Pepsi Indian Premier League, 3rd match: Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab at Abu Dhabi, Apr 18, 2014
Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets
Played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (neutral venue)
18 April 2014 (20-over match)

2.30 pm The umpires are first out onto the field. Punjab are milling around the boundary rope and with a couple of taps to the shoulder, they jog out as well. And we've got two brand new openers for Chennai in Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith. Spin to start off with as Akshar Patel is given the ball

Mohit: "Badree would have been great choice in place of Pawan Negi, as he would have give extra variety to spin and Smith could make way for Baba Aprajith"

Hiteshwar: "Also a lil bit surprised by the exclusion of Murali Kartik. Dont know how good is akshar in front of an old war horse kartik. Further, hope viru fires this tournament and takes punjab to win."

2.20 pm We've got about ten minutes till the start of this double-header. A few of our readers can't piece together why Manan Vohra was retained by Punjab and yet doesn't make their XI. But what's this extravaganza without a couple of strange calls?

Sampritha: "Excited to see young talented all rounders Rishi Dhawan and Akshar Patel get a game. A bit surprised by the exclusion of Manan Vohra. Go Punjab!!"

2.00 pm Chennai have won the toss and elect to bat "First game of the tournament, get some runs on the board. It will have a bit of pace for the quicks but the base of the pitch is pretty dry. The grass will make sure the ball comes onto the bat," says MS Dhoni, Faf, McCullum, Dwaynes Bravo and Smith are the overseas players

Chennai XI: McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Raina, Faf, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Negi, Nehra, Mohit

Punjab XI: Sehwag, Pujara, Miller, Maxwell, Bailey, Saha, Johnson, Akshar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Parvinder Awana, L Balaji

"Couple of reasonable quicks so we don't mind bowling, Mitchell Johnson can hopefully be fired up," says George Bailey the Punjab captain

Wasim Kazmi: "Of course Chennai bat; who wants to field in the 40 deg C oven!!!"

Sahil: "Would like to see Baba Aparajith in the scheme of things. I believe he and Sanju Samson are the young Indian players to watch out for."

1.45pm Mitch will be making his first appearance since a toe infection and he's been raring to go, as usual. Are Chennai ready for the Man with the 'Mo? At the other end is Suresh Raina, the most prolific run-scorer in the tournament, set to make his 100th appearance in yellow

Sameer Karkhani: "Chennai should go with B McCullum, D Bravo, D Smith and S Badree, they can afford to drop Faf for few games to see if Smith fits in the playing XI."

Sai: "Eagerly waiting for Viru's comeback.. had a feast yesterday from Yuvi.. Its show time now.."

Sahil: "Disagree completely with those who call Chennai pace attack as weak. I think the addition of Ashish Nehra in the side opens a slot for an overseas spinner or all rounder (previously occupied by an overseas fast bowler). D Smith, D Bravo, M Sharma and A Nehra (provided he is fit) form a varied and good attack which can ably support the spin trio (R Jadeja, R Ashwin and S Badree) while McCullum can come in as the fourth overseas player."

Today is the seventh-year anniversary for this tournament, seven years since Brendon McCullum collared the world's attention with one of the most famous centuries in recent time. Wonder how he's going to commemorate the occasion...

sudha: "Till now we have seen most of the T20 known big hitters could not blast in their first match (likes of Pathan, Shakib, Pollard, Anderson) you think today's hitters will make the difference.. I'm eager to Maxwell will continue his recent form"

1.30 pm Two teams hunting for redemption will be in action throughout the day today and first up it will be Chennai who will take on a revamped Punjab. This is Alagappan Muthu again (I never go off comms, ever!) and here is all you need to know about the ins and outs of this match, provided by Abhishek Purohit

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Patel to Smith, 1 run, drifting on the pads and Smith eases it to deep midwicket


