Indian Premier League, 5th match: Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers at Chennai, Mar 14, 2010
Deccan Chargers won by 31 runs
14 March 2010 - night match (20-over match)

8.00pm The Chennai fielders have made their way out, and out come Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman to huge cheers. There is a slip in place. Gilchrist will take strike, and Albie Morkel has the ball. All set. Here we go. The slip's been moved much wider.

The final playing XIs are almost updated. Watch the space above.

7.53pm Do check out what transpired in the game preceding this one, where Angelo Mathews and Manoj Tiwary combined to thump Bangalore.

7.50pm We're not yet sure if Matthew Hayden will play with his mongoose bat, but that's for much later. Deccan made a meal of their chase in the opening game, and will aim to rebound. We're still around 10 minutes away from the start, so read the preview in the meantime.

7.30pm Deccan have won the toss and have chosen to bat. They have made no changes to the XI that went down to Kolkata. Dhoni says the surface looks good for the batsmen, and he doesn't think dew will be much of a factor in the game.

7.20pm Shah Rukh Khan can't wipe the smile off his face after Kolkata thrashed Bangalore by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens in the first game of the day. We're off to the second one at another of India's iconic venues, the MA Chidambaram Stadium, where Chennai Super Kings open their campaign against defending champions Deccan Chargers. We are still 10 minutes away from the toss.

0.1

Morkel to Gilchrist, 1 run, comes around the wicket, hurls it short on the off, Gilchrist jabs it off the back foot towards square leg for a single

A widish slip in place for Laxman

0.2

Morkel to Laxman, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, guided towards third man for a single

0.3

Morkel to Gilchrist, 1 wide, sliding down the leg side, Gilchrist tries to flick that fine but is unable to connect, a wide nevertheless

0.3

Morkel to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, angling in from round the wicket and Gilchrist attempts a similar shot, gets across a hint and tries to clip it fine, is struck high on the thighs and earns a single behind square

0.4

Morkel to Laxman, no run, bowls it on a good length on the off stump, gets it to dart in, Laxman, rooted to his crease, plays the 129 kmph delivery back to the bowler

0.5

Morkel to Laxman, FOUR, edged, and between keeper and slip, the slip was a touch too wide there, it's pitched up and Laxman attempts an expansive drive, there is movement in the air, he gets a thick outside edge and neither slip nor the keeper go for it, a chance missed

0.6

Morkel to Laxman, no run, short of a good length outside off, chops it down in front of point

End of over 1 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • VVS Laxman 5 (4b 1x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 1 (2b)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-7-0

Sudeep Tyagi comes in..the slip has moved to a gully position now

1.1

Tyagi to Gilchrist, 1 run, targeting the blockhole there, dug out wide of extra cover for a single

1.2

Tyagi to Laxman, 1 run, came onto him quickly there, bowled it at 134 kmph, quick for his pace, Laxman was a little late to react to that fullish delivery on middle, tried to drive it through midwicket, got an inside edge onto his pads and managed a single

1.3

Tyagi to Gilchrist, SIX, One of many, the Deccan fans will hope, Gilchrist warms up thanks to a juicy length ball outside off stump, there is enough room for him to dismiss that over the extra cover boundary for a flat six

Tyagi coming round the wicket...

1.4

Tyagi to Gilchrist, SIX, ...to get thumped! Full on the off stump, again in the right slot for the left-hander, gets under it and with one clean strike, clears long-off comfortably, big cheers from this supportive crowd, they're out there to watch an entertaining contest and they're getting it

1.5

Tyagi to Gilchrist, FOUR, terrible delivery to follow up those two murderous hits, short down the leg side and Gilchrist helps it down to the fine-leg boundary

1.6

Tyagi to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, angling it on the pads, struck high on the thigh as he tries to whip it away, squeezes a leg bye

19 off that over, Deccan haven't taken long to get into the groove. Albie will continue.

