Indian Premier League, 29th match: Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers at East London, May 4, 2009
Chennai Super Kings won by 78 runs
Played at Buffalo Park, East London (neutral venue)
4 May 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Right, out come the umpires, the Chennai fielders are taking their positions. Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs put on 40.33 in each of their opening stands this IPL, Deccan need them to at least match that to stay in the hunt.

Albie Morkel to bowl, one slip in place


Morkel to Gilchrist, OUT, what a start! Albie strikes, full ball, Gilchrist looks to whack it towards midwicket, misses the ball and is struck low on his back leg, the umpire didn't have to think too hard about that one

AC Gilchrist lbw b Morkel 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And yet again, a wicket falls in the first over

Albie comes around the wicket


Morkel to Laxman, no run, short of a length outside off, Laxman leans into the drive and caresses it towards cover, doesn't beat the fielder


Morkel to Laxman, no run, Albie is getting a bit of outswing going here, Laxman drives again, uppishly but it lands before reaching extra cover


Morkel to Laxman, no run, superb delivery, some late movement for Albie, Laxman was feeling for it outside off and is beaten


Morkel to Laxman, no run, same line, just outside off, but much shorter, Laxman defends it back down the pitch off the backfoot


Morkel to Laxman, no run, in the channel again, pitched up, Laxman punches it towards extra cover, no run again, and that's a maiden, great start from Albie

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Deccan Chargers 0/1 (179 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 9.42)

    • VVS Laxman 0 (5b)
    • HH Gibbs 0 (0b)
    • JA Morkel 1-1-0-1

Sudeep Tyagi shares the new ball


Tyagi to Gibbs, no run, on target straightaway, back of a length on offstump, pushed towards point by Gibbs


Tyagi to Gibbs, 1 wide, that was a poor ball, though, way down the legside, and Deccan are finally off the mark


Tyagi to Gibbs, OUT, Timber! Taygi bowls Gibbs, full ball on middle and legs, Gibbs tries to whip it away to midwicket, misses, and the ball hits his pada and ricochets onto the stumps, Deccan in big trouble here

HH Gibbs b Tyagi 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Tyagi to Sharma, no run, length ball on offstump, Rohit defends it watchfully towards the leg side

Tyagi had got Gambhir and AB de Villiers cheaply in his previous match, and he's made a big impact early again

A bit of a hold-up as Rohit Sharma changes his bat


Tyagi to Sharma, no run, good ball again, back of a length on middle and leg, worked towards midwicket, straight to the fielder


Tyagi to Sharma, no run, in the blockhole, Rohit jams it towards mid-on, no run again, Deccan are yet to make a run with the bat


Tyagi to Sharma, no run, that jagged away after pitching just outside off and had Rohit chasing after it, beauty of a delivery to end the over

End of over 2 (1 run) Deccan Chargers 1/2 (178 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 0.50, RRR: 9.88)

    • RG Sharma 0 (4b)
    • VVS Laxman 0 (5b)
    • S Tyagi 1-0-1-1
    • JA Morkel 1-1-0-1

Morkel to Laxman, no run, very full and outside off, seemed that Laxman didn't pick it reacted late with a swish that didn't connect


Morkel to Laxman, OUT, and another wicket gone, Deccan in disarray, Laxman adds to ducks on the scorecard by chipping a legstump delivery to midwicket, elegant shot but played in the air and straight to the fielder

VVS Laxman c Jakati b Morkel 0 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Morkel to Smith, 2 runs, Dwayne Smith gets the first runs off the bat by dabbing the ball towards third man


Morkel to Smith, no run, tight line around offstump, Smith pokes it towards point


Morkel to Smith, 2 runs, oh my god, Dwayne Smith should have been gone, three fielders gathered around that mishit from Smith, extra cover, cover and deep point converge but no one goes for it


Morkel to Smith, 2 runs, Smith is leading a charmed life here, he tries to clip the ball to midwicket, gets a top edge which swirls towards third man, where a howler Sudeep Tyagi keeps Smith at the crease, that was a dolly

End of over 3 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 7/3 (172 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 2.33, RRR: 10.11)

    • DR Smith 6 (4b)
    • RG Sharma 0 (4b)
    • JA Morkel 2-1-6-2
    • S Tyagi 1-0-1-1

Tyagi to Sharma, no run, Tyagi is much better with the ball, back of a length on off, defended by Rohit


Tyagi to Sharma, no run, similar ball, Rohit slaps it towards point but doesn't beat the fielder