Patel to McCullum, 2 runs, shortish and cut behind square. Sloppy work from short third man. Seemed to have had it covered but then he mistimed the dive and gifts a single. Not the best start to the match for Sehwag


Patel to McCullum, 5 wides, fires a flatter one down the leg side, Baz goes for a pull but it is too far for him to reach and the ball skims off the turf


Patel to McCullum, no run, tossed up outside off, driven into the covers


Patel to McCullum, no run, goes on with the arm and Baz takes it off middle stump and chops to backward point


Patel to McCullum, no run, flighted on middle and off, he comes forward to block


Patel to McCullum, 1 run, hustles for a quick single and had the bowler's throw broken the stumps things might have been interesting. Baz nudged to the right of the bowler and took off just that smallest bit late

End of over 1 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • BB McCullum 3 (5b)
    • DR Smith 1 (1b)
    • AR Patel 1-0-9-0

Parvinder Awana from the other end


Awana to McCullum, no run, cracked off the back foot as he starts off with a shortish delivery with a bit of room. Baz's flaying blade finds cover


Awana to McCullum, FOUR, he tried to outsmart him by bowling short but McCullum's so good square of the wicket. Raced down the track and though it was dug in short he lashed it over the infield to the point boundary


Awana to McCullum, FOUR, got a lot closer to off stump with the back of a length delivery, McCullum goes for the pull and gets a top edge that sails over the keeper's desperate leap


Awana to McCullum, no run, charges him and looks to smash the length ball into the leg side. Inside edges it to short fine. Played way too early

MrGarreth: "Chennai's top 8 have all played over a 100 T20 games! Phenomenal stat and shows how much they value experience particularly when it comes to batting."


Awana to McCullum, 1 wide, Punjab need to get their lines right, that's their second spill down the leg side


Awana to McCullum, no run, shortish and just enough room for Baz to tap it into the covers where Rishi Dhawan sprawls to left to save a boundary


Awana to McCullum, 1 run, fullish and on the stumps, he pushes it down to mid-on

End of over 2 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 19/0 (RR: 9.50)

    • BB McCullum 12 (11b 2x4)
    • DR Smith 1 (1b)
    • P Awana 1-0-10-0
    • AR Patel 1-0-9-0

Mridul Shandily: "Saving Johnson for Raina? Smart move in my opinion!" Not quite


Johnson to McCullum, 1 run, 138 kph, the lack of pace surprised Baz. Think this held in the pitch a little more Baz who was looking to drive on the up had to check his shot. Went uppishly but it evaded the cover field


Johnson to Smith, FOUR, smashed! Overpitched from Johnson and he eases onto his front foot and drills it through extra cover


Johnson to Smith, 1 leg bye, back of a length on middle and leg, he goes back and blocks and manages an inside edge that squirts out into the on side


Johnson to McCullum, 2 runs, dug in short and Baz was cramped for room, looks to pull it down to long leg but he wasn't in control of that


Johnson to McCullum, no run, fires it in full and outside off, Baz was rooted to the crease and goes for an expansive cover drive but only manages an inside edges it


Johnson to McCullum, SIX, phew, what a strike! It was short and afforded him enough room to upper cut it and he's put enough muscle into it to clear the ropes

End of over 3 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 33/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • BB McCullum 21 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • DR Smith 5 (3b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-13-0
    • P Awana 1-0-10-0

L Balaji is the new bowler


Balaji to Smith, no run, back of a length on off stump, Smith punches down to mid-on


Balaji to Smith, FOUR, shifted his weight onto the back foot and he's just picked up this short ball from outside off and carted it to the square leg boundary. Whistled away to the boundary


Balaji to Smith, 1 wide, shortish and outside off, Smith doesn't bother with the feet again as he flashes outside off. Ump says he's toed the wrong side of the line


Balaji to Smith, 1 leg bye, pushes this on the pads and Smith tries to work it into the midwicket, doesn't get bat to it though


Balaji to McCullum, no run, charges down the track and the change of pace deceives Baz. Looks to lash through the off side but gets a bottom edge to mid-on


Balaji to McCullum, 1 run, waits on this nicely, stays beside the shortish ball and taps to deep cover

Gaurav w: "There is the difference in t20 approach, CSK began with two most powerful hitters Baz and Smith in their team. KXIP should have begun with Mitch straight away. Always start with our best bowler."


