Indian Premier League - 54th match

Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab

Chennai Super Kings won by 24 runs

Australian to Australian. Brett Lee to George Bailey.

Almost ready now. The umpires are strolling out. The customary huddle for Punjab ahead of the start, and the Chennai openers, short in stature, but looked quite punchy in the last match.

Stan: "Must agree with Shiva the same with Kolkata. Look what impact Charl Langeveldt had in the game and only now the decide to pick him. I believe he is he still the best bowler in the 20/20 game."

Just minutes away from the start folks, so hold fire.

4.30 pm: The experts believe the pitch has something in it for the bowlers early on, but is likely to ease out. In Durban, dew will play a factor, so it'll be interesting to see how the spinners fare in the evening. By the way, check out the XI's above.

Shiva: "What is the problem with Dhoni? Why is he not picking Makhaya Ntini? It is quite absurd, he keeps repeating about the bowling weaknesses but seldom try Ntini who would be more than handful in bouncy South African wickets. Poor Ntini, didn't get a single game in his Home Town! Really Bizarre!"

There's no Albie, Jakati or Tyagi. Hayden was already out last match.

4.25 pm: It's worth mentioning that Chennai haven't won a game in Durban. They've lost three out of three. Check out their list of results.

4.20 pm: Time for the toss. Chennai have won and opted to bat. MS Dhoni singles out the bowling as the major worry for his team. A few changes. R Ashwin, Manpreet Gony and Thilan Thushara are in. Punjab are unchanged. Dhoni said getting in the offspinner was a ploy to counter a side packed with left-handers. We'll get you the XI's shortly.

4.15 pm: Will Matthew Hayden return? Not that Chennai really missed him, both Parthiv and Bailey did a pretty decent job against Kolkata, but his presence will matter.

4.00 pm local time: It's already been an action packed day as Rajasthan have been knocked out of the IPL. Chennai's progression to the semis is now confirmed, but Punjab's isn't. If they win, though, they'll join Chennai and Delhi in the top three. So clearly, it's a crunch game for them. A loss will still, theoretically, keep them in the hunt, but their already negative net run-rate is likely to work against them. A while to go for the toss, so read the preview to the game in the meantime.

0.1

Lee to Bailey, no run, short of a good length on the off stump, rocks back and defends it towards mid-off

Lee has two slips in place

0.2

Lee to Bailey, no run, back of a length again, guided towards point, calls for a single but is sent back, right call

0.3

Lee to Bailey, 1 run, slower one this time, pushes it gently towards cover for a quick single, a shy at the stumps and almost an overthrow, needless as Parthiv was well in

0.4

Lee to Patel, 1 run, right on target, bowled full and straight on the off, at 147.9 kmph, defended in front of cover

One slip has been taken off

0.5

Lee to Bailey, no run, kept a little low, pushed him back with a shortish delivery on middle, rocks back and defends it back to the bowler

0.6

Lee to Bailey, FOUR, nicely timed, back of a length, a little close to the offstump, Bailey rocks back, stands tall and crunches it over point for a boundary wide of third man, spoils what was otherwise a tidy over

End of over 1 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
GJ Bailey    5* (5b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-6-0
PA Patel    1* (1b)     

Irfan Pathan to bowl

1.1

Pathan to Patel, FOUR, uses his wrists beautifully, length ball on middle, gets front and across and drives it through the midwicket region for a boundary, excellent start

1.2

Pathan to Patel, no run, shaped away just a touch, moved across and pushed it back to Irfan

1.3

Pathan to Patel, 1 run, poor ball, but just a single as he slashes it down to a squarish third man

1.4

Pathan to Bailey, 1 run, a busy player Bailey, moves across and whips it towards deep square leg

1.5

Pathan to Patel, 1 run, probing length outside off but there's absolutely no movement, reaches for it and steers it down to third man

1.6

Pathan to Bailey, FOUR, he's lucky, full and wide, looks to swat it over mid-off, gets a thin inside edge just wide of the offstump to beat the keeper to the fine-leg boundary

Not much assistance for the bowlers here. Chennai are off to an encouraging start, though laced with some luck

End of over 2 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 17/0 (RR: 8.50)
GJ Bailey    10* (7b 2x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-11-0
PA Patel    7* (5b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-6-0

