Indian Premier League, 44th match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings at Durban, May 14, 2009
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 2 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Played at Kingsmead, Durban (neutral venue)
14 May 2009 (20-over match)

12.30 local Right the players are in the middle. Hayden and Vijay are opening for Chennai. Slowly the crowd is building up. Kumble will open the attack. I like this move. Credit to Shane Warne for setting this ball in motion during the 2009 IPL. One slip in place. Here comes Kumble.

Shubham: "Can someone tell me what this Uthappa does to keep his place?"

12.15 local Bangalore's chances of making the semis remain slim. And look who they are up against in their remaining games: Chennai, Deccan and Delhi, the three top teams. Now thats gonna take some beating. This Chennai outfit has won five games in a row. Bangalore have plenty to do to stop that.

"Bangalore never seem to have the same line-up for consecutive matches," says Marcus. "They don't have confidence in the team that has won matches?" Would you have confidence in that squad, Marcus?

12.00 local Time for the toss. Kumble tosses, Dhoni calls. Dhoni wins and Chennai will bat on what he calls a good track. There is hardly anyone in to watch this game. Chennai are unchanged. Bangalore have recalled Praveen Kumar and Roelof van der Merwe. Out go KP Appanna and Jesse Ryder.

11.50 local Hello champs, game 44 of the IPL and its gonna be the Royal Challengers of Bengaluru up against the Chennai Super Kings. We're just about ten minutes away from the toss.

Until then read the shocking truth about Jeremy Coney, the incredible flying Mandira Bedi, and the Agarkar factor. In Off the Record. Have you updated your Fantasy League teams?

Sunny skies in Durban, always good to see. Same pitch being used as yesterday. Those cartoons Neil McKenzie and Jeremy Coney are feeling the surface on bent knee and surmising as to what we should expect. They reckon you should bat first on this track. Amazing.

Chennai are number two on the table and Bangalore sixth.


Kumble to Vijay, no run, floated up on leg stump, not much turn, Vijay gets across and starts to nudge it away but doesn't get the desired timing


Kumble to Vijay, 1 run, quicker, flatter delivery on the pads, nudged away for a single

Big Mattie Hayden marks his guard. A keen contest, this.


Kumble to Hayden, no run, good ball that, pitched up and it skids on with the angle to beat Hayden as he pushes down the wrong line


Kumble to Hayden, no run, slower, fuller, and out comes the reverse sweep to backward point


Kumble to Hayden, 1 run, fuller and he gets off the mark with a push past a sluggish mid-off


Kumble to Vijay, 2 runs, flat down the pads and Vijay picks it up off his legs into the space wide of midwicket, who runs after it but the batsmen run harder and get a couple

Tidy opening over from the captain.

End of over 1 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • M Vijay 3 (3b)
    • ML Hayden 1 (3b)
    • A Kumble 1-0-4-0

Vinay Kumar will take up the attack. A slip in place.

Deepesh: "Why is Ryder out again? Don't they know he can be very much destructive and he needs another chance to show that! Surely if Uthappa gets to retain his place taking a look at his form, Ryder deserves a place in playing XI. I hope they lose to learn their lesson!"


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, FOUR, and immediately Hayden marches down the track, swatting the short ball just over mid-on's fingertips for four


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, 1 wide, bouncer over leg stump, Hayden flinches, Doctrove signals wide


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, FOUR, again he saunters down, this time Vinay errs by serving up a full toss which gets the treatment, swung away wide of midwicket for four more


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, FOUR, super shot that, just saw the marginally fuller ball and gets back to pummel that through the covers, where one man dived in vain, for four more


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, 1 run, short of a length outside leg stump, clipped away for a single


Vinay Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, pitches on a good length, middle and off, and tucked away for one


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, getting Hayden up onto his toes, he forces it away nicely and gets third man into play

Vibhash: "I don't know why people compare selection of an Indian player with foreigner? A foreign player can only replace a foreigner. So if one is complaining about dropping ryder, question who is picked in his place and not uthappa."

End of over 2 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 20/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • ML Hayden 15 (8b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 4 (4b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-16-0
    • A Kumble 1-0-4-0

One over of spin. Praveen comes on.