Balaji to Smith, 1 run, full and angled into the pads, Smith isn't able to whip it away and has to settle for a single

End of over 4 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 41/0 (RR: 10.25)

    • DR Smith 10 (7b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 22 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • L Balaji 1-0-7-0
    • MG Johnson 1-0-13-0

Awana to Smith, FOUR, digs it into the middle of the deck again and Smith is comfortably pulling them from the crease to the square leg boundary


Awana to Smith, FOUR, bit of extra bounce outside off the off and Smith rides it well enough with a cut that sails well over the infield. Couple of bounces and into the hoardings


Awana to Smith, 1 run, continues back of a length but this is the slower one, Smith works it into the leg side to bring up the Chennai fifty

Kewadoo: "As a Kiwi, hate seeing McCullum wearing yellow, it feels like he's playing for Australia."


Awana to McCullum, no run, shortish delivery, pulled to square leg. Didn't get the middle


Awana to McCullum, 1 wide, he tried his hardest to reach the short ball outside off but it was just too far away.


Awana to McCullum, 2 runs, dropped, it's the captain himself at mid-on who spills it. It was a length ball on off stump, Baz plants his front leg down and slaps it down the ground. Doesn't time it at all and the fielder had to go to his left a bit. Dives at the last minute but the ball bursts through. That's 5000 T20 runs for McCullum


Awana to McCullum, SIX, into orbit! Races down the track to pick it up off a length and deposit well into the crowd behind long-on. McCullum's done away with defensive strokes

End of over 5 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 59/0 (RR: 11.80)

    • BB McCullum 30 (20b 2x4 2x6)
    • DR Smith 19 (10b 4x4)
    • P Awana 2-0-28-0
    • L Balaji 1-0-7-0

Sudipta: "@Kewadoo, don't worry Australia wears mostly green nowadays with only a speck of yellow here and there :)"


Johnson to Smith, no run, fullish on middle and leg, nudged to short midwicket


Johnson to Smith, 1 run, a little slower on off stump, Smith is wise to it and guides it off the back foot to third man


Johnson to McCullum, FOUR, offers up another overpitched delivery outside off, Baz says thank you very much and lofts it over extra cover


Johnson to McCullum, no run, skips down the track and looks to smash it down the ground, but swings down the wrong line. Well beaten


Johnson to McCullum, SIX, pummeled into the grass banks! It's short, it's on the leg stump and it's been pulled with the utmost authority. No point keeping it down when you can hit it that far


Johnson to McCullum, no run, fires it in on off stump, McCullum drills it back down the ground and it's so straight it hits the timber at the bowler's end

End of over 6 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 70/0 (RR: 11.66)

    • BB McCullum 40 (24b 3x4 3x6)
    • DR Smith 20 (12b 4x4)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-24-0
    • P Awana 2-0-28-0

Patel's back


Patel to Smith, 1 wide, slides a length ball down the leg side


Patel to Smith, 1 run, flatter delivery on the stumps, picked away through midwicket


Patel to McCullum, 1 run, shuffles across a bit and turns the tossed up ball off his pads for a single in front of square leg


Patel to Smith, no run, a lot quicker this time and it goes on with the arm, defended


Patel to Smith, 1 run, stays back and tucks the short of a length ball away into the square leg region


Patel to McCullum, 1 wide, fires it down the leg side again, that's the second one off target


Patel to McCullum, no run, goes for the sweep this time as he sees a bit more flight on it, struck on the front pad but it might have been sliding down leg


Patel to McCullum, 1 run, good length ball cut off the stumps for a single through the covers

Kapil: "That's the prob with T20. There aren't many bowlers who can challenge a batter with good line and length. Punjab have bowled really wayward here."