End of over 2 (19 runs) Deccan Chargers 27/0 (RR: 13.50)

    • AC Gilchrist 18 (7b 1x4 2x6)
    • VVS Laxman 6 (5b 1x4)
    • S Tyagi 1-0-18-0
    • JA Morkel 1-0-7-0
2.1

Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, full on the off, tries to crash it through the off side, bowled at 126 kmph, ends up playing it towards mid-on

2.2

Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, holds back his length a little there, punches it from the crease towards extra cover

2.3

Morkel to Gilchrist, FOUR, wham, Morkel's been struck, pitched it up on the off and Gilchrist blazed it back past the bowler, ferocious power and Morkel, who stuck his hand out, has been dealt a painful blow as it grazed his finger, nothing serious I hope though he is getting some treatment from the physio

He's doing OK. And all is back on track.

Amrita: "Thanks for the pre match coverage guys!! Just curious is the stadium full?" Absolutely. And they're cheering both teams on.

2.4

Morkel to Gilchrist, FOUR, Morkel falters by pitching this one short, on the off stump and Gilchrist gets into position early to pull it over midwicket for another boundary

2.5

Morkel to Gilchrist, SIX, Gilchrist's gone berserk, not quite pitched up but lands on a length on the off stump, Gilchrist has a swing, connects well and clears the midwicket boundary with ease, lands in the empty space on the front tier of a stand under construction

2.6

Morkel to Gilchrist, no run, another productive over comes to an end, both bowlers haven't been spared, low full toss on the off, driven straight to extra cover

Who'll bowl next?

End of over 3 (14 runs) Deccan Chargers 41/0 (RR: 13.66)

    • AC Gilchrist 32 (13b 3x4 3x6)
    • VVS Laxman 6 (5b 1x4)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-21-0
    • S Tyagi 1-0-18-0

Muttiah Muralitharan's the man given the responsibility to check Deccan here. Keshav: "Of course, MA Chidambaram fills to capacity refardless of what form of cricket is played here! Sad we dont get many matches scheduled here!!"

A slip in place for Laxman

3.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, shortish on the off, turning in, works it away behind midwicket for a single to give his dominant partner the strike

A deep midwicket in place for the slog-sweep

3.2

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, pitches outside leg and turns in, gets forward and clips it towards square leg for a single

3.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, short of a length on middle, pull sit straight to short fine

3.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, the doosra, Laxman made room, it zipped away after pitching, tried to open the face did Laxman, got a thick edge which Dhoni put down, sharp chance, two missed today off Lax

3.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, FOUR, counter-attacks, steps out to that flight delivery, takes it on a length and drives it hard past Murali and mid-off to the boundary

3.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, uncharacteristic of Laxman as he tries to slog that over midwicket by charging forward, misses and is struck high on the pads

End of over 4 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 47/0 (RR: 11.75)

    • VVS Laxman 11 (10b 2x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 33 (14b 3x4 3x6)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-6-0
    • JA Morkel 2-0-21-0

Spin from both ends now, R Ashwin, the offspinner, comes on

4.1

Ashwin to Gilchrist, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, punched towards the widish long-on for a single

4.2

Ashwin to Laxman, 1 run, kept it flat and got it to turn in, Laxman had shaped up for a drive through the off but turned the face at the right time to nudge it into the leg side for a single

4.3

Ashwin to Gilchrist, 1 wide, fires it down the leg side, much quicker but the direction wrong, the 50's up

4.3

Ashwin to Gilchrist, FOUR, targeting middle this time and Gilchrist, despite the cover in the deep on the leg side, backs himself to go after him, bends low and sweeps it hard behind square for a boundary

4.4

Ashwin to Gilchrist, 1 wide, Not the best start here, down the leg side again, another wide

4.4

Ashwin to Gilchrist, OUT, bowled'im, Gilchrist has been sent back, slower through the air and gave it some flight, Gilchrist stepped out of his crease to crack it through the leg side, it landed on leg to spin away and beat the swing of the bat to crash into middle and off

