Indian Premier League

Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians

Chennai Super Kings won by 48 runs

7.59 pm

Right, so the umpires have gotten themselves a red-carpet welcome. It's Vijay and Hussey at the top as you would expect. Waiting to skip over the boundary line, waiting for Mumbai Indians' photo-shoot to get done.

Now it's done and Mitchell Johnson has the new ball in hand.

Hussain: "@ Ram, there's no point of replacing Anirudha with Badri, CSK have enough fire power @ the bottom with the likes of Dhoni,Bravo,Jadeja,Albie... Badri is the "Wall of CSK", he cannot be breached!!!"

Krishnan: "I am pretty sure my comments wont get posted.. trying my luck.. @Ram: Badrinath is a backup player for Hussey and tough situations. Anirudha is a dashing player and we have about 7-8 dashers already... there is no need to up ante, but to provide stability CSK needs Badri..."

James: "As an Englishman, I thought Mitch Johnson would be too erratic to succeed in the IPL, but "Good Mitch" has usually turned up."

7.45 pm

Vikram Samal: "Got my degree exam tomorrow but cant miss this match. Degrees come and go.."

Umang: "@Vikram: I thought it's IPL that comes and goes every year."

chibi: "Am very surprised that du plessis didnt get a single match this IPL...! but then, he atleast gets to play for SA, Albie doesnt.. so i guess it's a bit fair." I think Dhoni doesn't like to change winning combinations too much.

Shri: "Dhoni has won a very important toss here. MI are known to make a mess of chase in big games. Hope they dont do it again today.."

Nick: "Such a shame Jason Holder isn't playing. His action reminds me of the good old days!!"

Ram: "I have posted this many times. I think Anirudha should play in place of Badrinath. Badrinath bats 6 or 7 down in this line up and he is nota good fit at that position at all. Anirudha can atleast hit some power shots and up the antes a little bit. What do u think?"

7.30 pm, Toss

Only a few moments away. Till then you can read this breaking story on Pune's pullout from the IPL.

Fairly crowded in the stands, so that's a positive to start things off.

MS Dhoni says he has had no issues with the heat this IPL. Rohit Sharma reckons it will be a high-scoring match.

Dhoni's won the toss and Chennai will bat first. Mumbai would have batted first too, Rohit reveals.

One change for Chennai, Albie comes in for Holder. Tendulkar's not fit and he continues to miss out, but there are four changes to the side. Dwayne Smith comes in for Maxwell, Munaf Patel for Dhawal, Pragyan Ojha and Mitchell Johnson have also made it back.

Vamsi Nerella: "I am disappointed.. still no word on whether Sachin playing today or not!!!!" Unfortunately, he's still injured.

Hitesh Patel: "2 Question for Cricinfo 1. Am I writing in correct place to get my comment posted? 2. Can Cricinfo read my prophecy of MI would have big win over CSK?" Yes, and yes.

7.20 pm

oorja: "This is most definitely rehash of the final to come. Chennai has been faltering on and off but Mumbai has established a rock solid ground . Lessee If Dhoni can pull out rabbit from the hat as he has been consistently last few tournaments.My last cents are on chennai."

Sree: "Phewwww... Still @ office & desperately need to watch this encounter.. Supporting MI but no words to describe the versatality of Chennai team. Looking ahead for an Amplified drama.."

VASANT SINHA: "It has been the trend of Mumbai defeating Chennai during the league matches but making way for CSK during the playoff stage. Hoping for the similar result today #Die-hard-CSK-fan"

7.10 pm

Hello, hello! Lot continues to happen off the field, and not a lot of it has been very pleasant, but we will try and focus on what's happening on it tonight as two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings take on one-time Champions League T20 winner Mumbai Indians at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Suneer Chowdhary here to take you through tonight's IPL 2013 qualifier.

Joshan: "From New York here.... up for 24 hrs now and so waiting for this game. Have been supporting MI since the first IPL season. #bringiton"

Sumit Sengupta: "Finally, the most awaited play-off moments has arrived today after waiting last couple of months, where we may witness a super contest here....... Time to fasten your seat belts........"

Vinny R: "Is this a case of the Chennai batsmen versus the Mumbai bowlers? Can Mumbai actually perform well anywhere except their home gound? Does the result matter as the loser will invariably beat the winner of the othe qualifier?" I am not sure Rajasthan and Hyderabad fans will be too thrilled with your last line.