End of over 7 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 76/0 (RR: 10.85)

    • BB McCullum 42 (27b 3x4 3x6)
    • DR Smith 22 (15b 4x4)
    • AR Patel 2-0-15-0
    • MG Johnson 2-0-24-0

Rishi Dhawan, the highest wicket-taker in the Ranji season, comes on


Dhawan to McCullum, SIX, oh dear, he can't bowl short at his pace. Baz saw it early and hammers it over the square leg boundary.


Dhawan to McCullum, 1 run, this time on the diametrically opposite side of the field. Punjab are spraying it around here. Short ball outside off slapped to the sweeper


Dhawan to Smith, 1 run, that's better. Tighter line on off stump and a fuller length. Pushed to long-on


Dhawan to McCullum, FOUR, slashed behind point and this time Johnson isn't quick enough to cut it off. That's fifty for McCullum on Chennai debut and on the seventh-year anniversary of his 158

Rakesh Jain: "Dhoni once said that Baz cannot hit 300 for him, But he can sure target half of it if he continues at the same pace !!!"


Dhawan to McCullum, 1 run, slower ball angled into him, worked away into the midwicket region


Dhawan to Smith, no run, little too ambitions from Smith. It was back of a length and the width lured him into chasing it. But he was on the front foot, which foiled his chances of connecting. And Punjab breathe a sigh of relief as the strategic time out is called

ragu: "@Kewadoo: Fleming was with us in yellow for almost 7 yrs now ;) "

End of over 8 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 89/0 (RR: 11.12)

    • DR Smith 23 (17b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 54 (31b 4x4 4x6)
    • R Dhawan 1-0-13-0
    • AR Patel 2-0-15-0

nagaraju mallis: "haahhh.......thoughtless bowling......hold your nerve Punjab....just maintain you line and length....And Bailey get spinners on...."


Patel to McCullum, no run, nice bowling that, tossed up on middle and keeps McCullum to a defensive push


Patel to McCullum, 1 run, pulls the flight back a bit which allows Baz to go back and nudge it around the corner


Patel to Smith, FOUR, that's a bazooka down the ground! Loved the flight on this and just bludgeoned it off the front foot


Patel to Smith, 1 run, goes shorter and quicker, Smith works it for a single to midwicket


Patel to McCullum, no run, shortish and angled into him, Baz pushes down the ground


Patel to McCullum, 1 run, fired in on middle and leg, Baz shuffles across and clips it behind square leg

End of over 9 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 96/0 (RR: 10.66)

    • BB McCullum 56 (35b 4x4 4x6)
    • DR Smith 28 (19b 5x4)
    • AR Patel 3-0-22-0
    • R Dhawan 1-0-13-0

Balaji comes back


Balaji to McCullum, 1 run, full and just outside off, he drives all along the ground to deep cover


Balaji to Smith, 2 runs, width outside off and Smith comes forward and powers it to the left of mid-off


Balaji to Smith, 1 run, pulls all the pace off this ball as he targets the wide line. He reaches out and slashes it over the infield for the fastest hundred of the tournament so far


Balaji to McCullum, 1 run, dances down the track while making room for himself and laces a drive to long-off


Balaji to Smith, no run, keeps him quiet with a very full delivery just outside off


Balaji to Smith, 1 run, fullish and outside off, he goes for a hack to midwicket and gets an inside edge

End of over 10 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 102/0 (RR: 10.20)

    • DR Smith 32 (23b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 58 (37b 4x4 4x6)
    • L Balaji 2-0-13-0
    • AR Patel 3-0-22-0

Sidharth: "Had George forgot about maxwell ? he should give him bowling, he always picks up few wickets at crucial points" Maxi around the wicket


