Indian Premier League, 16th match: Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers at Durban, Apr 27, 2009
Deccan Chargers won by 6 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Played at Kingsmead, Durban (neutral venue)
27 April 2009 (20-over match)

12.29pm: Time to begin. Fidel to Parthiv

Noon: Time for toss, pitch, new one this time, looks good for runs, Neil McKenzie says he would want to bowl first if he won the toss.

Adam Gilchrist will field first. Azhar Bilakhia and Shoaib Ahmed come in for Deccan, for Ravi teja and Harmeet Singh respectively.

MS Dhoni doesn't mind batting first. His problem has been death bowling. Flintoff has gone back to England because of injury, and Jacob Oram takes his place.

Talking of death bowling, Deccan have done really well with that, with Fidel Edwards slinging his yorkers and bouncers and slower balls. And that firepower, in teamwork with the smart bowling by RP Singh, gives Deccan the upper hand going into this game. Despite Murali's presence in the Chennai team.

* 11.40pm: A notice for all the sponsors. The commentators' shouting your names and shoving it down people's throats doesn't serve you, it makes people hate your brand. This Gideon Haigh article is a case in point.

* 11.30am: Matthew Hayden. Adam Gilchrist. Formerly partners in tormenting bowling attacks. Retired now, two of the best batsmen in the IPL so far, opponents today, and could well make the difference during the contest between their teams today - Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers.

Will the Kingsmead boundaries be big enough for them? Let's see how you go about predicting the exact number of 4s and 6s for the day. Up for grabs everyday is an iPod shuffle. You have half an hour left to make today's prediction.

Meanwhile good news: it's bright and sunny out in Durban. But yesterday Port Elizabeth was where it was at. Lawrence Booth on how the crowd finally came to the party.

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Edwards to Patel, no run, good start, on target, fast, 141ks, moving in from outside off

We are all set to go with the chase. Gilchrist to take strike, Balaji to bowl


Edwards to Patel, no run


Edwards to Patel, OUT, and Fidel strikes second up, and three matches ina row we have the scorecard reading 0 for 1, this was fast, 142ks, bouncing into his ribs, and Parthiv gloves it down the leg side. Unlucky way to get out, but it was a good delivery, surprising Parthiv with the bounce

PA Patel c †Gilchrist b Edwards 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Suresh Raina in


Edwards to Raina, 2 runs, good shot right away, full, swinging in, Raina walks a cross and turns it down to fine leg


Edwards to Raina, no run, floated wide outwside off, not swinging this time, Raina looks to cut without any feet movement, and misses


Edwards to Raina, no run, tucks him with a sharp rising delivery, on middle stump, not really short, but rises fast into his body

leg gully in, superb attacking ploy


Edwards to Raina, no run, and he almost got him with this bouncer, 141ks, rising into his face, and Raina fends at it, luckily it lobs into vacant region in covers

End of over 1 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 2/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • SK Raina 2 (4b)
    • ML Hayden 0 (0b)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-2-1

RP Singh to start


Singh to Hayden, no run, and almost an edge, full and wide, moving away, hayden wants to go for it without feet movement, and is beaten

silly mid-off comes in


Singh to Hayden, FOUR, but silly mid-off won't bother Hayden, who walks down and pulls the short delivery over midwicket


Singh to Hayden, FOUR, Hayden's walk has worked superbly, it shortens RP's length, and widens it, and Hayden just stands backs and enjoys, cutting it between point and cover


Singh to Hayden, 1 run, oh so close, RP surprises Hayden with his bouncer, which is usually very deceptive, and Hayden is late into the hook, and it bounces just short of mid-on


Singh to Raina, no run, oh Bilakhia, first touch on the ball, and he has dropped Raina, short, moving away from Raina, and he guides it neck high to gully, where it goes straight in and straight out


Singh to Raina, 1 wide, that just angles down leg side


Singh to Raina, SIX, and how Raina makes RP pay for that wide ball, this wasn't a half-volley at all, but Raina gets right down to the pitch, on a knee, swings his arms cleanly, and a six over extra, fantastic shot

End of over 2 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 18/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • SK Raina 8 (6b 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 9 (4b 2x4)
    • RP Singh 1-0-16-0
    • FH Edwards 1-0-2-1