Ravi: "@Vinny R: May be reverse is true, it doesnt matter who wins here, they are going to loose in finals in hands of RR or SRH"

Harish Varanasi: "@Vinay, Pitch @ Feroz Shah Kotla @Eden Gardens are right now on the slower side much like that of Hyderabad. RR[Batsmen] and SRH[Bowlers] have the pitches tailor made for them. The other teams wouldn't like such pitches, I am pitching for either of the teams yet to play the match other than today."

Kaleem Ullah: "Last time bravo sent Pollard for packing this time pollard will send bravo for packing for sure." You will like to see this.

Vithu: "Not fair Suneer, you should've included Chennai's CLT20 title too, in your preview. #we'vewon3already!" That's true, was just trying to balance it out.

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0.1

Johnson to Hussey, FOUR, poor ball to start things off here, it was a full-toss on his pads and it's caressed through mid-wicket for a four!

0.2

Johnson to Hussey, no run, and now some swing, gets his line right this time, on the off stump, length ball and swings away from the batsman, the batsman does not fiddle with it

0.3

Johnson to Hussey, no run, and this one is slightly fuller from the bowler, outside the off stump too and swinging away from the batsman, lets it go through yet again

0.4

Johnson to Hussey, no run, edged this time and through to the third slip where Rohit fields, it was closer to the stumps this time, swinging away from the bat again and gets a nick trying to drive at it, falls short of the third slipper

0.5

Johnson to Hussey, 1 run, shortens his length this time and Hussey seemingly expected that, taps it to the off side for a quick single

Raviraj Gharat: "Why replace Dhawal with Munaf?? Dhawal has been fruitful with almost all the opportunities given to him this year and Munaf i guess has rarely played this year. Hope Munaf doesnt make a mess of this opportunity.." Dhawal is still injured I think.

0.6

Johnson to Vijay, 1 run, fuller from Mitch and outside the off stump, Vijay's dabbed it to mid-off and springs away for a quick one

End of over 1 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
M Vijay    1* (1b)      MG Johnson    1-0-6-0
MEK Hussey    5* (5b 1x4)     

Munaf to share the new ball.

1.1

Patel to Vijay, no run, very full from Munaf and slightly slower, 127.8km/hr, he has a dash at it but hits it back to the bowler

1.2

Patel to Vijay, FOUR, shortening of length but on the middle stump, it was quite gracefully flicked through square-leg for a four, nice

1.3

Patel to Vijay, FOUR, up and over and for a four, that was on a length yet again but he compensates by bowling outside the off stump, plays it through the line of the ball and hits it over extra-cover to get his second four

1.4

Patel to Vijay, no run, aah, another good-looking drive off a length ball, tapped straight to the fielder but the pitch looks to be a good one this, for the batsmen that is

1.5

Patel to Vijay, 2 runs, poor delivery again, this is further down on his pads and easily flicked away through mid-wicket for a couple of runs, there's a fielder at deep square-leg

1.6

Patel to Vijay, 2 runs, continues to bowl that same length and a bad line, on his pads too and easily tucked away to the right of that deep square-leg fielder, who has to run to it to stop it, couple of couple runs then to finish off the over

End of over 2 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 18/0 (RR: 9.00)
M Vijay    13* (7b 2x4)      MM Patel    1-0-12-0
MEK Hussey    5* (5b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-6-0

2.1

Johnson to Hussey, FOUR, and now it's cut hard for a four, Hussey loves playing the cut to one that's short and wide and gets it over his favourite point fielder, Pollard, no chance of getting any hand to that one for the fielder

2.2

Johnson to Hussey, 1 run, length ball but slightly closer to the stumps, on the middle and tapped to the mid-on area for a single

Harsha Prakash: "Vijay doing a repeat of previous IPL. Pathetic league season & looking ominous during playoffs. Mumbai need to take him out soon"

2.3

Johnson to Vijay, no run, on a length and outside the off stump, bit of an angle away and pushed into the covers, followed by a loud shout of 'No!'

2.4

Johnson to Vijay, 3 runs, shot that one, it was fuller outside the off stump and a tad wide, he drives it through point, beats Pollard and they are able to come back for the third, it looked timed very well

2.5

Johnson to Hussey, no run, was looking for a quick one there Hussey, had tapped it to the covers and called Vijay who remained rooted back, it had gone to Rohit who did well there, has a shy back too but Hussey's well in

2.6

Johnson to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, tapped to the leg side for a single this time

End of over 3 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 27/0 (RR: 9.00)
MEK Hussey    11* (9b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-15-0
M Vijay    16* (9b 2x4)      MM Patel    1-0-12-0

Harbhajan gets the ball now.

karthik Swarna: "Chris Morris @ 9 down and R Ashwin @ 10 hmm... are CSK going for a batting overkill, considering it is a 20 over match ?"

