Indian Premier League - 29th match

Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers

Chennai Super Kings won by 78 runs

16.30 The Chennai openers are out in the middle. As in the previous match, M Vijay will take strike.

This is Siddarth Ravindran, and the scoring is being done by Binoy George.

Ryan Harris will open the bowling, can he make an impact like Dillon du Preez did yesterday?

16.20 Venkat from the US is one the many fans supporting Badrinath's inclusion: "Badri dropped? You must be kidding Bhargav. He has played two superb innings in his two real opportunities. Let him play atleast T20 mate since he is not going to get his opportunity in Tests in spite of scoring heavily."

16.15 Bhargav from the US gives his analysis of the two teams: "Deccan weakened by the exit of Fidel Edwards, needs to win this one, otherwise they will lose their way. I hope Andrew Symmonds joins them and fires, although I am not personally his fan...Chennai ought to try some one in place of badrinath...Chennai team now looks real good with Jakati and Murali firing,Hayden in form and new opener Vijay".

Still 15 minutes to the start, take a look at some of our Page 2 offerings in the meantime. Dileep Premachandran visits a shrine dedicated to South Africa's greats, beneath one of the stands at Port Elizabeth.

Tishani Doshi on whether analysing cricket day in and day out robs it of its enjoyment.

16.00 Toss Gilchrist calls 'Heads' but it is a 'Tails'. Chennai choose to bat. Dhoni, who was critical of the bowlers earlier in the tournament, is full of praise for them after two wins on a trot. No changes to the Chennai team

Chennai: 1 Matthew Hayden, 2 M Vijay, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 S Badrinath, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Albie Morkel, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Shadab Jakati, 9 Sudeep Tyagi, 10 L Balaji, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan.

Deccan have made two changes to their XI, VVS Laxman comes back and allrounder Ryan Harris takes the place of Fidel Edwards, who has left to join his West Indian team-mates in England.

Deccan: 1 Adam Gilchrist (capt & wk), 2 Herschelle Gibbs, 3 VVS Laxman, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 T Suman, 6 Dwayne Smith, 7 Venugopal Rao, 8 Ryan Harris, 9 Shoaib Ahmed, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 RP Singh.

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15.30 After a somewhat tepid start, the IPL has come alive, with a slew of last-over finishes and the seven top teams separated by just one point. The winner of today's game, Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers, will jump ahead of the pack to be outright leaders, at least for a day.

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0.1

Harris to Vijay, no run, he's on target right away, just back of a length outside off and a hint of movement away, Vijay lets that one go

0.2

Harris to Vijay, 1 run, again it jags away a touch, Vijay was looking to tuck it to square leg, gets an outside edge towards point

0.3

Harris to Hayden, no run, a touch short, bit of room for Hadyen, who swings at it but misses

0.4

Harris to Hayden, FOUR, Hayden doesn't take much time to get going, that was on legstump, around waist high, easy pickings for Hayden, swings it down to fine leg for four

0.5

Harris to Hayden, 1 run, width for Hayden this time, he tries to carve it past point, edges it through to third man

0.6

Harris to Vijay, FOUR, wonderful shot from Vijay to finish the over, just leans into a classical offdrive, placement and timing is perfect, no chance for any of the fielders, great start for Chennai

End of over 1 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 10/0 (RR: 10.00)
M Vijay    5* (3b 1x4)      RJ Harris    1-0-10-0
ML Hayden    5* (3b 1x4)     

1.1

Singh to Hayden, no run, RP Singh starts off with a corker, fractionally outside the offstump, Hayden was looking to drive that past mid-off, he's beaten

1.2

Singh to Hayden, no run, back of a length, and a bit wider this time, Hayden advances down the track as he regularly does and tries to swipe it to midwicket, misses the ball

1.3

Singh to Hayden, 1 wide, outswing for RP but that started from too wide outside the offstump

1.3

Singh to Hayden, no run, much better from RP, spearing towards middle and leg, pegs Hayden to the backfoot, he defends it back down the pitch

1.4

Singh to Hayden, no run, length ball, around the offstump, Hayden was down the track to loft over the bowler's head, mistimes it to the keeper

