Indian Premier League, 32nd match: Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals at Chennai, Apr 3, 2010
Chennai Super Kings won by 23 runs
3 April 2010 - day/night match (20-over match)

Right here we go. Yusuf Pathan to open the bowling. Vijay will take first strike

Match 32. Chennai v Rajasthan. MS Dhoni and Shane Warne reckon this is a flat track. And it's a hot day - Warne is sweating badly even at the toss, just standing there. Any captain will like to bat first here. And Dhoni has won and will bat. Doug Bollinger comes in, replacing Thilan Thushara, Sudeep Tyagi comes in place of Manpreet Gony, and Anirudha Srikkanth replaces C Ganapathy.

The big news comes from the other camp where Shane Watson join Rajasthan Royals, replacing Adam Voges. Rajasthan have made two more changes: Sid Trivedi and Paras Dogra go out, and Shrikant Wagh and Abhishek Raut come in.


Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, short ball into the body, turned away for a single


Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, outside leg, worked away fine, let through by Shaun Tait at short fine leg


Pathan to Vijay, FOUR, quicker ball and Vijay makes room in a hurry and late-cuts it past London Bridge dive at backward point by Sumit Narwal


Pathan to Vijay, no run, short ball, cramps him up, hit straight to mid-on


Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, flighted on the pads, worked away past mid-on, superb timing, but it will just be a single to deep midwicket


Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, flighted delivery played with soft hands to mid-off

End of over 1 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • ML Hayden 2 (2b)
    • M Vijay 6 (4b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-8-0

Narwal to bowl ahead of Tait. Silly mid-off in place, by the non-striker


Narwal to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden walks down the track right away, gets an inside edge onto the pad, Vijay calls him through for a single


Narwal to Vijay, no run, dug in short, way down the leg side


Narwal to Vijay, no run, length ball, driven into the ground, and straight to mid-on


Narwal to Vijay, SIX, two length balls in a row, and Vijay has taken a second invitation, lofting him over midwicket. At his pace, without swing, he can't be bowling length


Narwal to Vijay, FOUR, slightly shorter, and Vijay is expecting it, and has pulled it over midwicket, one bounce for four


Narwal to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay is taking Narwal to the cleaners! No respect there, charges down the track, and even though Narwal has bowled a slow wide delivery, he sends it crashing over cover

End of over 2 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 23/0 (RR: 11.50)

    • M Vijay 20 (9b 3x4 1x6)
    • ML Hayden 3 (3b)
    • S Narwal 1-0-15-0
    • YK Pathan 1-0-8-0

Pathan to Hayden, no run, flat delivery, pushed back to the bowler


Pathan to Hayden, no run, makes room to cut this from in front of stumps, hits it one bounce to point


Pathan to Hayden, 1 run, on the pads, worked away for an easy single


Pathan to Vijay, SIX, beautiful shot, charges down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball, and lofts him straight into the sight screen


Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, fired into the pads, helped away for a single


Pathan to Hayden, no run, flat on the pads, worked around the corner

End of over 3 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 31/0 (RR: 10.33)

    • ML Hayden 4 (7b)
    • M Vijay 27 (11b 3x4 2x6)
    • YK Pathan 2-0-16-0
    • S Narwal 1-0-15-0

Tait finally comes into the attack


Tait to Vijay, no run, slightly back of a length, wide outside off, Vijay misses on the cut shot


Tait to Vijay, 1 run, short, tucking him up, but they steal a single to mid-on


Tait to Hayden, no run, yorker outside off, digs it out to cover-point


Tait to Hayden, no run, back of a length, on the pads, hit back to the bowler


Tait to Hayden, FOUR, half-volley on the pads, 143ks, and Hayden glances it past fine leg, using Tait's pace


Tait to Hayden, 1 run, gets the length right, way shorter than a half-volley, but Hayden still drops it to mid-off for a single

End of over 4 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 37/0 (RR: 9.25)

    • ML Hayden 9 (11b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 28 (13b 3x4 2x6)
    • SW Tait 1-0-6-0
    • YK Pathan 2-0-16-0

Watson to bowl now. Silly mid-off in place for him


Watson to Hayden, no run, and Hayden drills a length delivery one bounce to Warne at silly mid-off


Watson to Hayden, FOUR, mis-hit but Hayden had all grounds covered here, walks down the track and goes for the big hit down the ground. There is no third man and hence the thick edge is safe. 1000 runs for Haydos in IPL


Watson to Hayden, 2 runs, walks down the track and pulls this slower ball to wide of deep midwicket, comes back for two


