: "@Shankar - You really wanna replace Dhoni, Bravo & Jadeja from that 'awesome finisher' spot with Saha ?? Really??"

8.4

Dinda to Raina, no run, bowls a quick short delivery to test Raina! But it is outside off and Raina doesn't bother getting anywhere near to it

8.5

Dinda to Raina, 1 run, another short delivery! Has that been put down? Luke Wright has dropped it at short midwicket. Raina looked set to fall to his problem delivery, he went for the pull, got hit high on the bat and the ball lobbed towards short midwicket. Wright probably expected it to come to him, but it dipped on him. He dived forward, got his hands under it but wasn't able to hold on

8.6

Dinda to Badrinath, 1 run, he opens the face to steers it to third man off a length delivery

Ragz: "@Shankar : The logic is to have Saha pinch hit at the top, and if he fails then Badri can anchor the innings... If u send Badri and Hussey to open, you wont be making much use of the powerplay... unless of course Hussey is in red-hot form like in this IPL..."

Balaji: "Saha should be given more time and longer rope. Just because he failed in one match does not make him unacceptable at the top order. He is a good technician. Its possible he is a bit nervous to perform as well as hid the last time in Chennai against KKR."

Ajay Sugavanam: "Every time I watch Badrinath bat, I can't believe he's not had a longer career with India - great talent, outstanding technique and a temperament suitable for international cricket. Let's hope he really makes use of his opportunity."

End of over 9 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 46/2 (RR: 5.11)
S Badrinath    10* (13b)      AB Dinda    2-0-10-0
SK Raina    17* (18b 2x4)      AM Nayar    1-0-7-0

Bhuvi comes in to bowl his third

9.1

Kumar to Badrinath, 1 run, he bowls it short around off stump, the batsman gets under it and pulls it down to fine leg

9.2

Kumar to Raina, 1 run, he moves outside leg stump and flat bats a length delivery down to long on for a single

9.3

Kumar to Badrinath, 1 run, he waits on the back foot for a back of length delivery and wrists it away to fine leg from around off stump

9.4

Kumar to Raina, 1 run, another flat-batted shot to a length delivery outside off, hits it straight to long on

9.5

Kumar to Badrinath, 1 run, walks across the stumps and pulls a shortish delivery down to deep backward square leg

9.6

Kumar to Raina, FOUR, that is a Raina special! He makes room by moving outside leg, then gets down on his knees and crashes the length delivery through extra cover with lot of power and timing

End of over 10 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 55/2 (RR: 5.50)
SK Raina    23* (21b 3x4)      B Kumar    3-1-12-0
S Badrinath    13* (16b)      AB Dinda    2-0-10-0

Joseph Dsouza: "In some way, Dhoni has destroyed hopes of many wicket keepers. No doubt Dhoni is a good player, leader. He is so fit, doesn't even miss any match. So there is no chance for other wicket keeper to get indian cap."

10.1

Sharma to Badrinath, no run, he bowls a proper legspinner, it turns away after pitching and beats the outside edge as Badri looks to play a late cut

10.2

Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, flatter delivery on the off stump, the batsman punches it to deep cover

10.3

Sharma to Raina, 2 runs, it's a short delivery on the pads, stayed a touch low, Raina pulls it along the ground to long leg for a couple

10.4

Sharma to Raina, no run, pushed through on the off stump from wide of the crease, Raina comes forward and defends to off

10.5

Sharma to Raina, 1 run, tries another short delivery that comes on a touch quicker to the batsman, he pulls it straight to deep backward square leg

10.6

Sharma to Badrinath, 2 runs, another short delivery wide outside off, turning away too, Badri pulls it to the gap at cow corner where Wright makes a good diving save

End of over 11 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 61/2 (RR: 5.54)
S Badrinath    16* (19b)      R Sharma    3-0-14-1
SK Raina    26* (24b 3x4)      B Kumar    3-1-12-0

Amit: "It's situations like these, when CSK hasn't scored too many in the first 10 overs, scare the hell out of me knowing that MSD is gonna walk out any moment and all hell will break loose on the Pune bowlers."

11.1

Nayar to Raina, no run, bowls a slower length delivery wide outside off, the batsman punches it straight to cover

11.2

Nayar to Raina, 1 run, makes some room and cuts the short of length delivery to deep point

11.3

Nayar to Badrinath, 2 runs, bowls a fullish delivery on the pads, the batsman flicks it to deep backward square leg

praveen: "@Joseph, I would say, Dhoni has given a new benchmark to the role of the Indian wicketkeeper, whoever can perform at that level atleast in domestic cricket, can sure hope to replace him ... if they can."

