Indian Premier League, 51st match: Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders at Centurion, May 18, 2009
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Played at SuperSport Park, Centurion (neutral venue)
18 May 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

16.00 local Its that time of the evening. The two wicketkeepers are in the middle. Ramiz Raja is bellowing to the fans something about bouncing and bumping ... not sure what thats about ... anyways, ignoring him ... Dhoni has won the toss and decided to bat. He thinks the track will assist the spinners.

Big news - Matthew Hayden is not playing today. His place is taken by George Bailey. The weather looks good. McCullum says he would have fielded on a dry pitch. Not bad. Kolkata have made a few changes. Ashok Dinda, Ajantha Mendis, Laxmi Shukla and Anureet Singh come in. The men to be axed are Ishant Sharma, Shoaib Shaikh, Yashpal Singh and the expensive acquisition Mashrafe Mortaza, who was hammered in his first two and then the last over against Deccan. Thanks for coming, Mash.

15.45 local The captaincy of both teams has been interesting to observe. MS Dhoni's leadership has been impressive, and so has his batting. Dhoni has moved himself around considerably in the middle order, and backed up his two half-centuries with some cameos, proving effective at the death. With Hayden dominating the top order, Dhoni has been the stand-out player in the middle. On the other hand Brendon McCullum has only managed one significant innings. His dismal form was compounded by Kolkata's all-round failure, some close calls, some poor calls, management issues, the harsh Indian media, and even that blogger.

Some stats and trivia to pass the time? Why not.

  • Chennai have averaged 37.2 per wicket in the Powerplay, scoring at 8.45 runs per over. Kolkata haven't done as well, averaging 23.61 per wicket and scoring at 6.43 an over
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  • Balaji is the only bowler from the two teams in the list of the top ten wicket-takers in the competition, with 13 from 10 games at 18.92
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  • Hayden has struck 21 sixes in the competition, the second-highest in the IPL this year, after Adam Gilchrist. He's followed by Raina with 17

15.35 local Hi everyone, big game for Chennai this evening. They are currently placed second and will confirm their qualification for the semi-finals if they beat Kolkata. If they lose though, they'll face the frustrating prospect of having to rely on the outcome of their final league game against Kings XI Punjab, and possibly net run-rate to see where they finish. Kolkata ... well, not much to say. You all know their predicament.

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Dinda to Patel, 1 run, a touch fortunate straightaway, back of a length outside off from Dinda, left him a bit, prodded at it, got a thick outside edge to third man

Bailey on strike now


Dinda to Bailey, no run, slightly short on the off, pushed to cover off the back foot


Dinda to Bailey, no run, length ball on the off, gets forward and defends it towards cover


Dinda to Bailey, FOUR, he's away, lands it short on middle, rocks back and whips it away through square leg for a boundary


Dinda to Bailey, no run, back of a length on the off, pushes it firmly towards mid-off


Dinda to Bailey, no run, fullish, probing him outside off, he handles it well, gets to the pitch and defends it towards cover

End of over 1 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • GJ Bailey 4 (5b 1x4)
    • PA Patel 1 (1b)
    • AB Dinda 1-0-5-0

Anureet Singh to bowl ...


Anureet Singh to Patel, FOUR, and thats a good shot to a half-volley on off stump, just gets there and punches it back past the stumps and mid-off for four, easy as they come for Patel

Field change ... slip goes out and two men come to cover


Anureet Singh to Patel, no run, pitched up on middle and off and he drives it back to the bowler


Anureet Singh to Patel, 1 wide, too wide that outside off stump, Patel leaves and wide is called


Anureet Singh to Patel, no run, short of a length just outside off, Patel thinks about turning the wrists and working the ball to the leg side but then adjusts to defend the ball back to Anureet


Anureet Singh to Patel, 1 run, change of pace, length ball outside off stump, Patel pushes it down in front of mid-off and sets off for the risky run, McCullum collects and throws but misses


Anureet Singh to Bailey, 1 run, short of a length, jags back into off stump, Bailey hops across and turns the ball wide of midwicket for another quick single


Anureet Singh to Patel, 1 wide, full and wide again, slants even wider and umpire Tiffen has work to do


Anureet Singh to Patel, FOUR, bad ball with fine leg up in the circle, serves it up down the pads and Patel glances it very fine to end the over with a boundary

Poor opening over from Anureet.