AC Gilchrist b Ashwin 38 (17b 4x4 3x6) SR: 223.52

The bowling change has delivered the wicket Chennai so badly wanted. But in comes another overseas star, Herschelle Gibbs

4.5

Ashwin to Gibbs, OUT, Do we have a run out? Gibbs nudges it into the leg side in front of square leg, Raina charges forward and flicks an accurate throw to the keeper, there is hesitation out in the middle and Laxman is late to react to the single and is found short as Dhoni collects and whips out the bails

VVS Laxman run out 12 (11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 109.09

Two in two, the openers have been sent back and Deccan, after that dominating start, have to rebuild. Symonds to face

4.6

Ashwin to Symonds, no run, varying his pace here, slow through the air and plenty of flight, turns in to rap Symonds on the pads as he tries to work it into the leg side, would have been sliding down

End of over 5 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 55/2 (RR: 11.00)

    • A Symonds 0 (1b)
    • HH Gibbs 0 (1b)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-8-1
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-6-0
5.1

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 run, shortish on the, gets across and turns it behind square for a single

Hariharan: "It is very surprising the note that the TV umpire takes such a long time to decide on that Laxman run out. In the replay it was very clear of him being well short of the crease." Yes, there was some problem with the light

Murali comes round the wicket

5.2

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, turns it in , Symonds is again struck on the pad but it would have clearly gone down

A short leg and a slip

5.3

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, drops it into the leg side behind the keeper, calls for a single but it's not there

5.4

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 wide, short down the leg side and turns down further, a wide

5.4

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, beaten there, bowls the top-spinner, takes off the pitch and goes on straight to just escape his attempted defence

5.5

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run

5.6

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, short of a length on the off, punched off the back foot to mid-on

Chennai have come back superbly after that onslaught by Gilchrist. An excellent over from Murali, and the crowd has gotten louder

End of over 6 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 57/2 (RR: 9.50)

    • A Symonds 0 (6b)
    • HH Gibbs 1 (2b)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-8-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-8-1

Balaji comes on to bowl

6.1

Balaji to Gibbs, no run, Gibbs gets forward and plays an elegant drive to extra cover, was pitched up but he couldn't beat the in-field

A bit of a delay as a stray dog had been doing the rounds on the outfield. Remember the opening game of the previous IPL?

6.2

Balaji to Gibbs, FOUR, Gibbs gets a boundary, was pitched short on the off and he thumped it hard past the diving mid-on to the ropes

Frequent interruptions as the dog remains on the field. No attempts to trap it however, unlike what we witnessed last year.

6.3

Balaji to Gibbs, 1 run, angling in towards the off stump, eased off the front foot towards deep cover for a single

6.4

Balaji to Symonds, no run, banged it short on middle, ducks under it well, a bit more pace on that one

6.5

Balaji to Symonds, 1 run, short and wide, cuts it hard down to third man to open his account, off his eighth ball, in a Twenty20 game

6.6

Balaji to Gibbs, no run, short of a good length on the off, turns his wrists and pats it down towards midwicket

End of over 7 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 63/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • HH Gibbs 6 (6b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 1 (8b)
    • L Balaji 1-0-6-0
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-8-0
7.1

Kemp to Symonds, 1 wide, Kemp fires his first ball in IPL down the leg side

7.1

Kemp to Symonds, no run, short of length and just outside off, Symonds dabs it towards backward point

7.2

Kemp to Symonds, no run, similar delivery, closer to offstump, no room to free the arms, Symonds can only squeeze it towards gully

7.3

Kemp to Symonds, no run, on offstump, Symonds stretches forward and pushes the ball towards mid-on

7.4

Kemp to Symonds, 1 run, on middle and leg this time, nudges behind square leg by Symonds