What a frenetic start it has been. You can discuss the game with our editors . here


Edwards to Hayden, no run, fast, really fast, <145ks, and beats Hayden outside off


Edwards to Hayden, FOUR, fulltoss, on the off stump, slight error, and Hayden makes him pay, crashing it through off side


Edwards to Hayden, no run, starts wider this time, not swinging in, and Hayden lets it go


Edwards to Hayden, FOUR, oh what a shot, Hayden looks in hot touch, walks down again, perfectly good delivery, just short of length, on off, and he crashes it through the off side again


Edwards to Hayden, 2 runs, another drop, lovely bowling, slower, still at 123ks, gets the edge, and the ball is dying in front of first slip, Gilchrist has to go for it, manages just to get his left hand onto it


Edwards to Hayden, no run, lovely bouncer, 147ks, and it passes in front of Hayden's face, he doesn't want to have anything to do with it. What a contest, pity it's a Twenty20 and this contest won;t go on for long

End of over 3 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 28/1 (RR: 9.33)

    • ML Hayden 19 (10b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 8 (6b 1x6)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-12-1
    • RP Singh 1-0-16-0

Singh to Raina, no run, short, 128ks, on the stumps, gets it rib-high, and tucks Raina up, who plays it back to the bowler


Singh to Raina, 1 run, and Raina continues to live a charmed life, he has had enough of the bouncers, looks to pull this on, over long-on, but there is no room, and it comes on quickly onto him, he ends up slicing it, but the mid-off is too deep


Singh to Hayden, no run, looks to scoop, and gets hit in the ribs, premeditates the shot, RP shortens his length, and it bounces into his ribs, a lesser man would have shown more pain


Singh to Hayden, 1 no ball, oh jeez no-ball, Hayden doesn't go for a shot, he wants the free hit all to himself, no field changes either

free hit coming up, the fifth of the tournament, the second from RP


Singh to Hayden, 1 wide, and this is a wide, he tries the bouncer, not a bad call, but the problem is it is too high, and he has exhausted his one bouncer for the over


Singh to Hayden, (no ball) 1 run, they both get it wrong here, RP bowls a length ball, no-ball again, and Hayden goes for the almighty swing, but mis-hits towards mid-on. Raina on strike

Hayden has managed to shake up these bowlers, the dropped catches haven't helped


Singh to Raina, 1 run, Bilkahia catches this time, but it won't help, good free-hit delivery, Raina swings from a length, gets a top-edge that flies high to gully, and they will get one


Singh to Hayden, FOUR, strays onto the pads this time, and Hayden makes half a movement down and swats it across wide of midwicket


Singh to Hayden, no run, shortish and wide, Hayden waits and cuts, but can't beat backward point

End of over 4 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 38/1 (RR: 9.50)

    • ML Hayden 24 (15b 5x4)
    • SK Raina 10 (9b 1x6)
    • RP Singh 2-0-26-0
    • FH Edwards 2-0-12-1

Dwayne Smith to bowl


Smith to Raina, SIX, and this is not what you bowl to Raina, gentle pace, short, and on the pads, and Raina pulls it way over midwicket


Smith to Raina, 1 run, fuller, on the pads, and helped away for an easy single


Smith to Hayden, FOUR, smart shot, short, and angling across, Hayden knows there is no deep thirdman, and Hayden goes up and over, not a powerful shot, just lobbing it over the infield


Smith to Hayden, 1 run, full, on the pads, and helped away towards midwicket, superb batting, four and then one


Smith to Raina, 1 run, first good ball of the over, just back of a length, on the stumps, and they still manage a single to cover


Smith to Hayden, FOUR, and it is followed by another bad delivery, gentle fulltoss on off, and Hayden doesn't look the gift horse in the mouth, four to wide of long-off

End of over 5 (17 runs) Chennai Super Kings 55/1 (RR: 11.00)

    • ML Hayden 33 (18b 7x4)
    • SK Raina 18 (12b 2x6)
    • DR Smith 1-0-17-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-26-0

Surprise surprise, Venu comes on to bowl


Venugopal Rao to Raina, FOUR, thre result is no surprise, if you bowl short and wide to Raina, inside the Powerplay, you get smashed away for four


Venugopal Rao to Raina, 1 run, fuller this time, and he helps himself to a single down to long-off


Venugopal Rao to Hayden, no run, full, on the stumps, Hayden defends, is he sizing him up?