Kumar to Hayden, FOUR, and he too gets the treatment from Hayden, who makes room and struts down, hammering a short and wide ball over extra cover

Kumble brings third man up ...


Kumar to Hayden, no run, thats full and wide, Hayden throws bat at ball and cannot connect

PK is cleverer than he looks. Expect some good change-ups.


Kumar to Hayden, SIX, oooh he's smacked the pants off that one! PK serves up room outside off stump and Hayden swings it across from where it pitched, flat for six over mid-on


Kumar to Hayden, 1 run, there's the slower one, pitched up just around off stump, Hayden picks it and gets the back leg across to cover off before he punches a drive into the covers for one


Kumar to Vijay, no run, better line and length to Vijay, right on the dime, and he has to defend


Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, good length, good line, but well played too, Vijay just rolling the wrists and on-driving a single to the left of mid-on to keep hold of the strike for next over

End of over 3 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 32/0 (RR: 10.66)

    • M Vijay 5 (6b)
    • ML Hayden 26 (12b 4x4 1x6)
    • P Kumar 1-0-12-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-16-0

Another change. Its Kallis who runs in.


Kallis to Vijay, no run, back of a length just outside off and steered away to backward point


Kallis to Vijay, no run, a tad fuller, but by no means a half-volley, starts to come back in from outside off stump and Vijay is hurried into his shot, he adjusts on the flick and plays it back


Kallis to Vijay, OUT, there's a good change-up delivery! Kallis put in the effort and produces a short one that surprises Vijay, a tad late into his attempted pull, and he gives a catch to Uthappa down at fine leg, who gets across and times his collection to perfection

M Vijay c Uthappa b Kallis 5 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Here's another man in form, Suresh Raina. Such a big player for Chennai.


Kallis to Raina, no run, and he's welcomed with a short ball, Raina doesn't play those to well and its much the same today, fending at it off his toes and dropping it near his feet


Kallis to Raina, no run, another short ball, this time Raina gets in line and defends to point


Kallis to Raina, no run, a wicket-maiden over, fantastic! Kallis bangs it in short, Raina goes flashing and very nearly gets an edge on that, he just got up on one leg and flayed the bat at ball

Superb over from Kallis. Not a run scored.

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) Chennai Super Kings 32/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • SK Raina 0 (3b)
    • ML Hayden 26 (12b 4x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 1-1-0-1
    • P Kumar 1-0-12-0

Kumar to Hayden, 1 run, back of a length outside leg stump and nudged away for a single


Kumar to Raina, 1 run, too much room outside off stump and so Raina cuts past point for one


Kumar to Hayden, 1 run, walks outside his stumps, then shuffles as the bowler follows him, so he turns his wrists and paddles the ball out to deep backward square leg for one


Kumar to Raina, no run, just short of a length, Raina goes back and pushes the ball to cover


Kumar to Raina, FOUR, ah the short ball is being used a lot against Raina, who this time gets into a tangle as he pulls across the line, getting a top edge safely over the keeper for four


Kumar to Raina, FOUR, there's the slog to a slower ball, just spotted it early and clubbed across the line, hit safely over the infield and it finds the ropes for another boundary to Raina

End of over 5 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 43/1 (RR: 8.60)

    • SK Raina 9 (7b 2x4)
    • ML Hayden 28 (14b 4x4 1x6)
    • P Kumar 2-0-23-0
    • JH Kallis 1-1-0-1

Kallis changes over to around the stumps ...


Kallis to Hayden, 1 run, pitches it outside off, Hayden gets behind it and punches toward cover


Kallis to Raina, FOUR, short, wide and slapped - while airborne - just over point's fingertips


Kallis to Raina, no run, much better delivery, pitched up outside off with the angle across and Raina hurriedly gets into position to watchfully defend to point


Kallis to Raina, OUT, done in by a South African tag team! Kallis digs it in short outside leg stump, into Raina's body, and he just hops up and turns it off his ribs toward midwicket, where van der Merwe dives forward to take a good catch

SK Raina c van der Merwe b Kallis 13 (10b 3x4 0x6) SR: 130.00

Raina falls to his bogey ball. Short stuff. Doesn't like them. In comes MS Dhoni. A short leg comes in.