2.1

Lee to Patel, no run, bouncer banged in on middle, Parthiv backs away from it

2.2

Lee to Patel, 1 run, easily done, drops it short of cover and scampers off for a quick single

2.3

Lee to Bailey, 1 run, slower one banged in short outside off, drags it wide of square leg for a single

2.4

Lee to Patel, 1 run, struck him on the ribs as he went for the pull, hurled at 149.6 kmph, got an edge straight into his body, landed short of midwicket and they were off

2.5

Lee to Bailey, FOUR, chased it, and did so really hard, short and wide, got a thick edge well over slip and wide of third man for four more

2.6

Lee to Bailey, no run, overpitched outside off, inviting him to drive, Bailey presents the full face to punch that to mid-off

End of over 3 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 24/0 (RR: 8.00)
GJ Bailey    15* (10b 3x4)      B Lee    2-0-13-0
PA Patel    9* (8b 1x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-11-0

3.1

Pathan to Patel, FOUR, through the gap, spotted the slower one, waited for it to come on and flicked it elegantly between square leg and midwicket for a boundary, a confident start this

3.2

Pathan to Patel, no run, appeal for lbw, rapped on the pads, moved across to clip it square, but replays indicate it may have been sliding down

3.3

Pathan to Patel, no run, just a hint of movement into the batsman, pushes it from the crease to mid-on

3.4

Pathan to Patel, SIX, picked it beautifully, he's shrugged off his poor form in the early phase of the tournament, length ball on middle, moved across and clipped it way over midwicket for a big six

3.5

Pathan to Patel, 1 run, slightly short on middle, moves back and punches it short of mid-on for a single

3.6

Pathan to Bailey, no run, beaten this time, altered his pace, pushed it at 114.9 kmph, the legcutter to the right hander, drove at it but was beaten by the movement

End of over 4 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 35/0 (RR: 8.75)
GJ Bailey    15* (11b 3x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-22-0
PA Patel    20* (13b 2x4 1x6)      B Lee    2-0-13-0

Powar brought into the attack now.

4.1

Powar to Patel, no run, slightly short on the off, spins away, moves back and chops it to cover

4.2

Powar to Patel, FOUR, struck uppishly but in the gap, just wide of Simon Katich at point, cut away but didn't get hold of it as well as he would have wanted, still had enough legs to take it to the ropes

4.3

Powar to Patel, no run, flighted on middle and off, chopped down to point

4.4

Powar to Patel, 1 run, slightly quicker on leg stump, whipped away wide of long-on

4.5

Powar to Bailey, OUT, run out, flighted outside off, drew him out of the crease, drove it to Yuvraj at mid-off and set off for the single, dived full length forward to make it but the Punjab captain scored a direct hit at the non-striker's end, replays show he was short

GJ Bailey run out 15 (12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

For the second time in a row, these two have been separated by a run-out. A promising stand, showed a lot of spunk, did Bailey. Nice, busy chap.

The in-form Raina comes in

4.6

Powar to Patel, FOUR, Parthiv's looking good, tossed up outside leg stump, sweeps it down really fine, connects well to take it to the boundary

End of over 5 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 44/1 (RR: 8.80)
PA Patel    29* (18b 4x4 1x6)      RR Powar    1-0-9-0
SK Raina    0* (0b)      IK Pathan    2-0-22-0

Sreesanth comes on. Has a slip in place

5.1

Sreesanth to Raina, FOUR, dropped, Chawla spills it moving to his right at cover point, fiercely struck, short and wide and he cuts it powerfully off the back foot, got a finger to it Chawla but it sped to the ropes, he'll take some time to nurse it now

5.2

Sreesanth to Raina, 1 run, positive from the outset, short and wide again, what's Sreesanth doing? He's lucky that didn't go square, slashed it down to third man

5.3

Sreesanth to Patel, no run, a hit and a miss, looks to blaze it through point again, had a flourish on that shot, didn't make contact

5.4

Sreesanth to Patel, 1 run, bowled on a length on the off, pushed firmly wide of Chawla for a quick single, brings up the 50

5.5

Sreesanth to Raina, no run, full and wide, mistimed an attempt at a powerful drive to mid-off

5.6

Sreesanth to Raina, no run, much better, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and defends it to cover, end of the Powerplay, Chennai have done well

End of over 6 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 50/1 (RR: 8.33)
SK Raina    5* (4b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-0
PA Patel    30* (20b 4x4 1x6)      RR Powar    1-0-9-0