Maxwell to Smith, SIX, again offers him room and the length to get under and Smith has carted it over long-on


Maxwell to Smith, 2 runs, fired in outside off, driven down the ground for a couple. Good running


Maxwell to Smith, no run, pulls the pace off it and this turns away from the bat, it was the legspinner from Maxi and Smith was well beaten


Maxwell to Smith, 1 run, flat-batted down the ground as this is shortish and outside off


Maxwell to McCullum, 1 run, short again, McCullum rocks back and cuts to the sweeper


Maxwell to Smith, no run, he waited on it but the cut shot still finds point, that first ball six has made him fire the rest in

End of over 11 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 112/0 (RR: 10.18)

    • DR Smith 41 (28b 5x4 1x6)
    • BB McCullum 59 (38b 4x4 4x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-10-0
    • L Balaji 2-0-13-0

Darshan Singh: "I think Sehwag can bowl a few good overs to stop Baz and Smith." It'll be Rishi Dhawan though. Keeper standing up


Dhawan to McCullum, 1 run, length ball outside off, McCullum is balanced at the crease and pulls it to deep midwicket


Dhawan to Smith, 1 run, good length ball on and around off stump, Smith punches it down to long-off


Dhawan to McCullum, no run, back of a length and it gets a little extra from the pitch as McCullum's slash comes out second best


Dhawan to McCullum, 1 run, drags it from well outside off and pulls down to long-on. Short of a good length again


Dhawan to Smith, 1 run, good length ball outside off, it was a little slower too and he taps it down to the man at deep cover


Dhawan to McCullum, no run, flighted on middle and off, he goes for a sweep but manages an inside edge which must have saved him

End of over 12 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 116/0 (RR: 9.66)

    • BB McCullum 61 (42b 4x4 4x6)
    • DR Smith 43 (30b 5x4 1x6)
    • R Dhawan 2-0-17-0
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-10-0

Patel to Smith, 1 run


Patel to McCullum, SIX, races down the track as he makes some room and launches this over the man at long-off


Patel to McCullum, no run, stays beside the ball which is fired in outside off, steered to point


Patel to McCullum, OUT, pushed through on middle and leg as he rocks back and goes for an almighty pull. Hasn't connected it properly and Maxi at deep midwicket takes a tumbling catch to break Chennai's seventh century opening partnership

BB McCullum c Maxwell b Patel 67 (45b 4x4 5x6) SR: 148.88

Suresh Raina walks out to bat in his 100th match


Patel to Smith, 1 run, full toss outside off, pushed down the ground to long-off


Patel to Raina, FOUR, dabs it nice and fine and gets off the mark with a boundary. Hint of room outside off and Raina goes back and opens the face to beat short third man

End of over 13 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 128/1 (RR: 9.84)

    • SK Raina 4 (1b 1x4)
    • DR Smith 45 (32b 5x4 1x6)
    • AR Patel 4-0-34-1
    • R Dhawan 2-0-17-0

AJ: "Lets have some chin music please!!!!!"


Dhawan to Smith, no run, full and on off stump, Smith pushes back to the bowler

Munish Yadav: "The way Baz's innings was played it seemed he was scoring at a strike rate of 300 !!! But the strike rate was just 148. I thought he just throws his bat around and nothing more. Duminy also scored some 60 odd runs yesterday, but his innings looked of an accomplished batsman. "


Dhawan to Smith, 1 run, fires it in on middle and leg and it's punched down to long-on. Nicely bowled


Dhawan to Raina, no run, dropped by the keeper. Slower ball off the back of the hand, Raina made some room to drive through the off side and gets a thick edge which the Saha can't rein in


Dhawan to Raina, 1 run, shortish and on middle, pulled to deep midwicket


Dhawan to Smith, 1 run, stays put to loft the overpitched delivery to long-off. Hit in the air bit falls short of the man rushing in


Dhawan to Raina, 1 run, full on middle, clipped away to deep midwicket

End of over 14 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 132/1 (RR: 9.42)

