Indian Premier League - 34th match

Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab

Chennai Super Kings won by 12 runs (D/L method)

4.28 pm: It's got cloudy at Supersport Park but there's still a fair bit of sunshine. Chennai are opening with Badrinath and Hayden. Irfan Pathan has the new ball, bowling from over the wicket.

Toss, 4.00 pm: MS Dhoni's called correctly and has decided that Chennai will bat. He wants his team to improve its fielding, they gave Dwayne Smith nine lives in the their last game.

Chennai have rested Jacob Oram, who isn't fit, and replaced him with George Bailey, the Tasmania batsman. Murali Vijay has been left out, in order to maintain the balance, and Manpreet Gony gets another chance.

Chennai: 1 George Bailey, 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 MS Dhoni (capt/wk), 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Albie Morkel, 6 S Badrinath, 7 Manpreet Gony, 8 Sudeep Tyagi, 9 Shadab Jakati, 10 L Balaji, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan.

Yuvraj said he would have bowled first anyway. He didn't sound too bothered at all. Punjab have made only one change, replacing the offspinner Ramesh Powar with fast bowler VRV Singh.

Punjab: 1 Sunny Sohal, 2 Yuvraj Singh (capt), 3 Simon Katich, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Mahela Jayawardene, 6 Irfan Pathan, 7 Karan Goel, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Sreesanth, 10 VRV Singh, 11 Yusuf Abdulla.

About 15 minutes to go before the cut off for fantasy team changes. Make them quick.

3.45 pm: The second match at Centurion today is between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. Chennai are on a roll, winning three games on the trot, while Punjab are recovering after conceding the first 200-plus total of the season. Rajasthan's victory in the earlier game has pushed Chennai down to fourth, while Punjab are sixth.

Here's some interesting reading to pass time until the toss. Tishani Doshi casts an approving eye over ... err ... the best bums in the tournament.

0.1

Pathan to Badrinath, OUT, another first-baller! Irfan pitches short and wide outside off stump, Badrinath gets under it and upper cuts towards third man, VRV Singh barely has to move and takes the catch with ease, we've had so many first-ball ducks in the tournament

S Badrinath c Singh b Pathan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Suresh Raina is the new batsman.

0.2

Pathan to Raina, no run, good length just outside off stump, Raina gets behind the line and blocks on the back foot

0.3

Pathan to Raina, 1 run, width offered outside off stump and Raina gets going by cutting the ball towards deep point

Peals of thunder in Centurion ...

Packed off side field for Hayden, who's been awesome in the tournament.

0.4

Pathan to Hayden, no run, good length around off stump, shaping away from the left-hander, Hayden moves back and plays towards point

0.5

Pathan to Hayden, FOUR, one, two and wham! Hayden takes a couple of steps towards the bowler and smashes a length ball past mid-off for four, tremendous power

The keeper comes up to the stumps to try and tie Hayden to his crease.

0.6

Pathan to Hayden, no run, good length on off and middle, Hayden defends on the leg side

End of over 1 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 5/1 (RR: 5.00)
ML Hayden    4* (3b 1x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-5-1
SK Raina    1* (2b)     

Sreesanth's got the new ball, not Yusuf Abdulla.

1.1

Sreesanth to Raina, 1 run, Raina drops the ball short on the off side and calls Hayden through

1.2

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, Hayden tries to blast the ball through point but doesn't have enough room, he gets a bottom edge into the ground towards Sangakkara

1.3

Sreesanth to Hayden, FOUR, Hayden backs away towards leg to make room and swings the full ball through midwicket, such muscle in that shot and he's just swinging from the hip

1.4

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, Sreesanth slants the ball wider outside off stump, Hayden lets it go, that was rather wide

1.5

Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden strides down the pitch and flays the ball hard and straight, Sreesanth can't stop it but mid-on can by diving full length to his right

1.6

Sreesanth to Raina, 1 wide, that's too wide outside off stump, Raina chases it in vain, first extra of the match

1.6

Sreesanth to Raina, 1 run, too wide outside off stump, Raina reaches out and plays the square drive to the man at deep point

End of over 2 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 13/1 (RR: 6.50)
SK Raina    3* (4b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-8-0
ML Hayden    9* (7b 2x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-5-1

2.1

Pathan to Raina, SIX, that's the first six! Raina gets under a length ball and lofts it over the long-on boundary, nothing wrong with that ball, it's the form of the man

2.2

Pathan to Raina, FOUR, this one is too wide and Raina crashes it through cover point for four more, he hit that very hard!