End of over 2 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 17/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • PA Patel 10 (6b 2x4)
    • GJ Bailey 5 (6b 1x4)
    • Anureet Singh 1-0-12-0
    • AB Dinda 1-0-5-0

Dinda to Bailey, no run, pitches it up, Bailey drives it back and Dinda dives to stop the ball


Dinda to Bailey, no run, walks across the stumps before the ball is bowled, its short and slanting over the top of leg stump and Bailey cannot connect on the attempted pull shot


Dinda to Bailey, FOUR, bang thats four! Connects well on the pull shot, smacking the short ball over midwicket for four, got into position early


Dinda to Bailey, FOUR, short outside off stump this time and Bailey waits before rolling the wrists and back-cutting the ball behind backward point, third man cannot get there in time


Dinda to Bailey, 2 runs, shuffles across his stumps again, flicking the full ball into the space wide of square leg, getting deep fine leg into play


Dinda to Bailey, no run, low full toss on the stumps but he flicks it to the man at square leg

End of over 3 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 27/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • GJ Bailey 15 (12b 3x4)
    • PA Patel 10 (6b 2x4)
    • AB Dinda 2-0-15-0
    • Anureet Singh 1-0-12-0

Looks a keen batsman, this Bailey. Plenty of time to play his shots. Agarkar replaces Anureet.


Agarkar to Patel, 1 wide, short and way down the leg side, poor ball from Agarkar to start off


Agarkar to Patel, 1 run, bangs it short outside off and Patel pulls it just wide of midwicket


Agarkar to Bailey, FOUR, pitches it on a length, Bailey makes room and charges, hitting the ball in the air over extra cover for four, aggressive shot that from him


Agarkar to Bailey, no run, gets across his stumps and tucks the length ball to midwicket


Agarkar to Bailey, 1 leg bye, hops well outside off stump and tries to tuck the ball away, its too full for that shot and he gets struck on the pads well outside the line of impact, scampers a leg bye


Agarkar to Patel, no run, short on leg stump, attempted slower ball, Patel pulls it but doesn't connect well and the ball just dribbles to the man at square leg, he really missed out there


Agarkar to Patel, 1 run, pitches it up outside off and Patel pushes to the off side and sets off

End of over 4 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 35/0 (RR: 8.75)

    • PA Patel 12 (9b 2x4)
    • GJ Bailey 19 (15b 4x4)
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-7-0
    • AB Dinda 2-0-15-0

This is a busy start from Chennai in the absence of Matthew Hayden. Spin in the form of Murali Kartik.


Kartik to Patel, FOUR, low full toss outside off stump, a freebie, slapped back past mid-on


Kartik to Patel, 1 run, flights it on a length, off stump, flicked across the line to midwicket


Kartik to Bailey, 1 run, jumps out of his crease, Kartik keeps it flat down the stumps, Bailey adjusts and flicks an inside edge to short fine leg, Patel wants one and runs hard to get it


Kartik to Patel, no run, beats him with a faster one outside off, Patel pushes at it and the ball doesn't turn, looks like the arm ball that just went on straight


Kartik to Patel, no run, fast and flat and straight and he skips out to drive hard to mid-on


Kartik to Patel, 1 run, a tad shorter, no turn, Patel mistimes the paddle pull to short fine leg where Anureet fumbles the collection so they get a single in the end

End of over 5 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 42/0 (RR: 8.40)

    • PA Patel 18 (14b 3x4)
    • GJ Bailey 20 (16b 4x4)
    • M Kartik 1-0-7-0
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-7-0

Spin from both ends, its Hodge.