7.5

Kemp to Gibbs, 1 run, again angling into leg, Gibbs tucks the ball towards square leg

Symonds 2 off 12, not a common sight that

7.6

Kemp to Symonds, no run, that one gets through him, it was back of a length just outside off, he looked to dab it towards backward point but misses, Dhoni doesn't collect cleanly, batsmen think of a single but don't take it

End of over 8 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 66/2 (RR: 8.25)

    • A Symonds 2 (13b)
    • HH Gibbs 7 (7b 1x4)
    • JM Kemp 1-0-3-0
    • L Balaji 1-0-6-0
8.1

Ashwin to Gibbs, no run, full and wide outside off, Gibbs bends his knee and looks to sweep, misses

8.2

Ashwin to Gibbs, no run, the doosra this time, again Gibbs doesn't make contact

8.3

Ashwin to Gibbs, no run, another dot ball, regulation offspinner, Gibbs turns it towards square leg

8.4

Ashwin to Gibbs, no run, make that four scoreless deliveries, Gibbs guides it straight to Murali at short third

8.5

Ashwin to Gibbs, 2 runs, this time Gibbs gets a couple by placing the ball wide of Murali

8.6

Ashwin to Gibbs, 1 run, Gibbs goes for a heave across the line, gets a single to midwicket

And that's the time-out. Am going to catch my breath in the next 2.5 minutes

End of over 9 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 69/2 (RR: 7.66)

    • HH Gibbs 10 (13b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 2 (13b)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-11-1
    • JM Kemp 1-0-3-0

Kemp to bowl

9.1

Kemp to Gibbs, 2 runs, bowls it just a fraction outside off, Gibbs gets forward and slices it over point, just about, for a couple of runs

9.2

Kemp to Gibbs, no run, moves away and plays that straight to extra cover, trying to improvise here is Gibbs

9.3

Kemp to Gibbs, FOUR, gets hold of this one, bowls it on a good length on middle, Gibbs moves away and just lofts him with ease over mid-off for a boundary

9.4

Kemp to Gibbs, no run, slower one bowled outside off, drags it straight to midwicket

9.5

Kemp to Gibbs, FOUR, punished, short on the off and it's smacked hard off the front foot through midwicket for another boundary, just some more pace on the ball after the spinners were given a break, and he's taken advantage

9.6

Kemp to Gibbs, 1 run, slower one this time, on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-on

End of over 10 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 80/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • HH Gibbs 21 (19b 3x4)
    • A Symonds 2 (13b)
    • JM Kemp 2-0-14-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-11-1

Keshav: "any idea if Sivamani is out there? he hasn't come on air yet" Hmm, haven't seen him today. Good question.

10.1

Muralitharan to Gibbs, FOUR, Gibbs bends low and plays the reverse-paddle and gets it past short third man with the back of the bat, that was out in gully cricket but he's picked the gap to find the boundary, delicately done

10.2

Muralitharan to Gibbs, no run

10.3

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 run, lofts it inside out over cover, it land just short of the fielder in the deep, just the single

10.4

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 run, flighted on middle, driven hard down the ground to long-on for a single

10.5

Muralitharan to Gibbs, no run, went straight on, short of a length outside off, Gibbs tried to open the face but was beaten

10.6

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 2 runs, smart cricket, short of a length outside off, makes room and cuts it past point for a couple into the deep

End of over 11 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 88/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • HH Gibbs 28 (24b 4x4)
    • A Symonds 3 (14b)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-16-0
    • JM Kemp 2-0-14-0
11.1

Balaji to Symonds, no run, Symonds is getting frustrated here, short of a length outside off, makes room and tries to slap Balaji past extra cover, can't connect

11.2

Balaji to Symonds, no run, beaten this time, Balaji bowls that at 136.3 kmph, makes room and tries to dab it with an open face, misses, the pressure builds

11.3

Balaji to Symonds, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off, chops it straight to point, the crowd cheers, Symonds, will he give way?

