Indian Premier League, 8th match: Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings at Kolkata, Mar 16, 2010
Chennai Super Kings won by 55 runs
16 March 2010 - night match (20-over match)

Murali Vijay on strike, Shane Bond to bowl, some delay because of disturbance at the top of sight screen

Toss Dhoni has won the toss and chosen to bat first. "We don't want to look at the past game. We just want to bat positively, and give the bowlers a par-plus total to defend."

Ganguly, wearing a purple cap without having taken a wicket, says he would have bowled first anyway. "It's a firm wicket, will stay the same throughout the 40 overs."

7.25pm It's India's most successful successful captain versus the man who can become India's most successful captain. Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni are the opposing captains in the eighth match of the IPL. Big news is that Shane Bond walks straight into the Kolkata side, replacing Charl Langeveldt who has a glute injury, and Laxmi Shukla replaces Cheteshwar Pujara. Chennai have made one change, bringing in Manpreet Gony for Sudeep Tyagi. Toss in five minutes


Bond to Vijay, no run, 142.2ks, nips in from back of a length, defended off the front foot


Bond to Vijay, no run, cuts him in two with the inward seam movement, close to 142ks, and bounces twice on the way to Saha


Bond to Vijay, 1 run, gets an inside edge on this one, gets off the mark with the single to fine leg

Right Hayden now, sans the Mongoose


Bond to Hayden, no run, 144.2ks, around off, moving away, Hayden shoulders arms


Bond to Hayden, no run, nips in again, which means away from the left-hand batsman, and Hayden lets it go


Bond to Hayden, no run, walks down the track, gets a bottom edge that falls safe

End of over 1 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • ML Hayden 0 (3b)
    • M Vijay 1 (3b)
    • SE Bond 1-0-1-0

Ishant to bowl now


Sharma to Vijay, FOUR, a loosener on the pads, and nicely clipped away, over square leg, a pick-up shot really, bowled at 131ks, quite a relief from Bond's 145-ish


Sharma to Vijay, no run, better this time, shorter, and outside off, Vijay plays it back to Sharma


Sharma to Vijay, no run, drives at a short-of-a-length delivery outside off, and is beaten as the ball holds its line and bounces too


Sharma to Vijay, FOUR, lucky boundary here, looks to cut this one and gets an inside edge past the keeper, maybe not short enough to cut


Sharma to Vijay, no run, slower ball, 128ks, gets an inside edge on the drive that falls short of Saha


Sharma to Vijay, 1 run, gets a bottom edge on the cut shot, but they come through for one

End of over 2 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • M Vijay 10 (9b 2x4)
    • ML Hayden 0 (3b)
    • I Sharma 1-0-9-0
    • SE Bond 1-0-1-0

KM feels cheated. "Boy, this is annoying," he writes, "Hydos took a picture with the mongoose, and I thought we'll be seeing it soon... but then, he's still using conventional bat..."


Bond to Vijay, FOUR, nice shot, plays away from the body but cuts it sweetly between the two points


Bond to Vijay, 1 run, tucks him up, bit he pushes it to cover-point and comes through for one


Bond to Hayden, no run, beaten by the movement, looks to hit at one outside off, but the ball moves away and beats him, 144ks, back of a length


Bond to Hayden, no run, superb bowling, 147ks, pitches middle and leg and moves away and beats another swing from the Hayden bat


Bond to Hayden, no run, more circumspect this time, shoulders arms to one outside off


Bond to Hayden, 1 run, first full delivery from Bond, Hayden drives straight, so straight it knocks down stumps at the non-striker's end, takes a single off the ricochet

End of over 3 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 16/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • ML Hayden 1 (7b)
    • M Vijay 15 (11b 3x4)
    • SE Bond 2-0-7-0
    • I Sharma 1-0-9-0

Sharma to Hayden, OUT, played on! no time for Mongoose again! looks to cut at the short delivery but it's too close to him, perhaps straightened a touch, and the underside edge hits the stumps, and Ishant is ecstatic

ML Hayden b Sharma 1 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Suresh Raina is the new batsman. The crowd is right behind Sharma