Hodge to Patel, 4 byes, tosses it up generously, pitches on a length, Patel has a big swing but misses, the wicketkeeper also misses it and thats four byes, oh that was so close


Hodge to Patel, 1 run, flatter ball down the pads and he sweeps and runs very hard


Hodge to Bailey, 1 run, starts to come out to the slower ball and pushes it wide of cover


Hodge to Patel, no run, fuller ball, not as slow, pitches just outside off and turns away sharply, Patel swings and misses


Hodge to Patel, FOUR, just a bit too wide and Patel pounces on the short ball with a firm cut


Hodge to Patel, 2 runs, flatter ball turns into Patel and he backs away and works it off his pads

Slow track so far. Batsmen need to be wary. Bowlers just cannot afford to drop it short or wide.

End of over 6 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 54/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • PA Patel 25 (19b 4x4)
    • GJ Bailey 21 (17b 4x4)
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-8-0
    • M Kartik 1-0-7-0

Kartik to Bailey, 5 wides, slow ball drifts down the pads, Bailey sweeps and misses, just, and the ball goes on wide of the wicketkeeper for four wides


Kartik to Bailey, OUT, loose running, a good throw, and Patel has to go! Better ball, flatter on middle and leg, Bailey turns it wide of square leg and sets off, Patel reaches out to ground his bat home as the throw comes in from Shukla, its a direct hit and replays show he was a few inches short

PA Patel run out 25 (19b 4x4 0x6) SR: 131.57

First down for Chennai. Suresh Raina walks out at No. 3. He's due an innings.


Kartik to Raina, 1 run, flat outside off, just a tad wide and Raina pinches one wide of point


Kartik to Bailey, 1 run, uses his feet to the spinner, and does so well, pushing to extra cover


Kartik to Raina, 1 run, too short and he gets back to punch it back past Kartik to long-on


Kartik to Bailey, 1 run, slower ball drifts into middle and leg, Bailey drives easily to mid-off


Kartik to Raina, FOUR, super shot, just gently opens the face as he pushes forward to a loopy delivery outside off stump, connects well and rather deftly to get four well wide of short third man

End of over 7 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 67/1 (RR: 9.57)

    • SK Raina 6 (3b 1x4)
    • GJ Bailey 23 (20b 4x4)
    • M Kartik 2-0-20-0
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-8-0

Ajantha Mendis into the attack. Trumpets blare from the stands as he warms up.


Mendis to Bailey, 2 runs, straight ball on a length and Bailey shuffles to pick the gap at midwicket


Mendis to Bailey, 1 run, pitches short and goes away, Bailey gets across and flicks it away


Mendis to Raina, 1 run, fuller, middle and off, turns away and Raina pushes it to cover


Mendis to Bailey, 1 run, too full and straight so Bailey tucks it off his pads for a single


Mendis to Raina, 1 run, slower ball looped up on the pads, Raina cocks the wrists and gets one


Mendis to Bailey, 1 run, full and straight, no turn at all, Bailey uses his feet to clip to midwicket

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 74/1 (RR: 9.25)

    • GJ Bailey 28 (24b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 8 (5b 1x4)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-7-0
    • M Kartik 2-0-20-0

Hodge to Bailey, 1 run, slowly tossed up on middle and off and turns it wide of midwicket


Hodge to Raina, no run, flat just outside off stump, Raina comes forward and defends


Hodge to Raina, 1 run, too short and he goes back to cut into the gap at cover and point


Hodge to Bailey, 1 run, down he comes to try and swing the flat ball away, doesn't get much on it but goes over square leg and gets a single for his efforts


Hodge to Raina, no run, pushes it through flatter and quicker and Raina pushes to cover


Hodge to Raina, 1 run, tries to go downtown but mistimes the shot, the ball goes in the air wide of mid-off and dribbles down to the man running in from long-off

Good over from Hodge.

End of over 9 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 78/1 (RR: 8.66)

    • SK Raina 10 (9b 1x4)
    • GJ Bailey 30 (26b 4x4)
    • BJ Hodge 2-0-12-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-7-0

Hussey to Bailey, OUT, slow ball, flighted well up on off stump, Raina gets over it to smother the turn, the ball rolls toward point and they set off, Raina makes it easily but Bailey is struggling and dives full stretch but the fielder doesn't have to do much except nail a good flat throw and Bailey's dive is in vain ... truth be told, that wasn't a good run because the ball went right to the man at point

GJ Bailey run out 30 (27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

Two run outs and Chennai's openers are gone. Dhoni comes in.


