Indian Premier League - 1st match

Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians won by 19 runs

We're back. Malinga has the ball. Hayden and Parthiv are ready

0.1

Malinga to Patel, no run, taps it off the backfoot to point and sets off but hayden sends him back, Patel turns and dives back at his crease

0.2

Malinga to Patel, OUT, it's that man Tendulkar again! The ball gets a little high on the batsman and comes on quickly, he gets a thick outside edge and the ball dips on Tendulkar at slip but he manages to hang on to it well and falls to his left

PA Patel c Tendulkar b Malinga 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.3

Malinga to Raina, no run, gets nicely behind the line and pushes it down the track

0.4

Malinga to Raina, no run, bangs it in on a good length and he defends firmly

0.5

Malinga to Raina, no run, Raina's solid in defense again, he meets the ball off the middle of the bat

0.6

Malinga to Raina, 2 runs, in the air and Dhawan nearly pulls off a stunner! Raina stays at the crease and hoicks it over midwicket but doesn't get the distance on the ball, Dhawan runs backwards as the ball swirls in the air and falls forward but the ball wins in the end

End of over 1 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 2/1 (164 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 8.63)
SK Raina    2* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-1
ML Hayden    0* (0b)     

1.1

Khan to Hayden, 1 run, full and swinging in on the pads and he whips this straight to the fielder

1.2

Khan to Raina, no run, full and swinging in and Raina checks the drive and tells Hayden to stay there

1.3

Khan to Raina, FOUR, full marks for timing and placement, it's angled across the left hander and Raina stays at the crease and punches it off the meat of the bat between the narrow gap at the covers

1.4

Khan to Raina, 1 run, drops it short and he clips it down to square leg

1.5

Khan to Hayden, FOUR, drops it short again and the bounce is good enough for Hayden to swivel and biff it over square leg

1.6

Khan to Hayden, FOUR, the over gets better and better for Chennai, it's pitched up outside off and he gets the meat of the bat behind the ball and merely pushes it past cover and mid-off

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End of over 2 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 16/1 (150 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.33)
ML Hayden    9* (3b 2x4)      Z Khan    1-0-14-0
SK Raina    7* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-1

2.1

Bravo to Raina, 1 run, tries to glance it fine but Harbhajan does really well at short fine leg to cut it off

2.2

Bravo to Hayden, no run, chips down the track and Bravo gets some disconcerting bounce, enough to beat Hayden's wild swish across the line

2.3

Bravo to Hayden, no run, slower ball and hayden slashes hard and misses it completely

2.4

Bravo to Hayden, 1 run, Dropped! Hayden swings and gets a thick top edge which swirls in the air for ages, Pinal Shah calls for it but loses sight of the ball in the air and fluffs the chance

2.5

Bravo to Raina, OUT, excellent judgement by Raje! Raina stays right back at the crease and tries to bludgeon it over deep square leg, Raje leaps and cups it over his head just in front of the rope

SK Raina c Raje b Bravo 8 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

2.6

Bravo to Hayden, no run, pushed straight back to the bowler

End of over 3 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 18/2 (148 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.70)
ML Hayden    10* (7b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-2-1
A Flintoff    0* (0b)      Z Khan    1-0-14-0

Early trouble for Chennai

3.1

Khan to Flintoff, no run, driven hard but he can't pierce the packed off side field

3.2

Khan to Flintoff, no run, full on the pads and pushed back to the bowler

3.3

Khan to Flintoff, no run

3.4

Khan to Flintoff, 1 run, fullish on the offstump and he opens the face of the bat and places it to third man

3.5

Khan to Hayden, no run, forces it down the pitch and Zaheer intercepts it, the non-striker scampers back at his crease

3.6

Khan to Hayden, no run

End of over 4 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 19/2 (147 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 9.18)
ML Hayden    10* (9b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-0-15-0
A Flintoff    1* (4b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-2-1

4.1

Bravo to Flintoff, no run, slightly slower and Flintoff carefully places it down to point and tells his partner to wait

4.2

Bravo to Flintoff, no run, walks across his stumps and Bravo tucks him for room, he settles for a defensive push to the off side

4.3

Bravo to Flintoff, FOUR, take that! Too short and the bounce sits up well for Flintoff who swivels and smokes it over midwicket, one bounce and four

4.4

Bravo to Flintoff, no run, very nearly a timber strike for Bravo! Flintoff exposes his stumps and swings across the line and the ball just sails over the bails

4.5

Bravo to Flintoff, 1 wide, drifts down the leg side and wide called, tried to pound it to fine leg

4.5

Bravo to Flintoff, SIX, Flintoff is the beneficiary of a thick outside edge which sails over third man, have to feel sorry for the bowler, there was enough pace on the ball to clear the boundary