11.4

Balaji to Symonds, SIX, that's blasted over long-off, got the right ball, bowled it on a length on the off, makes room and thrashes it with utter contempt, nice way to end that run-drought

11.5

Balaji to Symonds, FOUR, the poor ball gets pasted once again, Balaji errs in length again, dropping it short outside off, Symonds makes room and cuts it powerfully over point, one bounce four, deserved a six there for sheer power, would have been the flattest ever

11.6

Balaji to Symonds, 1 run, short and wide, chops it down towards third man for a single

End of over 12 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 99/2 (RR: 8.25)

    • A Symonds 14 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • HH Gibbs 28 (24b 4x4)
    • L Balaji 2-0-17-0
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-16-0

Ashwin comes back

12.1

Ashwin to Symonds, 1 run, sees him come down and fires it full on middle, works it into the leg side for a single

12.2

Ashwin to Gibbs, 1 run, Gibbs drags that towards deep square leg for a single

12.3

Ashwin to Symonds, 1 run, keeping it flat, on middle and leg, flicked away behind square for a single

12.4

Ashwin to Gibbs, 1 run, flighted on middle, driven through the line towards long-on for a single

12.5

Ashwin to Symonds, 1 run, bowls it short on the off, slaps it wide of extra cover for one more

12.6

Ashwin to Gibbs, 2 byes, misses a full toss does Gibbs, gets a thick edge and Dhoni can't get his body behind it, they steal a couple more to raise the 50-stand

End of over 13 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 106/2 (RR: 8.15)

    • HH Gibbs 30 (27b 4x4)
    • A Symonds 17 (23b 1x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-16-1
    • L Balaji 2-0-17-0

Morkel back into the attack

13.1

Morkel to Symonds, no run, yorker to begin with, makes room and Morkel follows him, targeting the blockhole, Symonds fails to dig it out and it just misses leg stump

13.2

Morkel to Symonds, FOUR, delicate touches, moves across, it's bowled full on middle, just turns the face to glance it really fine to the boundary

13.3

Morkel to Symonds, 2 runs, full toss on middle, flicked towards deep square leg for a couple of runs

13.4

Morkel to Symonds, 1 run, bowls it on a length outside off, tries to crash it through the off side, gets a thick inside edge into the leg side

13.5

Morkel to Gibbs, 1 run, bowls it full outside off, makes room and then has to reach for it, pushes it past extra cover for a single

13.6

Morkel to Symonds, 1 run, bowls it full outside off, digs it out in front of the bowler and steals a quick run

End of over 14 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 115/2 (RR: 8.21)

    • A Symonds 25 (28b 2x4 1x6)
    • HH Gibbs 31 (28b 4x4)
    • JA Morkel 3-0-30-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-16-1

Vasu: "All talk revolving around Hayden using the mongoose bat, hasn't anyone noticed that Symonds is already using it right now?" Is he? We need a closer look. Nope its not. It's a regular bat.

14.1

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, sweeps it straight to short fine

14.2

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 run, works it away behind square, Gibbs calls, Symonds is late to respond but eventually obliges, had the throw from square leg been accurate he was a gonner

14.3

Muralitharan to Gibbs, SIX, short and Gibbs launches that into the stands, moves away and pulls it powerfully over midwicket

14.4

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 wide, fires it down the leg side, Gibbs lets it go, earns an extra ball

14.4

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 wide, Murali falters again, another wide down the leg side

The stray dog is back, different breeds, plenty of variety in their ilk, a greyish one this time and play is held up

14.4

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 wide, Murali, what's happening? Flights it this time but gets the direction wrong, another one past leg stump a Gibbs goes for the sweep

14.4

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 run, comes down the track and chips it down on the bounce to long-on

14.5

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, kept really low, short outside off, he shaped himself for the cut but was nowhere near it as it shot down but Dhoni did well to collect