Hussey to Dhoni, 1 run, flat outside off stump and he punches down to mid-off and sets off


Hussey to Raina, 2 runs, a loose shot there, Raina reaches out to a wide ball and scoops it just over cover's fingertips, the ball didn't come on as he expected and he's lucky


Hussey to Raina, 2 runs, flat on the pads and he clips the ball wide of the man inside


Hussey to Raina, no run, a tad short and he gets back to punch but cannot beat cover or point


Hussey to Raina, no run, short and wide, he cuts and misses and no reaction from the umpire

So thats ten overs. Time for the strategic time-out. A much needed one, too. For me at least.

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End of over 10 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 83/2 (RR: 8.30)

    • SK Raina 14 (13b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 1 (1b)
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-5-0
    • BJ Hodge 2-0-12-0

Welcome back. Mendis comes back into the attack. Kartik stands at slip.


Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, slow offcutter on a very good length and Dhoni drives it to extra cover


Mendis to Raina, 1 run, slower ball, offbreak, pitched up and Raina drives to extra cover


Mendis to Dhoni, no run, too short and Dhoni cuts off the back foot but picks out cover


Mendis to Dhoni, no run, slower, fuller, Dhoni reaches out plays it back to Mendis


Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, back to short and wide and this one's cut out to the sweeper


Mendis to Raina, FOUR, errs in length and Raina flat-bats the short ball over midwicket's leap

That last ball spoiled what was otherwise a very tidy over.

End of over 11 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 90/2 (RR: 8.18)

    • SK Raina 19 (15b 2x4)
    • MS Dhoni 3 (5b)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-14-0
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-5-0

Kartik to Dhoni, 1 run, slow ball down the pads, easy pickings for Dhoni, who turns it fine


Kartik to Raina, no run, flat on middle and off, Raina gets in line and defends it back


Kartik to Raina, FOUR, short and he gets right over the ball, using the wrists to cut it behind square on the off side, beats the man in front and out in the deep on a very fast outfield


Kartik to Raina, 1 leg bye, flatter down the pads and he tucks away a single


Kartik to Dhoni, 1 run, starts to come out, Kartik fires it in but Dhoni still on-drives a single


Kartik to Raina, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, Raina steers it into the gap at point for one

End of over 12 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 98/2 (RR: 8.16)

    • SK Raina 24 (19b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 5 (7b)
    • M Kartik 3-0-27-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-14-0

Smart batting from these two. Rotating the strike, hitting the bad balls, keeping the run rate up.


Hussey to Raina, 1 run, flat on middle and leg and Raina drives handsomely past mid-off


Hussey to Dhoni, SIX, big shot from Dhoni, reaching out and clubbing the length ball from outside off stump, connects really well and goes high over long-off for half a dozen


Hussey to Dhoni, 1 run, now he goes for a reverse sweep to a flatter ball and gets a single


Hussey to Raina, 2 runs, speared into the pads, Raina clips it wide of mid-on, runs hard, the fielding in the deep is a bit slow and Raina runs back for the second easily


Hussey to Raina, 2 runs, arm ball, just outside off stump, punched away toward cover for one, a dribble of a throw comes back and Raina gets one more after Hussey fails to collect it cleanly


Hussey to Raina, 1 wide, spins flat and wide of the stumps for an extra run to the score


Hussey to Raina, no run, flat on the stumps and he presses forward to play it watchfully

End of over 13 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 111/2 (RR: 8.53)

    • SK Raina 29 (23b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 12 (9b 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-18-0
    • M Kartik 3-0-27-0

Back into the attack comes Agarkar.