4.6

Bravo to Flintoff, 3 runs, full outside off and there's enough timing to beat the fielder at mid-off, elegant shot by Flintoff

End of over 5 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 33/2 (133 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.60, RRR: 8.86)
A Flintoff    14* (10b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-16-1
ML Hayden    10* (9b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-0-15-0

5.1

Malinga to Flintoff, 4 leg byes, another lucky boundary and Chennai will take it! Flintoff gets an inside edge off a screeching yorker and the ball beats the stumps and the keeper before the blink of an eye

5.2

Malinga to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, yorker again and Malinga reckons it was hitting him in front of the legstump, not quite but a good slower ball all the same

5.3

Malinga to Hayden, no run, fullish outside off and squeezed out to the off side

5.4

Malinga to Hayden, no run, the ball dipped on him quite a bit and he somehow manages to pat it away in front of the stumps

5.5

Malinga to Hayden, 1 run, smashes it hard down the pitch and Malinga manages to palm it away

5.6

Malinga to Flintoff, 1 wide, strays wide down the leg side, fails to control the swing there

5.6

Malinga to Flintoff, no run, takes his hand off the bat handle as he forces it back to the bowler

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End of over 6 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 40/2 (126 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 9.00)
A Flintoff    14* (13b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-4-1
ML Hayden    11* (12b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-16-1

6.1

Raje to Hayden, FOUR, Raje comes round the wicket, not a bad ball but a terrific shot as Hayden gets marginally forward and punches it past backward point

6.2

Raje to Hayden, FOUR, he toys with the bowler by getting across his stumps and paddling it high over short fine leg, the ball lands just in front of the rope

6.3

Raje to Hayden, FOUR, bowls the legcutter and lands it too short, that's too easy for Hayden as he stays at the crease and biffs it over point

6.4

Raje to Hayden, 1 run, bowls it too full this time and Hayden escorts it over extra cover this time, Jayasuriya;s there to save it

6.5

Raje to Flintoff, 1 run, bowls it on the blockhole and he jabs it towards mid-on

6.6

Raje to Hayden, 1 run, fullish outside off and crashed through the covers, there's protection in the deep

End of over 7 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 55/2 (111 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.85, RRR: 8.53)
ML Hayden    25* (17b 5x4)      RR Raje    1-0-15-0
A Flintoff    15* (14b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-4-1

Mumbai need a wicket right now, preferably hayden's

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden v Harbhajan round 1 - punched hard down the ground, incident-free

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, takes a few paces down the pitch but checks his shot

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, forces it hard down the ground to long-on

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, powers it hard down the pitch and the first signs of aggression from Harbhajan as he flings the ball back towards Hayden, nobody hurt

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, he now sprints towards his left and intercepts a firm push, good stuff from the bowler

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, checks his shot, Harbhajan's taking a lot of pace of the ball and forces Hayden to curb his aggression

End of over 8 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 57/2 (109 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.12, RRR: 9.08)
ML Hayden    26* (21b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-0
A Flintoff    16* (16b 1x4 1x6)      RR Raje    1-0-15-0

8.1

Jayasuriya to Flintoff, 1 run, makes a lot of room and chops the ball wide of cover

8.2

Jayasuriya to Hayden, 1 run, fired full and flat and Hayden forces it down the ground

8.3

Jayasuriya to Flintoff, 1 run, exposes his stumps and pushes a yorker length ball wide of mid-off

8.4

Jayasuriya to Hayden, 1 run, full outside off and squeezed to the off side

8.5

Jayasuriya to Flintoff, FOUR, juicy low full toss and Flintoff smokes it over midwicket after making room at the crease, one bounce and four

8.6

Jayasuriya to Flintoff, 1 run, fullish outside off and squeezed to the off side

End of over 9 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 66/2 (100 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 9.09)
A Flintoff    23* (20b 2x4 1x6)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-9-0
ML Hayden    28* (23b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-0

9.1

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, pulls and takes a single

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, forces a full delivery down to long-off

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, fires it on the blockhole and has him in a tangle, the ball squeezes between his legs and rolls to fine leg

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, heaves a full delivery down towards midwicket

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, OUT, Flintoff goes for broke over the on side but gets a tame leading edge which balloons to the off side, Harbhajan takes the easiest of catches and pumps the air

A Flintoff c & b Harbhajan Singh 24 (23b 2x4 1x6) SR: 104.34

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, full outside off and he fails to make contact

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End of over 10 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 70/3 (96 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 9.60)
ML Hayden    30* (26b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-5-1
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-9-0

10.1

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni faces his first ball and he tries to squirt it past point

10.2

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run, full on the stumps and pushed back to the bowler

10.3

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, gets well forward and pushes it down to long-on