Watson to Hayden, SIX, what a shot! what a welcome to Watson! Anticipates a short delivery after having down the pitch twice, and sits back in the crease and pulls a back-of-a-length delivery over midwicket for six! Not really a bad ball, but he manufactured the length here


Watson to Hayden, 1 run, length ball, driven hard down the ground, gets a single to mid-on


Watson to Vijay, no run, Watson tries a bouncer, Vijay sways out of the line, dropping his wrists

End of over 5 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 50/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • M Vijay 28 (14b 3x4 2x6)
    • ML Hayden 22 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 1-0-13-0
    • SW Tait 1-0-6-0

Shrikant Wagh to bowl left-arm medium


Wagh to Hayden, no run, Hayden cuts this hard into the ground, gets a bottom edge as this is not short enough


Wagh to Hayden, FOUR, fine leg is up, and Hayden walks down the track and drags this from middle to past short fine leg. Not a bad delivery at all

Wagh has a Sangwan-like action


Wagh to Hayden, FOUR, and this has been clubbed! Walks down the pitch again, and flat-bats it over midwicket


Wagh to Hayden, FOUR, this is ordinary bowling! short, into the pads, and he has been pulled for three boundaries in a row


Wagh to Hayden, OUT, soft dismissal! full and wide half-volley, and he has hit it straight down extra cover's throat. Wagh is thrilled, he has had his own back after three boundaries

ML Hayden c Watson b Wagh 34 (21b 5x4 1x6) SR: 161.90

Suresh Raina is the new man. A slip and a leg slip in


Wagh to Raina, FOUR, More ordinary stuff here, bowls a gentle length ball on the pads, and Raina says thank you very much for letting him get off the mark with an easy boundary past the leg slip

End of over 6 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 66/1 (RR: 11.00)

    • SK Raina 4 (1b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 28 (14b 3x4 2x6)
    • SB Wagh 1-0-16-1
    • SR Watson 1-0-13-0

Oops sorry during the TIme-out I got a call from IPL, barring me from calling anything related to IPL ordinary. I have been reprimanded, I don't want to be banned from doing commentary on these matches. Hence no more use of ordinary


Tait to Vijay, no run, back of a length on off, no room, defended back


Tait to Vijay, FOUR, short and wide, and edged away over slips, one bounce for four. Pace is his enemy here


Tait to Vijay, 1 run, tip and run here


Tait to Raina, FOUR, half-volley on the pads, and helped away for another boundary past leg slip


Tait to Raina, 2 runs, steered away to third man, and a needless direct hit from the deep lets them come through for the overthrow


Tait to Raina, no run, full outside off, driven square for a single

End of over 7 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 77/1 (RR: 11.00)

    • SK Raina 10 (4b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 33 (17b 4x4 2x6)
    • SW Tait 2-0-17-0
    • SB Wagh 1-0-16-1

Watson to Vijay, no run, back of a length, no room, defended to cover


Watson to Vijay, no run, nice bouncer, follows him as he sways out of the line, well done both batter and bowler


Watson to Vijay, 1 run, short ball, not much pace on it, and pulled away to deep square leg


Watson to Raina, 1 run, swiped away from in front of stumps, gets a single to deep square


Watson to Vijay, 1 run, slower ball, into the pads, single taken to fine leg


Watson to Raina, 2 runs, nicely timed cover-drive, mid-off gets a hand to it and saves two runs

End of over 8 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 82/1 (RR: 10.25)

    • SK Raina 13 (6b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 35 (21b 4x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 2-0-18-0
    • SW Tait 2-0-17-0

Nurani Chandra: "Does IPL allow you to use the word soft dismissal?" Not outlawed as of yet, but who knows what will happen next season. Warne comes on meanwhile


Warne to Vijay, 1 run, full toss on the pads, flicked away for a single


Warne to Raina, OUT, another soft wicket! Full and wide, would have been called wide had Raina not flirted with it, and he has to really reach out for it, and the edge settles safely at point

SK Raina c Tait b Warne 13 (7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 185.71

Albie Morkel is the new batsman


Warne to Morkel, 2 runs, low full toss and drilled down the ground, straight of long-off


Warne to Morkel, 3 byes, big legbreak, pitches short outside off, and turns back in and beats everybody - Ojha not really expecting a legbreak from Warne. As Ojha will learn, you do that at your own peril. The ball beats everybody and goes for three byes

a slip comes in


Warne to Vijay, no run, nice dip there, Vijay defends the legbreak


Warne to Vijay, 1 run, full toss on the pads again, and worked away to midwicket for one

End of over 9 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 89/2 (RR: 9.88)