Ravinder Phogat: "all 6 deliveries on pads, that's what happen when you play after long time, bad move to play Munaf looking at the context of series!"

3.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, very full and tossed up nicely, driven down to long-off for a single

3.2

Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, no run, shorter in length from round the stumps, tapped to square-leg, there's a fielder there

3.3

Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, 1 run, too short again, enough for the batsman to go back and flick it away to mid-wicket for a single

3.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, was looking to go down the pitch, was quicker on his leg stump, trying to cramp him, pushed away to point in the end

3.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, slightly tossed up again and played well to square-leg, wanted a quick one but sent back by Vijay

3.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, shorter in length and tapped to short cover, straight to the fielder yet again, end of a good over from Harbhajan

End of over 4 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 29/0 (RR: 7.25)
MEK Hussey    12* (13b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-0
M Vijay    17* (11b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-15-0

Malinga has the ball now.

Susil Kumar: "Its an overkill only if you have selected 9 batsmen. If your bowlers can bat, that's not a headache at all"

4.1

Malinga to Vijay, 1 run, well bowled and well played! it was on a length and there was a hint of swing away, not too pacy and he taps it well, down the ground and had it not been for a diving mid-off, was running away

4.2

Malinga to Hussey, no run, ooh, what a ball! it was an in-swinging yorker that from Malinga and the batsman had to jab his bat down rather quickly, runs away to short mid-wicket

4.3

Malinga to Hussey, FOUR, that's the second full-toss that Hussey's got and that's the second time he's got it away for a four, was on the off stump line and tapped through wide mid-off for a four

4.4

Malinga to Hussey, FOUR, slows the pace down but that's not slowing the pace of scoring down, he's read it well, waits for it and crunches it through the covers for a four

4.5

Malinga to Hussey, 1 leg bye, swinging right into the batsman, wants to flick it away, but gets bit of a pad through to the leg side

Five fielders there on the off side for Hussey from point to mid-off, last ball.

4.6

Malinga to Vijay, no run, another yorker and Vijay goes back, gets his boot out and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 5 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 39/0 (RR: 7.80)
M Vijay    18* (13b 2x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-9-0
MEK Hussey    20* (17b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-0

5.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, shorter in length and tapped away to the leg side for a single

5.2

Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, 1 run, tosses it up from round the stumps, tapped to mid-wicket for a single, Harbhajan runs across to field that one

5.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, FOUR, what a shot, it's been hit inside out and lands a few inches in front of the extra-cover fence, ran down the track there to get to the pitch of the ball too

5.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, on the off stump and tapped to the off side this time

5.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, shorter in length and tapped away to the mid-wicket for a single

James: "Not one of Malinga's best seasons. Must be a while since he was as low as third on the most wickets list for his team."

5.6

Harbhajan Singh to Vijay, 1 run, on his pads and tucked around the corner for a single, was ambling it out there before realising it's gone straight to the fielder, rushes in and is safely home before the throw comes in

End of over 6 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 47/0 (RR: 7.83)
M Vijay    20* (15b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-10-0
MEK Hussey    26* (21b 5x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-9-0

Agnel Pereira: "Surprising why Malinga did not open the bowling and give a psychological pressure on CSK if one wicket was taken it would be a huge advantage for Mumbai, they lost this opportunity."

6.1

Ojha to Vijay, 1 run, fuller from round the stumps, gives it a bit of air, driven to the fielder in the covers

6.2

Ojha to Hussey, no run, reverse-swept this time, it was on his pads in an attempt to cramp him for room

6.3

Ojha to Hussey, 1 run, immediately shortens his length and tapped away to the leg side for a single

6.4

Ojha to Vijay, 1 run, attempts a sweep from outside the off and slips while playing the stroke, recovers well to not only complete the stroke but also get away for a single

6.5

Ojha to Hussey, 1 run, shorter in length and tucked round the corner for a single

6.6

Ojha to Vijay, 1 run, fuller in length and driven down to long-off for a single, five singles off that one then

End of over 7 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 52/0 (RR: 7.42)
M Vijay    23* (18b 2x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-5-0
MEK Hussey    28* (24b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-10-0

Susil Kumar: "@James Not his personal best but does what's best for the team when it comes to bowling at the depth. MI need them today especially when Dhoni and Raina go all guns blazing."

