Indian Premier League

Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians

Chennai Super Kings won by 48 runs

Now the Chennai team's there for their photo-shoot. Tare opening with Smith. Mohit with the ball.

Sanket Kumar: "This is for all those talking anti-Mumbai..Never judge a pitch or a team untill both innings are finished..Not trying to be too optimistic about MI, but lets wait and watch!"

Dave: "@rssampat: I thought the bowling was relatively good today. Only 1 extra (lb) - no wides and no no-balls. It is not the fault of the bowling - it is just that CSK batsmen are so good they make even good bowling look easy to score off of."

Atul: "So Dhoni was right in saying that for CSK the game begins after 8 overs. So true. MI destroyed in the latter half of the innings."

0.1

Sharma to Smith, no run, fuller on the off stump and he gets his bat and pad out and defends it back to the bowler

0.2

Sharma to Smith, FOUR, crunched, we have heard some superb sounds off the bat tonight and this is one of them, on a length and outside the off stump, cracked through extra-cover

0.3

Sharma to Smith, 1 run, on a length this time but closer to the stumps, middle stump line, tapped to the mid-on area for a single

0.4

Sharma to Tare, FOUR, aah, shot again, this was his first ball and it was short and wide, cracks it through the covers for a four, bisected too and hit powerfully

0.5

Sharma to Tare, no run, and now has a flay at it, was slightly shorter and outside the off stump, was looking to hit it on the up but beaten through to the keeper

0.6

Sharma to Tare, 1 run, the third-man's up inside the circle and he looks to dab it through that area, gets it away to deep backward point region for a single

End of over 1 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 10/0 (183 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 9.63)
AP Tare    5* (3b 1x4)      MM Sharma    1-0-10-0
DR Smith    5* (3b 1x4)     

Albie to share the new ball.

Susil Kumar: "Today it is important we get to witness the Real Smith. He has been trying to do too many things like defending and trying to play out the power play overs. Today is the day he must get back to his normal and bat freely."

1.1

Morkel to Tare, no run, full-toss on the middle stump and almost surprises the batsman, hits it back to him off the toe of the bat and rolls over to mid-off

1.2

Morkel to Tare, no run, fuller on his pads and looks to flick it away, misses the bat and hits his pads, rolls back to the bowler and he still wants a single, sees it early enough and gets back

1.3

Morkel to Tare, 2 runs, he was looking to go over the top there, gives himself room by going across to the leg stump, hits it over mid-off alright but gets a little more elevation than he would have liked, Morris gives it a good chase and pulls it back

1.4

Morkel to Tare, OUT, and now he's gone, caught at mid-on! was looking to get it over the in-field yet again, it was full enough to smash it but the ball did not smack the middle of the bat and it's lobbed gently for the fielder at mid-on, straight-forward catch pouched there

AP Tare c Vijay b Morkel 7 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Karthik at three.

1.5

Morkel to Karthik, no run, fuller from the bowler and that's defended off the front foot to the off side

1.6

Morkel to Karthik, no run, shortens his length and that's slow as well, was looking to flick it away but gets it back to the bowler who skips over to his right to field it

End of over 2 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 12/1 (181 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 10.05)
KD Karthik    0* (2b)      JA Morkel    1-0-2-1
DR Smith    5* (3b 1x4)      MM Sharma    1-0-10-0

2.1

Sharma to Smith, 1 run, shortens his length and pushes into the covers, gets away for a quick single

2.2

Sharma to Karthik, no run, outside the off stump and on a length, pushed into the covers where it goes straight to the fielder

2.3

Sharma to Karthik, no run, and that nips away slightly, was on a length and he was looking to drive through the line, misses the outside edge

2.4

Sharma to Karthik, no run, outside the off stump and tapped straight to point, yet to get off the mark here Karthik

2.5

Sharma to Karthik, no run, and this time he gets it off the middle of the bat, length ball and he drives it through the line but it's hit hard and straight to mid-off, no chance of a single