11.4

Nayar to Badrinath, 1 run, he bowls it slow and wide outside off, the batsman stretches out and dabs it towards cover for a single

11.5

Nayar to Raina, 2 runs, he comes round the wicket and bowls it full, the batsman dances down the pitch and flicks it to deep midwicket. There is a direct hit and the batsman take an overthrow off the ricochet

11.6

Nayar to Raina, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and pushes the back of length delivery to long off for a single

cover point: "Hell, everybody is talking about csk . Has anybody seen that pune bowlers are doing well?"

End of over 12 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 68/2 (RR: 5.66)
SK Raina    30* (28b 3x4)      AM Nayar    2-0-14-0
S Badrinath    19* (21b)      R Sharma    3-0-14-1

12.1

Sharma to Raina, 1 run, bowls it short as soon as he sees Raina charging down, the batsman steers it to fine leg for a single

12.2

Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and takes the flighted delivery on the full, drives it to long off for a single

12.3

Sharma to Raina, 1 run, he goes on the back foot and whips the back of length delivery to square leg for a single

12.4

Sharma to Badrinath, FOUR, he takes a couple of small steps down the pitch to get to the pitch of the delivery and drives it straight down the ground, past the umpire for a boundary

12.5

Sharma to Badrinath, FOUR, more classical stuff from Badri. It was a flighted and full delivery outside off, he comes forward and drives it with an open face to find that gap at deep back ward point

12.6

Sharma to Badrinath, 2 runs, full and flighted on the middle stump, he drives it to the cow corner with a wristy whip

Harshit Thakkar: "The best thing that Pune can now do is not a wicket. Do not let MSD come to the crease."

End of over 13 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 81/2 (RR: 6.23)
S Badrinath    30* (25b 2x4)      R Sharma    4-0-27-1
SK Raina    32* (30b 3x4)      AM Nayar    2-0-14-0

Kane Richardson comes back

13.1

Richardson to Raina, 2 runs, he bowls a yorker wide outside off, but Raina knows how to squeeze them out for runs, guides it to third man easily

13.2

Richardson to Raina, SIX, he bowls a length delivery on the pads, just what Raina needs, and the batsman swings his bat, sends it really really high, when it lands, it is just over the midwicket boundary

Yash: "This way of scoring singles and doubles is going to trouble CSK. Its time for Raina to play those long shots. With the deep batting line up the players in the wicket have to start taking some risk"

13.3

Richardson to Raina, 1 run, he bowls a full delivery from round the stumps, the batsman drives it straight down the ground to long on

13.4

Richardson to Badrinath, 1 run, he bowls it short of length just outside off, Badri opens the face to run it down to third man for a single

13.5

Richardson to Raina, 1 run, be bowls length on off stump which Raina drives hard on the up down to long on

13.6

Richardson to Badrinath, 1 run, he comes down the pitch to a length delivery and bunt it on the pitch, it bounces over the bowler and mid off does well to slide and keep the batsmen to a single

End of over 14 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 93/2 (RR: 6.64)
S Badrinath    32* (27b 2x4)      KW Richardson    3-0-29-1
SK Raina    42* (34b 3x4 1x6)      R Sharma    4-0-27-1

Abhishek Nayar comes back for his third

14.1

Nayar to Badrinath, 1 run, he bowls a slower and full delivery wide outside off, Badri drives it to deep point

Round the wicket

14.2

Nayar to Raina, 1 run, bowls a slower length delivery on the stumps, the batsman has to wait for it and then he punches it to deep midwicket

14.3

Nayar to Badrinath, 1 run, he moves outside leg stump, the bowler follows him with a slower delivery, Badri drives it to deep midwicket for a single

14.4

Nayar to Raina, 2 runs, bowls a slower delivery on the stumps which the batsman sweeps in the air, he didn't get hold of it.. Suman comes charging towards it from deep square leg and does well to get his body behind it after he realised he was not going to get to it

14.5

Nayar to Raina, 1 run, he chips the length bowl and it falls a few meters short of long on

14.6

Nayar to Badrinath, 2 wides, he tries to bowl that back of hand slower delivery wide of the batsman, but it goes too wide, the keeper doesn't take it cleanly

14.6

Nayar to Raina, 1 run, he comes forward and drives a length delivery down the ground to long off for a single

Fraser: "thats the annoying thing about t20. From overs 13-18 s they just want dot balls instead of wickets. Wickets would give time for a big hitter to settle in. Ruins the game for me when bwolers don't try..."