Prathab: "So thats 5th bowler in 7 overs... PRESSURE PRESSURE...!!! Rohit is searching for wicket that is eluding him"

7.1

Pollard to Vijay, no run, slower one outside the off stump, pushed it into the point region and straight to the fielder

7.2

Pollard to Vijay, OUT, swings, hits the bottom, and gone, caught! Vijay loves playing this free-swing shot, it was in his arc but not off the middle of the bat at all and it's gone straight to deep square-leg where it's taken, a wicket for Mumbai Indians

M Vijay c Smith b Pollard 23 (32m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 115.00

Raina at 3.

7.3

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, very close to the off stump and deftly played through to the third-man, steers it through for a single

7.4

Pollard to Raina, 1 run, short of length outside the off and driven down to long-off for a single, gets off the mark

7.5

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, and he loves playing that stroke doesn't he, Hussey waits till the last moment before opening the face of the bat and guides it down to third-man for a single

7.6

Pollard to Raina, no run, edged and falls short of the very wide slip in place, that's the second edge that's gone to the wide slip fielder and on both occasions it's gone on the bounce, length ball and was probably looking to defend at it

End of over 8 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 55/1 (RR: 6.87)
SK Raina    1* (2b)      KA Pollard    1-0-3-1
MEK Hussey    30* (26b 5x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-5-0

Munaf's back.

8.1

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, shorter in length and opens the face of the bat yet again, bit of an under-edge this time that runs through to short third-man for a single

8.2

Patel to Raina, 1 run, on the middle stump and on length too, it's hit straight down to long-on for a single

8.3

Patel to Hussey, FOUR, short and fractionally wide, that's all Hussey needs to unleash the cut, gets it off the middle of the bat and very wide of both, the backward point and the third-man fielder

8.4

Patel to Hussey, no run, this is quite wide and short too, wanted to cut it hard but I think it came on quicker than Hussey thought it would, beaten, the keeper's up to the bat too

8.5

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, on his pads this time, flicked away to deep square-leg for a single

8.6

Patel to Raina, 1 run, shorter in length and easily pulled away by Raina to deep square-leg for a single, he was up on his toes for that one

End of over 9 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 63/1 (RR: 7.00)
SK Raina    3* (4b)      MM Patel    2-0-20-0
MEK Hussey    36* (30b 6x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-3-1

Time-out time this. And post that very necessary break, Harbhajan to bowl.

Ankit: "Good Stuff by Rohit! Making things happen insteading of waiting for things to happen!"

Ravinder Phogat: "Hussey has more dots, singles, twos & fours than anyone else this year ,.. Salute to Mr. Cricketer! He is an example of fitness for young players.."

9.1

Harbhajan Singh to Raina, 1 run, slows it down and gently tosses it up, slightly shorter too and easily tucked away to the leg side for a single

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, shorter in length yet again and tapped to Johnson at point, quickly off for a single

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to Raina, 1 run, shorter in length and cut away, gets an inner edge to the covers for a single

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, shortens his length completely now, tapped down to mid-wicket for a single

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to Raina, 1 run, quicker and on his pads, flicked away to the leg side for a single

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, aah, tossed up yet again and driven through the covers for a single to get us to the half-way stage this innings

End of over 10 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 69/1 (RR: 6.90)
MEK Hussey    39* (33b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-16-0
SK Raina    6* (7b)      MM Patel    2-0-20-0

Spin at both ends. Ojha comes on.

10.1

Ojha to Hussey, 2 runs, short, on the leg stump, turning further down and pulled away to backward square-leg for a couple of runs

10.2

Ojha to Hussey, 1 run, on his pads yet again but slightly fuller this time, cannot pull it away but unleashes the tap to the leg side for a single

10.3

Ojha to Raina, 1 run, tries to swing it away over the leg side, not too much bat on it and runs away on the bounce to the deep square-leg fielder

10.4

Ojha to Hussey, FOUR, amazing stroke that, too many of those cramping him up and he unleashes the reverse sweep, the delivery this time was on the off stump and goes to the backward point fence for a four!