1.5

Singh to Hayden, FOUR, overpitched from RP, Hayden shuffles across and tries to slap it to midwicket, gets an edge which takes the ball towards sqaure leg, he wouldn't mind as it fetches him four runs

1.6

Singh to Hayden, no run, another swing from Hayden to a ball outside off, again he is beaten

End of over 2 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 15/0 (RR: 7.50)
ML Hayden    9* (9b 2x4)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0
M Vijay    5* (3b 1x4)      RJ Harris    1-0-10-0

2.1

Harris to Vijay, FOUR, another four, Murali is all finesse compared to Hayden's brute strength so far, lovely square drive races away on the quick outfield

2.2

Harris to Vijay, no run, in the channel outside off, Vijay defends watchfully off the backfoot

2.3

Harris to Vijay, no run, just back of a length, on middle and off, Vijay jumps onto his backfoot and defends towards the bowler

2.4

Harris to Vijay, 1 run, this time he gets a single, opening the face and running it to third man

2.5

Harris to Hayden, 1 run, fullish from Harris, just outside off, Hayden bends and guides the ball towards third man for another single

2.6

Harris to Vijay, no run, slower ball to finish the over, on a length, tight line, Vijay taps it towards extra cover

End of over 3 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 21/0 (RR: 7.00)
M Vijay    10* (8b 2x4)      RJ Harris    2-0-16-0
ML Hayden    10* (10b 2x4)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0

3.1

Singh to Hayden, FOUR, just a touch short from RP, that's all Hayden needs, he carves powerfully over cover for a boundary

3.2

Singh to Hayden, SIX, Hayden's stepping on it here, a bit of width from RP, Hayden bends his knees to get under the ball, a thick top edge as he throws the bat at it, enough to carry the ball over the third man boundary

3.3

Singh to Hayden, 1 run, a lot fuller from RP, turned away to deep square leg by Hayden for a single

3.4

Singh to Vijay, no run, shortish ball, angling across Vijay, who plays with soft hands towards cover, a loud shout of 'No' ensures neither batsmen set off for a single

3.5

Singh to Vijay, no run, beauty from RP, again going across Vijay, who was trying to drive it towards extra cover, he's beaten

3.6

Singh to Vijay, 2 runs, on the pads this time, Vijay says thank you and clips it towards backward square leg, it looks headed for a boundary until Ryan Harris puts in a full-length dive near the rope

Binu says "I hope Laxman fires today. He is the only one left in the Indian Fab Five to prove 20/20 is not a young man's game! Go VVS"

End of over 4 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 34/0 (RR: 8.50)
M Vijay    12* (11b 2x4)      RP Singh    2-0-18-0
ML Hayden    21* (13b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    2-0-16-0

Slight delay as some plaster is being applied to Hayden's bat. first change in the bowling, Dwayne Smith has the ball, sqaure leg and long-on on the boundary

4.1

Smith to Hayden, 2 wides, starts off with a terrible delivery, way down the leg side, Gilchrist does well to get a glove on it when standing up to the stumps

4.1

Smith to Vijay, 1 run, better from Smith, just outside off, Vijay goes on the backfoot and elegantly works the ball to mid-on for a quick single

4.2

Smith to Hayden, no run, shorter and wider from Smith, not much elegance from Hayden here, he crashes it towards extra cover but straight ot the fielder

4.3

Smith to Hayden, SIX, another six off a mishit, Hayden again bent his knee to get under and hammer it over cover, mishit over long-on sails over the ropes

4.4

Smith to Hayden, 1 run, a bottom edge towards midwicket, batsmen hare through for a single, Vijay just about made it to the crease

4.5

Smith to Vijay, no run, outside off stump, Vijay goes for the cut but is beaten

4.6

Smith to Vijay, 1 run, on the stumps this time, Vijay tries a repeat of his wristy drive to mid-on, mistimes it and the ball flies in the air before landing safely short of mid-on

End of over 5 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 45/0 (RR: 9.00)
M Vijay    14* (14b 2x4)      DR Smith    1-0-11-0
ML Hayden    28* (16b 3x4 2x6)      RP Singh    2-0-18-0

Rohit Sharma brought on inside the Powerplay

5.1

Sharma to Vijay, 1 run, fullish on the pads, whipped away to square leg for a single