2.6

Sharma to Karthik, FOUR, finally slaps it in the gap, he had been timing them well but it was the placement which was a problem, this was placed through extra-cover for a four

End of over 3 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 17/1 (176 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 10.35)
KD Karthik    4* (7b 1x4)      MM Sharma    2-0-15-0
DR Smith    6* (4b 1x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-2-1

3.1

Morkel to Smith, 1 run, fuller on his pads and tucked away to deep mid-wicket for a single

Rajesh Arockiasamy: "Wicket keepers are putting a good show this season. MSD, Sanju sampson, Uthappa, Dinesh Karthick and Gilly at the end. Hope DK repeat the form he had at the satrt of the tournament."

3.2

Morkel to Karthik, 1 run, short of length and he pulls it away but does not come off the middle of the ball, rolls over to the leg side for a single

3.3

Morkel to Smith, 1 wide, down the leg side and he was looking to pull it away, was short enough to do that too but it angles further down and does not get any bat on it, through to the keeper for a wide

3.3

Morkel to Smith, FOUR, that's fuller and it's been given a serious tap through mid-off for a four, was hit straighter too and to the right of the fielder there

3.4

Morkel to Smith, 1 leg bye, drifts on to his pads this time, fuller too and wants to flick it away, misses, hits his pads and the batsmen rush across for a leg-bye

3.5

Morkel to Karthik, 1 run, short of length and tucked away to the leg side for a single

Huw: "@Rajesh Not fogetting Parthiv Patel"

3.6

Morkel to Smith, 1 leg bye, and again, how many of these have been pitched right up to the bat but on his pads and how many has he missed! again hits his pads and rolls over to the off side

End of over 4 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 27/1 (166 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 10.37)
DR Smith    11* (8b 2x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-10-1
KD Karthik    6* (9b 1x4)      MM Sharma    2-0-15-0

4.1

Sharma to Smith, SIX, up and over and for a six, that's a rather long one that! was fuller on the middle stump and like many of the others that's been crunched over the bowler's head for a six!

4.2

Sharma to Smith, SIX, pulls it back now, a deliberate bouncer, which is a good idea actually, but Smith hooks it over fine-leg for another six! two in two and now it gets interesting...

4.3

Sharma to Smith, 1 run, pitched up but outside the off stump, thought it was not too quick either, and driven through the covers for a single, fielded well by Raina

4.4

Sharma to Karthik, no run, was looking to paddle it over short fine-leg this time, was outside the off stump and skids on to the batsman, misses his bat and hits his pads, was outside the line of the off stump

4.5

Sharma to Karthik, no run, shorter, slower, read well too and cut hard, badly placed though, straight to the point fielder

4.6

Sharma to Karthik, no run, fuller on the middle stump and that's flicked away to wide mid-on, that looked to be going through for a four before a diving, orange-capped Hussey stops it, should have been a single but Smith sends Karthik back and he has to dive back in to get home

End of over 5 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 40/1 (153 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 10.20)
KD Karthik    6* (12b 1x4)      MM Sharma    3-0-28-0
DR Smith    24* (11b 2x4 2x6)      JA Morkel    2-0-10-1

5.1

Morkel to Smith, no run, shorter in length and on the off stump line, pushed to mid-off

5.2

Morkel to Smith, FOUR, finally, he's been drifting too many down on his pads and Smith's been missing 'em, this time he gets it off the middle of the bat and gets it through backward square-leg for a four

5.3

Morkel to Smith, 2 runs, continues to bowl that line and again, Smith gets it off the middle of the bat through to deep square-leg for a couple of runs, Jadeja gets the ball in quick

5.4

Morkel to Smith, FOUR, no, he's not changing his line and Smith's got the hang of it, gets it over mid-wicket, and helps himself to an easy boundary

5.5

Morkel to Smith, FOUR, spanked, back over the bowler and despite the presence of a long-on fielder, he's beaten him for a four, was a length ball, he gives himself room and smashes him!