10.5

Ojha to Hussey, 1 run, and a reverse sweep again, this time it's fielded there and they get a single

10.6

Ojha to Raina, SIX, crack, that's the sound that came off it, he was looking to chip down the pitch and he bowled it quicker, tapped it and that's gone over mid-wicket for a solid six!

End of over 11 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 84/1 (RR: 7.63)
SK Raina    13* (9b 1x6)      PP Ojha    2-0-20-0
MEK Hussey    47* (37b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-16-0

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, shorter in length and tapped to deep covers for a single

Akshay: ""post that very necessary break"..Common sarcasm aside I thought at least cricinfo commentators wouldn't mind getting a break in this hectic typing.." Necessary for us commentators.

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Raina, no run, quicker, shorter and on the off stump, pushed into the covers and Hussey wanted one, sent back by the batsman

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Raina, 1 run, shorter again and tapped down to deep cover for a single this time

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, on a length yet again from round the stumps, rocks back and taps it to deep covers for a single

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Raina, SIX, whoa, up and over, well-timed by Raina, he got down to the pitch of the ball and went through the line of the stroke over extra-cover for a maximum!

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Raina, 1 run, on his pads and tucked away for a single to get the run-rate up to almost eight

End of over 12 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 94/1 (RR: 7.83)
SK Raina    21* (13b 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-26-0
MEK Hussey    49* (39b 7x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-20-0

Mitch Johnson comes on.

ABJ: "The Hussmaster (cringe) is quietly creeping upto to another 50..whaddaplayaaaaa!!!"

Nripen: "I would have bowled one over with Malinga after Vijay's dismissal just in hope to get Raina out. Rohit's just making it easy for Raina to settle down. And every one knows what follows after..."

12.1

Johnson to Raina, 2 runs, fuller from the bowler, on the middle stump and easily pushed down to wide long-on for a couple of runs, wasn't hit too hard and that allows them to come back for the second

12.2

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, shorter in length but it's outside the off stump and he swivels around to deep square-leg for a single

Umpires having a chat with Rohit about a fielder having thrown in the ball on a couple of bounces. Think it was Pollard there.

Girish: "79 all out seems a distant memory!! Again, We perform when it matters the most!! C'mon Boys in Yellow.."

12.3

Johnson to Hussey, 1 run, short of length and he pulls it to fine-leg for a single that brings up yet another half-century for Hussey, well played that!

12.4

Johnson to Raina, 2 runs, shorter in length and slower too, on his pads and tucked away to fine-leg for a couple of runs yet again, they are running well here

12.5

Johnson to Raina, SIX, cracked it away again, that was short and wide and Raina has thrown his bat over covers for a six yet again, and at the expense of being repetitive, that sounded so nice!

Johnson has a word or three with the batsman.

12.6

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, round the wicket and fuller on his pads, easily tucked away to fine-leg for a single

End of over 13 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 107/1 (RR: 8.23)
SK Raina    33* (18b 3x6)      MG Johnson    3-0-28-0
MEK Hussey    50* (40b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-26-0

13.1

Malinga to Raina, no run, yorker length delivery from Malinga, on the middle stump and tapped it to the leg side

Prasun: "What's wrong in throwing in the ball on a couple of bounces" In this tournament, the umpires have been strict about fielders bouncing it deliberately on the field before getting it to the keeper, to avoid the deliberate roughing up of the ball.

13.2

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, it's very full length delivery outside the off stump and driven to deep cover for a single

Simon: "Dear Huss, Please come back and take your righteous place in the batting line-up for your country before the Ashes. Everything is forgiven. We've never been so wrong. Sincerely (with Love), Australia"

13.3

Malinga to Hussey, no run, wide outside the off stump and quite full, he was looking to dab it through the point area, gets no bat on it and through to the keeper, Malinga was the only one appealing there

13.4

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, fullish delivery outside the off stump, driven to long-off for a single

13.5

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, good yorker that but Raina's waiting for that one, gets some bat on it to the leg side and off for a single

Mayank: "4000 runs for Raina at strike rate of 140, Brillaint!!!"

13.6

Malinga to Hussey, FOUR, what a hit, that's almost a tee on a golf course, it was fuller outside the off and Hussey goes through with the shot through wide long-off for a four

End of over 14 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 114/1 (RR: 8.14)
MEK Hussey    55* (43b 8x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-16-0
SK Raina    35* (21b 3x6)      MG Johnson    3-0-28-0

Time-out time. Six overs to go now.