Venugopal Rao to Hayden, 1 run, steps down this time, Venu fires it down the leg side, cramps him up, and only a single


Venugopal Rao to Raina, 1 run, well bowled this time, Raina looks to go over extra, slows it down, 88ks, and Raina is early into the shot, and checks the shot, and gets a single to long-off


Venugopal Rao to Hayden, no run, almost played on, good arm ball, Hayden looks for the cut, is cramped for room, the ball bounces inside the crease off the inside edge, and then over the stumps

End of over 6 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 62/1 (RR: 10.33)

    • ML Hayden 34 (21b 7x4)
    • SK Raina 24 (15b 1x4 2x6)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 1-0-7-0
    • DR Smith 1-0-17-0

Rohit Sharma in, another part-timer


Sharma to Raina, no run, almost a yorker, outside off, and Raina misses out on the drive


Sharma to Raina, 1 run, pitched outside off, thrown up, and Raina takes a single to long-off


Sharma to Hayden, 1 run, flat this time, full, and Hayden looks for big shot over extra, but manages only an inside edge


Sharma to Raina, no run, good arm ball, short and wide, Raina looks for cut, but this one goes with the arm, bounces a bit too, and beats Raina


Sharma to Raina, OUT, finally they hold on to a catch, and what a catch it is, thrown up to Raian who absolutely murders it back to Sharma, low and fast, there is not even a second to react, but Sharma bends low and catches it smoothly, throws it miles in the air to celebrate, and what a catch it was, no lesser celebration would to justice to it

SK Raina c & b Sharma 25 (19b 1x4 2x6) SR: 131.57

Dhoni the new man in


Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, full, into the pads,a nd helps it away for a single to fine leg, what an over, three runs and a wicket, and Gilchrist's ploy of using part-time spinners has worked

End of over 7 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 65/2 (RR: 9.28)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (1b)
    • ML Hayden 35 (22b 7x4)
    • RG Sharma 1-0-3-1
    • Y Venugopal Rao 1-0-7-0

Venu to continue


Venugopal Rao to Dhoni, no run, full, on the pads, dot ball, hit towards midwicket


Venugopal Rao to Dhoni, 1 run, thrown up, inviting Dhoni to go big, he steps out and hits it hard straight to long-off


Venugopal Rao to Hayden, 1 run, pitched up, flighted on the stumps, and played down to long-off


Venugopal Rao to Dhoni, 1 run, angling into the leg stump, and played towards midwicket


Venugopal Rao to Hayden, 1 run, short, flat, but not wide, Hayden blasts it, but straight towards sweeper-cover


Venugopal Rao to Dhoni, no run, good bowl again, thrown up on the stumps, straightens a touch as opposed to turning in, and Dhoni defends it back to the bowler

End of over 8 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 69/2 (RR: 8.62)

    • MS Dhoni 3 (5b)
    • ML Hayden 37 (24b 7x4)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 2-0-11-0
    • RG Sharma 1-0-3-1

Sharma to Hayden, 1 run, pitched up, just outside off, driven hard, to long-off


Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni steps out, Rohit shortens the length, and it's just a single to midwicket


Sharma to Hayden, FOUR, what a good shot to break the shackles, this was overpitched, and a proper cover-drive, wide of extra cover, which runs all the way


Sharma to Hayden, 1 run, and now he bunts it into the covers for a single


Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni steps out, still not close to the pitch, and plays it down the group to mid-on


Sharma to Hayden, no run, almost a yorker, full and straight, and Hayden drills it back to the bowler

End of over 9 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 77/2 (RR: 8.55)

    • ML Hayden 43 (28b 8x4)
    • MS Dhoni 5 (7b)
    • RG Sharma 2-0-11-1
    • Y Venugopal Rao 2-0-11-0

Venugopal Rao to Dhoni, 1 run, thrown up, full and Dhoni steps out and hits to long-on


