Indian Premier League, 26th match: Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers at Chennai, May 6, 2008
Deccan Chargers won by 7 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
6 May 2008 - night match (20-over match)

7.58 pm local time: It's game time. Well almost, two minutes to go. I wonder whether Chennai will persist with Parthiv at the top of the order, he hasn't been performing - high score of 21 in six innings - and is hardly going to give bowlers the sweats. Fleming is due for a score as well.

Chennai are indeed opening with the two left-handers Parthiv and Fleming. Vijay Kumar will open the attack for the Deccan Chargers, bowling from round the wicket.

7.50 pm: Well the news is that Laxman has an injured hand and that is why he isn't playing. He got hit on the glove by Steyn during Deccan's loss against Bangalore. So he hasn't dropped himself.

Toss, 7.30 pm: Gilchrist is at the toss so Laxman isn't playing. Gilchrist has won the toss and the Deccan Chargers will bowl.

Deccan have made just one change, bringing in Venugopal Rao for Laxman.

Deccan Chargers: 1 Adam Gilchrist (capt & wk), 2 Venugopal Rao, 3 Scott Styris, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Shahid Afridi, 6 Herschelle Gibbs, 7 Arjun Yadav, 8 Sanjay Bangar, 9 RP Singh, 10 P Vijaykumar, 11 Pragyan Ojha.

Dhoni, by the way, is clean shaven for this match after sporting a Tamil-hero mustache for the game against Rajasthan. Chennai have also made one change for this game, S Vidyut has been left out and Anirudh Srikkanth, Kris' son, is playing his first game. I've played some friendly football with Anirudh and he's a powerful boy. He could kick the ball about 2/3rd the length of a football field. It's George Binoy at the keyboard by the way ...

Chennai Super Kings: 1 Parthiv Patel, 2 Stephen Fleming, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Anirudh Srikkanth, 5 Albie Morkel, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 S Badrinath, 8 Joginder Sharma, 9 Manpreet Gony, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Makhaya Ntini.

7.20 pm: Hello champs and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Deccan Chargers at the MA Chidambaram.

Deccan are scraping the bottom of the table, having lost five out of six games while Chennai are on the verge of slipping out of the top half of the table, after losing their last two games. A win today, however, will put Chennai on level with the table leaders Rajasthan, although they would have played a game extra.

Watch out for ... Adam Gilchrist taking on Makhaya Ntini. Ntini bowled a maiden over against Rajasthan Royals and was one of the few bowlers who returned decent figures after the assault. Rohit taking on Muttiah Muralitharan should be another interesting battle in the middle overs. Read more in Cricinfo's preview of the match.

0.1

Vijaykumar to Patel, no run, a full ball swings into the left-hander from round the wicket, Parthiv moves forward and across and tries to flick, he misses and gets hit on the pad, loud appeal for leg before but umpire Benson says not out, Benson goes down the pitch and inspects the bowler's follow through

0.2

Vijaykumar to Patel, no run, good length ball outside the off stump, Parthiv stays in his crease and pushes the ball towards cover point

0.3

Vijaykumar to Patel, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, Parthiv moves on to the back foot and cuts hard towards point where Afridi mis-fields to allow the boundary, I do hope the fielding will be better than it was last night

0.4

Vijaykumar to Patel, no run, short of a length delivery outside off, defended towards Rohit Sharma at cover

0.5

Vijaykumar to Patel, no run, dropped! Parthiv gives Vijay Kumar the charge and tries to smash the ball straight, he mis-hit it and connected with the top half of the bat and played the ball straight to the bowler who couldn't hold on during his follow through

0.6

Vijaykumar to Patel, OUT, caught this time! Vijay Kumar bangs in the short ball, Parthiv takes him on and plays the hook, the ball hits the top edge and flies extremely high in the air towards long leg, RP Singh sprints to his right from fine leg and covers a lot of ground to get to the ball, he takes a supremely judged catch while on the run

PA Patel c Singh b Vijaykumar 4 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 1 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 4/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • SP Fleming 0 (0b)
    • DP Vijaykumar 1-0-4-1
1.1

Singh to Anirudha, no run

1.2

Singh to Anirudha, no run, short of a length ball angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, Anirudha tries to cut but the ball is too close to him, he gets beaten by the pace and bounce

1.3

Singh to Anirudha, 4 leg byes, RP pitches one on middle and leg and slants down leg side, Anirudha tries to play the leg glance but gets hit on the pad for four leg byes