Tyagi to Sharma, no run, Rohit's beaten outside offstump, as he fishes for one outside offstump


Tyagi to Sharma, 1 run, on middle and leg, rohit tucks it towards mid-on and gets a single to get off the mark


Tyagi to Smith, SIX, this time it's a clean hit from Smith, overpitched on offstump, Smith takes a big stride forward and carves it over mid-off for a six


Tyagi to Smith, 1 run, goes for the pull, bottom-edges the ball and it trickles towards deep square leg for single

End of over 4 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 15/3 (164 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 10.25)

    • DR Smith 13 (6b 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 1 (8b)
    • S Tyagi 2-0-9-1
    • JA Morkel 2-1-6-2

Morkel to Smith, 1 no ball, wild delivery from Morkel, a waist-high full toss on leg stumo after the attempted yorker goes wrong, Smith barely gets out of the way


Morkel to Smith, no run, big shout for lbw from Morkel, after Smith is rapped on the pads on legstump, but that was sliding down leg


Morkel to Smith, SIX, sweet hit from Smith, another full toss, lower than the first one, Smith just flicks it nonchalantly over midwicket for a flat six


Morkel to Smith, SIX, whoah, even better, what a stroke from Smith, sensational timing as he flicks Morkel way over the midwicket boundary, hardly any power but that ball travelled


Morkel to Smith, FOUR, goes for it again, but it is mishit, it still rockets over the bowler's head for a boundary


Morkel to Smith, 1 bye, a yorker on legstump, good response from Albie, Smith scrambles a leg-bye off it


Morkel to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length on middle, Rohit tries to work it to midwicket, strikes his pad and rolls towards point, another leg bye

It's been a pretty breathless five overs so far, Smith is playing a madcap innings here

End of over 5 (19 runs) Deccan Chargers 34/3 (145 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 9.66)

    • RG Sharma 2 (9b)
    • DR Smith 29 (12b 1x4 3x6)
    • JA Morkel 3-1-24-2
    • S Tyagi 2-0-9-1

Balaji into the attack


Balaji to Sharma, SIX, Balaji is welcomed with a hoick over mid-on for six, Rohit joins in the fun, that was an elegant shot


Balaji to Sharma, FOUR, Balaji responds with bouncer, Rihit swivels and pulls it past deep backward square leg for another boundary


Balaji to Sharma, 1 run, allows the ball to come ontop him, closes the face of the bat to direct it to midwicket and takes a single


Balaji to Smith, SIX, Smash! Smith continues his swing-at-everything policy, and it's coming off, this time it's over cow corner for another six


Balaji to Smith, 1 run, full ball outside off, pushed to mid-on for a single


Balaji to Sharma, no run, back of a length, Rohit stays on the backfoot, and turns it to mid-on, Smith wanted the single but is sensibly sent back by Rohit

End of over 6 (18 runs) Deccan Chargers 52/3 (127 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.66, RRR: 9.07)

    • RG Sharma 13 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • DR Smith 36 (14b 1x4 4x6)
    • L Balaji 1-0-18-0
    • JA Morkel 3-1-24-2

51 off 23 balls this partnership. Jakati into the attack


Jakati to Smith, 1 run, arm ball first up, flicked to square leg for a single


Jakati to Sharma, 1 run, fired into towards legstump, Rohit whips it to midwicket for a single


Jakati to Smith, SIX, Smith keeps smashing away, yet another six, that was a touch short, Smith gets on the back foot, gets his front foot out of the way and clobbers it over midwicket


Jakati to Smith, 1 run, turn for Jakati, Smith pokes it towards point


Jakati to Sharma, 1 run, that ball came in with the drift, squeezed to square leg for a single


Jakati to Smith, no run, Smith was eyeing the crowd behind midwicket again, an almighty mow doesn't connect with the ball though

End of over 7 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 62/3 (117 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.85, RRR: 9.00)

    • DR Smith 44 (18b 1x4 5x6)
    • RG Sharma 15 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • SB Jakati 1-0-10-0
    • L Balaji 1-0-18-0

Dhoni turns to Murali now


Muralitharan to Sharma, 1 run, overpitched ball, Rohit's down the ground to punch it to long-on

Murali coming around the wicket


Muralitharan to Smith, 1 leg bye, another full ball, just outside leg, hits Smith's pads and trickles away behind square leg


Muralitharan to Sharma, no run, comes down the track and looks to sweep, but fails to connect with the ball, and is hit on the pads