    • SK Raina 6 (4b 1x4)
    • DR Smith 47 (35b 5x4 1x6)
    • R Dhawan 3-0-21-0
    • AR Patel 4-0-34-1

Maxwell to Raina, no run, tossed up on middle, Raina looks to drive through extra and gets an inside edge onto pad


Maxwell to Raina, 1 run, skips down the track and looks to beat short cover but has to settle for the single when Bailey misfields


Maxwell to Smith, 1 run


Maxwell to Raina, 1 run


Maxwell to Smith, FOUR, flighted outside off, Smith gets down on one-knee and reverses sweeps it to the third man boundary


Maxwell to Smith, SIX, tossed up on off stump, Smith gets onto the front foot and slams it down the ground. Soaring six over long-on

End of over 15 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 145/1 (RR: 9.66)

    • DR Smith 58 (38b 6x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 8 (7b 1x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-23-0
    • R Dhawan 3-0-21-0

Johnson's back


Johnson to Raina, 1 run, goes for the yorker on off stump, Raina is good enough to dig it out past the bowler's extended left hand

goes around the wicket


Johnson to Smith, SIX, doesn't find the block hole this time and Smith sees it in the slot and pummels it to the long-on boundary


Johnson to Smith, 1 run, 141kph, nice and full outside off as he drags it away wide of long-on


Johnson to Raina, FOUR, length ball on off stump, Raina swings madly and gets it more off a thickish inside edge than anything. But it's got enough wood on it to find the boundary at deep midwicket


Johnson to Raina, 1 run, fired in full and outside off, Raina steers it through point with an open face

akshdp: "@munish.. for that matter.. see Raina's career strike rate... more than many power hitters like McCullum, AB.. and Raina doesnt seems to be that threatening as he doesnot concede many dots.. singles and doubles are always on with him.. "


Johnson to Smith, (no ball) 1 run, he's overstepped. What is happening with Mitchell Johnson?! He got the length right though, fullish delivery pushed down to mid-off


Johnson to Raina, no run, low full toss on off stump, Raina opts for a nudge to the free-hit delivery and can't even beat the bowler

End of over 16 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 160/1 (RR: 10.00)

    • SK Raina 14 (11b 2x4)
    • DR Smith 66 (41b 6x4 3x6)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-39-0
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-23-0

Balaji to Smith, 1 wide, Slower full toss and he directs it a little too far outside off


Balaji to Smith, no run, Pitches the wide Yorker right this time and though Smith shuffles across and looks to steer it to third man, he can't connect


Balaji to Smith, OUT, one slog too many for Smith and he has to walk back dismissed off a full toss. Sought the wide yorker again but it ends up a lovely delivery to be smacked over the covers but Smith swing across the line and got a leading edge which is taken by Bailey in the covers

DR Smith c Bailey b Balaji 66 (43b 6x4 3x6) SR: 153.48


Balaji to Raina, 1 run, backs away and slashes a length ball behind point to bring MS Dhoni the new batsman on strike


Balaji to Dhoni, FOUR, low full toss wide of off stump and Dhoni squeezes it away to the third man boundary


Balaji to Dhoni, 2 runs, good length ball, possibly a bit slower outside off. Dhoni was down the track and guides it to short third man. An overthrow allows for a second


Balaji to Dhoni, FOUR, gets another fortuitous edge to the third man boundary. This is what happens when you can't execute that wide yorker, too much room on offer and an open blade is enough to take advantage

End of over 17 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 172/2 (RR: 10.11)

    • MS Dhoni 10 (3b 2x4)
    • SK Raina 15 (12b 2x4)
    • L Balaji 3-0-25-1
    • MG Johnson 3-0-39-0

Johnson to Raina, 2 runs, full on off stump, carted down the ground to long-on

Jeeves: "Bowl wide of the off stump with no 3rd man and 3 men in the deep on the legside? Bizarre field placement from Bailey and Balaji"