Suri: "Sunner, I sent this comment when Karthik walked in. At least now you should post this: With the way Karthik is running, runout is on the cards if he is not calling and watching his partner."

5.6

Morkel to Smith, 2 runs, missed! that was one of the worst balls he could have bowled, full-toss and on the pads, probably a tad too high for Smith to flick it away and gets bit of a leading edge through to long-on

End of over 6 (16 runs) Mumbai Indians 56/1 (137 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.33, RRR: 9.78)
DR Smith    40* (17b 5x4 2x6)      JA Morkel    3-0-26-1
KD Karthik    6* (12b 1x4)      MM Sharma    3-0-28-0

Morris comes on now.

anirudh perugu: "Thats a good comback from Mohit in the previous over. That's what Dhoni keeps saying : 'If you go for runs early in the over, don't give up but try and bowl the next deliveries well', This might just be the difference between these teams."

6.1

Morris to Karthik, 1 run, short of length on the off stump line, tapped to the off side for a quick single to bring Smith back on strike

6.2

Morris to Smith, SIX, there was a long-off and a long-on in place for Smith, there was a fielder at deep mid-wicket too, but he's been doled out a quick, short one, he's pulled hard and pulled long for a six!

6.3

Morris to Smith, 2 runs, was looking to defend at it off the front foot, gets an inside edge through to the leg side for a couple of runs

6.4

Morris to Smith, no run, slows down the pace and taps to the off side, wants a single does Karthik but is sent back by Smith

6.5

Morris to Smith, SIX, length delivery, in his arc and this has been spanked over long on, way deep into the stands

6.6

Morris to Smith, 1 run, now he corrects his length and bowls full, yorker length, dug out towards long on

It's time for time-out.

End of over 7 (16 runs) Mumbai Indians 72/1 (121 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 10.28, RRR: 9.30)
DR Smith    55* (22b 5x4 4x6)      CH Morris    1-0-16-0
KD Karthik    7* (13b 1x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-26-1

Change in tactics now. Spin introduced. Ashwin.

7.1

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, tossed it up from round the stumps, driven down to long-on for a single

7.2

Ashwin to Karthik, 1 run, on a length on the middle stump, tucked around the corner for a single to square-leg

7.3

Ashwin to Smith, 2 runs, very full and straight, easily dug away to mid-wicket for a single, oh wait, they are coming back for the second now and get it easily too!

Ashwin stops before releasing the ball.

7.4

Ashwin to Smith, SIX, outside the off stump, probably slightly quicker but he opens his stance up and pummels it over the bowler for a six, straight enough to hit the sight-screen

7.5

Ashwin to Smith, FOUR, and he can dab them to the fence too, was fuller and for a moment one thought he was looking to reverse but plays the deft sweep through fine-leg for a four

7.6

Ashwin to Smith, no run, and now expects it to be a shorter one, goes back to cut it away, straight to the fielder

End of over 8 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 86/1 (107 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 10.75, RRR: 8.91)
DR Smith    68* (27b 6x4 5x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-14-0
KD Karthik    8* (14b 1x4)      CH Morris    1-0-16-0

Karthik pulls out. Now he's ready

Neeraj: "Where is Ravindra Jadeja..he has hardly bowled this season..Two right handers on the crease and you are not bowling your left armer." Your call is Dhoni's demand.

8.1

Jadeja to Karthik, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and drives it inside out to deep cover for a single

8.2

Jadeja to Smith, OUT, and this is gone now, Jadeja comes in and strikes! it was not as full as he would have wanted it to be, pulls back the length, was looking to tonk it over the leg side but gets an outside, thick edge that spoons up for Raina to take a straight-forward catch

DR Smith c Raina b Jadeja 68 (43m 28b 6x4 5x6) SR: 242.85

That's an excellent innings from Smith, a 28-ball 68 for him. Can they continue with the momentum?