6.1

Powar to Patel, 1 run, straying down leg, giving it a lot of air, swept down to short fine for a single

6.2

Powar to Raina, 1 run, flighted on middle, pushes through the line, gets a thick inside edge wide of midwicket

6.3

Powar to Patel, 1 run, much flatter, shortish on the off stump, chopped to deep cover

6.4

Powar to Raina, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, spinning into the left hander, dropped between point and cover and he's off

6.5

Powar to Patel, OUT, trying to be a little too cheeky there, was too close to cut, a quicker one off the arm on middle, made room to chop it down, but instead dragged it onto the stumps, perhaps his only lapse, but costs him his wicket

PA Patel b Powar 32 (23b 4x4 1x6) SR: 139.13

A timely wicket, for Parthiv was looking extremely fluent. The end of another busy innings. Uses his feet an awful lot, and is particularly strong through the leg side, especially the midwicket area

Badri comes in

6.6

Powar to Badrinath, no run, tossed up on the off and spinning in, reaches forward and defends with bat close to pad

End of over 7 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 54/2 (RR: 7.71)
S Badrinath    0* (1b)      RR Powar    2-0-13-1
SK Raina    7* (6b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-0

7.1

Sreesanth to Raina, no run, mistimes a cut, gets an under-edge well short of the keeper

7.2

Sreesanth to Raina, no run, struggled with his timing the last few balls, this one's overpitched, ideally he would have creamed that through cover but closes the face slightly to push it straight to mid-off

7.3

Sreesanth to Raina, 1 wide, too wide, too short, Raina fails to reach, is called

7.3

Sreesanth to Raina, FOUR, shot of the innings, though it was a ball that deserved the treatment, full outside off, in the slot for Raina, who gets to the pitch and flays that imperiously wide of deep cover for a one bounce four

7.4

Sreesanth to Raina, 1 run, slightly short on the off, punched through to deep cover for a single

7.5

Sreesanth to Badrinath, no run, angling into the right hander, lets see how he bowls to him, pushed into the off side from the crease

7.6

Sreesanth to Badrinath, 1 run, too close to the off stump but does well to open the face at the last moment to run it down to third man

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 61/2 (RR: 7.62)
S Badrinath    1* (3b)      S Sreesanth    2-0-13-0
SK Raina    12* (10b 2x4)      RR Powar    2-0-13-1

8.1

Powar to Badrinath, no run, slightly short on the off, pushed to midwicket off the back foot

8.2

Powar to Badrinath, 1 leg bye, flighted outside off, spins in and he dabs it short of point for a quick single, in fact it just brushed his pads

8.3

Powar to Raina, 1 run, flighted on the off, taps it short of cover and is off

8.4

Powar to Badrinath, 1 run, slightly flatter, bowled full on the off, driven down to long-on for a single

8.5

Powar to Raina, 1 run, safe shot, full and wide, takes it on the half-volley and chips it wide of long-off for a single

8.6

Powar to Badrinath, no run, draws him forward by tossing it, gets forward and pushes it back

End of over 9 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 65/2 (RR: 7.22)
S Badrinath    2* (7b)      RR Powar    3-0-16-1
SK Raina    14* (12b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-13-0

9.1

Sreesanth to Raina, 1 run, length ball on the off, gets forward and plays it into the leg side, towards deep midwicket for a single

9.2

Sreesanth to Badrinath, 2 runs, signs of aggression, fullish outside off, moves away and slices it through point, wide of third man for a couple

9.3

Sreesanth to Badrinath, OUT, a wicket at the stroke of the timeout, now how many times has that happened? Short on the off, goes for the pull in an attempt to clear midwicket, it gets onto him a little too quickly and he lobs a dolly to Irfan at mid-on

S Badrinath c Pathan b Sreesanth 4 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Punjab have struck at crucial moments so far. Bailey and Parthiv were dismissed when they were both stepping up, and Badri faltered when he just needed to see off a couple more balls before starting afresh after the break

Now, this stand is important. Dhoni comes in

9.4

Sreesanth to Dhoni, 2 runs, bowled on a good length on middle, turned away into the leg side between square leg and midwicket for a couple

9.5

Sreesanth to Dhoni, OUT, superb yorker!! Dhoni was totally done in by the inswinger, bowled in the high 140's, he was surprised by the pace, failed to bring his bat down in time and the offstump was pegged back. Punjab have the advantage now

MS Dhoni b Sreesanth 2 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Sreesanth easily ran a few hundred metres after getting that wicket, purely out of delight

9.6

Sreesanth to Oram, no run, short and wide, close to being a wide but the umpire doesn't free his arms

That one over has changed things drastically. Badri played an ill-timed shot, and Chennai's best middle-order batsman had no answer to that scorcher. The responsibility is palmed off to Raina now.