Kallis to Dhoni, no run, short of a length on the stumps and awkwardly turned to short leg


Kallis to Dhoni, FOUR, top shot! Dhoni takes on another short ball by getting into position early, then rolling the wrists to pull that superbly in front of square for four

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End of over 6 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 52/2 (RR: 8.66)

    • MS Dhoni 4 (2b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 29 (15b 4x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 2-1-9-2
    • P Kumar 2-0-23-0

End of the Powerplay. Back comes Kumble. Field can be spread now.


Kumble to Hayden, 1 run, presses forward, then rocks back, and cuts the ball out to the deep

Short leg in place. Standing rather close to Dhoni.


Kumble to Dhoni, no run, floats it up, Dhoni uses his feet and clips the ball to midwicket


Kumble to Dhoni, no run, too short outside off stump but Dhoni cannot time it well, he gets back and pulls with too much of an under edge and the ball doesn't go past midwicket


Kumble to Dhoni, 1 run, tosses it up to get Dhoni onto the front foot and driving to mid-off for one


Kumble to Hayden, no run, change of pace, tosses it up on a good length and Hayden defends


Kumble to Hayden, no run, slower ball, there's the legspinner, pitches outside leg stump and Hayden goes for a booming sweep but loses a hand on the bat, and thus gets no timing

End of over 7 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 54/2 (RR: 7.71)

    • ML Hayden 30 (18b 4x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 5 (5b 1x4)
    • A Kumble 2-0-6-0
    • JH Kallis 2-1-9-2

Another good over from Kumble. Bangalore have pulled things back.


Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length outside off and he gets back and crunches to mid-off

Kallis changes the angle ...


Kallis to Hayden, 1 leg bye, slides down leg stump, beats the bat but there's a leg bye to gully involved


Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, gets forward and drives the fuller ball very hard, on the rise, but mid-off is pretty sharp and a super dive from Praveen saves three for Bangalore

Again Kallis comes back around the stumps ...


Kallis to Hayden, 1 run, swings at a fuller one angling in and inside-edges past midwicket


Kallis to Dhoni, no run, beaten on the flirt, just looking to square drive the full ball but no contact


Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, gets across early and turns the ball from off stump to midwicket and runs

Third tidy over from Kallis. He's come back well after the last game.

End of over 8 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 59/2 (RR: 7.37)

    • MS Dhoni 8 (9b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 31 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 3-1-13-2
    • A Kumble 2-0-6-0

Roelof comes on from some left-arm spin. From around the stumps.


van der Merwe to Dhoni, 1 run, flat on off stump, Dhoni gets across and turns it toward mid-on

Changes the angle ...


van der Merwe to Hayden, 1 leg bye, starts walking down, Roelof sees him and changes the pace and line, the ball turns and nearly beats Hayden but he somehow manages a nibble to backward point


van der Merwe to Dhoni, 2 runs, comes out and takes it on the full, turning it wide of midwicket for two


van der Merwe to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, slower ball, full on the pads, again Dhoni turns it square for a single


van der Merwe to Hayden, 2 runs, tosses up invitingly outside off stump and Hayden gets the back foot across to cover off before he drives superbly into the covers, Dravid fields on the ropes


van der Merwe to Hayden, 1 run, flights it on middle and leg, just holding it back in the air for a fraction, Hayden is lured forward and gets an inside edge as he swings at the ball as it dips, short fine leg fields

End of over 9 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 67/2 (RR: 7.44)

    • ML Hayden 34 (23b 4x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 11 (12b 1x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-6-0
    • JH Kallis 3-1-13-2

Kallis to Hayden, 2 runs, gives him the charge, making room, cracks it past cover and the sweeper covers good ground and slides to save a couple


Kallis to Hayden, 1 run, change of pace, a bit fuller outside off stump and Hayden slogs along the ground out to the sweeper in the deep


Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, cracked off the back foot for one


Kallis to Hayden, no run, bouncer this time outside off stump, Hayden flinches, wide not called


Kallis to Hayden, 1 run, full on the pads, attempted yorker, neatly clipped out to deep midwicket

Kallis goes back over the stumps ...