2.3

Pathan to Raina, no run, the slower ball and Raina hits it uppishly towards mid-on, the ball bounces a few feet short of the fielder

2.4

Pathan to Raina, 1 run, Irfan bowls a yorker just outside off and Raina steers it towards third man

2.5

Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, Irfan bowls full and straight, Hayden moves across but stays in his crease because Sangakkara is standing up, he pushes past the bowler for one

2.6

Pathan to Raina, FOUR, dropped but it was a tough chance! Raina made room to a full delivery and carved the ball towards point, it was traveling quickly when it reached the fielder who palmed the ball over his head, he took pace off it but the ball still reached the boundary

End of over 3 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 29/1 (RR: 9.66)
SK Raina    18* (9b 2x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-21-1
ML Hayden    10* (8b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-8-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, Hayden winds up and tees off! He was looking to whack that over long off but got beaten by the angle across the left-hander from Sreesanth

3.2

Sreesanth to Hayden, FOUR, Hayden winds up, tees off, and connects this time! The length was fuller and Hayden launched it over mid-off with a free swing of the bat

Sreesanth goes round the wicket.

3.3

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, better length and the angle into the left-hander cramps Hayden who defends towards the bowler, did Sreesanth give Hayden a little stare?

3.4

Sreesanth to Hayden, 2 runs, the slower ball and Hayden is too early into the shot down the ground, the ball goes in the air over the bowler, Yuvraj runs to his left from mid-off and dives full length to try and take the catch, he doesn't make the catch and appears to have injured his finger, he seems to be in a bit of pain

The physio runs out to attend to him. It's got really dark at Centurion. Dark clouds all around the ground.

3.5

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, Hayden tries to drive but gets an inside edge on the leg side, Hayden wants the run but Sreesanth runs quickly to the ball and prevents it

3.6

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, Hayden walks out and swipes across the line at a good length delivery, Sreesanth beats him with his length and movement

End of over 4 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 35/1 (RR: 8.75)
ML Hayden    16* (14b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-14-0
SK Raina    18* (9b 2x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-21-1

Yusuf Abdulla replaces Irfan ...

4.1

Abdulla to Raina, FOUR, Raina welcomes him by walking out of his crease and drilling the ball past mid-off for four

4.2

Abdulla to Raina, FOUR, Raina's found the smallest of gaps between two fielders at point! Yusuf bowled short and wide, Raina sat on the back foot and cut the ball fiercely through point

4.3

Abdulla to Raina, 1 run, nudged off the hips towards the leg side for one

4.4

Abdulla to Hayden, no run, Hayden stays on the back foot and opens the face to steer the ball towards point, he doesn't find the gap that Raina did

4.5

Abdulla to Hayden, no run, I'm not sure what Hayden was doing there, Yusuf bowled a slower one outside off stump, Hayden moved across his stumps to play on the leg but then changed his mind and tried to play on the off, he ended up not playing a shot

4.6

Abdulla to Hayden, 1 run, pushed off the back foot on the off side for a single

End of over 5 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 45/1 (RR: 9.00)
ML Hayden    17* (17b 3x4)      YA Abdulla    1-0-10-0
SK Raina    27* (12b 4x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    2-0-14-0

VRV Singh replaces Sreesanth, bowling from over the wicket.

5.1

Singh to Hayden, 2 runs, Hayden lofts the ball high over mid-off, he didn't connect cleanly though and the ball stops after pitching in the outfield

5.2

Singh to Hayden, SIX, this time he's connected perfectly and the ball soars over the long-off boundary, Hayden came forward and freed his arms for that one, poor length from VRV

5.3

Singh to Hayden, no run, VRV angles the ball across the left-hander from over the wicket and beats Hayden who tries to smash the ball down the ground again

5.4

Singh to Hayden, FOUR, Hayden steps out again and mis-times the pull through square leg, Hayden's mis-timed shot however is good enough to reach the boundary, the Raina-Hayden duo is doing it again for Chennai, scoring at more than 10 an over

Hayden needs a new bat after that shot.