14.6

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 run, jabs it off the back foot wide of midwicket for a single to keep the strike

End of over 15 (12 runs) Deccan Chargers 127/2 (RR: 8.46)

    • A Symonds 27 (32b 2x4 1x6)
    • HH Gibbs 38 (30b 4x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-28-0
    • JA Morkel 3-0-30-0

Balaji comes back

15.1

Balaji to Symonds, 1 run, short of a length on the off, makes room and mistimes a pull towards long-on

15.2

Balaji to Gibbs, 1 run, in the blockhole on middle, digs it out behind point for a single to third man

15.3

Balaji to Symonds, 1 run, short of a length on middle, chops it in front of point for a single

15.4

Balaji to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, short of a length on leg stump, comes down the track and tries to pull it past square leg, is struck on the pads and steals a leg-bye

15.5

Balaji to Symonds, SIX, slower one bowled short on middle, he picked it and dispatched it high and handsome into the stands over deep midwicket for a massive six

15.6

Balaji to Symonds, 1 wide, straying down the leg side this time, tries to work it fine, concedes another run does Balaji

15.6

Balaji to Symonds, 1 run, short and wide, makes room and cuts it hard to deep point for a single

Time-out time, see you in a bit

End of over 16 (12 runs) Deccan Chargers 139/2 (RR: 8.68)

    • A Symonds 36 (36b 2x4 2x6)
    • HH Gibbs 39 (32b 4x4 1x6)
    • L Balaji 3-0-28-0
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-28-0

Ashwin to bowl. Deccan will be eyeing 180

16.1

Ashwin to Symonds, no run, lovely bowling, quicker through the air and in the blockhole on middle, Symonds digs it out back to the bowler

16.2

Ashwin to Symonds, 1 run, fires it full again, driven down towards long-on for a single

16.3

Ashwin to Gibbs, FOUR, held back his length just a hint, Gibbs bent low and slog-swept it between long-on and deep midwicket to the boundary

16.4

Ashwin to Gibbs, no run, full and wide, Gibbs left it alone thinking it'll be given a wide but it wasn't, fair call

16.5

Ashwin to Gibbs, 1 run, full on middle, drills it towards wide long-on for a single

16.6

Ashwin to Symonds, FOUR, poor ball to end the over, full toss outside off and it's swatted hard through extra cover for a boundary to beat long-off

End of over 17 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 149/2 (RR: 8.76)

    • A Symonds 41 (39b 3x4 2x6)
    • HH Gibbs 44 (35b 5x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-26-1
    • L Balaji 3-0-28-0

Morkel to finish off his spell

17.1

Morkel to Gibbs, 1 run, bowls it on a good length outside off, gets outside the line and flicks it towards deep square leg for a single

17.2

Morkel to Symonds, OUT, run-out, excellent fielding by Morkel off his own bowling, yorker length outside off, digs it out back to the bowler who collects with his outstretched left hand, turns around and aims accurately at the stumps at the non-striker's end to find Gibbs well short. Some problem with the light again, though the umpires in the middle have been given the word that Gibbs is gone.

HH Gibbs run out 45 (36b 5x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

The end of an excellent stand, which was slow to start off but has put Deccan in a strong position. Rohit Sharma is the new man in

17.3

Morkel to Symonds, 2 runs, stretches and cracks it wide of deep cover for a couple of runs

17.4

Morkel to Symonds, SIX, bowls it on a length outside off, in the slot and Symonds was prepared, making room and bludgeoning it over long-off into the stands for a big one

17.5

Morkel to Symonds, 1 run, reaches his half-century, which began on an uncertain note but then shaped up nicely, with a swat to long-off for a single

17.6

Morkel to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit eases that into the deep on the off side for a single

End of over 18 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 160/3 (RR: 8.88)

    • RG Sharma 1 (1b)
    • A Symonds 50 (43b 3x4 3x6)
    • JA Morkel 4-0-41-0
    • R Ashwin 4-0-26-1

Rohit: "whatever bat symonds is using..! now he isn't doing too bad with it..! any bat that launches the ball in the stands is great for me ! ! !"