Kallis to Dhoni, no run, and Dhoni is beaten as he flashes outside off stump

End of a great spell from Kallis. Top stuff. We have a seven-and-half-minute break. I'm off for a breather.

End of over 10 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 72/2 (RR: 7.20)

    • MS Dhoni 12 (14b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 38 (27b 4x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 4-1-18-2
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-6-0

Chennai have been pegged back a bit, without any damage in terms of wickets, by Kallis and Kumble primarily. They still have Hayden and Dhoni in the middle, with a couple hitters in the bank. Bangalore need to win this game to keep themselves alive in 2009. The players and umpires are ready. Roelof to bowl.


van der Merwe to Hayden, 1 run, tosses it up a tad wide and Hayden gets back to chop it away for one


van der Merwe to Dhoni, 1 run, plenty of flight and some good dip, makes room and goes mid-off


van der Merwe to Hayden, SIX, lovely use of the feet from Hayden, turning a low full toss into a meaty one and he slams that rows back over midwicket for el sixo


van der Merwe to Hayden, 1 run, tosses it up on the stumps, he swings and inside-edges past midwicket


van der Merwe to Dhoni, 2 runs, uses his feet to get to the pitch, then drives past cover and calls for two


van der Merwe to Dhoni, 1 run, again onto the front foot, gently dabbing to extra cover for one

End of over 11 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 84/2 (RR: 7.63)

    • MS Dhoni 16 (17b 1x4)
    • ML Hayden 46 (30b 4x4 2x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-18-0
    • JH Kallis 4-1-18-2

Vinay Kumar into the attack.


Vinay Kumar to Dhoni, 1 run, down comes Dhoni, looking to punch that to the off side but having to adjust to the length, he swings and gets an inside edge down toward short fine leg


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, 2 runs, gets some room to free the arms and does so with a real crude swing to one pitched up outside off stump, not the best of timing and then out on the ropes Roelof sprawls to save runs


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, 1 run, just early into the shot, chipping in the air wide of mid-on for a single


Vinay Kumar to Dhoni, 1 run, wee bit of room with the shorter ball and Dhoni cuts past point


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, no run, short of a length outside off, Hayden drives hard but right to cover


Vinay Kumar to Hayden, FOUR, super shot when you're on 49! Vinay pitches it up on and around off stump and Hayden unfurls a clever little reverse paddle that takes him to his half-century, well played

End of over 12 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 93/2 (RR: 7.75)

    • ML Hayden 53 (34b 5x4 2x6)
    • MS Dhoni 18 (19b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-25-0
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-18-0

van der Merwe to Dhoni, OUT, well held, Roelof! Thats one for the reflex album, he dove to his right side, the wrong side, and intercepted a hard drive in the air from Dhoni, who used his feet to a tossed up delivery and chipped it back

MS Dhoni c & b van der Merwe 18 (20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

Bangalore continue to chip away. Dhoni goes, Oram comes.


van der Merwe to Oram, 1 run, much slower this time, and wider, Oram squirts it down wide of gully


van der Merwe to Hayden, SIX, shot, six! Slight use of the feet to collect on the volley and he goes very hard and very straight for maximum


van der Merwe to Hayden, 1 run, again he comes out, this time drilling it back to Roelof's right side, he dives but cannot get there and the ball runs down the ground to long-off for fielding practice


van der Merwe to Oram, no run, slows the pace, gets some turn, Oram pushes and misses


van der Merwe to Oram, no run, flights it up in all the right areas and Oram can only defend it back

Bar that savage six, it was a good over. A really good catch taken in there as well.

End of over 13 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 101/3 (RR: 7.76)

    • JDP Oram 1 (3b)
    • ML Hayden 60 (36b 5x4 3x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-26-1
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-25-0

We have a holdup. Oram needs a new pad apparently.