10.4

Jayasuriya to Hayden, no run, fires it full and flat on seeing Hayden advance and the batsman flicks it to midwicket

10.5

Jayasuriya to Hayden, 1 run, fullish outside off and punched hard down to point

10.6

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run

End of over 11 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 73/3 (93 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 10.33)
MS Dhoni    2* (4b)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-12-0
ML Hayden    31* (28b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-5-1

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, down the leg side and he pushes it down to square leg

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run, bowls it full and wide on seeing him advance, he settles for a single down to long-off

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Dhoni, 1 run

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, no run, attempts a reverse paddle but the ball lands on the blockhole outside off and he fails to make contact

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, SIX, Hayden goes down town in style, so much intent on that shot as he took a few paces down and biffed a low full toss straight down the ground

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, 1 run

End of over 12 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 83/3 (83 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.91, RRR: 10.37)
ML Hayden    39* (32b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-15-1
MS Dhoni    4* (6b)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-12-0

12.1

Jayasuriya to Hayden, 1 run, full on the offstump and pushed down the ground

12.2

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run

12.3

Jayasuriya to Hayden, FOUR, well played! It;s a low full toss and he escorts it through the line and beats short fine leg

12.4

Jayasuriya to Hayden, OUT, The ball is full outside off, he gets on his knee to crash that past the covers but Zaheer shows good reflexes in falling to his right and taking it inches off the ground

ML Hayden c Khan b Jayasuriya 44 (35b 6x4 1x6) SR: 125.71

12.5

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, fullish on the pads and tucked down to square leg

12.6

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run

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End of over 13 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 91/4 (75 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 10.71)
MS Dhoni    6* (8b)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-20-1
JDP Oram    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-15-1

13.1

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish outside off, he punches it hard down to long-off

13.2

Bravo to Oram, 1 run, slower ball and slightly short, he plays it late and angles it down to third man

13.3

Bravo to Dhoni, no run, tries to force it past the covers but ends up placing it straight to the fielder

13.4

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, bangs it in short and Dhoni clubs it past square leg, Harbhajan's agile at the rope

13.5

Bravo to Oram, no run, full and beaten outside off

13.6

Bravo to Oram, no run

End of over 14 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 94/4 (72 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.71, RRR: 12.00)
JDP Oram    2* (4b)      DJ Bravo    3-0-19-1
MS Dhoni    8* (11b)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-20-1

14.1

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish on the stumps and steered to the off side

14.2

Jayasuriya to Oram, SIX, makes a bit of room, chips down the track and carts him high over long-on

14.3

Jayasuriya to Oram, OUT, Pinal Shah makes up for his earlier lapse in style! Oram goes downtown again but doesn't make proper contact, the top edge lobs towards short cover and Shah keeps his eye on the ball and takes it after falling forward

JDP Oram c †Shah b Jayasuriya 8 (6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

14.4

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, SIX, gives him the charge and deposits him over long-on, a flat six and the ball boy fails to hang onto the catch

14.5

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run

14.6

Jayasuriya to Badrinath, no run, fires it full and he defends

End of over 15 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 108/5 (58 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.20, RRR: 11.60)
S Badrinath    0* (1b)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-34-2
MS Dhoni    16* (14b 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-19-1

Here's Lasith Malinga, 58 to get off 30

15.1

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, a full and fast inswinging yorker and there was nothing much he could do besides squeezing it back to the bowler

15.2

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, gives him width and Dhoni goes hell for leather, the ball flies off the top edge and races to third man

15.3

Malinga to Badrinath, OUT, Badrinath goes for broke and that's another timely breakthrough for Mumbai! He stays at the crease and tries to smash it over long-on but the ball swirls to Bravo who's a few yards in front of the rope

S Badrinath c Bravo b Malinga 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

15.4

Malinga to Joginder Sharma, no run, gets a mean bouncer first up and Joginder slaps thin air and weaves out of the way

15.5

Malinga to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, swings hard and gets a thick outside edge which drops short of third man

15.6

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, fires it full outside off and Dhoni gets lucky as the ball rockets off the outside edge down to third man, no slips and it;s four

End of over 16 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 114/6 (52 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.12, RRR: 13.00)
MS Dhoni    21* (17b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-10-2
Joginder Sharma    1* (2b)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-34-2

16.1

Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, fires the yorker and he digs it out towards the keeper and takes a chance with the single, Shah's throw is wide

16.2

Khan to Dhoni, SIX, priceless, given the situation! Stays at the crease, gets forward and slams a pitched up delivery over wide long-off, no emotion from Dhoni

16.3

Khan to Dhoni, 2 runs, forces it down to Dhawan at long-off and they take the second run, Zaheer whips off the bails and Joginder's struggling, the third umpire takes a look