Johnson to Raina, 2 runs, length ball on off stump, Raina swings it down to deep square leg. Hadn't middled it properly


Johnson to Raina, no run, slower ball outside off, Raina was backing away towards the leg side though and had reach out for it. Finds point


Johnson to Raina, 1 run, thumped down the ground but long-off is on hand to keep it to a single. Doesn't get the yorker right

Around the wicket to Dhoni


Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish and outside off, Dhoni drags it out to midwicket


Johnson to Raina, 2 runs, fullish on off stump, hacked down to long-on

End of over 18 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 180/2 (RR: 10.00)

    • SK Raina 22 (17b 2x4)
    • MS Dhoni 11 (4b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-47-0
    • L Balaji 3-0-25-1

Dijo: "Why isn't Johnson bowling short and fast? He has always been off when he tries to bowl length. I thought this was the great revelation of the Australian summer." Parvinder Awana returns


Awana to Dhoni, 2 runs, length ball with loads of room and Dhoni belts it to the man at deep cover


Awana to Dhoni, 1 run, again ample opportunity to swing those shoulders and Dhoni lashes to the sweeper again


Awana to Raina, 2 runs, shortish and on the stumps, Raina was cramped while he was trying to pull that away. Gets it off the higher part of the bat to long-on


Awana to Raina, OUT, scooped it straight into the hands of Sehwag at short fine leg. It was the offcutter which did not allow Raina the pace he wanted. Walked right across his stumps to manufacture a big shot and perishes

SK Raina c Sehwag b Awana 24 (19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 126.31

Dwayne Bravo comes out for the last eight balls of the innings


Awana to Bravo, 1 run, shortish and ducking back in at him, Bravo rides it down to deep third man


Awana to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball outside off, Dhoni eases it through point with an open face

End of over 19 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 187/3 (RR: 9.84)

    • MS Dhoni 15 (7b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1 (1b)
    • P Awana 3-0-35-1
    • MG Johnson 4-0-47-0

Balaji for the final over


Balaji to Dhoni, SIX, and offers up a length ball with enough room for Dhoni to crunch it over long-on. Massive six


Balaji to Dhoni, 1 run, full and wide outside off, Dhoni has one foot off the ground and laces it to deep point


Balaji to Bravo, SIX, full tos outside off and Bravo has crashed it over the man at deep cover. Punjab, as they have been doing all innings, are missing their lengths


Balaji to Bravo, 1 run, another full toss on middle and leg, Bravo flicks wide of long-on


Balaji to Dhoni, FOUR, races down the track and though the bowler went short and tried to put it past the reach of Dhoni's lashing blade, the captain connects and powerfully enough to beat the fielder at deep midwicket


Balaji to Dhoni, OUT, holes out at long-off and Chennai finish at 205. Another full toss outside off but Dhoni can't get the meaty part of the bat on this. Lofts it down the throat of Rishi Dhawan

MS Dhoni c Dhawan b Balaji 26 (11b 3x4 1x6) SR: 236.36

4.10 pm Chennai rode on the back of a belligerent opening partnership, which raised their best score after the powerplay in the Indian T20. But both McCullum and Smith were helped in no small extent by some extremely wayward bowling. They were short, they were wide and they overpitched way too often as well. A lack of variety hurt Punjab and Mitchell Johnson's threat did not make an appearance at all.

Suresh Raina was quite pleased with their new acquisitions and praised McCullum and Smith for the start they provided but cautioned saying it was still a pretty good deck and Chennai would have to execute their plans well to restrict Punjab

End of over 20 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 205/4

    • DJ Bravo 8 (3b 1x6)
    • L Balaji 4-0-43-2
    • P Awana 3-0-35-1





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Hours of play (local time) 14.30 start, First Session 14.30-15.55, Interval 15.55-16.15, Second Session 16.15-17.40

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