1.4

Singh to Anirudha, 1 run, short of a length delivery outside off, cut down towards third man to get off the mark

1.5

Singh to Fleming, no run, excellent ball, pitches on a good length around off stump and seams away from the left-hander, Fleming pushes at it and gets beaten

1.6

Singh to Fleming, 1 run, short of a length delivery angling into middle and leg, Fleming nudges off his hips towards square leg

End of over 2 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 10/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • SP Fleming 1 (2b)
    • S Anirudha 1 (4b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-2-0
    • DP Vijaykumar 1-0-4-1
2.1

Vijaykumar to Fleming, no run, terrific line, Vijay Kumar slants the ball away from Fleming from over the wicket, the ball pitches on a good length around off stump, drawing Fleming forward and then seams past his outside edge

2.2

Vijaykumar to Fleming, 2 runs, a bit too straight this time, Fleming moves across and flicks off the front foot through square leg for two

2.3

Vijaykumar to Fleming, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Fleming strides forward and defends to Gibbs at point

2.4

Vijaykumar to Fleming, 2 runs, dropped, but a fantastic effort, Fleming moved forward and tried to drive a ball that was seaming across him through cover, he got a thick outside edge that flew into the gap between Gilchrist and Bangar who was at a wide slip, Bangar dived to his right and got a hand to it but couldn't hold on

2.5

Vijaykumar to Fleming, no run, played off the pads towards midwicket, Fleming is unable to find the gaps here

2.6

Vijaykumar to Fleming, no run, good length delivery on middle and off stump, Fleming tries to drive but gets an inside edge on to the pad

End of over 3 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 14/1 (RR: 4.66)

    • SP Fleming 5 (8b)
    • S Anirudha 1 (4b)
    • DP Vijaykumar 2-0-8-1
    • RP Singh 1-0-2-0

"I don't understand why Dhoni dropped Vidyut? Parthiv should have been dropped instead. Vidyut was in good touch. Even Joginder should have been dropped and Amarnath brought in," says Krishnan.

3.1

Singh to Anirudha, 1 wide, short and extremely wide outside off stump, Anirudha chases it with a wild slash but the ball is too far away from him

3.1

Singh to Anirudha, no run, Anirudha comes forward to drive the ball through the off side, hardly any footwork and the ball keeps low and beats the bat

3.2

Singh to Anirudha, no run, a good length ball pitches around off stump and nips back into the right-hander, Anirudha gets behind the line on the front foot and defends back to the bowler

3.3

Singh to Anirudha, OUT, caught! RP sends down a short ball, Anirudha tries to pull off the front foot from outside off stump, he was in no position whatsoever and top-edges it high in the air to Afridi at cover point, that is a simple catch and Chennai have lost two early wickets once again

S Anirudha c Shahid Afridi b Singh 1 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Raina is the new batsman.

3.4

Singh to Raina, 1 run, Raina gets off the mark by flicking the ball off his pads towards deep square leg

3.5

Singh to Fleming, no run, a full delivery angles into Fleming who moves forward and drives the ball back towards the bowler

3.6

Singh to Fleming, 1 wide, banged in short but the line is down leg side, Fleming can't connect with the pull, another wide

3.6

Singh to Fleming, FOUR, poor line, RP pitches short of a length and angles the ball into Fleming's pads, he leans across and glances the ball down to fine leg for his first boundary

End of over 4 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 21/2 (RR: 5.25)

    • SP Fleming 9 (10b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 1 (1b)
    • RP Singh 2-0-9-1
    • DP Vijaykumar 2-0-8-1
4.1

Vijaykumar to Raina, no run, fullish length outside the off stump, Rania steps forward and punches the ball towards cover

4.2

Vijaykumar to Raina, 1 run, straighter line on middle and off stump, Rania pushes the ball towards mid-off and sets off for the quick single

4.3

Vijaykumar to Fleming, no run, loud appeal for lbw, it was a low swinging full toss and Fleming missed the flick, he looked like he got an inside edge on to the pad

4.4

Vijaykumar to Fleming, FOUR, too full outside the off stump, it is a half volley, Fleming strides forward and dispatches the ball through covers with a full flourish of the bat

4.5

Vijaykumar to Fleming, 1 leg bye, Fleming came forward to hoist the ball off his pads behind square but the length wasn't full enough, the ball pitched outside leg and hit him on the pad

4.6

Vijaykumar to Raina, FOUR, too full on middle stump, Rania moves forward and drives the ball in the air back over the bowler's head for four, he didn't hit it very hard but placed it superbly

End of over 5 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 31/2 (RR: 6.20)

    • SK Raina 6 (4b 1x4)
    • SP Fleming 13 (13b 2x4)
    • DP Vijaykumar 3-0-17-1
    • RP Singh 2-0-9-1

Scott Styris has replaced RP, bowling over the wicket to Fleming.