How will Hayden react to Rohit's introduction

5.2

Sharma to Hayden, no run, he's not going to hang around, waltzes down the track and tries to power it down the ground, mishit back to the bowler

5.3

Sharma to Hayden, no run, played off the backfoot to the covers

5.4

Sharma to Hayden, SIX, oh he gets hold of that one, down the track and smashed over wide long-off for a huge six

5.5

Sharma to Hayden, no run, on the pads, Hayden shuffles actross and dabs it towards midwicket

5.6

Sharma to Hayden, 1 run, keep the strike with a single towards midwicket, he's moved on to 35 already

End of over 6 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 53/0 (RR: 8.83)
ML Hayden    35* (21b 3x4 3x6)      RG Sharma    1-0-8-0
M Vijay    15* (15b 2x4)      DR Smith    1-0-11-0

Shoaib Maqsusi is brought on

6.1

Shoaib Ahmed to Hayden, FOUR, starts with a short and wide ball, 110 kmh, Hayden waits for it and hammers it through the covers for four

6.2

Shoaib Ahmed to Hayden, no run, 114kmh this time, Hayden was looking to shovel that shortish ball over midwicket, but he was through the shot before the ball came on

6.3

Shoaib Ahmed to Hayden, no run, Shoaib keeps it short, Hayden stays on the backfoot and slams it towards cover, straight to the fielder

6.4

Shoaib Ahmed to Hayden, FOUR, a Hadyen special, he decides if Shoaib is going to bowl so slow he walk down the pitch to meet it, he was at least three paces down before he smoked that over the bowler's head, total disrespect for the bowler

6.5

Shoaib Ahmed to Hayden, OUT, Shoaib has the last laugh, Hayden's gone, that ball was very close to offstump, Hayden goes for the cut anyway, a top edge ends up in a low catch for RP Singh at short third man

ML Hayden c Singh b Shoaib Ahmed 43 (26b 5x4 3x6) SR: 165.38

Change in the order for Chennai, MS Dhoni walks in

6.6

Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, good ball from Shoaib to start, just back of a length, in the channel outside off, Dhoni is beaten as he tries an off drive

Shankar from India disgrees with Binu as he says" It is always the batsmen who are compared in T20 with other formats. Bowlers are generally not taken into consideration. In this case, it is only Fab Four consisting Sachin, Sourav, Dravid and Laxman. And Sourav has also not proved in this format, yet and so is Laxman. I only saw Dravid, so devastating. Sachin's is more of a quiet role"

End of over 7 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 61/1 (RR: 8.71)
MS Dhoni    0* (1b)      Shoaib Ahmed    1-0-8-1
M Vijay    15* (15b 2x4)      RG Sharma    1-0-8-0

Ojha into the attack

7.1

Ojha to Vijay, 1 run, starts with a middle stump ball, Vijay turns it away to square leg for a single

7.2

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, on the pads again, Dhoni gets off the mark with a nudge towards square leg

7.3

Ojha to Vijay, 4 leg byes, outside legstump this time from Ojha, Vijay gets down on his knee and tries to paddle-sweep it, hits his pads and runs away very fine for a boundary

7.4

Ojha to Vijay, 1 run, stick to that leg-stump line, worked to square leg for a single

7.5

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, on middle and leg, Dhoni plays it back to the bowler

7.6

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, similar delivery, Dhoni taps it towards mid-off but there's not enough time to take a single

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 68/1 (RR: 8.50)
MS Dhoni    1* (4b)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-0
M Vijay    17* (18b 2x4)      Shoaib Ahmed    1-0-8-1

8.1

Smith to Vijay, 2 runs, another good looking shot from Vijay, a front-foot on-drive, Ryan Harris raced to it from long-on but misfields allowing the batsmen to come back for two

8.2

Smith to Vijay, no run, shortish on middle stump, turned towards midwicket, no run

8.3

Smith to Vijay, SIX, lovely shot from Vijay, whacked over midwicket for a six off the front foot

8.4

Smith to Vijay, no run, Smith shortens his length a touch, on offstump, Vijay pokes it towards point