End of over 10 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 70/4 (RR: 7.00)
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      S Sreesanth    3-0-18-2
SK Raina    15* (13b 2x4)      RR Powar    3-0-16-1

Arun: "The reason why Chennai stands out of the rest in terms of their batting is their consistency in playing spin effectively. Powar, Chawla and Yuvi need to sweat out much more than they did in other matches." Well, they've been rocked by Sreesanth's pace here.

10.1

Powar to Raina, 1 run, tossed up on the off, defended between cover and point for a single

10.2

Powar to Oram, no run, quicker one this time, bowled short on the off and spinning away sharply, tries to nudge it square, misses, Sangakkara clips the bails and appeals but he is well in

10.3

Powar to Oram, 1 run, appeal for run out, dabbed behind point, a bit of a misfield by Chawla who recovers well to return a good throw to Powar at the non-striker's end, Powar collects it in front of the stumps and in the attempt strike them down, makes contact with the elbow than the ball, Oram is safe

10.4

Powar to Raina, no run, pushed outside off, played it towards cover and refuses the single this time

10.5

Powar to Raina, 1 run, quicker one bowled short on the off, just manages to bring his bat down in time as it keeps low

10.6

Powar to Oram, 1 leg bye, attempts the sweep and is struck on the pads, but that may just have pitched outside leg

End of over 11 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 74/4 (RR: 6.72)
JDP Oram    1* (4b)      RR Powar    4-0-19-1
SK Raina    17* (16b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-18-2

Sreesanth to finish off here

11.1

Sreesanth to Oram, no run, slightly short on the off, tapped to cover off the back foot

11.2

Sreesanth to Oram, FOUR, that was coming, we haven't seen much of him this season, and it's about time he announced his presence, short on middle, makes room and pulls it away wide of mid-on

11.3

Sreesanth to Oram, no run, short of a good length outside off, guided to point off the back foot

11.4

Sreesanth to Oram, no run, slower one bowled on a good length outside off, an attempted legcutter, failed to pick it, hung his bat out but missed

11.5

Sreesanth to Oram, 1 run, back of a length outside off, waits for it and runs it to third man

11.6

Sreesanth to Raina, no run, end of an excellent spell, short of a good length on the off, defended off the back foot, cautiously

End of over 12 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 79/4 (RR: 6.58)
SK Raina    17* (17b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-23-2
JDP Oram    6* (9b 1x4)      RR Powar    4-0-19-1

Jai: "Well, this just underlines the importance of hayden in this chennai batting line up. In 20-20 there is no standout team, one or two standout performers can be the difference makers. Something that Mumbai Indians are missing this year with Jayasuriya not firing on the SA pitches."

Chawla comes on

12.1

Chawla to Oram, 2 runs, Oram goes for the sweep immediately, tossed up outside leg, gets a bit of a top edge but lands safe, gets a couple

12.2

Chawla to Oram, 1 run, tossed up on the off, eased through to deep cover for a single

12.3

Chawla to Raina, 1 run, on middle and leg, worked away in front of square for a single

12.4

Chawla to Oram, no run, a tad quicker outside off, gets forward to defend, gets a thick edge down to cover

12.5

Chawla to Oram, 1 run, pushed into the vacant leg-side field behind the bowler for a single, Chawla runs back, flicks it back in to keep them down to a single

12.6

Chawla to Raina, 1 run, slightly short on the off, rocks back and punches it down to long-off

End of over 13 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 85/4 (RR: 6.53)
SK Raina    19* (19b 2x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-0
JDP Oram    10* (13b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-23-2

Rahul Oak: "Chance for Oram to show why he's been paid as much as he has. Don't think he's done much of note in either IPL season except maybe drop a few catches at long on. " Hmmmm.