5.1

Styris to Fleming, no run, short of a length on off and middle stump, Fleming stays on the back foot and defends on the leg side

5.2

Styris to Fleming, 1 run, the short ball angles across Fleming and he attempts to pull it, he hasn't connected well but the ball falls safely in front of the fielder at deep midwicket

5.3

Styris to Raina, 1 run, Rania moves forward and nudges a good length ball towards the leg side for a single

5.4

Styris to Fleming, OUT, a blinder at cover point! The length was full outside the off stump, Fleming came forward and smashed the square drive in the air, he hit that so hard that the ball travelled extremely quickly to Sharma who jumped up and took the catch with both hands

SP Fleming c Sharma b Styris 14 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

That is a massive dent to Chennai, the new batsman is Badrinath.

5.5

Styris to Badrinath, 1 wide, banged in short first up, Badrinath sways out of the way and the leg-umpire calls it wide for height

5.5

Styris to Badrinath, no run, another short ball outside off stump, Badrinath tries to steer it down to third man but gets beaten by the high bounce

5.6

Styris to Badrinath, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Badrinath gets behidn the line and defends on the off side, three runs and a wicket off Styris' first over

End of over 6 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 34/3 (RR: 5.66)

    • S Badrinath 0 (2b)
    • SK Raina 7 (5b 1x4)
    • SB Styris 1-0-3-1
    • DP Vijaykumar 3-0-17-1

Shahid Afridi comes into the attack after the Powerplays are over, bowling from over the wicket.

6.1

Shahid Afridi to Raina, FOUR, too short from Afridi, he dragged it down and Raina had more time than he needed to pull the ball to the deep square leg boundary

6.2

Shahid Afridi to Raina, FOUR, and again, this time Rania moved across his stumps to a leg-side delivery and paddled the ball to the fine leg boundary

6.3

Shahid Afridi to Raina, 1 run, fuller and straighter from Afridi, driven down the ground for one

6.4

Shahid Afridi to Badrinath, no run, slightly slower delivery outside the right-hander's off stump, defended on the front foot on the off side

6.5

Shahid Afridi to Badrinath, OUT, what a catch! It's Gibbs this time! Afridi bowled a poor ball, it was extremely short and very wide, Badrinath chased it and tried to cut without much power behind the shot, he connected with the bottom of the bat and hit it in the air, the ball might have carried to short third man but it never got the chance, Gibbs moved quickly to his left from backward point and dived full length to take the catch, outstanding athleticism

S Badrinath c Gibbs b Shahid Afridi 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Dhoni is the new batsman.

6.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, bowled flat and fast on off stump, Dhoni defends back to the bowler

End of over 7 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 43/4 (RR: 6.14)

    • MS Dhoni 0 (1b)
    • SK Raina 16 (8b 3x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-9-1
    • SB Styris 1-0-3-1
7.1

Styris to Raina, 1 run, a bit too short outside off stump, Rania waits on the back foot and cuts to the man on the point boundary

7.2

Styris to Dhoni, no run, good length from Styris on off stump, Dhoni gets behind the line on the back foot and defends towards the off side

7.3

Styris to Dhoni, no run, Styris bowls the short ball over middle and leg stump, Dhoni thinks about pulling but moves inside the line of the ball and lets it go in the end

7.4

Styris to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni moves forward and opens the face of the bat at the last moment to steer a short of a length ball past first slip for four

7.5

Styris to Dhoni, 1 run, good length from Styris outside off stump, Dhoni moves back and across and punches the ball in front of point for one

7.6

Styris to Raina, 1 run, tight line and length from Styris outside off stump, Raina punches off the front foot towards mid-off and sprints the single, the overthrow goes towards fine leg but Raina had run a long way past his stumps and couldn't take advantage of it

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 50/4 (RR: 6.25)

    • SK Raina 18 (10b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 5 (5b 1x4)
    • SB Styris 2-0-10-1
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-9-1
8.1

Shahid Afridi to Raina, 1 run, bowled full on middle stump, Raina moves forward and drives towards mid-on

8.2

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni runs down the track at Afridi who sees him coming and fires the ball towards the leg side, Dhoni gets hit on the pad

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Dhoni moves back and cuts hard into the gap at backward point, he played that late and powerfully

8.4

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, fuller length, defended towards point off the front foot

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni leans forward and pushes a flat delivery towards cover

8.6

Shahid Afridi to Raina, FOUR, a bit too short outside off stump, Raina moves back and hits the ball with a flat bat straight past the bowler for four, excellent placement

End of over 9 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 60/4 (RR: 6.66)

    • SK Raina 23 (12b 4x4)
    • MS Dhoni 10 (9b 2x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-19-1
    • SB Styris 2-0-10-1

Sanjay Bangar comes into the attack, from over the wicket.