Venugopal Rao to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden steps out, takes three steps, Venu is shorter still, smart bowlinmg, and all Hayden manages is a single to long-off


Venugopal Rao to Dhoni, 1 wide, angled down the leg side


Venugopal Rao to Dhoni, SIX, that's viontage Dhoni, he has been stepping out today, but gets right to the pitch now, it's a flat delivery, and he lofts it over wide long-on


Venugopal Rao to Dhoni, no run, good comeback, bowled from round the wicket, flat and fast, played back to the bowler


Venugopal Rao to Dhoni, 1 run, another fast delivery, on the pads, and an easy single to fine leg


Venugopal Rao to Hayden, 1 run, full, on the pads, and an easy single to long-on

Strategy time-out now. Chennai have made a good start, despite a good spell by Fidel Edwards, They put the plays and misses, and the dropped chances behind them, and counterattacked. Deccan have pulled them through part-timers, Rohit claiming Raina. But at the 10-overs mark Hayden - 45 already - stays the key. See you in a bit, till then you can check out our new section, IPL Page2. The other side of cricket.

End of over 10 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 88/2 (RR: 8.80)

    • ML Hayden 45 (30b 8x4)
    • MS Dhoni 13 (11b 1x6)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 3-0-22-0
    • RG Sharma 2-0-11-1

Pragyan Ojha will bowl for the first time today


Ojha to Hayden, 1 run, over the wicket to Hayden, angling in, full, and played down the ground


Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, continues over the wicket to Dhoni, full, on the off stump, and knocked down to long-off


Ojha to Hayden, 1 run, mis-hits a pull, high on the bat, but lands short of deep backward square


Ojha to Dhoni, no run, full and straight, played to the bowler


Ojha to Dhoni, FOUR, gentle paddle this time, premeditates, but succeeds, just guiding it past short fine, and the outfield is very quick


Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, on the pads, full, and an easy single towards midwicket

End of over 11 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 96/2 (RR: 8.72)

    • MS Dhoni 19 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 47 (32b 8x4)
    • PP Ojha 1-0-8-0
    • Y Venugopal Rao 3-0-22-0

Shoaib Ahmed to bowl his medium-pacers


Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 wide, starts off with a wide, tall fellow, hits the deck, but wrong line, and it angles down the leg


Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, hits the deck again, seams in after pitching, Dhoni steps out, but hits it back to Shoaib who does well to dive to his left and save the single


Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, this one stopped a but after pitching, 117ks, on the off stump, played towards long-off

lovely scenes, TV gives a shot from the overhead camera, but the camera's shadow is on the pitch, and Hayden has to pull out


Shoaib Ahmed to Hayden, 1 run, this one was coming, Hayden was always walking down first ball, Shoaib pulls his length back, Hayden flat-bats it into the stumps at the non-striker's end, which saves three


Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, was there a nick?, Dhoni steps out, is beaten by a length ball that holds its length, a noise there, but only midwicket appeals big time, and it's not given


Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, into the stumps, and defended towards midwicket


Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run

End of over 12 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 100/2 (RR: 8.33)

    • MS Dhoni 21 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 48 (33b 8x4)
    • Shoaib Ahmed 1-0-4-0
    • PP Ojha 1-0-8-0

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, full, on the pads, steps out, drives straight down the ground


Ojha to Hayden, 1 run, full and straight again, and Hayden plays towards long-off


Ojha to Dhoni, OUT, Ojha gets another one, gets this to rip, Dhoni has stepped out, is short of the pitch, he is looking extra cover, but this slices off the face and lobs straight to sweeper-cover

MS Dhoni c Shoaib Ahmed b Ojha 22 (22b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Jacob Oram, replacing Flintoff, is in


Ojha to Oram, no run, is greeted by a yorker, always tough for a tall man to come down to it


Ojha to Oram, 1 run, flighted just outside off, and played down towards long-off


Ojha to Hayden, OUT, what a big over from Ojha, two wickets, and it is Hayden now, the big fish, this is bowled full, into the pads, Hayden is looking to charge down, but is cramped by it, and is too close to the ball, so doesn't get elevation, and it goes straight to midwicket