    • M Vijay 37 (24b 4x4 2x6)
    • JA Morkel 2 (2b)
    • SK Warne 1-0-4-1
    • SR Watson 2-0-18-0

Jhunjhunwala into the attack


Jhunjhunwala to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay charges down, is short of the pitch of the ball, gets a single to midwicket, Watson's throw gets Morkel in the lower back


Jhunjhunwala to Morkel, no run, flighted on the pads, defended


Jhunjhunwala to Morkel, no run, overpitched on middle and leg, hit back to the bowler


Jhunjhunwala to Morkel, no run, sharp offbreak, gets a thick edge to short third


Jhunjhunwala to Morkel, no run, four dots in a row, again flighted on the pads, no room to swing his arms, and he defends it back to Jhunjhunwala


Jhunjhunwala to Morkel, 1 run, shorter and cut away from in front of stumps for a single

End of over 10 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 91/2 (RR: 9.10)

    • JA Morkel 3 (7b)
    • M Vijay 38 (25b 4x4 2x6)
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 1-0-2-0
    • SK Warne 1-0-4-1

Phil: "Was that a belated April Fool's joke?" This might have been a joke, but Gambhir has seriously been reprimanded for calling Rajasthan Royals ordinary. So me getting a call is not that unbelievable either! Anyway Yusuf to bowl now


Pathan to Morkel, 1 run, flat on the pads, helped away for a single


Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, makes room and cuts this from outside leg, gets only a single, though


Pathan to Morkel, 1 run, bunted past point for a single


Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, shimmies down the track and pushes a shortish delivery to wide long-on


Pathan to Morkel, 2 runs, pulled off the front foot, wide of deep midwicket, comes back for two


Pathan to Morkel, no run, slightly fuller this time, but can't drive it still, played back to the bowler. So two good overs for RR in a row

End of over 11 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 97/2 (RR: 8.81)

    • JA Morkel 7 (11b)
    • M Vijay 40 (27b 4x4 2x6)
    • YK Pathan 3-0-22-0
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 1-0-2-0

Jhunjhunwala to Vijay, 5 runs, Watson's first boundary in the IPL! through a wild wild throw from midwicket that beats everybody on its way to extra cover for four extra runs


Jhunjhunwala to Morkel, 2 runs, guided past backward point and comes back for two


Jhunjhunwala to Morkel, SIX, that's Albie's shot! Clears his front leg, and sends this flat and straight, lusty blow


Jhunjhunwala to Morkel, 1 run, makes room, dabs it to backward point for one


Jhunjhunwala to Vijay, 1 run, bunted into the covers for one


Jhunjhunwala to Morkel, 1 run, flat on the pads, worked around the corner

End of over 12 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 113/2 (RR: 9.41)

    • JA Morkel 17 (15b 1x6)
    • M Vijay 46 (29b 4x4 2x6)
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 2-0-18-0
    • YK Pathan 3-0-22-0

Warne to Morkel, SIX, terrible delivery from Warne, and by Warne's standards, it is, well, ordinary. Short in his half, and down the leg side, and he is duly pulled over deep square for leg for six more


Warne to Morkel, 1 run, slid across him, and he takes a single to third man


Warne to Vijay, SIX, what a way to bring up his fifty! what a way to treat Warne! dances down the track, is not quite to the pitch of it, but makes room and swings it high and clean over the sight screen


Warne to Vijay, no run, turn and bounce, beats him on the cut shot


Warne to Vijay, 1 run, on the pads, worked away for a single


Warne to Morkel, 2 runs, swiped away past midwicket for two

End of over 13 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 129/2 (RR: 9.92)

    • JA Morkel 26 (18b 2x6)
    • M Vijay 53 (32b 4x4 3x6)
    • SK Warne 2-0-20-1
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 2-0-18-0

Shane: "I have 3 more points to add to Cricinfo's "Overdosed on the IPL?" article.

You know you've got to take a break from watching IPL if... 1) You start thinking Virender Sehwag and Sinéad O'Connor are identical twins especially with his girlie laugh (Karbonn Mobiles ad) 2) If you find the off-field drama more entertaining than the on-field stuff 3) At 3:30 am you are on Cricinfo in the study room rather than on the TV in the bedroom"


Pathan to Vijay, FOUR, lovely late-cut, from out of the keeper's gloves, and superbly placed, almost as if he knew a flat delivery was coming


Pathan to Vijay, SIX, crash! dances down the track and sends him sailing into the crowd behind deep midwicket. H.U.G.E


Pathan to Vijay, 1 run, makes room, is too far from it to get power, but gets a single