End of over 15 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 102/2 (RR: 6.80)
SK Raina    47* (38b 3x4 1x6)      AM Nayar    3-0-23-0
S Badrinath    34* (29b 2x4)      KW Richardson    3-0-29-1

15.1

Wright to Raina, 1 run, he bowls a slower delivery on the stumps, the batsman gets an inside edge on to the pads

Arun: "I think CSK have this tendency to play relative to their opposition rather than to their ability. That's why Pune has as much chance of beating them as RCB."

15.2

Wright to Badrinath, no run, he bowls a slower delivery wide outside off, the batsman was moving outside leg and tries to stretch and get to it, but makes no contact

15.3

Wright to Badrinath, OUT, caught at long off! And as so often happens when Badri tries to play a lofted shot, it goes straight into the hands of the fielder

S Badrinath c Smith b Wright 34 (49m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 109.67

MS Dhoni walks in..

15.4

Wright to Raina, 1 run, he bowls a slower length delivery on the off stump, the batsman drives it to long off

15.5

Wright to Dhoni, FOUR, he gets and easy ball and makes full use of it! It's a back of length delivery on the pads, the batsman just helps it along its way fine on the leg side

15.6

Wright to Dhoni, SIX, he is not waiting for the 20th over! He stays on the back foot and punches the length delivery like a boxer, it sails all the way, over the extra cover boundary! What a shot that was!

End of over 16 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 114/3 (RR: 7.12)
MS Dhoni    10* (2b 1x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-12-1
SK Raina    49* (40b 3x4 1x6)      AM Nayar    3-0-23-0

16.1

Richardson to Raina, 1 leg bye, he bowls a high full toss on the pads, Raina tries to flick but misses, gets hit on the thigh pad and they steal a leg bye

rahul: "@fraser, wright heard your emotional plea and we lose the wall of chennai!! see how capable the bowlers actually are, they can do anything if they really want to :)"

16.2

Richardson to Dhoni, 1 run, he bowls a slower delivery on the stumps, the batsman pushes it to long on

16.3

Richardson to Raina, 1 run, he bowls it full and on the stumps, 140 kph, Raina drives it along the ground to long off to bring up his half-century..

16.4

Richardson to Dhoni, 1 run, another high full toss on the stumps, the batsman doesn't try too much, he just slices it towards point for a single

16.5

Richardson to Raina, 1 run, he bowls a slower length delivery on the stumps, Raina is a touch early in his hoick, but adjusts to punch it to deep midwicket

16.6

Richardson to Dhoni, 2 runs, he bowls a full delivery outside off, the batsman slices it to deep backward point

Karthik: "Seems like Badrinath's dismissal was a planned one by CSK. They know Badri can't hit the ball a long way. Sacrificed the wicket and lets Dhoni land the helicopters!!!"

End of over 17 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 121/3 (RR: 7.11)
MS Dhoni    14* (5b 1x4 1x6)      KW Richardson    4-0-35-1
SK Raina    51* (43b 3x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-12-1

Dinda is back

17.1

Dinda to Raina, FOUR, he bowls a low full toss outside off, the batsman just punches it over the bowler's head and even though that was off the toe-end, it had enough legs to beat the two fielders in the deep

17.2

Dinda to Raina, no run, Lucky to get away with it! The umpire thought about stretching his arms at this one was a full wide delivery outside off.. Looked fine on the replay though

17.3

Dinda to Raina, 1 run, he bowls a length delivery wide outside off, the batsman punches it to deep cover off the back foot

17.4

Dinda to Dhoni, FOUR, wow! It was a full delivery wide outside off and Dhoni has paddled it fine on the leg side, beating the fielder at short fine with ease

17.5

Dinda to Dhoni, SIX, Dinda is going to be targeted tonight! Dhoni charges down the pitch and he gets under he length delivery, after that it's only a question of how far it would go.. this one goes way over long on for a flat six

17.6

Dinda to Dhoni, 2 runs, he bowls a good yorker on off, but the batsman drives it off the toe end all the way to deep extra cover

backwardpoint: "seeing the ipl and all this hit and giggle tournaments, i feel its imperative that the rule gets changed and one to two bowler can bowl without having the over restrictions. Its such a shame. A batsman can bat all 20 overs [or indefinitely in other formats] but except in tests, bowlers have restrictions. Who ever drafted the rules must have been a batsman with less than a smattering of knowledge about bowling."