Muralitharan to Sharma, 1 run, sticks to the legstump line, Rohit remains on the backfoot and turns it behind square for a single


Muralitharan to Smith, FOUR, supreme timing from Smith, he shows us he's not all about power by paddle sweeping a full delivery for fouor


Muralitharan to Smith, no run, faster ball, 88kmh from Murali, that was a doosra as well, very wide outside off and lucky to not be called a wide

End of over 8 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 69/3 (110 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.62, RRR: 9.16)

    • DR Smith 48 (21b 2x4 5x6)
    • RG Sharma 17 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-6-0
    • SB Jakati 1-0-10-0

Jakati to Sharma, FOUR, classy shot from Rohit, the runs continue to come in a torrent, Rohit comes down the track and lofts it over mid-on for a boundary

The required rate has come belowe nine now


Jakati to Sharma, OUT, Jakati breaks the partnership, Rohit holes out to midwicket, the batsman was trying to repeat the previous stroke but got it too square

RG Sharma c Badrinath b Jakati 21 (20b 2x4 1x6) SR: 105.00


Jakati to Smith, 1 run, a mental match becomes crazier still, there were at least four chances to run out Smith there, Smith hit it to deep point, the bowler doesn't collect the return, Badrinath backing up, throws it back to the bowler who doesn't collect the throw again but breaks the stumps, Smith and Suman were almost at the same end at this time, Jakati picks the ball and tries to hand it to Badrinath who is at the stumps now but flicks it wide of him, before Smith finally gets home


Jakati to Suman, no run, comes forward and pushes it to cover


Jakati to Suman, 1 run, takes a couple of steps down the track and punches to long-on for a single


Jakati to Smith, OUT, Smith is gone lbw, hit in front of middle as he tries to sweep, Jakati has taken two big wickets here, that ends an absolute gem from Smith

DR Smith lbw b Jakati 49 (23b 2x4 5x6) SR: 213.04

End of over 9 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 75/5 (104 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 9.45)

    • TL Suman 1 (2b)
    • SB Jakati 2-0-16-2
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-6-0

Muralitharan to Suman, no run, doosra, and Suman is beaten as he tries to work it to the leg side


Muralitharan to Suman, 1 run, played tosquare leg for a single


Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, huge appeal for lbw, hit in front of middle but the height may have saved the batsmen


Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side


Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, this time Venugopal pushes it towards point for a single


Muralitharan to Suman, 1 run, this was on the pads, flicked in the air towards deep midwicket


Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, sharp turn after pitching on a good length, Venugopal adjusts at the last moment to play it down the track

Whoah, we all need a breather after those manic ten overs. See you in seven-and-a-half minutes

End of over 10 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 79/5 (100 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.90, RRR: 10.00)

    • Y Venugopal Rao 1 (3b)
    • TL Suman 3 (5b)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-10-0
    • SB Jakati 2-0-16-2

Despite the crazy hitting, the required rate remains a touch over 10


Jakati to Suman, 1 leg bye, angling in towards legstump, Suman comes down the track to work it to leg, hits his pads and trickles to the offside


Jakati to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, full on middle and leg, swept along the ground to deep fine leg


Jakati to Suman, 1 run, Suman backs away and cuts a shortish ball towards point


Jakati to Venugopal Rao, OUT, Jakati gets one more, and this match should be in the bag for Chennai, Venugopal dances down the track to get to the pitch of a legstump ball, he smacks it over to long-on only to find Murali waiting to take the catch

Y Venugopal Rao c Muralitharan b Jakati 2 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00


Jakati to Harris, 1 run, fired in on offstump, squirted away to fine leg by Harris


Jakati to Suman, 1 run, Suman charges down the track and slams it down to long-off, couple of bounces before it reaches the fielder

End of over 11 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 84/6 (95 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.63, RRR: 10.55)

    • TL Suman 5 (8b)
    • RJ Harris 1 (1b)
    • SB Jakati 3-0-20-3
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-10-0

Raina into the attack


Raina to Suman, FOUR, super shot from Suman, a touch short outside off, Suman gives himself room and cracks it past cover for a boundary


Raina to Suman, no run, dropped by Raina, a full-blooded drive from Suman goes only as far as the bowler who can't latch on to it


Raina to Suman, 2 runs, another drop, is there another twist in this match, a mishit from Suman flies towards Badrinath at mid-off, who positions himself nicely under the ball before making a meal of the catch