Sharma to Raina, no run, and he beats him outside off, tentative poke at a shortish delivery, good carry there


Sharma to Raina, no run, run-out opportunity, Raina pushes this shortish delivery square and turns down the single, Vijay was a goner had Murali Karthik hit direct


Sharma to Raina, 1 run, steered away square of backward point for a single


Sharma to Vijay, no run, short and wide, and he slashes and misses, no foot movement


Sharma to Vijay, 1 run, thick edge outside off, and he gets a single to third man

End of over 4 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 18/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • M Vijay 16 (13b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 1 (3b)
    • I Sharma 2-0-11-1
    • SE Bond 2-0-7-0

Angelo Mathews replaces Bond now


Mathews to Vijay, 1 run, length ball first up, pushes it to cover and takes a single

If Mathews gets a wicket, he will become the leading wicket-taker in the IPL. Then he can have two-two purple caps. What fun, I say


Mathews to Raina, 1 run, tip-and-run again, towards cover, and makes it easily


Mathews to Vijay, no run, on target, around off, straightening just a touch, Vijay defends it back


Mathews to Vijay, 1 run, pushes it down the ground, mid-off is at the edge of the circle, gets a single


Mathews to Raina, no run, slower bouncer, 123.5ks, Raina pulls all over it


Mathews to Raina, 1 run, Raina makes room for the big hit over extra, but it is a slower ball and he gets an inside edge towards short fine, will get a single

End of over 5 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 22/1 (RR: 4.40)

    • SK Raina 3 (6b)
    • M Vijay 18 (16b 3x4)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-4-0
    • I Sharma 2-0-11-1

Prasad Athani has a view on the Mongoose. "@ KM - good thing Hydos is without the mongoose, it looked weird and that bat is fit for washing clothes more than on the cricket field !!" Shukla replaces Sharma meanwhile


Shukla to Raina, no run, has a swipe at a length delivery, doesn't quite get it right, hits it limply to mid-on


Shukla to Raina, FOUR, on the pads, length ball, flicked away nicely


Shukla to Raina, no run, shorter, outside off, swipes and misses, was looking for the midwicket stand here


Shukla to Raina, no run, short and wide, doesn't connect on the cut shot, no feet there


Shukla to Raina, 1 run, cuts in front of square and in the air, and gets it one bounce to sweeper-cover


Shukla to Vijay, FOUR, swiped across the line, between mid-on and midwicket, not the prettiest of strokes, but gets his four

End of over 6 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 31/1 (RR: 5.16)

    • M Vijay 22 (17b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 8 (11b 1x4)
    • LR Shukla 1-0-9-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-4-0

Mathews to Raina, 2 runs, nicely played and nicely fielded, Raina makes room and guides a slower bouncer past the keeper, but Sharma does well at the third-man boundary to save two runs by making a diving save


Mathews to Raina, 1 run, tip-and-run, to cover, he is in despite Hodge's direct-hit


Mathews to Vijay, 1 run, pushes a length delivery to extra cover for one


Mathews to Raina, FOUR, smart shot, makes room, and cuts it hard, from in front of leg stump, well placed too


Mathews to Raina, 1 run, shapes up for the hit over midwicket, sees a slower ball and opens the face for a single to third man


Mathews to Vijay, 1 run, driven away uppishly, but safely over the infield, gets a single to sweeper-cover

End of over 7 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 41/1 (RR: 5.85)

    • M Vijay 24 (19b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 16 (15b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-14-0
    • LR Shukla 1-0-9-0

Murali Karthik to bowl


Kartik to Vijay, 2 runs, well places, full toss, and he turns it with the wrists to between long-on and midwicket, gets two


Kartik to Vijay, 2 runs, another couple, played with soft hands on the on side, and he gets two before the long-on can come around


Kartik to Vijay, no run, arm ball, looks to run it down to third man, gets an inside edge


Kartik to Vijay, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, Saha removes the bails but Vijay is safe, he overbalanced and fell over after the bails were removed


Kartik to Vijay, no run, stops on him as he looks to drive, defends back to Karthik in the end