8.3

Jadeja to Karthik, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, driven through the off side for a single, was turning away from the bat

8.4

Jadeja to Sharma, no run, straighter from round the stumps and defended back to the bowler

8.5

Jadeja to Sharma, no run, quicker, on the middle stump and tapped to the off side

8.6

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, on a length and it's pushed down to long-off for a single

End of over 9 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 89/2 (104 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.88, RRR: 9.45)
RG Sharma    1* (3b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-1
KD Karthik    10* (16b 1x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-14-0

Three singles off that over. And a wicket. Good over in the circumstances.

9.1

Ashwin to Sharma, no run, shortens the length and pushed to the leg side, Raina dives from extra-cover and fields it

9.2

Ashwin to Sharma, no run, almost to the fielder, he was looking to tap it to the leg side, straight to the short mid-wicket fielder but just short

9.3

Ashwin to Sharma, no run, on his pads and tapped away to the fielder

9.4

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, and now wants to go down the track and hit it over the in-field, not off the middle of the bat though

9.5

Ashwin to Karthik, 1 run, short, wide and cut away to deep point for a single

9.6

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, fuller on his pads, deftly tucked away to deep square-leg for a single

End of over 10 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 92/2 (101 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.20, RRR: 10.10)
RG Sharma    3* (8b)      R Ashwin    2-0-17-0
KD Karthik    11* (17b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-1

10.1

Jadeja to Sharma, 2 runs, fuller from round the stumps, flicked away to deep square-leg, the fielder from fine-leg had to come across there and they get a second

Now Rohit pulls out his stance.

10.2

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, goes down the track and caresses it to long-on, the bowler does well to run across and stall it at a single

10.3

Jadeja to Karthik, OUT, gone this time, he was looking to sweep it away and misses, the ball hits the pads and given out lbw! Karthik's not very happy with the decision and the only thing that could have been a bother was an inside edge, couldn't make out any inside edge there on replays there

KD Karthik lbw b Jadeja 11 (41m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 61.11

10.4

Jadeja to Pollard, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and gets his bat out and drives through to long-off for a single

10.5

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, shorter in length and punched down to long-off for a single

10.6

Jadeja to Pollard, 1 run, shorter in length and outside the off stump, he was looking to hit it away, gets only an insude edge to the leg side for a single

End of over 11 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 98/3 (95 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.90, RRR: 10.55)
KA Pollard    2* (2b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-9-2
RG Sharma    7* (11b)      R Ashwin    2-0-17-0

Replays showed Karthik saying "Bat, bat, bat!" in that dismissal. Morris to bowl now.

11.1

Morris to Pollard, 1 leg bye, shorter in length and he was looking to play it away to the leg side, misses the bat and hits the pads, rolls to the off side for a leg-bye

Siva: "I really really Dinesh Karthik played his natural game and his slow batting approach not influenced by external forces."

11.2

Morris to Sharma, no run, shorter in length again and outside the off stump, cracks it away through the off side, but straight to the point fielder

11.3

Morris to Sharma, 1 run, very full from the bowler this time, after a couple of shorter one, digs it out well and gets it through to third-man for a single

11.4

Morris to Pollard, 1 run, shorter in length and tucked away to the deep square-leg fielder for a single

11.5

Morris to Sharma, no run, shorter in length and angling into the batsman, pushes it into the covers

Sam: "D.K.'s reaction was quite surprising! Was it the failure to win the game? Did not see any edges, and was a pretty plumb thigh before wicket ! :)" If it did not hit the bat, it was plumb. And yep, even I didn't spot any bat there.