8.5

Smith to Vijay, 1 run, much fuller this time, pushed towards mid-on for a single

8.6

Smith to Dhoni, 1 run, overpitched and wide, Dhoni reachs out and cracks that through the covers, but there's a sweeper in the deep, so that'll only be a single

End of over 9 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 78/1 (RR: 8.66)
MS Dhoni    2* (5b)      DR Smith    2-0-21-0
M Vijay    26* (23b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-0

9.1

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, offstump ball, Dhoni shuffles down the track and punches it to mid-on for a single

9.2

Ojha to Vijay, 1 run, full, flighted and on legstump, Vijay waits for it and turns it behind square for a single

9.3

Ojha to Dhoni, 2 runs, ooh, catch was the call after Dhoni tried to chip it over the bowler's head after charging down the track

9.4

Ojha to Dhoni, no run, down the pitch again, slams it down the ground, straight at the bowler who manages to stop it

9.5

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, again he advacnes down the track, this time he pushes it towards cover to get a single

9.6

Ojha to Vijay, 1 run, on middle and leg, Vijay gets down on his knee and sweeps it behind square for a single, and that'll be the strategic time-out

Chennai will be pretty happy with their progress so far, the talk before the start of the match was that this was a 140-145 runs pitch. Chennai look on course to make a lot more than that.

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End of over 10 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 84/1 (RR: 8.40)
M Vijay    28* (25b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    2-0-9-0
MS Dhoni    6* (9b)      DR Smith    2-0-21-0

Suman to start the proceedings

10.1

Suman to Vijay, 1 run, full on the pads, pushed towards midwicket

10.2

Suman to Dhoni, 1 run, shorter and outside off, Dhoni plays it towards point off the backfoot

10.3

Suman to Vijay, no run, length ball outside off, Vijay lunges at it and gets an edge towards backward point

10.4

Suman to Vijay, no run, similar delivery, this time Vijay punches it towards extra cover, another dot ball

10.5

Suman to Vijay, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned towards wide mid-on by Vijay

10.6

Suman to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish, Dhoni tries to muscle it down the ground off the backfoot, timing wasn't too good so long-off can get around to stop it

End of over 11 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 88/1 (RR: 8.00)
MS Dhoni    8* (11b)      TL Suman    1-0-4-0
M Vijay    30* (29b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    2-0-9-0

11.1

Ojha to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni's shows us he hasn't lost any of his power-hitting skills, he comes down the ground and absolutely hammers it over the bowler's head for a massive six

11.2

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, this time he taps it towadrs covers for a single

11.3

Ojha to Vijay, no run, defended towards cover off the front foot

11.4

Ojha to Vijay, 1 run, just outside off, Vijay roacks onto his backfoot and dabs it towards backward point

11.5

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 wide, Dhoni was coming down the track, Ojha saw him and pushed it wide outside off, too wide ofr the umpire's liking

11.5

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, dances down the track and smashes it down the ground, but placement is poor, one bounce to long-off

11.6

Ojha to Vijay, 1 leg bye

End of over 12 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 99/1 (RR: 8.25)
M Vijay    31* (32b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    3-0-19-0
MS Dhoni    16* (14b 1x6)      TL Suman    1-0-4-0

12.1

Suman to Vijay, OUT, T Suman strikes, Vijay seemed to have got a lot of bat on that, it was in the slot and he looked to slam it over long-off after shimmying down the pitch, just doesn't get enough on it, Gibbs takes the catch a few yards in from the boundary

M Vijay c Gibbs b Suman 31 (33b 2x4 1x6) SR: 93.93

12.2

Suman to Dhoni, 1 run, full and outside off, Dhoni works it towards covers for a single

Raina is the new batsman

12.3

Suman to Raina, 2 runs, tossed up, full and outside off, Raina slaps it towards midwicket, good running gets them two

12.4

Suman to Raina, 1 run, Raina leans forward and drives to long-off for a single

12.5

Suman to Dhoni, 1 run, nice foot work from Dhoni again, takes a couple of paces down the track to get to the pitch and punches it to long-on

12.6

Suman to Raina, 1 run, length ball from Suman, "Catch" cries Gilchrist as Raina pops it back to the right of the bowler, who dives but can't hold on to it, very difficult chance that