Keshav: "Surely, the selectors must cast an eye on Ashwin now. he has done well on a batting paradise against names like Gilchrist, Symmonds and Gibbs!!"

18.1

Balaji to Sharma, OUT, appeal for a run-out, it's played just in front of Hayden at extra cover, he picks it up and hurls an accurate throw at the non-striker's end after Symonds, halfway through the pitch, is sent back, replays indicate he is just inches short of the crease, timely wicket for Chennai, just when a late surge had been initiated

A Symonds run out 50 (43b 3x4 3x6) SR: 116.27

18.2

Balaji to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length outside off, guided down to third man for a single

T Suman to face now

18.3

Balaji to Suman, 1 run, full toss on middle, pushed wide of midwicket for a single

18.4

Balaji to Sharma, FOUR, Rohit had picked his spot, it was pitched up outside off and he bisected the gap between long-off and deep cover with an elegant loft

18.5

Balaji to Sharma, no run, moved well across to flick that one fine but it ends up being a low full toss, plays it back to the bowler

18.6

Balaji to Sharma, 2 runs, short outside off, cut away straight to point, Suman is struggling at the striker;'s end but the fielder misses his mark and concedes an overthrow

End of over 19 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 168/4 (RR: 8.84)

    • RG Sharma 8 (6b 1x4)
    • TL Suman 1 (1b)
    • L Balaji 4-0-36-0
    • JA Morkel 4-0-41-0

Sudip Tyagi, hammered by Gilchrist, comes back to redeem himself

19.1

Tyagi to Suman, FOUR, there's no respite for the poor bowler as Suman creams him past a diving extra cover to the ropes, blazing drive

19.2

Tyagi to Suman, 1 no ball, Tyagi, having a horrible day, follows that up with a wide down the leg side, it's actually given a no-ball for height, slipped out

19.2

Tyagi to Suman, FOUR, four more, bowls it on a good length outside off, Suman gets forward and clatters that through the gap between long-off and deep cover

19.3

Tyagi to Suman, 1 run, momentary relief, just the single, short outside off, guided to third man

19.4

Tyagi to Sharma, FOUR, Tyagi's figures worsen, as does his bowling, short, gift ball outside off, Rohit makes room and cuts him smartly over point to beat third man and deep point

19.5

Tyagi to Sharma, SIX, length ball again and Rohit sends this one sailing into the stands over long-on, one of the biggest sixes in the tournament so far, Deccan are piling it on

19.6

Tyagi to Sharma, 1 no ball, beamer, slipped out, went over the batsman, a no-ball for height, second of the over and he's been taken off the attack, what a torrid day for the youngster

Kemp comes on to finish the over off

19.6

Kemp to Sharma, 1 run, driven hard down the ground to long-off for a single

Deccan have posted an excellent score and will back themselves to defend it. Gibbs and Symonds led the way and Rohit and Suman finished it off in style at the death. Chennai are playing at home, though, and have enough heavy-weights to boast about. Join us for their reply in just a bit.

Just a bit more to add on the Symonds' dismissal, thanks for clarifying - Prabhath: "The run out of Symonds would have been given not out in the regular camera frames. But it was some new technology called "Ultra slow motion for run outs" showed a frame where the bat was on the crease."

Rohit: ""Sudip Tyagi, hammered by Gilchrist, came back to redeem himself" got hammered by suman & sharma wasn't enough.! sent down a 2nd bumper and red carder by the ump..! pathetic viewing!!"

End of over 20 (22 runs) Deccan Chargers 190/4

    • RG Sharma 19 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • TL Suman 10 (5b 2x4)
    • JM Kemp 2.1-0-15-0
    • L Balaji 4-0-36-0
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