14.1

Pollard to Raina, 1 run, gives himself some room and gets the ball on the middle stump, hits it through to long-off for a single

Alastair Cook: "Dear Huss, great career, time to enjoy your retirement and IPL riches. The weather here is awful."

14.2

Pollard to Hussey, SIX, short of length and Hussey has hooked it away for a six! that was not at too much pace and the batsman has given it his all

Lost and found. The ball seemed to have disappeared in the crowds but makes a sudden appearance now.

14.3

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, continues bowling it short and he pulls again, not off the middle of the bat and straight to deep square-leg for a single

does not release the ball this time. Raina was looking to give himself room but the bowler pulls out. Glares exchanged.

14.4

Pollard to Raina, 1 run, fuller and on the middle stump, driven down to long-on for a single

14.5

Pollard to Hussey, 2 runs, shorter in length from Pollard and cut away through extra-cover for a couple of runs

14.6

Pollard to Hussey, no run, well bowled that, yorker length and needed to dig it away, hit back to the bowler

End of over 15 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 125/1 (RR: 8.33)
MEK Hussey    64* (47b 8x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-14-1
SK Raina    37* (23b 3x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-16-0

56 off the last 5. Munaf is back.

15.1

Patel to Raina, FOUR, and wow, just wow, that was pitched right up to the bat and he's bisected the two backward point fielders, the players were quite close to each other and he gets the gap so well!

Rohit is very, very unhappy there.

15.2

Patel to Raina, FOUR, full-toss now and tapped back over the non-striker's head for a four, it was a straight-as-you-like bat and the shot just flew off it

15.3

Patel to Raina, 1 run, fullish this time and driven to long-off for a single

15.4

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, was looking to give himself room, hit it over extra-cover but it's a tad quicker and gets an inside edge on to his pads, single taken

15.5

Patel to Raina, 1 run, fuller from the bowler yet again and Raina has tapped it through to long-off, again off the middle of the bat and cracked it well

15.6

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, this is outside the off stump and right up to the bat and drilled through to deep covers for a single

End of over 16 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 137/1 (RR: 8.56)
MEK Hussey    66* (49b 8x4 1x6)      MM Patel    3-0-32-0
SK Raina    47* (27b 2x4 3x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-14-1

Continues to pour at Feroz Shah Kotla. Runs. Can Pollard stall it now.

Pollard, Rohit and Harbhajan having a chat.

16.1

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, a very slow ball and he's looking to play it across the line, gets some bat through to long-on for a single

16.2

Pollard to Raina, no run, shorter and slower, almost never came on to the bat, he was looking to hit it up and over the off side, beats the shot

16.3

Pollard to Raina, SIX, poor, poor ball and a good, good shot, full-toss from round the stumps and angling in, Raina almost had a smile on his face before he got that, easily stroked away over mid-wicket for a six to get to his 50

16.4

Pollard to Raina, FOUR, shorter this time, outside the off and slower one too, throws his bat at it, slogged to deep square-leg for a four

16.5

Pollard to Raina, 2 runs, swung away across the line, he was getting into the groove of hitting everything away, this time it's not hit off the middle of the bat, goes to Smith at deep square-leg and he tries to go for the catch, does not hold on to it

16.6

Pollard to Raina, 1 run, full-toss on his pads, pulled away to backward square-leg for a single, wanted a second but sent back by Hussey

End of over 17 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 151/1 (RR: 8.88)
SK Raina    60* (32b 3x4 4x6)      KA Pollard    3-0-28-1
MEK Hussey    67* (50b 8x4 1x6)      MM Patel    3-0-32-0

Malinga back to stall the scoring. Or at least to try doing it.

17.1

Malinga to Raina, 2 runs, full-toss outside the off and gets it off the bottom of the bat, gets to wide long-off for a couple

Century-run stand for the second wicket.

17.2

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, yorker length ball and manages to get the bat down to flick it away to mid-wicket for a single

17.3

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, chips down the pitch and gets one that's wide outside the off and very full, gets his bat down in time and taps it to deep cover for a single

17.4

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, not the best of deliveries there, he gets a full-toss outside the off and tries to caress it through the point area, gets it straight to the fielder for a change

17.5

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, continues to bowl wide and full and wants them to play it to the off side alone, does not get it off the middle of the bat, hit straight to the deep cover fielder

17.6

Malinga to Raina, FOUR, but this time Raina does exactly what he wants to, it was a full-toss, outside the off stump and cracked over extra-cover for a four, easily beats the deep fielder

End of over 18 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 161/1 (RR: 8.94)
SK Raina    68* (36b 4x4 4x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-26-0
MEK Hussey    69* (52b 8x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    3-0-28-1

Mitch comes on.