Pathan to Morkel, FOUR, old-fashioned biff! clears his front leg and slogs it to cow corner for four


Pathan to Morkel, SIX, same shot, but slightly more graceful, because it is a cleaner strike and straighter, and clears long-on easily


Pathan to Morkel, 1 run, another slog, along the ground, gets a single to long-on

End of over 14 (22 runs) Chennai Super Kings 151/2 (RR: 10.78)

    • JA Morkel 37 (21b 1x4 3x6)
    • M Vijay 64 (35b 5x4 4x6)
    • YK Pathan 4-0-44-0
    • SK Warne 2-0-20-1

Tait comes back


Tait to Morkel, FOUR, incredible shot! sits back in the shot, and this is nearly a yorker but he turns it into a half-volley by staying deep in the crease, and then drives it past extra cover


Tait to Morkel, 1 run, can't beat extra cover this time, but takes a single nonetheless


Tait to Vijay, SIX, short and wide and this he has used the pace as though the term was coined for this act of his, upper-cutting him over third man for another big six


Tait to Vijay, no run, this is a better short delivery, cramping him up, making him fend at it


Tait to Vijay, SIX, Show some respect Vijay! This is a man bowling bouncers at close to 150ks, and he is expecting just that. And he has backed away and walloped it over midwicket, onto the roof, and out of the stadium!


Tait to Vijay, 1 wide, Tait goes a full and wide yorker, and ends up bowling it too wide


Tait to Vijay, 1 run, slower ball, guided from in front of stumps for a single to third man

Time-out. Tim: "I hope Graeme Smith is watching: South Africa needs to realise that Albie Morkel should be sent in earlier on, higher up, instead of with 10 balls left. He needs to get his eye if for a few. Just like Zulu did."

End of over 15 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 170/2 (RR: 11.33)

    • M Vijay 77 (39b 5x4 6x6)
    • JA Morkel 42 (23b 2x4 3x6)
    • SW Tait 3-0-36-0
    • YK Pathan 4-0-44-0

NJ: "If Gambhir had just said this, he would have been okay: "We expected the match to be a Citi moment of success and for there to be many DLF Maximums off their bowling. The only thing we needed to do during their innings was to take the Karbonn Kamal catch off Yusuf and there would be nothing to fear." Now, if someone would sponsor wickets, he'd be able to describe Rajasthan perfectly!" 79 runs from the last five overs! Narwal comes back


Narwal to Vijay, SIX, and he is not being shown respect either! Poor bowling! Length ball at gentle pace, and he clears his front leg and sends it sailing over cow corner


Narwal to Vijay, 1 run, nice comeback with a yorker, and Vijay digs it out for a single


Narwal to Morkel, SIX, poor poor bowling! Length ball at 124ks, and Morkel clears his front leg and sends it straight into the camera at the top tier - 100-run stand in 43 balls


Narwal to Morkel, 1 run, another length ball, and Narwal is lucky Morkel doesn't get under it, and gets just a single to long-off


Narwal to Vijay, SIX, bye bye ball! slower ball, but Vijay waits and waits for it and sends it over cow corner. Crazy hitting going on


Narwal to Vijay, SIX, Disdain was never more disdainful, another slower ball, and again he waits and waits and launches it over long-on. Vijay can't hit anything unsweetly here! On 96 now. Nine sixes in it

End of over 16 (26 runs) Chennai Super Kings 196/2 (RR: 12.25)

    • M Vijay 96 (43b 5x4 9x6)
    • JA Morkel 49 (25b 2x4 4x6)
    • S Narwal 2-0-41-0
    • SW Tait 3-0-36-0

Highest team score in all Twnety20 cricket is 260. It's in danger in Chennai. Warne comes back


Warne to Morkel, 1 run, flights on the pads, mis-hit but along the ground for one to deep midwicket - fifty up for Morkel

Vijay one shot away from an incredible hundred


Warne to Vijay, no run, turn and bounce outside off, and beats him on the cut

Warne slows it down a touch. Makes him wait


Warne to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay jumps out of the crease a fraction too soon, but Warne's short delivery is not quick enough to beat him


Warne to Morkel, no run, Vijay almost runs himself out! Off Morkel's pad, but it hasn't gone too far away from Ojha, and Morkel sends Vijay back. A wide throw saves Vijay here


Warne to Morkel, FOUR, flighted on the pads, slogged away, not well hit but wide of deep square and gets him four


Warne to Morkel, SIX, this is what happens when Morkel connects with the slog! Into the crowd behind deep midwicket, no trouble at all! It was nicely flighted and in Morkel's zone