ML Hayden c Sharma b Ojha 49 (35b 8x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

End of over 13 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 103/4 (RR: 7.92)

    • JDP Oram 1 (2b)
    • PP Ojha 2-0-11-2
    • Shoaib Ahmed 1-0-4-0

Edwards is back


Edwards to Oram, no run, length delivery, just outside off, goes with the angle, and oram doesn't fiddle with it


Edwards to Oram, no run, back of a length, starts off, and angles away, and Oram lets it go again


Edwards to Oram, 2 runs, bouncer, Oram rocks back, goes deep into the crease, and pulls it wide of midwicket for two


Edwards to Oram, no run, lovely bowling, Oram looks to make room, Edwards follows and bowls a bouncer, Oram is now swaying outside the line, saving his face, literally


Edwards to Oram, 1 run, slower ball, pitched outside leg, and turning towards stumps, and flicked away to fine leg

Morkel to face for the first time


Edwards to Morkel, no run, another bouncer, and Morkel's weight is forward, and he ends up ducking, only three off the over, Deccan are right back

End of over 14 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 106/4 (RR: 7.57)

    • JA Morkel 0 (1b)
    • JDP Oram 4 (7b)
    • FH Edwards 3-0-15-1
    • PP Ojha 2-0-11-2

Rohit comes back


Sharma to Oram, 1 run, flighted outside off, and a single to wide of long-off


Sharma to Morkel, 1 run, just short of elngth, and outside off, and a single into the off side


Sharma to Oram, FOUR, flighted outside off, and Oram gets a full swing this time, clears the extra cover with ease


Sharma to Oram, no run, good comeback, slower this time, thrown up, and beats him on the sweep


Sharma to Oram, no run, yorker, and another dot ball, good comeback after being taken for four


Sharma to Oram, 1 run, short and wide, and but only a single to sweeper-cover

End of over 15 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 113/4 (RR: 7.53)

    • JDP Oram 10 (12b 1x4)
    • JA Morkel 1 (2b)
    • RG Sharma 3-0-18-1
    • FH Edwards 3-0-15-1

Shoaib gets another over


Shoaib Ahmed to Oram, 1 run, swinging fulltoss, and played with an open face towards sweeper-cover


Shoaib Ahmed to Morkel, 1 run, length ball, outside off, goes for it, but doesn't get hold of it, and it falls short of long-off


Shoaib Ahmed to Oram, no run, well bowled, Oram looks to make room, and the bowler throws it wide, away from the batsman


Shoaib Ahmed to Oram, no run, yorker on off, swinging away, and just a single to cover


Shoaib Ahmed to Oram, 1 run, lovely bowling, swinging yorker, starting from outside leg and ending off, and he gets a single only because it is not too fast


Shoaib Ahmed to Morkel, FOUR, first length ball of the over, and gives Morkel the room to swing, he swats it down the ground after clearing his leg

End of over 16 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 120/4 (RR: 7.50)

    • JA Morkel 6 (4b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 12 (16b 1x4)
    • Shoaib Ahmed 2-0-11-0
    • RG Sharma 3-0-18-1

Venu on


Venugopal Rao to Oram, 1 run, sees him coming down, waits an extra half-second shortens the length, and played towards short third


Venugopal Rao to Morkel, 1 run, full and straight, and hit straight towards long-on


Venugopal Rao to Oram, 1 run, fulltoss on the pads, hit flat and straight, just wide of long-on


Venugopal Rao to Morkel, SIX, mis-hit goes for a six, what price justice, he slog-sweeps, and clears the long-on, only just, and he looked at his bat after hitting it, as if not pleased the wood


Venugopal Rao to Morkel, OUT, what price justice indeed, this is a much better hit, off the middle, slog sweep, goes where he wants it to, towards deep midwicket, and finds the boundary fielder, poetic justice

JA Morkel c Singh b Venugopal Rao 13 (7b 1x4 1x6) SR: 185.71

Badri is in


Venugopal Rao to Badrinath, FOUR, what outfield, this is fast, really fast, this was short outside off, Badri opened the face, and it wasn't hit hard, but the fall ran past the third man in a hurry

End of over 17 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 133/5 (RR: 7.82)