Kartik to Vijay, 1 run, pushed through the covers for a single


Kartik to Raina, 1 leg bye, flat delivery into the pads, misses but gets a leg-bye

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 48/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • SK Raina 16 (16b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 29 (24b 4x4)
    • M Kartik 1-0-6-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-14-0

Shukla gets a change of ends. Get a feeling they'll target him


Shukla to Raina, no run, goes for the extra-cover hit, gets the inside half of the bat, back to the bowler


Shukla to Raina, 1 run, hit past Shukla, in the air but he can't get his hand to it, will get just a single


Shukla to Vijay, FOUR, looks for the scoop over fine leg, but this is a slower delivery, and he guides it past short fine


Shukla to Vijay, OUT, bowled him! Shukla has his own back, bowls full, just short of being a yorker, Vijay looks to go through the off side, gets an inside edge, and the off stump goes for a walk

M Vijay b Shukla 33 (26b 5x4 0x6) SR: 126.92

Badri comes in ahead of Dhoni. Surprise surprise


Shukla to Badrinath, 1 run, full toss on the pads, flicked away for a single


Shukla to Raina, 1 run, goes for the midwicket hit again, slices it down the ground, gets a single


End of over 9 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 55/2 (RR: 6.11)

    • SK Raina 18 (19b 2x4)
    • S Badrinath 1 (1b)
    • LR Shukla 2-0-16-1
    • M Kartik 1-0-6-0

Brad Hodge to bowl. Frequent bowling changes. Have been working for Ganguly


Hodge to Raina, OUT, and bowled him first ball! plays all around a nice flighted delivery on the leg stump! Was looking for the trademark hit over midwicket, and played down the wrong line

SK Raina b Hodge 18 (20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

Dhoni to bat now


Hodge to Dhoni, no run, was there some drift? goes for the big drive through the off side but the ball is wide of his reach


Hodge to Dhoni, 2 runs, shorter delivery and nicely helped away past short third man, comes back for two


Hodge to Dhoni, 1 run, flighted delivery, hit powerfully down the ground for a single


Hodge to Badrinath, 1 run, worked away off the middle stump, gets a single


Hodge to Dhoni, no run, fired down the leg side, not called a wide, could have brushed his pad

End of over 10 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 59/3 (RR: 5.90)

    • MS Dhoni 3 (4b)
    • S Badrinath 2 (2b)
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-4-1
    • LR Shukla 2-0-16-1

Shukla to Badrinath, no run, Shukla on target, flicked straight to midwicket


Shukla to Badrinath, no run, looks to run it down to third man, there is extra bounce that beats him, and Saha takes this one well


Shukla to Badrinath, 1 run, steers this one to third man for a single


Shukla to Dhoni, 1 run, drives a length ball down to mid-off for a single


Shukla to Badrinath, 2 runs, slower ball, gets a thick outside edge


Shukla to Badrinath, 1 run, full delivery, driven down to long-off

End of over 11 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 64/3 (RR: 5.81)

    • S Badrinath 6 (7b)
    • MS Dhoni 4 (5b)
    • LR Shukla 3-0-21-1
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-4-1

Kathik comes back


Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, drives a full delivery down to long-off


Kartik to Dhoni, 1 run, shimmies down the pitch, flicks it with soft hands, but doesn't have the time to come back for two


Kartik to Badrinath, no run, cut hard into the ground, straight to cover-point


Kartik to Badrinath, no run, looks to pull a pretty full delivery, the mis-hit lands just short of Karthik


Kartik to Badrinath, 2 runs, tip-and-run this time, Karthik in the hurry fumbles, and gives away two


Kartik to Badrinath, no run, jumps out of the crease, Karthik bowls flat, and he plays it straight to cover-point

End of over 12 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 68/3 (RR: 5.66)

    • S Badrinath 9 (12b)
    • MS Dhoni 5 (6b)
    • M Kartik 2-0-10-0
    • LR Shukla 3-0-21-1

Bond comes back


Bond to Dhoni, 2 runs, plays down the ground with soft hands, slightly wide of long-on, comes back for two


Bond to Dhoni, 1 run, looks to turn this to leg, Bond gets him in the forearm with the extra bounce, gets a single to third man