End of over 17 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 208/2 (RR: 12.23)

    • JA Morkel 60 (29b 3x4 5x6)
    • M Vijay 97 (45b 5x4 9x6)
    • SK Warne 3-0-32-1
    • S Narwal 2-0-41-0

Watson to Vijay, FOUR, what a way to get to his hundred! Smashes a length ball down the ground, past mid-off, takes three steps down the pitch, and pumps his fists. Take a bow Vijay


Watson to Vijay, 1 run, slower ball, cut away from in front of stumps, doesn't find the gap, gets a single


Watson to Morkel, 1 run, Umm, I am not going to repeat what Gauti said! It's a top-edged skier that hasn't gone far off the pitch. three fielders get under it, Ojha calls for it, and lets it slip right through


Watson to Vijay, FOUR, first streaky boundary for Vijay! Perhaps the first mis-hit! Makes room and slogs, gets an inside edge past short fine leg


Watson to Vijay, 2 runs, slower ball, short, and deliberately cut uppishly to clear the infield, gets a couple


Watson to Vijay, SIX, eat your heart out MS Dhoni! This is Dhoni-like hitting! Setting up early, taking a ball that has missed the yorker length by inches, and whiplashes it over long-on

End of over 18 (18 runs) Chennai Super Kings 226/2 (RR: 12.55)

    • M Vijay 114 (50b 7x4 10x6)
    • JA Morkel 61 (30b 3x4 5x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-36-0
    • SK Warne 3-0-32-1

Tait to bowl his last over


Tait to Morkel, 1 run, follows a backing-up Morkel with a full delivery, who gets a single to mid-on


Tait to Vijay, 1 run, makes room, Tait bowls full and wide, but Vijay gets bat on it and then a single to third man


Tait to Morkel, 1 bye, smartly bowled, full and wide yorker, beating a backing-away Morkel, but they sneak in a bye here


Tait to Vijay, no run, Tait flirting with the wide line, and and has managed to stay inside it, and still wide enough of Vijay. Well bowled


Tait to Vijay, 2 runs, yorker on off stump, limply hit towards long-on, and because it hasn't been hit powerfully they steal a second


Tait to Vijay, FOUR, low full toss, and this is not wide enough of Vijay who gets enough bat on it to beat deep point - the partnership is now worth 150-plus

End of over 19 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 235/2 (RR: 12.36)

    • M Vijay 121 (54b 8x4 10x6)
    • JA Morkel 62 (32b 3x4 5x6)
    • SW Tait 4-0-44-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-36-0

Time to mention a couple of records: the highest score in all T20 is 260, by SL against Kenya, and the highest IPL total is 240 by Chennai against Punjab. Johnny: "Gambhir's honesty should be applauded; I was getting tired of the scripted press conferences. I am 100% with Gambhir on RR. He was lucky to escape without a fine, though... ". Watson to bowl last over


Watson to Morkel, no run, well bowled, yorker outside off, Morkel is beaten on an attempt to run it down to third man


Watson to Morkel, OUT, smacked too powerfully to mid-off and the single is not on. But he had to go for it anyway, and Narwal's direct-hit finds him short

JA Morkel run out 62 (34b 3x4 5x6) SR: 182.35


Watson to Vijay, SIX, high elbow and all that! Again Watson misses the yorker length not even by one foot, and he chips it over extra cover, straight into the boundary rope! Highest IPL total


Watson to Vijay, OUT, end of a superb innings from Vijay! Finally he mis-hits one and holes out to deep midwicket! He walks out to a unanimous standing ovation. Take a bow

M Vijay c Fazal b Watson 127 (56b 8x4 11x6) SR: 226.78


Watson to Dhoni, OUT, Watson is on a hat-trick! slower ball, and Dhoni doesn't get power into the shot down the ground, and long-on does the rest

MS Dhoni c Narwal b Watson 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Watson to Badrinath, 1 wide, and the hat-trick ball does well to land on the wicket, slower bouncer gone horribly wrong, way outside off


Watson to Badrinath, FOUR, and a poor delivery to end the innings, length ball on the pads, with fine leg up, and Badri flicks it over the fielder

What a show! Some good old-fashioned Twenty20 hitting. 155 runs in the last 10 overs! Vijay batted beautifully, hardly ever hitting anything not off the sweet part of the bat. Morkel came to the party too. And Rajasthan chased some white leather. Join us for the chase

End of over 20 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 246/5

    • S Badrinath 4 (1b 1x4)
    • S Anirudha 0 (0b)
    • SR Watson 4-0-47-2
    • SW Tait 4-0-44-0





  • RHB


  • RHB