    • S Badrinath 4 (1b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 14 (18b 1x4)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 4-0-35-1
    • Shoaib Ahmed 2-0-11-0

Shoaib Ahmed to Oram, FOUR, lovely shot, this one was just inches short of being a yorker, but was wide, and Oram waited and sort of scooped it over the point, there is no deep thirdman


Shoaib Ahmed to Oram, SIX, this could have been 12, makes room, then shofts back, this is a length ball, and he lofts it straight over, and it's way over the straight boundary


Shoaib Ahmed to Oram, SIX, mis-hit, makes room, a touch slower, comes off the splice of the bat, but it still goes 10 rows over wide long-off, what a good bat it must be


Shoaib Ahmed to Oram, 1 run, slowe rball, Oram was stepping out, and he plays it straight down to long-off


Shoaib Ahmed to Badrinath, 2 runs, fulltoss, chipped over extra cover for two


Shoaib Ahmed to Badrinath, 1 run, slower ball, wide outside off, and Badri plays with an open face to retain strike for the next over

End of over 18 (20 runs) Chennai Super Kings 153/5 (RR: 8.50)

    • S Badrinath 7 (3b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 31 (22b 2x4 2x6)
    • Shoaib Ahmed 3-0-31-0
    • Y Venugopal Rao 4-0-35-1

Has Gilchrist miscalculated here? he has two each left from RP and Ojha, and one from Edwards, but bowled his part-timers for the last two overs


Edwards to Badrinath, no run, fast, angling in, 140ks, and Badri is way late into his poke


Edwards to Badrinath, no run, full, straight, almost a yorker, Badri makes room, and hits straight to point


Edwards to Badrinath, 1 run, goes back, heaves, is too late into the shot, and ends up lobbing it with one hand, just short of mid-off


Edwards to Oram, FOUR, top shot, slower bouncer, seems Oram saw it coming, stands in the crease, clears the front leg, and pulls it to deep backwards sqaure leg boundary


Edwards to Oram, 1 run, just short of a yorker, Oram backs away and hits it towards sweeper-cover


Edwards to Badrinath, no run, bouncer, and Badri -facing such pace - is like a hare caught in headlights, misses a swipe, not his game to come out and start swinging right away

End of over 19 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 159/5 (RR: 8.36)

    • S Badrinath 8 (7b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 36 (24b 3x4 2x6)
    • FH Edwards 4-0-21-1
    • Shoaib Ahmed 3-0-31-0

RP Singh over the wicket


Singh to Oram, FOUR, and what a gem Oram is playing, he backs away again, picks this length delivery, and swats it straight over RP's head, not too high, had he hit RP, where would he wear the purple cap?


Singh to Oram, no run, but RP uses the same head that he wears the purple cap on, to bowl a slower bouncer, and beats a swipe from Oram


Singh to Oram, 1 no ball, oh no RP, not again, third no-ball from RP today, fourth free hit today


Singh to Oram, 1 run, length ball, and Oram misses out, clears the leg, swings, but hits straight to deep backward square; had Shoaib not dropped it this would have been a second catch off a free hit today


Singh to Badrinath, no run, and another dot ball from Badri, tries to scoop, RP throws it wide, and no contact here


Singh to Badrinath, OUT, and this was always coming, just back of a length, Badri throws his bat at it, top-edges it, it goes miles in the air, and RP catches it on the adjacent pitch

S Badrinath c & b Singh 8 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88


Singh to Oram, no run, and RP gets away with a length delivery, Oram backs away and swings, gets an inside edge onto the pad, and RP is alert to field it, and misses out on running Oram out, who has been sent back by Gony

So Deccan have pulled Chennai back, after Hayden and Raina have got off to a flier. And despite Oram's hitting in the end, this is strictly a par total, on a small ground and fast outfield. Murali will hold the key for Chennai, and Gilchrist, Gibbs and Rohit are the three big batsmen. See you in a bit, with the chase

End of over 20 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 165/6

    • JDP Oram 41 (29b 4x4 2x6)
    • MS Gony 0 (0b)
    • RP Singh 3-0-32-1
    • FH Edwards 4-0-21-1





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