End of over 18 (17 runs) Chennai Super Kings 138/3 (RR: 7.66)
MS Dhoni    26* (8b 2x4 2x6)      AB Dinda    3-0-27-0
SK Raina    56* (46b 4x4 1x6)      KW Richardson    4-0-35-1

18.1

Kumar to Raina, FOUR, length delivery on the middle and leg line, Raina flicks it in the gap between short fine and backward square leg perfectly

18.2

Kumar to Raina, 1 run, he bowls it full wide outside off, the batsman blocks it out to extra cover for a single

18.3

Kumar to Dhoni, 1 run, he bowls a full toss on the stumps, the batsman flogs it down to long on, for a single

philipsmgp: "Really dissappointed with raina's performance this year.He migh have scored a fifty but i think it was too slower.Badri did what his job was rotated strike so that raina could hit some biggies.dissappointed so far."

18.4

Kumar to Raina, 1 run, he bowls it short of length on the stumps, the batsman goes for his favourite hoick, but doesn't get any timing, it's hit straight to deep midwicket

18.5

Kumar to Dhoni, FOUR, attempts a yorker, errs, as it is a low full toss wide outside off, Dhoni punishes it by slicing it over point

18.6

Kumar to Dhoni, 1 run, another low full toss, but this one is on off stump, the batsman drives it down the ground to long off. He keeps the strike

pavan: "The best stratedy against CSK batting is not to take any wickets. Dont let dhoni come to crease"

End of over 19 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 150/3 (RR: 7.89)
MS Dhoni    32* (11b 3x4 2x6)      B Kumar    4-1-24-0
SK Raina    62* (49b 5x4 1x6)      AB Dinda    3-0-27-0

Don: "@backwardpoint - I disagree, without the over restriction the teams are then allowed to have more batsman, especially in t20, if two bowlers don't have any over limitation you could technically play the game with ur two bets bowlers especially its a spinner like narine who could bowl 10 overs in a trot without any problems."

19.1

Dinda to Dhoni, no run, he tries to sweep the yorker wide outside off to fine leg again, but that one was quick and right on the blockhole, it sneaks under the bat

19.2

Dinda to Dhoni, 1 run, another super yorker, right on the off stump line, Dhoni brings his bat down in time to block that out to leg side

19.3

Dinda to Raina, 1 run, another yorker wide outside off, Raina can only steer it to third man

19.4

Dinda to Dhoni, 2 runs, tries another one, but this one was a low full toss hit straight to long on.. They call for a second as Dinda doesn't collect it cleanly.. THere was no chance of a run there, Robin gets to it and takes an aim when he could have just run to the stumps, he misses

19.5

Dinda to Dhoni, FOUR, Uthappa's mistake makes Pune pay, it's a fuller length delivery that the batsman sweeps to deep midwicket boundary

19.6

Dinda to Dhoni, SIX, of all the ways you can err while bowling a yorker, Dinda ends up bowling the worst! It's a fullish length delivery on off stump. Dhoni was waiting on the back foot and murders it with a powerful swing of the bat.. It sails over the sight screen. Monster hit..

The timing of that Badrinath dismissal was so critical.. Dhoni came in just at the right time and helped CSK power 62 runs in the last five overs. Given the slightly slow nature of the pitch, this already looks like a good score.

Sriram: "Dhoni is beyond Murphy's law!!"

Mani: "I just got reminded of moin khan sweeping Allan donald at J'burg !! These guys are really brave !! No fear at all and as they say fortune favours the brave !!"

Vauhin: "without taking anything away from raina and dhoni,, Badri played a gem of innings as always unsung hero of CSK."

Soumya: "For Badrinath: "Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight""

Rishi: "Got to feel for Dinda. After all that pace and run up, he ended up being swept disdainfully for 4 - not once but twice. I think the sweep shot would hurt him more than anything."

manoj: "I feel Pune have the best seam bowler in Bhuvaneshwar and the worst bowler in Dinda!!! Unlike Bhuvi, Dinda, a bowler who doesn't know his limitations at all!!! I still wonder how he keeps getting a chance to play for India!!!"


End of over 20 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 164/3
MS Dhoni    45* (16b 4x4 3x6)      AB Dinda    4-0-41-0
SK Raina    63* (50b 5x4 1x6)      B Kumar    4-1-24-0
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Mohit Sharma appeals for leg before, Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Pune, April 30, 2013

Mohit Sharma appeals for leg before

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Kane Richardson filets the off side, Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Pune, April 30, 2013

Kane Richardson filets the off side

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