Agarkar to Dhoni, FOUR, a drop but that would have taken some stopping honestly! Short ball, Dhoni flat-bats that ferociously back to Agarkar, who starts to go for it but then does well to get out of harm's way because that ball would have sliced his ear off it was hit so hard


Agarkar to Dhoni, no run, fuller ball and eases it straight to the off side fielder


Agarkar to Dhoni, 2 runs, another drop and this one was a doozie! Agarkar bends his back and produces a good short ball that gains on Dhoni, who pulls but takes it high on the splice, spooning an easy catch to Kartik at midwicket but he jogs back to his right and fluffs it


Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 run, pitches fuller and Dhoni pushes it back for a single


Agarkar to Raina, 1 wide, attempted bouncer over leg stump, Raina ducks and a wide is called


Agarkar to Raina, 1 run, good shot, punching the length ball on the rise through cover


Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 run, full outside off stump and Dhoni hits it hard down to long-off for one

The first chance was too hard to hang onto but the second should have been taken.

End of over 14 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 121/2 (RR: 8.64)

    • MS Dhoni 20 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 30 (24b 3x4)
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-17-0
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-18-0

McCullum has a chat with Dinda. Kolkata need to dislodge this pair.


Dinda to Dhoni, 1 run, pitches it up and slants it in to cramp Dhoni, who pushes to extra cover


Dinda to Raina, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Raina too is cramped and defends


Dinda to Raina, no run, much fuller and Raina drives hard to mid-off and gets sent back quickly


Dinda to Raina, no run, tries the bouncer over leg stump, Raina flinches, not called a wide


Dinda to Raina, 1 run, makes some room, exposing all the sticks, and smashes a full ball back past Dhoni down to Hussey running across near long-off


Dinda to Dhoni, no run, good ball, the yorker outside off stump, beats Dhoni's bat as well

Can't really ask for much more. Thats a terrific over from Dinda. Just two singles.

End of over 15 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 123/2 (RR: 8.20)

    • MS Dhoni 21 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 31 (28b 3x4)
    • AB Dinda 3-0-17-0
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-17-0

Five overs to go. Chennai primed for a big total. Twilight is setting.


Mendis to Raina, SIX, length ball on the stumps and he smashes it over midwicket very flat


Mendis to Raina, SIX, make that two in two, just getting under a full ball and scooping it over mid-on, a mistimed flick but he's got enough bat on it


Mendis to Raina, 1 run, short again, Raina rocks back and pulls over the infield to the sweeper


Mendis to Dhoni, 2 runs, flat on the pads, Dhoni skips out and flicks wide of the man for a couple


Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, the wrong 'un, pitches on a length and Dhoni drives to extra cover


Mendis to Raina, 1 run, back of a length just outside off and he calmly punches it to long-off

End of over 16 (17 runs) Chennai Super Kings 140/2 (RR: 8.75)

    • SK Raina 45 (32b 3x4 2x6)
    • MS Dhoni 24 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-31-0
    • AB Dinda 3-0-17-0

A very crucial over goes wrong for Kolkata. Chennai are surging toward a big score. Expensive over.


Dinda to Raina, 1 run, good ball, full outside off, Raina clears the front leg and swings to long-on


Dinda to Dhoni, FOUR, serves up a low full toss outside off stump, looking for the yorker, and Dhoni slices it with a thin outside edge that flies wide of backward point and beats third man


Dinda to Dhoni, 1 run, slower short ball, change of pace nearly beats Dhoni who pulls and gets an inside edge wide of square leg


Dinda to Raina, no run, slower ball again, this time he pitches it up and Raina slogs wildly, unable to connect on that delivery, so a crucial dot ball goes Kolkata's way


Dinda to Raina, SIX, but that will erase the dot ball and raise Raina's half-century! Short ball outside off stump and he pulls it very well for a big six over midwicket, well played Raina


Dinda to Raina, OUT, gone to a full toss of all things! Dinda slips out a wide full toss, Raina slogs and gets a thick outside edge that spirals up and settles right in backward point's hands

SK Raina c Shukla b Dinda 52 (36b 3x4 3x6) SR: 144.44

But what an innings to fuel Chennai. He's come back hard, has Raina.

End of over 17 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 152/3 (RR: 8.94)

    • MS Dhoni 29 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 4-0-29-1
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-31-0

Three overs to go. Albie Morkel joins his captain. He can do serious damage.


Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 wide, wide ball, what are you doing? Pitches it well outside off stump


Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 run, short outside off stump and he slices off the back foot past cover


Agarkar to Morkel, 1 run, full on the pads and he flicks it out to deep midwicket to open his score


Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 run, good ball, yorker right on off stump and well dug out to the covers


Agarkar to Morkel, no run, bouncer over leg stump, Albie flinches, good ball at this stage of the innings


Agarkar to Morkel, 1 wide, slower ball goes awry, pitches well outside leg stump


Agarkar to Morkel, 1 run, pitches it up on middle and leg and Albie drives down to long-off


Agarkar to Dhoni, FOUR, too full on the pads and Dhoni flicks it wide of short fine leg

Mixed it up, gave two wides, and then a low full toss last ball. Average over.

End of over 18 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 162/3 (RR: 9.00)

    • MS Dhoni 35 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 2 (3b)
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-27-0
    • AB Dinda 4-0-29-1

So, 12 balls left. Can Albie tee off or will Kolkata hit back to reduce the damage? Mendis to do duty.


Mendis to Morkel, 1 run, good ball, the sliding wrong'un, pitches well outside leg stump and hits the pad as Albie goes back to cut, scampers a single even as Mendis appeals


Mendis to Dhoni, FOUR, take that! What a fierce shot from Dhoni, skipping out to collect on the full and absolutely smashes that over mid-on and the man in the deep hadn't a chance to stop it


Mendis to Dhoni, no run, offbreak this time, slower and on a length, Dhoni pushes to extra cover


Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, chance gone down! Dhoni charges down, Mendis keeps it short and wide, Dhoni slaps at the ball and gets a top edge that pops up toward third man, where Kartik doesn't step forward and instead falls over and doesn't even get there at all ... his second drop of the evening


Mendis to Morkel, 1 run, swings at one looped up on the stumps and gets an inside edge to leg


Mendis to Dhoni, no run, good ball to end the over, on a length, the wrong 'un again, and defended

End of over 19 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 169/3 (RR: 8.89)

    • MS Dhoni 40 (27b 4x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 4 (5b)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-38-0
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-27-0

Agarkar to Morkel, no run, well bowled, Ajit! Yorker outside off stump slides under the bat


Agarkar to Morkel, SIX, wow thats flat, has to be the flattest we've seen so far this IPL! Short of a length on the stumps and before you can say hello dolly Albie flat-bats it over square leg


Agarkar to Morkel, SIX, ooh thats a shot! Agarkar hits a length, Albie clears the leg and tees off for a massive straight six, that was just in the slot and he didn't disappoint at all


Agarkar to Morkel, FOUR, good ball, but an even better shot! Agarkar nails the yorker just outside off stump but Albie is in sublime form, just opening the face and squeezing it superbly past gully


Agarkar to Morkel, 1 run, now he miscues one and scoops the full ball over cover, was planning on slamming that much straighter but survives as the ball lands safely in the deep


Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 wide, bad, bad bad Agarkar! Over a decade of international cricket and he's bowling this trash ... very wide outside off stump, Dhoni jumps across to hit it but cannot reach there


Agarkar to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, much fuller, again looking for the yorker, Dhoni tries one of those paddle shots to fine leg but cannot connect, the result of his expansive efforts is a leg bye to the off side

Well that basically sums up Kolkata's campaign in 2009. The bowlers didn't strike early, Chennai lost two due to run outs, Mendis was hammered, Agarkar was hammered, there were dropped catches, the spinners didn't manage a wicket, and the last over went for plenty. Hard to see how they will chase this. Chennai have posted a mammoth 188 thanks to Raina, Dhoni and Albie. Tough to chase under lights and Kolkata need to score at nearly nine-and-a-half per over. Another disappointing show from Kolkata on the way out.

Keeping with sad trends and farewells, Tishani Doshi reflects on how, just when we've got to know the teams, it's time to say goodbye to some of them.

End of over 20 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 188/3

    • MS Dhoni 40 (28b 4x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 21 (10b 1x4 2x6)
    • AB Agarkar 4-0-45-0
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-38-0





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