5.5

Singh to Hayden, no run, Hayden walks out again, he's doing it every ball! This time he misses a full toss and gets a faint edge that bounces well before it reaches Sangakkara

5.6

Singh to Hayden, no run, full and wide outside off stump, Hayden reaches out but misses the ball

Chennai have scored 57 off the Powerplay, once again they've made excellent use of the fielding restrictions.

End of over 6 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 57/1 (RR: 9.50)
ML Hayden    29* (23b 4x4 1x6)      VRV Singh    1-0-12-0
SK Raina    27* (12b 4x4 1x6)      YA Abdulla    1-0-10-0

Karan Goel into the bowling attack ...

6.1

Goel to Raina, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, driven towards long off for a single

6.2

Goel to Hayden, 1 run, bowled full in the blockhole, Hayden digs it out on the leg side

6.3

Goel to Raina, no run, full ball once again, Raina plays it towards point

6.4

Goel to Raina, 1 run, Raina cuts off the back foot towards point

6.5

Goel to Hayden, 2 runs, Hayden strides forward and drives through cover point for two more

6.6

Goel to Hayden, no run, Sangakkara's missed a stumping! Hayden charged down the track and swung hard, he was beaten completely and was yards out of his crease, Sangakkara failed to collect and fumbled the second attempt as well, how costly will that prove? You do not let off the tournament's top-scorer!

End of over 7 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 62/1 (RR: 8.85)
ML Hayden    32* (26b 4x4 1x6)      K Goel    1-0-5-0
SK Raina    29* (15b 4x4 1x6)      VRV Singh    1-0-12-0

7.1

Abdulla to Raina, 1 run, Raina cuts and cuts hard towards deep point

7.2

Abdulla to Hayden, FOUR, Hayden moves on to the back foot and cuts through point for four, that's his first ball after the missed stumping

7.3

Abdulla to Hayden, 1 run, muscled through midwicket for a single

6.40 pm: Ok, good news. The game will restart in five minutes (hopefully). It will be an 18-over match with no strategic break during the Chennai innings. The weather seems to have cleared up as well.

There won't be a strategy break in the second innings either. The Powerplay has been cut to five overs a side.

6.15 pm: Not good news from Centurion. The rain's back and it's pretty heavy. The groundstaff are scrambling with the covers. The weather had cleared and play was about to begin shortly but ...

Nothing to do but sit and wait for the rain to stop again. And we thought we'd left the bad weather in Cape Town ...

5.47pm: The rain has stopped. The covers are still on though, it's a work in progress ...

"I have always been wondering why can't they have covers for the entire ground instead of just pitch and center. That will ensure that the match starts as soon as the rain stops. Why use super soakers to dry the outfield. Just place covers on the entire ground," says Bansi.

5.33 pm: The rain's let up, the Super Sopper is doing its thing. Covers still on though. Supersport Park drains fast so play should start quickly once the rain stops for good. Apparently there won't be a strategic break when play eventually resumes.

5.28: Bizarre weather in Centurion. Rain, a little bit of sun, and therefore a rainbow as well. Still coming down though, unfortunately, and the covers are protecting the square. Check out Cricinfo's Facebook page in the meantime. Or you could read Tishani Doshi, who casts an approving eye over the best bums in the tournament.

5.18 pm: The rain seems to have eased off. More updates when I get some ... Wonder how the rain will affect the conditions. We can lose an hour before overs begin to get reduced. This is Punjab's third rain-affected game, they lost the first two.

5.10 pm: And it's finally begun to rain. It's been threatening to for a while and it's pelting down now. The groundstaff rush on with the covers. It's really windy as well. They are covering the square ...

Sriram Veera caught up with spinner turned umpire Kumar Dharmasena. Something to read during the rain break.

"I am a big Kings XI Punjab supporter but I am really disappointed in the way the bowlers are bowling at the moment. There is a method to bowl in such situations and they should learn from Glenn McGrath. For starters, aiming for top of off-stump is not a bad idea. I honestly think I can bowl better than a few of the bowlers. If possible, please send this message to Yuvraj. Ask him to give me a chance. Just one," pleads Shivir, who evidently thinks he can contain a marauding Hayden.