16.4

Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish on the stumps and squirted to the off side

16.5

Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, jabs another yorker down to mid-off and they scamper the single

16.6

Khan to Dhoni, 2 runs, fullish on the pads and he clips it past square leg, it tests the fielder at the boundary but he ensures it's only 2

End of over 17 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 127/6 (39 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 13.00)
MS Dhoni    32* (21b 1x4 2x6)      Z Khan    3-0-28-0
Joginder Sharma    3* (4b)      SL Malinga    3-0-10-2

39 off 18, Mumbai should back themselves to win this

17.1

Bravo to Joginder Sharma, no run, goes for an almighty heave across the line and grunts after missing the ball, Chennai should cut down the dot balls

17.2

Bravo to Joginder Sharma, no run, poor Joginder swings and misses again, Bravo's winning this battle, slower ball next?

17.3

Bravo to Joginder Sharma, no run, yup! And Joginder swings at a slower one and misses again, this was just wide of the leg stump

17.4

Bravo to Joginder Sharma, SIX, into the stands! can we have the ball back please? The bounce suits Joginder who clubs this one down to deep midwicket

17.5

Bravo to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, slower ball and he swishes it down to deep midwicket

17.6

Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, it's a low full toss and Dhoni bashes it forcefully past the bowler, long-off picks it up

End of over 18 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 135/6 (31 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.50, RRR: 15.50)
MS Dhoni    33* (22b 1x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-27-1
Joginder Sharma    10* (9b 1x6)      Z Khan    3-0-28-0

31 off 2 overs. Stiff ask for Chennai

18.1

Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, yorker on middle and off and he slams this down to mid-off

18.2

Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, swings hard at a full delivery but doesn't time it well enough, long-off picks it up

18.3

Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, Zaheer's not making this easy, Dhoni pounds a full delivery down to long-on and it's only a single

18.4

Khan to Joginder Sharma, no run, Zaheer fields well off his own bowling, another effective yorker length ball

18.5

Khan to Joginder Sharma, 2 runs, makes room and he whacks this down to deep extra cover

18.6

Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, that ends an excellent over, forced to the off side and it doesn't cost more than a single

End of over 19 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 141/6 (25 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.42, RRR: 25.00)
Joginder Sharma    14* (13b 1x6)      Z Khan    4-0-34-0
MS Dhoni    35* (24b 1x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-27-1

Final over, lots of glum faces at the Chennai dugout. The last couple of overs has made the difference

19.1

Malinga to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, full and swinging in and he forces it hard to long-off

19.2

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, hoicks it down the ground to long-on ,ask Dhoni himself to describe the bat twirl / recoil after playing that shot!

19.3

Malinga to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, fast inswinging yorker, another single, this time down to long-on, nothing much you can do with that

19.4

Malinga to Dhoni, OUT, it's a reverse swinging full toss and I don't think Dhoni saw that properly, pace like fire and the ball clips the pads and pushes the legstump back

MS Dhoni b Malinga 36 (26b 1x4 2x6) SR: 138.46

The Mumbai flags are out

19.5

Malinga to Thushara, no run, bowls the slower ball and Thushara fine tunes his slog, too bad the ball was nowhere in the picture

19.6

Malinga to Thushara, 1 wide, slower ball and down the leg side

19.6

Malinga to Thushara, 1 run, Malinga raises his arms after Thushara takes a single to long-off

So Mumbai kick off IPL 2 with a victory by 19 runs. Those two overs by Bravo and Zaheer - which cost 14 in total - towards the end was the turning point. Both bowled effectively at the death and Malinga didn't make life any easier for Chennai and Dhoni. Sachin Tendulkar should walk away with the Man of the Match award. He scored 59* and took a catch in the first over. Let's not forget Nayar's three sixes off Flintoff.

It baffles me why Ashwin didn't get to bowl. Chennai would have been better off picking an extra batsman. Stay with us for the presentation.

Dhoni: "I think Harbhajan did really well when Hayden and Flintoff were batting. I think 170-180 will be a par score on these kind of wickets. Even last year we struggled in the bowling department in the early stages but bounced back. Hopefully we will work on those areas."

Tendulkar is also the Man of the Match: "The first 7-8 overs were difficult but I thought Nayar played a brilliant innings. I thought 150-160 would be a good target. I don't want to take anything for granted but I'm glad we've started well."

There's not much time to breathe as the second match, between Bangalore and Rajasthan gets underway very soon. Thanks for your company and the mails. Cheers!

End of over 20 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 146/7 (20 runs required)
T Thushara    1* (2b)      SL Malinga    4-0-15-3
Joginder Sharma    16* (15b 1x6)      Z Khan    4-0-34-0
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