11.6

Morris to Sharma, OUT, down the track and hits it straight to Bravo at long-off! it was a length ball that probably jagged slightly back into the batsman, he was looking to go down the track and smash it over the top, gets somewhere closer to the splice than the meat and it's hit down his throat, big wicket this

RG Sharma c Bravo b Morris 8 (13m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

End of over 12 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 101/4 (92 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.41, RRR: 11.50)
     CH Morris    2-0-18-1
KA Pollard    3* (4b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-9-2

12.1

Jadeja to Pollard, FOUR, outside edged for a four! that was on the off stump and quicker, probably a bit of spin too and he throws his bat at it, gets over point for a four

12.2

Jadeja to Pollard, no run, very full and left alone by the batsman thinking it would be a wide outside off, not given

12.3

Jadeja to Pollard, 1 run, closer to the stumps, on the middle, quicker and tapped to the leg side for a single

12.4

Jadeja to Rayudu, 1 run, fuller outside the off stump and driven down to long-off for a single

12.5

Jadeja to Pollard, 1 run, slapped through to wide long-off but it's hit so hard that once it was fielded by Vijay - and done well at that - there was no chance for a second

12.6

Jadeja to Rayudu, 1 run, pushes it into the covers this time for a single

End of over 13 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 109/4 (84 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.38, RRR: 12.00)
AT Rayudu    2* (2b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-17-2
KA Pollard    9* (8b 1x4)      CH Morris    2-0-18-1

Both teams have similar runs scored so far. Except that Mumbai have lost three. Bravo comes on.

Karl Correa: "The pitch seems to be slowing up. The ball is gripping. Pollard could be out of his element on this . Rohit can be the only one who can time the ball on this track.. Well Rohit could have done it ...now that he's out."

13.1

Bravo to Rayudu, 1 run, short of length and he's pushed it to the leg side for a quick single, for a milli-second Pollard had doubts about it but gets through

13.2

Bravo to Pollard, no run, slows the pace down from round the stumps, was shorter too, he defends it to the leg side

13.3

Bravo to Pollard, no run, and now wants to pull it away, was on a length and angling away, misses it

The required rate's almost nudging 13.

13.4

Bravo to Pollard, 1 run, again outside the off stump, slightly fuller this time and cracked it to long-on for a single

kiran: "tired of hearing comments saying " Pitch is getting slow when wickets are falling and pitch is easy to bat when they are hitting""

13.5

Bravo to Rayudu, 1 run, shortens his length and he opens the face of the bat to tap it away for a single to the off side

13.6

Bravo to Pollard, 1 run, fuller from the bowler for a change against Pollard but it's on his pads and he flicks it to deep square-leg for a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 113/4 (80 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.07, RRR: 13.33)
KA Pollard    11* (12b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-4-0
AT Rayudu    4* (4b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-17-2

Time-out time.

Mayank Agarwal: "Much Awaited..Pollard vs Bravo.I still remembers that Bravo's famous send off to pollard last season.."

Rakesh: "This innings from Mumbai Indians is defined into two phases... Pre-smith and Post-smith... Can Pollard define another phase in it??"

14.1

Jadeja to Pollard, SIX, gone for a six, was pitched right up but gave him room there, not up to the block-hole, the free swing helps

14.2

Jadeja to Pollard, SIX, two in a row now, this wasn't too full, was a length ball, quicker, flatter and he's thrown his bat at it again, six more!

14.3

Jadeja to Pollard, 1 run, whoa, that' been hit as powerfully as I have seen tonight, was on a length and smashed but the fielder is very straight at long-off and fields well

14.4

Jadeja to Rayudu, 1 run, shorter in length and cut for a single to deep covers

14.5

Jadeja to Pollard, OUT, gone, Jadeja has his third, Pollard's walking back! it was fired on to his pads and that's flicked away to the leg side, there's a fielder inside the circle, Hussey takes a good, low catch to send back the big West Indies, that's excellent bowling and good captaincy to have a fielder there!

KA Pollard c Hussey b Jadeja 24 (19m 16b 1x4 2x6) SR: 150.00

14.6

Jadeja to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller and driven back to the bowler, ending a very good over from Jadeja, who's ended with three wickets

End of over 15 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 127/5 (66 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.46, RRR: 13.20)
Harbhajan Singh    0* (1b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-31-3
AT Rayudu    5* (5b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-4-0

That wicket has turned it in favour of Chennai drastically.