Yusuf Adbulla has three balls to go in the eighth over, we're all set to resume. Raina to face ...

7.4

Abdulla to Raina, no run, short ball outside off stump, Raina stays in his crease and tries to chip it over the wicketkeeper but misses

7.5

Abdulla to Raina, 1 run, full and in the blockhole, Raina comes down hard on it and plays towards third man

7.6

Abdulla to Hayden, 1 run, full length outside off stump, Hayden gently drives the ball towards long off, gently by Hayden's standards

End of over 8 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 70/1 (RR: 8.75)
ML Hayden    38* (29b 5x4 1x6)      YA Abdulla    2-0-18-0
SK Raina    31* (18b 4x4 1x6)      K Goel    1-0-5-0

Karan Goel to continue ... the wet ball might be hard for him to grip.

8.1

Goel to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden gets down on one knee and plays the sweep towards long leg

8.2

Goel to Raina, 1 run, Raina moves forward and drives towards long off

8.3

Goel to Hayden, no run, Hayden tries to play the reverse sweep this time but can't pull it off

8.4

Goel to Hayden, FOUR, right he's back to thumping the ball down the ground, Hayden uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and drives hard and straight

8.5

Goel to Hayden, no run, loud appeal for caught behind but Hayden had missed that

8.6

Goel to Hayden, no run, Hayden comes out of his crease again but this time he mis-times the ball on the leg side

End of over 9 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 76/1 (RR: 8.44)
ML Hayden    43* (34b 6x4 1x6)      K Goel    2-0-11-0
SK Raina    32* (19b 4x4 1x6)      YA Abdulla    2-0-18-0

Piyush Chawla into the attack ...

9.1

Chawla to Raina, OUT, and he's struck immediately! Chawla bowls a short one and Raina rocks back and pulls but makes contact with the bottom of his bat, he lofts the ball towards deep midwicket where Goel is waiting

SK Raina c Goel b Chawla 32 (20b 4x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

MS Dhoni is the new batsman.

9.2

Chawla to Dhoni, no run, he steps out immediately but defends because he isn't to the pitch of the ball

9.3

Chawla to Dhoni, no run, pushed off the front foot towards point, Chawla bowls that quicker through the air

9.4

Chawla to Dhoni, no run, played off the back foot towards the bowler

9.5

Chawla to Dhoni, no run, defended towards the bowler on the back foot

9.6

Chawla to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni moves back into his crease and cuts the ball hard through the off side, two fielders converge on it in the deep but the ball finds the cover boundary

And on that note it has begun to rain again. Play will continue for the time being.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 80/2 (RR: 8.00)
MS Dhoni    4* (5b 1x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-4-1
ML Hayden    43* (34b 6x4 1x6)      K Goel    2-0-11-0

10.1

Goel to Hayden, no run, Hayden hits the ball hard but straight to cover

10.2

Goel to Hayden, 1 run, a full toss, driven on the front foot towards long on

It's raining pretty steadily ...

10.3

Goel to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni stays on the back foot and powers the ball through cover, he's hit that extremely hard

10.4

Goel to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni gets down on one knee and sweeps, he's hurting between the wickets, he wants two and gets it

10.5

Goel to Dhoni, FOUR, he sweeps again, this time he's placed it fine and will get four, excellent shot, he's accelerating in case they go off the field again

10.6

Goel to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni pulls out the reverse sweep and gets a single to short third man

End of over 11 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 92/2 (RR: 8.36)
MS Dhoni    15* (9b 3x4)      K Goel    3-0-23-0
ML Hayden    44* (36b 6x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    1-0-4-1

11.1

Chawla to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards point for one

11.2

Chawla to Hayden, no run, Hayden tries to sweep but gets beaten as the ball slides across him

11.3

Chawla to Hayden, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards mid-on for a single

11.4

Chawla to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni steps out and works the ball off his pads through midwicket, he sprints back for the second

11.5

Chawla to Dhoni, FOUR, too short on leg stump, Dhoni waits for it and paddles the ball past the fielder at short fine leg, four more

11.6

Chawla to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni steps out of his crease to defend a flatter delivery

End of over 12 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 100/2 (RR: 8.33)
MS Dhoni    22* (13b 4x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-12-1
ML Hayden    45* (38b 6x4 1x6)      K Goel    3-0-23-0

Sreesanth's back for another spell from round the wicket.