13.1

Mota to Raina, 1 run, goes after it, bowled slightly sort on middle, tries to dispatch it over deep square leg, mistimes it, gets a single

It's Mota bowling, by the way

13.2

Mota to Oram, 1 run, slightly short outside off, swats it powerfully but straight towards Yuvraj at cover who gets his hands on it to keep them to a single

13.3

Mota to Raina, OUT, the pressure was on with the boundaries not coming, and Raina has snapped. Bowled short outside off, made room to cart that over point, got a thick outside edge straight to Lee at short third, Punjab are chipping away here, it was the offcutter

SK Raina c Lee b Mota 20 (21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 95.23

Much bigger responsibility on Oram now. Gony walks in

13.4

Mota to Gony, no run, slightly short on the off, pushed to cover off the back foot

13.5

Mota to Gony, 1 run, angling down leg, moves away to flick it square, is hit high on the pads, scrambles a leg bye

13.6

Mota to Oram, 1 run, the offcutter again, short outside off, dragged down to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 89/5 (RR: 6.35)
JDP Oram    12* (15b 1x4)      WA Mota    1-0-4-1
MS Gony    1* (2b)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-0

14.1

Chawla to Oram, 1 run, quicker one bowled full on the off, drops it short of cover and squeezes a single

14.2

Chawla to Gony, SIX, that was coming, bowled in the slot, flighted on the off, takes it on the half-volley and swings it miles over deep midwicket for a massive six, Chennai needed that

14.3

Chawla to Gony, no run, powerfully struck again, drilled into the ground but straight to Chawla

14.4

Chawla to Gony, OUT, went after one too many, gave it some air, but held it back, bowled it short on middle, Gony rocked back to go for the pull, missed as the ball spun away to clip his pad and crash into offstump

MS Gony b Chawla 7 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

How much will Chennai get from here? A score of 135-140 will prove competitive, but have they lost too many wickets? What a slide after that encouraging start

14.5

Chawla to Ashwin, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed to cover off the front foot

14.6

Chawla to Ashwin, no run, slightly short, gets back and punches it back to the bowler

End of over 15 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 96/6 (RR: 6.40)
R Ashwin    0* (2b)      PP Chawla    2-0-13-1
JDP Oram    13* (16b 1x4)      WA Mota    1-0-4-1

15.1

Mota to Oram, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, pushed back, slightly uppishly, past the bowler for a single to long-on

15.2

Mota to Ashwin, no run, back of a length on the off, turned down to midwicket

15.3

Mota to Ashwin, no run, slightly short on the off, comes down the track and slaps it straight to cover, sets off for a single but is wisely sent back, survives a shy at the stumps

15.4

Mota to Ashwin, 1 run, slower one, continues to persist with the offcutters, swung wide of Yuvraj, hardly any timing, manages a single for his efforts

15.5

Mota to Oram, 1 run, straying down the leg side, tries to steer it fine but mistimes it to Lee at short third, just a single

15.6

Mota to Ashwin, 1 run, fullish on middle, driven down to long-on for a single to bring up the 100, it's been a struggle

End of over 16 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 100/6 (RR: 6.25)
R Ashwin    2* (6b)      WA Mota    2-0-8-1
JDP Oram    15* (18b 1x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-13-1

Lee comes back

16.1

Lee to Ashwin, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, tapped down to third man for a single

16.2

Lee to Oram, 1 run, was in the slot, length ball on middle, made way to drill that through the off side, ended up getting an inside edge just wide of short fine for a single

16.3

Lee to Ashwin, no run, bouncer on the off, Ashwin was late to react, tried to upper cut that past the keeper but made no contact

16.4

Lee to Ashwin, no run, full toss, but bowled really quick, pushed straight to midwicket

16.5

Lee to Ashwin, no run, short of a length outside off, made room to slash that through third man, missed, what a tidy over, he bowled a similar one to Maharoof

16.6

Lee to Ashwin, no run, misses out, slower one bowled at 121 kmph, moves well across to help that one its way past fine leg, misses, went over the stumps, just two off the over

End of over 17 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 102/6 (RR: 6.00)
R Ashwin    3* (11b)      B Lee    3-0-15-0
JDP Oram    16* (19b 1x4)      WA Mota    2-0-8-1

Irfan is back.