Magic spray comes out


Bond to Badrinath, FOUR, into the pads, 148ks, Badri uses the pace and gets four behind square


Bond to Badrinath, no run, 149ks, too quick for Badri, hurries him up and tucks him up, Badri almost treads onto his stumps


Bond to Badrinath, 1 run, runs this down to third man for a single


Bond to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball, 139ks, worked away into the leg side for a single

End of over 13 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 77/3 (RR: 5.92)

    • MS Dhoni 9 (9b)
    • S Badrinath 14 (15b 1x4)
    • SE Bond 3-0-16-0
    • M Kartik 2-0-10-0

Logu N: "The reason for Dhoni not attacking today is, he is in 'Save our Tigers' initiative. He now saving Bengal Tiger :)" Time-out


Kartik to Dhoni, no run, flat delivery, can't get it past extra cover


Kartik to Dhoni, no run, another dot, can't punch it past point


Kartik to Dhoni, no run, short, slightly wide, and he misses, no contact here


Kartik to Dhoni, 1 run, comes forward and pushes this one down to long-off


Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, makes room, goes inside-out, gets one to sweeper-cover


Kartik to Dhoni, 2 runs, full delivery, driven wide of long-off, gets two

End of over 14 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 81/3 (RR: 5.78)

    • MS Dhoni 12 (14b)
    • S Badrinath 15 (16b 1x4)
    • M Kartik 3-0-14-0
    • SE Bond 3-0-16-0

Mathews comes back


Mathews to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri improvises, walks across the stumps, gets under the slower delivery, and gets enough power in it to clear the short fine leg


Mathews to Badrinath, 1 run, makes room, Mathews bowls a slower bouncer, gets under it and plays it to third man for a single


Mathews to Dhoni, 1 run, another slower bouncer, pulled down the ground, gets just a single


Mathews to Badrinath, 2 runs, full delivery, driven past extra cover, Shukla does a good job to run around from long-on to keep them down to two


Mathews to Badrinath, 1 run, goes for the pull, straight to Ganguly at midwicket, Badri is ending up short but the throw is too full and Mathews doesn't collect it


Mathews to Dhoni, SIX, shot! first six of the innings! length ball, and absolutely smashes it over wide long-on, typical Dhoni shot

End of over 15 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 96/3 (RR: 6.40)

    • MS Dhoni 19 (16b 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 23 (20b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-29-0
    • M Kartik 3-0-14-0

Akhilesh: "Murali Kartik has not given a single boundary so far in his 3 overs. He was quite economical in the previous match too. I really don't understand why he is not being picked as India's 2nd spinner after Bhajji" Karthik to bowl his last over now


Kartik to Badrinath, no run, flat delivery, doesn't give him any room, hit back to the bowler


Kartik to Badrinath, 2 runs, gives him the charge, hits it wide of long-on, gets a couple


Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, jumps out of the track again, gets too close to the ball, and can't get the elevation


Kartik to Dhoni, 1 run, short delivery, hit straight to extra cover, gets a single


Kartik to Badrinath, 1 run, dances down the track, turns it into a low full toss, still can't get under it, gets a single


Kartik to Dhoni, 2 runs, short delivery, played with soft hands towards long-on, and they run hard to make it a two. So Karthik finishes up without conceding a boundary

End of over 16 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 103/3 (RR: 6.43)

    • MS Dhoni 22 (18b 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 27 (24b 2x4)
    • M Kartik 4-0-21-0
    • AD Mathews 3-0-29-0

Ishant comes back


Sharma to Badrinath, FOUR, Badri makes room, Ishant follows him, and Badri nicely glances it fine, and the fine leg is too square


Sharma to Badrinath, no run, makes room again, this time Ishant goes outside off, and creates enough distance, and Badri misses


Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, short, into the body, pulled away to deep square leg for one


Sharma to Dhoni, 2 runs, goes for the Dhoni helicopter-shot, gets a thick edge over point, will come back for two


Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, poor delivery, full toss on the pads, and Dhoni receives it with gratitude, flicked away past short fine leg


Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss outside off, gets a single to extra cover