15.1

Bravo to Rayudu, no run, outside the off stump and driven to point, straight to the fielder

Dhoni was excited after the Pollard wicket. Usually a calm and composed man.

15.2

Bravo to Rayudu, 1 run, short of length and cut away through the covers for a single

15.3

Bravo to Harbhajan Singh, no run, ooh, short of length ball and a quicker one too, was looking to play it down, almost fend it away, misses the bat and goes through to the keeper

15.4

Bravo to Harbhajan Singh, no run, shortens his length and he was looking to go back, in the end it's too close to the batsman and he only defends it back

15.5

Bravo to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, short of length and that's been pulled straight to the backward square-leg area, easily caught by Vijay

Harbhajan Singh c Vijay b Bravo 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

A little late to post it from Parth: "Now after dismal criticism from viewers, the Pitch turned itself into a good batting surface, hence the two sixes."

Bravo now has 26 wickets, same as Faulkner.

15.6

Bravo to Johnson, 1 run, edged and dropped! Dhoni's dropped a fairly straight-forward chance, he was looking to pull away a length ball and gets an edge that flies to the left of Dhoni who gets some glove on it, but sneaks through.

End of over 16 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 129/6 (64 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.06, RRR: 16.00)
MG Johnson    1* (1b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-6-1
AT Rayudu    6* (7b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-31-3

16.1

Morris to Johnson, no run, fuller and wider outside the off stump, wants to drill it away but misses, goes through to the keeper

16.2

Morris to Johnson, 1 run, full-toss and outside the off stump, drilled through to the extra-cover for a single, a direct hit would have found him short

16.3

Morris to Rayudu, 2 runs, a very high full-toss, was on the off stump and hit over to wide long-off this time

16.4

Morris to Rayudu, 1 no ball, oh, that's a no-ball over his waist, almost his head high, does well to sway away and the bowler immediately apologises for it

16.4

Morris to Rayudu, 1 run, very full from the bowler and digs it out, straight back to the bowler who does not get his hand to it and rolls over to the hit the stumps

16.5

Morris to Johnson, 2 runs, length ball outside the off stump and smacked back past the bowler, the fielder runs across well, then fumbles before recovering to throw it back

16.6

Morris to Johnson, 1 run, shorter in length and pulled away to the leg side for a single

End of over 17 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 137/6 (56 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 18.66)
MG Johnson    5* (5b)      CH Morris    3-0-26-1
AT Rayudu    9* (10b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-6-1

17.1

Bravo to Johnson, 1 run, very full from Bravo and it's on his leg stump, chipped to long-on, goes on the bounce to the fielder

17.2

Bravo to Rayudu, 1 run, pulls back the pace a lot and he waits for it to arrive, pulls it away to long-on for a single

17.3

Bravo to Johnson, OUT, short of length and that's a ripper of a catch from Raina! shorter in length and he goes for the cut, does not hit off the middle of the bat and it lobs up, for a long, long time it looked like it was getting away from Raina, who makes a sprint for it towards his right and grabs hold of it like it's his life!

MG Johnson c Raina b Bravo 6 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

17.4

Bravo to Rayudu, 1 run, full-toss from round the stumps and drilled down to long-off for a single

17.5

Bravo to Malinga, no run, shorter in length and dug back to the bowler, fielded by the bowler on his follow-through

17.6

Bravo to Malinga, OUT, short of length again and he's cut it straight to the covers fielder, Hussey takes a simple catch and they have lost their number eight

SL Malinga c Hussey b Bravo 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 18 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 140/8 (53 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.77, RRR: 26.50)
     DJ Bravo    3-0-9-3
AT Rayudu    11* (12b)      CH Morris    3-0-26-1

18.1

Sharma to Rayudu, FOUR, full-toss and that's spanked through wide long-on for a four, Bravo throws himself to his right for some reason with the ball so wide off him

18.2

Sharma to Rayudu, OUT, slower one and that's been taken again! he had no option but to slog it away, gets a bit of a top-edge and its gone very high, a lot of players were getting close to it, in the end it was Morris who was running back, takes it, very well too

AT Rayudu c Morris b Sharma 15 (30m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

Vatsan: "The Pollard dismissal reminds me of his dismissal back in 2010 when Hayden takes a smart catch in a pretty straightish mid-on! This time it's another Australian in a pretty unothrodx feilding position! Dhoni sure knows where to have the fielders for Pollard!!"