12.1

Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 run, good length ball cramping the left-hander for room, pushed off the back foot towards the off side

Over the wicket to Dhoni ...

12.2

Sreesanth to Dhoni, no run, Sreesanth strays down leg side, Dhoni tries to get out of the way and let the ball go and doesn't play a shot, the ball hits his pads and goes past the wicketkeeper to the boundary, the umpire says no runs because Dhoni wasn't playing a shot

12.3

Sreesanth to Dhoni, 1 run, full on leg stump, pushed for a single

12.4

Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden waits on the back foot and cuts the short ball hard to the fielder on the point boundary

12.5

Sreesanth to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length and straight, Dhoni tries to pull but doesn't make proper contact

12.6

Sreesanth to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden walks down the pitch and tries to blast over long-on, he mis-hits it and the ball falls short of the fielder running in from the boundary

End of over 13 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 105/2 (RR: 8.07)
ML Hayden    48* (41b 6x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    3-0-19-0
MS Dhoni    24* (16b 4x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-12-1

13.1

Chawla to Hayden, no run, Hayden backs away to cut a flat ball just outside off stump, he misses and is nearly bowled

13.2

Chawla to Hayden, no run, loud appeal for lbw after Hayden misses the sweep, that hit him outside off stump

13.3

Chawla to Hayden, SIX, fifty for Hayden! He gets there by stepping out and lofting the ball several rows beyond the midwicket boundary

13.4

Chawla to Hayden, FOUR, too short too wide and Hayden whacks it through cover for four more, he's turning it on here

13.5

Chawla to Hayden, no run, another appeal for lbw as Hayden misses the reverse sweep, not out again

13.6

Chawla to Hayden, SIX, that's a tremendous hit! Hayden has got under that ball and lofted it on to the grassy banks over the square leg boundary, massive massive hit

End of over 14 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 121/2 (RR: 8.64)
ML Hayden    64* (47b 7x4 3x6)      PP Chawla    3-0-28-1
MS Dhoni    24* (16b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-19-0

VRV's back ...

14.1

Singh to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni stays in his crease and slams the ball towards long-on

14.2

Singh to Dhoni, FOUR, a full toss and Dhoni swings his bat hard to dismiss the ball to the backward square leg boundary

That last hit from Hayden was measured at 107 metres.

14.3

Singh to Dhoni, SIX, short and wide outside off stump, Dhoni swings his bat like a whip and clashes the ball over the point boundary, furious bat speed

14.4

Singh to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni tries to go high and far over long off but doesn't time it, the fielder runs in from the boundary but can't reach the ball in time to take the catch

14.5

Singh to Dhoni, SIX, he's not running for this one, it's gone miles over the straight boundary, VRV bowled a full ball, Dhoni got under it and swung mightily

14.6

Singh to Dhoni, FOUR, short this time and Dhoni goes on to the back foot in a flash and pulls to the midwicket boundary, Punjab are reeling here

End of over 15 (24 runs) Chennai Super Kings 145/2 (RR: 9.66)
MS Dhoni    48* (22b 6x4 2x6)      VRV Singh    2-0-36-0
ML Hayden    64* (47b 7x4 3x6)      PP Chawla    3-0-28-1

Irfan's back for another over ... Hayden on strike ... three overs to go.

15.1

Pathan to Hayden, no run, Hayden takes two steps down the track, Irfan bowls it wider outside off stump and passes the bat as Hayden swings

15.2

Pathan to Hayden, 1 leg bye, Hayden comes forward again and Irfan bowls a full toss, Hayden swivels and pulls and plays the ball to short fine leg

The rain had eased but it's coming back now ...

15.3

Pathan to Dhoni, 1 run, full ball angling into the right-hander from round the wicket, Dhoni drives through cover

Back over the wicket for Hayden ...