Raina to Suman, no run


Raina to Suman, FOUR, Suman follows the Smith method of giving it everything, cracks it over the bowler's head for a boundary


Raina to Suman, 1 run, pushed to covers for a single

End of over 12 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 95/6 (84 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.91, RRR: 10.50)

    • TL Suman 16 (14b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 1 (1b)
    • SK Raina 1-0-11-0
    • SB Jakati 3-0-20-3

Jakati to Suman, 1 run, pulled towards deep midwicket for a single


Jakati to Harris, no run, played watchfully off the backfoot towards point


Jakati to Harris, no run, short ball, Harris goes for the cut, gets a thick bottom edge which bounces through to the keeper


Jakati to Harris, OUT, arm ball does the trick for Jakati, Harris goes for a wild heave, he missed and offstump is rocked back, another four wicket haul for Jakati, what is it with the IPL and little-known Goa players?

RJ Harris b Jakati 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00


Jakati to Singh, no run, arm ball again, gets an inside-edge onto his pads


Jakati to Singh, 1 run, down the track and slogged to long-on for a single

that ends a superb spell for Jakati, he finishes with 4 for 22 amid the mayhem

End of over 13 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 97/7 (82 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.46, RRR: 11.71)

    • RP Singh 1 (2b)
    • TL Suman 17 (15b 2x4)
    • SB Jakati 4-0-22-4
    • SK Raina 1-0-11-0

Muralitharan to Singh, 1 run, Murali targets the leg stump, nudged towards short fine leg


Muralitharan to Suman, 1 leg bye, Sumna gets a big stride in as he defends, edged onto his pads and it ballons towards the offside, lands safely though


Muralitharan to Singh, no run, again on legstump, RP can't get it away


Muralitharan to Singh, no run, sharp turn, pitches on middle and jags back towards RP, who is cut in half by it


Muralitharan to Singh, OUT, Deccan are falling apart here, simple wicket for Murali, overpitched on middle and leg, RP swipes it straight down the throat of M Vijay at midwicket

RP Singh c Vijay b Muralitharan 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

After a promising start to the tournament, a third straight defeat looming for Deccan here


Muralitharan to Suman, OUT, Deccan are doing a house-of-cards impersonation here, another wicket gone, virtually an action replay of the previous ball, Suman gets a bit of an edge though and it sails high before Vijay takes another catch

TL Suman c Vijay b Muralitharan 17 (17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 14 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 99/9 (80 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.07, RRR: 13.33)

    • Shoaib Ahmed 0 (0b)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-11-2
    • SB Jakati 4-0-22-4

Raina to Shoaib Ahmed, no run, tossed up by Raina, defended towards extra cover by Shoaib


Raina to Shoaib Ahmed, 1 run, tries to slam it down the ground, deflected by Raina towards long-off, Deccan's hundred comes up


Raina to Ojha, no run, on the legstump, turned in sharprly, defended off the backfoot


Raina to Ojha, OUT, and it's all over, an absolutely action-paced innings comes to an end, Ojha swipes it straight to man-of-the-moment Jakati at midwicket to bring the curtain down

PP Ojha c Jakati b Raina 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And with that 78-run win, Chennai go top of the table on the back of three consecutive victories. It's hard to believe the formidable Deccan batting crumbled within 15 overs, despite the absolutely shoddy Chennai fielding, at least four catches were dropped and some simple run-out chances were spurned.

Barring the fielding, Dhoni can have little complaints about the performance. The batting was on song, and Albie Morkel and Sudeep Tyagi gave them the perfect start with the ball by slicing through the Deccan top order. Dwayne Smith played a counterattacking knock to remember, before Deccan's innings fell apart when their batsmen went for the big hits against the spinners.

Post-match presentation: Adam Gilchrist: "We were outplayed in all departments. We didn't bowl badly, but they batted very well on a good batting track. And it was tough to chase, especially after the start we got.

"I'm not focussed on the semi-finals as of now, but on turning around this run (of three losses)."

MS Dhoni is the Man-of-the-Match. Dhoni: "I was struggling earlier, it affects my batting when I come in with only four-five overs to go since I'm not a batsman who can hit right from the start, that was the thinking behind promoting me. Credit to the openers for providing the platform for us to take off from.

"We need to work hard on our fielding, we have dropped catches right through the tournament, it hasn't hurt us that much because we are scoring 160-180 but if it is a low-scoring game, we will struggle."

Thanks for joining us today, there's a big double-header tomorrow, see you then. This is Siddarth Ravindran signing out. Good night.






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