End of over 13 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 105/2 (RR: 8.07)
SK Raina    4* (3b)      TL Suman    2-0-10-1
MS Dhoni    18* (16b 1x6)      PP Ojha    3-0-19-0

13.1

Shoaib Ahmed to Raina, 1 run, just outside off, Raina stays on the backfoot and dabs it towards backward point

13.2

Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni also turns it towards square leg, an inside-edge onto his pads and it rolls away square

13.3

Shoaib Ahmed to Raina, 1 run, shorter from Shoaib, Raina mistimes it towards cover for a single

13.4

Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni tries to launch that 118kmh ball over long-off, doesn't quite get hold of it, lands just short of Dwayne Smith at long-off, who does very well to stop it from getting to the boundary

13.5

Shoaib Ahmed to Raina, 1 run, Raina moves to the leg side and drives it inside out towards extra cover for a single

13.6

Shoaib Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, slower full toss on offstump, 107 kmh, Dhoni thumps it down the ground towards long-on

Ujwal says"When T20 cricket started, it looked like its tailor made for Dhoni. In last couple of years slowly but steadily he has converted himself into a finisher instead of being a destroyer, just like Michael Bevan, Jonty Rhodes, Neil Fairbrother"

End of over 14 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 111/2 (RR: 7.92)
MS Dhoni    21* (19b 1x6)      Shoaib Ahmed    2-0-14-1
SK Raina    7* (6b)      TL Suman    2-0-10-1

A quiet couple of overs for Chennai

14.1

Suman to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish outside off, scythed towards the sweeper on the offside boundary

14.2

Suman to Raina, FOUR, Raina gets down on one knee and bisects the gap between long-on and midwicket, there wasn't enough on it to go all the way, bounce in safe territory though

14.3

Suman to Raina, SIX, a repeat and this time it goes a long way, the only one with a chance of catching it was a man in the crowd, who does, and jumps about for joy

14.4

Suman to Raina, SIX, Raina on the rampage, this ball was a bit shorter, but it goes in the same direction, even bigger than the previous one, this is just what Chennai need

14.5

Suman to Raina, 1 run, attempts the shot again, but gets a bottomg edge towards third man

14.6

Suman to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni rounds over a good over for Chennai with a single towards deep extra cover

Five overs remain, where will Chennai finish? 180 at least, surely.

End of over 15 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 130/2 (RR: 8.66)
MS Dhoni    23* (21b 1x6)      TL Suman    3-0-29-1
SK Raina    24* (10b 1x4 2x6)      Shoaib Ahmed    2-0-14-1

15.1

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni comes down the track to convert Ojha's first ball into a low full toss, he pummels it towards long-off for a single

15.2

Ojha to Raina, 2 runs, Raina backs away to the legside to make room, and drives that full ball towards extra cover

15.3

Ojha to Raina, no run, cut towards point this time, that was pretty slow from Ojha, 78kmh

15.4

Ojha to Raina, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, 90kmh, Raina swings it towards square leg for a single

15.5

Ojha to Dhoni, 1 run, on the pads, again square leg has work to do after Dhoni nudges it in that region

15.6

Ojha to Raina, 2 runs, swept towards deep backward square leg, Rain called for two immediately and they get it comfortably

End of over 16 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 137/2 (RR: 8.56)
SK Raina    29* (14b 1x4 2x6)      PP Ojha    4-0-26-0
MS Dhoni    25* (23b 1x6)      TL Suman    3-0-29-1

Harris into the attack

16.1

Harris to Dhoni, FOUR, fullish ball on offstump, Dhoni absolutely butchers it down the ground for a boundary, not elegant but pretty effective

16.2

Harris to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length on offstump, Dhoni stays on the backfoot and twirls it towards third man

16.3

Harris to Raina, no run, short and a touch wide outside off, Raina wanted to play a cute dab just wode of the keeper, but he fails to connect with the ball

16.4

Harris to Raina, 1 run, a touch fuller, Raina swings it to long-on off the backfoot, a couple of bounces before it reaches Gibbs at the boundary