Ninad: "Rohit Sharma is using Sachin's strategy of using Malinga to contain runs in final overs rather than use him for taking wickets earlier on. I think its bad captainship and frustrating as a MI fan."

18.1

Johnson to Hussey, 1 run, that's from over the stumps and outside the stump, drops his pace to 131 km/hr and he was looking to swing it, gets only a bit of an inside edge to the leg side for a single

18.2

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, bad ball, full-toss and on the middle stump, but got the feeling Raina was looking to hit it hard than time it, gets it only to the square-leg fielder inside the circle

18.3

Johnson to Hussey, 1 run, chipped over the covers for a single, was full enough to play that one but a tad wide to get full timing on it, on the bounce to Rayadu for a single

18.4

Johnson to Raina, FOUR, the man's in form and there's no doubting that, it was on a length on the middle stump and he just gets his bat-swing away so quickly, over mid-wicket for a four!

18.5

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, gets back to bowling outside the off stump, length ball too and can get only the toe of the bat through to third-man for a single

18.6

Johnson to Hussey, FOUR, pulled away for a four, he's been playing a second fiddle for some time to Raina but that was short enough for him to go for the pull, hit off the middle of the bat and goes through to the fine-leg fence

End of over 19 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 173/1 (RR: 9.10)
MEK Hussey    75* (55b 9x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-40-0
SK Raina    74* (39b 5x4 4x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-26-0

Malinga to bowl.

Umang: "@Ninad: I think its justified from Rohit's point of view as MJ has been taking wickets upfront (he failed today) and all other bowlers have leaked runs in the end except for Malinga which has been crucial."

Jay: "@Ninad : well on a good pitch for batting all CSK has to do is blunt Mailnga's attack up front and face the 5th bowler towards the end. As a captain which one would you prefer ?"

19.1

Malinga to Raina, SIX, what a shot, what a superb shot, that's smashed away, full-toss from Malinga, and Raina's swung and done that quite hard, it's gone 94 metres away for a six!

Again takes some time before the ball came back.

19.2

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, pulls his length back this time, outside the off stump and tapped down to long-off for a single

19.3

Malinga to Hussey, SIX, whoa, that's a lesson in how to bat in T20 cricket and this is Hussey's chapter, it was a yorker-length ball alright and the batsman gets his front foot forward and spoons it over the short fine-leg for a six! Takes full advantage of the pace of the delivery there...

19.4

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, comes down the pitch and wants to flay it away, gets it off the toe of the bat through to the covers for a single

19.5

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, fuller outside the off stump and he taps it through to the off side for a single

One ball to go and Dhoni's already left the dugout and is back into the pavillion.

19.6

Malinga to Hussey, FOUR, he does it again, he's revising that chapter now, full-toss on the middle stump and Hussey's taken his foot down and scooped it over short fine-leg yet again, this time off the bounce to the fence for a four to end an amazing innings

123 runs in the last 10 overs. None bar Harbhajan conceded less than 9. Hussey scores 86, Raina makes 82, both unbeaten. Husseys got the Orange Cap and it's going to be difficult for others to catch on to him.

193 is going to be a huge chase and if Mumbai get close to it, will be some entertainment for sure. Back in 10.

Sriram: "Well for all the talk about Malinga You should remember Indian batsmen are adept in tackling him given the number of practice matches (bilateral series) India has played against SL. Also Hussey is a far better better if he cant score he will rotate the strike like he has today. Given the oppurtunity he himself can destroy as well. Look at what happened to Malinga today. need I say more?"

rssampat: "It's simply amazing how consistently opposition bowler's bowl so very poorly to the CSK batsmen. Some how all teams keep bowling only length, short ball's and full tosses, that too wide of the stumps allowing the batsmen to play big risk free shot's. Malinga forget's to bowl his searing yorker's, M.Johnson has amnesia about his line and length and the spinnner's forget their turns."

shashank: "Always gives credit to his partners..does mike hussey! Such humility..n Such Talent is so rare!! you can always be sure that he is going to give it all! #LEGEND!!"

End of over 20 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 192/1
MEK Hussey    86* (58b 10x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-45-0
SK Raina    82* (42b 5x4 5x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-40-0
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