15.4

Pathan to Hayden, 2 runs, full and straight from Irfan, Hayden forces it out towards long-on and runs two before the fielder can fire the throw in

15.5

Pathan to Hayden, FOUR, too far on leg stump, fine leg is in the circle and Hayden flicks the ball past the fielder to the boundary, he had come out to take it on the full

15.6

Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, Irfan was looking for the yorker, Hayden drives towards cover

End of over 16 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 154/2 (RR: 9.62)
ML Hayden    71* (52b 8x4 3x6)      IK Pathan    3-0-29-1
MS Dhoni    49* (23b 6x4 2x6)      VRV Singh    2-0-36-0

16.1

Sreesanth to Hayden, SIX, bizarre shot! Hayden moved across his stumps to a length delivery that was angling into him, he swiveled and pulled the ball with one hand over the fine leg boundary, stunning improvisation

16.2

Sreesanth to Hayden, no run, Hayden walks down the track and swings again, this time he misses and Sangakkara collects, remember Sangakkara missed a stumping off Hayden early on

16.3

Sreesanth to Hayden, SIX, how high has that gone? When it finally comes down the ball lands many feet outside the square leg boundary, Hayden's swinging with ferocity

16.4

Sreesanth to Hayden, SIX, ok Hayden's pushing for the hundred, Sreesanth feeds him a full toss and Hayden pulls over the midwicket boundary

Sreesanth looks lost ... Hayden needs 11 more for his century. Is Sangakkara wincing?

16.5

Sreesanth to Hayden, 4 leg byes, four more! Oh it came off the pad, Hayden tried to play a short arm jab but missed, the ball hit his thigh and went past the keeper to the third man boundary

16.6

Sreesanth to Hayden, OUT, caught! Hayden walks down the track and smashes the ball high, it;s really high but this time it hasn't gone far, Jayawardene settles under it at long-on and holds on to a well-judged catch, Sreesanth gives Hayden a small send off but he's copped a fearful hammering in the over

ML Hayden c Jayawardene b Sreesanth 89 (58b 8x4 6x6) SR: 153.44

End of over 17 (22 runs) Chennai Super Kings 176/3 (RR: 10.35)
     S Sreesanth    4-0-37-1
MS Dhoni    49* (23b 6x4 2x6)      IK Pathan    3-0-29-1

Albie Morkel is the new batsman but it's Dhoni on strike. This is the final over.

17.1

Pathan to Dhoni, FOUR, a friendly full toss outside off stump and Dhoni smashes the ball through cover to reach his fifty, he admitted earlier that his batting had been "pathetic" in the tournament, he's scored two fifties since then

17.2

Pathan to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni mis-times the pull to give the strike to Morkel

17.3

Pathan to Morkel, 1 run, a full ball swinging into the left-hander, Morkel can't make proper contact but gives the strike back to Dhoni

17.4

Pathan to Dhoni, 1 run, dropped by Abdulla at deep midwicket! Dhoni pulls powerfully but straight to Abdulla who runs in a few paces and drops a sitter

17.5

Pathan to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel once again mis-times the pull and takes a single

Last ball of the innings ...

17.6

Pathan to Dhoni, 1 run, the slower short ball, Dhoni pulls towards deep midwicket for a single

Chennai finish with 185 for 3 after 18 overs. Hayden and Dhoni have been the stars and they've emphasised why Chennai have the strongest batting in the tournament. The target for Punjab will be 187, adjusted upwards by a run because of the loss of two overs.

There will be a ten minute break between innings. You could spend it checking this out : Sriram Veera catches up with spinner turned umpire Kumar Dharmasena.

End of over 18 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 185/3
MS Dhoni    56* (27b 7x4 2x6)      IK Pathan    4-0-38-1
JA Morkel    2* (2b)      S Sreesanth    4-0-37-1
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Photos

May 7, 2009

Yuvraj Singh heads back to the pavilion disappointed, Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, IPL, 34th match, Centurion, May 7, 2009

Yuvraj Singh heads back to the pavilion disappointed

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May 7, 2009

Yuvraj Singh reached his fifty off 28 balls, Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, IPL, 34th match, Centurion, May 7, 2009

Yuvraj Singh reached his fifty off 28 balls

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