End of over 17 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 115/3 (RR: 6.76)

    • MS Dhoni 29 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Badrinath 32 (27b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 3-0-23-1
    • M Kartik 4-0-21-0

Ulas: "I wonder if this KKR team is the first IPL team to feature 11 players who have played international cricket?" Shukla comes back


Shukla to Dhoni, FOUR, full toss on the pads, and it has been dealt accordingly, flat and powerfully past short fine


Shukla to Dhoni, no run, beats him with a slower ball outside off, Saha does to collect it behind the swirling Dhoni bat


Shukla to Dhoni, FOUR, straight from the Dhoni school of batting, swats a length delivery from outside off, and beats long-on with the sheer power


Shukla to Dhoni, SIX, bye bye ball, Dhoni is getting into the act! length ball, clears front leg and goes over wide long-on, he is giving his bowlers something to bowl at


Shukla to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball, yorker length, digs it out powerfully, gets a singled to long-on


Shukla to Badrinath, 1 run, full on the pads, Badri slogs, gets inside edge, will take a single

End of over 18 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 131/3 (RR: 7.27)

    • S Badrinath 33 (28b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 44 (26b 3x4 2x6)
    • LR Shukla 4-0-37-1
    • I Sharma 3-0-23-1

Bond to Badrinath, no run, slower bouncer and Badri is flummoxed, plays the pull ages before the ball arrives


Bond to Badrinath, 1 run, fast length ball, again beats him for the pace, the fastness of it this time, gets a leg-bye


Bond to Dhoni, 2 runs, yorker outside off, and he digs it out with an open face, and comes back for two despite having hit it straight to the deep fielder, superb running


Bond to Dhoni, FOUR, the helicopter shot again, doesn;t connect well, gets a thick edge past Saha and gets the four that takes him to his fifty, off just 28 balls


Bond to Dhoni, SIX, superb shot, flat flat pull, and one of the flattest sixes you will see, barely left the ground and still carried past the boundary, and nearly took out Kolkata's mascot, that giant tiger. He doesn't like these tigers! He is only saving the real tiger


Bond to Dhoni, FOUR, full, just short of being a yorker, and wide enough of Shah at extra cover, what an over - 17 off Bond, who is not the greatest of bowlers at the death

End of over 19 (17 runs) Chennai Super Kings 148/3 (RR: 7.78)

    • MS Dhoni 60 (30b 5x4 3x6)
    • S Badrinath 34 (30b 3x4)
    • SE Bond 4-0-33-0
    • LR Shukla 4-0-37-1

Sharma to Badrinath, SIX, Badri you beauty! pick-up shot of the pads, just short of a length, into the pads and he has nearly cleaned up a police at the square-leg boundary


Sharma to Badrinath, 1 run, yorker on the pads, gets an inside edge for a single to fine leg

Right, Dhoni must know Ishant's bowling inside-out, and his head too


Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, slower delivery, but it's short, and he has pulled it down the ground, into the cow corner for four, the ball kept getting faster and faster as it reached the boundary, or so it seems


Sharma to Dhoni, 2 runs, funny cricket, but not so funny in the end, Dhoni pulls hard to midwicket, comes back for the second, and both the batsmen are watching the ball and collide smack into each other. Obviously Badri is hurt, you don't want to be tackled by Dhoni running full speed! May as well get speared by a bull. Ishant, though - the legend that he is with running batsmen out - fails to collect the throw right over the top of the stumps, and gives away the extra run


Sharma to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, yorker, gets a leg-bye, after much deliberation, deciding Badri is fut enough to take strike


Sharma to Badrinath, 2 runs, and what running by Dhoni, he is half way down the pitch by the time the ball reaches Badri, it's a yorker that he has barely dug out but Dhoni hares through for two

So 83 runs in the last six. The kind of finish Kolkata managed after a poor start against Deccan. Bond says it is a two-paced pitch, so it won't be an easy target. Join us in a bit

End of over 20 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 164/3

    • S Badrinath 43 (33b 3x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 66 (33b 6x4 3x6)
    • I Sharma 4-0-38-1
    • SE Bond 4-0-33-0





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