17.1

Pathan to Oram, 1 wide, too wide, Oram wisely let it go to gain the extra ball

Sivamani trying his best to cheer up the Chennai contingent, some drummer that guy is

17.1

Pathan to Oram, 1 run, full and wide, driven straight to deep cover for a single

17.2

Pathan to Ashwin, no run, he's wasting deliveries here, Irfan comes round the wicket and he shuffles across to play the paddle scoop, misses again

17.3

Pathan to Ashwin, 1 run, he was gone had that hit, length ball outside off, driven uppishly, lands short of cover, Yuvraj takes aim but misses

17.4

Pathan to Oram, OUT, Oram goes! Length ball and he was tempted, took his left foot out to smack that over the bowler's head, ended up slicing it really high and Irfan waited ages for it to come down before snapping it in his palms over his head

JDP Oram c & b Pathan 17 (21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.95

The poor batting at the other end didn't really help Oram's cause.

17.5

Pathan to Ashwin, FOUR, he finally makes contact, short outside leg stump, moves across and taps it well wide of a squarish fine leg for a boundary

17.6

Pathan to Ashwin, OUT, he's gone now, good length outside off, makes room to clear extra cover but mistimes it completely, Pomersbach runs back a couple of steps to take a dolly

R Ashwin c Pomersbach b Pathan 8 (15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

End of over 18 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 109/8 (RR: 6.05)
     IK Pathan    3-0-29-2
T Thushara    0* (0b)      B Lee    3-0-15-0

Balaji and Thushara, the two new batsman. No hopes of 140 from here

18.1

Lee to Balaji, no run, bouncer from Lee, a snorter outside off, Balaji evades it comfortably

18.2

Lee to Balaji, 1 run, slower one bowled short on the off, picked it at the last moment, dropped it short of point for a quick single

Karthik: "What is Ashwin doing in the middle? Thushara is an international player and is capable of hitting some huge sixes.In fact,he should have been in before Gony. Bizarre." He's gone now. What can Thushara pull off?

18.3

Lee to Thushara, no run, bouncer banged in on leg stump, Thushara bends low to let it go

18.4

Lee to Thushara, no run, a bouncer again, but the umpire hasn't called it, wasn't too high, bowled quick at 142.7 kmph, went for the pull but was nowhere near it, was beaten by the pace

18.5

Lee to Thushara, no run, superb yorker, swinging into middle, does well to dig it out, bowled even quicker this time, at 148.2 kmph

18.6

Lee to Thushara, no run, he's moved away too far, failed to reach it in the end as Lee hurled it wide of the off stump, end of another tidy spell, just 16 off his four overs, well done

End of over 19 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 110/8 (RR: 5.78)
T Thushara    0* (4b)      B Lee    4-0-16-0
L Balaji    1* (2b)      IK Pathan    3-0-29-2

Irfan to bowl the final over, Coming round the wicket

19.1

Pathan to Balaji, no run, length ball outside off, has a blind and wild swing at it, makes no contact

19.2

Pathan to Balaji, 2 byes, tries to be a little cheeky this time, misses out on the paddle scoop, he's no Dougie Marillier, but Sangakkara fumbles to allow them to scamper back for the second

19.3

Pathan to Balaji, 1 run, full outside off, makes room and drive that through to deep cover, just a run

19.4

Pathan to Thushara, 1 run, OUT, run out, aiming for the yorker, landed full on the off, tried to drag it over midwicket, mistimed it wide of deep square leg, an accurate throw at the striker's end and Sangakkara clipped the bails to find Thushara just short, another one down

T Thushara run out 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Murali comes in

19.5

Pathan to Muralitharan, 1 run, length ball outside off, makes room and crunch it to extra cover, manages a quick single

19.6

Pathan to Balaji, 1 bye, full outside off, was in the slot, Balaji tried to clear the leg-side field, made no contact, as usual in this innings, and managed to squeeze a bye

Punjab will fancy chasing this. It wasn't so much the behaviour of the pitch as some classy bowling, and equally shoddy batting that let Chennai down. Given the start they received from Parthiv and Bailey, they should have got to at least 140. But Sreesanth's over before the timeout turned the tide, and Punjab ensured there were no slip-ups. They conceded just 46 runs in the last ten overs, taking five wickets, to restrict Chennai down to a chaseable score, and boost their chances of making it to the semis. Join us in a bit.

End of over 20 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 116/9
L Balaji    2* (6b)      IK Pathan    4-0-32-2
M Muralitharan    1* (1b)      B Lee    4-0-16-0
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May 20, 2009

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