9.1

Bangar to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Dhoni steps out of his crease and defends

9.2

Bangar to Dhoni, no run, a short ball on middle and leg stump, Dhoni tries to pull along the ground but gets a bit of glove on it, the ball goes towards the keeper on the bounce

9.3

Bangar to Dhoni, 2 runs, Bangar strays down leg side, Dhoni leans forward and across his stumps and glances the ball towards fine leg

9.4

Bangar to Dhoni, 2 runs, short of a length and wide outside off stump, Dhoni moves back and cuts the ball through cover, Venugopal runs to his right from sweeper and fields

9.5

Bangar to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery angling into off stump, Dhoni plays from his crease and defends towards cover

9.6

Bangar to Dhoni, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Dhoni moves back and pulls the ball straight down the ground, he's hit it very straight and will come back for a quick second

End of over 10 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 66/4 (RR: 6.60)

    • MS Dhoni 16 (15b 2x4)
    • SK Raina 23 (12b 4x4)
    • SB Bangar 1-0-6-0
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-19-1

Ojha comes into the attack, from round the wicket.

10.1

Ojha to Raina, 1 run, played off the pads through midwicket for a single

10.2

Ojha to Dhoni, 2 runs, bowled flat outside the off stump, Dhoni moves on to the back foot and cuts to the fielder on the point boundary, both Dhoni and Raina are very quick and they come back for two

10.3

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, bowled flatter fuller and straighter, Dhoni leans forward and blocks

10.4

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, tight length on middle stump, Dhoni waits in hi crease and defends towards midwicket

10.5

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 wide, loud appeal for a caught behind but the ball had slipped down leg side and Benson calls it wide, Gilchrist was quite confident after Dhoni missed the paddle sweep

Ojha goes over the wicket.

10.5

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, he fires the ball into Dhoni's pads after pitching outside leg, Dhoni once again misses the paddle sweep

10.6

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, bowled flat through the air on leg stump, Dhoni tries to work the ball on the leg side and gets hit on the pad

End of over 11 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 70/4 (RR: 6.36)

    • MS Dhoni 18 (20b 2x4)
    • SK Raina 24 (13b 4x4)
    • PP Ojha 1-0-4-0
    • SB Bangar 1-0-6-0
11.1

Bangar to Raina, FOUR, that's a high skier but it falls safe and goes for four! Raina got under a full ball and smashed it high in the air towards long-on, Styris ran back from mid-on an the ball just fell out of his reach and went over the boundary on the one-bounce

11.2

Bangar to Raina, no run, defended on the leg side

Bangar goes round the wicket.

11.3

Bangar to Raina, no run, the slower ball angled into the left-hander from round the wicket, Raina backs away to make room and tries to smash it over the off side, he gets beaten and the ball misses leg stump

11.4

Bangar to Raina, 1 run, good length delivery on off stump, punched off the front foot through cover for a single

11.5

Bangar to Dhoni, 1 run, short ball on off and middle stump, Dhoni pulls the ball along the ground to deep backward square leg for a single

11.6

Bangar to Raina, 1 run, tight line and length on middle stump from over the wicket, Raina drives straight down the ground to retain strike

End of over 12 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 77/4 (RR: 6.41)

    • SK Raina 30 (18b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 19 (21b 2x4)
    • SB Bangar 2-0-13-0
    • PP Ojha 1-0-4-0
12.1

Ojha to Raina, 1 run, Raina moves back and across and nudges the ball off his pads towards midwicket for a single

12.2

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni moves back to a flat and straight delivery and pushes it towards cover

12.3

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni moves back once again to cut but there isn't enough room, he plays it towards cover once again

12.4

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

12.5

Ojha to Raina, 1 run, bowled full outside the off stump, Raina moves forward and drives through cover for one

12.6

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, tight wicket-to-wicket line from Ojha, Dhoni moves back and pushes the ball towards long on for a single to retain strike