16.5

Harris to Dhoni, FOUR, streaky, but Chennai will take it, it was a back of a length on middle and off, Dhoni backed away and looked to cut, a thick edge takes it racing past short third man for four

16.6

Harris to Dhoni, 1 run, a lot fuller on off, squeezed out towards cover for a single to end the over

End of over 17 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 148/2 (RR: 8.70)
MS Dhoni    35* (27b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    3-0-27-0
SK Raina    30* (16b 1x4 2x6)      PP Ojha    4-0-26-0

RP is brought back into the attack

17.1

Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, shortish ball, on middle and off, Dhoni clubs it off the backfoot towards long-on, one bounce before reaching the fielder

17.2

Singh to Raina, 1 run, great yorker, Raina was backing away, RP following him with one in the blockhole, Raina manages to dig it out towards square leg, he looked pretty ungainly there

17.3

Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss on offstump, clobbered towards long-on, placement isn't terrific though, so only a single

17.4

Singh to Raina, 1 run, bouncer this time, takes Raina by surprise, he pulls it awkwardly towards square leg

17.5

Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, full, on middle and leg, Dhoni goes on his knee, and sweeps towards backward square leg

17.6

Singh to Raina, OUT, RP gets rid of Raina to end an excellent over, it was overpitched on middle and leg, Raina was looking to clear long-on but only managed to provide a low catch to Dwayne Smith on the boundary

SK Raina c Smith b Singh 32 (19b 1x4 2x6) SR: 168.42

End of over 18 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 153/3 (RR: 8.50)
     RP Singh    3-0-23-1
MS Dhoni    38* (30b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    3-0-27-0

18.1

Harris to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni slaps it to long-on who rushes in to keep the batsmen down to one

Albie Morkel takes strike

18.2

Harris to Morkel, no run, great ball to start, very full outside off, Albie swings and misses, ball sneaks under his bat

18.3

Harris to Morkel, 1 run, yorker just outside off, Albie digs it out towards point for a single

What will Dhoni do now?

18.4

Harris to Dhoni, FOUR, he backs away and mows it over midwicket for a boundary, just gets his front foot out of the way and clobbers it

18.5

Harris to Dhoni, 2 runs, low full toss on legstump, whacked down the ground, Albie pushes for the second, the throw is some six feet wide of the stumps, so the batsmen are safe

18.6

Harris to Dhoni, FOUR, whoah, where did that come from, reverse-sweep to a fast bowler, Dhoni doesn't get the placement right, finding short third man, but Shoaib Maqsusi misfeilds to give away three extra runs

End of over 19 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 165/3 (RR: 8.68)
MS Dhoni    49* (34b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    4-0-39-0
JA Morkel    1* (2b)      RP Singh    3-0-23-1

19.1

Singh to Morkel, no run, back of a length ball, follows Albie, who tries to chip it over slips but misses the ball

19.2

Singh to Morkel, 1 run, outside off, length ball, Albie tries to swipe it, gets a bottom edge towards midwicket, more importantly Dhoni's on strike

19.3

Singh to Dhoni, 1 wide, down the legside and he'll have re-bowl that one

19.3

Singh to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni reaches his half-century with another savage pull, the placement was fanatastic, there wan't too muich of a gap between midwicket and deep square leg

19.4

Singh to Dhoni, FOUR, RP tries the bouncer, it was on legstump, Dhoni tries to pull it again, flies off his glove to the fine leg boundary

19.5

Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, another reverse-sweep from Dhoni, not very well-timed though, only a single to short third man

19.6

Singh to Morkel, 2 runs, good ball to end, in the blockhole, Albie manages to smash it towards long-on, Dhoni is extremely quick between the wickets and he's easily back for the second before Dwayne Smith's throw comes in

So, Chennai finish on 178. Each of their batsmen chipped in with decent scores and Dhoni finally came good with a half-century. Deccan's batting has relied heavily on their openers, Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs, and today will be no different. Join us in ten minutes for the chase.

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End of over 20 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 178/3
JA Morkel    4* (5b)      RP Singh    4-0-36-1
MS Dhoni    58* (37b 6x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    4-0-39-0
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May 4, 2009

Shadab Jakati took his second consecutive four-wicket haul, Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers, IPL, 29th match, East London, May 4, 2009

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