18.3

Sharma to Ojha, no run, fuller outside the off stump from round the stumps, driven to the covers

18.4

Sharma to Ojha, OUT, and taken again, another good catch to finish things off for Chennai! was a slower one and he tries to go inside out and over the in-field, gets it away too but Bravo runs from mid-off to take the catch superbly to his right, it was a good 10 yards away too...goes for a nice, little sprint too after taking it.

PP Ojha c Bravo b Sharma 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That's it from me for tonight then, it was a comprehensive win for Chennai that. They get a good five days off now as they await one of Mumbai, Hyderabad or Rajasthan to join them for the final. Tomorrow, Hyderabad will go up against Rajasthan for the Eliminator with the losing team going out of the competition. Till then, I am out of here, but will be back for tomorrow's match. Till then, have a good night!

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Presentation:

Rohit: There's always a second chance, but disappointed the way we played. Dinesh and I got out at the wrong time, had a wonderful start but didn't capitalise. Not a good sign. Kolkata will be a different surface but we have had a good set of results there so hope it goes well.

Dhoni: We had a decent support last time we played in Delhi. Always good to have the support. We always tell our players that when you get a start, you need to grab it. Thought we were 10 runs short. Hussey gave us a good start but Raina gave us the edge in the middle of the innings. Sir Jadeja has declined us to tweet about him, so no more tweets about him!

Michael Hussey, Star Sports, champion of the match (which I think is the man-of-the-match): Lucky we got some fine players down the order, so I know there are some hitters down. Anything can happen in T20 on any day so I go about my business. I am sure the Australian team will be fine without me.

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Chennai make a grand entry into the final for the fifth time in six years. Mumbai, who at one time looked good to take it to their opposition chasing such a big score, capitulated after Dwayne Smith's dismissal. Hats off to the way Jadeja bowled, especially given that he's not had as many opportunities as some of the other bowlers.

Purple Cap for Bravo. Orange for Hussey. Chennai in final.

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Sai: "Wow! How many great catches from CSK'ians. I dont remember any dropped catches from CSK in this tournament (apart from what Dhoni dropped few overs before)"

Sushant: "So Chennai keeping the record of playing every IPL final to happen on Indian soil intact"

Narinder: "7 of the 11 wickets fallen today had something to do with a WI player....shows why WI are the T20 champs!"

Abhijit: "Another opportunity lost by MI to prove its strength. They crumble under pressure. Bowlers were very ordinary (why Munaf ??) and the batsmen with the exception of Smith and Pollard, never really got going. Rayudu coming down the order may not be a good idea anymore."

Karl Correa: "To summarize the match let's just say winning the toss was crucial. And Mumbai got it wrong from the start by selecting Munaf Patel. Stemming the flow of runs was perfectly executed by the better captain. Well learning from this should be Mumbai's task as they play an extra game to reach the final"

Hari: "Suresh Raina's strike rate in knock-out games is 171.6. Scoring 440 runs from 10 games with 5 half centuries. The guy really performs well under pressure."

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Tournament Results
Super Kings v Mum Indians at Kolkata - May 26, 2013
Mum Indians won by 23 runs
Mum Indians v Royals at Kolkata - May 24, 2013
Mum Indians won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Royals v Sunrisers at Delhi - May 22, 2013
Royals won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Super Kings v Mum Indians at Delhi - May 21, 2013
Super Kings won by 48 runs
Sunrisers v KKR at Hyderabad (Deccan) - May 19, 2013
Sunrisers won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Warriors v Daredevils at Pune - May 19, 2013
Warriors won by 38 runs
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