End of over 13 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 81/4 (RR: 6.23)

    • MS Dhoni 21 (25b 2x4)
    • SK Raina 32 (20b 5x4)
    • PP Ojha 2-0-8-0
    • SB Bangar 2-0-13-0
13.1

Bangar to Dhoni, no run, excellent length on off and middle stump, Dhoni can't do much but play the ball back firmly towards the bowler off the front foot

13.2

Bangar to Dhoni, 1 run, that's a low full toss, Bangar was perhaps attempting the yorker, Dhoni drives towards long-on for one

13.3

Bangar to Raina, OUT, what a soft dismissal! Bangar goes round the wicket and delivers a low full toss outside off stump, Raina drives at it and chips the ball in the air and straight to Sharma at cover, Raina's gone after getting well set

SK Raina c Sharma b Bangar 32 (21b 5x4 0x6) SR: 152.38

Albie Morkel strides to the crease, he can smack it hard and far. He's a left-hander too, Chennai is full of them.

13.4

Bangar to Morkel, no run, Bangar greets him with a bouncer from over the wicket, Morkel ducks under it

13.5

Bangar to Morkel, no run, the slower ball bowled at 100 kmh on middle and off, Morkel comes forward and pushes it back to Bangar

13.6

Bangar to Morkel, 2 runs, full and wide outside off stump, Morkel reaches out for it and drives the ball powerfully over cover, RP dives on the boundary and stops it, he then goes over the rope but manages to come back in and save the four, good effort on the boundary, the third umpire is called but RP has done a clean job

End of over 14 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 84/5 (RR: 6.00)

    • JA Morkel 2 (3b)
    • MS Dhoni 22 (27b 2x4)
    • SB Bangar 3-0-16-1
    • PP Ojha 2-0-8-0
14.1

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni comes forward and tries to hit the ball on the leg side but gets struck on the pad

14.2

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni once again gets hit on the pad as he tried to flick on the on side

14.3

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni moves forward and gets squared up and collects a single via an outside edge on the off side

14.4

Ojha to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel works the ball off his pads through midwicket for a single

Ojha's managed to keep Dhoni very quiet.

14.5

Ojha to Dhoni, OUT, and he has got him! Dhoni's struggle ends, he got squared up and tried to pull a flat delivery through square leg, he got a bottom edge on to his pad and the ball lobbed up all the way towards Afridi at point, another simple catch and Chennai are sinking, actually Dhoni hit the ball on to his pad and hit it once again during the follow through of his shot as the ball bounced off his thigh

MS Dhoni c Shahid Afridi b Ojha 23 (31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 74.19

Joginder is the new batsman, Ojha has been fantastic today, tying Dhoni up isn't easy and he's done it splendidly.

14.6

Ojha to Joginder Sharma, no run, defended on the back foot towards point

End of over 15 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 86/6 (RR: 5.73)

    • Joginder Sharma 0 (1b)
    • JA Morkel 3 (4b)
    • PP Ojha 3-0-10-1
    • SB Bangar 3-0-16-1
15.1

Shahid Afridi to Morkel, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards cover, an over throw at the keeper's end allows the single

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, played to deep midwicket for a single

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Morkel, 1 leg bye, good length delivery on middle and leg, played off the pads towards short fine leg

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Joginder Sharma, FOUR, Joginder backs away towards leg to make room, Afridi follows him but Joginder manages to connect with the slog sweep towards deep midwicket, RP runs to field the ball but over runs it carelessly and concedes four

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, driven down the ground towards long off for a single

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel plays the ball off his pads behind square for one

"Is it just a coincidence or Gilchrist's captaincy that Chargers are in total control for the first time? The league will be better off when the franchises ask the best person to lead instead of a 'local'" says Sathya.

End of over 16 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 95/6 (RR: 5.93)

    • JA Morkel 5 (7b)
    • Joginder Sharma 6 (4b 1x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-27-1
    • PP Ojha 3-0-10-1
16.1

Ojha to Morkel, 2 runs, bowled flat through the air on middle stump, Morkel moves back and pulls to deep midwicket where there is nearly another mix-up between two fielders

16.2

Ojha to Morkel, SIX, they need a new ball for Morkel has smashed it out of the MA Chidambaram Stadium, it is measured at 124 meters, Morkel cleared his front foot out of the way and pulled a short ball over deep midwicket, it went over the roof

16.3

Ojha to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel goes down on one knee and pulls him along the ground to deep midwicket

16.4

Ojha to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, Joginder moves towards the off side and tries to pull, he gets an inside edge on to the pad and they run a single to the off side

16.5

Ojha to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel backs away to make room and swats the ball flat towards long off, the ball reaches the fielder on the bounce

16.6

Ojha to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, Joginder backs away this time and pulls the ball down to long on for a single to retain strike

End of over 17 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 107/6 (RR: 6.29)

    • Joginder Sharma 8 (6b 1x4)
    • JA Morkel 15 (11b 1x6)
    • PP Ojha 4-0-22-1
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-27-1

Styris is back from another over, he has two left after conceding only ten off his first two.