Kumble to Hayden, no run, big shout but no dice! Kumble flights it up just outside off stump, gets too much height on it and so the umpire shakes his head, Hayden was looking to sweep hard


Kumble to Hayden, OUT, innings comes to an end with a superb catch on the ropes! Kumble floats it up, Hayden swings hard, the ball is up in the for some time during which Vinay Kumar runs across on the deep midwicket boundary trying to size it up, then he runs and takes it, losing balance, he trips ... whoops, one step, two .. but all is well in the end as he makes sure he's just inside the ropes ... amazing reflexes and recovery

ML Hayden c Vinay Kumar b Kumble 60 (38b 5x4 3x6) SR: 157.89


Kumble to Oram, 1 run, shorter, flatter, wider and he dabs a single to short third man


Kumble to Badrinath, no run, tossed up full outside off and Badrinath defends watchfully


Kumble to Badrinath, no run, quicker one skids on from wide, Badri cuts and misses


Kumble to Badrinath, no run, cuts again but cannot beat backward point

Thats a top over from Kumble. Just the one run and a massive wicket.

End of over 14 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 102/4 (RR: 7.28)

    • S Badrinath 0 (3b)
    • JDP Oram 2 (4b)
    • A Kumble 3-0-7-1
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-26-1

van der Merwe to Oram, 1 run, flighted up and he plays a reverse sweep for a single


van der Merwe to Badrinath, no run, short and wider and he gets over the bounce, back-cutting to point


van der Merwe to Badrinath, 1 run, gives himself room and lofts the fuller ball over cover for one


van der Merwe to Oram, no run, slows up the pace, tosses it up wider to force Oram come after it, and all he can do is drive it back to the bowler


van der Merwe to Oram, no run, and again, lands it on a good length and Oram drives it back


van der Merwe to Oram, 1 run, quicker and flatter on the stumps and he turns it toward midwicket

End of over 15 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 105/4 (RR: 7.00)

    • JDP Oram 4 (8b)
    • S Badrinath 1 (5b)
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-29-1
    • A Kumble 3-0-7-1

Five overs to go and B Akhil gets a chance. He bowls gentle military stuff.


Akhil to Oram, 1 run, good shout but not given, because there's no movement, its pitched just around leg stump and hits the pad as Oram thumps forward, he sets off for the single and no leg byes are signaled so must have been a bit of bat in there somewhere


Akhil to Badrinath, no run, gets across to try one of those en vogue paddles but cant make contact


Akhil to Badrinath, no run, goes back to try and flash it away over point but still no dice


Akhil to Badrinath, 1 run, finally a decent shot Badri, getting to a fuller and straighter one and driving back past the stumps and Oram


Akhil to Oram, no run, backs away and swings at a short of a length ball, gets it off the bottom part of the bat and Akhil does the fielding himself


Akhil to Oram, no run, slower ball pitches wide of off stump and slides under Oram's bat

Chennai's last boundary was .. drum roll ... 21 balls ago. Heavens to Betsy.

End of over 16 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 107/4 (RR: 6.68)

    • JDP Oram 5 (11b)
    • S Badrinath 2 (8b)
    • B Akhil 1-0-2-0
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-29-1

Kumble to Badrinath, OUT, the wheels on Chennai's bus go ... off, off, off ... and thats 22 balls since the last boundary, as Badri comes down and tries to go for half a dozen but fails to find the desired elevation, Uthappa at long-on settles under it and takes with ease

S Badrinath c Uthappa b Kumble 2 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

Kumble has made further inroads. Looks a pleased man down there. Here's Albie Morkel.


Kumble to Morkel, 2 runs, flights it up, the wrong 'un has some room on it and Albie gets across to get the bat down on ball, cutting late and wide of backward point for a couple


Kumble to Morkel, 1 run, flat outside leg stump and he clips it off his pads for a single


Kumble to Oram, 1 run, slower still, and on a length outside off, Oram drives to mid-off


Kumble to Morkel, no run, the googly again, a tad short and Albie cuts but cant beat cover


Kumble to Morkel, 1 run, pinches a single last ball, just dabbing wide of the fielder and setting off

End of over 17 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 112/5 (RR: 6.58)

    • JA Morkel 4 (4b)
    • JDP Oram 6 (12b)
    • A Kumble 4-0-12-2
    • B Akhil 1-0-2-0

Three overs to go. Bangalore have done well around Hayden's innings. Great day in the office for Kumble. Four overs, two wickets, and 12 runs. Hats off boss. PK comes back.


Kumar to Morkel, 1 run, pitched up outside off and he drives hard, just wide of extra-cover too


Kumar to Oram, 1 run, gives himself some room and drives hard, again to the same spot


Kumar to Morkel, FOUR, picks the slower ball and flat-bats the short ball between midwicket and mid-on, gave himself the elevation and thats a four after ages for Chennai


Kumar to Morkel, OUT, another one goes down, and this too a full toss! Albie just doesn't look the player he's made out to be, slicing a wide full toss to Kumble at extra cover, who takes it easily

JA Morkel c Kumble b Kumar 9 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

Shadab Jakati finds his way out to the middle.


Kumar to Jakati, no run, short ball now, over the stumps, Jakati pulls and misses


Kumar to Jakati, no run, slower ball served up wide and another swing and miss

Further good work done by Bangalore.

End of over 18 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 118/6 (RR: 6.55)

    • SB Jakati 0 (2b)
    • JDP Oram 7 (13b)
    • P Kumar 3-0-29-1
    • A Kumble 4-0-12-2

Two overs to go. Chennai 118 for 6. Vinay Kumar from around the stumps to Oram.


Vinay Kumar to Oram, no run, very, very full outside off stump, Oram swings and misses


Vinay Kumar to Oram, OUT, edged and taken! Vinay persists with that attempted yorker outside off stump, lands it right in the blockhole and Oram, backing away, swishes a thin nick through to Boucher

JDP Oram c †Boucher b Vinay Kumar 7 (15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 46.66

Here's L Balaji.


Vinay Kumar to Balaji, OUT, a first-baller for Balaji, making a total mess of his attempt to pull a short-pitched ball dug in outside off stump, gets a top edge that Kumble gobbles up at midwicket

L Balaji c Kumble b Vinay Kumar 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Vinay finds himself on a hat-trick. Good for him. Here's Jakati, as the batsmen crossed. Change of angle ...


Vinay Kumar to Jakati, no run, short outside off stump, Jakati tries the uppercut and cannot connect


Vinay Kumar to Jakati, 1 run, nearly a catch but not close enough to cover, as he uses his feet and chips the ball in the air and it dies before the two fielders running in


Vinay Kumar to Muralitharan, FOUR, good old fashioned swat from Murali, looking one way and swinging the other, makes some good contact on that ball and beats mid-off for four

End of over 19 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 123/8 (RR: 6.47)

    • M Muralitharan 4 (1b 1x4)
    • SB Jakati 1 (4b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-30-2
    • P Kumar 3-0-29-1

Good over to end off for Vinay. Last over coming up ...


Kumar to Jakati, FOUR, bangs it in very short, gets Jakati pulling and the result is a thick top edge over Boucher's head


Kumar to Jakati, 1 run, short and wide, he gets back and punches past cover and point


Kumar to Muralitharan, OUT, full ball now sliding down leg stump, Murali swings and sets off as the ball rolls into the covers, he's just short of his crease as PK collects, turns, and under-arms the ball onto the nonstriker's stumps ... basically Murali didn't ground his bat

M Muralitharan run out 4 (2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Disaster of an innings for Chennai. Its 128 for 9. Did Murali pull a hamstring? He's clutching it.


Kumar to Jakati, 1 run, OUT, gets to the pitch and drives it down to long-on, the sweeper collects easily and has plenty of time to lob the throw back to PK, who collects and breaks the stumps to get Tyagi

S Tyagi run out 0 (0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Well now ... whats this? Bangalore have rallied excellently to bowl Chennai out inside 20 overs. Hayden scored 60 and the next best was 18. Thats real bad from Chennai's side. No support for Hayden, who himself fell just when he had license to really turn it on. Kallis set the tone for Bangalore, Kumble followed up, Roelof kept it decent, and PK and Vinay found further success. From 101 for 4 in 13.2 overs Chennai folded for 129 in 19.4. Thats good work from Bangalore and they find themselves chasing 130. Do not go very far because the second innings gets underway soon.






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