17.1

Styris to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, Joginder backs away towards leg to make room and slogs the ball to deep backward square leg for a single

17.2

Styris to Morkel, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Morkel sees the room and tries to drive powerfully through cover but mis-times it

17.3

Styris to Morkel, SIX, massive! Morkel clears his front foot out of the way and slams a full ball straight over Styris's head for another six

17.4

Styris to Morkel, no run, full ball outside off stump, Morkel tries to drive on the off side but misses the ball

17.5

Styris to Morkel, 1 run, a wide full toss outside off stump, Morkel reaches out for it and chips the ball over point

17.6

Styris to Joginder Sharma, SIX, Joginder clears the boundary! He moves towards leg to make room, Styris bowls a short of a length delivery, Joginder pulls and clears the deep midwicket boundary by some distance

End of over 18 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 121/6 (RR: 6.72)

    • Joginder Sharma 15 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 22 (15b 2x6)
    • SB Styris 3-0-24-1
    • PP Ojha 4-0-22-1

RP Singh is back for his final over of the match.

18.1

Singh to Morkel, 1 run, full and right in the block hole, Morkel digs it out back past the bowler for a single

18.2

Singh to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, Joginder backs away to a full ball, RP follows him and Joginder manages to drive towards long on for a single

18.3

Singh to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel tries to slog a full ball over midwicket but gets an inside edge that runs behind square for one more

18.4

Singh to Joginder Sharma, OUT, bowled him! Joginder has been backing away towards leg too often, RP replies with the perfect delivery: the leg stump yorker, Joginder tries to squeeze the ball out on the off side but misses, the ball crashes into the base of leg stump

Joginder Sharma b Singh 16 (10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

Manpreet Gony is the new batsman.

18.5

Singh to Gony, no run, RP bowls another ball in the block hole, Gony digs it out hard into the ground and the ball lobs up on the off side

18.6

Singh to Gony, no run, another one in the block hole, Gony digs it out to backward point, more of a case of ball hitting bat than bat hitting ball, terrific penultimate over from RP, he was consistently in the block hole

End of over 19 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 124/7 (RR: 6.52)

    • MS Gony 0 (2b)
    • JA Morkel 24 (17b 2x6)
    • RP Singh 3-0-12-2
    • SB Styris 3-0-24-1

Bangar will bowl the final over.

19.1

Bangar to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel tries to hook a short ball but mis-hits it towards deep backward square leg, Afridi reaches the ball quickly and prevents the second

Gony must look to give the strike back to Morkel.

19.2

Bangar to Gony, SIX, or he can do better than that! Gony gets under a full ball and uses all his power to slog the ball miles and miles in the air over midwicket, that is a massive six

19.3

Bangar to Gony, 2 runs, full ball outside off stump, Gony drives towards deep cover for two more, Afridi is the fielder

19.4

Bangar to Gony, SIX, another big hit from Gony, Bangar bowls a full toss and Gony hammers it with a powerful swing of the bat and sends it sailing over wide long-on

19.5

Bangar to Gony, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, Gony stays in his crease and drives towards long off for a single

Can Morkel dispatch the final ball?

19.6

Bangar to Morkel, FOUR, yes he can! the length is too short from Bangar, Morkel gets on to the front foot and pulls the ball powerfully into the gap at deep square leg for four, 20 runs off the final over

9.38 pm local time: Well that late surge from Morkel and Gony has lifted the crowd's spirits at the MA Chidambaram Stadium but the reality is that the Deccan Chargers have restricted Chennai to 144, a below-par total. The early wickets at the top set Chennai back severely. I'll be back in 10 minutes for Deccan's run-chase.

End of over 20 (20 runs) Chennai Super Kings 144/7

    • JA Morkel 29 (19b 1x4 2x6)
    • MS Gony 15 (6b 2x6)
    • SB Bangar 4-0-36-1
    • RP Singh 3-0-12-2
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